Wim Hof is very keen on proving that his Method is not just another voodoo theory but a firm concept of body and mind working in unison, and backed by science. Therefore, Wim is always happy to undergo any scientific research to show the incredible results to the world, to make the incredible facts credible! And the more incredible, the better… So far, the biggest developments have shown that the so-called ‘autonomous’ nervous and immune systems cannot be considered autonomous any more, hence the medical science books needs to be completely re-written to take this ground-breaking news into account. Wim has proven that he can at will control his both nervous and immune systems, to fight off diseases, increase the metabolism of the body… and that he can teach others to do the same!
Most of the scientific and academic articles on Wim Hof Method can be found in the Science section of the WHM Platform. For your convenience, please find the links to the downloadable media below.
Letter: Blood tests during meditation and breathing exercises in New York led by Dr. K. Kamler & G. Stewart (2009)
Article: The Influence of Concentration/meditation on Autonomic Nervous System Activity and the Innate Immune Response: A Case Study; Authors: M. Kox, M. Hopman, P. Pickkers. et al. – Radboud University Medical Center (2012)
Article: Voluntary Activation of The Sympathetic Nervous System and Attenuation of the Innate Immune Response In Humans; Authors: M. Kox, P. Pickkers et al. – Radboud University Medical Center (2014)
Article: Controlled Hyperventialtion After Training May Accelerate Altitude Acclimatization; Authors: G. Buijze, M.T. Hopman (2014)
Article: Frequent Extreme Cold Exposure and Brown Fat and Cold-Induced Thermogenesis: A Study in a Monozygotic Twin; Authors: J. Vosselman, W.D. van Marken-Lichtenbeld – Maastricht University Medical Center (2014)
Chapter: Biology Now – Endocrine and Immune systems – Testing the Iceman (2015)
Article: The Role of Outcome Expectancies for a Training Program Consisting of Meditation, Breathing Exercises, and Cold Exposure on the Response to Endotoxin Administration: a Proof-of-Principle Study; Authors: H. van Middendorp, M. Kox, P. Pickkers, A.W.M. Evers – Radboud University Medical Center (2015)
Article: “Brain over body”–A study on the willful regulation of autonomic function during cold exposure. Authors: Otto Muzik, Kaice T.Reilly, Vaibhav A.Diwadkar (2018); excerpt here.
In the following sub-section, we have created a list of scientific articles related to Wim Hof Method, splitting them into two groups, WHM Breathing based and Cold Exposure based. Please do not treat the list as either exhaustive or definitive but it has been our intention to use our best current knowledge to compile the list for your use.
The above is a growing work in progress, so please be patient and bear with me. I will update as soon as I find time to do so 🙂