SJS Comment: This is the research study that brought Wim Hof (The Ice Man) international recognition. Indeed, we are capable of influencing our immune and hormonal responses. This is a landmark study.
“Hitherto, both the autonomic nervous system and innate immune system were regarded as systems that cannot be voluntarily influenced. The present study demonstrates that, through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced. This study could have important implications for the treatment of a variety of conditions associated with excessive or persistent inflammation, especially autoimmune diseases.”