Science stands for a mystery
According to Maria Hopman of the UMC St Radboud Nijmegen, what Wim is capable of is viewed as scientifically impossible. Maria Hopman conducted a cold physiological experiment with Wim as subject and examined him as he stood in a cylinder filled with 700 kilograms of ice cubes. In these conditions, an untrained person would most likely die from hypothermia. Wim, however, has never had the risk; his body temperature remained constantly at around 37 degrees. Hopman had expected his temperature to drop dangerously, but the results made her consider the possibility that Wim can influence his autonomic nervous system, which regulates, among other things, the heart rate, breathing and blood circulation. . She thinks it´s possible that Wim can influence his autonomic nervous system, which regulates, among other things, the heart rate, breathing and blood circulation. Many questions still fill Hopman’s mind: How can a man double his metabolism rate without any increase in the heart rate? How is it possible that Wim does not shiver while this would be the normal reaction of a body exposed to extreme cold? Hopman continues her investigation on Wim to find the answers to these questions.
Generating worldwide scientific interest
Maria Hopman is one of the many scientists who have examined Wim in recent years. Wim has caught the attention of scientists around the world with his extraordinary performances.
They examined him in different ways.
- Endotoxic research conducted by Prof. Peter Pickkers, UMC St Radboud (amazing results, influence on the autonomic nervous system and immune system!)
- Blood tests during meditation and breathing exercises in the UMC St Radboud Nijmegen led by Prof. Netea and Prof. Stick
- Cold physiological research TNO led by Prof. Daanen
- Cold physiological research in Oulu (Finland) led by Prof. Oksa
- Blood tests during meditation and breathing exercise in New York led by Dr. Kevin Tracey
- Brown adipose research
The Wim Hof Method has scientifically proven to influence the Autonomic Nervous System and the innate immune response
Different publications of research:
Voluntary activation of the sympathetic nervous system and attenuation of the innate immune
response in humans Download
The influence of concentration meditation on autonomic nervous system and the innate immune response Download
Can meditation influence the Autonomic Nervous System Download
Biology now - Chapter 22 Wim Hof and the endocrine-immune system Download