James is not a medical doctor, but he’s had to become a lay expert in neuroscience and brain/nervous system health following a medication-induced brain injury. He’s trying to biohack his way back to health, documenting hard-won wisdom along the way.

He spent most of his life as a happy, healthy, high-performing individual with secure, meaningful relationships. He was formerly a corporate director with a financial institution and an entrepreneur, co-founding a number of small businesses and co-ops. He has an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University.

He’s fortunate to continue working as a professor of business and economics at a small university in the Canadian prairies, and sometimes he performs as a professional musician.

About “biohacking”

Biohacking is about taking charge of your health and experimenting on your own body with DIY methods to find out what it needs to function optimally. The term “hacking,” borrowed from the digital realm, refers to shortcuts that can make exponential gains in function.

Many people who find themselves in difficult health situations naturally begin to experiment with techniques, technologies, and routines that aim for overall health.

One way of thinking about holistic health is like this:

Food, supplements, exercise, sleep, neurotraining, temperature exposure, biomodulation and electro-magnetism are all keys to modifying the body’s ability to regulate, heal, and maintain homeostasis.


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When the medical system was left mystified, I had to become my own neuroscientific experiment. This is a living investigation into recovery after a medication-induced injury to my brain. Here's my hellish, hopeful path back to human perception.


James, armchair neuroscientist

Professor of economics-turned-armchair neuroscientist. Biohacking my broken brain back to life following a chemical-induced brain injury.