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My 60 Previous Health Problems

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

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It’s important for people to understand from where I started and what I had to overcome in order to get to where I am today.

Some people start out in a great place and ruin their health. I had a lot of challenges growing up, not all of which were related to health, but I’ve overcome them all.

But health was the biggest challenge I faced over a lifetime. 

At the height of my health issues between the ages of 23-26, I was completely disabled to the point where I couldn’t work or school or have friends or be in any relationships. I was just focused on survival and overcoming my health challenges. I didn’t think I would ever be healthy at that point and that I would never get better.

At a certain point, I went from being completely disabled to starting multiple companies.

But being a high-tech entrepreneur with many businesses, being in relationships, and having a rich social life created new challenges that I didn’t face when life was more simple.

For a few years, I would say I neglected my health to focus on building SelfDecode, but I’ve since renewed my focus on my own health optimization in the last year and a half.

I’ve been on a continuous journey and the cutting-edge tools that we built with SelfDecode really allowed me to make leaps and bounds with my health – 10X more than I ever thought possible.

I was always interested in improving my health and started health hacking at an early age. I stopped eating junk food for the most part since I was in high school. But without the right tools and information, I was just swinging blindly and my health just kept declining.

The following were previous health problems that I have completely gotten rid of without the use of any drugs.

My health regimen completely solved all of these problems. Not only did I solve them, but I am significantly better in almost all these areas than “healthy people.”

For example, I went from very low motivation to very high motivation, rather than just having a normal level of motivation. The same thing goes with other areas – I didn’t just fix them to be average, I fixed them to be way above average.

I reiterate, what works for me won’t necessarily work for you, which is why I highly recommend you use SelfDecode to figure out your own personalized regimen.

My Health Problems

Keep in mind that all of these health problems were occurring as I was eating extremely healthy from a standard perspective. I was doing everything “right”, yet I was so unhealthy. This is exactly what motivated me to get into precision health, because I realized one size doesn’t fit all.

If you’ll also notice, none of these problems are considered a serious or deadly disease like cancer, so they aren’t taken too seriously by the medical world.


  1. General anxiety
  2. Social anxiety
  3. Inability to handle stress
  4. Mood instability
  5. Depression
  6. Insecurity and low self-esteem
  7. OCD
  8. ADHD
  9. Antisocial
  10. Sleep: Quality, Latency, Length, Continuity, Tired after waking
  11. Lip/nail biting/hair pulling/teeth grinding and other compulsive behaviors
  12. Libido problems
  13. Restless leg syndrome


  1. Very low motivation and excessive procrastination
  2. Inability to focus
  3. Brain fog
  4. Poor verbal ability
  5. Poor working memory
  6. Information Processing issues or thinking in real-time
  7. Short-term memory loss
  8. Long-term memory deficit


  1. Chronic Fatigue
  2. Exercise intolerance – winded easily, getting sick post-exercise, being sore for days after exercise
  3. Low energy & stamina
  4. Dizziness during exercise & when blood pressure was low
  5. Couldn’t function without 8+ hours of sleep
  6. Glucose intolerance – severe fatigue after glucose
  7. Cold/Poor circulation (feeling cold all of the time, inability to regulate temperatures)


  1. IBS: SIBO, Gas & Bloating
  2. Constipation
  3. Gut pain
  4. Bloody stools
  5. Nausea, especially while in a car or bus

Skin, eyes, teeth

  1. Sunspots/Tinea Versicolor/Skin fungus
  2. Itchy skin
  3. Warts
  4. Hemorrhoids
  5. Acne
  6. Hairloss and thinning
  7. Dry eyes and eye sensitivity (overly sensitive to environmental dust, etc…that would cause itching and pain)
  8. White hairs
  9. Gum pain
  10. Cavities
  11. Dandruff
  12. Worsening vision every year (from 18-30 yrs old)
  13. Sunburns
  14. Teeth grinding
  15. Heavy sweating – especially under my arms


  1. Pain (knees, back, shoulders, fingers)
  2. Frequent urination and excessive thirst
  3. Brain inflammation
  4. Chemical sensitivity and intolerant to alcohol
  5. Exercise migraines
  6. Post nasal drip
  7. Tinnitus/ear ringing
  8. Chronically stuffy nose
  9. Bells palsy – with multiple flare-ups after the first one
  10. Immunodeficiency
  11. Frequent infections
  12. Early artery hardening (measured by CT scan)

Labs That Were Not Optimal

The following are lab tests that I successfully corrected that were increasing my risk of disease significantly.

Most of these were actually not contributing to the issues mentioned above, but rather I still have worked to correct them to lower my risk of future disease.

  • High Cholesterol
  • High LDL particle numbers
  • High Lipoprotein a
  • High APOB
  • High blood pressure at certain points
  • High homocysteine
  • High creatine kinase
  • High blood urea nitrogen
  • High Amylase and Lipase
  • High Chromium, Selenium
  • High Hemoglobin
  • High phosphorous
  • High IGF-1
  • High IgE
  • Low white blood cells
  • Low DHEA
  • Low T3 & High SHBG
  • Low free testosterone
  • Low ferritin
  • Low zinc
  • Suboptimal fasting glucose, HbA1C
  • Suboptimal GGT
  • Suboptimal uric acid
  • Suboptimal CO2
  • Suboptimal hsCRP

Requirements for my regimen:

Generally, in order for a supplement or lifestyle habit to be included in my regimen, it must meet 4 out of the 5 criteria below:

  1. No noticeable harmful side effects
  2. Double-blind placebo-controlled research published showing its effectiveness in my main area of interest
  3. Noticeable and positive effects with a mega dose
  4. More than 1 benefit – it can’t just benefit one specific thing (pleiotropic)
  5. Must improve significant biomarkers or genetic weaknesses

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

As a kid, Joe suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, mood and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO and founder of SelfDecode. His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.


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