JACKSON (WYOMING) — Mr Dave Asprey is following his usual morning routine: drinking coffee and doing drugs. It is a Tuesday in March, and Mr Asprey, who is 1.93m, with greying brown hair and a stubbly beard, is in his office in the countryside town of Cobble Hill, British Columbia, 45 minutes north of Victoria. His children play in the house just a few steps away.
He reaches into a large armoire full of bottles, carefully gathers about 20 pills, and washes them down with a gulp of water. Then he takes a sip of coffee. The milky brown concoction sloshes in his clear plastic mug like a pint of Guinness.
Mr Asprey, 42, is a self-described biohacker — somebody who uses science and technology to make his or her body function better and more efficiently. There are about 100,000 biohackers worldwide, Mr Asprey estimates, and among them, he is a celebrity. His website, bulletproofexec.com, drew six million unique visitors last year.
Almost 50,000 people follow him on Twitter, and he has an additional 140,000 fans on Facebook. Since 2009 he has posted blog entries and podcasts about things such as orange-tinted glasses, which he says block out blue-spectrum light, allowing us to sleep so well that we need only six hours or less, and the minimum number of days a man should wait between orgasms, a protocol Mr Asprey found in an ancient Taoist text. (Age minus seven, divided by four.)