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Meet the Biohackers Banned from YouTube: An Interview with Cortex Labs and Limitless Mindset

Today, I interview Biohackers Jonathan Roseland of Limitless Mindset and Ryan Ballow of Cortex Labs! Both of them had their YouTube channels terminated during the recent wave of nootropics related deletions. Join us as we talk about the aftermath of their experience, what they think is behind their mandatory exodus, where you can find them now, and their plans for the future. One thing is for sure, you can’t keep a Biohacker down.

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biohacking, politics

YouTube Terminated my Nootropics Channel for 3 Days – Here’s What Happened

On April 27th, 2018, YouTube deleted several YouTube channels posting content related to Nootropics and Biohacking content. Among these channels included Limitless Mindset by Jonathan Roseland & Cortex Labs by Jonathan Ballow.

Two days later, my channel (the one you’re watching this video on) and Jack’s EpicBeasts channel was deleted.

This video details the 14 day struggle of restoring the Steve Cronin YouTube channel, regaining my video uploading privileges (which just came back yesterday) and all the media coverage (thank you Motherboard, VICE, Adrianne Jeffries, and YouTube Contributors!) along the way.


biohacking, politics

VICE Reports on my YouTube Ban – “YouTube Is Removing Some Nootropics Channels”

On Sunday, April 29th, YouTube deleted my channel with over 400 videos and over 20,000 subscribers. VICE decided to tell the story and you can read their full article here. Here are some highlights:

YouTube deleted at least three nootropics channels over the past three days, leaving members of the community confused and worried that a larger crackdown is coming. Steve Cronin was a typical nootropics YouTuber. He experimented on himself with various substances, many of which are available without a prescription at Whole Foods or GNC. Nootropics usually refer to a wide range of substances including prescription drugs including Ritalin and over-the-counter supplements like aniracetam, which can be bought online.

Cronin’s YouTube channel was up to about 22,000 subscribers when he received a notice from YouTube about one of his videos, “Relax and Improve Your Sleep with Natural Calm Magnesium.” The notice said the video had been removed for violating YouTube’s community guidelines, but didn’t specify further. The video was a review for the product, which he bought at Whole Foods, Cronin said in an email. “Nothing illegal, no medical advice offered, I’ve always been incredibly careful about this,” he said.

YouTube removed the video and issued a strike. Strikes expire after three months, but if a YouTuber gets three at a time, their channel gets deleted. Cronin set 101 of his videos—about a fourth of his oeuvre—to private, hoping that would deter YouTube from issuing more strikes. He appealed the strike against the magnesium video and got it reversed. Still, he received two more strikes, against a video titled “My Current Daily Nootropics Stack” and one called “Increase Your Energy with Adrafinil | Star Nootropics,” even though the latter had been set to private. To avoid his third simultaneous strike, he deleted 236 videos that showed products or mentioned nootropics—but YouTube still suspended his uploading privileges on Sunday. Late Sunday night, YouTube issued another strike for “Increase Your Concentration & Memory with Oxiracetam by Star Nootropics” and deleted his channel.

In my opinion, YouTube needs to take a close look at [change] their automated systems and methodologies for outright deleting channels that content creators have spent years building. However, regardless of what they do, people are running to decentralized platforms like Steemit and DTube in order to express themselves freely.

And now I am moving my content over to Steemit & DTube and feel more free 🙂

Steve Cronin

biohacking, productivity

The TOP 5 Alternatives to Modafinil

Modafinil is probably one of the most coveted nootropic / smart drug because of its prescription-only status in the United States. In the video, I outline my favorite 5 modafinil alternatives!

5. Adrafinil – the nootropic that metabolises into Modafinil.

4. Smart Caffeine – an effective combination of L-theanine and Caffeine.

3. Smart Drug Coffee 

To learn how to make Smart Drug Coffee, watch my video here:

2. SPRINT – Ideal to use to conquer a big project, a long day at work, or any mentally demanding task.

1. Nexus – Designed for both cognitive performance and maximum long-term brain function.

(Just to let you know, the above are affiliate links!)


My New Podcast

As some of you may know, I frequently make videos on my YouTube channel about increasing focus & productivity within the context of biohacking. I’ve recently launched a shiny new Patreon page (Patreon is a tool which allows people to support the content creators they love) and as a part of it, I’ve launched a monthly podcast about various topics I’m interested in. Here’s a sample bit below! Check out for the full version.


biohacking, integral theory

Consciousness Hacking with Ken Wilber

I started reading Ken Wilber in 2005 after some ARG-contextualized correspondence with someone who I later discovered to be Chris C. Stewart. Ken’s work has been incredibly influential in not only my personal development, but also my perspective on – and work with – biohacking.

I wanted to take a moment to share with all of you an absolutely stellar piece of work put together by Tami Simon & Ken Wilber entitled Kosmic Consciousness (don’t let the title fool you, this is not a New Age artifact.) Kosmic Consciousness is an audio-book, but probably better described as an extensive conversation between Tami & Ken, that fleshes out a variety of topics (like consciousness hacking & biohacking) under the umbrella of Integral Theory. This release is a decent introduction to this world, however, it also compliments those persons who have difficulties dipping into some of Wilber’s more dense texts.

At this point, in 2017, having read almost all of Ken’s work, Kosmic Consciousness certainly tied a lot of knots for me when I first listened to it in 2011. It’s a must-listen for those who want a more integral take on biohacking.

Here’s a list of my favorite tracks:

KC04 – 02 – Waking, dreaming, and deep sleep
KC04 – 03 – Your Original Face – the ever-present Witness
KC04 – 04 – How the experience of altered states leads to the acquisition of higher stages of development
KC04 – 06 – Levels and fields of subtle energy
KC07 – 03 – EEG evidence of brain states associated with satori
KC07 – 04 – How meditation accelerates vertical development
KC07 – 06 – Turiya- the fourth state of consciousness
KC07 – 07 – Highlights of Ken Wilber’s personal experiences
KC07 – 08 – Breakthroughs, downturns, and plateaus

I may summarize these later in future posts. Happy hacking!