MARC    FREY

THE family MAN, THE MYTH-buster, THE humble LEGEND.

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Hi, I'm Marc. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to Hardwired!

 

Today, as humans, we surround ourselves with hundreds of synthetic toxins. We schedule our lives by the clock, rather than by our innate rhythms. Technology that connects us has pushed us away from meaningful social interaction, a proven requirement for our psychological wellbeing. Many of us use our bodies, adapted for strength, agility, and speed, to sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Our average grocery stores are filled with foods that aren't, in fact, foods. Excessive time spent indoors deprives us of fresh air, sun, vitamins, and a symbiosis with our natural world.

 

When a species is taken out of its natural environment, its chances of thriving, and often survival, plummet. We are the only species on Earth that has willfully taken itself out of its natural habitat. Instinctively, we know there is a problem. And because of it, we are seeing a revolution in health and personal care. It is not coming from doctors or health insurance companies. It is not propelled by advancements in pharmaceuticals. It is not being handed down on the words of politicians.

It is a movement driven by us—sharing information, taking responsibility for our own health, and thriving as we reconnect with our hardwiring as human beings.

"We are the only species on Earth that has willfully taken itself out of its natural habitat."

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​Check out the Timeline below for a deep dive into why I started Hardwired!

 

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1985

Jazzercise, the dance-based exercise class, was one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. Health advocates were actively promoting trans-fat containing vegetable oils like Crisco. It will be 30 years before the FDA officially recognizes such oils as not safe for consumption.

I was born in Upstate, NY.

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1995

I learned the conventional wisdom about nutrition in middle school.

Like all 5th grade students at the time, I learned about the “Food Pyramid” in Health class and would use it as a personal eating guide for years to come. Little did I know that this guidance would eventually contribute to the obesity epidemic by incorrectly emphasizing starches and carbs as the foundation of nutrition and minimizing fats of all kinds.

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2003-2006

I continued my weight-gaining habits into college.

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I graduated and began my engineering career in Upstate NY.

Ironically, it was upon exiting 18 years of structured learning that I realized learning was a personal responsibility. I started reading about health, history, and philosophy. The more I read, the more I was forced to question what I had learned in school, from family, or on TV. How could TV media get it so wrong sometimes?

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a significant majority of US media. Over time, available media consolidated into fewer and fewer hands, continuing in 2007 with Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of Dow Jones & Co, which included the Wall Street Journal. Fast forward to recent times and over 90% of the media we have access to is controlled by about 6 corporations. This concentration of the power to influence public perceptions for profit and the lack of independent media access necessary to challenge the media giants has justly led to increasing distrust in mainstream media.

2010

I became focused on the history and politics of the petrochemical industry, the advertising of synthetic chemicals as the solution to all of our problems, and the monopolization of the medical industry by an ideology that patentable and profitable synthetic chemicals are the only answers to our ailments. Even though 70% of annual U.S. deaths are due to chronic diseases that could be prevented by proper nutrition, exercise, and avoiding risk factors like tobacco, health care professionals receive, on average, only 19.6 hours of nutritional education over four years of medical school.

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2015

Dissatisfied with available jobs in the market and their inconsistency with my values, I found a way to go part time at my job.

1989

I attended preschool.

Both of my grandmothers earned a living cleaning houses. When I tagged along, I learned to associate strong chemical smells like ammonia and bleach with a properly cleaned house. TV commercials like Dow’s Scrubbing Bubbles and Mr. Clean reinforced this idea in my mind using fun cartoons and catchy jingles.

I became more concerned with my self-image in high school.

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2008

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2011-2014

TIMELINE

1985

I was born in Upstate, NY

Jazzercise, the dance-based exercise class, was one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. Health advocates were actively promoting trans-fat containing vegetable oils like Crisco. It will be 30 years before the FDA officially recognizes such oils as not safe for consumption.

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1995

I learned the conventional

wisdom about nutrition in

middle school

Like all 5th grade students at the time, I learned about the “Food Pyramid” in Health class and would use it as a personal eating guide for years to come. Little did I know that this guidance would eventually contribute to the obesity epidemic by incorrectly emphasizing starches and carbs as the foundation of nutrition and minimizing fats of all kinds.

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2003

I continued my weight-

gaining habits into college

But, because of stress and hectic class schedules, I was eating whatever I wanted out of convenience. My poor eating and sleeping habits caused frequent breakouts and I put on another 25 lbs, including way more fat than I wanted. I used the acne treatment Proactiv, which was gaining popularity through TV advertising. Years later I would learn of the many harmful and artificial ingredients it contained, including parabens, endocrine disruptors, skin toxicants, and undisclosed fragrances.

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2007

I graduated from Rennselaer

Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and

began my engineering career in Upstate NY

Ironically, it was upon exiting 18 years of structured learning that I realized learning was a personal responsibility. I started reading about health, history, and philosophy. The more I read, the more I was forced to question what I had learned in school, from family, or on TV. How could TV media get it so wrong sometimes?

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a significant majority of US media. Over time, available media consolidated into fewer and fewer hands, continuing in 2007 with Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of Dow Jones & Co, which included the Wall Street Journal. Fast forward to recent times and over 90% of the media we have access to is controlled by about 6 corporations. This concentration of the power to influence public perceptions for profit and the lack of independent media access necessary to challenge the media giants has justly led to increasing distrust in mainstream media sources.

2010

I began to question the medical industry and why, with the greatest technology in medical history, we have unprecedented epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease

I became focused on the history and politics of the petrochemical industry, the advertising of synthetic chemicals as the solution to all of our problems, and the monopolization of the medical industry by an ideology that patentable and profitable synthetic chemicals are the only answers to our ailments. Even though 70% of annual U.S. deaths are due to chronic diseases that could be prevented by proper nutrition, exercise, and avoiding risk factors like tobacco, health care professionals receive, on average, only 19.6 hours of nutritional education over four years of medical school.

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2015

Dissatisfied with available jobs and eager to work toward something consistent with my values, I found a way to go part time at my job

This allowed me to explore other career interests. I put some initial thought into starting a business because I wanted to put my energy into something that would have a positive impact on the world.

 

During this year, Chipotle Mexican Grill made headlines by being the first restaurant to go “GMO-Free,” standing up against highly politicized biotech industry claims of a scientific consensus that GMOs are safe and healthy. The so-called ‘consensus’ has been repeatedly challenged by independent scientists, researchers, and doctors calling out both the evidence against GMO safety and the conflicts of interest behind industry safety claims.

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2016+

I worked hard to build my Young Living business so I could eventually focus on doing what I love full time

I met and helped so many people along the way through health education and sharing the power of plant-based alternatives. I visited and toured one of Young Living’s farms, in Mona, Utah and witnessed their incredible and rare commitment to quality and environmental stewardship.

In contrast to my mission of helping people with their health, 2018 revealed a rare glimpse of truth when Goldman Sachs analysts admitted in a report to investors that curing people of disease is bad for business and chronic therapies that require a lifetime of costly treatments are better investments for them to pursue. This stuck with me and reinforced my drive that I needed to be involved with helping people improve their health from the ground up.

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2019

She put my knowledge to the test.

Utilizing a range of information from peer-reviewed clinical research to ancient knowledge of plant-based health, I’ve been able to support my fiancé’s health, which has a complicated history of autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, unexplained inflammation, and digestive problems with no satisfying answers or patience from doctors.

2020

I started Hardwired with the mission of helping people rethink their acceptance of harmful product ingredients, as I had done in my own experience.

I want to make it as easy as possible for everyday people and small businesses to eliminate toxic products in their lives, adopt quality plant-based alternatives, and take control of their health.

 

Health and vitality have a way of finding us when we support our bodies in the way they were meant to be supported—in balance with our human adaptations to the natural environment over hundreds of millennia. This is what Hardwired is all about. Synthetic chemicals have only been around for 150 years. We are still hardwired for nature, and when we alter our habits to reflect that, we find that we are also hardwired for health.

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1989

I attended preschool

Both of my grandmothers earned a living cleaning houses. When I tagged along, I learned to associate strong chemical smells like ammonia and bleach with a properly cleaned house. TV commercials like Dow’s Scrubbing Bubbles and Mr. Clean reinforced this idea in my mind using fun cartoons and catchy jingles.

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1999

I became more concerned with

my self-image in high school

I was thin and wiry entering high school, which drew some unwanted attention from time to time. I wanted to do something about it, so I put more time into understanding the science behind muscle growth. I started lifting weights regularly and eating way too much food. By graduation, I had gained 25 lbs and a decent amount of muscle, arriving at the coveted “average build.”

2006

I started to be responsible

for my health

At the start of senior year in college, I watched Super Size Me, a documentary that highlights how the fast food industry encourages poor nutrition for their own profit, and decided to give up eating McDonalds altogether. This went well and I felt emboldened to continue making better choices for myself.

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2008

A year after graduation, I

was heavily influenced by

nutritional research

I read books on chemical additives and GMOs, articles about common ingredients like fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, hexane, fragrance, and other toxins found in abundance on store shelves, and began wondering what the FDA actually does, if not protect us from these ingredients. Step by step, I made it a habit to read labels, question ingredients, search for better alternatives, and feel good about the choices I made for my body and my mind.

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2011

I was promoted to Program

Manager at my job

Over the next several years, this would help me to build business, communications, and leadership skills. As I grew into my career and continued studying history and geopolitics, I learned more and more about injustices brought on by the broader industry I worked for. I started to question my place in it all and began growing my resume to support a calculated exit in spite of recent promotions, great benefits, and a good salary.

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2015

I learned about Young Living Essential Oils

from my cousin

Being understandably skeptical about new products, I was surprised and impressed by their commitment to quality and to never using toxic ingredients. I purchased a Premium Starter Kit, which allowed me the option to become an Independent Distributor—basically, I could earn an income by doing what I was passionate about: teaching people about the science behind natural, toxin-free living, supporting their health by sharing great products that I myself use and love, setting my own schedule, and having creative freedom.

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2019

I met my dream woman on Match.com in 2017 and proposed two years later in 2019.

I feel gratitude every single day for her unwavering support and how much brighter my life is with her in it.

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2019

By late 2019, my interests were converging and I finally began to embrace the idea of committing to my vision no matter what obstacles made it difficult.

The world’s hunger for healthy lifestyles had taken off over the previous decade with lots of independent research on nutrition. Food lifestyles like Paleo, Primal, and The Whole 30 were challenging generations-old and misguided conventional wisdom by focusing on what foods our bodies evolved to eat and process. People were taking back control of their health.

Some were also starting to question their personal care and cleaning products. If food contained harmful ingredients, these products were even more likely to have lax regulations. However, while nutritional wisdom has broken through to the mainstream, public awareness of toxins in other areas of our lives has much less momentum. I wanted everyone to know that this is just as important.

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2021

I launched the Rewire blog to document and share what I’ve learned in my personal journey and to build an online community looking for change.

I cover a wide range of health topics including those that are often overlooked, like the history of government and corporate influence on our health, learning how to think critically, busting common myths that put our health at risk, scientific studies, and more.

Welcome aboard! Make yourself at home as we each continue drawing out our timelines and discover how we are hardwired for nature and hardwired for health!

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