Jack Dorsey once turned completely orange.
His skin was orange. His hair was orange. Even his eyes were orange. But as he biohacked his way toward mental clarity, becoming an overgrown Oompa Loompa was just another necessary step on the journey.
This bizarre detail about the CEO of Twitter and Square was just one of many shared by Dorsey on the March 16 episode of the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast — an episode highlighted in a recent New York Times article addressing Dorsey’s affinity for “salt juice.” The rambling roughly hour-long conversation covers a range of topics, and paints a picture of a man who can barely figure out what to do with his own body let alone Twitter.
But that doesn’t mean Dorsey doesn’t have ideas.
For starters, the CEO told Greenfield that he recently purchased a sauna that is an electromagnetic field-shielded “little tent” with a freestanding stool in the middle.
“No radiation EMF from power, from Wi-Fi, from cellular” gets through, he observed. “[It] feels a little bit different because you’re not getting hit by all the EMF energy.”
In case you’re curious, the World Health Organization notes that “despite extensive research, to date there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health.”
But hey, that’s just the science talking. “I feel a lot more energized,” Dorsey explains of the EMF-free experience. “I feel a lot cleaner.”
In addition to going away to his personal pillow fort, Dorsey bragged about his shower routine. “All my showers are cold showers,” he told Greenfield. “I just do not do, I don’t do hot anymore.”
But back to Dorsey turning orange. He explained on the podcast that, during a two-year stint as a vegan (before moving on to a paleo diet), he briefly left his circle of enablers for a trip to the Midwest.
“At one point midway through I went back to my parents for Thanksgiving and my mom opened the door and said, ‘Jack you’re orange,'” he recalled. “And I’m like, ‘What do you mean?’ She’s like, ‘You’re orange. Your skin is orange, your eyes are orange, your hair is orange. You’re orange.'”
It was all the beta carotene supplements he was taking, it turns out. He commented to Greenfield that neither he, nor his friends, had noticed the transition.
For Dorsey, this all comes back to the importance of experimentation. Just like his two-year habit of only eating one meal a day and intermittent weekend-long fasts, the CEO appears to believe that if he just keeps tweaking the inputs he will one day reach maximum efficiency.
Well, either that or turn an entirely new color. Maybe chartreuse? It would, after all, present a nice visual contrast the next time he sits down with Donald Trump.