Leon The Alchemist

BIOHACKER, ENGINEER, MASTER HERBALIST, SITH LORD

My name is Leon Hill, though these days I call myself Leon The Alchemist. Mostly because it sounds much more awesome.

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Born on Valentine’s Day in 1985, I was raised on a rainforest property near Byron Bay, Australia. I always thought my childhood was unremarkable, but looking back on it now it was the childhood that I believe every kid should have had.

My parents raised me on a beautiful piece of bushland that’s still in our family, and that I still call my sanctuary away from the world. And with solar power, solar hot water, rainwater tanks, organically-grown food, abundant nature, and no cell phone signal, it really is the perfect place to escape the rest of the world, as well as technology.

Being raised like this — as well as by a hippy Austrian mother who believed strongly in natural therapies — instilled in me a strong love of natural and herbal medicine, connecting with nature, and real food, as well as the belief that almost everything about the way humans pack ourselves into concrete-walled, EMF-riddled, polluted air societies is wrong on a fundamental level.

In my late teens I joined the Australian Army, where I became an aviation engineer. And although my work on military helicopters hasn’t really been useful in my life since, my knowledge and training in physics, the sciences, and engineering has made up a large chunk of my love of almost anything technical whatsoever. Unfortunately a back injury resulted in me being medically discharged from the military after a few years, which although distressed me at the time, looking back on it was definitely for the best.

Eventually, that thing that many people call destiny would come knocking.

I was never someone who was supposed to succeed online. I didn’t have internet access until the age of 17, no cell phone until 18, and my childhood contained no social media use, marketing training, or even text messaging.

Despite this, I founded what became one of the first digital marketing agencies in the world at the age of 23, generated my first $1 million USD in revenue only nine months after starting my first company, have consulted with companies like Volkswagen, ING Bank, and the United States Marine Corps, and I hold the honour of being the first person in the world to sell an ad on Facebook — even before they had their own advertising system. This landed me a ton of accolades, including being named one of Smart Company’s Hot 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs (when I could still count myself under 30 years old).

In 2012 I applied my skills to the world of entertainment, and went on to working for three of the world’s largest record labels, and one of planet Earth’s major movie studios, working on campaigns for some of their acclaimed movie and music stars. Soon after I transitioned into live music, and have counted around 40 music festivals and live events on six continents among my clients.

In short, over the last decade or so, I’ve been lucky enough to start three successful companies in the digital marketing, promotions, and public relations fields.

However, it wasn’t to last.

Since around 2017, my life in the entertainment world started to draw most of my strength. Whether it was from the stresses of having clients in almost every time zone, the burden of organising events for sometimes over 300,000 people, or the fact that a big chunk of the festival world subsides on the vices of drugs and alcohol, or just that I was overworking myself to a point that I hadn’t yet done in my life, I was starting to crumble. I knew I wanted out, and to focus my life on something else.

And that’s when something just started to make sense.

Biohacking had always been a passion of mine, ever since my early twenties. Despite that, I didn’t know it by that name at the time.

At age 20 (almost a decade and a half ago now) I was meditating, journaling, doing sauna therapy once a week, waking up at 5.30AM many mornings to get direct sunlight into my eyeballs, and eating strange herbal biohacking supplements like shilajit, considering banking my stem cells, among many other things. Most of these practices would be considered just scratching the surface when it comes to the world of biohacking today, but back then I was cutting-edge. Or at least, that’s the way I like to remember it.

And although I had taken small hiatuses from really going deep into this world at times over the last fifteen years, it would always come back and eventually, I’d be spending all my free time with my head in research papers, scientific material, and chomping down on strange supplements with a level of vigour that would make Pac-Man blush.

In any case, it was my incredible partner Sorelle who just last year in 2018, suggested to me that I should consider turning my passion of biohacking into a career, and start this podcast. So that’s what I did.

I exited my last company, said goodbye to the world of marketing and entertainment, and began to start work on creating the Bio Alchemy podcast. Six months later, Bio Alchemy launched — and the rest, as they say, is history.

These days, I spend my time mostly between living in Reykjavik, Sydney, and Los Angeles, so you could say I get around. By far my favourite place on the planet is Iceland, which is a country that seems to nourish my soul like nowhere else.

My job now is to teach people about health, wellbeing, and how to optimise their body and mind using biohacking techniques, tools, and tactics. But in saying that, I’m not a doctor, and I don’t believe in a lot of what the modern medical system peddles in terms of diet, and other practices.

But in saying that, I’m also not just some tattooed internet junkie weirdo, posing as an information guru.

My engineering and biohacking backgrounds aside, I received my certification as a Master Herbalist in 2017, and am now on the path to receiving my desired credentials that will culminate in a PhD in Natural Medicine. And although I have a long way to go, there is so much beauty in my journey ahead.

Although I’d eventually love it when Bio Alchemy is ranked among the most important health podcasts in the world (and it will; I’ve already written it down to begin the manifestation process), that’s not my ultimate goal.

My ultimate goal with Bio Alchemy is simply to change optimise the mental, physical, and spiritual health of at least 10 people in every major city on Earth. And while only 10 people in every city may not sound like a lofty goal (and in any case, I’d have no idea how I’d quantify if I’d hit that goal), the fact is that if I can do that, the ripples it’ll have around the world by having happier, healthier, and more driven people in every major city is something I know will change the face of the world.

As I sit to write this — on the 27th of April 2019 — the Bio Alchemy podcast isn’t even three months old yet, and has only published 48 episodes. However, we’ve already been ranked as a #1 podcast in half a dozen nations, been featured in New And Noteworthy on iTunes in over a dozen countries, been ranked in the top 100 Health and Self Help podcasts in the United States, and are already generating very close to 100,000 downloads per month.

And while I’m not necessarily writing this to toot my own horn (well, maybe a little), it’s mostly so I have something to look back on in several months, years, and beyond, as a marker of how far this podcast has come. But most of all, it’s a way for me to gauge how many lives I’ve positively impacted through my passion of biohacking.

I hope one of those I impact is you.

Much love to you, dear reader.

Leon.

P.S. — Feel free to find me on social media, by searching for “Leon The Alchemist” basically wherever. In saying that, Instagram is by far my most preferred option. Although by the time you're reading this, we may not even have Instagram, we’ll probably all be wired into some Matrix looking thing, being controlled by AI. Hopefully not, but probably.

P.P.S. — I’m actually not a real Sith Lord, though I sometimes wish I was. Does it count that I have the Sith Empire symbol tattooed behind my ear? Probably not. Anyway, Star Wars nerd for life.