Nicolas Pineault is a bestselling author and an advocate for safe technologies. He is the co-owner of N&G Média Inc., a virtual company that creates information products, like ebooks and online programs about health, nutrition, and lifestyle. Pineault is the author of the #1 bestselling book The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up near Montreal, Canada, and had a very happy childhood with my parents and two brothers. The part of my childhood that influenced me the most professionally is without a doubt the fact that at a very young age, I realized what to avoid getting into trouble with my parents.
I did all I could to avoid conflict and became quite the diplomat. This actually led me to always try to look at both sides of every situation and sharpened my ability to critically think and hold conflicting thoughts at the same time in my mind – essential skills for someone researching and writing about controversial health topics such as the dangers of electro-pollution.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
Being a “good” and “responsible” adult doesn’t mean you should stop having fun, and hobbies.
In my early 20s, I got into a lot of troubles when I became so focused on my work that other areas of my life suffered tremendously, including my personal health and happiness.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
The mainstream view is that cellphones and other devices which emit electromagnetic fields (“EMFs”) are perfectly safe, but the reality is that they are simply not.
The safety regulations around how much EMF radiation we can be safely exposed to are decades old and based on the wrong assumptions.
This is why hundreds of independent scientists have been writing urgent appeals to the United Nations and regulatory agencies worldwide to try to change the status quo. Unfortunately, this process takes time, and corporate interest prevails most of the time.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
Around early 2014, at 26 years old, my health broke down in a serious way. I had exhausted myself working for 15+ hours per day, and barely sleeping – for months on end.
I had to build myself up from scratch, and change the way I work. I quit caffeine for months, focused on my sleep, and it still took me several years to reach a level of health I consider “normal”.
I’m still grateful that I realized these hard-learned lessons at 26 years old, and not later in life. Nowadays I usually work 15 to 25 hours per week, enjoy a lot of time with my young kid and wife, exercise very regularly, and feel balanced.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
My ability to dig deep into a topic, eventually see the big picture very, very clearly, and then summarize that topic in a format that is digestible and enjoyable to the layperson.
This is what I think made my 2017 book “The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs” so successful around the world. It’s accessible to the layperson, and offers a logical, rational, and reasonable explanation of why our current use of electro-polluting technologies makes no sense – while offering simple solutions to fix that problem.
What is your morning routine?
I wake up when my kid wakes up (6 to 7 am), or earlier on occasional days I go to the gym early.
Coffee is a ritual for me, and these days I’ve been diving deeper into mastering 3rd wave pour-over coffee methods (using a “V60”). I love every second of it.
I hydrate myself a lot the second I wake up and take my morning supplements. No breakfast for me, as I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for years and don’t eat anything until around noon.
I usually spend a few minutes looking at Twitter in the morning, but this year this has proven to be a very stressful habit that I’m trying to cut down. The negativity, polarization, and pollicization of science on social media are poisonous to the mind and often can negatively impact my mindset for the day.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
Wearing blue-blocking glasses at night is a powerful habit that has helped me achieve amazing sleep nearly every night.
I wear the blue blockers when it gets dark in the summer, and during the Winter around 7 PM.
On days I do not wear the blue blockers, I can easily not feel fatigued before 11 PM at night. When I wear them, I get drowsy around 9 PM and don’t feel like spending the evening watching an endless stream of Netflix originals.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
I have a small team who helps me organize my online projects, and my assistant, Carla, helps me stay on schedule. She manages my calendar and this has proven to be an extremely effective way to be productive.
This system helps me stay accountable, and ensures I complete tasks and projects that I know will help spread the word further on a topic that is critical to public health, and severely underappreciated.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
Like thousands of other entrepreneurs, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss really blew my mind when I first read it in 2010. The thought of being responsible for my own financial and professional destiny felt really exciting, and it put me on the right path after Uni.
The book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss was equally influential. My writing and research were focused on nutrition and food quality at the time, and Moss’ stunning investigation into how (junk) food giants have influenced planetary health through their marketing tactics reinforced my willingness to get the truth out – and make things right.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
Martin Luther King Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. I realized a bit later that this is actually not a direct quote from MLK, but it remains a phrase that resonates with me deeply.
I’ve been tackling uncomfortable, unpopular research topics for years, and it’s been very difficult at times. This quote keeps me going.