I was recently profiled in a Quartz article about my work in personalized, precision medicine. I wrote about my take on the article on facebook and linkedin with this statement.
“I take back the unscalable comment: Lief therapeutics is making HRV monitoring scalable, SANO is making CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) scalable, and I am working on a scalable software solution for supplements and lifestyle recommendations.
My favorite part of it was the last paragraph when Michael Coren, the author, asks me, “Where do you think a practice like yours will be in five years?”
The way to explain this question is actually to look to the past. When I was trying to figure out if what I was doing was special, I started doing some research on doctors in antiquity. I found an interesting pattern. Most people in Greek and Roman times considered their kitchen to be their medicine cabinet. The women of the world were responsible for managing a lot of illness through food.
So food as medicine was fairly widespread, but the wealthy and the gladiators and the kings, all of these people had special doctors. There’s always been doctors working with the elite and working with the athletes of the world.
But the difference between now and then, is that the kitchen is no longer the medicine cabinet. The kitchen is now the place of ultra-toxicity and disease.
I think in five years, I’m going to be, hopefully, speaking to the entire country through media and through public health campaigns (I’m going to build a platform around this) trying to bring back what we knew for thousands of years about how food can treat our disease and how plants are a source of healing and how the way that we are living our lives in modern times is antithetical to optimal health.”
I hope you found the article insightful and interesting. I believe there will be a way to bring better medicine to all people. It’s just a matter of time before food as medicine is part of the repertoire of doctors and technological breakthroughs, like those mentioned above, are affordable for all.