HumanOS founder and CEO sits down with Bambi Francisco Roizen for the VatorNews podcast.

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Here are some takeaways:

– Developing health mastery means developing the right techniques to help people improve their health. Traditional health care is handled by experts. Unfortunately, our current health system is based on it Not Find the best intervention, but look at the treatments available window.

– W.What is the chance gap? With many of the diseases being lifestyle centered (lifestyle changes can eliminate 80% of chronic conditions), there is an opportunity to develop technologies that will help individuals make better decisions about self-sufficiency. We need doctors who are not trying to treat a disease but who understand, appreciate, and use these new technologies to train people to take better care of themselves.

-8:06 Different Approaches to Health: There is an evolutionary biological approach that says health is adaptation. Fitness is how well you are adapted to your surroundings. The adjustment is retroactive, so whatever you adjusted happened in your lineage. So the big question today is how our bodies adapt to modern life. Because of the unprecedented pace of technological change, there is a mismatch between our lifestyles and our bodies.

– How do I define health? Health is not the absence of disease, but a continuum in which you have a high buffer capacity, high resilience or high functionality in your life. As you go down this continuum, your buffering capacity is decreased and you are more likely to experience negative health consequences later on. So we have to get people on the optimal side throughout our lifespan.

12:44 – The new branch of health care: self-care. New information such as circadian rhythms or gut microbiota are now included in our models to predict or explain why health is occurring and how it can be remedied. We increasingly appreciate that these things are important. Now that we know this matter, we can train our capacities or buffer capacities. That’s the optimal term – training. Our health system is a nursing system. It’s there when we break a leg or get sick. It is necessary. But the other branch of care, self-care, cannot be outsourced. It’s a different paradigm. If you want to be good at soccer or guitar, you can’t outsource that. They can get a trainer to work out efficiently and motivate you to exercise. You can also do this yourself. That’s why coaching is so popular now because it trains us to build that capacity.

– Nursing solutions no longer help. 12% of adults are metabolically healthy, 88% are not! 60% of people have one chronic illness, 4 in 10 have two chronic illnesses. We need the infrastructure to combat these chronic diseases or physical injuries. But the success in developing these tools and extending our lifespan (we live an average of 70% longer than before) has led us on a path that says we can use the same tools for “all” of our health.

– The USA was developed to counter infectious diseases. With COVID-19 we can see what a massive problem this is. Then there was an intertwining of pharmaceuticals with the health system. Unfortunately, we are now trying to solve various problems using the same tools. We cannot treat away all diseases. When you engage in lifestyle activities, you have this pleiotropic effect (single gene affecting multiple systems or determining more than one phenotype). Several biological systems and outcomes are affected. Pharma is good at stopping disease or interrupting the disease process. But it’s not good to cause the same mechanisms that occur when you exercise, exposure to the sun, or sleep better. So we have to learn how we can better take care of them ourselves.

– Our health system made us spend all that money on research and development to fight disease. In the end, we have this paradigm of always looking for diseases. We therefore pathologize everything that is often normative. There is a range of research that identifies phytochemicals that can have positive effects on the human body. You will find that on each of these papers there is a suggestion that the end goal is to find a way to turn it into a drug. That is the direction of our health system. Because of this, we focus on microbiology, or molecular biology, which has dominated healthcare versus lifestyle. When you think about it, where can you go for a lifestyle workout?

35:43 – There is a significant decline in health from the age of 27.

55:54 – Religion and its role in mental health. There are many health benefits to people who participate in the religion. Can these benefits occur outside of a religious context? Probably. But are they? Religion will provide people with a structure to answer important life questions, to have fellowship, to understand suffering, to be courageous in the face of fears and to master challenges in life. Many parallels that could be described as mindset training. When faced with a challenge, there are stories out there that can help you overcome those challenges. Many people do not have religion as a source for these stories. Lack of religion can lead to a deficit in building resilience when listening to how people have dealt with challenges in the past.

– It is difficult to understand the benefit to our health at the level of a hormone such as the happiness hormones oxytocin, endorphins, dopamine, serotonin. Their effects are complex.

– In the workplace we could see a new role: Chief Health Officer. This goes beyond someone managing health insurance and team retreats.


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