This past weekend, I had the privilege of sharing the stage for a discussion with billionaire Naveen Jain.
Naveen is a disruptor and innovator in every sense of the word. He has become a good friend of mine, and his attitude is an inspiration for humanity.
To give you some context of his many accolades, his company, Moon Express, is the first private company to leave earth’s orbit and fly to the moon.
His next project is disrupting the healthcare system, and I am all for it.
Naveen and I shared the stage for a health optimization panel discussion on the future of health at Archangel Masters in San Diego. It is a high level mastermind for people who want to network with a connect with others doing big things for humanity.
For those of you who have known me for more than a minute know that while I embrace technology, I value and teach fundamental basics of health so you can make better decisions- no matter what health camp you come from – to set the stage for health and healing.
Naveen’s view, which I share, is that the bloated, ineffective, profiteering health care system is failing us.
It is the only industry where we continue to spend exorbitant amounts of money, and yet people are getting sicker.
He spoke about the stakeholders in our healthcare system — whether it’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies — who have no incentive to keep you healthy.
Chronic diseases reign supreme for big pharma. They LOVE autoimmune diseases, and even more so foam at the mouth to “treat” lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimers, cardiovascular markers such as cholesterol and blood pressure.
All of which are epigenetic changes and preventable.
They are masterful at developing drugs that people have to take for rest of their life. The toxic soup they serve up won’t let you die but won’t let you live either.
In other words, any drug you take won’t allow for real healing because if you do heal, your need for the drug is diminished.
If you’ll stop consuming the drugs, or if you die, your credit card stops working and they’ve lost a customer.
So the ideal situation for any pharmaceutical company is to keep you sick enough to still require the medication, and in so much as to just suppress the symptoms.
And since we are talking ideal conditions in Pharmaland, high fives and bonuses all around if they can suppress one symptom, but create three more.
Now it is easy to poo-poo the broken, bloated health care system.
The bigger, and more important question is how do we turn this ship around? What do we need to do? This is where Naveen and his brilliance really shine.
One of the things I continue to learn from Naveen is how to apply a limitless attitude when it comes to achieving your goals and dreams.
“The moment you believe something is impossible, it becomes impossible for you, but not for your neighbour” –Naveen Jain
Naveen is not a doctor, nor has he had any time in clinical practice. He is, however, a major disruptor.
He has taken technology from bio defence, borrowing work from Los Alamos National lab and applying it to mapping out the microbiome.
We spoke this weekend about his latest project, VIOME — which is positioned as an intentional pattern disrupt the current health care system.
It is a GI -mapping technology. To paraphrase Naveen, he wants sickness to be optional.
The basis for VIOME is a simple test to analyze your spit and poop to determine what bacteria, viruses, parasites, and funghi you have that you shouldn’t, what you don’t have that you should, and gives you relative markers to what they have determined as healthy levels.
The really cool thing they are developing is AI to assist in interpreting and give values and lifestyle recommendations based on your findings.
Even cooler is the quantitative aspect of VIOME. Your initial test determines your baseline health, and then you can retest as often as you wish – 3 months, 6 months, yearly – whatever you choose. As you change your diet, or integrate new lifestyle factors into your life, you can see how your microbiome is changing and adapting.
Humans express somewhere around 20,000 genes. The microbiota express somewhere around 7,200,000! A whopping 360x more genes expressed by our microbiota than our human genes.
Which begs the question…who is really the master here?
Are we just the mechanism or the container for these microbiota to exist?
Naveen thinks so.
Understanding your microbiome, and your enteric nervous system has knock on effects of how to heal and optimize your brain, and the rest of the body.
Embryologically, the brain and the enteric system develop at the same time, and there is a tight knit communication between the brain and the gut.
Your brain does not need to tell the gut to break down the food you just ate, you have a separate and distinct enteric nervous system that will control and regulate this.
So could we make REAL progress on mental health disorders by looking at the health and function of the gut? Or chronic diseases? Or autoimmune disorders? Or in hormone imbalances?
Damn straight we can.
The enteric system is also where your “gut instincts” come from. Every wonder when you meet someone, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you just LOVE them (or the reverse – you just don’t like them but cannot explain why?).
I have postulated before that this is a function of quantum physics – that there is a resonance, or vibration fro our subatomic particles that influences our environment.
For context, I shot this video to briefly (the exercise was to get your point across in 2 minutes!) introduce quantum physics and how it has influenced me, and been a great source of clarity for me as a doctor.
Quantum physics is a post Newtonian theory that goes beyond a simple cause-effect model, but rather we are constantly causing an effect on our surroundings, our environment and the world around us at all times.
It postulates that everything in the universe is made up of subatomic particles – protons, electrons, neutrons- and those particles have a certain vibration, or resonance.
If you put a bunch of fresh berries in the freezer, what happens?
Of course, they freeze.
Or, put another way, the blueberries take on the vibration, or resonance of their environment.
It is why when you meet someone – you may instantly love them, and part of that may be because your subatomic particles and their subatomic particles have the same energetic resonance.
Building on this, perhaps this intuition, and “gut feeling” we get about someone or something is the aligning frequencies of the protons, electrons and neutrons of our microbiota.
Given that we have 3-5 pounds of bacteria living in the gut, and they are responsible for more gene expression than our own DNA – this is entirely possible.
So VIOME is positioned to be a prototype to map out your microbiome.
Gene sequencing used to be available only to the super rich. Just a few years ago, this kind of test would run $5000 to $10000. Now using technology that is already in use, the initial test is$399, and subsequent tests are $199.
This is an awesome test for a few reasons:
- Understanding our microbiome gives us baseline understanding of where we are now, and next steps for healing. That which you measure, you manage.
- Are there bacteria, funghi, parasites, we can identify that we need to improve? Get rid of? Have too much or too little of? How do we compare the population?
- What are the steps we need to undergo int order to heal our gut? Are there short term solutions? Medium or long term ones? If so, what? The AI at VIOME will help you.
- Understanding your microbiome can also uncover further clues to our brain health, and other end organ dysfunction such as adrenal dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, and sex hormone dysregulation.
- We can retest at whatever interval we choose.
Now, interpretation is always going be important, so I strongly recommend working one on one with a health care practitioner, particularly one who understands the nuances of nutrition, to help you decode the data, and how you can use it to live a better life.
I have spoken about this for almost my entire career – you need to be your own health detective.
No one is coming on a white horse with all the answers.
As a doctor in her 15th year of practice, what I see affecting people most often is some form of chronic, low grade inflammation.
Playing the long game is where it is at…and often the simplest to care for. Once pathology sets in, it is far more difficult, with inflammation and involvement of multiple systems to correct.
What is chronic low grade information, you ask? It can look like any of the following:
- Heart Disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
- Mood Disorders such as depression or anxiety
- Brain degeneration, Alzheimer’s, early onset dementia
- Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer
- Joint Pain, Swelling, Arthritis
- Atopic disorders, allergies, asthma, eczema and acne
- Poor recovery, healing, and autoimmune disorders
Yea, I know. Basically EVERYTHING.
Here is the point though – delegating your health to the government, limiting it your insurance coverage, or even delegating responsibility your doctor is never going to end well.
You need to figure out – with the right tools and team – what works for you.
Take responsibility for yourself and your health.
VIOME is a step in the right direction to allowing you to choose whether good health is optional or not.
To learn more, you can visit VIOME’s website here.