What biomarkers does your doctor measure? During my conversation with experts practising in diverse fields of wellness and healthy longevity, something that rarely comes up is the use of biomarkers, either to suggest a practice direction or to monitor results of interventions. As a Medical Biochemist, and past director of a department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, for me, precise and accurate outcome measurement is a fundamental tenet of good practice. In today’s conversation we are going to discuss how biomarkers can be used to optimize health and performance and how we can use food as medicine.
My guest today is Ari Tulla, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor, with a portfolio of 40 startups, including Virta Health, Good Eggs, and Ōura. Ari was the CEO of Quest Analytics, the market leader in doctor data and network management, and co-founder and CEO of BetterDoctor, a doctor search engine. He is the co-founder & CEO of Elo, the smart nutrition service, whose mission is to transform food from the leading cause of disease, to medicine. When not working or co-parenting his two young children with his wife, Ari spends his time on the steep cliffs, powdery slopes, and big cold waves that only Northern California can offer. I asked Ari whether tackling the steep cliffs and big cold waves was done to trigger hormesis, the principle that short, intermittent bursts of stressors like extreme cold trigger a cascade of cellular reactions that enhance overall health, slow aging, to make one more resilient to future stress. Or does he just surf and ski for the fun of it? He said both. We discussed how biomarkers as part of a comprehensive battery of test can be useful in directing the use of food and medicine.
Learn more about Ari at the links in the show notes.https://www.linkedin.com/in/aritulla/
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