The longer I study health, the more I’m convinced: health is highly personal and there is no “one-size-fits-all” health prescription. The problem is, how do you know where you stand?
Dr. Russell Jaffe, MD and PhD, is pretty much my dream guest. He went from a full conventional medicine background at the National Institute for Health (NIH), to his current role as founder and chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health. That’s quite a leap! In my opinion he is an expert in the best of both worlds: precise scientific research and time-honored therapies from cultures around the globe.
We get very practical (we want to make sure you can use this information, after all!) and identify eight predictive biomarkers that are good reflectors of lifetime health. Dr. Jaffe walks us through the functional predictive tests and procedures we should all use and know when making lifestyle choices or decisions with our doctors.
Episode Highlights With Russell Jaffe
- How Dr. Jaffe moved from a role in conventional medicine at the NIH to traveling the world learning alternative therapies
- What Dr. Jaffe found as he tried to debunk alternative medicine practices he had always thought were “unscientific”
- The role of epigenetics in health: is it all predetermined?
- What percentage of your health comes from genetics vs. lifestyle
- Four important health assessments you can do for yourself at home
- Eight biomarkers you and your doctor should know to get a snapshot of your individual health
- How to measure your fructosamine (extra sugars)
- Two under-appreciated supplements to take for optimal health: chromium and vanadium
- The role of C-reactive protein, healthy ranges, and how to get tested
- The importance of magnesium and how to know if you are low
- Homocysteine and its connection to possible future heart disease
- What the pH of urine can tell us about the body
- How to find the right level of vitamin D, vitamin K, and omega-3 for you
- A key thing to know the next time the doctors tests your cholesterol
- And more!
Resources We Mention
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