Today I sat down with James Maskell. James is an entrepreneur in the functional medicine space. Over ten years ago he started his career as an i-banker and realized that wasn’t the ladder he wanted to climb. He transitioned from that career on Wall Street to selling homeopathic products to doctors. He had a natural ability to navigate a landscape and spot problems as they arose. A natural entrepreneur, James has gone on to speak on platforms such as TedMed and TEDx, and is now the host of the Functional Forum, where he speaks with practitioners and experts around the world, discussing the evolution of medicine. Upcoming is his Genetics Summit where we will look at genomics and start to understand how our genetic blueprint interacts with our lives to optimize our health. If something interesting is happening in the world of progressive medicine, James is either behind it or attending. We had an incredible conversation about how to recognize our own skills as entrepreneurs, how we can live to 100, and the types of steps that we can take on a daily basis to optimize our genetics. This is a perfect conversation for anyone looking to take their health and their entrepreneurial vision to the next level.
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[2:57] James’s parents were a homeopath and a chiropractor.
[4:59] James recognized an opportunity and didn’t wait to act on it.
[7:14] What is functional medicine, and why is it foundational to the evolution of medicine?
[10:07] Functional medicine can take you across the “line of fine,” and you can live to be 100 years old.
[14:48] Listen to some very relevant and applicable talks from health and longevity experts at journey100.org.
[15:52] Social isolation is a major contributor to all-cause mortality.
[22:00] Most people associate genetics with a life-or-death sentence, but we can control our genes through lifestyle.
[24:24] You can attend the Interpreting Your Genetics Summit for free.
[27:54] Where should you go for genetic testing?
[31:42] What are the lifestyle factors that everyone must consider for better health?
[34:31] Health is the ability to self-actualize what you are here on the planet to do.
[34:56] Thank you to our sponsor, The Interpreting Your Genetics Summit.
[36:16] James walks his daughter to school in the morning.
[37:07] James loves to read non-fiction.
[37:34] James loves coffee.
[38:08] James loves to dance and play tennis.
[38:30] If you want to become an entrepreneur, do sales.
Mentioned in This Episode:
“Your health is a product of the five people you spend the most time with.”
“[We are] actually facilitating the journey of doctors from Western medicine to functional medicine.”
“We don’t need an aspirational medical system, we need an operating system.”
“The most valuable thing that a doctor could ever do is to introduce two people who want to get healthy with each other.”
MORE ABOUT JAMES MASKELL
James Maskell is the creator of Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference. He lectures internationally, and has been featured on TEDMED, Huffpost Live, TEDx and more, and is a contributor to Huffington Post, KevinMD, thedoctorblog and MindBodyGreen. He serves on the faculty of George Washington University’s Metabolic Medicine Institute.
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Functional Forum - largest free forum for doctors and health practitioners in functional and integrative health http://functionalforum.com/
Upcoming Genetics Summit: www.geneticssummit.com
Journey to 100: www.functionalforum/journey100
CALL TO ACTION
In the spirit of prevention, there is no time like the present, to look at how we could and should be supporting your system for maximum performance. This month I am challenging you to better understand your current state of health. Register today for the free Genetics Summit to learn how to use your genetic/genomic information to alter your lifestyle, guide treatment and create better health. Register here.
At the end of each of my podcasts I ask my guest this question: “Entrepreneurism, are we born this way, or do we learn to become entrepreneurs?” Never has this question been as loaded as it was for my guest today. Dr. Mansoor Mohammed is a clinical geneticist, and we discussed the correlation and connection between our genetic makeup, our DNA, and our potential and capacity for optimization. We weren’t looking at genetics from the perspective of markers for disease, but rather we went deep into the types of things we need to look for and understand if we’re going to analyze our genetics and use it to make us effective in the world. We looked at ways that genetics can be used to optimize our nutrition, we touched briefly on risk factors and then we got into the personality traits that we can actually look for in terms of markers, and that we can cultivate and leverage to make ourselves more effective on our mission to make this world a better place. This was a fascinating interview because it’s universally aligned to everybody. We all are made up of all of these genes. We each have this DNA imprint that sets the tone and the blueprint for who we become in this world. There is something for everyone to learn in this interview.
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[3:22] Dr. Mohammed has always been fascinated by chromosomes.
[5:21] What are functional genetic tests, and what information can we expect to get from them?
[9:27] Is genetic testing really valuable, or will a healthy lifestyle suffice?
[17:54] Genetic testing can help us mitigate the dangers of statistics.
[21:53] Genetic testing should give us information about genetic pathways as opposed to individual genes.
[27:43] Single gene tests can not paint the entire picture, and both the public and medical professionals need to be more educated about this.
[35:50] We are getting important insight into personality through genetic testing.
[43:09] What percent of our experiences and our presentation in the world is genetic and what percent is environmental?
[47:48] What are the privacy laws concerning genetic testing?
[52:50] Health is living up to your optimal potential and desire.
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[54:32] Dr. Mohammed gets up every morning at 4:00.
[55:03] Dr. Mohammed enjoys reading fiction.
[55:31] Dr. Mohammed loves organic, raw cacao in almond milk sweetened with honey.
[56:04] Dr. Mohammed cherishes his time with his wife and children.
[56:53] Some people are born to be entrepreneurs, however many people can learn to be an entrepreneur when they find something they are passionate about.
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“We can absolutely improve our chances of living an optimal life through the lenses of genetic information.”
" Why are we only looking at genetics in a disease centric way? There is so much more to genetics beyond the simply likelihood of disease."
“Intelligent genetic testing is not about testing a list of genes and trying to draw conclusions from them.”
“We are a beautiful collection of genes working as an orchestral masterpiece.”
MORE ABOUT DR. MANSOOR MOHAMMED
Dr. Mohammed is the Founder and President of ManaGene, considered one of the most innovative leaders in the emerging personalized medicine and lifestyle genomics space.
In 2017, ManaGene partnered with Dr. Bryce Wylde and other industry leaders to launch YouTrients (www.youtrients.me), a company revolutionizing the nutraceutical industry by being the first to utilize genomic testing to create customized, individualized supplements and vitamins.
Dr. Mohammed is widely regarded as a pioneer in medical genomics and has been the recipient of multiple academic and industry awards. He is the holder of several patents in the general fields of molecular diagnostics and genomics research, and is one of the most sought-after national and international conference speakers in the genre of personalized medical genomics.
While completing his clinical post-doctoral internship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Mohammed was credited with discovering one of two genomic pathways that define drug resistance to the Novartis-developed leukemia therapy, Gleevec, and co-published these findings in the journal Science (2001) with the renowned oncologist Dr. Charles Sawyers. That same year, he was the co-author of the American Society of Human Genetics’ Paper of the Year Award with his mentor, Dr. Eric Vilain, for their discovery of the role of the Wnt4 gene in sex-reversal. These early studies helped to define Dr. Mohammed as one of the few genomic specialists with core competencies in both the genomic characteristics of childhood development, as well as the genomic etiology of oncology/cancer.
Concomitant with his postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (2001), Dr. Mohammed was instrumental in the development and commercialization of the industry’s first available comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) arrays. He has since been widely regarded as one of the primary innovators in the diagnostic application of genomic microarrays and has contributed to seminal studies in that field. He was the co-primary author of the first peer-reviewed study utilizing microarray CGH techniques in the clinical diagnosis of developmental abnormalities (2002) and later (2008) was the senior author of the first peer-reviewed study utilizing microarray CGH techniques for clinical oncology purposes. The CGH technologies that Dr. Mohammed helped to develop and commercialize have continued to revolutionize the understanding of the human genome and have spawned thousands of peer-reviewed papers across the international academic community. Considered by Dr. Mohammed as one of the early highlights of his career, and in recognition of his contributions to developing genomic microarray technologies, he was invited as a plenary speaker to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix at the world Human Genome Organization meeting (Cancun, Mexico 2003).
Dr. Mohammed was a founder (2001) and Director of Research and Development at Spectral Genomics Inc. Under Dr. Mohammed’s scientific stewardship, Spectral Genomics quickly grew from a start-up funded by Baylor College of Medicine, to an authority in the emerging field of medical comparative genomics and was eventually acquired by PerkinElmer Inc.
With the acquisition of Spectral Genomics, Dr. Mohammed was invited to head the (then) newly established Advanced Technologies Department at North America’s largest diagnostics reference laboratory, Quest Diagnostics Inc. (2003-2006). Overseeing a state of the art facility at Quest, he was responsible for designing the roadmap and executing the adoption of new diagnostic technologies for this Fortune 500 Company (Market Capitalization exceeding 8 billion US). Within his first year at Quest, Dr. Mohammed was honored with the Patent Innovation Award for prolific innovations and discoveries and notably during his tenure was the youngest recipient of the Medical Innovation Award: Quest’s highest and most prestigious employee recognition award.
In 2006, Dr. Mohammed was recruited to co-found and lead the development of Combimatrix Molecular Diagnostics (CMDX). He served as the latter’s Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Operating Officer and for his last 4 years of tenure, as Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, CMDX became the first diagnostic company offering genomic microarray-based diagnostics to receive an official “freedom to operate” clearance by the FDA. Moreover, under his guidance, CMDX developed and launched the most comprehensive portfolio of clinically validated genomics based tests in the industry and witnessed 9 consecutive quarters of financial growth with its stock price growing from ~$4/share to over $16/share (Nasdaq).
After a decade of intense professional growth, and with an extensive network of academic, clinical and industrial colleagues, Dr. Mohammed left CMDX in October 2010 to pursue the launch of his own firm, ManaGene Inc. ManaGene is focused on providing best-in-class consulting services to the personalized medicine and genomic diagnostic service sectors. It capitalizes on Dr. Mohammed’s unique breadth and depth of experience to help companies and clinics navigate through the complex ecosystem characteristic of personalized medicine and diagnostics ventures. ManaGeneD counts as its clients, medical clinics, diagnostic companies and research institutes in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Dr. Mohammed has served on the Canadian Board of Autistic Research and is a consultant to the world-renowned Toronto Center of Applied Genomics. He has had the honor of being the personal guest of the former Premiere of Ontario, the Honorable Dalton McGuinty, and on several occasions, the guest of the Canadian Consulate of California. He has also sat on several think tank panels, including ones from the FDA and National Institute of Health (NIH) and is a frequent academic lecturer on the role of genomics in medicine.
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CALL TO ACTION
Although helpful, genetic testing is not necessary to take steps towards a healthier life. What is one thing you can start doing today to take your health to the next level? Whatever it is, make yourself accountable and inspire others by sharing your commitment in our Entrepology Facebook page.
Today I sat down with Katrina Bos. Katrina is an author, a cancer survivor, a mother, a mathematician and a teacher of tantra. Tantra, as Katrina will explain, is not about yoga or sex or weird kinky things, it’s about connecting with people and finding a true state of intimacy. Our conversation was so interesting because it wasn’t just about sexuality or connection, it was about how we leverage these things to connect to who we are as women, and who we are as go-getters in this world. This interview is jam-packed with actionable information about finding ways to connect to yourself, truly loving yourself and ultimately being able to improve your ability to connect to the world.
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[2:55] Katrina found, or was led to, tantra ten years into her marriage.
[6:27] Through tantra Katrina learned what it really meant to be feminine.
[8:57] When we aren’t in survival mode, we have the time to nurture our intimate relationships.
[10:57] What is tantra, exactly?
[16:56] Where should you seek sexual mentorship? How can you teach your kids the right things about sex?
[22:00] Making love should be intuitive.
[23:24] When her kids were young Katrina decided that she would always be their safe place in the world.
[27:01] If you can’t be safe, and open, and loving, you can’t connect.
[29:19] Tantra is the opposite of porn.
[32:44] What is the first step to becoming tantric?
[38:07] To really make love you have to give up your plan and agenda.
[39:50] The brain can only do so much.
[41:19] Some sex is draining while some is energizing.
[43:56] Follow your intuition in relationships and business.
[47:24] Human beings are not linear systems, they are chaotic systems.
[48:52] Health is ease.
[53:38] Katrina does not have a consistent morning routine.
[53:49] Katrina is currently reading about Nikola Tesla.
[54:10] Katrina loves her latte with homemade almond milk.
[54:43] What does Katrina do for fun?
[54:49] Entrepreneurism isn’t for everyone.
Mentioned in This Episode:
“In North America we are so messed up sexually.”
“We lose touch with the feminine, and I think that’s why we burn out so easily.”
“We actually have the time and the space to be contemplative now.”
" Would you ever treat your partner the way you treat yourself?"
" Only in the quiet, do we have inspiration."
" If you can't be safe, open and loving, you can't connect. Energy doesn't lie."
" Intuition isn't just telling you what the next step is. It's telling you the truth about the present moment."
" While the world may throw you a thousand ideas at you, there is only one that is your reality."
MORE ABOUT KATRINA BOS
Katrina Bos has been studying and practicing Tantra for over 10 years… Her greatest AHA moment came when she realized that this was actually our natural ability… That we are designed to be THIS intimate and experience such incredible pleasure!! Her goal is to de-mystify this ancient teaching and share it with everyone!! Because it is truly how we are made… And we all deserve to feel that kind of pleasure, happiness and connection!! Katrina now lives in Toronto, teaches online courses through her school, Fusion Tantra and travels to teach all around the world. Her passion is teaching “grounded spirituality” and understanding and exploring exactly what we as humans are truly capable of.
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How can you deepen your connections? Taking more time for yourself? Scheduling in time with your loved one? Whatever it is, make yourself accountable and inspire others by sharing your commitment in our Entrepology Facebook page.
Did you know that more than 30 million Americans — that’s the entire population of Canada — suffer from fatigue and body-wide chronic pain? In particular, a condition called fibromyalgia is the end stage of leaving your body and your nervous system unrestored. It is often associated with a trauma or severe stress early on, and the constant pressures and go, go, go lifestyle that we subject our bodies to. Today, I had the chance to sit down and talk to David Brady. Dr. Brady is an expert on fibromyalgia and cellular fatigue. We got into the daily habits that you can engage in to maximize your energy, and we also talked about the types of patterns that he sees in his clinical practice that are common to people that are ending up with chronic fatigue or chronic fibromyalgia. This is a fascinating interview if you want to understand how to tap into and access more energy on a daily basis. I bet it’s not the things you are thinking of, and these are often things that you can do easily in your own life.
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[2:55] Dr. Brady went to chiropractic school before he went to medical school, and he developed an interest in fibromyalgia early on in his career.
[7:09] Dr. Brady and a colleague dedicated themselves to fibromyalgia research and to helping other doctors become better equipped to treat this disorder.
[8:41] How can you know if you have a fatigue disorder?
[12:12] What is fibromyalgia?
[16:00] The nervous system of a fibromyalgia patient is locked in non-restorative mode.
[18:38] What predisposes someone to developing fibromyalgia?
[22:35] You must attack any medical problem from structural, mental, and spiritual angles, as well as biochemical angles.
[26:54] What is Heart Rate Variability?
[30:31] Dysfunction of mitochondria is associated with virtually every chronic disease.
[35:05] Most fatigue can be treated by changing lifestyle.
[38:41] It is crucial that you get adequate and predictable sleep.
[41:26] Health is having the energy and the vitality to live the life you want to live.
[43:35] Dr. Brady gets up at the same time everyday and makes sure to eat protein with breakfast.
[44:18] Dr. Brady enjoys reading about history.
[44:50] Dr. Brady enjoys Italian style black coffee.
[45:28] Dr. Brady restores and rebuilds old cars for fun.
[46:01] Some people are more inclined to be entrepreneurs than others.
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