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April 3, 2020
Is COVID-19 a lifestyle disease? It’s a concept I explore in an article published this week on Medium.
Read it here:
April 2, 2020
Tomorrow, April 3rd, I will be participating in an online fundraising event organized by my friend and colleague, Cheng Ruan, MD. Dr. Ruan spent part of his career working as an ER doc, and the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted him to take action on behalf of first responders who are in need of critically important equipment during this crisis. We go live tomorrow at 4 pm EST! If you would like to join us for a Q & A, use the link below to register.
March 20, 2020
Friends: Like the rest of you, I am watching the COVID-19 pandemic unfold in real time. It’s my impression that the synthetic barriers among us seem to be melting away with each passing day. This has caused me to reflect deeply and to align my thinking with many others who are offering guidance and seeking to be of service during these challenging days. I have written an open letter to my community that has been published on the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute website. I have given it the title “Connection Unites Us” and if you would like to read it, please use the link in my bio.
March 11, 2020
March 11, 2020 – Like the rest of the world, I am watching the news about coronavirus (COVID-19) unfold in real time. Today it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and this led me to spend several hours immersed in the medical literature, as well as datasets that collectively provide some perspective on serious global outbreaks that have taken place over the last 50 years. I share my initial thoughts in this video, and I will consider this to be an open commentary series that I will add to as we all monitor this evolving situation closely.
February 17, 2020
Health has become far too complicated. Our current healthcare system is myopically focused on illness, which means “health” is only contextualized through the lens of illness, disease, and dysfunction. Can we move beyond this model to one where providers help patients achieve full-blown wellbeing at every age? Yes, absolutely! This spring, the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, in collaboration with Ortho Molecular Products and the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center, will be hosting an exciting two-day professional conference at the W Hotel (City Center) in Chicago. Registration is now open for SIMPLEXITY: Harnessing the Power of New Science & Traditional Health Wisdom to Inspire Functional Health in Your Patients. We’ll be focusing on resilience, disease resistance, and vitality (what a concept!). I’m so proud of the program and faculty: Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD; José Ordovás, PhD; Sebastian Brandhorst, PhD; Cheng Ruan, MD; Femke Hoevenaars, PhD; Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, MT; Mat Boulé, DO; Jeffrey Geller, MD; Adrian Den Boer, DC; and Tom Guilliams, PhD. I will be launching the event with the opening keynote, as well as providing synthesis at the conclusion of each day. Can you join us?
Preview the event schedule here.
February 13, 2020
In September 2019, I traveled across the country to meet two people, Sam and Lucia Beer. They graciously let me eat in their kitchen, walk through their fields, and tour Angelica Mill. It was harvest time and I had come to talk with them about their unique crop: Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat. It’s an ancient food source that was once widely grown all around the world, but by the middle of the 20th century it had essentially disappeared from North America. To my knowledge, the Beers may be the only commercial growers and millers of this plant in the United States.
Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat fascinates me. Why?
- It contains significantly higher levels of phytonutrients compared to common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)—up to 300 percent more of certain flavonoids, which are natural compounds that plants produce as part of their life cycle.
- It contains a composition of flavonoids, including rutin and quercetin, that has been found to have health-promoting effects on immunity, metabolism, and cellular rejuvenation in humans.
- It contains a chemical substance that is extremely rare in foods called 2-hydroxybenzylamine (2-HOBA). 2-HOBA has a special relationship with substances in the body, such as in brain cells, DNA, muscles, enzymes, nerves, and chemical messengers.
- In addition, Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat is eco-friendly, sustainable, and easy to grow.
Do you want to hear more about HTB and the Angelica Mill story? Meet Sam in the latest episode the Big Bold Health Podcast.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guO2gBfccYk
Download the audio from your favorite podcast app (we’d love a review, too!)
Visit Sam Beer’s Angelica Mill website: https://tartarybuckwheat.com/
February 10, 2020
Congratulations to the American Nutrition Association on the publication of an important new paper, “Toward the Definition of Personalized Nutrition: A Proposal by the American Nutrition Association.” According to Michael Stroka, CEO of the ANA, this proposed definition will serve the broader nutrition science community by fostering standards and scalability in research, data, training, products, services, and clinical practice; and assist in driving favorable policy. The paper was authored by Corinne Bush, Jeffrey Blumberg, Ahmed El-Sohemy, Deanna Minich, Jóse Ordovás, Dana Reed, and Victoria Yunez Behm, and published in the Journal of the American College 0f Nutrition (Vol. 39, 2020 – Issue 1).
Read the press release here.
Read the article here.
October 25, 2019
Published today and I am feeling such pride, admiration, and gratitude for everyone involved! This article is the culmination of an aspiration I’ve had for 40 years. It is a first step—but a BIG first step—toward a more rational, systems-based approach to patient-centered health care. My most sincere thanks go out to IFM, the team members at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, the authors of the publication, and the many countless others who contributed to making this moment a reality.
This is an open access article. Please read, download, and share with your network.
September 26, 2019
TBT. Natural Products Expo, 2018. Me and Doug Greene. We were at the Anaheim Convention Center, and so were more than 85,000 other attendees from the wellness community and the natural products marketplace. If you focus very intently on this photo you may be able to see the thought that was forming in my head when this picture was snapped. It was this: Doug and I have traveled an amazing road together. What a ride we’ve had. We made good things happen. Someone should put our story on video. Flash forward to present day: I mobilized my own team, Doug got on a plane, we filmed our own videos, we made good things happen AGAIN. If you would like to hear our stories, Big Bold Health has just published the final installment of a 3-part podcast series. You can watch on YouTube or listen on your favorite podcasting app. Cheers to friendship! It’s a gift and it’s timeless.
September 22, 2019
September 17, 2019
The Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute is always monitoring the leading edge of scientific discoveries and how they translate into clinical practice. Earlier this month, 2019 TLC faculty member Steve Horvath, PhD, a geneticist at the University of California, Los Angeles, was author of a study published in Aging Cell that is gaining worldwide attention. The epigenetic clock—a concept pioneered by Dr. Horvath and his colleagues—has come to be recognized as a measurement of the body’s biological age. After conducting a small clinical trial using a protocol intended to regenerate the thymus, the researchers observed protective immunological changes, improved risk indices for many age-related diseases, and epigenetic aging reversal relative to chronological age. When interviewed for Nature magazine, Dr. Horvath said this: “I’d expected to see slowing down of the clock, but not a reversal. That felt kind of futuristic. ”
August 25, 2019
Dr. Jeff Bland tells the full story behind this question and how it transformed his life in the latest episode of the Big Bold Health Podcast. In the first episode of a 3-part series, Dr. Bland speaks with Doug Greene, founder of New Hope Natural Media and organizer of the Natural Products Expo. The two discuss their 40-year friendship, their experiences as pioneers in the natural products industry, and their insights on business leadership. This podcast is available on all major podcasting apps as well as the Big Bold Health YouTube channel.
August 20, 2019
Study of the color blue—in flowers, in foods, and as a pigment—has fascinated a niche community of researchers throughout history. When an article on this topic appeared in Science magazine recently, Dr. Jeff Bland was hooked! After diving into the literature, he couldn’t wait to write about his insights. Read his new publication today:
July 8, 2019
So many new Instagram followers! Connection, community, sharing—these are all such powerful concepts to me. I want to make sure you all know three important things. First, I am founder and president of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, a nonprofit educational organization. Next, every October I host an annual professional conference called the Thought Leaders Consortium (TLC). And lastly, I REALLY enjoy seeing new faces (as well as old friends) at the TLC each year. If you’ve never attended, please consider joining us in Seattle for an extraordinary experience. The dates are October 11 & 12, 2019. You can find a conference overview, event schedule, speaker gallery, and registration details at www.plminstitute.org.
June 30, 2019
Have you noticed a new title in my bio? I announced last month that I’ve started a new company: Big Bold Health. Why have I decided to take this step? I’m thinking about future generations. How can you get involved? Visit www.bigboldhealth.com and tell me how you—personally, individually, uniquely—define health. I’m collecting responses to that question because I want to demonstrate that health is a deeply personal and awesomely powerful concept—so much more than the mere absence of disease. If you’re curious about the quote on the back of the T-shirt, it says this: “I’m throwing down a challenge. Be LOUDER, be BIGGER, be BOLDER. The era of heath creation starts NOW. I’m all in. Are you?” – Dr. Jeffrey Bland
June 28, 2019
BIOHACKING. DO you think it’s big and bold because it’s new and cutting-edge? Think again. Self-experimentation has VERY long history. In the latest episode of the Big Bold Health podcast, Dr. Jeff Bland and James Maskell explore angles of the biohacking concept that you’ve probably never considered.
Watch now on YouTube: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/big-bold-health-podcast/id1463639120https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RD9TFPbw8E
Listen and Subscribe on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/big-bold-health-podcast/id1463639120
June 23, 2019
ONE WEEK LEFT: Early-Bird Registration Pricing Ends June 30th! Who, what, why, when, and where? Dr. Jeff Bland’s signature event is the Thought Leaders Consortium, and 2019 will be the seventh year he has stepped into the role of host and facilitator. This year’s topic is personalized nutrition and EVIDENCE. October is an excellent time of year to visit Seattle, Washington—this is a 2-day meeting that will take place at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, a beautiful waterfront venue that offers views of the majestic Pacific Northwest mountains and a walkable nature preserve right next door. October 11 & 12, 2019. Can you join us? More information: www.plminstitute.org
Conference overview: http://plminstitute.org/2019-thought-leaders-consortium/
Go directly to our registration website: https://cvent.me/P1wvL
June 19, 2019
Use this link to register and watch: http://trk.humanlongevityfilm.com/aff_c?offer_id=1&aff_id=70
May 19, 2019
Exciting news travels fast. It’s true! Not only am I launching a new company called Big Bold Health, the Big Bold Health Podcast—co-hosted by none other than James Maskell—dropped yesterday. Our first three episodes are available RIGHT NOW on YouTube, and soon you will find them on all major podcast apps. Listen now to hear more about my new project.
Big Bold Health website: https://bigboldhealth.com/
Big Bold Health Podcast on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2K8iZY1
May 28, 2019
This fall, the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute is bringing together expert speakers from some of the world’s top academic institutions, leading-edge companies, and future-forward clinics. Visit our online speaker gallery to learn more about our 2019 Thought Leaders Consortium faculty. Registration is open and seats are filling fast. Are you attending IFM’s Annual International Conference in San Antonio this week? Stop by Booth #1405 in the exhibit hall to register in person, ask questions, and meet the PLMI team.
Speaker Gallery: http://plminstitute.org/2019-tlc-speaker-gallery/
Conference Overview: http://plminstitute.org/2019-thought-leaders-consortium/
May 21, 2019
Arivale—a Seattle-based health technology startup that sought to bring Dr. Leroy Hood’s “Scientific Wellness” concept to consumers—abruptly closed its doors in April. This was a company that had so much going for it: valid science, talented employees, substantial funding, industry accolades. But success with customers—a critical piece of any business equation—proved to be elusive. Dr. Jeff Bland was an Arivale fan, follower, and client. Today he published an essay about his brief-but-powerful experience with this extraordinary company: “Arivale is Gone but Not Forgotten: What Did We Learn?” Read it now on Medium: https://medium.com/@jeffreyblandphd/arivale-is-gone-but-not-forgotten-what-did-we-learn-6c37142f5f80
May 17, 2019
People in Flint, Michigan were being exposed to toxic levels of lead in their drinking water. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a physician who was seeing the effects of the water crisis first hand. Now she’s written a powerful book about her experience and it’s quickly trending toward best-seller status. The book is called What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. Find it through your favorite book retailer because it is a VERY important story to know about and learn from. What a pleasure and honor to meet Dr. Hanna-Attisha this week at the inVIVO Planetary Health Conference in Detroit. Find out more about her work here: https://monahannaattisha.com/
May 2, 2019 – Upcoming Educational Event
Brain Body: Personalized Lifestyle Medicine for the Gut-Brain Axis
May 11, 2019
Featuring Sara Gottfried, MD
Sponsored by Metagenics Institute
Find details here: bit.do/bb-seattle
April 17, 2019
Pain. Stress. Addiction. If just reading these words makes you feel a reaction deep within yourself, you can imagine the daily challenges faced by millions of people who struggle with these complex intersecting issues. Primary care physicians often take a central role in managing such patients and others who are at risk, but these providers are in need of innovative prevention and treatment strategies. The Institute for Functional Medicine will be bringing together a faculty of expert presenters to address this crisis of our modern era at the Annual International Conference in San Antonio next month—May 31-June 2. Registration is still open and you can take advantage of a Friends & Family discount of $100 if you act quickly (use code AICspecial; this offer expires tomorrow, April 18). Visit AIC.IFM.org for more information.
April 9, 2019
Excitement is building about PLMI’s 2019 Thought Leaders Consortium in Seattle this October! The program is finalized, early-bird registration is now open, and seats are filling fast. We encourage you to secure your spot as soon as possible and make your hotel reservations. A link to PLMI’s conference room block at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington will be provided in your confirmation email.
More information is available here:
April 5, 2019
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that healthy people are created by a healthy planet. inVIVO’s 8th Annual Planetary Health Conference will take place in Detroit, Michigan next month, May 15-17, 2019. Dr. Jeff Bland is looking forward to participating in this important event and registration is still open if you would like to add your voice to this discussion about global health.
More information is available here:
April 2, 2019
Tomorrow’s the day! It’s the premiere of Dr. Mark Hyman’s much-anticipated Broken Brain 2 docu-series. There is still time to register, but act quickly. Dr. Jeff Bland is featured in Episode 1 (My Story) and Episode 6 (Diet).
Use this link to sign up and participate in this exciting online event: https://bit.ly/2Og5dme
March 25-29, 2019
Are you following Dr. Bland’s video diary about his experience with ProLon’s Fasting Mimicking Diet program? Use the links below to find out more about the program and its developer, Valter Longo, PhD.
ProLon website: https://prolonfmd.com/
Dr. Valter Longo: https://www.longolab.org/
March 23, 2019
There are positive messages in our genes! Thanks to Dr. Mark Hyman for letting me share my insights on this topic in his upcoming Broken Brain 2 docu-series. Anticipation is definitely building and this weekend is the perfect time to register. The series begins April 3rd and you don’t want to miss a single episode. Use this link for more information:
March 19, 2019
It’s officially time to start getting excited! You can now register to watch Dr. Mark Hyman’s Broken Brain 2, which begins April 3rd. Are you ready for a revolutionary look at the brain-body connection? This is an 8-part documentary series featuring more than 70 expert interviews (what an honor to be counted among them!). Mark your calendar and use this link to sign up today for the free viewing period:
March 11, 2019
The Seventh Annual Thought Leaders Consortium will take place October 11-12, 2019 in Seattle, WA. Dr. Jeff Bland will host more than 20 speakers and 300+ attendees from all over the world. Registration is now open. Learn more:
March 3, 2019
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, President and Founder of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, will host the Seventh Annual Thought Leaders Consortium October 11-12, 2019 in Seattle, WA.
February 20, 2019
Dr. Jeff Bland is co-author of a new open-access article about Clinical Ecology and Planetary Health.