A Medical Dispatch for Well Beings
Navigating the Microbiome for Optimal Gut Health and More
Each edition of our newsletter features exclusive interviews with experts from the Private Medical community, providing valuable insights and answers to our pressing health questions. Last season on our podcast, we spoke with Raja Dhir, co-founder and co-CEO of Seed Health, a microbiome science company. Dhir dove into the emerging data about the microbiome that could impact preventative medicine, the parallels between the guts of infants and centenarians, and the benefits of having a diverse diet.
Tune into his conversation with Private Medical’s Dr. Natalie Walsh and Dr. Jordan Shlain on the Inside Medicine podcast, or read a summary of the discussion below.
The Truth About Weight Loss Drugs
Each edition of our newsletter features exclusive interviews with experts from the Private Medical community, providing valuable insights and answers to our pressing health questions. This month, we are privileged to speak with Dr. Michelle Cardel, a distinguished obesity and nutrition scientist, registered dietitian, and the Head of Clinical Research & Nutrition at WeightWatchers.
Dr. Cardel delves into various misconceptions about weight loss, shedding light on the truth behind GLP-1 inhibitors, which are commonly marketed under brand names such as Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro. She also shares her expertise on the science of lifestyle change, the importance of addressing weight and health with our children, and the challenges of sustaining weight loss.
Tune in to her insightful conversation with Private Medical’s Dr. Natalie Walsh and Dr. Tatiana Ivan on the Inside Medicine podcast, or read a summary of the discussion below.
The Truth About Drug and Product Safety Lies in Independent Testing
In every issue, we interview experts from the Private Medical community, exploring the latest insights and questions about our everyday health. This month, we speak with David Light, founder and CEO of Valisure. Started with the goal of investigating batch variability in pharmaceuticals, the independent lab has found carcinogens in brand name drugs like Zantac, aerosols like antiperspirants and dry shampoo, and other everyday products.
In this interview, he discusses how medications and products are made, how and if they are tested along the supply chain, and the role of the FDA. Furthermore, he will illuminate how to be a smarter consumer as it pertains to your health. Listen to his conversation with Private Medical’s Dr. Jordan Shlain and Dr. Hela Barhoush on the Inside Medicine podcast, or read an adaptation below.
Getting Smart About What You Eat Starts on the Food Label
Private Medical physicians Dr. Jordan Shlain and Dr. Natalie Walsh speak with Dr. Marion Nestle, professor emeritus of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and the author of a dozen books on nutrition, including the award-winning What to Eat and Food Politics. Her memoir Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics was released in October. Dr. Nestle discusses fighting the profit-driven food industry with your choices in the supermarket, planetary health vs. nutritional health, and how to navigate food labels without a doctorate in molecular biology.
Unpacking Longevity: The Science of Feeling Young to Age 95
Private Medical physicians Dr. Jordan Shlain and Dr. Hadi Halazun are joined by Dr. Eric Verdin, the president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on aging. The doctors discuss biological age vs. chronological age, the science of aging cells and its role in chronic disease, and Dr. Verdin’s optimism for our ability to live healthy lives to age 95.
Unpacking Longevity: Engineering Brain Health, From Sleep to Neuroplasticity
Private Medical physicians Dr. Jordan Shlain, Dr. Natalie Walsh, and Dr. Hadi Halazun are joined by Dr. Amy Kruse, general partner of Prime Movers Lab, where she leads their life sciences investments. They discuss what constitutes good sleep hygiene, how to engineer our sleep as we age, and the new neuroscience therapeutics toolkit that taps into our more recent understanding of neuroplasticity and networks in the brain.
Unpacking Longevity: The Myths of Anti-Aging
Private Medical physicians Dr. Jordan Shlain, Dr. Hadi Halazun and Dr. Natalie Walsh are joined by Dr. Charles Brenner, the Alfred E. Mann Family Foundation Chair in Diabetes and Cancer Metabolism at City of Hope National Medical Center. They discuss the role of the popular longevity coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, NAD, and how it maintains resilience and youthful function, the myths of anti-aging, what constitutes pro-aging, and what the science really tells us about how to feel better as we age.
Unpacking Longevity: The Science of Happiness
The quality of your relationships is the biggest predictor of your long-term health In Harvard’s 84-year-long Study for Adult Development – the longest longitudinal study of the same people – there were some expected findings and some unexpected findings. “It was dramatically clear that the people who did not abuse alcohol, did not smoke, got […]
Unpacking Longevity: Precision Movement and Fitness
For our newest series, Longevity; The Gurus, The Science, and the Pursuit of the Truth, we’ll be exploring how we can live longer, healthier lives. In this episode, Private Medical physicians Dr. Jordan Shlain and Dr. Todd Spector are joined by four fitness professionals to discuss building a personalized exercise and lifestyle plan, rooting long-term health in a daily movement practice. Our guests Dr. Phil Wagner, Sparta Science CEO; Dr. Rowan Paul, sports medicine physician; Brian Hannah, founder of Thrive Muscle Activation; and John Burns, CEO of TB12, go deep on holistic lifestyle choices, mindset, and how the latest tech informs more personalized fitness.
Child Mental Health Starts with Prevention
In every issue, we interview experts from the Private Medical community, exploring the latest insights and questions about our everyday health. This month, we speak with Dr. Helen Egger, the co-founder and chief medical and scientific officer at Little Otter, which provides online mental health care to families and children. She discusses the topics of pandemic fatigue, taking a family approach to mental health, and paying attention to the emotional and behavioral patterns in your children.
Unpacking Longevity: Eating for the Mind and the Gut
For our newest series, Longevity; The Gurus, The Science, and the Pursuit of the Truth, we’ll be exploring how we can live longer, healthier lives. In this episode, Private Medical founder Dr. Jordan Shlain is joined by Dr. Emeran Mayer, distinguished professor at UCLA and author of The Gut-Immune Connection. They discuss how a plant-based diet transmits health benefits across the mind and body, the positive effects of time-restricted eating, and the surprising impact of changing your diet later in life.
Pediatrics: The Effects of Wildfires on Our Health
Private Medical Silicon Valley-based pediatrician, Dr. Erika Drazan, is joined by Dr. Kari Nadeau, the Naddisy Foundation Endowed Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. For more than 30 years, Dr. Nadeau has focused on how environmental and immune/genetic factors affect allergies, immune tolerance, and asthma. In today’s conversation, the doctors discuss wildfires and climate change, including the issues of how to protect your immune system from air pollution, how allergies are affected by changing weather, and the long-term effects of smoke exposure.
Pediatrics: A Scientific Approach to Shaping Kids into Compassionate People
Private Medical New York-based pediatrician Dr. Kelly Fradin is joined by Melinda Wenner Moyer, contributing editor at Scientific American, and a faculty member in the Science, Health & Environmental Reporting program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her recent book, How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes, takes a scientific approach to bringing up kids who are compassionate, confident, and resilient.They discuss how lying is a normal part of development, how kids’ self-esteem contributes to a long, healthy life, and the importance of discussing topics that make you uncomfortable.
Pediatrics: Navigating Back-to-School & the Delta Variant
Private Medical Los Angeles-based pediatrician Dr. Sarah Greene is joined by Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University and author of the New York Times bestselling book The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years. They discuss back-to-school amidst the challenges of the Delta variant, how to create a “risk budget” for your family, and continuing to move forward in this constantly changing environment.
Pediatrics: Rising Orthopedic Issues in Children
Private Medical Los Angeles-based pediatrician Dr. Sarah Greene is joined by Dr. David Skaggs, the co-director of the Spine Center and the Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at Cedars Sinai, to explore how COVID has affected kids’ bodies. The doctors discuss the rising cases of back pain in teens, over-use injuries when returning to sports, and choosing the right backpack.
Pediatrics: How to Empower Kids in the Outdoors
Private Medical Silicon Valley-based pediatrician Dr. Kellen Glinder is joined by Dr. Grant Lipman, a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University and co-founder of the app, Global Outdoor Emergency Support. From hiking to camping, skiing to sailing, they explore how to get kids motivated in the outdoors, the best strategies for staying safe, and the preparedness gear you shouldn’t leave home without.
Pediatrics: The Food-Mood Connection
Private Medical New York-based pediatrician Dr. Kelly Fradin is joined by Dr. Uma Naidoo, a nutritional psychiatrist and author of This Is Your Brain on Food, to explore how food can affect our overall mental health. The doctors discuss “feeding your bugs,” why breakfast for dinner can help with sleep, and how food labels can easily trick us.