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Welcome to my site!

Here's my academic background:

  • I earned my PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2012.
  • From September 2012 to August 2014, I served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Comparative Biosciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • From August 2014 to December 2016, I served as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.

In the fall of 2016, I made the decision to leave academia and pursue entrepreneurship a transition I completed on January 1, 2017. If you would like the full story of how I came to this decision, you can join my email newsletter, and the first welcome email tells the story and provides you with my vision going forward.

As of January 2017, I'm on my own. I am currently conducting independent research, consulting, working on information products, collaborating on information and technology products, and producing tons of free content to help people gain better health.

I have deep and personal experiences with the power of food, movement, and mindfulness to support health and well being. I want to take what I've learned and pay it forward.

But I'm not done learning. I'm constantly learning from my own challenges, failures, and successes, and I'm constantly learning by scouring the scientific literature, whether I'm uncovering long-forgotten and neglected evidence from yesteryear or following and deciphering the latest findings.

What I try to do here is grapple with complex science and translate it into practical principles that each of us can use to better support our health.

Please join me in the pursuit of truth, learning, and wonder!

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8 Comments

  1. I’m reading lately that taking elderberry has a negative impact on those with autoimmune issues in that it can stir up a cytokine storm and possibly kill one. 1) Do you know if that is true and 2) Do you know if taking quercetin has a mitigating or helpful effect on the cytokine issue? I have Hashimoto’s, have been taking elderberry gummies all year and for the first time in my life probably, have had no sore throats and horrible sinus infections over the past year. I’m not very reactive to meds/supplements anyway, at least ostensibly, so I have no idea if I’m harming myself by taking the gummies, although I have reduced the amount I was taking. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi,

    I have just come across your work via a youtube interview that you had with Ben Greenfield(thanks to him) and found it useful in that Ive been looking for a definitive reference on Lab tests/Supplements and have the preview of your 70 sag page doc in front of me and would consider buying the full version but the thing is: Because I live in Istanbul and because the Turkish lira has crushed heavily against the US dollar recently, Id be greatful if you could send a discount code.

    Also, I have been experimenting with different diets and supplements combinations and therapies to get over the Restless Legs Syndrome(im on a med called Pramipexole: a domaine agonist) that suffer and this has screw my life in every way.

    Id appreciate if you can take the time and reply to me via email.

    Im really looking forward to hearing from you.

    Regards,

  3. Chris, I happened on your site by accident when I read that Vitamin K2 is important to take with Vitamin D 3 for bone health. I take Letrazole and Prilosec which interfere with bone density. I am hoping to follow your ideas – I will reread the information you have put forth. Any suggestions?

  4. Hey Chris,

    Love the site and all the information you put out.

    Kind of a big question for you: If you had to do it all over again, would you have went a different route with your education? I am 30 years old and work as a strength coach and online nutrition/lifestyle coach. I am considering getting my PhD or RD to further my learning and have a little more authority in the online realm/seminars. I would like to continue working with clients, but also have more outlets similar to what you are doing now.

    Also, do you know of any reputable online PhD programs in nutrition/biochemistry, or a related, helpful field?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Zach,

      I don’t think it helps much to live in the past, but I would probably leave high school sooner and wait until later to go to college. (I left high school at 15 and started college at 16.) I would focus more on travel and business in the gap I had.

      The only thing I think would have been really life-changing for me is if I had read The Four-Hour Workweek in 2006 when it came out instead of in January of 2015 when I was forced to by crisis. I think many of the sacrifices I associate with my academic path could have been avoided and its benefits reaped if I had a better understanding of time and resource management and of lifestyle design.

      I would only pursue a PhD if you want to pursue a career in research. Can it add to your credibility? Sure. But if your goal is to work with clients, I find it difficult to see how that credibility can possibly compensate for 4-6 years of intense focus on academia at the expense of your business. I just can’t wrap my head around you not being able to do far more to grow your business by tending to your business in that time frame. That is 4-6 years of sacrificing income, capital, client relationships, and the one non-renewable resource you have, your time.

      Do you want to do research? If so, a PhD is the way to go, no exceptions.

      In the unlikely event you want a policy wonk job, there could be a few other things that justify a doctorate.

      An RD might make more sense for you if you’d rather work with clients than do research. I think Diana Rogers does consulting on this career choice that might be helpful.

      If you choose to pursue a PhD program, it should be primarily based on who you will work with as a mentor. 1) Whose research impresses you; 2) whose research looks looks like you’d want to join their time, find a little niche within that same line of inquiry, and stick with them for a few years?

      Chris

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