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An Interview with Dr. Bomi Joseph on Measuring & Improving Health

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Dr. Bomi Joseph

Dr. Bomi Joseph, Director of the Peak Health Center in California, is an entrepreneur who’s been described as “the most physically and psychically-prepared CEO around” by Inc. magazine. A long-time runner and martial artist, he is currently developing the Deep Health Device – an advanced digital smart scale that measures the body’s composition of fat, muscle, ligaments, liver & heart function and provides you with an overall “health score” that you can begin to improve on.

Tell Us How You Became Interested in Health?

I spent part of my childhood living on a large farming estate in Southern India and my uncle Douglass Johnson owned a well-known Ayurvedic compounding pharmacy. People from all over the area came to visit and ask him for advice and to buy his trusted herbal tinctures. I got to help him prepare herbal medicines in his shop and I have many fond memories of it. When I was a teenager, I would always wake up early, like at 4:45 AM and go for runs, sometimes clanking around the house and waking up my mother. When I was in my 30s, I’d go visit her and she would be surprised that I still did the exact same thing. Now I’m in my 60s and you can always know where to find me at a certain time of day based on my habits. As a teenager, my friends started smoking and drinking beer, and, thankfully, my gut instinct told me not to ever do that. I developed healthy habits when I was young and kept them for life.

Why Do Modern People Have So Many Health Problems?

In the not-so-distant past, our ancestors grew or hunted most of their own food and made or fixed their own clothes and furniture. Modern society is primarily a consumer culture where people just buy and eat things – including lots of ultra-processed foods that are made by industrial machines and filled with refined sugar and artificial additives. Most people work at a desk job and then spend most of their free time sitting on a couch and looking at a digital screen. Our bodies evolved to live a physically active, ‘primal’ lifestyle where sugar was very scarce – a rare treat guarded by angry bees or perhaps some berries for a few weeks in a season. When we expose our bodies to ultra-processed food, inactivity, isolation, and chronic stress they begin to break down and degenerate. This eventually manifests as chronic degenerative diseases like heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer — which now cause 86% of all premature deaths.

 

What Can People Do to Improve Their Health?

There is a big issue that I call the ‘delay problem.’ It happens when people live an unhealthy lifestyle and it takes decades for the consequences to show up on standard medical tests – and by that point, it is too late to meaningfully fix yourself. I think it is very important for people to measure their health and to take small, manageable steps. If someone is 100 lbs. overweight is understandably a very big and overwhelming problem to correct. What we have to do is learn how to monitor our health, establish a baseline, and be able to notice when things are going in the wrong direction and correct them quickly, when it is much easier to do so. If you notice that you have gained 5 lbs you can easily fix it in a few weeks, or if you notice that your blood pressure is getting higher you can adjust your diet and take immediate steps to lower stress. We need to know what is going on with our body and make constant adjustments and lifestyle ‘hacks.’ That was never really possible for most people until we came up with the Deep Health Device.

An Interview with Dr. Bomi Joseph on Measuring & Improving Health

 

Tell Us About the Deep Health Device

 The work on this project began back in 1984 at The Ohio State University when we manually measured the health metrics of elite athletes. The Deep Health Device looks like a digital bathroom scale that is powered by an iPhone app. But instead of just measuring one single metric, your weight, it has advanced histological sensors that send very subtle electrical currents through your body and measure how much resistance they encounter. This accurately maps out body tissues, fluids, and densities. It is then able to accurately estimate body fat, water content, bone density, basal metabolic rate, muscle mass, neuromuscular tissues (tendons and ligaments), heart stroke volume, and liver function.  By comparing a person’s measurements against a database with 34,000 others, we can compute a ‘health score’ that ranges from 0 to 120, accurately placing an individual on the ‘Wellness vs. Disease Risk’ spectrum. The device gives end-users some basic information and, if desired and given permission to, it can send more technical and detailed diagnostic data to your primary care practitioner. Finally, the Deep Health Device uses AI (artificial intelligence) machine learning to compare an individual’s health data against a wider population and identify telling patterns and pinpoint possible issues.

 

Any Final Thoughts or Tips, Dr. Bomi Joseph?

In the twilight of our lives, we don’t wish for more money, but for better health.  Health is like planting a tree, you have to plant the seeds (good habits) today and it will eventually provide a lot of shade, fruit, and firewood (positive benefits) in the future. Don’t wait until you are diagnosed with a serious chronic health condition like heart disease or diabetes – because at that point the damage is already been done over decades and is very hard to reverse. Finally, there is a Japanese term – kaizen — which means continuous improvements. Go for ongoing incremental improvements or “wins” rather than trying a dramatic new diet or lifestyle overhaul that you have very little chance of sticking with. Health doesn’t have to be complicated: Go to bed early and wake up early, eat real whole foods, avoid smoking/alcohol/sugar, and exercise daily. Get a fitness tracker, a personal trainer, or join a group class if you need extra motivation and accountability. You can do it! You are worth it!

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