Oct 2, 2017
John is a scientist looking at how to optimize human health on a molecular level. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Bates College and his Phd from Duke University. He worked at Proctor and Gamble developing new sunscreen technology and products that generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. As if that wasn’t enough, Dr. Sottery has gone on to found 2 multimillion dollar companies over the last two decades, and in selling his latest, he has been able to focus on helping people transform their health using their own unique biochemistry.
From an early age John was obsessed with understanding the world on a fundamental level. He was always taking things apart, even discovering how to make a master key that would unlock handfuls of locks after his bike was stolen. This interest in how things both work and go wrong led him to deepening his understanding of chemistry. On the health side, John lost his mother to cancer when she was 82. His dedication to helping her survive the first three bouts of cancer she survived is the catalyst that led him to sell his software company and retarget specifically at health.
Your Biochemical GPS
John’s issue with the health industry is the tendency for a “one size fits all” approach to individual’s health. Just think about how often people take Ibuprofen or Advil for pain. John wants to go up river and find the molecular source of that cause rather than just treating the final step. He works on treatment at the molecular level rather than the symptom level by doing broad ranges of blood tests to see exactly what an individual’s biochemistry is composed of. Since John understood his father’s biochemistry he was able to make a phone call to his doctors and help get him out of the hospital, when 24 hours before, his father was saying his final goodbye to him. You can have all the maps in the world, but unless you know where you stand among them you’ll have no idea where to go.
Utilize Your Voice
John gives some excellent heath advice for you to look into in this episode – cut out all the high fructose from processed foods you eat to get your metabolism back on track, balance Omega 6 and Omega 3 to help with inflammation, and make sure you are getting the proper levels of Vitamin D and Calcium. But his biggest take away for you is this: you’re in charge of your health. It’s your responsibility to put your money where your mouth is. Stop buying foods that causing your illnesses and speak up about them to companies and your local grocery stores. Ask your doctors questions and order tests yourself if you want to push deeper into your biochemistry and give your physicians more data to look at. You don’t have to be a victim of your own health – go out and own it!