The Sneaky State of Food Science: Dan Pardi

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The Sneaky State of Food Science: Dan Pardi

“It's great to have knowledge but that by itself doesn't vaccinate you from having a healthy lifestyle. You have to be able to translate that into skills. Sometimes that skill development is hard and sometimes it's easy. Either way, just actually trying something for the first time breaks the seal so what was theoretical before and is internal now.” – Dan Pardi 

How can you become the scientist and expert of your own mind, body, and soul through personalized health and wellness experimentation

In Wellness + Wisdom episode 206, CEO of and host of humanOS Radio, Dan Pardi, returns for the third time to explain how you can become the architect of your own wellness journey, the best way to utilize performance-enhancing devices, and how to incorporate meaningful but simple self-care practices into your daily life.

By the end of this episode, you will be well-equipped to wade through all of the information, studies, and research out there to find the best sources that will help you become your best version.


Listen To Episode 206 As Dan Pardi Uncovers:

  • The Loop Model – why he created it and how it can help people adapt to healthy behaviors for the long-term.
  • How you can read between the lines of nutrition studies in order to have a clear idea of what you're actually learning.
  • The problem with Virta Health falsely claiming that they reversed diabetes without truly proving it with the right test results.
  • How studies that are done on animals translate to the effect they would have on humans.
  • What exercises are ideal for people with an APOE-4 genotype.
  • The process of deciding which foods work well with your genotype and discovering what doesn't work.
  • Sourdough and whether or not the fermentation process helps us to digest this type of bread.
  • The Ketogenic Diet vs. APOE – Who should be following a high-fat, Keto diet.
  • How you can become the scientist and expert of your own mind, body, and soul through personalized health and wellness experimentation.
  • The difference between a poor quality and a good quality study.
  • Mundane but meaningful, simple daily practices that you can incorporate into your daily life for better wellness.
  • Becoming the architect of your own health through humanOS by choosing your own wellness path.
  • How to use performance-enhancing devices not as the solution to better health but as something that can assist us on our wellness journeys.
  • The impact that humanOS and being healthy in this modern world has on your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
  • How humanOS allows its users to continuously learn more and more about health every day while also being able to enjoyable process.
  • The different takes on fitness wearables and why he uses technology to help him fulfill his wellness goals.
  • How we can modify and change what we're doing according to what didn't work out for us in the past.
  • Why we should see failures as opportunities to grow and learn.
  • The advantages we can take to exploit more of what we like instead of novelty seeking and trying every new thing that becomes available to us.
  • How being curious about the world around us can continue to keep us young at heart.

Power Quotes From The Show

“In order for someone to adopt and sustain healthy behaviors long-term, they should understand why they're doing something, how to do it, if they're doing it correctly, and if it's working. You can see that those are four really discrete factors and so you do need to understand health science. We can't totally outsource research because you're going to be the one that's making decisions in your life; nobody's going to make more decisions that you will. So, having some knowledge about all these things that can affect your health is actually an opportunity.” – Dan Pardi

“The replication crisis demonstrates that studies should be replicated with a different lab. With a detailed method section, someone should be able to pick up that study, follow the protocol, do exactly the same study, and get a very similar result. Often times, the real crisis is that we're not seeing enough replication because of incentives from the journals. Journals want to publish new, positive information versus what's been done before.” – Dan Pardi

“Don't you want experts involved in the generation of new compounds that could help patients? Don't you want people that have tons of patient experience that understand the ins and outs of seeing an individual of all different types come into their clinic? Don't you want them to have a voice in the process from the very beginning so that they can guide the clinical development program in a manner that's going to lead us to the best understanding of whether or not this drug can help?” – Dan Pardi

“Part of the mindset of someone who is seeking health expertise is someone who recognizes that habits aren't just something that we learn in a week or a month; it's an ongoing process. Part of the right mindset is somebody who thinks of themselves as a regular learner by taking in new information, thinking about it, drawing diagrams, and talking about it in their community.” – Dan Pardi

“Instead of viewing the Ketogenic as, ‘Is this the right diet?' view it as ‘I'm going to give it a try. How did I do with it? What did I learn about my body from trying it?' The same thing with the Mediterranean diet; instead of viewing it as the best diet ever, we can look at the benefits of it. It's really impossible to decide which diet is best but it's certainly not impossible to say what diet is best for you because you can try it and if you feel really good, you like the food, and it's sustainable plus you're getting the results you want, then that's great.” – Dan Pardi

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About Dan Pardi

Dan PardiDan’s life’s work centers on how to help people live healthfully. He is the CEO of which leverages a novel behavior model to promote health fluency, skill development, and lifestyle insights to help people master their health practice. He does research with the Zeitzer Lab in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and in the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he investigates how lifestyle factors, like sleep, influence decision making, cognitive performance, and metabolism.

Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain alertness and capable mental performance under challenging circumstances. He currently serves as Board Member for, as a Council Director for the True Health Initiative, and Advisor to several health-oriented companies (Ample Meals, Fitstar, Splendid Spoon, Validic), an Editor for the Journal of Evolution and Health, and formerly, as Board Chairman for the Investigator Initiated Sponsored Research Association.

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