Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning podcast, episode #93 with Dr. Momo Vuyisich, the co-founder and chief science officer of Viome[i], a healthcare disruptor that’s using IA to analyze your gut microbiome to make personalized nutritional recommendations.
I’m excited to introduce you to Momo Vuyisich, the chief science officer at Viome, who leads their efforts in product development and clinical research. Momo knows all too well of the importance of the gut/brain connection and how we can take control of our own life and health by optimizing our gut microbiome with personalized nutritional recommendations using Viome testing.
Before co-founding Viome in 2016, Momo spent 12 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory[ii], where he was the leader of the Applied Genomics team. His research focused on applying modern genomics to the areas of gut microbiomes, host-pathogen and microbial inter-species interactions, pathogen detection, cancer biology, toxicology, infectious diseases, and antibiotic resistance.
In this episode, you will learn
How Momo, the founder of Viome.com reversed his rheumatoid arthritis with a change in diet.
Forward thinking strategies for taking your health into your own hands.
What your poop can tell you about your health.
What exactly is microbiome testing and how it works.
A vision of the future where chronic disease is preventable and diet is personalized.
“Today we have 100% of the science and technology needed to cure every chronic disease and every cancer.” Momo Vuyisich
“The only way to predict the future is to invent it.” Momo Vuyisich
Welcome Momo, thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to be here today.
Momo, I mentioned to you that I recently did an Dr
Q1: Can you give us your background, and what brought you to where you are today, inspiring your work with Viome, whose on a mission to help the world understand what we uniquely need to be healthy, and ultimately prevent and reverse chronic disease like Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Parkinson’s, MS and Obesity?
Q2: I don’t want to repeat the incredible information you gave Luke DePron on his podcast, so I am posting the links to his episode in the show notes.[iii] For those of us like me who were beginners to understanding what the microbiome is, and the gut/brain connection, you did offer an incredible resource for everyone to check out. You suggested to look up Dr. Robynne Chutkan and her book[iv], The Microbiome Solution, and she has a new book out now called Gut Bliss. She also did a great intro to understanding the microbiome for CBS Morning News that you can see on her website.[v]Can you give a quick overview on why it’s so important for us to understand our gut microbiome, the gut/brain connection and why true health begins in the gut?
Q3: Before I heard Luke’s podcast with you, I knew that we need to protect our gut microbiome, and that taking a probiotic can help balance our gut and keep us healthy. I also had heard about prebiotics, or foods that were good for gut health, and do try to stick to low glycemic foods. After listening to some of your podcasts, I know there are medicines (like antibiotics, acid reflux medicine, NSAIDS and birth control pills) that can damage our microbiome and foods that can either help or hurt us, and perhaps that the foods I am choosing from the glycemic index might be spiking my blood sugar? Can you explain why probiotics are limiting and why different foods can be beneficial to my microbiome, but not yours?
Q4: How are you helping people to understand what they uniquely need to be healthy and allow them to take back control of their health? What exactly do you do at Viome?
Q5: What are you focused on now at Viome, what is your 10-year vision, and what do you need to get there?
Thank you very much for your time today, Momo.
For people who want to learn more about Viome, they can go to Viome.com and learn more about the process of taking the simple at-home test, learning their scores, and the supplements and suggestions for foods they should either avoid, minimize, enjoy and those that are superfoods for them.
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