Episode 022: Dan Pardi M.S., Ph.D(c), At the Frontiers of Health Technology and Quantified Self, The Future of Functional Medicine and Sustainable Behavior Change
In Episode 022 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Wellbeing, I have an exploratory conversation with pioneering researcher, behavioral scientist, and sleep guru: Dan Pardi. While many of you listening to this may know Dan from his passion for studying and improving your sleep, utilizing an ancestral framework through the study of hunter gatherer movement and sleep patterns, perhaps you are unaware of his background in a wellness world that extends far beyond the bedsheets.
Dan is the CEO of humanOS.me, an investigator initiated sponsored research association 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.
I could go on about Dan’s accolades and impressive resume, but the truth is, Dan’s passions do not actually rest in the pocket of your jacket or on the shiny screen of your new electronic device. Dan's life's work is deeply and profoundly rooted in his passion for discovering how exactly to help people live healthfully.
In this podcast, as I alluded to in the beginning of the introduction, we shake things up from the standard story of sleep to uncover a little bit more behind the man just trying to get you a little bit healthier.
We explore Dan’s background and amazing journey through research institutions and pharmaceutical tech to arrive at his current work in the world of practically applied self tracking, or quantified self.
We start to ask and answer some of the big questions when it comes to applying health tracking devices or quantified self in the clinical context
What is Quantified Self or Biohacking anyway?
What currently are the most common techniques for supporting positive behaviour change?
Does it come from Doctors? Health Coaches? Digital Social Support Groups? iPhone Apps?
We then dig into Dan’s newest endeavour the previously mentioned innovative program humanos.me
What is it exactly?
What is its intention? Mission going forward?
What measures are you tracking with this program and how?
And of course, does it actually help?
We then enter a discussion covering some of the pressing topics facing the functional and ancestral health movements as a whole.
Why do functional medicine clinicians need technologies such as humanos to track and deliver health education.
How can we practically tomorrow implement and start using some of this technology?
How many measures are too much?
And are there actually any downsides to tracking biometrics?
Will we lose intuition, and simply become tech robots even more reliant on our digital devices to survive?
Dan ends the conversation speculating about the future of health tracking technology, genetics, and the personalized medicine movement as a whole
If you have listened to Dan speak before, and I most certainly have followed his fascinating work, I really think you will find this interview practical, genuine and creatively optimistic.
I was so excited and grateful to have met Dan this past September at the 2017 AHS and cannot wait to continue growing our friendship, bringing the world more insightful discussions and of course nourishing health education and technology.
A big thank you to Dan for taking time to share this conversation with me and through me with you!
So without further adieu, let’s dig into the show!
Keep up with Dan through his social media using the links below!