Dr. Molly Maloof is fascinated with health. She always has been. At the age of five, Molly knew she wanted to be a doctor. By high school, Molly was fascinated with the body. What was going on with her hormones? Why in the world do people get acne? As an Undergrad student, she wanted to understand how healthcare systems work across the world and how people exist within them.
“I was constantly asking why,” Molly told me on a phone call. “Why are people getting sick? Why are people suffering? So much of medicine is just about putting band-aids on problems. Well, okay. 80% of diseases are preventable so why are we not caring more about prevention?”
Medicine to treat herself, too.
In medical school, Molly dedicated her energy to her own performance. “I had to change my performance because I optimized my health. What would that do for humanity? How do I get doctors to have a better life?” she told me. “I wanted to know, how do you, as a doctor, take better care of yourself so you can work? So my first foray into this was selfish. I’ve always wanted to optimize my performance. When I changed my performance because of my lifestyle, I got better at my job because I optimized my health. And it hit me, What if everyone had optimal health? What would that do for humanity? If everyone had better health, everyone would be closer to reaching their potential,” she said.
So Molly developed a course of her own, calledPhysician Heal Thyself: Evidence-based lifestyle. She explained, “If working really really hard isn’t the best way to get to better performance, then maybe it's actually taking better care of yourself. The difference isn’t more work. It’s more self care.”
It was then that she had a realization that changed the course of her life.
“The healthcare system is a big sham. It’s not actually helping people get healthier. Health is the ability to adapt and self manage in the face of adversity. The health system is not supporting health. Its supporting sickness fixing.”
Molly had been studying Pediatric Obesity when she discovered that, in her words, its all lip service. “I can’t change the system within the system. So I decided to leave my residency, halfway through, because there is something beyond this. We have lost our intuitively knowing of how to keep ourselves healthy. We’ve had our minds hijacked by corporate food companies who are not looking out for our health. That is causing really serious damage,” she said. “The way to change medicine was going to be outside of mainstream medicine.”
Paving her own path.
Molly started learning on her own, from others in the industry and from other gurus out there. She started by going back to the basics. “First principles; you have to boil everything done to first principles,” she said. So she started there, with the most obvious question. “Okay, so what is health? It took about ten years but finally I figured it out. Health is about capacity. The capacity to maintain your structure, the building blocks which are your food and your metabolism, and the signals that you send your metabolism to maintain proper energy swells, and then how you use the energy that you’ve created, which is through stress or work. I cracked the code.”
Part of that code, it turns out, is nutrition.
“The body responds in such a personal way, so how do you get the right recommendations for every person that will lead to an actual improvement in health? Blood sugar monitoring, glucose monitoring, is a really effective way of monitoring your body,” she said. “People who have diabetes. You don’t just wake up one day and have this disease land in your lap. Diabetes is a slow moving machine that will be preventable if you know what is going on in your body before you’re even pre-diabetic. Hypertension and diabetes are just indicators that a body is starting to fall apart. Why is that body falling apart? What are the triggers causing this body to fall apart? That’s how you become healthy.”
“I’ve been fascinated by the collagen industry, because i’ve beenmeasuring people’s metabolism for many years. One of the biggest imbalances that I see in people is that muscle meat eaters often times are missing glycine. The reason they are deficient in glycine is because they are not eating the connective tissue. And the connective tissue is where you get thecollagen from. And a lot of people aren’t even sipping bone broth. Collagen and bone broth are repairing one of the biggest imbalances I see in most modern humans,” she said.
Why BUBS collagen?“I love the smell,” she laughed. “And I love the fact that I can trust the sourcing...A lot of companies have very opaque sourcing and that's a problem. I think it’s important to support brands that are really honest and really care about promoting the best possible products to people. It’s just a matter of reallycaring about your product and about the people that you’re selling too. BUBS really, really stands for that.”