1. Tell us, in a nutshell, who you are and what you do.
I am so passionate about disease prevention that I stepped down as president of the Ohio GI and Liver Institute to start the Telluride Longevity Institute. We have focused so much in the U.S. on treatment of diseases that we have not given people the tools they need to prevent disease. Education is the key to success. This is not a quick-fix program—we strive, with a tremendous staff, to give people all the tools they need to succeed.
2. What was your driving force behind the creation of the Telluride Longevity Center?
After 40 years of being a doctor and traveling to numerous countries to observe their health care systems, I concluded that ours is unfortunately based on the treatment of illness rather than on disease prevention and quality of life. I have lectured on the topics of health, wellness, nutrition, and longevity to physician groups as well as the lay public. My background is in the treatment of diseases as chairman of the Section of Gastroenterology at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati and president of the Ohio GI and Li …