Dr Marvin Singh is known as an educator and a gastroenterologist
but through self-discovery and reinvention, he has become a leading voice in precision medicine. British Thoughts sat down with the innovative physician to discuss the exciting future of wellness and “precisionomics”.
Leather jacket by Marc Cross, shirt and jeans by Alfani and belt by Kenneth Cole
Along with your extensive education, what does it mean to be one of the 2 gastroenterologists that have been board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology along with being a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine?
Many people know about gut health and how important it is. But how does it affect the rest of your body?
You have a personal journey when it comes to precision medicine, what made you get into the field?
Precision medicine is a game-changer in how we define health—or what it means to “be healthy.” It is truly the next generation of health care. Instead of using statistics based on everybody, we now have the technology to go in and see what’s true for you‑just you. This means we can see how healthy you actually are, or what could use improvement, and make adjustments from that information. It also lets us look at your risk factors for certain diseases and then make decisions to hopefully prevent—or at least prolong—their onsets, such as breast cancer, heart disease, or Alzheimer’s. Even more fascinating, we can also see where you might be prone to injury, which is definitely a game-changer not only for professional athletes but for anyone who engages in sports or physical activity. In short, precision medicine is our ticket to better health, for longer. Precisionomics is just the name I gave to this method of not just practising medicine, but truly healing people.
We see you have been a professor in the past, what do you love about teaching and will you back to it?
For someone listening to your podcast for the first time, Precisione: The Healthcast, what can they expect? What kind of guests do you have? What’s the main takeaway?
We are excited about your anxiously awaited book, Own Your Health. When can we expect it and what is the premise?
What Precision advancements do you see coming down the pike? Do you think there will be a time when Precision medicine becomes an insurable form of medicine for the masses?
You are volunteering with the non-profit Bottomless Closet helping women from marginalized communities rebuild their health. What kind of progress are you hoping to make for the women and their health?
Yes….this is one of the most exciting things I am doing right now! Everyone deserves high-quality healthcare and access to it. I am working with Bottomless Closet, which is an incredible organization in New York, to help this group of women understand how they can improve their overall health and wellbeing. Everyone may have different priorities but it is my goal to help them feel comfortable in listening to the signs and signals their body gives them and to learn what to do about them; help them eat in a way that is healthiest and cost-effective for them; help them learn how to improve their microbiome and immune system; and to coach and support them every step of the way to optimal health, whether that means improving any symptoms they may have, losing weight, feeling more energetic, reducing anxiety or depression, or all of the above! Precision medicine is for everyone!