I realized early on in life that health is about diet, lifestyle, and your environment. I made it my personal life mission to understand health and wellness from a broad perspective. I studied environmental health as an undergraduate at Connecticut College, where I completed my honors thesis on the public health effects of factory farming. I attended one of the nation’s top Western medical schools, the University of Virginia, where I focused on allergies and the effects of environment on our health. I studied and published studies with Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills, who was knighted for his work in allergy and who is a former president of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, and Dr. Larry Borish, who sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and The American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy. I have also studied traditional Chinese martial arts, first with Master Abdul Mussawir in New York City, and later with Sifus Adam Woolsey and Wei Fu Zhung, in Salt Lake City, Utah. I traveled to China in 2013 to meet Master Wu Nanfang of the Wugulun School of Kung Fu. I recently began studying indigenous medicine with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, of the Coyote Institute, currently a Professor of Family Medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center. I will complete the final stage of my traditional medical training in July of 2017. During my medical training, I have fostered an eclectic range of interests in health and medicine, studying subjects including nutrition, toxicology, environmental health, evolution, and Chinese medicine, to name a few.
My broad studies in medicine led me to the conclusion that the modern healthcare system badly needs disruptive innovation to reduce costs and deliver better care. Foodwise is my answer to the modern challenges of eating in a food system that is hazardous to consumers, the environment, food industry workers, and inhumane to animals, from start to finish. I believe that by connecting consumers to information about their food, they will find the healthiest food for them and their families that will also protect and strengthen our environment.
I am also passionate about healthcare education. I started a podcast called, “Board Review for the Boards and the Wards” that you can find at lstillmanmd.podbean,com. The purpose of the podcast is to provide affordable, thorough, high-yield, and – above all – practical information for practitioners of any healthcare profession, whether they are just starting or are just hitting the books to review.