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How does one go from being unhealthy and obese to becoming a beacon of hope when it comes to personal health? Such is the case with Plant-Based Telehealth founder, Anthony Masiello.
Anthony’s passion for health was not a part of his life plan. An early pioneer of understanding the internet, Anthony loved technology and science.
In this episode, Dr. Sabatino and Anthony “geek out” on science and how it all plays into where we are today. Bringing the conversation into layperson terms, Anthony shares how the denial of a 20-year term life insurance policy felt like a death sentence to him.
Looking back, he now sees it as a life sentence. One he never imagined he would be living.
And yet, when he was denied the insurance policy, he was morbidly obese, weighing more than 360 pounds, medicated for high blood pressure, and suffering from psoriasis, eczema, migraine headaches, and sleep apnea. With his transition to a whole food plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle, Anthony lost 160 lbs. and reversed all these conditions. He has maintained that weight loss, optimal health, and an incredible quality of life for more than 16 years and counting.
Anthony is on a mission to dramatically shift the healthcare focus from management to the prevention and reversal of chronic disease by helping millions of people to implement lifestyle changes that will truly improve the quality of their lives.
[01:45] Anthony’s humble beginnings in mapping the human genome
[08:00] Growing up obese, Anthony’s life map was pretty much determined
[12:00] Eat to Live book was Anthony’s roadmap
[18:00] From obscurity to appearing on CNN, PBS, Huffington Post and more
[25:20] Losing 160 pounds was not as hard as living at 360 pounds
[28:30] Anthony’s vision of being a great dad was key
[40:00] Plant-Based Telehealth is created as a viable solution
[46:50] Disease management vs patient care
[51:00] Final thoughts
More About Anthony Masiello
Anthony Masiello is Co-founder and CEO of Plant Based TeleHealth, a national lifestyle telemedicine service focused on the prevention and reversal of disease, and optimizing health and wellness, with lifestyle medicine and whole food plant-based nutrition. The mission of Plant Based TeleHealth is to make lifestyle medicine available to everyone, with 10 incredible physicians seeing patients in all 50 states and internationally.
Anthony has been working in healthcare for more than 25 years. His professional career started in the 90s at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) doing bioinformatics for the Human Genome Project. He later shifted into Research and Development at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he was excited about contributing more directly to the development of new disease therapies.
After 17 years at Novartis, he personally transformed his own health and learned that there is a better way. He shifted his career once again, and is now 100% focused on providing access to medical services centered on the prevention and reversal of disease utilizing lifestyle medicine rooted in whole food plant-based nutrition.
Anthony came to a plant-based lifestyle himself after being denied a 20-year term life insurance policy at age 33. He was morbidly obese, weighing more than 360 pounds, medicated for high blood pressure, and suffering from psoriasis, eczema, migraine headaches, and sleep apnea. With his transition to a whole food plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle, Anthony lost 160 lbs. and reversed all these conditions. He has maintained that weight loss, optimal health, and an incredible quality of life for more than 16 years and counting.
He is on a mission to dramatically shift the healthcare focus from management to the prevention and reversal of chronic disease by helping millions of people to implement lifestyle changes that will truly improve the quality of their lives.
Anthony’s personal health transformation has been featured on the Megyn Kelly Today show, on PBS, in The Huffington Post, in the bestselling book Eat to Live, and by Forks Over Knives, Runners World, and numerous magazines, web sites, radio shows, podcasts, and articles.
Instagram: @plantbasedtelehealth https://www.instagram.com/plantbasedtelehealth/
About Dr. Frank Sabatino
As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.
Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress
The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.
The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.
The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.
More information: https://www.healthscience.org/
A one-of-a-kind experience, the annual NHA Conference features top leaders in the plant-based movement. Attendees of the in-person event enjoy 100% no SOS plant-exclusive meals.
To learn more and reserve your spot, visit https://www.healthscience.org/2023-nha-conference/
A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.
Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship. [email protected]
For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.
Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine), the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.
Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States. https://www.healthscience.org/join-renew/