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Dr. Chris Masterjohn has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, has been attending Wise Traditions since 2003 and spoken at most Wise Traditions conferences from 2006 to the present. His PhD was from University of Connecticut at Storrs in 2012. He served as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2012-2014, as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College from 2014-2016, and worked independently in science education from 2016-2023. Chris recently cofounded BioOptHealth and co-created the Biochemical Optimization Program, which aims to systematically optimize each individual's biochemistry around a small number of "super unlocks" rooted in rare gene mutations to help resolve mysterious or chronic health problems, optimize for performance, and maximize longevity. You can find his personal writings at, and you can get optimized at




Weston Price traveled all over the world to find the same "displacing foods of modern commerce" destroying people's health and enormous diversity of traditional diets promoting vibrant health. While it would seem that either all of these diets are good for everyone, or that our ancestry should determine which traditional diet we use, modern genetics has shown enormous variation in genetics within populations. My calculations suggest that each person has one to six rare mutations that impact macronutrients or micronutrients that most people around them do not have. This suggests that even if we have homogeneous ancestry, there are reasons we will have to pick and choose different specific foods from the full menu of traditional diets. In his talk, Chris Masterjohn covers practical tips for things you can measure at home and ways you can experiment with different diets to find which one works best for you, and covers principles of individualizing supplementation as well.

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