Chris Goodrich, MD
I’m a physician with an engineer’s mind and a passion for learning and optimizing the human body. I want to share what I’ve learned and done to help others take charge of their health.
I attended the Pennsylvania State University where I studied biomedical engineering. While I enjoyed the engineering mindset and problem solving doctrines, I wanted to be able to work directly with people. So I entered medical school at the University of Virginia. I am currently specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: a specialty that deals with treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries (think sports medicine) as well as neurological conditions such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injury.
With the grueling workload of my medical training, I became more and more interested in exploring how to optimize my body in order to feel better and be more productive on a daily basis. This led me to using diet and exercise/movement to essentially “biohack” my energy levels and alleviate many of the aches and pains (that had become chronic from many past sports injuries). I experimented with many strategies, eventually falling into a diet and exercise approach centered around a low-carbohydrate, gluten free diet and strength/mobility training that effectively stabilized my energy levels throughout the day, eliminated my chronic sinus infections, and allowed me to walk around without knee pain for the first time in years.
As I dug deeper into the science and research of these methods, I came to realize the additional importance of these factors in chronic disease pathology and prevention. Not only were these living choices helping me to feel significantly better on a day-to-day basis, science is showing that these lifestyle changes are at the core of the prevention and treatment of the chronic diseases we see in such abundance today. It’s the best of both worlds: feeling good today while setting yourself up for health the rest of your life. I was hooked, and wanted to learn more. I have been researching and experimenting ever since.
At the same time as this, I was dismayed to find how little attention physicians paid to preventative medicine and lifestyle changes in the treatment of such disorders as type 2 diabetes, obesity, dementia, and heart disease. These are diseases of Western society: diseases caused by our environment and the way we live our lives. By that same token though, these diseases are to a large extent preventable. The science is there, what is needed is a new focus, not on acute treatment but on management and prevention. So much good could be accomplished if we focused more on these lifestyle ideas; empowering people to take health into their own hands (since each person knows their own body better than anyone else). My hope is to bring to light the power of these lifestyle changes so you can learn and take charge of your own health and life.