Monday, September 21, 2020

Stephanie Blum: Nestlé Health Science

The science and marketing sectors don’t often intersect. But when clinically validated advancements emerge from the laboratory, this unlikely alliance comes into play.  In this LLAMA podcast episode we explore how cutting edge research can be applied to our everyday health and longevity. 

Dr. Stephanie Blum, Head of Translational Science at Nestle Health Science, is responsible for transforming  scientific discoveries to innovative product. In partnership with the Swiss life science company, Amazentis, her work involves identifying how Amazentis’ mitochondrial research and clinical trial data can be leveraged for novel nutrition products with proven health benefits.

Dr. Blum received her PhD in pharmacology and immunology. She developed a passion for immunology after gaining a complex understanding of how a person’s immune system can critically affect their health. 

In this interview with Peter Bowes, Dr. Blum discusses the intricacies involved with marketing a science-focused nutrition product. She also reflects on the ways people have changed their health habits in the face of a world-wide pandemic and the steps we could take to increase our immune health, as we age.

In this interview, we cover:

  • Striking a balance between exploring exciting research and actually producing a nutritional supplement that consumers will trust.
  • How a healthy immune system could better-position you to fight off infections.
  • With the COVID pandemic, how a well-functioning immune system is the foundation to defend against a viral or bacterial infection.”
  • Dr. Blum’s conviction that we can proactively contribute to manage our health, and not to wait until medication of an illness is needed
  • Which kind of health supplements consumers have intensively purchased during the COVID-19 outbreak and how the pandemic has changed their outlook on every-day health habits.
"This is the moment where people get … more responsible for themselves, but also for others around - neighbors, family members - and they get more aware. And they also see that as an opportunity. What can I do for myself, for my health?
  • Why obesity is a risk factor in COVID-19 infection.
  • What simple thing you can do every day to better strengthen yourself against infections and other illnesses.
  • Why your body accumulates "cellular waste" as you age, and what this means for your health.
  • How offering people a choice in the physical form of a nutritional supplement can make all the difference when it comes to buying into the product and being able to stick with it.
  • The quality that makes you an excellent leader, according to Dr. Blum.
"You can only be good or excellent if you have passion. I'm convinced by that. […] You really need fascination. And then the willingness really to take one obstacle and one challenge after the other. You have to believe in what you do. “

The advice Dr. Blum has for rising female leaders and the steps she takes in her personal life to ensure a healthy life style.
"I encourage the next-generation female leaders to speak up, to stand in the wind, and to [have] courage to take it through.”
This episode is produced in association with the Swiss life science company, Amazentis, which is pioneering cutting edge, clinically validated cellular nutrition, under its Timeline brand.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sue Armstrong: Science journalist

The science of aging is rapidly evolving. Many of us are more aware of our capacity to live a long healthy life, than ever before. But the quest to understand human longevity – and perhaps figure out how we can slow down the process – is still a huge work-in-progress. Why do we age? Is it due to wear and tear on our bodies, is it all predetermined by our genes – or is there an invisible killer all around us, such as toxins in the environment, that is slowly eating away at our lifespan? These and many other compelling questions about aging are explored in a fascinating new book: Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age, by Sue Armstrong. In this episode of the Live long and Master Aging podcast, Sue, a writer and broadcaster based in Edinburgh, joins Peter Bowes to explore the latest research and the lessons to be learned from our growing understanding of what it means to grow old.