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Using Tech to Create Personalized and Actionable Food Therapy

Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Becca Malizia, BS

Mory Bahar, CEO of Personal Remedies, has a story that parallels my own in many ways. Suffering from multiple chronic conditions, Mory found limitations with traditional medicine and sought alternative therapeutic options. His journey back to health brought him to functional medicine and to using exercise and diet therapy as a way to better mitigate symptoms and handle chronic conditions.

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Mory’s drive for alternative therapy options began in the 80’s, way ahead of his time. Although he has no formal training in nutrition or medicine, he explained to us that “clearly I have a passion for traversing health issues through natural food, diet, and exercises.”

Over the past 10 years, Mory’s passion for creating personalized dietary guidelines for chronic conditions has finally become a reality. With his background in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and software technology, he has built a diverse team of scientists, doctors, and nutritionists to create his vast knowledge base. The result is a comprehensive website, Personal Remedies, with a wide variety of multifaceted resources in addition to 36 apps (Choose This not That series), tailored to your personal conditions, diets, and health issues.

This unique product allows you to customize your dietary guidelines, based on your own personal health. Their AI technology digests various research publications, nutrition data, FDA guidelines and relevant scientific literature as it relates to food to feed their ever expanding knowledge base, which subsequently informs the user. “Our expert system maintains the most comprehensive science-based knowledge base on food-disease interactions, allergies, dietary preferences, wellness and food-drug interactions in the market.” Refer to their “Brief Description of our Approach” for the full story on their knowledge base.

They analyze 90 different nutrients (USDA and non USDA ones), over 1500 food items, and 300 different health conditions and diets. This means that their technology can digest and evaluate 450,000 food-disease relationships, an incomprehensible number for one person to digest. These relationships are evaluated in order to provide the relevant, specific dietary guidelines.

Another foundational part of their platform is their understanding and incorporation of multiple lenses and disease suffers. As is true with me, having only one chronic condition usually isn’t the end of the story. On Personal Remedies you can create a profile for yourself that includes up to 24 different health conditions and diet considerations, incorporating specific allergies, medications and even accommodating your paleo preferences. The technology then analyzes and creates a table of your best foods and worst foods, that can be viewed online or printed for easy access. The table, is more than a simple list, but ordered and bolded according to strength of importance and most profound data.

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Here we can see the dietary list for an individual suffering from celiac, fibromyalgia and lupus.

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Here is a different example looking at recommendations for someone with Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Paleo diet. All of this is open access, found under their knowledge base tab and Personal Food List.

Although much of their information and services are publicly available, their best and most complete analyses are available through membership (created email login and password) or through any of their 36 phone apps.

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source: Personal Remedies

With a member login you can search information on one specific food item at a time. I know I’ve often wondered if a certain food item is good or bad for me considering I suffer from x,y and z disease. With their “is this good or bad for me” service, you can search any of the food items and match it with any and multiple health conditions to provide you with an actual answer. You can even click on the recommendation in order to see exactly what direct research has contributed to their knowledge base guidance.

Both Mory and I share the desire to help streamline patients’ approaches to food therapy, because food matters! His hope going forward is “to see a much greater, grander usage of our technology and information that we have put together.” Our missions align in creating valuable resources that empower patients as well as clinical providers, to view a wider scope of problems and come up with personalized, actionable dietary plans.


Resources:

  1. Explore Personal Remedies yourself and dive into their personalized services!
  2. Check out Personal Remedies free Amazon Echo/Alexa product called My Dietitian. It provides guidance for the 34 most common chronic illnesses.
  3. Learn more about why food matters in our blog series!
  4. Explore the different ways you can use food therapy for optimal health!
  5. Dive into different Autoimmunity diets here and check our or diet comparison graphic here.

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