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“The USAB seems like a great opportunity to disseminate information on the benefits of physical activity and how diet and supplements can support the full benefits of activity.”

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Dr. Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D.

What is your primary area of expertise?

Human skeletal muscle protein metabolism, protein supplements, body composition, aging, nutrition, and resistance exercise.

How did you become involved in this specialty?

My Bachelor of Science degree is in biochemistry. I have a Master of Science degree in nutritional biochemistry with an expertise in protein metabolism. My Ph.D. is in human physiology with an emphasis on exercise training adaptations. Together those degrees, with my postdoctoral fellowship in stable isotope tracers and muscle metabolism, gave me a rather unique training and skillset.

What are you most passionate about in the application of your expertise?

Translation of knowledge around healthy diets and physical activity, especially as it applies to aging for multiple audiences.

How do you hope to use your experience on the USAB?

The USAB seems like a great opportunity to disseminate information on the benefits of physical activity and how diet and supplements can support the full benefits of activity.

What doesn’t your standard bio say that will help Unicity distributors get to know you better?

I’m married (22 years in 2019). My wife is my boss at McMaster (and at home!). We have three boys (14, 17, and 19). I love rugby, ice hockey, and football. I don’t train for anything competitive these days—just to stay fit, keep up with my sons and age well.

You have an active social media presence. What would you say you are most known for on social media and why?

Information dissemination! Clearing up myths so people can find the signal (scientific truth) in the noise. The proliferation of armchair experts has meant a huge amount of misinformation is being spread. I am hoping that my social media presence will help some people determine what the science says.

What do you think the future holds for your field of expertise?

Omics sciences and bioinformatics. The proliferation of methods to measure multiple outcomes from small biological samples is going to mean a massive amount of data. Its interpretation will yield some unique insights into metabolism and uncover things we previously thought would take years, or decades, to discover.

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“It is incredibly rewarding to watch patients achieve their health and body composition goals by implementing a few basic diet and exercise techniques.”

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Dr. Ted Naiman, M.D.

What is your primary area of expertise?

I am a primary care physician with special interests in diet and exercise for health optimization.

How did you become involved in this specialty?

I realized about 20 years ago that the majority of my patients suffer from insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome, which is a major risk for almost all chronic degenerative diseases. I have been researching the reversal of insulin resistance with diet and exercise ever since.

What are you most passionate about in the application of your expertise?

It is incredibly rewarding to watch patients achieve their health and body composition goals by implementing a few basic diet and exercise techniques.

How do you hope to use your experience on the USAB?

I have 20 years of clinical patient experience, which I believe gives me a unique perspective on the relationship between lifestyle and health.

You have an active social media presence. What would you say you are most known for on social media and why?

I am most known for creating simple graphics that illustrate basic, but crucial diet and exercise principles.

What doesn’t your standard bio say that will help Unicity Distributors get to know you better?

I am a musician (bassist in a dance band), and I am addicted to Ultimate Frisbee!

What do you think the future holds for your field of expertise?

We are currently facing the greatest epidemic: 70% of all humans on earth are overfat. The situation only continues to worsen over time. The ultimate solution will always involve diet and exercise. My expertise is the practical implementation of diet and exercise, which will only become more crucial for our future.

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“I am determined to make people aware of the need to control insulin levels. As insulin climbs and stays elevated for too long, it pushes the body towards chronic illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and more.”

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Dr. Benjamin Bikman, Ph.D.

What is your primary area of expertise?

I am a biomedical scientist with a focus on how the body uses energy, with a particular focus on energy use in obesity and diabetes.

How did you become involved in this specialty?

As a graduate student, I learned that fat tissue in the body can release hormones and regulate metabolic function. After that, I started studying how fat tissue can make the body more “inflamed,” which is a strong cause for insulin resistance—the most common disorder worldwide.

What are you most passionate about in the application of your expertise?

I am determined to make people aware of the need to control insulin levels. As insulin climbs and stays elevated for too long, it pushes the body towards chronic illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and more.

How do you hope to use your experience on the USAB?

I hope to help Unicity formulate new products and optimize existing ones to take advantage of the metabolic benefits that come from keeping insulin under control. I also enjoy opportunities to teach about metabolic health.

You have an active social media presence. What would you say you are most known for on social media and why?

I am known for sharing the latest research related to metabolic health.

What doesn’t your standard bio say that will help Unicity Distributors get to know you better?

I am the 9th of 13 children, raised by a wonderful father with a great sense of humor. Because of this, I enjoy using light-hearted sarcasm and humor when I speak with people.

What do you think the future holds for your field of expertise?

Insulin resistance is already the most common disorder and it’s only getting worse. My field must pivot to focus more heavily on strategies to control insulin and, in the end, improve long-term health.