Episode 216: Dr. Tommy Wood - Optimizing health and longevity

This episodes guest is Dr. Tommy Wood from Nourish Balance Thrive and Physicians for Ancestral Health.

Tommy Wood is a Senior Fellow in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Washington, and Chief Scientific Officer of Nourish Balance Thrive, an online-based company using advanced biochemical testing to optimize performance in athletes.

Tommy was born in the US to Icelandic and British parents (which means he has three passports in two different names). He was predominantly raised in the UK, but also spent periods of time at school in Iceland, Germany, and France. Tommy received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge before studying medicine at the University of Oxford. He worked as a junior doctor in central London for two years after medical school, and then moved to Norway to complete a PhD in physiology and neuroscience at the University of Oslo.

Tommy is currently President-elect of Physicians for Ancestral Health, he is a director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the Icelandic Health Symposium, and is on the scientific advisory board of Hintsa Performance. Tommy has also coached and competed in multiple sports including rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and ultra-endurance racing. Alongside his career in medicine and research, Tommy has published and spoken on multiple topics surrounding functional and ancestral approaches to health, including examining the root causes of multiple sclerosis and insulin resistance.

On this episode Tommy and I discuss:

  • Tommy's background
  • We discuss the difference between health and performance
  • I ask Tommy can an individual still attain a high level of athletic performance and overall health?
  • I ask Tommy about nutrition's role for fat loss, hypertrophy, sports performance, and health and how it will differ between there goals
  • We discuss the importance of circadian biology in health optimization 
  • We discuss the importance of peripheral circadian regulators such as meal timing, exercise, social interactions
  • We discuss mitochondria's role in health and disease 
  • I ask Tommy if electrons from different foods go through different complexes inside the mitochondria
  • I ask Tommy if light increases metabolism?
  • We discuss seasonal eating within an evolutionary framework
  • We discuss EMFs
  • I ask Tommy about Physicians for Ancestral Health?
  • I ask Tommy - what is the best bang for buck test to get an insight into someones health status
  • I ask Tommy for his thoughts on SprectraCell testing
  • I ask Tommy about Phat Fibre and Hormetea
  • What are the biggest lessons Tommy has learned in his life.
  • I ask Tommy how does his learn?
  • I ask Tommy for his life advice
  • I ask Tommy if there is anything his does on a daily basis that is essential to his day?
  • I ask Tommy for his top and current book recommendations
  • I ask Tommy, if he only had 1 year left on planet earth,how would he spend that year and why?
  • I ask Tommy, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - ancestraldoctors.org

Facebook - Nourish Balance Thrive

Twitter - @DrRagnar

Instagram - drtommywood


Podcasts Mentioned:

Nourish Balance Thrive Podcast

Joe Rogan Experience #1109 - Matthew Walker

ATSW - Episode 210: Greg Potter - Circadian Rhythm masterclass

Stem Talk: Episode 47: Dr. Tommy Wood talks about neonatal brain injuries and optimizing human performance

Stem Talk: Episode 48: Dr Tommy Wood, part 2, discusses insulin resistance and the role of diet in athletic performance


Books Mentioned:

Why zebra's don't get ulcers


Red Sparrow



Flight Behavior


People and Resources Mentioned:

Chris Froome

Ben Greenfield

Joe Rogan

Jeff Volek

Steve Phinney

Jason Fung

Ancel Keys

Mattew Walker

Jack Kruse

Greg Potter

Gary Taubes

Stem Talk

Doug Wallace

Robert Sapolsky

Bryan Walsh

Bryan Walsh - Mitochondria Course

Dan Pardi

Ben House

Joseph Chilton Pearce 

Malcolm Kendrick

Peter Attia

Thomas Dayspring

Chris Masterjohn

Feast Buffet - Renton, WA, USA

John Nash

Ken Ford

Barack Obama

Richard Feynman


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