A Wonderful Partnership: Working with Dr. Andrew Myers
Many people write books as a solo endeavor with just one angle of expertise. I wrote one book that way, and I enjoyed the opportunity to share my specific knowledge. But after my first book was off to the publisher, I decided I wanted to expand the expertise I offered my readers. Now, I write books with my colleague, Dr. Andrew Myers.
I met Dr. Myers over a decade ago. He’s a naturopathic physician and expert in nutritional and herbal medicine, a field that is far removed from the world of pharmaceutical labs where I’ve spent most of my career. I was surprised to find our knowledge actually intersects in important ways.
In the beginning of our professional relationship, Dr. Myers spent months teaching me about the body’s amazing self-healing properties and sharing peer-reviewed research studies that proved the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Over the years, the two of us have formed a unique partnership that combines our two areas of expertise: pharmacology and naturopathic medicine. It seems like a bit of an oxymoron, doesn’t it? I specialize in pharmaceuticals, and he specializes in natural medicine. But while we approach health from different perspectives, we both arrive at the same conclusion: a holistic approach is the only answer to keeping the body healthy and vital, well into older age.
I began embracing the strategies Dr. Myers suggested. I knew I needed to do more to encourage Nitric Oxide (NO) production in my body. My partnership with Dr. Myers was a timely one, because I was looking to get healthy—and learning about a naturopathic approach helped me get there. In just two years, I dropped 18 pounds, and felt good all around, all from adopting a healthier lifestyle that included regular exercise, a healthy diet and nutritional supplements.
As I began to embrace preventive medicine, I realized that I could apply the same concept to the cardiovascular system. I’d been looking closely at NO for so long, zeroed in at the molecular level, that once I quit doing my own research in the lab, started examining other research studies, and learned more about naturopathic medicine, I saw a clear answer to supporting cardiovascular function. Since NO supports the cardiovascular system, I needed to focus my studies on the organ in the body that makes NO. In effect, I needed to look at a more complete picture of cardiovascular health, starting with the endothelium.
Not all research scientists like myself are fortunate enough to partner with a renowned naturopathic physician like Dr. Myers. And quite frankly, many pharmacologists aren’t willing to look at health from a holistic lens. I was open to learning from Dr. Myers, and he was just as willing to learn from me. Together, I believe we offer a unique and valuable perspective on health for readers all around the world.
Portions of this article are adapted from my latest book, The New Heart Health: Discover the Power of the Endothelium, coauthored with Dr. Andrew Myers. The book is a new approach to cardiovascular wellness, drawn from my Nobel Prize-winning research and Dr. Myers’s expertise in natural medicine.