One of the long-term goals of BBM seems to be changing the way medicine is practiced in such a way that serious training and nutrition interventions can be used to treat and prevent common diseases. Diabetes and back/neck pain are the most expensive single issue chronic diseases in America -- these issues are also growing the fastest ( There is a large incoming population of aging baby boomers who will need effective medical treatment that will prevent an overburden on our health care systems. In general, we need to find ways to prevent disease which is probably another way of saying "we need to find ways for people to manage their own health". Patients who cannot manage their own health can spiral out of control and land in hospitals, which are extremely expensive (

The BBM mission resonates with all of us in some way. We probably all think that training and nutrition interventions need to become real, effective solutions for patients, doctors, and payors. My interests in making this thread are to discuss some ideas of how to get these solutions there. A summary of a JAMA analysis on healthcare costs said this:

"Ultimately, the authors conclude that physicians, patients, and insurers all want different things from healthcare. The patient wants to see the best doctors and get the best treatments available, the insurer wants to save money and send the patient to less-expensive doctors, and doctors want to preserve autonomy and ensure they’re getting paid fully for all the services they provide. " (

About me: I'm currently a graduate student enrolled in a Public Policy program. My undergraduate degree was in Molecular Biology and I also hold a Master's in Medical Health Sciences. My ultimate goal is to practice medicine, but currently I am focused on the opportunity I have to research and understand health policy with the goal of finding a place for BBM.