About Jordan Fallis
My name is Jordan Fallis and I’m the founder, lead researcher, writer, and biohacker at Optimal Living Dynamics.
I currently work as a health journalist, media and communications advisor in Ottawa, Canada. I’ve worked for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Canadian Pharmacists Journal.
I completed my Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University in 2013, and I'm now a Master of Science Candidate in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (currently on hold to focus more on this website and writing). My passion is discovering valuable, cutting-edge mental health solutions and sharing them with people that desperately need them.
I spend a lot of time scouring medical research, writing about what I find, and putting the theories to the test on myself. I’ve experimented with a number of supplements, diets, devices, philosophies and other lifestyle factors. I’m like a human guinea pig.
My Personal Story: Why Am I Doing This?
I used to suffer from various chronic diseases, both mental and physical. In fact, I've been sick for most of my life. Growing up, I suffered from depression, anxiety, allergies, asthma and acne, and these things followed me throughout high school and college.
Doctors didn't help me. They tossed powerful drugs at me - inhalers, antibiotics, antihistamines, antidepressants, sleeping pills - and they rarely made things better, often made things worse, and always came with new symptoms and side effects.
Things got much worse during my third-year of university when I suffered two severe back-to-back concussions. I struggled with lack of concentration (ADHD), headaches, constant dizziness and chronic fatigue. Again, doctors didn't know what to do for me. They were useless. They labelled it "post-concussion syndrome" and simply told me to rest at home. I'd be back to normal in no time, they said. But that didn't happen. I had trouble reading and had to drop out of school for multiple semesters.
Unbeknownst to me, I had also just moved into an old home during this time that was full of toxic environmental black mold. For close to two years, I lived in this house, where I witnessed my physical and mental health deteriorate at an eerily rapid pace. I wasn’t hungry, my testosterone levels plummeted, I dropped from 180 pounds to 130 pounds, and struggled with intense anxiety and depression that overcame me more than they had ever before.
I was in a state of chronic disease and completely lost in our medical system. At the time, I couldn't understand how these highly-educated physicians didn't know how to get me back to normal. Drugs were all they could offer and I wasn't satisfied. I now understand that many doctors don't proactively keep up on new research outside their clinical practice, and therefore don't understand the full range of treatment options that have become available in recent years. Don’t get me wrong though – doctors are not the problem. Most of them are normal, well-meaning people who are doing their best in a broken system.
So if these doctors weren't going to "fix me," I decided I was going to have to do it myself. Fed up, I decided to take control of my health, and rebuild my body and brain. I started down a road of intense research and self-experimentation. I found solutions that weren't conventional and mainstream, and I witnessed improvements in my health.
While reporting and writing for the Canadian Medical Association Journal and Canadian Pharmacists Journal, I experienced some backlash for wanting to research and write feature stories on the complementary and alternative health practices that were helping me. So here I am now, writing about my healing process and journey in an open, unrestrained place.
What Can I Offer You?
In the end, this isn't about me. It's about you. I want to help you understand why your brain isn’t functioning optimally, and what you can do about it. Permanently overcoming my concussion and mental health symptoms has been the most difficult part of my journey, so I feel the need to focus most of my attention on that aspect of health.
The main thing you need to know is this - you have more control over your brain and biology than you think. You don't need to resort to psychiatric drugs and life-long talk therapy. I’ve learned how to become more resilient, and I want provide you valuable, cutting-edge ideas so that you can conduct your own self-experiments and see what works for you. Whether you have chronic mental illness or just want to improve your brain function in some way, you’re in the right place.
My advice and information come preferably from large, double-blind placebo controlled trials, but I also look to traditional and cultural knowledge, human and animal studies, expert opinions, anecdotes and my own experimental results. As you'll see, I'm not committed to using just "natural" solutions. It just so happens that holistic and alternative therapies work best for most people.
And I'm not against drugs. I think drugs are beneficial in the right context and situations. Unfortunately, many of the drugs available today that are commonly prescribed by your doctors aren't in your best interests, but in the best interest of the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, there are estimates that only 20% of medical interventions are based on sound scientific evidence (1). There are many better options out there that are more effective, safer, and/or have fewer side effects.
So I encourage you to join me on this journey. You don't know what's possible for yourself until you go out and get it for yourself. I can show you the way, but it's up to you to take the first step towards restoring your brain health, increasing your resilience and improving the quality of your life. Start now. You won't regret it.
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1. Dubinsky M, Ferguson JH. Analysis of the National Institutes of Health Medicare Coverage Assessment. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 1990; 6: 480-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2228460