Masters Sports Science (Biokinetics) | Cert Integrative Medicine
Advanced Translational Genomics | PhD (c) Longevity and Healthspan
With early beginnings in the field of Biokinetics (lifestyle management for chronic disease risk reduction and final phase rehabilitation), he has read for several degrees in the health sciences, including Advanced Translational Genomics, Healthy Aging and Integrative Medicine. He is currently a PhD candidate – the field of his dissertation is Longevity and Human Healthspan.
James currently focuses on precision health and healthy ageing strategy development. Using genome analysis, personalised lifestyle recommendations are sensitised to each individual. Benefits include deep health balance, chronic disease prevention, and higher human performance.
He supported the SA National Surfing Team as medical/scientific support at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 ISA World Championships and has experience in preparing multiple athletes for elite competition. James was a member of the SA Rugby medical team in 2001/2 and provided integrative support to several international level athletes, including South African Olympians/Paralympians and several other international professionals in various sporting codes.
His own sporting history includes competing for South Africa in men’s artistic gymnastics at international level, surfing competitively in National Championships and representing South African Universities’ Protea Team in international competition. James competed in and survived the gruelling Extreme World Races Centenary South Pole Challenge 2010/2011, ski-trek racing 1000km unsupported to the South Pole.
In 2006, James co-founded an Integrative Health Clinic called HOUSE OF HOLISTIC HEALTH in Cape Town and has built a large client base in this clinical practice. He co-founded Biolytica AG, a longevity biotechnology company based in Zug, Switzerland, that is focused on the challenge of deep analytics for healthy ageing and human longevity.
James now leads his team at FOR LIFE, which focuses on personalised longevity and healthspan consulting – the foundations of which are creating balance through precision lifestyle management.
JAMES` FAVOURITE BOOKS
THE ART OF IMPOSSIBLE | by Steven Kotler
A detailed life work and extension of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s pioneering work on Flow State. Kotler systematically demystifies higher human performance and creativity (spoiler: it’s not luck). This is a guide for big dreamers.
TRUE AGE | by Dr Morgan Elyse Levine
Morgan is professor of pathology and epidemiology at Yale University’s school of medicine. ‘Only 10-30% of our lifespan is estimated to be due to genetics’ That’s why this book is important for people interested in health quality – the remaining aspects that contribute to optimal healthspan are up to us.
THE MYTH OF NORMAL | by Gabor Mate
Learn to see disease as a process – which means you have some power to change things. Also a great reminder that there is no such thing as an average human! Further evidence supporting personalised care.
OUTLIVE | by Peter Attia
A very practical guide from a very practical healthcare practitioner. Start with the basics and actually that is ALL. Use modern biomedical care where it works and make sure you determine your consistent lifestyle plan for building the health you deserve. What I love is that Peter confirms my bias (a joke) that exercise is KING!
SCARY SMART | by Mo Gawdat
If you think you understand AI, you almost certainly don’t. Mo was head of business development at Google X for a decade and shares some scary realities about our arrogance as a species. He also shares a story of how we might change the future…with love and care of our “little AI children”. “Technology is putting our humanity at risk to an unprecedented degree. This book is not for engineers who write the code or the policy makers who claim they can regulate it. This is a book for you. Because, believe it or not, you are the only one that can fix it”. (Mo Gawdat)