About Venu Julapalli, M.D.

Dr. Venu Julapalli is founder and president of Integral Gastroenterology Center, P.A., an active private practice in gastroenterology in Houston, Texas. Inspired by the works of Ken Wilber, he started his practice in 2005 with a passion to bring an integral approach to patient care. With extensive experience on the front line of the American health care system, he has engaged in the best of what modern medicine can offer and lamented the vast flatland of unconscious healthcare. He is the co-founder of the Health 3.0 movement, whose mission is to consciously co-evolve the practice of medicine. Having lived all over the American South, Venu graduated as valedictorian of his high school class in Houston. He entered Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar. He graduated in three years with a B.S. with Distinction in Biological Sciences. He was elected a member to Phi Beta Kappa. He completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha. He underwent medical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he continues to serve as a volunteer clinical instructor. He published several papers during his fellowship training and presented at the Plenary Session of the 2004 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Meeting. Venu proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Integral Wisdom, an activist think-tank whose mission is to evolve the source code of human existence. Led by a team of spiritual luminaries, business leaders, authors, and activists, the Center for Integral Wisdom aims to advance the leading edge of spirituality, psychology, and the sciences around the world. Venu enjoys reading, spending time with his wife and family, and following his beloved New Orleans Saints.

Tenet 9: The driving force of Health 3.0 is love

Tenet 9: The driving force of Health 3.0 is love. What’s love got to do with it? Didn’t Tina Turner say it was just a second-hand emotion? Maybe, in fact, Tina Turner’s futile attempt to exile love from her heart points us to how similarly futile it is to exile love from

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Tenet 8: Health 3.0 affirms life, in the face of death

Tenet 8: Health 3.0 affirms life, in the face of death. My older brother, a physician himself, had just gotten off the phone and collapsed to the ground in tears. It shocked me, because he doesn’t cry. So I collapsed to the ground with him. The phone call was about our mother.

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Tenet 7: Health 3.0 is medicine in evolution

Tenet 7: Health 3.0 is medicine in evolution. Photo by Ashes Sitoula / Unsplash Health care evolves. We can see this happen from the outside — and on the inside. From the outside, medicine has been evolving since we humans started existing. Traditional Chinese medicine, the Siddha and Ayurveda medicine of India, the

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Tenet 6.7: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – skin in the game of health care

Tenet 6.7: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – skin in the game of health care. I’m naked and exposed now.  And that’s the way I want it to be. After running my gastroenterology practice under the traditional insurance model for over ten years, I came out of all insurance networks in April 2016. It

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Tenet 6.6: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – the neomania and noise of Health 2.0

Tenet 6.6: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – the neomania and noise of Health 2.0. The Health 2.0 Meetup group in town was all about the new era of health care.  An era of digital health.  Patient-centric crowdsourcing.  Interoperability.  And the greatest cure of them all for our dysfunctional health care

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Tenet 6.5: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – hormesis in health care

Tenet 6.5: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – hormesis in health care. There is nothing more Finnish than a sauna. There is nothing less Finnish than me. But I’ve become fascinated with the sauna.  I haven’t been in one yet.  But it’s calling to me. Explain sauna to a guy living

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Tenet 6.4: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – the via negativa approach

Tenet 6.4: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – the via negativa approach. I often feel like we’re making health care reform way too complicated.  We can become more antifragile in health AND cut health care costs tremendously by practicing what Nassim Taleb in Antifragile calls via negativa, or the negative road.  Via negativa means that we

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Tenet 6.3: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – health care IS NOT complex, like you think it is

Tenet 6.3: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile – health care IS NOT complex, like you think it is. The picture above is the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Depending on who’s counting, it’s 10,000 to 20,000 pages of regulations long. Do you think this leads to better health care? As Nassim Taleb

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Tenet 6.2: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile — options trading in health care

Tenet 6.2: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile — options trading in health care. I dropped a hundred dollars into some tech stock the first time I started trading options on a friend’s advice in the late 90s. In a month I made a thousand dollars. That was a lot of money for a

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Tenet 6.1: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile — the problem of too big to fail

Tenet 6.1: Health 3.0 promotes the antifragile — the problem of too big to fail. I volunteer some time teaching gastroenterology trainees at my alma mater. The senior ones seeking a job will ask me what group I’m with. I tell them the group of me, myself, and I. They have a look of

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