My New Gig?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

Thanks for the hundreds and hundreds of supportive and encouraging emails, phone calls, and text messages over these past few weeks. For those who are not aware, I was relieved of all duties as Chief Science Officer at LifeVantage on June 1 – with July 1 as my last official day of employment.

Many people have asked why I left LifeVantage after only about 18 months? The company has instructed me to not talk about the details of my “resignation” or the fact that my office was already cleaned out when I returned from speaking at a scientific conference in the Philippines. Suffice to say that I (obviously) had a difference of opinion about certain things with the new CEO and the Board of Directors.

I enjoyed my time with LifeVantage – particularly working with a stellar R&D and Marketing team and getting to know so many great Distributors by helping them build their businesses around the world. Sadly, I believe that the only remaining member of the R&D team is Dr. Nathalie Chevreau (a good friend and good scientist) – and I really wish her the best success in keeping LifeVantage products on the right track. There are a lot of great folks involved with LifeVantage, and I honestly wish them a huge amount of success in getting the company back to a growth trajectory.

So, what’s next for me?

I’ll be starting a new wellness company called EQQIL that will be dedicated to “Empowering Your Best You” (so you can develop and achieve your best future self). The name EQQIL is a play on words – combining the Western scientific concept of “biochemical balance” (equilibrium) with the Eastern philosophical concept of “balanced life force” (Qi in traditional Chinese medicine, or “vigor” in Western psychology research). This concept (equilibrium/Qi/vigor) is based on the understanding that “biochemistry drives our behavior” – which is something that I’ve written several books about, lectured about at scientific conferences around the world, and dedicated more than a decade of my work to understanding – and it will be a concept at the very heart of everything that we do at EQQIL.

Our mission at EQQIL will be to empower people to “Look, Feel & Perform their Best” by balancing biochemistry and restoring vigor naturally. Our products will be distributed through a variety of direct-to-consumer (but non-MLM) channels, including health/wellness/medical clinics, health coaches, and online. We plan to develop a range of products, programs, and people by asking, “What are you doing today to improve yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually?”

The company is already fully funded (actually over-subscribed, a good problem to have) and we have several formulas already in pilot evaluations (human trials, no animal or test tube studies). Our first formulas (to help you feel your best) should be ready to launch in the Fall – just in time for back to school and ahead of the stressful Holiday season.

Thanks again for all the positive vibes that have been sent my way over the last month – good Karma for sure!

Please stay tuned to this blog – and to the social media feeds below – for future updates.

All best,



Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D.

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

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The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy

Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic

The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House)

The Cortisol Connection Diet – The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House)

Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House)

Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books)

The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012)

The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens)

A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press)

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

  • Shawn, I am so excited for you on this new adventure. I can’t wait to hear about the new products you are launching and hope to be able to put them to the test:) Best wishes on this new journey and enjoy the ride.

    Best wishes, Susan Cluff

    *Susan Cluff*

    *”Life is not a race–but indeed a journey. Love your life and what you have been given.**”*


  • Awesome! Let me know when your products launch. I’m still working on balancing my hormones. Epinephrine and norepinephrine may be backwards. Energease helping tons.

    All the best, Patricia

    Sent from my iPhone


  • Thanks Shawn for letting us help you develop your axio products at life vantage. If you need any help with your new venture please let us know. We would love to help.
    Lynn @ pharmachem labs in ogden utah.

  • I’m very happy for you with your new venture! You were always such a wealth of information when we would see you at MONAVIE events! I learned so much from you and we all appreciated your accessability! Best wishes!

  • Hi Shawn, I have been away from LifeVantage because my son bought a house or should I say “family remodeling project”. I’m so freaking sad that you are no longer with the company. I love your energy and vision and look forward to seeing what you do in the future. If LV doesn’t stop with all these changes, I’m not sure what’s going to happen. It certainly doesn’t make me feel safe and secure! Best wishes to you in your new endeavor. Please keep me posted on your new project. As you may remember I’m a colon therapist in St. Petersburg, FL. Wishing you and your family all the best!

    Sue OntiverosLifeVantage DistributorID 228225 Essentials for Health727-906-6675

    Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:55:16 +0000 To:

  • I’m glad I learned that about Life Vantage. I wish I knew if it were about whether they changed the formulation, but they don’t let you talk about details.

  • Shawn, I will totally miss being enlightened by you. I look forward to seeing your new products! My massage clients & my family are always looking for quality products to improve their health.
    I struggle with my weight and addiction to sugar and am definitely stressed out. My hubby loss his job in March.
    I wish you & your team the best. Blessings to you, the team & your families?
    Ro Cazenave, LMT, MMM

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