"This is what I was meant to do."
Co-founder, Dr. James Lee – His Story Became Liveli
In surgery one Sunday in March 2010, Dr. James Lee, a Yale and Stanford trained anesthesiologist, found himself staring at a bottle of medication as it popped into a purple blob. Half his face went limp, his eyes shook, the room spun. So dizzy he couldn’t stand, he reached up from his knees to restart the patient’s breathing, and collapsed.
He was wretchedly ill for hours, barely able to speak for months, and struggled to resume his everyday life for more than a year and a half before an incidental lab test finally revealed the brain tumor that had long been making him irritable, confused and compromised. He forgot how to brush his teeth, couldn’t hold onto new information, and watched his sense of self fragment and shudder. He told friends it felt as though his mind was a broken highway, and he needed to not only figure out how to reorganize the little that was working, but learn to build new lanes.
"I put everything I could into Liveli. I had to. My quality of life depended on it …"
His recovery inspired his new mission, which became ours #CHOOSETOPROGRESS
Dr. Lee’s diligently earned knowledge of biochemistry remained intact, and his determination to recover drove him to use it creatively. With his wife, noted dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio, whom he’d met and married when they were both studying at Stanford in the 1990s, he designed a comprehensive regimen of healthy diet, fitness, mental exercise and cognitive enhancers. He played the piano when speech failed, and methodically, intentionally, regained his powers of reasoning and expression.
Informed by their combined medical expertise and this challenging personal experience, the doctors came to understand the inadequacy of piecemeal brain health supplements, and how vitally the right nutrients, herbs, precursors and neuromodulators can elevate mental and physical function. Inspired by their success and passionate about sharing it with others, they started Liveli, so their life-changing research can be your everyday lift. With formulas that are meticulously selected, uniquely effective and optimally balanced, ability activates, spirit cheers, and our whole being thrives.