Interview with Dr. Lalitha Palle, Founder and Director of MyPuraVida Wellness Private Limited, Parent Brand of ForMen
Dr. Lalitha Palle is passionate medical professional with a deep commitment to working in the preventive healthcare and wellness domain.
This passion led her to leave behind a glorious medical practice and role in reputed medical college as a lecturer, to pursue her entrepreneurial journey.
As a founder of a healthcare start-up focused on catering to the unique needs of the modern man, Dr. Palle brings with her a rich, 3 decades of experience in both clinical practice and healthcare administration.
She holds multiple degrees, including an MBBS, MD, DNB, FICR, MBA, and AMPH from prestigious institutions such as JIPMER, Osmania Medical College, NIMS, ISB, and IIM Bangalore.
Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her exceptional skills and achievements, having received several accolades, gold medals.
She has also authored 2 books and written over 30 scientific papers that are published across Indian and international journals.
She was also a Professor and Head of Department of Radiodiagnosis at Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences and has made substantial contributions to the medical field, having trained many young doctors and given over 500 lectures in India and across the globe.
She also holds erstwhile key leadership positions in several organizations, including serving as Vice President for the Yashoda Group of Hospitals, the Telemedicine Association of India, Telangana Chapter, and the Indian Radiological & Imaging Association.
Dr Palle’s entrepreneurial journey started with founding MyPuraVida Wellness. The brand ‘ForMen’ under this venture, focuses exclusively on health and wellness of men, through a range nutraceutical products.
This niche choice came out of her detailed market research where she found that Men, especially in today’s modern socio-cultural set up, are as prone to hormonal and stress induced diseases but are yet to start speaking openly about the same.
With ForMen, and the online portal, she aims to create a trusted and non-judgemental platform for men to address their wellness issues.
She has been the driving force for the exceptional growth of the brand ForMen, painstakingly building it with strong focus on Science, Quality, Safety, Efficacy and Trust.
When she is not running a business or doing research, Dr. Palle loves to read, travel, and work out to lead a fit and healthy life.
She loves going on off-beat destinations with her doctor husband and 2 sons. She also believes in giving back to society and volunteering for good causes.
Tell us a little about yourself
Dr. Lalitha Palle: I am a medical professional with almost three decades of experience in the field. I began my medical journey at Jawahar Institute of Postgraduate Medicine and Research (JIPMER) in Pondicherry with an MBBS degree.
Following that, I pursued my MD in Radiology and obtained several other qualifications, including a DNB, FICR, MBA, and AMPH, from renowned institutions such as Osmania Medical College, NIMS, ISB, and IIM Bangalore.
Throughout my career, I have contributed to the field of medicine as a Consultant, Administrator, Teacher & Trainer.
I have authored two books and written over 30 scientific papers published in reputed national and international journals.
I have also delivered more than 500 lectures at various conferences and workshops in India & abroad. Additionally, I have held key leadership positions in several organizations, including serving as Vice President for the Yashoda Group of Hospitals, the Telemedicine Association of India, the Telangana Chapter, and the Indian Radiological & Imaging Association.
Furthermore, I had the privilege of serving as a Professor and Head of the Department of Radiodiagnosis at Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences.
On a personal note, I am married to Dr. Manohar Reddy, who is a Medical Gastroenterologist. We have two wonderful boys who bring us immense joy and happiness.
What inspired you to pursue a preventive healthcare and wellness career?
Dr. Lalitha Palle: Preventive health and wellness is an area that has always fascinated me. Throughout my years of experience in the medical field, I have come across several patients who have suffered from chronic illnesses that could have been prevented if they had made lifestyle changes earlier in their lives.
I believe that prevention is key to a healthier society. By preventing diseases and illnesses, we can not only improve the overall health of individuals but also reduce the burden on the healthcare system.
Preventive health strategies can include regular check-ups, early disease detection, and lifestyle changes such as exercise and a healthy diet.
By promoting preventive health, we can empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being, which can lead to a better quality of life.
Another reason why I moved to preventive health is that it is an area that is constantly evolving. With advances in technology and research, we are constantly learning new ways to prevent diseases and improve health outcomes.
As a medical professional, I find this aspect of preventive health particularly exciting as it provides me with an opportunity to learn and grow in my field.
Finally, I believe that preventive health aligns with my personal values and goals. As a medical professional, I have always been committed to serving the community and making a positive impact on people’s lives.
Through preventive health, I feel that I can make a meaningful contribution to society by promoting healthier lifestyles and preventing diseases.
Kindly brief us about MyPuraVida Wellness, its flagship brand ForMen & its specializations.
Dr. Lalitha Palle: My entrepreneurial journey started with the founding the men’s brand “ForMen” under MyPuraVida Wellness. PuraVida is a Costarican word that means a ‘Pure Life’.
The brand ‘ForMen’ under this venture, focuses exclusively on the health and wellness of men, through a range of nutraceutical products & services.
This niche choice came out of collective medical experience & detailed market research where we found that men, especially in today’s modern socio-cultural setup, are as prone to hormonal and stress-induced diseases but are yet to start speaking openly about the same.
ForMen’s approach to Men’s wellness is unique, we provide a confidential, non-judgemental platform along with carefully crafted formulations, made using specially sourced ingredients in combinations and doses that are effective & safe.
Additionally, the products are customized to meet the body type and physiology of Indian men and is not just safe and effective but also provides an overall feeling of well-being when used over an extended period of time.
Apart from the products, ForMen also offers online consultations with experienced doctors and is committed to providing a discreet one-stop solution for all men’s wellness needs, be it performance issues, hair issues or any other problems.
Testosterone-related diseases are increasing. How does ForMen help avoid these in men?
Dr. Lalitha Palle: Unfortunately, hormonal issues in men are on the rise leading to mental, physical, hair, and performance problems.
Fortunately, most can be addressed by making lifestyle changes & supplementing their diet with nutraceuticals.
ForMen’s natural products, Testoboost, Shilajit Ashwagandha tablets, Genesis +, Perform +, etc are all specifically formulated to help men enhance their Testosterone, fertility, energy, and vitality levels naturally.
ForMen also offers products for Hair growth, Hair, Skin, and Beard health amongst others. These products contain a unique formula of natural ingredients ( botanicals, vitamins & minerals) that have been traditionally used as well as scientifically proven to promote male health and well-being.
Using ForMen’s products regularly and consistently for at least three to four months can help men maintain healthy hormone levels & help improve muscle mass, bone density, hair health & sexual function.
However, it is important to note that ForMen’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
They are simply a natural and safe option for men who want to support their overall health. We recommend that men consult with our healthcare providers or others before starting any supplement regimen, especially if they have any underlying medical conditions or are taking other medications.
Can you discuss your experience in developing and implementing wellness programs for individuals?
Dr. Lalitha Palle: ForMen has a comprehensive approach to wellness, combining education, consultation, products, and support to help individuals achieve their health and wellness goals.
ForMen has taken a multifaceted approach to developing and implementing wellness programs for individuals.
By increasing awareness through blogs, articles, and videos, ForMen is helping to educate people about the lifestyle changes they can make to improve their overall health and well-being.
In addition, ForMen offers one-on-one consultations with doctors and dieticians. This personalized approach can be very effective in helping individuals develop a wellness plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals.
By working with professionals who have expertise in nutrition, exercise, and other aspects of wellness, individuals can get the support they need to make positive changes in their lives.
Why do you see the urgent need to speak about men’s wellness and hormonal health?
Dr. Lalitha Palle: We focus on Men’s wellness and hormonal health because, in the past one to two decades, multiple facts have been revealed in scientific articles in India as well as abroad which shows that there is a big gap in addressing wellness issues of men and issues like male fertility, reducing levels of testosterone, increased stress levels, sleeplessness, hair loss issues & sexual wellness problems.
These kinds of issues are on the rise among men. They will affect not only their physical health but also will have an indirect effect on their mental health which is going unaddressed and sooner or later maybe in the next 15-20 years they will become major health issues.
There is no single medically led & medically backed expert team focusing on products and services in this space.
So we thought of taking up that job, as we medical professionals are qualified to address such issues correctly, effectively, safely & are best equipped to lead such initiatives as compared to business houses.
How do you stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and research in preventive healthcare and wellness?
Dr. Lalitha Palle: As a doctor, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and research in preventive healthcare and wellness.
I keep myself updated with the latest research & knowledge in the medical world by attending conferences and seminars wherein there is discussion and mutual exchange of the latest knowledge.
I read medical journals and publications regularly to stay informed about the latest research and advancements in the field.
I am part of professional associations and organizations that can provide access to the latest research and developments in my field.
I participate in online courses and webinars. I also network with other healthcare professionals: Networking with other healthcare professionals can help you stay informed about the latest research and advancements in preventive healthcare and wellness.
You can discuss new developments and research with your colleagues, attend local healthcare events, and participate in online forums and discussion groups.
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