Special guest: Dr. Veronica Gasko
Veronica P. Gasko, DC, graduated from Life Chiropractic University in Marietta, Georgia, in 1989. Shortly after beginning practice, she started using nutrition as part of her protocols to help patients achieve their health goals. Her success led to opening three practices specializing in functional nutrition with chiropractic sports and pediatric care. Dr. Gasko has lectured throughout the US and Canada on pediatric chiropractic, along with her sister Theresa Warner, DC. She is currently working with Metagenics as a Medical Information Scientist, addressing questions on formulas and protocols for practitioners.
Special guest: Michael A. Klaper, MD
Michael A. Klaper, MD, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and received post-graduate training in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology and orthopedics at the University of British Columbia hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California, San Francisco. As Dr. Klaper’s medical career progressed, he began to realize that many of the diseases his patients brought to his office were made worse, or actually caused, by the high-fat, high sugar, overly processed Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). He currently practices nutritionally-based medicine at True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California.
Special guest: Sara LeBrun-Blashka, BSc
Sara LeBrun-Blashka, BSc, is the Director of Medical Nutrition and Practitioner Engagement at Metagenics. She led the teams that launched Ultra Glucose Control, UltraMeal Advanced Protein, New and Improved UltraInflamX Plus 360, and SPM Active. Sara is a nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics and food science from Iowa State University.
Special guest Dr. Pavel Klein, MD
Dr. Pavel Klein, MD, is the founder and director of the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center in Bethesda, MD. He is a former instructor at Harvard and Georgetown Universities and developer of a meal program designed to prevent, and treat, type 2 diabetes. Dr. Klein’s clinical research includes novel treatments of epilepsy, dietary treatments of epilepsy in adults, prevention of epilepsy after traumatic brain injury, the effect of sex and stress hormones on epilepsy, and women with epilepsy. Dr. Klein has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and contributed chapters to several books on epilepsy.
Special guest: Dr. Alan Weiss
Dr. Alan Weiss is the Medical Director of Annapolis Integrative Medicine. He has practiced medicine for over 15 years. His clinical interests have led him to conduct studies and publish various articles on diabetes, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. He welcomes patients with longstanding and complex medical problems and addresses them utilizing the best of conventional and integrative therapies including diet, nutritional supplements, and bio-identical hormones.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Anthony Thomas, Ph.D., will discuss the health benefits of Niagen.
Anthony Thomas, Ph.D., earned his B.A. in Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetics from California State University Northridge, his doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California at Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Los Angeles Larry Hillblom Islet Research Center. His primary research interests have focused on the influence of dietary and lifestyle factors on the pathogenesis of chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and has served as a referee with relevant expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for multiple scientific journals.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Gabriel Cousens will discuss reversing diabetes using whole, natural, plant-source nutrition.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens is a holistic physician, psychiatrist, family therapist, and cutting edge researcher on healing diabetes naturally. He holds an M.D. from Columbia Medical School, a doctorate in homeopathy, and diplomas in Ayurveda, clinical acupuncture, and holistic medicine. His multi-cultural background as an ordained rabbi, an acknowledged yogi, and a four-year Native American sundancer, adds insight to his “whole-person enlightenment” teachings. Dr. Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Center US. In his book, There Is A Cure For Diabetes, Dr. Cousens presents his center’s program for reversing diabetes naturally.
Dana Laake and her special guests Drs. Tom and Stephanie Chaney will discuss type 2 diabetes—how to eliminate symptoms, prevent complications and reverse the disease.
Dr. Tom Chaney graduated from the University of Maryland with a major in Kinesiology, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College, where he received awards for clinical excellence. He founded Living Health Chiropractic and Functional Medicine, where he is committed to helping patients achieve optimal health naturally. Dr. Stephanie Chaney graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She attended New York Chiropractic College and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree with honors. She joined Living Health in 2003 and is the Senior Clinic Director of that functional medicine practice.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Neal Barnard will discuss groundbreaking diabetes research and how following a high-fiber, plant-based diet can reduce the risk of other metabolic risk factors, including high blood pressure.
Neal Barnard, MD, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, chronic pain, and dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications, 15 books, and has hosted three PBS specials on nutrition and health. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Joseph Evans will be discussing how to optimize blood sugar balance with functional foods and the benefits of krill oil.
Dr. Evans is a senior pharmaceutical scientist with extensive expertise in metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, and oncology. He has special knowledge in the areas of natural product pharmacology, including antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds. Dr. Evans has more than 40 original research papers, reviews, and patents to his name, and serves as a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals. He is a member of the Xymogen Medical Board of Advisors.