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thought leaders in the fields of integrative, personalized, and functional medicine.

Specific Nutrients

Whey proteins including sourcing, quality, differentiation of isolate and concentrate

Special guest: Amber Lynn Vitse, CN

Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, is a certified nutritionist in Integrative Nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic medicine to the Garden of Life education team. She has worked in product retail for 16 years, as well as maintained her own wellness practice, working with doctors and alternative health practitioners promoting optimum health, inside and out. Amber has written educational articles for a variety of natural health publications, and she is excited to be a Regional Educator for Garden of Life and continue the mission of Empowering Extraordinary Health®.

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Iron deficiency and MegaFood’s new Blood Builder® clinical study conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Special guest: Dr. Erin Stokes

Erin Stokes, ND, received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001. In her current position as Medical Director for MegaFood, she combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural retail products industry. Erin believes education is a key to making positive changes, and her personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. The focus of Erin’s naturopathic practice in Boulder, Colorado, is on healthy moms. She believes, “When moms are healthy, the world can be healthy.”

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MyKind’s vitamin process and Garden of Life’s new gummies line

Special guest: Amber Lynn Vitse, CN

Amber Lynn Vitse, CN, is a certified nutritionist in Integrative Nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic medicine to the Garden of Life education team. She has worked in product retail for 16 years, as well as maintained her own wellness practice, working with doctors and alternative health practitioners promoting optimum health, inside and out. Amber has written educational articles for a variety of natural health publications, and she is excited to be a Regional Educator for Garden of Life and continue the mission of Empowering Extraordinary Health®.

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Probiotics for women’s health

Special guest: Anthony Thomas, PhD

Anthony Thomas, PhD, earned his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science 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. He is currently is a consultant for Jarrow.

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Curcumin as a comprehensive health and wellness remedy

Special guest: Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel, ND

Dr. Shavon Jackson-Michel, ND, is a CNME-board certified graduate of the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine, with a degree in biomedical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. After graduation, Dr. Shavon put the principle of “doctor as teacher” into practice, consulting with patients in private practice while teaching in academia. As the Medical & Scientific Affairs Advisor at DolCas-Biotech, LLC, a branded natural ingredients firm in northern New Jersey, Dr. Shavon acts as a liaison between researchers, medical professionals, and marketing and sales teams.

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Bone broth including its history, uses and its components of amino acids and collagen

Special guest: Dallas Clouatre, PhD

Dallas Clouatre, PhD, earned his A.B. from Stanford and his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. A Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, he is a prominent industry consultant and a published author, as well as a principal in Glykon Technologies Group, LLC, an intellectual property holding company. He is an Associate Editor of Total Health Magazine and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Nutritional Outlook and Recent Patents on Cardiovascular Drug Discovery.

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The power of turmeric

Special guest: Erin Stokes, ND

Dr. Erin Stokes, ND, received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001. In her current position as Medical Director for MegaFood, she combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural retail products industry. Erin believes education is a key to making positive changes, and her personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. The focus of Erin’s naturopathic practice in Boulder, Colorado, is on healthy moms. She believes, “When moms are healthy, the world can be healthy.”

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Drug-induced nutrient depletions

Special guest: Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN,

Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN, began his career in the health sciences after graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in 1966. He is the author of several books, including two on the topic of drug-induced nutrient depletions. He also has extensive experience in alternative cancer therapies and was the administrator of an alternative cancer treatment hospital in Baja, Mexico. In 1994, Ross became a certified clinical nutritionist. A significant part of his career has been devoted to speaking, writing, and conducting seminars on a variety of health-related topics.

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The benefits of magnesium including support for relaxation, stress, sleep, mood and fatigue

Special guest: Rex Jones

Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for more than seven years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the Natural Foods Industry and a strong knowledge of herbals. For more than 10 years he worked in a natural foods retail setting as a nutrition manager and herbalist. Rex also led classes, co-hosted a radio show, managed web content and gave a variety of in-store and off-site health lectures. He is excited to share the Garden of Life mission: Empowering Extraordinary Health®.

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The synergistic roles for bioactive B vitamins – methyl-B12, 5-MTHF, and P5P

Special guest: Anthony Thomas, Ph.D.

Anthony Thomas, Ph.D., serves on Jarrow Formulas’ Scientific Panel. 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 contributed his expertise in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes for a number of scientific journals.

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