Special guest: Anthony Thomas, PhD, earned his B.A. 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 chronic cardiovascular/metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. He has authored/co-authored multiple peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and serves on the Jarrow Formulas’ Scientific Panel.
Special guest: Rex Jones
Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for more than 8 years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the natural foods industry and a strong knowledge of herbs. For more than 13 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®.
Special guest: Dr. Steven Masley
Steven Masley, MD, is a physician, nutritionist, author, speaker and award-winning patient educator. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, American College of Nutrition, and American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Masley is a clinical associate professor at the University of South Florida and teaches programs at Eckerd College. He sees patients from across North America at the Masley Optimal Health Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and has published numerous scientific articles, as well as several books: SMART FAT, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and Ten Years Younger. He has devoted his medical career to the study of heart disease and aging, working to empower people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive medical assessments and lifestyle changes.
Special guest: Dr. Dale Bredesen
Dale Bredesen, MD, is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. He graduated from Caltech, then earned his M.D. from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He served as chief resident in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before joining Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner’s laboratory at UCSF as an NIH postdoctoral fellow. He has held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA, and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before becoming the founding president and CEO of the Buck Institute in 1998. He is the chief medical officer of MPI Cognition. In the spring of 2017, he will star in a documentary which follows patients on his protocol.
Special guest: Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN, is the President of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute, which he founded upon retiring from the US Army after a distinguished 31-year career. Dr. Lewis has years of experience developing programs for the military on the use of omega-3 fatty acids and traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention. His work has been featured on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD show, numerous radio and television spots, and around the world at scientific and nutritional conferences, where his insights and pioneering work have impacted thousands of lives. He is in private practice in Potomac, MD, and is the author of the recent Amazon #1 top seller book, When Brains Collide: What every athlete and parent should know about the prevention and treatment of concussions and head injuries.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Hyla Cass will discuss the addicted brain and how to break free.
Dr. Hyla Cass graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Cass appears often as a guest on national radio and television, including The Dr. Oz Show, E! Entertainment, and The View, and in national print media. She is the author of several best-selling books including: Natural Highs, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition, and her ebook, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Decker Weiss will discuss natural strategies to combat silent inflammation that can affect your heart, brain and immune system.
Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA, is the first naturopathic physician to complete a conventional internship, residency, and fellowship in a conventional medical system. He trained in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Hospital, and the prestigious Arizona Heart Institute. Dr. Weiss has a holistic approach to cardiovascular disease management and is a pioneer in the application of effective natural alternatives to heart bypass and angioplasty. He is also knowledgeable about natural treatments for autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal issues, weight loss, and most forms of chronic disease. Dr. Weiss has traveled worldwide training physicians and pharmacists on safer ways to use fewer prescriptions and provide improved outcomes to their patients, and is currently is a consultant for Solgar.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Majid Fotuhi will discuss cutting-edge treatments for supporting brain health.
Dr. Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD, is a neurologist who specializes in treating patients with memory loss, cognitive decline, and concussion. He has created an effective “brain fitness program” to help patients with these conditions rejuvenate their brains. Dr. Fotuhi has had 25 years of teaching, clinical work, and neuroscience research experience at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. He conducts clinical research, writes books, and gives public lectures about brain health, prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, and expanding brain capacity. Dr. Fotuhi received his MD cum laude from Harvard Medical School, and his PhD in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the chairman of Memosyn Neurology Institute, an affiliate staff at Johns Hopkins Howard County General Hospital, and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. David Perlmutter will discuss his new book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – for Life.
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Dr. Perlmutter is the recipient of numerous awards for his innovative work in brain research, including the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award and the 2002 Linus Pauling Award. He is the author of many books, including the #1 New York Times best seller Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Michael Lewis will be discussing the benefits of omega-3s for athletes – helping to prevent brain injury, and supporting recovery, if injured.
Dr. Michael Lewis is the President of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute, which he founded upon retiring from the US Army after a distinguished 31-year career. Dr. Lewis has years of experience developing programs for the military on the use of omega-3 fatty acids and traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention. His work has been featured on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD show, numerous radio and television spots, and around the world at scientific and nutritional conferences, where his insights and pioneering work have impacted thousands of lives.