Special guest: 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 Garden of Life’s mission of empowering extraordinary health.
Special guest: Dr. Alan Miller, ND
Dr. Alan Miller, ND, is a 1989 graduate of Bastyr University and a well-known clinician and educator who has lectured at medical conferences nationally and internationally. He has been a member of Thorne Research’s Medical Affairs team since 1994. As an author and researcher, Alan has published over 20 articles in the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Medicine Review. He is Chief Medical Editor of the book Alternative Medicine Review Monogrophs, Volume One and is a contributing author to the Textbook of Natural Medicine.
Dana Laake and her special guest David Foreman will discuss herbal tricks to suppress your appetite and cravings through the holidays and New Year.
David Foreman, RPh, is a retired pharmacist, author and radio host of the syndicated show, “The Herbal Pharmacist.” He is well-versed on the healing powers of herbs, vitamins and other natural supplements. Dave is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and is author of the book, 4 Pillars of Health: Heart Disease. He has lectured at some of America’s leading universities, medical groups and hospitals on the subject of natural health and healing. Dave believes that education is the key to understanding that natural health plays a role in mainstream medicine.
Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. James Duke will be discussing herbistatins – herbal alternatives to synthetic statins using wholesome foods that lower the bad LDL cholesterol and raise the good HDL with fewer negative side effects.
James A. Duke, PhD, held several posts in his more than three decades with the US Department of Agriculture including chief of the Medicinal Plant Resources Laboratory. He also developed the phytochemical and ethnobotanical databases at the USDA. He is the author of more than 30 texts and popular books, including the The Green Pharmacy and Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, and is on the board of advisors for Prevention.
Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest, ethnobotanist Chris Kilham, will be debunking myths and popular hype about various herbs and other botanicals touted to protect, treat and even cure disease — such as green coffee beans for weight loss and cranberries for urinary tract issues.
Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter, author and educator and has conducted medicinal field research in over 30 countries. He works with companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products including kava, maca, rhodiola, schisandra, tamanu oil, herbal beverages and dozens of other plants.
Chris teaches “The Shaman’s Pharmacy” at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a popular ethnobotany course that takes students to the Peruvian Amazon to learn about medicinal plants. He is also FOX News’ Medicine Hunter and a regular expert on The Dr. Oz Show, and has been featured in leading news journals.
Kevin Passero and his special guest Dean Morris discuss back to school essentials for kids.
As a fifth-generation herbalist, Dean grew up on herbs and has diverse experience in organic horticulture, the natural foods industry and healthcare. Taught by his father to grow lady slipper orchids and other herbs, Dean went on to farm 165 acres of organic herbs in the 80’s. While attending Brigham Young University in pre-professional nutrition, he worked for a nationally distributed dietary supplement manufacturer. After college, he served as dean of admissions, author, editor and teacher for John R. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing.
In 1997, Dean was invited to help form a multi-disciplinary alternative medicine team and was granted full practicing privileges as an herbalist at the Columbia hospital Miami Heart Institute in Miami Beach, Florida. From there, he was recruited by Nature’s Way to be their senior educator, formulator, director of new products, and director of technical services. In 2009, Dean resumed fulltime directorship of Nebo Health, a consultancy for the dietary supplement industry. As an independent consultant, he enjoys sharing the benefits of the many products he helped launch in the eleven years he worked for Nature’s Way. Dean most enjoys the herbwalk presentations he feels fortunate to provide throughout the world.
Host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Erin Stokes will be discussing nutritional and herbal support for the winter blues.
Dr. Erin Stokes, ND received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr University in 2001. The focus of her practice at Lotus Naturopathic Clinic in Boulder, Colorado is postpartum health and wellness. She truly enjoys educating others, and has taught Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. Dr. Stokes is the Director of Education at MegaFood.
Host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. James Duke will be discussing herbs and spices as they relate to health and disease.
As an economic botanist with a Ph.D. in botany, Jim Duke worked with the U. S. Department of Agriculture for 32 years. Today, in his Green Pharmacy Garden, he serves as a distinguished lecturer for the Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia Institute. Dr. Duke is a renowned speaker and author and he leads ethnobotanical trips to ecologically rich areas of the world.
Host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Keri Marshall, MS, ND will be discussing children’s health.
Dr. Keri Marshall is a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in pediatrics, women’s medicine and chronic disease management. Dr. Marshall is the Medical Director for Gaia Herbs, a leader in organic herbal products. She sees patients at Village Green on Tuesdays.