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Dr John La Puma

John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for healthy eating as part of personal medical health, and for nature therapy. A board-certified specialist in internal medicine, professionally trained chef and organic avocado farmer, he is a New York Times best-selling author twice, on healthy aging, nutrition and wellness.

Dr. John believes that both food and nature are information for the body and the brain. The right meals, foods and nature can transform your personal, physical, medical and mental health to create a healthy edge. Both food and nature are restorative, powerful, underutilized therapeutic tools.

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Soothe Digestive Irritation with Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm (aka Ulmus rubra) has a long history of use in American medicine. George Washington and his men found sustenance in Slippery Elm porridge during their 12 days at Valley Forge; apparently it helped soothe “nervous stomach” aka “digestive irritation” and provided nutrition when they ran out of food.

What is Blue Care?

Hopefully you’ve been following (and enjoying!) our bi-weekly series on the many different kinds of nature therapy. This week, our spotlight lands on blue care, a field adjacent to water therapy and aquatic therapy. Blue care is a subset of nature therapy that champions the power of water to heal

Aloe Vera Benefits the Gut

With long, thick, plump and pointed deep green leaves, Aloe vera is one of the most well-recognized medicinal plants in the world and benefits the gut. It has a long history of use in pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetic products. A great deal of research supports the use of topical Aloe

Sweet Potato, A Superhero Superfood

Here’s an interesting fact for you: one medium sweet potato provides 100% of your daily needs for Vitamin A—as well as a healthy dose of vitamin C, several of the B vitamins, plus the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. That’s one powerful potato! But that’s not all…. Sweet

Vitamin A for Eye Health

Vitamin A is part of a family of substances called retinols and is vital to our overall health—most specifically our skin, immune system, and eyes. Most people think of carrots when they hear Vitamin A, but Vitamin A can be acquired from both plant and animal sources of food. The

What is Pet Therapy, aka Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Today’s deep dive on one of the many kinds of nature therapy is a personal favorite of mine: pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy. Those of us who have had the pleasure of caring for a pet—whether it be a dog, cat, bird or rabbit—already know implicitly the joys

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Dr. John is the author or co-author of seven books. Several are used as textbooks at great academic institutions worldwide, and three have been New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Most recently, he writes and speaks about how to use meals to lower cholesterol and control diabetes, and about how the power to opt outside can improve your medical health.

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While Dr. John did not invent culinary medicine, he pioneered and popularized culinary medicine in a popular culinary medicine book, and on national cable and network television as ChefMD®.  His invited presentations often include cooking demonstrations, culinary insights, and medicinal plants and herbs.

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Dr. John is board-certified in internal medicine. He writes both recipes and pharmaceuticals on prescription slips.  He also advocates for health related causes, including food security, pollinator protection and animal adoption and welfare.

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