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

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

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Exploring Natural Antibiotics

Exploring Natural Antibiotics: Protecting yourself against infection can be done naturally. But where do you begin? Foremost, if you suspect you have an infection (you’re coughing, expelling mucus, are feverish, etc.), now is not the time to experiment: You absolutely should be working with a doctor to treat the infection.

Take A Holistic Approach to Antibiotic Resistance

When it comes to our health, there are two schools of thought: the Germ Theory and the Terrain Theory. Understanding the differences is critical, particularly because it involves the use of antibiotics, which should be used sparingly and for the right reasons. So let’s examine this often confusing topic. The

Calcium Does a Body Good

Calcium Does a Body Good: Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and you might think that’s because of the essential role it plays in building strong bones; calcium’s importance, however, goes beyond preventing fractures and osteoporosis. Calcium also supports healthy functioning of the cardiovascular, endocrine, and

Nutrient IV Therapy: Don’t Believe the Hype

Nutrient IV Therapy: Don’t Believe the Hype: They go by names such as Vitamin Drip Bar and Liquid Vitamin Lounge. You’ve probably seen these store fronts right next to your local Target, and you’ve maybe wondered what exactly it is that they’re offering. What they’re selling is nutrient IV –

Turnip Greens: A Powerhouse for Good Health

Like their leafy green cousins, turnip greens contain an abundance of nutrients important to good health. Scientifically known as Brassica rapa, turnip greens are a cruciferous plant in the same family as other nutrient-dense vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage. Cruciferous plant consumption is associated with lower risk of

Supplemental Knowledge: Should You Take Nutritional Supplements?

Of all the health products available, nutritional supplements are the most widely used, consumed by people of every age and every lifestyle. While supplements should not be used as a replacement for healthy lifestyle choices, whether prescribed by a physician or self-administered, even those of us who eat well and

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Dr. La Puma 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 ways to use the right foods and meals, and specific nature experiences to improve your well-being and your quality of life.



While Dr. La Puma did not invent culinary medicine, he pioneered and popularized it in medical schools and popular books, and on national cable and network television as ChefMD®.  His presentations often include his own certified organic avocados, medicinal herbs and rare citrus, which he grows on a demonstration and teaching farm in Santa Barbara.



Dr. La Puma is board-certified in internal medicine. He writes both recipes and pharmaceuticals on prescription slips, and enjoys seeing private patients who want to answer “What do I eat/not eat for my condition?”.  He also advocates for health related causes, including food security, pollinator protection and animal adoption and welfare.



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