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John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for healthy eating as part of health, and for nature-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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Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for Diabetes

Air pollution is estimated to cause 150,000 U.S. cases of diabetes annually. But plant leaves remove toxins, dust and microorganisms from the air. Be careful about food and plastics: many plastics contain hormone disruptors, which can lower testosterone levels in men, and are linked to prostate and breast cancer.  Cost:

Co-enzyme Q10: Vital to Energy Production in the Body

Very rarely is a substance so important – and prevalent – in the human body as is Co-enzyme Q10. As critical as it is, however, our body’s ability to make CoQ10 peaks at about age 21 and steadily declines as we age. By the time most of us are in

Nature Therapy: A Green Rx for Anxiety

You aren’t the only one who is anxious. Anxiety disorders affect nearly 1 of 5 Americans. Younger people especially just don’t feel secure, from climate change, to loan debt, to future jobs and technology replacement, to current politics, to random violence. It’s not just social and personal issues: air pollution

Healthy Bites: Awesome Arugula

With a nutrient profile similar to kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli, arugula is an excellent leafy alternative to these other cruciferous vegetables. When you want a distinctive, almost peppery flavor, arugula is the green to grab. Arugula is high in the following vitamins and minerals: Vitamin C, A, and K:

Better Digestion with Enzymes

Have you ever wondered how the macronutrients in food – fats, carbohydrates and proteins – get where they need to be in your body? This is where digestive enzymes come into play: they move macronutrients, vitamins and minerals out of the digestive tract and into the bloodstream where they participate

Holiday Digestive Support: Ginger

Around the holidays, or anytime you’ve over-indulged, consider sweet and zesty ginger for nourishing the digestive organs. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a knobby, horn-shaped rhizome with a long history of supporting metabolism, aiding digestion and reducing inflammation. It helps heal upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, motion sickness, and morning sickness. I

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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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