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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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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

Mindful Gift Giving: Tips for the Holiday Season

For many of us, gift giving is the biggest stress of the holiday season – from finding time to shop, to selecting the right gift, to getting the best price. We struggle emotionally knowing gifts often hold symbolic meaning for the recipient; yet, not having other ideas, we go to

Apple Cider Vinegar: A News-Worthy Remedy

Over the years, the media has paid lots of attention to apple cider vinegar (ACV) and for good reason. An ancient health remedy, it’s known as a panacea for what ails us, aiding in weight loss, managing blood sugar, reducing cholesterol, lowering cancer risk, supporting digestion, and facilitating natural detoxification.

Exploring Natural Antibiotic Alternatives: Foods, Herbs, Oils

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

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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.

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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.

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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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