Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology, and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high-quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming, and fair trade. In 2004 she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K. Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual inquiry with courageous activism. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr. Vandana Shiva as one of the top Seven most Powerful Women on the Globe. Dr. Shiva has received honorary Doctorates from the University of Paris, University of Western Ontario, University of Oslo, and Connecticut College, University of Guelph. Among her many awards are the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1993), Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of UN, and Earth Day International Award. Lennon ONO grant for peace award by Yoko Ono in 2009, Sydney Peace Prize in 2010, Doshi Bridgebuilder Award, Calgary Peace Prize and Thomas Merton Award in the year 2011, the Fukuoka Award and The Prism of Reason Award in 2012, the Grifone d’Argento prize 2016 and The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016, Veerangana Award 2018, The Sanctuary Wildlife Award 2018 and International Environment Summit & Award 2018.
Brenda Davis, RD
Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. As a prolific nutrition and health writer, she has authored/co-authored 12 books with nearly a million copies in print in 15 languages. Her most recent works include Nourish: The Definitive Plant-based Nutrition Guide for Families (co-authored with Reshma Shah, 2020), Kick Diabetes Essentials (2019), The Kick Diabetes Cookbook (2018), Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014) and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013). Both Becoming Vegan books and Nourish have won awards, including the Canada Book Award. Brenda has been a featured speaker at medical and nutrition conferences in over 20 countries on 5 continents. She is also co-author of several peer reviewed journal articles. Brenda is the lead clinical nutrition specialist for the diabetes intervention project in the Marshall Islands. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Brenda lives with her husband Paul in Calgary Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Vivian Chen
As a western, UK trained doctor, I was taught that genes dictated our health destiny, and there is a pill for every ill. I practiced this way as an internist and family physician until my own health and my family’s health started to deteriorate.
Post children, I had fatigue, labile mood, anxiety, brain fog and most mornings I just did not even want to get out of bed. I got by on caffeine but often on my way to pick up the kids from school I would just want to crawl into bed and have a nap. I was crippled with severe migraines, and popped painkillers a few times a week. I relied on coffee to get me going in the morning, and wine to relax me at night. I had a comprehensive battery of tests and had referrals to specialists but was told that everything was ‘normal’ and that my symptoms were to be expected for a busy, working mom.
But I just could not accept that this was ‘normal’. I started doing my own reading, research and discovered the power of foods as medicine and spend the next few years beginning to peel back the layers of my symptoms to get to the root cause.
Fast forward 14 years, I am absolutely passionate about lifestyle medicine. I believe that ‘food IS medicine’. Food can turn on and off genes (epigenetics) and that yes, although there is a pill for every ill, we should address the underlying issues rather than band-aiding over problems. I still believe that western medicine is fantastic and is life-saving, but an integrative approach is needed, especially when we are treating chronic diseases.
My husband was put on prescription medication for his hypertension at the age of 36, and gradually the medication dose was increased until a second medication was threatened at the age of 42. With my help, he managed to wean himself off his blood pressure medication.
I also have two kids with severe food allergies (my daughter outgrew all four of her food allergies ‘naturally’ by age 4, and I’m still working with my son to help him hopefully outgrow his).
We are in charge of our own health destiny. Even if you are dealt a bad deck of genetic cards, you can still overcome the odds and live with wellness.
I chose not to continue my career as an allopathic doctor when I moved to California, but instead to focus on something which I believe to be equally, if not more powerful – lifestyle changes to heal the body.
Dr. Kathy Yeo
Dr. Kathy Yeo is an experienced board-certified chiropractor and a holistic practitioner who looks at healing through the lens of relationship and connection.
For her Bachelor's degree, she has a double major in Bioinformatics and Theatre Arts. She was the first student to graduate in Bioinformatics (the application for Human Genome Project). For her academic success, Dr. Kathy was offered to study pre-med at Leeds University, England, and participated in Tribolium Genome Sequencing Consortium research at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Dr. Kathy graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area as a recipient of the Student Achievement Award and finished the program six months early. Her post-graduate studies include functional medicine, clinical nutrition, German drainage therapy, living food medicine, Ayurveda, Neuro Emotional Technique. She is also one of the few chiropractors who is trained in and treats with Craniopathy and Visceral Manipulation Reflex Technique.
All of this experience brought Dr. Kathy to establish Pura Vida Wellness Center in Western Pennsylvania. Patients traveled from all over the country to receive Dr. Kathy’s unique blend of care with specialties in Cranial/ Visceral Manipulation and personalized detoxification programs.
With fifteen years of hands-on clinical experience, Dr. Kathy took a huge leap to pursue her larger dream. In June 2018, Dr. Kathy sold her practice in order to help as many people as possible to live a harmonious life by teaching the connection of human health to environmental health.
Dr. David Katz
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College (1984); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine (1991), and Preventive Medicine/Public Health (1993), earning Board certification in both disciplines.
He is the founding director (1998-2019) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founder/President of the True Health Initiative, a non-profit organization established to defend and disseminate the science, sense, and global expert consensus about healthy, sustainable diet and lifestyle in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe.
Katz directed the development of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index® used in the NuVal® nutritional guidance system, the world’s most robustly validated nutrient profiling system. He is the Founder (2016) and CEO of his own start-up company (Diet ID, Inc.), developing a disruptive innovation for dietary intake assessment, and diet coaching- using a method known as Diet Quality Photo Navigation (DQPN®).
The recipient of many awards for his contributions to public health, he has received three honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Katz has held faculty positions at the Yale University Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing- and as adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for nearly a decade.
He holds multiple U.S. patents with other patents pending. He has published over 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 18 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine and nutrition. His 17th book, The Truth about Food, sends all proceeds to support the True Health Initiative. His 18th book, How to Eat (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), with co-author Mark Bittman, is available now.
Dr. Katz invented the meta-research method known as “evidence mapping;” the behavior modification construct called “impediment profiling;” a multi-site clinical trial approach to community-based participatory research called the multi-site translational community trial (MTCT); and most recently, “evidence threshold pathway mapping,” a method for applying diverse evidence sources in particular to questions about lifestyle practices and lifelong health effects.
Prominent as a journalist and commentator addressing matters of health and medicine, Dr. Katz has been quoted in most major magazines and newspapers, and has appeared widely on radio and television- and served as a regular on-air medical contributor for Good Morning America/ABC News for over two years. He has delivered addresses at major universities and conferences in all 50 United States and countries around the world on six continents.
Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, health promotion, and the prevention of chronic disease, he reaches a social media following of nearly one million.
He and his wife, Catherine live in Connecticut. They have 5 grown children, 3 dogs, and one horse.
On a mission to flatten the curve of healthcare costs, James Maskell has spent the past decade innovating at the cross section of functional medicine and community. To that end, he created the Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference with record-setting participation online and growing physician communities around the world. His organization and best selling book of the same name, Evolution of Medicine, prepares health professionals for this new era of personalized, participatory medicine.
His new project, HealCommunity™, makes functional medicine affordable, accessible and prescribable for all. He is an in demand speaker and impresario, being featured on TEDMED, HuffPostLive and TEDx, as well as lecturing internationally. He lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife and daughter.