Speaker Panel:

Brian Clement, Ph.D., L.N.

Anna Maria Clement, Ph.D., L.N. 

Pamela A. Popper, Ph.D., N.D.

Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T.

Garth Davis, M.D.

 

 

Interactive transcript

Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N.

Brian Clement Ph.D., L.N.

2018 Conference
                                    A typical American growing up in the New Jersey/New York area, Brian likes to joke that he was a pioneer in the field of obesity—he was fat even before many Americans were fat! Raised in an Irish household on the standard American diet of meat, processed foods and sugary sodas, he was unfit and gasping for air every few steps. When he was 20 years old, he was dating a girl whose best friend’s boyfriend was 30—and a vegetarian. Despite the fact he had been more or less educated by his family that the body would die without animal-based foods, the lure of an influential peer inspired him to give up meat in one fell swoop. For the first year and a half, he kept his vegetarian diet a secret from his family. Yet after losing 120 pounds and experiencing the difference in his health, he came out of the proverbial closet (much to his family’s dismay!) and became a complete vegan three years later.   A natural performer, Brian had worked his way through college as a musician. Many friends, including one who shared his interest in nutrition after healing herself from cancer through diet, offered feedback that he was born to teach. With his degree in biochemistry in hand and his interest in nutrition sealed, Brian began doing just that.   It was during this time he was living in Southern Oregon where temperatures are hot, dry and sunny from May through September. His body naturally gravitated towards raw foods and, after a few months, he remembered the book “Be Your Own Doctor” by Ann Wigmore. He dug it out, read it again, and realized he had essentially become a raw vegan by default. With the intention of returning to Oregon to open a health institute, Brian moved to Maine for a final taste of the East Coast. While there, he decided to go down to Boston to visit Ann Wigmore at the Hippocrates Health Institute. As his friend had years prior, Ann saw Brian’s natural talent to communicate this lifestyle to people in a relatable way, and she convinced him to move to Boston and work with her.   On behalf of Hippocrates, Brian soon went to Europe and spent three years re-educating Europeans about the raw food movement that had begun on their continent. In 1978, he spent a year in Denmark as Director of the Humlegaarden Institute that had been founded by the famous Danish raw-food pioneer Dr. Kristine Nolfi in the 1940s. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1980, Brian assumed the title of Director of Hippocrates Health Institute and, in 1987, he moved the Institute to Florida.   Since that time, he has directed the Institute’s growth and development, as well as facilitated the implementation of progressive natural health treatments and programs. Brian’s progressive ideas on natural health, coupled with his vast theoretical and practical science experience, have provided him with the opportunity to conduct countless seminars, lectures and educational programs. He has traveled to more than 25 countries motivating the public to take action to improve their lives. Most recently, he was commissioned by government-supported organizations to establish, organize and direct health programs in Denmark, Switzerland, Greece and India.   Brian has also written numerous books in which he explores the various aspects of health, spirituality and natural healing. His best-selling book, “Living Foods for Optimum Health,” has been acclaimed by Marilyn Diamond, co-author of the book “Fit for Life,” as “an important and eminently readable book for the new era of self-care,” and by Coretta Scott King as a “landmark guide to the essentials of healthy living.”

Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N.

Anna Maria Clement Ph.D., L.N.

2018 Conference
           Anna grew up in a Swedish family that consumed a traditional diet of meat and carbohydrates. But at the age of 15, her entire family became vegetarian and Anna’s interest in the intersection of health and nutrition began. Similar to Brian’s experience with his mentor Ann Wigmore, a Danish woman by the name of Alma Nissen changed Anna’s course. In 1974, Alma was so incapacitated by arthritis that she was practically bedridden. Her hands and fingers were stiff and in constant pain, and she could not bend, walk or even turn over by herself in bed. Unwilling to accept her lot as a bedridden invalid, she changed her diet and normal routine. She began drinking fresh vegetable juices and herbal teas and taking heat treatments and hydro baths all with the goal of cleansing her intestine. She began to feel better and, after just a few months, was completely cured. Wanting to share what she had learned, she transformed her seven-room apartment in Copenhagen into an arthritis clinic that attracted patients on stretchers, on crutches, and in wheelchairs. After four to eight weeks on Nissen’s simple regime, these patients left the clinic on their own two feet. Word spread, and a wealthy Swedish benefactor offered the Brandal estate in Stockholm for her use as a rheumatic clinic. With a doctorate in nutrition from Denmark University, Anna became Director of the Brandal Clinic in her twenties, while also working towards her nursing degree.   In 1978, Ann Wigmore and Brian Clement were invited to speak at a conference in Sweden, where Brian and Anna first met. For Brian, it was love at first sight. Two years later, Anna came to Boston to experience the Hippocrates program for herself. A year following, she asked Brian if she could come work at Hippocrates and the rest is history. To Hippocrates, Anna brought a refreshing European approach to healing, and her maternal ways rounded out the edges of Brian’s straightforward approach. She speaks seven languages and travels the world with Brian to lecture on the topics of natural health methods in a family and pediatric care. Anna grew up in a Swedish family that consumed a traditional diet of meat and carbohydrates. But at the age of 15, her entire family became vegetarian, and Anna’s interest in the intersection of health and nutrition began.   Similar to Brian’s experience with his mentor Ann Wigmore, a Danish woman by the name of Alma Nissen changed Anna’s course. In 1974, Alma was so incapacitated by arthritis that she was practically bedridden. Her hands and fingers were stiff and in constant pain, and she could not bend, walk or even turn over by herself in bed. Unwilling to accept her lot as a bedridden invalid, she changed her diet and normal routine. She began drinking fresh vegetable juices and herbal teas and taking heat treatments and hydro baths – all with the goal of cleansing her intestine. She began to feel better and, after just a few months, was completely cured. Wanting to share what she had learned, she transformed her seven-room apartment in Copenhagen into an arthritis clinic that attracted patients on stretchers, on crutches, and in wheelchairs. After four to eight weeks on Nissen’s simple regime, these patients left the clinic on their own two feet. Word spread, and a wealthy Swedish benefactor offered the Brandal estate in Stockholm for her use as a rheumatic clinic. With a doctorate in nutrition from Denmark University, Anna became Director of the Brandal Clinic in her twenties, while also working towards her nursing degree.

PAMELA A. POPPER, Ph.D., N.D.

PAMELA A. POPPER, Ph.D., N.D.

2018 Conference
http://www.wellnessforumhealth.com
I live in Worthington, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus) with my Maine Coon cat, Schroeder. I’ve lived here for almost 30 years, and I love this house and the location because it is close to downtown Worthington (I can walk), and one mile from the office, which means I can go back and forth a lot. In fact, my back yard is gorgeous, with tall trees and a big deck in back, which is often where I work in the afternoon when it’s warm outside. It seems to some people like I work all the time (I’m known for being super productive), but I have a busy life outside of work. I belong to a book club, since reading is one of my passions, and I love watching BookTV on CSPAN on the weekends. I love to dance and belong to the Directors’ Circle for Ballet Met. I attend all of the events I can and unless something really major is going on, I see every performance at least once. I also enjoy symphony concerts, art exhibits, festivals, and parties. I’m actually a social butterfly even though I can appear to be more like a science nerd and bookworm! My other hobbies include hot yoga (Wellness Forum Health has a hot yoga studio in our facility and it is right across the hall from my office!), working out, and running. I love running outside when it is hot, and force myself to run on a treadmill indoors in the winter because when the wind chill dips below 68 degrees F, it’s too cold for me to be outside! =) I have a tiny little place in Port Clinton, Ohio by Lake Erie, where I spend as much time as a can in the summer. My house is a 2-minute walk to the beach, and I can hear the waves and the ferry horns when I’m sitting on the porch or lying on the couch reading. It’s my “happy place” and one of the few places where I really can disconnect, rest, and regenerate. I’m an ambitious person with a lot of lofty goals, one of which is to help disrupt our dysfunctional healthcare system. I work with a great group of people who share this goal and our vision for better healthcare, which makes this daunting task attainable. If you don’t know a lot about me (or even if you do!), follow me on twitter and facebook, read my blog, and sign up for my newsletter and video clips. And always feel free to send an email (pampopper@msn.com) – I really do answer emails myself!   Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the Executive Director of Wellness Forum Health. The company offers educational programs to both consumers and providers that facilitate informed medical decision-making, diet and lifestyle intervention, and improved long-term health outcomes. Through its own network of providers, Wellness Forum Health offers direct-to-consumer healthcare services. Dr. Popper serves on the Physician’s Steering Committee and the President’s Board for the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C. Dr. Popper was one of the health care professionals involved in the famed Sacramento Food Bank Project, in which economically disadvantaged people were shown how to reverse their diseases and eliminate medications with diet. Dr. Popper served as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s teaching team at eCornell, teaching part of a certification course on plant-based nutrition. She has been featured in many widely distributed documentaries, including Processed People and Making a Killing and Forks Over Knives, which played in major theaters throughout North America in 2011. She is one of the co-authors of the companion book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for 66 weeks. Her most recent book is Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Can Save Your Life. Dr. Popper is also a lobbyist and public policy expert and continually works toward changing laws that interfere with patients’ right to choose their health provider and method of care. She has testified in front of legislative committees on numerous occasions and has testified twice in front of the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dr. Pam Popper is a straight-talking professional who is not afraid to criticize national health organizations, government agencies, medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural organizations and manufacturing companies, many of whom have agendas and priorities that interfere with distributing truthful information and promoting public health. Everyone who is interested in health should hear her speak. For some, their lives may depend on what she has to say!   To learn more, visit www.wellnessforumhealth.com

Julieanna Hever M.S., R.D., C.P.T.

Julieanna Hever M.S., R.D., C.P.T.

2016 Conference
http://www.PlantBasedDietitian.com
           Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. is a Registered Dietitian who has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2005, specializing in weight management, disease prevention and management, and sports nutrition. Julieanna is the host of the wellness talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, author of The Vegiterranean Diet and the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. She is the co-author of the cookbook, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and a recipe contributor to both New York Time Best-Selling Forks Over Knives books. Julieanna counsels a variety of clients throughout the world from her Los Angeles, California-based private practice including elite athletes, adults, and children with various nutritional and/or medical concerns. Julieanna was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Reluctantly Healthy, The Marie Osmond Show, The Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and lectures extensively throughout the United States. She is published in prominent journals, magazines, blogs, and newsletters. As co-producer and star of the “infotainment” documentary, To Your Health, Julieanna interviewed a host of the plant-based world’s most respected doctors and researchers to bring this important information to film and television audiences. Julieanna has served as a Special Consultant for the best-selling documentary, Forks Over Knives and as the Executive Director of EarthSave, International, which has also provided an opportunity for Julieanna to bring whole food, plant-based nutrition to the forefront of efforts to improve the current global health crisis. Julieanna received her Bachelor's degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She has taught as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program, worked as a clinical dietitian at Century City Doctors Hospital, and has consulted for numerous businesses. To learn more, visit www.PlantBasedDietitian.com

Garth Davis M.D.

Garth Davis M.D.

2016 Conference
http://www.proteinaholic.com
Garth Davis is a general surgeon who specializes in medical and surgical weight loss.  He is the current medical director of Bariatric Surgery at Memorial Herman Memorial City Hospital.  He also runs The Davis Clinic which is a very busy weight management center in Houston, Texas. He has been named a Texas Super Doc multiple times and is the author of "The expert's Guide to Weight Loss Surgery" and "Proteinaholic". In his spare time, he enjoys competing in marathons, triathlons, and crossfit.   To learn more, visit www.proteinaholic.com


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