Dr. John La Puma

Health & Healthcare, Nutrition

Travels from California, USA

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Dr. John La Puma Profile

  • Leading Physician Voice for Culinary Medicine.

  • Board-Certified Internist and Professionally Trained Chef.

  • He has spoken at TEDMED, TEDx, Harvard Medical School, Stanford University and aboard The World, among many others.
  • Dr. John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for culinary medicine and nature as essential parts of your health, and an internationally recognized expert in nutrition, well-being and wellness. Dr La Puma is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, a professionally trained chef and an urban organic regenerative farmer. He is also a New York Times best-selling author, has lectured on culinary medicine at TEDMED and TEDx, and on nature-based medicine and culinary medicine at the University of Chicago and Harvard University,

    Dr. John believes that both food and nature are information for the body and the brain. The right foods, beverages, outdoor activities and nature-based solutions can help you reboot your brain and your health. Both food and nature are regenerative, powerful, underutilized therapeutic tools in medicine.

    John La Puma is a practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine and a professionally trained chef. His patients, books, recipes and television episodes are changing the way people think about food, health and medicine–as fun, personal and tasty. Three of his books Cooking the RealAge Way, The RealAge Diet, and ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into 8 languages.

    The Wall Street Journal calls him a “Secret Weapon” against cholesterol and heart disease. He taught the first Nutrition and Cooking Course for Medical Students in the US, at SUNY-Upstate with Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic.

    Dr. La Puma is a renowned speaker. He spoke at the prestigious TEDx conference in October 2010, at Gel Health in October 2009 and is consistently rated among the very best speakers by the audiences he addresses. He has also been a consultant and spokesperson for some of the groups to which he has given talks, such as CIGNA, Caremark, GSK and Kraft.

    Dr. La Puma is in the media. He hosts the nationwide 90 minute PBS Special Eat and Cook Healthy now airing; hosted a nationwide 30 minute Chef MD PBS Special in 2010; and co-hosted 100+ episodes of Lifetime TV’s Health Corner (most recently with Joan Lunden and Leeza Gibbons). He starred in the weekly Chef MD TV segment on Lifetime TV for nearly 5 years. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The 700 Club, NPR, Dr. Oz XM,, Martha Stewart radio, and on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, PBS and CNN, and in hundreds of print publications.

    Dr. La Puma is Founding Editor of Alternative Medicine Alert, the leading evidence-based newsletter for clinicians on dietary supplements and integrative medical approaches. He worked as a general internist at North Suburban Clinic before leaving to become a full time independent physician, writer, teacher and researcher.

    His clinical trial designs and academic work has resulted in authorship or co-authorship of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 150 other contributions to the medical literature and three medical books, including a CME book.

    He performed his residency in internal medicine at West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center and UCLA, and completed the first postgraduate fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical medical ethics in the US, at the University of Chicago.

    Dr. La Puma became a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Professor of Nutrition at Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts, and cook at James Beard-award winning Chef Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo in Chicago. Dr. La Puma graduated with honors from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now a Le Cordon Bleu school) in Professional Cooking.

    Repeatedly named “One of America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council, Dr. La Puma has been honored with the American Medical Association/National Association of Medical Communicators “Award of Excellence.” He is based in Santa Barbara, California.

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    What is Culinary Medicine and What Does It Do?

    Culinary medicine blends the art of cooking with the science of medicine to create high quality meals and beverages that aim to prevent and treat disease and improve well-being. Dr. La Puma co-taught the first course in a U.S. medical school (SUNY-Upstate, wrote the first book (a NYTimes best-seller), filmed the first TV series (120+ episodes on LifetimeTV), and gave the first TED talk (both TEDx and TEDMED). Now taught in 70% of medical schools, culinary medicine discussed and described by Dr. La Puma means lots of water-cooler facts (bake a pizza hotter, longer or both for more whole wheat crust anti-oxidants)(add black pepper to your curries for maximal anti-inflammatory benefits from the turmeric inside)(leave a watermelon on a kitchen counter to keep the lycopene and beta carotene from going away in the fridge). It also means the latest on food farmacies, medically tailored meals, produce prescriptions and delicious foods that work like medicine but taste truly amazing, and are often right in your pantry, fridge or freezer. Have a masterclass from the ChefMD® who started it all–taste culinary medicine.

    Nature Based Medicine: How to Be in Nature and Heal What Ails You

    Feeling better outside may just seem like common sense, but did you know we spend 87% in buildings and 6% in cars? And 11 hours daily on devices? The country is suffering from nature deficits, and that shows up as anxiety, depression, attention deficit, diabetes, hypertension, myopia, and obesity. These are all worse with the pandemic. But all those illnesses may be preventable, treatable, and even reversible with an added nature-based approach. The talk Dr. La Puma gives shows the relationship between the human microbiome (as big as your brain) and the soil microbiome, and the solid science emerging on how natural settings work in the brain, the gut, the immune system and the vascular system. Dr. La Puma believes that overprescribing antibiotics, overeating hyper processed foods and overusing synthetic farm chemicals in the garden may be at the root cause of our chronic disease epidemic. Though the field of nature-based medicine is just emerging in the U.S., it has been taught and practiced in Asia and the EU for decades. Dr. La Puma illustrates the prescriptive, evidence-based use of natural settings and nature-based interventions to lower stress and empower self-care safely, effectively, and happily.

    Make Your RealAge Younger, Create a Blue Zone & Fill Your Own GreenRx

    Over 45 million people have taken the RealAge® test, free– the scientifically sound quiz that tells you your body’s biological age as you’ve chosen to live, as opposed to your birthday age. The #1 ager is stress and the #2 is what you eat. In this lecture, Dr. La Puma shares the secrets to making yourself younger with what you eat and how you live. He also covers the new, sixth Blue Zone, Singapore, as an identified place of great longevity and great quality of life, including the small habits that make a big difference among centenarians in Okinawa, Costa Rica, Sardinia, Greece and even Loma Lilnda. And finally, Dr. La Puma shows that weaving together the science of how nature works with the native drive (biophilia) we have to connect with and experience nature, you can fill your own prescription for nature based medicine to feel better, have more energy and joy and create wellness just by being in the great outdoors.

    Nature Therapy: Make Yourself Stress-Free with Land, Water, Heat, Air, Sound, Vista
    Forest Bathing: Are Trees More Powerful Than Statins in Preventing Heart Disease?
    Why Gardening, Inside or Outside, Can Save Your Life & Make You Younger
    Cure Nature Deficit Disorder, and Make Yourself Well
    Virtual Reality & Pain Relief: See the Sea & Be Pain Free

    What People are Saying about Seeing Dr. Speak

    Rating Entries

    “One of the most important and best presentations we’ve ever had—ever! You hit a grand slam!”
    Stuart Epperson,
    Chairman of the Board,
    Salem Communications

    “Great job, for our company and for our customers. First rate. And your food was amazing.”
    Kevin Lobo,
    Ethicon Endo-Surgery

    “Outstanding! Come back next year!”
    W. Lee Hammond,
    AARP President,
    Class of 2012

    “The women loved your session…and I would love to have you come back. You sold out all your books!”
    Paula Herman,
    Program Manager,
    Professional Businesswomen of California

    “Not even your taste buds will know that you’re eating ‘good for you’ food.”
    Mehmet Oz, M.D.,
    The Dr. Oz Show,
    co-author of You on a Diet

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    Books by Dr. John La Puma:

      ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to: Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, Getting Really Healthy
      Doctor, What Do I Eat for That–and How Do I Make It Taste Really Good?

      Respected physician and trained chef Dr. John La Puma answers those questions and more in this revolutionary book. In it, he offers you “culinary medicine” the art of cooking blended with the science of medicine. The result? Restaurant-quality recipes, foods, and meals that can reverse the process of disease.

      Use ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine to:

      • Discover what and how to eat for forty health conditions–from ADD and Alzheimer’s to rheumatoid arthritis and ulcers
      • Build a “culinary medicine chest” with fifty amazing foods that prevent or control common health conditions
      • Conquer fatigue, supercharge your immune system, and look and feel younger
      • Get the most nutrition from the foods you eat
      • Find the ChefMD Essentials–thirty-six healthful and flavorful brand-name foods in boxes, bags, and cans
      • Fall in love with food again with fifty easy ChefMD recipes–guilt free!

      Eat and cook the ChefMD way and discover just how easy, simple, and delicious a healthy life can be.

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      RealAge Diet

      Do some foods accelerate aging and others reverse it? Science says yes! Dr. Michael Roizen, who showed Americans how to stop getting biologically older by changing their lifestyle choices, now reveals his authoritative anti-aging diet.

      Dr. Roizen starts with the simple premise, “If it doesn’t taste good, don’t eat it.” Then he solves everyday dining dilemmas. Eating out? Simple guidelines make meal selection a cinch. Eating in? Cooking tips and 84 fabulous recipes pack meals with age-lowering ingredients. Trying to lose weight? Dr. Roisen analyzes today’s popular diets for their impact on aging—and reveals the shocking resluts. A perfect follow-up volume for Roizen’s bestseller RealAge, The RealAge Diet is the delicious way to live longer and younger.

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