IHH-UCSF Symposium on the Paleo Approach and Functional Medicine

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  • Stephan Guyenet Stephen Guyenet is an obesity researcher, neurobiologist, and author. In addition to his innovative research, he enjoys synthesizing and communicating science for a general audience and maintains a popular ancestral health blog. Guyenet has a BS in biochemistry from the University of Virginia and a PhD in neurobiology from the University of Washington. 
  • Nicolette Hahn Niman Nicolette Hahn Niman is an attorney, writer, livestock rancher, and mother. 

    Much of Nicolette's time is spent speaking and writing about the problems resulting from industrialized food production, including essays she has written on the subject for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Nicolette was a regular blogger for the food section of the online version of The Atlantic and has blogged for Huffington Post and CHOW. 

    She is a regular speaker at food and farming events, and has been a keynote speaker at the Ecofarm Conference; the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Conference; the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, among others. She served for two years on the Board of Overseers of the Boston-based organization Chefs Collaborative. 

    Previously, she was the Senior Attorney for the environmental organization Waterkeeper Alliance where she was in charge of the organization's campaign to reform the concentrated livestock and poultry industry, and, before that, an attorney for National Wildlife Federation. She served two terms on the city council for the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan (pop. 80,000), during which time she served on sixteen community boards and commissions including the Environmental Concerns Committee. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1993 and her B.A. in Biology and French from Kalamazoo College in 1989. 

    She lives in Northern California with her two sons, and husband, Bill Niman, founder of Niman Ranch, a natural meat company supplied by a network of over 700 traditional farmers and ranchers. Together Bill and Nicolette founded the meat company BN Ranch, which offers grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, and heritage turkey.
  • Chris Kresser Chris Kresser, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner. His health and wellness blog, ChrisKresser.com, generates over 400,000 visits per month; was just named "best science-oriented blog" by Paleo magazine; and according to DrMercola.com, is ranked one of the top 25 natural health blogs in the world. Greatist.com has named Chris one of the 50 most influential people in health and fitness, along with Mehmet Oz, Andrew Weil, and Deepak Chopra; and the popular LivingLavidaLowCarb.com and best-selling Paleo-nutrition authors such as Robb Wolf have ranked Chris as one of the top 10 trusted authorities in the Paleo-nutrition world. 

    Chris has been a featured health expert in leading international media, including The Atlantic (USA), Globe & Mail (Canada), and Healthy (UK); he has been a featured speaker at top Paleo conferences, including Ancestral Health Symposium, PaleoFX, and Wise Traditions, and his work has been endorsed by leading health practitioners and scientists at institutions including Harvard Medical School. Chris is the author of the forthcoming book, Personal Paleo Code: Your Individual Prescription for Feeling Better Fast, Living Better Longer, and Preventing and Reversing Disease Naturally.
  • James Maskell James Maskell has been looking for levers to create significant positive change in healthcare for a decade. Following education in healthcare economics, James has played a part in building a number of successful businesses in the integrative medicine space.  

    James has lectured to audiences of physicians on three continents, including four years on faculty of "Heal Thy Practice", Integrative Health Symposium and George Washington University's Metabolic Medicine Institute.

    James has been featured on platforms at diverse at TEDMED, Huffpost Live, TEDx and more, as well as writing for blogs like Huffington Post, KevinMD, thedoctorblog and MindBodyGreen. He sees a unique aperture to help fuse the massive potential of digital health and functional approaches to accelerate the evolution of medicine.
  • Akil Palanisamy Akil Palanisamy, MD, is a Harvard-trained physician, author, speaker, and holistic medicine expert in integrative and functional medicine. His new book, "The Paleovedic Diet", integrates the best of conventional and holistic medicine. Dr. Akil seamlessly blends the Paleo diet with Ayurveda and the latest research in nutrition and medicine to present a customized roadmap to perfect health. 

    Groundbreaking and timely, The Paleovedic Diet addresses topical issues such as gluten sensitivity, unknown superfoods (you'll be surprised to see what's included here), the link between gut health and whole body health, how to detoxify, the critically important gut bacteria comprising your microbiome and other holistic medicine topics.

    Based on his own experience with thousands of patients, Dr. Akil provides definitive, practical guidance on what to eat, how to move, how to sleep, how to manage stress and even how to breathe. He presents a revolutionary three-week plan that utilizes nourishing foods, powerful healing spices and intensive detoxification to help you lose weight, improve energy and achieve lifelong health.
  • Shilpa Saxena Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP is a Board-Certified family physician whose passion and purpose come to life through an uncompromising dedication to the 'health' and 'care' aspects of healthcare. Her commitment for professional growth is evident. In addition to over 15 years of progressive patient care in her successful medical practice, Dr. Saxena is Faculty with the Institute for Functional Medicine, Fellow & Guest Faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Faculty with George Washington University's Metabolic Medicine Institute and Volunteer Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. 

    But more importantly to her, she understands that the brightest of physicians or educators is of little value to the patient who cannot be empowered by that knowledge. As a consummate teacher, she is on a mission to get simple, actionable, lifestyle-based solutions to patients interested in helping themselves heal. She is internationally known for her contributions on the development and institution of the lifestyle-based group medical appointment model and has been awarded for her work with her online patient university, Living Wellness University. By marrying the science of healing with the art of patient education and partnership, she is creating opportunities for patients and healthcare providers to get back to the sacred healing relationship that was once a vital part of her noble profession.
  • Ron Sinha Dr. Ronesh is an internal medicine physician for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation who created the South Asian medical consult service for his medical group. He is author of The South Asian Health Solution and runs corporate health and wellness programs for major companies in Silicon Valley. Dr. Sinha is a highly sought after 2-time TEDx speaker who is passionate about improving the lives of individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds. He was awarded the 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal Health Care hero award for the innovative wellness programs he developed for diverse employees. He has had tremendous success in the clinic and corporate wellness programs in reversing chronic health conditions like diabetes and cholesterol disorders through targeted lifestyle changes. 
  • Michelle Tam Michelle Tam is an American blogger, food writer, and bestselling cookbook author known for recipes and food writing focused on the Paleolithic diet and lifestyle. 

    Wanting to see her adopted diet and lifestyle reflected online, Tam launched her food blog, Nom Nom Paleo, in October 2010. Noted for its humor, high-quality recipes, and distinctive photography, Tam's website has earned multiple awards, including Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blog Award (Special Diets). By the fall of 2014, Nom Nom Paleo was receiving 110,000 page views per day (3.3 million page views per month), with The New York Times calling Tam "something of a Martha Stewart of Paleo." 

    Tam's 2013 cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, became a New York Times bestseller, and was recognized as one of the Best of the Best Cookbooks of 2013, as well as one of the best cookbooks of 2014 by Serious Eats and America's Test Kitchen. Six months after the cookbook's release, Tam's publisher reported that it was in its seventh printing, with 150,000 copies in print. In March 2015, Tam's cookbook was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. 

    In 2014, Tam's Nom Nom Paleo cooking app for the iPad earned a People's Voice Webby Award in the Lifestyle (Tablet & All Other Devices) category. 

    Despite being best known for her focus on the Paleo lifestyle and for being an "early adherent of sous vide cooking," Tam has garnered mainstream culinary recognition, with endorsements from noted food professionals like Michael Ruhlman and Christopher Kimball. Tam and her work have been featured across various media outlets, including CBS This Morning, Serious Eats, The Kitchn, Epicurious, Fitness Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Food Network. She maintains a partnership with Whole Foods Market, which has featured her recipes and product selections in store locations and online.
  • Robb Wolf Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist is the New York Times Best Selling author of The Paleo Solution - The Original Human Diet. A student of Prof. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, book and seminars. 

    Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, is co-founder of the nutrition and athletic training journal, The Performance Menu, co-owner of NorCal Strength & Conditioning, one of the Men's Health "top 30 gyms in America" and he is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, Paleo FX, and Paleo Magazine. 

    Robb is a former California State Powerlifting Champion (565 lb. Squat, 345 lb. Bench, 565 lb. Dead Lift) and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer. He coaches athletes at the highest levels of competition and consults with Olympians and world champions in MMA, motocross, rowing and triathlon. Wolf has provided seminars in nutrition and strength & conditioning to a number of entities including NASA, Naval Special Warfare, the Canadian Light Infantry and the United States Marine Corps. 

    Robb lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife Nicki and daughters Zoe and Sagan.

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Learn countless evidence-based tips, strategies and secrets to eating healthy, and the latest research from functional medicine about how to eat, move and supplement for improved health. You will understand the power of the keto diet for weight loss and brain health, hear Chris Kresser's new paradigm for adrenal fatigue, see how our conventional wisdom about insulin is being overturned, and much more. Cutting-edge perspectives on functional medicine and nutrition will be shared by the top experts in the world. Don't miss this one of a kind event!

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The Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing (IHH) is one of the oldest centers for Integrative Medicine in the US. For over 25 years, IHH has provided cutting-edge clinical services and education integrating the best of alternative and conventional therapies.

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