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John La Puma        

Leading Physician Voice for Culinary Medicine; New York Times Bestselling Author; Board-Certified Internist; Professionally Trained Chef

John La Puma, MD is a board-certified internist, a professionally trained chef and the New York Times best selling author of seven books, including RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat (HarperCollins) and Cooking the RealAge Way (Wm Morrow) with Michael Roizen, MD and REFUEL: Shed Fat, Boost Testosterone, and Pump Up Strength and Stamina (Harmony).

An expert in longevity and healthy aging for over 20 years, he co-founded the popular brand ChefMD® and is considered the founder of Culinary Medicine, now taught in 70% of U.S. medical schools and worldwide. He speaks on how to improve both healthspan and longevity with food choices and nature-based interventions at home.

With Leeza Gibbons and Joan Lunden, Dr. La Puma co-hosted the national cable weekly series “Health Corner” for Lifetime TV for five years and 120 episodes. He helps patients avoid synthetics and choose organic. He currently stewards a regenerative certified organic farm in Santa Barbara, and always brings a treat from his garden to share.

Speech Topics

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.

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 Based Medicine: Make Yourself Stress-Free and Well with Land, Water, Heat, Air, Sound, Vista

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.

Other Speaking Topics

  • 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


When Your Doctor Is Your Chef - Bloomberg
Dr. John Principe in his medical practice's teaching kitchen in Palos Heights, .... John La Puma went farther than Principe, actually leaving medicine to go to the ...

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