When Dr. Joel Wallach began investigating the best way to educate people on the value of taking nutritional supplements, he looked at doctors themselves. He assumed that they would be healthier thank anyone else. However, what he discovered, in an 1895 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association was that the average life of doctors was just 55 years. Anticipating this gap to be much closer today than 100 years ago, he researched it further. What he found was that today, the gap is closer-but only by three years.
A veterinarian for thirty years, Dr. Wallached worked as a research veterinary pathologist with the National Institute of Health (NIH) at Emory University. Having discovered and identified the first animal models for cystic fibrosis in monkeys, he found that he could reproduce their condition at will because it was caused by a nutritional deficiency. His findings offered great promise for children suffering with the debilitating disease. The only problem he didn't anticipate was the reaction from the institute. Within twenty-four hours after he made his findings public, he was fired. NIH wasn't interested in seeing their grants and other funding eliminated.
Dr. Wallach then made the decision to go to medical school so he could treat children for cystic fibrosis himself. Realizing that traditional medical school was likely to be as negative as the NIH, he accepted an invitation to teach nutrition at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Oregon. When he learned that he could be a primary care physician (which meant he could deliver babies, sew up chainsaw wounds, write prescriptions, and even get paid by insurance companies!) he decided to enroll as a full-time student.
Dr. Joel Wallach has been involved in biomedical research and clinical medicine for over forty years. He received the B.S. degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri with a major in animal husbandry (nutrition) and a minor in field crops and soils. In addition, he has the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from the University of Missouri. He has also earned the N.D. degree (naturopathic physician) from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
He has appeared frequently on network television and talk-radio programs as an expert on trace mineral and rare earth deficiency diseases. He is also the host of his own syndicated radio program. Additionally, he presents 300 free nutrition seminars to the general public and professional associations per year.
Dr. Ma Lan is vice-president of Wellness Lifestyle in San Diego, California. She earned her M.D. from Beijing Medical University and co-authored with Dr. Wallach the popular self-help book, Let's Play Doctor.
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