Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., is an author, lecturer, researcher and nutritional consultant. Dr. Appleton received her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from U.C.L.A., her Ph.D. from Walden University with Honors in Health Services. She has given lectures all over the English-speaking world and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs throughout the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. She has offered invaluable expertise and support to the HSF since its inception.

 Her publications include Lick the Sugar Habit, Healthy Bones, Heal Yourself with Natural Foods, Balanced Body Secrets and 21 Healing Days. Most recently, Dr. Appleton has written Lick the Sugar Habit Sugar Counter, a complete guide to the sugar content of more than 3000 brand-name and generic foods. This is a MUST for every hypoglycemic!

Dr. Douglas M. Baird

Dr. Douglas M. Baird

Dr. Douglas M. Baird is an osteopathic physician and surgeon who has been the medical director of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., since 1982. He is a renowned expert in the management of blood sugar disorders and has used his talents as a physician, researcher and educator to show how hypoglycemia and its correlating disorders can be recognized and controlled.

In addition to Dr. Baird’s expertise on hypoglycemia, his special interest is in the hypoglycemia/alcoholism correlation. In his lectures and seminars he often reiterates, “I have never, ever seen an alcoholic who was not hypoglycemic. It just doesn’t occur; it’s the same problem.” Today Dr. Baird takes every opportunity to share his message and knowledge with our HSF members. We are grateful for the dedication, support and passion he has given our organization these past 35 plus years.

 

Keith W. Berkowitz, M.D.

Keith W. Berkowitz, M.D.

Keith Berkowitz, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the Center for Balanced Health in New York City where he specializes in treating metabolic conditions such as obesity, fatigue, blood glucose disorders, thyroid problems, and hormone imbalances.

Before founding the Center for Balanced Health, Dr. Berkowitz was medical director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, where he worked closely with Dr. Atkins until the time of his death. He also for many years served on the teaching faculty at North Shore University and New York University School of Medicine. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. He is frequently quoted in the print media, fielding interviews for Newsweek, New York Magazine, Newsday, The Sunday London Times, Associated Press, INC Magazine, amNY, Wins 1010 online and The New York Post. He has been featured on ABC News, CNN, WOR Radio, WCBS Radio and RAI TV. He is the co-author of Princeton Review’s Medical School Companion (Random House, 1995), The Stubborn Fat Fix (Rodale, 2009) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Flour Free Eating (Alpha Books, 2010)

Dr. David J. Blyweiss, M.D.

Founder: Florida Integrative and Functional Medicine Center and Maximum Wellness Centers

David J. Blyweiss, MD began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1982. This dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, but also to recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of “western civilization origin”.

Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, proteomics and other related “orthomolecular” disciplines directed towards patients’ biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent and experienced practitioner of what would become known as “functional medicine”. Dr. Blyweiss has used this matrix of systems biology to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most “difficult-to-treat” conditions by addressing the underlying causes, allowing the body to heal itself.

Dr. Blyweiss was one of the researchers doing the early work on chlorhexidine (phisohex) while earning his first post graduate degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy. During medical school he worked with the WHO (World Health Organization) in vaccinating children in the islands of the Caribbean. He has traveled the world, most recently to Gabon and Croatia working closely with teams of specialists to identify new plant life and natural products for possible human benefit. He has consulted for and created state-of-the-art nutritional supplements for multiple nutritional companies since 1999.His most recent accomplishment was forming Eden Laboratories Ltd. doing stem cell research and transplants in Belize, CA. He is currently in private practice in South Florida where he resides with his family.

Jay Foster, BS, CCN

Jay Foster,  BS, CCN

Jay Foster, BS, CCN, is a nutritional biochemist involved in the practice of Applied Clinical Nutrition for the past 31 years. He is the director of Body Chemistry Associates, Inc., and is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. In addition to his private practice, Jay is the host of Health Connection Radio. The show is simulcast on the internet weekly on his website at www.1800chemist.com.

Jay has been the guest speaker at many HSF meetings. Having once suffered from hypoglycemic symptoms, Jay has a special interest in the success of our organization. His passion to help manage blood sugar abnormalities is evident in his daily radio broadcast, where he often addresses this subject. He has had excellent success with hypoglycemics through his BodyChem Program.

Valerie Goldstein, RD

Valerie is the author of Integrative Nutrition Therapy Study Guide, The Stubborn Fat Fix: The Essential Guide to High Fiber, Low Carbohydrate, Whole Food Diets, and co-author of The Stubborn Fat Fix.

Working with Robert Atkins, MD,  as Supervisor of Education and Research at The Atkins Center For Complementary Medicine and Atkins Health and Information Service led her into an intricate understanding of a ketogenic diet and its value in weight loss, health, sports performance and disease. Dr. Atkins acknowledged her work in Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution and Atkins For Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good Health.

Her 20 years as a professional Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, along with her experience with Dr. Atkins, has allowed her to bridge the gap between conventional science and cutting edge health approaches.

Goldstein creates employee wellness programs, leads individual and group health and wellness sessions, and educates the public on how to eat to fuel their individual goals. She is a consultant who has been featured on TV, radio, podcasts and magazines. She is a Featured expert in “Men’s Health” magazine and shares her voice to provide unconventional wisdom to those who are able to question why typical nutrition and health advice may not be THE solution that works for you; Valerie’s Voice: For The Health Of It can be found at https://valeriegoldstein.wordpress.com/.

Coupled with her personal journey as a fitness enthusiast and mother who strives for internal peace, happiness and lots of laughs, Goldstein uses her platform to spark people’s interest in achieving their personal goals.

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., N.D.,MBA, CNC, CNHP

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., N.D.,MBA, CNC, CNHP

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm. D., N.D.,MBA, CNC, CNHP

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm. D., N.D.,MBA, CNC, CNHP is a doctor of Pharmacy and licensed pharmacist, naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist and chef who is committed to finding the safest and most effective means to promote health and wellness over disease and illness. She is an Endowed Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and developing an Integrative Medicine Department at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is Director of the Functional Medicine and Herbal Therapy Certificate Program and teaches these courses within the Masters in Science in Nutrition Degree program. She has a Functional Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Therapy practice in the Nova Southeastern University Clinic Pharmacy. She is proud to serve on the boards of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Broward County Pharmacy Association. She is currently conducting research on Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Immune Builders.

Her goal is to educate and help as many people as possible to the amazing possibilities of combining the best of both worlds from modern medicine and age old traditional therapies.

Leslie Lee, MS, RD

Leslie Lee, MS, RD

Leslie Lee, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in human nutrition. She became a dietitian to learn how to manage her own debilitating hypoglycemia, having not found enough answers elsewhere. Years later, she feels like a transformed person having found the energy she was missing for much of her life. She is currently an outpatient pediatric dietitian in Seattle where, among other things, she is working on developing a program to reverse metabolic dysfunction in children–including hypoglycemia, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and excess weight.  She recently helped to plan and facilitate the Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit held by Swedish Medical Center.

Leslie is an unconventional dietitian who focuses on quality of food and individualized needs instead of quantity of calories or specific nutrients. She believes we should all be eating real food—the food our bodies evolved eating—rather than the ultra-processed fare typical of the modern industrial diet.  She developed an educational (and free) 10 Day Real Food Challenge during her previous tenure as the Director of Education at the Institute for Responsible Nutrition. Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn.

Dr. Shirley Lorenzani

Dr. Shirley Lorenzani

Dr. Shirley Lorenzani began her adult life as a classroom teacher. Witnessing the ill effects of sugary junk foods on her students, she changed her own food choices and noticed a dramatic difference in her own health. This epiphany inspired her to return to college to study nutrition. Resigning as a school teacher, she became a nutritional counselor in the Fort Lauderdale office of the late B. F. Hart, M.D., an American pioneer in nutrition and acupuncture. After Dr. Hart’s death, Dr. Lorenzani founded and directed the Life Care Medical Center in Pompano Beach, Florida; was the nutritionist at the Page Clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida; and co-hosted the Miami radio talk show Food Talk. She authored Candida: A Twentieth Century Disease, Dietary Fiber, and Oat Bran Recipes and frequently contributed articles to Let’s Live magazine. She joined the HSF as a medical advisor in March 2005.

Her early exposure to acupuncture sparked a lifelong interest in energy systems and their healing potential. She has studied NAET Allergy Elimination with Acupressure, Reiki, Pranic Healing, EFT, sound therapy, and crystals as healing stimulants. She integrates these therapies into her private practice in Auburn, California, and encourages each client to make healthy food choices and practice a form of exercise, such as Kundalini yoga, that maintains flexibility of the spine.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L.

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L.

Dr. Robert. H. Lustig is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and a member of the Institute of Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. His research and clinical practice has focused on childhood obesity and diabetes. Dr. Lustig holds a Bachelor’s in Science from MIT, a Doctorate in Medicine from Cornell University Medical College, New York City, and a Master’s of Studies in Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco.

Dr. Lustig has fostered a global discussion of metabolic health and nutrition, exposing some of the leading myths that underlie the current pandemic of diet-related disease. He believes the food business has hacked our bodies and minds, and that by focusing on real food we can beat the odds and protect our health against sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease.

Uma K. Pisharody, MD, FAAP

Uma K. Pisharody, MD, FAAP

Inspired by her own pediatrician, Dr. Pisharody always knew she wanted to become an advocate for children’s health. Experiences with malnutrition and diarrheal diseases during medical training in India, led to her choosing a career in pediatric gastroenterology.

She currently practices in Seattle, Washington, where she is passionate about helping children and families understand the connection between diet, nutrition, digestive health and well-being. Dr. Pisharody is proud to serve as a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Responsible Nutrition and the medical advisory committee for the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics; the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition; the American Gastroenterological Association; and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Aseem Malhotra, MD

Aseem Malhotra, MD

Described as an “inspiration” by celebrity chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver, Consulting Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra, MD, has become one of the most influential and well-known health campaigners in the United Kingdom. He writes regularly in academic medical journals and print newspapers such as the Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail. He is regularly seen on broadcast media in his campaign against sugar and highlighting the harms of too much medicine. Dr. Malhotra has been mentioned alongside anti-obesity activists such as Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama, and a few months ago he was featured in the New York Times about his documentary film “The Big Fat Fix,” which premiered in British parliament July 2016. He was lead author in a BMJ paper that launched the  UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges “Choosing Wisely” campaign in 2015.  In 2016, he was named in the Sunday Times newspaper as one of the most influential people in science in medicine in the UK. This list included Professor Stephen Hawking. Dr. Malhota recently became the youngest member to be appointed to the board of trustees of the independent health think tank, The King’s Fund.

 

Michelle “Missy” Porteous, MS, RD, CDE

Michelle “Missy” Porteous, MS, RD, CDE

Michelle “Missy” Porteous, MS, RD, CDE

Michelle “Missy” Porteous, MS, RD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) with a Masters’ degree in kinesiology/exercise physiology. Missy’s desire to study nutrition came largely from trying to understand and manage her own hypoglycemia. At the age of 15, Missy experienced a seizure from very low blood sugar. With the help, knowledge and persistence of her Mother, she was able to eventually get the testing she needed for her diagnosis and begin her journey to get well. It became her life-long passion to help everyone that struggles with blood sugar imbalances.

Through Missy’s unique complement of education and experience, including 20 years of nutrition counseling in health clinics and hospitals, she has empowered thousands of clients to re-gain energy, reduce symptoms and medications, control and mange blood sugar, lose weight, decrease cholesterol and blood pressure and even reverse certain health conditions.

Furthermore, Missy’s love of the performing arts earned her several media opportunities to spread the word of healthy eating, such as “Let’s Dine Out” on PBS (KVCR) and CNBC’s “dLife TV”, an inspiring diabetes television program.

As President of LifeQuality, Inc., in California, Missy regularly provides nutrition counseling for patients of medical groups, health plans, and individuals. For more information, visit her websites: www.LifeQualityRD.net and www.diabetesrewind.org/hypoglycemia

Lorna A. Walker, Ph.D.

Lorna A. Walker, Ph.D.,

Lorna A. Walker, Ph.D., holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology and a Doctorate Degree in Nutrition Education. Dr. Walker has been the HSF’s nutritionist for the past 25 years. Listed in Who’s Who in the World – 1984-1985, The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals – 1985, Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century, International Who’s Who in Medicine and many other biographical publications for her work in the field of nutrition, Dr. Walker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization.

A hypoglycemic herself, Dr. Walker understands this condition first hand. Dr. Walker was also the technical editor for the book “Hypoglycemia for Dummies” 2nd Edition, and has counseled many hypoglycemics on how to manage their condition through diet, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle changes. Dr. Walker has lectured extensively on the topics of nutrition and hypoglycemia and she writes regularly for the HSF. Dr. Walker also personally answers many of the hundreds of e-mail questions we receive daily from suffering hypoglycemics searching the web for answers to this condition.