WellWise.org's missionis to provide unbiased, accurate and authoritative information regarding healthy living and nutrition, and to provide a lively meeting place for consumers, integrative health professionals, nutritionists and researchers.
WellWise.org is published by a nonprofit foundation, which is legally registered in the Netherlands and which was founded in May 2009. The foundation's mission is "to promote and to provide information about healthy living, including healthy nutrition".
WellWise.org president, Debi Elliott, LPC, BCB, BCN,is a licensed professional counselor, specializing in QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback and biofeedback applications at Interactive Brain Analysis. Her blog, Your Right to Change Your Mind, explores how to challenge the brain.
Our regular contributors
Former WellWise Editor in Chief James Townsend is a 28-year veteran of journalism, most recently covering the natural-products industry with a focus on ingredients. He is the former managing editor of Functional Ingredients magazine, the author of the science-fiction novel, The Assassin’s Dream, and a professional drummer in Boulder, Colorado.
Steve Billig is a nutritionist and is the director of the Vegetarian Nutrition Center of Colorado, a nutrition-counseling practice.
He earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology at Bucknell University, a Masters degree in Sociology from Tufts University, and a Nutrition Therapy degree from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver. Steve’s work in science, sociology and nutrition extends over 30 years, including teaching nutrition at the Nutrition Therapy Institute. He is active in volunteer work teaching nutrition to low-income populations. Combining extensive knowledge of the systems of the human body with a deep understanding of nutrition, he has developed an approach that demystifies diet and health issues. His philosophy is that, every day, each of us makes decisions about what we eat and those decisions have consequences for our health. Each of us is free to make whatever decisions we choose.Steve's goal is to help people make informed decisions.
Most recently, he has begun to focus attention on community health – how we can create environments in which being healthy is the easy thing to do.
Steve is also an avid mountaineer, instructor and hiking guide. Steve has been published in the local press and is a popular speaker on nutritional issues.
Brad J. Douglass, Ph.D., (HealthThink) is an active speaker and opinion leader in the areas of dietary supplements, nutraceuticals and preventive medicine, focusing on how our health and consciousness affect what we introduce into our bodies and vice versa.
He enjoys contemplating how our actions – as individuals and as a global society – reflect our true thoughts about wellness and disease. Brad earned a B.S. in Psychobiology and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Southern California. His past research has focused upon the discovery of drugs, the delivery of therapeutics to the brain, and the production of pharmaceuticals.
Carolyn Dimson, Ph.D., LPC, BCB
Carolyn Dimson, Ph.D., LPC, BCB, (Counselor's Corner) is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose expertise includes psychotherapy, assessment, and biofeedback. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward, and a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Dimson currently works in private practice and as a member of the clinical team at Interactive Brain Analysis. She also has experience in a wide variety of clinical settings including educational assessment centers, preschools, schools, community mental health centers, the VA Medical Center, hospital rehabilitation medicine services, hospital pain clinics, university student health and counseling centers, hospital psychiatric inpatient and outpatient units, day and residential treatment facilities, and biofeedback clinics.
Brad King (Metabolism Matters)is a nutritional researcher, performance nutritionist,and one of Canada’s most sought-after authorities on nutrition, obesity, longevity and men’s health.
Brad is an inductee into the prestigious Canadian Sports Nutrition Hall of Fame, and the head sports nutritionist for Athletes United, one of the world’s most esteemed sports organizations. He sits on the board of directors for CHI – the premiere sports-nutrition education center.
After losing both of his parents to cancer within a six month period fifteen years ago, he dedicated his life to encouraging people to take charge of their health. Brad believes that it is not that you age, but how you choose to age that matters.
Brad is the author of 10 books, including the international bestseller, Fat Wars: 45 Days to Transform Your Body, and the award-winning Beer Belly Blues:What Every Aging Man and the Women in His Life Need to Know. Brad is a popular interviewee, and has been featured on thousands of television and radio programs, as well as magazine and newspaper articles throughout North America, including The Today Show, Canada AM, Balance TV, Macleans, Oxygen, The National Post, Chatelaine and The Vancouver Sun.
Devin A. Mikles, MD, MD(H), FACP (The Keys to Personal and Planetary Health) is CEO and Medical Director of Choices Integrative Healthcare of Sedona, Arizona, as well as the Founder and President of the Choices Foundation for Health Education and Research [a 501c(3) public-benefit corporation].
Dr. Mikles is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a licensed homeopathic physician in Arizona. Since 1980, Dr. Mikles has been strongly committed to the development of integrated healthcare delivery systems, and has been a leader in public and professional health education in his region. He has been director of a hospice medical center since 1994, and has a deep commitment to assisting others through the transition from this life. He has been a student of multiple other systems of healing since 1969. His integrative medicine practice has a strong focus on prevention, health risk assessment and management, nutritional and functional medicine, chronic-disease management, interdisciplinary patient treatment programs and humanism in medicine.
Dr. Mikles’ primary vision and goal for the last 25 years has been to assist in the development of new paradigms of healing for our planet, which he calls “interdisciplinary community healing systems (ICHS).” He has published many health-related articles online.
He continues to work in collaboration with NASA in the areas of space biomedicine and space biotechnology. Dr. Schmidt is the author of Brain-Building Nutrition: How Dietary Fats and Oils Affect Mental, Physical, and Emotional Intelligence, and Beyond Antibiotics: Strategies for Living in a World of Emerging Infections and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (you may download an excerpt from Beyond Antibiotics here). In addition to his clinical neuroplasticity research, his work is centered on applying metabolomics, functional genomics, systems biology, and informatics to human disease, human performance, and human responses to extreme conditions.
Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.
Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., (Inside Food: What You Should Know About What You Eat)is a principal at Corvus Blue LLC, a Chicago-based food science and research firm specializing in industry competitive intelligence, expert witness services, and new product/technology development and commercialization of foods and food ingredients for health and wellness.
The firm is engaged by progressive enterprises to help focus on what matters most in the business of health and wellness. Kantha authored several entries in Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (Oxford University Press) and is currently writing Pasta: A Global History (Reaktion Press/University of Chicago Press, due out in fall 2010).
Currently he is a consultant and medical writer for Nutraceutical Medical Research, a full service, contract (clinical) research organization serving the natural-products, dietary-supplements, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals industries. He earned a B.S. in biology from Stony Brook University and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee. His postdoctoral work was performed at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the Program in Molecular Biology. He continued at the Sloan-Kettering in the Program in Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, later joining the North Shore University Hospital Department of Pediatrics as a research physiologist before moving to the pediatrics department at the Downstate Medical Center.
Known for her investigative stories on food fraud, Stewart is the recipient of two 2004 Association of Food Journalist awards for food-news reporting on hunger and fraud in the olive-oil industry, and a 2001 Jesse Neal Business Journalism Award. She is the former editorial director of Functional Ingredients magazine, Dining Out, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Healthwell and Nutrition Science News. Stewart’s articles and book
Dr. Mark J. Tallon, PhD, CBiol, CSci, RNutr, FSB, MIFST
Dr. Mark J. Tallon, PhD, CBiol, CSci, RNutr, FSB, MIFST (Facts about Foods and Nutraceuticals),is a chartered scientist, biologist and a registered nutritionist through the Science Council, Society of Biology, and Nutrition Society.
He is currently a Fellow of the Royal Chartered Society of Biology, and member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, where he is lead co-ordinator for the special-interest group, Food Law. He holds a first degree with honors in exercise physiology, a master’s degree in nutrition science and a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry. Dr. Tallon is also an editorial board member of academic and trade-research journals including: Food Ingredients, Health and Nutrition, World of Food Ingredients, and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. For the past 10 years, Dr. Tallon has worked in the functional-food and ingredients market, and is founder of the UK’s leading regulatory consultancy, NutriSciences, which specializes in European and Pan-American compliance of foods, beverages and dietary supplements. His work has also led to more than 130 publications on the science and trends shaping the global market for healthy foods and ingredients.
Steve Hoffman (From the Ground Up) is co-founder of LOHAS Journal and the annual LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) market-trends conference, and has been involved in sustainable foods, agriculture and organics for more than 30 years.
Hoffman served for several years as Managing Director for the Organic Center, a nonprofit research and education institute based in Boulder. He is the former editorial director of Natural Foods Merchandiser, a leading trade magazine published by New Hope Natural Media. He taught tropical agriculture as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America, and is a former agricultural extension agent. As director of Philadelphia’s Urban Gardening Program in the mid 1980s he helped establish more than 125 vegetable gardens in low-income areas of the city.Currently, he is co-owner of Boulder’s Best Organics, a provider of premium organic and eco-friendly gift box collections featuring leading local brands, and serves as Chair of Naturally Boulder, an economic-development initiative established by the city of Boulder, Colorado, to help promote the growth of the natural and organic products business in the region.He also is Managing Director of Compass Natural LLC, a full-service marketing, communications and business-development agency serving the natural-, organic-, and sustainable-products industry.
Gloria is not really retired from her nursing career, has served as department head at a number of emergency wards and as a chief administrator of a major Canadian hospital. Jerre is presently a professor of English and Film Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.
They joined forces six years ago as Phyte Media Inc., the name taken from those wonderful little nutritional molecules, phytonutrients. Gloria His passion for teaching has expanded to nutrition out of an interest in links between learning and food.
Their first book, Secrets of Supplements: The Good, The Bad, The Totally Terrific, quickly achieved bestseller status, and is distributed in the U.S.A., Canada, China, India, South Africa, Holland, and a host of other countries. Two more books are on their way.
Dr. Holly Lucille, N.D, R.N.
Dr. Holly Lucille, N.D, R.N, (Science and Nature) Dr. Holly Lucille is a licensed naturopathic physician, lecturer, a regular guest on TV and radio shows, and the author of Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health (Impakt 2004). She also is on the board of The Run a non-profit organization behind Dr. Dennis Godby’s 3,250-mile run across America to increase awareness about natural health care options.
Caitlin FloodMoore, MA (Healthy Momma, Healthy Home) is a mother of two, and a psychotherapist in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from Naropa University and serves there as an adjunct faculty member. While preparing for motherhood, she trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and discovered the value of processing fears and expectations regarding birth and motherhood. Since then, she has devoted her career exclusively to mothers, helping empower them to embrace the fullness of birth and motherhood. Caitlin believes strongly that the humor, chaos, love and challenge of motherhood, when embraced and harnessed, inevitably offers a ripe canvas with which mothers can work. Her goal is to inspire and be inspired by mothers.
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum is a board-certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, Inc. He is the author of From Fatigued to Fantastic!, which has sold more than a half-million copies, and Beat Sugar Addiction Now! He has been a guest on both “The Oprah Show” and “The Dr. Oz Show.”
As a medical student, Dr. Teitelbaum contracted Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and was forced to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 30+ years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatment for CFS and fibromyalgia.
Dr. Teitelbaum is a frequent lecturer at patient, physician and research conferences internationally. He is the lead author of groundbreaking “gold standard” research on effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, volume 8, number 2 in 2001. His website is http://www.endfatigue.com.