John La Puma, M.D., ChefMD®: Nature and Nurture: Build Your Confidence, Brain and Well-Being

Chef, author, doctor and organic avocado farmer John La Puma MD went back to school to learn urban farming and permaculture design, and discovered that being outside helped him heal. Then he learned the science of how nature works (in your brain and gut, and in your endocrine, cardiovascular and immune systems). Now he's teaching you the shortcuts. Dr. La Puma co-taught the first U.S. medical school course in culinary medicine (the art of cooking blended with the science of medicine to offer top quality meals and beverages that prevent and treat disease). By 2019, his research, media and educational efforts had helped to prompt a full third of U.S. medical schools to include the new discipline in their curricula. Using compelling peer-reviewed science and funny videos, Dr. La Puma’s interactive food-and-nature-as-medicine presentations show you how to fight ADHD, anxiety, obesity and overwork with green medicine. Dr. La Puma shows how nature improves your memory and your eyesight, helps you recuperate and even makes your sense of smell more acute. He'll get you to turn off your computer and get outside, because the more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need to thrive. Learn how to connect with nature in a new way by experiencing all of your senses, creating better focus and greater well-being. With the right environment, could we turn our anxiety and high blood pressure into calm? Our burnout and depression into renewal? Our chronic stress into flow and clarity? Yes, we could and Dr. La Puma has the key. He gives you and your audience practical tips they can use now on how to use nature as medicine to de-stress, detox from digital addiction and derive pleasure and robust health from being outside. You'll learn how to stock your kitchen medicine cabinet, use herbs and spices both in the kitchen and in the garden, and no matter where you live, grow and choose something of your own, to keep you--and them--healthy and vibrant. Nature heals and nature therapy is the ultimate life hack.

Watch 'til the end when the blender fails.


PO Box 24039
Santa Barbara, California 93121
United States

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  • Author signing
  • Clinical research expert
  • Cooking class teacher
  • Forest bathing expert
  • Healing gardens designer
  • Keynote lecturer
  • Nutrition expert
  • Research analyst
  • Retreat leader
  • Seminar leader
  • Spokesperson
  • Spokesphysician
  • Television host/co-host
  • Video host/co-host
  • Wellness walk leader


4 Reviews
Mehmet Oz, M.D., The Dr. Oz Show
‘good for you’

“Not even your taste buds will know that you’re eating ‘good for you’ food.”

July 2018

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W. Lee Hammond, AARP President

“Outstanding! Come back next year!”

July 2018

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Kevin Lobo, CEO, Ethicon Endo-Surgery
First rate.

“Great job, for our company and for our customers. First rate. And your food was amazing.”

July 2018

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