Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier | Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vice President of American Specialty Health and Integrative Medicine Pioneer

Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vice President of American Specialty Health and Integrative Medicine Pioneer

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Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier

Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine; Department of Family and Community Medicine; and Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine (UCSF) in San Francisco; and, a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Department Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tuscon. At the University of California School of Medicine, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations including Ford, Oracle, Prudential, Apple, Dow, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Pepsico, IBM, Cummins, and Steelcase. He also serves as Chairman of the American Health Association (AHA) and is a Vice President with American Specialty Health (ASH).

Prior to these positions, from 2001 to 2016, Dr. Pelletier served as Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Professor of Public Health, at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. From 1990 through 2001, Dr. Pelletier was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine; was Director of the Stanford Corporate Health Improvement Program (SCHIP); and, Director of the NIH funded Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS). From 1974 until joining the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1990, Dr. Pelletier held a dual appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine (UCSF) in San Francisco. In addition to his faculty positions, Dr. Pelletier has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the California Wellness Foundation, Foundation Health Systems (FHS), Health Systems International (HSI), and the Social Venture Network. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, studied at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and has published over 300 professional journal articles in behavioral medicine, disease management, worksite interventions, alternative/integrative medicine, and epigenetics.

At the present time, Dr. Pelletier is a medical and business consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Business Group on Health, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and major corporations including Cisco, IBM, American Airlines, Prudential, Dow, Disney, Ford, Mercer, Merck, Pepsico, Ford, Pfizer, Walgreens, NASA, Microsoft ENCARTA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Health Net, the Pasteur Institute of Lille, France, the Alpha Group of Mexico, and the Singapore Ministry of Health. He also serves on the boards of the Rancho la Puerta (Mexico), Nova Institute, Fries Foundation, American Institute of Stress (AIS), American Journal of Health Promotion (AJHP), as a Founding Board Member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM), and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, and webMD.

Dr. Pelletier is listed in Who's Who in America and in Who's Who in the World. His research, clinical practice, and publications have been the subject of numerous national television programs including several appearances on the ABC World News, the Today program, Good Morning America, Dr Oz, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNN, FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning, Hour Magazine, the Time/Life video series, the award winning BBC series The Long Search, and the five-part Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored PBS series Healthy People, Healthy Business.

Dr. Pelletier is the author of thirteen (14) major books including the international bestseller Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1977; Revised in 1992); Holistic Medicine: From Stress to Optimum Health (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981; Revised in 1991); Longevity: Fulfilling Our Biological Potential (New York: Delacorte and Delta, 1981); Healthy People in Unhealthy Places; Stress and Fitness at Work (New York: Delacorte, Delta, and Doubleday, 1984); Sound Mind - Sound Body: A New Model for Lifelong Health (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995); The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); Stress Free for Good: Ten Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (New York: Harper Collins, 2005); New Medicine: How to Integrate Conventional and Alternative Medicine for the Safest and Most Effective Treatment (London & New York: Penguin - Dorling Kindersley, 2007); and Change Your Genes - Change Your Life: Creating Optimal Health with the New Science of Epigenetics (New York: Origin Press, 2018).

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Change Your Genes, Change Your Life

Creating Optimal Health with the New Science of Epigenetics

Our DNA is not our destiny! In fact, with rare exception, our health is almost completely reliant upon lifestyle choices including what we eat, how we handle stress, the strength of our relationships, and the toxicity of our environment. Through epigenetics, we now know that it is how our individual genes respond to these factors that create a unique internal biochemistry which literally turns genes on or off. Assessing and managing this biochemical environment has opened the door to “personalized medicine” and will become the standard reference for guiding specific lifestyle changes that will optimize our health and longevity.

Epigenetics, Healthy Aging, and Longevity

In this keynote, Dr Pelletier focuses on the influence of genetic expression of ‘telomeres’ which are genetic markers for aging. Telomores are “X” shaped with the tips of the ends covered like a shoelace. As we age, the telomere shortens and the tips fray. This results in inaccurate cell replication, which we call aging. On the good news side of this phenomena is the fact that many lifestyle influences can actually lengthen the telomeres and preserve the tips! During his keynote, Dr Pelletier cites the research on the positive effects of diet and nutrition, physical activity, stress management and meditation, social support, and a clean/toxin free environment to protect and even reverse damage to the telomere and to generate healthy aging and longevity.

Healthy People – Healthy Places

More and more individuals and organizations are realizing that health is an integral part of success in business. Drawing upon over 30 years of clinical and cost outcomes research, this lecture provides the evidence-based outcomes and specific practices that lead individuals and their organizations to optimal heath, reduced medical expenditures, increased performance, and productivity.

Sound Mind – Sound Body

Practical guidelines derived from the latest research in integrative medicine, focused on mind-body practices, herbal remedies, and other practices designed to achieve primal health and productivity. This book is based on a 3 year study funded by Laurence Rockefeller which determined the common health practices through structured interviews with such individuals as Norman Cousins, Laurel Burch, Paul Hawken, George Lucas, David Rockefeller, Norman Lear, and Bruce Jenner among others.

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