Dr. Joel D. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND is a world-renowned Physician, Veterinarian, Lobbyist, Comparative Pathologist, Speaker, Author, Bio Medical Research Pioneer, Nobel Prize Nominee, Scientist, Agricultural Expert and Visionary. In addition to becoming a Naturopathic Physician in 1982, Dr. Wallach also has more than 40 years of experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine, observing and researching the effects of individual nutrients on animal health. Today Dr. Wallach is best known for his groundbreaking research on the health benefits of selenium and other trace minerals. He currently dedicates his time to lecturing throughout the world on the therapeutic benefits of vitamins and minerals and lobbying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the dietary supplement industry.
Education: Dr. Wallach received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1962 with a major in Animal Husbandry (Nutrition) and a minor in Field Crops and Soils. In 1964, he was granted a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), also from the University of Missouri. From 1965 to 1968, Dr. Wallach finished a post doctorate fellowship at The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1982, he obtained a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Early Work: Dr. Wallach held essential positions with leading zoos and universities in the United States and Africa including Director of the Jacksonville Zoological Park in Jacksonville, Florida; Research Veterinarian for the South Africa National Parks Department (where he was a member of the popular “Operation Rhino” team); and Director of Research at the St. Louis Zoological Park in St. Louis, Missouri. At the demand of Africa's National Parks and Wildlife Management Department, Dr. Wallach led an exploration to catch and mark elephants in the Wankie Game Preserve in Rhodesia as part of a migration research study. He is likewise among the founders, and a previous editor, of the Journal of Zoo Animal Medicine. He is a prolific author and has published more than 70 scientific papers and thirteen books consisting of the famous textbook “Diseases of Exotic Animals.” This book is still used today by leading veterinary schools and is on the Smithsonian Institute's suggested reading list for Zoological Gardens and Aquariums.
Groundbreaking research study on Trace Minerals: In 1977, Dr. Wallach found the world's first recognized case of non-human cystic fibrosis in a selenium-deficient Rhesus monkey while he was a scientist at the Emory University Yerkes National Primate Center in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, cystic fibrosis was believed to be the result of a human congenital disease. Dr. Wallach's significant discovery set him on a 20-year course of research study surrounding the health benefits of selenium and other trace minerals. As a result of this work, he is often referred to as the “Mineral Doctor” and the “Father of Liquid Mineral Supplementation.”
The founding of Youngevity: In 1997, Dr. Wallach and Ma Lan, MD, MS founded American Longevity, the multilevel marketing company understood today as Youngevity. Within 5 years, the company had a growing and effective international network of distributors and chosen customers with workplaces in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Japan. Today, Youngevity is a network marketing leader providing premium, ingenious and special items that benefit health-conscious customers throughout the world.
First Amendment Advocate: Dr. Wallach's vigorous efforts and dedication to the general public's First Amendment rights led him to finish details on the therapeutic advantages of nutrition which triggered the FDA to establish the following Qualified Health Claims... for Selenium ("may lower the danger of particular cancers”) and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids ("may decrease the danger of coronary heart disease.”) Only a few Qualified Health Claims exist, positioning Youngevity in a distinct position among dietary supplement companies and direct marketing businesses.
Publications: Dr. Wallach is the author and co-author of more than 70 articles released in peer-reviewed journals covering dietary and pharmaceutical research studies. He is likewise a significant contributor to thirteen books including the well-known textbook “Diseases of Exotic Animals.” This book is still utilized today by leading veterinary schools and is on the Smithsonian Institute's advised reading list for Zoological Gardens and Aquariums.
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