Torrance Memorial offers education and support that enhances the healing process and encourages a healthy lifestyle. Torrance Memorial presents a free lecture series falling under the category of integrative medicine. Integrative Medicine combines conventional and complementary medicine to treat the mind, body and spirit.

Upcoming Lectures

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Past Lectures

A Healthy Heart at Any Age

Christopher J. Suhar, MD, Medical Director (Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine) is an integrative cardiologist with expertise in general cardiology and Integrative medicine. He also has subspecialty training in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Topics to be covered include reviewing the principles of integrative medicine and the importance of incorporating this approach for patient care, the main cardiac risk factors for coronary disease and goals for reducing these risks, how lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management are critical for preventing and reversing heart disease.

Your Body in Balance
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Listen to Dr. Neal Barnard, a leading authority on nutrition and health, as he offers insight into how dietary changes can alleviate years of stress, pain and illness. In his book, "Your Body in Balance," debuting on February 4, he offers new hope for people struggling with health issues. Learn how strategic dietary changes can lead toward pain relief, weight control and a lifetime of good health. And hear about the surprising effects of food on hormones - sex hormones, thyroid hormones, insulin and others - and all the mischief that can happen when hormones get out of balance.

How Not to Diet: Evidence-Based Weight Loss
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What does science show is the best way to lose weight? Dr. Michael Greger has scoured the world's scholarly literature and developed this new presentation based on the latest in cutting-edge research and his new book "How Not to Diet". He will touch on the 17 ingredients to the optimal weight loss diet and cover some of the 21 tricks and tweaks for fast-tracking weight loss, which includes specific foods that can double as fat burners, starch blockers and appetite suppressants.

Is Your Food Killing You?
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Often times referred to as “The Gluten Free Warrior,” Dr. Peter Osborne is one of the most sought after alternative medicine doctors in the world. His practice is centered on helping those with painful chronic degenerative and autoimmune diseases using natural methods. Dr. Osborne is the director of Origins Healthcare, and founder of Gluten Free Society, the world’s #1 resource for all things gluten. In addition, he is the author of the bestselling book, No Grain No Pain, published by Simon & Schuster. Dr. Osborne has been featured on Fox News, CBS, PBS,, The Gluten Summit, Radio MD, The Truth About Cancer, The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and many other nationally recognized publications.

B4: Closing the Gate to Brain Deterioration
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The mechanism behind practically all disease is inflammation. When looking at the triggers of brain dysfunction, the vast majority of inflammation is caused by an immune response to invaders from the blood and lymph getting into the brain. Those invaders get through the gates into the brain through a Breach of the Blood Brain Barrier (B4) and may be the cause of brain fog, depression, anxiety, learning difficulties, attention deficit, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and seizures. This cutting-edge information will change the way you think about brain problems and what to do about them.

How to Maintain a Healthy Brain and Escape the Epidemic of Alzheimer’s
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According to David Larsen, MFHD, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease doesn't have to be your fate, even if you have a family history of dementia. Learn what you can do now to maintain a healthy brain and dramatically reduce your risk.

As a leading integrative health researcher and educator David Larsen, BA, MS, MFHD draws on an extraordinarily broad background, having worked and studied with innovative leaders in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, mental health, physical fitness, human development, molecular biology and nutrition, to bring you, cutting edge interventions in brain health from around the world, presented in a format that is entertaining, easy to understand and ready to apply for any health care professional.

Memory Rescue
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Memory is the fabric of our soul. When it is diminished or damaged, it can rob us of our ability to make good decisions, and cause us to become disconnected from those we love and our purpose in life. Physician and neuroscientist Daniel Amen will share his BRIGHT MINDS approach to enhance memory and reverse cognitive decline.

Dr. Amen is one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts. He has authored or coauthored 70 professional articles and more than 30 books, including New York Times mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He has appeared on numerous television shows including Dr. Phil, Larry King, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The View.

Brain Therapy: Neurofeedback and the Mind-Body Connection
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In our digital age we are bombarded by noise and distractions, often cultivating erratic and compulsive patterns of thinking. Depression, anxiety, insomnia and ADHD are just a few of the all-too common results of a chronically stressed-out brain. Jon Fonseca is a Neurofeedback clinician with extensive experience helping those who suffer with these ailments and a host of others. He promotes the practice of simplicity, discipline, silence, meditation, forgiveness and humility as the quickest way to healing and sustaining a healthy mind. In this seminar you will learn simple steps to avoid short-term memory problems, fatigue, and sleep related issues, as well as tools to enhance focus and peace of mind.

Jon Fonseca has been a professional staff member at Whitaker Wellness Institute since 2005. Working closely with patients with a broad range of acute and chronic physical challenges, he noticed how often they also suffered with anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other problems. This led him to explore the connections between physical and mental health and to evaluate a variety of mind-body therapies. He became certified in EEG Biofeedback, and has studied under and worked with Richard Soutar, PhD, an expert in the field of Neurofeedback. In 2009, he became the Director of the Whitaker Wellness Neurofeedback Department. In addition to his clinical work, Jon is also involved in researching the effects of Neurofeedback on sleep disorders and other conditions.

Being An Urban Monk
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How to find peace in the everyday hustle and bustle of the modern world. Learn practical applications of mediation, diet, movement, and relaxation techniques to help you sleep from someone who's been a monk and also runs a very busy media empire. Let's get practical and live better lives here where we live and stop running for the hills.

Pedram Shojai, OMD, is a man with many titles. He is a taoist priest, a doctor of Oriental medicine, a kung fu world traveler, a fierce global green warrior, an avid backpacker, a devout alchemist, a Qi Gong Master, and an old school Jedi bio-hacker who is working to preserve our natural world and wake us up to our full potential. Pedram is also the founder of, the editor of BeMore! Magazine, the author of The Urban Monk (Rodale, 2016) and Rise and Shine (Process, 2011), the producer and director of the movie "Vitality," and the executive producer and writer for the film, "Origins."

Power Foods For the Brain
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Neal Barnard, M.D., is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 17 books.

PlantPure Nation
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Dr. T. Colin Campbell was trained at Cornell (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology. He spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair (now Emeritus). He has served on many national and international expert committees with mandates to develop food and health policy positions. He is the recipient of several awards, both in research and in citizenship. He is the author of The China Study and Whole and was a major contributor to the film “Forks Over Knives.”

Life Is Your Best Medicine
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Dr. Low Dog is Director of the Fellowship at Andrew Weil's Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She is an internationally known speaker on topics ranging from the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements to integrative approaches to women's health.

The Pillars of Health
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John Pierre, is a nutrition and fitness consultant who has devoted more than a quarter century to helping and improving the lives of others through his expertise in the areas of geriatrics, nutrition, fitness, women’s empowerment, green living, and cognitive retainment and improvement.

Food is Medicine
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Chef AJ is well-known among culinary and nutrition experts alike for her unmatched ability to create healthy food that tastes great. She is a chef and culinary instructor in Los Angeles and the author of Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health & Your Ideal Weight.

Prevention: Nutrition & Supplements For A Healthy Lifestyle
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Mimi Guarneri, M.D., F.A.C.C. is board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine. She was the founder and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. She now is the director of the holistic center, Guarneri Integrative Health, Pacific Pearl La Jolla: Experts in Conventional, Integrative & Natural Medicine.

Goodbye Diabetes, Heart Disease, & Cancer Risk: Preventing and Reversing Disease the Natural Way
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Wes Youngberg, PhD, MPH, CNS, FACLM - has more than 20 years of clinical nutrition and lifestyle medicine experience using integrative therapies for diabetes control, depression recovery, cardiovascular disease reversal, optimizing digestive health and effective management of many chronic health conditions. He is a board Certified Nutrition Specialist, and is a founding director and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.