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Science is far ahead of mainstream medical practice. Mainstream medicine is dominated by billion-dollar companies not dedicated to the public health. It excludes nutritional medicine, natural hormone replacement, and other unpatentable cost-effective therapies for the treatment of disease. It also neglects the astounding possibilities of preventive medicine and the science of optimal wellness and longevity.

Optimal Wellness

Conventional wisdom defines health as ‘the absence of disease’. However, the absence of the diseases diagnosed by conventional testing is only ‘minimal health’. Optimal health embodies physical fitness, high physical energy, mental alertness & clarity, emotional stability, a strong immune system, robust sexuality, good digestive and eliminative functions and mitigation of the degenerative diseases of aging.


We all have the same goals: to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible, and to enjoy a long and vigorous maturity. There are 2 ways to pursue these goals and maximize ‘health-span’:

1. We study how to reduce the degenerative effects of aging

It is already possible to prevent or slow the degenerative diseases of aging. In some cases, it is possible to reverse them. The big killers today – cancer, arrhythmia (sudden death heart attack), artery disease (leading to ischemic heart attacks and strokes), insulin resistance & obesity. And, there are the disabling diseases – Diabetes, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Sapenia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, fatigue, and memory-loss.

2. We study theories of aging

These theories describe various aging processes at the molecular level including Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Neuroendocrine Dysfunction, Glycation, and others. We explore emerging new ‘technologies’ for life-span extension and reduction of biological aging.

Benefits of Membership

    • Monthly newsletters featuring articles by leading experts in various fields
    • Monthly meetings in Palo Alto, California.
    • Access to a community of experienced scientists and physicians who share information and similar interests
    • Online payments via PayPal.

See “Donate” tab for membership information.

Meeting Times & Schedule

We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California.

Our meetings begin at 7:00 PM with an open forum in which we can share our thoughts, and often call attention to research reports in the media or on the web. We also discuss our personal health concerns and our experiences with various supplements and therapies.

From 7:20 PM until 9:30, we present our monthly speakers. Often a physician or science research qualified to speak at length on a health matter of general importance.

The formal meeting ends, after questions and more discussion, at about 9:30.

Board of Directors

Susan Downs, MD., President, Program Director & Editor

Bill Grant, PhD, Chief Financial Officer, Publicity, Treasurer

Larry Weissenborn, Sound

Chen Ben Asher, Board Certified Nutritionist, MA

Robert Menkemeller, R.N.C.

        Filomena Trindade, MD, MPH

Emeritus Members

Harvey Miller
Don Southard

Technical Advisor

Steven Fowkes

Advisory Board

Dave Asprey

Alan P. Brauer, M.D.

Bernd Friedlander, DC

Bill Grant, Ph.D.

Philip Lee Miller, M.D.,

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Susan Downs, MD., President

Bill Grant, Treasurer

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Mike Korek – In Memoriam
Laurel Corcoran – In Memoriam