Our Advisors

 

Roberta Ruggiero President/Founder

Roberta Ruggiero
President/Founder

Roberta Ruggiero is the founder and president of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., and author of The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar, which was acclaimed by the American Library Association as “one of best lay medical books in public libraries.” Having overcome ten years of illness–during which she saw dozens of doctors, endured countless medical tests, took thousands of pills and even underwent electric shock therapy–she understands the plight of the hypoglycemic firsthand. In her book, she shares with you her own personal experience and the knowledge she’s gained about this baffling disorder.

In 1980, Ms. Ruggiero established The Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., to inform, support and encourage hypoglycemics and the public about this too often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disease. This organization has enabled her to show how poor nutritional habits and severe nutritional deficiencies affect one’s emotional and physical health.

A frequent guest on radio and television and a well-known speaker, Roberta has also brought her message to the international, corporate, medical and educational communities. Presently, she is focusing on Children with Hypoglycemia by launching www.hypoglycemiaKIDS.org , the first-ever website devoted just to this cause, while simultaneously designing a program for schools on the food/mood connection. Ms. Ruggiero is also dedicated to educating the public on the correlation between hypoglycemia and alcoholism. Perhaps a website addressing that topic is in the stars! Whatever road she takes in the future, you can be assured that Roberta will stay on top of the latest developments in hypoglycemia research and treatment and will continue to connect the dots for you… her HSF audience!


The advisors on both websites, www.hypoglycemia.org and www.hypoglycemiaKIDS.org, play a pivotal role in advising me on the continued work and progress of the HSF, all for the benefit of every one needlessly suffering from hypoglycemia.  I deeply appreciate their dedication and commitment to our cause!  


 

Dr. Douglas M. Baird

Dr. Douglas M. Baird is an osteopathic physician and surgeon who has been the medical director of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, Inc., since 1982. He is a renowned expert in the management of blood sugar disorders and has used his talents as a physician, researcher and educator to show how hypoglycemia and its correlating disorders can be recognized and controlled.

In addition to Dr. Baird’s expertise on hypoglycemia, his special interest is in the hypoglycemia/alcoholism correlation. In his lectures and seminars he often reiterates, “I have never, ever seen an alcoholic who was not hypoglycemic. It just doesn’t occur; it’s the same problem.” Today Dr. Baird takes every opportunity to share his message and knowledge with our HSF members. We are grateful for the dedication, support and passion he has given our organization these past 30 plus years.

 

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., N.D.,MBA, CNC, CNHP

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., N.D.,MBA, CNC, CNHP

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., N.D.,MBA, CNC, CNHP is a doctor of Pharmacy and licensed pharmacist, naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist and chef who is committed to finding the safest and most effective means to promote health and wellness over disease and illness. She is an Endowed Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and developing an Integrative Medicine Department at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is Director of the Functional Medicine and Herbal Therapy Certificate Program and teaches these courses within the Masters in Science in Nutrition Degree program. She has a Functional Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Therapy practice in the Nova Southeastern University Clinic Pharmacy. She is proud to serve on the boards of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Broward County Pharmacy Association. She is currently conducting research on Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Immune Builders.

Her goal is to educate and help as many people as possible to the amazing possibilities of combining the best of both worlds from modern medicine and age old traditional therapies.

Lorna A. Walker, Ph.D.

Lorna A. Walker, Ph.D., holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology and a Doctorate Degree in Nutrition Education. Dr. Walker has been the HSF’s nutritionist for the past 25 years. Listed in Who’s Who in the World – 1984-1985, The International Who’s Who of Intellectuals – 1985, Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century, International Who’s Who in Medicine and many other biographical publications for her work in the field of nutrition, Dr. Walker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization.

A hypoglycemic herself, Dr. Walker understands this condition first hand. Dr. Walker was also the technical editor for the book “Hypoglycemia for Dummies” 2nd Edition, and has counseled many hypoglycemics on how to manage their condition through diet, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle changes. Dr. Walker has lectured extensively on the topics of nutrition and hypoglycemia and she writes regularly for the HSF. Dr. Walker also personally answers many of the hundreds of e-mail questions we receive daily from suffering hypoglycemics searching the web for answers to this condition.

Leslie Lee, MS, RD

Leslie Lee, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in human nutrition. She became a dietitian to learn how to manage her own debilitating hypoglycemia, having not found enough answers elsewhere. Years later, she feels like a transformed person having found the energy she was missing for much of her life. She is currently an outpatient pediatric dietitian in Seattle where, among other things, she is working on developing a program to reverse metabolic dysfunction in children–including hypoglycemia, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and excess weight.  She recently helped to plan and facilitate the Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit held by Swedish Medical Center.

Leslie is an unconventional dietitian who focuses on quality of food and individualized needs instead of quantity of calories or specific nutrients. She believes we should all be eating real food—the food our bodies evolved eating—rather than the ultra-processed fare typical of the modern industrial diet.  She developed an educational (and free) 10 Day Real Food Challenge during her previous tenure as the Director of Education at the Institute for Responsible Nutrition. Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn.

Uma K. Pisharody, MD, FAAP

Inspired by her own pediatrician, Dr. Pisharody always knew she wanted to become an advocate for children’s health. Experiences with malnutrition and diarrheal diseases during medical training in India, led to her choosing a career in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Pisharody is passionate about helping children and families understand the connection between diet, nutrition, digestive health and well-being. She is proud to serve as a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, participates in the medical advisory committee for the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and is also on the Board of Trustees for the WA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Philosophy of Care: Approach each patient and family with the sincere intent to listen carefully and empathetically. Strive to make diagnoses based on clinical judgement and experience, using diagnostic tests wisely, as a complementary adjunct. Tailor treatment approaches to meet each child’s individual needs.

Dr. Pisharody’s Professional Associations:  North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition; American Gastroenterological Association; American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington Chapter, hospital representative, Board of Trustees; Institute for Responsible Nutrition, member, Board of Directors; Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Northwest Chapter, Medical Advisory Committee

Connie Bennett Author

Connie Bennett is the internationally recognized bestselling author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books, 2006) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House, 2012). Now, Connie—aka The Cravings Ninja™—-is completing her next book, Crush Your Cravings™, and the companion Crush Your Cravings Boot Camp. Connie’s sour-to-sweet story began in 1998, when she kicked sugar and processed carbs on doctor’s orders due to her 44 baffling hypoglycemic ailments. When her fatigue, heart palpitations, “brain fog,” etc. vanished, she became “reborn.” For the next 14 years, Connie mostly ate cleanly. But in late 2012—after a grueling year watching cancer snatch away her Mom’s charm, coherence and life—Connie was suddenly pounced on by Crazy Cravings™, as she now calls them. While reeling from trauma, grief and abuse, the anguished Connie began to overeat fiber-stripped carbs such as popcorn (but not sweets), and she quickly packed on 21 humiliating pounds. Even so, her embarrassing Carb Relapse made Connie stronger, smarter and determined to Crack the Cravings Code. Connie is a motivational speaker, journalist, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, founder of the upcoming Sugar World Summit and frequent media guest, who’s been featured by TIME, Woman’s World, “Oprah & Friends Radio” and “CBS News Sunday Morning.” Every week, for Cravings-Crushing Monday, Connie shares simple, powerful, science-based secrets to Crush Your Cravings. www.ConnieB.com

Dr. Shirley Lorenzani

Dr. Shirley Lorenzani began her adult life as a classroom teacher. Witnessing the ill effects of sugary junk foods on her students, she changed her own food choices and noticed a dramatic difference in her own health. This epiphany inspired her to return to college to study nutrition. Resigning as a school teacher, she became a nutritional counselor in the Fort Lauderdale office of the late B. F. Hart, M.D., an American pioneer in nutrition and acupuncture. After Dr. Hart’s death, Dr. Lorenzani founded and directed the Life Care Medical Center in Pompano Beach, Florida; was the nutritionist at the Page Clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida; and co-hosted the Miami radio talk show Food Talk. She authored Candida: A Twentieth Century Disease, Dietary Fiber, and Oat Bran Recipes and frequently contributed articles to Let’s Live magazine. She joined the HSF as a medical advisor in March 2005.

Her early exposure to acupuncture sparked a lifelong interest in energy systems and their healing potential. She has studied NAET Allergy Elimination with Acupressure, Reiki, Pranic Healing, EFT, sound therapy, and crystals as healing stimulants. She integrates these therapies into her private practice in Auburn, California, and encourages each client to make healthy food choices and practice a form of exercise, such as Kundalini yoga, that maintains flexibility of the spine.

Michelle “Missy” Porteous, MS, RD, CDE

Michelle “Missy” Porteous, MS, RD, CDE

Michelle “Missy” Porteous, MS, RD, CDE is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) with a Masters’ degree in kinesiology/exercise physiology. Missy’s desire to study nutrition came largely from trying to understand and manage her own hypoglycemia. At the age of 15, Missy experienced a seizure from very low blood sugar. With the help, knowledge and persistence of her Mother, she was able to eventually get the testing she needed for her diagnosis and begin her journey to get well. It became her life-long passion to help everyone that struggles with blood sugar imbalances.

Through Missy’s unique complement of education and experience, including 20 years of nutrition counseling in health clinics and hospitals, she has empowered thousands of clients to re-gain energy, reduce symptoms and medications, control and mange blood sugar, lose weight, decrease cholesterol and blood pressure and even reverse certain health conditions.

Furthermore, Missy’s love of the performing arts earned her several media opportunities to spread the word of healthy eating, such as “Let’s Dine Out” on PBS (KVCR) and CNBC’s “dLife TV”, an inspiring diabetes television program.

As President of LifeQuality, Inc., in California, Missy regularly provides nutrition counseling for patients of medical groups, health plans, and individuals. For more information, visit her websites: www.LifeQualityRD.net and www.diabetesrewind.org/hypoglycemia

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., is an author, lecturer, researcher and nutritional consultant. Dr. Appleton received her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from U.C.L.A., her Ph.D. from Walden University with Honors in Health Services. She has given lectures all over the English-speaking world and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs throughout the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. She has offered invaluable expertise and support to the HSF since its inception.

 Her publications include Lick the Sugar Habit, Healthy Bones, Heal Yourself with Natural Foods, Balanced Body Secrets and 21 Healing Days. Most recently, Dr. Appleton has written Lick the Sugar Habit Sugar Counter, a complete guide to the sugar content of more than 3000 brand-name and generic foods. This is a MUST for every hypoglycemic!

Dr. Robert D. Willix, Jr.

Dr. Robert D. Willix, Jr., formerly a Board Certified cardiac surgeon, pioneered the first open heart surgery program in South Dakota. After developing the Cardiac Rehabilitation Human Performance Program at the North Broward Hospital District during the 1980s, he turned his focus to prevention. With a passion for integrative healing, Dr. Willix traveled the world to study acupuncture, ayurvedic and shamanic medicine. Opening The Willix Health Institute for preventive Medicine in 1987, he quickly became a resource for forward thinking patients. He has authored books and hundreds of newsletters. The world is finally catching up with a doctor who has always been “ahead of his time”!

 For an in-depth bio and Dr. Willix’ s Curriculum Vitae, you can visit his website at www.elmedicine.com. Also signup for the HSF’s monthly blog where Dr. Willix and his staff have offered to contribute their medical expertise on hypoglycemia and beyond.

 

Jay Foster, BS, CCN

Jay Foster, BS, CCN, is a nutritional biochemist involved in the practice of Applied Clinical Nutrition for the past 31 years. He is the director of Body Chemistry Associates, Inc., and is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. In addition to his private practice, Jay is the host of Health Connection Radio. The show is simulcast on the internet weekly on his website at www.1800chemist.com.

Jay has been the guest speaker at many HSF meetings. Having once suffered from hypoglycemic symptoms, Jay has a special interest in the success of our organization. His passion to help manage blood sugar abnormalities is evident in his daily radio broadcast, where he often addresses this subject. He has had excellent success with hypoglycemics through his BodyChem Program.

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