Scientific Advisory Board

It takes a village, as they say. And here’s ours: some of the most respected names in medicine, research and nutrition.

Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND, Founder of Youngevity

Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND, Founder of Youngevity

Joel D. Wallach, a biomedical research pioneer, spent more than 40 years in the field of Veterinary Medicine, observing and researching the beneficial effects of individual nutrients on animal health, before becoming a Naturopathic Physician in 1982. In 1997 Dr. Wallach and Ma Lan, MD, MS, founded American Longevity, the network marketing company known today as Youngevity. Within five years the company had an expanding international network of distributors and preferred customers with offices in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Japan. Today, Youngevity is a network-marketing leader providing high-quality, innovative and unique products that benefit health-conscious consumers and business owners alike.

Dr. Wallach is renowned for his groundbreaking research on the health benefits of selenium and other minerals. He now dedicates his time to lecturing throughout the world on the therapeutic benefits of vitamins and minerals, and on advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the dietary supplement industry.

Ma Lan

Ma Lan, MD, MS

Dr. Lan received her medical degree from Beijing Medical University and her Master’s degree in Transplant Immunology from Zhon-Shan Medical University. She also has extensive training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Lan has served as an exchange scholar at Harvard School of Medicine, a research fellow in Laser Microsurgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Houston) and as a practicing staff member at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Department of Orthopedic Microsurgery. Her research on transplant immunology and microsurgery resulted in ten papers published in peer-reviewed journals. She is the co-author, along with Dr. Joel Wallach, of Hell’s Kitchen: Cause, Prevention & Cure of Obesity, Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome and Black Gene Lies: Slave Quarter Cures.

Richard Renton

Richard Renton

Mr. Renton oversees all quality control issues for Youngevity products. He graduated from Portland State University (PSU) majoring in Sports Medicine, Health, Physical Education and Chemistry. He has served as an Associate Professor at PSU in Health and First Aid. Mr. Renton is a board certified Athletic Trainer with the National Athletic Trainers Association and was an Assistant Athletic Trainer for PSU, the Portland Timbers Soccer team and the Portland Storm Football team. He is also a board member for AL International, Inc.

Sanjeev Javia

Sanjeev Javia

Sanjeev has multiple roles at Youngevity, including product development and devising the marketing strategy for our international markets. He has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bio Psychology degree from the University of Michigan. He also has 15 years of experience formulating nutrition products and has developed entire lines of supplement products—from sports performance to various disease management states. His specialty and research emphasis is on nutrition and exercise interventions in diabetes/obesity, auto-immune diseases, neurological issues, and post-chemotherapy recovery.

His client list includes some of the world’s top athletes, including SuperBowl MVPs, Stanley Cup Champions, World Series Hall of Famers, and Olympic Medalists. Sanjeev is the founder/CEO of Javia Wellness Group and both a board member and partner in various health-related organizations, such as SpeedFlex Training Systems, Like A Pro Inc, SuperFlex Fitness, DermSpectra Imaging, and Splash Beverage Group. His focus at Youngevity is to further reinforce the incredible health philosophy of 90 For Life and support the overall mission of solving today's health concerns through high-quality supplementation.

Ben Fuchs

Ben Fuchs

Ben Fuchs is a registered pharmacist, nutritionist, cosmetic chemist and founder of Rocky Mountain Natural Laboratories. As CEO and Chief Pharmacist at Econo Comp Pharmacy in Boulder, Colorado, Ben compounds custom medications, formulates nutritional products and consults with doctors and patients. And he’s done so since graduating from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 1986. In 1991, he began lecturing nationwide on the importance of the strategic use of cosmetics and nutritional supplementation for healthy skin and bodies. Mr. Fuchs is the host of “The Bright Side,” which airs daily on the Genesis Communication Network, and is recognized nationally for his work as the on-air pharmacist/nutritionist on the “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” radio program.

Joanne Conaway, BSN, RN, ND

Joanne Conaway, BSN, RN, ND

Dr. Conaway is an internationally-acclaimed speaker with more than 40 years of experience in healthcare, first as a nurse in the mainstream medical world and more recently, as a Naturopath. Her medical experience includes Trauma, Operating Room, Critical Care and Nutritional Support. For twenty years, she was a member of the United States Air Force, serving primarily as an Aeromedical Evacuation Nurse and in-flight Medical Crew Director. These skills proved invaluable when she was deployed in support of “Operation Just Cause” (Panama) and the first “Operation Desert Storm.” Currently she has an independent consulting practice and hosts the Tuesday night Youngevity 90 For Life Forum Call. She is Co-Founder and Director of the Nutritional Support Alliance, a nonprofit company dedicated to providing nutritional support to eligible at-risk individuals who otherwise cannot afford it.

Melinda Silva, MD

Melinda Silva, MD

Dr. Silva is a California-based integrative and functional medicine specialist. She is a graduate of the University of California, where she completed her Doctorate in Medicine in 1993. She went on to fulfill her Internship and Residency in Family Medicine at Long Beach Memorial in 1997. She is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).

As a family doctor, Dr. Silva witnessed firsthand the declining health of women and men over age 35. Her concerns grew upon learning that many of her adult patients sought help from specialists who recommended risky medications and surgeries for conditions that could be prevented and treated through better nutrition and exercise. Today, Dr. Silva works closely with her patients to address the many health challenges associated with aging, and often attributed to perimenopause, menopause and andropause (the male menopause). Her all-natural, customized approach includes natural hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) integrated with balanced nutrition and supplementation, regular exercise and stress-reduction techniques to help guide them through the aging process.

Corey Gold, DDS

Corey Gold, DDS

Dr. Gold received his Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Fullerton, in 1984. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1988. After practicing general dentistry for more than 10 years, Dr. Gold co-founded ProJoba™International, now a major Youngevity brand. As President of ProJoba™, he became recognized for helping introduce flower pollen products to the general public. Dr. Gold is the President of Advanced Continuing Education Systems (ACES), an accredited continuing education provider for dental professionals and one of the first continuing education companies to offer accreditation in nutritional supplementation. He has spoken internationally on the subjects of dental health, general health, nutritional supplementation and business. He’s also the author of several articles published in dental business journals.

Peter Glidden

Peter Glidden, ND

During his premed studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Glidden developed a deep appreciation for the “results-driven” naturopathic medical philosophy, which was in sharp contrast to “profits-driven” pharmaceutical and allopathic medicine. He explains his focus on Naturopathic Medicine in these words: “The most rapidly growing system of medicine in the United States, Naturopathy, offers a science-based, clinically verified alternative to the pharmaceutical-based treatments used by allopathic doctors (MD’s).”

Dr. Glidden is on the forefront of the movement to make health care in the United States “results-driven,” where treatments are chosen for their effectiveness instead of their profitability. He has already successfully gained approval from three state governments for the licensing of Naturopathic Doctors as primary care physicians. With 60 to 100 speaking engagements per year, Dr. Glidden is one of the most widely lecturing naturopathic doctors in the United States.

Dr. Luis Arriaza

Dr. Luis Arriaza

Born in South Central Los Angeles, Dr. Arriaza has been a practicing chiropractor since the age of 24, and has owned and operated several health practices in Southern California. His healthcare work led to a growing interest in nutrition and detoxification. In turn, he co-formulated the True2Life nutritional supplement line of products, which are now sold worldwide under the Youngevity brand. He’s also known as an international wellness speaker and astute business man. His understanding in the art of healing has taught him the power of intent, compassion and of the human spirit.

James Sensenig, ND

James Sensenig, ND

Dr. Sensenig is graduated cum laude from the prestigious National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He is the founding President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, where he chaired the Government Affairs Committee for ten years. Dr. Sensenig is also on the faculties of the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the Southwestern College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. He serves as an Institutional Site Visitor for the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education, is the Chairman of the Naturopathic Advisory Board for Oxford Health Plans, and is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Stan Frager, PhD

Stan Frager, PhD

Dr. Frager received his doctorate from UCLA and is currently an associate professor with the University of Louisville. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Ethical Hypnosis, the Kentucky Psychological Association and the American Association for Counseling and Guidance. Dr. Frager is certified by the American Association of Behavioral Therapists and is licensed as a psychologist, as well as a family, marriage and child therapist. He is a fellow and diplomat of the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and a member of the American Society for Training and Development. Dr. Frager’s use of hypnosis and behavioral psychology to help athletes has been featured in Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, Sports Now, Basketball Times and newspapers across the United States.

David Mellor

David Mellor

David Mellor is a national, award-winning high school Agricultural Science Teacher who was recently selected and trained to be a National Food Science Teacher Trainer for the FDA. David attended Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and earned degrees in Agriculture and Natural Resources and Applied Sciences. He has taught high school career and technical education classes in plant science, pre-vet animal science, biology, chemistry and earth/environmental sciences for 24 years. His students have won state and national awards in Plant & Animal Research, using trace minerals. They were also awarded a grant by the USDA to conduct service learning projects involving using trace minerals to grow fresh produce for “food insecure families.” In 2010, the Michigan Association of School Boards awarded him the Educational Excellence Award “Michigan’s Best” High School Science Program. In 2012, David was awarded the National Future Farmers of America’s highest honor: “The Honorary American FFA Degree.”

Lifetime Contributors

Gerhard N Schrauzer

Gerhard Schrauzer, PhD, MS, FACN, CNS

Dr. Schnauzer served on the Youngevity Scientific Advisory board for more than 17 years, before passing away in October 2014. Dr. Schrauzer was internationally respected for his groundbreaking research on the biomedical aspects of vitamins and essential trace elements, notably selenium, and for his cancer prevention research. He was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego from 1966 until his retirement in 1994 and then became a Professor Emeritus until his passing. He authored four books and published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals.

Dr. Schrauzer was a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), a Life-Member of the American Board of Forensic Examiners. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Institute of Nutrition, the American College of Toxicology, and the Association of Clinical Scientists.

Edmond DeVroey, M.D.

Edmond DeVroey, MD

Dr. Edmond DeVroey served on the Youngevity Scientific Advisory board for 17 years, before passing away in December of 2013. Dr. DeVroey received his Doctorate of Medicine in Surgery and Obstetrics from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He also held a Doctorate in Tropical Medicine (University of Antwerp, Belgium), as well as postgraduate Fellowships in Surgery (Prof. De Cock Clinic of Alost, Belgium), Gynecology and Endocrinology (University of Brussels, Belgium), and Biochemistry (University of California, San Diego). In 1996 he founded the Longevity Institute, where he conducted various research linking nutrition and health.