Dr. Westerdahl is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of food, nutrition, and wellness, and is the President of the Adventist Nutrition and Dietetics International Association. He is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified nutrition specialist, health scientist, health educator, and radio talk show host. Currently in private practice as a nutrition and lifestyle medicine consultant, Dr. Westerdahl previously served as the Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Director of the Bragg Health Foundation, the Director of Wellness & Lifestyle Medicine and Nutritional Services for Adventist Health Castle Medical Center in Hawaii, Director of the Murad Inclusive Health Center and Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group in Los Angeles, and Nutrition Editor for Veggie Life Magazine. He has also worked as a nutritionist and health scientist for various companies (including Bragg Live Food Products, Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, Shaklee Corporation and Murad, Inc.) in developing several state-of-the-art food, nutritional, and herbal products and formulations that have been marketed worldwide. His weekly radio talk show, Health & Longevity, is broadcast nationally on the LifeTalk Radio network.
A graduate of Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Dr. Westerdahl’s academic degrees (B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D.) are in the fields of food, nutrition, and health education. With an interest in spiritual wellness, Dr. Westerdahl also received an M.A. degree in religion. His life experience and research has led him to consult, study, and work with some of the world’s leading authorities in the fields of food science and nutrition, pharmacognosy and phytomedicine, esthetics and dermatology, and integrative and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Westerdahl formerly served as a nutrition assistant to two-time Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Linus Pauling at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Palo Alto, California.