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Veritey's Science Panel

The Veritey Science Panel is a group of scientists, doctors, PhDs, and healthy living advocates who have devoted their careers to looking at different ways to help reduce the amount of chemical toxins in our bodies and our environment. At Veritey, we consider many different aspects of a product we select to feature.  We want to know about each ingredient, the production process, and the by-products and impact of  making that product.  Our process is both complex and lengthy.  Let's face it, this level of investigation is really hard to do for yourself at home.  Thankfully we have the resource of our Science Panel!  When our research leads us to questions, we can turn to our panel and ask for thoughts, input, and more information as needed. While we look to our science panel to help inform our opinions, the final say is 100% ours.  Veritey's work, ideas, opinions and seals of approval are based on Veritey scoring alone and do NOT reflect individual opinions of our science panel.  

Members of our science panel include:  

·      Dr. Adrienne Betz, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of Behavioral Neuroscience at Quinnipiac University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale University. Her research program focuses on identifying the neurobiological basis of stress, depression, inflammation and endocrine disruption in rodent models. She studies the behavioral, molecular and cellular changes that occur in regions of the brain important for emotion, learning and executive function in response to chronic drug or stress exposure.  She is particularly interested in long-lasting changes that are mediated via alterations in gene expression and cell signaling. The result of the research will guide future efforts toward the development of more effective treatments for depression and pervasive developmental disorders. 

·      Dr. Alejandro Junger, Leading Cardiologist, Author of the best-selling book CLEAN and Creator of the Clean Program. Dr. Junger was born in Uruguay. He graduated from medical school there in 1990 and moved to New York City for his postgraduate training. He completed three years of training in Internal Medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital and three more years of fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital.  His drastic change in lifestyle and diet from his move to New York City soon reflected as irritable bowel syndrome and depression. Becoming a patient of the system he was practicing was such a shock, that it started a journey to search for an alternative solution to his health problems. His findings are the subject of his first book, Clean. In it, Dr. Junger describes how he became aware of the toxicity of our planet. He also explains how detoxification and cleansing have been around for thousands of years, but knowledge about them has been lost at a time when it is more important than ever before. Most importantly, Clean is a manual for readers to learn how to turn our detoxification systems on full speed, while supporting our bodies to maximize their effectiveness. 

·      Carmen Bedard-Gautrais, B.A. Human Ecology, R.Ac. R.TCMP, Dip. DTCM. Carmen is passionate about cross-cultural and cross-conceptual integration of health practices.  She first experienced the power of combining diverse medical approaches after having underwent open-heart surgery. Her pre and post surgery care involved various treatments including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and meditation. This combination of health practices lead to her efficient and full recovery.

Carmen is a graduate of Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, a prestigious international college founded by the United Nations where she earned her Bilingual International Baccalaureate. Carmen then grew her passion for health at College of the Atlantic in Maine where she pursued studies in traditional medicine. Carmen's interdisciplinary degree allowed her to study alongside high-caliber herbalists and traditional doctors globally, including in Mexico, Uganda, Kenya, and France. Carmen soon realized the benefit of merging varied approaches to health in order to maximize healing potential. This big picture approach lead her towards the wholistic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM offers a wide array of tools for healing built from thousands of years of observing how our body interacts with its environment on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

Carmen is a Registered Acupuncturist and a Registered TCM practitioner.  In 2012, she spent several months studying with renown doctors in the Liaoning TCM Teaching Hospital of Shenyang, China.  Carmen then graduated with a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC while pursuing a Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia.

Carmen treats a broad range of medical disorders in her practice.  She believes initial patient intakes are very important for achieving an accurate global picture of root causes presenting symptoms.  Carmen is committed to collaborating with her patients in order to create an effective customized treatment plan by combining acupuncture, massage, cupping, friction, moxibustion, herbal remedies and nutrition. 

·      Ian Illuminato, Nano-Specialist from Friends of the Earth and Meditation guide. Ian's work focuses on protecting people and the environment from threats posed by nanotechnology. He has worked for Greenpeace Italy, Greenpeace International, and the United Nations Environmental Program in Italy and has extensive experience monitoring the impact of technological change on the environment. At Greenpeace he helped lead an international movement against genetically engineered crops in Europe and the Middle East. He persuaded Europe's largest rice company to stop importing American rice to keep its stock GM-free. He also works closely with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to remove toxins from beauty products. He has authored highly regarded reports on Nanotechnology. His writing has appeared in publications including the Journal of Nanoparticle Research and the European Journal of Oncology. He has also appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Scientific American, Business Week and Reuters. He has also served on the Executive Committee of Friends of the Earth International. Ian has a B.A. degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. 

·      Kevin Strong, MD and Founder of Dunk The Junk, a National Program to get kids to forgo candy and soda for healthy options.  Dr. Strong grew tired of seeing America’s obesity epidemic play out in his pediatric office in Maine. He decided to take his message directly to kids through his Dunk The Junk campaign using art, sports and music to creatively combat junk food.  Most kids only get a single point of view on the food and beverages they consume. That point of view comes exclusively from the marketers with the most dollars. But Strong is committed to changing that. His spirited campaign is making its way across the country.  Dr. Strong holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a Medical Degree from the University of Connecticut.

·      Laurel Standley, Ph.D., Principal of Clear Current LLC, provides independent technical and policy guidance to businesses, government agencies, and individuals in the following areas: Sustainable water and energy use (lowering water and carbon footprints); Reduced impact of operations on water resources; Healthy household and office environments; and Green alternatives in product use and manufacturing.

Dr. Standley’s vast experience includes research conducted at the Stroud Water Research Center (Avondale, PA) on the fate of natural and synthetic compounds in rivers for over 12 years.  She then attended the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy to earn a Masters Degree under the guidance of Dr. J. B. Byrne (ICPP member).  In the summer of 2002, she worked as a Fellow at Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB).  Recently, Dr. Standley conducted research for three years at the Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA) on the potential for human exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors via drinking water and household products.

Dr. Standley received her B.S. in Chemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1979), her Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Oregon State University (1987), and her M.A. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy (with a focus on Environmental and Energy Policy) from the University of Delaware (2003). 

·      Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein is an integrative pediatric neurologist, board-certified in adult and child neurology as well as pediatrics. After completing traditional residency and fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she then trained at University of Arizona's Program for Integrative Medicine founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Since her graduation from the program, she has been teaching and lecturing widely on children's nutritional and environmental health as well as natural healing, and now teaches Integrative Neurology in  the University of Arizona program as faculty. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Albert  Einstein College of Medicine and adjunct faculty at New York Medical College. 

In 2008, she founded an integrative neurology practice, Brainmending. There, she treats complex and refractory neurological and varied chronic pediatric issues holistically, using evidence-based means that include diet, nutrition, herbs, mind-body techniques as well as conventional approaches. Behind her "green" office, she also began an urban farm, replete with chickens, a rooftop beehive, organic fruit trees, berry bushes, vegetables, mushroom logs and medicinal herbs.  Here, she invites children and parents to get their hands dirty and explore the natural world, while at the same time sampling freshly picked organic vegetables and fruit to expand their palates. She serves on the Expert Advisory Boards of several organizations, including Wellness in the Schools, Hazon, Healthy Child, and Better School Food.

·      Dr. Suruchi Chandra, is a board certified Psychiatrist using integrative medicine to help treat psychological, behavioral, and medical issues such as autism spectrum disorders, chronic Lyme disease, anxiety disorders, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, personality disorders, chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, and fibromyalgia. She seeks to identify any underlying imbalances that contribute to psychological illnesses, including the gut-brain connection, nutritional insufficiencies, immune system dysfunction, and chronic infections. Dr. Chandra integrates conventional psychiatric medicine with complementary and alternative modalities, focusing on nutrition, herbal therapy, dietary supplements, and homeopathy. She utilizes the Cowden protocol with the support of bio-energetic assessments and laser energetic detoxification (LED).  Dr. Chandra has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from Yale University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital combined program at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chandra is a member of the Autism Research Institute think tank, and meets regularly with researchers and other clinicians to discuss cutting edge research and treatments for ASD. Dr. Chandra has spoken at numerous conferences, including the Autism Research Institute, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders, and the Autism Society of America.


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