Background and Education
My background and education are based on the fact that I am a perpetual learner, dedicated to learning and growing both in my private and professional life.
My graduate and post-graduate education span over many years with degrees in History (B.A.) (1974), in English Literature (M.A.) (1976) at Cal State Northridge in the USA, and subsequent natural health training during the years 1977–2020 as an herbalist (Wild Rose College, Canada), naturopathic doctor (N.D., SNLF) from The European College of Natural Medicine, Germany, Swedish clinical nutritionist (NMT) through studies with BANT, England, in addition to specialties in lifestyle medicine, functional medicine, and anti-aging medicine.
In addition, I am certified as a TFT tapping practitioner, Gluten-Free Practitioner (CGP), DNA analysis practitioner, AK, and other kinesiology practices, massage, and craniosacral therapist.
I have studied both anti-aging medicine and functional medicine for nearly 30 years.
I am both educated in basic anti-aging skills (ABAAHP) as well as functional medicine (AFMCP) as well as advanced training as a Certified Fellow of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM) and an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP).
I am one of the few in Europe with these dual specialties as well as training by the A4M in Lifestyle Medicine. In addition, I am trained in massage, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, applied kinesiology, eye diagnostics, TFT tapping, gluten-free diet counseling (CRP), DNA gene analysis counseling, etc.
In addition, I gained valuable experience through my time as a clinical director at the Strandgarden’s Health and Detox Retreat during the years 1985-1994.
Professional associations where I have been cofounder are the following:
- 1994 Nutritional Medicine association (nmtf.se).
- 2002 Craniosacral Association (kstf.se).
- I also served as President of The Swedish Naturopathic Association (2000-2006) (snlf.se).
Associations that I am currently a member of:
- Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM.org).
- Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (price-pottenger.org).
- Association of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) (https://www.a4m.com).
- International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine (isom.ca).
- Naturläkarförbundet (SNLF.se) (Swedish Naturopathic Association).
Anti-Aging Medicine Leader in Sweden for 30 years
I’m certified by the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A4M) as a diplomate in 1999 ((ABAAHP).
Also, I have a Sports Nutrition Certification, and in 2017 I did finish the Lifestyle Coaching Program A4M Fellowship Program in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine (FAARM).
I wrote the healthy aging book in Swedish, “Lev Ung Längre” in 1999 after studying Blue Zone populations and traveling to Okinawa, Japan.
Functional Medicine leader in Sweden
I was one of the presenters in the first international conference on Functional Medicine in Maui, USA, in 1993 and since then has attended every IFM international conference (26 more as of 2020) as well as two times attending the AFMCP clinical competence course.
I even spoke at the 2016 IFM conference about the combination of movement and nutrition as medicine.
I have a passion to spread the paradigm of functional medicine and has been an ambassador for functional medicine since its inception.
I have recently completed IFMs continuing education in Reversing Cognitive Decline Advanced Clinical Training (2018) and has finished his IFM practitioner certification (IFMCP) in 2019.
Rector, teacher, and lecturer
I have lectured on lifestyle, nutritional, functional, and natural medicine internationally for over 40 years.
I have taught for many years at the following institutions in Sweden:
- Axelsons Physical Therapy Institute (1984–1989).
- Samverkan School of Holistic Studies (1988–1989).
- Nordic Nutritional and Phytotherapy Institute (1997–2010).
- Näringsmedicinska Skolan (NMS) (2011–2020).
I have been instrumental in the development and growth of nutritional medicine and functional medicine in Sweden.
I started and have served as a teacher and rector of 2 colleges of clinical nutrition during the last 20 years.
Also, I was the Clinical Director of the Strandgarden Health Retreat in Falun, Sweden 1985-1994.
Currently, I serve as an independent consultant and health educator. In the next coming years I will be focusing my efforts on creating various lectures and classes both for the health interested lay public and health professionals.
Currently, I am launching Facebook Minigroups focused on building health resilience, immune resilience, and cognitive resilience.
More information can be found under ”Services and educational materials”.
I’m a passionate author and have authored or co-authored 15 books and over 100-course manuals through the years.
My most comprehensive book, “Näringsmedicinska Uppslagsboken”, is an 833-page encyclopedia of nutritional medicine, the most comprehensive encyclopedia of nutritional medicine in Scandinavia. My two most recent books are “Snabbare, Starkare, Friskare” (Faster, Stronger, Healthier, 2016), a 600-page book on integrative sports nutrition, and “Save Your Brain Now” (“Rädda Din Hjärna Nu”), (https://www.raddadinhjarnanu.se), a 470-page book on brain health, co-written with Dr. Hayde Bolouri, Ph.D., (https://drbolouri.com).
Available in Swedish in May 2021 and in English in August 2021.
Save Your Brain Now is the only book in English that I have available. It is my newest book and focuses both on how to prevent loss of cognition and memory, in addition to how to improve it using practical, proven strategies from lifestyle, nutritional and functional medicine.
Business background and Nutritional Supplement formulator
I was the founder of the Alpha Plus wholesale distributorship of nutritional products company in 1983 but sold this business in 2018 to be able to focus on health education.
I worked clinically with patients for 40 years and was the founder and director of IFM Kliniken (Integrated Functional Medicine) clinic in Falun, Sweden, which has been functioning since 1994. Prior to that, my clinical work was performed at Strandgården Health Retreat.
Currently, I work as a consultant, product developer, educator, author, and part-time practice in functional medicine at IFM Kliniken in Falun, Sweden (https://www.ifmkliniken.se).
Also, I’m a healthy, happy retiree who exercises regularly and particularly enjoys spirituality, nature, travel, study and being with my wife and daughter.