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Frank  Lipman

Frank Lipman

Pioneer in Functional & Integrative Medicine


For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, How To Be Well, The New Health Rules, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat, Revive and Total Renewal. Read More >

After his initial medical training in his native South Africa, Dr. Lipman spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. He became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas, which kindled his interest in non-Western healing modalities.

In 1984, Dr. Lipman immigrated to the United States, where he became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. While there, he became fascinated by the hospital’s addiction clinic, which used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat people suffering from heroin and crack addiction. Seeing the way these patients responded so positively to acupuncture made him even more aware of the potential of implementing non- Western medicine to promote holistic wellbeing. As a medical student, he was taught to focus on the disease rather than the patient, and now as a doctor he found himself treating symptoms rather than the root causes of illness. Frustrated by the constraints of his training, and the limitations in helping his patients regain true health, he began a journey of discovery to search for the path to meaningful long-term health and wellness.

He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Dr. Lipman founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, where he combines the best of Western medicine and cutting-edge nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East. As his patient chef Seamus Mullen told The New York Times, “If antibiotics are right, he’ll try it. If it’s an anti-inflammatory diet, he’ll do that. He’s looking at the body as a system rather than looking at isolated things. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

How to Be Well in a Challenging World

We live in a culture where it takes a lot of effort to be healthy. Not only are our default choices unhealthy, but with most of us so busy, we don’t have the time to take on another project, let alone our health. At the same time, our current medical system is out of sync with the common problems people are suffering with today. It is a crisis care system, utilizing drugs and surgery to treat health problems, while having no tools to prevent disease or to keep people well. To truly be well, and not just free of disease in this challenging environment, one needs to go beyond medications and address more than diet and exercise as well. While these are important, it is also crucial to establish good sleep habits, manage stress, decrease the amount of chemicals one is exposed to and be aware of the many other factors than can impact one’s health. Dr Lipman will share simple actionable tips on the many components of health, so one can be well and stay healthy. 

Increasing Our Healthspan In Addition To Our Lifespan

For years now, there’s been no shortage of talk about increasing lifespan, boosting longevity, and living to a ripe old age. And that’s all well and good. But we really should be focusing on increasing our healthspan – the length of time we’re able to remain disease-free or, at a minimum, able to do the things we want to do in our senior years.  Our bodies are perfectly capable of remaining healthy and vigorous, and our brains can absolutely stay clear and sharp — if we give them what they need. Dr Lipman will share habits and practices to increase our healthspan and keep one feeling young and staying vital as we age way.

What Should I Eat? Clearing Up the Confusion About the Different Diets Out There

Every year there seems to be a new trendy diet that a group of people swear by, leaving people confused around how to make healthy and effective eating choices. So which diet is best….. a low fat, low carb, high fat, Vegan, Paleo, Ketogenic, Mediterranean, Dash diet? The problem is, there is no one right diet for everyone. We are all as unique biochemically as our fingerprints.What works for one person may do harm to the next. Read More >

This is because food is more than just carbs, protein, fat and phytochemicals. Food is information, containing “instructions” which are communicated directly to our genes and providing potent dietary signals that directly influence the metabolic programming of our cells. Eating the right foods for you will send instructions to your genes that facilitate good health. Eating the wrong foods however, sends messages for disease. Dr Lipman will share with you the latest science and his 40 years of clinical experience with helping patients find which way of eating works for them and ultimately helping them develop a healthy relationship with food. Read Less ^

What is the Microbiome & Why it is so Important to Our Health

The microbiome is the community of bacteria that lives within every one of us.  Each of us contains a whole inner ecosystem composed of trillions of microbes.  These bacteria outnumber our human cells by a factor of 10 to 1. It’s no exaggeration to say that each of us is actually more bacteria than human! Read More >

The bacteria in your microbiome are your crucial partners in digesting your food, supporting your immune system, protecting your gut, keeping your mind sharp, stabilizing your moods and even maintaining a healthy weight.

And, having a balanced microbiome is your best weapon against inflammation, which is the main culprit behind such chronic diseases as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer.

A healthy microbiome helps protect your brain, your moods, your immune system, your gut and your metabolism. Dr. Lipman will share tips on how to keep your microbiome in tip top shape. Read Less ^