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Frank  Lipman

Frank Lipman

NYT Best-Selling Author, Pioneer in Functional & Integrative Medicine & Celebrity Health Coach


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. Widely recognized as a trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, Dr. Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center and the Chief Medical Officer of THE WELL, a membership holistic wellness retreat in New York City. He is the #1 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. Dr. Lipman is also the creator of Be Well, a lifestyle brand helping people to achieve genuine and sustainable life changes. He has also served as the health coach to celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Arianna Huffington and Donna Karan. Dr, Lipman and his work have been featured in Vogue; Men’s Journal; O, the Oprah Magazine, Goop, HuffPost and many others. Read More >

A keen observer of the polarization between western modalities and other healing philosophies, Dr. Lipman’s “Good Medicine” approach combines the best of modern contemporary medicine with the best of alternative and complementary medicines. His professional journey began after his initial medical training in his native South Africa, During 18 months spent working at clinics in the bush, he became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas. This  kindled his lifelong 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, an impoverished urban area. 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 one patient 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.” 

Dr. Lipman has spoken around the world on health and wellness topics ranging from the “apartheid” between Western and alternative medicine to actionable tips to live a healthier life in a challenging world. Sharing the latest research and 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Lipman provides the information we need to be well, eat well, and stay healthy and vital as we age. 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— not just free of disease— we need to go beyond medications. We must address diet and exercise, establish good sleep habits, manage stress, decrease chemical exposure and be aware of the many other factors that impact health. Dr. Lipman examines these many components of health, sharing vital tips on being well and staying 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 shares the essential habits and practices to increase healthspan and stay feeling young and staying vital as we age.

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

Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Mediterranean or Dash? Low fat, low carb or high fat? Every year there seems to be a new trendy diet. While some swear by the newest thing, most are confused about making healthy and effective eating choices. So which diet is best? According to Dr. Frank Lipman, there’s no one right diet for everyone. Biochemically, we are as unique as our fingerprints. What works for one person may do harm to the next. Read More >

Why? 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, sends messages for disease. That’s why it’s essential to develop a healthier relationship with food, Dr Lipman shares the latest science and decades of helping patients find which way of eating works for them. Read Less ^

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

Within each of us there is an ecosystem composed of trillions of microbes called the microbiome. It is a community of bacteria that outnumbers 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 >

These bacteria are your crucial partners in digesting food, supporting your immune system, protecting your gut, keeping your mind sharp, stabilizing your moods and even maintaining a healthy weight. They’re also 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. In this essential talk, Dr. Lipman shares tips on how to keep your microbiome in tip top shape to protect your brain, your moods and your metabolism. Read Less ^