If I may introduce myself: short biographical sketch
I am here to share knowledge and perspectives gained over the course of three doctorate degrees, publication of >30 books and >100 articles/letters, years of clinical and teaching experience
My mother’s side of the family—KENNERLY—comes from England and Wales, with the family name Kennerly being derived from the small village of Kennerleigh, located in Devon in the southwest of England. My father’s side of the family—VASQUEZ—comes from northern Spain and Colombia, with the family name Vasquez being derived from vasque/basque/bosque, which translates to “forest”, particularly as used in northeastern Spain in the area known as Basque Country, or País Vasco.
One of my earliest memories of significance was that of distinctly enjoying the kindergarten activity of “show and tell” wherein small kids were invited to talk about or demonstrate something of interest to their kiddo classmates; I remember my grandfather bringing a coin to the classroom so that I could show it and tell about it. In early grade school, I remember my 4th grade teacher Mrs Hall unfairly scolding my friend Robert for some perceived shortcoming, and from that day forward I knew that education and teaching should be about encouraging and informing, rather than scolding and manipulating. Throughout my teen years I became increasingly interested in words, writing, grammar, and books such that at the very start of my college years I was planning to become teacher of English, perhaps Literature or Grammar. I was also increasingly interested in exercise, health, and nutrition, such that one day when I first considered going into healthcare to combine my interests in teaching/writing with exercise/health/nutrition the idea occurred to me like getting hit with a bolt of lightening, and I immediately thew myself into the biological sciences, anatomy, nutrition, chiropractic, botanical medicine, naturopathic medicine, functional medicine and clinical medicine. By my early and mid-twenties, I was planning my course of graduate study while also starting to write and publish articles on metabolic diseases, nutrition, disease prevention and health improvement. I taught, lectured, learned, read and wrote as much as possible from then onward to the present.
I grew up mostly in and around Houston Texas; I’ve also lived in Gainesville Georgia (military school), Portland Oregon (chiropractic college), Seattle Washington (naturopathic medical school, teaching, my first office), Austin Texas (family medicine), Fort Worth Texas (medical school), Bogota Colombia, and Barcelona Spain.
Alex Kennerly Vasquez DO ND DC (USA), Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine: An award-winning clinician-scholar and founding Program Director of the world's first fully-accredited university-based graduate program in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Dr Alex Vasquez is recognized internationally for his high intellectual and academic standards and for his expertise spanning and interconnecting many topics in Medicine and Nutrition. Dr Vasquez holds three doctoral degrees as a graduate of University of Western States (Doctor of Chiropractic, 1996), Bastyr University (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, 1999), and University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2010). Dr Vasquez has completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate and continuing education (certifications) in subjects including Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support, Nutrition and Functional Medicine; while in the final year of medical school, Dr Vasquez completed a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research hosted by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr Vasquez is the author of many textbooks, including Integrative Orthopedics (2004, 2007 2012), Functional Medicine Rheumatology (Third Edition, 2014), Musculoskeletal Pain: Expanded Clinical Strategies (commissioned and published by Institute for Functional Medicine, 2008), Chiropractic and Naturopathic Mastery of Common Clinical Disorders (2009), Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine for Chronic Hypertension (2011), Brain Inflammation in Migraine and Fibromyalgia (2016), Mitochondrial Nutrition and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Primary Care, 2nd Edition (2014), Antiviral Strategies and Immune Nutrition (2014), Mastering mTOR (2015), Autism, Dysbiosis, and the Gut-Brain Axis (2017) and the 1200-page Inflammation Mastery 4th Edition (2016) also published as a two-volume set titled Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine. "DrV" has also written approximately 100 letters and articles for professional magazines and medical journals such as TheLancet.com, British Medical Journal (BMJ: online x3, print x1), Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Nutritional Perspectives (x11), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Original Internist, Integrative Medicine (x4), Holistic Primary Care, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (x2), Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), Dynamic Chiropractic (x3), Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Current Asthma and Allergy Reports, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Arthritis & Rheumatism—Official Journal of the American College of Rheumatology. Having served on the Review Boards for Acta Neuropsychiatrica, Journal of Pain Research,Autoimmune Diseases, PLOS One, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Neuropeptides, International Journal of Clinical Medicine, Journal of Inflammation Research, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (all PubMed/Medline indexed), Integrated Blood Pressure Control, Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, Chiropractic Journal of Australia, and Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr Vasquez served as the founding Editor of Naturopathy Digest, founding Editor (2013-present) of International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and Editor (2018-2019) of Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Dr Vasquez lectures internationally to healthcare professionals, has a consulting practice and service for doctors and patients, and constantly reviews research to produce new articles, videos, educational materials, and innovative product formulations. Dr Vasquez’s books are available internationally via bookstores such as BookDepository, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, ThriftBooks, AbeBooks, BetterWorldBooks, WaterStonesBooks.
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