Joseph Alexander, PhD(c), RN made a remarkable transformation from a 438-pound (199 kg, more than 31 stone) diabetic, with repeating septicemic infections and at high-risk for cardiovascular failure, to losing more than 200 pounds and becoming a long-distance runner. After adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet with no oil, Joseph was able to stop using diabetic medications with no detectable trace of diabetes, stopped having life-threatening infections, and dramatically reduced his risk for cardiovascular disease. As a Registered Nurse, Joseph has a strong interest in helping others to find their way to healthful living. Joseph has two Bachelor’s degrees, in nursing and in chemistry. He has a Master of Science degree in nursing, and a Master of Philosophy degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is currently a nursing PhD candidate and expects to finish that degree in about another year. He has proposed a holistic model for health and wellness, the Healthful Living Model, and is researching relationships between spending time in nature and human health. After practicing clinically for a decade in oncology nursing, Joseph became a nurse educator and researcher. In addition to his academic work, he is also known for his seasonal work as an Interpretive Naturalist in Minnesota’s State Parks and Trails, work that he values because in his previous state, he “simply could not have physically done it.” Joseph is married to the globally regarded information security and antivirus expert John Alexander, and has a German Shepherd dog named Eljay. Joseph doesn’t eat oils, but he does paint with them, and is best known for his still life paintings that feature strong interplay between light and shadows. Joseph has been a guest on multiple health and wellness podcasts and videos, and was recently a guest speaker at the Engine 2 Camp Plant-Stock retreat, and has presented on education design and health behavior at numerous scientific and professional conferences. He is currently training for the challenging 2019 17-mile Zumbro Endurance trail race and for the phenomenally difficult 2019 Leadville Trail Marathon. Joseph is the founder of Become Greater Healthful Lifestyle Coaching and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is available to coach individuals and families who are interested in a plant-based approach to healthful living, and for speaking engagements.
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