Advances in Health, Vitality and Longevity - Rancho La Puerta

Advances in Health, Vitality and Longevity

Laughter (and Chocolate) Is the Best Medicine!
The importance of humor and laughter in daily life has been underestimated. The health consequences of humor can now be measured, and the true value recognized. While humor and laughter can be of great benefit to the one enjoying it, it can be a double-edged sword and also cause pain and suffering if the humor is at the expense of another. Particularly in a community, workplace, or family, the encouragement and use of humor requires sensitivity and guidance. This program offers insight into optimizing the benefits of humor and laughter, and as a tasteful bonus, the health benefits and joy of chocolate.

Food for Thought: Fasting vs. Fasting Mimicking (To Fast or Not to Fast)
This talk discusses the wide variety of time restricted and popular feeding and fasting programs, ranging from mild that are tolerable and acceptable, to extremes that have risks and should be avoided.

Gut Feelings:  Genes, Microbes & Brain
Prepare to be astounded by the revolutionary advances in the life sciences. New scientific discoveries have brought what had been considered science fiction to today’s reality. Our brain, gut, microbiome (the microbes that live in and on our body), diet, and genes are all intimately intertwined. They influence each other with profound effects on mood, energy, mental health, and overall wellness. The gut is a ‘second brain’ and has a vital role in our physical and mental health. This program will open your eyes to the dawning of a new era in medicine and health.

Joe Weiss wrote an article about the health benefits of gratitude. Read it here.


Joseph B. Weiss, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF is Clinical Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) at the University of California, San Diego. He graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California at Irvine, and did his  clinical and research fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Diego. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Under the auspices of the World Health Organization and others he has pursued interests in Tropical and International Medicine and Public Health with stays in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Dr. Weiss is also an accomplished humorist, professional speaker and the author of many acclaimed books on the topics of health, wellness, digestion and nutrition ( To Air is Human; Got Guts: A Guide to Prevent and Beat Colon CancerArtsy Fartsy; A Digest on Digestion; The Scoop on Poop;  and more at . He has presented at international conferences, universities, medical centers, Fortune 500 companies, YPO/WPO, Bohemian Grove, Esalen, Aspen Brain Forum and international spas and resorts. He has co-hosted a popular health radio talk show, “Health News and Views” and truly enjoys educating and entertaining his audiences!