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 Biography: Melvyn Werbach MD 
 
Melvyn Werbach MDBorn in New York City, Doctor Werbach received his education at Columbia College, Tufts University School of Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Among his appointments, he has served as Consultant to the Pain Center at the City of Hope National Medical Center, and Director of Clinical Biofeedback and Psychological Services at the UCLA Pain Control Unit.

After completing a residency in psychiatry in 1971, Doctor Werbach became intrigued with exploring treatment alternatives for patients who failed to receive adequate relief from appropriate specialty care. This interest led him to research the potential of biofeedback in treating poorly-responding cases of anxiety and chronic pain before starting one of the country's first clinical biofeedback programs in 1972. Besides his clinical work, he began to lecture and publish on the subject and served as president of the Biofeedback Society of California in 1977. In 1985 he became the Society's second recipient of the Certificate of Honor for "contributing to the development of biofeedback."

His interest in finding methods of helping poorly-responding patients first led him to write Third Line Medicine: Modern Treatment for Persistent Symptoms (1986). In 1989, he was awarded a plaque by the American College for Advancement in Medicine for "pioneering in the concept of Third Line Medicine." In addition to writing about the applications of biofeedback, his interest in nutritional medicine led to the publication of Nutritional Influences on Illness, a book summarizing the scientific literature in nutritional medicine which has gotten worldwide recognition, followed by Nutritional Influences on Mental Illness, winner of the Book of the Year Award from the International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (UK) and, together with Michael Murray, N.D., Botanical Influences on Illness. He has distilled his knowledge of nutritional medicine into a book written for general audiences, Healing Through Nutrition. All his books are available through Third Line Press, Inc., a publisher and distributor specializing in his works.

Doctor Werbach is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds a faculty appointment in psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. Listed in American Men and Women of Science as well as in several Who’s Whos, he is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Nutritional Medicine (UK). the Journal of Optimal Nutrition (US), Health News and Review (US), and Alternative Medicine Digest (US), an Advisory Panel member of What Doctors Don’t Tell You (UK), consultant in nutrition to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and a member of the advisory committee to The Dead Sea Conferences (Israel), an international forum dedicated to integrating mainstream, traditional and alternative approaches to medical care. He is an honorary life member of the Biofeedback Society of California and an honorary member of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

His monthly column on nutritional medicine appears in the International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (UK) and is reprinted in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients (US) and the Australian Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. He lectures internationally and is a popular guest on many radio shows.

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