Course: The Role of Nutrition, Herbs, and Supplements for Anti-Aging
The Role of Nutrition, Herbs, and Supplements for Anti-Aging
Neha Chandan, MD MPH +1

Food is a vital part in keeping our bodies healthy and fueled. Nutraceuticals are foods or products isolated from herbs and supplements that, apart from providing nutrition to our bodies, also provide additional physiological and medicinal benefits. As integrative approaches are becoming increasingly preferred by patients, dermatologists find themselves turning to the use of nutraceuticals in preventing cutaneous aging. This lecture serves to provide an understanding of the disease processes that contribute to skin aging and how we can combat these mechanisms by the foods we put into our bodies. We discuss dietary modifications and the use of natural herbs and supplements to combat inflammation and oxidative stress and delay the aging process of our skin.


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Neha Chandan

Neha Chandan completed her medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she pursued a MD/MPH joint degree. She is currently completing her intern year in Chicago and will be returning to the University of Illinois to complete her dermatology residency as a member of the Class of 2024.

Aside from dermatology, Neha is interested in community health and health disparities in both local and global communities. She has spearheaded numerous medical and public health brigades to underserved areas in Central America and has helped set up nonprofit dermatology clinics around Chicago. As a public health-trained and research-based clinician, her mission is to utilize evidence-based literature and cultural understanding to create and promote community outreach programs within the field of dermatology. In her spare time, Neha enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, and barre classes.

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User: Sheila Farhang (sjalalat@gmail.com)
Sheila Farhang

Dr. Sheila Farhang is a board-certified dermatologist and double-fellowship trained cosmetic surgeon as well as a reconstructive Mohs micrographic (skin cancer) surgeon. “Dr. Sheila” as many know her as fills the space in media as a relatable, millennial skincare expert with expertise in both integrative skincare and cutting-edge procedures. Dr. Sheila is unique that she is also a popular influencer who gives her followers an inside look at her life. To add, she is also highly regarded in the female empowerment space being a founder, CEO, and multi-business owner.

Dr. Sheila attended the University of Texas for her undergraduate and medical degrees. Dr. Sheila then completed her dermatology residency at the University of South Florida Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. Upon completion, she was selected for a position for dual fellowship at the Skin Institute of South Florida and Hollywood Dermatology in the Miami, FL area. During this time, she also completed a year-long entrepreneur and leadership program through the Advancing Innovation in Dermatology led by Harvard faculty and industry leaders.

Dr. Sheila has numerous publications in top dermatology journals, has written textbook chapters and her research has been presented worldwide.

Dr. Sheila is considered a media expert by the American Academy of Dermatology and has been selected as a Key Opinion Leader for large industry skin and beauty companies. Dr. Sheila has a large social media presence (@Dr.Sheila_Derm) where she known for her entrepreneurship, skin and beauty tips, health/wellness, and her integrative medical approach. Dr. Sheila she is considered a celebrity media expert with several magazine features including Women’s Health Magazine and Allure. She is also a guest expert on national shows including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Mel Robins Show. She is founder and medical director of Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics, Co-Founder of Vispera Health, and guest faculty instructor for the Integrative Dermatology Program.

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Ashley Dumont
Ashley Dumont

Dr. Ashley Dumont, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor and a graduate from the National University of Natural Medicine.

With a deep-rooted passion for dermatology, she believes in taking an evidence-based, holistic and individualized approach to skin health by addressing the foundational aspects of health as well as incorporating botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, mind-body medicine, and IV therapy. Dr. Dumont understands and values the importance of physical, spiritual, and emotional health and its direct connection to achieving healthy skin and overall wellness. Her goal is to empower her patients to take an active role in their personal and unique path to healing.

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