The Experts


Dr. Walter Willett


Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of  the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, attended Michigan State University, and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School before obtaining a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Willett is a co-investigator of the Nurses' Health Study I, a cohort of over 121,000 female registered nurses 30-55 years of age and he is Principal Investigator of the Nurses' Health Study II, a prospective cohort investigation established in 1989 with over 116,000 female registered nurses. This study is designed to examine the association between lifestyle and nutritional factors and the occurrence of breast cancer and other major illnesses.  He has published over 700 articles, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer, and has written the textbook, Nutritional Epidemiology.  His recent book for the general public, Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating has appeared on most major best seller lists.

Dr. Meir Stampfer


Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health but he is the Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology.  Dr. Stampfer's research program is broadly concerned with the etiology of chronic diseases, with particular focus on nutrition.  The prestigious spot of, “the number one most quoted scientist in clinical medicine” was awarded to Dr Stampfer 10 years in a row from 1995-2005, at present he has published 385 papers that have been cited over 32,717 times in various other publications.  His area of expertise covers the cause of origin of chronic diseases, and his most cited papers are specialized in particular on the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancers.  Dr. Stampfer leads seven NIH (National Institute of Health) funded projects to assess nutritional and biochemical markers of cancer and cardiovascular risks.


Dr. Valentin Fuster


Serves the Mount Sinai Medical Center as Director of Mount Sinai Heart in New York City.  Among the seemingly countless positions of distinction that he holds are Past President of the American Heart Association, Immediate Past President of the World Heart Federation, a member of the institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a former Chairman of the Fellowship Training Directors Program of the American College of Cardiology.  Seventeen distinguished universities throughout the world have granted him honoris causa.  Dr. Fuster is the recipient of three major ongoing NIH (National Institute of Health) grants.  He has published more than 500 articles on the subject of coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis and thrombosis, and he has the lead editor of two major textbooks on cardiology, “The Heart” and “Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease.”


Dr. Mary Enig


A nutritionist/biochemist of international renown, for her research on the nutritional aspects of fats and oils, is a consultant, clinician, and the Director of the Nutritional Sciences Division of Enig Associates, Inc.  Dr. Enig, a consultant on nutrition to individuals, industry, and state and federal governments, and is a licensed practitioner in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She has served as a Contributing Editor of the scientific journal Clinical Nutrition and a Consulting Editor on the journal of the American College on Nutrition.  Many call her the lone whistle blower drawing attention to the dangers of hydrogenated oils, and fighting big business that tried to silence her during the late 1970s and 1980s.  She is well respected as one of the worlds leading authorities on trans fats.


Dr. Michael F. Jacobson


Holds a Ph.D in microbiology and co-founded the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 1971, along with two fellow scientists he met while working at the Center for the Study of Responsive Law.  When his colleagues left CSPI in 1977, Jacobson served as executive director.  Today, Jacobson remains the executive director and sits as secretary on the board of directors of the organization. He has been a national leader in the movement to require nutrition labels on all foods and most beverages to help consumers make informed decisions about what to consume.


Dr. Beverly B. Teter,  PhD, FACN, CNS


Received her B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She has studied the chemistry, biochemistry and metabolic effects of trans fatty acids for nearly thirty years. She was the first researcher to report the effects of these isomeric fatty acids on milk fat in mice, cows, and women. Most of the data on trans fatty acids that are presented in the USDA food composition tables came from the research laboratories at the University of Maryland under contract with the USDA. She has published numerous research papers and authored several book chapters and white papers dealing with fatty acid composition and metabolism. Dr. Teter holds two patents with three others pending. She and her husband are the joyous parents of four sons and five grandchildren.


Stephen L. Joseph


The founder, President, and CEO of the non-profit organization, and represents the organization as its attorney.  He has been practicing law since 1980.  He is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars and was a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for several years.  Joseph is responsible for suing Kraft in 2003 to eliminate trans fat in Oreos and he sued McDonald's that same year for misleading its customers into believing that it had switched to a lower trans fat cooking oil.  As a result of the litigation, McDonald's agreed to inform its customers that it had not changed to the lower trans fat cooking oil by placing prominent notices in all of its restaurants nationwide and in the media.  It also agreed to pay $7 million to the American Heart Association for a trans fat program.


Tony Mendoza


A member of the California State Assembly, representing the 56th District.  Prior to serving in the Assembly, Mendoza was a fourth grade teacher in East Los Angeles and also served as a mayor and city councilman in Artesia, CA.  He first won election to the Artesia city council in March 1997, when he became the youngest council member in the city's history and remained there until he resigned in November 2006 upon winning his election to the California State Assembly.  In 1998 Mendoza served as the youngest mayor in Artesia's history.  Mendoza was active in United Teachers Los Angeles, where he served on the Board of Directors and as a representative to the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.  In his first year in the Assembly, Mendoza introduced 26 bills, with the most notable being Assembly Bill 97, which would eliminate trans fats in California restaurants.


Robert F. DeMaria, D.C., N.H.D.

Has been providing and championing alternative health solutions to thousands of patients globally for over thirty years.  Realizing that the world needs a drugless “hero”, Dr. Bob has answered the call by writing six books in the “Dr. Bob’s Guide to Health” series.  These books delve into Dr. Bob’s expertise in the areas of Trans Fats and Hydrogenated oils, ADHD, Female Hormones, and Sex and Relationships.  Dr. Bob’s keen intellect and “go-get 'em” attitude has resulted in many TV and radio appearances, including regular segments on Cleveland Fox 8’s “That’s Life with Robin Swoboda”, WFAN in New York City, and his own “Half-Hour to Health” television program which airs each Saturday in the Northern Ohio market.  Dr. Bob’s drugless approach emphasizes education, empowerment, and prevention, which are three qualities that our world needs most Dr. Bob’s mission is to provide answers to topics for which we all have questions.


Kevin Conwell


The Cleveland City Councilman is proud to have served as Ward 9 Councilman since November 2001.  His Ward includes the Glenville and University Circle areas.  The Councilman focuses his services to the Ward 9 community on family issues and economic development.  Notably, he has sponsored legislation to create the Mayor’s Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood and to create a citywide, dual emergency phone system.  He attracted the attention of the filmmakers of inGREEDients after writing legislation to have trans fats banned from the Cleveland City school system.


David Lawrence Dewey


An Author/Columnist, Dewey was the first journalist to write about the dangers of consuming hydrogenated oils with continuous updates over the years. His  articles, have empowered over 36 million readers worldwide with truth; concerning consumer, health, political and social issues. His latest effort is co-organizer of the website to ban toxic additives from the food supply. Dewey was content and creative consultant as well as journalistic advisor for the film. Dewey is the author of the best selling political mystery novel, Revelations.