Scientific Advisory Board

Allergy Research Group's Scientific Advisory Board adds a wealth of traditional medical knowledge and sophistication to supplementation development.

Stephen Levine, PhD did his graduate work at UC Berkeley in molecular genetics and started Allergy Research Group® in 1979, and the company became intimately recognized as the work of Stephen. He has published numerous technical and lay articles in a variety of nutritional medical publications, lectured broadly, and is best known for the book Antioxidant Adaptation, which launched a new and indepth integration and illucidation of the profound role of free radical reactions and how antioxidant deficiencies play out in our lives. Coauthored with Dr. Parris Kidd, also from Berkeley, the book is still remembered and Stephen was honored with a Townsend Newsletter interview, on the October 2016 cover, which highlighted the many products he developed and or first introduced into the industry. The research he is best known for are free radical chemistry and inducible antioxidant defenses, along with their foundational importance as regulation of stress and stress reduction. The regulation of free radical and other oxidative stress is critical in underlying factors in many diseases.

Michael Ash, DO, ND, BSc(Hons), RNT, is an osteopath, naturopath and nutritional therapist. He was founder and director of one of the UK’s largest integrative medicine clinics in 1982, which then introduced the principles and practices of functional medicine in 1992. After 25 years of full time practice he sold his practice in 2007; he is currently managing director of Nutri-Link Ltd, and Clinical Education (a not for profit post graduate medical education company). He is also the author of many articles, both peer and non-peer reviewed, as well as editor of www.clinicaleducation. org. He specializes in the creation and testing of new and existing natural agents for the purpose of inducing immune modulation and tolerance with a focus on the mucosal immune system. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and in this role he lectures internationally on immune and gastrointestinal function.

Todd A. Born, ND is a naturopathic doctor, certified nutrition specialist (CNS), co-owner and medical director of Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc. Dr. Born is the Product Manager, Head of New Product Development, Scientific Advisor for Allergy Research Group, LLC and is Editor-in-Chief of their science-based Focus Newsletter. He is a Thought Leader for the UK-based Clinical Education, a free peer-to-peer service that offers clinicians a closed forum to ask clinical questions and receive evidence-based responses by experts in their fields. Dr. Born is also lead advisor and President of the International Society for Naturopathic Medicine. He has been directly involved with Allergy Research Group® since 2008.

Dr. Born graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle and completed his residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and its thirteen teaching clinics, with rotations at Seattle-area hospitals.

He has been published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews, Townsend Letter, Integrative Medicine Alert, Natural Medicine Journal and the Natural Nutmeg. He has appeared on KRON4 News, multiple national radio shows, and lectured as an expert for the National Psoriasis Foundation and Arthritis Foundation, and across the country at various medical conferences.

Antony Haynes, RNT BA(Hons), Dip ION, has been in private practice as a Nutritional Therapist since 1992, working each week from Harley Street, London. He is one of the most experienced Registered Nutritional Therapists in the UK, and is one of the first practitioners to implement the principles of Functional Medicine in the UK, since 1994. Antony has been teaching for 25 years and is the author of two books.

With Michael Ash, he co-founded Nutri-Link Ltd, the UK distributor of Allergy Research Group® products. Antony is Head of Technical Services at Nutri-Link Ltd. promoting the understanding of use of ARG products to practitioners through webinars, seminars, podcasts, and articles and detailed case reports, calling on 20 years of clinical use of ARG products.

Antony is the editor of Clinical Education’s free peer-to-peer service that offers clinicians a closed forum to ask clinical questions and receive evidence-based responses by experts in their fields.

Carrie Decker, ND graduated with honors from the National College of Natural Medicine (now the National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Decker sees patients at her office in Portland, OR, as well as remotely, with a focus on gastrointestinal disease, mood imbalances, eating disorders, autoimmune disease, and chronic fatigue. Prior to becoming a naturopathic physician, Dr. Decker was an engineer, and obtained graduate degrees in biomedical and mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. Dr. Decker is a Thought Leader for the UK-based Clinical Education, a free peer-to-peer service that offers clinicians a closed forum to ask clinical questions and receive evidence-based responses by experts in their fields. Dr. Decker also supports Allergy Research Group as the Executive Editor for the quarterly Focus newsletter, is the author of additional educational materials, and supports the product development team. Dr. Decker continues to enjoy academic research and writing, and uses these skills to support integrative medicine education as a writer and contributor to various resources, including Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews, Integrative Medicine Alert, Natural Medicine Journal, and Townsend Letter.

Donald Brown, ND is one of the leading authorities in the USA on the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements, evidence-based herbal medicine, and probiotics. Dr. Brown currently serves as the director of Natural Product Research Consultants (NPRC) in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Brown is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council (ABC) and the Editorial Board of The Integrative Medicine Alert. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the International Probiotics Association (2008-2010) and its Scientific Advisory Board (2006-2008). He has also previously served as an advisor to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. He is the author of Herbal Prescriptions for Health and Healing (Lotus Press, 2002) and was also a contributor to The Natural Pharmacy (Prima Publishing, 2006), the A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions (Prima Publishing, 2006), and The Textbook of Natural Medicine (Churchill Livingstone, 2006). Dr. Brown joined Allergy Research Group® as a consultant in 2017 and is contributing to product development initiatives.

Erica Zelfand, ND is a family physician, medical writer, and teacher. She sees patients of all ages in her private family practice, with special interests in neuroendocrine health and the mind/body connection. She is deeply committed to a patient-centered, root-cause-oriented, nature-honoring approach to healing. After graduating from medical school with high honors, Dr. Zelfand completed a family practice residency at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), followed by an additional four years of post-doctoral training in pediatrics under the tutelage of Paul Thomas, MD. As an engaging presenter, Dr. Zelfand enjoys being adjunct faculty at her alma mater and appearing on numerous podcasts and health summits.