Dr. Joel Wallach
Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND

About Dr. Joel Wallach, ND, BS, DVM.

Dr. Wallach has been involved with biomedical and disease pathology research for more than fifty years. His research has resulted in the publication of more than 75 peer reviewed and refereed journal articles in the fields of nutrition and pharmaceutical research, and he has made major contributions to eight multi-authored text and reference books on these subjects. He is known the as the father of trace mineral supplementation and also considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of the new science known as Epigenetics.

Dr. Wallach is the author of the most famous and popular lecture on Natural healing and trace mineral supplementation ever released back in the early 90’s known as Dead Doctors Don’t Lie. He also “wrote the book” on animal and veterinary health that is currently held in the Smithsonian Institute as a “National Treasure” and is recommend as the definitive guide for zoologists.


  • Dr. Wallach obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1962, with a Major in Animal Husbandry (Nutrition) and a minor in Field Crops and Soils.
  • In 1964 he was awarded a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), also from the University of Missouri.
  • Thereafter, he completed a three-year (1965-68) post-doctoral fellowship at The Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • In 1982 he obtained a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Wallach adapted and has been applying his veterinary, full spectrum (including trace minerals) nutritional formulas to human beings with great success for over 30 years. Tens of thousands of people all over the world attribute their health transformations to the effectiveness of his 90 for life message, nutritional supplement formulas and dietary protocols.

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Biographical Information

Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND

Diseases of Exotic AnimalsDr. Wallach received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1962 from the University of Missouri with a major in animal husbandry (nutrition) and a minor in field crops and soil physiology. In 1964 Dr. Wallach received a DVM, a doctorate in veterinary medicine, from the University of Missouri. He was a disease pathologist and instructor for the Iowa State Diagnostic Laboratory and Instructor (Pathology) for the Department of Pathology, Iowa State University (Department of Veterinary Pathology) in 1964/65, and then received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems (comparative pathology and comparative medicine) at Washington University, St. Louis Zoological Garden and Shaws Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, in 1967. He continued his veterinary and research work at the Yerkes Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1977–1978.

He then studied naturopathic medicine, receiving an ND (a doctorate to practice medicine as a naturopathic physician) from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, in 1982, and attained the rank of Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force/Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves (MOS: nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare; NBC: veterinary and human medicine).

Dr. Wallach’s research has resulted in the publication of more than 75 peer-reviewed and refereed articles in veterinary journals, human medical and biochemistry journals, and pathology journals. He has contributed chapters to eight multi-author textbooks and his signature primary authorship of a 1,200 page text/reference (NIH sponsored research) on the subject of comparative medicine and pathology (The Diseases of Exotic Animals: W. B. Saunders Publishing Co., 1983.) This text is featured by the Smithsonian Institute as a “National Treasure.”

Dr. Wallach has held teaching, pathology service, and research appointments at the graduate level in human and animal anatomy, nutrition, and pathology at the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center (Emory University, Atlanta, GA), the University of Tennessee, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon and Harbin Medical University (Peoples Republic of China).

EpigeneticsDr. Wallach was Project Veterinarian and Capture Officer for the Natal Parks and Game Service (Umfolozi and Hluhlue Game Parks) for Operation Rhino (Rescue/Conservation project for the white rhino), Republic of South Africa and Operation Elephant (conservation project for the African elephant) for Wankie Game Reserve, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).

Dr. Wallach’s research in comparative medicine and pathology is based on more than 17,500 autopsy cases on 454 species of animals from zoos and African Game Parks (Natal Fish & Game Department, Natal, Republic of South Africa) and more than 4,700 humans (including 1,700 children under ten years old) through the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Washington University (St. Louis), the St. Louis Zoological Gardens; the Chicago Zoological Gardens (Brookfield, IL), the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL), the Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL), Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, Emory University, (Atlanta, GA), the University of Tennessee (Memphis, TN), The Memphis Zoo (Memphis, TN), the Jacksonville, Zoo (Jacksonville, FL), the Detroit Zoo (Detroit, MI), the National Zoo (Washington, D.C.), The New York Zoological Gardens (Bronx, NY), the Denver Zoo (Denver, CO), the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR) and the Harbin Medical University (Harbin, Hei Long Jiang, People’s Republic of China).

Dr. Wallach was a member of NIH site visit teams for four years and was a member of the 1968 NSF ad hoc committee that authored the 1968 Animal Welfare Act (for the humane housing and care of laboratory and captive exotic species), Consulting Professor of Medicine (Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Hei Long Jiang, People’s Republic of China). Dr. Wallach was the founder and editor of the Journal of Zoo Animal Medicine and an associate editor of Quantum Medicine, the Journal of the Association of Eclectic Physicians, and the editor of the national alternative-health magazine, Health Consciousness.

Dr. Wallach, along with Clinton Miller (lobbyist for the National Health Federation and deceased July 2013 at age 92), was one of the coauthors and engineers of the twenty-five year battle to create and secure passage through the U.S. Congress of the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA1995) to ensure that nutritional supplements were legally categorized as food rather than pharmaceuticals. Day and night, Wallach and Miller would hand out petitions to the audiences where they attended thousands of health lectures throughout America, and they then gathered up the signed petitions and sent them to Congressional Committee members and their personal U.S. Representatives and Senators.

ImmortalityDr. Wallach has received numerous awards for his contributions in advancing our knowledge in the areas of animal and human health, including:

  • The 1988 Wooster Beach Gold Medal Award for a significant breakthrough in the basic understanding of the cause and pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis (from Association of Eclectic Physicians).
  • Nominated for the 1991 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work with the trace mineral selenium and its relationship (deficiency) to the congenital and neonatal genesis of cystic fibrosis (Association of Eclectic Physicians).
  • Dr. Wallach received the 2011 Klaus Schwarz Commemorative Award (Biological Trace Element Research Institute) for his 1977 discovery of the animal model for cystic fibrosis in primates and elucidating the etiology and pathogenesis of CF in humans; the awards committee also noted that, “From a Historical perspective, Wallach is to be regarded as one of the first practitioners, if not founders, of epigenetics, the new research discipline that investigates heritable alterations in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in DNA sequence. With the award of the Klaus Schwarz Medal, Wallach is belatedly honored for a serendipitous discovery that will be of benefit to many.”
  • Dr. Wallach received a humanitarian award at the 2015 Global Officials of Dignity Event at the United Nations for his lifetime achievement in natural medicine.

Dr. Wallach has been the plaintiff and/or co-plaintiff in eight lawsuits and claims requests lodged against the FDA in federal courts (Federal District Courts, Federal Appellate Courts, and up to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court) to ensure that proper information regarding supplementation with selenium, omega-3 essential fatty acids, folic acid, and antioxidants that could prevent and reverse human diseases was available to all Americans.

Since 1989 Dr. Wallach has given 300 free health lectures each year throughout the world and has been the host of two live interactive and syndicated AM talk radio shows (Dead Doctors Don’t Lie and Let’s Play Doctor) two hours per day, five days each week, and as of 2011 is listened to on as many as 1,342 Genesis Communication Network (GCN) hardwire and Internet stations.

Dr. Wallach, along with coauthor Dr. Ma Lan, has written twelve popular books designed to educate the general public on how to prevent and reverse disabling and deadly diseases, generally thought to be genetically transmitted by medical science, with simple dietary changes and evidence-based nutritional supplement programs.

He currently (2016) still travels around the world lecturing on natural health and healing 300 to 400 times a year and is on the radio twice daily talking on health and healing and taking calls from people seeking relief from all types of health challenges.