ICC Health: Nutrition and Wellness

Shri Chawla, ICC Health Summit Organizer

First ICC Health Summit on Cracking the Wellness Code 2018
by Shri Chawla, Summit Organizer

Under the leadership of Dr. Pankaj Vij (MD), Shri Chawla, and Naren Bakshi, the India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas, CA, had its first ever Health Summit: Cracking the Wellness Code 2018 on July 8, 2018. This gathering of like-minded people presented their vision to educate, inspire, and empower the community and instill wellness as a way of life. Kicking off with lively and informative presentations by the highly esteemed Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, and Summit Chair Dr. Vij, the Summit began on a powerful note, inspiring confidence and sparking interest in the fully packed hall of over 650 attendees. The day’s agenda of inspirational speakers mesmerized the audience with valuable tips, tools, techniques, and insight on food, nutrition, and exercises, and the cooking demonstration by Chef Katie Mae filled the room.

Other speakers were Dr. Alan Goldhamer, DC; Dr. Pankaj Vij, MD; Dr. Mark Moeller, MD; Dr. Vignesh Devraj, MD (Ayur); Dr. Sanjeev Jain, MD, PhD; Dr. Akil Palanisamy, MD; Dr. Shrutti Datta, MD; Dr. Navneet Singh, MD; Dr. Shyam Das, PhD; Dr. Seema Kumar, MD; Dr. Archana Bindra, MD; Dr. Lida Faroqui, DPM; and Dr. Raj Misquitta, MD. The topics covered ranged from food addictions, diabetes, childhood obesity, and Ayurveda-Panchkarma, to life on the other side when a doctor becomes a patient. See the links below for related presentations and interviews.

Also featured were the Summit’s “Health Heroes,” who planted seeds of hope in the attendees that they too can begin their journey to wellness: Doug Amis, Meghna Mehta, and Shilpa Samai overcame obesity; Naren Bakshi overcame diabetes; Shri Chawla overcame heart disease; and Shyam Das used a hot breathing technique he created to heal himself from a 1000 foot fall. Finally, Seema Giri recovered from being bedridden from autoimmune disease to helping other women break free from their pain cycle.

This event was made possible with the help of its valued partners and sponsors: South Asian Heart Center|El Camino Hospital; AAPIO; TiE; Stanford Medicine; Athashri; Fremont Chevrolet; and the Columbia Asthma and Allergy Clinic.

The outstanding response to the day encouraged the Summit organizers to decide to host quarterly Crack the Wellness Code events and one “mega” event each year. For updates, visit: www.icccrackthewellnesscode.org.

Presentation and Interview Links


For the benefit of our readers, YogaSetu Newsletter (YSN) has added the URLs and links for presentations and interviews from the Summit here:

CWC 2018 Presentations:

Naren Bakshi – Welcome Note

Neal Barnard, MD – Foods that Get Us Hooked and How to Get Unhooked

Pankaj K. Vij, MD – Prevent and Reverse Chronic Diseases by Treating the Cause

Mark Moeller, MD – Finding Hidden Joy and Meaning

Vignesh Devraj, MD (Ayur) – Panchkarma-Ancient Biohack to Reset the Gut

Anil Godhwani – Lifestyle & Behavior Change are Very Important Components in Weight Loss

Sanjeev Jain, M.D., PhD – Food Allergies: Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Beyond

Akil Palanisamy, MD – The Paleovedic Diet: Integrating Early Human Diets and Ayurvedic Medicine

Alan Goldhamer, DC – Keynotes: Escaping The Pleasure Trap  and Fasting Can Save Your Life

Seema Kumar, MD – Parenting Style and Obesity in Children

Archana Bindra, MD – Diabetes Technology Update

Lida Faroqi, MD – Diabetes, Its Complications, and Why Should You Care

Rajiv Misquitta, MD – Reversing Heart Disease and Diabetes: When a Doctor Becomes a Patient

CWC 2018 Healthy Cooking Presentation:

Katie Mae, MS – Culinary Coach and Founder of Plantz St.:

CWC 2018 Interviews:

Neal Bernard, MD, FACC – CWC 2018 Keynote Speaker and Founding President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (pcrm.org):

Neal Bernard, MD – Loves Indian Food:

Sanjeev Jain, MD, PhD, Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic:

Alan Goldhamer, DC – CWC 2018 Keynote Speaker:

Shruti Datta, MD – CWC 2018 Speaker:

CWC 2018 Public Reviews & Health Heroes:

CWC 2018 Health Heroes – Ms. Shilpa Samai and Ms. Meghna:


CWC 2018 Co-Sponsors:

Naren Bakshi, CWC 2018 Promotion

Sanjay Agarwal, MD,  President, AAPIO

CWC 2018 Applications to Space Health & Nutrition:

Adarsh Deepak, PhD, Chair, TakshaShila Institute:


Periklis Papadopoulos, PhD, Professor, San Jose State Univ.:

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