The 21st century has brought with it unprecedented challenges. Health and environmental effects of toxins introduced in the last half century have led to reductions in life expectancy, reproductive health, and quality of life and increases in anti-nutrients, loss of quality soil, impaired immune defense and repair, and digestive disorders. Despite these challenges, there are still remarkable opportunities for those who choose more wisely. This book is a guide to reconnecting and rediscovering your healing capacities by embracing a nature, nurture, and wholeness approach to life.

Thought-leading scientist and integrative health-care pioneer, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN shares wisdom gained over half a century in medicine, science, and spiritual practices that have taught him how to live long and well, especially in times of unprecedented stress and toxins. His approach is personal, evidence-based and consists of practical ways of saving your life and the life of those about whom you care. Starting with today’s scientific evidence and incorporating wisdom traditions, Dr. Jaffe invites the reader on a journey of self-assessment, self-discovery, and self-awareness.

You are unique. Your chemistry, your relationships, and your history all interconnect to make you who you are. Dr. Jaffe explains what to measure, what the measurements mean functionally, and what to do to overcome the challenges of the 21st century and add decades of quality life.


“Dr. Russell Jaffe synthesizes all the multi-disciplinary research in this holistic critique of medical education, research, science and practice, embedded in planetary evidence of the unsustainable , toxic technological trajectories of Western economies, lifestyles and ideologies of “progress.” This book should be required reading for all in science policy, politicians, educators, financial and business leaders, as well as aware citizens worldwide concerned with our common human future on Earth.“
~ Hazel Henderson, D.Sc.Hon., FRSA

“Russ Jaffe never ceases to astonish me, from the day he walked into my lab, to his sterling contributions as a young pathologist to this marvelous compelling book on “How to thrive in the 21st century.” The book weaves the story of his own lifestyle and recommendations for everyone to consider in defining a lifestyle that if followed leads to a more productive and satisfying life. It is a “must read.”
~ Carl Franzblau, PhD

“Dr. Russell Jaffe helps reintegrate a medical system that too often de-fines health as the absence of symptoms, not the presence of vitality and resilience, and measures success by pills and procedures, not quality of life. Distilled from a lifetime of medical innovation and global insight, his practice reveals effective paths to healing that put physiology before pharmacology, the body’s wisdom before risky interference, informed choice before standard of care, and your own needs before vendors’ interests.”
~ Amory B. Lovins, Adjunct Professor, Stanford University


Russell Jaffe is an internist and immunologist. He is board certified in clinical pathology, with subspecialty board certification in chemical pathology and he is a Fellow of the following medical societies: ASCP, ACAAI, ACN, ASIP, and FRSM. Dr. Jaffe helped advance several adjunctive healthcare approaches including medical acupuncture (TCM), certified clinical nutrition (CCN), health coaching, and predictive biomarkers.

Enabling primary, pro-active prevention in clinical practice is part of Dr. Jaffe’s mission to speed the transition from sick care to healthful caring in policy, practice and research. With over 100 peer reviewed publications, invited chapters, and books, Dr. Jaffe speaks at continuing professional education conferences and in technology innovation forums.

Dr. Jaffe is director of ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies (Sterling, VA), PERQUE (Ashburn, VA), RMJH Rx (Vienna, VA) and serves as a founding Fellow of the Health Studies Collegium. He works and lives in Virginia.