Timothy J. Smith, M.D. has been studying and practicing alternative, nutritional, and conventional healing principles for over 40 years. A 1970 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he completed his internship at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and his residency at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. He subsequently established a general family practice in Berkeley, California, where he integrated conventional medical practice with alternative modalities. Dr. Smith’s current practice consists primarily of telephone consultations with patients around the world. He specializes in applying the principles of molecular biology to difficult diagnoses and designing alternative and anti-aging treatment programs.
A longtime student and advocate of Chinese Traditional Medicine, Dr. Smith was instrumental in introducing acupuncture to the American medical community. In 1972, he founded the first publicly funded acupuncture clinic in the United States. In 1979, Dr. Smith became a member of the first delegation of American physicians practicing Chinese Traditional Medicine to visit the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Smith is a founding member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and past vice president of the American Acupuncture Association.
Out of his interest in the biochemistry of Chinese Traditional herbal medicines and recognizing that the same concepts that apply to healing are also effective for prevention, in the mid-1980s Dr. Smith’s focus shifted to clinical applications of new research developments in molecular biology, cell biology, and immunology. His emphasis on nontoxic nutritional medicines (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, phytopharmaceuticals, and bioidentical hormones) coincides with the current shift toward natural medicine. Phytomedicines—which encourage healing rather than masking symptoms—are rapidly replacing pharmacologic medicines. Based on these principles, in 1998 Dr. Smith published “Renewal: The Anti-Aging Revolution” (Rodale/St. Martin’s Press), a 650-page book presenting a unified theory of aging and a program of diet, supplementation, and exercise for slowing and reversing the aging process and creating optimum health.
For the past ten years, in addition to his busy telephone consultation practice, Dr. Smith’s primary focus has been on writing popular books that translate complex medical concepts into language the layperson can understand. A recently-completed book will be published in 2010. Entitled “Outsmarting the Number One Killer,” it explains how to use state-of-the-art testing and natural medicine to prevent and reverse atherosclerotically-driven heart attacks and strokes. “The GcMAF Book” represents Dr. Smith’s most recent writing effort.
Dr. Smith travels widely and plays the electric bass. He resides in the rural Sonoma County Russian River Valley wine country north of San Francisco with his wife, Dellie, his two daughters, and their two dogs and two cats.