Dr Monica Aggarwal: Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
Monica Aggarwal, MD, is an adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Florida's Division of Cardiovascular Medicine where she conducts research on the impact of nutrition on chronic illness. She also serves as the Chief Medical officer of the not-for-profit, 4Roots Farm which is looking at how to improve food quality to improve human health.
Dr. Aggarwal's own path to understanding the impact of nutrition on illness started soon after the birth of her third child when she developed an advanced form of rheumatoid arthritis. She was placed on medications that gave her severe side effects. It was only through learning about the microbiome (gut), its impact on the immune system, and the role of nutrition in affecting the gut that was she able to truly heal. Determined to change the face of medicine, Monica left private practice and returned to academics in order to pursue research on the role of diet and to create an integrative cardiology practice focused on nutrition and lifestyle.
She is the author of the book Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It, which outlines prescriptions to help guide people to better health, and the recently released Body on Fire Cookbook which provides whole food, healthy recipes to help implement change.
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