Gabriel Cousens MD, MD(H), DD (Doctor of Divinity), Diplomate of American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, Diplomate Ayurveda is considered the leading live-food medical doctors and spiritual nutrition experts in the world, and, is recognized as “the fasting guru and detoxification expert” by the New York Times. He is also a psychiatrist, family therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, homeopath, acupuncturist, medical researcher, ecological leader, and bestselling author of books such as Spiritual Nutrition, Conscious Eating, Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine, and There Is a Cure for Diabetes.
A cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was captain of an undefeated football team, Dr. Cousens was selected as an All New England lineman and one of eleven National Scholar Athletes inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame. He received his MD degree from Columbia Medical School in 1969 and completed his psychiatry residency in 1973. Dr. Cousens was the Chief Mental Health Consultant for the Sonoma County Operation Head Start and a consultant for the California State Department of Mental Health. He is listed in the Who’s Who in California, Who’s Who among Top Executives, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and National Register’s Who’s Who and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).
A Senior Essene teacher, Reiki Master, and meditation teacher since 1973, Dr. Cousens has presented seminars on many topics including health and nutrition, psycho-spiritual healing, meditation, and spiritual awareness throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. As a spiritual facilitator, Dr. Cousens received much of his training and experience during a seven-year sadhana with Swami Muktananda. In 1981, Swami Prakashananda, Muktananda’s first liberated disciple, recognized him as a “yogi of real spiritual attainment” who has “realized the innate perfection.” Dr. Cousens is recognized as an internationally celebrated spiritual teacher, rabbi and founder of the Essene Order of Light, a yogi of 40 years, and a 4-year Native American Sundancer and Spirit Dance chief in the High Horse Lakota clan, to which he has been adopted. Dr. Cousens’ spiritual background involves extensive study and personal experience with the kabbalistic, Essene, Judaic, yogic, and Native American aspects of self-liberation, which have given him a unique, authentic, ecumenical, unified worldview. His many designations attest to a dynamic, eclectic, comprehensive body of practical knowledge that composes his teachings on Whole Person Enlightenment and Holistic Veganism.
Gabriel Cousens, MD has developed the first live-food, vegan Masters program in the world in conjunction with University of Integrated Science California. He is the director and founder of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, called by Harper’s Magazine, “One of the world’s best 10 yoga and detoxification retreats.” Dr. Cousens has taught about live-foods, spirituality, and diabetes prevention in United States, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, North Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Bali, and almost every country in Europe. He is a co-founder of a West African NGO called the West African Rural Health Empowerment Society, and has established health and diabetes prevention programs in Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico, and with farm workers in the U.S. His work in Africa has earned him adoption into the Baika tribe of the Buem traditional area of Ghana, and he has spoken at the University of Ghana’s medical school in Ho.
Gabriel Cousens, MD is listed in the “Who’s Who in California,” the “Who’s Who Among Top Executives,” the “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals,” and “Strathmore’s Who’s Who.” He appears frequently on radio, television, and magazine publications worldwide. Gabriel Cousens is married to Shanti Golds Cousens and has two children and three grandchildren.