Ronald Peters, MD, MPH has 30 years of experience in nutritional biochemistry and holistic health care. He has studied with Master teachers, leading to a understanding of the formative power of the conscious and unconscious mind, which he summarized in his ground-breaking book, Edgework: Exploring the Psychology of Disease: A Manual for Healing Beyond Diet and Fitness (2003). Edgework reviews mindbody research, points to the power of emotions and beliefs on the body and redefines the humans stress response into an ally by marking inner boundaries for personal growth. His approach to patient care is to restore the natural wisdom of the body and then assist patients in changing the lifestyle and mind-style factors that contribute to illness. Dr. Peters has had successful medical practices in California and Oregon.
After graduating from Stanford University in 1966 with Honors in Biology, Dr. Peters then entered the UCLA School of Medicine graduating in 1970. In 1977, he returned to UCLA, this time to the School of Public Health, studying epidemiology and preventive medicine under a post-doctoral training grant from the National Cancer Institute. He received a Master of Public Health degree in 1978.
In 1977, Dr. Peters returned to Los Angeles for studies in disease prevention at the UCLA School of Public Health. During this time he assisted Dean Lester Breslow in research for a book entitled, Control of Non-infectious Disease in Man. During the same year he affiliated with California Primary Physicians, a large multi-specialty medical group, as Director of the Emergency Department at Encino Hospital in Encino, California. In 1979, he became the Director of Preventive Medicine, for California Primary Physicians. These activities included medical staffing for the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica. Between 1980 and 1985, Dr. Peters was staff physician in the Emergency Department of California Hospital in downtown Los Angeles.
In 1980, he developed and directed Innerhealth Programs – a physician supervised health promotion program of aerobic fitness, optimal nutrition and stress management. The Innerhealth Program is highly acclaimed and successful in helping people reverse common health problems such as high blood pressure, adult onset diabetes, and coronary artery disease, as well as preventing the development of such problems.
In 2002, Dr. Peters became Medical Director of New Hope Medical Center, an alternative cancer treatment center. New Hope provided a range of cancer therapies and helped people to reverse the conditions that permitted the cancer to grow in the first place, an important issue for all cancer patients especially for those in remission. Since 2004, he has been in private practice in Scottsdale and continues to offer a variety of seminars on stress management, mindbody medicine, health promotion and cancer prevention.