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 Edward R. Blonz, Ph.D.
A Brief Bio

 

                               

Edward Blonz earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of California at Davis, and he has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of food, health and nutrition.  His Master's degree research was on a topic in food toxicology, and research for his Doctoral degree focused on the role of insulin in the development of obesity. 

Formerly on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Blonz currently holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, as well as a fellow of The Obesity Society. Dr. Blonz is also a member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, the National Association of Science Writers, the Association of Food Journalists, and a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists.

A primary focus for Dr. Blonz's is Forensic Nutrition, serving as an analyst and testifying expert in claims substantiation issues involving foods, dietary supplements, and health products. He serves in this capacity for the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorneys General of 27 states and the District of Columbia, for District Attorneys in the State of California, and attorneys of the private bar.   He is also a founding member and chair of the Dietary Supplement Safety Committee in California.

Dr. Blonz analyzes metabolic issues to help understand public health dilemmas and biochemical mysteries, having published articles on the obesity epidemic, methods to constrain the Ebola virus, ways to prevent microcephaly from the Zika virus, the metabolic origins and ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease, and most recently, on the COVID-19 pandemic, using biochemical footings to make the body less hospitable to the SARS-Cov-2 virus and protect first responders and front-line workers.

His public outreach involves a syndicated column, "On Nutrition," a weekly column that responds to reader questions.  This column has been in continuous publication since 1990, and is available in newspapers and online, and posted on twitter (@blonz), Facebook and Linkedin; his articles have appeared in magazines as well.  Ed has written eight books on foods, food science, nutrition, and health, and has won the James Beard Foundation Award for writing on diet, nutrition, and health.  He serves on the editorial board of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter also maintains his award-winning web page, The Blonz Guide.

Edward Blonz offers a unique twist on health, one that helps to demystify complex issues while providing fresh perspectives on foods and nutrition. He has been featured on the CBS news shows "48 Hours" and "Day & Date," and NBC's "Real Life," and has been called "a voice of reason in the midst of confusing and often-conflicting claims."