Gregory D. Sloop, M.D.
Dr. Sloop is the Laboratory Medical Director and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Benefis Hospitals, a large healthcare system in Great Falls, Montana serving over 230,000 people. Benefis was recently named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, the most trusted independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes.
He earned his medical degree at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and served residencies in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospitals as well as in Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama. He serves concurrently as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Touro University Nevada. Previously he was Associate Professor of Pathology with tenure at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.
Dr. Sloop is a pioneer in the field of clinical hemorheology. In 1996, he published a ground-breaking paper on the unifying theory of atherogenesis, pinpointing blood viscosity as the root cause of atherosclerosis and describing how each of the conventional cardiovascular risk factors contribute to atherosclerosis by increasing blood viscosity. Dr. Sloop is the author or co-author of approximately 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth, Jr., D.O.
Dr. Holsworth is a board-certified osteopathic family physician with broad experience treating a wide variety of health conditions. He is currently practicing emergency, in-patient hospital and clinical medicine in a rural hospital in Colorado. In addition, Dr. Holsworth is the Director of Clinical and Scientific Research for Essentia Water. Dr. Holsworth is a leading U.S. expert on the clinical use of blood viscosity monitoring in cardiovascular diseases and has had a special interest in treating autoimmune problems, diabetes, and environmental illness. He has served as a senior member of the clinical staff at Tahoma Clinic near Seattle.
Previously, Dr. Holsworth practiced medicine as Clinical Director of Rio Grande Hospital Rural Clinics in South Fork and Monte Vista, Colorado. He also served as Emergency Medicine Physician and as Physician in several Colorado health systems; served as honorary professor, Department of Biology, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Clinical Thrombosis and Hemostasis and the Japan Nattokinase Research Association. He has been involved in clinical research with oral systemic enzymes as an adjuvant in cancer treatment and has authored several publications related to antioxidant properties of electrolyzed water and nattokinase, a fibrinolytic enzyme. Dr. Holsworth also authored the book chapter titled “Hyperviscosity Syndrome: A Nutritionally-Modifiable Cardiovascular Risk Factor” for the textbook Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients (CRC Press, 2nd edition Dec. 2012).
Ralph received his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1997 from The University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Holsworth was an environmental scientific consultant with the U.S. EPA and private sector firms in providing technical assistance on Superfund site evaluation, remediation and environmental cleanups. He received his Baccalaureate of Science in Geochemistry from The University of Texas, El Paso in 1985. In 1977-1981, Dr. Holsworth was a Nuclear Power Plant Propulsion Operator for the United States Navy.
Young I. Cho, Ph.D.
Young Cho is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His primary research interests include hemorheology (the study of blood flow) and vascular diseases, as well as water purification and energy. He is an inventor of the Hemathix viscometer, the world’s most advanced clinical viscometer, and its predecessor, the Rheolog viscometer. Professor Cho has authored/co-authored approximately one hundred seventy papers in the area of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, rheology, acoustics, combustion and energy.
Dr. Cho is editor for Handbook of Heat Transfer (McGraw Hill, 3rd ed.) and an editor for the Advances in Heat Transfer (Academic Press). He was the recipient of the 1992 Lindback Award for excellence in teaching at Drexel University. In 1993, Dr. Cho was nominated by the U.S. Department of Energy and elected as the chairman of the Advanced Fluid Committee under the International Energy Agency. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Research Professor of the Year at Drexel University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University in Korea.
John A. St. Cyr, MD, PhD.
John A. St. Cyr, MD, PhD,a cardiovascular surgeon, received his B.A., M.S., M.D., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. He later completed his general surgical training at the University of Minnesota and completed his cardiovascular surgical fellowship training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. Dr. St.Cyr has extensive research credentials, is widely published, has received numerous local and national research grants, has numerous patents in various fields of interest, and has presented at both national and international meetings. Dr. St. Cyr has consulted for many medical companies, such as a surgical/medical consultant for Medtronic, Inc. (Physiological Research Laboratories, a facility of Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN), a medical/surgical consultant for Integra, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), Chief Medical Officer for RCRI, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), and Immumed, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN). Dr. St. Cyr is a member of numerous scientific research, medical, and surgical societies.