Elmer M. Cranton, M.D. graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1964. He served as President of the American Holistic Medical Association, President of the American Academy for Advancement in Medicine, and President of the Smyth County Medical Society in Virginia. He has been board certified and recertified in Family Practice. He was Chief-of-Staff of a U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and served for many years as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Holistic Medicine and of the Journal for Advancement in Medicine. He has authored numerous books and scientific articles in the field of nutrition, and preventive medicine. Cranton retired in 2006.