Author of From Pain to Wellness, Dr. Gruft is director of From Pain to Wellness, LLC in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. In this talk he will illustrate the superiority of the vegetarian diet, from a Functional Medicine perspective. He will give the scientific evidence of its ability to reduce chronic pain and other illnesses, laying the groundwork for optimal wellness. Nationally recognized by his peers as a Best Doctor for the years 2003-2007, Dr. Gruft is respected as a premier pain specialist. Dr. Gruft is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine and is currently in private practice. Dr. Gruft is an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center and regularly trains resident physicians in the art and science of pain medicine.