Ruth is the President of the Westreich Foundation, a family foundation for over 20 years. She has been a major force behind the integrative medicine movement. Her expertise and areas of focus include Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Natural Medicine, Palliative Care for end of life and chronic conditions, the science of nutrition, food safety, vaccine safety, and the creative arts as part of a healing experience.
Ruth’s expertise and niche is being a strategic advisor to create bridges between these siloed groups to change the paradigm of healthcare in the US to a systems’ biology, personalized lifestyle focus with the patient and prevention of disease at the center.
She has been a board member of the Bravewell Collaborative, Samueli Institute, Scripps Center for Integrative Health, trustee of Bastyr University and many more prevention and health creation organizations.
She currently is a member of the American Nutrition Assoc’s Leadership Council, UCLA Arts and Healing BOD, The Collaborative Advisory Council, USDs Nonprofit Institute BOD, Cal State San Marcos Institute for Palliative Care advisor, UCSDs Center for Integrative Medicine BOD and committee for Patient Experience at UCSD. She is also a supporter of Mimi Guarneri and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.She is also a member of Rachel’s Network an environmental women’s philanthropy in Washington DC, council advisor to UCSD’s Glyphosate study by Paul Mills, PhD, and supporter of Health Research Labs in Iowa and the work of Dr. John Fagan.
She is a published award-winning author of two books. Creativity Unzipped, Why Your Thoughts Matter, (winner of 3 national awards) available on Amazon. A Nautilus Award winning photography book, Finding Ourselves on Sacred Ground, available on Amazon.
She was the commencement speaker in April 2017 for Southern California University of Health Sciences at which time was honored with a Doctorate in Humanities.