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Dr. Rodio

Mary Louise Rodio, M.A., Ph.D.

Founder and CEO

Dr. Mary Louise Rodio began her career in hospital, emergency room, and private medical/clinical laboratories as a Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist. In 1978, at the Rhode Island Department of Health in the Division of Laboratories, she accepted a position as a Public Health Microbiologist: Medical Laboratory Surveyor, enforcing state and federal regulations in medical laboratory facilities throughout Rhode Island.


Later, at the Rhode Island Department of Health, Dr. Rodio was responsible for quality control/assurance, serology, and the microbiological laboratory testing of food, dairy, water, pathogenic microbes and forensics. After a few years, she left the Rhode Island Department of Health to pursue more in-depth conventional and traditional medical/health science studies, allowing her to achieve a much broader view of the therapeutic health and beauty landscape. Her studies introduced her to the concept of ethnobotany, which became the foundation of her work.


As an Ethnobotanical Research Scientist, Dr. Rodio focuses her research on the relationship of how plants, foods, and customs influence the health of the people of various cultures around the world socially, emotionally, and physically. A primary example of this is her advocation of the traditional Mediterranean diet/lifestyle in consultations with her clients.


In 1987, Dr. Rodio founded Natura Health Services, Inc., providing clients with integrative health consulting and therapies. Dissatisfied with the health products commercially available at that time, she formed Natura Botanical Laboratories – a division of Natura Health Services, Inc., to launch her own formulated products. Dr. Rodio’s research on the senses of perception and their impact on overall health and beauty through bioenergetics is a major focus of her product development and information exchange. To date, she has formulated well over one hundred botanically-based food supplements and skin care products.


Over the course of her career, Dr. Rodio has hosted multiple radio shows pertaining to health and beauty. From time to time, she makes guest appearances on talk shows and other media outlets. Dr. Rodio also speaks as a guest lecturer for educational institutions and special events.


Rodio has written a number of articles, including some referenced by books, websites, and other periodicals. She is the developer of the Immuno-Specific Nutritional Process – discussed in her two books – The Chiropractic Immuno-Specific Nutritional Process: Chiropractic Patient Wellness Manual (1993) and The Chiropractic Immuno-Specific Nutritional Process: Chiropractic Physician Guide (1993).


Educated at a number of colleges and universities in the United States and Europe, Dr. Rodio has attained extensive training and broad educational background with emphasis on sciences and Indo-European languages/cultural studies. The following are the academic institutions where she received her education and/or conducted research projects, as well as some related interests and studies:



Academic Institutions 

• Brown University (Biological/Chemical Sciences Observation and Research in conjunction with the     RI Department of Health; French – Language and Cultural Studies; and New Mathematics –     Abstract Concepts)
• Harvard University Extension (Neuroscience)
• Providence College (Various coursework with Public Health focus and concentration in Medical     Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology)
• Rhode Island Department of Health (Coursework/Training – Various FDA Certifications)
• Roger Williams General Hospital – (Department of Pathology – Histology)
• Southeastern Massachusetts University (Public Health – Epidemiology)
• Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italia – Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (via Middlebury College –     M.A. degree)
• Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italia – Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia (Various coursework with     concentration in Preventative Medicine and Hygiene, Biochemistry, and Medical Microbiology)
• University of Rhode Island (B.A., Italian – Language and Cultural Studies; Spanish – Language and     Cultural Studies – USA/Spain; and Clinical Laboratory Studies toward M.T. degree in conjunction     with St. Joseph Hospital School of Medical Technology)
• St. Joseph Hospital School of Medical Technology – Dr. Gladys Cok, Ph.D., Director – in     conjunction with Rhode Island Hospital (M.T. degree via University of Rhode Island and University     of Florence Medical School – Italy)
• St. Joseph Hospital – Scientific Apprentice of Dr. Salvatore Allegra, M.D., Department of Pathology     – Cancer Research/Electron Microscopy
• Middlebury College (M.A., Italian – Language and Cultural Studies – USA/Italy)
• Clayton College of Natural Health (N.D., Traditional Naturopathy; Ph.D., Holistic Nutrition/Botanical     Medicine)

Related Interests and Studies
• Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Acupressure

Language and Cultural Studies
• Lingusitics and Biolinguistics
• English (Fluent), Italian (Fluent), Spanish, French, Portuguese

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