Wellness Warriors ..Spirit, Mind, Body
Wellness Warriors is a Christian health and wellness ministry that was started at the First Baptist Church Panama City, Florida in 2006 by brother Larry Barnes and Bill Zahler. We seek to provide accurate, well researched information that will provide a buffer between health conscious consumers and those aspects of the food industry that provide harmful products. We initially provided monthly health and wellness seminars within the church and then in 2009 decided to broaden our scope and include all of the Bay County, Florida community in our outreach. This web page represents another move forward to a broader community and an opportunity for another level of exposure for this important, and unique information. WZ
Bill Zahler is a retired USAF Biomedical Sciences Corp officer and Clinical Social Worker with degrees from the University of Miami (BA, 1970), Barry University (MSW, 1974) and University of Oklahoma (MPA, 1985). He is a Vietnam veteran: Bien Hoa, RVN, 1965-66. He was on the staff of 8 Air Force medical centers and hospitals and held faculty positions at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and at Wright State University School of Medicine. He worked continuously as a mental health clinician from 1972 to 1998. From 1996-1998 he worked at the Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort (CARE) in Panama City, Florida as the Director of the Bay Outpatient Clinic and as a grant administrator. From 2010 to present he completed some advanced study with Dr. John McDougall at his Health and Medical Center in Santa Rosa California, completed a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and has continued the Wellness Warriors health and wellness ministry. In 2013 he completed Dr. McDougall's 'Starch Solution Certification Program. He and his wife, Jean, live in Panama City Florida where he provides health and wellness seminars in the community . He is an active member of First Baptist Church Panama City, Florida.
We seek to stay abreast of developments in the areas of nutrition, exercise, weight management and disease prevention. We follow closely several of the leaders in Integrative/ lifestyle medicine, science and theology, including Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Craig McDougall, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. T Colin Campbell, Dr. Thomas Campbell, Dr. Steven Gilbert, Dr. Dean Ornish, Nathan Pritikin, Dr. John Abramson, Dr. Charles Atwood, Dr. Dennis Bourdette, Dr. Don Colbert, Dr. Floyd H Chilton, Dr. Antonia Demas, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Dr. Jerry Tennant, Dr. Hans Diehl, Dr. Lance Gould, Dr. Lewis Kuller, Dr. Nathaniel Dominy, Dr. Matthew Ledderman, Dr. Doug Lisle, Dr. Daphne Miller, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Alona Pulde, Dr. Robert Vogel, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Ralph Moss, Dr. Susan Blum, Dr Sidney Baker, Dr J. Morris Hicks, Dr. Baxter Montgomery, Dr. Stephan J. Guyenet, Dr. Robert Ostfeld, Dr. Scott Stoll, Dr. Martin J. Blaser, Dr. Robert H. Lustig, Dr. David A. Kessler, Dr. Joel K. Kahn, Dr. Richard Furman, Dr. Jon Dunn, Dr. Craig Conner, Rev/Dr. George Malkmus, Dr. Richard Furman, Dr. Keith Block, Dr. Garth Davis, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel, J.Vernon McGee, D. L. Moody, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Dr. James Merritt, Julie Morris, Brendan Brazier, John and Ocean Robbins, Vani Hari and Jeff Novick, among others. These are well informed practitioners and we urge you to read their books and take advantage of their other media. wz
Also, note that we have no financial interest in promoting health and wellness. We sell no food supplements or other health products and do not charge a fee for our seminars. In an effort to avoid financial/product promotion bias, we do not promote multilevel marketing organizations. Our only interests are in disseminating honest, unbiased, well researched information about improving human health, preventing disease and promoting Jesus Christ and His Word as the primary guidance for our lives. wz
Please note that nothing on this web site should be construed as medical advice. If you suffer from any significant medical condition, check with your physician before making major changes in your self care. wz