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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 072. | March 21, 2024
072: The Ahimsa of Living with Harmony with John Pierre
072: The Ahimsa of Living with Harmony with John Pierre

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In a world inundated with fad diets, fitness trends, and conflicting health advice, John Pierre (JP) stands out as a breath of fresh air in the realm of holistic living. With a career spanning decades, JP has dedicated his life to promoting well-being, not only for individuals but also for the planet and its sentient inhabitants.

From his early days working in retirement homes and shelters to his current role as a sought-after health and fitness coach for celebrities, JP’s journey reflects a commitment to compassion, sustainability, and a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of life.

Plant-Based Nutrition: Nourishing Body and Mind

JP’s journey began in retirement homes, where he observed a lack of emphasis on seniors’ well-being. Recognizing the transformative power of nutrition, he introduced plant-based diets, laying the foundation for a holistic approach that nourished the body and supported cognitive health.

Brain-Building Activities: Fostering Cognitive Vitality

Combatting the sedentary lifestyle in retirement homes, JP introduced brain-building activities designed to enhance cognitive abilities. Seniors engaged in exercises challenging coordination and fine motor skills, fostering an environment that encouraged neuroplasticity, agility, and mental sharpness. The brain-building boot camp, complete with an industrial-strength bubble machine and classical music, became a symbol of JP’s commitment to holistic cognitive health.

Physical Fitness: Aging Gracefully Through Movement

JP’s dedication to addressing physical aspects of aging was evident in fall prevention and overall fitness programs. From agility ladder drills to medicine ball exercises, he emphasized the importance of maintaining bone density and strength for a higher quality of life in seniors. His approach to physical fitness is a testament to aging gracefully through movement and proactive care.

Interconnectedness of Generations: Fostering Meaningful Relationships

JP passionately advocates for breaking the isolation of seniors in retirement homes, encouraging families to live together. This approach not only promotes emotional well-being but also imparts valuable life experiences and wisdom to younger family members. The interconnectedness of generations became a cornerstone of JP’s holistic health philosophy.

Championing the Elderly: A Call to Action

Reflecting on JP’s work prompts a societal shift to championing the elderly, celebrating the wealth of experience they bring to communities. JP’s legacy inspires us to adopt a holistic approach to health, encompassing plant-based nutrition, brain-building activities, physical fitness, and fostering intergenerational connections.

A Compassionate Journey: JP’s Impact Beyond Seniors

JP’s mission expanded to empower women through “Strong, Savvy, and Safe,” challenging social norms and advocating for equality. As he navigated the celebrity circuit, JP maintained his commitment to promoting health, fitness, and compassion, working with figures like Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Planet-Based Living: A Holistic Way of Life

Co-founding “Living with Harmony,” JP promotes “planet-based living,” a philosophy rooted in compassion for the Earth. Beyond dietary choices, this way of life actively addresses environmental concerns, including single-use plastics. Retreats organized by JP blend fitness, nutrition, and mental well-being, offering a profound journey toward physical and mental harmony.

Towards a Sustainable Future: JP’s Sanctuary and Conscious Choices

JP’s commitment extends beyond individual well-being to a sustainable future. His sanctuary for rescued animals embodies compassion, and he actively fundraises for a larger property to accommodate more significant numbers of animals. JP’s teachings revolve around conscious choices, from avoiding single-use plastics to supporting eco-friendly companies, emphasizing collective responsibility for the planet.

Beyond Fleeting Trends

In a world filled with fleeting health trends, John Pierre’s holistic approach stands out for enduring well-being. His transformative journey, from revolutionizing senior care to advocating for interconnected generations, reflects a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of life.

One would be hard pressed to find anyone who is not inspired by JP’s holistic approach to health, fostering vitality, purpose, and compassion for the planet.

To connect with John Pierre and explore his initiatives, visit his website at  and discover the transformative work of “Living with Harmony” at

Episode Highlights

[00:00]            Introduction

[02:00]             Women’s rights and animal rights are at the foundation of all JP does.

[07:00]             All sentient beings are equally important… from the fruit fly to the elephant.

[11:30]             Insights to exercise the brain and fall prevention in the elderly population.

[20:00]             A different type of kindness and health retreat.  

[22:45]             Yoga beyond stretching.  

[24:00]             Fitness for celebrities put life in a bubble.

[29:00]             Living With Harmony and planet-based Living

[35:45]             Calming the brain through various modalities.

[38:00]             The pervasiveness of plastic in our everyday lives.

[42:30]             Planned obsolescence is killing our planet and people.

[45:30]             Words can tear a heart apart… speak kindly.

About John Pierre

John Pierre, a dynamic and captivating speaker, has left an indelible mark on audiences worldwide through his unique fusion of science, humor, and practical wisdom.

Renowned for his life-changing strategies presented in an accessible manner, John Pierre is a trailblazer in the field of brain building for the elderly, having pioneered the first-ever brain-building programs that leverage the power of a plant-based diet and nutraceuticals over 25 years ago.

With an impressive tenure of over 35 years in the nutrition and fitness arena, John Pierre stands out as a visionary who seamlessly integrates cutting-edge scientific approaches with ancient modalities. His innovative programs not only reflect his commitment to staying on the forefront of health and wellness but also emphasize a holistic understanding of the mind-body connection.

John Pierre has authored two influential books, complemented by a collection of cooking DVDs, exercise videos, and an array of online programs. His commitment to empowering individuals with the knowledge and tools to transform their lives is evident in the comprehensive resources he has developed, making health and wellness accessible to a diverse audience.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, John Pierre’s philanthropic endeavors manifest in his nonprofit organization, Living with Harmony. This entity embodies his deep-seated commitment to healing, inspiring, and transforming lives across the spectrum – people, animals, and the planet.

Through the educational initiative of “PLANET-Based Living,” John Pierre and Living with Harmony strive to create a positive impact, fostering a harmonious relationship between individuals, the environment, and all living beings.

As a visionary of holistic health, a pioneer in brain-building methodologies, and a dedicated advocate for a compassionate and sustainable lifestyle, John Pierre continues to inspire and uplift audiences globally, leaving an enduring legacy of positive transformation in his wake.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation and stress management.

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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