Humbart “Smokey” Santillo, N.D.
Humbart "Smokey" Santillo was born and raised in Lockport,
New York, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from
Edinboro State Teachers College in Pennsylvania, which he
attended on football and track scholarships.
Following graduation from college, and battling scores of
allergies and signs of rheumatoid arthritis, Smokey spent
three futile years in traditional medical treatment,
employing prescription drugs to no avail. With the
indomitable spirit that has come to characterize all his
future work, he began the intensive research and study that
eventually produced a real solution to his problems.
Over the course of many years, Smokey sought out experts in
the fields of biology, chemistry, medical botany,
naturopathic medicine, and other alternative approaches to
health care. Apprenticing himself to these teachers until he
had mastered the discipline for himself, Smokey earned the
degree of Doctor of Naturopathy and Master Herbalist, a
foundation on which he has built his continued research into
As early as the 1970s, and with all the enthusiasm of his
youth, Smokey began extensive travel, educating health
food stores owners everywhere about herbs and the invaluable
resources of herbal medicine. This same dedicated
persistence marked his pioneering efforts to introduce the
understanding of enzymes and the need for enzyme
supplementation to the health food field at large.
Santillo is the creator of Juice Plus and has authored six
books. Since 1978, "Smokey" has lectured throughout the U.S.
and in many other countries. His work is receiving growing
recognition in Europe, in particular. In England, his Herbal Correspondance Course is widely used as a primary
source for the training of herbalists