Authors Dr. James Baird and Laurie Nadel
James D. Baird, PhD has more than forty years of experience as a successful inventor and graduate engineer. A pioneer in the new science of ultrasonics, Baird has earned several patents and as a successful entrepreneur founded Dynasonics, Inc., a design and manufacturing company of ultrasonic sensors and computers.
His inventory background instilled in him a persistent curiosity about how things work, translating from mechanisms to life. His passion for understanding the bioengineering that makes us human, combined with his religious and spiritual beliefs has led him to research the subject of happiness for more than 20 years, and in the process, earned him a PhD in Natural Health.
He was the founder of Happiness Ministries, a not-for-profit ministry that produced inspirational texts. His first two books The Happiness Plan (Liquori, 1990) and The Modern Christian’s Happiness Plan (Wine Press, 1999( are based upon the premise that happiness comes from altruistic ethics and behavioral choices that put into action such spiritual qualities as loving-kindness and compassion. Baird has been involved with many religious organizations including nursing homes, churches, and charitable organizations. He was chairman of Catholic Charities for about 8 years. Dr. Baird is chairman of a Chicago chapter of the American Scientific Associations, a national professional association whose members are scientists who believe in God. The organization’s mission is to bring harmony to science and religion.
As a natural health advocate with an inventor’s curiosity, he was intrigued by the paradox that “diets don’t work.” In an effort to uncover the reasons and provide an answer, he wrote his third book, The Mindful Meals Diet (iUniverse, 2007), which explained how genetic factors are the basis of unhealthy eating habits that lead people to become overweight. His program incorporated self-hypnosis and mind/body strategies to develop healthy eating habits.
From his research of genetics in diet evolved the understanding that humans have a spiritual nature and that faith is genetic. This confirmed his belief that the expression of spirituality is genetically motivated and results in natural happiness. Results from researching genetic behavior and the new science of epigenetics inspired Baird to write Happiness Genes.
With a dual career in psychology and journalism, Dr. Laurie understands the stressors that media and health professionals face every day. She spent more than a decade working in newsrooms at Reuters Television (London) and both ABC and CBS News (New York). From 2001-2008, she was a columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times Long Island section.
In addition to media and health professionals, Dr. Laurie has helped Broadway actors, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, financial services executives, and successful creative professionals. Her clients have come from as far away as Kuwait, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, the Netherlands, and South Africa.
Laurie Nadel has been a guest on “Oprah” and dozens of TV and radio programs in the US and Europe. her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Associated Press, Woman’s Day, Investors’ Business Daily, and Cosmopolitan. Upon completing her nonfiction book, Sixth Sense, she returned to graduate school after an absence of some 20 years.
She went on to earn a PhD in psychology from Greenwich University and a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. She has completed specialty post-doctoral certifications at Harvard Medical School’s Institute of Mind-Body Medicine. for ten years, Dr. Laurie traveled to the Amazon, the Andes, and Brazil to study indigenous healing modalities with shamans and curanderas.
Her eclectic approach blends cutting-edge mind-body technology with ancient wisdom.
After September 11, 2001, Laurie Nadel filed a series on the psychological impact of 9/11 for the New York Times Long Island section. In her Manhattan office, she treated hundreds of eyewitnesses to the terrorist attacks who were suffering from flashbacks. At South Nassau Communities Hospital’s WTC Family Center on Long Island, Dr. Nadel directed an innovative program for teenagers and young adults who lost a parent in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. She is a founding member of The Committee to Protect Journalists and has done pro bono counseling with journalists who have been imprisoned and tortured.
In May 2003, she appeared before the Honorable Judge Theodore Fox, US District Court, Southern District, White Plains, NY as an expert witness on the subject of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She is the co-author of Happiness Genes. Her website is www.laurienadel.com.