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"You are What you Eat and you Become What you Think."
Naturopath and nurse Roni DeLuz was born on February 4, 1955 in Greenville, North Carolina to Lola Mae Connor Johnson and Jimmy Johnson. She received her B.S. degree in nursing in 1978 from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and her Ph.D. degree in natural health in 1995 from the Clayton College of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama.
DeLuz began her career in health care as a nurse supervisor at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she specialized in rare syndromes. She then worked as director of nursing at Regis Multi-Health Center for two years, both in New Haven, Connecticut. DeLuz went on to work as a nurse supervisor at Kaiser Permanente and Windemere before founding Singh Care Homes, a provider of long-term care facilities for children and adults in Thousand Oaks, California in 1980. There, she began developing programs for patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders, and weight problems, as well as therapeutic programs for debilitated children and adults. In 1997, DeLuz founded the Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat and Wellness Spa, where she treats chronically ill patients by combining integral wellness and traditional naturopathy principles.
DeLuz is the author of 21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox (2007) and 1 Pound a Day: The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox and Plan for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating (2013). She has been featured on Larry King Live, The View, Fox and Friends, The Howard Stern Show, Steve Harvey, The Wendy Williams Show, HBO’s Inside the NFL, Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, and the E! Channel; and in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Woman’s World, and First for Women.
DeLuz is a member of the Coalition for Natural Health, American Naturopathic Medical Association, International Association for Colon Therapy, and American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She was secretary of the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP from 2002 to 2010 and served as a board member of the League of Women Voters.
DeLuz was inducted into the Richard C. Lee High School Hall of Fame in 2021.
DeLuz and her husband, Maurice Singleton III, live on Martha’s Vineyard. She has two children, Whitney Singh and Toron DeLuz.
Roni DeLuz was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 21, 2022.