2017 Presentations

Partial list, more to come!
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Sylvia Burgos Toftness
Bread and Soup: The How’s and Why’s of Making Bone Broth and Baking Sourdough Breads
Bread and soup – a combination that’s sustained cultures worldwide. How and why? Sylvia Burgos Toftness will describe how you can make bone broth in your home kitchen and why it’s absolutely worth the effort. She will also explain how sourdough not only creates great taste but also unlocks nutrients important to family health.
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Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD
Gut and Psychology Syndrome
Dr. Campbell-McBride will be talking about GAP Syndrome or GAPS, which stands for Gut and Psychology/Gut and Physiology Syndrome.   In addition to the well published psychological and neurological disorders, there will be a wealth of information on autoimmune problems, allergies, asthma, eczema, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes type one, chronic cystitis, chronic skin problems and many other physical conditions.  New information on GAPS for those familiar with Dr. Natasha’s work will be presented and discussed.  This seminar is a must for both those learning about GAPS for the first time and those who are already experienced. This seminar contains information used in the recent GAPS Practitioner Certification Courses.
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Ask the Practitioner Panel                                        Friday 8:00-10:00 pm
Tom Cowan, MD, Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Louisa Williams, DC, Kim Schuette, CN and Ronda Nelson, PhD
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Ben Greenfield
Why You’re Not Losing Weight: Fat Loss Frustration & What to Do About It
Are you eating the “perfect diet” but still frustrated by excess adipose tissue and weight gain, or an inability to lose weight? In this presentation from America’s top personal trainer and nutritionist, Ben Greenfield, you’ll discover the truth about how to get the scale moving, change your body composition, improve your aesthetics, and shift your metabolism into fat-burning mode.
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Stefan Hagopian, DO
Chairs, Beds and Footwear – Negotiating Their Pervasive Influence in Our Daily Lives
Sitting may be the leading cause of back pain. While there are ways to mitigate that influence, we should also realize that chairs, beds and footwear are impacting us nearly twenty-four hours per day. Like the wrong chair, our mattresses and shoes can exert biomechanical pressures and strains which affect our joints, internal organs, nerves and vessels.  They can also restrict or divert the normal movement of fluids and energies in so many different places that we rarely connect the symptoms to the underlying causes.
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Chris Knobbe
Macular Degeneration – Preventable and Treatable with an Ancestral Diet?
Could age-related macular degeneration (AMD) be another “disease of Western civilization,” produced by the consumption of processed food-laden diets?  Ophthalmologist and associate clinical professor emeritus, Chris Knobbe, MD, formerly of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will present the hypothesis he has proffered for the cause of AMD, along with a sampling of his group’s supportive research collected from twenty-five nations. Dr. Knobbe will also review pertinent existing dietary research that supports the hypothesis as well as plausible biological mechanisms whereby toxic, nutrient-deficient, processed foods may produce this potentially blinding disease.
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Kiran Krishnan
Forget What You Know About Probiotic – A Paradigm Shift
A presentation on the most up-to-date understanding of the human microbiome, its origin, development, form and function as it relates to human health and wellness. An overview on the different strategies in probiotic therapy and an introduction into the role of commensal spore based probiotics. The presentation will also cover how a probiotic can protect its host by resolving a major disease driver, leaky gut.You are more bacteria than you are human with 10 trillion human cells outnumbered by over 100 trillion bacteria cells in and on your body. The human genome contributes just 1% genetic material to daily metabolic function compared to the 99% that is contributed by the microbiome. Understanding the form and function of the human microbiome is critical to understanding the human condition and the etiology of most common illnesses.
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Karen Lyke, MS, CCN, DSc, CGP
The HPA (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal) Axis: An Introduction to the Major Hormones which Operate and Maintain the Body
This introduction to hormones will cover the glands of the HPA (Hypothalamus – Pituitary – Adrenal) axis, their associated hormones and overall roles in maintaining day to day balance along with moderating changes as we go through life. Their interactions with the thyroid, pancreas and reproductive organs will be discussed as well as will the use of nutrient-dense foods to optimize their function. It should come as no surprise to Weston A. Price fans that traditional animal fats provide crucial support here.
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Ronda Nelson, PhD
Nourishing Your Thyroid: The 7 Key Principles for Optimizing Thyroid Health
Part I:         Understanding How Your Thyroid Works
Thyroid dysfunctions are not as complicated as you might think. During this 2-hour session, Dr. Ronda Nelson will explore the unique physiology of the thyroid gland and its relationship with the other primary endocrine glands. Discussion will include a review of the four most common thyroid disorders and how they can be supported using a very common-sense approach.
Part II:         Bridging the Nutritional Gap
As with any endocrine gland, the thyroid requires certain nutrients to function. Learn which nutrients are the most crucial for optimal thyroid health, which foods should best be avoided (and it’s not cruciferous veggies!) and how you can create a customized diet that is thyroid-healthy!
Part III:     Proper Testing, Support and General Recommendations
In her final session, Dr. Nelson discusses which blood tests are most important for a thorough evaluation of the thyroid and what kinds of herbal or nutritional support may be needed to restore optimal function. She will also discuss thyroid-healthy lifestyle habits that can make the difference between having to live with fatigue, anxiety, and weight gain vs. having an energetic, vibrant lifestyle that makes each day better than the one before!
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Laura Schoenfeld,MPH, RD
STRESS PROOF: Creating a Diet and Lifestyle To Recover From “Adrenal Fatigue” or HPA-D
Part I: Defining “Stress” and the 4 Main Triggers of Adrenal Fatigue (HPA-D)
Part II: How Diet and Exercise Help (or Harm) Your HPA Axis Function
Part III: Supplements, Sleep, and Stress Management for Promoting A Healthy HPA-AxisStress is one of the biggest contributors to chronic health issues and poor quality of life. Did you know that your diet and lifestyle can play a huge role in how your body responds to stress? After working one-on-one with hundreds of clients, Laura Schoenfeld, MPH, RD has found that under-eating, overly restrictive dieting, inappropriate exercise, and inadequate attention to sleep and stress management is rampant in patients who are hoping to solve their health concerns through functional medicine and real food. In this seminar, Laura will teach you the five most important lifestyle factors that will influence the way your body responds to stress, maximize your energy and mental wellbeing, and improve your body’s ability to heal itself from chronic conditions.
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Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Everything You Wanted to Know About Glyphosate but Were Afraid to Ask
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, the most popular herbicide in agriculture due to its perceived non-toxicity.  My research over the past several years has revealed that, contrary to claims, glyphosate is insidiously, cumulatively toxic to humans and to all life on earth. Furthermore, it works synergistically with toxic metals and other toxic chemicals to increase their ability to cause harm. This presentation will be divided into three sections as follows (1) description of the methylation and transsulfuration pathways and the ways in which glyphosate disrupts these; (2) glyphosate contamination in vaccines and the mechanisms by which glyphosate induces autoimmune and neurological diseases; and (3) an expose of the microcephaly epidemic in NE Brazil as one of the best models for how a complex interplay of toxic chemicals is ruining our health.  I will conclude with some suggestions for
how to safeguard your family.
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Donald K. Weber, DC
The Eight Critical Systems
There are the eight “critical” systems including the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, spinal fluid, cranial/spinal pump, nervous, cellular, and lymphatic systems. And the other nine systems are the immune, endocrine, integumentary (skin), musculoskeletal, muscular, reproductive, skeletal, colon, and urinary systems which will only work properly if ALL of the eight “critical” systems are working together. It seems that everyone has pieces of the puzzle, However, until now no one has put all eight of the “critical” pieces of the puzzle together into one perfectly functioning unit “necessary for “optimum health.”
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Cilla Whatcott, PhD, HD, RHom, CCH
Real Immunity: Educate the Immune System Using Homeoprophylaxis
Homeoprophylaxis, also called HP, is a natural, non-toxic method for disease prevention. Learn how HP educates the immune system, supports healthy development, promotes robust long-term health and engenders a harmonious relationship between humans, bacteria and viruses.  HP is the perfect solution for those seeking an alternative.
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Louisa Williams, MS, DC, ND
Exercise Tips from an Exercise Dropout! The Benefits of Active Stretching, Interval Training, and CBD Oil
In this dynamic presentation, the neuromuscular pitfalls of various popular exercise regimens such as yoga and aerobic classes will be discussed as well as demonstrated on participant volunteers. This talk will specifically address the physiological and hormonal benefits of active versus passive stretching, and interval training over boot camp aerobic classes. Additionally, the muscle toning and strengthening effects of CBD oil will be described and demonstrated. Further, the neuromuscular and psychological benefits that CBD oil engender will be addressed, and can help explain why individuals in this more positive state of mind are inclined to exercise more frequently, experience faster recovery time, and have reduced soreness post-exercise.
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Lindsea Willon
Tone Your Hormones: How Exercise Affects Insulin Resistance & Inflammation
Current estimates show that one in three people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Insulin resistance and diabetes are serious conditions with painful, costly and deadly side effects. In this presentation, nutritionist Lindsea Willon will provide you with an illuminating discussion of how insulin resistance develops, with a special focus on inflammation. With an eye on recovery, she will detail how diet and nutritional therapy can support healthy blood sugar regulation, as well as discuss recent findings on the effects of exercise training on inflammation and insulin resistance.