2018 Presentations

Sandeep Agarwal
Cooking with Spices and Herbs
Indian curry is a delicious sauce that is freshly made by sautéing onion, garlic, ginger, chili, dried spices and fresh herbs in ghee or another fat or oil. Cooking with fats allow the medicinal value of the spices and herbs to become bio-available. This sauce is then used with vegetables, grains, or meats to make the final dish. During the process of making this curry sauce, your kitchen will be filled with a lovely aroma, and this helps to kick off your digestion even before you start eating. In this class, you will learn how to make your own curry sauce as well as a curry spice blend. You will also learn about the medicinal benefits of the many herbs and spices that are included in the curry sauce and curry spice blend.

Hilary Andrews, ND
Successful Strategies for Treating and Preventing the Flu
This presentation will look at the seasonal flu and ways to prevent and treat it. Strengthening the immune system and supporting whole-body health are vital components of flu prevention and speedy recovery strategies. We will discuss scientifically proven ways both to prevent and treat the flu using nutrition, herbal medicines and homeopathy.

Amy Berger
Nourish Your Neurons: A Nutritional Strategy to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
Few illnesses are as frightening and feared as Alzheimer’s disease. It seems to strike indiscriminately, and conventional medicine has nothing to offer beyond medications that are ineffective for slowing or stopping disease progression. The scientific literature is replete with research referring to Alzheimer’s disease as “type 3 diabetes” or “brain insulin resistance,” owing to the pivotal role of impaired glucose metabolism and insulin signaling in the brain. This talk will explore the concept of Alzheimer’s as a metabolic condition, with a metabolic solution — one based on providing struggling neurons with a powerful alternative fuel source: ketones. This can be accomplished by following a low-carbohydrate, nutrient-dense diet containing nourishing traditional fats and good quality proteins and vegetables. Berger will cover genetic factors related to risk for Alzheimer’s and the failure of the pharmaceutical paradigm. She will provide a blueprint for a dietary and lifestyle strategy to attack this illness at its fundamental origins.

Bradley & Dana Bleasdale
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Raw Milk

Hilary Boynton
The Lunch Lady: Disrupting the Trend of Chronic Illness in the Next Generation

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.

Vegetarianism Explained
Plant-based life styles are becoming popular. Is there a problem with that? Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride will be talking about the value of plant foods versus animal foods and what people should know before making a decision to become a vegetarian or a vegan.

Paul & Ellen Connett
Fluoride Can Damage the Brain and Has the Potential to Lower the Intelligence of Children
The talk will summarize the evidence of fluoride’s neurotoxicity. There have been over 300 cellular, animal and human epidemiological studies that indicate that fluoride can damage the brain. This includes fifty studies that have found an association between lowered IQ and exposure to fluoride conducted in several countries (China, India, Iran and Mexico). We will give details of some of these studies and in particular the latest study published in 2017 by Bashash et al. This is the most rigorous to date and was funded by U.S. government agencies (NIH, EPA and NIEHS). They found that the most critical period of exposure was during pregnancy. They found a strong association between the mother’s exposure to fluoride (as measured by levels in their urine) and lowered IQ in their children – as measured at 4 years of age and again between 6 and 12-years. Even though this rigorous study was funded by U.S. government agencies they are doing nothing to warn pregnant women to avoid fluoride. We will also give details of the lawsuit our group with others have taken out against the U.S. EPA calling upon them to end the deliberate addition of fluoride to drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substance and Control Act (TSCA).

Monica Corrado, MA, CNC, CGP
Healing Chronic Disease: The Critical Role of Meat Stock and Bone Broth
In this class, teaching chef, WAPF honorary board member and certified GAPS practitioner, Monica will demonstrate how to make these two super foods! Learn the difference between the two–why to make them, how to make them and, most importantly, when to make them on your healing journey.

Rebuilding your Microbiome: Lacto-fermentation for Everyone
All disease begins in the gut! Learn how to ferment just about anything! Repopulate your gut with what Monica calls the “gut good guys”-lacto-bacilli- and reclaim your health!
Tom Cowan, MD
Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Disease
This presentation will offer an overview of the healing nature of fever and childhood illnesses, and the role that intracellular water plays in the healing process.  Then we will look at the tragic consequences of policies designed to thwart these natural processes.

Sabine El Gemayel

Sally Fallon Morell
Introduction to the Work of Weston A. Price         Saturday  9:00-9:30
A brief overview of the work of Dr. Price appropriate for those new to his work and a good refresher for those who are familiar with it.

Seminar on Traditional Diets                 Saturday 9:30-4:30
Traditional Diets Seminar Flyer
Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nourishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy. Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, explains why these are vital factors for maintaining good health today. Beginning with a presentation of Dr. Weston Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, Ms. Fallon Morell explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets, which conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations. Then she presents a step-by-step plan to put nourishing traditional foods—foods that your family will actually eat—back into your diet, including easy break¬fast cereals, soups, sauces, snack foods, high-enzyme condiments and soft drinks that are actually good for you.Learn about:
• Butter, the number one health food;
• The vital role of high-cholesterol foods;
• Why lowfat and vegan diets don’t work;
• The amazing powers of raw whole milk from pasture-fed cows;
• The dangers of modern soy foods and soy infant formula;
• The conspiracy to promote vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats;
• Foods that help babies grow up smart and strong;
• Old-fashioned foods that give limitless energy and vibrant health; and,
• The unfortunate consequences of modern farming methods.
This seminar is highly recommended for both laymen and health professionals new to the work of the Weston A. Price Foundation and makes an excellent introduction to the main conference speakers.
• Part I: Introduction to the work of Dr. Price and discussion of the underlying characteristics of healthy traditional diets.
• Part II: Fats and oils in traditional diets. Learn about the basics of lipid biochemistry and how to choose good fats and avoid the bad.
• Part III: How to change your diet for the better. Practical advice for busy parents

Comfort Foods Cooking Class                       Friday 9:00-5:00

Linda Isaacs, MD
Cancer, Enzymes, and Diet
Pancreatic proteolytic enzymes have been used in the management of cancer for more than 100 years. The theoretical rationale was described by the embryologist Dr. John Beard, who noted the similarity of cancer cells to the trophoblast, the earliest stage of the placenta in fetal development, and who may have been the first researcher to speculate that cancer originates from stem cells. Since Dr. Beard’s time, other practitioners have used pancreatic enzymes to treat cancer, including the orthodontist Dr. William Donald Kelley. Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez investigated Kelley’s results and subsequently he and Dr. Isaacs, using methods based on Kelley’s work, treated patients for more than twenty years. After Dr. Gonzalez’ untimely death in July 2015, she has continued with the work they shared.

The treatment involves diet, which varies from patient to patient and can range from almost exclusively vegetarian to one that includes large amounts of animal protein and fat; individualized nutritional supplement protocols, which include large doses of pancreatic enzymes; and procedures such as coffee enemas that help the body rid itself of metabolic wastes.

In 1999, Dr. Isaacs and Dr. Gonzalez completed a research study in patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer: the results were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrition and Cancer, showing survival well beyond what is described in the medical literature. They also published a series of case reports in the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and co-authored the book The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer.

In her lecture, Isaacs will review the history of the enzyme treatment of cancer, and describe case reports of cancer patients successfully treated with enzymes, dietary modification and detoxification by Dr. Kelley, Dr. Gonzalez or herself.

Anthony Jay, Ph.D.
Cancer Track: Starve Cancer and Heal Your Epigenetics
Only about 10% of cancers are inherited. What’s the dysfunction that 90% of cancers have in common?  Dr. Jay explains the Warburg Effect and how most cancers feed off sugar.  He also simplifies cutting-edge research on cancer epigenetics by defining it, showing how problematic chemicals can change it, and revealing how nutrition can heal it.

Surviving in a Toxic World Track: Insidious Artificial Estrogens: Our Top 10 Hidden Exposures
Male frogs are feminized at 200ng/L of atrazine but 3,000ng/L is legally allowed in our drinking water. Breast cancer is up 250% since 1980 and dressing up NFL players like newborn baby girls isn’t solving the problem. In this exposé of our Top 10 artificial estrogen exposures, Dr. Anthony Jay explains what they are, what they do to our health and how to avoid them. From an insider’s perspective, Dr. Jay also talks scientific spin and bias and the true long-term health ramifications of exposing ourselves to estrogen-mimicking chemicals.

Season Johnson
How to Thrive Through Cancer
I will be talking about how to thrive through cancer using real food, detoxification, essential oils, cleaning up your environment and self care!

Dan Kittridge
Nutrient-Dense Farming

Chris Knobbe, MD
Are the ‘Displacing Foods of Modern Commerce’ the Sole Cause of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65, currently affecting nearly 196 million people worldwide. Nearly one in three adults in the U.S. can expect to develop AMD within their lifetimes. Conventional ophthalmology holds that AMD is caused primarily by aging and genetics, with “environmental factors” as the third factor of least importance.  Approximately 45 to 70% of the disease is currently held to be caused by genetic factors.

In stark contrast to these widely held beliefs, I’ve proffered the hypothesis that it is the ‘displacing foods of modern commerce’ that are the primary and proximate cause of AMD, while genetic factors play a diminutive role. Much evidence, including our published research in the journal Medical Hypotheses, supports this conclusion. In this presentation, not only will our own research be presented, but much evidence will be presented correlating the ‘displacing foods’ to multiple diseases of civilization, including AMD. This evidence will challenge currently held dogma regarding AMD, while implicating the ‘displacing foods’ as the primary factors of this potentially blinding disease. Controversial?  Absolutely.  But if you have any concern for your vision, don’t miss this compelling presentation!

Tedd Koren, DC
The Three Secrets of Healing Oneself and Others, with Demonstrations

Dr. Ted Koren will address what he considers to be the three secrets to healing. These are the things that will enhance your healing ability. He will explain the philosophy of healing – vitalism vs. mechanism. His talk will include explanations and demonstrations on how we all can use the wisdom of the body to discover our needs. He will also teach how to address and release physical, emotional (trauma, addictions, bad habits) and physiological (allergies, dyslexia, learning disorders and more). His technique, Koren Specific Technique, offers ancient healing with a modern face. You will learn how it works, how it can be used and what does it let you discover.

Cancer is Natural, So is the Cure
Dr. Tedd Koren will address the question he has heard, “Why did God create cancer?” He will look at the causes and true cures of cancer and other chronic illness including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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.

Brandon LaGreca, LAc, MAcOM
Living with a Small Bowel Obstruction and SIBO
Anyone who has experienced an abdominal tumor, surgery or trauma understands the chronic pain that can result from obstruction caused by scar tissue. This impairment of gut motility often leads to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Holistic medical practitioner Brandon LaGreca successfully manages both conditions in himself and his patients through diet, exercise, herbal medicine, topical therapies and bodywork. Learn Brandon’s practical and effective natural strategies for living well with these challenges.

Thomas Levy, MD, JD
The Cause of All Disease: A Unified Theory
The free radical theory of aging, first proposed by Harman in the 1950s, basically asserted that oxidative stress generated from normal metabolic processes continually contributed to the aging process by the slow accumulation of oxidative damage to biomolecules. The unified theory on the cause of all disease expands on this concept, asserting that all diseases come from combinations of increased oxidative stress in different tissues and areas of the body.

This presentation asserts that all damage from all toxins is due to the oxidation of biomolecules. Furthermore, the case will be made that the only clinical differences resulting from the exposure to different toxins relates to a number of their varying chemical characteristics. Different diseases result from different tissues, organs and areas of the body having greater or lesser degrees of oxidized biomolecules.

Furthermore, the case will be made that infections, often occult and usually found in the oral cavity, are far and away the primary sources of toxins, and that identifying and properly addressing these sources of toxins and oxidative stress can often stop the progress of some chronic degenerative diseases and even occasionally result in various degrees of disease reversal. The importance of maintaining antioxidant reservoirs in the body to support such a therapeutic approach will also be highlighted.

Carlo Litano, DMD
Keeping the Wisdom Teeth

Mel Litman
Integrative Cancer Treatment:  What is the evidence?
This talk will present a review of the scientific literature on the role of nutrition and supplements in prevention and treatment of cancer–including the controversial use of nutrients, especially antioxidants, in conjunction with conventional treatments. We will also review new developments in targeting the metabolic vulnerability common to most cancers.

Forrest Maready

Chris Masterjohn, PhD
Nutrition for Good Dental Health

Measuring and Managing Nutritional Status Masterclass
While nothing can replace a nutrient-dense traditional diet as a foundation for health, different people have different needs for nutrients, and many people have disordered absorption or metabolism as a result of genetics or disease. Optimizing nutrition therefore requires recognizing the signs and symptoms of deficiency, using bloodwork and other testing to assess nutritional status, developing strategies to manage nutritional status, and using tests to monitor the results. This class teaches each of these skills, reviews some cases, and offers ample time for questions and discussion.

Leigh Merinoff
Inspiring Children Back onto the Farm
So many kids leave Vermont, turning away from the country and the farm life. Is there a way to coax kids back to love the land, to want to make a life there? At Meadows Bee Farm, we have started the Young Farmers Badge Program where kids are rewarded with colorful badges. These are much harder to earn than you might think and the more we press the kids the more they like it. Along the way we teach nutrition–WAP style, agroecology, permaculture, crafts and how to raise all sorts of farm animals.

My talk will explore our adventures in trying to turn kids and others back onto the land so that they might create a life in regenerative agriculture and most certainly will know what real food is and where it comes from. Spend some time with us as we explore our farm and its programs.

Tom Naughton
Keynote – Diet, Health and the Wisdom of Crowds
For most of human history, dietary advice was based on the wisdom gained from thousands of generations of experience. A generation ago, that wisdom was replaced with what author and economist Thomas Sowell calls “the vision of the anointed.” This talk explains how “the anointed” think and how they impose their grand plans on the rest of us–usually making small problems much worse in the process. Fortunately, the wisdom of crowds is re-emerging and beginning to crowd out “the vision of the anointed.”

Ronda Nelson, PhD
A Holistic Approach to Optimal Thyroid Health
Thyroid dysfunctions have become a significant health issue in recent years, fueled by a variety of factors that have the ability to turn a vibrant life into one that bears no resemblance to its former self. During this information-packed seminar, Dr. Ronda Nelson highlights the key ingredients for maintaining a healthy thyroid using a purely holistic approach. Her humor and frank candor make this seminar both entertaining and practical, one you won’t want to miss!

Sally Norton
Oxalate: A Hidden Cause of GI Problems, Pain, Autoimmunity and Much More

Elizabeth Plourde, C.L.S., NCMP, Ph.D.
Aging Gracefully Track — Hormone Health & Hysterectomy Options
There are many important functions the uterus and ovaries perform throughout a woman’s life.  Even AFTER menopause!  The female reproductive organs provide essential-to-live chemicals and hormones throughout a woman’s ENTIRE life.  The information provided will outline what these lifegiving organs produce at all stages of life.  Participants of all ages, including the men who care for women, will gain a better understanding as to how to improve their long-term health, maintain the quality of their lives, and experience fewer medical problems or complications.  The sooner you learn how your body works—the sooner you can take charge of your health, the better you will live your life, improve your quality-of-life, live a life with greater dignity, and age gracefully.

Dr. Plourde combines her expertise as a NAMs Certified Menopause Practitioner with her own personal experiences to create a healthful presentation.  She provides many common-sense answers to health problems that have not been well managed by the medical community.

Surviving in a Toxic World Track—Sunscreen & EMR (Electromagnetic Radiation)—Unrecognized Hazards
We have been sold on the idea that we can have better living through chemistry (sunscreens) and wireless EMR technology (electromagnetic radiation devices; i.e., cell phones; Wi-Fi, and computers, iPADs, etc.). Unfortunately, these new innovations have been massively introduced into our lives and accepted into our environments without being sufficiently studied as to their effect on our living bodies. Now after decades of use, 1000s of scientific studies show both of these “must have products” have tremendous detrimental impacts on our entire body. This presentation will highlight how these two new innovations are harming our health individually and together. Most importantly, it includes the steps that can be taken today to comfortably reduce your and your family’s exposures; and which foods are the natural medicines that protect us from both solar and EMF radiations. We must do as much as we can to protect our health and the health of our families from these powerful and harmful toxic pollutants. After having compiled extensive research and written books on both, Dr. Plourde believes these two pollutants may be major reasons for many of the unexplained illnesses and the declining health people are experiencing.

Fall 2018 Wise Traditions Journal — Be sure to read Dr. Plourde’s latest research findings regarding sunscreens, as it continues to confirm and validate the concerns that led to her journey to embark on this research. As a menopause practitioner, on the surface, sunscreens appeared to be outside her field of expertise. However, her skills as a hormone specialist were required to do the research as sunscreens are potent anti-testosterones and estrogenic compounds, which are why our children are being so severely affected by these conflicting compounds. This presentation is guaranteed to leave you wide-eyed with information that is imperative to protect your family’s long-term health.

Forrest Pritchard

Matt Rales

Bruce Rind, MD

Julie Ristau

Julia Ross, MA
The Craving Cure

Marianne Rothschild, MD
The Rhythm of Digestion

Pam Schoenfeld, RD
Ask the Practitioner Panel participant

Kim Schuette, CN
Ask the Practitioner Panel participant

Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Glyphosate—The Most Dangerous Chemical We are Being Exposed To
Glyphosate is by far the most used herbicide on the planet, and it is a contaminant not only in our food but also in our water, vaccines, cotton products like tampons and sterile gauze, and probably some drugs and supplements. I believe glyphosate (in the herbicide Roundup) is the most dangerous chemical we are being exposed to today, due to its pervasiveness and careless handling because of its falsely perceived nontoxicity to humans. In this talk, I will reveal some of my latest findings in my continuing investigations into the remarkable mechanisms of toxicity of this chemical. I will develop the argument that glyphosate disrupts innate immunity, leading to either autoimmune disease as the adaptive immune system kicks in, or vulnerability to severe infection due to immune deficiency. I will also show how glyphosate can cause neurological diseases, including autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and depression, mainly through its action as a glycine analogue and its ability to bind toxic metals such as aluminum.

Glyphosate likely makes children much more susceptible to vaccine injury, both through synergistic toxicity and through direct contamination in the vaccines. I will also link glyphosate to the epidemic in bone and joint pain and the resulting abuse of opioid drugs. I will review the growing body of evidence that glyphosate gains much of its insidious cumulative toxicity through its ability to substitute by mistake for the coding amino acid glycine during protein synthesis. Finally, I will describe various ways to detox glyphosate and regain health.

James Strick, PhD
The History of the Mechanism-Vitalism Controversy and the Biological Work of Wilhelm Reich

Kim Thompson, RYT
Gentle Movement
Release Neck and Shoulder Tension

Gentle Movement                                              
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
How to Sit Comfortably
Good sitting alignment leaves you physically relaxed, mentally alert, and able to engage with the world around you. We’ll take a look at the role of the feet, knees, hips, spine, and shoulders for sitting postures that are simultaneously dynamic and restful.

Gentle Movement
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension
Learn simple and effective techniques you can do anytime, anywhere to release tight muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders.

Gentle Movement
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
Release Low Back Tension
The pelvis can go out of alignment in three basic ways. Learn techniques to bring it back into balance and relieve stress in the low back and hips.

Louisa L. Williams, MS, DC, ND
Safe and Effective Mercury Amalgam Detoxification
How to Treat Both the Acute Flames and the Chronic Smoldering Embers
Due to the clear correlation between mercury and Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases, it is important to replace amalgam fillings with non-toxic alternatives. But this should be done only when one is healthy enough to excrete this toxic heavy metal from the body effectively utilizing an experienced biological dentist, embodying a nutrient-dense Wise Traditions diet, and adhering to a specific homeopathic and nutritional detoxification protocol. The axiom, “Do it right the first time,” best describes this acute detoxification protocol for mercury amalgam fillings. When patients utilize strong detoxification measures acutely, that is, the day of, and four days after the dental drilling of their mercury fillings, their chances of effective detoxification of this heavy metal is greatly enhanced.

In contrast to this clear-cut “hitting fire with fire” acute protocol, chronic detoxification of mercury toxicity is significantly more challenging. Individuals who did not adequately detoxify at the time of their amalgam removal (as well as those who were injected with vaccines containing thimerosal) are often plagued with the “smoldering embers” of chronic mercury toxicity for years afterwards. When well-meaning doctors and practitioners attempt to use strong detoxification protocols on this population of patients, these embers can be reignited and trigger disturbing symptoms. These so-called “healing reactions” are rarely healing at all, but actually acutely inflaming and ultimately depleting to the body. The better choice in the case of chronic mercury intoxication is to employ gentler methods that strengthen the organs of detoxification to do their job more efficiently. In this way stored heavy metals can be released in a manner consistent with the body’s own inherent metabolic pace and capacities. Dr. Williams will describe both of these approaches, and outline the most important treatments appropriate for both acute and chronic detoxification of mercury—the most toxic (non-radioactive) heavy metal on earth.

Lindsea Willon
Making the Transition

Will Winter, DVM

Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac, Dipl.OM
Metabolic Makeovers to Enhance Cancer Outcomes
Over the past century, rapid changes to our environment—including increase in carbohydrate consumption, tens of thousands of new chemicals in, on and around us daily and modern innovations that have turned much of our food resources into a scientific experiment—have put a heavy burden on our metabolic pathways that often lead down disease-centric paths. By empowering through education and awareness, this discussion offers tools and strategies to overcome the odds to help you and yours find optimal health.