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.

James Bieneman, DDS
Pediatric Facial Growth and Development
Families are frequently told that their child’s face was genetically programed to grow the way that it did.  This is a myth. Mouth breathing, tongue ties, poor quality diets and so many other factors influence how a child’s face grows and develops. When children have proper oral habits and a healthy lifestyle in which to develop, they can achieve the proper facial growth that they need.

Throughout this presentation, we will explore how the child’s face is supposed to develop and many of the factors that can lead to unfavorable growth such as tongue ties, mouth breathing and poor oral rest posture. The role of the tongue in the development of the face will be explored with an explanation for how myofunctional therapy can correct poor oral rest posture.

When unfavorable growth is identified in children it must be corrected for the long-term health of their airway, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), as well as to preserve all permanent teeth. There are several orthodontic techniques that can be employed to correct undesirable growth that is happening; however, there are just as many orthodontic techniques that are either ineffective or have the potential to cause harm. Done improperly, orthodontics can lead to an increase in long term health problems such as obstructive sleep apnea and temporomandibular disorder. Join us, as we explore how to ensure proper development for our children and how to avoid the pitfalls that can negatively influence growth and long-term health.

Bradley & Dana Bleasdale
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Raw Milk
Dana Bleasdale will present a short history of their experience with government officials during an investigation of their raw milk. Their successful outcome offers hope, empowerment and tips for both raw milk consumers and farmers.

Brad Bleasdale will be examining the relationship between individual liberty and personal safety, specifically around the  claim “there’s no such thing as safe raw milk”.  Whose responsibility is food safety?  As our rights get trampled on, who is really to blame? Prepare to be challenged!

Elaine Boland
A Mother’s Journey Fighting for Her Daughter’s Health
“Good, better, best” is a motto Elaine Boland has put into practice as she traveled the road of improving her family’s healthy habits for daily living. She knows firsthand how overwhelming and challenging life can get when trying to change how you eat especially when trying to implement the diets and foods from books like Nourishing Traditions, Gut And Psychology SyndromeThe Paleo Approach, or The Paleo Solution. Each of those books and their authors are just oozing with knowledge and real-life solutions to implement; but where to start? Follow along to hear her journey in farming, cooking and more. Gain tips on beginning a successful journey yourself.


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.

Ask the Practitioner Panel
We are excited to offer a panel of four highly qualified practitioners and our moderator, Sally Fallon Morell. The panel includes Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Tom Cowan, MD, Julia Ross, MA, and Pam Schoenfeld, RD. First each practitioner will briefly describe his/her treatment philosophy. Next, the moderator will read questions from the audience regarding treatments for various illnesses as well as how food is incorporated into treatments. Questions should be of a general nature; this is not a place for individual medical advice or your personal medical history. Paper will be provided for writing questions.

George Carlo
Generation Zapped Film Screening followed by Q&A with expert George Carlo
Like cigarettes and the toxic chemicals before it, emerging science is revealing the troubling reality that some people may suffer health problems from radiation emitted by wireless devices.

We meet four people who are struggling with a variety of illnesses from wireless radiation–a breast cancer survivor who had carried her cell phone in her bra, a long-term cell phone user with brain cancer, and a fit, seemingly healthy couple with neurological problems now identified as being linked to wireless data transmission radiation.

Scientists, health researchers, physicians and other experts document the links and concerns about this technology.  The multi-billion-dollar telecommunications industry goes to great lengths to lobby congress, influence policy-makers, and dispute any scientific data correlating wireless technology to potential health risks, which is reminiscent of the lead, asbestos and tobacco industries before them.

GENERATION ZAPPED is a powerfully moving and thought-provoking documentary, daring to shine light on this invisible inconvenience, and empowers audiences to understand how to reduce their exposure to protect themselves and their families. https://generationzapped.com/

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
Making Meat Stock and Bone Broth with Ease
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.

Ask the Practitioner Panel
We are excited to offer a panel of four highly qualified practitioners and our moderator, Sally Fallon Morell. The panel includes Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Tom Cowan, MD, Julia Ross, MA, and Pam Schoenfeld, RD. First each practitioner will briefly describe his/her treatment philosophy. Next, the moderator will read questions from the audience regarding treatments for various illnesses as well as how food is incorporated into treatments. Questions should be of a general nature; this is not a place for individual medical advice or your personal medical history. Paper will be provided for writing questions.

Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D. and Norman LeMoine
Radiant Life Company
IT’S TIME TO RE-THINK YOUR WATER! Solutions that Provide Your Family with Safe, Clean and Great Tasting Water Throughout Your Home

Water is an important part of our health and we all know the importance of providing our family with safe, clean drinking water.  Yet hundreds of toxic chemicals have been found in our drinking water.  These contaminants enter our rivers, lakes and streams and ultimately end up in the water supplied to our homes. The good news is that solutions exist for removing these toxic contaminants from your incoming water supply. During this presentation we will describe whole house water filtration systems that provide clean, filtered water throughout your entire house along with counter top and under counter filtration systems for filtering your drinking water.

Finally, for those looking to have absolutely pristine drinking water, we will describe water purification systems which incorporate technologies to purify, restructure and remineralize your drinking water to create water as close to the way nature intended it to be.

So please join us for an informative discussion of water filtration and purification systems available for providing your family with safe, clean water throughout your home.

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
Healthy foods can be both nutritious and delicious. This class will focus on classic comfort foods to convince the most recalcitrant family members that the Wise Traditions diet is the way to go. We’ll prepare spicy beef and chicken liver meatloaf, crispy fried chicken (fried in lard) and delicious pulled pork enchiladas. Mashed potatoes, corn cooked in butter, lightly steamed vegetables with butter and salt, salads and salad dressing, plus naturally sweetened desserts round out the menu. Click here to see the Comfort Food menu & recipes.

Ask the Practitioner Panel
We are excited to offer a panel of three highly qualified practitioners and our moderator, Sally Fallon Morell. The panel includes Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Tom Cowan, MD and Pam Schoenfeld, RD. First each practitioner will briefly describe his/her treatment philosophy. Next, the moderator will read questions from the audience regarding treatments for various illnesses as well as how food is incorporated into treatments. Questions should be of a general nature; this is not a place for individual medical advice or your personal medical history. Paper will be provided for writing questions.

Martin Grootveld, BSc, PhD
New NMR techniques to Analyze Vegetable Oils and Fish Oils
Exposure of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)-rich culinary oils (COs) to high temperature frying practices generates very high concentrations of cytotoxic and genotoxic lipid oxidation products (LOPs) therein via oxygen-fueled, recycling peroxidative bursts. These toxins, including aldehydes and epoxy fatty acids, penetrate into and are ‘carried’ by foods fried in such media, and hence are available for human ingestion, which poses a range of potential chronic health hazards. Therefore, previous reports that PUFA-laden oils are ‘health-friendly’ or ‘safe’ for human consumption when used for frying purposes may indeed be erroneous and inaccurate, since they fail to consider the phalanx of public health threats presented by the formation and dietary ingestion of such LOPs. Since consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the nutritional and health facets of foods available, such considerations are of paramount public health importance. Future clinical feeding trials or epidemiological investigations focused on explorations of relationships between the incidence and/or severity of chronic non-communicable human diseases (NCDs), such as coronary heart diseases (CHDs) and cancer, and the frequency and level of dietary LOP intake, are therefore urgently required. Similarly, strategies for limiting the amounts of these agents available in the human diet should be further developed and optimized.

Applications of High-Resolution NMR Analysis to Explore the Quality, Authenticity and Potential Health Benefits of Culinary Oils
In this presentation the advantages offered by NMR spectroscopy to the analysis of marine and other edible oils will be outlined, particularly the ability of this technique to simultaneously detect and monitor the contents of hundreds of molecules simultaneously (different classes of fatty acids, acylglycerols, hydrolysis products, antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin A, lipid oxidation products, epoxyacids, cholesterol and health-friendly sterols and stanols, etc.). The applications of NMR-linked multivariate analysis strategies to determine the quality, authenticity and possible health benefits of such oils will also be discussed.

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 Kittredge
Principles of Biological Systems-Crop production for Nutrient Density
This full day seminar will start with the environmental conditions and dynamics by which plants have evolved to flourish. We will then spend as much of the day as possible discussing principles and practical steps to implement them to maximize plant health, pest and disease resistance, yield and crop nutrient density. Topics will include, soil testing and mineral balancing, cover cropping, mulching, inoculation, irrigation and hydration, tillage, plant early childhood development, in season monitoring and management, and the role of intention. Expect an interactive presentation. bring your questions and struggles, and be prepared to take notes.

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
Wisdom Teeth: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
A clinical and evolutionary perspective to preserving wisdom teeth and/or indications for removal following biological protocols.

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
The Fox in the Madhouse: Metals, Medicine and the Return of Autism
Come listen to Forrest Maready, host of “My Incredible Opinion” and author of  Crooked: Man-Made Disease Explained: The Incredible Story of Metal, Microbes, and Medicine–Hidden Within our Faces and The Moth in the Iron Lung, tell the improbable story of how and why autism first appeared and disappeared one hundred years ago, only to re-emerge 50 years later in a form that would affect more people and baffle more doctors than any illness in history. With this information, you will gain a deep understanding beyond autism into the specific way metals can affect our neurological and immunological health.

Chris Masterjohn, PhD
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
Become Oxalate Savvy for Better Health
Few people are aware of oxalate and the fact that eating too much of it can erode the function of your digestive tract, kidneys, glands, nerves and connective tissues. In this session you will learn how oxalate creates metabolic mayhem, poisoned terrain and frustration. Someone with oxalate-related problems might have problems with reflux, diarrhea, indigestion, leaky gut, tooth pain, tarter, joint pain, headaches, sinus infections, yeast infections, joint pain, back pain, sleep problems, irritable bladder, kidney stones, osteoporosis, thyroid function, autoimmune disease, aging skin and much more.

Today, it’s easy to over eat oxalate, get into serious health trouble as a result, and never make the connection with your diet. Learn how to harness the therapeutic power of dietary oxalate avoidance. (You can spare your unsuspecting family from dangerous food-fads without a radical shift in your lifestyle.) This talk includes amazing visuals. And, you’ll be in good hands with this engaging speaker. Learn this essential, health-saving information.


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.

Matt Rales
Grazing for Nature: Creating Real Ecological Wealth Using Animals
Matt Rales will talk about the ways that we can use livestock to mitigate real world ecological degradation by managing them to increase overall biodiversity. We will explore examples in Virginia and other parts of the world. The answer lies in the clues about ancient ecosystems that existed before agriculture. Matt will also cover the ways that we can grass-finish our cattle and produce 100% grass-fed beef with an abundance of nutrient dense fat within this ecological context.


Bruce Rind, MD
Breast Thermography: Beyond Early Detection
Breast thermography is very different from mammography and other imaging methods where one can only image what already exists, i.e., ‘structural’. Breast thermography enables us to do a ‘functional’ assessment that helps assess the current state of health, risk and likely presence of cancer in the breast. Thus, women can be empowered to take steps during the preventive phase of breast health and often assess the presence of tumors which are too small to be seen by the usual imaging modalities since thermography is not looking for the physical tumor. Instead, thermography finds physiologic signs that indicate the likely presence of a tumor or the presence of high risk. If high risk is detected, then we have the opportunity to take steps to improve breast health and reduce the risk. The improvement or, in some cases, worsening can typically be seen in the thermographic image.

Julia Ross, MA
Neuro-Nutrition and Our Epidemics of Addiction, Insomnia and Overstress

Julia Ross will present an all-day seminar which will be divided into the following three parts:

  1. The Craving Cure: The Nutrients That Free the Brain from Techno-Foodz, Opiates, the Internet, and other 21st-Century addictors.
  2. The Buddha was Not a Vegan: How Dietary Trends Since the 1970s have Promoted Our Epidemics of Obesity and Degenerative Disease
  3. Resurrecting Rest: Restoring Traditional Sleep and Our Native Capacity to Triumph Over Stress

Ask the Practitioner Panel

We are excited to offer a panel of four highly qualified practitioners and our moderator, Sally Fallon Morell. The panel includes Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Tom Cowan, MD, Julia Ross, MA, and Pam Schoenfeld, RD. First each practitioner will briefly describe his/her treatment philosophy. Next, the moderator will read questions from the audience regarding treatments for various illnesses as well as how food is incorporated into treatments. Questions should be of a general nature; this is not a place for individual medical advice or your personal medical history. Paper will be provided for writing questions.


Marianne Rothschild, MD
The Rhythm of Digestion
We cannot fully benefit from good nutrition without a properly functioning digestive system. Dr. Marianne Rothschild will discuss in detail the key components involved in digestion. She will review common digestive malfunctions such as IBS, gall bladder problems, leaky gut, food sensitivities and candida. Attendants will learn how to discern particular problems and ways to resolve them. A question and answer period will be included.

Will Schlinsog, DC
Vitamin K2 MK-4 (Activator X): For the Treatment and Prevention of Physical Degeneration
Dr. Will Schlinsog will be sharing the latest news and research about Walkabout emu oil, the highest food source of naturally occurring vitamin K2 MK-4, Dr. Price’s Activator X.

Pam Schoenfeld, RD
Ask the Practitioner Panel participant
We are excited to offer a panel of four highly qualified practitioners and our moderator, Sally Fallon Morell. The panel includes Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Tom Cowan, MD, Julia Ross, MA, and Pam Schoenfeld, RD. First each practitioner will briefly describe his/her treatment philosophy. Next, the moderator will read questions from the audience regarding treatments for various illnesses as well as how food is incorporated into treatments. Questions should be of a general nature; this is not a place for individual medical advice or your personal medical history. Paper will be provided for writing questions.

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
This talk will give a brief overview of the centuries-old debate in life sciences over mechanism vs vitalism. The impacts of this debate on society’s views of nature will be examined, as well as on medicine and agriculture. A historical case from the 1930s, Wilhelm Reich’s bion experiments, will provide a modern window into implications of this controversy for biology and medicine today.

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: A Practical Guide to Achieving Your Ideal Diet
If you’ve ever wanted to start eating healthier, but are overwhelmed with where to begin or how to make it work for your family and budget, this is the talk for you. In this presentation, nutritionist Lindsea Willon will discuss the “why” of making this dietary shift, but will focus most on the “how,” detailing a realistic, practical guide for evolving your current diet to incorporate Weston A. Price teachings and traditional foods. The goal is to not only leave this presentation feeling inspired to make a change, but to leave empowered to start down that path first thing Monday morning.

Will Winter, DVM
The Fourfold Path to Making 100% Grass-fed Milk
Feeding dairy cattle any kind of grain in order to make milk is just as wrong as feeding grain to beef cattle. Milk from grain-fed animals just plain comes out wrong. Even small amounts of grain will mess things up. Right now, the only two varieties of milk that are selling profitably are 100% grass milk and A2 milk. Everything else in the dairy market, especially organic milk production, is going backwards. For a variety of reasons, and for the first time in history, organic milk sales are actually dwindling. The big distributors will lose over $200 million this year alone. It won’t improve. On the other hand, the demand for 100% grass-fed milk, just like the demand for 100% grass-fed meat, is skyrocketing.  Making grass-milk enables small dairies to create a delicious, wholesome milk that the mega-dairies will never be able to match. It’s very profitable as well. There are four major steps to graduating your dairy to 100% grass milk production. Anyone who is willing to follow these basic guidelines will soon be on the road to making perfect milk! Here’s how to go against the grain!


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.