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Ton Baars, PhD
Raw milk consumption from a European perspective: state of the art of the latest insights on raw milk studies in relation to asthma, allergies and atopic disorders.
Consumption of raw milk and raw milk products during pregnancy by the mother as well in early life by the child strongly reduces the presence of asthma and allergies in the newborn. Although strict hygienically produced raw milk meant for direct consumption is sold legally in several European countries, scientists and official health bodies advise that raw milk should be avoided by young children, pregnant women and elderly people who have a weakened immune system. This advice is counterproductive and based on the assumption that zero risks exist in life. The answer is to develop analytical methods which differentiate raw milk quality, its bacteriology and its origin.

Ted Beals, MS, MD
Highlights of a Medical Expert’s Support of Fresh Unprocessed Whole Milk
For the last nine years Dr. Beals has supported the movement to enable consumers to secure access to raw milk (fresh unprocessed whole milk) across the US and Canada.  His credentials as a scientist, pathologist, medical school professor and national leader in laboratory medicine have positioned his testimony opposite that of the parade of experts and professional organizations who maintain that milk must be pasteurized to protect the public health. This presentation will highlight the facts he uses as an advocate.

Robert Scott Bell, D.A. Hom.
Health Sovereignty and G.I. Recovery – The Power (and freedom) to Heal is Yours!
How can we restore digestive (gut) integrity  and immunity to those who are damaged by processed foods and modern medicine? Robert Scott Bell will reveal protocols he has used clinically, based on properties revealed in the scientific literature on inflammation reduction, immune modulation and tissue regeneration. Novel, new ways to use whole foods (including bone broths), homeopathy and trace minerals (including silver hydrosol) will be shared. Bring your questions.

Dean Bonlie, DDS
Miracles of Magnetism
You die in a few hours without it! How much and what kind do you need?  How does it affect human tissue?  What happens if you are exposed to much more than you are presently getting from the earth?  Why is the earth’s magnetism good and electromagnetism (EMF’s) bad?  This lecture will answer all these questions and more!  Dr. Bonlie will provide scientific evidence and clinical studies.

Dr. Adriano Borgna LAc
Nutritional Approach to Blood Deficiency (Thyroid Hypo-function)
Good and appropriate nutrition is key to the healing of blood deficiency. Pathology of the blood in Chinese medicine relates to thyroid problems in western medicine: low energy, fatigue, difficulty in concentration, poor memory, low libido, feeling cold, menstrual cramps, fibroids, insomnia, anxiety, depression, sugar cravings, hair thinning/loss, dry skin.  These are some of the typical symptoms of blood deficiency and they are commonly seen in any healthcare office.

By analyzing different cases of blood deficiency and understanding the principles of good nutrition the participants will learn how to treat successfully these very common conditions.
Three clinical cases of blood deficiency with three aspects of nutritional deficiencies will be presented to the audience. Diagnosis and nutritional approach to the condition will follow along with common misconceptions and pitfalls of our modern culture.

David Brownstein, MD
Iodine Deficiency in the 21st Century
This lecture will discuss the scope of iodine deficiency as it relates not only to thyroid illness but to common cancers such as cancer of the breast and the thyroid.  Iodine helps cancer cells to return to normal.  Iodine deficiency may be the underlying cause of the cancer epidemic currently affecting our country.

Joette Calabrese
How to Raise a Drug-Free Family
EEE-OOOOWW!!! Mommy! My ear, my throat!!
Call the doctor? Bundle up the kids and go to the ER? Get out the antibiotics? Wait! There’s a better way. Go to your homeopathy kit and whip out Chamomilla 30.

Take charge of your family’s ills with homeopathy, a proven, scientific, double blind and clinical medical format that millions of mothers worldwide have employed for over 200 years.  Joette will give you her five easy steps to help you keep your family off meds and how to integrate this with WAPF principles. Joette raised her kids this way. She’s even written a book on it and she’ll show you how to raise yours…without drugs.

Gianaclis Caldwell
The Story of Milk – Revered, Repurposed and Repackaged
If you support and love raw milk, then understanding the many challenges and transformation that milk has faced throughout our history will enhance your appreciation and ability to support this product. From essential rural food, distorted and damaged urban product, redesigned and repurposed commodity, to its struggling redemption today, milk is one of the most basic yet also most contentious foods known to man.

Tom Cowan, MD
The Holistic Treatment of Cancer
This is a review of holistic treatments for cancer including diet, supplements and herbs, with an in-depth look at the use of Iscador (mistletoe extract) in successful European treatment protocols. Dr. Cowan will also give an overview of cancer from the perspective of the work of Weston Price. This presentation will include a description of the “true” cause of cancer and explore the shortfalls of conventional diagnosis (including biopsy) and treatment.

Hannah Crum
Kombucha Therapy – Historic & Modern Applications for Healing from Cancer and Disease
Historically, kombucha (fermented tea) has been used to treat all manner of diseases from cancer to candida to AIDS. This talk will explore the historic applications of kombucha as well as the most recent research to understand the mechanisms of how kombucha works to heal the body from disease.

Kaayla Daniel, PhD
The Healing Power of Broth:  The History and Science
A South American proverb claims “Good broth will resurrect the dead.” While that’s a bit of an exaggeration, chicken soup has long enjoyed a reputation as “Jewish penicillin” and healing soups are served to convalescents around the world. In the 19th century gelatin (the chief constituent of broth) was even considered a superfood that could be cheaply manufactured to feed soldiers at war, disaster victims and the poor.  Researchers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries proved its efficacy in healing allergies, asthma, osteoarthritis, IBS, Crohn’s and other inflammatory diseases and disorders.  Today broth is widely used for gut healing as part of the GAPS diet and other protocols used to reverse autism.   Modern scientists have investigated separate components of broth, including collagen, cartilage, hyaluronic acid, and the conditionally essential amino acids glycine, proline and glutamine.  Research by the late John F. Prudden MD, DSci, on the effect of bovine tracheal cartilage on arthritis, autoimmune disorders, wound healing and cancer has been particularly impressive.

Empowering Detoxification:  Why to Do It, How to Do It, and Why to Do It Right Now
Sick and tired of being sick and tired?   Millions of Americans are suffering adverse health effects from low-level, chronic exposure to aluminum, mercury, cadmium, lead and other toxic metals.  Toxic levels of the needed minerals copper, manganese and iron are also causing problems.  Add in exposure to plastics, pesticides, formaldehyde, pharmaceutical drugs and it’s no wonder ill health is epidemic.   Dose, duration, manner of exposure, biochemical individuality, genetic propensity, diet quality and stress levels combine to determine the degree of ill effect.   Sadly, no one living on Planet Earth is immune.  This lecture will cover prevention and healing through diet and lifestyle choices, safe do-it yourself detoxification procedures and the advisability of laboratory assessment and customized detoxification protocols for men, women and children.

Donald R. Davis, PhD
Nutrient Declines Caused by High-Yield Crop Varieties and Intense Cultivation
We will review growing evidence that ongoing increases in crop yields per acre have the unintended consequence of decreasing concentrations of nutrients, especially minerals. The nutrient declines are caused primarily by what is called the “dilution effect.” It occurs whenever a plant can more easily add bulk than it can absorb additional minerals or make extra vitamins and other nutrients. The increased bulk dilutes nutrient concentrations, so we must eat more food and calories to obtain the same nutrients. Agricultural scientists discovered the diluting effect of fertilizers decades ago and frequently cite it, but it is surprisingly unknown to others. Recently, a new kind of dilution effect has been found, a “genetic dilution effect” in which increased yield comes from selective breeding or hybridization. So far it is proven in wheat, corn, and broccoli. High-yield, “green revolution” wheat varieties introduced in the 1960s show 25% to 50% declines in most minerals. Since 1950 broccoli head size and yield have increased, but mineral concentrations have broadly declined. Several studies of historical nutrient content data in vegetables and fruits show median declines of 5% to 40% over about 50 years, affecting about half of studied nutrients (minerals, protein, and vitamins). Further increases in crop yields are widely touted as a means to feed a burgeoning world population, despite nutrient declines and the fact that yield increases are not a genuine solution to excessive population.

Emily Deans, MD
Evolutionary Psychiatry
I will be examining the role of nutrition, parasites, and other differences between our present lives and our evolutionary past.  I will look at how these factors might contribute to the rampant psychopathology in modern, developed nations.

Dina Falconi
Foraging & Feasting: Explore the Culinary Treasures Hidden in Wild Foods
Explore the culinary treasures hidden in wild foods. Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare these ancient foods so you can easily incorporate them into your daily meals. Dina will present slides of botanically accurate illustrations and share delicious, enlightening recipes, while noting how native people used these same plants.

Sally Fallon Morell
Seminar on Traditional Diets
(Friday Track I, all day)
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 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 breakfast 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
  • Vital role of high-cholesterol foods
  • Why lowfat and vegan diets don’t work
  • The magical powers of raw whole milk from pasture-fed cows
  • 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
  • The unfortunate consequences of modern farming methods

This seminar is highly recommended for both laymen and health professionals newly introduced 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 including easy recipes for snacks, soups, breakfasts, desserts and enzyme-enriched beverages and condiments.

Patricia Foreman
How Heritage Chickens Support Nourishing Traditions
There is a back-to-the-land movement and it’s happening in backyards and on small parcels of land across the country. By employing chickens — and their skill sets — in kitchen and production gardens you can produce much of your own vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat. This not only saves on grocery bills, but you are assured that your food is grown in living, clean soils. By using heirloom seeds and heritage chickens, your food will be in lockstep with the principles of Nourishing Traditions. Developing your chicken have-more plan is the most practical way to “Occupy Backyards” and enable local foods, while at the same time have superior nutritional foods to keep you and your family healthy.

Esther Gokhale, LAc
Walk the Talk! Primal Gait for Healthy Living
This talk explores the natural locomotion of our species – the fundamental activity of walking – how it has been adversely altered by modern design and our built environment, and how it may be restored.

In modern industrial societies, families have become geographically dispersed. This has resulted in an absence of cultural support and patterning. The kinesthetic patterns of walking need physical proximity and repeated visual cueing to be acquired. When the ancestral line is broken, the disconnected generation is more likely to be (literally) shaped by the twentieth century developments of mass media culture and mass-produced consumer goods.  After World War I, fashions in clothing and furniture converged to bring about a cultural evolution in the human figure. Traditional standing posture, tall but relaxed, was redefined as stiff and passé, and in the name of comfort and ease the fashions of the day promoted a collapsed spine which resulted in rounded shoulders and a tucked pelvis.

Such modern “adaptations” of a balanced, erect posture throw our structure out of alignment and have a detrimental effect on our movement. People unable to sit or stand well are unlikely to be comfortable walking for any distance and in fact are likely to suffer damage to discs, cartilage, bone and soft tissue. Today 85-90% of the population report back pain. Fortunately, the ancient body-wisdom is still found in non-industrial societies, who report an astoundingly low incidence of back and joint pain (5-7%).

This ancestral heritage has formed the blueprint for a highly successful program of postural reeducation developed by the Gokhale Method Institute. In walking, for example, students are taught how to engage the muscles of their feet effectively, despite the tendency of shoes and flat, man-made surfaces to work against this necessary function. They also learn to engage and synchronize buttock muscle action correctly as they walk, so that walking becomes a series of smooth forward propulsions, rather than scuffs or jarring falls.

Our ancestors would not have hunted so successfully or gathered what they needed for survival using the average modern gait. The Gokhale Method gives us the opportunity to regain our structural health and reconnect with our birthright.

Nicholas Gonzalez, MD
The Gonzalez Regimen:  Success with Advanced Cancer and Other Illnesses
In his talk, Dr. Gonzalez will outline the theoretical and practical aspects of his program.  He will then present detailed case reports of patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses who have been treated successfully with the therapy.

Deborah Gordon, MD
1. Preventing Breast Cancer – Who gets breast cancer and why? What can we learn from our ancestors and our scientists about the causes of breast cancer? Understanding the trends in breast cancer and applying readily available scientific literature, we can make choices that greatly reduce our risks of most kinds of breast cancer. What actions can we take individually and collectively to stem the tide of this modern epidemic?

2. HIIE (High Intensity Interval Exercise) – HIIE has various well-documented health benefits, including better glucose regulation, weight loss, and most importantly, taming of abnormal insulin values. Anything that says “High Intensity” can be approached with a mixture of enthusiasm and caution: we will discuss and demonstrate just how intense we can get, with good intervals of rest, regardless of the condition we bring to the session. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring water and something to wipe off a few beads of sweat. Deborah Gordon will be assisted by her daughter, Anna Rose, certified personal trainer, to inform and assist you in your exploration of HIIE.

Joann Grohman
When you have the cow you have it all
I will show how we can and should position the cow in current American life. She has no adequate substitute. Your cow is a self-renewing source of superior food. I will demolish the currently fashionable notion that cows produce more CO2 than automobiles and pour methane into the atmosphere. We will discuss the unexpected conflation of vegan philosophy with agribusiness monoculture. I will explore the role of raw milk and colostrum in the prevention or relief of many conditions including skin disorders, obesity, C. difficile, arthritis, and the common cold.

I will describe current research on A2 milk, and the importance of raw milk for all mammalian babies. With raw milk from a pastured cow available there is no need to destroy Asian forests for coconut oil or to buy high-priced imported berries for vitamin C. Raw milk has it all. I will counter the specious arguments against milk often employed to dismiss the importance of milk in the diet. A cow is less trouble than a goat and requires less land than you may think.  We will explore the pros and cons of family cows vs. goats and other dairy animals and the practical considerations involved.

Shannon Hayes
Long Way on a Little – Stretching your Grassfed Meat Dollars
As we move toward a more sustainable planet, sound dietary choices that are in harmony with nature and our body’s nutritional demands become imperative…but this just gets harder and harder as folks feel the economic crunch of the current times.  How do we go grassfed and local and still pay our bills?  This program examines the fundamental principles for eating grassfed and pastured meat sustainably and economically, and teaches basic culinary techniques for stretching food dollars.

Carrie Hahn
Don’t Toss the Bones -  Bone Broth is Beautiful
Broth is a valuable source of important nutrients and should be consumed  frequently, if not daily. Used almost universally in traditional cuisines, broth  is an essential aspect of good cooking. When properly prepared, bone broths are  not only economical, they are delicious and extremely nutritious!

Joseph Heckman, PhD
Human Contact with Plants and Soils for Health and Well-Being (Friday 10-12)
Beyond providing food and fiber, the creation of aesthetically pleasing landscapes by farmers and gardeners can have a positive influence on the physiological and psychological health of the viewing public.  Widespread adoption of pasture-based farming systems is one way of providing healthy, green, healing farmscapes.

Practical Steps to Soil Fertility in Organic Farming (Saturday 10:45-12:15)
A fundamental principle of organic farming is to create soil fertility conditions that optimize the biological and physical conditions of soil along with mineral supply, such that crops, animals, and people thrive and resist challenges from pests and disease.  In the organic system, soil fertility is a function of the whole farm biology.

Friday evening, Dr. Heckman will host the discussion which follows the Friday evening screening of Symphony of the Soil. Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems.

Don Huber, PhD
Failed Promises; Flawed Science
Farming is the management of the ecology involving the plant, abiotic, and biotic environments. Glyphosate and genetically engineered crops are common disrupters of all aspects of this ecology.  Dr. Huber’s presentation will discuss the ramifications of these products on mineral nutrition and their impact on soil, crop, animal, and human health.

Anore Jones
Arctic Cuisine, Traditional Inupiat Food Wisdom, Recipes and Technologies
Anore will talk and show slides covering the many healthy and delicious foods available above the Arctic Circle. Most are still enjoyed today as they have been for untold centuries. Key processing techniques will be discussed as well as how perfectly this Arctic Cuisine exemplifies Weston Price’s teachings. These are real-time images of one of the many different indigenous cultures Dr. Price originally studied.

Pete Kennedy, Esq
Legal Developments in Raw Milk Access
Summary of legislation, court cases and other developments in the past year affecting raw milk access for consumers.

C. Andi Locke Mears, MA, CWHE, CHHP, CCH, CN
German New Medicine: Beyond Alternative Medicine
In the early 1980s, Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer made the revolutionary discovery that diseases – from colds to cancer – are not, as assumed, malfunctions or malignancies but in reality significant biological special programs of nature that assist an individual during unexpected emotional distress.
Andi will be presenting Dr. Hamer’s five biological laws that explain the cause, the development, and the natural healing of diseases in the context of the development of the human organism. Firmly anchored in our knowledge of embryology and verified at universities in Europe, German New Medicine is a true natural science that is accurate for all living beings 100% of the time.

Leslie Manookian
Vaccines: What’s in them, what’s the latest science?
Vaccines contain a huge spectrum of potential toxins from preservatives to animal tissues to MSG, antibiotics, preservatives and heavy metals like mercury and aluminum. Recent research has demonstrated that some of these compounds are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, causing autoimmune reactions and death. We’ll discuss the latest research exploring the dangers of aluminum as well as cover the latest science.

Chris Masterjohn, PhD
Beyond cholesterol: Fat-Soluble Vitamins in the Prevention of Heart Disease
Weston Price observed that fat-soluble vitamins were richest in dairy fat during periods when pasture was the most lush and grew the most rapidly, and that heart disease mortality was lowest during these periods. Our understanding of heart disease has made incredible advances since Price’s time, which has made the role of fat-soluble vitamins in preventing heart disease much clearer than Price could have imagined. “Heart disease” is really a group of related but different diseases. The fat-soluble vitamins cooperate to prevent this array of diseases and support a robust state of health in our cardiovascular tissues in many ways that will be discussed in this presentation.

Dr. Richard Maurer
Hypothyroidism: Illness and Illusion – A rational update
Your thyroid hormones regulate your baseline, resting metabolic rate.  There are countless other hormones and compounds responsible for your active metabolism.  The thyroid gland is too often the scapegoat for other metabolic problems.  We will learn about effective and ineffective ways to assess and support your thyroid function.  Come and learn about your thyroid activity and how it can relate to your health and longevity.

Dr. Mercola
The Failed Drug Approach to Health Care – - Some Safer and More Effective Strategies
We will review the dangers of many toxic drugs currently being used that will kill hundreds of thousand prematurely and we will discuss alternatives that will virtually eliminate your need for reliance on these toxic and dangerous band aids.

Ann Marie Michaels
No-Knead Sourdough Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Making your own sourdough bread at home is fast and easy the no-knead way. Learn how you can save money on store-bought bread by spending just five minutes a day making nutritious whole-grain sourdough bread for your family. No expensive mixer is required, and we’ll learn how to save even more money by buying grains in bulk. We’ll also cover how to use leftover sourdough starter to make sourdough pancakes, waffles and pizza dough

Konstantin Monastyrsky
Making Sense Out of Fiber Nonsense
The mainstream acceptance of dietary fiber is quite recent. The “dietary fiber hypothesis” was accepted as a major addition to nutrition by the 1980s. Since then fiber has become a preeminent health food, even though there isn’t a single other non-nutrient – not alcohol, not artificial sweeteners, not even MSG – with as many well-known side effects as fiber. So what gives? Monastyrsky will enumerate all the known connections between the consumption of fiber and major colorectal disorders, such as IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and colon cancer.

John Moody
The Beauty of Traditional Brew: Continuous Kombucha
Enjoy a live demonstration of how to brew kombucha from start to finish, including flavoring and other facets of fermentation. John has been brewing kombucha for big and small events for over half a decade and loves seeing others catch the fermenting bug.

Building Sustainable Community through Buying Clubs and Co-Ops
Want to see how farmers can thrive, families can team up, and food freedom can prosper? John has helped start dozens of buying clubs and serves as the lead administrator for one of the largest and most innovative co-ops in the country, building a model where 80 cents on the dollar of what members spends goes straight to the producers of the products and items. Enjoy a thorough overview of why this model holds promise as a real alternative to the food systems and companies that are destroying people and the planet one harvest and meal at a time.

Judith Mudrak
Microwave Cooking – The Kiss of Death for all Food – a guaranteed and proven recipe for cancer.
Judith Mudrak will give an introductory talk and then show research materials from a DVD obtained from Dr. Hansueli Hertel PhD, researcher in Switzerland.

Sylvia Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN
Illinois Prisoners do ‘Hard Time’ on Soy and Water
What do Barack Obama, Rod Blagojevich, Monsanto, Archer Daniel Midlands, the University of Illinois,the Weston A. Price Foundation, and all prisoners in the Illinois prison system have in common?  Soy. The U.S. farm bill funds the production of a heck of a lot of genetically modified (GM) soy requiring Roundup Ready, a toxic herbicide produced by Monsanto. Creative marketing has come up with many ways to use the excess GM soy by targeting every sector of the U.S. population–from infants consuming soy formula, to school children eating soy at school lunches, to the general population consuming many processed foods containing soy (even tea bags), even to prisoners whose diet is 40% or more soy.

Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois, now in federal prison himself, began a human experiment when he decided to lower the cost of prison food by extending the menu with soy. Illinois is the headquarters of Archer Daniel Midlands, a wealthy company which heavily promotes and sells soy products. The University of Illinois has a soy center dedicated to developing recipes using soy for institutional and personal consumption. In addition to paying for the soy, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) uses prison labor to manufacture and cook the soy entrees that are served at every meal.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is supporting medical testing and a law suit which ill prisoners have filed against IDOC and Wexford Health Systems. Prisoners have become extremely ill on the daily ration of soy and their health problems have been deliberately ignored by the prison medical personnel. Prison doctors and the supervising dietitian, in their depositions, have testified that they know little about soy and its harmful anti-nutrient effects.  So what does Barack Obama have to do with all this mischief?  Please come to the presentation to find out!

Foodways of Slovenia
What this small country lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in food diversity, natural beauty and hospitality. Slovenian traditional foods are a Europe in miniature, yet clearly distinctive.  As in other cultures, food and cuisine clearly define Slovenians. The Slovenians‘ food traditions are a rich part of their everyday lives and holidays, their joys and sorrows,and major mile markers such as births and weddings. The past is also are strongly celebrated with food. And Slovene-Americans today enthusiastically celebrate their food heritage.  Join me for a tour through Slovenia’s small but beautiful and diverse food traditions and regions where they originate, which are as vibrant today as they were in the past.  With an introduction by Debbie Smith, local chapter leader from Marietta, Georgia. Attendees will have a chance to win one of three copies of The Food and Cooking of Slovenia by Janez Bogataj, PhD.

Sarah Pope, MGA
Transitioning Your Family to Nutrient-Dense Foods Quickly and Practically in a Manner That Won’t Break the Budget
Transitioning a family to nutrient dense traditional foods may seem overwhelming at first, but it can actually be very simple and budget friendly if the right approach is used with the most important Traditional Foods prioritized appropriately.  Sarah shares a simple, three step plan that she has used for over 10 years in her local community as a Nutrition Educator for quickly transitioning the entire household (even picky eaters) to the most important nutrient dense foods with no complaining!  She also identifies which whole food strategies to avoid and which foods are critically important to get right first to avoid the discouragement trap.

Forrest Pritchard
The First Ten Years: From Farming Dreams to Economic Sustainability
A direct marketer for more than fifteen years, Pritchard discusses the unique challenges of starting a farm, building a product line, and successfully navigating the first ten years. An overview of annual operating costs, with emphasis on grass-fed livestock production, farmers markets, and small-scale finances.

Janisse Ray
Why Heirloom Vegetables Can Be More Healthful and How to Save Them
Behind every bite of food is a seed, the building block of all life. Yet our seeds are in crisis, with more and more of them highly engineered and patented, and the patents controlled by multinational corporations. Much modern seed is producing food that makes us sick. Learn in a nutshell what happened to seed and why it matters. We will talk about what you’ll want to do to ensure that the most healthful food possible is nourishing you and your family, as well as how to claim food sovereignty, rescue local seeds, and guard human civilization’s cornucopia. We understand organic. We understand local. The time has come to understand what’s happening to our seeds.

Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND
Vitamin K2: Putting Calcium in Its Place… and Much More
Why do so many people have a lack of calcium in their bones while calcium plaque builds up in arteries? This is the calcium paradox… but it is not calcium’s fault! Join Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue to learn about a long misunderstood, fat-soluble vitamin – recognized by Weston Price then ignored by scientists for 70 years – that holds the key to strong bones, clear arteries, healthy children, cancer protection and more. Dr. Kate explores and brings new insights to the MK-4 /MK-7 debate, demystifies the vitamin K/oral anticoagulant conundrum and provides an update on the surprising new developments in vitamin K2 research. How much calcium do you really need? Not as much as you think!

Mark Schauss, MBA, DBA
The Effects of Environmental Toxicity on Chronic Illness
Environmental toxicity is the greatest threat to our health. Unfortunately, we are exposed to an incredibly wide variety of toxins on a regular basis. In this talk, Mark Schauss will share his 30 years of research on how to test for the toxins, how to determine their source and how to detoxify yourself properly and safely. He will also share a real-life experience on how he saved his daughter from a life-threatening form of epilepsy.

Kim Schuette, CN, Certified GAPS Practitioner
Recovery from Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy and Type 1 Diabetes
What do these disorders have in common? And how can eating nutrient-dense foods such as those found in GAPS Diet help cure the incurable? This talk will focus on the role the gut plays in bringing the body to a place of ease, setting the stage for healing of many very different disorders. We will discuss key dietary aspects of the GAPS Diet along with other modalities for healing the gut and the mind.

Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Sulfur: It Does the Body Good!
The Western world faces an ever-increasing burden of debilitating, potentially life-threatening, conditions and diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, autism, depression, arthritis, chronic lung disease, gastrointestinal disorders and pneumonia. Dr. Seneff’s extensive research into the underlying cause of these problems has revealed that all of them can be traced to a severe deficiency in sulfur and, most especially, sulfate throughout the vasculature and the tissues.  The sulfate anion (SO4-2) plays an essential role in maintaining blood stability, as well as promoting electrolyte and nutrient transport across the membranes of all the cells. However, it is challenging to maintain adequate supplies of sulfur in the face of modern agricultural practices and food processing methods. Irrational fears of cancer have caused us to avoid sunlight exposure, further compounding the problem. This all-day talk will discuss all the various aspects of this issue, including the underlying biology, as well as the reasons why we are in this unfortunate state and how we can fix the problem.

Kim Thompson
Friday 7:00-7:45am
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.

Friday 8:00-8:45am
How to Sit Comfortably
Good sitting alignment makes you physically relaxed, mentally alert, and able to engage with the world around you. We’ll look at the role of the feet, knees, hips, spine, and shoulders for sitting postures that are simultaneously dynamic and restful.

Saturday 6:00-6:45am
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.

Saturday 7:00-7:45am
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.

Sunday 6:00-6:45am
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.

Sunday 7:00-7:45am
Daily Activities: The Ease of Good Alignment
Learning how to sit and stand well is nice. But what about cooking, gardening, moving boxes and milking cows? Try out some simple guidelines to maintain ease even when you’re being productive.

Heather Tubbs and Lupa Irie
The Healing Kitchen
The focus of this course is the proper sourcing, preparation, culturing, sprouting, fermenting, and cooking of traditional foods with an emphasis on foods that support health and healing.  Tubbs and Irie will demonstrate various methods to ensure maximum benefit and enjoyment from traditional foods in a manner that the whole family will enjoy.  Some of the dishes to be prepared: fish head soup, liver meatballs, heart mole, Hungarian chicken paprika/coconut bone broth rice, cultured vegetables, sour oat crackers, homemade mayo, kefir cheese ranch dressing, whey cool drinks, kombucha and more.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield
Exploring the Gut-brain Axis in Childhood Developmental Disorders
This presentation will describe the evidence for pathological and functional changes in the intestine of children on the autism spectrum with gastrointestinal symptoms. The mechanism and causes of this injury and how it might lead to neurological dysfunction will be discussed. Opportunities for treating and preventing the disease and its consequences will be set out as a basis for further research.

Louisa Williams, MS, DC, ND
Cutting-Edge Natural Therapies that Treat the Root Causes of Disease
Adopting an organic and nutrient-dense Weston A. Price diet is essential for restoring and maintaining optimal health. However, it is also just as vital to remove any significant blocks to healing. In her presentation, Dr. Williams will discuss these blocks including the proper removal of toxic mercury amalgam fillings, now incontrovertibly linked in the research literature to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Another essential measure, which is relatively easy and painless, is to replace your conventional soaps and cosmetics with non-toxic alternatives, since toxic chemical exposure has been associated with 98% of all cancers by the National Cancer Institute. Other important “obstacles to cure” include avoiding your primary food allergy, diagnosing and clearing what the Europeans refer to as chronic “focal infections” (dental, tonsil, sinus, etc.), and reducing the neurological “noise” in the body from scar interference fields. Finally, the very real autoimmune dysfunction and disease from excessive antibiotic use will be covered and effective treatments such as constitutional homeopathy according to the new Sensation Method will be described. This presentation will include both lecture as well as demonstrations utilizing energetic testing (Matrix Reflex Testing or MRT) on audience volunteers.