2014 Presentations

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Calvin F. Bey, PhD
Growing Your Own Nutrient-Dense Vegetables
The talk emphasizes the importance of biomimicry (following fundamental ecological principles) in gardening.  Dr. Bey will cover the basic concepts and techniques for growing vegetables that are high in nutrients.  Emphasis will be be on ways to create healthy soils that are biologically alive and filled with the required minerals.  He will show how even small spaces can be managed to give big yields.   Special topics covered will include paramagnetic effects, double-digging, compost tea, cover crops, use of structured water and much more.

Summer Bock
Rebuilding the Gut with Fermented Foods
The digestive system is the foundation of your health! Current research shows us that the bacteria that live in our gut could be the key to disease-prevention, weight control, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, allergies, and many other issues. Millions of people take expensive over-the-counter medications on a daily basis to mask the uncomfortable symptoms of nutrient deficiency and the effects of stress, but these problems could be solved simply using the probiotics found in fermented foods. Learn the 3 different kinds of fermented foods that you need to include in your diet for optimum digestive and immune-building effects. Be certain you know the fermented foods you may want to avoid for the potentially damaging effects.

 Recipes, samples, handouts, and demonstrations will be provided.

Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD
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.  For both those who are learning about GAPS for the first time and those who are already experienced, this seminar which contains information used in the recent GAPS Practitioner Certification Courses is a must.

Tom Cowan, MD
The Health Secret of All Indigenous People                                   Saturday 1:45-4:30
In my book, The Fourfold Path to Healing, the fourth “fold” is about thinking, but in our health discussions we don’t talk about this much, we don’t ask our patients how they think, we don’t “correct” or “treat” their thinking.  Yet it’s clear that the people Weston Price dealt with had a very different outlook and way of thinking than we do.  The question is: does our way of thinking affect our health?  My answer is yes, and maybe profoundly. This talk will address the different ways of thinking and seeing the world and provide insight into how these different ways of thinking may affect our health.

Cynthia Daley, PhD
A New Raw Milk Dairy in California                                                       Monday
This session will focus on the steps required to pass through the grade A permit and licensing process, including all state and county agencies that are involved and their associated costs. We will also cover the details of the on-farm Risk Analysis & Management plan to meet & exceed the needs of state standards as we work toward safe production methods for raw milk.

Kaayla Daniel, PhD
Bone Broth for Health: A Look at the Science
A South American proverb claims “Good broth will resurrect the dead.” While that’s clearly an exaggeration, chicken soup has enjoyed a reputation as “Jewish penicillin” and bone broths are served to convalescents all over the world.  In this presentation, Dr. Kaayla Daniel, vice president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, will review the science that supports consuming bone broth for healthy bones, joints, skin, digestion, immunity and emotional stability.  She will discuss 19th and early 20th century studies on gelatin, as well as more recent investigations into the “conditionally essential” amino acids proline, glycine and glutamine and “the essential sugars” N-Acetylglucosamine and N-Acetylgalactosamine,.   Finally, she will report on Dr. John F. Prudden’s clinical trials healing osteoarthritis,rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, psoriasis, Crohn’s, wound healing and even cancer with cartilage.  In short, much science supports the ancestral wisdom of consuming bone broth.

Annie Dru
Grease, Guts, Bones, Grass, Shoots & Pickles; The Stuff Great Meals Are Made Of
The session will of consist a full meal-preparation demonstration including a soup, starter, main course, fresh vegetable and grain side dishes, followed by dessert. The menu will incorporate the following six principles of ancestral cuisine: vital saturated fat and cholesterol (grease); organ meat & offal (guts); meat on the bone and bone stock (bones); safe to consume raw animal food (grass); properly prepared seed foods (shoots); and lacto-fermented and cultured foods (pickles).

During this full-day session, we will explore the power of the ancestral meal to heal mind, body and spirit by means of irresistible and digestible plate composition and presentation. Traditional cooking techniques such as slow braising and basic reduction sauce procedure, utilized by master chefs to elevate everyday meal preparation to an art form, will be demonstrated step by step. Participants will gain the confidence to draw family and friends away from the nonstop noise and competing activities of life, to a table that beckons with promise of the profound satiety our wise ancestors enjoyed 365 days a year.

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 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 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;
  • 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      including easy recipes for snacks, soups, breakfasts, desserts and      enzyme-enriched beverages and condiments.

Foodways of the Australian Aborigines
The Aboriginal people of Australia were considered the most “primitive” of all nonindustrialized peoples, living without organized agriculture, clothing or metal technology. Yet this “paleolithic” people created skillful tools, consumed grains and legumes, and practiced sophisticated land management techniques.  Most importantly, they understood the importance of fat in the diet, always seeking the fattest sources of animals, insects and seafood. This lecture will explore the foodways of the Australian Aboriginal peoples and the land management methods they used to make a difficult environment fertile and fruitful.

My Own Health Secrets
We all need to tailor our diet to our needs while still incorporating the eleven WAPF principles of healthy diets.  Find out how Sally tweaks her diet to fit her own health challenges.

Producing Safe Raw Cheese
Cheese is a processed product, and whether raw or pasteurized, it needs to be produced under strict sanitary conditions.  Sally Fallon Morell will share her experience as a cheese maker on sanitation, plant maintenance and record keeping, and will provide tips on how to pass your FDA inspection.

Michael Farrell
Tree Tapping Opportunities for Everyone
This presentation will address all of the options for tapping trees for sap and syrup production.  You will learn about the costs and benefits of developing a sugaring operation on a hobby or commercial basis, including direct syrup production, leasing taps, and buying/selling sap.  It will also cover the different types of trees that can be tapped for sap and syrup production, including various species of maple, birch, and walnut.  The benefits of using tree sap and syrup as the local, sustainable, and healthy sweetener will be discussed in detail.  Participants will come away with many new ideas for making the best use of the trees on their property or in their neighborhood.

Pat Foreman
The Chicken Series: Part 1 – Why Heritage Chickens Support Nourishing Traditions and Enable Local Agriculture

This workshop explores the ever-expanding ways chickens can help families and communities navigate these transitional times. Develop action plans to employ family flocks so they create and enhance food-growing topsoil for growing vegetables, berries, nuts and fruits; to be part of emergency preparedness plans; to sequester carbon and decrease carbon foot-prints—all the while saving community taxes. Understand your egg-shed. Learn how employing family flocks is truly a community service.

The Chicken Series: Part 2 – Get Started with Your Family Flock
Many folks think there is too much to learn about keeping chickens—so they don’t. This workshop simplifies and demystifies keeping chickens, showing how it’s so easy and simple that children can do it—inexpensively. This talk covers baby chick and chicken housing, feed, behavior, handling and the newest time-saver devices for low-maintenance management. Learn about the advantages of starting with baby chicks vs laying hens. You will leave with the knowledge necessary to keep, employ and enjoy your family flock successfully.

Kids and Chicks with Oprah Hen-Free (Children’s Program)
Which came first: the chicken or the child? Usually, it’s the chicken … with a child trundling afterward, giggling with delight. This hens-on workshop shows kids (and adults) how to handle a chicken responsibly and safely. Learn tips, tricks and traps about how to keep interacting with chickens… and eggs. Children learn about the value of family flocks in green communities. We will cover how chickens offer more than just eggs; they also have skills, acting as pesticiders, kitchen waste recyclers, compost creators and entertainers. Understand why chickens are truly pets with benefits. There will be ample time for a question-and-answer session.

Paul V. Gallo, DDS
The Dangers of Amalgam and Dental Implants
“Mercury is a lethal metal It kills whatever it touches.
Root canals follow the same pattern with tissues in its clutches.
Today we have a brand new challenge; one with a crazy dance.
We thought the others pretty tragic but now watch dental implants”.

Esther Gokhale, LAc
Bending: The Bane of our Backs?                          Sunday 9:00-10:20 am
Human beings have bent forward for millennia to gather, grow and process food. Yet in modern times, bending is often the source of woe and pathology. Modern ways of bending are significantly different from those observed in non-industrial cultures. Modern guidelines on bending have also drifted away from traditional ways.Esther Gokhale presents the benefits of hip-hinging, the bending pattern used by our ancestors. She shows how hip-hinging can help us avoid disc damage, ligament laxity and muscle dysfunction. She will use slides from her travels around the world and guide the audience to safely and comfortably explore a small degree of hip-hinging.

Gokhale Method Posture Workshop                                  Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Learn Gokhale Method basics to restore your natural posture in the context of dance and exercise.

William M. Hang, DDS, MSD
Does Orthodontics as well as Nutrition and Growth Affect the Airway?
Malocclusion and poor facial balance are largely a product of civilization. Unfortunately, downward and backward growth of the face accompanying malocclusion has become the norm. Recent research shows that people with faces which have not grown properly forward may have reduced airways which contribute to snoring and breathing problems including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many orthodontic treatment plans are retractive in nature and only hasten downward and backward growth of the face. There is a completely different approach to develop the face forward in children, and research has shown that the airway can be improved through its use. This lecture will outline the interplay between diet and malocclusion, how undesirable facial growth may be modified to be more favorable in children and how retractive orthodontics can be reversed in adults.

Kimberly Hartke
The Food Rights Struggle
Publicist Kimberly Hartke describes the important role of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund in defending your rights to healthy food. Past and recent legal cases and farmers’ personal stories will be highlighted.

Randy Hartnell
Wild Seafood – Its Benefits and Its Dangers                                  Saturday 9:30-10:45 am
Randy Hartnell will explain the nutrient superiority of wild seafood and how it differs from farm-raised seafood. He describes the coastal communities that produce the product and how we are helping them when we purchase wild seafood.  He will describe the dangers facing the wild seafood industry by the farm-raised industry and what we can do to protect them.

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. AnoreJonesHandout

Lierre Keith
The Vegetarian Myth
We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But she argues that we’ve been led astray–not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance.

The truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species to extinction, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil–the basis of life itself. Keith argues that if we are to save this planet, our food must be an act of profound and abiding repair: it must come from inside living communities, not imposed across them.

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

Chris Kresser, MS, LAc
The Acid-Alkaline Myth
The acid-alkaline hypothesis holds that certain foods leave either an acid or alkaline “ash” behind after they are metabolized, and that we should favor alkaline foods (which are primarily plants) over acid foods (which are primarily animal products). This will supposedly protect us from the diseases of modern civilization, whereas eating a diet with a net acid load will make us vulnerable to everything from cancer to osteoporosis. In this presentation I will explore whether current scientific evidence supports the acid-alkaline hypothesis, and clear up confusion about what it means for your health.

Karel Littman, JD
The MELT METHOD:  Pain Relief/Improved Flexibility without Meds
Learn the innovative new MELT method self-massage technique that focuses on rehydrating the connective tissue and rebalancing the nervous system.  Developed by a massage therapist, MELT is a self-treatment technique that improves flexibility and relieves pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, back, knee, hip and shoulder pain, injury and active living. Using MELT therapeutic treatment balls and soft foam rollers, MELT is done in group or private sessions and also at home on your own. Meltmethod.com

Thomas J. Lokensgard, DDS, NMD, ABAAHP
Cardiovascular, Periodontal Disease and Sugar Metabolism: The Connection
This session will show the connection of the underlying causes of periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and sugar dysregulation. The connection between oral inflammatory mediators and CVD is now firmly established. The presentation will include ways to control oral inflammation and give you the dietary template for a healthy mouth and a healthy heart.

Jeff Lowenfels, JD
Teaming With Microbes: All you need to know about the Soil Food Web  Fri – full day
No one ever fertilizes the redwoods. How do these trees live over 500 years and grow over 300 feet tall without the use of Miracle-Gro or other chemicals?  It’s the soil food web and the author off the best-selling, award winning book “Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web,” will help even existing devotees of organic gardening and farming learn better ways to grow healthy, vigorous and nutritious plants without resorting to chemicals that harm the user as well as our environment.

Manipulating the soil food web is simple when you know how, and just as important, when to do it. The tools are readily available and the results are literally, naturally astonishing. Jeff Lowenfels is known for his amazing ability to simplify complicated science and for his quick sense of humor. Both are employed in this entertaining and informative talk.
http://tinyurl.com/TeamingWithMicrobes and http://tinyurl.com/TeamingWithNutrients

Leslie Manookian
Vaccines: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?                                                        Friday 8-10 pm
Leslie Manookian will address why so many people are concerned about vaccines, what the latest science says, why you, and only you, are responsible when vaccines go wrong, and why you won’t hear any of this in the mainstream media.

Jim Marlowe
Understanding your own Blood Test Results
A presentation to help empower you to have at least a basic understanding of how to decode and interpret standard of care blood test results, such as: the chemistry panel (aka the comprehensive metabolic panel or CMP), the lipid panel, and the complete blood count or CBC with differential. Attention will also be given to the value of some additional labs such as insulin, homocysteine, ferritin, a thyroid hormone panel and reverse T3. All of the labs will be explained in relation to our nutrition and other fundamental influences on our health. (Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their most recent blood tests!)

Chris Masterjohn, PhD
The Land of Milk and Honey: Understanding the Maasai
The ancient history of the Maasai is shrouded in mystery, but for as long as outsiders have known of them and documented their existence, they have had a constantly evolving society. Throughout this time, they have bred cattle and produced milk and meat, subsisting in part on these products and also trading them for a vast variety of plant products, including many starches. At no time have Maasai ever subsisted entirely on milk and meat, though traditional males do enter a stage of life for up to fifteen years in which they subsist only on these foods in combination with local herbs and honey. Two groups of investigators found the Maasai to have incredibly healthy hearts, which they attributed to their remarkably low cholesterol levels, but the exact nature of their freedom from heart disease and just how healthy their arteries are has been a matter of dispute. To understand the diet and health of the Maasai properly, we must understand that diversity and change have always been constant features of their society. This presentation will explore these topics with the aim of arriving at a nuanced and balanced conclusion.

 Human Health and Soil Health: Fat-Soluble Vitamin Interactions and Foods From Pastured Animals

Session I: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science

  • Learn the approach Weston A. Price used in the early 20th century to study the causes of physical degeneration seen in modern society and the vibrant health of many non-industrialized cultures.
  • Explore traditions of food selection and soil health found within the accumulated wisdom of many of these resiliently healthy groups, and the key role of fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Understand the broad-based support these vitamins offer the body, the wide range of diseases they protect against, and the wide range of functions they sustain.

Session II: The 20th Century Attack on Wholesome Foods and the 21st Century Food Revolution

  • Learn how the post-World War II fascination with antibiotics undermined interest in the anti-infective power of the fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Discover how “the Green Revolution” undermined the nutrient density of common foods.
  • Understand how the diet-heart hypothesis purged foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins from the menus of ordinary Americans under the guise of preventing heart disease.
  • Learn to defend nourishing foods against these attacks with modern science.
  • Strengthen grassroots community initiatives to protect the 21st century rediscovery of nourishing, nutrient-dense foods from being undermined by government regulatory agencies.

Session III: The Fat-Soluble Trio and Their Synergistic Partners

  • Learn about vitamins A, D, and K: how they cooperate on a molecular level to support growth, strong bones and teeth, and protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Learn how other nutrients and metabolic factors, such as zinc, magnesium, fat, carbohydrate, thyroid hormone, and carbon dioxide support the functions of the fat-soluble trio.
  • Dissect modern myths that demonize vitamin A or present vitamin D as a lone, cure-all panacea.
  • Learn why these nutrients are best obtained from foods.
  • Grapple with the promises and problems of modern methods to test your nutrient status.

Session IV: Practical Applications to Nourish Our Soil and Human Health

  • Recognize the relationship between photosynthetic activity and fat-soluble vitamin-density in plants.
  • Practical methods for assessing and amending soil for more nutritious foods.
  • Practical ways to shop for the highest quality products richest in fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Envision how communities can cooperate to achieve vibrant and radiant health.

Mark McAfee
RAWMI Progress and Lessons from the Listed
RAWMI food safety success; creating a bright and safe future for raw milk.

Denise Minger
Death by Food Pyramid                                                       Saturday Banquet
Denise’s health began to deteriorate after following a raw vegan diet. In an attempt to regain her health, she started to introduce animal products to her diet. As she regained her health, Denise began to question the claims of various health gurus and began doing research for herself. Denise will talk about how she regained her health, how to tell good science from bad science, and why we should question the advice of nutrition “experts.”

Konstantin Monastyrsky
Making Sense out of Fiber Nonsense

Most Americans believe that dietary fiber prevents colon and breast cancer, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart disease, regulates blood sugar, wards off diabetes, curbs the appetite, induces weight loss, cleanses the colon, arrests diarrhea and unplugs constipation. Tragically, none of this is true!  In fact, fiber-rich foods and fiber supplements are either the primary cause of most of these conditions, or major contributors. Learn the true facts about fiber-related digestive disorders and how to reverse them.

 Why One Calorie for Her May Be Half a Calorie for Him?
Measuring diets in calories is an exercise in futility because one gram of fat is indisputably nine calories while it burns, but applying the same nine calories to you is as absurd as setting up a fire in the gut to burn fat. Ditto for calories in proteins and carbohydrates. You will never be able to stay normal weight, let alone lose some without a firm fix on this abomination. And that’s only the beginning. Come to learn another twenty reasons why one calorie for you may be like two calories for someone else.

 The Art of Eating Without Harm: How to Prevent Normal Foods from Becoming Your Mortal Enemies
Optimal food selection is critical to health and longevity, but is not enough to assure it. Good health remains elusive for many people on presumably good diets regardless of their compliance and best intentions. Making sure that good foods don’t cause you harm is just as important as protecting yourself from bad ones.

John Moody
Continuous Kombucha (with both traditional and Jun Scoby)
With almost a decade of brewing experience, John will cover the basics of preparing both types of Kombucha, the aceto-dominate kombucha and the variant lacto-dominate Jun variety, both using the continuous, traditional method of preparation.

Six Inches of Soil in Six Months and Six Hundred Thousand Bugs
Nutrient-dense  meals come from properly prepared nutrient-dense foods; and nutrient-dense foods come from properly balanced nutrient-dense soils.  So, how do we help our soils, and when needed, create more? John will share techniques and tactics for quickly building rich, bioactive soils using various waste streams and small animals to produce free forage for the animals and nourishing food for your family.

Buying Local Buying Clubs
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 spend 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.

Ramiel Nagel
Traditional Foods for Preventing Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Learn how dentists Weston Price, Harold Hawkins and Melvin Page reduced their patients’ cavity rates by 90 percent, and uncover how they reduced and eliminated gum disease in a large percentage of their clients. This presentation will cover why people get tooth decay and gum disease from a nutritional perspective, the most recent and innovative nutritional protocols for preventing and stopping tooth decay and gum disease, and case studies and a deeper understanding of the self-healing process.

Linda Robins, MD
Homeopathy, at Home and on the Farm

Have you ever wondered if there is a healthy alternative healing method that is safe enough for babies, animals and even plants? In this informative workshop you will learn how homeopathy, a discipline of medicine that has a long and proven track record, strengthens immunity and balances the physical, mental and emotional systems for holistic wellness.

Homeopathy, practiced since the 1800s, is part of the national healthcare systems in many countries including England, France, Germany, Sweden and India. Once widely accepted, homeopathy is gaining increased interest in the US in part because of America’s dissatisfaction with pharmaceuticals.

The morning session will focus on the use of homeopathy in your home. We will explore the different homeopathic approaches to everyday health issues. We will discuss which conditions are safe to treat on your own and which ones are best treated by a professional homeopath. You will gain the knowledge of basic first-aid through homeopathy.  In the afternoon session, we will expand on the morning’s wisdom and concentrate on the use of homeopathy in a farm environment. We will discuss how to optimize the health and productivity of the interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people through homeopathy. We will also review several ailments common to animals and pets and how homeopathic medicines can be used to treat those illnesses.

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 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, on GAPS and mental health
Reviving Health through Gentle Detoxification
Ready to take a more active role in your own healthcare? Kim will show you how. This presentation is designed to equip you to undertake DIY gentle home therapies to support the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system in their vital tasks of detoxification. Come learn the strengthening power of traditional foods and tonics in aiding the body’s elimination processes. Kim will show how traditional home therapies can be used to support those challenged by constipation, hormonal imbalances, gallstones, Lyme disease,  “rope” parasites, and more.  Case studies will be shared.

The Dough Also Rises
True traditional sourdough bread was a dietary mainstay for many cultures, such as the stout Swiss villagers of the Loetschenthal Valley.  Kim will discuss signs to indicate your gut is healed and ready for properly prepared bread and then she will take you through the steps to make your own delicious lighter-than-air, 42-hour fermented sourdough artisan bread.  This technique was developed by Min Kim, master bread maker.  Sally and Kim both agree…it’s the best bread ever!

Stefanie Seneff, PhD
Pesticides, Antibiotics, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals: Are They the Cause of our Current Health Crisis?
For over 100 years, the Western world has been waging war on life under the false assumption that this would lead to health and prosperity. More and more people, however, are realizing that this path is doomed to fail.  If we choose to kill pests with toxic chemicals to make agriculture more efficient, we cannot avoid harming ourselves as well, along with many other species that fall in harm’s way.  And in the end any money saved on cheap food derived from chemical-based agriculture is spent treating the myriad chronic illnesses that develop because of exposure to toxic chemicals in the food. Vaccines won’t provide immunity without a price, and the resulting food allergies, asthma, autism and even sudden unexplained deaths among our children may be too steep a price to pay. Pharmaceutical drugs are supposed to fix medical problems, but increasingly people are realizing that the side effects of the drug are worse than the problem they claim to fix. Increasing use of antibiotics has led to monster bugs like MRSA that’s resistant to every antibiotic in our arsenal, and there is no chain of new antibiotics in the pipe to replace the ones that no longer work.

In this full-day program, I will show that our current strategy towards food production and medical treatment has failed. I will also explain my hypothesis that the circulatory system is the most important “organ” in the body, and that multiple modern diseases and conditions manifest a strategy to maintain circulating blood by sacrificing a particular organ or organ system, be it the brain or the gut or the muscles or the joints.  I will also outline my proposed diet and lifestyle changes that can bring back vitality and the promise of a long and healthy life.

Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAc
Cause, Care and Dietary Treatment of SIBO
Interest in small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) has been increasing ever since it was identified as an underlying cause of IBS- the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S.  SIBO can cause symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhea and food reactions.  Diets such as the specific carbohydrate diet, GAPS diet and the low fodmap diet can offer remarkable benefits.  Discussion will include leaky gut, bone broth, fructose and lactose intolerance, sources of lactose-free dairy, the role of fiber in SIBO, the controversial topic of how one of the “displacing foods of modern commerce” can actually lessen SIBO symptoms and when to augment diet with other SIBO treatments.

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 – see description above

Saturday 7:00-7:45am        Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension
Learn simple and effective techniques you can use anytime, anywhere to release tight muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders.

Sunday 6:00-6:45am        Gentle Movement – see description above

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.

Donna Wild
Tongue Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies / Fingernail Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies
People complain all the time about faults in their physical appearance.  Subtle changes in the color, shape or coating of the tongue can reveal dystrophy of tissue, organs or systems.  Ridges, spots and abnormalities of the nails can reflect diseases and nutritional deficiencies.  Even the shape and proportions of the body may indicate a dysfunction of certain endocrine glands.  In sum, inadequate nutrition will affect an individual’s health, and even appearance.

These seminars detail physical signs of the nails and tongue resulting from nutritional deficits.  Also covered are other related signs and symptoms to assess each contributing deficiency quickly.  Recommended nutrients, herbs and rich food sources to remedy the nutritional imbalances are included in these presentations.

Louisa Williams, MS, DC, ND
Friday, November 7th Evening – WAPF Indianapolis, 2014
“CASPERS” – A Hidden Epidemic
An inconvenient truth in conventional microbiology is pleomorphism, that is, the ability of microbes to change their shape and size in order to survive. Bacteria typically lose their cell walls. These resulting cell wall defective (CWD) resistant bacteria are primarily induced through the overuse and misuse of antibiotic medications.Pathogenic CWD bacteria can reside indefinitely in our bodies and cause chronic and relapsing disease. The acronym CASPERS – “chronic autoimmune stealth pathogens evolved from resistant bacteria syndrome” – was coined to serve as a more comprehensive term to describe the devastating physical and psychological effects caused by these mutated microbes.CASPERS is truly epidemic and just as “hidden” and misdiagnosed by conventional doctors and dentists as mercury amalgam poisoning. Further, this chameleon-like syndrome has innumerable symptoms covering a wide spectrum of conditions from arthritis to anxiety, from constipation to cancer, and from multiple sclerosis to Lyme’s disease. However, effective natural therapies and a nutrient-dense diet can help clear these tenacious “stealth pathogens” from our bodies, and return our immune systems to a functional level that ensures the optimal health that is indeed our birthright.

Monday, November 10th All Day – WAPF Indianapolis, 2014
Wiser Nutritional and Dietary Choices Through MRT Self-Testing
Matrix Reflex Testing (MRT) is a form of energetic testing, that is a method of measuring directly on the body what is good or bad for a particular patient. This “in vivo” type of testing has many advantages over lab tests, X-rays, cat scans, MRIs, and other technological methods, since it is an assessment of what is affecting the body right now – in present time. After a thorough history and physical exam, as well as analysis of appropriate lab work and X-rays, holistic physicians and practitioners use energetic testing to obtain further diagnostic information. Also referred to as a “body biofeedback enhanced physical exam,” MRT and other energetic testing methods allow practitioners to prescribe more specific and effective treatments to their patients.

However, MRT is not just a useful method for health professionals. It can be used by everyone for everyday decisions such as which (coconut, olive, etc.) oil tests best, which nutritional supplements I should take today, whether a shampoo is petrochemical-free or toxic, and whether I am allergic to a particular food.  Thus, everyday decisions about diet, supplements, food sensitivities, and other issues can be determined through the use of MRT.

In this one-day workshop that includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on participant practice periods, you will learn how to use MRT for self-testing. Using this self-testing method can help empower you to make wiser nutritional and dietary decisions, and therefore gain the increased self-understanding that comes from communicating directly with your body.