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has a small family farm, Bakers Green Acres, set in a larger farm community in beautiful northern lower Michigan. Pasture, the product of sunshine and soil, is the basis of their meat production. Pasture enables the Bakers to raise healthier, happier animals that result in the best tasting, highest quality meat possible. With no previous experience with animals, they started their farming in Montana on thirteen dry acres. They came to see that self-sufficiency meant using natural means rather than chemicals. They learned more about the benefits of naturally raised food and decided to pursue that avenue when they moved to Michigan and decided to join the local, sustainable food community. The family of eight all contributes to the operation of our farm.
Mark filed a complaint in 2012 against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over the impending implementation of an Invasive Species Order (ISO) that prohibited certain swine. The ISO was supposedly issued in 2010 to control the feral pig population in Michigan. DNR countersued seeking a judge’s ruling declaring that Mark would be subject to fines unless he disposed of all pigs identified as prohibited in accordance with the swine ISO. Just before he went to trial in 2014, the state reversed its position and said that the pigs were legal.
Ellen F. Bench, DHom, HMC
Homeopathic practitioner, lecturer, founder and director of the Clinical Homeopathic College, Ellen Bench has offered chronic disease homeopathic management as Classical Homeopathic Counseling for more than two decades. She formulated a product line known as Homeopath Ellen’s Turbo for clients and other practitioners. She also formulated a line of products for livestock, empowering ranchers to have drug-free and antibiotic-free medicinal options and increasing wellness (Remedi Animal Solutions.com). Ellen’s achievements include homeopathic master clinician credentials from the Luminos School of Homeopathy along with a degree in homeopathy from The Hahnemann College of Homeopathy. Impassioned with a genuine gift of teaching, Ellen’s interactive and flexible style combines with her unique sensitivity and leaves attendees yearning to learn more. Ellen also offers a line of classes on DVDs.
Dr. Dean Bonlie
has been involved in full-time research and development in bio-magnetism for the twenty-four years. His scientific theory on the action of magnetism on living tissue has been validated numerous studies, making him a widely accepted authority in this field. He is a past president of the North American Academy of Magnetic Therapy. Dr. Bonlie has been interviewed extensively on radio, TV and webinars. He gives workshops and lectures regularly across North America.
author of Heal Your Gut Cookbook is a certified holistic health counselor who received a BA in psychology from the University of Virginia and was trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The devoted mother of five young children, Hilary has seen the power of nutritional healing firsthand. Inspired by her own experience of “food as medicine,” she has dedicated herself to helping others on the path to wellness as a cook, coach, and professional educator. Hilary supports her clients by integrating “paleo” and “primal” philosophies with the wisdom of the ancestral health movement and the Weston A. Price Foundation. Hilary has run several food co-ops, teaches cooking classes out of her house and helped to open a farm-to-table restaurant in Concord, Massachusetts.
Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, PhD
author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, holds two postgraduate degrees in neurology and human nutrition. She lives in Cambridge UK, where she holds her clinic. She is the creator of the term GAPS or Gut And Psychology Syndrome and Gut And Physiology Syndrome, which establishes a connection between functioning of the digestive system and functioning of the rest of the body. She has written two books: “Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Natural treatment of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia“, and “Put your heart in your mouth. What really causes heart disease and what we can do to prevent and even reverse it“. Dr Campbell-McBride has a large following around he world with patients and health practitioners adopting her GAPS Nutritional Protocol for treating disease. See the website www.gaps.me
Margaret (Peg) Coleman
is a senior medical microbiologist and risk analyst who founded the woman-owned small business Coleman Scientific Consulting to address the extensive gaps in scientific knowledge of microbial risks to human health. After more than two decades, she continues to encourage increasing transparency about modeling assumptions with colleagues in the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and American Society of Microbiology (ASM). She balances tenacity and respect in her challenges of convenient but dubious over-simplifications of the complex interactions of the human body and the incredibly diverse and dense populations of microorganisms that dominate most sites in our bodies (microbiomes).
Since 1995, Ms. Coleman has served in various leadership roles in the SRA and currently serves on the editorial board of its journal Risk Analysis and as president of Upstate NY SRA (sra.org/upstateny/). She has contributed technical manuscripts to the published literature in journals including Risk Analysis and Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, as well as reports for clients, book reviews, and articles and educational materials for more general audiences from high school to graduate students and professionals unfamiliar with microbiology.
She has an MS degree in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia, in addition to an MS degree in biology/biochemistry from Utah State University and a BS degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. colemanscientific.org
certified baubiologist, has been a healthy building and indoor environmental consultant since 1989. Mary’s clients, located across North America, include parents who want their children to start out in a healthy environment and people of all ages, from the healthy to those suffering from allergies, asthma, chemical and electrical sensitivities. She troubleshoots and solves contaminant problems in existing homes, and specifies the healthiest (“beyond green”) building, remodeling and interior products and materials, for simple room changes to new construction. Her collaborative approach is unique, synthesizing the fields of German baubiologie and American building science. Mary works with and often directs a group of world-class, highly specialized international experts who consult on all aspects of construction, remodeling, and energy efficiency, as well as testing and remediating existing buildings for mold, chemicals, EMFs and many other toxins. marycordaro.com
Tom Cowan, MD
is a holistic physician in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of The Fourfold Path to Healing and co-author of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care. He is a popular speaker at Wise Traditions conferences.
is The Kombucha Mamma, founder of Kombucha Kamp, the most visited website in the world for kombucha information, recipes and advice. Along with partner Alex LaGory, Hannah is also an industry journalist and master brewer, mentor to thousands of new and experienced kombucha brewers and providing consulting services to kombucha start-ups since 2004. She has truly lived up to her title as The Kombucha Mamma by shipping freshly grown, full-size kombucha starter cultures to more than 10,000 people worldwide and offers kits and Continuous Brew Packages, the ultimate in convenient homebrewed kombucha, via her webstore: http://store.kombuchakamp.com/. Kombucha is incredibly easy to make and a lifetime supply can be made from one fresh, healthy culture. Get a Free “Do-It-Yourself” Kombucha Guide with brewing, bottling and flavoring tips by visiting: http://www.kombuchakamp.com/kombucha-recipe. Don’t forget the Kombucha Kamp motto: Trust Your Gut!
Tom DiGuiseppe, PhD
Tom earned his PhD in chemical physics from Boston College and has been involved in the design, testing and installation of water filtration and purification systems for both residential and commercial customers for over thirty years. Early research focused on the development of chemical sensor technology for environmental monitoring, measuring contaminant levels in soil and groundwater, determination of fluid purity and ceramic membrane filtration systems.
Tom has most recently led an effort to design, develop and demonstrate a self-sustaining living module integrating renewable energy systems with sustainable water solutions. The demonstration module incorporates a greywater treatment system, water recycling and an advanced drinking water purification system that together minimizes water usage and maintains adequate water supplies of clean, safe drinking water. He regularly attends technical conferences on water and wastewater management to keep abreast of leading edge technologies in water filtration, purification and reuse.
Sally Fallon Morell, MA
is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk. Mrs. Fallon Morell lectures extensively around the world on issues of health and nutrition. She is a prolific writer of numerous articles and books and serves as editor of Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. In 1996, Mrs. Fallon Morell published the best-selling Nourishing Traditions (with Mary G. Enig, PhD), the cookbook that launched her career in alternative health. Visit her website at www.newtrendspublishing.com.
Season Johnson, B.A., NTP
is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who uses her knowledge in preventive healthcare and nutrition science to educate families on how to achieve real health in a real-life way. Through a nutrient dense diet, detox remedies, essential oils and healthy living, she is helping her 4 year old son, beat cancer and thrive during conventional treatment.
Chris Kerston has been grazing cattle his entire adult life. With a longstanding passion for alternative agricultural models and homesteading, Chris has dedicated much of his life to helping connect ranchers with consumers in ways that create real value for both parties. With formal training and instinctive talent, Chris utilizes social media in concert with traditional marketing techniques to help ranchers share their stories and build long lasting relationships with partners based upon common goals.
For seven years Chris co-managed a 2,000 acre diversified farm based on holistic planned grazing and permaculture in the Sacramento Valley. The farm is comprised of old growth olive orchards, heirloom stonefruits and citrus groves, and also raises grassfed cattle, sheep, goats, and pasture-raised chickens for both meat and eggs. Through creative positioning, the farm quickly attracted national notoriety and the attention from public figures such as Joel Salatin and Michael Pollan. Chris has also been recognized as a leader in the emerging agri-tourism market and he facilitated a partnership with a European-based hospitality company and the farm he managed. The resulting farmstays provided urban dwellers a recreational, but also educational, outlet to see first-hand how food could be produced in abundance outside the realm of conventional industrial systems.
Chris has become a recognized public speaker championing for stronger connections between grower and eater and providing training to help build those connections. He has been on the forefront of the collaborative process with state and federal regulators, advocating for the recognition of alternative agricultural models as well as the consumers’ right to access healthy local foods. Chris is also very enthusiastic about developing opportunities for young ranchers. Fostering creative solutions to removing barriers of available land and capital will ultimately help cultivate the next generation of holistic land stewards.
Over the last two years of working with the Savory Institute, Chris has traveled all over the globe to work with Holistic Management practitioners and to help create healthy local foodsheds based around properly managed livestock and traditional diets.
has been a domestic engineer for the past twenty-two years. Upon learning about traditional foods and the Weston A. Price Foundation five years ago, she pledged to her family that food would taste better than what they were used to. This led her to learn and perfect a sourdough bread technique that not only is nourishing and kind to the body, but also is flavorful without being overly sour, and has a light and airy texture. She now provides real sourdough bread to local families and also teaches classes on how to make this bread at home.
With a background in film, television and video production, Alex has always been a storyteller. A love for writing and journalism helped guide him to making documentaries, where he has produced intimate movies on subjects as diverse as Broadway actors, NBA stars and the 2004 presidential election. After years of watching Hannah Crum teach others about kombucha, his taste buds and belly bugs finally clicked into place and he lost forty pounds in eighteen months by changing his diet. Since 2010, he has served as president of Kombucha Kamp, co-author of the Kombucha Kamp website and the upcoming Big Book of Kombucha (Storey Publishing, Spring 2016), and co-founder/chairman of the board of Kombucha Brewers International, the non-profit trade association for the bottled beverage industry. All because he started trusting his gut!
nutritional therapist, NRT, received her BS and advanced studies from California Polytechnic State University. As a mom of four surviving children and seven foster children over the past four years, Mandy is committed to the creative use of food as true medicine and is the force behind ‘Fostering Nutrition’, an advocacy portal and blog. She is a children’s wellness practitioner and author of the inspiring How Our Family Survived: 10 Ways to Holistically Manage Cancer and Fostering, as well as a healing cookbook released in September 2015. Mandy is a Weston A. Price Chapter leader in Florida.
is the president of Radiant Life, a family business pleased to be a perennial sponsor of the Wise Traditions International Conference and the WAPF since their inception in 1999. A former chemist, Norm transitioned into a seventeen-year career in executive positions within the automotive and high tech industries before starting and successfully leading several startup companies.
Over the years, Norm has advised thousands of people on optimal ways to improve the water in their homes and businesses. A lifelong health researcher and fitness enthusiast, he lives with his high school sweetheart and beautiful wife of 40 years, Kathy, in the great state of Maine. Norm and Kathy enjoy time with their two wonderful, healthy and successful adult children and their families.
is an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for over thirty-five years. Celeste preserves the garden’s bounty by canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting it as well as storing her produce in a root cellar. She and her husband, Bob, live sustainably in a handmade octagonal home. During the cold winter months, their heat is provided by the firewood that Bob cuts. Much of their electricity is generated with an array of solar panels. She is the author of Celeste’s Garden Delights: Discover the Many Ways a Garden Can Nurture You. For further information visit her website at celestelongacre.com.
is the owner of Culture Club 101 in Pasadena, California, which started as a small farmers market booth selling fermented sodas, kombucha and assorted krauts in the summer of 2009 and grew exponentially over the next five years, becoming a one-stop, member-supported learning center and shopping club. CC101 is currently taking the next step of offering a real food cafe to the general public and expanding its mentoring program for up-and-coming real food entrepreneurs.
is an award-winning documentary film producer and writer and former successful Wall Street business executive. She chose to leave Wall Street at the height of her career in order to pursue a more meaningful path. She is a member of the board of the Weston A. Price Foundation and has served as chapter leader for the Sun Valley/Ketchum, Idaho area since 2008. She is also a qualified homeopath, nutrition and wellbeing junky, and a health freedom advocate.
Originally from Idaho, Manookian’s career in finance took her from New York to London with Goldman Sachs. She later became director of Alliance Capital in London running their European Growth Portfolio Management and Research business. She learned of the vaccine debate while living and working in London and determined that one-day she would make a documentary exploring the issue. She conceived, wrote, and produced, The Greater Good, fulfilling that dream. She has been featured in a cover article in Barron’s, in numerous other financial publications, in dozens of TV, radio, print and Internet interviews, and a presenter at numerous conferences. She advocates for nutrient dense traditional foods and sustainable farming in here community. She has served on the board, managed or consulted for many organizations in her community. She has been active legislatively, playing a leading role in defeating the extension of a vaccine-tracking registry in Idaho and helping to secure legislation protecting consumer access to raw milk. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BA from Middlebury College, and M.L.C. Hom from Lakeland College of Homeopathy.
is a nutrition and health researcher, writer and consultant. He has been studying nutrition and the other fundamentals of health for 37 years. About 20 years ago, he began learning about the labs found on standard of care blood tests. From 2000 to 2007, he was the chief nutritionist at Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Optimal Wellness Center. Over the past 16 years, Jim has helped thousands of people understand their own blood tests and what they can do to improve their health.
Chris Masterjohn, PhD
is assistant professor of health and nutrition sciences at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY. In 2012, he obtained his PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut, where he studied the role of vitamin E and other antioxidants in regulating the metabolism of methylglyoxal, a potentially toxic byproduct of energy metabolism that appears to contribute to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. From the fall of 2012 through the summer of 2014, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he studied interactions between fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K. He is now continuing this research at Brooklyn College. Chris created and maintains a website Cholesterol-and-Health.Com which is home to his blog, The Daily Lipid. He has published eight peer-reviewed scientific papers and has contributed regularly to the pages of Wise Traditions since 2004.
is the CEO and founder of Organic Pastures Dairy Company, now the fourth ranked natural milk brand in the U.S. He founded the company in 2000 to produce grass-fed organic raw milk for the California consumers. The company now delivers to more than six hundred fifty retail stores, fifteen farmers markets and fifty buyers clubs per week. Mark served as a paramedic and is a pre-med trained retired medical educator for the Fresno County Health department. Married for thirty-four years, he and his wife, Blaine, have two children and six grandchildren. Mark is a medical educator traveling around the world speaking on raw milk medical applications and safety. His “Share the Secret” raw milk presentations have become extremely popular. Mark has been a guest speaker at Stanford University, UCLA, several Canadian universities, CAL TECH, Rutgers and he works with researchers and doctors to expand their tools to heal their patients using whole foods. Mark is also an active mission pilot for LIGA, the flying doctors of Mercy where he transports doctors and participates in clinics in remote underserved areas of western Mexico. Mark is the founding director and chairman of the board of the nonprofit Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) which reduces the confusion about how to write a food safety program and how to implement its elements – whether milking one or fifty cows. Mark is a board member of the California Dairy Campaign and of the California Farmers Union. Since 2012, Mark has been elected every year as a delegate to represent all of California agriculture at the National Farmers Union convention where national agricultural policy is debated and created. After a year of testing and research, in March 2015 Mark and the team at OPDC introduced the first ever “Raw Milk Test & Hold” program using advanced rapid testing technologies to confirm product safety before release for consumption.
Founder and director of the Spacial Dynamics Institute and developer of the Spacial Dynamics method, Jaimen McMillan has been training movement professionals since 1980. He has a private practice working with clients with movement challenges, top-level athletes and professional performance artists, all learning to enhance their skills and abilities.
Mr. McMillan is a prominent lecturer in academic and business settings, a consultant for industrial injury prevention, directs wellness courses, and is a groundbreaker in business leadership enhancement. Mr. McMillan conducts Spacial Dynamics programs currently in seven countries, training physical education teachers, coaches, and physical medicine professionals. He has published articles on movement, sport, and health-related topics. He is a contributor to the book Zirkus Spielen and several children’s books, the author of Still Moving and co-author of The Fourfold Path to Healing with Dr. Tom Cowan and Sally Fallon Morell.
Dr. Gerald McNeill
is currently vice president of research and development of IOI Loders Croklaan, with responsibility for the development of trans-fat free, palm oil-based solutions for North America. Joining IOI Loders Croklaan from Unilever Research UK, he led a team to develop enzyme-based processes for the modification of fats and oils, and initiated a discovery program for the development of nutritional lipids. Prior to Unilever, Dr. McNeill carried out various aspects of fats and oils research at public research institutions including the National Dairy Research Centre in Ireland, USDA ARS in Philadelphia, Hanover University in Germany and Nagoya University in Japan. Dr. McNeill took his doctoral degree in biochemistry at Galway University, Ireland.
Marty C. Michener, PhD,
holds a PhD in biology from Harvard University and a BS in biology from Cornell University. He is president of MIST Software Associates and science coordinator for the Hudson Valley Carbon Farming Project, part of the Foundation for Agricultural Integrity. He currently teaches college courses in botany, site inventory and soils / geology at the Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA.
Marty has also taught at Harvard Arnold Arboretum and Antioch University New England and served as the executive director of the New England Institute for Environmental Studies. At Normandeau Associates, Marty was the principal investigator for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Remote Sensing and Other Technology for the Identification and Classification of Wetlands; he was the former field coordinator for wetland studies in the Add-A-Lane Project, Massachusetts Department of Highways. In 2009 he worked for the Corps of Engineers as database architect for the conversion of the National Wetland Plant List from a document to a federal website. His major publications include the Wetland Site Index method, on birds: EnjoyBirds software, on plants: Botany Everywhere, 6th ed, 2013, and on soils: Beneath the Fruited Plain – scratching the surface of New England Landscapes, 2014. Since 2011, he has reviewed the ecology of diseases, and focused on developing expertise in regenerative soil health and human nutrition.
is a Portland-based writer, teacher, nutrition blogger and author of Death by Food Pyramid. Her website, RawFoodSOS.com, aims to dispel nutrition myths and reexamine conventional beliefs about food. In 2010, Minger’s reanalysis of China Study data received widespread publicity in the health community and sparked a public debate with T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study.
When modern medicine failed him, leaving him with allergies, ulcers, and cavities, John turned to the wisdom of writers and researchers like Weston Price. By embracing their wisdom, not only were his own hurts substantially healed, but he was able to help others as well. A farmer, writer, speaker, kombucha and Jun brewer, author of Food Club and Co-op Handbook, board member for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and member of the administrative team for the Whole Life Buying Club, John’s greatest joy is in his wife and four children and their quiet farm life in Kentucky.
Jorge Moreno, D.O.
is a husband to a lovely wife and a father of seven healthy, beautiful children. He has been practicing integrative medicine for over fifteen years and initially began his practice as a traditional hands-on-osteopath. Over the years he has incorporated biodynamic osteopathy, bio-therapeutic drainage, nutrition, homotoxicology, aromatherapy, mud therapy, mesotherapy, biopuncture and energetic medicine into his practice. His mission is to provide cutting-edge, natural, effective integrative medicine. He strives to evaluate and treat an individual’s whole being with the goal of individual health based on spiritual, physical and emotional wellness.
Gerald Pollack, PhD
received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He then joined the University of Washington faculty where he is now professor of bioengineering. He is also founding editor-in-chief of the journal, WATER, convener of the Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, and executive director of the Institute for Venture Science.
His interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. His 1990 book Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion won an “Excellence Award” from the Society for Technical Communication. His 2001 book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life and his newest book The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor won that society’s highest distinction, “Distinguished Award.” The latter book went on to receive the World Summit Excellence Award.
Geri Quintero, LAc
has been in the natural health field for over 25 years. She is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, Qi Gong teacher, GAPS practitioner and WAPF chapter leader. She has a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA. She teaches Qi Gong regularly in her clinic and to her patients. Most recently, she has been combining the healing wonders of Qi Gong to her more difficult GAPS patients with wonderful success!
Beverly Rubik, PhD
earned her Ph.D. in biophysics in 1979 at the University of California at Berkeley. She has had a life-long interest in frontier areas of science and medicine that go beyond the mainstream, and she is internationally renowned for her pioneering work. She was director of the Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University from 1988-95, where she explored the role of consciousness in the physical world; bioelectromagnetics; and alternative and complementary medicine. From 1992-97, she was one of 18 Congressionally-appointed members of the Program Advisory Board to the Office of Alternative Medicine at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and chaired the NIH panels on bioelectromagnetic medicine and manual healing modalities. In 1996, Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science, a nonprofit institute for research and education. Recently published original research includes studies on brainwaves and bliss; the human biofield and biofield therapies; and functional water in relation to health. Presently she is conducting research on human exposure to cell phone radiation; exploring the extremely low-level light emitted from organisms; and developing novel physical sensors for various field properties of the living state.
Dr. Rubik has published over 80 papers and 2 books. She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine; Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine; Integrative Medicine Insights; and the Journal of Vortex Science and Technology. She is also an adjunct faculty member at California Institute of Integral Studies; Saybrook University; and Energy Medicine University. Beverly Rubik has won several awards and has been widely interviewed, including on the popular television program, “Good Morning America” (ABC-TV). She also serves as a consultant on maverick projects in the corporate world and to integrative health clients.
was born in what was then called Rhodesia, Africa. He pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia), and later as a farmer, game rancher, politician and international consultant. In the 1960s, while working on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems. He went on to work on four continents as a resource management consultant to develop sustainable solutions.
His early results in reversing land degradation in a manner that made, rather than cost, money were impressive. But, as he often states, his failures were equally impressive! Finally, in the mid 1980’s the last of some key missing pieces fell into place. Since then thousands of land, livestock and wildlife managers have been able to demonstrate consistent results following the methodology he called “holistic management.”
Savory served as a member of parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and leader of the opposition to the ruling party which resulted in him emigrating to the U.S. in 1979 where he co-founded the non-profit organization Holistic Management International with his wife, Jody Butterfield. In 1992 they formed a second non-profit organization near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. Savory and the five local chiefs are permanent trustees of the Africa Centre.
In 2003, Savory was awarded the Banksia International Award given to the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale. His work in Africa is receiving much praise and recognition and the Africa Centre for Holistic Management was the winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Award for working to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Kim Schuette, CN, Cert. GAPS Practitioner
has been in private practice in the field of nutrition since 1999 teaching the importance of real food for optimal health. In 2002 she established Biodynamic Wellness where she and her staff specialize in nutritional and biotherapeutic drainage therapies to support gut/bowel and digestive disorders, detoxification, mindful preconception, hormonal imbalances, ADD/ADHD challenges, and children’s health concerns. Additionally, Kim serves on the Board of Directors for the WAPF and co-serves as the WAPF San Diego chapter leader, where she resides with her husband and youngest son.
Stephanie Seneff, PhD
is a senior research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She has a bachelor’s degree from MIT in biology with a minor in food and nutrition, and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, also from MIT. She is the first author of several recently published papers on theories proposing that a low-micronutrient, high-carbohydrate diet contributes to the metabolic syndrome and to Alzheimer’s disease, and that sulfur deficiency, environmental toxins, and insufficient skin sunlight exposure play a crucial role in many modern conditions and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems and autism. She has given several talks at previous Wise Traditions workshops on these subjects.
is the owner of Champoeg Creamery and Charlotte Smith Pastured Meats, a small, diversified farm in Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. Consisting of seventy-five irrigated and rotated acres, Charlotte produces raw milk, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured poultry and eggs and sells all products in her farm store.
In September of 2012 her dairy was chosen to be the first dairy “listed” by the Raw Milk Institute, an organization that has developed national common standards for safe raw milk production. Charlotte was featured in a Fall 2014 PBS documentary Food Forward TV’s episode on raw milk.
She also leads a marketing program through 3cowmarketing.com teaching small farmers how to have a successful and sustainable farm selling their products. She is also a board member for the non-profit organization Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
She lives in St. Paul, Oregon, is the proud mother of a United States Marine and works on the farm with her husband, Marc, (a teacher) and her two daughters.
Spencer Smith and his wife, Abbey, own and operate the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management. With a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from California State University-Chico and experience managing cow-calf and yearling herds in Northern California and Nevada, Spencer brings years of ranch management experience to the business. For the past six years, he has managed the cattle on the DS Ranch in Sierra Valley, California as well as about 600,000 acres of grazing allotment north of Reno, Nevada. He oversaw numerous ranch hands and cowboys. His duties included herd health, pasture management, rangeland improvements and maintaining a working relationship with the Bureau of Land Management. Today he is a Savory Institute certified holistic management accredited professional educator and holistically manages the Smith family’s certified organic Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell, California. His joy in life is being the dad of Miss Maezy Smith and spending time hunting, hiking and Dutch-oven cooking with his family.
is a movement teacher, language enthusiast and a great cook. She helps people move with greater ease, integrity and delight. You’ll probably be surprised by her ability to find small, easy changes that make a big difference. Kim leads weekly classes and sees individual clients in Maryland. Her work draws from some of the great movement teachers and researchers of our time, including: Moshe Feldenkrais, Jaimen McMillan, Noelle Perez-Christiaens, David Berceli, Janet Hulme, and from the long, rich and varied tradition of yoga.
You can find her at this conference leading the early morning movement classes, in the exhibit hall, and online at: www.AbleActiveLife.com
Sandra VanGilder, DPT, FAFS
has been a physical therapist and trainer in the San Diego area for seventeen years and founded the Longevity Physical Therapy clinic. She has a passion for teaching her clients functional movements to restore health, prevent injuries and enhance performance. This has led her to create The Move Method to educate people about enhancing the longevity of their muscles and joints using movement.
Sandra holds a doctorate of physical therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She is also a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) and has her certificate of applied functional science (CAFS) from the Gray Institute (GI). She was first introduced to GI in graduate school. Some simple three-dimensional exercises transformed her from a minimal exerciser due to chronically injured knees to a half marathon finisher in six months. She wants to empower people with the same knowledge to live healthier, and to move and feel better.
Sandra is an avid runner because it makes her happy, not because it’s good for her. She is obsessed with learning about eating real foods and developing healthy habits. But what drives her passion and gives her most contentment is her love for her two daughters and her husband Mike. Sandra thinks being authentic in who you are and what you do is the only way to true happiness.
Philip Weeks, LAc, ND
is a lecturer, author of two books and one of the leading natural health experts in the UK. He is a master herbalist, registered acupuncturist, and naturopath and has been working as a consultant for over 15 years. Having trained at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Philip travelled to Eastern Europe, Germany and India in search of holistic medical practices to combine with his clinical expertise. Philip’s skill lies in an innovative approach combining ancient medicine with modern research and diagnostic techniques.
Philip sources herbal, Ayurvedic and homeopathic remedies from around the globe. His clinics have in-house pharmacies where unique, hand-prepared, bespoke medicinal remedies are made for his patients. Philip is an engaging, informative presenter and is renowned for his deep understanding and knowledge of Ayurvedic, Arabic, Chinese and Greek medicine making them relevant for today.
has studied, practiced and taught holistic health to doctors and laymen for the past 30 years. She has studied nutrition extensively at Drexel University, Colorado State University and the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research. Ms. Wild has written, published, broadcasted and lectured extensively on natural restorative methods for human and animal health. In May 2012 her book was released, The Skin, Tongue and Nails Speak: Observational Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies. Ms. Wild currently owns and runs Unique Perspective in Loveland, Colorado, where she has a private practice, works as a consultant, lecturer and author, and lovingly tends to her organic vegetable and herb gardens.
Louisa Williams, MS, DC, ND
practices naturopathic medicine in Marin County, CA, and is the author of the book Radical Medicine. The word radical means, “going to the root or origin and pertaining to that which is fundamental and thorough.” Dr. Williams follows this “radical medicine” philosophy, by addressing such core issues as heavy metal and petrochemical detoxification (mercury amalgam fillings, toxic cosmetics, etc.), clearing dental, tonsil, sinus, and other focal infections, treating scar interference fields, identifying significant malocclusions (“bad bites”), and uncovering hidden food sensitivities. She uses various cutting-edge treatment modalities including constitutional homeopathy (according to Dr. Divya Chhabra from India),auriculotherapy from France, neural therapy from Germany, nutritional supplementation, and counseling patients on the importance of a nutrient-dense organic GMO-free Weston A. Price diet. With Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Dr. Williams co-developed Neural Kinesiology (now ART) and has originated her current energetic testing method Matrix Reflex Testing (MRT). Besides the book Radical Medicine, she has authored over 20 teaching manuals, 4 DVDs, and 5 ebooks.
William G. Winter, DVM received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 1975. He also received a degree in animal husbandry, completed post-graduate studies and conducted research in veterinary toxicology. In 1980 he created the Uptown Veterinarian, one of the largest and most successful holistic veterinary practices in the U.S. In 1983 he co-founded the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He created and owns Rescue Animal Products and launched Sojourner Farms, a raw pet food company. He is the author of The Holistic Veterinary Handbook.
In 1999 he sold his practice and the pet food company to become a free-lance journalist and lecturer, teaching about holistic livestock herd health, sustainable agriculture and traditional nutrition. He has recently founded the American Holistic Livestock Association. In 2008 he founded Traditional Foods MN. He works as a holistic herd health consultant for grass-based livestock producers and owns and operates Grassfarmer Supply out of Cannon Falls, MN. He also raises Kiko goats, Barbados Blackbelly sheep and Berkshire hogs, conducts invasive weed eradication programs and sells artisanal meats to a direct market buying club.
Tiffany Wright, PhD
known as the Skinny Coach, is a behavioral modification expert and weight-loss author. She earned her doctorate in personality and psychometrics from the University of California and has presented workshops throughout the world. She has an intuitive understanding of people and believes that personality and cognitive behavioral mechanisms determine what they do to their bodies. Combining her studies of nutrition, personality and compulsive overeating, along with continuing academic research on the addictive affect of refined foods on the body, Tiffany developed the Skinny Coach Solution and founded the Sugar Free Initiative–finally, a relatively simple solution that works for people who have found it impossible to stay on a diet long enough to lose the weight they desire. Tiffany lost 100 pounds and has kept it off nearly 20 years.