David Brownstein, MD, is a Board-Certified family physician who utilizes the best of conventional and alternative therapies. He is the Medical Director for the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Brownstein is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine. He is the father of two beautiful girls, Hailey and Jessica, and is a retired soccer coach. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally about his success using natural remedies. Dr. Brownstein has authored eight books: Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 3rd Edition; Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do; The Miracle of Natural Hormones 3rd Edition; Overcoming Thyroid Disorders 2nd Edition; Overcoming Arthritis; Salt Your Way to Health; The Guide To Healthy Eating; and The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet. Visit his website at www.centerforholisticmedicine.com
Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition), graduated with honors as a medical doctor in 1984 from Bashkir Medical University in Russia. In the following years she gained a postgraduate degree in neurology.After practicing for five years as a neurologist and three years as a neurosurgeon, she started a family and moved to the UK. Fairly shortly after that her son was diagnosed autistic, which prompted an intensive study into causes and treatments of autism. It was during this time that Dr. Campbell-McBride developed her theories on the relationship between neurological disorders and nutrition. She then completed a second postgraduate degree in human nutrition at Sheffield University, UK.
Having successfully treated her son, Dr. Campbell-McBride has returned to practice in 2000 and runs the Cambridge Nutrition Clinic. She has specialized in using nutritional approach as a treatment, and has become recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in treating children and adults with learning disabilities and other mental disorders, as well as children and adults with digestive and immune disorders.
In 2004 she has published Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment Of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression And Schizophrenia, in which she explores the connection between the patient’s physical state and brain function. The book gives full details of the GAPS Nutritional Protocol, highly successful in treating patients with learning disabilities and other mental problems.
In her clinic, Dr Campbell-McBride works with many patients suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and other complications of atherosclerosis. She has become acutely aware of the existing confusion about nutrition and these conditions, which spurred an intensive study into this subject. The result of this study is her new book Put You Heart In Your Mouth! What Really Is Heart Disease And What We Can Do To Prevent And Even Reverse It.
Dr Campbell-McBride is a keynote speaker at many professional conferences and seminars around the world. She frequently gives talks to health practitioners, patient groups and associations. She is a member of the Society of Authors and a regular contributing health editor to a number of magazines and newsletters.
Paul Chek, HHP, NMT. For over 25 years, Paul Chek’s unique, holistic health approach to treatment and education has transformed the lives of countless men and women through educational programs designed to enhance each individual’s health and well-being potential. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute, based in San Diego, California and the P~P~S Success Mastery Program. As a walking, talking definition of success, Paul is above all an educator: teaching and applying his methods to benefit others through lectures and multimedia. He is an internationally renowned expert at developing practical and effective methods for addressing all aspects of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has successfully coached clients toward complete resolution of their health and performance challenges, where traditional approaches have consistently failed. Paul is sought after as an international presenter and consultant for successful organizations including the Chicago Bulls, Australia’s Canberra Raiders, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has produced more than 50 videos, six books, and 16 advanced-level home study courses while regularly contributing to several industry publications and web sites, such as Mercola.com and Personal Training on the Net.
Mary Cordaro, Home Environmental Specialist, CEO H3Environmental is a Certified Bau-Bioloigist. She has also created a line of organic, hypo-allergic mattresses and bedding under her own name, called “The Mary Cordaro Collection Naturally Healthy, Organic Beds and Bedding.” Since 1989, Mary has helped clients who are sensitive to conventional building and interior materials by providing resources for diagnosing and solving environmental home problems. Her integrated approach is unique, synthesizing the fields of “Bau-Biologie,”* Building Science, and green building with an overlay of the low consumption, ecological lifestyle. Cordaro directs a team of specialists who work together to test for and solve contaminant problems in homes. She also consults with homeowners, architects, interior designers and contractors on healthy (and not just green) new construction and remodels. She lectures and teaches around the country. Visit her website at www.h3environmental.com. *Bau-Biologie, which means “building with life,” is a field that originated in Germany. It is the study of how living and working environments affect both human and planetary health.
Tom Cowan, MD is in private medical practice in San Francisco, California. He is a frequent lecturer around the country on health and nutrition. His book, The Fourfold Path to Healing, was published in 2004. Dr. Cowan is on the Board of Directors of The Weston A. Price Foundation. Visit his website at www.fourfoldhealing.com.
Gary Cox practices environmental and agricultural law with the law firm of Lane, Alton and Horst LLC. Gary served in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office for 14 years and prosecuted such Fortune 500 firms as General Motors, BP Chemical, Philips Electronics, Sun Oil Company and AK Steel. Since entering private practice, Gary’s clients have included organic farmers and raw milk producers. Gary represented Carol Schmitmeyer in her raw milk victory over the Ohio Department of Agriculture and is currently General Counsel to the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Gary lives in Columbus, Ohio with his teenage son and daughter, is an avid gardener, a former organic vegetable farmer, a supporter of local farmers and consumes raw milk and yogurt daily.
Debra Lynn Dadd brings over twenty years of research and real-life experience to her work as a consumer advocate for health and the environment. She is the author of Home Safe Home: Creating a Healthy Home Environment by Reducing Exposure to Toxic Household Products (Tarcher/Penguin 2004) and Home Safe Home. Debra also publishes the online directory “Debra’s List,” which contains nearly 1000 links to nontoxic, natural and earthwise products, and the popular “Green Living Q&A” blog. She is a regular contributor to Ecological Home Ideas magazine, is a consultant to individuals and businesses, and lectures frequently. She lives with her husband and cat in a nontoxic home in Clearwater, Florida.
Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN is the founder and director of The Whole Nutritionist. Dr. Kaayla Daniel designs individualized diet, supplement and lifestyle plans. She is the author of The Whole Soy Story, as well as numerous publications on nutrition, herbal medicine, anti-aging therapies, and environmental medicine. Dr. Daniel is on the Board of Directors of The Weston A Price Foundation. Visit her website at www.thewholesoystory.com.
James DeMeo, PhD, formally studied the Earth, atmospheric, and environmental/social sciences at Florida International University and the University of Kansas, where he earned his PhD in 1986. At KU, he openly undertook graduate-level natural scientific research specifically focused upon Wilhelm Reich’s controversial discoveries, subjecting those ideas to rigorous testing with positive verification of the original findings. DeMeo has undertaken field research in the arid American Southwest, Egypt, Israel, sub-Saharan Eritrea, and Namibia, Africa. His published works include various articles and compendiums, and several books, including Saharasia, The Orgone Accumulator Handbook, On Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy and Heretic’s Notebook. He is also co-editor for the German-language compendium Nach Reic, and editor of the journal Pulse of the Planet. DeMeo served on the faculty of Geography at Illinois State University and the University of Miami. He founded the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab and Greenspring Center in rural Ashland, Oregon, holding the post of Director since 1978.
Dina Falconi is an herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair, owner of Falcon Formulations, a natural body care product business, co-creator of Earthly Extracts, a line of medicinal tinctures, and a founding member of the Northeast Herbal Association. She offers workshops and consultations throughout the northeast. Dina is Chapter Leader for the Hudson Valley Weston A. Price Foundation, on the steering committee of Slow Food – Hudson Valley Convivium, and organizes the Family Farm Festival, a sustainable agriculture festival in High Falls, New York, held the Sunday after Labor Day.
Sally Fallon, MA- President of The Weston A Price Foundation and Founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, Ms. Fallon lectures extensively around the world on issues of health and nutrition. She is a prolific writer of numerous articles and books. In 1996, Ms. Fallon published Nourishing Traditions, the cookbook which launched her career in alternative health.
Lynne Farrow, MA, is a former college professor, journalist and editor. She currently serves as Director of the nonprofit research and advocacy organization, Breast Cancer Choices. She has moderated the Amazon Breast Cancer Internet Group for many years and investigated research for integrative therapies. In 2005, Breast Cancer Choices launched a patient-driven research initiative, The Iodine Investigation Project. This database study follows women using iodine as a part of their therapy strategy for breast disease, with an emphasis on breast cancer. The organization is the first cancer advocacy group to conduct a database study by patients for patients. Lynne also moderates Breast Cancer Think Tank, an information-oriented Internet discussion group exploring articles, studies, therapies, ideas and medical conference speeches. Visit her website at www.breastcancerchoices.org.
David E. Gumpert specializes in reporting and writing about health and food issues. He writes for a number of publications, like BusinessWeek.com, The Nation, Fortune Small Business, and the Boston Globe Magazine. He also writes a popular blog, The Complete Patient (www.thecompletepatient.com), which over the last two years has aggressively covered the health and regulatory issues around the availability and legality of raw milk, as well as the implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
In addition, David is a well-known business writer, whos most recent business book, Burn Your Business Plan! What Investors Really Want from Entrepreneursm provides entrepreneurs with concrete guidance for going beyond a focus on written business plans to attract investor interest. It has been widely praised by entrepreneurs, investors, and academics alike, and is used as a teaching tool in many business schools around the country.
David is also author or co-author of six other books on various aspects of business, including the best-selling How to Really Create a Successful Business Plan, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and Business Plans That Win $$$: Lessons from the MIT Enterprise Forum. Most recently, he co-authored the book, Inge: A Girl’s Journey Through Nazi Europe. It is the story of his family’s experiences during the Holocaust, and was selected as a finalist in the memoir-autobiography category by the Indpendent Publisher Book Awards for 2005.
In 1995, he co-founded an Internet marketing company that grew to 20 employees and was acquired in late 1999 by a public corporation.
Prior to his book-writing and entrepreneurship career, he spent nine years as a staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal and seven years as small business editor of the Harvard Business Review. He was also a senior editor of Inc. Magazine.
Joseph Heckman, PhD, is a Professor of Soil Science at Rutgers University where he teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Agroecology. His current research focus is on sustaining soil fertility with nutrient cycling and composting. His extension programs are designed to support healthy plant and animal ecosystems with the goal of establishing sustainable communities and local nutritious food systems. Dr. Heckman has served as Associate Editor of Journal of American Society of Horticulture Science, and as Chair of the Council on History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science. Dr. Heckman is currently serving on the American Society Agronomy, Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. In 2008, Dr. Heckman hosted a seminar series on Raw Milk at Rutgers University.
For almost 20 years prior to its launch he was president of M. A. Kastel and Associates, Inc. His professional practice included political consulting, lobbying work on behalf of family farm groups and business development work benefiting family-scale farmers. Mr. Kastel has played a key role in a number of cooperative ventures designed to empower farmers in the marketplace. His development work has focused on creating sustainable farmer-owned businesses with an emphasis on dairy production and marketing.
Kastel played a key role in the farm community’s response to the introduction of rBGH. His watershed research, published while doing policy work for the Farmers Union, brought great media scrutiny on this issue when he revealed the fact that cows were dying and whole herds were suffering from serious illnesses soon after they were injected. He has been intimately involved at numerous stages during development of the bill to regulate organic farming in Congress and the subsequent rulemaking process at the USDA.
Kastel, who worked for agribusiness giants International Harvester and J.I. Case before making the paradigm shift to sustainable farming, lives on a 160-acre organic farm in the rugged hills of southwestern Wisconsin, near the tiny burg of Rockton. Visit his website at www.cornucopia.org.
Claudia Keel is a clinical herbalist, and flower essence therapist practicing in New York City. She is also the Weston Price Foundation NYC chapter leader and the founder- president of the Traditional Nutrition Guild, a non-profit buying club connecting 600+ metro NY members with organic farmers producing delicious, nutrient-dense foods. As an avid gardener and wild-crafter, she has great love of vital and abundant wild foods.
Galen Knight, PhD, began his career in cancer research at Snyder Memorial Foundation in Winfield, Kansas, midway through his undergraduate studies. After obtaining a BS degree in chemistry and biology from Southwestern College in 1976, he worked his way through graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin as a teaching assistant and research associate, obtaining a PhD Chemistry from the Biochemistry Department, with extensive additional study and training in all possible areas of health, except memorizing drugs. His dissertation describes the resolution, characterization, and reconstitution of each component of the iodinating system in the thyroid gland, which is the probable pathway actually responsible for thyroid hormone biosynthesis, one that is completely different than alleged peroxide-dependent mechanisms. After post-doctoral work at the University of New Mexico, perfecting assays used by Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis) to identify and develop Lescol for lowering cholesterol while also discovering both the vitaletheine modulators and novel therapeutic uses for beta-alethine, he published the latter discoveries on the non-toxic cancer and immune therapies along with blood-building benefits in back-to-back papers in the November 1, 1994 issue of Cancer Research, also presenting posters on these subjects at the American Society for Cell Biology in Denver, Colorado, and at the American Association for Cancer Research Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. The humoral or antibody-mediated immunological benefits for cancer treatments are developed further in a number of patents and other applications.
Galen co-founded VitaleTherapeutics, Inc., in February of 1995 with Dr. Ron Watson, who just happens to have co-authored a CRC Handbook on Nutrition and AIDS with Dr. Mary Enig, vice president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Galen is the principal author of most of this organization’s web site, www.VitaleTherapeutics.org, devoted to the study and dissemination of truthful information about these and other inexpensive, non-toxic, nutritional, environmental, and immunotherapeutic approaches to the treatment and elimination of disease. In more than 30 years of health research, Knight has also elucidated new ways in which cholesterol biosynthesis is naturally regulated, along with many toxins that cause cancer and the mechanisms through which this all occurs. These insights have led to several non-toxic and nutritional ways of preventing and treating disease. For example, thyroid imbalances, resulting from underlying causes similar to heart disease and cancer, can result in a variety of health problems, including poor assimilation and utilization of food, poor thermal regulation, imbalances in enzymes and protein, and even neurological and “emotional” problems such as delirium, schizophrenia, hallucinations, mania, seizures, and anxiety. Another publication co-authored by Galen describes the identification of a toxic 24,25-epoxide of cholesterol in foodstuffs that forms spontaneously in air, ultimately resulting in 25-hydroxycholesterol (Journal of Lipid Research, 1994), which indicates that the cooking and packaging of foods with cholesterol content are critical to safety. Galen also used 3-dimensional kriging algorithms to determine that early intervention, when edema is just starting, is the key to successful lymphedema treatment in breast cancer patients (American Journal of Surgeons, 1999). Most recently, Galen contributed to the Weston A. Price Foundation’s efforts to petition for removal of heart health claims for soy.
Dr. Janet R. Lang, BA, DC, is a 1979 summa cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. She began studying Dr. Royal Lee’s whole food nutrition philosophy while a student at Palmer and has used Standard Process nutrition extensively in her practices. She is the author of Understanding the Peripheral Nervous System and a contributing author (along with others, including Bernie Siegel, MD, Norman Cousins and Prince Charles) of the book The Heart of the Healer.
Dr. Lang developed a large practice in the Catskill region of New York before being invited to join the multi-professional Healing Arts Clinic in Loveland, Colorado. There she developed another substantial practice which included two chiropractic associates. The other health professionals at Healing Arts included a dentist, medical doctors, psychologists, and massage therapists.
In practice for 28 years, Dr. Lang now resides and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Her time is devoted to her consulting practice, ongoing clinical research, and teaching professional Functional Endocrinology seminars across the country. Visit her website at drjlang.com.
Norman Lofts has been producing and directing documentary films for four years. He has focused his career on social issue documentaries. Previously, he worked as a management consultant, and is the author of the business book Process Visualization. He is an active member of the Documentary Organization of Canada. An American in Muskoka, produced in 2006, illustrates the impact that wealthy Canadians have on their recreational environment as they knowingly overdevelop the pristine lakes of Muskoka. In an interesting twist, it shows how an enclave of Americans on one lake struggles to preserve the culture and traditions that define the uniqueness of Muskoka.
Chris Masterjohn is the creator and editor of Cholesterol-And-Health.Com, a web site dedicated to extolling the benefits of cholesterol and cholesterol-rich foods. He is a frequent contributor to Wise Traditions, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He has published two peer-reviewed publications, including a hypothesis on the molecular mechanism of vitamin D toxicity. His primary interest is the interaction between the fat-soluble vitamins, especially vitamins A, D and K. He holds a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently pursuing his PhD in Nutritional Science with a specialty in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at the University of Connecticut.
Mark McAfee is president of Organic Pastures Dairy Company, established in 1999 to supply organic raw milk to consumers in California. He developed andimplemented the first mobile Grade A milking barn, allowing cows to be milked in the pasture. Mark has worked closely with government officials and university researchers to demonstrate the superior safety of raw milk.
Judith McGeary is the WAPF chapterleader for Austin, Texas. She is also an attorney, a farmer, and the Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. The Alliance is a non-profit organization founded to protect the rights of independent farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders, and to help ensure the success of independent agriculture. Ms. McGeary has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University, a J.D. with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and is working on a Masters degree in natural resource management, based on work with compost tea. In her legal career, she has practiced administrative law, litigation, and appeals. She and her husband run a small farm with heritage poultry, sheep, cows, and horses.
Taaron Meikle – President Taaron Hohman Meikle is a perfect fit with the vision of FTCLDF. Taaron is the fifth generation of a Colorado Ranching and Farming family, whose love for the land and its ample bounty are a heritage. A long time student of nutrition, Taaron follows the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price. She recalls: “As a toddler, my parents grew increasingly concerned about my lack of speech. At three years of age, during a meal-time prayer, I spoke my first words, “Oh, I see a cow!” The cow, in my grandparent’s pasture, was doing what all cows should be doing – eating grass. and providing unaltered, healthy milk. My wish is to make sure that our farmers are free to provide these same benefits to our consumers nationwide.” As a homeschooling advocate, Taaron has been educating her four sons for over twelve years. It is her fervent hope that the FTCLDF will positively impact the food practices of the nation in her children’s future. It is her joy and challenge to help the FTCLDF move forward.
Mary L. Morris, BA, CRT, RPSGT, is a Registered Polysomnography Technologist. She holds a BA degree from the University of Arizona, and is also a certified Respiratory Therapist with over twelve years’ experience. Mary and her family have miraculously recovered from a life of deteriorating health, and emerged into a life of renewed energy by adopting a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, exercise and good sleep. With over five years’ experience as a sleep professional, Mary regularly educates her patients in the importance of allowing the body factory to rebuild itself by adopting quality sleep practices.
Renaissance man Richard Morris has been a medical illustrator, college-level instructor, aerospace software designer and biodynamic farm hand. Once weighing over 400 pounds, Richard lost over 150 pounds eating real food. He is the author of A Life Unburdened: Getting Over Weight and Getting on with My Life. The book is a hard-hitting memoir and survival guide that details his recovery from morbid obesity. Richard is a sought-after speaker and the creator of breadandmoney.com, a web site that extols the virtues of traditional foods and independent thinking. An ardent supporter of personal empowerment for public health and fair trade for the family farm, Richard delivers his inspiring message of real food for real living to eager audiences around the country.
Katherine Mowbray likes to work with people from all walks of life to promote and educate them about cheese and milk delicacies, so that people have the confidence and skills to make their own. IShe feels that it is important to keep this ancient art of cheese making alive and well and in the grasp of people’s hands today. Technology, commercialism and modern culinary practices are far removed from the artisan cheese maker. Katherine puts people in touch with something that is real and makes possible for them the craft of cheese making. She lives in New Zealand, makes cheese on a small scale and travels the country teaching.
Julia Ross, MA, MFT, is a pioneer in the field of nutritional psychology. She is the best selling author of The Diet Cure (Penguin, 2000), a guide to recovery from addiction to refined carbohydrates. Her second book, The Mood Cure (Penguin, 2004), is a nutritional brain repair manual for those suffering from our epidemics of depression, anxiety, over-stress, and chemical dependency. Ross has founded and directed seven treatment programs for mood problems, addictions, and eating disorders in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980. She is now Executive Director of the nationally recognized Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, California. There, Ross and her team of psychotherapists, nutritionists, and holistic physicians, have developed an innovative treatment model that has helped thousands of people eliminate their chronic negative moods and dependence on toxic comfort foods, alcohol, drugs, and antidepressant medications.
Ross lectures and teaches internationally and conducts her own professional training seminars throughout the U.S. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and her alternative methods for treating depression have twice been featured on NBC news programs aired nationwide.
Professor Beverly Rubik, Phd., earned her PhD in biophysics in 1979 at the University of California at Berkeley. As a frontier scientist, she is internationally renowned for exploring biofield science and energy medicine. Her main area of focus is research on the subtle energetics of living systems, including spiritual healing. She has published over 60 papers and two books. Dr. Rubik serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, and Integrative Medicine Insights. She has served on the advisory boards of various groups, including the Program in Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Rubik 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) from 1992-1997, and she chaired the NIH panels on electromagnetic medicine and manual healing. This was the precursory organization to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science (IFS) in 1996. Laurance S. Rockefeller, Sr., helped support the founding of the IFS. In 2002, IFS was awarded an NIH center grant for frontier medicine research on biofield science in consortium with researchers at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rubik was a project director in this consortium and supervised studies on Reiki, a form of Japanese spiritual healing, and on qigong therapy, a healing practice that originated in China.
Beverly Rubik has appeared on numerous television programs throughout the US and worldwide, including a live appearance on the most popular morning television program in the US, “Good Morning America” (ABC-TV), where she presented her research on the human energy field in December 2000. She serves as a consultant in the health care industry on maverick health and wellness products and as a holistic health consultant to individual clients.
Dr. Rubik is most recently the author of Life at the Edge of Science, published by the Institute for Frontier Sciences.
Jack L. Samuels is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology and a Master of Science in Hospital Administration degree.
Mr. Samuels is co-founder and president of the Truth-in-Labeling Campaign (TLC), a former vice president of Nutrition for Optimal Health Association (NOHA), a former member of the advisory board of the former National Organization Mobilized to Stop Glutamates (NOMSG), and a member of the honorary board of The Weston A. Price Foundation.
Following about 15 years as a hospital administrator, Mr. Samuels became an investment banker, providing investment banking services to the health care industry. He has been retired since 1995 because he found it impossible to avoid becoming ill from MSG when traveling to serve his clients. Mr. Samuels has lost consciousness over 30 times from MSG.
Since 1989, Mr. Samuels has worked with his wife, Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D., to advise consumers, physicians, researchers, and government officials about the dangers of MSG, and to counsel MSG-sensitive people. They have testified at meetings held by, and/or funded by, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relating to MSG, and have had articles and letters published in health magazines and scientific journals. They have also appeared on radio and television regarding the MSG issue.
In 1994, the Samuels participated as plaintiffs in a federal suit against the FDA regarding the full disclosure of MSG in processed foods. At that time, the Samuels decided to start a nonprofit corporation, TLC, to serve the needs of MSG-sensitive people, and to represent their interests in the court effort. TLC was incorporated in Illinois as a not-for-profit corporation in 1994, and is recognized as a nonprofit agency by the Internal Revenue Service.
Michael Schmidt: Organic Hero or Bioterrorist, produced in 2008, details year in the life of a Canadian activist farmer whose dairy farm was raided by 25 armed officers. It tells the story of raw organic milk in Canada and the right of informed consumers to choose and procure the food they eat, directly from farmers they trust. The film had its world premiere at the Slow Food on Film Festival, Bologna, Italy, May, 2008.
Jeffrey Smith is the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology. His globally respected research captured public attention in 2003 with his first book Seeds of Deception—the world’s bestselling book on genetically modified (GM) foods, published in 10 languages. Mr. Smith’s recent book, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods, presents 65 health dangers of GM foods and demonstrates that current safety assessments are not competent to protect the public from harm.
Former UK environment minister Michael Meacher says the revelations in Genetic Roulette may “change the global course of events this century.” GM Watch wrote, “Smith has to be the best science communicator alive today, and this book stands as the final word on GM health risks.” Author Candace Pert, formerly a scientist with the US National Institutes of Health, describes Smith as “the leading world expert in the understanding and communication of the health issues surrounding genetically modified foods.”
A popular keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has lectured in more than 25 countries and has counseled world leaders from every continent. He has been quoted by hundreds of media outlets across the globe including, The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC World Service, Nature, New Scientist, and Time Magazine.
Mr. Smith is the founder of the GM-Free School Campaign, as well as The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America, a revolutionary industry and consumer movement designed to remove GM ingredients from the US food supply.
He lives with his wife in Iowa, surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn. Visit his website at www.seedsofdeception.com.
Dr. Beverly B. Teter, PhD., received her B.S degree in chemistry from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She has studied the chemistry, biochemistry and metabolic effects of trans fatty acids for nearly thirty years. She was the first researcher to report the effects of these isomeric fatty acids on milk fat in mice, cows, and women. Most of the data on trans fatty acids that are presented in the USDA food composition tables came from the research laboratories at the University of Maryland under contract with the USDA. She has published numerous research papers and authored several book chapters and white papers dealing with fatty acid composition and metabolism. Dr. Teter holds two patents with three others pending. She and her husband are the joyous parents of four sons and five grandchildren.
Kim Thompson specializes in the mechanics of body movement. Pain, stiffness and difficulty in daily activities are often related to how you move. Learning to move in harmony with your body’s design can help you find comfort, better range of motion, and ease.
Kim has made this journey personally. A vehicle accident in 1991 left her with low back and neck pain for 10 years. After visiting many health professionals, she finally found relief in Yoga classes. She has pursued training in several movement and bodywork modalities: Yoga, Feldenkrais(r), CranioSacral Therapy, Bones for Life(r), and Sounder SleepTM. Kim helps others improve their ability to move freely and easily. Her clients range from stroke survivors to professional athletes, and from youths to seniors. To learn more, visit www.OptimizedMovement.com.
At this year’s conference, Kim will lead morning movement sessions in Gentle Yoga, The Secrets of Sitting Comfortably, Pain-Free Movements in Daily Activities, and Deep Tension Release.
Theresa Vernon, LAc, has worked with chronic and difficult health conditions since 1986 using comprehensive healing programs including Chinese Medicine, diet, and supplement therapy utilizing Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. Metal imbalances and toxicities are important factors in difficult to treat patients. She practices in Ojai, California.
Louisa Williams, ND, Louisa Williams currently practices as a naturopathic physician (Bastyr University) in Marin County, Ccalifornia. She also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (Texas Chiropractic College) and a Master’s in counseling psychology (Purdue). She has lectured extensively in both Europe and America, and has published over 20 teaching manuals and recently authored her first book, Radical Medicine: Profound Intervention in a Profoundly Toxic Age. After over 24 years in clinical practice, she has come to recognize and specialize in the following areas: environmental medicine, especially the detoxification of dental amalgam fillings and other heavy metals; therapeutic intervention in petrochemical intoxication; the diagnosis and appropriate referral for dental malocclusions and TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) as well as for dental focal infections and, when required, cavitation surgery. She also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of other chronic focal infections (tonsil, sinus, etc.) and scar interference fields, dietary counseling and nutritional supplementation, the assessment of food allergies and dysbiosis, the use of Belgium drainage and German isopathic remedies, auriculotherapy (according to Nogier of France), neural therapy from Germany, spinal and craniosacral manipulation, and constitutional homeopathy (according to the Sankaran System from India). Visit her website at radicalmedicine.com.
Larry Wisch has been interested in ecology and community his entire life. He received a degree in Urban Human Ecology from Antioch College 1975 and a Certificate of Horticulture from The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in 1977, and began working as a horticulturalist and horticulture instructor. In 1980 he co-founded San Francisco’s first limited equity housing cooperative. From 1985 to 2004 he expressed his entrepreneurial spirit by starting and running two different market research companies: Larry Wisch Associates and Blarry House Research. In May of 2006 Larry celebrated the sixth anniversary of his victory over lymphatic cancer. He is also a leader in the Alive and Well HIV alternative movement. Larry’s lifelong quest for healing and wellness led him to the Weston A. Price Foundation, and in 2005 he became the San Francisco Chapter Leader.
Larry grew up in the an extended community in the North Bronx The Amalgamated Cooperatives, where socialized medicine, cooperative daycare, nursery schools, and union organizing were part of his original view of the world. Chicken soup and other wonderful Jewish Eastern European smells permeated the hallways and apartments. He now lives in San Francisco with his partner Giancarlo Calabrese. He is the beverage maker at Three Stone Hearth community supported kitchen in Berkeley, California.
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