Ted Beals, MS, MD, received all of his advanced degrees and training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is now retired after 31 years on the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School and service in the Veterans Health Administration in Ann Arbor and as a senior executive in Washington DC. As certified pathologist with diagnostic, research and laboratory experience, he is now pursuing a personal interest in dairy testing and safety of milk. He has written on bovine TB and has been presenting scientific testimony on fresh unprocessed milk in North America for the last several years, promoting the rights of farmers to provide and consumers to obtain farm fresh milk and other local farm products. A lifelong advocate for organic principles and traditional nutrient-dense foods, Ted works with his wife Peggy Beals as a WAPF Chapter Leader. They are Directors of the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, members of the MI-Fresh Milk Council (a partnership of Michigan cowshare dairy farmers and consumers) and serve on the Michigan Fresh Unprocessed Whole Milk Workgroup (working to enable consumers access to fresh unprocessed milk in Michigan). They conducted an extensive written questionnaire of cowshare consumers in Michigan and neighboring states. They live on 40 acres in rural Michigan.
Kevin Brown is President of Liberation Wellness and co-author of the Liberation Diet. He serves as a Fellow on the National Board of Fitness Examiners, and is president of Visionary Trainers. Kevin and his wife Tracy are Chapter leaders for the Weston A. Price foundation, a non-profit organization that is helping restore real food to its rightful place in the American diet.
Jerry Brunetti, BS, is managing director of Agri-Dynamics, a 23-year-old company engaged in ecological systems approaches to livestock, crop and horticultural programs. Jerry is also co-founder of Earthworks, a company engaged since 1991 in instituting biological practices in the golf course and landscape industries. Jerry was an animal science major at North Carolina State University. He currently serves on the steering committees of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Weston Price Foundation, the Lower Mt. Bethel Environmental Advisory Council, and The Foodshed Alliance of the Ridge Valley. Jerry is a regular speaker at numerous sustainable agriculture and health conferences throughout the USA.
Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(NA) is a classical homeopathic consultant and educator. She began her studies in homeopathy in 1986 and is nationally certified by the North American Society of Homeopaths and the Council for Homeopathic Certification.
Author of Cure Yourself and Family, and columnist of The Homeopathy Corner in Wise Traditions, Joette empowers folks on college campuses, at the Chautauqua Institution, seminars and webinars.
Her easy-learn CD’s and books are required study in colleges and homeopathy schools in the U.S. and Canada. Joette coaches and inspires mothers and others to take on the art of genuine health at home through the powerful duo of WAPF and homeopathy. To learn more about Joette’s dynamic presentation, contact us at www.homeopathyworks.net
Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, 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.
Kari Carlisle With a Master of Arts degree in anthropology, Kari Carlisle is museum curator for Fremont Indian State Park and Museum in central Utah . In addition to caring for over 150 thousand artifacts, Kari is responsible managing the park’s archaeological sites, exhibits, educational programs, and special events. Kari also oversees all visitor center operations, including resale, visitor services, personnel and volunteers. Kari serves on the board of the Utah Museums Association and chairs the committee for Richfield , Utah ’s annual Natural Resource Festival. On her personal time, Kari acts as the Sevier County Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, publishes articles on natural canine health care, and enjoys hiking with her husband, John, and two retired racing greyhounds, Jack and Samantha.
Monica Corrado started her “REAL Food Revolution” in 2006, when she began teaching whole food cooking classes throughout the DC metro area. It is her mission in life to teach moms and others how to cook REAL, nourishing food. Monica has taught hundreds of people how to cook REAL food over the past 4 years, has given numerous workshops and talks, coordinated Farm Food Voices events on Capitol Hill, and been on FRESH panels with Sally Fallon Morell and Joel Salatin. Monica also offers REAL Food Cooking Camps for children every summer where children learn the benefits of REAL Food which serves them throughout their lifetime.
Monica is a whole food chef and holistic nutrition educator, with a background in holistic nutrition, biodynamic agriculture, Ayurveda, and other alternative healing modalities. On the forefront of sustainable and local food movement, Monica was a founding member of one of the first CSAs in the DC metro area in 1998, which provided biodynamic food and milk to families. (CSA stands for community supported agriculture.) She began working with sustainable farms such as Polyface Farm years before FRESH and Food, Inc. Monica’s organic catering company, The Basic Feast, was the only catering company which prepared nourishing, traditional food from local, organic and sustainable farms. The Basic Feast catered some of the first Wise Traditions conferences.
Monica is a member of the Honorary Board of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism. Her private practice, Simply Being Well, is based in Takoma Park, MD, where she helps individuals reclaim their connection to well-being through REAL food and other healing modalities. Monica’s current work focuses on the KETCHUP Revolution, where moms take one small step (making ketchup!) toward improving their children’s health. She is also passionate about the brain-gut connection and helping children come to balance through food, especially those with AD/HD and on the Autistic Spectrum. Other clients are those with digestive disorders, cancer survivors, those with fertility issues, “failure to thrive” babies and those transitioning to solid foods, and others who are interested in using food to heal or to “simply be well”. For more information about Monica, see www.simplybeingwell.com.
Thomas Cowan, MD is a physician 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 serves on the Board of Directors of The Weston A. Price Foundation. Visit his website at www.fourfoldhealing.com.
Andrew Cutler, PhD, PE Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD, PE is the author of Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment and also of Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities. These books are described at www.noamalgam.com and www.noamalgam.com/hairtestbook.html. He has a PhD in chemistry from Princeton, a BS in physics from the University of California. He is a registered patent agent and a licensed professional chemical engineer. He currently works as a detox consultant as well as writing books. He does not have any sort of health care license and nothing he says is intended as medical advice. His curriculum vita can be viewed at www.noamalgam.com/vita.html.
Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN is The Naughty NutritionistTM because of her ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths. She earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Anti-Aging Therapies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati , is certified as a clinical nutritionist (CCN) by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists in Dallas , and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. In 2005, Dr. Daniel received the Weston A. Price Foundation’s Integrity in Science Award. She is the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America ‘s Favorite Health Food, which has been endorsed by leading health experts, including Drs Russell Blaylock, Larry Dossey, Joseph Mercola, Kilmer McCully, Doris J. Rapp, Jonathan Wright and many others. Based in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Daniel is a nutritionist in private practice and works with clients all over the country. She is the mother of two children adopted from Korea and Vietnam, performs Bach organ recitals, and enjoys ballroom dancing, firewalking, hiking and yoga.
Maureen Diaz is a Liberation Wellness educator, WAPF chapter leader, writer, and producer of several DVD’s teaching WAP principles. She tries to keep up with her family and many projects from her home near Gettysburg, Pa. Check out her resources at www.nourishingtraditionalcook.com
Robert Disney, Robert Disney works as an environmental scientist for a state regulatory agency. He deals specifically with waste issues. How to dispose of something is often a challenge and sometimes detonation is the choice and is his favorite method!
He was introduced to the Weston Price Foundation in 1999 by June Varner while both were in attendance at an environmental conference in Minnesota. He finally had the opportunity to attend a weekend conference, conducted by Sally, in South Dakota last year and was captivated by the traditions of our ancestors. He is honored and humbled to be invited to speak at this conference with such like-minded people.
Robert will bring his understanding of the chemical environment and its impact on us to the conference. Specifically he will address mercury and waste water contaminants.
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.
Wayne Feister, DO –a General Practice Physician from Rawson, Ohio–specializes in Osteopathic Manipulation to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Currently, as a Clinical Assistant Professor for The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, he directs their Toledo CORE (Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education) program and acts as the main faculty. During his first sixteen years of medical practice, Feister used vitamin and mineral nutrition to remedy disease, but, more recently, he encourages a traditional diet instead of commercial foods to improve health. As a committed member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, he has helped establish eight local chapters, where he is a regular speaker, sharing his knowledge of health, nutrition, and food.
Anne Fischer-Silva, CNT, LE is the founder and owner of “A New Leaf Nutrition”, a private practice with locations in Petaluma and Cloverdale, CA. Anne serves clients from throughout the United States, with an emphasis on endocrine health. Anne received her certification in Functional Nutrition from AIMI in Washington, D.C. Over the last twelve years, she has taught nutrition courses in Washington, Hawaii, and California, hosted “Health-Wise” (a weekly radio show), and written articles for health publications. The focus of her practice is educating people about the importance of nutrient-dense foods and balancing biochemistry. In addition, Anne teaches traditional food cooking classes and serves as the chapter leader for the Santa Rosa Weston A. Price Organization. She is passionate about teaching, fresh local food, cooking, gardening, and connection around the table.
Cathy Garger, MS received Bachelor of Science from University of Maryland in May 2001. In 2009 she founded 501(c)3 organization “People Against A Radioactive Chesapeake” and in 2007 was a founding Charter member of “Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition”. In 2002 she founded “Little Patuxent River Watershed Association”. Cathy is a writer for international news and opinion site, www.axisoflogic.com since October, 2006 and leader of International War Crimes panel for World Prout Assembly National Conference, May 2008. She won Honorable Mention Award in Washington Peace Center’s 4th Annual Activist Awards Gala, December 2008. At the Washington Peace Center she served on a panel on International Illegality of Radiological Weapons: “Poisons of War,” November 2008 and has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on nuclear power, radiological weapons issues, consequences of military pollution from 2005 to 2010.
Nora Gedgaudas, CNT/NTP, NANP has a background in diet and nutrition spanning some 25 years and is a widely recognized, respected and sought out expert in the field. She is certified via the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Nutritional Therapist (CNT/NTP), for whom she has also served as an assistant instructor and guest speaker. Nora has also received National Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition through the respected National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP). Nora has additionally created training videos for the State Of Washington Institute Of Mental Health for State mental health care workers on all levels and is a board certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist in successful private practice in Portland, OR.
Nora is the author of the ground-breaking book, Primal Body-Primal Mind: Empowering Your Total Health the Way Evolution Intended (…and Didn’t), has given numerous lectures and made numerous appearances on television and radio programs throughout the US . She also has an informative blog at www.PrimalBody-PrimalMind.com and her own popular radio program on Voice America ’s Health and Wellness channel called “Primal Body-Primal Mind Radio”, focusing on subjects surrounding diet, health and neurofeedback/brain training.
Nicholas Gonzalez, MD graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with a degree in English Literature. He subsequently worked as a journalist, first at Time Inc., before pursuing premedical studies at Columbia. He then received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1983. During a postgraduate immunology fellowship under Dr. Robert A. Good, considered the father of modern immunology and for years President of Sloan-Kettering, he completed a research study evaluating an aggressive nutritional therapy in the treatment of advanced cancer. Since 1987, Dr. Gonzalez has been in private practice in New York City, treating patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious degenerative illnesses. His nutritional research has received substantial financial support from Procter & Gamble, Nestle, and the National Cancer Institute. Results from a pilot study published in 1999 described the most positive data in the medical literature for pancreatic cancer. Dr. Gonzalez recently released two books. The first, The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer, discusses from a contemporary perspective Dr. John Beard, who 100 years ago first suggested an anti-cancer effect for pancreatic enzymes. The second in the series, One Man Alone, presents the results of Dr. Gonzalez’s five-year investigation of the alternative cancer practitioner Dr. William Donald Kelley completed under the direction of Dr. Good.
For further information about Dr. Gonzalez or his books contact: www.dr-gonzalez.com or New Spring Press LLC: www.newspringpress.com. His practice can be reached by phone at 212-213-3337 or by fax at 212-213-3414.
Stephan Guyenet PhD, is a health researcher with a particular interest in the nutritional causes of modern, non-infectious diseases. He received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in neurobiology at the University of Washington. His journey into nutrition and health research began when he learned that modern chronic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, tooth decay and cancer are rare among a number of traditionally-living populations throughout the world. His interest deepened as he read about the modern diseases that invariably followed industrial Western foods into these cultures. The implications of this reading, along with the poor state of mainstream diet-health information, drove him to seek answers in the biomedical research literature. This culminated in the creation of a free weblog, Whole Health Source. He currently researches body fat regulation at the University of Washington, and writes articles for Whole Health Source in his spare time. He also enjoys cooking traditional foods and exploring the Pacific Northwest’s magnificent mountains on foot.
James Hague is originally from a farming family near Holmfirth in Yorkshire , England . Following a period working in dairy research at ADAS Bridgets in Winchester , James joined independent research organization, Kingshay, in Somerset and spent the next 8 years as Technical Director undertaking research projects, producing technical information and running training workshops for Kingshay’s 1,500 dairy farmer members.
James left Kingshay to pursue a full time dairy farming career in Hampshire, where he and his wife Helen established an added value enterprise, Daisy’s Dairy. The dairy supplied over 1,400 homes with fresh milk and many top restaurants and schools. In 2007 they won the UKTV Food Local Hero award for the high nutritional quality of the milk and the way they connected with their customers, educated school groups and promoted the industry.
Following the loss of their tenancy in 2009, the couple and their four young children moved to New Zealand . Here James continues his passion for high quality food production, this time by advising farmers and growers on the use of sustainable farming techniques, specialising in soil and animal nutrition.
Kimberly Hartke is publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation. Her blog, Hartkeisonline.com brings the many voices of the local foods movement to the rest of the world, via the internet. Visitors from 174 countries read her blog about raw milk, real food and home remedies. She is also a cowshare owner and raw milk activist.
Magda Havas, PhD is Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University where she teaches and does research on the biological effects of environmental contaminants. Dr. Havas received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, completed Post-Doctoral research at Cornell University, and taught at the University of Toronto before going to Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.
Her current research is concerned with the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution including radio frequency radiation, electromagnetic fields, dirty electricity, and ground current. She works with diabetics as well as with individuals who have multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and those who are electrically hypersensitive. Her latest research links microwave radiation from wireless phones to heart irregularities such as arrhythmia (irregular beats of the heart) and tachycardia (rapid heart rate). She also conducts research on sick building syndrome as it relates to dirty electricity in schools. She helped draft Resolution 15 that was passed by the International Association of Firefighters in August 2004 in Boston. She also helped draft a Private Member’s Bill on Ground Current Pollution, the contents of which have been adopted by the Ontario Energy Board. She has given talks in more than a dozen countries on her research. Dr. Havas has co-edited three books and has published more than 100 articles. Her most recent book, co-authored with Camilla Rees, is Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution. She is the author and designer of the BRAG™ Antenna Ranking of School Study released April 2010.
Dr. Havas served as an expert witness in matters dealing with electrical pollution in both Canada and the United States and has been an advisor to several public and educational groups concerned with the health of the environment. She serves on the Scientific Secretariat for the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety and serves as science advisor on EMF-related issues to non-profit organizations in Canada, United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Shannon Hayes is the host of grassfedcooking.com and radicalhomemakers.com. She is the author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, The Farmer and the Grill, and The Grassfed Gourmet. Hayes’ work has been featured in numerous regional and national venues, including Northeast Public Radio, National Public Radio, and The New York Times. Hayes works with her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm raising grassfed and pastured livestock in Upstate New York, and blogs for Yes! magazine.
Dean Howell, ND was born and raised in Everett, Washington. He graduated from Bastyr University with his naturopathic medical degree in 1982, after completing a mathematics degree from the University of Washington in 1978. He divides his time between his home at HealthWalk in Carlsbad, California, and his satellite offices in Hollywood, London, Seattle, and New York City. Dr. Howell is married to actor/author Trisha Howell and has four children: Selena, a naturopathic medical doctor and mother of two; Nathan, a custom software engineer; Derek, a sound engineer/expert in noise abatement as well as Dr. Howell’s NCR therapy assistant; and Brandon, a college student/athlete. Dr. Howell’s hobbies include reading history and fiction, playing golf, body boarding, gourmet organic cooking, movie-going, and hiking.
Anore Jones was born July 18th, 1941 in Trang, Siam, grew up in southern California, then at nine years old, moved to Waldron Island, Washington, where she experienced pioneer living, working the land with horses, milking a cow, gardening, hunting, and fishing for daily food. At sixteen, she went to Alaska, studied botany and graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She traveled to northwest Alaska with her husband, Keith Jones in 1963. They lived in Ambler, an Inupiat village of about 200, during the winter and boated down the Kobuk River to camp in Sisualik with Bob and Carrie Uhl, twelve miles from Kotzebue. Keith and Bob fished commercially for salmon while Carrie and Anore fished for subsistence.
They spent twenty-three years living the lifestyle of modern-day traditional hunter-gatherers, raised two daughters, and ate mostly local foods. Anore focused on learning the Inupiat food lore, questioning elders, practicing the recipes herself, photographing, drawing and taking notes. In 1983 her first book came out, Nauriat Niginaqtuat, Plants That We Eat which detailed the identification, gathering, preserving and eating of local plants. Long out of print, this book will be reprinted by the University of Alaska Press next year
In 1985 they moved to Three Rivers, California to manage a small ranch in the Sierra foothills, raising grass-fed beef, goats and chickens. The U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service contracted her to write her second book and placed it on the web in 2005. Iqaluich Niginaqtuat, Fish That We Eat is available to all.
Mark Keating has worked in organic, sustainable and local agriculture for more than two decades as a farm laborer, extension agent, activist, educator, journalist and USDA staff member. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a contributing writer for Acres USA and lives with his wife and daughter in Kentucky Bluegrass country. The family became WAP Foundation members in 2000 and have maintained a nutrient dense diet ever since.
Kelly, the Kitchen Kop Kelly discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation in 2004 after a long-time love affair with convenience foods. She began passionately researching how to eat better and live better, and in early 2008 the ‘politically incorrect’ Kelly the Kitchen Kop blog was born, with a desire to help others over the many bumps in the road that she learned from in her family’s transition to Real Food. In addition to blogging, she also now enjoys teaching an online class called, ‘Real Food for Rookies‘, and helping individuals become healthier through one-on-one phone or in-person consultations.
Felix Liao, DDS Dr. Felix Liao is a holistic family dentist focusing on the dental contributions to overall illness and wellness. He blends Dr. Weston Price’s research with 21st century technology at Whole Health Dental Center in Falls Church, Virginia.
Teeth and mouth are pivotal in whole body health. Dr. Liao helps patients build natural health by addressing dental infections, gum inflammations, snoring/sleep apnea, teeth grinding, bite-related headaches and neck-back pain. www.WholeHealthDentalCenter.com
Optimal dental-facial development for children by combining nutrition and dental appliance therapy is Dr. Liao’s professional passion, which also includes seeing adults patients regaining their wellness.
Dr. Liao is a Board Certified Biological Dentist in the International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine. He has been in private practice since 1978, following graduation from Brown University (Sc.B Engineering), Case School of Dental Medicine, and General Practice Residency at Rhode Island Hospital.
Dr. Liao has been a speaker at conferences hosted by the International College of Integrative Medicine, the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Weston A. Price Foundation, and the Holistic Moms’ Network, among others.
Chris Masterjohn became a strict vegetarian in his late teens, but realized the importance of nutrient-dense animal foods in the human diet after discovering the work of the dental and nutritional researcher Weston Price and resolving a number of health problems by changing his diet. Over the past six years he has been a frequent contributor to the Weston A. Price Foundation’s quarterly journal, Wise Traditions, has spoken at the foundation’s annual Wise Traditions conference for the last four years, and currently maintains a blog on the Foundation’s new web site.
Chris created and maintains http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com, a website dedicated to extolling the benefits of cholesterol-rich foods and detailing the essential functions that cholesterol plays in the body. More than 40,000 people visit his web site every month. He has published two letters to the editor on the importance of vitamin E in preventing heart disease, one in the American Heart Journal and one in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Chris has also published a hypothesis on the molecular mechanism of vitamin D toxicity in the journal Medical Hypotheses, which was partly confirmed in an experimental paper published by researchers from Tufts University last year. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, focusing on the role of antioxidants in supporting healthy blood vessel function and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Chris is currently preparing a manuscript describing his experimental results showing that antioxidants protect against some of the damaging effects of sugar consumption.
Mark McAfee is president of Organic Pastures Dairy Company, established in 1999 to supply organic raw milk to consumers in California. He developed and implemented 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, Esq is an attorney, activist, and farmer. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Following a clerkship with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, she practiced as an attorney doing a combination of administrative law, litigation, and appeals. After seeing first-hand how government regulations benefit industrial agriculture at the expense of family farms, she founded FARFA to provide a voice for independent agriculture. She and her husband have a pasture-based farm with cows, sheep, and heritage-breed chickens and turkeys, and are active with Holistic Management International–Texas, the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Jennifer McGruther lives and works in Crested Butte, Colorado where she exercises her passion for traditional foods and sustainable agriculture through a deep commitment to community programs and charitable work. Alongside her husband, Jenny manages the Crested Butte Farmers Market (link: http://cbfarmersmarket.org), which has become a model for farmers markets across the nation due to its innovative approach to farm-to-consumer sales including programs that provide volunteers and low-income residents with plenty of organic vegetables, grass-fed meat and whole, raw milk.
Jenny also teaches cooking classes to hundreds of people both locally and through her blog Nourished Kitchen (link: http://nourishedkitchen.com). More than 80,000 people visit her blog every month where they find nourishing recipes, tips for cooking traditional foods and information on raising real food kids.
Passionate about social media, Jenny firmly believes that blogs, facebook and twitter can be used as a catalyst to effect social change, both connecting and empowering food activists.
Ann Marie Michaels, lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. You can find her at the Saturday morning Santa Monica farmer’s market eating oysters on the half shell for breakfast, or in the backyard growing organic heirloom tomatoes and Meyer lemons. Or at LAX, smuggling a suitcase full of raw milk cheese and foie gras from Paris (sshhhh don’t tell anyone).
Combining her experience in digital media and advertising with her passion for slow and traditional food, she recently founded the blog network, Real Food Media. Cheeseslave, written by Ann Marie Michaels, is a blog about traditional and slow food, sustainable agriculture, and food politics.
Ann Marie has over twelve years of experience in the field of interactive media and advertising. She began her career in 1995 in Silicon Valley and has worked at some of the top advertising agencies and consulting firms including CKS Interactive, Razorfish, Deutsch and Foote, Cone & Belding. Past clients include: Apple Computer, Levi’s, Target, Toys “R” Us, Clinique, AT&T, Warner Bros., Disney, Hallmark, Nestle, Turner Networks, Coors, E*TRADE, Quaker, Sony, Fox, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Creative Artists Agency, and Old Navy.
Deeply passionate about the interactive medium, she is especially interested in viral marketing, social networking, digital identity, RSS, podcasting, blogging, virtual community and Web mash-ups. She holds a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film, with a specialization in New Media from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a member of the Advanced Communications Technology Lab (ACTLab).
Ann Marie is a co-chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Los Angeles, California. She is also the author of the cookbook, Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor’s Date Night Cookbook (Globe-Pequot, 2004).
Brooks Miller is co-owner and full-time farmer at North Mountain Pastures, where he raises livestock on pasture in central Pennsylvania. He and his wife Anna raise pastured poultry, pigs, grassfed lamb and beef. They market fresh meats through CSA in the greater Harrisburg area, and also sell direct to farmer’s market customers in Washington, DC.
In addition to fresh meats, North Mountain Pastures produces cured meats from its livestock, and fermented vegetable products from local, organic produce growers. The meats are traditionally dry cured, using only organic herbs and spices and Himalayan sea salt. The vegetables are all lacto-fermented also using organic spices and Himalayan sea salt.
Kenneth Morehead, MSOM, DOM (NM), L.Ac. (NC) DAONB is a co-founding director of Oriental Health Solutions, LLC, Durham, NC where he practices Oriental medicine. He has been involved in research at UNC – Chapel Hill as well as Duke University Medical Center, and is credentialed at Duke Integrative Medicine. He is a long time supporter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and has a strong emphasis on nutrition and the principles of Weston A. Price in his practice.
Ramiel Nagel is the author of “Cure Tooth Decay,” and “Healing Our Children.” His health articles have been published internationally in Nexus magazine as well as in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients and in Wise Traditions. His background is in energy medicine and yoga. His writings focus increasing your ability to take responsibility for your health. “Cure Tooth Decay” teaches readers how to address the cause of cavities at its source: diet. Sign up for free tooth healing lessons at www.curetoothdecay.com
Jill Nienhiser has served as webmaster for the Weston A. Price Foundation since 2001. She expanded and improved on the basic HTML site to make it more user friendly and comprehensive, including a recent redesign to convert to a content management system with up-to-date features such as online membership subscription, article commenting, social bookmarking, a blog, and a members only social network. The site has moved up through the rankings year by year to become one of the top 25 most visited health-related websites. Jill also provides occasional writing, editing, proofreading, and research support to the foundation. She loves this work because it improves human health, animal welfare, the environment, and rural economies all at once.
Jill is also a communication consultant for Mind & Media, Inc. in Alexandria VA. She works with federal agencies, nonprofits, and commercial organizations to develop training, marketing, and public awareness campaigns and tools that inspire positive action. Her gift is an ability to synthesize massive amounts of information and summarize/organize it in a way that others can understand and act upon. Jill contributes regularly to the Mind & Media blog, “Inspire Action,” and writes white papers examining the use of new media in government recruiting, retention, training, and information dissemination. Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in speech from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College, and a diploma in acting from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.
Sylvia Onusic, PhD completed her bachelor of science in the field of food and nutrition education and her PhD in the fields of public health education and nutrition at Penn State. Shortly after completing her PhD, she won a Fulbright Grant to conduct health research in Slovenia, part of the former Yugoslavia, which had newly become an independent country. It was an exciting time. After the Fulbright, she continued to live and work in Slovenia with her family. She was appointed as an advisor to the Minister of Health as WHO (World Health Organization) liaison, and in International Cooperation and Exchanges, a position she held for six years. After returning to the US, she completed further food studies in dietetics. For the last 10 years she has been studying and working in the area of traditional and ethnic foods. This coming June she is planning to lead a seven day culinary adventure to Slovenia, in cooperation with Slovene cheesemakers, honey makers, wine makers, olive producers, prosciutto and sausage makers, farmers, and food producers, and invites you to join her.
Bruce Rind, MD, is one of the leading holistic medical doctors in the Washington metropolitan area. He is certified by the American Board of Holistic Medicine and has been practicing holistic medicine since 1985. Dr. Rind started his medical career as an anesthesiologist. From there he moved into pain management and finally to holistic medicine. He has developed expertise in areas of sports medicine, endocrinology (all hormonal concerns), repair of brain injury (especially after stroke) and women’s health. Dr. Rind has taken additional training in a variety of alternative medical therapies. Dr. Rind’s treatment approach is holistic. He completed his full osteopathic training for MDs at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has completed a three-part British program of Cyriax techniques in orthopedic medicine. Further, Dr. Rind is an assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine. Visit his website at www.drrind.com.
Joel Salatin, BA is a fulltime farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm fulltime in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas.
The farm services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products using relationship marketing.
He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and Flavor.
The family’s farm, Polyface Inc. (“The Farm of Many Faces”) has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, Gourmet and countless other radio, television and print media. Profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News, his after-broadcast chat room fielded more hits than any other segment to date. It achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivores Dilemma by food writer guru Michael Pollan and the Grammy-nominated documentary, Food Inc.
A sought-after conference speaker, he addresses a wide range of issues, from “creating the farm your children will want” to “making a white collar salary from a pleasant life in the country.” A wordsmith, he describes his occupation as “mob-stocking hervbivorous solar conversion lignified carbon sequestration fertilization.” His humorous and conviction-based speeches are akin to theatrical performances, often receiving standing ovations.
He has authored six books, four of them how-to types: Pastured Poultry Profits: Net $25,000 in 6 months on 20 Acres, Salad Bar Beef, You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farming Enterprise, and Family Friendly Farming: A Multi-Generational Home-Based Business Testament, and Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm Friendly Food. His most recent release, Everything I Want to do is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front, explains the hurdles and opportunities facing local food systems.
His speaking and writing reflect dirt-under-the-fingernails experience punctuated with mischievous humor. He passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out of the conventional food paradigm.
Dr. Annette Schippel graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1998 and immediately began practicing in her town of Jacksonville, IL. Her passion for pediatrics and nutrition has led to a large family practice with an emphasis on women and children, as well as a successful nutritional practice. She began studying Restorative Endocrinology™ with Dr. Janet Lang in 2002. Recognizing her talent, Dr. Lang welcomed her as an Associate Consultant at Lang Restorative Health Services in 2006. Since then, Dr. Schippel has been consulting with patients and health care practitioners nationally, providing non-invasive support for restoring endocrine health. In 2008 Dr. Schippel began actively co-authoring and co-presenting several Restorative Endocrinology™ professional seminars. Her personal contributions to the professional series would include An Introduction to Hair Mineral Analysis and The Evaluation & Management of Common Health Issues in Children. In 2009, Dr. Schippel acquired her status as a Restorative Endocrinology™ Specialist and now teaches advanced professional seminars for Lang Restorative Health Services.
In addition to her successful chiropractic, nutritional, and Restorative Endocrinology™ practice, Dr. Schippel is happily married to a fellow chiropractor and the proud mother of four children.
Stephanie Seneff, PhD received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Food and Nutrition in 1968 from MIT. She received her Master’s and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1979 and 1985, respectively, also from MIT. Since then, she has been a researcher at MIT, where she is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Principal Investigator in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Throughout her career, Dr. Seneff has conducted research in diverse areas including human auditory modeling, spoken dialogue systems, natural language processing, human language acquisition, information retrieval and summarization, computational biology, and marine mammal socialization. She has published over 150 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. She has recently become interested in the effect of drugs and diet on health and nutrition, and she has written several essays on the web articulating her view on these topics. She is the first author of a paper on the metabolic syndrome which will appear in the journal, “Archives of Medical Science,” and on two other papers on nutrition currently under review.
Jeffrey M. Smith International bestselling author and independent filmmaker Jeffrey M. Smith is the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). His Institute for Responsible Technology is leading the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America, designed to create a tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs—forcing them out of the market. Jeffrey is the author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, the producer of the films Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals and Your Milk on Drugs—Just Say No!, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and a favorite presenter at the Weston A. Price conferences.
Kim Thompson is a movement educator and bodyworker who focuses on optimal body mechanics. Moving in harmony with the body’s design results in comfortable and easy balance, agility and resilience. Small adjustments to how you move in your daily activities can make a big difference in your comfort, agility and energy.
Kim Thompson has taught movement classes for ten years. She has pursued training in Yoga, Balance, Feldenkrais, CranioSacral Therapy, Bones for Life, Sounder Sleep, and Spacial Dynamics. To learn more, visit www.KTmovement.com
Tim is a founder and board member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and its education and charitable arm, the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation. He is the author of the Raw Milk Handbook, a handy resource guide for farmers interested in producing quality raw milk, and who wish to implement testing and safety standards. First published in 2008, the handbook is already in use in thousands of small dairies worldwide.
Tim’s dedication to serving the raw milk consumer, has led to a revival of small farm dairying in rural America and around the world. Tim is best known for pioneering one of the earliest herd sharing programs in the U.S to help his customers legally obtain raw dairy products. Like many other groundbreakers, Tim has had his fair share of challenges with government regulators. He has actively worked with state legislators to write more sustainable farm “friendly” laws. He is an instructor in Cow-Share College & Goat Share University where he now trains and consults with small farmers on quality food production, food safety, herd management and direct marketing to consumers.
A lifelong farmer, Tim is on the forefront of our nation’s transition back to a local farm economy. Over the last two decades, Tim has launched CSA’s, organic cooperatives, farmers’ markets, and was the owner operator of a major organic farm & store, bakery and restaurant that featured locally produced foods.
In 2003, Wightman was profiled on the Wall Street Journal’s front page. His other media credits include numerous national publications: Acres USA, Agri-View, Country Today, Milkweed. He has also been interviewed by many daily newspapers including, The Washington Post, Detroit Press, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Duluth News Tribune. His radio appearances include Wisconsin Public Radio, Organic Today show in Los Angeles.
Tim now lives in Western Ohio with his daughter Anastasia and works on National Local Food Policy and Sustainable Agriculture issues.
William G. Winter, DVM, graduated in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 1975. He also received a degree in animal nutrition and completed post-graduate studies and conducted research in veterinary toxicology. After graduating he moved to Minnesota, specializing in surgical referrals, and opened an emergency clinic. In 1980 he created what became one of the largest and most successful holistic veterinary practices in the United States.
In 1983 he co-founded the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He writes for several veterinary and agricultural journals and websites and has served as the veterinary advisor to the International Alliance of Sustainable Agriculture since 1984. He is the author of The Holistic Veterinary Handbook (2nd ed. out soon) and manufactures and markets Rescue Animal Products as well as Restoration Raw 100% Grass-Fed Pet Food. In 1999 he sold his practice and the Sojourner Farms Pet Food Company to become a free-lance journalist and lecturer, teaching about holistic veterinary livestock issues, sustainable agriculture and traditional nutrition. He has recently founded the American Holistic Livestock Association.
He is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation for Minneapolis-St. Paul and distributes farm-fresh dairy products, pastured pork, grass-finished bison and farm food in the Twin Cities area. He moderates several web discussion groups such as Traditional Foods MN and in 2008 opened the Traditonal Foods Warehouse and Buying Club. He works as a free-lance independent holistic herd heath consultant for grass-based livestock producers and since 2005, has been the herd consultant for the Thousand Hills Cattle Company of Cannon Falls, MN.
Gary Zimmer, Madison , Wis. , is a farmer, author, agri-businessman and educator dedicated to biological agriculture. Recognized around the world for his commitment to improving farming through building healthy soils, he has spoken to farmers and agribusiness professionals all across the U.S. and in Canada , Europe, Australia , New Zealand , and South Africa .
He has never stopped learning or teaching throughout a lifetime in agriculture. Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Gary studied dairy nutrition, earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii , combined with years of hands-on farming experience. Teaching agriculture in southern Minnesota , he continued learning, studying and reading, always asking questions and looking at ways of farming with an open mind. He began asking questions about the soil and how it relates to healthy and productive plants, which lead him to read The Albrecht Papers.
Gary trained and worked as a Brookside Consultant for two years in southeastern Minnesota .
For over 35 years, Gary has been evaluating farming practices as a consultant, on his family’s farm, and as president of Midwestern Bio-Ag, a biological farming consulting company located in Blue Mounds, Wis. He operates the Bio-Ag Learning Center , where biological farming practices and agricultural products are field tested, and where the annual Field Day draws 800 -1,000 agriculture professionals from across the country.
The Zimmer family’s organic farming operation near Spring Green, WI utilizes the ideas Gary has gleaned over a lifetime spent studying agriculture. Otter Creek Organic Farm is a 150-cow organic dairy also producing pasture raised hogs, chickens and beef cattle, vegetables and farm crops on over 1,000 acres. The farm operates on the principles of ‘Mineralized Balanced Agriculture: ‘do everything you can to get the soils healthy and mineralized; do everything you can to get the livestock healthy and comfortable.’
The family was honored in 2008 as the MOSES Organic Farmer of The Year.
The Zimmers have also opened Local Choice Farm Market, selling locally produced organic and natural foods, including cheeses, beef , and chicken from Otter Creek Organic Farms, and Black Earth Meats.
Heavily in demand as a speaker, Gary Zimmer appears at dozens of agribusiness, organic and farmer meetings every year. He has spoken to diverse audiences including the Acres USA conference, Innovative Farmers of Ohio Conference; Heart of Maine Resource Conservation & Development, Upper Midwest Organic Conference, Pennsylvania Sustainable Ag Conference, Vermont Grass Farmer’s Association Grazing Conference, Wisconsin Grazing Conference, Michigan Governor’s Conference on Organic Ag, and has participated in farmer education programs in Australia, Holland, New Zealand and South Africa, and consulted on farms in those countries as well as Greece and China.
Gary is the author of the book, The Biological Farmer, A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming, published in 2000, and his second book is due out later this year.
His focus remains on the soil as the source of nutrients: how healthy soils produce healthy plants for healthy livestock and healthy humans.