Social Media and Blogging Panel Discussion
Friday Night Wise Traditions 2011
Facts about Blogging
• More than 133,000,000 blogs have been indexed by Technorati since 2002
• 77% of Internet users read blogs according to Universal McCann
• Blogging is equally popular among both men and women with 50.9% of bloggers being female and 49.1% being male
And Social Media
• 96% of people under 30 years of age have joined a social network
• Social Media is the #1 activity on the Web
• The #2 largest search engine in the world is YouTube
• 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations
Blogs and Social media are changing the way people connect and the way the world does business. These powerful tools can be harnessed for social change, business building and educational purposes. This panel of blogging and social media experts will share how they use these tools to reach out and change minds.
Moderator: David Gumpert, The Complete Patient blog. David Gumpert is a journalist whose raw milk blog has generated lots of comments from raw milk friends and foes alike. His blog became a book, Raw Milk Revolution. David is a frequent lecturer on food politics at the Wise Traditions and International Raw Milk Symposium.
- Kimberly Hartke, Publicist, Weston A. Price Foundation. Her Hartkeisonline.com blog covers a wide range of Weston Price issues, and concentrates on the politics of food. In the past year, nearly 300,000 visitors have discovered her blog. She will share pointers on Facebook, Twitter and how to find your blog niche.
- Kristen Michaelis, Food Renegade blog is in the Top 100,000 blogs in the world and will tell us how she went from 0 to Page Rank 5 in record time.
- Matt Stone, 180 Degree Health blog has developed a cult following for his health and science blog with a focus on bodily strength and human vitality. Matt digs deep into areas where others have only scratched the surface. He will share his passion for the blogging medium and how it is great for intellectual growth and discourse among like minded people.
- Dr. Jill Tieman, of Real Food Forager is a health practitioner and start up blogger. She will explain the ways a blog can enhance your professional presence on the internet and the steps to setting up a new blog.
- Denise Minger, of Raw Food SOS blog re-examines the science behind common nutritional beliefs, including the alleged health perks of vegetarianism, the harmfulness of saturated fat, the “dangers” of low carb, the necessity of eating Healthy Whole Grains. Denise will tell of the experience of becoming “famous” for her debunking of the China Study, a subject she will cover in another lecture at the conference.
Russ Bianchi: High Fructose Corn Syrup-A clear and present danger. The session will be about High Fructose Corn Syrup and its detrimental effect in human metabilization, and why it is not the same as sugar.
Leslie (Bradshaw) Manookian: THE GREATER GOOD: A Documentary on Vaccines THE GREATER GOOD looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.
Jerry Brunetti: Surviving Cancer 101 Diagnosed in 1999 with an “incurable” variant of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and given six months to two years to live without aggressive chemotherapy, Brunetti chose to take the “road less traveled”. Detoxification, immune modulation, super nutrients, mind/body therapy and practices similar to ecological restoration of livestock health have allowed Brunetti to continue to walk his talk for 12 years.
Jerry Brunetti will also be speaking on the farm tour.
Natasha Campbell-McBride: GAPS Dr Campbell-McBride will be talking about GAP Syndrome or GAPS, which stands for Gut And Psychology / Gut And Physiology Syndrome. In addition to the well published psychological and neurological disorders there will be a wealth of information on autoimmune problems, allergies, asthma, eczema, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes type one, chronic cystitis, chronic skin problems and many other physical conditions. New information on GAPS for those familiar with Dr Natasha’s work will be presented and discussed. For both those who are learning about GAPS for the first time and those who are already experienced, this seminar which contains information used in the recent GAPS Practitioner Certification Courses is a must.
Monica Corrado: A Dynamic Duo: Nutrient-Dense Liver and Enzyme-Rich RAW Meat!
Traditional food chef and Certified Nutrition Counselor Monica Corrado returns to Wise Traditions for a day of traditional cooking! Known for her lively exchange during classes, she will explore with you the King of nutrient-dense traditional foods: liver! Learn how to make liver pate. Pate is nutrient-dense nirvana: the combination of liver and butter or cream creates a food that you will eat by the spoonful. Rich and creamy…better than ice cream! And think you’ve got a nutrient-rich diet? Time to experience the gifts of ENZYME-RICH SAUCES.
Morning session: 9:30am-12 noon
Liver Pate Saves the Day!
So you’ve been wondering how to include liver in your diet. You KNOW it’s a Super Food, but you just haven’t gotten around to making it. Pate is a great place to start. You’ll eat it like ice cream off a spoon! Honest! You will learn how to create nutrient-dense nirvana in your own kitchen! Liver pate combines the most nutrient-dense traditional food with the most nutrient-dense fat available. When you put pastured liver and grass-fed butter or cream together in a pate, you have achieved nutrient-dense nirvana! Experience it for yourself! We will work with chicken and calves liver. Learn preparation techniques and easy recipes.
Enzyme-Rich Sauces! The Secret Ingredient to Satiety…
Kick your nutrient-density up a notch by adding flavor-full, enzyme-rich sauces to your cooking repertoire! Sauces help you get the most from that grass-fed meat and poultry, acting synergistically to make those nutrients bio-available. You will never feel as deeply nourished as you will when you start serving and eating sauces! Deeelish!
Thomas Cowan, MD: Fever A Child’s Best Friend Modern medicine tries to suppress fever in children, but these efforts interrupt the child’s own mechanism for stimulating the immune system. Many studies show that allowing fever to run its course actually aids children in speedier recoveries. Critics of fever suppression argue that without childhood fevers, children are more prone to cancer later in life.
Recovery with Low-Dose Naltrexone: Created in the late 1970s as a drug to treat heroin overdose, naltrexone used in low doses is being used successfully to treat auto-immune disease, even cancer and multiple sclerosis. Used in very low doses, naltrexone stimulates increased production of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals, which in turn strengthens the immune system. This lecture will explain the theory behind low-dose naltrexone therapy and its practical application.
Kaayla Daniel, PhD: Recovery from Vegan and Vegetarian Diets Did you once eat a vegetarian or vegan diet in the belief that it would bring personal and planetary health? Did you ever believe soy was a “health food” and fail to “practice safe soy?” Sadly, if you or your family are now experiencing significant health challenges, simply adopting a WAPF diet may not be enough. In this lecture, Dr. Kaayla Daniel will help you chart a road to recovery by focusing on digestive wellness, thyroid health, hormone production and brain chemistry balancing. In addition to suggesting safe and natural food-based remedies, she will discuss the role of laboratory assessment to help determine what supplements could best address excesses, deficiencies and imbalances of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids.
Robert Disney: Emerging waste water contaminants. The theme this year is myth busters. Municipally supplied water to your tap is safe to drink – fictitious or factual? Municipal water has been treated to improve the quality and make it micro-biologically safe to drink as verified by those annual tests which are sent to users. There are other contaminants, for which no test is required and which are not being removed. These will collectively be referred to as emerging contaminants and this will be the subject of this presentation.
Sally Fallon Morell: Healthy Pregnancy In addition to attention to diet, pregnant women confront many challenges to the health of the baby in the womb, and they face many important decisions. Modern medicine promotes drugs and vaccinations for pregnant women, pre-natal screening, antibiotics for staph aureus and a host of other interventions that could jeopardize the optimal development of the infant. This talk presents the many challenges to the pregnant women with an emphasis on good nutrition for protection against the dangers that she cannot avoid.
Jacques Goulet agr. Ph.D.: The importance of trace minerals and micro-adjuvants in nutrition and health
Most nutritional recommendations for the average North American consumer refer to governmental food guides or various Mediterranean type diets. Much of the research money devoted to human nutrition relates to various health problems that are presented to be strongly correlated to certain types of foods (too high in sugar, fats, cholesterol, saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids, sodium,…) or poor food habits (too large portions and too much fast food).
On the other hand, most recommendations in the field of animal nutrition, where the level of scientific knowledge is much more advanced and reliable (for obvious reasons) than in human nutrition, deal with mineral and vitamin supplements as well as with adjusted ratios of protein, energy and fibers.
Very rarely do we hear that common health problems in human populations could be related to a lack of several micro-nutrients or micro-adjuvants and to the unbalance of the intestinal microflora.
In this presentation we will review some of the latest data suggesting that we might presently be at risk of lacking several essential micronutrients and developing nutritional deficiencies.
Christy Hemenway: How and Why to Keep Bees in Top Bar Hives”
Rudolf Steiner had many important things to say about the mechanization and industrialization of beekeeping. Learn why top bar hives makes sense for people-and for bees! We will talk about equipment, methods, and philosophy. We’ll learn why natural beeswax – made by bees, for bees – is a very good idea for all of us. We will lay the groundwork for those considering “taking the plunge” into natural beekeeping. Q&A included!
Dr. Brian Hickey, DC: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? Brian Hickey presents information from Dr. Kharrazian, author of Amazon’s top-selling thyroid book and general health book, addresses why hypothyroidism is more often an immune disease than a thyroid disease, and what to do about. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy fails to address underlying autoimmune conditions, chronic inflammation, chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, dietary issues, and other factors that trigger thyroid dysfunction. Dr. Kharrazian has synthesized current research and clinical application for a revolutionary understanding of hypothyroidism.
Pete Hilgartner, DC: Structure, Nutrition, Neurotransmitters and Hormones…How They Work Together to Balance the ‘Ecosystem’ We Call, The Body. This lecture will discuss the inter-relationship between the function of the cells of the body and their dependence and inter-dependence upon proper structure, nutrition, hormones and neurotransmitters in order to harness the body’s natural genetic and primal bias toward health and wellbeing. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the importance of observing the body as a complex and delicate ecosystem where subtle variations can set trajectories into the future that will have dramatic negative effects…and how to correct them.
Paul Jaminet, PhD: The Recipe for Human Health: Why Diet and Nutrition are the Key to Health and the Best Therapy for Disease
Science has taken many wrong turns in thinking about diet and health. Twentieth century science endorsed industrial foods and pharmaceutical approaches to therapy that have largely failed. However, a new scientific synthesis is emerging that suggests that diet, nutrition, and infections are the key factors affecting human health and pointing toward traditional diets, developed originally during the Paleolithic, as effective therapies for many human diseases.
The session will be divided into two parts. In Part I, Paul will discuss the recipe for a healthy human: what are the foods and nutrients that a diet ought to contain, and the foods and toxins that should be avoided, to optimize human health. In Part 2, Paul will discuss how dietary and lifestyle practices can eliminate the primary causes of disease, enhance immunity, and, along with antimicrobial medicines, cure or prevent most diseases.
Sharon Kane: Art of Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking Creating a nutrient-dense, properly fermented Gluten-Free sourdough bread made from only pure food ingredients is possible!! Sharon will discuss and demonstrate the differences in technique between her Gluten-Free Sourdough Technique and traditional wheat and rye sourdough techniques. She will demonstrate how to create, maintain and work with gluten-free sourdough starters made with various flours. She will also demonstrate the simple techniques that make successful gluten-free sourdough breads and muffins. We will talk about the properties of gluten-free flours and what each contributes to the finished sourdough product.
Jules Klapper: Dirty Electricity: The 21st Century Scourge
Up until recently, 60 Hz fields supplied by the power company were thought to be a major culprit for stressing the body. While these fields do cause problems for some people, they “fall off the square of the distance,” which means that simply moving yourself away from the field, and/or the source away from you, can solve that problem. Yet many people were still stressed out by EMFs. A more recent discovery found out why: There is another, much more dangerous field: radio frequency or “dirty electricity,” caused by an interaction between items people plug into an outlet and the 60 Hz fields supplied by the power company. These fields do not fall off the square of the distance and use your entire wiring system as an antenna.
We will explore dirty electricity, how it affects the body and how we can mitigate the problem.
Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN: Recovering from Digestive Imbalances It is estimated that 30-40% of us have digestive issues. Imbalances in the digestive system cause not only digestive symptoms, complaints, and disease but symptoms, imbalances, and disease throughout the body. And what if by balancing your digestion you could have more energy, think more clearly, experience less pain and have a better quality of life?
In this session you will gain the tools to better understand how digestion works, how to assess what’s wrong, and get practical ideas to shift you towards better health. The focus will be on healing of the digestive system through food, supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Hugh Lovell: Growing Quality Food—Some myths and realities to consider when looking for food to support the realization of human potential in the New Millennium—flavour, savour and nutrition tips.
Chirs Masterjohn: Good Fats, Bad Fats: Separating Fact From Fiction
In the modern era, the nutritional establishment has created the tall tale of a mythical transition from a low-fat diet associated with poverty to a high-fat diet associated with affluence and has considered this mythical increase in fat intake to be the scourge of modern, disease-producing diets. The establishment has likewise promoted the use of polyunsaturated vegetable oils to supply our needs of “essential fatty acids” and to lower blood cholesterol. Others have maintained with equal vigor that using large amounts of fat is necessary to displace harmful carbohydrates, and that this is the key to vibrant health. Traditional, health-promoting diets, however, varied widely in their composition, some being very low in fat, others deriving over 50 percent of their calories from saturated fat alone. Healthy, non-pregnant, non-lactating adults require essential fatty acids in infinitesimal amounts. Growing children, pregnant or lactating women, and adults who are recovering from injury or suffering a degenerative disease require greater amounts of these fatty acids, but acquire them best from animal products. The use of vegetable oils likely promotes heart disease despite lowering cholesterol. Saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids play essential roles in our bodies, but we can synthesize them from carbohydrate, an option on which many healthy groups have relied. Fats provide essential nutrients and aid in the absorption of nutrients from other foods. It is the overall nutrient density and nutrient bioavailability of the diet, however, and not the specific content of fat, that produces health.
Vitamin K: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Research
Weston Price documented the prized role that certain animal foods played in health-promoting, traditional diets. In 1945, he described “a new vitamin-like activator” that played an influential role in the utilization of minerals, protection from tooth decay, growth and development, reproduction, protection against heart disease, and the function of the brain. He called this compound “activator X” and demonstrated its presence in butterfat, the organs and fats of animals, and sea foods such as fish eggs. Modern research suggests that this activator is in fact vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is produced by animal tissues, including the mammary glands, from vitamin K1, a precursor found abundantly in the leaves of rapidly growing green plants. Vitamin K2 is also produced by fermentation, and thus is present in fermented foods from both animal and plant sources. Research suggests that humans can obtain a part of the vitamin K requirement from green plant foods, but should acquire vitamin K from a range of sources, including fatty animal foods, for optimal health. Vitamin K works synergistically with the two other “fat-soluble activators” that Price studied, vitamins A and D. Vitamins A and D signal cells to produce certain proteins and vitamin K then activates these proteins. Newer research suggests that the specific form of vitamin K2, menaquinone-4, that is produced by animal tissues plays its own role in cell signaling. This lecture will summarize the evidence presented in Chris’s landmark 2007 article, “On the Trail of the Elusive X-Factor,” and will review evidence that has emerged over the subsequent four years.
Richard Maurer, MD: How to Understand, Reveal and Treat People with Insulin Resistance Over 30% of Americans currently have the condition Insulin Resistance, aka metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes. While there is the possible end-point of diabetes, insulin resistance itself is an underlying cause of hypertension, elevated lipids, fatty liver, arthritis, inflammation, weight gain and obesity. When understood and interpreted correctly, physical evaluation and basic blood tests reveal this condition and help track its cure.
The cure of insulin resistance, and all its associated conditions, relies on the cliché of diet and exercise. We will explore the FatBack Diet, a higher fat traditional diet and the positive changes that occur in one’s metabolism and blood test findings. We will review the home-use of body fat calipers to diagnose the condition and assess treatment progress. This lecture is appropriate for clinicians and those interested in blood tests, physical findings, underlying physiology and dietary cure of insulin resistance.
Mark McAfee: You never sell raw milk…. You teach it!!
Raw Milk Mission One…. You Teach… You Teach… You Teach!
Yes farmers, that means especially you!! Most farmers have lost the skills to educate or communicate with groups of people. Success in raw milk production will mean a new interest and new skills to allow for directly communicating your message to the final end consumer. That means passion, an open heart, unveiling the secrets of natures nourishing traditions, attacking the false media campaigns of the FDA and Corporate interests, digging up new interesting studies and data, leaving the farm to find and speak with your consumers. It means taking some risks, it may even mean picking a well thought out fight. It means being different than all the other farmers and taking a different path to a bright new future…all alone with your team and with your consumers…consumers that love and respect you for your product flavor, and your demonstrated dedication and commitment to their personal health.
Judith McGeary, Esq.: Effective Activism 101 Every individual can make a difference in protecting our farms and our food supply by being an activist at the local, state, or federal level. Come learn how you can be an effective advocate for the issues you care about, from how to create a coalition to how to lobby effectively.
Dr. Joseph Mercola: Keys to Staying Healthy and Changing the Future of Medicine Top health principles I have learned over the last thirty years. How we can use the Internet for health activism to positively influence the future of health for our family and future descendants.
Denise Minger: The China Study: Fact or Fallacy? The China Study is often cited as “proof” of the harmfulness of animal products and the superiority of a vegan diet. Yet despite boasting the title “Grand Prix of epidemiology,” this large-scale study has been widely misinterpreted and distorted. This lecture examines what the original China Study data really says about diet patterns and health, and also explores the real reasons vegetarian and vegan diets appear beneficial in population studies.
Pentti J. Nupponen, DMD, MAGD, CNC, FIAOMT: Detoxification and Healing the Old-Fashioned Way
Clay is an age-old detoxification and healing modality that has been used instinctively by living creatures for over 30,000 years. Clay has been used by healing practitioners all the way back to early Mesopotamian times when physicians healed over 200 diseases with clay alone. The pre-historical 21st Century treatment is simple, effective, quite inexpensive, and can be done in the privacy and comfort of one’s own home. It is extremely “Low Tech” in its simplicity, but it is extremely effective.
The chemical makeup of clay will startle everyone in its similarity to human chemistry. Science has shown that clay is “Alive.” Only the 100% pure “Live” clay will have astounding health effects when used properly.
We will discuss the origin of clay, its use in removing some of the most poisonous toxins (including Hg), its healing properties as a wide-spectrum antibiotic, and its nutritional value, providing some 60+ trace minerals.
We also will explore how clay is effectively used in modern dentistry and medicine today and its healing properties in comparison with current standards of care.
We will show the almost miraculous healing powers of clay, effective even against such terrible infectious conditions as MRSA, a scourge that kills over 18,000 Americans every year. When medical interventions have failed then it is time for clay.
Lastly, we will discuss the availability of the “correct” clay to be used in the clinical application of healing clay and its effectiveness in dentistry and medicine.
Sally Pacholok, R.N., B.S.N: The Consequences of Misdiagnosed Vitamin B12 Deficiency
This presentation will raise awareness to the dangers of vitamin B12 deficiency and how the medical community is failing to diagnose this common disorder. The lecture will educate participants why vitamin B12 is critical for normal growth and development in children and normal health in adults. Participants will learn how to recognize, diagnose and treat B12 deficiency as well understand subclinical B12 deficiency. We will reveal which groups are at greatest risk for misdiagnosis and review the cost-effectiveness of early diagnosis and proper treatment. Lastly, we will explain why education, advocacy, and a standard of care change are critical to combat this epidemic.
Sarah Pope: Breastfeeding Myths, Alternatives and Supplementation
Sarah will discuss the myths behind the “breast is always best” mentality. Breastfeeding alternatives will be examined in detail. Organic commercial formulas, donor milk banks, and homemade formulas will be considered, critiqued, and compared. Video footage will be presented as a tool to teach Mothers the optimal methods for homemade formula preparation.
Ben Pratt: Paradoxical Obesity More than 30 years after government guidelines were introduced, national statistics speak loud and clear about the consistent rise in obesity levels. Restricting our energy intake and increasing our daily activity has long been known as the ultimate solution to this problem. Despite the simplicity of this approach it is apparent that modern population groups are failing to put it into practice. Or are they? Is there more to the obesity crisis than is typically revealed in the press and media? Ben will take you on a revealing investigation into the obesity crisis and expose the myths behind our dietary and activity ‘solutions’ that have yet to bring about change.
Jessica Prentice: The Beauty of Broth Learn the essentials for making mineral-rich broths and delicious broth-based soups and stews. Home-scale, commercial-scale, and community-scale approaches will be covered, including sourcing, techniques, equipment, and basic recipes–as well as photos and first-hand experiences from Three Stone Hearth Community Supported Kitchen in Berkeley.
Tara Rayburn: Main Cooking Class… “REAL Recipes to Win Friends and Influence Others”
Recipes guaranteed to create positive first impressions, and lasting health.
Tara Rayburn, the Healthy Habit Coach
Looking for simple REAL food recipes that will create positive first and lasting impressions? Do you have picky eaters at home or finicky guests coming for dinner? Whether you are new to REAL food preparation or a seasoned pro, come join us for a fun, energizing look into simple recipes that have created instant cuisine converts. You will leave inspired to cook, as well as motivated to create “ripples” of health for your family and friends.
April Renée: Your Children… Your Choice… Your Rights…
April Renée is dedicated to educating parents, doctors and the community on the dangers of our childhood vaccine program.
Topics discussed are:
• Are vaccines safe?
• The Autism/ADD/ADHD epidemic
• Vaccine ingredients
• Over 20 years of research
• Exemption laws
• Congressional Hearings
• Conflicts of interest
• Cause of ALL dis-ease “labels”
• Did vaccines eradicate diseases?
Autism is 1 in 67 children today and it’s impossible to have a genetic epidemic! For more information visit www.vacinfo.org and “Please learn from our mistake and educate BEFORE you vaccinate!”
Morton Satin: The Urban Myth of Salt and Health
The urge to come up with an instant and easy solution to hypertension has driven the salt reduction agenda in this country. Policy makers, under pressure from many sides, have chosen to ignore the preponderance of clinical evidence and are pursuing a strategy of population-wide salt reduction. This presentation will provide several recent and surprising peer-reviewed studies that seriously challenge this strategy because of the unintended health consequences expected to result from it.
Michael Schmidt: Bio-Dynamic Farming – Looking beyond the concept of food quality and marketing
Pam Schoenfeld: Vitamin B6, the underappreciated B-vitamin Vitamin B6 is extremely important for human health, playing a myriad of roles in the body. Lack of adequate dietary B6 can lead to wide range of physical and mental symptoms. Unfortunately, modern diets often provide low levels of vitamin B6 and the recommended governmental dietary intakes are proving to be inadequate to support optimal health. Conventional medicine overlooks the importance of vitamin B6, including during critical times of development such as pregnancy. Pam will discuss how to meet your needs of vitamin B6 through a traditional diet, including how food preparation affects B6 levels, why taking supplements may not be the best way to meet your needs, and why it is so important to ensure that you are consuming enough vitamin B6 for optimal health. Emerging research will also be presented.
Stephanie Seneff, PhD: 1. Cholesterol, Sulfur, Lactate, and Sunlight: a New Paradigm for Health.
Through intensive research over the last several years, I have come to attribute much of what’s wrong with American health to excess dietary sugar and insufficient sun exposure, leading, somewhat counterintuitively, to a grave deficiency in cholesterol sulfate. In this talk, I will first explain why foods that contain an abundance of carbohydrates, particularly high fructose corn syrup, are harmful to health. I will then show why foods that are high in cholesterol are especially nutritious. I will show through demographics that places where sulfur is abundant have low rates of obesity and heart disease. I will introduce a novel theory proposing that the skin synthesizes cholesterol sulfate from hydrogen sulfide and cholesterol upon exposure to sunlight, and that the muscles and other cells utilize cholesterol sulfate to maintain ionic charge and to manage safe transport of oxygen and glucose. I will also argue why consumption of fermented foods (i.e., lactate) is a healthy choice.
2. Autism, Vaccines, and Cholesterol Sulfate
The autism community has long maintained that vaccines are contributing to the rising incidence of autism in the United States, and, increasingly, worldwide. This is something that the industry vehemently denies, and, thus, much controversy surrounds this issue. Through my research, I have reached the conclusion that vaccines are very damaging to a vulnerable segment of the population, and that they contribute significantly to the observed increased occurrence of autism. I will introduce a theory that autism is caused by a combination of a gross deficiency in sulfur-containing biologically active molecules, most critically the sulfate anion, and exposure to toxic cations like aluminum and mercury, mainly from excessive vaccination. I will provide compelling evidence both from the literature and from my own experiments with the CDC’s VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Reaction Reporting system) database.
3. How Statins Really Work Explains Why They Don’t Really Work
The statin industry has enjoyed enormous profits as ever more people are judged to qualify for statin therapy. Statins interfere with a central step in a major biological pathway, disrupting many cellular processes. Cholesterol is what gives animals both movement and a nervous system, compared to plants, and it is thus no accident that many statin drug side effects are closely tied to problems with muscles and the nervous system. In this talk, I will first show that the increased administration of statin therapy over the last few decades has not led to a decreased incidence of heart disease. I will present several research studies showing that statins are associated with impairment in cognition and memory, as well as severe damage to the muscles. I will provide evidence that statins may be a major contributor to the alarming increases seen in recent decades in heart failure, as well as to the MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) outbreaks in hospitals. In rare cases, statins can lead to serious conditions like neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, and ALS. I will conclude with some results from a study I have conducted with my students on statin side effect reports from the Web. The simple story is that statins make you grow older faster.
Ritchie Shoemaker, MD: Inflammation and capillary hypoperfusion dominate dietary recommendations in patients sickened by exposure to the interior environment of water damaged buildings
Too often, dietary suggestions are made glibly, with little thought invested and little attention paid to the metabolic demands seen in the human host injured by water-damaged buildings (WDB). The requirement for custom-tailoring of dietary intervention in patients sickened by exposure to the interior environment of WDB serves as a classic example of the need to understand (1) leptin resistance; (2) the adverse effect of reduction of flow in capillary beds on oxygen delivery and mitochondrial activity; (3) the role of inhibition of direct beta-oxidation of fatty acids and protein wasting; and (4) the adverse effects of rising levels of insulin on inflammatory processes. Dietary suggestions based on assessment of energy needs in a setting of reduced anaerobic threshold will provide excellent results when combined with proper treatment of the underlying inflammatory condition. Attendees will learn what elements found inside WDB contribute to illness; what the mechanism of illness is; what therapies are employed for these patients and what dietary recommendations make sense.
Matt Stone: Metabolism – For Health, Weight Loss, and Beyond Few know the central importance of the cellular metabolic rate in the prevention of the most common 21st century diseases – from common infectious illnesses to heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disease of all kinds, infertility, obesity, and countless others. In fact, with the recent infatuation with calorie restriction and the fear of basic food components such as fat or carbohdyrates, it has become increasingly trendy to believe that a low metabolic rate is optimal – which has had incalculable costs to the health of many food and exercise fad followers. In reality, if your cells are not producing energy properly (one indicator would be a body temperature of less than 98.6 degrees F), it is impossible to metabolize and digest food properly no matter how “healthy” one’s diet and lifestyle is. A close look at the specifics of human physiology in response to various diet and lifestyle manipulation, the central importance of metabolic rate along with many myths surrounding it, the devastation incurred with the standard approach to weight loss, and more will be the focus of this talk. The information is so counter to widely held beliefs about exercise and nutrition that many will have an identity crisis by the end of the discussion!
Jeffrey J. Stuart, D.O.: (see Sally Pacholok, R.N., B.S.N. above)
Harvey Ussery: The Small-Scale Poultry Flock (Monday) The home poultry flock does not have to be an analog in miniature of huge, highly confined industrial flocks. This presentation will focus instead on an all-natural, whole-systems husbandry, in which we engage our poultry as partners in the total home food production enterprise–using them for tillage of weeds, developing new garden ground, natural insect control, and making compost. It will present strategies for providing the flock more natural, home grown feeds, increasing the quality of the birds’ diet while reducing feed costs and dependence on purchased inputs. It will discuss both starting chicks in a brooder, and doing so with natural mothers or “broody” hens. While the focus will be on chickens, other domesticated fowl will be considered–ducks, geese, turkeys, and guineas.
Trash to Treasure: Bioconversion of Organic “Wastes” (Saturday) Wendell Berry observed that our culture has a habit of taking a beautiful natural solution and splitting it neatly into two hideous, insoluble problems. There is no better example than our misuse of organic “wastes” such as food residuals, manures, and yard debris like grass clippings and leaves. The result is not only the loss of potential resources, but widespread pollution of soil and water systems. This presentation will explore options for turning “trash into treasure” through bioconversion of “wastes” using decomposer organisms like earthworms and black soldier fly grubs, yielding not only priceless soil amendments but live, high-potency feeds for poultry, pigs, and farmed fish. The presentation will include as well a dynamic model for composting based on chicken power.
Howard Vlieger: GMOs and Mammal Health The only person who should see this presentation is a person who eats food. It will be an educational and memorable experience.
David Wetzel: The talk will present the historical character of fish oils from biblical times to present day. And describe the variety of the tests and problems associated with attempting to put a historical food into today’s label requirements and drug like language typically associated with present day cod liver oil.
Louisa Williams, ND: Radical Medicine: Getting to the True Roots of Disease Many of us have gone to great lengths to feel better. And yet, for a significant percentage, the abundant energy, vitality, and feeling of well-being that define optimal health continue to elude us despite our most diligent efforts. With a history of toxic mercury amalgam fillings, excessive courses of antibiotics, damaging childhood vaccines, and ubiquitous carcinogenic chemicals – general health guidelines are no longer adequate. The profound effects of these toxic insults necessitate profound intervention – and more “radical” medicine.
The word, radical, derives from the Latin term, radix, which means “root or origin,” as well as “that which is fundamental and far-reaching.” Radical Medicine refers to that field of holistic medicine that is dedicated to ascertaining and treating the most fundamental root causes of chronic illness. Only when these underlying “obstacles to cure” are diagnosed and effectively treated, can we then most fully utilize the nutrients in our diet. Then food truly becomes sacred – and the “medicine” that Hippocrates noted it should be over two thousand years ago.
Friday Evening – Radical Medicine: Removing the “Obstacles to Cure”
Adopting an organic and nutrient-dense Weston A. Price diet is essential for restoring and maintaining optimal health. However, it is also just as vital to remove the “obstacles to cure” in your life.
In the 1800s Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, railed against the use of toxic mercury in skin ointments and medications, calling it a major “obstacle to cure.” 200 years later mercury in the form of amalgam (“silver”) fillings continues to be a major obstacle to achieving good health, and recently has even been found to be a major cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Removing and appropriately detoxifying these toxic fillings is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent symptoms of dementia. Another essential measure that is actually quite easy to incorporate is to replace your conventional soaps and cosmetics with non-toxic alternatives. Since the National Cancer Institute has linked 98% of all cancers with toxic chemical exposure, this simple step can greatly prevent the future onset of this devastating disease. Other important “obstacles to cure” include avoiding your primary food allergy, diagnosing and clearing what the Europeans refer to as chronic “focal infections” (dental, tonsil, sinus, etc.), and reducing the neurological “noise” in the body from scar interference fields.
In her talk Dr. Williams clearly explains how to eliminate these significant obstacles to cure described in her recent book, Radical Medicine, in order to enjoy optimal health and prevent future degenerative disease.
William G. Winter, DVM will be speaking on the farm tour.
Alan Yegerlehner: The Bigger Picture Alan will give you a picture of the farm, how it had its beginnings when David Jegerlehner immigrated from Switzerland in the 1850’s to Kate being the 7th generation to manage the farm. It is presently a bit over 200 acres. Our farm is an extension of our faith and ministry and we try to manage it as a whole. This whole includes our family goals, farm, community and customers.
We will take a look at our seasonal dairy grazing farm and some of the management practices. It will include many of the things that we have done over the years, what has worked, what has not, and many of the things that we just don’t know or understand yet.
We presently have a herd of about 70 milk cows. We make cheeses and a host of other raw dairy products, and also grass fed beef. In addition, we have produced whey fed pork and naturally suckled pastured veal. The cattle are 100% grass fed.
There is an on-farm store and at present we sell products at 2 farmers markets each year.