M. Kat Anderson & Jennifer House: Indigenous Wisdom for Our Bodies, Our Landscapes, and Our Lives.
Over the years California’s Indians have utilized an enormous diversity of plants, animals, fungi, and seaweeds as food and developed rich cultural traditions to support the preparation, harvest, and management of these resources, their lifeways creating the California landscape that so impressed the first European explorers and immigrants. We will look at ways to honor this deep indigenous wisdom and bring it into all of our lives today. This talk is complemented by the cultural demonstration of basketweaver Lois Connor, North Fork Mono/Chukchansi, who is directing the conference in the preparation of acorn. This session will not be recorded.
Peter J. Ballerstedt, PhD, Turning Sunlight Into Animal Products – Principles and Practices of Grazing Management
This session will present an overview of the critical principles of pasture-based livestock production systems. Topics will include: forage species selection, soil fertility and nutrient cycles, pasture renovation, fencing and facilities design and construction, feed budgeting, mixed animal species grazing, and forage conservation. Useful resources will be introduced. This will be a presentation for all graziers – from those just thinking about starting to those with years of experience (We can all learn from each other’s experiences!).
Scott Bevins Inspiring Change One Plate at a Time
Burlington Vermont Corporation adopts Weston Price principles to create a stronger, happier, more vital work force. Dealer.Com, an Automotive Solutions company of more than 600 employees clearly understands the benefits of serving real food. The Dot Calm Café serves 350 meals per day with a mission of providing superior nutrition and education by offering the best tasting, highest quality, nutrient dense, chemical-free food to employees and guests.
The Dot Calm Café is committed to sourcing its food from local, sustainable and organic producers. Beyond this, the café is providing lacto-fermented drinks and vegetables, preparing homemade stocks for stews and soups, cooking with saturated fats, and much more.
This seminar will describe in detail how the café of a large corporation evolved into serving real food, some of the hurdles involved, the educational approach, and the culture in which this great food is embedded.
Dr. Dean Bonlie Miracles of Magnetism: This workshop will present research on the necessity of magnetism to maintain life, health, and longevity. Dr. Bonlie’s awareness of the extreme depletion of geo magnetic field caused him to study and develop the only magnetic mattress underlay that produces a properly restored magnetic field. To simulate nature , this magnetic field must pass completely through one’s entire body, matching the field of the hemisphere in which one lives. This has resulted in amazing measurable effects, such as: a dramatic reduction on the body’s free radicals, increased toxic metal excretion, speeded healing of bones, muscles and ligaments, increase oxygen in the blood, better athletic performance and reversal of many diseases. We will discuss magnetism’s abilities based on the latest research at Johns Hopkins Biophysics Department and our clinical results.
During Joette Calabrese’s tenure as a classical homeopath, she has worked with hundreds of WAPF children and adults who have suffered allergies and food intolerances. She has noted a unifying thread.
That is, that most gastrointestinal illnesses present with behavioral and psychological conditions, such as anxiety, learning disabilities, sleep disorders, depression and more.
Homeopaths love that. That’s because, how the person thinks and acts is key to the remedy choice that uproots not only the behavioral pathology, but the gut ailments. Finally, the person is able to eat raw and fermented dairy! Thus, homeopathy’s bilateral approach utilizes this connection, often with sweeping results.
Discover the secret to Joette’s WAPF–specific homeopathic methods used to heal the gut-psychology connection that you can learn today and use tonight.
Gianaclis Caldwell The Small, Farmstead Creamery- A Lifestyle Business
With the American palate for artisan cheese continuing to grow; the farmer’s need for finding viable options for increasing “the bottom line”; and a continued increase in those seeking a land based, sustainable lifestyle, making and selling hand-crafted cheese has never been more popular. In this session, cheesemaker (Pholia Farm Creamery) and author Gianaclis Caldwell (The Farmstead Creamery Advisor and Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking) addresses some of the many considerations and hurdles that face those considering becoming a part of the artisan cheesemaking movement. From regulatory issues to personal suitability and insurance to equipment, Gianaclis offers insights, advice, and answers.
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.
Hannah Crum Kombucha & the Human Microbiome
Kombucha is living tea! For the last decade, Kombucha has been burbling into the collective consciousness. As more and more people are sick of being sick and sick of dealing with a broken medical system, they are seeking out healing foods. The medical community has also been seeking answers and alternate therapies to deal with disease. Through the Human Genome Project and now the Human Microbiome Project, research is just beginning to uncover our complex relationship with bacteria and discovering novel ways to use bacteria therapeutically. Kombucha is at the nexus of pop culture, cutting edge science & fermented foods; serving as a tasty gateway to nutrient dense foods as well as empowering people to reclaim their immunity through the cultivation of this ancient tonic. The basics of brewing Kombucha safely at home will also be covered.
Saturday’s Children’s Segment:
SCOBY Petting Zoo
Come by the SCOBY Petting Zoo, a hands-on experience for young & old alike. SCOBY is an acronym which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. This is the name for the culture that ferments delicious Kombucha tea and it is a dynamic living organism that can be transformed into clothing, bandages, dog treats or even probiotic candy. The Kombucha Mamma, Hannah Crum, will share secrets of the SCOBY to thrill the little ones and Mom & Dad too!
Kaayla Daniel, PhD, CCN ADHD-ing It Up: Nutrition, Lifestyle and the Gifts of ADHD-itude
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects nearly 20 million men, women and children, and is increasingly diagnosed by medical professionals as a pathological disorder that must be suppressed with Ritalin and other drugs. Dr. Kaayla Daniel proposes we first look at modern diet and lifestyle choices, and prioritize treatment plans that address underlying vitamin, mineral, fatty acid and amino acid deficiencies; food allergies; and environmental toxicities. Once the ADHD sufferer is healthy and well nourished, the surprising next step might be a change in our ADHD-itude. Perhaps distractibility and impulsiveness are not signs of a “disorder” at all, but high-level adaptations that served our hunter/gatherer ancestors well. The problem in many cases, after all, is not a deficit of attention so much as hyper attention, followed by rapid loss of interest, and then focus on another thing altogether. While ADHD has obvious disadvantages in classrooms and work cubicles, its advantages include high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, enthusiasm and passion. Mozart, Edison and Einstein all had ADD/ADHD, a trait shared by most innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs. To help our children and ourselves realize our full potential it is crucial not only to see ADHD’s dark side but the gifts it may contain.
Carolyn Dean, MD, ND The Importance of Magnesium in a Overly Calcified World.
We will focus on understanding the importance of balancing calcium and magnesium in the diet and in supplementation.
Also learn why there is too much calcium and not enough magnesium in our food supply and that calcification and magnesium deficiency lead to dozens of chronic diseases.
Sally Fallon Morell: Seminar on Traditional Diets (Friday Track I, all day)
Animal fats, properly prepared whole grains, enzyme-enriched foods and nourishing bone broths kept our ancestors healthy. Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions, explains why these are vital factors for maintaining good health today. Beginning with a presentation of Dr. Weston Price’s unforgettable photographs of healthy traditional peoples, Ms. Fallon explains the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets, which conferred beauty, strength and complete freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations. Then she presents a step-by-step plan to put nourishing traditional foods—foods that your family will actually eat—back into your diet, including easy breakfast cereals, soups, sauces, snack foods, high-enzyme condiments and soft drinks that are actually good for you.
- Butter, the number one health food
- Vital role of high-cholesterol foods
- Why lowfat and vegan diets don’t work
- The magical powers of raw whole milk from pasture-fed cows
- Dangers of modern soy foods and soy infant formula
- The conspiracy to promote vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats
- Foods that help babies grow up smart and strong
- Old-fashioned foods that give limitless energy and vibrant health
- The unfortunate consequences of modern farming methods
This seminar is highly recommended for both laymen and health professionals newly introduced to the work of the Weston A. Price Foundation and makes an excellent introduction to the main conference speakers.
- Part I: Introduction to the work of Dr. Price and discussion of the underlying characteristics of healthy traditional diets.
- Part II: Fats and oils in traditional diets. Learn about the basics of lipid biochemistry and how to choose good fats and avoid the bad.
- Part III: How to change your diet for the better. Practical advice for busy parents including easy recipes for snacks, soups, breakfasts, desserts and enzyme-enriched beverages and condiments.
Dr. Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s
Coconut oil provides the body with the richest natural dietary source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). When ingested much of these MCFAs are converted into ketones. Ketones are produced by the body specifically to feed the brain. They possess many unique properties that protect the brain from injury and stimulate healing and repair. For this reason, coconut oil has enormous potential for the treatment of a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. This presentation will cover the science and practical applications of using coconut for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s.
Monica Ford Real Food Devotee provides nutrient dense, artisanal food to people in the Los Angeles area. Do you want to begin your own traditional foods business? Come learn how pioneer, real food entrepreneur Monica Ford made it happen. Monica will share her innovative business philosophy, tips for best food sourcing practices, how to create alies in your community and valuable lessons reaped from experience. Bring your questions. Get Empowered!
Steven Fowkes: The Energetic Basis of Alzheimer’s Disease: Dietary Implications for Prevention and Reversal
The first domino in the Alzheimer’s cascade is a loss of oxidation/reduction (redox) control in the brain. Glutathione is the primary cellular redox-active substance, and reduced glutathione can be considered the most foundational defining chemical characteristic of life within an oxidizing atmosphere. Glutathione recycling (the conversion of oxidized glutathione into reduced glutathione) is accomplished by cellular energy mechanisms that also drive ATP biosynthesis. These energy mechanisms are directly affected by dietary composition and food consumption. This presentation will identify the specific mechanisms of the earliest metabolic failures in Alzheimer’s disease and connect these failures to hormone changes, environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, food choices, eating patterns and dietary composition.
Esther Gokhale, L Ac: Primal PostureTM for a Pain-Free Life Presentation
Join Esther Gokhale, award-winning author of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, and learn to live pain-free through Primal Posture. The Gokhale Method® is based on historical, anthropological and medical research on populations who have virtually no musculoskeletal pain. Interwoven intellectual, visual, kinesthetic and aesthetic cues make the Gokhale Method remarkably efficient and effective. The Gokhale Method has guided thousands away from back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal ailments.
Primal PostureTM for a Pain-Free Life Workshop
The Gokhale Method® provides you with life-long tools for healthy, pain-free posture and movement. In this workshop you will learn to use every day activities to support pain-free Primal Posture. In a group, using Gokhale Method techniques and dance, Esther Gokhale will help you reduce back pain, neck pain, foot problems and muscle joint dysfunction. Discover improved appearance and athletic performance, as well as a new level of wellness in your body.
Deborah Gordon, M.D.& Nancy Herrick, PA, DH (hon) Weight Loss, Scientific and Savory
Description: Obesity is the biggest health crisis facing our modern population and contributes to raise the risk of every other highly ranked medical problem. We will review the science to this point and reveal the flaws in the current official wisdom and approach to obesity, and offer an effective and science-based alternative which includes many of the healthy foods enjoyed by Weston Price followers. We will also have time to explore some of the questions and controversies in current weight loss conversations including: hormones and their relevance, the role of exercise, the truth about cholesterol and heart disease, non-caloric sweeteners, ketosis vs. ketoacidosis, supplements, and more. Actual meal plans and special needs for people with food allergies or other restrictions will round out the presentation.
Jennifer House: See M. Kat Anderson above.
Don Huber, PhD Glyphosate effects on crops, soils, animals, and consumers
This session will discuss the many current and future interactions of the commonly used herbicide glyphosate and genetically engineered crops tolerant of this herbicide with the soil microflora essential to sustain crop growth, plant diseases resistance, animal health, and human health.
Anore Jones: “Time To Eat!!!” Traditional Foods of N.W. Alaska
A slide show presenting the variety of foods that have been harvested in N. W. Alaska for countless generations. Still eaten and loved today, these are the foods that have nourished vibrant and healthy Inupiat people, generation after generation, with the strength to thrive in as harsh an environment as anywhere on earth. These traditional foods also nourished the high level of intelligence required to hunt the whale and meet all human needs from birth to death while living in the arctic.
Rachel Kaplan, Urban Homesteading–a series of strategies for localization, enhanced health and wellness for people and their communities, and a direct response to global sized crises like peak oil and climate change–is happening in every small and large city in our country. It is a proactive people powered response to our degenerative industrially-sponsored problems. This slide show presentation and question and answer forum will tell you why the movement’s happening now, what it looks like on the ground, and how you can join in.
Sandor Ellix Katz Fermentation: Coevolution, Culture, and Community
Fermentation is much bigger than delicious and nutritious foods and beverages. All life is evolved from bacteria; they are a fundamental context for all life. Microorganisms are present on all products of agriculture, and they quickly transform our food, either into rotting decomposition or celebrated delicacies, depending primarily upon environmental conditions. Successful coexistence with microbes in our midst is a biological imperative; ferments are human cultural manifestations of this essential biological fact. Ferments predate recorded history, and are found in all parts of the world. Like all aspects of food production, fermentation has largely disappeared from our kitchens and communities. By participating in food production and fermentation, we reclaim our food and with it power, dignity, and a complex web of biological, social, and economic relationships.
Pam Killeen Are you in a bad mood? Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, fatigue, sleep disorders, ADHD, ADD, autism, poor memory, dementia, personality disorders or other problems associated with the brain? Mental disorders are already crippling society. Tragically, the number of individuals struggling with mood problems is expected to increase. Join Pam Killeen to learn about the nutritional deficiencies that contribute to mental disorders. Based upon the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, she will also explain which foods and nutrients found in traditional foods best support a healthy brain.
Chris Kerston Mimic Nature To Get the Most from Your Farm Learn the essentials of dovetailing multiple complimentary enterprises that build synergies from production through marketing. We’ll be looking at Chaffin Orchards (www.ChaffinFamilyOrchards), known for their integration of livestock and orchards, as a model. The presentation will discuss holistic grazing principles and permaculture techniques that work effectively in a Mediterranean climate. The focus will be how to get the most out of your land and other resources through enterprise stacking.
Chris Kresser, L Ac The Gut-Brain-Skin Axis: New Perspectives on an Old Idea
The connection between skin and mental health disorders has been a topic of growing interest in medicine over the past two decades, as evidenced by the rise of new disciplines like psychodermatology and neurodermatology. More recently, researchers are turning their attention to the connection between the skin and the gut. For example, studies have shown that those with acne and other skin problems are more likely to experience digestive issues like constipation, acid reflux and IBS – and vice versa. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the relationship between digestive, mental/behavioral and skin disorders, and explore nutritional strategies to preventing and treating them.
A Holistic Approach to Managing the Grasslands of the World: Creating Environmental, Economic, and Social Resiliency
Andrea Malmberg will show how Holistic Management can restore grasslands, mitigate climate change, provide food security and sovereignty, create wealth, and improve well-being for individuals and communities. She will share stories that show how Holistic Management has created positive environmental, economic, and social impacts in different environments and cultures — and how the Savory Institute is promoting properly managed livestock as the key to large-scale restoration of grasslands around the world.
Chris Masterjohn, PhD Nutritional Adjuncts to the Fat-Soluble Vitamins
Vitamins A, D, and K2 interact to promote adequate growth, to support strong bones and teeth, and to protect soft tissues such as our kidneys and arteries from calcification. They cannot win this battle alone, however, but rely on special helpers. The receptors for these vitamins and many of their related proteins are dependent on zinc. Magnesium intervenes at many steps to help them distribute calcium to where it belongs, in the bones and teeth. Vitamin K activates proteins only with the help of carbon dioxide, not often recognized as a nutrient. Thyroid hormone plays a key role in providing this carbon dioxide, and dietary carbohydrate may assist as well. This talk will focus on these and other interactions supporting the efficacy and synergy of the fat-soluble trio.
Meat, Organs, Bones, and Skin: Nutrition for Mental Health
Weston Price documented the ability of nutrient-dense diets to promote not only vibrant physical health, but vibrant mental health as well. Many of the nutrient-dense foods Price emphasized were animal foods, such as organs, bone broths, liver, and cod liver oil. Numerous studies in the modern era have associated vegetarianism with an increased risk of mental disorders, suggesting that animal foods may support mental health. This talk will review the importance of key amino acids and vitamins in supporting mental health, with special attention to the paradoxical roles of dopamine in promoting future- and goal-oriented behavior in some parts of the brain, and to promoting rigidity of thoughts in other parts of the brain. Special attention will also be given to the key nutrients needed to coordinate dopamine signaling to maximize mental health.
Saturday – Story of Organic Pastures Dairy
The Story of Organic Pastures Dairy and the emerging raw milk market and how dollar voting points to truth.
Holly McClenahan, RN An Innovative and Non-Invasive Approach To Identify and Treat Allergies Using Muscle Checking and BioResonance Therapy (BRT)
Holly uses an in-depth approach to identify allergies, rate the severity, uncover possible unseen reactions, and identify the priority of allergens to treat. She will explore the science behind muscle checking, how to acquire accurate useful information with muscle checking, understand limitations of muscle checking, and common pitfalls of a novice. Once a primary allergen is identified, using European protocols based in quantum physics and bio-physics, treatment is initiated with a BICOM and BioResonance technology.
Judith McGeary, Esq. Farm and Food Activism:
For many years, the laws and regulations governing our food have been written by and for Big Agribusiness. As the local foods movement grows, it is coming into conflict with existing regulations that pose unnecessary burdens and barriers — and Big Agribusiness continues to push for yet more regulation of small producers. Whether you are a farmer or a concerned consumer, you can help make a difference in the laws that govern our farms and our food. This workshop, which will be a mix of lecture and interactive discussion, will cover the basics of strategy planning for policy work and tips for how to lobby effectively.
Ann Marie Michaels, Founder & President, Real Food Media Blog Network
Growing Your Business or Brand with Social Media
Are you a holistic practitioner? Sustainable farmer or food producer? Do you want to spread the real food message online? Learn how to grow your small business, build your brand and make money. Ann Marie Michaels, Founder and President of Real Food Media Blog Network leads a panel of successful social media marketers. Learn how Chris Kresser LAc, is building his integrative medicine practice using Facebook and podcasting, how Cultures for Health’s Julie Feickert gets to the top of Google and is using YouTube to attract customers, and how Jennifer McGruther was able to quit her job, and is now making six figures blogging at Nourished Kitchen.
Ruth Mueller, Understanding and Reversing Food Allergies and Sensitivities with NAET (Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Technique).
Is your healthy diet making you sick? Approximately 95% of the population are eating foods that create toxic reactions in their bodies and don’t even know it. These foods are different for each person and can cause symptoms that range from mildly annoying up to extremely debilitating. Resolving the issue of food allergies and sensitivities is a powerful and often overlooked key to optimal health. This presentation will explore:
-factors that are causing food allergies and sensitivities to be on the rise.
-constitutional body types and dietary guidelines.
-ways to identify your specific allergies or sensitivities.
-the use of NAET to reprogram the body to accept reactive foods. (NAET is a mild, energy balancing procedure that removes energy blockages related to allergic reactions in the body. NAET combines the medical disciplines of acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology, and nutrition to identify and clear allergic responses.)
-other methods used to help eliminate reactivity.
Ananda S. Prasad, MD, PhD, MACN Discovery of Zinc as an Essential Element for Humans: Impact of zinc on health and disease
Essentiality of zinc for humans and its deficiency was recognized in 1963. During the past 50 years, it has become apparent that deficiency of zinc in humans is prevalent. Nutritional deficiency of zinc may affect nearly 2 billion subjects in the developing world. Consumption of cereal proteins high in phytate decreases the availability of zinc for absorption. Conditioned deficiency of zinc is also very common. Growth retardation, hypogonadism in males, rough skin, impaired immunity, neuro-sensory disorder and cognitive impairment are some of the clinical manifestations of zinc deficiency. Zinc is involved in many biochemical functions. Over 300 enzymes require zinc for their activation and nearly 2000 transcription factors require zinc for gene expression. Zinc is essential for cell mediated immunity. Zinc is also an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. In therapeutic dosages, zinc has been used for the treatment of acute diarrhea in infants and children, common cold, Wilson’s disease, sickle cell disease and for prevention of blindness in patients with age related macular degeneration.
Jessica Prentice “Oh, what to have for dinner?” How many times a week do you ask yourself this question? In this day-long seminar, Bay Area chef, author, and entrepreneur Jessica Prentice will share how she answers this question, and will prepare a week’s worth of different dinners, each of which can be the basis for many variations. If you master a few simple dishes, you can experience a great deal of relief from what can seem like a daily ordeal. The emphasis will be on practicality, nutrition, and ease in order to help you nourish your family on a daily basis with a minimum of fuss and stress. Short-cuts and tips will be shared, along with recipes.
Julia Ross, MA
Session I. SUGAR ADDICTION: DEFEATING THE GREATEST DIETARY CRISIS OF ALL TIME
Sugar-linked degenerative disease now kills 35 million people a year worldwide. In addition to the new research exposing its toxicity, sugar is now known to be four times more addictive than cocaine because of its potent impact on the brain’s appetite chemistry. This workshop will focus on the nutritional strategies that can stop sugar cravings in 24 hours in over 80% of overeaters of all ages.
Session II. THE NATURAL PRESCRIPTION FOR DEPRESSION: ANXIETY AND HOW TO AVOID OR WITHDRAW FROM ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS
Stress, primarily the stress of the current American diet and the brain malnutrition that results from it, have created unprecedented havoc in the emotional lives of at least half of the teens and adults in the USA. The risky drugs designed to assist those afflicted are being taken en masse (at exorbitant prices in the US only.) Yet the nutritional alternatives are more effective, have no side effects, and can permanently repair the neurotransmitter depletions that cause the problems.
Session III. INSOMNIA: THE IMPACT AND CURE OF A 21ST CENTURY EPIDEMIC
Many American adults and children get less than 8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep medication use has increased 50% in the past four years and takers of these meds have a four-fold increased death rate because insomnia is linked to all of the major physical and mental health challenges of our time. Fortunately, we have the nutritional solutions to the three most common causes of sleep deprivation.
Beverly Rubik, PhD, President Institute for Frontier Science
The dark-field microscope involves a unique method of lighting a specimen under the microscope from scattered light so that the field around it appears dark. Because of this high contrast, it allows one to see things that are typically invisible in ordinary light microscopy. Traditionally it is used in medicine to look for microbes linked to syphilis and Lyme disease. It can also be used to look at live blood to evaluate the health of biological terrain, the “soil” or “ground” that is the foundation of the health of all of the cells of the body. Not only microbes and sometimes parasites can be observed in blood, but many other factors as well. Dr. Rubik will explain this type of blood analysis and how she uses it in research and education. Through numerous photographs of the blood, she will show the full spectrum from high level wellness to metastatic cancer.
Kim Schuette, CN GAPS and Mental Health
The link between gut health and mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to depression and anxiety continues to become clearer as research grows. Dr. Campbell-McBride has offered a scientifically sound program known as the GAPS Program to repair the gut and restore mental wholeness. Kim has been using the GAPS Program for over six years in her practice. In this session she will share case studies of children that have been restored using the GAPS Diet with it emphasis on meat stock, bone broth, cultured foods and traditional fats along with complimentary therapies. There is hope where the modern medical establishment has given up.
Taurine is a unique nutrient found only in animal-based foods, and absent from plant-based foods. It is considered to be one of the amino acids, and is among the small set of sulfur-containing amino acids, along with cysteine and methionine. However, taurine is structured differently from all other amino acids, containing a sulfonyl group in place of the usual carboxyl group, and likely as a consequence it never shows up in any proteins. It also rarely participates in any reactions. Yet it is one of the most common free amino acids in the body, and it is especially highly concentrated in the heart, liver, and brain, arguably the three most important organs of the body. Reduced taurine levels in the blood are associated with many cancers.
In this talk, I will take a hard look at taurine metabolism, and suggest novel ways in which it may play an essential protective role in diseases like cancer and conditions like autism and encephalitis.
Monday: Nutrition, Toxins and Health: Facts and Speculation
In this all-day presentation, I will show how most if not all modern diseases and conditions — diabetes, obesity, heart disease, arthritis, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. — can be traced back to nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins. I will argue that the key factor in all of these conditions is sulfate deficiency (in the soil, in the plants, and in our bodies), and I will show how Big Pharma and Big Farming have led us to our current health care crisis. I will explain the crucial positive roles that bacteria play in maintaining health and biological equipose, and, more generally, how widespread use of antibiotics and environmental toxins is causing great harm by destroying bacterial ecosystems.
In the first half of the talk, I will focus on nutrition, discussing which foods are healthy or unhealthy, and why, as well as describing how modern farming and food processing methods are eroding our health. The second half of the lecture concerns biological mechanisms. I will focus on the importance of sunlight-stimulated cholesterol sulfate synthesis in the skin to health, and will show that many of the modern diseases can be traced back to deficiencies in cholesterol and sulfate. Important topics include cholesterol transport, blood homeostasis, autophagy, and the effects of various environmental toxins. I will also devote considerable time to a discussion of how bacteria rescue us from our health crises. I will provide specific recommendations for dietary and lifestyle practices that will lead us back to good health.
Brandon Sheard This lecture will introduce the science and art of simple, healthful and delicious meat curing. Learn the natural bacterial processes at work in letting salt, air and time make meat ‘go good’. Nitrates are never necessary with our traditional philosophy. Curing meat with simple principles preserves your harvest so you can enjoy more of it freezer-free. This approach ensures you use more of each animal (did you know the cheeks of a pig cure just like bacon?), and that your kitchen not only enjoys the benefit of tighter economics, but enhanced flavor.
You’ll learn how animal processing is one harmonious process and how the final act of curing your bacon is really a vindication of proper slaughter practices and natural husbandry on the farm. We’ll cover the differences in various curing methods, stages of fermentation, and finally how to enjoy it to the max at the end of your 2-year prosciutto’s wait-time.
Tara Smith Solving the Health Care Crisis Through Farming?
Description: We all know some of the problems with health care and we all know some of the problems with our food system. Bringing these 2 issues together offers insight to a real solution. A solution to bend the health care curve in our favor while solving environmental, availability, access and cost issues. The solution is a simple one. Come find out how you can participate in solving this local, national and global issue with ease….
Jerry Tennant, MD, MD(H), MD(P) Healing is Voltage
Dr. Tennant is an ophthalmologist and author of Healing is Voltage, The Handbook and Healing is Voltage, Healing Eye Diseases. Dr. Tenant did the majority of the FDA research for the Excimer Laser for VISX that is used for LASIK surgery. As a result of viruses from corneas passing through his mask while he performed 3000 surgeries, he developed encephalitis. He was sent home by Western Medicine with no hope for recovery. Debilitated and bedridden for seven years, he was forced to retire from Ophthalmology. Determined to heal himself, he discovered that cells must have enough voltage to work and that chronic disease, impacted by acid/alkaline states, was associated with loss of voltage. Learning how to correct voltage in the body lead to the creation of the Tennant Biomodulator. Worldwide, practitioners and individuals are using the Tennant Biomodulator. Dr. Tennant has his own clinic and continues to research, lecture and write.
7:00-7:45am Gentle Yoga
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
8:00-8:45am How to Sit Comfortably
Good sitting alignment makes you physically relaxed, mentally alert, and able to engage with the world around you. We’ll look at the role of the feet, knees, hips, spine, and shoulders for sitting postures that are simultaneously dynamic and restful.
6:00-6:45am Gentle Yoga
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
7:00-7:45am Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension
Learn simple and effective techniques you can do anytime, anywhere to release tight muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders.
6:00-6:45am Gentle Yoga
Relax your body and prepare your mind for a day of learning. Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All levels welcome.
7:00-7:45am Daily Activities: The Ease of Good Alignment
Learning how to sit and stand well is nice. But what about cooking, gardening, moving boxes and milking cows? Try out some simple guidelines to maintain ease and even muscle tone when you’re being productive.
Monday afternoon – Refresh Your Body
Rest your brain and refresh your body in an afternoon of juicy movement explorations. Reconnect with your flowing, dynamic, vibrant nature so that you leave feeling relaxed and ready for anything. We’ll look at alignment tips to ease chronic pain and tension and to help you function more safely, comfortably and effectively in your daily activities. You’ve been a good student all weekend. Now restore a sense of overall harmony as you let your body come out and play.
Wear clothing that allows you to move comfortably. All ability levels welcome.
Carbohydrate intolerance affects both the body and mind by disturbing the endocrine system, stress response, immune function and mental balance. Sugar addiction can be the beginning and the driver of numerous other addictions starting in childhood. Learn the many benefits of sugar-free and low carb diets.
Explore hunter/gatherer skills long used by people all around the world. Being aware and comfortable with fundamental living skills through which humans have thrived and existed in harmony with nature for multiple tens of thousands of years, such as making fire and string, brings with it a deep appreciation for true sustainability.
These “first” technologies, which also include stone tool making & tanning animal skins, provide the foundation of all the developments that have since followed. As humans we are born with our brains and hands as our main tools. We then use these tools to make or work with most everything else that we need in order to survive: food, water, air, fire, shelter, clothing, other people.
Someone raised in hunter gatherer society is intimately aware of the life cycles and characteristics of the plants and animals in that area. This discussion introduces these ways of understanding the intricacies of the resources surrounding us in abundance, and how to easily, accurately, and sustainably select and shape those materials into the tools that they might need.
Turning Sunshine into Online Solar Dollars
The US Wellness Beef business model is good for the land, livestock, rural entrepreneurs, rural community and most importantly our consumers. Sunlight, rainfall and soil provide the essentials for green plant growth. Livestock are the tool that harvests the grass and converts it to high quality food and fiber. US Wellness Meats provides the management to connect the retail packages to U.S. consumers in a seamless solar dollar chain.