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The Diabetes Summit 2017

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The Diabetes Summit begins very soon!

If you are like me you know at least one person, if not several people, who are struggling with diabetes. It may be you!

It is great to know there are so many options for treatment that don’t involve prescription drugs. It’s even possible to reverse your symptoms and manage your diabetes without any medication at all!

The Diabetes Summit will give you tons of information on living a full, healthy life in spite of a diabetes diagnosis. I  learned so much listening to the last summit last year and I am really looking forward to all of the great information in this year’s program!

Here is a listing of all the top-notch experts you will hear for free each day of the summit:

  • Dr Joseph Kraft – understanding decades of research on insulin
  • Dr Mark Menolascino – seeing diabetes care through a new lens
  • Robin Openshaw “Green Smoothie Girl” – detox to support your body
  • RD Dikeman (type 1) – using diabetes as a blessing to improve your family’s health
  • Dr Mark Hyman – finding the root cause and reversing type 2 diabetes
  • Dr Tom O’Bryan – exploring toxins, balance the immune response
  • Sayer Ji, founder of Green Med Info – the peer reviewed literature, and looking at supplements
  • Razi Berry- how environmental toxins disrupt metabolism
  • Dr Michael Breus – the impact of sleep on metabolism and diabetes
  • Dr Gabriel Cousens – raw foods approach, which fats help and which fats hurt
  • Kellyann Petrucci – nutritionist using bone broth, nutrition to stabilize blood sugar
  • Trudy Scott – nutritionist showing link between diabetes, anxiety and depression
  • Dr Sachin Patel – re-evaluating the healthcare model, empowering the patient
  • Dr Peter Osborne – autoimmune and blood sugar connection
  • Niki Gratrix – tapping into your internal abundance of energy with the mind-body connection
  • Dr Robert Rakowski – how the gut microbiome affects metabolism and blood sugar
  • Dr BJ Hardick – type 3 diabetes, proper detoxification, damaging foods, Alzheimer’s
  • Dr Joel Kahn – plant based foods, supplements for blood sugar
  • Dr Will Cole – testing and evaluating the root causes of “diabesity”
  • Dr Amy Berger – understanding the ketogenic diet and how to do it
  • Brett Hoebel – fitness and exercise to improve blood sugar
  • Dr Ritamarie Loscalzo – Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood
  • Dr Anna Cabeca – hormone balance to burn fat and control sugar
  • Daniele Hargenrader (type 1) – key factors to preventing complications from diabetes
  • Jonathan Bailor, author – calorie approach to weight loss is a myth, sane approach to weight
  • Dr Michael Murray – four types of blood sugar problems
  • Dr Jay Wortman – a doctor shares his own story reversing type 2 diabetes
  • Dr John Hayes – neuropathy and natural solutions
  • Dr Jody Stanislaw – type 1&2 understanding insulin
  • Daphne Olivier – nutritionist to customize eating strategies, non diet factors you may miss
  • Dr Rangan Chaterjee – from the BBC Doctor in the House program

So many great presenters! There is so much to learn!  You can register here  for free and listen each day. There is a special encore replay on day #8. 

If you want to own all this information to keep for your health library you can purchase the entire summit here. All 30 presentations plus more bonus material will be yours permanently to revisit anytime, share with friends and family, and use for deeper research.

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12 Health Secrets from a Real Food Pioneer

This post is featured on the Traditional Cooking School website.


pictured: Amy Knowles, Sally Fallon Morrell, and Lee Burdett at the Wise Traditions 2014 in Indianapolis, IN

I was privileged again this year to attend Wise Traditions, the annual conference for the Weston A. Price Foundation. I am always inspired by the speakers, exhibits and the wonderful meals. I come home recharged and motivated to try new things, and to keep sharing the message of good health. I’m thankful for WAPF President Sally Fallon Morell, and her team, who put together these weekends overflowing with information.

In this post, I’m sharing Sally’s own health secrets, given as part of the closing ceremonies for the 2014 conference in Indianapolis. These 12 points represent many of the same key ideas that made an impact on my own healthy journey when I turned away from current mainstream ideas. Read More here….

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The DAIR Foundation Dinner for Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Dr Wakefield dinner tableSearch Wikipedia for Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s name and you’ll find a very long and very unflattering article claiming his research to be fraudulent and himself disbarred and disgraced.  An informal social media survey might turn up comments of how he is that “anti-vaccine doctor” and responsible for the climate of vaccine mistrust.  I’m quite ashamed to admit that up until about six months ago I would probably have believed the rumors, I would have trusted Wikipedia. All that changed last November when I heard Dr. Wakefield’s keynote address for the 2013 Wise Traditions Conference of the Weston A Price Foundation in Atlanta, GA.  If an international organization with such a diverse membership devoted to finding the truth behind controversial research can honor Wakefield with their Integrity In Science Award and invite him to speak at their annual banquet, there must be more to his story than you can read in Wikipedia.

This is where the DAIR Foundation comes in. It was late February when I received a text message from a doctor friend asking if I’d help her with a special project; she wanted to have a dinner party for Dr. Andrew Wakefield. The DAIR Foundation would partner with our local planning committee to help our fundraiser dinner to succeed. DAIR is a legal foundation much like HSLDA or FTCLDF in that they provide representation and counsel to researchers and doctors who are persecuted by media, government or industry special interests.  Our local team consisted of Dr. Maggie Ruiz-Paedae, her huband and her daughter, and a handful of others like myself who were picked by Maggie who is a certified GAPS practitioner and is very passionate about helping people, especially children.

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Dr. Wakefield and two team members

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Dr. Wakefield talks to a young autistic dinner guest


Each Tuesday evening our team would meet via conference call. Dawn Loughborough was the DAIR Foundation coordinator who facilitated our calls. Dr. Wakefield himself was also on most of the calls which was a fabulous opportunity for me to learn more about him, figure out just what kind of person he was, and hear the truth of what happened to cause the whole scandal in the first place.

In a nutshell Dr. Wakefield and his supervisor, Dr. John Walker-Smith, wrote a research paper which was published in The Lancet in 1998 proposing a link between the MMR vaccine, autism and bowel disease. Dr. Wakefield had, and still has, a passionate interest in helping children who are in pain to get better. In the course of his research he interviewed the mothers of autistic children who told him that their children frequently exhibited behaviors that pointed toward great gastrointestinal distress. Upon examining these children he found they had inflamed guts, many with painful angry lesions. He discovered these inflammatory bowel issues were worsened when the children received the MMR vaccine. Knowing it would be controversial Drs. Wakefield and Walker-Smith recommended that parents stop using the combined MMR and instead have those vaccines, for measles, mumps and rubella, be given separately. At the time the idea that autistic children had digestive disorders was a brand new thing. At the time autism was still considered psychological and treated with psychotropic drugs, many children were heavily sedated or institutionalized.  In the years since Dr. Wakefield made this discovery many other researchers around the world have also discovered bowel diseases in autistic children, and the dietary approach to treating autism has come to be well accepted in many medical circles, with the GF/CF diet being the most mainstream. Quoting from the controversial research paper they said, “We have identified a chronic enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric dysfunction.  In most cases, onset of symptoms was after measles, mumps, and rubella immunisation. Further investigations are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to this vaccine.”

At the time these findings were first published the separate vaccines were still available in the UK.  Within six months, however, the British government withdrew permission for single vaccines to be imported leaving the combined MMR as the only available option. Parents had to use it or just not vaccinate.  Instead of recognizing the lack of options for vaccinations, the British media went after the doctors who had raised the flags in the first place. The ensuing battle – Dawn Loughborough describes it as a “media mugging” – ended with the Lancet withdrawing the research paper and both doctors losing their license to practice. After a lengthy court battle Dr. Walker-Smith was able to sue the High Court in Britain and was completely exonerated and fully restored in his medical practice. However Dr. Wakefield’s legal battles proved too expensive at the time. He left Britain and moved to the United States. He has also written 19 more peer-reviewed papers on autism, bowel disease and vaccines.

Brian Deer, the journalist who first made the complaint against Dr. Wakefield claiming conflict of interest and misconduct, is also the same person who first broke the news story in the UK.  He continues to promote the idea of Dr. Wakefield’s research being fraudulent. The legal battle began in a Texas courtroom in 2012. It is still playing out which is why the DAIR Foundation has stepped in to help with this very expensive ordeal.

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Brian Deer commenting on autism

Our hope, and the reason behind the fundraiser dinner and all the conference calls, is that Dr. Wakefield can clear his name once and for all and regain the respect he so much deserves.  My impressions of this man, after spending hours on conference calls, having face-to-face conversations during the fundraiser event, and listening to his presentations both at Wise Traditions and at the DAIR event, is that this doctor is fully committed to the children and their parents and finding real solutions for autism. His compassion for these children, most of whom cannot speak for themselves, runs deep to the point of tears when he speaks of the ones who have suffered and died due to misdiagnosis and wrong treatment.  His own trials, the loss of his career and his medical license, all of the hateful words people have said about him – all of this means little if, in the end, he can make a difference in the lives of these children; if he can ease their suffering and find a cure.

If you’d like to help please contact the DAIR Foundation at their website and make a donation, or learn how to sponsor your own fundraiser dinner.

You can read more about Dr. Wakefield with this interview at Mercola, the WAPF, and at Age of Autism where they have a video (starting at the 2hr 40min point for Dr. Wakefield’s portion.)

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Dr. Maggie (center) with a few dinner guests

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Announcing Kickstarter Campaign for Whole-food, Clean-eating Rest Stop for Travelers in Gettysburg, PA

Well Fed Family is excited to help spread the word about this idea whose time has come! Please share this campaign with friends and relatives who can help the Young family realize their dream, and help travelers find a place to stop where they can feel nourished and restored.


Long-time potters and Gettysburg business owners David and Junko Young have announced plans to open a green, whole-food and clean-eating rest stop at the intersection of US 15 and Taneytown Road inhistoric Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

lionPotPic3The Youngs recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for this venture.

The initial plan is to open a whole-food café, which will transition into a restaurant and finally a full healthy-choice rest stop. lionPotPic2They will offer food and beverages made completely with locally grown produce.

Currently the couple run a successful ceramic gallery and produce stand on Taneytown Road. They have established relationships with over twenty five different farmers in the area and plan to incorporate those relationships into their new venture.

The Lion Potter Website

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Kickstarter Campaign Link


The Lion Potter says. . .

We are located at the halfway point between Connecticut and the Carolinas on Highway 15 in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 2013 Gettysburg was one of the top three tourist locations in the world. On average, Gettysburg National Military Park draws over 1.2 million visitors a year. Gettysburg is a community rich in history and abounding in natural beauty. Our goal is to take the best of the distinct local attributes and develop them into a healthy eatery. We are a husband and wife functional pottery team. We share not only a passion for art, but also for exquisite food. Junko’s mother was a chef instructor, and I grew up in a bakery. I was nine years old when I started my first fruit stand. For the last ten years, my pretty wife and I have operated our successful Ceramic Gallery and seven-days-a-week Farmers Market. Running our fruit stand has allowed us to develop relationships with 27 different local farmers. They do an amazing job of supporting our effort to make the bounty of Adams County available to the explorers passing through. Our first giant step forward has been to secure a location on US 15 and Taneytown Road. In 2013, we successfully ran a test market at this location. We have a building that needs to be reappointed inside and out.

Reversing Diabetes World Summit starting soon!

Are you concerned about diabetes?  Have you been told you have pre-diabetes or that your blood sugar is elevated?  Not sure what to do about it? You are not alone! Diabetes effects 25 million Americans and pre-diabetes may reach the 1 billion people mark.  Our current mode of operation just isn’t working!

That is why I am so glad that Dr. Brian Mowll has taken the initiative to gather the leading experts in the field of natural diabetes care to initiate a change in the way we view and treat this condition.

I’d like to invite and encourage you to join me at the first online summit devoted to preventing and reversing Type 2 Diabetes.  The event starts on May 5, 2014 and runs for 12 life-changing days with over 50 amazing presentations.

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You can get your complimentary ticket for this event simply by clicking here to register.  It doesn’t cost a thing and it has the potential to change or even safe your life. 

During this online event you will hear from a wide array of experts in the fields of medicine, nutrition, fitness, pharmacy, and scientific research. Some of the incredible speakers include:

 Mark Hyman MD

David Perlmutter MD

Mark Houston MD

Stephen Sinatra MD

Ron Rosedale MD

JJ Virgin CNS

Jonny Bowden PhD

Paul Jaminet PhD

Suzy Cohen RPh

Izabella Wentz PharmD

Ashley Koff RD

Stephanie Greunke RD

and many more!!


The Reversing Diabetes World Summit will air between May 5 – May 16, 2014. There’s no cost to attend this online event. All you need to do is register by clicking here. Once you register, you will get updates as well as some nice bonus material just for joining the event.

The information in this summit can change and even save lives. We have a responsibility to share this message with as many people as possible to bring greater awareness to real, natural solutions. Please share this article with friends and family members and anyone else you know that could benefit from learning more about preventing and reversing Type 2 Diabetes. reversing diabetes square

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The Nourished Living Summit is now available for purchase – get lifetime access to your favorite sessions!

NLN Full-Summit-Square-NewI hope you’ve been enjoying the Nourished Living Summit and will continue to listen through the end of this month, April 29th.  You can have all the great information from the Summit to keep when you purchase the Summit package that includes:

  • Lifetime access to all 62 expert audio presentations (MP3 format);
  • Lifetime access to all 62 slide presentations;
  • Over 300 Pages of Presentation Summaries;
  • Over $150 Worth of Free Bonus Items;
  • 35 Exclusive Special Offers and Discounts;
  • 109 Page Speaker Guide;
  • Automatic Lifetime Access to All Future Presentations Released in 2014-2015 (including accompanying MP3s, slides, and summaries)

To purchase the entire Summit with Lifetime Access for the introductory price of $149 click here for more details.

You can also purchase single sessions of your favorite speakers:

  • Lifetime access to all audio presentations (MP3 format) in that track;
  • Lifetime access to all slide presentations in that track;
  • Presentation Summaries for that track;
  • 35 Exclusive Special Offers and Discounts;
  • Speaker Guide

To purchase individual tracks of your favorite Summit sessions for $49 each click here for more details.

Remember – the Summit is available to listen free with different sessions every two days all the way through the end of April! Take advantage of this great opportunity!

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Nourished Living Summit Speaker Lineup



Infertility and Preconception Health
Donielle Baker
Natural Fertility and Wellness

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding
John and Sheila Kippley
Natural Family Planning

Birth Choices
Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH
Sista Midwife Productions

Carrying and Parenting Multiples
Trisha Gilkerson
Breastfeeding Place

Preventing Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies Before Conception
Jill Baumann, BS, NC
Guided Path To Health

Herbs and Oils for Pregnancy and Birth
Jessica Aveni
Natural Health and Prevention

Eating For Two
Courtney Hillis
THRIVE: Natural Family Living

Family Oriented Bonding
Guggie Daly
The Guggie Daly


Supporting and Boosting Milk Supply Naturally
Diana West, BA, IBCLC
Low Milk Supply and Mahala Lactation and Perinatal Services, LLC

Building Blocks To A Healthy Breastfeeding Relationship
Dionna Ford
Code Name Mama

Back to Work Breastfeeding
Renee Beebe, M.Ed., IBCLC
The Second Nine Months

Breastfeeding As A Source of Joy
Christine Poirier-Brotchie
Momzelle Nursing Wear

Donor Milk
Emma Kwasnica
Human Milk 4 Human Babies

Nutrition and Breastfeeding
Becky Webb, NTP, CD (DONA)
Rooted Blessings

Inducing Lactation – One Mother’s Story
Millie Copper
Real Food For Less Money

Tongue Tie
Jennifer Tow, B.F.A., IBCLC
Intuitive Parenting Network


The Vaccine Decision – What Parents Need To Know
Jessika Bailey
Natural Mother Magazine

Gentle Sleep Solutions
Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Solutions

Baby Led Weaning and Starting Solids
Kate Tieje
Modern Alternative Mama

Laura Schuerwegen
Authentic Parenting

Newborn Decisions/Newborn Care
Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D
Author of The Business of Baby

Proper Care of Your Intact Son
Jennifer Andersen
Our Muddy Boots
Larissa Black
The WHOLE Network

Cloth Diapering
Miriam J. Katz
Author of The Other Baby Book and Intuitive Life Coach
Megan McGrory Massaro
Author of The Other Baby Book

Elimination Communication
Marija Mikolajczak
EC Wear

Jennifer Wenzel
True Confessions of a Real Mommy
Julie Mangan
A Little Bit of All of It
Shannon Riley
The Artful Mama


Dr. Jay Gordon, MD FAAP
Dr. Jay Gordon

Childhood Development Disorders
Dr. Jamie Oskin, N.D.
Arizona Natural Health Center

Chiropractic For Children and In Pregnancy
Dr. Staci Borkhuis, D.C.
Cornerstone Chiropractic

Children’s Dental Health
Will and Susan Revak

Extended Breastfeeding and Tandem Nursing
Lauren Wayne
Hobo Mama

Potty Training/Learning
Robert Edwards
Squatty Potty
Moorea Malatt
Savvy Parenting Support

Fostering Healthy Independence
Ariadne Brill
Positive Parenting Connection

Children and Reading
Elaine Krishnan
Usborne Books and More 
Jana Kemp
Jana M. Kemp


Dr. Sherrill Sellman, N.D
What Women Must Know with Dr. Sellmen

Adrenal Health For Children
Michael Smith, N.D. BHSC
Planet Naturopath

Teen Health
Lydia Shatney
Divine Health From The Inside Out

Posture Makes Perfect: The Benefits of a Physically Balanced Life
Elizabeth Eckert
Word Cures

Parenting Without Stereotypes
Paige Lucas-Stannard
Parenting Gently

Raising Your Children To Know Where Their Food Comes From
Abbie Walston
Farmer’s Daughter

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Common Childhood Illnesses
Dr. Mary Bove, ND
Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic

Skincare for Families
Jennifer Saleem
Hybrid Rasta Mama

Food Allergies
KerryAnn Foster
Intentionally Domestic

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Joy Moeller, BS, RDH
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

What Every Parent Needs To Know About Gluten
Joe Rigola
Wellness Punks

How Candida and Parasites May Be Harming Your Children’s Health
Amy Love, NTP, CGP, CILC
Real Food Whole Health

Environmental Toxins
Andrea Fabry
moms AWARE

Kombucha for Families
Hannah Crum
Kombucha Kamp

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Preventing Postpartum Depression
Amanda Rose
Rebuild From Depression

Herbal Support for New and Overwhelmed Mothers
Carol Little
Studio Botanica

Self Care For Moms
Lauren Luquin
Spiral Elixir

Healing from Trauma and the Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation
Stephanie Brandt Cornais
Mama and Baby Love

Getting Centered
Amy Phoenix
Presence Parenting

Mommy Tummy and Diastasis Recti
Bethany Learn
Fit2Be Studio

The Babywearing Workout
Kelly Stewart
The Babywearing Workout

Parent Empowerment

Managing Anger and Overwhelm as a Parent
Dr. Laura Markham
Aha Parenting

Attachment Parenting: Creating a Foundation for Healthy Child Development
Kelly Bartlett
Author of Encouraging Words for Kids

Becoming Aware of Possible Toxins Around your Children; Choosing Safe Products for Your Children
Dawn Lorenz
Raising Natural Kids

Holistic Fathers – Engaging and Including Dad
Billy Bradley
Holistic Dad

Creating a Natural Medicine Cabinet
Rosalee de la Foret
Herbal Remedies Advice

Sneaky Nutrition
Lisa Herndon
Lisa’s Counter Culture

Real Food For Families
Kimi Harris
The Nourishing Gourmet

Finding Community
Chara Shopp
Stitching Hearts Together
Judy Tyler
Living Healthy ‘n’ Happy

For more info on how to register go here.

Nourished Living Summit – Beginning March 24th!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to making the best choices for your family?

The Nourished Living Summit. brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally. These experts know that this parenting gig is not easy and as such are arming you with the information you need to either begin, continue, or expand your journey as a natural-minded parent.

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The Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event that launches March 24, 2014.

It won’t be like those other Summits, the ones were you have 24 hours to listen to 10 presentations. No – The Nourished Living Summit wants to arm you with as much information as you can absorb via an improved Summit model. A model where you will have time on your side so you can take advantage of all the incredible information these speakers are handing you. The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:

  • Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
  • Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
  • Care and Nurturing For Mothers
  • Education for Natural Minded Parents

Beginning March 24th, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on April 29th.

You MUST be registered in order to listen to the presentations. You can register on the home page of the official Nourished Living

Want to learn more about the Nourished Living Summit lineup? Check it out!

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What are you waiting for? Go register for the Nourished Living Summit!!!

For a listing of topics and speakers go here.

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Give-Away!

The Contest is now closed! Thanks to all who participated!                                                                        The winner is Trish B.! We will be contacting you soon, so keep an eye out for the email!


Well Fed Family is happy to announce our first give-away contest! A big thank you goes to Tropical Traditions for sponsoring this event!  One lucky reader will win a 32oz. jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  To read our review go here. To learn more about virgin coconut oil go here. To find out more uses for virgin coconut oil go here

To enter the contest here’s what you do: First of all visit the Tropical Traditions website and subscribe to their newsletter here.  Then come back here and leave a comment below telling us you did.  The contest runs from now until Thursday December 19th, 2013. After that we will select one person at random to win! We will contact you if you are the winner and you will receive a free 32oz. jar directly from Tropical Traditions!

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Wise Traditions 2013 Day Three Synopsis

My apologies for taking so long to get this last blog up. As soon as the final session was over on Sunday we had to jump in the car and head home. For me that was two days of car travel,supergold kvass zukay but then once back home I turned right back around and started on another trip out west to visit more family. I’m writing this now from a hotel room in Tulsa. It’s kind of crazy to go from a weekend of fabulously healthy, farm fresh food for three meals a day straight into the food deserts of the airports and life on the road. I’m thankful to have found Zukay Live Foods Super Gold spicy beet kvass at the Tulsa Whole Foods yesterday. Dr. Mercola said one serving of fermented vegetables (this kvass qualifies for that!) is equal to a whole bottle of probiotic supplements.  Ok, on to my synopsis of the final day’s sessions….

I began the morning in a packed house to hear Dr. Joe Mercola. As usual, he was engaging and funny and had lots of good ideas. His loosely-organized talk on the failed drug system of conventional medicine was really an overview of his own recipe to take control of your own health. He had 12 bullet points with accompanying power point photo illustrations. I’ll list them here, but if you’ve spent any time on his website you are probably familiar with many already. The title of the talk could also be “Optimize Your Gut Flora”.  1. No sugar (you knew this was important!) 2. Reduce grains (or for the bold, eliminate grains entirely) 3. Eat lots of good vegetables and sprouts 4. Eat fermented vegetables, learn to ferment your own vegetables and fruits. We surprised Joe on this one…he said for anyone who had ever made their own fermented vegetables to raise their hand. Pretty much the whole room held hands high, and he was blown away. Said he’d never talked to an audience where the vast majority were fermenters much less even knew about it. This is when he told us that a 2-3oz serving of fermented vegetables has 100 trillion beneficial bacteria and is equal to an entire bottle of probiotic supplements. 6. Grow and eat your own sprouts. He recommends sprouting in soil rather than just in a sprouting dish. Sprouts have 30x the nutrients as the mature vegetable with sunflower seed sprouts being the highest. There are directions on his website on how to sprout using trays of soil. Takes about 5 days from start to finish. 7. Drink pure water. He said this was a good “gateway” first step for anyone wanting to begin the journey to health. 8. Eat a HIGH FAT diet. Especially for anyone who is currently insulin or leptin resistant he recommends using intermittent fasting techniques and converting to a fat-adapted diet rather than a glucose-burning diet. On the topic of fat-burning and eating high fat (good fats like coconut oil, butter) that insulin and leptin resistance lead to heart disease and cancer. Another moment of surprise for Dr. Mercola came when he asked anyone who has had a heart attack to raise their hand. In the packed auditorium of several hundred people only one person raised their hand – Mercola was stunned saying he attributed the low heart attack count to our healthy WAPF diets. 9. Exercise was next. Cardio, sitting killshe says, is not the most efficient. Better exercise is one that activates fast twitch muscles such as the Peak 8 training program. Great photo from this segment was a picture of a comfy chair with the caption “sitting kills”. 10. Grounding or Earthing – going barefoot on the earth or ocean activating a free flow of electrons to replicate natural principles to help naturally thin your blood. 11. Keep cell phones off and away from your body. 12. Small initiatives can make a big differences: say no to GMOs, Fluoride removal from city water supplies, ban mercury in dentistry, and the National Vaccine Information Center.

From Mercola I went upstairs to a more intimate classroom area to hear Dr. Deborah Gordon speak about Preventing Breast Cancer. This class was packed full of information, so much so that I want to do a more in-depth blog just on this topic. So what I give you here is just the surface of the deep pool.  First of all it is important to know that Prevention does not equal  Detection. 68% of women actually think mammograms prevent breast cancer. The industry claims they are the only way, but in reality there are many things you can do to help prevent breast cancer (and all cancers).  Prevention can come both before and after a diagnosis of breast cancer. It is important to know your personal risk factor. The website has a Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool you can use to start with. Don’t stop there. Know about all the risk factors. Things like family history, age, race, age of menstruation/menopause, age of first full-term pregnancy, and breastfeeding all play a role. We have all heard of BRCA genes and while genetics themselves are fixed the epigenetics are modifiable. This means the environment we live in and the lifestyle we live. Exposure to radiation, carcinogens, toxic hormone modifiers and other substances are all risk factors we can lower or eliminate by lifestyle choices. Biggest is with food, personal care products, our homes and our lives. Keep cell phones away from your body and NEVER carry them in your bra! Choose organic foods and non-toxic cosmetics and cleaners. Parabens in deodorants are big cancer offenders. Use the EWG’s Skin Deep website to find good products. Never put anything on your skin you can’t safely eat. Sleep in a completely dark room, exercise – especially intense exercise for better hormone/metabolism/insulin. Have a little red wine – One 6oz serving per day at most. Manage your stress! Stress hormones kept low allow all your other glands to operate optimally! Eliminate sugar – many cancers are dependent on sugar, but humans are not. Vitamin D, probiotics, fermented foods, iodine, selenium, turmeric are all good. Statins double the risk of breast cancer.

Third up was a lecture called “Failed Promises-Flawed Science” from retired Col. Dr. Huber, Professor Emeritus Purdue University. Dr. Huber’s research into GMOs is legendary and stretches back 20 years or more to the inception of the biotech industry. This was another lecture that deserves its own blog post (or two or three). For this lecture he focused mainly on the herbicide glyphosate, brand name “Round Up”, used in GMO agriculture. Setting aside the actual GMO plants we learned that glyphosate on its own was a huge problem. It is a chelator of all cations, inhibits enzymes, shuts down the shikimate pathway (which I wrote about here), is a strong antibiotic (glyphosate was first marketed as an antibiotic before being used as an herbicide), and accumulates in shoot, root and reproductive tissues, accumulates in the soils, is toxic to beneficial soil organisms and just all-around nasty. Because of widespread glyphosate usage we are now seeing re-emergence of old diseases as well as brand new ones. Things like Corynespora Root Rot, Goss’ Wilt of Corn, Take-All of Wheat and Sudden Death Syndrome are all plaguing farmers now. It only takes 1/2 oz per ACRE of glyphosate to damage crops with low vigor, lower yields, and lower mineral values. Even after 30 years the glyphosate is still present in fields – it doesn’t go away. Now on to the crops themselves….There is a reduction in the nutrients from 13%-52% in RoundUp Ready (RR) crops. It takes extra fertilizer and micronutrients just to get these crops out of the ground. Animals fed GMO feed struggle due to nutrient deficiencies directly as a result of deficient feed plants. RR plants have a high amount of formaldehyde and contain at least 13% glyphosate within the plant itself. Mice and squirrels will ignore GMO feed corn due to the formaldehyde content. 80% of the beef livers from commercially raised and slaughtered cows have to be thrown away directly due to the premature aging from the GMO feed. 20% of all pregnancies in commercially raised dairy cattle are lost due to insufficiencies in the feed.  Erosion of the stomach and intestines from GMO soy and corn reproduce symptoms of autism in herds of animals eating GMO feed. When the GMO feed is removed the symptoms go away. Glyphosate presents long-term toxicity to liver, kidney and tissues and is a long-term carcinogen. Refining oils from GMO crops (soy, canola) concentrates this effect. We even have a new disease called Morgellan’s disease linked to GMOs.

buchi kombucha

buchi was a sponsor for Wise Traditions

The last session of the day was Kombucha and Cancer Therapies – Historic and Modern from Kombucha Kamp found Hannah Crum. Hannah’s bubbly personality spilled out like effervescent kombucha bringing a joyful tone to the serious topic of cancer.  Something I knew but forgot was that kombucha is not a lacto-fermented beverage like kefir or kvass. Instead it is an acetic acid ferment similar to apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is about 5% acetic acid while kombucha is a more drinkable 1%.  Hannah repeated what Deborah Gordon said about cancer being caused by environmental factors such as diet, toxins, lack of exercise and radiation.  Much of the research done on kombucha is from other countries where kombucha consumption is more the norm than it is in the US.  Stalin urged research on kombucha in the 1800s because he feared getting cancer. His scientists discovered a population in Russia living near an asbestos mine that should have been sick but instead the people were healthy – they drank kombucha. Dr. Rudolf Sklenar in Germany used kombucha to prevent cancer as well as treat and cure it using daily protocols of probiotics and kombucha. More recent research shows promise using kombucha to help heal diabetes, to repair kidneys from exposure to toxins such as carcinogenic solvents, to lower levels of radiation poisoning and to reduce human cancer cell activity. Hannah gave an in depth look at all the good things in kombucha from polyphenols to healing acids, and talked about how kombucha is a “gateway ferment”. People who are new to fermented foods often like kombucha just because it’s fizzy and it tastes good, but they keep drinking it because it makes them feel good.


Next year Wise Traditions 2014 will be in Indianapolis – I hope you can attend!