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Natural Health Conference 2006
Weaving a Tapestry of
Natural Health

Breakout Sessions

Do you have a favorite returning presenter? Are you curious about a new presenter for 2006? Choosing sessions with specific presenters is just one thread you can weave into your conference tapestry.

Balancing Life, Work, Family
Denise Lamothe, PsyD, HHD

Denise will explore ways to nurture and empower ourselves through difficulties that inevitably arise as we strive to fill the demands of professional and personal roles. Ways to manage stressors creatively in holistic ways will be outlined and participants can rediscover the joy that lies at the core of their beings. Join Denise as she demonstrates how to construct a holistic action plan to manage stressors creatively and to rediscover the joy in life.

Basic Iridology
Ellen Tart Jensen, PhD

This class will cover the basics of iridology theory and how to use the iris as a map of the body. The class includes instruction on the iris signs, iris structure, and iris color as a means of assessing physical strengths and deficiencies.

Breathing Meditation
Jeff Goin

Join Jeff as he leads an early morning breathing meditation. No prior experience in meditation is necessary.

Chasing the Blues Away
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbalist

This has become a hot topic in our frantic world as more and more people fall under the gray spell of depression, anxiety, and stress. Thankfully, herbs and an “herbal way of life” offer an effective solution to the stresses of everyday living. They remind us to slow down, smell the roses, to dig a little deeper, and keep our hands in the dirt. In return, they provide our bodies with essential nutrients that are necessary for the health of the nervous system, calming and grounding us. This will be a discussion of favorite nervine herbs and specific therapies that are deeply calming and relaxing.

Classification of Chinese Herbs
Michael Tierra, OMD, LAc

Many of the herbs used in Chinese herbal medicine are found growing in various parts of the world, including North America. Their classifications have counterparts in other systems of herbal medicine, including Western herbalism. Michael will cover the basic categories of Chinese herbal classifications, exploring in depth the use of a few important herbs in each category.

Connecting Physical/Emotional/Spiritual Health Through Iridology
Ellen Tart Jensen, PhD

The iris is truly a “window to the body and soul.” This class will teach students how to recognize signs in the iris that signify physical, emotional, and spiritual patterns. How to see right-brain creative tendencies and left-brain analytical tendencies through the iris will be illustrated. Learning to interpret these diverse iris signs will give the student insights into how to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Creating Your Own Nutritional Plan
Jonny Bowden, MA, CN, CNS

Eating the right foods and getting the right nutritional mix can help reduce cravings, mood swings, and energy fluctuations as well as promote weight loss. By listening to our own internal wisdom and understanding basic nutrition, we can create our own nutritional plans for vibrant health.

Don’t Know Where We’re Going Until We Know Where We’ve Been
Stewart Mitchell, BPhil

If, as we have been led to believe, naturopathy existed around the time of Hippocrates (460–380 BC) why did it need to be “pioneered” in the 19th and 20th centuries? And what is it about naturopathy that makes it especially relevant for our modern times? In this session, discover the derivation of naturopathy through the lives of its greatest exponents, hear of its greatest challenges and triumphs, and be inspired by its consistent success.

Endocrine Body Typing
Steven Horne, AHG

It’s possible to tell a great deal about a person’s general health tendencies just by looking at their body shape. Originating with Dr. Henry Bieler, glandular body typing is a way of determining glandular dominance and weakness, as well as general health and personality tendencies, from a person’s physical shape. This class will feature an expanded system of seven glandular body types and includes suggested remedies and health practices for each.

The Energetics of Homeopathy
Rudolph Ballentine, MD

Homeopathic remedies are premiere catalysts for transformation and change. By tapping into the fundamental qualities of nature, homeopathy helps release old thought patterns, personality traits, or attitudes that might be having an effect on the physical body. Case examples will be given.

Enhancing Natural Immunity
Phyllis D. Light, RH, Herbalist

Our immune systems are our first line of defense. The class includes an overview of the components of the immune system and how they fight illness. It also includes a discussion of selected herbs for strengthening and enhancing the immune system, anti-bacterial herbs and spices, lymphatic herbs, and foods to enhance the immune system.

Food: Choices, Food Combining, and Smart Shopping
Elson Haas, MD

Our knowledge of health influences our choices in the market and on our plates. How we put our meals together over the days, seasons, and year provides the basis of good health. Elson will present his insights and information on how we can guide ourselves and our clients in making better food choices. He will also review information on food additives, reading labels, organic foods, food-combining, and seasonal eating.

Foods and Herbs for Children’s Health
Lesley Tierra, AHG, LAc

Herbs are incredibly effective for most children’s ailments. Learn what every adult needs to know about using natural therapies and herbs for children’s colds and flu, lowered immunity, sleep issues, ADHD or hyperactivity, stress, indigestion, and many other common children’s complaints.

Healing the Planet One Person at a Time
Rudolph Ballentine, MD

What are the principles of natural health? How can we use these principles with ourselves and our clients and then extend them to include our families, community, state, and country? How can we take these principles and use them to help heal structures that have not evolved in natural ways? This session will cover the principles of natural health and how to use them to aid healing at both the personal level and the planetary level.

Healthy Aging for Men
Darryl Patton, ND, Herbalist

The aging process for men does not have to be one in which we find our bodies slowly self-destructing, ravaged by the wear and tear of a lifetime of work. With proper nutrition and a bit of preventive medicine, it is possible to remain healthy and active into our senior years. Herbs, minerals, and supplements have a key role in healthy aging. Along with diet, we can slow the aging process and avoid many of the ailments associated with growing older.

Healthy Aging for Women
Phyllis D. Light, RH, Herbalist

Women’s health concerns evolve as they age. Explore herbal remedies, supplements, and foods for menopause, heart health, strong bones, healthy skin, and ways to look and feel good at any age.

Herbal Approaches to Autoimmune Disorders
David Winston, AHG

Autoimmune disorders are becoming increasingly common and Western medicine often has little to offer. Herbs offer an excellent approach for helping sufferers live healthier lives. In this class, David will explore his herbal materia medica for autoimmune ailments and patterns of dysfunction and how these apply the individual.

How Our Environment Affects Our Health
Phyllis D. Light, RH, Herbalist

The health of the land strongly influences our own well-being. The quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and our relationship with the Earth determines the effectiveness of our immune response and shapes not only our well-being, but also that of future generations. The class covers the effect of climate changes, pollution, electromagnetic radiation, and other planetary trends. Learn how you can help reverse these trends.

Important TCM Formulas and Their Uses
Michael Tierra, OMD, LAc

Formulas represent the primary way herbs are administered. Learning herbs according to the way they are used in formulas is one of the most effective ways to understand them. There are a number of traditional Chinese formulas that have a multitude of applications and many of these are available commercially in teas, capsules, and extracts.

Longevity and Vitality for Every Stage of Life
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbalist

Using herbs and simple common sense practices, you can restore and maintain vitality whatever your age. Rosemary discusses herbs used around the world that have earned a reputation for improving and maintaining energy, vitality, and good health. Special considerations concerning those in their “sage-ing years” will be addressed, including herbs for improving eyesight, digestion, bone health, and sexual well-being.

Metabolic Syndrome: Culprit of Many Chronic Illnesses
Wendy Arthur, MD, FAAFP

In the past 20 years enormous numbers of people in the U.S. have developed waistlines larger than their hips, putting them at risk for diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Wendy will describe the genetic aspects and physiology of metabolic syndrome and offer educational opportunities to decrease risks of chronic illness with yourself and your clients.

Jane Patton, AFAA

This workout focuses on the spine, proper breathing, core strength, and flexibility.

Plant Walk
Darryl Patton, ND, Herbalist

Join Darryl as he explores the bounty of native healing plants available right outside the door.

Planting the Future: Preserving Our Rich American Herbal Heritage
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbalist

Gather for a glorious visual feast as Rosemary presents a slide show and discusses the conservation, preservation, and cultivation of important native medicinal plants. She will also discuss land as sanctuary, how to create botanical sanctuaries on your own land, building native medicinal plant trails, and the work of United Plant Savers, a grass roots nonprofit organization.

Practice Issues: Assessment, Education, Recommendations
Susie Hale, ND, PhD

This class is based on the Natural Reader Press publication “The Clayton College Model of Empowerment for Natural Health Practice.” Conducting an assessment, providing education for the client, and offering recommendations within the context of the empowerment model will be explored. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills in an interactive class that will focus on learning the language required to practice without engaging in diagnostic or prescriptive discussions with the client.

Pulling Health Out of the Body
Stewart Mitchell, BPhil

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that it is what we lack that undermines our health. Naturopathy is distinguished by a conviction that health is already within us. In the true spirit of education (“drawing out”), the traditional naturopath uses the time-tried methods of fasting, water stimulation, and gently challenging exercise to stimulate the system into a healthy response. A very practical session— “Use it or lose it” is nowhere else so compassionately conveyed!

Self-Publishing, Self-Promotion
Steven Horne, AHG

One of the best ways to earn a living in the natural health field is by marketing information on health practices. People are hungry for information about their health. In this session, Steven will share some basic information about creating and marketing educational products and how to use them to promote consultations, product sales, and speaking engagements.

Seven Plants, Seven Teachers
Matthew Wood, AHG

In this class, Matthew offers an in-depth study of seven plants, explaining when and how to use them. The class also covers the personalities of these herbs and the corresponding human personalities they might benefit. He shows how nature can inform, teach, and heal us. The session also includes case studies.

Survival 101
Darryl Patton, ND, Herbalist

Blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, and the threat of terrorism have made us all aware of just how easily we can find ourselves at the mercy of the elements. This lively, interactive class will give you the opportunity to learn many of the skills of our self sufficient ancestors. Watch a demonstration of primitive fire making and then give it a try yourself! Learn how to gather, prepare, and cook wild foods and even make your own bark basket. This is going to be a fun, hands on class, so be prepared to be entertained while you learn some skills that may one day save your life.

Taming Your Chew
Denise Lamothe, PsyD, HHD

In this workshop, Denise explores causes of food control issues holistically, from the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental perspectives. Strategies for overcoming overeating will be outlined and participants will be given specific, effective tools for personal use as well as for helping others struggling with various eating issues. Denise will also demonstrate how to construct an individualized, holistic action plan for changing self-destructive thoughts and behaviors into positive, productive ones.

TCM–Understanding the Precious Influences of the Body
Lesley Tierra, AHG, LAc

The precious influences of the body include yin, yang, qi, blood, fluids, essence, shen, and the organs. Understanding their qualities and characteristics helps us more accurately assess a potential herbal application and provides guidelines for maintaining health and promoting longevity.

Understanding Chinese Herbs and Formulas
Michael Tierra, OMD, LAc

Chinese herbal medicine is recognized as the oldest and most evolved system of herbal medicine worldwide. This course will present an overview of the practice of Chinese herbal medicine, including its underlying philosophy, individual assessment methods, classification, processing, and methods of use.

Urinary Tract Remedies
David Winston, AHG

These remedies are based on the specific medication system of the Eclectics. David will discuss the history of the Eclectic movement and its influence on herbal therapies today. Specific remedies for the urinary tract will be discussed and then the class will focus on “black letter symptoms” which allow us to easily differentiate the appropriate herb, not based on a disease model, but rather specific patterns of dysfunction that can be easily recognized. This allows the practitioner a more precise method of recommending herbs for the person, not the disease.

Vitalistic Principle in Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy
Matthew Wood, AHG

The vitalistic principle, a foundation of many natural healing therapies, recognizes that the physical body is animated by a vital life force. Stimulating this life force supports the body and aids the healing process. Matthew explores the important healing doctrines from the 16th to the early 20th century from a vitalistic and holistic view. This session reviews the law of similars, doctrine of signatures, foundations of homeopathy, and the rise and fall of Eclecticism.

Jane Patton, AFAA

Join Jane as she moves you through yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques designed to relief stress and increase energy.

Yoga 101
Jane Patton, AFAA

Jane will guide you through your first exploration into an ancient form of exercise and healthcare. This class includes a combination of lecture and movement.

The Yoga of Embodiment
Rudolph Ballentine, MD

Too many people live their lives disconnected from their bodies. The result of this disconnection can be a mind continually running with thoughts or a body with poor posture or that is unhealthy. Join this delightful yoga of embodiment class that focuses on listening to the body and learning its language. The class will include both lecture and movement. Bring a clean towel or blanket for floor use.

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