I just returned home to Michigan with renewed passion and skills to better help serve others. Words cannot express the amount of empowerment, love and unity I felt this past weekend at the annual Wise Traditions 2017 conference titled Taking Our Health To New Heights held in Minneapolis, MN.
I love receiving tips, strategies and therapies that help to deeply rejuvenate our bodies, support and repair them and are a wonderful part of our rebuilding and detox routine … and that is exactly what I found this year.
Let me show you around this year’s Wise Traditions Conference, with speakers, vendors, and brands that are all united around Real Food and the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price …
I had a blast hanging out with my friends at Sauna Space and I'm sooo relaxed!
I absolutely love saunas because they instantly calm and relax from you head to toe and are super supportive for optimizing gene expression and your emotional and physical health. And most importantly, they activate our greatest detox organ… OUR SKIN! As a Naturopath, I test my clients for heavy metals, chemicals and other stressors that detoxification could easily correct and help. I find that over 90% of my clients test for them at some degree.
This is a special sauna because it is a Near Infrared Sauna. These combine the heat therapy of traditional saunas with light therapy. Light from near-infrared saunas can penetrate the body and enact a special biological system called photobiology.
Saunas are huge stress fighters and help with anti-aging.
✔️ Due to chronic stress, many of us are stuck in the sympathetic or “fight or flight”. Saunas encourage our bodies to go into the parasympathetic state, which allows us to digest, rest and heal.
✔️ Saunas can help with weight loss and cellulite. A study involving a group of women riding stationary bicycles demonstrated a 444% increase in weight loss for the group exposed to near infrared light when compared to the exercise only group.
✔️ When we repair both the DNA architecture and the gene transcription systems, we are restoring the optimal epigenetic state of the cell. We need to use Near Infrared Light to restore our Epigenetics to the optimal biochemical and bioluminescent state.Thus helping with anti-aging!
✔️ A huge landmark study found that the more men used a sauna, the lower the risk for sudden cardiac arrest, fatal cardiovascular disease, fatal coronary heart disease and all-caused mortality.
Basically, the more you sauna, the lower your risk is for premature death and increase in your anti-aging abilities.
The food though at the WAPF conference, truly the land of milk and honey, and all farm fresh, you are in heaven …
Meet my real foodie friend Max Kane. He runs a brilliant website called FARM MATCH and no it's not a dating website! It’s a site that allows you to type in your zip code and check off anything you are looking for in terms of farm fresh food and gives you not only the farms that offer it, but also the people who are interested in the food, milk, meat, eggs, etc too! I LOVE that. To me, real food is also about coming together and forming friendships with others who appreciate health and nutrition and REAL FOOD. Max also has a mind blowing story of health recovery. Max once suffered from crohn’s disease due to the effects of the SAD diet. He turned his health around by eating raw food and drinking raw milk. This lifestyle and diet change saved his life, way to go Max! You are an inspiration to me and many others.
Hanging out with two of the coolest folks, Gina and Andrew representing Vintage Tradition at the WAPF conference. Andrew is so so funny, we laughed all weekend.
They specialize in whole food skin care. Because you better be able to eat anything you put on your skin! Their 100% grass fed tallow lotion works wonders for eczema, psoriasis, dry skin and rashes and smells amazing! They infuse Young Living Essential Oils into their products, yay. It's a perfect marriage for your self-care.
Naturopathic tip: I've been having amazing results with dry skin issues clearing up by using this tallow and adding a few drops of Thieves essential oil mixed in and used on the skin for issues such as rashes, open sores, scars, psoriasis, eczema, poison ivy ringworm, etc.. – I mean amazing!
Morning mass at the Basilica of St. Mary-Catholic with my real food tribe of friends with a fitting life message. A perfect way to start a new day!
I was front row for Chris Masterjohn's talk. He truly is a biochemistry and realfood genius as his PhD implies. He talked about our energy stores our long term energy investments being our sex hormones, leptin, thyroid and insulin and our short term emergencies being adrenaline, inflammation and cortisol.
“Although insulin promotes storage of fat in fat tissue, this can be overridden by low energy status.
Although insulin promotes fat storage, it causes a proportionate increase glucose oxidation, so no net change in caloric balance.
Glucose oxidation in muscle is driven by energy status and that determines the availability of glucose to adipose tissue.
Bone is an endocrine organ.
Your muscles are the largest consumer of insulin.
Rhemmania is an excellent immune modulator.
Low T3 is common is low carb diets.
Cholesterol tends to be higher in those with hypothroidism.
The brain alone has an obligate need for 100-125g/d outside of fasting and ketogenic dieting.
The liver stores about 90g to stabilize blood sugar between meals.
How to lose weight:
- proritize sleep
- identify your psychological triggers for overeating
- try simple fixes such as low carb, removal of hidden toxins and calories
- cut calories
Why do hormones sometimes improve when on a low carb diet?
- improved leptin and insulin sensitivity
- increased cholesterol intake
- increased intake of micronutrients such as zinc”
Bonus: I went to a party later that evening and had a chance to mingle and talk with him one on one, so fun!
Kim Schuette's (CN,Certified GAPS Practitioner) hormone talk was excellent.
“Favorite nutritional therapies for increasing testosterone: scallops and oysters.
The more stress you PERCEIVE, the more catabolic your hormones become.
Supporting the liver is very important when balancing your hormones. Liver is the #1 superfood on the planet, there is nothing else with as many nutrients.” -Kim Schuette
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Want dairy, but experience allergies? No worries, Mt Capra has you covered!
They've been doing this goat milk products thing for nearly a century and love sharing with others.
Mt. Capra is a small, family-run farm in the Pacific Northwest which, for nearly a century, has been producing premium whole foods and nutritional products from goat milk. Our grass-fed goats graze on pesticide-free and chemical-free forage 365 days a year. No hormones or antibiotics are used to increase production.
Their goats ghee is out-of-this-world! They even carry goat's milk formula for sensitive babies.
My friends over at Radiant Life have the best quality and most affordable water filters for your kitchen and whole house to get ALL the contaminants out that tap water contains. Check them out here. As a Naturopath, I test my clients for water contaminants and other chemicals and I find that over 90% test for them.
We bathe and shower in it, brush our teeth in it, infuse our stocks and other recipes with it, and rinse our colorful fruits and vegetables under it. Not to mention, Americans drink 1 billion glasses of water from their taps alone each day. Yet, well over 2,000 chemical compounds have been found in U.S. drinking water, with more toxins lingering in our rivers, lakes and oceans. Among these hazardous chemicals, the EPA has established enforceable safety standards for only 87 of them- that's less than 5%. Take a moment to reflect: how do you think about water now?
If you know anyone or have family members who are vegan or vegetarian, I highly recommend you get them this new book by GAPS Doctor Natasha Campbell-McBride “Vegetarianism Explained: Making an Informed Decision”
“Vegetarianism Explained is a rational, science-based, common-sense explanation of how our bodies use food, that will allow all of us – healthy people, sick people, parents raising children – to understand the role of our food choices, what different foods do in our bodies and what our bodies need. This book should be required reading for every teenager, every parent, and every person fighting an illness. Thank you Dr Campbell-McBride, you’ve produced another critical masterpiece of health guidance for us all!”–Dr. Tom O’Bryan, DC CCN DACBN, author of The Autoimmune Fix
“Animal foods are the building/feeding foods for us, they build and maintain our physical structure and are what our immune system and brain needs and for ANY healing, these are #1 priority.”
“Animal foods provide easily assimilated vitamins and minerals in the right biochemical shape. They are easiest to digest for the human gut.”
“Animals foods build us and feed us, plant foods clean us.” – Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
Dr. McBride's GAPS Nutritional Protocol has been used successfully by hundreds of thousands of people around the world for treating a plethora of chronic health problems, from mental illness to physical disorders.
I met the owners of Just Thrive probiotics this weekend. They are so knowledgeable about gut bacteria and how their probiotic product helps to rebalance you. The Bacillus strain found in Just Thrive that makes it a real game-changer in the probiotic market is Bacillus Indicus HU36. Bacillus HU36 produces high levels of carotenoids such as Lycopene, Lutein, Astaxanthin, Zeaxanthin and Beta-Carotene. Along with these crucial antioxidants, Bacillus HU36 also produces quinols and essential vitamins B and K2. Wow!
The Bacillus Indicus HU36 is especially important for kids on the Autism Spectrum and the strains help produce TWELVE naturally occurring antioxidants (mentioned above) in the body and help with leaky gut! It will optimize anyone's health, even pets.
This product also helps to naturally lower high insulin levels and helps to naturally DECREASE your hunger.
I use this line in my office with my clients and you know how picky I am about quality.
Buchi Kombucha had us covered all weekend with their free flowing kegs of kombucha, you can find their products in local health food stores. My favorite buch was called air. Check it out!
And I want to give a very special thank you and shout out to my good friend and fellow blogger Kelly of Kelly the Kitchen Kop, for again, taking me under her wing, introducing me to so many amazing people of which I know many I will stay close and connected to. You are so thoughtful, FUN, compassionate and considerate. Thank you so much.
Breaking News on Our Movement!
Raw milk is legal in 43 states–only 7 to go!! Today, the raw milk movement: where it's been and where we're headed, click here to learn more.
Experts Denounce High Soy Diet of Illinois Prisoners, click here to learn more.
If you missed this life changing conference or want to listen again at your own leisure or share these presentations, click here. For more information about the Wise Traditions conference and the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, visit the Weston A. Price Foundation website.
How about you?
Have you ever been to a Wise Traditions conference? Would you like to go? Could you possibly drink free flowing (kegs) of kombucha? Share with me in the comments below!