The Vermont Traditional Foods and Health Symposium

Date: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 to Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: Thurs: 6:30-9pm; Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat: 9am-5pm
Event Type: 
Adult Program
Location: Burlington and Shelburne, VT

Come learn the core principles of traditional diets, inspired by the teachings of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and explore how embracing this lifestyle can contribute to one’s health, wellness and longevity.

Hosted at Shelburne Farms, The Vermont Traditional Foods and Health Symposium is a program sponsored by The Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation.  

Registration is required to attend the Symposium. In order to make the program accessible, the program is being offered on a suggested sliding scale of $0 - $75 per day (includes coffee, tea, snacks, lunch (Friday & Saturday) and traditional foods tasting (Friday evening) provided by The Farmhouse Group, and more.

Lunches and snacks provided during the event will align with the principles presented by the speakers including nutrient-dense, locally and organically grown vegetables, pastured and grass–fed meat, raw dairy products, and fermented vegetables all skillfully prepared by The Farmhouse Group and the chefs at the Inn at Shelburne Farms.  In addition, on Friday afternoon, a “grazing” dinner will highlight the simplicity of eating whole, nutrient-dense foods including charcuterie, grass-fed beef, bone marrow and broth, and more!  Lastly, local producers will be conducting hands-on demonstrations focusing on fermented vegetables,  fermented beverages, organ meats, sprouted nuts and grains, bone broths, traditional fats, and raw milk.

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Thursda​y, September 25  

6:30 - 9:00pm |  Film House, Main Street Landing, Burlington, VT  |  Free

Film Screening: The Greater Good A Film By Leslie Manookian

THE GREATER GOOD is an award winning character-driven documentary that explores the cultural intersections where parenting meets modern medicine and individual rights collide with politics. The film offers parents, doctors and policy makers the opportunity to speak openly, actively listen and learn from one another.  


Friday, September 26 
 

Primal Mind: Connecting the Dots Between Nutrition and Mental Health

How do nutrients interact with our bodies and brains to shape our perceptions and experience of what it means to be alive? What actually are our emotions and how do we cultivate our emotional reality by what we choose to eat? How does the brain manage stress and how do stressors form and deform our experience of life and our health? Learn about the myth of the “mind-body connection” and what you can do to maximize your mental,emotional and cognitive function with nutritional influences and easy-to implement dietary changes that can make all the difference. Learn about the nutritional and biochemical basis for depression, anxiety and ADD…and learn about how you can maximize the health of your brain as you age.

Presenter: Nora Gedgaudas CNS, CNT One of the World’s leading experts on Paleo nutrition and author of the international best-selling book Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond The Paleo Diet For Total Health and a Longer Life. She is Board-certified in Holistic Nutrition® through the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) and is recognized by the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Certified Nutritional Therapist.

Nutrition Response Testing to Achieve Optimal Health

Learn more about Nutrition Response Testing and how it can be used to detect nutritional imbalances, chemical and metal toxicities as well as food sensitivities that could be blocking your way to your wellness. Many of the toxicities detected can be coming from your beauty products, household cleaning products, processed foods and whole foods coming from larger farms using less mindful farming practices Health Issues From These Hidden Barriers Can Include Digestive Imbalances, Weight Gain, Migraines, Fatigue, Hormonal Imbalances, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety/Depression, Cardiac Issues, Diabetes.  Also discussed will be the whole foods dietary guidance Dr. Harris recommends for those who are clearing these barriers and want to maintain the increased wellness they have acheived.

Presenter: Dr. Suzy Harris, senior clinician at Cedar Wood Natural Health Center in South Burlington, VT

 

Fueling The Ancestral Athlete

Whether you’re a weekend warrior, an exercise enthusiast or a serious performer, learn how to avoid modern frankenfuels, sports gels, sports drinks and commercial exercise fuels and instead tap into natural ways to enhance physical and mental performance. From foods to supplements to biohacks, discover the best ways to cultivate high levels of physical and mental performance while immersed in a modern living environment. Ben Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, father of twin boys and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life”, and during this presentation, he’ll teach you how to use the ultimate combination of gear, foods, supplements, biohacks and lifestyle techniques to optimize performance of the human machine in a safe and healthy way and to fuel your body with the energy necessary for exercise without destroying your gut.

Presenter: Ben Greenfield is a coach, author, speaker, ex-bodybuilder and Ironman triathlete. His science-based approach to discovering a potent balance between health and performance has revolutionized the way thousands of athletes and exercise enthusiasts around the world live, train and eat. In 2008, Ben was voted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as the America’s top personal trainer. He holds a Master’s degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics from University of Idaho, and is also a certified sports nutritionist (C-ISSN) and strength and conditioning coach (CSCS). He has over a decade of experience training professional, collegiate and recreational athletes from all sports how to be healthy on the inside and healthy on the outside – and also coaches people of all ages and from all backgrounds for performance, fat loss, nutrition, lifestyle management and wellness.  In addition to being the head coach and nutritionist for Pacific Elite Fitness and the Rock Star Triathlete Academy, Ben is a consultant for WellnessFX, host of the Get-Fit Guy and BenGreenfieldFitness.com podcasts on iTunes, author of over a dozen programs and books for optimizing health and performance, and owner of EndurancePlanet.com, the world’s top endurance sports entertainment website. Ben also trains and mentors physicians, personal trainers and physical therapists from around the globe via his mastermind Superhuman Coach Network at SuperhumanCoach.com.


Saturday, September 26

Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT  |  Sliding scale fee; Suggested donation 

Traditional Foods and Home Remedies for the Modern Child’s Chronic Disorders

Learn how nutrient-dense foods such as those found in the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet can bring healing to a myriad of disorders that plague the modern child. This presentation will focus on the important role the gut and live bacteria play in setting the stage for wellness of mind and body. We will also look at home remedies that assist in gently detoxifying and restoring balance where it has been lost. Come be inspired by real life stories of health restored.

Presenter: Kim Schuette, CN, Certified GAPS Practitioner, WAPF San Diego Chapter Leader  

What are Symptoms? Chinese Medicine and Health and Healing

How we approach symptoms speaks to how we view health and healing. In Chinese medicine, symptoms of all kinds are messengers, trying to tell us that something is out of balance. Rather than waging war on symptoms, we can wage peace to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. Brendan will briefly discuss diverse clinical case studies including childhood fevers and cancer as examples of the importance of listening to what symptoms are telling us.

Presenter: Brendan Kelly has a master’s in acupuncture degree and teaches about Chinese medicine at schools, colleges, universities and conferences around the country. He is a faculty member at Johnson State College in VT and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL. He has 20 years experience in natural medicine, with 12 years in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He practices acupuncture and Chinese and western herbal medicine at the clinic he co-founders, Jade Mountain Wellness, in Burlington, VT. He also researches and writes about the connection between personal health and environmental sustainability. In the Fall  of 2015, North Atlantic Books will publish his first book “The Yin and Yang of Climate Change”, which presents the deeper, root causes of our warming planet.

Therapeutic Treatment of Children’s Behavioral Problems with Diet, Nutrition, and Herbs: A Functional Medicine Approach

Getting kids of to a healthy start and helping with behavioral issues is so important for the future.  How does diet contribute? How do “new to nature” chemicals contribute? How does lack of connection to nature and soil contribute? Antibiotics? Let’s explore these topics together, in the context of problems from ADHD, depression and anxiety, to autism and pervasive developmental disorder, and, using a whole child functional medicine approach, come up with natural solutions - from food to herbs to supplements - for protecting and restoring the health of our own kids, and successive generations.

Presenter: Aviva Romm, midwife, MD, herbalist, advocate, ecologist and mom 

Dr. Aviva Romm is the mother of four grown children, a Yale-trained physician specializing in integrative medicine for women and children, a midwife, an herbalist, an award-winning author, and the creator/owner of WomanWise, on-line courses dedicated to vitality and optimal health for women and children. An internationally respected expert in botanical and integrative medicine for women and children, she has spent nearly 30 years as a health care practitioner and advocate for the health and environmental concerns of women and kids.  Aviva is on fire about creating a better world for all of us, and she does this as a compassionate integrative physician with a social and environmental conscience.

The recent past President of the American Herbalists Guild, a founder of the Yale Integrative Medicine program, and the author of 7 books on natural medicine for women and children including Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, The Natural Pregnancy Book, Naturally Healthy Babies and Children, Natural Health After Birth,Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide, ADHD Alternatives (with her husband Tracy Romm Ed.D.), and The Pocket Guide to Midwifery Care, Aviva was one of the first pioneers in natural birth and botanical medicine for gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics in the United States. Her books are read and loved around the world. She is also sought out as a botanical medicine industry consultant, medical journal editor and contributor, is the Medical Director of and a frequent contributor to The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and has contributed to several important integrative medicine textbooks including Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice (Kligler and Lee), and she is an author of The Botanical Safety Handbook (American Herbal Products Association).

Aviva recognizes that the current medical system is failing people by its lack of listening to and truly caring for the individual, and in its focus on disease management and over-diagnosis, rather than on health promotion. Aviva knows that the epidemic of chronic disease we are facing in our country is not inevitable. It is preventable and reversible – if we look for and treat the root causes – largely through  improving diet and nutrition, lifestyle, and reducing stress and harmful environmental exposures.Practicing what she calls “good medicine” and “transformational healing,” Aviva is a leader in the health care revolution to transform the current medical system that over-medicalizes life, from birth to death, into a model that respects the intrinsic healing capacities of the body and nature.  Dr. Romm practices Integrative and Functional Medicine with Dr. Mark Hyman at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA.

Presentation Description COMING SOON!

Presenter:  Jeff Leach,  Jeff’s interest in modern diet and the gut microbiome began almost a decade ago when his daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As with other autoimmune diseases, an underlying genetic susceptibility must exist for type 1 diabetes to manifest but an environmental component (trigger) is necessary. With advances in metagenomics and huge government initiatives like the recently completed Human Microbiome Project, its becoming increasingly clear that the gut microbiome plays a significant if not causal role in the development of type 1 diabetes, other autoimmune diseases, and modern (ecological) diseases in general.  In an effort to raise awareness about the changes in human ecology that have given rise to diseases of the modern world, Jeff launched the Human Food Project to blur the line between the science and the general public. See also our recently launched crowd sourcing project American Gut. We hope you can join us as we look to the past to better understand why we get sick.  Research interests include the impact of acculturation on the gut microbiome among traditional groups in Africa, public health policy, ethnography, indigenous rights, hot-rock technology, site formation processes, foraging and pastoral societies, and evolution of the human microbiome from our Mio-Pliocene ancestors to modern primates and humans.


Many thanks to our Sponsors:

Aqua Vitea Kombucha
Burlington Chapter of WAPF
Cedarwood Natural Health Center
Common Roots
Edible Green Mountain
Family Cow Farmstand
Flack Family Farm
The Farmhouse Group
Healthy Living Market
Intervale Center
Nutritional Therapy Association
Rural Vermont
Shelburne Farms
Urban Moonshine
Vermont Fresh Network
Weston A. Price Foundation