The Detox Summit - Free Online Event

The Detox Summit Free Online Event
The Detox Summit is a free online event hosted by Deanna Minich PhD in collaboration with the Institute of Functional Medicine.  "Detox" is a term that means many different things to different people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detox, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices.  The Summit brings together 30 experts in the areas of medicine, nutrition and personal growth to discuss all aspects of detoxification to help participants (listeners) return to a healthy state of wellness.  During this event, participants can expect a well-rounded, credible approach to a much-debated issue and to learn to navigate their way through today's toxic terrain by recognizing toxins, what to do about them and how to change their lives for a healthier lifestyle, as well as:

The Detox Summit - The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water
  • Understand internally generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  • Recognize toxins and eliminate them
  • Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality
The conference will be broadcast from August 4 - 11, 2014 and will feature the following experts who will discuss and address the following issues:
(For more information and to register go to The Detox Summit)

Jeffrey Bland, PhD - Father of Functional Medicine, Author
The Biochemistry and History of Detoxification
  • History of detoxification
  • Detailed description of how the body eliminates toxins, especially through the liver
  • How nutrients improve detoxification
Mark Hyman, MD - Bestselling Author, Functional Medicine Expert
Metabolic Disturbances and Detox
  • Relationship between chronic disease and toxicity "Diabesity"
  • Health effects of toxins like sugar and food chemicals
  • Power of a detox to promote health and healing
David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM - Bestselling Author, Renowned Neurologist Brain Health Expert
Toxicity and Brain Function
  • Relationship between diet and brain health
  • Why carbohydrates, especially sugars, and toxic to the brain
  • Why the type of fat you eat is so important for health and detox
Alejandro Junger, MD - Bestselling Author and Founder of the Clean Program
The Many Approaches to Detox and Coming Clean
  • The necessity of detox for health
  • Why detox needs to be personalized to the individual
  • Juicing vs. food vs. supplements for detox
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
Autism and Detox
  • Toxic exposures of all types and their effect on the brain
  • The emerging connection between autism and toxicity in pregnancy
  • Overcoming chemical burden in the unborn and children
Elson Haas, MD - Practicing Physician of Integrated Family Medicine, "Father of Clinical Detoxification", Author
Staying Healthy with Nutrition and Detox
  • Incorporating traditional medicine approaches into a nutritional, biochemical detoxification
  • The importance of following the cycles of nature, seasons and the body's rhythm in detox and healing
  • How to personalize a detoxification by becoming aware of the body's needs
Soram Khalsa, MD - Board Certified in Internal Medicine
The Environment is Toxic and It's Making Us Toxic:  Epigenetic Influences
  • Sources of toxicity in our daily environment: focus on the home and food
  • Importance of detox before conception and pregnancy
  • Keeping our children free of toxins by taking everyday precautions in our environment
Kelly Brogan, MD - Boarded in Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine/Reproductive Psychiatry and Integrative Holistic Medicine
Toxicity and Impact in Women and Children's Health
  • How women can take precautions to become less toxic
  • Dangers of inflammation to mother, fetus and child
  • Top recommendations for cleaning up the womb
Kara Kitzgerald, ND - Faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine; Private Practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Labs to Assess Toxin Load
  • Best labs to assess your exposure to heavy metals and other environmental toxins
  • Tests you can ask your doctor to run to see if you are toxic
  • Compelling clinical pearls on how to address heavy metal and environmental toxicity
Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSC, CLS - Professor of Neuroimmunology at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies; Chief Scientific Advisor for Cyrex Labs, LLC
Cutting-Edge Diagnostics for Toxicity
  • Environmental triggers and the effect on the immune system
  • Understanding how the immune system responds to toxins
  • Labs to detect the presence of autoimmune reaction
Michael Stone, MD, MS - Family Physician, Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine
Methylation and Toxicity
  • Importance of methylation in detoxification
  • How to assess with lab tests whether you are methylating properly
  • Physical signs that your body is toxic
Sayer Ji - Author; Educator; Founder of
Transcending the Detox/Retox Cycle through Radical Nourishment
  • Simple yet potent diet and lifestyle detox tweaks to get you clean
  • Health myths that lead to toxic overload
  • Why we're in a post-organic era, and what to do about it
David Wolfe - Masters in Nutrition, Health, Eco, Nutrition; Natural Beauty Expert
Nature's Solution to Toxicity is Food
  • Epigenetics of eating and connection to health
  • Super foods for detox
  • Impact your immune system through medicinal mushrooms
Jeffrey Smith - Author, Filmmaker, Executive Director
GMOs as Food Toxins
  • Why GMOs are toxic to the body
  • How to avoid GMOs in your food choices
  • How to eat a low-GMO diet
Tom O'Bryan, DC
Gluten as a Toxin
  • Why gluten is a toxin in the current food supply
  • What is leaky gut and how does it relate to toxicity and gluten
  • Eating intolerant foods and inflammation
JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS - Author, Fitness Expert
The Virgin Diet: Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast When You Drop Toxic Foods
  • How food intolerance is the real cause of weight gain and poor health
  • Toxic foods and which ones are holding your health hostage
  • Connect the dots between what you eat and how you feel
Marci Shimoff - Best-selling Author
Detoxing and Happiness:  How to Raise Your Current Happiness Level
  • A powerful process to open your heart and dissolve pain, heartache and emptiness
  • Take a fresh approach to deal with negativity in your mind, relationships and environment
  • Take away tips on essential happiness habits to live a life of freedom, joy and ease
Thomas Moore, PhD - Bestselling Author
Detoxing the Soul
  • Is there a role of toxins for the health of our body and soul?
  • A call to look at toxins as a messenger of greater personal growth
  • The toxicity of beliefs we choose
Char Sundust - Teacher, Healer and Speaker in the Native American Tradition, Founder, Sundust Oracle Institute
Living in Harmony with Nature as the Ultimate Detox
  • Mentoring your mind by uniting with nature's rhythms
  • Importance of recognizing the whole within the sum of its parts and within each other
  • Ways to come into union with the spectrum of nature for greater happiness and soul satisfaction
Rainbeau Mars - Actor; Author; Health, Fitness and Beauty Expert
The Full-Spectrum of a SuperStar Cleanse
  • How to do yoga without stretching: The importance of "being on the mat"
  • Physical and mental ingestion is the key to living properly: beauty and food tips
  • Tips to unleashing the SuperStar within to break through toxic habits
Mary Ellen Chalmers, DMD - Functional Medicine Dentist; Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine
Functional Dentistry: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Oral Inflammation and Toxicity
  • Your mouth is a telltale of your toxic burden and health
  • Dental materials, disease and root canals can contribute to patient inflammation and toxic load
  • Controversies around mercury amalgam and safe removal/replacement
Joseph Pizzorno, ND - Founding President of Bastyr University, the Leading Naturopathic University; Author of 10 Books
A Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Approach to Detoxification
  • Detoxification is a foundational principle of natural and functional medicine
  • Sources of toxic mercury in the environment
  • A complete protocol for removing mercury
Garry Gordon, MD, DO, MD(H) - Co-Founder of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM); President of Gordon Research Institute (GRI), Father of Oral Chelation
Survive and Thrive in a Toxic World
  • Toxins are the single, most common, underlying factors contributing to ALL diseases
  • The impact of the depletion of the earth's electromagnetic field
  • Energy medicine therapies, daily oral chelation and detoxification protocols
Joel Kahn, MD - Clinical Professor of Cardiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Founding Member of the International Society of Functional and Metabolic Cardiovascular Medicine
Get Heart Smart Before Your Ticker Gets Sicker
  • Heavy metal is for music not your heart: role of toxins in hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • How toxins make your heart unhealthy
  • Tips to protecting your heart from the buildup of toxins
Kristi Hughes, ND - Associate Director of Education at the Institute for Functional Medicine
Sequencing a Detox
  • How to do a detox safely
  • Doing Detox in a functional medicine way: what does that mean and how to do it
  • Using dietary supplements during a detox:  which ones and how to take them
Aviva Romm, MD - Board Certified Family Physician, Certified Midwife, Herbalist, Author
Toxic Shock:  How to Minimize the Risks of Living in a Chemical Stew
  • Getting over your fear of herbs and how to use them safely in a detox
  • Learn about key herbs that positively influence detoxification
  • Minimize risks and repair the damage from environmental exposures with herbs
Lise Alschuler, ND - Board Certification in Naturopathic Oncology
Cancer Processes and Detoxification:  Focus on Glutatione
  • The start of cancer and disease can come from oxidative stress
  • Toxins and cancer: the connection
  • How to increase better energy by boosting glutathione, the master antioxidant, in the body
Frank Lipman, MD - Founder, Eleven Eleven Wellness Center; Author
Building a Better Microbiome:  Gut Bacteria and Detox
  • Optimizing your microbiome to prevent obesity and chronic diseases
  • How to make the gut inhospitable to intruders
  • Using a detox protocol to strengthen your digestion and boost your microbiome
 Amy Myers, MD - Practicing Functional Medicine Physician and Founder of The Myers Way
Thyroid Dysfunction, Autoimmunity, and Toxins
  • The thyroid and its sensitivity to toxins
  • Signs that the thyroid is sick and what you can do to help thyroid health
  • How toxin load can lead to autoimmune conditions
Terry Wahls, MD - Board Certified in Internal Medicine; Physician and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Iowa
Dietary Approaches for Autoimmune Toxicity
  • Toxins can turn on or silence genes related to autoimmune diseases
  • Food that can help lessen toxin burden in autoimmunity
  • The Wahls Diet™ improves the detoxification enzyme efficiency and effectiveness

Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference - Part 4

Psychology of Eating Online Conference
2nd Annual Eating Psychology Virtual Conference

This is Part 4 of a series of posts on this free online premier event.  To learn more about the conference in general and read the biographies of some of the experts, please go to Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

In this part, we are continuing with the summary bios of some of the many experts who are sharing the newest, cutting edge ideas, information, research and science on the psychology of eating, weight loss, dieting, binge and emotional eating, body image, health and nutrition:

Trudy Scott - Transform Anxiety and Cravings with Amino Acids and More
Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower women worldwide about the healing powers of real whole food, the amazing amino acids and simple lifestyle changes for eliminating anxiety and emotional eating. Trudy works with clients one-on-one and in groups, serving as a catalyst in bringing about life enhancing mood transformations. Trudy is past president of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She was recipient of the 2012 Impact Award and currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. She is also a member of Alliance for Addiction Solutions and Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Trudy is author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings.  She is also the creator and host of The Anxiety Summit, a virtual gathering of international experts sharing research and nutritional solutions for anxiety. She has been featured on NPR, GaiamTV, morning shows like Good Day Sacramento and been quoted in AARP, Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines.
Tom Malterre - A Deeper Look at Nutrition, Life and True Healing
What if our state of dis-ease is coming from a lack of connection? A connection of where health and all of life comes from? What if the soil we grow our food in, the air that we breathe, and the water we drink are the key to sustaining health? What if these are the true currencies of life itself? After attaining two degrees in nutrition sciences, getting advanced training from the Institute for Functional Medicine, lecturing across the US and Canada, becoming a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute, and watching as thousands of my clients change their connection to their food, their earth, and their health, the message is becoming clearer every day. If we are kind to earth in which our food comes from, it gives us more abundance than we could ever imagine. My goal now is to share this insight as much as I possibly can and I am doing this through the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, Nourishing Meals book, and the website I am reaching our to physicians and other practitioners with hard sciences and clinical case studies in my Progressive Practitioner Coaching Programs so I can share the genius of Functional Medicine and it’s understanding of these principals of life. It is my belief that we can end unnecessary suffering through two simple means. Awareness and gratitude.
Janet Podleski - Reclaiming Cooking, Food and Laughter
Janet Podleski is the author (along with her sister, Greta) of four #1 national bestselling cookbooks, including their latest, The Looneyspoons Collection. Known for her trademark wit and humor, she’s also host of popular Food Network Canada TV series, “Eat, Shrink & Be Merry,” and is a sought-after inspirational/wellness speaker and Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a private practice in Ottawa, Ontario. Janet & Greta are to Canada what Jamie Oliver is to the UK: Health and wellness experts passionately dedicated to helping North Americans improve their eating habits. By combining good food, good health and good fun, the sisters have inspired millions to “take platters into their own hands,” getting them back into the kitchen preparing their own healthy meals.
Matt Stone - A Man's Journey with Eating Psychology
"With a high metabolic rate, EVERYTHING works better." Matt Stone is an independent health researcher, #1 Amazon bestselling author of more than 15 books, and the founder of 180DegreeHealth, a controversial website that has challenged the status quo on health with a combination of cutting-edge science and radical common sense since 2006. In his most popular books, Eat for Heat: The Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink and the Diet Recovery: Restoring Hormonal Health, Metabolism, Mood, and Your Relationship with Food series, Stone lays out explicit instructions for achieving a high metabolic rate, the details of which are Stone's greatest discovery in his decade of intensive research. With an increase in metabolic rate, thousands of Stone's readers and clients have reported improvements in a vast array of disorders: constipation, hair loss, low libido, acid reflux, insomnia, anxiety, cold hands and feet, frequent urination, allergies, skin conditions, chronic infections, infertility, and countless others, all while eating common, enjoyable, comfort foods to their heart's content.
Izabella Wentz - The Importance of Thyroid Health
Dr. Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP is a pharmacist who has dedicated herself to addressing the root causes of autoimmune thyroid disease after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2009. She is the author of the best-selling patient guide "Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis" Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause".
Dr. Susan Albers - Mindfulness and Eating
Susan Albers PsyD is a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She graduated from the University of Denver and did her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Albers completed her post-doctoral work at Stanford University. She has written six books on the topic of mindful eating including Eat.Q., Eating Mindfully, Eat, Drink & Be Mindful, Mindful Eating 101, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, and But I Deserve This Chocolate. She conducts mindful eating workshops and lectures on 5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Eat.Q. internationally.
Sarah Ballantyne - Insights from the Paleo Mom
Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) is the blogger behind the award-winning blog, cohost of the top-rated and syndicated The Paleo View podcast, and author of two books The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body and The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul (English and English Edition).  At the time her first daughter was born, Sarah was morbidly obese and suffered from over a dozen immune- and autoimmune-related diseases. After her second daughter was born, Sarah discovered the Paleo lifestyle. It had an amazing effect on her health, including contributing to her 120-pound weight loss! Over time, she healed herself of a long laundry list of physical complaints including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, migraines, anxiety, asthma, allergies, psoriasis and an autoimmune skin condition called lichen planus. In fact, Sarah was able to discontinue six prescription medications, some of which she has been taking for 12 years, within two weeks of changing her diet! The dramatic improvements in Sarah’s conditions convinced her never to revert to her previous eating habits. She quickly became a passionate and enthusiastic advocate for the Paleo lifestyle.
Connie Sobczak - The Body Positive Approach
Connie Sobczak is the co-founder and co-director of The Body Positive, a nonprofit organization she founded in 1996 with Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, to prevent eating problems and improve the self-image of youth and adults. She is the author of embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!) which brings to life the five core Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model. Connie produced the BodyTalk DVD series for students in grades K-12, and Discover Your Healthy Weight, a DVD for adults and grand festival award winner in the 2009 Berkeley Video & Film Festival. She develops The Body Positive’s curricula and training materials, facilitates Be Body Positive workshops for the general public, and trains student groups in middle school through college to develop peer-led Body Positive programs. She was a 2008 semi-finalist for a Volvo for Life award honoring "real-life heroes."
Roy Nelson - Emotional Eating
Roy Nelson is known as "the last resort" for those who cannot stop their self-destructive habits. Living with a violent, alcoholic father drove him to pursue a life of distraction by any means possible - until he conceded that his self-imposed hell was killing him. It was then that he had a profound experience that changed everything. Over thirty-five years ago Roy "cracked the code" of his own addictive personality. As a result, he lost 120 pounds and overcome a myriad of addictions, as well as depression, panic attacks, and phobias. Based on his personal experience of total freedom, Roy developed The Nelson Method—a plan of spiritual healing that is designed to help people heal from their own personal hell, even when all other approaches have failed.
Ian Lawton - The Spiritual Journey
Ian Lawton is a spiritual teacher of inner wisdom, universal love, self awareness, oneness, peace, and abundance. He is an author and lectures internationally on contemporary spirituality and personal growth. Ian and his wife, Meg lead an online support community called Soulseeds, and an online marketing support service called Soulseeds Media. Soulseeds offers resources to people to eat, live, lead, change, exercise, meditate and love more soulfully.
Yuri Elkaim - Reclaim Your Energy
Yuri Elkaim is a holistic nutritionist and fitness expert most famous for helping people enjoy all-day energy and amazing health in a very short period of time without radical diets or gimmicks. His follow-along workouts are sought-after for helping you get in athletic shape without spending all of your time in the gym. He's on a mission to transform the lives of more than 10 million people by 2018.
Joe Cross - Rebooting Your Body
Joe Cross is the founder of Reboot with Joe, a company dedicated to helping people reclaim their health and vitality by consuming more fruits and vegetables. His personal story of transformation was chronicled in the documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead , which has been seen by more than 10MM people worldwide.  The incredible response to screenings of the film inspired Joe to create Reboot with Joe, making the tools, information and support available to enable anyone to reclaim their wellbeing. Currently, more than a half a million people are members of Reboot’s online community. Cross has spent the past 18 months criss-crossing the globe as a featured speaker, spreading his message of plant-based wellness to audiences eager for a solution to a growing global problem of obesity.
Dr. John Spencer Ellis - Lifestyle Design and Personal Excellence
Each week, over one million people enjoy a fitness and personal development program John Spencer Ellis created. He is the CEO of 4 international associations and founded Wexford University. He’s a 2x Amazon #1 best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker and Personal Trainer Hall of Fame inductee. John competed in the Ironman triathlon and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships.
Lindsey Averill - Fattitude:  An Empowering Look at Fat
Lindsey Averill, the producer/director of the forthcoming film Fattitude, is a fat feminist activist, filmmaker and the author of Feminist Cupcake, a blog that looks at how representations in popular culture perpetuate negative stereotypes about race, gender, sexuality and body type. Lindsey also founded Extraordinary Being, an organization that facilitates life affirming, feminist and body-positive workshops and provides one-on-one feminist and body-positive coaching to clients nationwide.
Dr. Mark Schwartz
Dr. Mark Schwartz graduated from The John's Hopkins University with a doctorate degree in psychology and mental health. He worked in the Department of Psychology at John's Hopkins and co-taught at the university. He then joined the staff of Master's and Johnson Institute, in which he served as Director of Workshops, Director of Research, and ultimately, Executive Director. He co-founded along with Lori Galperin, three Inpatient Programs in Trauma and Compulsivity with Dr. Masters in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. He then co-founded Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in St. Louis, and Monarch Cove Treatment Center located in Pacific Grove, CA. He has published research articles, textbook chapters and has edited 3 books. He lectures widely throughout the United States and Europe to thousands of psychotherapists. 
 For more information and to sign up for free go to the Conference.

Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference Part 3

Psychology of Eating Online Event
2nd Annual Eating Psychology Virtual Conference

This is Part 3 of a series of posts on this free online premier event.  To read about the conference in general and biographies of some of the experts, please go to Annual Eating Psychology Free Online Conference Part 1 and Part 2.

In this part, we are continuing with the short bios of some of the many experts who are sharing the newest, cutting edge ideas, information, research and science on the psychology of eating, including weight loss, dieting, binge and emotional eating, body image and nutrition:

JJ Virgin - Reclaiming Health with Virgin Diet
JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food intolerance. She is author of New York Times Bestsellers The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days and The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast .  JJ is also bestselling author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arm, a HuffingtonPost blogger, creator of the 4X4 Burst Training Workout, and co-starred in TLC'sFreaky Eaters.
Dr. Tom O'Bryan - Getting Real About Gluten
Dr. Tom O'Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines. He is the founder of He recently hosted the paradigm-shifting ‘The Gluten Summit - A Grain of Truth’, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity at
Paul Chek - Energy, Chemistry, Hydration and Organisms
Paul Chek is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of preventive holistic health and corrective and high-performance exercise systems addressing all aspects of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. During the past three-decades, Paul’s unique, holistic approach to clinical intervention, treatment and education has changed the lives of countless individuals worldwide. By treating the body as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has successfully coached clients toward complete resolution of their health and performance challenges, where traditional approaches have consistently failed. As a walking, talking definition of success, Paul is above all an educator: teaching and applying his methods to benefit others. He has produced more than 50 videos, 6 books, 2 e-books, and 16 advanced-level home study courses while regularly contributing to many diverse publications and web sites. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute and the P~P~S Success Mastery Center, in San Diego, California, USA. 
Andrea Nakayama
Andrea Nakayama is a Functional Nutritionist and founder of Replenish PDX and Holistic Nutrition Lab, where healthcare practitioners and awakened individuals learn how to effectively care for others and take full ownership over their own health. A master at simplifying and explaining why we hurt, how we heal, and what foods to eat, Andrea's dedication to personalized "food as medicine" skyrocketed after personal tragedy into the practice she has today, which includes a team of five nutritionists working in one-on-one client care and a host of sought after online programs.
Dr. Pedram Shojai - A Life of Vitality
Dr Pedram Shojai is the founder of Well.Org and the producer of the Vitality Movie.   He travels the world filming the good guys and helps bring balance and health back to our world. He's also the editor of BeMore! Magazine and the author of the book Rise and Shine: Awaken Your Energy Body with Taoist Alchemy and Qi Gong.
Donna Gates - The Gut Microbiome
Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP, is the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity.  Over the past 25 years, Donna has become one of the most respected authorities in digestive health, and is on a mission to change the way the world eats.
Dr. Srini Pillay - A Psychiatrist's Heartfelt Approach to Habit Change
Srini Pillay, M.D. is a world-renowned Harvard psychiatrist, executive coach, award-winning author and brain-imaging researcher who applies his extensive background in human psychology and the brain to help people overcome psychological obstacles. He works with corporations as well as individuals invested in lifestyle transformations. Srini graduated as the top medical student and won the most national awards of any resident at Harvard. He was Director of the Outpatient Anxiety Disorders Program at McLean Hospital, and is regarded as a global leader in the management of stress and anxiety as well as habit change. As the CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, Srini led the company to being voted one of the Top 20 “Movers and Shakers” in Leadership Development in the world by Training Industry in 2013. In the past year, Srini has created many programs to help people reach their greatest potential, including a 6-audio download called “The Untapped Power of You”, an online burnout assessment and intervention tool called “Burnout Buster”, an App to manage anxiety and help people through change and uncertainty called “GearShift” and an online program to help people develop a successful mindset for weight loss called “Noodlefist Habit Changer”. He is also author of Motivational Book of the Year: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear Srini has been interviewed by many media outlets including Fox and CNN on TV, Shape magazine, Cosmopolitan and Martha Stewart Whole Living in print, the New York Times, Forbes and Oprah Radio as well as NPR.
Amara Pagano - Movement, Embodiment, and the Power of Dance
Amara Pagano is the founder of AZUL, a path of awakening through movement and the co-founder of OneDanceTribe, a global community of people evolving through conscious movement. She believes in the power of movement to transform ourselves and transform the world. Amara trained with Gabrielle Roth to teach Waves & Heartbeat and has taught 5Rhythms workshops and intensives internationally for 15 years. AZUL is an evolution of her work with 5Rhythms and inspired by her devotion to Prem Baba and his pscho-spiritual teachings. AZUL is a spiritual dance practice that supports people in their personal evolution and in the awakening of their true nature. She is based in Maui Hawaii and travels extensively offering workshops and retreats in North and South America, Europe and Australia.
Dr. Michael T. Murray - 10 Commandments for Healthy Weight Loss
Dr. Michael T. Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. His research into the health benefits of proper nutrition is the foundation for a best-selling line of dietary supplements from Natural Factors, where he is Director of Product Development. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Martin Rosen - Neuroplasticity and Personal Change
Martin G. Rosen, D.C. is a 1981 summa cum laude graduate of Life Chiropractic College.  For the past 30 years Dr. Rosen has run a successful family oriented wellness care practice in Wellesley MA. His practice paradigm encompasses pediatrics, craniopathy and organic imbalances within a family oriented environment. Prevention of behavioral dysfunction issues, as well as treatment for these issues, has been part of Dr. Rosen’s specialized chiropractic approach. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Rosen has taught craniopathy and chiropractic pediatrics nationally and internationally as well as lecturing on practice management, philosophy, and technique protocols.
Dr. Deanna Minich - Food and Spirit
Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized lifestyle medicine expert, creative visionary, and author of five books. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition and functional medicine fields led her to develop an integrated, "whole self" approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit (, which is the practice of understanding one’s eating and living through the seven core symbolic themes. In 2014, she launched the Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner Program ( to provide health professionals with a practical way to apply the Food & Spirit principles into clinical medicine. Dr. Minich has had a diverse, well-rounded experience in the field of nutrition including clinical practice, research, product formulation, marketing, writing, and education. She received her nutrition education during her Doctoral (Ph.D.) study at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where she researched essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and from her Master’s Degree (M.S.) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on carotenoids and oxidative stress. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (F.A.C.N.), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), Certified Nutritionist (C.N.) by the Washington State Department of Health, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T.). She is the author of five books on health and wellness, and over fifteen scientific publications. Currently, she is senior advisor to the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Seattle, WA, and is adjunct faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and two universities. Her passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine. 
Dr. Brian Mowll - A Mind Body Soul Approach to Diabetes
Since 1998, Dr. Brian Mowll has been helping people with all forms of diabetes properly manage their complex health conditions. Additionally, with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, his goal is to not just manage the condition, but to reverse it, by addressing the root causes. Dr. Mowll has spent over 20 years studying and applying clinical nutrition, physical fitness, lifestyle management, functional medicine, and diabetes self-management education. He is the host of the widely popular "Reversing Diabetes World Summit", as well as a prolific writer, blogger, and speaker. He has written over 500 articles about diabetes and natural health, and has been a featured speaker throughout the US. Dr. Mowll treats patients locally in the Philadelphia area and globally through his acclaimed Diabetes Coach™ program.  For more information visit Sweet Life Diabetes Centers.
John Assaraf - Mastering Your Mindset
John Assaraf is a serial entrepreneur, brain researcher, and CEO of PraxisNow, a brain-research company that creates some of the most powerful evidence-based brain retraining tools and programs in the world. A relentless explorer of consciousness and human behavior, John’s passion is discovering and teaching people how to release the mental blockages that hold them back from achieving their fullest potential. Thousands of companies, entrepreneurs and individuals worldwide are currently using PraxisNow programs to develop unstoppable confidence, certainty and the personal power needed for achieving their goals and vision. In the last 25 years, John has grown 5 multi-million dollar companies in real estate, Internet software, brain research and life and business coaching and consulting. He’s the author of 2 New York Times best-selling books, Having It All: Achieving Your Life's Goals and Dreams and The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life John has appeared on almost every major TV program such Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360 and The Ellen Degeneres Show, and was featured in the blockbuster movie and book The Secret and in the special documentary “Quest for Success” with the Dali Lama and Sir Richard Branson. Today, John researches, writes and lectures extensively around the world on the neuroscience of success and achieving maximum performance.
For more information and to sign up for free go to the Conference.
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