March’s Featured Recording: Common Botanical Agents that Alleviate Daily Toxicant Damage with Walter Crinnion, ND
A few years ago, at Medicines from the Earth, Leo Trasande, MD gave a thorough presentation on the chemicals in our environment and the harm they do to the human body. He described avoidance as the best solution, and the steps he is taking to show the high monetary cost of these chemicals as a way to convince governments to eliminate them. The next year, Donald Yance presented an intensive which highlighted the research on the concept of hormesis, which showed that a small amount of ingested toxins can actually strengthen the body’s resilience when dealing with these chemicals.
The third prong of the approach to the overwhelming daily toxicant burden is presented here by Walter Crinnion, one of the foremost experts on environmental medicine. He cites extensive research indicating that daily intake of commonly available botanicals (often found in indigenous diets) has shown the ability to both prevent and reduce toxicant damage. A summary of articles published within the last two decades provides us with a list of botanicals that have the widest beneficial effects. (Catalog number 16ME07)
We are happy to announce that Blue Ridge Assembly will be open in 2022! You are invited to join us in person for another weekend in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Blue Ridge Assembly is following all CDC guidelines, so right now they are requiring indoor masking and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. They’ll continue that requirement as long as it’s warranted, and that may or may not be until June when the symposium takes place.
Speakers:7Song, Teresa Boardwine, Ruby Daniels, Doug Elliott, Joe Hollis, Kat Maier, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, CoreyPine Shane, Katie Stage, Jen Stovall, Marc Williams and Donald Yance
Attend this conference online from anywhere. Combination of online live presentations during the conference weekend and pre-recorded video available to all participants.
Speakers: Lise Alschuler, Paul Bergner, Isla Burgess, David Eisen, Deborah Frances, Jason Hawrelak, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, Katie Stage, Jillian Stansbury, Andrea Sullivan, David Winston, and Erica Zelfand
Pre-Conference Intensive:Psychedelics: Therapeutic Uses for Psilocybin and LSD in Mental Health with Erica Zelfand, ND
We’re honored to continue serving your continuing education needs and look forward to celebrating botanical medicine with you for the 29th year.
February’s Featured Recording: ADD, ADHD: Attention and Focus Concerns in Adults and Children with Mary Rondeau, RH (AHG)
According to the CDC, approximately ten percent of children have been diagnosed with ADHD by the age of seventeen. Sixty percent of the children diagnosed go on to have attention and focus issues as adults. A thorough history intake, laboratory assessment, sleep assessment and social history are important in determining proper and effective treatments for attention and focus issues. This lecture features the differentiation of types and subtypes of attention and focus issues, which are important in determining the best plan for managing symptoms. Botanicals are highlighted in treatment options along with Ayurvedic and naturopathic approaches. (Catalog Number 19ME28)
January’s Featured Recording: Panel Discussion: Preventing Joint Degeneration with Botanicals Panelists in order of presentation: Jason Miller, DACM, LAC, Steven Johnson, DO, David Winston, RH (AHG) and Amanda McQuade Crawford, Medical Herbalist
Four panelists discuss joint pain caused by rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, plus prevention and treatment of a host of other musculoskeletal ailments including bursitis, Lyme disease, gout and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. From Traditional Chinese Medicine lifestyle and herbal formula recommendations to Western herbal, osteopathic and naturopathic therapies, this panel contains many useful clinical pearls which address the chronic joint inflammation so rampant in our modern world. Moderated by Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council.
December’s Featured Recording: Botanicals for Cognitive Support with Lise Alschuler, ND
Cognitive decline is on the rise in the US population and practitioners will be seeing more questions about this in the years to come. There are limited pharmaceutical options for supporting cognitive health – especially for prevention and early changes. Botanical therapies may limit the progression of cognitive changes through cerebral activation, increased cerebral blood flow, anti-oxidation, and anti-inflammation.
A review of the pros and cons of pharmaceutical approaches is included in this presentation from naturopathic physician, Lise Alschuler. Presentation includes a summary of lifestyle and nutritional therapies to support cognition, and an exploration of botanicals including Ginkgo biloba, Eleutherococcus (Ginseng), Crocus sativus (Saffron), Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s mane mushroom), Bupleurum falcatum, and Boswellia serrulata (Frankincense).
November’s Featured Recording: New Insights into Commonplace and Undervalued Herbs with Paul Bergner, Medical Herbalist
Sometimes our most commonplace herbs, often growing abundantly around us, are overlooked in favor of newer, exotic, or imported herbs or preparations. But the commonplace “boring” herbs endure through millennia because they are reliable, potent, and versatile in their applications. In this presentation from Paul Bergner, we discuss recent research and traditional uses for Urtica, Matricaria, Althaea, Allium sativum, Plantago, Calendula, and Hypericum.
This focus on using common medicinal plants growing in our own region is more important now than ever before as climate change and overharvesting place a huge stress on wild medicinal plant populations. We can look to new and expanded uses for our common species as part of the solution to this crisis.
COVID 19: Acute and Chronic Considerations in Naturopathic Patient Management
The Antiviral Materia Medica
Opiate Use Disorder and its Treatment from a Body-Mind-Spirit Perspective
Hormonal Imbalances and Gynecological Patterns
Panel Discussion: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention
Lise Alschuler, ND: As you can see in these studies, that really, across the board,St John’s Wort is decreasing the plasma level of the drug.
Paul Bergner, Medical Herbalist: Because all bacteria have a large amount of their genome conserved. It’s the same.
Deborah Frances, ND: But it was really getting at the underlying cause of what was going on. So the plantcan really helpusto open to parts of ourselves as well as others.
Lori Harger, PHMNP: Heart rate variability is very important in terms of psychological resilience,adaptability andexecutive function.
Feather Jones, Herbalist: Think gotukola(Centella asiatica), which is shown to stimulate T-cells by improving vitality through its energizing properties.
Heath McAllister, ND: Scutellaria baicalensis, I also love this herb. Potent anti-inflammatory,not really related that much to the other, Scutellaria lateriflora,in terms of its actions.
Kenneth Proefrock, ND: Galangal, speaking of heating, moves us into a slightly different category of plant medicines. These are agents that help improve bloodflow and specifically help resolve inflammation more rapidly.
Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG): So we see that crocin inhibits the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine, where safranalinhibits the reuptake of serotonin.
JoAnn Sanchez, MS: There’s a wild plantain that grows here in the desert flora and it’s Plantago minorand it has a tiny little stem. So these plantains really tell us which species they are by their leaf size.
Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG): Topical calendula preparationsare excellentfor skin healingand areanti-inflammatory. Calendula is antiseptic too and can help with Staph aureus.
Jillian Stansbury, ND: We can classify the kinds of phytosterols that we find in plants: steroidal saponins, Isoflavones…..
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It’s been years since doctor, philosopher, teacher and author Bill Mitchell, ND passed away in the winter of 2007. We still miss his great sense of humor, his passion for the healing energies of plants, his unbounded knowledge of naturopathic clinical practice and his cosmic perspective on life and learning. Continue reading
Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource for health professionals and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.
Details: In this collection of thyroid presentations, Paul Bergner begins with an overview of thyroid physiology, ideal hormone balance and nutrients for the thyroid. Jason Miller’s lecture looks at the endocrine network through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine, and nutrients, botanicals and iodine for treatment. Mary Bove’s presentation centers on thyroid and women’s health, and Jill Stansbury investigates the research showing the connection between the thyroid and the reproductive system.
Kenneth Proefrock speaks about his clinical experience treating both hypo and hyperthyroid disorders, including the increasing incidence of Graves’ disease in the pediatric population. David Winston wraps it up with an extensive review of botanicals for common thyroid conditions. (See more detailed descriptions below.) Includes a digital book of lecture notes with complete references (61-page PDF). Continue reading
NEWS: ABC Announces Annual Herbal Community Builder Award Recipients
Linnea and Larry Wardwellhave organized conferences on botanical medicine for over 25 years
(Austin, TX. February 25, 2019) The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has announced the recipients of its annual ABC Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award. The award for 2018 goes to Linnea and Larry Wardwell, a husband and wife team who have been organizing and promoting herb conferences for over 25 years.
The annual award, named for ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, is given to individuals who have played a significant role in creating a sense of community among herbalists, botanical researchers, members of the herb and natural products communities and industries, and others who work in the area of medicinal and aromatic plants. Continue reading
The world lost a great human being, environmental medicine expert and teacher with the passing of Walter J. Crinnion, ND on March 11, 2019.
Walter was a regular speaker at Medicines from the Earth for years, and he endeared himself to us by his wide-ranging knowledge of the effects of environmental chemicals on fertility, childhood health and obesity, but also by his hilarious sense of humor and quirky delivery. His presentations were filled with scientific data and never boring! Continue reading
See the post below for details about the event at Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina June 3 – 6, 2016. Thanks to all who came to make it a sweet, inspiring and information-filled weekend.
See you next year! June 2 – 5, 2017.
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