2015 Keynote Program

Read article in The Natural Farmer Spring 2015 about both 2015 NOFA Keynotes: Nutritional Consultant, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride & Consumer activist, Ronnie Cummins.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride Friday, August. 14, 7:30pm
"Overcoming Psychiatric problems by Healing the Digestive System"

We live in a world of unfolding epidemics. Various mental and physical problems are becoming increasingly common among children and adults: autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems, digestive illness, allergies, eczema, asthma, various food intolerances and immune system abnormalities. In clinical practice these conditions overlap with each other. We have created different diagnostic boxes for these patients, but a modern patient does not fit into any one of them neatly. The modern patient in most cases fits into a rather lumpy picture of overlapping mental and physical conditions.

Why are all these conditions related? What underlying problem are we missing? Clinical practice shows that the majority of patients with these conditions suffer from digestive problems. Has the state of the digestive system in these patients got anything to do with their mental and physical state? In other words, has the gut got anything to do with the functioning of the brain and the rest of the body? According to recent research and clinical experience - a lot! In fact it appears that our digestive system holds the key to our health. Dr Campbell-McBride will be talking about gut flora and its role in health.

Natasha Campbell-McBride M.D. MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition): Dr. Campbell-McBride graduated with Honours as a Medical Doctor in 1984 from Bashkir Medical University in Russia. In the following years she gained a Postgraduate Degree in Neurology.

After practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK. It was during this time that Dr. Campbell-McBride developed her theories on the relationship between neurological disorders and nutrition, and completed a second Postgraduate Degree in Human Nutrition at Sheffield University, UK.

Dr. Campbell-McBride returned to practice in 2000 and runs the Cambridge Nutrition Clinic. She has specialized in using nutritional approach as a treatment, and has become recognized as one of the world's leading experts in treating children and adults with learning disabilities and other mental disorders, as well as children and adults with digestive and immune disorders.

In 2004 she published a book Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment Of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression And Schizophrenia where she explores the connection between the patient's physical state and brain function. The book gives full details of the GAPS Nutritional Protocol, highly successful in treating patients with learning disabilities and other mental problems. A second edition was published in 2010, and the book has been translated into ten languages.

In her clinic Dr Campbell-McBride works with many patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and other complications of atherosclerosis. She has become acutely aware of the existing confusion about nutrition and these conditions, which spurred an intensive study into this subject. The result of this study is her book Put Your Heart in Your Mouth! What really is Heart Disease and what can we do to Prevent and even Reverse it. The book was published in December 2007.

Dr Campbell-McBride is a keynote speaker at many professional conferences and seminars worldwide. She frequently gives talks to health practitioners, patient groups and associations. She is also a Member of The Society of Authors, The British Society for Environmental Medicine, and a Board Member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is a regular contributing health editor to a number of journals, magazines and newsletters in English speaking countries around the world.

Ronnie Cummins Saturday, August 15, 7:30 pm
"Reversing Global Warming & Rural Poverty through Regenerative Organics"

Reducing current atmospheric carbon concentrations from 400 ppm to the safe level of 350 ppm is essential to solve our ever-worsening climate crisis. The mainstream discussion about global warming today has largely overlooked the predominant role of industrial farming, deforestation, and wetlands destruction in causing this crisis. Regenerative organic agriculture and land use can massively increase plant photosynthesis and thereby foster carbon sequestration in soils and forests. In combination with a radical reduction of fossil fuel emissions, this strategy can reverse climate change within 20 years and prevent climate catastrophe.

The world needs a global, grassroots "Earth Repair" process of regeneration, carried out on the earth's 28 billion acres of farmland, pastureland, rangeland, forests, and wetlands by 3 billion small farmers, ranchers, pastoralists, and forest dwellers – supported by several billion conscious consumers – to prevent the worst of the climate threat. This movement will need to dismantle our industrial, GMO, factory-farmed system of land use. Our greatest hope is that the same processes that increase soil carbon also solve other problems by increasing soil fertility, water availability, rainfall, crop yield and quality, and human health while reducing global poverty and conflict.

Ronnie Cummins Ronnie Cummins is co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). OCA is a non-profit, U.S. based network of two million consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and sustainable system of agriculture and commerce. The OCA's primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and sustainability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying.

Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in public education, grassroots mobilization, and marketplace pressure campaigns. As a tireless international campaigner fighting genetic engineering and factory farming, he has generated support for grassroots GMO-labelling efforts throughout the country. He is currently developing strategies farmers can use to lead the way toward regenerative farming practices that build soil carbon by removing it from the atmosphere. As a speaker, he helps to shed light on the relationship between industrial agriculture, corporate power, soil health, and the global climate crisis.

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