Wednesday, January 25, 2017

All About Alumni: Creating Relationships as Key to a Successful Holistic Nutrition Practice with Michelle Dwyer

When building a holistic nutrition practice, connections are invaluable.  One of the keys to Hawthorn graduate Michelle's Dwyer’s practice as a holistic nutrition practitioner has been cultivating relationships with her clients, fellow nutrition professionals, other holistic practitioners, and community. Join us for Creating Relationships as Key to a Successful Holistic Nutrition Practice with Michelle Dwyer.  The recording of Michelle's presentation is now available to view here: http://hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/All-About-Alumni-Archives/

In this All About Alumni presentation we will learn more about the importance of these connections to Michelle's success, her tips and suggestions for creating authentic and mutually beneficial partnerships and referral partners, as well as ways to reach out to our larger community.

Michelle Dwyer is a holistic health coach and certified nutrition consultant in Oakland, California. She has Master of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. Ms. Dwyer is a professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® by the NANP. Michelle is also winner of “Best Nutritionist” 2016 in Oakland Magazine’s Best of Oakland and the East Bay Awards. Michelle’s role is to guide her clients on their journeys toward greater wellness, energy and vibrancy through a holistic approach. By looking at all aspects of health—body, mind and spirit—she empowers clients to create and maintain a lifestyle that nourishes the person through quality food, spiritual connections with self and others, moving the body, and self-love. Her areas of specialty include food allergies and sensitivities, plant-based eating plans, healthy weight loss, sugar cravings and blood sugar regulation, hormonal balance, and lifestyle management.  She works with clients both locally and across the country via Skype or phone. More information about her services can be found at http://www.HealthCoachMichelle.com.

Michelle Dwyer
MHNE program graduate 2013

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

10 Most Important Essential Oils for a Home Pharmacy with David Crow, L.Ac. - Now Available

Essential oils are an important addition to a home pharmacy.  A small selection of oils can be used for treating and preventing a large number of common health conditions, and can be easily used along with other natural approaches for supporting health and wellbeing on many levels. Join us as we welcome back David Crow, L.Ac., for part two of his essential oils series: 10 Most Important Essential Oils for a Home Pharmacy.  The recording of David's presentation is now available for review:  http://hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/

In this webinar David Crow will discuss ten of the most important and versatile essential oils for the home pharmacy including:
Using conifer and eucalypti oils for respiratory conditions
Using flower oils such as lavender and geranium for calming stress and getting good sleep
Important antimicrobial oils for infections
Oils for general immunological support
The most important oils for injuries and skin care

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of several books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. A well-known lecturer in the field of natural medicine, Mr. Crow’s work is largely focused on the synthesis of botanical medicine, ecology and spirituality. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures. For more information about David or Floracopeia visit their website: http://www.floracopeia.com.

David Crow, L.Ac.
www.floracopeia.com

Thursday, December 29, 2016

All About Alumni: Connecting the Dots Between Food, Big Flavor, & Vibrant Health with Rebecca Katz

How can the kitchen inspire those with cancer and other chronic health conditions to cook meals that enhance their health and well being while also caressing their taste buds? Hawthorn graduate and best-selling author Rebecca Katz (MHNE program 2007) joins us to share Connecting the Dots Between Food, Big Flavor, & Vibrant Health on Wednesday January 4th at 12 PM PST.

Rebecca has created a culinary tool kit from 16 years of experience working with thousands of people who have harnessed the power of yum to tackle many difficult aspects of disease.

This is a great learning opportunity as Rebecca shares how she developed her toolkit, authored 5 best selling books, and her role as consultant, public speaker, teacher and chef! 


A nationally-recognized culinary translator, author of 5 best selling books, and expert on the role of food in supporting optimal health, Rebecca Katz has a Masters of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University, and received her culinary training from New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.

As a consultant, speaker, teacher and chef, Rebecca is the Executive Chef for Emeritus for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s renowned Food as Medicine professional training in medical nutrition therapy, and consults for Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine’s premiere nutrition conference for health.

She is the founder of the Healing Kitchens Institute (http://www.commonweal.org/) at Commonweal, which trains healthcare professionals and interested cooks how to translate nutritional science directly to the plate through taste and flavor.

Rebecca Katz
MHNE Graduate 2007

Thursday, December 15, 2016

An Introduction to the Safe Use of Essential Oils – Part One with David Crow, L.Ac.

Interest in essential oils is growing rapidly, but there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about how to use them safely and effectively. Knowing and following proper safety guidelines is critical, as incorrect usage can cause serious adverse reactions. Join us as we welcome David Crow, L.Ac., for An Introduction to the Safe Use of Essential Oils – Part One.  David Crow's webinar presentation is now available online to review:  http://hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/.

In this webinar David Crow will discuss various methods for incorporating essential oils safely for a wide range of uses, including:

Why plants produce essential oils, and why they are important for human health
Who should use essential oils, and who should not 
What they best for, and what don’t they treat 
Proper dilutions and methods of administration
Using aromatherapy during pregnancy and for children 
Interactions with medications

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of several books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. A well-known lecturer in the field of natural medicine, Mr. Crow’s work is largely focused on the synthesis of botanical medicine, ecology and spirituality. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures. For more information about David or Floracopeia visit their website: http://www.floracopeia.com.

David Crow, L.Ac.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mushrooms for Health and Flavor with Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow

Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the medicinal qualities and health benefits of certain species of fungi. Western mycology is a cutting- edge discipline and Hawthorn University is pleased to welcome Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow to discuss Mushrooms for Health and Flavor. Alison and Merry's webinar recording is now available for review here:

http://hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/

Living in mushroom country of northern California, Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow have had the opportunity to explore the many ways fungi can contribute to the human diet. The simple act of walking in the forest in search of mushrooms has benefits to the heart and circulatory system similar to those of meditation.  The nutrients in wild (and cultivated) mushrooms such as shiitake, reishi, and cordyceps can contribute to a balanced diet and enhance the dining experience. Bringing home one’s foraged bounty to the family table has a certain joy in and of itself, and we know that health comes from a synthesis of physical mental and spiritual experiences. Join us as we explore the many ways in which the wonderful world of fungi contributes to the wellbeing of the planet, and ourselves.

When Merry Winslow met teacher’s aid Alison Gardner at Teresa Sholars’ “Mushrooms of the North Coast” identification course at College of the Redwoods, she convinced Alison that her culinary artistry deserved a cookbook, and their partnership was born. 

Alison Gardner was born in Santa Barbara, California, and moved north to the Mendocino coast with her family in 1969, at the age of 10. She learned her first mushrooms the next fall, from an “old-timer”, and has been an avid mushroom hunter and eater ever since. She has attended and teacher-aided for the local community college mushroom classes, as well as leading private mushroom tours. She started cooking meals regularly for the family at age 13, learning from her mother, a cousin and a neighbor. She took a commercial cooking class in high school, and worked in restaurants, and has done some catering. She is also a botanist and potter, and still resides on the Mendocino coast.

Alison’s book partner, Merry Winslow, also resides and forages in Mendocino and writes “When I first moved onto this land in Mendocino I found signs tacked to the trees: “No Mushroom Hunting! Violators will be prosecuted after our dogs are through with them!” I found the signs disturbing because of the hostility they projected, so I took them down. I was inspired, though, by the good foraging that the signs promised. For the first few years I lived here, I sought the wild edibles. I took many walks looking for mushrooms but never finding any I could recognize. Finally I took Teresa Sholars’ “Mushrooms of the North Coast” identification course at College of the Redwoods, and suddenly, I was SEEING mushrooms everywhere! Since then, I have found great quantities of edible mushrooms within a few miles of home. During that fateful class at C/R, I met Alison, who was the teacher’s aide. Every week she would bring delicious dishes to class, which she had made with wild mushrooms. I convinced her that her artistry deserved a cookbook. Hence this partnership was born, and she has provided us with so many excellent tasting experiences since then that writing this cookbook has been a culinary adventure of the finest sort.”


Alison Gardner and Merry Winslow
Authors: The Wild Mushroom Cookbook



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

All About Alumni presents Healing Meals: Nourishing the Community One Meal at a Time with Wendy Borden

Being diagnosed with cancer brings unique nutritional challenges. It is a time in life where there is a tremendous need for nourishment yet people often have a reduced capacity to provide healthy foods for themselves and their family. Wendy Borden, through her Revive & Thrive Project non-profit, is helping to change this.

Hawthorn University All About Alumni Graduate Webinar Series welcomes graduate Wendy Borden (MSHN 2014) for her presentation of Healing Meals: Nourishing the Community One Meal at a Time on Wednesday December 7th at 12 PM PST.

RSVP:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7132675244885768194

The Revive & Thrive Project is a non-profit that provides free meals to those with life-threatening illness such as cancer, simultaneously teaches teens valuable cooking and life skills, and promotes a vibrant local food system. Wendy will discuss starting a non-profit, the impact of the Revive & Thrive Project, and being an advocate for holistic nutrition.

Wendy Borden is committed to promoting health through nutrition. Wendy received her M.S. in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. In 2014 she founded the Revive and Thrive Project, a nonprofit in Grand Rapids Michigan and an affiliate partner of the Ceres Community Project. Wendy and is an advocate for holistic nutrition in a large medical community and is hopeful that we can create a culture of community where wholesome foods are not controversial, complicated or confusing, but where healthy eating is valued, supported and available to all.

Wendy Borden
MSHN program graduate 2014

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cancer, Ecology, Permaculture & Healing with Dr. Jeanne M. Wallace

Cancer is not a mystery—not some foreign invader or genetic misfortune—that happens to an intrinsically healthy body. Rather, it’s a process the body purposefully engages in response to an unhealthy cellular and metabolic environment. If you missed Dr. Jeanne M. Wallace's presentation on Cancer, Ecology, Permaculture and Healing, you can now view the recording in the Hawthorn Webinar Archives:  http://www.hawthornuniversity.org/WEBINARS/Webinar-Archives/

Melding information from a wide variety of sources—ecology, permaculture, microbiology, functional nutrition, evolutionary medicine, sustainability, and systems biology Dr. Jeanne M. Wallace joins us on Hawthorn’s webinar series to offer a deeper understanding and a more effective means of helping those with cancer find the self-care strategies that foster healing.
Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, CNC, is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most prominent experts in nutritional oncology. She is founder and executive director of Nutritional Solutions consulting group, which provides cutting-edge translational research in nutrition oncology and innovative, individually-tailored nutrition guidance to people with cancer and their families. Since 1997, the group has worked with thousands of individuals across the U.S. and abroad, offering consultations via phone, email and Skype. Dr. Wallace’s unique perspective draws upon decades of research and personal experience in functional nutrition, oncology, translational research, permaculture, ecology, systems biology, environmental medicine, sustainability and bau-biology.

She finds balance in her life herding ducks, foraging, observing natural systems, cooking from scratch, saving seeds and being utterly adored by two goofy Shiloh shepherds. The 1-acre permaculture food forest she designed and planted—site of retreat space Permaculture Solutions for Healing (PoSH)—thrives at 4,900 ft elevation in the foothills of the arid intermountain west. This edible paradise features 300+ varieties of perennial vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, edible flowers, heirloom fruits—like medlar, shipova, jujube, akebia, lingonberry—and cryptocrops (wild and semi-domesticated edibles). All grown using methods to optimize nutrient density.

Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, CNC