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. Join us live on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.

Pre-webinar news and announcements start 10 minutes early at 3:50 PM PST / 6:50 PM EST.

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.


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:

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

Watch the Latest All About Alumni Webinar!

Hawthorn University All About Alumni Graduate Webinar Series welcomes graduate Erin Chamerlik (MHNE 2012) for her presentation of Building a Platform to Expand Your Influence and Adapt in a Changing Environment, now available for review in Hawthorn's All About Alumni Webinar Archives:

You are now a graduate, or know that the moment is coming soon; what do you do now to get noticed?  What if you have moved to a new area and are now dealing with “red state” holistic health practice restrictions? These are common and important questions, and Hawthorn alumni, Erin Chamerlik, will be lending her expertise to help answer them.  Erin is a Hawthorn success story as she currently operates her own successful holistic business, Get Better Wellness.

Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP) holds a Masters of Science Degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin and completed a Medical Technology internship at Rockford Memorial Hospital, working in the field of hematology and chemistry.  

Erin is the founder of Get Better Wellness, Inc., a holistic nutrition education company in Nashville, TN. She is passionate about helping people Get Better through a systematic approach to healthy living involving nutrition, supplementation, essential oils and lifestyle choices. 

Erin delivers nutrition education through individual and group classes, consultations and coaching. She specializes in community education, using a straight-talking humorous style to help people sort through the confusing messages regarding nutrition to reach their optimal health and wellness goals. Erin calls herself "The Real Food Revivalist" and uses many avenues to bring the Real Food message to people everywhere.

Her website, is a great resource for articles, success stories, class or coaching information. Additionally, Erin records a regular podcast to iTunes called the Erin Chamerlik Show.

Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP)
Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education Graduate 2012

Thursday, October 27, 2016

When the Root Cause is Mold with Dr. Ann Shippy, MD

Toxic mold can wreak havoc on your life, creating annoying to debilitating symptoms.  Dr. Ann Shippy will reveal the health dangers involved in household mold, how to get well, and how to identify if mold is the root cause of your symptoms. 
Hawthorn University welcomes Dr. Ann Shippy for her presentation When the Root Cause is Mold on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.

In this webinar Dr. Shippy will be discussing:

What is Toxic Mold and how it makes you sick
How to identify if you have mold toxins in your body
Steps to identify if you have toxic mold in your home and what to do if you do
Treatment protocol for getting mold out of your body

Dr. Ann Shippy creates extraordinary wellness using cutting-edge science, testing tools, and the latest genetic research to determine and treat root causes–not just the symptoms–of illness. When Dr. Shippy became frustrated that traditional medicine wasn’t able to solve her own health ailments, she left her 10-year career as an IBM engineer to adapt her skill-set to the world of medicine. Over the last 10+ years in medicine, Dr. Shippy has gained a considerable reputation for successfully diagnosing and treating patients, especially patients affected by mold.

Dr. Shippy’s interests and areas of expertise include infertility and pregnancy, autoimmunity, neurology, gastrointestinal disorders, detoxification, behavioral health and mold toxicity. Dr. Shippy is focused on increasing awareness and educating health care providers on mold related illnesses. She is currently writing a book, collecting data, developing teaching material for health care providers and launching a nonprofit to fund research in this area.

Pre-webinar news and announcements start 10 minutes early at 3:50 PM PST / 6:50 PM EST.

Dr. Ann Shippy, MD

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ancestral Psychiatry with Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD

How can we best understand our depression and anxiety from a holistic standpoint?  What are nutritional factors and non-medication interventions for the treatment of depressive and anxiety symptoms?  
We look to answer these questions and more when Hawthorn University welcomes Dr. Kelly Brogan for her presentation Ancestral Psychiatry.

The recording of Dr. Brogan's presentation is now available to watch here:

In this webinar participants will explore literature undermining safety and efficacy claims surrounding antidepressants with a focus on long-term outcomes and relapse risk.  They will gain familiarity with physiologic imbalances, modifiable through diet and lifestyle interventions that can manifest as depression and anxiety such as thyroid imbalance, dysglycemia, or food intolerance.  The theory and application of cytokine models of depression, and the relevance of the gut/brain axis will be discussed.  Participants will also learn about the evidence to support considerations of nutritional factors and non-medication interventions for the treatment of depressive and anxiety symptoms.

Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the book, A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression.  She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience.  She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms.  She is on the board of GreenMedInfo, Functional Medicine University, Pathways to Family Wellness, NYS Perinatal Association, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Mindd Foundation, the peer-reviewed, indexed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and the Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation.  She is Medical Director for Fearless Parent and a founding member of Health Freedom Action.  She is a mother of two.

Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Obesity and the Gut Microbiome with Tami Chu, MS

Have you wondered how your gut “bugs”, or microbes, compare to those of your ancestors?  Or if your gut inhabitants have more to do with your daily life than you had previously thought?

"Obesity and the Gut Microbiome", with presenter Tami Chu, is now available to review in Hawthorn University's Webinar Archives:

In this webinar, Tami talks about the gut microbiome as our own personal "pet", discusses the links to obesity, describes her own personal microbiome experiment, and then shows some potential lifestyle adjustments we can make to "stack the deck" in favor of leanness and overall health.

Tami Chu is a recent graduate of Hawthorn University's Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program (MSHN).  She is a longtime educator with a second master's degree in Deaf Education.  While homeschooling her kids and raising chickens, she ran a local buyer's club and co-lead the Weston A. Price Foundation chapter in her area.  She currently teaches nutrition classes locally and hosts a brand new podcast called Organic Crumbs, all while starting her nutrition coaching business, Organic Crumbs Wellness. Tami’s podcast can be found at

Tami Chu, MS
Organic Crumbs Wellness