Monday, December 23, 2013

From all of us here at Hawthorn, Happy Holidays!

As another year comes to a close, enjoy nourishing, restorative holidays! Here's wishing you a season filled with transformational learning. Thank you for being a part of our Hawthorn family. We look forward to a great 2014!

Friday, December 13, 2013

An Introduction to Vitamin D During Pregnancy, Lactation and Early Infancy

Please join us on next Tuesday December 17th, 2013 at 4 pm pacific / 7 pm eastern as we host Hawthorn University graduate Ann Creighton-Zollar, PhD, CFLE for a webinar entitled "An Introduction to Vitamin D During Pregnancy, Lactation and Early Infancy."

As we move into the second decade of the 21st century, vitamin D is credited with a multitude of health benefits.  Research that supports a beneficial claim is followed so swiftly by research that rejects the claim that keeping up with what is supported by the scientific evidence can become quite difficult.  While we find this high level of controversy intellectually stimulating, we have found that it often produces skepticism in the community groups with which we work; coalitions designed to improve the health outcomes of infants and young children. This skepticism often results in a desire to wait until all of the controversies have be resolved before considering any actions related to vitamin D supplementation for infants. The primary goal of this webinar is to help members of community health coalitions understand the importance and the role of Vitamin D and that not everything said about vitamin D should be distrusted.

In order to achieve this goal we start this webinar by presenting the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on vitamin D intake for newborns. We describe these guidelines, the rationale behind them, and the fact that they have not been successfully implemented.  We discuss the implications of this failure for at risk infants found in terms of bone mineralization, calcium regulation, and immune system functioning. We introduce evidence to support the idea that even infants who are apparently healthy can have insufficient levels of vitamin D. We discuss some of the steps that can be taken to increase compliance: education for physicians, other health care professionals, and parents.

Ann Creighton-Zollar
We believe that many of the barriers encountered in providing direct supplementation to infants can be overcome by a paradigm shifting approach which employs maternal supplementation to meet the needs of infants. In conclusion, we will discuss some of the recent research which has attempted to identify a daily intake of vitamin D which is safe and effective for a diverse population of pregnant and lactating women.  


Ann Creighton-Zollar received a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education, Magna Cum Laude, from Hawthorn University (2013). Ann earned a BA (1973), MA (1976), and PhD (1980) in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She spent 30 years on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond where she taught, engaged in research and scholarship, and provided service to VCU, the profession, and the community. Ann is the author of several books, chapters in books, and a number of peer reviewed journal articles. Her published works focus on "the family" and on racial disparities in health. She is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) with a focus on parenting education.

Ann believed that both her work in parenting education and her attempts to help reduce racial disparities in health would benefit from a stronger focus on nutrition and as Professor Emerita, she has pursued this passion. She provides workshops and consultation services to community organizations. She participates in coalitions dedicated to improving the health of families at both the state and local levels.

Vitamin D is not the only nutritional topic in which Ann is interested. She is also very enthusiastic about the use of traditional African Heritage eating patterns to inspire lifestyles that promote positive health outcomes for African Americans. She believes that in order to restore their health, African Americans must reclaim their nutritional heritage. As a sociologist, she is also fascinated by the process through which the findings of nutritional science are translated into nutritional policy. The spring semester of 2014 will find her returning to the university to facilitate a graduate seminar, the Sociology of Nutrition, which focuses on this process.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions. 

The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00 pm pacific, 7:00 pm eastern.

The webinar and webinar format is an opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please nd also under the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn website for public viewing.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Exploring Solutions for Toxic and Damaging Dental Health Issues

Please join us on Tuesday December 3rd, 2013 at 4 pm pacific time as we host Hawthorn faculty member Dr. Eric Wood, ND for a webinar entitled "Hiding in Plain Sight-Part 2:  Exploring Solutions for Toxic and Damaging Dental Health Issues."

As discussed in the first webinar lecture, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Part 1", many people are experiencing considerable overall health issues due to focal problems in the mouth from things such as dental amalgams, root canals, and more.  In this webinar, we will discuss possible options for remediation from these problems to help people first deal with getting rid of the offending agents/problems, and secondly, dealing with the probable health consequences and issues resultant from such dental issues. Options for consideration and implementation will be discussed with general recommendations to be considered when working in close contact with a qualified health care provider.   Specific supportive foods and supplements will be reviewed, with the caveat that these may need to be adjusted considerably based on the individuals we work with.  To view Part 1 of this webinar please click here

Dr. Eric Wood
Dr. Eric Wood is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a 2008 graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care and physical fitness training and weight loss.  He received additional training and experience via Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

Since then, he has built a multidimensional career in consulting, practicing, educating and writing.  He worked as a specialty physician for nearly five years for two leading supplement companies in North America: Neuroscience Inc. and Life Extension in the areas of oncology, tick-borne illness, and neurotransmitter/hormonal balancing, assisting thousands of clients/patients during that timeframe in these areas.  He has practiced naturopathic medicine across the US and currently serves as medical director for a nationally based anti-aging medical clinic, practices at the Physical Health Complex in Ft. Lauderdale, and is completing three book projects all this year on adrenal fatigue, the Paleolithic diet, and weight loss.

Additionally, he is Associate Professor of Nutrition at Hawthorn University, where he works remotely with graduate level students from across the globe and is involved with curriculum development in holistic medicine/nutrition.  A certified Neuro-endocrine immune specialist, he has completed considerable additional training in hormone replacement, detoxification, IV therapies, European Biological Medicine, HCG weight loss, homeopathy and more.

To participate online and to view the webinar paste click here and follow the online registration instructions.

The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00 pm pacific, 7:00 pm eastern.

The webinar and webinar format is an opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the student website under archived webinars and some webinars are archived for the public at www.hawthornuniversity.org/webinararchives.html


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Healthy Habits for the Holiday Season

Please join us on Tuesday November 19th, 2013 at 4 pm pacific / 7 pm eastern as we host Hawthorn faculty member Dr. Eric Wood, ND for a webinar entitled "Healthy Habits for the Holiday Season."

The holiday season can be a time to share and celebrate with family and friends. Often the holidays add stress to our lives with extra events, shopping, and increased intake of sweets and party foods.

This webinar will discuss tips and strategies to support health and minimize stress and many of the potential downsides of the holiday season including weight gain, depression, increased colds and flu, sleep problems and more.

Join us for this webinar and make this holiday season a joyous and healthy time.  

Dr. Eric Wood is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a 2008 graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, through which he completed specialty training in HIV/AIDS care and physical fitness training and weight loss.  He received additional training and experience via Harvard University's Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society physician training fellowship program, and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Chicago), the Issels Clinic (California), and Medicor (Canada).

Since then, he has built a multidimensional career in consulting, practicing, educating and writing.  He worked as a specialty physician for nearly five years for two leading supplement companies in North America: Neuroscience Inc. and Life Extension in the areas of oncology, tick-borne illness, and neurotransmitter/hormonal balancing, assisting thousands of clients/patients during that timeframe in these areas.  He has practiced naturopathic medicine across the US and currently serves as medical director for a nationally based anti-aging medical clinic, practices at the Physical Health Complex in Ft. Lauderdale, and is completing three book projects all this year on adrenal fatigue, the Paleolithic diet, and weight loss. 

Additionally, he is Associate Professor of Nutrition at Hawthorn University, where he works remotely with graduate level students from across the globe and is involved with curriculum development in holistic medicine/nutrition.  A certified Neuro-endocrine immune specialist, he has completed considerable additional training in hormone replacement, detoxification, IV therapies, European Biological Medicine, HCG weight loss, homeopathy and more.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.

To hear the webinar, you are given a choice of either listening over your computer speakers or over the phone when you log in. By default, it sets to your computer speakers. You can use a phone to listen in by selecting the phone option when you log on and then by dialing the number, access code and pin that is given on your Webinar Control Panel. Participants may ask questions by typing them in during the webinar. 

The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00 pm pacific, 7:00 pm eastern. Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.

The webinar and webinar format is an opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the student website under archived webinars and some presentations are available in the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn public website. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Autoimmune Disease: The Infection Connection, Part 2

Please join us on Tuesday November 5th, 2013 at 4 pm pacific / 7 pm eastern as we host Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. for a webinar entitled “Autoimmune Disease:  The Infection Connection, Part 2.”

The connection between infections and autoimmune diseases continues to be well-supported yet conventional medicine fails to address this growing epidemic.  In part 1 specific microbial connections with a variety of autoimmune diseases was covered and in part 2 Dr. Hedberg will focus on treatment strategies including nutrition, herbal medicines and supplementation (to review “Autoimmune Disease: The Infection Connection, Part 1” visit the university public webinar archives (www.hawthornuniversity.org/webinararchives.html).  Holistic management options can be highly effective in people with autoimmune diseases with nutrition as a major player to achieve successful outcomes.  

Nikolas Hedberg, D.C., D.A.B.C.I. is a board certified chiropractic internist by the American Board of Chiropractic Internists.  He received his bachelor of science in exercise science from the University of Florida and his Doctor of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College.  He is the founder of the Immune Restoration Center in Asheville, NC where he focuses on autoimmune diseases, chronic infections and thyroid disorders.  Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book, The Thyroid Alternative which is a comprehensive guide to diagnosing and treating autoimmune thyroid disorders.  Dr. Hedberg's passion is the connection between infections and chronic illness which he calls, “The Infection Connection.”

Dr. Hedberg is the author of the new book Blood Chemistry Analysis For The Integrative Clinician. 
He has created an online training course focused on functional medicine approaches to infectious and autoimmune diseases at www.infectionconnection.net.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Microbiome: New Territory

Is the microbiome the answer to the many diseases that plague us today? Please join us on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4 pm pacific / 7 pm eastern time, as we host Hawthorn University Education Director and Director of the Doctoral Studies Program, Janet Ludwig, PhD for a webinar entitled “The Microbiome: New Territory.” 

It is certainly an interesting possibility that a fecal transplant from a healthy person to an ill person could bypass the use of antibiotics and other medications that have become commonly used in today’s medicine.  What about the development of your microbiome? Are you from a family that is prone toward weight gain? Could it be that your microbiome predisposes you to being unable to lose weight? Environmental toxins and how they alter the genes of your microbiome could also account for health issues that may affect you.

Please join us on Tuesday October 15th, 2013 at 4 pm pacific /
7 pm eastern time, as we host Hawthorn University Education Director and Director of the Doctoral Studies Program,
Janet Ludwig, PhD for a webinar entitled “The Microbiome: New Territory.”
 

The presentation, “The Microbiome: New Territory” will address these issues. It is new and exciting information that will be explored to answer the following questions about the microbiome:

•What is it?
•Why do we care about it?
•Can we change it?
•How does it influence our health?
•Where can a person have his/hers determined?
•Can a person be a fecal transplant donor or recipient?

Similar to the earlier project of elucidating the Human Genome that was completed in 2003, the Human Microbiome Project was launched in 2007. Results from these studies have shed new light on chronic diseases and many conditions that have not responded to traditional treatment. Of interest are the many laboratories and studies that are being done on individuals specifically to elucidate their unique variation of the microbiome and possible predisposition to diseases.  

Janet Ludwig, Ph.D. has worked in the area of inflammatory diseases for more than 25 years. She was at the Division of Surgical Biology at the Arizona Health Sciences Center studying zinc and cell injury induced by alcohol and carbon tetrachloride, an effective hepatotoxin. Additionally, she studied the mechanisms and structural identification of the potent class of inflammatory mediators, Platelet-Activating Factors (PAFs), at the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She is author of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented her findings at National Symposia. She has been Dean of Sciences at a nurse anesthesia school and she has taught courses in inflammation, biochemistry and nutrition at various Universities. She also travels to BangkokThailand to give nutritional advice in a non-governmental organization that aids in improving the conditions for impoverished women and their children. Currently Dr. Ludwig serves as the Educational Director and the director of Hawthorn's doctoral program in holistic nutrition. 

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions. The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00pm pacific, 7:00pm eastern. Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees. 

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the Hawthorn student website under archived webinars. Some webinars are also available to the public and can be found in the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn website.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Claim Your Place as a Speaker, Leader, or Advocate for Health

Speaking is a very powerful and effective way to reach more people with your message as well as providing an additional source of revenue for your nutrition business.

Please join us on this upcoming Tuesday October 1st, 2013 at 4 pm pacific / 7 pm eastern as we host Food Mood Expert and author Trudy Scott, CN for a webinar entitled "What Speaking Has Done for My Nutrition Business and How it can Help You, Too."

Trudy is going to share why she LOVES speaking and the nitty-gritty on  "What Speaking Has Done for My Nutrition Business and How it can Help You, Too."

*  5 reasons why speaking is great for your business
*  What 3 things to do if you're just getting started
*  10 great ideas for where to speak
*  The key points for deciding what your topic should be  
*  The top 6 ways to find speaking opportunities
*  What you absolutely must do if you want to speak at an event and they decline your proposal
*  3 great skills to acquire to take your speaking to the next level - so they come knocking at your door!

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower women worldwide about the healing powers of food in order to find natural solutions for their anxiety, depression and sugar cravings.

Trudy loves speaking to anxious and stressed women who are looking for life enhancing mood transformations that start with eating real whole food, using some pretty amazing nutrients and making simple lifestyle changes.  She also loves to present nationally to nutrition and mental health practitioners on food and mood, sharing all the recent research and how-to steps so they too can educate and empower their clients and patients.  She speaks locally to both small and big groups, she participates in telesummits, she's been interviewed on NPR and has appeared on Good Day Sacramento and Fox40 morning shows.  One of her most exciting speaking achievements is her hour long interview by Regina Meredith on GaiamTV.com.

Trudy is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings (June 2011).  The publisher, New Harbinger, approached her to write a book after hearing her speak at the 2008 NANP Annual conference.   Being an author and speaking have allowed her to share her message with many more people and have contributed directly to the growth of her nutrition business.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions. 
The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00pm pacific, 7:00pm eastern. Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees. 

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the Hawthorn student website under archived webinars. Some webinars are also available to the public and can be found in the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn website.



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vitamin A: A Tale of Transformation, Extremes and an Impostor

This presentation will cover various roles of vitamin A in its different forms, myths and factors about its deficiency and presumed excesses, and, even though the FDA deems it the same, how vitamin A differs from β-carotene.

Please join us for a Webinar on September 17 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT for "Vitamin A: A Tale of Transformation, Extremes and an Impostor" with Karen Lyke, DSc, MS, CCN

Karen Lyke earned her MS in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport  and qualified as a CCN - Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist - in 2001.  Having studied macrobiotics and taught both nascent acupuncturists and massage therapists, she combines her love for biochemistry with more poetic perspectives, and is an ardent fan of Weston A Price's work.  She completed her DSc with Hawthorn University in 2013, and has been faculty with Hawthorn since 2008.  She resides in NW Ohio with her husband, and a small ménage of chickens and sheep in a large organic vegetable garden.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/230738106

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How to Find Balance in a Toxic World

Please join us on Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 at 4 pm pacific / 7 pm eastern as we host Katherine Leonard, MS, NC for a webinar entitled "The Environment Around Us is Disrupting the Environment Within Us: How to Find Balance in this Toxic World.

Since the Industrial Revolution in the mid 1700’s, tens of thousands of new chemicals have been introduced into the environment. These new toxic chemicals have found their way inside human bodies and are now contributing to ill health worldwide. However, there are solutions for reducing exposure and supporting the body with the healing power of natural remedies. In this webinar we will identify toxins and their health consequences, discuss how the human body reacts to toxin exposure, and provide solutions for cleansing the body and transitioning to a non-toxic lifestyle.

Katherine Leonard, MS, NC
Katherine Leonard is a Holistic Nutritionist with a Master’s in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. She is a member of NANP and a candidate for Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Her passion for holistic health was sparked by her interest in organic permaculture and concern for the increasing toxicity of the earth. Katherine works with her clients to help rejuvenate their lifestyles and detoxify their bodies. Katherine’s interest in the healing power of natural living has inspired her to continue her education. In September 2013, Katherine will be pursuing a 4-year doctorate in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through natural therapies. Katherine plans to use her background in holistic nutrition, combined with the new therapies she will learn in medical school (such as botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and traditional Chinese and Indian medicine) to help others find their health through natural medicine.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions. 
The webinar will begin promptly at 4 pm pacific, 7 pm eastern.

The webinar and webinar format is an opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time. Participation is limited to the first 100 attendees.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the Hawthorn student website under archived webinars. Some webinars are also available to the public and can be found in the WebinarArchives section of the Hawthorn website. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The PAIN of Inflammation

 Glen Depke, ND
Please join us on Tuesday August 20th, 2013 at 4pm pacific / 7pm eastern as we host Glen Depke, ND for a webinar entitled "The PAIN of Inflammation."

Chronic inflammation is growing to epidemic proportions in our culture and it is easy to recognize that this is at the core of basically every chronic ailment. Within this presentation, you will understand the inflammation itself is not the issue. You will discover the underlying causes of inflammation, the PAIN created by inflammation, recognize chronic inflammation and most importantly, what effective measures you can take to address inflammation. This is likely unlike any inflammatory information you have seen in the past and life altering for so many. Understand that if you have a chronic health issue, inflammation is most likely playing a significant role in your challenges, so get to the bottom of this once and for all.

Glen Depke holds degrees as a Traditional Naturopath as well as a Bachelors of Science in Natural Health.  He has become known as a master in adrenal insufficiency, functional healing, customized nutrition and gluten intolerance, often recognized as the "gluten guy."  Glen has also had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most prominent healers of our time, most notably, Dr. Joseph Mercola and the staff at the Center for Natural Health; where Glen held the position of chief nutritionist, primary EFT therapist as well as wellness director. He is also the developer of the system of nutritional typing used by Dr. Mercola's clinic as well as available on Mercola.com. Glen's intention is to empower individuals to reach their health and wellness goals by addressing individual imbalances while releasing blocks that hinder them from this goal; whether these blocks are physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.
The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00pm pacific, 7:00pm eastern.

The webinar and webinar format is an opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time. Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees. 

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the Hawthorn student website under archived webinars. Some webinars are also available to the public and can be found in the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn website. 



If there are topics you want addressed on the webinars please include them on the post webinar survey.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Understanding Andropause and Prostate Health

Please join us on Tuesday August 6th, 2013 at 4pm pacific / 7pm eastern as we host Hawthorn University faculty member Dr. Robert Maki, ND for a webinar entitled "Understanding Andropause and Prostate Health."

Currently in the US, it is estimated that roughly 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone levels.  Low testosterone, also referred to as Andropause can have a significant impact on quality of life, but can also increase the risk of several age-related chronic diseases. In this webinar, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of Andropause and the factors of American lifestyle that are contributing to this problem.

Dr. Robert Maki is a Naturopathic Doctor and a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, WA
Dr. Maki is also a faculty member at Hawthorn University and maintains a private practice in California, which is focused on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and other hormonal problems such as Diabetes, thyroid disorders and weight loss.  In addition to his private practice and role at Hawthorn, Dr. Maki is the host of a healthy weight loss podcast on iTunes titled "The Dr. Rob Show."

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.

The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00pm pacific, 7:00pm eastern.

The webinar and webinar format is an opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time. Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the Hawthorn student website under archived webinars. Some webinars are also available to the public and can be found in the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn website. 

If there are topics you want addressed on the webinars please include them on the post webinar survey.





  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hawthorn Welcomes New Faculty Member Helayne Waldman, Ed.D., M.S.

Hawthorn University extends a warm welcome to new faculty member Helayne Waldman, Ed.D., M.S.

Dr. Waldman has been an educator for the past thirty years and has specialized in holistic nutrition education for the past seven. She received her doctorate at the University of San Francisco, her nutrition training at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, and has taught previously at San Francisco State University, Mills College, Bauman College and the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. In addition to teaching, Dr. Waldman maintains a private practice in Oakland, CA, where she specializes in working with those affected by breast cancer. She recently co-authored the book The Whole Food Guide For Breast Cancer Survivors, is on the Board of the Annie Appleseed Organization (education and advocacy for cancer patients and professionals), and is affiliated with the medical offices of Bay Area Breast Surgeons in Oakland, CA, and Dr. Misha Cohen in San Francisco. She lectures widely around the country, is a called upon media expert in breast cancer and nutrition, and a guest blogger for the Pink Paper, GreenMedInfo, 4Wholeness.com and other health and wellness websites and publications.

We look forward to your presence at Hawthorn!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cholesterol: Understanding This Misunderstood Molecule

Please join us on Tuesday July 2nd, 2013 at 4pm pacific / 7pm eastern as we host Hawthorn University faculty member Dr. Robert Maki, ND for a webinar entitled "Cholesterol: Understanding This Misunderstood Molecule."

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in the US, affecting approximately 65 million Americans. In fact, it is estimated that close to 1 million Americans suffer a heart attack each year. As a result, much of the attention has been placed on cholesterol. In this webinar, we will discuss what cholesterol is, how it works and the role it plays in CVD. This webinar will give you a better understanding of this critically important, but highly misunderstood molecule and hopefully dispel some common misconceptions.

Dr. Robert Maki is a Naturopathic Doctor and a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Dr. Maki is also a faculty member at Hawthorn University and maintains a private practice in Southern California, which is focused on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and other hormonal problems such as Diabetes, thyroid disorders and weight loss. In addition to his private practice and role at Hawthorn, Dr. Maki is the host of a healthy weight loss podcast on iTunes titled “The Dr. Rob Show.”

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hiding in Plain Sight: What your Dentition and Oral Health May Mean For the Rest of Your Health


Please join us on Tuesday June 18th, 2013 at 4pm pacific / 7pm eastern as we host Hawthorn University faculty member Dr. Eric Wood, ND for a webinar entitled “Hiding in Plain Sight: What your Dentition and Oral Health May Mean For the Rest of Your Health.” 

This webinar will reveal a foundational connection between much of what we do to our mouth in our lifetime and what we eat to our subsequent physical body development and potential future health issues.  Research illustrates that the simple choice of bottle vs breast feeding can have lasting health effects for the rest of our lives.  The choices and habits affecting our dental health we form in our childhood and into adulthood continue to impact our health monumentally for the rest of our lives.  Examples of areas that will be focused on this presentation include:
1) The ramifications of amalgam fillings on health.
2) Root canals and their connection to creating systemic disturbances and a myriad of possible health problems.
3) Weston Price Studies re: human’s physical appearance, dentition, and the impact of one’s diet on such points.
4) Understanding the Chinese/European medicine-derived Tooth Meridian chart and its wisdom for understanding seemingly ‘unrelated other health issues.
5) Dental Occlusions/Malocclusions, their correlation to dietary intake, their correlations to bottle feeding vs breast feeding, palate development, and more.  Moreover, these points will be connected to incidence studies of other health problems including mouth breathing, increased incidence of cavities, and more.
6)  Braces and/or other functional dental appliances—the pros & cons on their use re: cranial structure/function and overall health.

Dr. Eric Wood is a board certified naturopathic doctor and graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada.  He received additional training and experience via Harvard University’s Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, and specialty cancer centers including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Issels Clinic, and Medicor (Canada).  He has worked as a specialty physician with some of the leading supplement companies in North America including Neuroscience Inc. and Life Extension, focusing on oncology, adrenal fatigue, and infectious disease.  He has practiced naturopathic medicine across the US and currently serves as medical director for a Florida based anti-aging Medical Clinic.  As an Associate Professor of Nutrition at Hawthorn University (California), he works remotely with graduate students from across the globe.  Additionally, he is currently completing two book projects, one on the Paleolithic diet and another on Adrenal Fatigue.  A certified Neuro-endocrine immune specialist, he has completed considerable additional training in hormone replacement, detoxification, European Biological Medicine, HCG weight loss and much more.  

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.
 
Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.

 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Occupational Regulation vs Public Health Benefits

A member of the Hawthorn community discusses current concerns with regard to nutrition advice.


Should consumers have the right to seek nutritional advice from whomever they deem will be the most helpful for themselves and their families?  Are you aware that there are different types of nutrition professionals and that an organization that represents one type is trying to create a monopoly for itself?  Have you ever wondered what the real reasons are behind such efforts, and what truly warrants exclusive, restrictive licensure laws?  Let’s begin to explore these issues to expand awareness, spur discussion and inspire positive action. 

Numerous natural health and health freedom organizations have exposed a disturbing and largely unseen effort underway that has the potential to severely restrict the choices consumers have when it comes to seeking nutritional advice.  In addition to the impact on consumers, this effort places increasingly restrictive limitations on people’s right to engage in an occupation, limiting jobs and free speech as a result.

It is a multi-faceted campaign being carried out by the trade organization for Registered Dietitians called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formerly called the American Dietetic Association or ADA).  This recent article by the Alliance for Natural Health provides an excellent summary of what is taking place.  In a nutshell, the organization is working to pass monopolistic laws across the country that favor their brand of nutritional advice while limiting or even criminalizing other approaches.  They are also conducting acts of intimidation against holistic nutrition practitioners who have no history of client complaints.

This thought-provoking statement by the National Health Freedom Coalition/Action discusses how consumers deserve to have choices among the many healing modalities, whether conventional or alternative, mainstream or holistic, and that all people have an inherent right to seek—and practice—the care that most closely aligns with their needs and values.  There are numerous ways of acquiring and sharing knowledge, and making a livelihood from dispensing knowledge has always been commonplace in society.  There are increasing levels of restrictiveness when it comes to occupational regulation, spanning from the least restrictive which is registration (how you register yourself and your business) to certification (what you can call yourself), to the most restrictive which is licensure or the ability to practice at all in a particular field or occupation without attending certain schools and paying certain fees, etc.  The justification for enacting strict and exclusive licensing laws, according to the National Health Freedom Coalition/Action and others, must include imminent risk of harm to the public.  It is best to have the least restrictive regulation for safe occupations, if any, while ensuring proper disclosure of one’s background, training and qualifications in the practitioner-client relationship.   

Many people assume a license is the equivalent of a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and that it's warranted to protect us and serve us.  Indeed, many attempts to pass restrictive, exclusive occupational regulations are promoted under the guise of public safety.  But a level of harm must be evident to justify such regulations (think being a commercial airline pilot, performing surgery, or dispensing pharmaceutical drugs and controlled substances).  However, this is not the case when it comes to many of these regulations that deal with safe occupations where one group is singled out as the chosen one at the expense and exclusion of others.  The reality is that this is turf protection with the intent to limit or eliminate competition. 

The restrictions they enact provide steady and exclusive income for their professional organizations, approved schools, certification programs, insurance programs, etc.  Furthermore, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics receives funding from many multi-national processed food corporations such as McDonald’s, Kraft, and Coca-Cola, as discussed in this recent article by Dr. Mercola.  It is becoming evident to more and more people that these economic advantages are the real reasons such regulations are pushed.  But shouldn’t different schools of thought be allowed to exist and flourish simultaneously?  Shouldn’t consumers have the right to seek nutritional advice from practitioners unencumbered by the influence of Big Business, if they so choose? 

The Institute for Justice has produced some short videos that brilliantly illustrate the struggle that is taking place across many disciplines, including this one regarding a blogger who has been targeted with legal action for giving out dietary advice, and this one highlighting the bigger problem in society.  Luckily, some states are beginning to resist and reverse such laws and create exemptions (also called safe harbor laws) after realizing that such restrictive regulations are often unnecessary and are having a negative impact on job creation and citizen choice. 

It is important to acknowledge that there are many excellent Registered Dietitians who do not agree completely with the aforementioned tactics of the AND, and the AND’s actions in this regard are not a reflection of all Registered Dietitians. 

This short article is by no means a comprehensive account of this complex situation, and more education needs to take place on the topic.   There needs to be coordinated action that complements the work of natural health and health freedom organizations such as those listed in the References below.  Two things people can do are join those organizations and speak to their legislators. 

Take a few minutes to view the links in this article and share your thoughts below (anonymously, if you wish).  Please be thinking of ways we can collectively protect consumer and practitioner freedoms in the pursuit of wellness.

 

References
 
Alliance for Natural Health.  (2013, May 15).  ANH-USA Uncovers Suspicious Activity by State Dietetic and Health Boards. 

National Health Freedom Coalition.  (2003).  Findings and Recommendations for Health Freedom NHFC. 



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hawthorn University Welcomes New Faculty


Tara Swartz, NMD
Tara Swartz earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona prior to attending the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, from which she attained her doctorate. Dr. Swartz currently practices medicine in Arizona utilizing dietary & nutritional counseling, the hcG diet, botanical medicine, bio-identical hormone replacement, acupuncture & lifestyle counseling to address women & men’s health.  Currently she focuses her practice on women’s health & weight loss treating such condition as chronic fatigue, thyroid imbalance & GI health.  Dr. Swartz has been teaching nutrition & wellness in the online environment for several years. She is passionate about naturopathic medicine and disease prevention and shares that passion with her students.  
Welcome Dr. Swartz to Hawthorn University! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Value of Lab Testing for Holistic Nutrition Professionals

Please join us on Tuesday May 21st, 2013 at 4 pm pacific, 7 pm eastern for a Hawthorn University Webinar with faculty member Melissa Dengler, ND, on the topic of Lab Testing. 


Laboratory tests are procedures that involve testing samples of blood, urine, saliva or other tissues or substances in the body. While a physician utilizes lab tests to diagnose a disease or condition, there is also a non-diagnostic use of testing that can be utilized in the nutrition practice.  As a nutrition consultant, you can teach your clients how to consider their lab test results from a nutritional perspective and to help answer questions such as, "Is my body functioning optimally?” or “What organs or systems need nutritional support?" Laboratory values can help the nutrition professional to tailor their nutritional protocols to the unique individual needs and biochemistry of their clients.  Utilizing lab values in practice can assist the practitioner and client to identify which nutritional goals to prioritize, plan the nutritional protocol, evaluate the response to a healing plan and monitor the progress in reaching those goals. In this webinar, you will learn which laboratory tests can be useful in the nutrition practice and where your clients can order these tests using client-direct lab testing services.

Dr. Melissa Dengler, ND received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2001. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 and then completed a one year residency in family medicine at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Scottsdale, AZ with a special focus in homeopathy, environmental medicine and clinical nutrition. In addition her other interests include botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and preventive medicine. While completing her residency in Arizona, Dr. Dengler supervised many student clinical rotations and also served as an adjunct professor of homeopathy and environmental medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Upon completion of her residency she returned to her home state of Pennsylvania and is now in private practice, is on faculty at Hawthorn University, and teaches holistic nutrition and courses in health and wellness for several institutions. Dr. Dengler is pleased to offer natural health care for the whole family by taking an individualized approach to health and taking quality time to get to know her patients and examine their lifestyles and habits. She is committed to supporting the body's inherent ability to heal using natural therapies to restore health.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions. Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.



Thursday, May 9, 2013

Welcome Kirsten Laverdure, Ph.D to the Hawthorn University Faculty!


Kirsten Laverdure earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Virginia, where she worked on breast cancer and how to make cancer cells more susceptible to standard agents using the body’s own pathways. Her area of expertise is in cancer signal transduction and determining why cancer cells become resistance to treatment. Currently she is a postdoctoral fellow at the UC San Diego-Moores Cancer Center working on colorectal cancer. Her research is focused on inflammatory-based cancers, in particular, due to nutritionally-based chronic diseases like IBD and Crohn's Disease. Specifically, her interest is in the role of diet and nutrition in promoting inflammation in the colon to act as a pro-tumorigenic agent. She is also interested in the role that anti-oxidants play in preventing cancer cell death and the metabolic changes that a cancer cell undergoes to promote cell growth. She has lectured extensively and presented her findings in this area at national and international symposia and has authored peer-reviewed articles. She has taught courses in human nutrition and performance, nutritionally based diseases, and the global food crisis.
Dr. L. is currently taking students in the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program at Hawthorn University.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Record Keeping for the Nutrition Practice

Please join us on Tuesday May 7th, 2013 at 4pm pacific / 7pm eastern as we host Hawthorn University faculty member Melissa Dengler, ND for a webinar entitled "Record Keeping for the Nutrition Practice."

An individual's health records are among the most sensitive of personal records and great care should be taken to ensure the safe holding of such records. Knowing the appropriate forms to use and how to maintain adequate records provides clinical value in relation to on-going client care. The primary purpose of record keeping is to document the assessments underlying the progress of the client's care and to contribute to the quality of that care. This presentation will outline the importance of record keeping, the types of forms to use in clinical practice and how to keep client charts using the SOAP format.

Dr. Melissa Dengler, ND received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2001. She received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005 and then completed a one year residency in family medicine at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center in Scottsdale, AZ with a special focus in homeopathy, environmental medicine and clinical nutrition. In addition her other interests include botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and preventive medicine. While completing her residency in Arizona, Dr. Dengler supervised many student clinical rotations and also served as an adjunct professor of homeopathy and environmental medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Upon completion of her residency she returned to her home state of Pennsylvania and is now in private practice, is on faculty at Hawthorn University, and teaches holistic nutrition and courses in health and wellness for several institutions. Dr. Dengler is pleased to offer natural health care for the whole family by taking an individualized approach to health and taking quality time to get to know her patients and examine their lifestyles and habits. She is committed to supporting the body's inherent ability to heal using natural therapies to restore health.


To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions:

To hear the webinar, you are given a choice of either listening over your computer speakers or over the phone when you log in. By default, it sets to your computer speakers. You can use a phone to listen in by selecting the phone option when you log on and then by dialing the number, access code and pin that is given on your Webinar Control Panel. Participants may ask questions by typing them in during the webinar. Please note: All audience members are muted by default when they log on.


The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00pm pacific, 7:00pm eastern.

The webinar and webinar format is an opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and available on the student website under archived webinars and also under the Webinar Archives section of the Hawthorn website for non-Hawthorn students (www.hawthornuniversity.org/webinararchives.html).

If there are topics you want addressed on the webinars please email your ideas to paulab@hawthornuniversity.org or include them on the post webinar survey.

Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Complex Equation of Change and Healthy Weight Management


In the United States, over two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese, and exceeding a healthy weight range is a risk factor for many health concerns, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. There is no one cause of obesity, rather it is a complex interaction of genetic, nutritional, metabolic, lifestyle, behavioral, psychological, and physiological factors. Finding ways to support and inspire change and healthy weight is critical to our nation's and humanity's well-being, and may likely form an important part of your future or current practice. We will discuss this challenge, along with the use of analysis to gather information, assess readiness for change, prioritize underlying factors, increase awareness, and further our goal of creating a holistic, tailored approach to weight reduction and management to meet individual clients' needs.


Please join us next Tuesday April 16th, 2013 at 4pm pacific / 7pm eastern as we host Hawthorn University graduate Danielle Hart. 


Danielle Hart is a graduate of the Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition program at Hawthorn University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Northeastern University. Her career to date has embraced writing, teaching, strategic consulting, solution development, and project management within the digital media, web development, adult learning, and performance improvement industries. She has crafted solutions geared to change the behavior of employees, given innumerable presentations on these solutions, and built a portfolio of digital tools for budgets, timelines, and risk and knowledge management.

Danielle developed an interest in healthy eating and cooking, driven in part by her own multi-year struggle with her health and weight management. These combined factors led her to engage the Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition program at Hawthorn University. Along the path of her studies, Danielle made a dramatic, positive improvement in her health concerns by changing her own behavior and diet. Over time, for both personal and professional reasons, Danielle developed an increasing interest in the challenging issue, or question, of how people change. The realization that knowledge alone is not enough to effectively create change has led to her focus on uncovering the complex equation of change and healthy weight management. To foster her career and influence in the field, Danielle is now focusing her full-time efforts on behavior change and weight reduction and maintenance. Toward this end, she has founded and is the editor of ENJI Daily (www.enjidaily.com), an online nutrition magazine leveraging the power of social media and the holistic nutrition community, updated every day. ENJI Daily features high-quality articles recommended by industry experts, along with her own writing on topics including diet and weight loss, how to change, exercise and fitness, and eating and cooking for health. She looks forward to a healthy future for all. 

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions.  The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00pm pacific, 7:00pm eastern. Participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.