Restoring Healthy Day/Night
Adrenal Circadian Cycles with Botanicals
Commonly individuals experience continuous stress without adequate recovery for the adrenal gland or HPA axis. An important aspect of restoration is reestablishing a normal day/night adrenal circadian cycle for adrenal hormone release, cortisol being one of them. Since both high and low cortisol are associated with many chronic diseases, regulating adrenal health and achieving homeostasis of cortisol patterns is key to maintaining daily health as this influences sleep cycle, mood, energy, glycemic regulation, immune function and stress adaptation. A focus on using botanical strategies for resetting the 24 hour Circadian Cycle including the day/night cycle, sleep cycle, glucose metabolism cycle, circadian hormonal cycles, and body temperature cycles. Working with restorative herbs, eating habits and lifestyle modification can aid in restoring and re-establishing a healthy 24 hour circadian cycle. Special focus on adrenal health through restoration and enhancement of the HPA axis function, and supporting an optimal 24 hour adrenal cycle with specific botanical actions, groups, and individual
herbs applied in the restoration of the 24 Hour Circadian Cycle. Case history presentations applied.
Mushroom Medicine: Latest News,
Product Controversies and Uses
A thorough review of the science and traditional use of the most widely-researched medicinal mushrooms (especially turkey tails, shiitake, cordyceps, lion's mane, and chaga), based on many years of on-going clinical practice and scientific investigation will be presented.
Learn about their current use in modern integrative health care, and in the kitchen as one of the healthiest and most nutritional foods you can eat!
Learn how to collect medicinal and healthy species in the wild or market and make mushroom products at home for clinical and personal use to maximize healing and nutritional benefits. Hopefully we can be controversial about choosing the most effective products. Are fruiting bodies or mycelium is more potent? We will discuss the benefits of tinctures vs. tea extracts and discover how mushrooms work to activate our immune responses. Current experience in integrative oncology will be shared, with case reports, effective use, and expected outcomes Dr. Hobbs will share some of his favorite recipes and some great traditional recipes for a variety of fungi.
Botanicals, Biofilms and Chronic Infection
Some of our most stubborn infections, such as MRSA, sinus or vaginal infection, non-healing wounds and ulcers, and gastrotintesinal or bladder infections are resistant to both drugs and host immunity because the involved complex biofilms resistant of bacteria. Our traditional disinfectant plants, such as Commiphora, Hydrastis, Thuja, Larrea, and Anemopsis appear to work in three ways, with direct antimicrobial action, disruption of microbial defences (MDR pump inhibition) and also disruption of biofilms. Recent research shows potent anti-biofilm effects to other herbs such as Hydrastis leaf, Arctostaphylos uva ursi, Hypericum, Achillea, Achalypha mexicana and others. We will present clinical protocols incorporating this new information for for chronic infections of the skin, sinus, mouth, external and middle ear, stomach, small intestine, bladder and vagina.
Fermentation: Cultivating the Wild
Yogurt! Cheese? KimChee? Sauerkraut! Tsukemono? Wine? Salami? Yup, all fermented! In this wild, irreverent, hands-on workshop you’ll learn how you can create delicious, nutritious fermented foods in your own kitchen. In one active, messy, afternoon, you’ll meet new friends, get some culture and take home the skills and confidence necessary to create living foods for year round enjoyment. Fermentation is a local/global practice passed through time in all cultures on the planet. Ever wonder why this practice is experiencing a flourishing revival here in America? Fermentation, the slow digestion of foods by what Linnaeus called “chaos” and what we now know as microbes, improves nutrient assimilation, naturally preserves foods for extended periods and is an eating adventure outside the box. Soul food nourishes people and culture deeply and carries us forward through time intact. Anyway, a “good mess” is just too much fun to miss. Bring a quart jar and 2 cabbages and join the Kraut Stomp. You’ll take home sauerkraut, recipes, skills and memories of tasty samples as inspiration to begin or continue crafting these life-filled foods in your own kitchen.
Participants please bring $5.00 supply fee, 1 quart canning jar with lid, 2 heads cabbage and dress for a mess!