Monday, July 28
Dr. Martha Herbert
Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, where she is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program(Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders). She is the author of the public-oriented book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be.
Dr. Herbert earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Prior to her medical training she obtained a doctoral degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, studying evolution and development of learning processes in biology and culture in the History of Consciousness program, and then did postdoctoral work in the philosophy and history of science. She trained in pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center and in neurology and child neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has remained. She received the first Cure Autism Now Innovator Award and spent five years on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks. Her background in pediatric neurology, evolutionary biology and history of science has oriented her toward systems biology, brain connectivity and dynamism, and brain-body interrelationships.
Her main research interests are in addressing autism and various other chronic brain conditions as “dynamic encephalopathies” (that can change) rather than as “static encephalopathies” (that are fixed for life) and in how environmental vulnerability affects brain and body health and function in an ongoing fashion, and not just before birth. Therefore she takes three approaches.
- Taking a whole body systems approach to how autism emerges — or not — in infants at high risk for autism (because of having an older sibling on the spectrum);
- Developing a multi-modal brain imaging and biomarker approach to studying the interface between metabolic/immune disturbances and altered brain signaling which could (for many at least) be the “ground zero” of autism, and
- Applying these approaches to the systems biology of improvement and recovery in autism and in other situations where complex systems are multiply challenged.
She has recently trained in the Anat Baniel Method due to the great sophistication it offers in opening options for children with special needs (and everyone else) and for its insight into the fundamental importance of movement for transforming and upgrading brain function; she is building toward incorporating this dimension into her research and writing.
Dr. Herbert is committed to expanding how we think about autism, the brain, medicine, biology and the planetary crisis we are in, through both scientific research and public-oriented writing, speaking and communication. Her independent work is now organized through a suite of three Higher Synthesisprojects: Health, Foundation and Works. She is also co-chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Canary Kids Movie project, which will prospectively document improvement and recovery in several significant chronic childhood illnesses through both film and rigorous scientifically grounded testing, and develop an education campaign to open these options to many more people.
Consciousness, Kundalini, and the Development of Human Potential
Penny Kelly is an author, teacher, speaker, publisher, personal and spiritual consultant, and Naturopathic physician. In 1979, while working as a tool and process engineer for Chrysler Corp, she experienced a full, spontaneous awakening of kundalini that completely changed her life. She left Chrysler and returned to school to study the brain, consciousness, perception, cognition, intelligence and intuition. This was followed by over a dozen years of work as an educational consultant specializing in the brain-compatible and accelerative teaching techniques of Dr. George Lozanov.
In 1987, she moved to southwest Michigan and for 25 years has operated Lily Hill Farm and Learning Center. Today she travels, lectures, and teaches a variety of classes and workshops including Developing the Gift of Intuition, Organic Gardening, and Getting Well Again Naturally. She maintains a large consulting practice,writes books and poetry, raises chickens, beef cows, and grows organic vegetables and small fruits.
For some years she has been involved in scientific research and investigations into consciousness at Pinelandia Laboratory near Ann Arbor, MI and has been the subject of some research as well.
She holds a degree in Humanistic Studies from Wayne State University, and a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Clayton College of Natural Health. Penny is the mother of four children and has written six books.
Tuesday, July 29
Director of Alive Inside: A film which explores the relationship between music and the human brain connection of memories in elderly people
ALIVE INSIDE explores the relationship between music and the human brain connection of memories in elderly people, particularly those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett goes on a three-year journey with social worker Dan Cohen, documenting how music can re-awaken the deepest parts of the human soul/nature in people that are perceived to be lost causes. Music plays such an integral part of the film. The film highlights how powerful music is in elderly folks in gaining back their memories they lost through various medical conditions.
Alive Inside is a joyous exploration into our relationship with music and how it can re-awaken our souls to discover the deepest parts of humanity. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music¹s ability to combat memory loss and return a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Through illuminating conversations with experts such as renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, and astonishing experiences with patients around the country, revitalized by their love of music, director Michael Rossato-Bennett has crafted an uplifting, feel-good cinematic experience that sweeps audiences up in its inspirational and moving story. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Alive Inside leaves us humming, clapping, and cheering as music lifts the audience¹s and its characters’ very souls.
Dr. Stuart Nunnally
Meet Patricks Dentist!
Dr. Stuart Nunnally is mercury-free (amalgam-free) and mercury-safe. He is dedicated to the practice of biological, health-based dentistry. His mission is to treat his patients in the most healthy, caring, holistic way possible and to share information about dental wellness with his patients so that they may make educated decisions about their oral health. He fully understands the important relationship of oral to overall health and realizes that; “You cannot be truly healthy without good oral health!”
Dr. Nunnally’s philosophy of biological dentistry recognizes that the teeth, and associated structures, are an integral part of the whole body.This Whole Body philosophy stresses the use of safe biocompatible dental materials whenever possible. Dr. Nunnally also works closely with qualified health professionals to assist him in his efforts to return the patient to optimal oral and overall health. His Health-Focused approach to biological/holistic dentistry means that he treats the teeth, jaw, and related oral structures, with specific regard to how that treatment will affect the entire body.
Wednesday, July 30