Category Archives: Workshops

“Introduction to Microbiome” presentation April 5, 12, and 19, 2017

Summary:  If you are in the Pittsburgh area, stop in and hear the Introduction to Microbiome”presentation April 5, 12, and 19, 2017 over at the Camelot’s Columbian Room.  Why is this presentation really important?  The microbiome is a newly discovered organ where over 70% of your immunity resides  AND many inflammatory and chronic diseases (from Type 2 Diabetes, to autoimmune, to dementia and Alzheimer’s) have been found, beginning about 2013, to have a microbiome inflammatory skew.  Diet and lifestyle hugely alters our microbiome  constituent members in pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory directions (see posts  here and here).  TheIntroduction to Microbiome” presentation  explains what the microbiome is and factors that impact it for the good and bad.  These findings are out of the key microbiome labs that have made pivotal contributions to our understanding of the microbiome.  To know where you are going microbiome-wise, you need to know where you’ve been microbiome-wise, and that means getting your arms around all the factors that impact it, good and bad.  You will better understand the state of your microbiome (and your families) and leave rethinking how food and lifestyle can better your microbiomes which it can, immensely.  The microbiome is a newly discovered organ we need to support for sure, and from the current disease epidemics, we are obviously not doing a very good job.  How bad are our microbiomes?  The National Institutes of Health’s “Human Microbiome Project”  was billed as a “road map” of human microbes.  But as Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, a microbiologist at New York University who is working to repopulate C-Section newborn skewed microbiomes said, the effort is “really the American  Microbiome Project; it’s not the “Human Microbiome Project.”  How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution?  Come… learn!

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2nd Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival

Summary:  Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring this Sunday, February 26, 2017, in Pittsburgh should you be nearby.  The FREE event is the SECOND Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival or read the Ferment Festival Facebook page.  I’ll be attending and talking about how ferment consumers and vendors can become a cohort for upcoming American Gut fermenting microbiome studies!  Last year I profiled many for participation and if you missed that, but still want in, or to ask me ANY question on microbiome, ferments, diet, and health, stop by my table and let’s catch up!  Added onto this year’s Ferment Festival…  attend the potluck night Saturday night!   BONUS:  See below for Cleveland Clinic, “5 Reasons You Should Add More Fermented Foods to Your Diet.”  Share this post to pass on the info!

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Another Microbiome Introduction Presentation today!

Summary:  Looking forward to giving today’s Microbiome Introduction Presentation!  Rather amazing that many of the healing diet vegetable and fruit tenets, being micronutrient, phytonutrient, and antioxidant rich AND containing fiber that actually nourishes the microbiome, follow the vegetable and fruit recommendations from the cancer centers like Dana-Farber Brigham Women’s!  Bonus of the healing diets is that they contain healthy fats that permit the absorption of those necessary food components!

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Embriette Hyde, Knight Lab, Workshops, Portland

Summary:   Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring Friday October 14 thru Sunday, October 16, 2016,  in Portland should you be nearby.  I especially highly recommend catching the keynote speaker, Friday October 14, 2016, Dr. Embriette Hyde present “Redefining Human: Living and Eating in a Microbiome World”.  Embriette is Program Manager for THE AMERICAN GUT PROJECT and works for KNIGHT LAB at the University of California San Diego.  Earlier this year I worked with Embriette and Knight lab on profiling Pittsburgh ferment gut consumers for upcoming Knight Lab probiotic studies.  Without a doubt, Embriette’s Keynote presentation will be awesome!  If you can make it, register for Embriette’s talk, Knight Lab, Workshops, Portland, here.  Please let us know in the comments your thoughts if you are fortunate enough to attend!

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Salad and Dressings WorkShop, microbiome focused

SUMMARY:  Following the May 26 Treesdale seminar, you wanted to know practically how to improve microbiome health.  You now understand it exists, it is changeable, and it is behind 70% of immunity.  So here it is:  attend the Salad and Dressings WorkShop in Wexford, PA! You know you have got to nourish your trillions of microbiome beasties and that certain fats are best till the dust settles on the other oils and their associations to disease.  For those unable to attend, read the prebiotic and probiotic discussion in this post for tips for those two true microbiome supporting salad components. If you are local, come learn how to put it all together!  

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Microbiome Awareness Conversation from Seminar

SUMMARY:  Sharing more Microbiome Awareness conversation from the May 26 seminar, so that all can benefit, even those unable to attend!  Learn great microbiome support tips!  Amaze yourself with how much you actually learned and know!  Comment if I don’t touch on your thoughts; lets continue the conversation! 

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Dana Grau and I spoke at the Microbiome Awareness Seminar.  We explained what the microbiome is and included discussion of diet and lifestyle impact to the microbiome which affects its health.  70+ percent our immunity resides in the health of the microbiome and that microbial community then plays a key role in determining your health:

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Microbiome Awareness TMAO Conversation

SUMMARY:  Microbiome Awareness TMAO was summarized in the May 26th seminar, and I suggested condiment size portions for red meat regardless of meat quality (pastured or confined feed lot operations).  Carnitine in red meat acts as an antioxidant and plays a crucial role in the mitochondria—the energy-producing structures in cells—notably in muscles, including heart muscle. But carnitine has a dark side — TMAO.  This post shares TMAO follow-up so that all can benefit, even those unable to attend!  A subsequent post will share more conversation from that evening, but TMAO is a lot of good information, and it deserves a post of its own.  

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Revised Date, Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar

Summary:  There has been such a great response to the Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar posted earlier today, that we have changed the date and time for the presentation to accommodate a larger than originally anticipated audience.  I guess this is a good thing!?!  

The Revised Date, Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar is:

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 -8:30 PM,
the address remains the same:  Treesdale Community Center, One Treesdale Commons Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. 

The original post, PITTSBURGH MICROBIOME AWARENESS SEMINAR, has been updated to reflect the new date and time, but I am posting this separately to make certain all of you, especially those that have RSVP’d and are attending, are aware of this change.

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Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar

SUMMARY:  Don’t miss this FREE Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar on cutting edge research!  Finally… Pittsburgh is beginning to plan integration of the healing diet tenets of Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) into clinic for an autoimmune!  UPDATE:  There has been such a great response to this seminar that we have revised the date to Thursday, May 26, 7:00 -8:30 PM, in order to accommodate a larger than originally anticipated audience.  The address remains the same:  Treesdale Community Center, One Treesdale Commons Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044.  RSVP Today!!  #biomeonboardawareness #microbiome #guthealth #tadafit

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Ferment Consumer Profile Opportunity for American Gut Studies

Summary:  Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring this Sunday, February 28, 2016, in Pittsburgh should you be nearby. The FREE event is Pittsburgh’s Fermentation Festival I’ll be attending and profiling ferment consumers and vendors for consideration in upcoming American Gut fermenting microbiome studies! Stop by and fill out the questionnaire!

Be a part of this unique FREE Ferment Consumer Profile Opportunity for American Gut fermenting microbiome studies and help further the understanding of the “How” and “Why” ferments modulate our immune system! For an added bonus… attend 5 workshops and learn how to ferment while you are at the festival. The workshops are led by an incredible battery of knowledge! I’ll be sharing how to make lactose-free grassfed yogurt that is part of the healing diet protocols (PALEO (some camps), SCD, GAPS, UMass IBD-AID).  Learn why fermented and traditional foods is part of WHAT EATING REAL WHOLE FOODS LOOKS LIKE.  For a start, read below for Cleveland Clinic’s 5 reasons why you should be consuming ferments.

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