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In November of this year, I did two speeches at the annual Weston A. Price Foundation conference. Recently, I received my speakers review which had some interesting comments, some of which I’d like to respond to here.

Typically, when I get criticized I like to use it to improve my public speaking which is something I always strive to do. Comments like, “Spoke so fast it was hard to take notes” told me something important that I need to work on. Others, baffled me like, “Mark was too much opinion without 3rd party content or much supporting science.” What baffled me was in that particular presentation I repeatedly mentioned journals the research I was presenting came from and on one slide I listed nine references on the health effects of phthalates. On seven slides out of 46 I listed references or links to sites where the information came from like Environmental Health Perspectives and the Environmental Working Group. On top of it, I always tell my audience to doubt what I say and verify things independently.

One comment that enlightened me was, “I don’t think he fully understands the detoxification process and the role of the gut.” I guess I dropped the ball somewhat on that issue as I didn’t go into it in great detail, something I will do in the future. There are two slides in my presentation where I talked about the role of the gut, and I did go into how important it was to deal with gut issues, especially inflammatory reactions in the gut, but obviously, not enough. That will be a topic that I will go into in a future blog.

Here is one that tells me that the attendee may not have listened to me fully, “For research-oriented presentation I’d like to see bibliography or references; e.g he asserted aspartame proven to lead to insulin resistance – I can’t find proof of this. Great topic though, and otherwise good.” Problem here was I did not say aspartame was proven to lead to insulin resistance. What I did refer to was a paper in the October 9, 2014 issue of Nature magazine (which I referenced) entitled “Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota.”

I criticized and praised the article. My praise was for the study of this important issue, the overuse of artificial sweeteners and their potential affect on health. What I criticized was their broad statement of culpability of all artificial sweeteners when it seems that when you read the paper, all they studied in lab rats was the affect of saccharin on the gut microbiota. You can’t indict everyone when you only study one of them.

Another criticism I’d like to address was this one, “He stated that electrolytes were helpful for depression and internet later confirmed he is affiliated with seller of such.” Guilty as charged but I stated at the lecture that I had created an electrolyte but I was not going to mention its name as I wanted to avoid my talk being a commercial one, which is something I do at conferences like this one. My affiliation and part ownership of KTS Products is not something I have hidden but I understand the critique. In the future, I will make my affiliations a little bit more assertive, so thanks for the comment.

One critique on a scientific basis I need to address is this one, “Needs to inform himself between glutamic acid in protein and possible injury to brain similar to MSG.” Without glutamic acid, your brain would cease to function. According to Dr. Eric Braverman in his book “The Healing Nutrients Within” (which I highly recommend) “…glutamic acid is the most prolific neurotransmitter; it exists everywhere in the body and is present in almost all nerve cells.” He goes on to say, “Of all the amino acid in the brain, glutamic acid has the highest concentration with the exception of aspartic acid, another glutamate amino acid.” I made it very clear in my talk that there is a distinct difference between MSG and glutamic acid. To eliminate this important amino acid would come with dire consequences. What I also said was that excessive glutamic acid is dangerous. Guess I didn’t say it with enough conviction.

All in all though, it was a great experience to speak at this conference and if you ever get a chance to attend (next year it’s in Anaheim, California), go. The people and the speakers were for the most part amazing and the attendees are fantastic.

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The Plague and Heavy Metals

Talking about the plague and heavy metals may seem like a kind of odd subject to talk about but bear with me, it will be worth it. Just this past weekend I was a speaker at the Weston A. Price Foundation’s (WAPF) annual international conference where I heard a talk from the controversial doctor, Andrew Wakefield. He was the guest of honor and he made a very impassioned speech but there was one comment he made where I had an “ah ha” moment.

As some of you might know, Dr. Wakefield is the British gastroenterologist who made the claim that autistic children had inflamed guts, more so than the average child, and that there seems to be a correlation with the MMR vaccine. He has been vilified by the media and his own professional organizations despite having solid evidence to back his position. His talk at WAPF was passionate and information. Then he made a comment about the plague and heavy metals in the Siberian steppe. This picked my interest despite him only briefly commenting on it.

So why would this three second snippet get my attention? Simple, what he said was that researchers found the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis, in marmots on the Russian steppe but only those who foraged on heavy metal laced grasses died of the disease. All of these members of the rodent family had the bacterium but only those with higher levels of heavy metals died of the plague.

This got me to thinking, how many diseases are dormant in our bodies waiting for a trigger to turn them virulent? And I’m not just talking about viruses, bacterium like the plague or parasites like toxoplasma gondii, but chronic diseases like type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or cancer. We get a load of toxins building up, like heavy metals or petrochemicals and when a critical mass is reached, bang, a disease begins to ravage us. This phenomenon can explain a lot of sudden onset disorders which come out of the blue.

My take on this is to not only be on the constant outlook for toxic exposure but to make it a lifestyle choice to always look to detoxify yourself regularly. Whether you follow the protocols of Dr. Andrew Cutler for heavy metal detox or use glycine and other amino acids for petrochemical removal, just do it and do it all the time.

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TahoeFest 2013 Price Lowered

We’ve listened to you and decided to lower the price for TahoeFest 2013 to $495. Also, we are offering scholarships and discounts to anyone who needs them just as my mentor Robert Crayhon had done with his Boulderfest conferences. It is my sincere wish that everyone has the opportunity to come to this conference and learn from the phenomenal speakers we have lined up for you. I also don’t want cost to hold anyone back.

The tools that will be taught to the attendees are the kind that will have a large impact on the health and well being of countless people which is why I so want to get as many people to TahoeFest as possible. Not only that, but the venue is one of the most beautiful in the world. To sign up, call 775-851-3337 or go to the Knowledge Through Solutions website.

 

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New Speakers for TahoeFest 2013

Lake Tahoe Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Just wanted to announce some new speakers for TahoeFest 2013. The first is Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, D.C. whose topic will be “Differentiating Tools for Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease: In-Office and Laboratory Assessments.” He will review this new-kid-on-the (science)-blocknon-celiac gluten sensitivity, how to identify it, and more importantly how to treat it.

The next addition is Dr. Rachel Fresco, L.Ac., PhD. developer of Biocidin, one of my favorite herbal products on the market. I’m sure anyone who has attended any of my seminars will be familiar with the product for its many uses as nutritional support associated with intestinal ecology, systemic wellness and detoxification. Her talk will be on how to use the botanical combinations she has developed to help your clients achieve optimal health.

I also want to stress what the theme of TahoeFest 2013 is – Practical Tools For Your Clinical Practice. When I mean practical tools I mean things you can use right away to help improve your clients health as well as improving your practice whether as a physical trainer, naturopath, chiropractor, MD, DO or clinical nutritionist. Everyone will benefit from this seminar, especially your client.

To register, click on this link. Hope to see you at TahoeFest 2013!!!

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TahoeFest 2013 – Practical Tools For Your Practice

 

Lake Tahoe Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

TahoeFest 2013, to be held to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Incline Village, Nevada on the shores of Lake Tahoe is shaping up as the go to seminar of the year. Hosted by yours truly, Mark Schauss, it will provide the attendees practical tools to help improve their practice. The prestigious group of speakers includes Luke Bucci, PhD, Ryan Bentley, DC, John Young, MD, Karen Hotchkiss, MD, and Mark Newman, MS. When the TahoeFest 2013 conference is over, you will be able to put all of the information presented into use the first day you are back at your practice.

Here is a run down on some of the topics and speakers that will be presenting at TahoeFest 2013:

Dr. Ryan Bentley, DC – Sex, Lies and Cholesterol and  Hitting the Target in Diagnosing and Treating Thyroid and Carbohydrate Metabolism Dysfunction

Dr. Luke Bucci, PhD – Joint and Arthritis Supplements and the Real Facts Behind Them

Mark Newman, MS – A New Paradigm in Hormone Testing: Diurnal Urine Testing

Mark Schauss, DBA – Advanced Ways to Utilize Laboratory Testing to Get Maximum Results,  Elite Athlete Case Studies, and  Safe and Effective Heavy Metal Detoxification Protocols

Karen Hotchkiss, MD – Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis – A Case Study

John Young, MD – Reversing Type II Diabetes in 6 weeks

To sign up for TahoeFest 2013 just click this link.

For reservations and special room rates of $159 per room (this is an incredible deal for this world class resort), please use the link below or call the Hyatt at 888-421-1442 and say that you are attending the Lab Interpretation Informational Talk. Hyatt Room Reservations

The conference location is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Come and spend some time relaxing in their indoor-outdoor pool or just take in the incredible scenery that is sure to make the trip a memorable one.

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