A motivational weekend on vitalism and natural parenting
Last month, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association put together the Freedom for Family Wellness Summit in Washington, D.C. from October 21-24. Bruce Lipton, Joe Dispenza, Joseph Mercola, Barbara Loe Fisher and many others took the stage to talk about vitalism, natural birthing and natural parenting.
Thursday evening began with Peggy O’Mara, publisher and editor of Mothering Magazine, followed by Dr. Riekeman, who spoke on vitalism. Author Suzanne Arms, midwife and author Ina May Gaskin, Marcy Axness and Dr. Jeanne Ohm all spoke the following day about conception, pregnancy, and birth from a vitalistic perspective. Dr. Ohm elaborated on how mothers can have a safer and easier birth. Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova showed a clip from her film “Birth As We Know It,” which revealed how pleasurable the birth experience can actually be, especially compared with the traumatic view of birth most people have.
After the almost half dozen powerful and inspirational women spoke, a man by the name of Patrick Houser took the stage. Houser is the author of the “Fathers-to-Be Handbook,” and is a parenting and childbirth professional educator. He lectured on the father’s role in birth and parenting. According to Houser, 90% of fathers today are present for the birth of their children. He showed a timeline of the amount of time fathers spend with their children. In 1975, it averaged 15 minutes per day, compared to two hours in 1995, and five hours in 2009!
Best selling author and educator Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O., has one of the most popular natural health websites in the world. Mercola’s talk covered several aspects of health. He pointed out that nine billion prescriptions were written in 2009 in the United States alone, which is more than two prescriptions per month for every man, woman and child in the country. His main focus was on the dangers of fructose, which is found in several food items, including soda. Mercola stated that fructose is the number one source of calories, the number one cause of obesity, and the leading cause of a fatty liver. The average person in the United States drinks 56 gallons of soda a year and there is more fructose in a can of baby formula than a can of soda. Mercola also focused on the importance of vitamin D. He pointed out that, surprisingly, one possible source for Vitamin D was ‘safe’ (i.e. low electromagnetic radiation) tanning beds. He advised that after moderate sunbathing, showering should be avoided for 48 hours to allow the body to absorb the Vitamin D. He finished off with a list of the supplements he takes on a daily basis.
Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, began her talk with a heart-wrenching video of dozens of infants, children, and teenagers who have died after receiving vaccinations. Fisher stated that 90% of parents now put vaccine safety as one of their top health care concerns/priorities. Current recommendations call for a shocking 69 doses of 16 different vaccinations to be given children from infancy through the age of 18 years old. Fisher said that doctors, in trying to enforce their “recommendations” are “trading in their white coats for military uniforms.”
John Breeding, Ph.D., author of “The Wildest Colts Make The Best Horses: What To Do When Your Child is Labeled a Problem By Schools,” spoke on the epidemic drugging of our children. Lauren Feder and Lawrence Palevsky, both medical doctors, spoke on holistic family care. Chiropractor Chris Kent also spoke on holistic care.
Bruce Lipton finished off the evening with a three-hour lecture on quantum physics and epigenetics. He compared the conscious and subconscious mind, discussed how people use their subconscious mind the majority of the time, often responding to beliefs (“old tapes”) that have been engrained in them from their upbringing. If people could learn to think with their conscious minds and get rid of those nasty habits they’ve been taught for so long, they could thrive in the ‘honeymoon’ stage of life forever.
A few other speakers included Howard Moody, Joseph Pearce, Michael Mendizza, and Cassandra Vieten. Neil Miller, author of the new Vaccine Safety Manual, informed everyone on how the medical community shapes public opinion and where to go for good information.
The final speaker of the weekend was chiropractor Joe Dispenza, author of “Evolve Your Brain.” Dispenza spoke on quantum physics. He talked about how our thoughts create our destinies and how we shouldn’t allow our environment to control our state of being. Dispenza pointed out that “you can’t go through the future with the emotions of the past.” He lectured on how the stress chemicals in the brain are addictive. He showed a few videos of examples. One was of a teenage boy who was addicted to video games. The video showed the kind of withdrawal he would go through if his games were taken away from him. Dispenza talked about how children who play video games in which they are repeatedly killing things and blowing things up, will get bored playing with their toys or spending time with family. They become addicted to how the video games make them feel by way of the chemicals that are being released in their own brains.
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