Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. (psychology), is a researcher, educator, writer, and Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston, a nonprofit educational organization. His work includes the first intensive exploration of the unacknowledged psychological and social aspects of this uniquely American cultural practice. Dr. Goldman is internationally known for his work on circumcision and is the author of various publications including two books, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective. The first book, with a foreword by renowned anthropologist Ashley Montagu, is endorsed by dozens of professionals in mental health, medicine, and social science. His book addressing Jewish concerns is endorsed by five rabbis among others. Other writing has appeared in newspapers, parenting publications, Jewish periodicals, and medical journals. Dr. Goldman has participated in over 200 media interviews with radio and television shows, newspapers, wire services, and periodicals, and has been consulted by Time and Newsweek. His presentations on circumcision and its effects are offered independently to professionals, universities, expectant parents, men, and the Jewish community. He also provides counseling for those making the circumcision decision and men who have issues connected with their circumcision. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the International Symposia on Circumcision and participates in exhibits at professional conferences and public expositions.

Ron’s Websites:
Circumcision Resource Center
Jewish Circumcision Resource Center

Ronald’s Presentations:
The Intact Boy
Part II: the Psychology of Circumcision

Infant Response, Long-Term Psychological Effects, and Why Circumcision Continues
Cultural and medical views of newborn infants have changed drastically over the years.   This session, led by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., will provide an overview of the research on newborn infant sensory response, movement, expression, learning, and pain response and a review of infant response to circumcision.  We will address the following questions:
  • How does being circumcised feel to the newborn infant? Does the newborn infant feel “discomfort” or extreme pain?
  • Does it matter how circumcision feels to the newborn infant? Can newborn infants remember their experience?
  • Is an infant too young to experience trauma?
  • Are there any examples of events around birth that have a long-term effect on adult
    behavior?
  • Can memory of birth be documented?

Dr. Goldman applied the clinical definition of trauma to circumcision to find symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in circumcised men. This new perspective offers clues that could explain certain male feelings, attitudes, and behaviors.  This session will conclude with an exploration of the psychosocial factors that perpetuate circumcision.  In an examination of individual and institutional resistance to change, learn how cultural, emotional, behavioral, and psychological factors affect attitudes and behaviors about circumcision and related matters.  Various anxieties, beliefs, and values impede change – see how we can ignore or deny what is literally in front of our eyes.

This session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

 

Lessons of Circumcision & Effective Communication
Circumcision is offered as an option to virtually every mother of a male child born in an American hospital. This parental decision can have unrecognized immediate and long-term consequences on the health of the child and parent.  The lessons of circumcision are many; they remind us of our core values and are applicable to other areas of life. These lessons involve the powerful impact of early infant experience, cultural values, the limitations of science, intellect vs. instinct, and how to make important childcare decisions.

It is essential that health care providers have accurate, current circumcision information and communicate it appropriately and effectively.  It is also important for prospective parents to be able to communicate with their partners effectively.  Because circumcision is an emotional topic, health care providers and parents need not only the facts but also the skills to talk about it in a sensitive way.
This session is 90 minutes in length. 

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

Stephanie Mines, PhD

Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.Stephanie Mines, Ph.D. is the Founder of the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma and the Dom Project, a nonprofit organization serving people with AIDS around the world. She is a psychologist, writer and educator whose unique understanding comes from extensive work in the field as well as academic research. Several clinical trials are currently testing the efficacy of the TARA Approach for a variety of populations, including at-risk newborns and children with autism. Her stories of personal transformation lead listeners to become deeply committed to the healing journey. The TARA Approach blends Eastern and Western approaches to both prevent and treat overwhelming shock, including prenatal, perinatal and birth shock. Her latest book is WE ARE ALL IN SHOCK: How Overwhelming Experience Shatters You and What You Can Do About It (New Pages, 2003).  Stephanie is the mother of two daughters, both born at home, and a grandmother.  Her first home birth journey was published by Random House in 1977 as TWO BIRTHS.

Stephanie’s Website – The Tara Approach

Stephanie’s Presentation:
Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance After Trauma

The key to helping children find resilience and balance after trauma is to help them as soon as possible after the trauma or nervous system overload occurs. This supports them to not get stuck in compensatory behaviors. This presentation by Dr. Mines focuses on teaching language and energy medicine that can be used immediately and safely by parents and care providers.

The TARA Approach for children combines subtle, specific touch on meridian pathways with healing stories. A simple map of the body is provided with clearly identified locations that stimulate innate healing responses. Story structures designed to encourage neurological sequencing blend with this energy medicine treatment for the complete resolution of shock and trauma.

In this presentation Dr. Mines focuses on the following situations:

  • Babies’ experiences of prenatal and birth trauma;
  • Medical procedures;
  • Severe accidents;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Adoption;
  • Divorce, separation; and
  • Loss

Dr. Mines is known for her remarkable capacity to evoke the healer and storyteller in everyone. She developed Jin Shin TARA, an acupressure like system that swiftly and gently sends messages of relaxation and balance to the nervous system. Stephanie’s storytelling protocols for children are now being tested in clinical trials and have been shown to be effective for children with cognitive struggles resulting from early shock. She is the author of The Dreaming Child: How Children Can Help Themselves Recover from Illness and Injury (Dom Project, 2003).

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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Conscious Woman Online

Image of the InternetJoin Internet Marketing Expert Laureen Hudson in an ongoing series for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.

Each session is approximately 60 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

A Guided Tour to Online Communities
What’s the internet?  What are online communities? Why do we care?

Fundamental human behavior does not change over time; we are the same human beings, with the same basic needs, that we have always been. We want to come together, to share human experience. But because we’re scattered, isolated, and no longer in supportive extended-family groups, the Internet has become our tribe.

In this session, Laureen Hudson covers the basics, and gives you a firm grounding in the realities of the internet; what it is, what it isn’t, where it came from, where it’s going, and the needs it serves. She then moves on to online communities, explaining why they exist, some of the controversies with them and advantages to them. We then take a tour around the major offerings such as Blogs, Internet Groups (yahoo, google, etc.), Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tribe, Discussion Forums , and discuss why you might or might not want to participate – all with an eye towards advocacy and building your business base.


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Creating An Online Presence
What is identity? What is reputation? How do you use them in creating your presence?

Now that you know what online communities are, let’s explore the fundamentals of social networking. It’s not enough to just have accounts everywhere; you need to have a voice that is unique to you, that gives value to your readers. The way you present yourself online can serve as a sterling reference or as a shocking warning, depending on how you do it.  Let go beyond old school marketing and give some real thought to how you want to represent yourself, using your voice and authenticity as currency.

Once you have your identity set up, the next step is audience.  Setting up a profile isn’t enough – you need to engage commitment and participation.  Who needs to hear what you have to say? How can you make sure they’re hearing you?  In this session, Laureen demonstrates how this is all connected, how to identify yourself online, and how to build an audience through traffic, feed readers, trackback etiquette, search, signature files and blog carnivals.


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Create Your Blog
Social Networking sites like Facebook are the parking lots in the driver’s ed of online communities. Once you’ve figured out how to operate there, you’re ready to start venturing out on your own, and you do that by blogging. This session focuses on blogging platforms (e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Typepad) pros, cons and tips, what belongs in the right and left columns, how to write a good post (length, voice, referencing), and how to track “good” once you get there (through Google Analytics, Feedburner, etc.).


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Search!
One of the most misunderstood aspects of the internet, search functionality is far from constant; it’s an ever-changing panoply of theory, algorithm, and magic. But rather than spend our time brushing up on our applied mathematics skills, this session focuses on terminology and how to use that to explore the really meaty bits of search, including SEO, metatagging, and web gardening. We use a case study to explore how all this really works, and then finish with an examination of strategies for following your own growth in the search rankings.

At the end of this session, you’ll understand how search engines work , web gardening, mighty metatagging, pinging services, search engine optimization, how to keep up with this stuff and more.  A case study will be featured on Dr. Amy, and how we shoot ourselves in the collective feet by visiting and commenting on her website.


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Laureen Hudson

laureenontheshore.jpgLaureen Hudson is the technical editor and online community advocate for java.sun.com and developers.sun.com at Sun Microsystems, and a freelance editor for Hunt Press. She served ICAN as Publications Director, editing Cesarean Voices, publishing the ICAN eNews, co-managing the relaunch of the website, and being the primary cheering section for the Clarion. She’s also the brand-new co-publisher (with Melissa Collins) of Free Birth! (formerly New Nativity II). She’s a blogger, a website manager, and an enthusiastic geek enabler.

Laureen has spoken before capacity crowds at engineering conferences, gatherings, and hackfests on the topics of new media, communications, and publication models. She’s also recently started taking similar material, combining that with her passion for birth advocacy, and presenting at conferences like Trust Birth (where her talk, “Reclaiming Women’s Voices Through Multimedia” got high marks from attendees).

Laureen has a BS degree in Environmental Studies, and all but a thesis of an MS in the same thing, with an emphasis in coastal policy interpretation, which of course then had nothing to do with the rest of what she’s done with her life, other than to teach her a lot about grassroots advocacy work, closed-doors politics, and doublespeak. She’s a scuba instructor, a beginning sailor, a traveler, and an obsessive researcher, who’s chiefly focused on, and delighted with, her husband Jason, her sons Rowan and Kestrel, and daughter Aurora. They live on a 47′ catamaran, s/v Excellent Adventure, in the San Francisco Bay.

Laureen’s Blog – ElementalMom

 

Laureen’s Presentations

Conscious Woman Online

This is a series of sessions for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.  Each session is approximately 60 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $7.50 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

 

A Guided Tour to Online Communities. What’s the internet?  What are online communities? Why do we care?  Fundamental human behavior does not change over time; we are the same human beings, with the same basic needs, that we have always been. We want to  come together, to share human experience. But because we’re scattered, isolated, and no longer in supportive extended-family groups, the Internet has become our tribe.  In this session, Laureen Hudson covers the basics, and gives you a firm grounding in the realities of the internet; what it is, what it isn’t, where it came from, where it’s going, and the needs it serves. She then moves on to online communities, explaining why they exist, some of the controversies with them and advantages to them. We then take a tour around the major offerings such as Blogs, Internet Groups (yahoo, google, etc.), Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tribe, Discussion Forums , and discuss why you might or might not want to participate – all with an eye towards advocacy and building your business base.

 

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Creating An Online Presence. What is identity? What is reputation? How do you use them in creating your presence? Now that you know what online communities are, let’s explore the fundamentals of social networking. It’s not enough to just have accounts everywhere; you need to have a voice that is unique to you, that gives value to your readers. The way you present yourself online can serve as a sterling reference or as a shocking warning, depending on how you do it.  Let go beyond old school marketing and give some real thought to how you want to represent yourself, using your voice and authenticity as currency.  Once you have your identity set up, the next step is audience.  Setting up a profile isn’t enough – you need to engage commitment and participation.  Who needs to hear what you have to say? How can you make sure they’re hearing you?  In this session, Laureen demonstrates how this is all connected, how to identify yourself online, and how to build an audience through traffic, feed readers, trackback etiquette, search, signature files and blog carnivals.

 

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Create Your Blog. Social Networking sites like Facebook are the parking lots in the driver’s ed of online communities. Once you’ve figured out how to operate there, you’re ready to start venturing out on your own, and you do that by blogging. This session focuses on blogging platforms (e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Typepad) pros, cons and tips, what belongs in the right and left columns, how to write a good post (length, voice, referencing), and how to track “good” once you get there (through Google Analytics, Feedburner, etc.).

 

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Search! One of the most misunderstood aspects of the internet, search functionality is far from constant; it’s an ever-changing panoply of theory, algorithm, and magic. But rather than spend our time brushing up on our applied mathematics skills, this session focuses on terminology and how to use that to explore the really meaty bits of search, including SEO, metatagging, and web gardening. We use a case study to explore how all this really works, and then finish with an examination of strategies for following your own growth in the search rankings. At the end of this session, you’ll understand how search engines work , web gardening, mighty metatagging, pinging services, search engine optimization, how to keep up with this stuff and more.  A case study will be featured on Dr. Amy, and how we shoot ourselves in the collective feet by visiting and commenting on her website.

 

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Restoration: Treating Adhesions

Trauma to the abdomen and/or pelvic regions – the core of our balance and power – is a major contributor to a variety of subsequent health issues. Following cesarean surgery, episiotomies and/or instrumental deliveries, women may experience any number health problems, including back problems of any kind (which in the long run may become slipped or herniated discs); headaches, sinus problems and breathing difficulties; heartburn and heart problems; increase in blood pressure; gallstones; pinched nerves (anywhere); teeth and jaw problems; pelvic rotations; bowel and/or bladder problems; sexual dysfunction; joint problems and more. Adhesions (scar tissue) contract the entire body into itself. The ramifications can be very serious and are entirely preventable through proper treatment.

Join us in a fascinating and unique presentation by Tanya Tarail, a physical therapist of more than 20 years who practices CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Urogenital Manipulation. Tanya has worked extensively with women following birth trauma; her specialty is scar tissue and trauma from any cause.

Tanya treats cesarean and episiotomy scars literally from the inside out. In addition to her physical therapy work, Tanya integrates Somato Emotional Release into her sessions, with an in-depth understanding that the emotional content of the trauma (how a woman feels about the birth, the scars, the after-effects such as sexual dysfunction, bowel/bladder changes, abdominal and pelvic weakness, etc.) can all be released along with the tension of the scar tissue.

I generally start a patient (if willing) on the table and have her share her story. I can get a lot of information by laying my hands on her as she shares with me. I can get a sense of where to begin unraveling the story that she has caught in her body and how her body reacts to it. This is generally done with a gentle touch. Many times a woman can’t handle having her scar touched at all. Sometimes I can talk with her until we work through it, many times I use alternate areas of the body to begin to loosen the scar. The scars that cause problems generally have adhesions/scar tissue attached to underlying or adjacent tissues such as the pelvic or abdominal organs, the spine and of course the surrounding soft tissues. As I loosen the adhesions, the scar begins to soften. Many times in the first session she will let me work on the scar, sometimes it can take 2-3 sessions. Many times I start with the epidural point of entry to take the pull out of the spine, then take the pull out of the pelvis and finally the scar. Other times I start at the respiratory diaphragm and work my way down. Every woman is different. I feel it’s important to work with a woman where she is and go from there. ~ Tanya Tarail

This remarkable healer can identify what kind of birth a woman has had simply by the way she walks and carries her child. She can explain physiologically why women have breastfeeding difficulties and any number of conditions after cesarean surgery and/or instrumental deliveries. This program is not to be missed! It will benefit women on their healing journey and enlighten all practitioners who strive to assist them.

Of all the modalities I utilized in my healing quest, Tanya’s work was by far the most effective. For two and a half years after the cesarean surgery, every bowel movement felt like the worst of my labor contractions. Intercourse was so painful that my husband was unable to insert more than the tip of his penis into my vagina. This of course put a strain on my marriage, affected my ability to work and to be a parent, and was a major contributor to an extended state of PPD and PTSD that I experienced. Just a few treatments with Tanya restored my body to its pre-delivery state and enabled me to live without pain for the first time in years. Her work paved the way for all the extraordinary things and people that have come into my life since. ~ Raquel Lazar-Paley, Executive Director, Conscious Woman, Inc.

This program is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom

Sarah J Buckley, MD, family physician, mother of four and author of the internationally-acclaimed book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering will present Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom, a series of lectures on the natural processes of birth, and the impact of interventions in pregnancy and birth on mothers and babies.  These ground-breaking lectures, based on Sarah’s public talks and conference presentations in the US, Australia and New Zealand, are educational and informative for midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, natural health practitioners and others. This series is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.  Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $7.50 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

Presentations

Ultrasound Safety and Other ConsiderationsIn this workshop, Dr. Buckley discusses important questions about the safety of prenatal ultrasound based on scientific research, and suggests ways to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms from ultrasound.


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The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth. This workshop explores how the delicate and complex hormonal processes of labor provide safety, ease and pleasure, as well as long-term benefits, for mother and baby.


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Afterbirth: Cord Clamping and Other Third Stage IssuesFeaturing the normal processes that happen immediately after birth (third stage) for mother and baby, this presentation examines the impact of interventions such as cord clamping and Pitocin injections, and offers suggestions for optimizing this time for mother and baby.


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When Birth Goes Wrong: The Hormonal Impact of Interventions for Mother and Baby. Referencing the latest scientific research, this workshop focuses on how common birth practices can make birth more difficult and dangerous for mother and baby. The discussion also includes recommendations for enhancing safety and ease in birth. NOTE:  Dr. Buckley highly recommends viewing The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth prior to viewing this program.


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Epidurals: Impact on Mother and Baby. Dr. Buckley presents important evidence-based information for women and care providers about the effects of epidurals in labor and on the newborn.


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Thinking Twice About Cesarean Surgery. This workshop reveals the latest medical evidence about the risks, benefits and side effects of cesareans, including little-known research on the altered physiology (body processes) of cesarean newborns.


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James S. Turner, Esq.

James S. Turner, Esq. is the chair of Citizens for Health, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to broaden health care options, create an integrative health system based on wellness, and advance the freedom to make health choices. One of the original Nader’s Raiders and long-time advocate of informed choice for safe food, drugs and other consumer products, he has authored two best-selling books, The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration and Making Your Own Baby Food. As a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Swankin & Turner (organized in 1973), Jim represents businesses as well as individuals and consumer groups in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. He has appeared before and/or advised the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. He has served as Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health, and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research. Jim helped organize the successful campaign to lobby Congress for passage of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and lead the legal team that in 1996 persuaded the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles as safe and effective for legal U.S. importation and distribution. He is a graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University (1969), holds a B.A. in history and political science from Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences (1962) and served as a gunnery and nuclear weapons handling officer on ships in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966.

Jim’s Presentation:

Conscious Activism

Over the years, many activist templates have been developed in successful campaigns to influence social policy and public opinion. One of the most successful templates has been developed and utilized by James S. Turner, Esq. , one of the original Nader’s Raiders and author of The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration (1970) , an example of the template, and Making Your Own Baby Food (1977), an integrated muckraking and activist self-help book for parents that draws on the template. The many successes that Jim has been involved in include passage of the Organic Food Protection Act of 1990, a four-year campaign on the dangers of artificial sweeteners (Nutrasweet, Saccharin, Aspartame, and Splenda), and the campaign to block Swine Flu vaccination (1976). He also led the legal and scientific team that persuaded the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles as safe and effective for legal U.S. importation and distribution (1996).Learn to recognize the habitual structures in society which limit our ability to be effective, and the additional structures – often, if not usually overlooked -which enhance and empower effectiveness if you are congruent with their bedrock reality.  Explore the basis of and learn to use this activist template, the backbone of successful campaigns that resulted in intentional, positive social change.

The focus of this program is on the following:

  • How the habitual cultural structures have blocked marginalized groups from success over the years.
  • Five examples of how this process has been successfully applied and five campaigns that are currently facing similar challenges.
  • How you are grounded in conscious activism and how conscious activism is grounded in you.
  • Turning minority opinions into majority actions.
  • Practice, theory, strategies and tactics for: (1) the strong, adaptable and open-minded realist; (2) the stressed, burnt-out and overworked idealist and (3) the conscious pragmatist who skillfully integrates realism and idealism.
  • Introduction to a new modality for strategic planning that has been utilized in successful political campaigns and by others in need of identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses.

This program was originally offered as a 2.5 hour, invitation-only, highly-interactive online workshop for serious childbirth activists.   It has been cropped, but not fully edited, in order for observers to get the greatest benefit of Jim’s Turner’s workshop style.

Cost: $15.00

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificate of Completion (optional) : $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

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Tedd Koren, D.C.

Tedd Koren, D.C. is the most widely read contemporary authority on chiropractic topics, with patient education materials published and licensed for distribution in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan. He is the author of Chiropractic: Bringing Out The Best In You! , Chiropractic Wellness and Childhood Vaccinations: Questions All Parents Should Ask. He is a contributor to numerous chiropractic and bio-medical publications.

In 1995 the U. S Federal Trade Commission tried to prevent Tedd from writing and publishing about chiropractic and alternative health care. In the 6 ½- year legal battle that followed, he and the Washington, D.C. law firm of Swankin & Turner, under the direction of Jim Turner, Esq., succeeded in thwarting the FTC attack on chiropractic education. Emerging from this fight more determined than ever to promote health care freedom, Tedd went on to co-found the Foundation for Health Choice which is devoted to ensuring that providers and patients have an open, free market for health care. He also established an extremely successful holistically oriented health center in Philadelphia, has written extensively for Koren Publications and produced and hosted a popular weekly two-hour call-in show, “Holistic Hotline,” on commercial radio.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the University of Miami and the Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C., Tedd was instrumental in founding the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic in 1978, where he taught histology, neurology and chiropractic adjusting techniques. Tedd lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with his wife Beth and children Seth and Shayna. He currently devotes himself to writing, lecturing and doing research, as well as maintaining a private practice.

Tedd’s Presentations:

Childhood Vaccination: Questions All Parents Should Ask

The issue of childhood vaccinations is quickly becoming “the” health issue of the 21st century.  As the number of children with autism, juvenile diabetes, allergies, asthma, learning disorders, ADD/ADHD and other chronic illnesses reaches epidemic proportions, parents (and scientists) are becoming increasingly concerned and critical of childhood vaccination. Members of the general public are asking questions that need answers.This three-part series, led by Tedd Koren, D.C., explores some of the basic vaccination questions drawing from a wide variety of sources based on empirical clinical findings, U.S. government reports and articles published in biomedical journals – among others.

Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $5 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

Part I: Myths vs. Realities
This workshop explores common misconceptions regarding vaccination efficacy, and how tests are conducted to determine vaccine safety.  Questions addressed include:

  • What are the present legal requirements for mandatory vaccinations?
  • How effective are vaccinations?
  • Are vaccinated children healthier than non-vaccinated children?
  • Are vaccines safe? Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
  • How is vaccine research conducted? How thoroughly are vaccines tested? How long are test children observed?
  • What is congenital rubella syndrome? Does the rubella vaccine prevent it?
  • Do vaccines cause meningitis?

Tedd also discusses transplacental immunity and how it relates to current vaccination practices.


 

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Part II:  The Shots
Many parents still consent to routine vaccinations – believing that the “removal” of thimerisol (mercury) has taken away the major risks associated with the vaccines – without considering whether vaccines contain other toxic ingredients and what their potential side effects may be. This workshop focuses on the following questions:

  • What’s in a vaccine?
  • Are there benefits to infectious diseases of childhood?
  • What is herd immunity?

This workshop explores the controversial research on SIDS and vaccinations, the relationship between polio vaccine and cancer, and whether or not polio has disappeared as a result of the vaccine.  Epidemiology of childhood diseases, mortality and morbidity, and the Hygienic school of disease is also addressed.


 

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Part III:  Risk and Conflict
This workshop involves an exploration of Juvenile diabetes, Crohn’s disease, autism, post-encephalitic syndrome and a multitude of other chronic diseases and conditions that are associated with vaccinations.  The focus is on how conflicts of interest have played a significant role in the introduction and proliferation of unnecessary and harmful vaccinations into state immunization requirements and ultimately – into your child’s body.

This workshop concludes with a discussion of the age old debate between expressive and suppressive healthcare.


 

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Sarah J. Buckley, MD

Sarah J. Buckley, MD, is an Australian family physician with a diploma in family physician (GP) obstetrics. She is the author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The wisdom and science of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth and parenting. Sarah’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and her blend of solid scientific evidence with anthropological, psychological and experiential perspectives is widely acclaimed. Sarah’s writing has been published in parenting and professional publications worldwide, including Mothering, Midwifery Today and MIDIRS Midwifery Digest (UK) and she has lectured in the US, Canada Australia and New Zealand on these topics. Sarah lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and four children.

“Sarah Buckley is precious, because she is bilingual. She can speak the language of a mother who gave birth to her four children at home. She can also speak like a medical doctor. By intermingling the language of the heart and the scientific language she is driving the history of childbirth towards a radical and inspiring new direction.” Dr. Michel Odent, obstetrician, author and natural birth pioneer

Sarah’s Website

Sarah’s Presentations

Gentle Birth: The Science and the Wisdom, a series of lectures on the natural processes of birth, and the impact of interventions in pregnancy and birth on mothers and babies. These ground-breaking lectures, based on Sarah’s public talks and conference presentations in the US, Australia and New Zealand, are educational and informative for midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, natural health practitioners and others. This series is also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.  Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $7.50 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Ultrasound Safety and Other Considerations.  In this workshop, Dr. Buckley discusses important questions about the safety of prenatal ultrasound based on scientific research, and suggests ways to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms from ultrasound.

 

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The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth. This workshop explores how the delicate and complex hormonal processes of labor provide safety, ease and pleasure, as well as long-term benefits, for mother and baby.  

 

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Afterbirth: Cord Clamping and Other Third Stage Issues. Featuring the normal processes that happen immediately after birth (third stage) for mother and baby, this presentation examines the impact of interventions such as cord clamping and Pitocin injections, and offers suggestions for optimizing this time for mother and baby.

 

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When Birth Goes Wrong: The Hormonal Impact of Interventions for Mother and Baby. Referencing the latest scientific research, this workshop focuses on how common birth practices can make birth more difficult and dangerous for mother and baby. The discussion also includes recommendations for enhancing safety and ease in birth.  NOTE:  Dr. Buckley highly recommends viewing The Safety and Logic of Normal Birth prior to viewing this program.

 

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Epidurals: Impact on Mother and Baby. Dr. Buckley presents important evidence-based information for women and care providers about the effects of epidurals in labor and on the newborn.

 

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Thinking Twice About Cesarean Surgery. This workshop reveals the latest medical evidence about the risks, benefits and side effects of cesareans, including little-known research on the altered physiology (body processes) of cesarean newborns.

 

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The Intact Boy

Medicalized (non-religious) circumcision, an invention of English-speaking physicians, is in steep decline everywhere in the world — except for the United States. Join Marilyn Milos, RNRonald Goldman, Ph.D.Gillian Longley, RN, BSN; and Miriam Pollack in a critical examination of the practice of infant male circumcision in North America. [Read more…]