Lauren Feder, MD
Lauren Feder, M.D. is a nationally recognized physician who specializes in primary care medicine, pediatrics and homeopathy. Known for her holistically minded approach and combining the ‘best of both worlds,’ Dr. Feder is a frequent lecturer for parents and professionals and has been seen nationally on various health-oriented television and radio programs including most recently on The Doctors, Oprah and Friends interviewed by Dr. Mehmet Oz. She is the president of the Holistic Pediatric Alliance, author of Natural Baby and Childcare and The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations, and is in private practice in Los Angeles.
Lauren was raised by her parents, Ellie Davis a devoted stay-at-home mother and the late Dr. Robert J. Feder a renowned ear, nose and throat surgeon and voice specialist. During her teen years she underwent two thyroid surgeries and was placed on daily medicine. While doing her residency in Los Angeles a decade later, Lauren consulted with a holistic practitioner and was able to discontinue her thyroid medication altogether. The results astounded her, and led her on a path of discovery in the field of holistic healing and homeopathy for herself and her patients. Lauren is married to chiropractor, Dr. RenéHaarpaintner. They have two sons who were born at home with midwives.
View Dr. Feder’s complete bio at her website.
Myrna Martin, MN, RCC, RCST(R)
Myrna has 40 years of experience working as director of Nelson and Area Mental Health Services, therapeutically as a nurse, family therapist and craniosacral therapist. Her private practice focuses on early trauma resolution with babies, children and their families as well as adults. She teaches workshops and seminars around the world. Myrna is director of the Kutenai Institute of Integral Therapies which offers pre- and perinatal professional training, somatic trauma resolution and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Her next pre- and perinatal professional trainings will be in Charlottesville, Virginia, beginning in April 2013 and Vancouver, British Columbia, in May 2013. These trainings provide professional education for a broad range of people working with pregnant couples and families with children in the early years as well as adults. Visit her online at myrnamartin.net.
Read her articles and watch her videos on pre- and perinatal psychology on Kindred.
Sarah Buckley, MD
Sarah J. Buckley is a trained GP/family physician with qualifications in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She is the mother of four home-born children, and currently combines full-time motherhood with her work as a writer on pregnancy, birth, and parenting,
Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal. She encourages us to be fully informed in our decision-making; to listen to our hearts and our intuition; and to claim our rightful role as the real experts in our bodies and our children.
Her bestselling book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices, published by Celestial Arts (US, 2009), builds on her acclaimed first edition, published in Australia as Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choices in Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting One Moon Press, Brisbane, 2005).
Philip Incao, MD
Philip Incao, MD, Anthroposophical Physician and Writer
Dr. Incao received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1966. Dissatisfied with the limitations of modern medicine, he spent two years in Europe studying anthroposophic medicine, which he has practiced since 1973, first in rural upstate New York, and for the last 7 years in Denver, Colorado.
Anthroposophic medicine was founded in the early 1920s by medical doctor Ita Wegman in collaboration with Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education and anthroposophy. According to Dr. Incao, anthroposophic medicine, or, as he likes to call it, “Steiner holistic medicine,” is “…based on a marriage of our rational thinking with our deeper intuitive faculties to foster a growing understanding of the human spirit’s role in health and illness…”
Dr. Incao was the first president of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (PAAM) in the US. He lectures frequently nationwide, is a consultant to many Waldorf schools throughout the US. He is also a member of the advisory boards of Alive and Well AIDS Information Network in Los Angeles, the National Vaccine Information Center in Virginia, and the Foundation for Health Choice in Washington, DC.
Suzanne Zeedyk, PhD
For the past 25 years, I’ve been an academic researcher, studying babies’ innate ability to communicate and connect with other people. I have loved what the field of Developmental Psychology has taught me – why it is that a child’s earliest years have such a profound effect on their later years, including their emotional security, their trust in others, their self-confidence, and their relationships. Now I want to help ensure that this knowledge is spread as widely as possible. I frequently act as partner or speaker for a wide range of organizations throughout the UK and abroad – including police, educators, health workers, nursery staff, parent groups, and children’s theatre groups – helping them to better understand the neuroscientific, biological, and psychological evidence concerning the human need for emotional connection. If we overlook the early years, then we all pay for it, through the services that governments need to fund, such as prisons, mental health programmes, hospitals, fostering arrangements, and others. Tackling many of society’s challenges can best be done by paying attention to the emotional needs of babies. Visit Dr. Zeedyk here. Watch her collection of research films here.
John W. Travis, MD, MPH completed his medical degree in Boston and a residency in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Strongly influenced by Halbert Dunn, MD’s, 1961 classic, High-Level Wellness, which he discovered in 1972, he subsequently founded the first wellness center in the US (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA, 1975) favorably portrayed in a 1979 60 Minutes segment with Dan Rather. The center was transformed into a non-profit educational foundation, Wellness Associates in 1980. He is the author of the Wellness Inventory Online (wellpeople.com), and three editions of the Wellness Workbook.
During the 80s and 90s, along with his wife, Meryn Callander, he focused on developing peer support networks of helping professionals that embraced a partnership model in order to reverse some of the negative effects of authoritarian model in the medical system. Realizing in 1991 that how we raise children has far more influence on their later wellness (and the estrangement that leads to dominator systems) than any other factor in our lives, he expanded the focus of his work to include infant wellness. Along with Meryn and 11 world experts in birth and child development he co-founded The Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children (aTLC.org), which fosters individual and planetary wellness through changing the norms of how babies are born and treated in their early years.
During the last decade, he has focused on bringing together all aspects of wellness within the concept of full-spectrum wellness, where the focus is on interconnectedness, both throughout all the stages of the human development, from conception to death, and within all levels of the environment around us—from inside our skin to the whole planet. He summarizes 38 years in the wellness field with the expression: The currency of wellness is connection. He was appointed an adjunct professor in the Master of Wellness program at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University in 2008 and teaches Wellness Assessment in their online curriculum.
His new work is with the Fathermore Project and resources the book, Why Dads Leave: Insights and Resources for When Partners Become Parents.
Linda Bonvie (pictured with her cat, Stevia, is a journalist, author, and consumer advocate with 20 years of experience around food safety issues. She has written articles for major newspapers and national publications around the country, including USA Today, the New York Times, NBC-TV’s Dateline, the New Yorker, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New Age Journal, Vegetarian Times, and more. She lives in Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
Her books include Chemical-free Kids: How to Safeguard Your Child’s Diet and Environment,Chemical-free Kids the Organic Sequel, and The Stevia Story, about the FDA’s failed attempt to suppress the natural herb Stevia and the controversy that stemmed from a trade complaint reportedly filed by its competitor, NutraSweet. She is a regular contributor to Food Identity Theft, by Citizens for Health.
Suzanne Arms is a familiar name to many from her 7 groundbreaking books (on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and adoption), films, photographs, and the hundreds of talks she has given at conferences worldwide since 1975. She has been an inspiration behind the Birth Movement. Her 2nd book,Immaculate Deception was named a New York Times Best Book of the Year and inspired thousands of midwives, nurses and physicians, as well as parents-to-be. Arms is an advocate for holistic, sustainable health policies and practices and conscious parenting. Her focus – and the focus of Birthing The Future, the U.S. non-profit she founded and directs – is birth and the mother-baby connection, which lays the foundation for love and trust, health and resiliency, cooperation and community. Arms presentations range from large multi-media events, using films and her photographs, at conferences and colleges to workshops for professionals and students, and intimate sacred circles for healing and deepening community. She weaves a tapestry of knowledge from ancient and cross-cultural wisdom to modern science (cellular biology, neurobiology, psycho-immunology and attachment theory), with ecology, feminism and spirituality.
Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator living in Sydney, Australia. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin’s first book, Parenting for a Peaceful World (2005), has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA and New Zealand. His second book, Heart to Heart Parenting (2008), was first published in Australia by ABC Books. Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children. Watch the amazing video created from Parenting for a Peaceful World on You Tube.
Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from over 20 years’ clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin’s seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.
Michael is an author, educator, documentary filmmaker and founder of Touch the Future, a nonprofit learning design center. His book, Magical Parent-Magical Child, the Art of Joyful Parenting, co-authored with Joseph Chilton Pearce, applies research on optimum states to parenting and to education. Michael is developing two additional books; Kids are Not The Problem, a series of essays on parenting the next critical generation and Flowering, a collection of dramatic floral images (see: zfolio.com) and quotes by Krishnamurti.
Inspiration for this work emerged from personal relationships with Pearce, physicist David Bohm, philosopher J. Krishnamurti, and over one hundred scientists, authors and educators. If being in an optimum state is important to professional athletes, imagine what this could mean to parents, childcare providers, educators, coaches and the children they love. Michael writes and speaks internationally on the Next Frontier in Education, The Intelligence of Play, Transcendent Mentoring of This And Future Generations, Media and the Brain, Corporate Exploitation of Children, The Brave New World of Un-Schooling and Home-Schooling, Seven Principles that Transform Adults and Children, The Childlike Mind, Rational Imagination, Raising Children in a Sport-Crazed Culture, and other topics.
Author of Connection Parenting, and co-founder of the
Pam Leo is an independent scholar in human development, a parent educator, a certified childbirth educator, a doula, a parent, and a grandparent. She is a board member of the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children and the author of the seminal work, Connection Parenting:Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear. ”If I had to put into one sentence all that I have learned about optimal human development and parenting it would be this: our effectiveness as parents is in direct proportion to the strength of the bond we have with our child. Securing and maintaining that bond is our primary work as parents and is the key to optimal human development.”
Barbara Loe Fisher
Founding the NVIC, a non-profit, educational organization in 1982 with parents of vaccine injured children, she developed strategy for and led a national, grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system. She co-authored the first major critique of what is wrong with America’s mass vaccination system, DPT: A Shot in the Dark, in 1985, now in its fourth printing (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Warner Communications; Avery; Putnam). Conducting research and developing a comprehensive library on childhood infectious diseases, vaccines and federal vaccine research, regulation and policymaking, the information she has compiled serves as the foundation for information disseminated by NVIC.
While working with Congress to develop the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, she led demonstrations at the Centers for Disease Control and the White House that year. She coordinated four major scientific conferences, including the 1989 International Scientific Workshop on Pertussis and Pertussis Vaccines and three International Public Conferences on Vaccination in 1997, 2000 and 2002 and the Fourth International Public Conference on Vaccination that was held Oct. 2-4, 2009. She has served as a consumer representative for more than 15 years on vaccine advisory committees and has testified in state legislatures and in Congress,as well as represented consumers in many scientific and other forums as an advocate for vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the mass vaccination system.
She is a consumer voice for vaccine safety and informed consent issues on radio, television and in print and Internet news reports on the science, regulation, policy, and ethics of vaccine policy and law. During the past three decades, she has debated more pediatricians and U.S. public health officials on the subject of vaccine risks and informed consent on television, radio and in other public forums than any other American.
Marilyn Milos, RN
Founder and Director, National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC)
On March 15, 1986, a group of healthcare professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area, led by Marilyn Milos RN, announced the (1985) founding of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC); the first national clearinghouse in the United States for information about circumcision. In its first decade, NOCIRC grew into an international network and now has more than 110 centers worldwide.
NOCIRC provides educational material about the structures, functions, development, and care of normal penile anatomy and offers information about circumcision and the care of the circumcised as well as the intact penis. NOCIRC suggests that circumcision be performed only when it is absolutely medically necessary, after all non-invasive therapies have failed, or when an adult gives consent, after he has been fully informed about the risks and harm of the surgery. NOCIRC’s position is based on the fact that not one national or international medical association in the world—including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association—recommends routine infant circumcision and now, recognizing the harm and life-long consequences, some are recommending against it.
Co-Founder and Director, National Vaccine Information Center
Kathi Williams is Co-founder and Vice President of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). She opened NVIC’s office in 1982, creating the administrative infrastructure, managing the business and day-to-day operations and serving as the principal liaison with NVIC members. As Director of NVIC for 24 years and now Chief Financial Officer, she was a co-leader in launching the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America in the early 1980′s, including coordinating state support groups of parents of vaccine injured children and organizing community educational outreach programs.
Kathi is an expert on the provisions and implementation of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, including the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). She has represented NVIC membership concerns at many meetings of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines and other government meetings and legislative hearings. The mother of two children, her son suffered a severe reaction to his fourth DPT shot at 18 months in 1982 and was left with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.