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• Understanding Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases
• Diagnosis and Treatment
• Ecology and Prevention
• Government and Public Health
• Nutrition and Holistic Health
• Healing kitchen, food demos & recipes
• Information tables & holistic treatments
• Music, fun and more...

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Wild Earth’s first LIGHT ON LYME event was held in Rosendale, NY on May 4, 2014.

Light On Lyme was a fundraising event hosted by Wild Earth with all proceeds evenly shared to benefit LDA’s LymeAid 4 Kids Grant and Wild Earth’s Financial Aid Fund.

Check out 5 Empowering Lyme Disease Presentations from Light On Lyme on the Wild Earth blog.

Light On Lyme

Light On Lyme Speaker Schedule:

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

10:30am Doors Open, Live Music
11:00am Opening Ceremony
11:30am Lyme Disease: What You Should Know with Holly Ahern, MS MT(ASCP), Associate Professor of Microbiology, SUNY Adirondack
12:00pm Optimizing Nutrition for Healing Lyme with Fran Sussman, Sussman Holistic Services
12:20pm Diagnosis & Treatment in the Hudson Valley with Dr. Daniel Cameron, MD, Internist, Epidemiologist, and Lyme disease expert
1:00pm — Lunch Break —
1:45pm Featured Musical Performance
1:55pm Tick-Proofing your House & Property: with Richard Burstell, Horticulture & Natural Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
2:20pm Why Can’t I Get Better?: The Lyme-MSIDS Model in Clinical Practice with Dr. Richard Horowitz, MD, Medical Director, Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center
3:00pm Congressman Chris Gibson, New York’s 19th Congressional District
3:10pm Lyme Recovery 101: Healing Your Inner Ecosystem with Hillary Thing, LAc, Certified Herbalist, Accord Acupuncture & Herbal Shoppe
3:30pm — Break —
3:40pm Integrative Approaches To Treatment Of Lyme Disease In Children with Somer DelSignore, MSN, PCCNP, PNP-BC, Bambini Pediatrics
4:10pm Herbal Treatment of Lyme with Jason Elias, MA, LMT, LAc, Five Elements Healing
4:30pm Biofilm & Lyme Disease: A Naturopathic Perspective with Dr. Glenn Finley, N.D., Co-Founder, New Leaf Holistic Health
4:50pm Closing Ceremony

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Speaker Bios

Holly Ahern, MS MT(ASCP), is a professor of microbiology at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury. With over 25 years of teaching and research experience, she is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, SUNY Adirondack President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and named a National Science Foundation (NSF) ASM Biology Scholar in 2008. As head of a groundbreaking undergraduate research program for community college students, Ahern and her group are currently researching the complex biology of stealth bacteria such as those that cause Lyme disease, and investigating ways to detect tick-borne pathogens in blood using direct microscopy methods.

Dr. Daniel Cameron, MD graduated from both the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and their Department of Epidemiology and completed residencies at Beth Israel Medical Centers and Mt. Sinai in Manhattan. He has pioneered the field of clinical epidemiology in Lyme disease as an author of practice guidelines, analytic reviews, and clinical trials.

Jason Elias, MA, LMT, LAc, has been in practice in Acupuncture and Herbal medicine (both Chinese and Western herbs) since 1984. He is the author of “Feminine Healing” Warner Books (1995), “Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity” Random House (1997), “A-Z guide to Herbal Healing Remedies” Dell (1995). His practice, Five Element Healing, is in NYC and New Paltz. He has been working with Lyme-related issues for over 15 years.

Dr. Glenn Finley earned a Naturopathic Doctorate degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. After practicing in Santa Cruz, CA for five years, he moved out East, and co-founded New Leaf Holistic Health in Kingston, NY. Dr. Finley’s philosophy is that optimal health begins with digestion and assimilation. He specializes in digestive disorders, auto immune conditions, Lyme disease, skin issues, endocrine imbalances, allergies, detoxification, and men’s and children’s health. When not lecturing, giving herbal talks, or traveling to his satellite clinic in Vermont, you can find Dr. Finley gardening with his family, cycling, or paddle boarding around the Hudson River.

U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) grew up in a working-class family in Kinderhook, Columbia County, and attended Ichabod Crane public schools. At 17, Chris enlisted in the New York National Guard and later earned an ROTC Commission at nearby Siena College. The first in his family to go to college, Chris graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History. He later earned an MPA and PhD in Government from Cornell University.

Dr Richard Horowitz, MD is a board certified internist in private practice in Hyde Park, N.Y. He is medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, an integrative medical center which combines both classical and complementary approaches in the treatment of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne disorders. He has treated over 12,000 Chronic Lyme disease patients in the last 27 years, and his book “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease” was recently released, and explains his full classical and integrative approach to helping those stricken with tick borne diseases and resistant chronic illness.

Fran Sussman has successfully used a holistic approach for clients with Lyme for over 20 years, and has recovered from it personally, as well. For the past 5 years she has trained with Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, which has helped her get even better results for clients with chronic and neurological Lyme. She has studied with many of the foremost thinkers in holistic medicine today. Apart from one on one consulting, she offers classes in her office and online, writes the Holistic Outlook column for The Times Herald Record, and offers a wealth of information on her blog.

Hillary Thing is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbalist (in both Classical Chinese & Western traditions), & Certified Detox Specialist who has been in clinical practice for the past 20 years. Hillary specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic Lyme Disease and is the creator of Uprooting Lyme: 6-month Holistic Treatment Program, which teaches, guides, and supports Lyme patients through comprehensive natural treatment and lifestyle pactices that generate successful healing from Lyme disease. She is a naturalist, gardener, mother of 2, and owner of the Accord Acupuncture & Herb Shoppe in Accord, NY.

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