Sweet, Sweet Freedom! (Summit)

Sweet, Sweet Freedom! (Summit)

A few summers ago I read the book I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson. Here's an excerpt from page 6, which resonated with me:

I was a sugar addict. I didn't look like one. I didn't drink Coke or put sugar in my coffee. I've never eaten a Krispy Kreme donut, and ice cream bores me…. I hid behind the so-called “healthy sugars” like honey, dark chocolate and fruit.”

I love ice cream, but I rarely put sugar in my coffee. I don't like sweet sweets. I eat the occasional TimBit (for my international readers, though are doughnut holes from Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton's) and I prefer burnt sugar flavours. Of course I needed to keep reading.

When I first heard about the Sweet Freedom Summit I thought, “Yeah yeah, Americans and their affinity for sweetness”.  Then I started reading the promo material.

Sugar is not just candy and pastries, the soda and loaded coffee drinks you order each day; it’s also found in many other foods- foods processed by their manufacturers to force your body into addiction.

True that. As as Sarah says, it's not just about refined sugar. That said, refined sugar is made similarly to heroin and cocaine, but triggers the brain’s receptors 8 times MORE than cocaine. It’s a serious issue, because refined sugar is found in most grocery store foods.
Sweet Freedom Summit

The Sweet Freedom Summit starts on Monday April 10.

People worldwide will learn from the expert wisdom so important to ending the depression, fatigue, illness and obesity caused by sugar addiction.

Here are some of the diverse talks taking place in The Sweet Freedom Summit:

  • The Sugar-Cancer Connection
  • What in the World Is Sugar Doing to Your Body? 
  • Impact of Stigma/Self-Stigma on Sugar Addiction
  • Holistic Dental Approach to Giving Up Sugar 
  • Power of Sleep for Survival (and Beyond!) 
  • There's a talk called, The Man Who Only Ate Potatoes for 365 days

You can learn…

  • How “non-food addiction” can lead to a serious and painful death
  • Impacts of poorly processed foods on your emotional state
  • Educating your family to be supportive and healthy
  • Why diets rarely work long term (and the strategy that does!)
  • And, so much more…

Some of my favourite experts contributed.

How to participate:

  1. Register immediately to make sure you'll see the free talks.
  2. Purchase all of the expert talks and help us reach more people struggling to live healthy lives. This means that you own all the talks to watch at your own pace. It includes all the slide shows, the presentations in MP3 – so you can listen in transit, at the gym, while walking your dog, etc., and transcripts, in case you learn best by reading. It also includes around $500 worth of bonus gifts. The online access package for all of the expert talks is $59 through Tuesday morning (April 11) at 10 A.M. U.S. eastern. After that, it increases to $79.

Register For Free

Whether you like your refined sugar sweets or are addicted to more natural sugars, this is for you. If you're in the latter camp, you might be even more interested in the event.

I'll never give up fruit, honey and maple syrup permanently because they have immense nutritional value but I do occasionally take breaks from them to heal from candida, fatigue, mood and more.  I'm looking forward to this.


The Top Medicinal Supplements for Common Health Conditions

The Top Medicinal Supplements for Common Health Conditions

Here's the short version today:

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 5

Today's speakers review the top medicinal supplements for common health conditions: heart disease, pain, adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, gut health and autoimmunity.


Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit experts:

Sayer Ji
Best Supplements for Heart Health and High Cholesterol

  • Myth of “high cholesterol” as a causative factor in heart disease
  • he dangers of statins and natural alternatives
  • Supplements to improve contributors to heart disease

Website: GreenMedInfo

Amy Myers, MD
Supplements for Optimal Thyroid Function

  • Supplements to improve thyroid function
  • Best supplements for autoimmune disease
  • Iodine for Hashimoto’s Disease, yes or no?

Website: Amy Myers MD.

Tom O'Bryan, DC
Best Supplements for Gut Health and Autoimmunity

  • Hidden gluten in supplements
  • Best supplements for digestive issues
  • How gluten and leaky gut foster autoimmunity

Website: theDr.com

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
A Killer Key to Detox You Haven’t Heard of…Yet!

  • How sluggish bile causes health issues!
  • Why bile is needed to detox heavy metals
  • Supplements/foods to improve bile flow and production

Website: annlouise.com

Noah De Koyer, DC
Best Supplements for Pain

  • Addressing inflammation is the key to reducing pain
  • Supplements to reduce acute pain and inflammation
  • Best supplements for chronic pain

Website: Centre for Epigenetic Expression

Evan Brand, CFMP, NTP, CPT
Top Supplements to Heal Adrenal Fatigue

  • Fatigue, low mood, low motivation and poor memory
  • Ideal supplements to heal the adrenals
  • How adaptogenic herbs calm the adrenals

Website: Not Just Paleo


Customize Supplements to Your Body’s Needs

Customize Supplements to Your Body’s Needs

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 3

Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit discuss tips and tests you can take to customize supplements to your body’s needs. Take the guesswork out of choosing supplements!


I want to watch every single one today but don't have 5 hours. I barely have 2 hours. I'll buy it to watch after the free week. Right now it's only $59 to buy. The advantages of buying: Watching the presentations any time. Having them for my resources library. The bonus gifts in this one are awesome.

Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit experts:

Harry Massey, CEO of NES Health
Future of Supplements: Customization and Digitizing Biochemistry

  • Energy medicine and infoceuticals are the future of health
  • Using an NES Health scan to guide supplementation
  • “Hack” your energy systems to become supercharged

Website: NES Health

Sterling Hill, CEO of MTHFR Support
Genetic Defects and MTHFR

  • Using genetics to guide supplementation
  • 50% suffer MTHFR mutations (and what that means!)
  • Look at your DNA if you’re chronically ill!

Website: MTHFR Support 

Dietitian Cassie, RD
The Importance of Pharmaceutical Grade Supplements

  • Distinguishing quality between various supplements
  • Top supplements for weight loss
  • Supplements everyone should be taking!

Website: Dietician Cassie

Dan Kalish, DC
Best Functional Medicine Tests to Customize Supplements

  • Determine the exact supplements your body needs!
  • Best lab test to determine one’s supplement needs
  • Optional lab tests to help customize supplements

Website: Kalish Wellness

David Nico, PhD, “Dr. Healthnut”
Proven Solution for Supplement Confusion

  • Tips to choose the right supplements
  • Top supplements everyone should be taking
  • Best superfoods to consume

Website: David Nico
Book: Diet Diagnosis


Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 2: What Kind of Supplements You Should Take and How

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 2: What Kind of Supplements You Should Take and How

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 2Today is Day 2 of The Medicinal Supplements Summit, hosted by Wendy Myers, with Health Talks Online.


Today's experts discuss top supplements in depth: fish oil, probiotics, Vitamin C, food-based vs. synthetic supplements and minerals, like magnesium. Learn what kind of supplements you should take and how to take them.

To be perfectly honest, it's rare that I watch every single presentation in every single summit, in its entirety. There's not enough time in the day, nor do I want to. Yesterday I listened to two completely, and skimmed others. I took notes from slideshows for all but when I skim I read every slide. Today I chose two to watch completely and skimmed one.

This is a summit that I intend to purchase after the free event, though, and right now it's only $59 to buy. The advantages of buying: Watching the presentations any time. Having them for my resources library. The bonus gifts in this one are awesome. I read about and promote a lot of summits, and this one is professional development for me for if/when I take on some health coaching clients.

Today's Medicinal Supplements Summit experts:

Charles Livingston, DC, CCWP
Deep Dive on Fish Oil Supplements

  • Why Omega-3s are important
  • How to tell if you are deficient in Omega-3
  • Health conditions helped by Omega-3

Website: Perfect Origins

Jay Davidson, DC, PScD
Dangers and Mistakes Made with Probiotics

  • Common mistakes made with probiotics
  • When and how to take probiotics
  • Probiotics vs. fermented foods: which is better?

Website: Dr. Jay Davidson

Andrew Saul, PhD – Featured Speaker
Vitamin C Cures and Antioxidants

  • Megadosing vitamin C to kill infections and cancer
  • Ascorbic Acid, Liposomal C, IV Vitamin C, food-based C explained
  • Antioxidants: glutathione, turmeric, CoQ10, astaxanthin

Website: Doctor Yourself
Books: Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing That Works  (Amazon bestseller), Fire Your Doctor!, Vitamin C: The Real Story (co-author), and several others.

Shawn Stevenson, CN
Food-Based vs. Synthetic Supplements

  • Supplements with a connection to nature
  • Ingredient damage from heat and improper storage
  • Problematic excipients in supplements

Website: The Model Health Show

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Maximizing Magnesium and Minerals

  • Minerals as a priority in your supplement regime
  • Why take magnesium every day?
  • Best forms of magnesium

Website: Dr. Carolyn Dean
Books: The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated – 2014) – or pre-order the second edition, coming out in March 2017, Dr. Carolyn Dean's Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments and several others.


Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 1:  Do you need supplements to be healthy?

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 1: Do you need supplements to be healthy?

Medicinal Supplements Summit Day 1

Today is Day 1 of The Medicinal Supplements Summit, hosted by Wendy Myers, with Health Talks Online. I've been watching & taking notes.


Today's discussion is whether you need supplements to be healthy, can you get all your nutrients from food and important supplements missing from your health regime!

Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC – Host, Medicinal Supplements Summit
Important Supplements Missing from Your Health Regime

  • Why focus on mineral supplementation?
  • Hair Mineral Analysis (and other tests) to customize supplements
  • Toxic metals, fatigue and supplements to detox!

What supplement is right for someone else, might be toxic to you. Listen to find out more. I want a hair mineral analysis now, and there's a new magnesium supplement that I want to try.

Wendy's website

Ian Clark – Activation Products – Co-host, Medicinal Supplements Summit
The Most Amazing All-In-One Supplement

  • Marine phytoplankton has every nutrient required!
  • What is the ideal food-based multivitamin?
  • Why you don’t want marine phytoplankton in capsules/powder

I've been using Activation marine phytoplankton for years. It doesn't taste good, but it feels good.

Reed Davis, CNT – Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Course Founder/ Nutritional Therapist.
Can You Get All of Your Nutrition from Food?

  • Does a whole foods, organic diet deliver?
  • How to know if your diet is right for you
  • Food sensitivities (and how they sabotage health!)

Reed's website

Jayson Calton, PhD & Mira Calton, CN – Founders of Calton Nutrition, authors.
Are You Absorbing Your Supplements?

  • The concept of micronutrient competition
  • Variables that interfere with nutrient absorption
  • Forms of supplements to avoid

Calton Nutrition

These two have been teaching nutrition for a long time and have big major influencers in the field. Buy their books Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System, Naked Calories and The Micronutrient Miracle: The 28-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Increase Your Energy, and Reverse Disease

Katie The Wellness Mama
Best Supplements for Pregnancy, Nursing and Babies

  • Supplements before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Why you shouldn’t outsource your health to your doctors
  • How moms can best deal with stress

Wellness Mama

I'm not a mama, and being one isn't part of my life plan, but I've been following Katie's work for years. She's got great information.


Summit Insider: 5 Things You Might Not Know

Summit Insider: 5 Things You Might Not Know

I'm been watching and promoting summits for years. It's one of the reasons this website exists. Here's some of what I've learned:

1. Scheduling

Due to busy schedules, interviews and presentations are often recorded several months before the event goes live.


2. Pricing

Often times there are multiple pricing structures based on when you buy.

Typically, the lowest price is before the summit.

For the summits that are produced by Health Talks Online, which are one week, there are usually two price increases: One when the summit begins, and then another one after it ends. I have yet to see a Health Talks Online summit that didn't follow three tiers of pricing. It might always be like this, but this is how it is now, on April 3, 2016.

I've also never seen another affiliate be transparent about the pricing schedule, but I don't think it's secret either.

I posted this in January when I was promoting the Heal Your Gut Summit. It's a screenshot from email.

Summit pricing schedule

This is how it works with most of the week-long summits that I promote, though prices vary!

Again, this information is subject to change.

Once you own the expert talks, you can listen to the audios on your computer or mobile device, read the complete transcripts.

Here are some pros and cons about buying summits before the summit starts, vs. during or after the summit.

Buying before the summit starts During the summit or after
  • Lowest price.
  • You don't have to be available at all to watch while the summit is on. This takes less pressure off your schedule.
    (+ when you buy, regardless of when & how much you pay, you get MP3 audio, MP4 video and PDF transcripts. I'm very much a visual learner, so the transcripts help, but I also like to listen while walking my dog.)
  • Sometimes you'll get immediate access to the entire summit, other times you'll have to wait until after the summit. Immediate access means that you can start watching days before the event.
  • Try before you buy: You'll have watched some or all, so you'll know what to expect. P.S. In some cases, if you watch live you can join the discussion, if such a feature exists for that event.
  • If you like a particular talk and watch it again, you can do so after the 24-hour viewing period. Also, see notes about multiple file formats.
  • Although you get the speaker list and topics in advance, what if you buy it, start to watch (either the purchased downloads or flash drive, or online each day) and decide you don't want it?
  •  Higher price.

3. Many 7-day Summits are actually 8 days

The 8th day is “encore day”. It's the worst kept secret. It's supposed to be the surprise bonus day, but once you consume a few of these events you know how it works. Here's an example:



4. Promoters (affiliates) are paid for every sale

Most of us who promote the event get a commission for doing so. 50% is standard, but may vary. I say “most of us” because I sometimes promote events even if I'm not an affiliate. Because I usually am an affiliate I generally point out when I'm not.

5. Affiliate resources are awesome, but most affiliates say the same thing

(I don't)

In many cases, the summit producer helps their affiliates by providing suggested Facebook posts, Twitter posts, and emails, along with banners and other images and suggested schedules. This is fantastic, it's hard to start from scratch. However, while these could be treated as templates or guides and not used word-for-word, most affiliates simply copy/paste into their emails to newsletter subscribers.

It sometimes annoys me to see the exact same wording in multiple emails.

I wrote this on my other blog in November 2014:

Every other week, it seems, I get emails about another summit and a lot of the people whose newsletters I subscribe to are affiliates so I get basically the same email from different people through the lead up and duration of these events. Everyone’s trying to make some extra income.

I will admit, I'm guilty of copying and pasting suggested newsletter text for the event calendar on this website, even though I know better.  There's it takes time to sit and think of how to make it different, especially when I'm not familiar with the subject matter.  I do usually change up the copy for newsletters, and always if I write a blog post about it.

Reasons I know better than to use the provided text:

For websites

Search engines penalize duplicate copy. This is bad for Search Engine Optimization. This affects everyone promoting an event. Basically, Google thinks you're stealing someone else's copy. Also, there's an advantage to using unique copy. The advantage being, I can create a different focus keyword and optimize it in a unique way. So, I might use the prepared copy in my event calendar because I'm trying to get it up quickly, but if I do a blog post about it I personalize a bit more.

For newsletters

There a 3-word phrase that makes me cringe when I read it in prepared copy and repeated in newsletters: “My dear friend”. It's usually “My dear friend [organizer's name]”.

In the blog post referenced above (before I had a website with an event calendar), I complimented Sean Croxton in his outreach to affiliates of The Digestion Sessions. Because it's a quote within a quote, I'll color it:

…props to Sean for telling his affiliates,

Recently my inbox has been loaded with word-for-word, copied-and-pasted sample email copy for another affiliate launch. Honestly, it feels a bit yucky. I would MUCH rather you write something in your own voice and really connect with your readers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the guidance, but I always reword them into my voice. Some of the pre-written copy is dripping with the same fake familiar tone. I feel yucky any time I read “my good friend” or “my dear friend” in relation to the person running the conference, as if that kind of connection would boost the host’s credibility because if you’re reading one person’s newsletter and they associate with someone else, clearly that person is in high esteem. I read it and wonder, “Do does person even know the person they’re talking about?” It feels disingenuous.

I would rather use my voice – at times critical, at times snarky, often attempts at wit – and for an online event that I feel connected to and am passionate about, I will. Sometimes I promote events that I'm not so into myself because I recognize that you might have different interests than me. I promote harder, and more openly, when it's an event I'm passionate about.

Another note regarding “My dear friend” feeling disingenuous: Yesterday I nearly emailed a response to Nick Orter of The Tapping Solution to thank him for qualifying his use of the phrase. After stating ” my dear friends”, he added “by “dear” I mean I went to high school with Kevin, no joke!” in parentheses. See, that qualifies. Being friends online too qualifies, if you feel a kinship. That online friend who invited you to her wedding but you've still never met in person because you couldn't go counts too.

So, those are my 5 Summit Insider Secrets.