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Jill McLaughlin (Grunewald) HNC, FMCHC
Jill is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, founder of Healthful Elements, co-author of the #1 best-selling Essential Thyroid Cookbook, and fierce health freedom advocate. She’s written for many publications, doctors’ blogs, and online magazines, including Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, and Experience Life magazine. She’s also a Content Specialist for one of CHF’s partner organizations, Stand for Health Freedom.
She’s successfully managed three autoimmune conditions (Celiac, Hashimoto’s, and alopecia) with a whole foods diet, smart supplementation, and lifestyle changes. Since 2006, Jill has helped hundreds of clients and students with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s do the same. In the past six years, she has also helped many with alopecia reverse their hair loss—something that many doctors insist is impossible.
In early 2020, Jill published this anti-mandate masterpiece, which has been called “epic,” “a profound act of bravery,” and “magnum opus.” As an advocate for medical freedom, Jill is particularly outspoken against medical racism—the deplorable history of government health regulators and pharmaceutical companies experimenting on the black community. When she’s not working, Jill enjoys playing just about any word game, watching her daughter eat dark leafy greens, listening to her classic country music collection, ogling mid-century design, and bird-watching in the wooded area behind her house.
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Andrea Beaman, HHC
Andrea is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist, and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she’s also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies, and alternative medicine.
After an “incurable” thyroid disease diagnosis 20 years ago, Andrea chose her own path to health and healed her body with natural foods, herbs, and improvements in lifestyle and consciousness, which inspired her to share this knowledge with others. Andrea believes that freedom to support your body as you wish is essential to vibrant health and this is one of the primary reasons why health freedom is important to her.
Deborrah Cisneros, NBC-HWC, FMCHC, RN
Deborrah is a National Board Certified Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. For 15 years, she worked as a Registered Nurse, mostly in the ER and has cared for many patients with chronic diseases that could’ve been prevented. At the age of 45, she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis with bone death to her right hip, which required replacement. Despite being a nurse, Deborrah didn’t know that her lifestyle impacted her health—it took a hip replacement and asking “why” to open her eyes. That’s how she discovered Functional Medicine (FM) and she’s now passionate about educating, empowering, and encouraging individuals with chronic disease to push back on “this is how it is.” She seeks to give individuals hope, knowledge, and the know-how to use dietary and lifestyle changes to prevent and even reverse most symptoms and many serious diseases.
As Deborrah says, “Our healthcare system is broken.” Pharmaceuticals are continually thrown at every health problem, with no discussion about diet and lifestyle. All individuals, from all walks of life, should have at their disposal knowledge of and access to therapies beyond Western Medicine such as herbals, homeopathy, naturopathy, nutritional advice, and more. She’s proud to be an advocate for medical choice and health freedom.
Jenny Collins, MA
After hitting a health crisis in college (and a severe reaction to a flu shot), Jenny knows that the freedom to honor her body’s design and make her own choices propelled her to survive and thrive. She’s since chosen to not outsource her health to those whose medical training is sponsored by the pharmaceutical industrial complex.
A researcher by nature, and the granddaughter of chiropractors, Jenny grew up with a framework of alternatives to healing and is an unofficial health coach to many. Asking “Where do I turn to get well?” led her out of the reactionary, fear-based paradigm and into a hope-filled, proactive paradigm, including earning her Master’s Degree in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University (MN, 2015). Jenny is the voice behind HolisticGPS and has spent 15 years as a writer in marketing and communications where she makes complex topics practical and crafts messages that move people to action. She’s a published freelance writer, including writing articles on CBD oil and The Mayo Clinic for Christianity Today.
Jenny considers herself an “influencer to influencers” in the health freedom space—whether 1:1 with citizens or elected officials or in a group of fellow advocates through consulting, speaking, and writing.
Additionally, Jenny works as a licensed full-time REALTOR®, and has affectionately been called a “home doula” by some of her dear clients since her approach to selling or buying a home isn’t just a transaction, it’s about a whole-life transition. (You don’t have to live in MN to work with her. Feel free to reach out for a no-obligation conversation. She can connect you with experienced brokers and agents in all 50 states and many countries.)
Sarah Copeland, RN
Sarah is a Registered Nurse of 15 years. Her background is in critical care and ICU. She’s a board member of Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota and founder of Minnesota Nurses for Informed Consent.
She became involved in the medical freedom movement after witnessing neurological damage from vaccines in her own child eight years ago. Through occupational therapy, physical therapy, homeopathy, and other holistic measures, she was able to almost completely recover her child from the damage done.
She’s spent hundreds of hours researching vaccine safety—the lack of informed consent, use of coercion, and the shoddy clinical trials performed on vaccines has had her shocked and astonished. She spends much of her time educating friends, the general public, and legislators about medical freedom. And three years ago, she jumped in headfirst and committed spending time every single week at our state’s capitol to ensure that we continue to maintain the right to choose what’s injected into our bodies. Where there is a risk, there must be a choice.
Dr. Erika Way
Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition and specialist in Applied Kinesiology, Dr. Erika, founder of Beyond Chiropractic, has spent 14 years helping her patients with metabolic health using specialized testing to evaluate inflammation, infection, hormonal balance, and nutrient sufficiency. She has transitioned into shepherding patients into the transformational process of healing the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies so that they can raise their vibration and come into higher consciousness. By meeting the patient at their level of transformation Dr. Erika gives each patient the tools they need to be empowered with their physical, emotional, and spiritual journey.
The health freedom movement is important to her because her whole being in focused on uncovering the truth. Dr. Erika began getting involved when the rights of parents were being stripped, state by state. What was the rush and what had changed? After about a two-year deep dive into the history and science of vaccines, a deep passion developed and she knew she had to educate people.
“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.”
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Cammy Benton, MD
Dr. Benton is a family physician who was inspired to practice integrative and functional medicine due to the medical misadventures in her family. Some of these misadventures included serious vaccine reactions where she had to seek methods outside of standard of care to help family members recover their health. During this time, she realized how little she knew about vaccines or choices regarding vaccines. She felt abandoned by the very system she was trained to trust and got to experience what so many parents are experiencing every day across this country. Dr. Benton is a founding board member of Physicians for Informed Consent and has traveled the country and internationally in an effort to preserve true informed consent. She’s been so blessed to have her own Direct Primary Care and Functional Medicine clinic, where her patients can choose to slowly vaccinate or not vaccinate at all—with full informed consent.
Sheila Lewis Ealey, EdD
Sheila is the founder and former director of the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, where she served for 10 years. It was a therapeutic day school for severely affected children on the autism spectrum and those diagnosed with other nonverbal intellectual disabilities. Her formal education includes a BA in Mass Communication from St. Mary’s Dominican College, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction in special education from Concordia University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Special Education from Gwynedd Mercy University. Sheila is the mother of four children and her boy and girl twins, Temple and Lucinda, were featured in the documentary, Vaxxed. Temple was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder at 18 months. As a constitutionalist and inspirational speaker, Sheila advocates for medical freedom and continues to educate disenfranchised parents about their fundamental rights to religious and philosophical exemptions and the importance of nutritional foods and biomedical interventions for optimum health after an autism diagnosis or other learning disability such as ADD or ADHD. Sheila is a board member of Children’s Health Defense and a Trustee for the Autism Trust, USA.
Kevin D. Jenkins
Kevin is the CEO of Urban Global Health Alliance (UGHA) and a transformational executive with an impressive track record of delivering revolutionary innovations to his clients. UGHA partners with communities to empower and engage on issues of health and wellness and recognizes that in an increasingly urbanized world, health issues present new challenges that go beyond the health sector and require action at a global, national, community, and individual level. Health is valued as an essential prerequisite for a fulfilling and productive life and UGHA helps to safeguard these rights by partnering with parents, religious and community leaders, and other advocacy groups to create strategies and resources that join municipal authorities and decision-makers across multiple sectors to reduce urban health inequities. UGHA has a strategic approach that instantly caught fire inside the health freedom movement, combining institutional power, grassroots organizing, and spirituality that has made it a force majeure. Kevin represents UGHA by participating in legislative strategy, interfaith alliance-building, anti-freedom protests, and community organizing events. At this moment in history, Kevin knows that it’s time for Black Americans to own their “square” and help educate, embrace, and activate their fellow countryman, as we all must ﬁght for the land all of our ancestors helped to build.
Dr. Aaron Lewis
Dr. Lewis is an award-winning leader, speaker, human rights activist, and passionate and outspoken health freedom advocate. As the founder of The Scribe’s Institute, he instills the meaning of education in children. He has written more than 220 books, translated in 20 languages, and has brought aid and education, including tens of thousands of books, to developing communities including Tanzania, South Africa, Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Panama. Dr. Lewis serves the Jewish Federation of West Hartford Children Reading Partners and has traveled to South Africa and China to discuss building up the educational capacities for children, both with South African members of Parliament and the Minister of Education in the People’s Republic of China. He’s earned seven degrees (including two PhDs) from leading world universities, such as Central CT State University, Pace University, Lee University, Stanford University, University of Salamanca, and Oxford University. Dr. Lewis is also the author of several children’s books and popular trade market titles, such as Keys to Unlocking Your Destiny, The Obama Principle, and Why I Love Chiropractic. In 2014, he was awarded the 2014 Shirley Chisolm Community Leadership Award and was a 2019 Mayoral Candidate for the City of Hartford, CT.
Jennifer Margulis, PhD
Jennifer is an award-winning and nationally known science journalist and author, Fulbright grantee, and sought-after speaker. Her writing has appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. She earned a B.A. from Cornell University, a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and a PhD from Emory University. Jennifer was awarded a highly competitive Fulbright fellowship in 2006 and taught American literature at the University of Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger (West Africa) for the 2006-2007 academic year. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, she opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in health care and medicine, especially when scientific evidence has been brushed aside in favor of special interests. Through her writing, she champions the rights of society’s most vulnerable: children, mothers, the working poor, older adults, and others on the social or economic margins. She authored Your Baby, Your Way and co-authored The Addiction Spectrum and The Vaccine-Friendly Plan. Jennifer was prominently featured in a PBS Frontline TV documentary, “The Vaccine War,” and has appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
Laura Minard, RN
In 2012, Laura graduated with honors from nursing school and immediately started working in critical care, surgery, and then as an advice nurse. She started her research journey after her own health struggles and her daughter’s vaccine injury, which ultimately led to her sudden resignation from conventional nursing. Laura knew she needed to help people reclaim their health and their lives and couldn’t do that in her role as an advice nurse. She graduated with a Nurse Coach certification in 2018 and became a co-instructor. Laura is passionate about helping other nurses faced with the moral injury of being holistically-minded in a broken system. Her mission is to empower them to leave the bedside and start successful coaching practices so that more people can become empowered about their lives and their health. In 2020, she founded Freedom is Good Medicine with her husband. She offers personal freedom coaching and referrals to health coaches and also sells clothing to raise money for activism. In just eight months, Laura was able to donate $5000 to medical freedom projects. She believes that financial freedom is an important step for nurses to have a voice in this fight.
Elizabeth Naylor, DSC
Dr. Elizabeth’s journey with holistic healthcare began in her early 30’s as a young mom of two kids (now three adults). Her disillusionment with conventional medical care began after a season of chronic overtreatment and lack of informed consent that left the entire family susceptible to a virulent flu strain over the 1997-98 winter.
Her fascination with natural healing methods led her to explore nutrition, health coaching, and eventually earn a doctorate in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. As a researcher and detective at heart, she loves to explore every test result, look for established research, and think outside the box of conventional approaches.
Elizabeth believes that there is far too little focus and education on the healing power of the human body. For her, health freedom and personal sovereignty mean that the individual must first be educated on how to nourish their body, remove toxic inputs, and trust in their own healing power.
Since opening her holistic nutrition coaching practice in 2006, she’s witnessed the healing power of the human body on a regular basis. Her clients are typically looking for a new perspective in addressing their multiple, complex issues—one that incorporates all of the challenges they're facing and that addresses foundational, root causes of their symptoms.
James Neuenschwander, MD
James Neuenschwander, MD (aka Dr. Neu) has over 30 years of experience in integrative medicine (ABIM/AAPS, ABIHM) and over 25 years in emergency medicine (BCEM/AAPS). He founded Bio Energy Medical Center, a multidisciplinary, integrative medical practice in Ann Arbor, MI. Since 1988, he has treated children and adults with complex, chronic health problems that have not responded to conventional therapies. In 1981, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in the honors program in cellular and molecular biology. He went on to receive his medical degree in 1985 and then completed three years of surgical residency before leaving voluntarily to pursue integrative medicine. Dr. Neu also founded and is co-owner of Creating Brighter Futures. He has been a Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) practitioner since 2007 and a member of Medical Academy Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) since its founding and is a faculty and executive board member of the organization. Dr. Neu teaches Continuing Education courses to physicians and other professionals about children's health issues and has lectured internationally on integrative approaches to immune system disorders, complex chronic illness, autism, ADHD, and allergies.
Susie is a holistic health coach, consultant, and health freedom advocate who campaigns for medical freedom, individual rights, and informed consent. She’s spent several years collaborating with organizations to create effective educational campaigns to empower individuals to create change in their communities. Susie is a co-founder of the grassroots organization, Initiatives for Family Health (I4FH). Initiatives’ mission is to create community to make change for a healthier world by advocating for informed decision-making in broad aspects of health and wellness for all family members of all ages and empowering individuals to be leaders through education, support, and action. This work was inspired by her only child whom was injured by vaccinations at one year old.
Charles W. Penick, MD
Charles W. Penick, MD, is a board-certified family medicine physician who is passionate about setting the trajectory for a strong and healthy life while promoting true vitality for each member of the family. In addition to the knowledge and experience derived from obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Charles is well versed on nutritional health, detoxification, medical fitness, and health optimization and utilizes some of the latest scientific breakthroughs. He's an advocate for the right to maintain personal choice in health decisions, placing the health of the family over corporate interests. This coincides with his support for physicians to maintain critical thinking with best practices even when pressured by policy makers seeking to protect corporations over people. Dr. Charles attended college at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. He obtained his medical degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA and completed his residency training with the University of California, Riverside in Palm Springs, CA. He practices an integrative approach to medicine both in Santa Ana and in Beverly Hills, CA, as well as now in Central Oregon.
Michael Pottetti, Esq.
Michael is a Long Island native who practices Immigration law and Vaccine Injury law before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Health freedom has always been important to him, as he believes that all men and women are born free. At an early age, Michael began to notice how the state had become increasingly more aggressive in challenging our autonomy. In 1927, the Supreme Court found that compulsory sterilization of the unfit, for the health of the state, did not violate the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution. Years later, in response to the horrific medical experimentation that took place during WW2, the Nuremberg Code stated the importance of voluntary consent and a person’s ability to make choices without force or duress. Michael believes that vaccine mandates in schools and in the workplace deny people education and employment, forcing them to choose between a medical procedure and their education and livelihood; that if we don’t have freedom of choice, we are never truly free; that we need to entrust the individual to make their own choices rather than coerce or force them into compliance; and that we must continually fight against anything that threatens our bodily sovereignty.
Toby Rogers, PhD, MPP
Dr. Toby Rogers has a PhD in political economy from the University of Sydney in Australia. His doctoral thesis, “The Political Economy of Autism,” explores the regulatory history of five classes of toxicants that increase autism risk. He also has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rogers writes, speaks, and teaches about the rise in chronic illness in children and does grassroots political organizing with medical freedom groups across the U.S. working to keep toxicants out of our bodies. You can follow him on Substack or via his website.
Wayne is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and published author. His first book, The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, was published by Skyhorse Publishing and his second book about the Program, titled Vaccine Court 2.0, will be released in April of 2021. His podcast, Right on Point, is a candid discussion about your legal rights, civil liberty ramifications, legalities of possible mandates of COVID vaccines, and actions by our federal and state governments. It also explores the untouchable topics within the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the PREP Act, and the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program. Wayne has written and spoken frequently about the NVICP, the CICP, and the PREP Act, addressing many of its serious flaws and needed reforms, highlighting litigation trends and conducting research and statistical analysis on case decisions. He’s a co-founder of Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, a member of the Minnesota Autism Council, and a national advisory member of Health Choice. Wayne has twin sons, Nicholas and Austin, age 23. Nicholas was vaccine injured at 13 months by the MMR vaccine and was later diagnosed with severe regressive autism.
Leah Wilson, Esq.
An attorney with a background in complex litigation and advocacy, Leah is passionate about children’s health and has researched and worked on child welfare issues for more than a decade. The overmedication of children in foster care as a form of behavior management is what compelled Leah to become an advocate and foster parent. During her time as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, she witnessed the rampant use of psychiatric drugs among foster kids. She also discovered that the state had a policy that all foster children and foster families be fully vaccinated, without exception. Through her involvement in law, health, and the foster care system, it became abundantly clear to her that the single most important issue affecting child welfare in the U.S. is the practice of one-size-fits-all medicine via medical mandates. This motivated Leah to expand her advocacy beyond foster care to all children nationwide and to start Stand for Health Freedom (SHF), where she serves as Executive Director and Co-founder. As Leah says, “Parental rights and religious freedom are God-given natural rights that cannot arbitrarily be taken away by government authorities. Parents are the single most important factor in a child’s success; I stand in full support of this sacred relationship.”
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