U.S. Health Freedom Congress 2018

June 10-12, 2018
InterContinental Hotel, St. Paul, MN

Hosted by the National Health Freedom Coalition

US Health Freedom Congress Schedule

Sunday, June 10th

Congress check-in and Registration (5:00–6:00PM)
Location:  InterContinental Hotel, Great River Court

Join us for an informal meet and greet time to get to know participants coming in from around the country.

2018 US Health Freedom Evening Meet and Greet (6:00-7:00 PM)
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom Court
Beverages and Hors d’ouvres provided

Story of Courage (7:00-7:30PM)
Dave Berglund – Owner of Lakeview Dairy

Dave Berglund is a “plain old dairy farmer” who stands up vigorously for the right to sell dairy products, including raw milk, to willing people to come to his farm.   Dave believes in the freedom of choice, and the right of people to purchase the healthy, good food that they wish to consume, and is engaged in continual struggle with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to protect that right. Article XIII, section vii, of the Minnesota Constitution describes the right of farmers to sell and peddle the products of the farm.

Dave farms with his wife, Heidi, and his three children at Lakeview Natural Dairy, near Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Drumming workshop (7:30-9:00PM)
Jaime Meyer
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 2 & 3

The drum circle is a music-making event and a way to relax before we convene the Congress circle on Monday.  Seminary-trained Jaime Meyer, from Minnesota, will facilitate. In Jaime’s words:

Why do we drum? Because every person has a drum inside them, called the heartbeat. There is simply no such thing as “I don’t have rhythm”. Drumming has been proven to lower blood pressure, dispel stress, anxiety and depression, increase self-awareness, and boost the immune system. More about positive effects of drumming can be found here and many more here.

Monday, June 11th

Breakfast Buffet (8 – 8:50AM)
Location: InterContinental Hotel – Great River Ballroom 2 & 3
Congress and Activities 
(8AM Registration, 9AM – 5:30PM)
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 1 & 4
Lunch and dinner provided IF you reserve food on your registration form

The first full day of the Congress, Voting Members will reconvene the Congress formal circle for a limited time in the morning. Activities at this year’s Congress are under the theme “Wisdom and its Application — a sacred synthesis”.   Useful stories of victory, action, and discovery will be shared by highly regarded leaders.  Participant dialogue sessions will be inspired and informed by the aforementioned talks.  Ensuing action plans will be formed and fortified by this year’s unique set of participants.


Health Freedom Story of Courage: Mark and David Geier

Mark and David are applauded for their courageous, successful legal challenges against the Maryland Board of Physicians.  Dr. Mark Geier won his case, brought against the Board, for breach of medical privacy and obtained $2.5 million in damages – half of which to be paid individually by the Board’s members and attorney. David Geier won his case, brought against him by the Board, for charges of practicing medicine without a license.

Introduction of Wisdom Speakers—Theme: Wisdom and Its Application, ‘A Sacred Synthesis’

Intro and Speakers—Diane Miller, National Health Freedom Coalition and Jerri Johnson, National Health Freedom Action

Diane Miller JD, National Health Freedom Coalition

Diane Miller is a Minnesota attorney who successfully helped to defend a Minnesota farmer from charges of “practice of medicine without a license”. After State v. Saunders, Miller proceeded to design health freedom legislation for the State of Minnesota and was the lead lobbyist and legislative consultant to the Minnesota Natural Health-Legal Reform Project responsible for passing the consumer driven legislation entitled the Minnesota Complementary and Alternative Health Care Freedom of Access Act. The new law exempts unlicensed health care practitioners from charges of “practice of medicine without a license”. In 2000 Miller co-founded the National Health Freedom Coalition, a national information resource for health freedom decision-making, to support individuals and states that are interested in health seekers access to complementary and alternative health care.

Miller is currently Legal and Public Policy Director of the National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC) and it’s sister organization, the National Health Freedom Action (NHFA). NHFC provides information and resources to health freedom decision-makers across the country. Her work involves state, national, and international health freedom issues, and Miller works to help monitor and promote an understanding of various forms of legislation, international trade guidelines, and Charters.

Jerri Johnson, National Health Freedom Action

Jerri Johnson, President of National Health Freedom Action, is also a founding member of Minnesota Natural Health Coalition and Minnesota Natural Health Legal Reform Project.  She was a co-lobbyist for the passage of the Complementary and Alternative Health Care Freedom of Access Act in the Minnesota legislature.  Jerri holds a strong interest in vaccine safety issues. She actively lobbied for legislation which assured that parents will be informed of their option to decline vaccinations for their child, and that parents who do decide to vaccinate their child will first receive information about potential side effects of the vaccine.

Johnson graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.   She is a founding member of the Minnesota Homeopathic Association.

Afternoon Program
Lunch in Great River Ballroom 2 & 3

1:30-5:15pm: Wisdom Speakers—Scott Tips, Peter McCarthy, Leo Cashman, Julie Whitman Kline, Camilla Rees, Robert Scott Bell

Scott Tips, National Health Federation

A California-licensed attorney, Scott has specialized in food-and-drug law and trademark law, but also engages in business litigation, general business law, and nonprofit organizations, with an international clientele.  Since 1989, Scott has been the General Counsel for the National Health Federation, the World’s oldest health-freedom organization for consumers, as well as the Editor In Chief of its magazine, Health Freedom News.  In 2007, he became NHF President, and has been a frequent speaker for the organization and for health freedom on several continents.

A legal columnist, Scott writes a monthly column for Whole Foods Magazine called “Legal Tips,” a column he started several decades ago.  Currently, he is primarily occupied with health-freedom issues arising from national governments’ and such international organizations as the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s attempts to limit individual freedom of choice in health matters.  In that capacity, he has compiled, edited, and published a book on the subject entitled Codex Alimentarius – Global Food Imperialism. He also attends Codex meetings worldwide and has attended more Codex meetings than all other health-freedom activists combined.

Peter McCarthy, Texas Health Freedom Coalition

Peter McCarthy is founding chair of the Texas Health Freedom Coalition (THFC).  A naturopathic doctor and retired military/commercial pilot, he has over 13 years of legislative advocacy experience.

Leo Cashman, Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions

Leo Cashman is Executive Director of DAMS, Inc., a nonprofit organization that educates the public on mercury-free and nontoxic dental alternatives. He is also cofounder and Treasurer of the National Health Freedom Coalition. In addition, Cashman is a cofounder and officer of the Minnesota Natural Health Coalition, which educates the public on health freedom issues of all kinds; and cofounder and officer of the Minnesota Natural Health Legal Reform Project, which was the main organization behind the year 2000 passage of Minnesota’s path-breaking Complementary and Alternative Health Care Freedom of Practice Act. Cashman has worked as a manager in a food coop and in other business, and as health and environmental journalist, an accountant and a teacher.

Julie Whitman Kline, The Healthkeepers Alliance

Julie Whitman-Kline is CEO of the Whitman Group, a family-owned collection of companies specializing in natural health education, events, products and services.

She is a businesswoman overseeing 13 different companies within the Whitman Group, a wife and mother of three growing children and is active in her church and community. Since her teen years she’s worked with her family and alongside her father, Dr. Wendell Whitman. His primary focus was on natural health due to his personal health challenges. Because of his positive experience with natural healing he realized the public’s need for accessibility to alternative approaches that were natural, affordable, gentle and effective. He expanded his vision in a community of companies emphasizing natural health education, products and services. Consequently, Julie developed an in-depth understanding of the rapidly growing natural health market.

When her father passed away in 2008 he entrusted his long-range vision and mission to her. She assumed the role of CEO, streamlining operations, enhancing the company’s profile while maintaining focus on the original mission of insuring that all people have the right to know their natural health options and the freedom to make informed choices.

Since then, she’s expanded the mission further by presenting dynamic national and local events; offered certifications and degrees in superior educational programs taught in both English and Spanish; inventoried a wide range of educational books and materials for natural health practitioners; published a membership magazine and created interactive websites; developed several high quality natural product lines; established supportive membership and accreditation programs and spearheaded support for legislation to protect natural health practitioners and modalities.

“One of my greatest career achievements has been to move my father’s vision forward so that access to natural health is realized for all,” she says.  “My goal is, and continues to be, bringing natural health education to millions of people.”

There’s an old proverb that says, “When a man dies, a library burns to the ground.” In this case the library has not only been preserved, but propelled forward into the future.  Of her efforts and skill in maintaining focus, juggling the demands of 13 companies, managing a full staff and meeting the needs of her family one would have to say, “Well done.”

Camilla Rees, Electromagnetic Health

Camilla Rees, MBA is a leading health educator, researcher, activist and author focused on the biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields. She was recently awarded the “2018 Public Health Award” by the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicines.

Robert Scott Bell, The Robert Scott Bell Show

In broadcast media since 1999, Robert Scott Bell, D.A. Hom. (American Academy of Clinical Homeopathy 1994) served on the board of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (1999-2001), and continues to provide direct support to those in need and works with physicians on their toughest cases. He personally overcame numerous chronic diseases over 27 years ago via homeopathy, herbal medicine, organic whole foods, minerals, essential fats and the transformational power of belief. As a Homeopath, he has dedicated his life to revealing the healing power within us all. Robert is the father of 2 vaccine-free children, Elijah (18) and Ariana (12), with his wife Nancy. RSB co-authored Unlock the Power To Heal with Ty Bollinger. His radio program, The Robert Scott Bell Show broadcasts LIVE from 7-9 PM Eastern M-F and Sundays 1-3 PM Eastern on syndicator Genesis Communications Network (GCN), with rebroadcasts via UK Health Radio, along with iTunes, Stitcher, tunein, SoundCloud and YouTube.

Evening Workshop:  Lobbying 101 (6:45-8:00PM)
Presented by:  Diane Miller (Director of Law and Public Policy, NHFC/NHFA)
Location:  InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 1 & 4

Diane Miller’s Lobbying Workshop 101 will provide Diane’s top recommendations for individuals who wish to get involved in advocating for things they are concerned about, and for those who want to lobby a bill forward at a legislature.  Her goal is to help citizens understand and implement successful lobbying strategies.

Diane Miller JD is an attorney and Director of Law and Public Policy for National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC) and its sister lobbying organization, National Health Freedom Action (NHFA).

As the Co-moderator of the US Health Freedom Congress and as an educator, lobbyist, and advocate for collaboration among health freedom leaders, Miller works to teach and implement the principles of health freedom in all areas of health including protecting the right of all people to access all health care information, services, treatments and products that the people deem beneficial for their own health and survival.

Diane Miller is author of “The Principles of Health Freedom”.   “I believe that laws and customs must be carefully reviewed, revised, and even repealed if necessary, and new ones created, to reflect the continual development, evolution, and spiritual maturation of a people.”  Diane Miller JD

Movie:  The Pathological Optimist – A Profile of Dr. Andrew Wakefield (8:15PM-9:45PM)
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 1 and 4
Snack and beverages provided

Director’s Statement

“I gravitate towards provocative and discussion-making material for most of my films. When I began this journey in 2010, Andrew Wakefield was much less known in the United States than he is now. But those who did know him seemed to have very strong feelings either for or against him. I was curious as to who he was and how he could stand up to such rejection from his peers and such scrutiny in the media regarding his part in the MMR Scandal. As the style of my film evolved, I decided it was not my place to defend Andrew Wakefield, nor was it to condemn him. My interest lies in observance. I asked questions and observed. It is up to the audience to decide what they see.”

– Miranda Bailey, Director

Tuesday, June 12th

Breakfast Buffett (8AM – 8:50AM)
Location: InterContinental Hotel – Great River Ballroom 2 & 3

Story of Courage – (9:00AM-9:30AM)
David Stephan

“Throughout all the struggles that David and Collet have endured, after wrongfully being found guilty by the Crown for failing to provide for their son, David has learned that love is the only way forward. “As my healing from this bitterness largely came, not only through my learning to share love with those around me, but also in the love that was shared with me, I have found myself beginning to love those who I once deemed unloveable.”

Congress and Activities 
(9:30AM – 5:30PM)
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 1 & 4
Lunch and dinner provided IF you reserve food on your registration form

The second day all attendees will come together and convene in the Open Space Marketplace and small groups continuing on the theme of Wisdom and It’s Application and the words of wisdom from the previous day.  At 3:30 pm the Health Freedom Congress circle will again convene and participate in wrap-up.

Denise Lewis Premschak returns to facilitate this part of our program.

Denise is CEO of Voice for HOPE-Healers Of Planet Earth, an organization providing strategic vision, leadership and support to the ‘natural’ health constituency wanting to be more active in the national health care reform effort.   Denise is the former CEO of ISSSEEM (International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine) and still dedicated to its mission to teach, explore, and apply subtle energies as they relate to consciousness, healing, and human potential.  Prior to that, Denise founded and continues to serve as principal consultant, coach, and facilitator for Field Guide where, across many disciplines, she facilitates creative approaches to complex needs through leadership training intensives, Open Space Technology, and Dialogue processes, and lends her deep experience in leading organizational change, consulting executives in change, and personal integration of change.

Story of Courage – (11:30AM-12:00PM)
Michelle Krinsky – Registered Nurse

Michelle is a registered nurse in the state of Ohio with an expertise in Neonatal nursing.  Her position of 29 years in the Special Care nursery was terminated for refusing to take the flu vaccine.  No exemptions were allowed in her unit.

12:00-1:15pm: Lunch
Great River Ballroom 2& 3

Open Space Work Sessions and CLOSE of Open Space

Reconvening Health
Freedom Congress and Voting Member Circle
Voting Member Session

Closing Circle

Health Freedom Awards Banquet with Keynote (6:30PM-9:30PM)
Awardee Presentations and Keynote Speech
Sit-Down Organic Dinner
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 2 & 3

Keynote Speaker: Jim Turner, Esq. – Citizens for Health
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 2 & 3

The Health Freedom Awards Banquet and Keynote speech will begin at 6:30pm celebrating achievements in the health freedom movement. Our awards banquet keynote will complement the words of wisdom by other Congress members.  The theme “Wisdom and its Application” will be addressed by our esteemed colleague, James S. Turner, Esq. (Washington DC Attorney at Law, Citizens for Health, National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, The Transpartisan Review).


Keynote Speaker: James Turner, Esq.

Jim Turner, a principal since 1973 in the Washington, DC law firm of Swankin & Turner, represents businesses, individuals and consumer groups on food, drug, health, environmental and product safety regulatory matters. He served as special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health and the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research.  He was lead attorney on a successful petition to the FDA to permit legal U.S. importation and distribution of Acupuncture needles.  He lobbied successfully for the Organic Food Production Act and The Nutrition Education and Labeling Act, both of 1990, and the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

He is a 1969 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, served as a gunnery and nuclear weapons handling officer in the U.S. Navy, and wrote The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Safety at the FDA.

Dance with DJ (9:30PM-midnight)
Everyone is welcome to join us! Bring your dancing shoes, relax and enjoy our final Congress event.
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Great River Ballroom 2 & 3
Beverages provided