PETA Outreach Coordinator
Learn How to Lead an Animal Rights Protest
Lecture Room 1
Matthew will share some tips for planning protests and outreach events to inform people how animals are abused on factory farms, on fur farms, in laboratories, and in circuses. He'll review the process that PETA uses every time it plans an event, and he'll discuss the ways in which you can use PETA's resources to help your events be as effective as possible. If you have ever been interested in organizing a protest but didn't know where to start, this speech is for you!
Matthew Braun is PETA's outreach coordinator for the West Coast, providing grassroots activists with resources and encouraging compelling demonstrations that push the envelope for animal rights. He went vegan in 2006 and devoted his life to activism full time in 2014 when he worked as an eyewitness investigator. He has experience with several forms of activism, including organizing protests, leafleting, tabling, and giving presentations at elementary schools.
More Than Meats the Eye
Lecture Room 1
Nowhere on earth is our disregard for life as stark as in our food system. If we pull back the curtain on animal agriculture, we discover a morally bankrupt industry that treats sentient and emotional animals as mere commodities. Framed by personal experiences with animals who escaped their fates, we will look at the impact of our food choices, and discuss why a growing number of people are leaving animals off their plates.
Jenny Brown is a longtime animal rights activist and Founder of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in New York—one the country’s most recognized and respected sanctuaries for farmed animals. She previously worked in film and television, until she went undercover in Texas to document farmed animal abuse. That experience led her to dedicate her life to helping farm animals. After 12 years, Jenny left the sanctuary to focus on a full-time national lecture tour, raising awareness about the plight of animals used and abused in food production. Jenny’s story and the work of the sanctuary has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, CNN, The Diane Rehm Show and more. She is the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals. (Learn more at speakerjennybrown.com)
Alternative Health Choices: for those with Cancer and Other Illnesses
Lecture Room 1
Come enjoy a personal story, research and a laugh with Dan Castle. Although Dan is not a medical practitioner of any kind he would love to share his medical journey and experiences with cancer and how he over came it through traditional and alternative choices over the last year.
Dan Castle is a retired teacher of the deaf, interpreter and college instructor.
In 2017 after a year of having a sore throat Dan was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer and after researching traditional local choices for treatment (radiation/chemo) he chose to pursue alternative choices of healing. As of last October he is cancer free. He is excited to share with us all his research into these choices and entertain us since he loves to make people laugh!
Dr. John Scharffenberg
Major Breakthrough in the World of Health
Lecture Room 1
Pasteur with his studies with his flasks led to the germ theory which was a major breakthrough in the world of health. Flemming with his discovery of penicillin was a mammoth breakthrough in health. We now have recently had another breakthrough as important as those that no one seems to know about. The breakthrough is that with the proper lifestyle we can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 80% and the risk of type 2 diabetes by 88%. This is better than any known medicine or other strategies to prevent these major diseases. Come join Dr. Scharffenberg's lecture and learn about it!
Dr. John Scharffenberg was born in Shanghai, China in 1923. He is a Professor of Nutrition at Loma Linda University and has been for over 58 years on the Loma Linda University faculty. He graduated from Harvard University’s School of Public Health with a major in Nutrition in 1956. He was the Clinician on the Secretariat of the Inter-departmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense located at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. This group did nutrition surveys of the military and civilian populations of the U.S. allies around the world. He was director of the International Nutrition Research Foundation in Riverside, CA. He has been acting director of the San Bernardino, California Health Department which is the largest county geographically in California. He has been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. He has in 2013 completed 162 speaking appointments in Serbia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in a 5 month period of 153 days. In 2014 he spent 118 days in Eastern Europe and had 108 speaking appointments. In 2015 he returned to Eastern Europe again for 4 months of lectures and in those 123 days he had 139 speaking appointments. In 2016 he again was in Eastern Europe for 138 days with 173 speaking appointments. In 2017 Scharffenberg spent 39 days in Romania and Israel (mostly in Israel) helping a newly established Lifestyle Center overlooking the Sea of Galilee and had approximately 50 speaking appointments. His main work throughout his life has been health promotion of the population with emphasis on heart and cancer risk reduction, weight control and physical fitness.
Food's Ripple Affect
Lecture Room 2
Rebecca, like most of us, ate the standard American diet until just a few years ago. She embodies a plant based life the best she can while raising a family. Rebecca values the importance of incremental steps toward positive change. Deep grooves with in cultural habits often require relationships, trust and seizing life’s teachable moments. She’s NOT a Vegan Cop. Rebecca’s passion for the plant based global movement stretches across all categories of: environment, sustainability, animal rights and human health. Her passion and humor make the information digestible and understandable. Come and learn something new about food and the ripple affects of it all.
Rebecca Reyes is a Compassion Spreader, has a BA in Sociology, is a Reiki Master and Teacher, Yoga RYT Ayruvedic Nutrition Student, Environmentalist, and Public Speaker.
Dr. Hildemar Dos Santos, MD, DrPh
Anti-Aging Strategies - Secrets of Longevity Based on the Blue Zone Experiences
Lecture Room 2
Come learn how to live a long life and still be functional, have less diseases, take fewer medications and maintain your mental and physical performance! Learn the health secrets of the centenarians and lessons of longevity from the five blue zones.
Dr. Dos Santos has taught at LLU for ten years. He was born in Brazil where he got his medical degree. In the US he completed his MPH and DrPH in Public Health. He worked for six years in Hong Kong as a community prevention specialist. He has spoken on prevention of chronic diseases in several countries in Asia, South America, Central America and Europe.
Dr. Dos Santos is the director of the Master in Public Health program in Lifestyle Management, DrPH program in Preventive Care and also founder and director of the lifestyle clinic Drayson Center Office of Preventive Care. He is an Associate Professor for the Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyle and Disease Prevention
Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Health Education Specialist.
How Animal Protein Causes Disease and 7 Tips to Go Plant-Based
Lecture Room 2
Discover how animal protein causes the many life-threatening and heart-breaking diseases plaguing our nation and get Gina’s seven simple tips to go plant-based.
Gina Bonanno-Lemos is the founder of 360 Health Connection, the award-winning author of What The Fork? The Secret Cause of Disease, the author of the popular ebook, 13 Steps To A Cancer-Free Kitchen, the creator of the vegan training program and upcoming live health event, Your Plant-Based Guide Conference. She is also a dual-certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Vegan Nutrition Specialist. After spending her entire life struggling with health and hormone issues that left her sick, exhausted, and gaining weight Gina discovered the power of a plant-based diet and healed herself of chronic conditions that once controlled her and every aspect of her life. She now uses her experience and professional training to help others avoid disease, and to achieve a life of ultimate wellness and energy. Through her books, public speaking events, social media platforms, and her vegan training program, Gina opens hearts and minds to the health benefits of a plant-based diet and the dangers and disease-causing principles of animal protein. She also uses these tools to raise awareness about animal cruelty and abuse, and the environmental effects of factory farming. When she's not speaking, cooking, advocating, reading, coaching, studying, or writing, you can find Gina spending time with her family in Southern California.
Sam Benavides, Owner
The Living Root Cellar
Lose the Scale, Lose the Weight
Lecture Room 2
Weight loss is BIG business, and it has become a popular belief that your success, or lack thereof, is determined by the gravitational effect your body has on the scale. This is absurd! It teaches you nothing about food or healthy metabolic function! We believe it’s time to lose the scale and discover what being overweight REALLY means; it’s time people discover what real food consists of and why it impacts healthy weight. Is there a way to truly lose excess weight and keep it off without dieting? Can I discover what my ideal weight should be and how to eat and live to maintain it? Sit down and enjoy this dynamic presentation from Sam Benavides, fitness trainer, wellness educator and owner of Better Life Fitness. Sam will draw from both personal and professional experience to shed light on the truth about healthy, sustainable and permanent weight loss – without dieting!
Sam began his professional career in 1990 as an architect. Then in 2009, the economy forced Sam to close his practice and look for other business opportunities. After researching various options, in 2010 Sam and his wife Ashleigh decided to start a fitness and wellness business called Better Life Fitness with the goal of helping aging Baby Boomers improve their health via exercise, plant nutrition and stress management, using Biblical principles as the foundation for designing a wellness lifestyle.
For seven straight years, Sam and Ashleigh worked at developing health programs and fitness events to promote their unique brand of wellness. During that time, Sam was privileged to have the opportunity to also facilitate the distinguished disease prevention program and lifestyle counseling program known as Complete Health Improvement Program, which he ran at the LLU Drayson Center for 3 years. View the program here: www.CHIPhealth.com
Then in February 2017, Sam and Ashleigh were given the opportunity to purchase Redlands’ iconic juice bar The Living Root Cellar. They both saw this opportunity as providential as they believed it gave them a better platform from which to continue to share their message of “health via plant-based nutrition”.
Today, Sam is a fitness instructor, health educator and business manager for both Better Life Fitness and The Living Root Cellar. Alongside his wife, Sam continues to develop the 20/40 Project, a highly regimented fat-loss program for obese individuals, where several people have experienced weight reductions of up to 20 lbs in 40 days.
Wild Epicure: Infusing Local Flavors and Medicinal Herbs in Vegan Deserts and Cheeses
Lecture Room 2
Learn how to incorporate the flavors of local wild medicinal herbs and mushrooms in vegan chocolates, nut cheeses, and raw desserts. We will discuss the nutritional and medicinal properties of local plants found in Southern California that can easily be incorporated into your favorite recipes to add a nutritional and medicinal boost.
Jess Starwood is a clinical herbalist and gatherer of wild medicine. She is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary and Farm in Moorpark, California where she can be found brewing up herbal elixirs, crafting unusual plant-based desserts, leading group hikes and classes, or most likely wandering and exploring the local trails and mountains. With her lifelong passion for nature and plants, Jess has studied natural health and herbal medicine for over 15 years and has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon. Jess offers a wide variety of programs and workshops connecting the community with natural healing and inspiring an invaluable connection with nature and our environment.