TAOS TALKS 2017 – Food As Medicine

Saturday July 15th

7:00pm to 9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

El Monte Sagrado Ballroom

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Tickets are $12 and will be available at the door.

All ticket sales benefit Integrative Medicine de Taos – 501(c)(3)

What is Taos Talks?

Modeled from the TED Talks format, Taos Talks aims to share concise, engaging, dynamic, creative, colorful presentations by New Mexico experts on various fields of Integrative Medicine.

Four selected presenters will speak on Food as Medicine. These presenters are from New Mexico; practicing in New Mexico; or have a special relationship to Taos and and Enchanted Circle.

Each presentation will be 15 minutes long with a 5 minute Q&A directly after the presentation. 

Angie Fernandez, Creative Wellness Specialist
Nature Knows
This talk will share insight on how not all food is created equal and will share the value of eating foods closer to the natural state. To understand what food to consume, Nature knows.

Tina Hahn, Co-Owner/Founder of Taos Herb Company

Ketogenic Diet and Neurodegenerative Disease

My talk will examine the historic, scientific and anecdotal evidence for employing the ketogenic diet as a potential therapeutic intervention for neurodegenerative diseases.


Mukta  Khalsa, Director, SuperHealth

The Breath – Food for Life

The way we breathe affects our state of mind.  That is actually food for clarity of the brain and thoughts and regulating emotions.  This keeps us in a state to be non-reaction by the infusion of the breath of life.

Vladimir Spira, M.D.

The role of prevention in medicine has been known for centuries. We will discuss how the amount of fiber, caloric intake and exercise can determine your health.


Eight Integrative Health specialists spoke on various topics of Integrative Medicine in a “TED style” format to engage, educate, and excite their audience as the opening event in Taos’ very first Taos Health Symposium!

We had eight, 12 minute presentations by selected local experts and practitioners on various topics of Integrative Medicine. The Selected Taos Talks Presenters are from Northern New Mexico; practicing in Northern New Mexico; or have a special relationship to Taos and the Enchanted Circle.

Taos Talks took place on July 10th, 2016 at the Sagebrush Convention Center, 4:00pm -6:30pm.


Ted Wiard LPCC
“Finding Meaning and Passion after Loss”

Ted Wiard

is a licensed clinical therapist, certified grief counselor, an ordained minister, a New Mexico certified schoolteacher and a certified tennis professional. Ted’s passion for working with grief, loss, and recovery arose from his own personal losses in which he realized there were very few places to go for support and healing from loss. Working at Betty Ford Center, Ted counseled individuals and families with clinical and spiritual support through the recovery process. He has written numerous articles on the subject of emotional healing, grief, loss and the connection vs. disconnection of spirituality in loss, addiction and relapse prevention. Ted has co-authored the book “Witnessing Ted, The Journey to Potential Though Grief & Loss”, a sensitive guide on the six aspects of grief and the journey to a wiser more authentic life. He is sought out for speaking engagements nationally to offer his inspirational and dynamic message of hope and healing.

This talk will explore permission to consciously heal from loss while fully living in the present.

Luis Constantin, MD, FACC, FHRS

The Case For Integral Heart Care – A Vision Of The Future

Luis Constantin, MD, FACC, FHRS has been a NM resident since late 2001, practices Cardiology in Taos and Albuquerque. He is most interested in the roles of nutrition, emotions and personal responsibility in the creation of health.

“I believe that achieving optimal individual, collective and planetary health will require the bridging of old traditions with leading edge healing methods. Integrative Medicine de Taos aims to cultivate a true Integral Medicine, drawing on the rich diversity of conventional, traditional and alternative disciplines present in our community”.

Ellen F. Franklin, PhD

Good Vibrations: Acutonics® Integrative Medicine: Integrating sound therapy and Oriental Medicine principles into clinical practice.

Ellen F. Franklin, PhD is CEO of the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine creators of the Acutonics® System of healing and education. For more than 16 years she has been involved in the development and dissemination of educational programs in vibrational sound therapy rooted in East Asian Medicine and psychology. This body of work embraces

both ancient wisdom traditions and modern scientific practices, and offers an in-depth certification program to health care practitioners. Dr. Franklin has taught courses around the world and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences. She is co-author of Acutonics from Galaxies to Cells, Planetary Science, Harmony and Medicine, the author of numerous articles and a frequent contributor to Oriental Medicine Journal. Ellen received her doctorate in Psychology and Certificate in Jungian Studies from Saybrook University. Her doctoral research focused on the use of Acutonics for self- care to reduce severe stress in nurses.

Wendy E. Wagner, Ph.D.

The Psychology of Cancer – A New Paradigm

Wendy Wagner is currently living in Taos New Mexico. She received her Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 1980 and her Ph.D in Psychology from Summit University in 1994. She was certified as a Master Hypnotist in 1991 by the Heartwood Institute and certified as an Addictions Counselor in 1994 by the West Coast Institute of Addictive Studies. She is also a certified Life Coach.

Wendy has had a private counseling practice since receiving her Masters degree in 1980. She has also taught in schools and colleges and has worked as a family therapist with non-profit organizations in California and Hawaii. She specializes in smoking cessation, PTSD counseling, addiction recovery, pre and peri-natal counseling, infant and child development, teen and adult therapies. She has recently returned to New Mexico and is currently restarting her private counseling practice.

As a cancer survivor, Wendy is particularly interested in supporting illness and trauma recovery.

Sean Murphy, MFA & Lay Zen Teacher

Unwinding the Story: 5 Steps to Finding Freedom and Achieving Physical, Mental & Emotional Health

SEAN MURPHY has been a practitioner of Zen meditation for 30 years. The latest edition of his nonfiction chronicle of Zen in America, One Bird, One Stone, won a 2014 International Book Award. His debut novel, The Hope Valley Hubcap King, won the Hemingway Award for a First Novel. He is also the author of The Time of New Weather, which was named Best Novel in the 2009 National Press Women’s Communication Awards, and The Finished Man (all published by Bantam/Dell Books). A teacher of writing, meditation, creative writing and literature at the University of New Mexico-Taos, he also leads writing and meditation workshops for a variety of other organizations and conferences. He is the co-founder and Director of the nonprofit Sage Institute, which hosts an innovative Meditation Leader Training Program.

Margaret J Hansen, D.C.
“It’s All in Your Head”

Dr Margaret Hansen works at Taos Center for Natural Healing. She is a kinesiology chiropractor specializing in Emotional Balancing. This is emotional discovery and transformation that relieves physical symptoms or frees emotional constraints. 

In my thirty-five years of practice developing Educational Kinesiology, I have discovered that the subconscious can reveal itself through muscle testing. A learned dysfunctional emotional pattern can be collapsed and replaced with a new restorative pattern. This is the story of how that works.

Margaret will explain how we can make constructive changes to our subconscious mind, which basically runs the show, so we can be true to our finest natures.

Matthew Ryan, Pioneer of Gamma Wave Healing

Gamma Wave Healing: A new healing modality to facilitate Self Healing and Awakening

Matthew Ryan came to Taos, New Mexico in 2003, following love and searching for a deeper, and perhaps more mystical, connection with himself. After a Close Encounter with a UFO in 2004, his life took an unexpected change of direction into holistic healing. Since 2004, he has been working towards the development of the healing modality that he practices today, Gamma Wave Healing. Matthew’s practice is based in Taos and has grown to include clients spread across most of the USA, as well as Canada, Japan, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. He facilitates private healing sessions and teaches workshops, sharing the healing gifts that have developed during his years in Taos.

Jonell Mills, LMT & Somatic Educator

Put Pain in the Past with Solution Oriented Somatics

Jonell Mills is licensed in NM as a Massage Therapist and Independent Massage Therapy Instructor. She also is an artist, Strategic Intervention Coach and Somatic Educator. As a recreational and competitive athlete (she represented NZ in three sports over a 12-year period), and an outdoor worker working as a ski patroller, horse wrangler and bodyworker and a river guide, she has had many physical and neurological injuries, including PTSD and repeated concussions, reconstructive knee surgery and numerous sprains, strains and falls. This gives her the capacity to relate to her dinged and disoriented clients with humor and empathy. She remains very active and relatively pain free as she enjoys skiing, cycling and physical work.

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