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11:30AM: Nurture What Nature Gave You.... A Conversation Around Microbiome Health During Pregnancy, Delivery and Early Childhood - Nature has designed the birth process to ensure that babies get certain bacteria at precisely the right time as they enter the world from the womb. Join the conversation as Nikole Paulos, L.M., C.P.M., Dr. Michelle Hansen, N.D., ancestral chef Monica Ford and Dani Rhoades, N.C. explore why this maternal heritage should be nurtured to ensure optimum digestion, nutrition and immunity from infancy through our elder years.  

1:00PM: The Critical Role of Fungi in Digestive Health - It's not just about the bacteria. After over 20 years of research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Ghannoum’s work on the microbiome has converged into one of the biggest discoveries in digestive health. Listen as he shares his journey and insights about the important role that fungi play in sustaining our microbiome.

2:00PM: The Extraordinary Universe of Bacteria, Fungi and Beyond! - In the last few years we have begun the exciting process of decoding the massive DNA database of bacteria and fungi. In the earliest stages of this effort, we have come to realize that human genes are only the beginning of human life and as we enter the world, we are quickly programmed at the genetic level by the complex ecosystem around us. Every breath you take, every drink of water, every bite of food has the ability to change the output of your genes. Dr. Zach Bush, M.D., of Biomic Sciences and Restore, will fascinate you with why bacteria and fungi, and their relationship to you, is the secret to human health and disease. 

3:00PM: Slow Food Ventura County / SBFF Microbiome Study Results - This spring, SBFF collaborated with Slow Food Ventura County, our non-profit partner, to conduct a series of studies with uBiome, BIOHM Health and HRI labs on the effects of fermented foods, a fungal/bacterial probiotic and glyphosate on the microbiome of study participants. After much anticipation, the results are in and what we discovered may surprise you. Our team of microbiologists, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoun of BIOHM Health, Dr. Theresa Rogers, Ph.D., of California Lutheran University, Susan Cousineau, M.S., and glyphosate expert, Dr. Zach Bush, M.D., will guide us through what we discovered and the correlation between bacteria, fungi and environmental impacts on our health.