Words of wisdom from the 2014 IIN March Conference

by Judy Griffin on March 22, 2014

Christiane Northrup, MD

Christiane Northrup, M

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington


Deepak Chopra, MD

Joshua Rosentha: Founder of IIN

Joshua Rosentha: Founder of IIN












One of the things I love most about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is that once you enroll you are welcomed into the IIN Family, which offers so many valuable benefits and perks. As a 2009 graduate and Ambassador to IIN I have had the opportunity to advance my education through immersion programs, nutrition, conferences, webinars, IIN Presentations, book signings, and online forums.

I really admire the innovations and enhancements Joshua Rosenthal and his staff continues to offer us.   They never just rest on their laurels but rather strive to keep reaching for the stars.  This truly inspires me to raise the bar in the programs and resources I offer to my clients.

I just enrolled in their first Book Launch Program where a group of about 200 of us are writing our books with the support of IIN and our colleagues. I have had a book in me for years but with the support, guidance and accountability this program offers I am determined to see it through fruition.

I attended IIN live before it became the largest online nutrition school in the world. I really enjoyed the group energy I found in the in person training program in NYC. I love that they offer their existing students and alumni a taste of this connection via their live conferences and meet-ups. The positive energy at these conferences really ignites and inspires anyone present or even viewing virtually.

I was thrilled to attend the 2014 Integrative Nutrition Conference a few weeks ago. Now I have been at many IIN conferences but this was my favorite to date.

To offer you a window into this inspiring conference I wanted to share the impressive line-up of outstanding health and wellness experts and the nourishing wisdom they shared.

Christiane Northrup, MDInternationally known speaker, author, physician, pioneer in holistic health and known for her empowering approach to woman’s health and wellness.

For years I hoped that Dr. Christiane Northrup would be a featured IIN speaker so I was absolutely thrilled to listen to her inspiring, lively and passionate presentation. I am a huge fan as I have read her books, seen her speak and have enrolled in her online classes.

She is such an effervescent and lighthearted women that exudes confidence joy, passion, and vibrancy. She is a woman so in touch with her essence and sensuality and comfortable in her body.  Here is just a sprinkling of the golden nuggets she shared with us.

It all starts with the mother. 

  • Healthy digestion and immunity begin in how we were born fed and cared for in infancy.
  • Early life experience with nurturing creates our basic emotional wiring.
  • “The Mom drinks in the baby as the baby nurses.”
  • The truths about are childhood is stored up in our bodies.  Our bodies register everything
  • Unresolved wounds of childhood (abandonment, guilt, shame, betrayal) all produce small amounts of inflammatory responses responsible for all disease.

“The number one problem most patients face is the inability to love themselves.”~ Bernie Siegel

Addictions are a solution to the problem of unresolved pain. Opiates including sugar relieve emotional pain.

“You must feel it to heal It.” ~ It’s a Body-Mind-Spirit Connection.

“Inside act to love yourself well.’ Feed Yourself.”

Live Sweet Life-components include dance, laughter, sunshine, nutrition, food clean air, water, sex, pleasure and joy, and connection between food and community.

Divine love is the most powerful healing force in the universe.

  • The electromagnetic field of heart is 5,000 times stronger than the electromagnetic field of the brain. (This is evident scientifically since it can be read on an echocardiogram.)
  • Our heart energy can be felt a few feet outside of our body. We can actually feel people’s love.

Her words always resonate for me. She always inspires me to look at the whole picture and nourish my body, heart and soul.


Arianna Huffington, Founder of The HuffingtonPost and reknowned author of 14 books. Her latest book is Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. This book describes the 3rd metric as the missing link in describing success in business and in life, which is our well being and contribution to society. This goes well beyond the traditional focus of money and power.

Arianna was such an engaging, witty, passionate and inspiring presenter. She is surprisingly down to earth and someone I’d love to have a lunch with her. She continues to lead an extremely impressive career and has created a vital workplace that every company should model.

3rd Metric has 4 Pillars

  1. Well being
  2. Wisdom
  3. Wonder
  4. Giving

Ignore that voice in your head. That obnoxious roommate, She is much worse for women. She is so judgmental. Remind yourself that you are not your thoughts or feelings.

“Live life as though everything was rigged in your favor.”

“Sleep your way to the top! Sleeping just 4-5 hours a night should not be a badge of honor!”

“Recharge so you can be fully present and creative.”

“Put your hand on your heart and know what is important. Start with leading a sustainable and healthy life.”

Arianna has inspired me to get to bed earlier since I am one to stay up and burn the midnight hours. This is an ongoing work in progress.


Deepak Chopra, M.D. -Founder of the Chopra Center for Well being

World-renowned author and inspirational speaker, alternative medicine guru practitioner, and author of more than 65 books.

Deepak Chopra never ceases to impress. His presentations are always enlightening, uplifting, inspiring and informative

Our entire reality relies on our sense of self. Otherwise you will rely on what others think. This living connection is the only thing that can bring about health.

Consciousness creates reality; Healing is the return of the memory to wholeness.

I’m a luminous stardust being with self awareness.”

I was amazed at these statistics. Only 5% of human genes are influenced solely by genetics. 95% can be influenced by lifestyle choices and the state of our consciousness.  Your thoughts can turn genes on or off. It all starts with your sense of self.  Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions regulate our immune system and brain function. Our well being applies to our whole ecosystem.

“The brain heart connection is the dance that controls our biology.”

“Love is the highest intelligence of the universe. It’s the glue that holds everything together.”

“Your well-being is the best predictor of what will happen to you in the future.”

“We have an inner intelligence that mirrors the wisdom of the universe of our soul.

Deepak Chopra exudes such a calming energy and always inspired me to get quiet and listen to my soul.

Walter Willet, MD, Chair of the Harvard Nutrition Department

Although he may not be the most captivating speaker he always offers a wealth of solid nutrition information backed up by documented research.  Believes the USDA Food Pyramid is unhealthy and created the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate to replace it.

  • Studied the link between diet and health for decades and links diets high in red meat to disease
  • His findings for women’s health and nutrition from the extensive Nurses Study correlates alcohol use to heart disease and breast cancer.
  • Believes lifestyle is chiefly responsible for Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Breast Cancer and Endometrial Cancer the majority of the time


Harville Hendrix, PH.D, World-renowned relationship expert and author of Getting the Love you Want.

  • As a baby we have joy but we lose this capacity over time. We need to feel safe otherwise we get anxious and defensive.
  • Negativity creates anxiety and is the disease of the human race and the default mechanism of our brains. 
  • Devaluation of another person blocks access to higher cerebral functioning like problem solving and romance.
  • It’s the human dream to live without judgment. Look at everyone with eyes of love. If we judge we can not love.
  • Put down is the toxin of the human ecosystem.
  • Rather than putting a partner down share what you appreciate about them. What you affirm grows what you pay attention to grows larger.

“Conversation is the most common experience we have.”


Gretchen Rubin, author of the Happiness Project

Can we affect our level of Happiness? We can push our ranges up or down by the way we think or act.

  • Happy people are generally healthier; more interested, and make better team members.
  • Introduced ways to cultivate and sustain healthier habits to help in achieving goals.
  • Outer order leads to inner calm. This is so important in achieving goals
  • Make realistic resolutions in working on your own happiness.
  • Physical appearance affects the emotional landscape.

Uses “The Four Rubin Tendencies” as a framework for understanding how or why we live up to both internal and external expectations and how this impacts our level of happiness.

  1. Upholders -respond readily to deadlines and outer and inner expectations.
  2. Questioners -question all expectations. It must make sense.
  3.  Rebels -resist all expectations. They are free spirits. (smallest category)
  4. Obligers –meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet inner expectations.

I think I am a combination of 1,2, & 3. How about you?


Dr. Kristi Hughes-ND – Associate Director of Medical Education at The Institute for Functional Medicine

Functional Nutrition:

  • The art of bringing the heart back into medicine.
  • Creates a partnership and moves forward the space of healing.
  • We’re not managing the diagnosis but instead how it is that it arrived here.
  • Focus on the patient’s story and timeline. This is the crucial piece that is typically missing in conventional medicine.
  • Shifts the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach.
  • Addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

Her presentation inspired me to find a practitioner  trained in functional medicine.


We enjoyed yoga with Tara Stiles and  Sarina Jain taught us her Masala Bhangra  dance along with a few other interesting speakers.


Great to meet some new friends over lunch.


Enjoyed spending the day with my lovely friend & colleague Marianne Bochilo







So which one of these experts would you like to see live? Who’s you favorite Health and Wellness expert? Please share here. I would love to hear from you.

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