Dates: September 12-14, 2008

Location: United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 3000 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton, Minnesota 55112

Purpose: To promote access to all health care information, services, treatments and products; to promote an understanding of the laws and factors impacting the right to access; and to promote the health of people of this nation.

Autumn Stringam, Author
Keynote Speaker, Friday Sept 12
“My Life Beyond Mental Illness: A Remedy And A Revolution”

Michael McCormack JD
Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker, Saturday Sept 13
“Toward a More Balanced Health System: Healing through the Lens of Freedom”

We invite you to join us for a
unified stance for health freedom.

For more information: Call (507) 663-9018; Email

Keynote Speaker, Awards Banquet, Saturday Sept 13th, 2008
“Toward a More Balanced Health System: Healing through the Lens of Freedom”

After practicing commercial litigation for over 20 years, Michael became a holistic lawyer in 2004, focusing on complementary health law, organizational consulting and personal coaching. He is an experienced mediator, author and speaker, and a former high school “street law” teacher in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from the Georgetown Law Center in 1984. He is a co-presenter for The Conscious Lawyer web program, and currently serves as President of Citizens for Health, the national non-profit organization advocating for health freedom and responsible health choices. A student of numerous complementary health modalities, Michael is an ordained minister and founder of the Tahoma Youth Basketball Association in Maple Valley, WA where he lives with his wife, Melissa and their five children. Contact: or visit:

Keynote Speaker, 7pm, Friday Sept 12th, 2008
“My Life Beyond Mental Illness: A Remedy And A Revolution”

Autumn Stringam is the second of nine children born to a mother who suffered from bipolar affective disorder; she developed the same illness. The story of her remarkable treatment has been featured in a documentary titled Impossible Cure? on the Discovery Health Channel; Canadian Living and Chatelaine magazines, and in her recently published book, A Promise of Hope: The Astonishing True Story of a Woman Afflicted With Bipolar Disorder and the Miraculous Treatment That Cured Her (HarperCollins 2007). As a public speaker, author of mental health resources, and political advocate for the mentally ill, she has spread the hope of recovery to thousands across North America and a growing worldwide audience. Autumn Stringam lives in Coaldale, Alberta, with her husband Dana and their four children.

Weekend At a Glance

Day: US Health Freedom Assembly
Evening: Keynote Speaker

Day: U.S. Health Freedom Assembly
Evening: Health Freedom Awards Banquet and Keynote Speaker

Day: Leadership Training Workshops
Afternoon 4:00 pm: Closing Circle

Interviews from Film Crew Friday-Sunday: Interviews by Documentarian Johanna Jones. Jones will be interviewing US and world leaders of the health freedom grass roots movement, highlighting historical moments in the movement and capturing the combined authority of the leaders. Jones’s hope is that the movement can unite and provide a strong message while each person offers his or her individual strength to further the united movement. She plans to produce a Public Service Announcement from her interviews.

Friday (Sept. 12)
8:00 am
9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks, Diane Miller, JD
“Increasing the Power and Voice of the Health Freedom Movement”
9:30 am
US Health Freedom Assembly Session I
“Forming the Assembly Circle”– Introductions
Overview – Current state and direction of health freedom movement
10:30 am
2007 Assembly Resolutions and Committee Reports
Status Reports & Follow Up
Were they effective?
11:30 pm
Lunch (boxed lunches provided)
12:30 pm
Special Presentation on Codex Status Presenter Scott Tips JD of the National Health Federation.
Codex Congressional Resolution presenter Clinton Miller
Followed by Assembly Developing a Codex Action Plan
Trilateral Charter US, Mexico, and Canada
Presenter Scott Tips JD of National Health Federation followed by Assembly Developing Action Plan
Canadian C-51 & C-52 Presenter TBA
Followed by Assembly Developing Action Plan
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
Report on Federal Issues and Introduction of Resolutions on Issues followed by development of an Industry Committee to suggest strategies to let us know how to strengthen access to natural products and protection from toxic products. Issues to be addressed:
Foods are not Drugs
Natural Products vs. Toxic Products and Models of Laws to Regulate
Herbal Regulation and Third Category
GMP Impact on Manufacturers and Consumers
Small Business Guidelines on Labeling
5:00 pm
Dinner on your own

Evening Program
7:00 pm Keynote Address – Autumn Stringam, Author
“My Life Beyond Mental Illness: A Remedy And A Revolution”

Saturday (Sept. 13)
9:00 am

US Health Freedom Assembly Session II
State Safe Harbor Exemption: Health Freedom laws for access to unlicensed practitioners and licensing and registration bills that impact them. Introduction by Diane Miller, JD
Assembly discussion:
Review of active legislation and bills
Safe Harbor laws
Distributors of Products that take client consultations
Mandatory Registration bills for unlicensed natural healers
Licensing of Naturopathic Physicians, Nutritionists, and Massage Therapists and other professions.
Approaches to licensing and registration groups
Develop Committees if needed.

12:00 pm
Lunch (boxed lunches provided)
1:30 pm
Committee Break-out Groups
Committees develop Action Plans to present to movement leaders
3:15 pm
Presentation of Committee Action Plans
5:00 pm
Assembly Adjourns
Evening Program
5:30 pm
Awards Banquet, Buffet style serving
6:30 pm
Awards Presentation

2008 Health Freedom Awardees Tributes

Michael McCormack, attorney for his supreme tenacity at protecting unlicensed healing practitioners in Washington against the Washington Department of Health.

Autumn Stringam, author, Promise of Hope, for her courage to heal and her courage to work to change the world to protect options for all consumers and for being a founder of the Women with Red Umbrellas.

Rick Jaffe, attorney and author, Galileo’s Laywer, for his passion for the truth in law and healing, and for vigorously defending people who are doing great healing work in the world.

Julie Kline, President of Trinity College, for her dedication to carrying on the work of health freedom and the grand initiation and implementation of the Health Freedom Expos now successfully being held around the country by Healthkeepers Alliance.

Larry Hanus, for his tenacity and courage to protect the right of mercury-free dentists to practice through his own story in Iowa of losing his dental license and working 13 years to obtain it back.

7:00 pm Keynote Address – Michael McCormack, JD
“Toward a More Balanced Health System: Healing through the Lens of Freedom”

Sunday (Sept. 14)
9:00 am

Welcome to Leadership Training

9:15 am
Workshop I: “Getting There” by Diane Miller, JD
Content: Where are you now? Where do you want to be? What is your bottom line?
Process: How to get what you want – lobbying a bill to passage!
9:45 am
Workshop II: Content Language: “Health Freedom Language Issues, Safe Harbor bills and Licensure Bills for Dieticians, Naturopaths, Massage Therapists” by Diane Miller, JD.
11:00 am
Workshop III: “Financial Support for Health Freedom Work” Special Fundraising through matching grants, membership drives, and industry support and fundraising materials and scripts. Presenter TBA
12:00 noon
Box Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm

Workshop IV: Your Health Freedom Toolbox (Tool Tables)
Shift Tables 1:25, 1:50, 2:15
Break 2:15-2:30
Shift Tables 2:55, 3:20, 3:45

I. Barometer: 
Table 1: Gathering the Forces: Gathering Advocates. Developing Organizations and Strong Team

II. Offense
Table 2: Design Solution and Supporting Materials: Assessment of Problem. Research. What do you want, Bill Language, Gathering Materials and Handouts, Resources
Table 3: Lobbying “For” a bill. Rallying the Troops and guiding a bill through the legislature, utilizing all the tools

III. Defense
Table 4: Lobbying “Against” a bill. Rallying the troops,
utilizing all the tools

IV. Communications
Table 5: Web/Internet/Email
Table 6: US Mail, Phone and letter writing campaigns,
Clinton Miller one-page faxes

V. Q&A. and summary

4:00 pm
Closing – Health Freedom Solidarity Circle

U.S Assembly Process
All Assembly Sessions will be facilitated by moderators. Voting Members will be seated in the Round. Other conference participants will observe with special times designated for observer participation. Voting Members may have alternate delegates to replace them when they wish.

U.S. Assembly Participants
1) Assembly Voting Organizations: All U.S. state and national health freedom organizations, and U.S. companies and associations working state-wide, nationally, or internationally for health freedom goals, are invited to apply as Voting Members and participate in the Assembly. (Contact Diane for application form.).

2) The Public: All members of the public are invited to attend the Assembly, witness the leadership discussions, and submit draft resolutions for consideration. In addition, all people are invited to participate fully in the Sunday training workshops.

Directions to United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Go to:


Map & Directions
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is located in New Brighton, Minn., approximately 15 minutes from either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul.

From 35W in Minneapolis:
Take 35W to the I-694 west exit. Continue on I-694 west to the Silver Lake Road exit. Go south (left) on Silver Lake Road to 5th Street NW (stoplight intersection). Go west (right) on 5th Street NW and drive approximately four blocks to the seminary, which is on the right.

From I-94 west in Minneapolis:
Take I-94 west to the I-694 east exit. Continue on I-694 east to the Silver Lake Road exit. Go south (right) on Silver Lake Road to 5th Street NW (stoplight intersection). Go west (right) on 5th Street NW and drive approximately four blocks to the seminary, which is on the right.

From I-94 west in St. Paul:
From I-94 west take Highway 280 north to 35W north. Continue on 35W to the I-694 west exit. Continue on I-694 west to the Silver Lake Road exit. Go south (left) to 5th Street NW (stoplight intersection). Go west (right) on 5th Street NW and drive approximately four blocks to the seminary, which is on the right.

Suggested Accommodations:

*Includes complimentary shuttle services to and from conference if requested at reservation and includes full hot breakfast buffet.

*Hampton Inn
1000 Gramsie Rd
Shoreview, Minnesota
To receive the special rate of $89 per night, call, 1-877-233-3194 or 651-482-0402 and give the group code of NHF, or go to
This rate includes complimentary hot breakfast. The Green Mill restaurant is on location at the hotel. This rate is based on availability and good only until August 11th, so please register early to ensure availability.

*Hilton Garden Inn
1050 Gramsie Road
Off intersection of Lexington and I-694 across from Hampton Inn and
Green Mill Restaurant.
Shoreview, Minnesota
Call soon to ensure availability 651-415-1956
Room rate $119/night
Rooms include microwave and small refrigerator.

United Theological Seminary Dormitory Apartments
Sleeps 4 in an apartment together
Bring own linens and blankets, Includes Kitchen and bath
$15/person / night limited space, possibly only 9 slots available.
Agree to leave in clean shape.
For more information or availability call:
Michelle Turnau at UTS: 651-255-6117

Registration Information:

Member*/Non-Member** Prices
Assembly/Conference Package
* $250/**$300
Friday Evening Keynote only
* $20/**$25
Saturday Awards Presentation and Keynote only
* $40/**$45
*You or your organization can become a first time or renewing member now with yearly dues, saving on your conference registration fees and receiving full member benefits, including our newsletter.
NHFC organizational membership
NHFC individual membership

NOTE: Assembly/Conference package includes tuition of program all three days, daily box lunch (Friday-Sunday), beverages and snacks at breaks, Health Freedom Awards Banquet catered buffet style, and Assembly/Conference packet.

To Register for the conference, click here.

To learn how to become a Voting Member of the US Assemblyclick here.

For information on Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefitsclick here.

For daily up-to-the-minute updates on the
National Health Freedom Conference, click here

NHFC Gratefully Acknowledges our Conference Sponsors:

Mastel’s Health Foods

Read more about our sponsors

(This event is not sponsored by the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities)

For more information: Call (507) 663-9018; Email