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BodyEcology Introduction

English (US)
0   CEUs

Price Free
Course Overview

This is a free introductory course to the full-length BodyEcology Course. It provides a basic understanding of the human microbiome. In this introduction, you will hear a lecture from Dr. John Veltheim on the microbiome and its implications in health, disease and the current medical paradigm. You will also hear an interview with John and course co-creator Laura Stuve, Ph.D. as they answer questions about some of the fascinating research on the microbiome and other topics we can expect to learn in even greater depth in the BodyEcology course.

“Microbiome is a fancy name that covers all the bugs in our body. They can be bacteria, they can be parasites, and many other forms of single-cell organisms that are there for a function. We all talk about bugs; in fact, a lot of us call them germs, and we tend to think of bugs as bad things... and that’s why we have to take antibiotics or do BodyChemistry techniques... but the fact of the matter is that [most] of the bugs we have in our bodies are good guys,” says Dr. John Veltheim. 

This introductory course also provides insights into the Human Microbiome Project and provides a Sneak Peek into the 174-page BodyEcology manual.

Course Creators


Dr. John Veltheim

John Veltheim is the founder of The BodyTalk System. He is cofounder of both the International BodyTalk Association and the International BodyTalk Foundation, which helps fund research and offers BodyTalk Access to people in places where healthcare is not readily available.

He is formally trained as a chiropractor and acupuncturist and served as Principal of the Brisbane College of Acupuncture and Natural Therapies for five years. Dr. Veltheim's extensive postgraduate studies include applied kinesiology and Bioenergetic therapy. He has also studied osteopathy and sports medicine.

His other areas of expertise include counseling, comparative philosophy, and theology. John also has extensive knowledge in the field of quantum physics and consciousness and has spent much time lecturing internationally on these topics.

Dr. Veltheim has written numerous magazine and journal articles on BodyTalk and his other fields of knowledge. Dr. Veltheim’s work has also been published in the Journal of Alternative Medicine Research. The journal’s publishers were so impressed with his development of The BodyTalk System, they dedicated an entire volume solely to articles about BodyTalk.

He is the published author of several books on the topics of Reiki, acupuncture and BodyTalk. He has created numerous BodyTalk courses and developed the PaRama BodyTalk program where science meets healing at the highest level.

Laura Stuve, Ph.D.

Laura Stuve is a Ph.D. molecular biologist, an Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, PaRama BodyTalk Practitioner, and Advanced Certified BodyTalk Instructor. She spent 25 years doing research in human molecular genetics in both academia and the biotechnology industry, before transitioning into BodyTalk. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco and went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, working on the Human Genome Project. She has directed numerous research projects focused on the investigation of the genetic basis of human disease.

Laura's lifelong interest in alternative healing, Chinese medicine, dream interpretation and shamanism led her to discover BodyTalk. Laura has been practicing BodyTalk since 2005 and became a Certified BodyTalk Instructor in 2009. She teaches BodyTalk Fundamentals, Fundamentals Integration, Macrocosmic Bodymind (Mod 6), and BodyTalk Access. Additionally, Laura has a mentoring program for training BodyTalk students that provides a structured instructor-facilitated environment for learning BodyTalk.

Laura directed a pilot clinical research study for BodyTalk, working with Dr. Janet Galipo, Advanced Senior BodyTalk Instructor, in 2010 through 2012. This study showed very compelling results demonstrating the effectiveness of BodyTalk in treatment of chronic pain conditions.


“Every person is a collective, a vast and complex gathering of interdependent life. Any description of ‘human’ must acknowledge these intimate strangers. Our bond with microbes is such that they are not so much riders, parasites, and assistants as part human. And we, it’s becoming increasingly clear, may need to begin thinking of ourselves as part microbe.”

― Guy P. Harrison

Course Outline

While this is an introductory course, a number of topics are touched upon in the lecture and interviews with John and Laura. Topics addressed include:

  • Microbial overview
  • Good “bugs” versus bad “bugs”
  • Microbe roles and consciousness
  • How we damage good microbes
  • Microbes of mouth, intestinal tract, skin, sinuses
  • Relationships/communication of microbe species
  • Microbiome associations with mental health
  • Microbiome development at birth
  • Role of mind in the body’s ecology
  • Research insights
  • BodyTalk applications