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2016 Convention and Tradeshow Schedule

2016 Convention and Tradeshow Schedule

The Chronic Disease Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together

November 4-6, 2016
Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, ON

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The event was a big success and we couldn’t have done it without all of our valued members who joined us on N0vember 4-6th. Take a look at just how much fun we had!


Friday, November 4th, 2016

Registration is open from 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Breakout Session B1 (10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m)

The Interplay of Amino Acids Cytokine Modulation and Botanicals in Autoimmune Conditions and the Implications for Clinical Practice

10:00 a.m – 11:30 am.

This workshop will explore both laboratory and clinical research, regarding the role of amino acids in autoimmune conditions and the control of cytokines that are essential in mediating inflammatory reactions. The interplay and activation of these immunomodulatory systems with botanicals will be discussed. Laboratory and case examples will be presented including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Ulcerative Colitis.

Presented by: Dr.  Carolyn F. Mercer, BSc, ND
CE Credits: 1.5 Category A * Pending

Ancient Techniques in Modern Medicine: Abdominal Acupuncture & The Sacred Turtle In Chronic Disease and Pain Management

10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m

This session will explore the principles of the Sacred Turtle (as taught at the Zhejiang Hospital in Hangzhou China) including; the 3 levels of needle insertion and their indicated use, point location, general indications and contraindications, and how to achieve immediate pain relief using this technique. This session will provide practical information leading to powerful immediate and effective clinical results.

Presented by: Dr. Valerie Franc, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A *Pending

Natural Therapies for Chronic Inflammatory Conditions with Non-Thermal Laser

10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m

This session will help you gain a basic understanding of photo medicine (light therapy) – how specific wavelengths of light stimulate natural responses of the body to accelerate healing and reduce inflammation. You will learn the key parameters of laser technology; difference between Class 3 non-thermal lasers (which are used for bio-stimulative light therapy) vs. Class 4 ablative surgical lasers, and other LED based technologies. This session will review clinical outcomes of non-thermal laser therapy with case studies.

Presented by : Dr. Bob Van Horlick, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A * Pending

Sponsored by: Theralase

Boxed Lunch (11:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m)

Intensive (12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m)

The “Big Rocks” Cure For Chronic Disease – Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle

12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m

In this session you will review the latest research on low-carb diets, exercise and lifestyle factors and their potential benefits for reversing chronic disease conditions. The “Big Rocks” – diet, exercise and lifestyle – are often the most powerful weapons for reversing and correcting chronic diseases. He will provide detailed strategies and protocols, as well as review difficult case studies, that can be implemented with patients to help reverse chronic disease progression and help patients achieve their health goals.

Presented by: Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND, CSCS, ISSN

CE Credits: 3 Category A* Pending

How Biography Becomes Biology: The Role of Trauma in Chronic Disease

12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m

In this session you will gain a working knowledge of the theory, latest research and available resources on the impact of childhood trauma in adult disease, including an understanding of what qualifies as “trauma”. You will learn practical therapeutic techniques for incorporating the treatment of stress and childhood trauma, and its impact, in clinical treatment of chronic diseases You will define and explore “narrative medicine” as a modality for healing the patient’s biography (which will add missing pieces to their ‘chronic disease puzzle’) to support curing their biology.

Presented by: Dr. Paul Epstein, ND

Ce Credits: 3 Category A * Pending

Hahnemannian Disease Classification, a framework for the development of a holistic understanding of a case and treatment of the cause

12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m

This session will demonstrate how to understand a case and address that which needs to be cured, thereby increasing the likely-hood of a positive outcome, minimizing trial and error and reducing costs. This session will review Hahnemann’s disease classification, the role of supression, environmental toxins, the issue of curability, and the role of palliation and prevention. Case examples will be examined in order to make what could be theoretical into a very practical and useable approach.

Presented by: Dr. John Millar, BSc, ND, DHANP

CE Credits: 3 Category A * Pending

Patient Specific Botanical Compounding: From Intake Sheet to Prescription Pad

12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m

In this session the attendees will be taken through a multi-step template that helps them organize their information on the intake form and produce a program and prescription that they can be confidant in. Pathological conditions of chronic diseases will be described in their physiological expression and energetic patterns.  Symptoms and lab work will be integrated into the picture.  Causal nodes will be highlighted with secondary conditions and symptoms organically clustered together to establish a strategy and entrance point to the web of physiological activity.  Herb lists cross-referenced by action and tissue tropism will be discussed. A deeper look into psychoneuroimmunology will give attendees insights to dealing with the complexities of chronic disease as it is expressed in different body systems simultaneously.  What is the Vis saying? We will find out.

Presented by: John Redden, RH

CE Credits: 3 Category A *Pending

Break 3:00 p.n – 3:30 p.m

Keynote (3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m)

The Elephants in the Waiting Room – Environmental Exposures That Are Making Your Patients Sick

3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m

Most clinicians are aware of the standard environmental exposures that cause illness: mercury, lead, arsenic, solvents from cleaning products, etc. There are exposures however, that have not received the attention they deserve due to their immune destabilizing, GI tract altering, endocrine disrupting and mitochondrial poisoning effects.  Because testing for these toxicants is not included in standard integrative laboratory testing, and education about assessment and treatment of their effects is lacking, they go undetected and untreated most of the time. This presentation will review the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for conditions resulting from common exposures to mold and mycotoxins, glyphosate-contaminated foods, electromagnetic frequencies, and metals like thallium and manganese that are rarely treated but frequently encountered.

Presented by: Dr. Lyn Patrick, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A * Pending

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Registration and Breakfast  is open from 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Keynote (8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m)

Mitochondria: Keys to Chronic Disease

8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m

Mitochondropathies are at the root of many chronic diseases.
This session will cover how to: Discriminate the dietary causes of mitochondrial stress and protective dietary measures; recognize the scope of illness that can result from mitochondropathy; understand the unique biology of these organelles: recognize the nutritional requirements for mitochondrial resuscitation and biogenesis.
Return to clinical practice with effective prevention strategies and naturopathic therapies applicable to virtually all chronic degenerative disorders.

Presented by: Dr. Neil McKinney, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A * Pending

Sponsored by: Nutritional Fundamentals for Health

Tradeshow Break 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m

Breakout Session B2 (10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m)

Strategies for Prescribing Bioidentical Hormonal Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m

Knowing when and how to use BHRT can change the lives of your female patients. This session will review: Understanding the process of natural menopause, perimenopause, PCOS, PMS, Infertility, and post-menopause case studies; how to identify and rule out the role of cortisol dysregulation and other differential diagnoses in hormonal symptoms; review of bioidentical estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, progesterone; understanding hormonal lab testing including how to order, read and utilize the tests; reviewing lab options: 4 point
salivary cortisol and DHEA; benefits and risks of HRT and how to share these with patients; prescribing, dosing, route of administration; how to monitor patients on BHRT.

Presented by: Dr. Kristy Prouse, BA, BSc, MD, FRCS(C)

Ce Credits: 1.5 Category A (0.5 General, 1.0 Pharma) * Pending


Essential “Steps to Healing” in Chronic Disease Management

10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m

This session will introduce the “Steps to Healing” program based on the
techniques of drainage and oligotherapy. This session will review: Using the “Steps to Healing” as a guide to “Do no Harm” and guarantee positive results: understand the rational for using drainage techniques in chronic diseases; why treating the “disease” can fail when addressing chronic disease; effective treatment protocols for dysbiosis and case management of chronic disease.

Presented byL Dr. Mikhael Adams, BSc, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (1.0 General, 0.5 Pharma) * Pending

Sponsored by: Seroyal

Naturopathic Regulation: Are We Really Free Range? (Jurisprudence Session)

10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m

A comprehensive review of what you need to know about delegation, referrals, mandatory reporting and telemedicine.

This 90 minute presentation will review:

  •  mandatory reporting – what you must report and when
  • mandatory referrals – when you have to refer your patients to other regulated health professionals
  • the dos and don’ts of delegating controlled acts to others
  • what you need to know before practicing telemedicine
  • how some NDs are ending up in hot water and how you can easily prevent it from happening to you


Presented by: Dr. Sylvi Martin, RN, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (Jurisprudence) * Pending

Lunch and Tradeshow Break 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m

Keynote (1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m)

Fear Not the Thyroid, Your Powerful Ally!

1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m

We all value small interventions that can provide profound benefits to patients.  Thyroid support can be one such intervention.  Supporting the metabolism can be extremely helpful even when managing conditions for which “thyroid” might not immediately come to mind.  Dr. Wilson will provide an update on recent research about the influence of thyroid health on metabolic syndrome, diabetes, inflammation, heart health, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and others.  This session will also provide a straight forward approach to assessing and monitoring the metabolic rate that will allay your fears and give you access to the beneficial power of thyroid support.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to discuss conditions recently reported in the literature to be affected by thyroid function, that don’t normally call “thyroid” to mind for physicians
  • Be able to name the two parameters that are most useful in removing mystery and providing mastery in evaluating the effectiveness of the thyroid system.
  • Be inspired to get into the habit of checking body temperatures in every patient, no matter what condition(s) is/are being treating.
  • Thyroid support handout will be provided

Presented by: Dr. Denis Wilson, MD

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A *Pending

Tradeshow Break 3:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m

Breakout Session B3 (4:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m)

Strategies for the Resolution of Chronic Disease using Concentrated Gemmotherapy

4:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m

Used since Egyptian times gemmo’s offer both the energetics of unpasteurized vital stem cells and scientifically proven actions such as detox and immune system support.You will learn: the history of gemmotherapy and the difference betweenConcentrated Gemmo’s vs 1DH Dilutions; research behind several key gemmo’s useful in chronic disease

Presented by: Dr. Kurt Stauffert, BASc, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (1.25 General, 0.25 Pharma) *Pending

Sponsored by: Bio Lonreco

How to Convey Your Message Through the Media: An Introductory Workshop to Become a Media Spokesperson

4:00 p.m – 5:30 p.m

Are you (or do you want to be) the spokesperson at your clinic or company? Do you have a memorable message to deliver to media or do you worry how to answer a challenging media question with confidence? Attend this 90 minute media training workshop and learn from Eileen’s 30 years of PR expertise helping executives and healthcare practitioners to become effective spokespeople. The workshop will provide a better understanding of media relations and tips for being an effective spokesperson.

Presented by: Eileen Tobey, President and Founder of beSPEAK Communications Inc.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category B

Pediatric Oncology and Naturopathic Medicine – An Integrative Approach and Long Term Survival Guide

4: 00 p.m – 5:30 p.m

This presentation will have two main overarching objectives: (1) how to manage pediatric oncology patients in practice and, (2) how to assess and monitor adult survivors of childhood cancers with naturopathic medicine.
Through a review of epidemiology, current evidence and case reports, attendees will be provided with strategies and information on how to manage these patients in practice and when to refer for further assessment and care.

Presented by: Dr. Mark Fontes, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A *Pending

Sponsored by: Dr. Rogers Prize


Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Registration and Breakfast  is open from 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Breakout Session B4 (8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m)

The Importance of Addressing Motor Planning in the Treatment of Developmental Delays

8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m

Impaired mitochondrial function impacts motor planning which plays a role in language, social, behavioural and motor skills for children  diagnosed with conditions such as autism, ADHD, speech/language delay, Cerebral Palsy, and learning disabilities. Addressing mitochondrial function through assessment of toxic exposures combined with diet and supplementation strategies to improve motor planning can have a dramatic impact on treatment and developmental outcome.

Presented by: Dr. Sonya Doherty, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A *Pending

Sponsored by: Xymogen

Advanced Reproductive and Adrenal Hormones – From Testing to Treatment

8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m

This presentation will guide clinicians in developing best practices to monitor hormones and initiate and execute treatment strategies. The pros and cons of different testing modalities will be reviewed. This session will cover the pros and cons of serum, saliva and urine testing for reproductive and adrenal hormones. It will review the recent advances in testing and treating the HPAaxis. You will learn the when, where and how to monitor reproductive hormones in men and women without HRT and the complications of monitoring HRT.

Presented by: Mark Newman, M.S.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A *Pending

Sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Analytical

Solving the Lyme and Tick-Borne Illnesses Puzzle: Clinical Pearls and Cases

8:00 a.m – 9:30 a.m

This presentation will use clinical cases to relate the most effective treatments for chronic conditions arising from tick-borne illnesses. This session will dispel the erroneous belief that Lyme disease is the sole concern for patients with tick bites. She also highlights factors that affect treatment of chronic Lyme disease including heavy metals, detoxification, methylation, biofilms, and mold, among others. Protocols for treating Lyme and co-infections as well as chronic yeast, parasites, and viruses will be discussed. Participants will come away with protocols for Monday morning and a better understanding on how
to diagnose and effectively treat lyme disease.

Presented by: Dr. Marie Matheson, ND

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A *Pending

Tradeshow Break 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m

Case Study Workshops (10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m)

Case Study Workshops

10:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m

Delegates registered for case study workshops will be contacted prior to convention to submit their cases, whereby the speaker will select a few to workshop during their session.

They include:

Cancer as a Chronic Disease
Presented by: Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur, ND

Optimizing Immune Resiliency
Presented by: Dr. Verna Hunt, DC, ND

IVIT for Cancer as a Chronic Disease
Presented by: Dr. Eric Marsden, BSc, ND

Autoimmunity and Neurotoxicity
Presented by: Dr. Walter Crinnion


CE Credits: 2 Category B *Pending

Lunch and Tradeshow Break 12:30 p.m- 2:30 p.m

Keynote (2:30 p.m - 4:00 p.m)

An Integrative Naturopathic Approach to Autoimmune Disease: Entering the New Proactive Era of Prediction

2:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m

Autoimmune disease is a complex entity requiring clinicians to use a wide-lens perspective. This presentation will review a proactive integrative, systems biology approach to address autoimmune disease, including a suggested strategy, clinical algorithm, and discussion of why females are at increased risk. The role of estrogen and other hormones, the GI microbiota, food immune reactions, stealth infections and molecular mimicry in autoimmune disease pathogenesis will be explored along with how these may serve as leverage points for naturopathic clinical interventions. The hygiene hypothesis and
changes in early environmental antigen exposure will also be explored. New opportunities for proactive screening for at-risk subjects for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and others using emerging predictive antibody testing will also be reviewed and discussed from the perspective of the naturopathic doctor.

Presented by: Dr. David Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (1.25 general, 0.25 Pharma) *Pending

Sponsored by: Designs for Health