OANDCon 2021: Virtual Event

OANDCon 2021: Virtual Event

October 16 - 13 2021

Details

Welcome to our 2021 Virtual OANDCon.
We have transformed our original three day in-person event to two separate Saturdays this Fall. Each convention day will have 6 Cateogry A CE Credits, and will include some sponsor fun as well so you don’t miss out on some of our valued corporate partners and past exhibitors of ours.

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Date & TimeSession
Saturday, October 16, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Opening KeynotePlanetary Health and Individual Health Co-Benefits: Empowering Clinicians with Dr. Leslie Solomonian, ND
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Breakout 1Gut Zebras: When the Usual GI Treatments Don’t Work with Dr. Kim Bretz, ND
Reversing Insulin Resistance in an Aging Population with Dr. David Duizer, ND
12:30 PM - 1:00 PMCommercial Break
1:00 PM - 2:30 PMBreakout 1: Evaluating your Patients’ Immunometabolism: The Foundation of Resilience and Wellbeing with Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND
Breakout 2: Immune Support During Chemotherapy in Cancer Care with Dr. Mark Fontes, ND
2:30 PM - 3:00 PMCommercial Break
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMBreakout 1: Using High-Dose Vitamins and Minerals with Confidence with Dr. Carissa Doherty, ND; Sponsored by NFH Inc
Breakout 2: Functional Medicine and Immunity in Novel Times with Dr. Robert Silverman, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, MS, CCN, CNS, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP, CES, HKC, FAKTR
Saturday, November 13, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:00 AMOpening Keynote: Viral Pandemics: Supporting Long Haulers Through a Chronic Inflammation and Metabolic Disease Lens with Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD; Sponsored by Restorative Formulations
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMBreakout 1: Improving Insulin Resistance with Integrated Genetics with Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, ND; Sponsored by Atrium Innovations
Breakout 2: Botanicals for Immune and Respiratory Health with Dr. Bob Scott, ND, MS; Sponsored by ProMedics
12:30 PM - 1:00 PMCommercial Break
1:00 PM - 2:30 PMBreakout 1: Stress as an Immune Disease: Adaptogens for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression with Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, ND, RH; Sponsored by St. Francis Herb Farm
Breakout 2: Drainage and Detox During a Colossal Toxicological Experiment with Dr. Jesse Pierce, ND; Sponsored by NFH Inc.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PMCommercial Break
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMBreakout 1: Cortisol: A Liver-Centric Approach with Dr. George Gillson, MD, PhD; Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Analytical
Breakout 2: Incorporating Medicinal Mushrooms into your Clinical Practice with Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC; Sponsored by TallGrass Natural Health

OANDCon Day #1: Saturday, October 16, 2021

Dr. Leslie Solomonian, ND
Session: Planetary Health and Individual Health Co-Benefits: Empowering Clinicians
Saturday, October 16; 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

CE Credits:  1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
Although naturopathic principles are deeply aligned with those necessary for Planetary Health, clinicians have expressed that emphasizing social and ecological determinants takes away from the management of individual health concerns. However, determinants of health are complexly interwoven. Neglecting concepts of sustainability and planetary well-being in the office disregards the principle of treating the whole. Informed consent requires patients to be aware of the risks, costs, benefits and alternatives of recommended treatments; this should include a consideration of impact on our collective biosphere and society. Many recommendations made in the practice of naturopathic medicine are beneficial for both the planet as well as for individuals.This session will engage participants in a critical reflection of ways in which naturopathic practice promotes or detracts from planetary health. A hierarchy of sustainable therapeutics will be collaboratively generated. Participants will be encouraged to make an actionable pledge to prioritize planetary health in their practices (​Wabnitz et al).

What You Will Learn:

  1. Identify at least five clinical recommendations that have both planetary and individual benefits
  2. Empower participants to consider the impact of clinical recommendations on planetary health
  3. Build capacity of participants to translate advocacy for planetary health to clinical recommendations
  4. Cultivate an attitude of responsibility among naturopathic doctors to promote and protect planetary health through clinical practice

Leslie is Associate Professor at CCNM where she has been on faculty for the past 15 years. She isa long-time advocate for environmental and social causes, most recently in the realm ofPlanetary Health. She co-founded Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental and Social Trust in order to support the naturopathic profession in taking action for these critically important determinants of health. She is at the tail end of a Master degree in Public Health in family and community medicine with a specialization in community organizing; she likes to think of it as aMasters of Activism. Leslie is committed to spend the second half of her career elevating the capacity of the naturopathic profession to agitate for Planetary Health. Leslie is the author of the textbook Naturopathic and Integrative Pediatrics; promoting the health of the planet is critical for promoting the health of the next generation.

Dr. Kim Bretz, ND
Session: Gut Zebras: When the Usual GI Treatments Don’t Work
Saturday, October 16; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Course Sponsor:

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:

Our ability to treat many standard gut conditions is strong. But what happens when you’re doing the things that normally work and the results aren’t what you expect? 

We’re trained to think about horses when we hear hoofbeats (even if it might be a slightly exotic horse with SIBO) – but what about when it is actually a zebra? This session will review some of the gut-related zebras as well as some conditions that are not necessarily always considered a truly gut based but can be lost in digestive-based symptoms. Through research & cases, we’ll look at what we might want to consider when the hoofbeats aren’t coming from horses.  

What You Will Learn:

  1. Identify symptoms that can indicate conditions you might be seeing a zebra (i.e. stop treating SIBO 4x in a row or doing an IgG test repeatedly if the condition is not improving and instead take a clear look at whether we are missing something) – through the use of labs/physical/intake
  2. Review of gastrointestinal & extra-gastrointestinal conditions that are less commonly seen in clinical practice but can be hidden causes of GI symptoms 
  3. Review of why it’s often not zebras – how to not hear zebras all the time when taking to patients 

A passionate international public speaker, Dr. Kim Bretz, ND regularly presents to universities, corporations and agencies. She also lectures for healthcare professionals on the microbiota, strain-specific probiotics and gastrointestinal health. With teaching experience at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy, she was the Clinical Lead in a research trial with Spagnuolo Research Lab.

Dr. David Duizer, ND
Session: Reversing Insulin Resistance in an Aging Population
Saturday, October 16; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:

As experts in the field of Lifestyle medicine and with a keen focus on prevention NaturopathicDoctors are poised to be leaders in the reversal of the metabolic syndrome epidemic. Reversing insulin resistance through Naturopathic Medicine can help to add quality years of life to an aging, unwell population.Through the presentation of a holistic approach that includes key target management, an advanced glucose monitoring style, a non-invasive supplemental and herbal prescription protocol and an evidence-based, sustainable exercise and nutrition routine this session set clinicians up for success in difficult cases of metabolic derangement.Using recent research, including placebo-controlled trials, clinical experience as well as case-studies Dr. Duizer provides his framework for successful insulin resistance reversal. This protocol brings studied practices to clinicians for immediate usage including HOMA-IR and relative fat mass analysis, an easy-to-implement CGM protocol, progressive overload training and a low carb diet/fasting protocol combo to support safe, long-term patient success.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Basics of assessment and case management for insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes including the use of laboratory work including: HbA1C, FastingInsulin & HOMA-IR, TG:HDL Ratio, hsCRP, etc.
  2. Clinical utility and protocol details for successful Flash Glucose Monitoring andContinuous Glucose Monitoring for the purpose of patient education and insulin resistance reversal.
  3. Successful prescribing for the aging insulin resistant patient – Nutrient, herb and prescription medication usage. Which one, how much and why (includes safety considerations, follow up requirements and tracking suggestions)?
  4. Tissue specific insulin resistance details and facilitating body composition change in clinical practice – Includes protocols for High Intensity Interval Training for VO2Max enhancement, Steady State Conditioning at fat-max for fat loss and ProgressiveOverload for muscle hypertrophy and a mitochondrial density increase.
  5. Evidence based nutrition discussion reviewing best practices, pros and cons and case studies for the low carbohydrate diet, ketogenic diet, time-restricted feeding, intermittent fasting, fasting mimicking diet and calorie management-only.

Dr. David Duizer ND is the co-owner of Noble Naturopathic in Vancouver, BC. He obtained hisBSc (double major chemistry and psychology) from the Royal Military College of Canada inKingston, ON. He graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 where he then served on the Board of Directors concluding his term as Chair. He currently sits asVice-Chair on the Board of Directors of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr.Duizer has been published in Vital Link, a panelist at the BCNA ANM Conference and is slated to speak at ONCANP in Toronto in June of 2021.

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND
Session: Evaluating your Patients’ Immunometabolism: The Foundation of Resilience and Wellbeing
Saturday, October 16; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:

Insulin resistance is a silent epidemic affecting the health and resilience of the majority of our patients. Recent world events have brought into question what the true definition of health is, and we are realizing the impact of metabolic and inflammatory dysfunction on our immunological capacity and vulnerability. More than ever patients are coming in hoping to gather data about their health biometrics and without having a deep understanding of the foundational aspects of health, glucose and insulin regulation, inflammation, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial function, NDs are not well positioned to provide patients with the information they desire. In this presentation, we will address not only what testing must be completed in order to help your patients identify their vulnerabilities, but we will also cover how to use that data to explain to patients why their fatigue, hormonal dysfunction, inflammatory symptoms and weight loss resistance are all connected.  

What You Will Learn:

  1. Understand the how chronic inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction can originate with insulin resistance.
  2. Know how to properly test for and identify the various types of insulin resistance and get clues as to how significantly it is impacting their health.
  3. Understand how to help patients break out of the loop weight loss resistance, fatigue and inflammation.
  4. Get the tools you need to break the cycle of insulin resistance, inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction in your difficult cases. Hint –it is about much more than dietary change! 

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND is a passionate women’s health educator, focusing on the hormone-inflammation connection. Sarah has worked in the fields of obesity and immunology research, and was the Medical Science Liaison for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The founder of the Advanced Women’s Health Clinic and Naturopathic Clinical Mentorship, Sarah is the author of best-seller Finally Lose It: A professional woman's guide to stop dieting, fix your hormones and overcome weight loss resistance.

Dr. Mark Fontes, ND
Session: Immune Support During Chemotherapy in Cancer Care
Saturday, October 16; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
The majority of patients who are interested in supportive cancer care are currently undergoing conventional treatment – chemotherapy, radiation therapy or preparing for surgery. Naturopathic medicine has a significant role in ensuring we are supporting patients’ quality of life during treatment to ensure optimal treatment outcome. Of particular importance is providing recommendations for immune support which has been shown to help reduce side effects, complications and missing or delaying treatment. Various chemotherapy agents may also cause specific nutrient depletion which may then have deleterious effects on immune responses. This session will focus on how we can assess and monitor a patients immune system during treatment and what therapies can be considered including nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, mistletoe therapy and intravenous therapies. Clinical case studies from my practice will be discussed.

What You Will Learn:

  1. How to assess and monitor a patient currently undergoing chemotherapy, including laboratory testing.
  2. Review most common chemotherapy agents that a practicing naturopathic doctor will encounter.
  3. Discuss safety of naturopathic therapies that can be provided alongside chemotherapy.
  4. Review effective naturopathic therapies to support patients immune system during chemotherapy.

Dr. Mark Fontes, ND graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and has a clinical focus in supportive cancer care. In addition to private practice, Dr. Fontes currently sits as Chair of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is part-time clinic faculty at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Fontes has provided supportive care to many patients undergoing conventional treatment and strives to work alongside oncologists and other healthcare providers.

Dr. Carissa Doherty, ND
Session: Using High-Dose Vitamins and Minerals with Confidence
Saturday, October 16; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Course Sponsor: NFH Inc.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:

We have great tools at our disposal as Naturopathic Doctors. During the pandemic, while the world was scared, natural therapies have had a resurgence in popularity in both research and clinically. Vitamin A has been used for years and has research in high doses dating back as far back as 1928 and was coined the anti-infective agent. 2 doses of 200,000IU of vitamin A decreased mortality from the Ebola Virus by almost 20% (2). In controlled studies. For 20 years, vitamin A has been used in ERs when children present with Measles at doses as high as 400,000IU (10). Naturopaths should feel more comfortable with the vitamins within our scope of practice.  

Other substances such as DMSA, the combination of zinc/quercetin which acts like a zinc ionophore, and high dose magnesium can be used effectively in clinical practice  

What You Will Learn:

  1. How to use vitamin A safely and how to be comfortable with larger dosages 
  2. What is a zinc ionophore and how is it used in practice 
  3. Different uses of DMSA for chronic infection, chelation and preparation for some tests 
  4. Using magnesium as a safe osmotic diarrhea agent in constipation.  

Dr. Carissa Doherty, BSc, ND has been practicing for almost 20 years. With a background in Bio-Medical Toxicology and a strong interest in nutritional biochemistry, she has undertaken much advanced training in using labs to track patient cases. She works with her sister Dr. Sonya Doherty, ND at the Natural Care Clinic.

Dr. Robert Silverman, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, MS, CCN, CNS, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP, CES, HKC, FAKTR
Session: Functional Medicine and Immunity in Novel Times
Saturday, October 16; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:

With the advent of new research and management options surrounding the viral pandemic, many practitioners are deciding how to navigate the best direction to take with their patients.  

As the pandemic continues, patients need additional help from clinicians to modify their lifestyle and dietary risk factors and improve their immune defenses. They need support in getting chronic inflammation and autoimmune conditions under control, moving toward a healthier weight (or avoiding additional weight gain), improving their diet, and improving their fitness through increased physical activity. These long-term goals are too late for the current pandemic’s first wave, but later waves and new pandemics threaten. Patients who have experienced infection with a novel virus can develop long-lasting inflammation, leading to autoimmune disease and long-hauler syndrome. By helping your patients understand how to improve their immunity and reduce their risk, you give them the tools to enhance their ongoing health.  

Join us for an insightful presentation with Dr. Robert Silverman, an industry expert. Dr. Silverman will discuss how to navigate through multiple phases of this pandemic and share leading-edge protocols for improving patient outcomes. This presentation will cover inflammatory markers, protocols for calming systemic inflammation, optimizing the gut microbiome and supporting mucosal immunity. 

What You Will Learn:

  1. The influence of healthy microbiota on susceptibility to viral infections  
  2. Functional medicine protocols for immunity 
  3. COVID-19 infection and its association with the lung-gut-brain axis and microbiome dysbiosis 
  4. Explain the importance of modifying personal lifestyle and dietary risk factors to reduce inflammation and improve immunity . Protocols for supporting mucosal immunity, calming systemic inflammation, and improving natural killer activity 
  5. Recognize the possible rise in autoimmunity and increased inflammatory status following recovery from COVID-19 infection 

Dr. Robert Silverman is a chiropractic doctor, clinical nutritionist, national/international speaker, author of Amazon’s #1 bestseller “Inside-Out Health”, founder and CEO of Westchester Integrative Health Ctr. Named The ACA Sports Council’s “Sports Chiropractor of the Year” in 2015, he is on the advisory board for the Functional Medicine University, a seasoned health and wellness expert on both the speaking circuits and within the media. A frequently published author in peer-reviewed journals and other mainstream publications, Dr. Silverman is a thought leader in his field and practice. Dr. Silverman was the principal investigator on a Level 1 laser FDA study. His new book, Superhighway to Health is expected to be published in June 2021.

OANDCon Day #2: Saturday, November 13, 2021

Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD
Session: Viral Pandemics: Supporting Long Haulers Through a Chronic Inflammation and Metabolic Disease lens
Saturday, November 13; 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Course Sponsor: Restorative Formulations

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
Dr. Weiss will discuss the typical conventional medical treatments used during the pandemic, including an evidence-based review of pharmacological treatments. In his lecture, Dr. Weiss looks at various treatments being used by hospitals and reviews data from studies so that we can better understand and support our patient’s post-viral recovery.  He will also discuss direct immune support for post-viral infections and provide a framework based on addressing chronic inflammation and metabolic disease to facilitate healing in patients with persistent post-infection symptoms.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Evidence based review of pharmaceuticals and common hospital-based treatments of Covid-19.
  2. Evidence based review of using natural therapies to support the immune system, focusing on post-viral infections.
  3. Exploring a clinical approach to supporting the immune system for chronic symptoms after viral infection.
  4. Clinical experience in supporting patients with chronic symptoms post-viral infection.

Decker Weiss, NMD became the first Cardiologist as a “Naturopathic Physician”, completing a non-invasive cardiovascular hospital-based training program in the Columbia Hospital system. The International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the International Association of Cardiologists named Dr. Weiss, a “Leading Physician in the World” in 2012; a distinction given to under 1000 physicians each year. Dr. Weiss joined Artis International as a Senior Fellow and Director of their Center for Health and Medicine. In this capacity he has lectured, practiced medicine, and performed research throughout the various conflict zones (war zones), including Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and Haiti.

Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed, ND
Session: Improving Insulin Resistance with Integrated Genetics
Saturday, November 13; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Course Sponsor: Atrium Innovations

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:

Insulin resistance is when the cells in your muscles, body fat and liver start ignoring insulin’s signal to transport glucose from the bloodstream intracellularly.    We know that a poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise greatly contribute to this but why is it that some people seem to do everything right, and end up with unstable blood sugars or even worse type 11 diabetes?  And why doesn’t eating well and exercising simply reverse this?  The largest contributing factors have been shown to be stress, inflammation, lack of sleep, the wrong kind of exercise and how our individual body responds to food rather than the foods themselves.  All of these variables are dictated by our genes.   

In this lecture we will identify all key SNPs involved in several root causes of insulin resistance, how to prioritize their treatment and prevent and reverse disease 

What You Will Learn:

  1. Learn to connection between high cortisol, high inflammation, lack of sleep and insulin resistance, and how this is more powerful than what we eat.  
  2. Learn how balancing leptin, adiponectin and ghrelin can reverse insulin resistance more so than reducing carbohydrates and increasing protein. 
  3. Learn how doing the wrong kind of exercise can increase insulin resistance.  
  4. Learn which SNPs are involved in the stress response, inflammation, sleep and our metabolic hormones and how to treat each of them. 
  5. Comparative integrative genetic case studies illustrating the value of genetics at identifying the root causes of insulin resistance and how to treat those cases using natural supplementation, diet, exercise and lifestyle.   

Penny Kendall-Reed is the director and practicing naturopathic doctor at the Urban Wellness Clinic in Toronto.  After graduating from McGill University in Neurobiology, she earned a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine; here she received the Dr. Allen Tyler Award for Most Outstanding Clinician.  Dr. Kendall Reed is the author of 5 national bestselling books and just released her 6th book Fix your Genes to Fit your Jeans. In 2013 she was voted Naturopath of the Year, and in 2018 was the recipient of the top Naturopathic Doctor Award in Canada.  She lectures worldwide on genetics- how to interpret and treat SNP’s, neuro-endocrine disorders and metabolic related diseases.  She is the creator of GeneRx, and integrated genetic platform and an international medical consultant for Douglas Laboratories, Pure Encapsulations and Pure genomics.

Dr. Bob Scott, ND, MS
Session: Botanicals for Immune and Respiratory Health
Saturday, November 13; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Course Sponsor: ProMedics

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
In this sessionDr Bob Scott will review the innate and adaptive immune systems, and describe what we know about how key immune herbs interact with both of these parts of the immune system.  There will be a discussion of the validity ofin vitro herb research and how it has misled the understanding of herbs.An in-depth exploration of the issue of herbs and cytokine storm risk will also be presented, based on a thorough review of the scientific literature. Simple, botanical immune support strategies will also be discussed. 

What You Will Learn:

  1. Understand how immune herbs interact with the innate and adaptive immune system
  2. Understand the limitations of in vitro herbal research and the implications for clinical practice
  3. Understand the risk of cytokine storm with immune herbs based on current evidence
  4. Understand which antiviral herbs are clinically relevant
  5. Understand how to prescribe key herbs for each stage of respiratory infection 

Dr. Bob Scott is a practicing naturopathic doctor specializing in Nutritional Endocrinology with a focus on adrenal and thyroid health as well as male and female hormonal disorders. Along with his successful telemedicine practice, Dr. Scott has also served as a clinical consultant to health care practitioners since 2007 and conducts a variety of educational seminars, teleconferences, and webinars directed toward healthcare practitioners throughout New England. Dr. Scott holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in both Acupuncture and Human Nutrition, all from the University of Bridgeport. He has held various positions at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, including assistant professor, lab coordinator, and pharmacy director. Dr. Scott has also taught nutrition to prison inmates, who were earning their college degrees, through a federal grant program in conjunction with Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield Connecticut.

Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, ND, RH
Session: Stress as an Immune Disease: Adaptogens for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Saturday, November 13; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Course Sponsor: St. Francis Herb Farm

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
‘Adaptogen’ is a word coined by a Russian scientist, Lazarev, in 1947. It describes plant medicines that help us ‘adapt’ and not to be so badly impacted by stress.

This talk will attempt to describe the scientific and traditional literature on adaptogens and how they can be useful for the modern person, to maintain health in an ever-changing, stressful world.

Stress is, at its core, an immune issue. Details of this assertion will be discussed. Succinctly, Monocytes become insensitive to the effects of endogenous cortisol, which leads to heightened inflammatory cytokine production, which in turn sets one up for chronic diseases like depression and anxiety.

Some herbs covered will include Rhodiola, eleuthero, schisandra, ashwagandha, and oats, and will include historical as well as modern scientific data that supports their use.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Learn how to determine if stress is triggering chronic disease states through analysis of symptoms alongside objective measures like blood work
  2. Learn how adaptogen herbs were discovered and examine some of the original research into their use. Also discuss some historical perspectives. There is no written history for Rhodiola in Russia before the 1960s, for example.
  3. Learn how and when to prescribe adaptogens: which are the most appropriate, and in what situations and circumstances.

Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, ND, RH, is a 1994 graduate of Toronto's CCNM and has a naturopathic medical practice in Barry's Bay, ON, with a focus in herbal medicine, homeopathy and old school vitalism. He also acts as a consultant to the botanical manufacturing industry, working in product development, regulatory affairs, and general medical consulting. He is a board licensed ND with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and a Registered Herbalist with the Ontario Herbalists Association. His is a general family practice with a minor emphasis on cancer treatments.

Dr. Jesse Pierce, ND
Session: Drainage and Detox During a Colossal Toxicological Experiment
Saturday, November 13; 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Course Sponsor: NFH Inc.

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
We are living in an age where it is difficult to avoid exposure from intoxicants in our environment.  This exposure is leading to dysregulation of most key systems in our body – leading to inflammation and chronic illness.   Dr Jesse Pierce will discuss the importance of opening the doors of elimination with drainage and why it (along with the phases of detoxification) plays a key role in eliminating accumulated toxins in our body.  

What You Will Learn:

  1. Common toxic exposures including new evidence on micro-plastics andit’sconnection to increased exposure to heavy metals 
  1. Phase 1 & 2 liver detoxification – why they are important, why the need to work in tandem and how to support these pathways in our patients 
  1. Phase 3 detoxification – Transporting water-soluble toxins out of the liver cells and into the blood and bile for elimination
  1. How to apply drainage and & detoxification methods toevery daypractice with our patients including case studies and clinical pearls 

 

Jesse Pierce’s ND practice focus is on drainage and detoxification and tends to treat patients who fit ‘the canary in the coal mine’ profile. This includes patients who are susceptible to toxicity due to their high level of exposure, epigenetics, and emotional trauma. She lectures for health care practitioners on the importance of addressing toxicity as the root cause of illness.

Dr. George Gillson, MD, PhD
Session: Cortisol: A Liver-Centric Approach
Saturday, November 13; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Course Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Analytical

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
For many years, low free cortisol has been explained as “Adrenal Fatigue” whereby the adrenals are unable to make cortisol due to chronic nutrient depletion from prolonged stress.  More recently, the focus has shifted to problems in signaling, causing “Adrenal Dysregulation.” This lecture takes a fresh, liver-centric approach and looks at recent literature on the influence and interplay of bile acids, thyroid hormones, Phase II conjugation, hepatic inflammation and the colonic microflora on the regulation of cortisol metabolism. 

What You Will Learn:

  1. Understand the pitfalls and limitations of attempting to understand patients by examining free cortisol in isolation 
  2. Understand the key role of hydrogenation (reduction) in the metabolism of cortisol 
  3. Understand the role of bile acids in the regulation of cortisol metabolism and appreciate that bile acids regulate many physiologic processes 
  4. Learn to approach patients with the concept of the hepatoadrenal axis in mind 
  5. Learn hepatobiliary-centric approaches to treating low cortisol states 

 

Dr. George Gillson, an internationally recognized lecturer/educator, is the Medical Director and Founder of Rocky Mountain Analytical. Dr. Gillson started Rocky Mountain Analytical with the idea of offering Canadian healthcare professionals a laboratory focused on providing high quality, innovative tests for early identification and prevention of disease. With a unique background in Chemistry and Medicine, combined with his solid expertise in the nutritional/natural approach to medicine, Dr. Gillson has spent almost two decades supporting health professionals as they assist patients on their path to wellness.

Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC
Session: Incorporating Medicinal Mushrooms into your Clinical Practice
Saturday, November 13; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Course Sponsor: TallGrass Natural Health

CE Credits: 1.5 Category A (pending)

Course Description:
The use of medicinal mushrooms in naturopathic medicine is on the rise.  As clinicians, we are searching for examples of use in clinical practice to guide their use.   

This breakout session will focus on the top evidence-based mushroom species to support metabolic, immune, and neurological health. We will review case studies and become familiar with the research supporting their use.  We will also explore how these mushroom species may be helpful in this post-COVID era, including challenges faced in Post COVID Syndrome situations.  The session will spend a significant amount of time discussing the clinical use of mushrooms, allowing for questions and potential treatment planning with options for ongoing patient development. 

What You Will Learn:

  1. Review clinical use of mushrooms for: Immune Support, Metabolic Syndrome and Cognitive functioning.
  2. Review the current research associated with mushroom use.
  3. Explore the potential use of mushrooms in the current Post-COVID era. 

Jerry Angelini, MS received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University. He has completed multiple training programs in Western Herbalism, Ayurveda and Tradition Chinese Herbalism. Jerry has had an integrative health care practice for over 30 years. Over the last nine years, Jerry has also been the head of education for Host Defense Mushrooms. He has trained health care practitioners, retailers and consumers around the globe on the benefits of mushroom mycelium, fermented rice and herbs for a balanced immune response and whole-body health and wellness.

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