HAWAII DOC TALKS 2020 SPEAKERS

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Paul Anderson, ND

Dr. Allison Bachlet, PhD, ND, LAc

Lindsay M. Baum, ND

BIO

Dr. Paul S Anderson is CEO of the Anderson Medical Group which includes Advanced Medical Therapies, a state of the art medical center providing fully compliant IV, Hyperbaric and Mild Hyperthermia therapies and a medical education company Consult Dr. Anderson. He brings over four decades of medical training and experience together to allow his clinical and educational presence to grow and serve patients and physicians in the best way possible. He is a well-known continuing education presenter and author in the allopathic, naturopathic, acupuncture and nursing CME arenas. His areas of specialty are in complex clinical medicine, intravenous and injection medicine, oncology and genomics. He is co-author of the Hay House book “Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” a guide for patients, families and physicians. Dr. Anderson is former Chief of IV (intravenous therapy) Services for Bastyr Oncology Research Center and a past Professor at Bastyr University where he continues to consult in research design and holds the rank of Full Professor. He is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and began instructing classes at naturopathic medical schools in the early 1990’s. He is extending his medical education mission through the Anderson Medical Group CE site ‘ConsultDrA.com’ a web based educational platform.

LDN – Uses, Tips and Clinical Pearls

LDN is an incredible augment to natural therapies in many settings. Recent data looking at its use in cancer as well as other immunological disorders underscores the potential efficacy and utility of this agent. Additionally it is becoming more and more apparent that “low dose” is not a “one size (dose) fits all” proposition. In this session Dr. Anderson will outline the clinical importance of these factors and give prescribing tips for LDN use.

Workshop: Biological Medications and Natural Therapies

In this workshop Dr. Anderson will delve into the class of medications which is the most rapidly growing in the world: “Biologics”. Understanding their pharmacology and how that can be aided by natural therapies is critical to helping safely manage patients on a biologic drug. What is safe to use with a biologic? What do I do for support if a patient has to come off the drug? What are some case examples?

BIO

Dr. Allison Bachlet is a Naturopathic Physician on Oahu who loves and aims to educate her patients, as well as provide quality care, at every single visit.  She serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Health Professions Counselor at Hawaii Pacific University, where she is working to educate an entire new generation of health care providers!  Dr. Bachlet completed her BSc in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph (Canada) and her PhD in Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Oxford (UK) where she was a Rhodes Scholar.  After completing her ND at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC – craving sunshine – she moved to Honolulu in 2009.  She received her MOM and became a registered acupuncturist in Hawaii shortly after that time and has been working in private practice -providing clinical nutrition, acupuncture and naturopathic medical services to patients ever since.

Parkinson's Disease - What's New (and What's Not)

Parkinson’s Disease – the “shaking palsy” – has affected humans since ancient times. More common as one ages, the incidence is increasing as our lifespans do. What are the newest treatments available for Parkinson’s Disease? Do they work?! And most importantly, what can Naturopathic Medicine add?

Anxiety and Depression in Millennials

This presentation will share original data from Hawaii Pacific University as well as discuss the current trends and treatments (including pharmacological) for anxiety and depression in youth and young adults.

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BIO

Dr. Baum practices in Portland, OR where she is a co-founder of Grain Integrative Health, the largest naturopathic primary care clinic in Oregon. She is dedicated to the progressive development of the profession and has trained Naturopathic residents for 9 years. She previously coordinated large clinical research centers, served as a sexual assault forensic examiner, and trained in crisis intervention for law enforcement, domestic violence, sexual trauma and various mental health disorders. Dr. Baum is presently the Logistics Coordinator for the Oregon Disaster Medical Assistance Team through FEMA, having served in this capacity for 19 years, beginning in the state of Arizona. She is presently working in collaboration with the State of Oregon, Oregon rural health, Medicaid and Grain Integrative Health to bring vital healthcare to rural regions of Oregon. She is a mother, a writer and loves to create space and systems of operation within which humans can thrive.

Placebo Effect, Mind Body Medicine and Provider Driven Empowerment of Patients

Perhaps the placebo effect is the way for our brains to tell our body how to feel better. Improving patient labs and imaging studies does not guarantee patient endorsement of a presumed cure; providers must employ patient participation in finding resolutions. Medical care should result in improvement in patient relationships with their physician and within their community when administered through the lens of Mind Body medicine. While placebo has had a negative connotation, we will review a new ideology to effectively resolve patient perceptions of pain without opiates. We will examine the scientific use of placebo as a tool of empowerment for providers to arrange successful clinical outcomes for patients. We will empower the audience to apply clinically acceptable placebo effect, combined with patient engagement techniques and mind body medicine.

Mental Healthcare in Naturopathic Primary Care: A Three Part Review of Evidence Based Diagnostics and Inspirational Therapies to Address an Epidemic

Major depression is the highest Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY) risk- meaning WHO and ACA consider a patient with major depression as disabled as a quadriplegic patient. Mental health is imperative to physical health: they are married and inspiring to one another. This presentation will demonstrate effective primary care and behavioral health integration, boost understanding of current evidence-based care, explore the future of mental health care diagnostics and treatment, increase understanding of a team approach to mental health care, and review practical steps clinics and providers can take to improve clinical outcomes in the primary care setting. We will explore new therapeutic goals in mental health care including self-directed care models, pharmacogenetic test utilization, referral resources, diagnostic labs and assessment, promising nutraceutical and pharmaceutical management techniques and combination therapies.

Richard G. Boles, MD

Alena Guggenheim, ND

Paul Herscu ND MPH

BIO

Richard G. Boles, M.D. has a longstanding clinical and research focus on the genetics of common functional disorders, and how this information informs treatment. He completed medical school at UCLA, pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA, and genetics fellowship at Yale. For 20 years, Dr. Boles was a faculty member at USC and a practicing medical geneticist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He also was a Medical Director of genetic testing laboratories. He has over 80 published papers. Today, Dr. Boles has an active private practice in Pasadena, CA, and a telemedicine practice based from Voorhees, NJ. He frequently lectures to physicians and the public at major conferences, disease-related organizational events, and webinars. He is a dynamic speaker who is frequently invited back in subsequent years. Dr. Boles has given talks on a variety of subjects, in particular functional disease, genetic testing, autism, migraine/cyclic vomiting, and fictitious disorder/Munchausen-by-proxy.

The Future Is Here: How DNA Sequencing Can Lead to Improved Clinical Outcomes in Functional Disorders

Chronic functional disorders, including pain, fatigue, GI dysmotility, mood disorders, and autism are common and are very difficult to treat. These diagnostic terms are descriptive, and can result from anomalies in a variety of pathways. Whole genome sequencing is extremely powerful in terms of elucidating the involved pathways in each individual, and thus in designing effective personalized treatment. In the speaker’s clinical experience, currently well above half of cases tested have treatable findings. This talk will cover which people should be considered for testing, what tests to order, how to understand the complicated information provided, how genetic and environmental factors interact, and what difference all this might make in terms of altering management and improving outcomes. Costs have dropped markedly, and this testing is now accessible to most families. Specific examples on how genetic testing can inform on clinical decision making will be presented, including cases with dramatic clinical improvement.

Nutrition in Autism as Informed by the Latest Science

Autism is no longer an idiopathic disease. This powerful statement has been made possible by an explosion in research, especially into the underlying genetic factors. Nutritional interventions such as gluten-free, casein-free, antioxidants, and microbiome-related are familial tools of progressive management. However, few clinicians understand how the emerging picture on the fundamental causes of autism affect efforts and prospects for improved treatment.

BIO

Alena Guggenheim graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 2007 and completed a residency through NCNM and The Center For Natural Medicine in 2009. She began her teaching and lecturing career in 2011 and has extensive experience developing and delivering engaging curriculum. She currently teaching Advanced Rheumatology at NCNM. She has lectured for multiple state associations and conferences regarding the safe use of pharmaceuticals, ethics and rheumatology. In 2015 Dr. Guggenheim began working for the Zoom+care health care system developing and implementing integrative care models. She is currently seeing patients with immunological disease at the Zoom+care Specialist multi disciplinary clinic working in close conjunction with gastroenterology, cardiology, dermatology and primary care.

Workshop: Deep dives into the triad: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and mast cell activation syndrome

This two part series is designed to take participants deeply into three distinct but inter-related, chronic debilitating conditions: Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and mast cell activation syndrome. EDS/POTS/MCAS is often referred to as “the trifecta”. Each series can be taken alone or all together. Part one will explore Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). EDS is a group of 14 genetic connective tissue disorders that cause joint hypermobility and chronic pain conditions. This lecture with help participants recognize and diagnose EDS. Participants will also learn how to recognize and refer for unique medical emergencies that can occur in this population. Part two will focus on postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS) and other types of dysautonomia. We will learn the triggers and drivers of autonomic dysfunction, learn the intricacies of formal autonomic testing and build a treatment approach that incorporates both conventional and naturopathic modalities. Part three will save the best, and most complicated, for last. Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is the great mimicker of many other conditions that are often labeled as functional disorders. We will learn basic mast cell biology, and learn why these cells can drive immune dysfunction, abnormal tissue growth and chronic severe multi system disease. Both conventional and naturopathic treatment modalities will be explored.

BIO

Paul Herscu ND, MPH, (NCNM ’86) specializes in the treatment of neurological, psychological, and immunological disorders. The Herscu Laboratory, a multi-disciplinary, non-profit research center focuses on integrating diverse fields of medical and biological science, as well as public health. Dr. Herscu’s interest in public health has led him to follow epidemics over the past three decades creating clinical prediction tools to prepare for and contend with epidemics. Dr. Herscu is the author of numerous of books including The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, Pediatric Constitutional Types, See the World and Stramonium, with an Introduction to Analysis Using Cycles and Segments. He founded the New England School of Homeopathy helping uphold the vitalistic tradition within naturopathic medicine. Dr. Herscu helped spearhead the successful licensure campaign in Massachusetts and is the inaugural chair of the ND licensing Board. With his wife and partner, Amy Rothenberg ND, he has raised three wonderful children and enjoys life in rural Massachusetts.

Chapter on Autism: A Conceptual Model for the Understanding of and Homeopathic Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Patients presenting with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) bring challenges and opportunities for the naturopathic doctor. Dr. Herscu presents a conceptual model for understanding ASD and for the homeopathic long-term treatment of ASD illustrated by patient examples from his case files. Having worked with hundreds of ASD children and adults since the 1980s, carrying patients over decades, informs guidelines and recommendations.

Courtney Jackson, ND

General C. Johnson, N.D. Ed.D. (ABD)

David Kern, N.D., L.Ac.

BIO

Dr. Courtney Jackson is a primary care doctor, she created FAME series (Food as Medicine Everyday). She co-founded NUNM’s Food as Medicine Institute. In 2016, she co-authored and published Food as Medicine Everyday- Reclaim Your Health with Whole Foods, a practical, research-based whole food nutrition book. She co-authored a publication in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine that demonstrated participation in a FAME series significantly reduced risk factors for adults at risk of prediabetes. Her TedX talk about the physiology of healthy digestion has been viewed over 70,000 times. She believes building community connection is a cornerstone of physical and mental health. d practice.

Mental Healthcare in Naturopathic Primary Care: A Three Part Review of Evidence Based Diagnostics and Inspirational Therapies to Address an Epidemic

Major depression is the highest Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY) risk- meaning WHO and ACA consider a patient with major depression as disabled as a quadriplegic patient. Mental health is imperative to physical health: they are married and inspiring to one another. This presentation will demonstrate effective primary care and behavioral health integration, boost understanding of current evidence-based care, explore the future of mental health care diagnostics and treatment, increase understanding of a team approach to mental health care, and review practical steps clinics and providers can take to improve clinical outcomes in the primary care setting. We will explore new therapeutic goals in mental health care including self-directed care models, pharmacogenetic test utilization, referral resources, diagnostic labs and assessment, promising nutraceutical and pharmaceutical management techniques and combination therapies.

BIO

Dr. General C. Johnson is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine. He is Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Portland Community College (PCC). His work and life center around the internal transformation of all beings. He was Coordinator of the NIH Funded Bridges to Baccalaureate Program, Founder and Advisor of the African American Males Scholars Program (AAMSP), and Founding Assistant Coordinator of the PCC Cascade Multicultural Center. He’s Faculty member in the Health Studies, Career/Guidance and Education Departments at PCC and OHSU/PSU School of Public Health. Further, he participates on committees whose work guides and advises policy on equity, diversity, and inclusion at the college. He played a vital role in the inception, development, and implementation of the nationally recognized ‘Whiteness History Month’ as one of the Co-Founders. He is a Co-Founder of the PCC Men of Color Center of Excellence in Education.

Stress: Micro and Macro Influences as Agents of Transformation and Change

The stress response along with general adaptation syndrome impacts the nervous and endocrine systems directly and cumulatively. The intersectionality of unconscious mico and conscious macro influences and stressors and wellness disruptions results in the stress’ negative impact as it relates to the seven (7) dimensions of wellness. Our adaptation to these influences of stress plays a significant role in establishing its short and long effects on our overall health and well-being. Regardless of its influence, stress can be an effective agent of transformation and change. The differentiation between eustress and distress coupled with the powers of intention and perception provides an opportunity to make decisions that co-create positive change in our lives. By increasing our abilities to cope with stress we are decreasing adverse impacts as we expand our awareness and reality of how we avoid or alter their influences in our overall health and well-being.

Social Justice and Naturopathic Medicine

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BIO

Dr. David Kern attended the National College of Naturopathic Medicine from 1973 to 1979. Dr. Kern is the founder and medical director of Grace Health Centers on Maui, where he has resided since 1985. He is the first ND in Hawaii to be admitted to the medical staff of a state medical hospital. In 2005, Dr. Kern became the first doctor of alternative medicine to receive the Keola Award form the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation for his “ongoing service to the people of Maui.” During the same award ceremony, Dr. Kern received a Commendation from the governor of Hawaii in recognition of Dr. Kern’s “contribution in the field of women’s health and naturopathic medicine.”

Prostate Cancer: The Doctor as Patient

The story of an experienced ND clinician faced with a symptom free diagnosis of prostate cancer and Gleason 7 lesion.

Estrogen: The Discepancy in Evidence-Based Medicine

Most expert recommendations in the use of estrogen therapy, apply an evidence-based approach. Why then is there such variability and inconsistency in protocols?

Rachel Klein, ND, DC, DACNB, FIBFN-CNDH

Thi H. Nguyen-Phuoc, ND, PT, LAC

Thomas O’Bryan DC, CCN, DACBN

BIO

Dr. Rachel Klein is a naturopathic physician and functional neurologist practicing in Hilo, Hawaii. She is adjunct faculty for National University of Health Sciences and sits on the International Board of Functional Neurology (IBFN.) Dr. Klein holds a post-doctoral diploma in neurology from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board and is a fellow of the IBFN with specialization in childhood neurodevelopmental disorder healthcare. She currently serves President of the Hawaii Society of Natuopathic Physicians and sits on the Hawaii State Board of Chiropractic. Dr. Klein has a passion for teaching and frequently speaks at conferences on many topics, including clinical neurology and hands-on treatment approaches.

Workshop: Brain Balance

This presentation will provide a hands-on approach to assessment and treatment of various conditions utilizing clinically relevant neurological findings and treatment options. Learners will leave the course with new clinically applicable skills and an enhanced understanding of how to impact the patient’s neurologic system for the greatest improvements.

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Dr Thi H. Nguyen-Phuoc (“Tee H. Win-Foo”) is a naturopathic physician, physical therapist, acupuncturist, herbalist and Reiki master. In August 2001, she was diagnosed with lupus and experienced many medical complications, including kidney failure in March 2010. Using meditation and natural medicine, she has healed herself from both lupus and kidney failure and has remained symptom-free and medication-free since November 2010. Dr Thi has published her first book, Markings of a Butterfly, which recounts her healing journey. She is currently working on her second book, Alchemy of Healing: Step by Step Instructions on How to Heal Yourself from Any Illness. Dr Thi has integrated holistic practices in Seattle and Kirkland.

A Cure for Lupus?

Many autoimmune illnesses have no known cause and no known cure. What if the cause lies in psycho-emotional conflicts and not in the immune system’s failure to recognize self from non-self? The pathophysiology would be: emotional conflicts → disordered flow of energy → weakened immune system → attack by external pathogens → failure to clear pathogens → stealth/hidden pathogen → lingering chronic illness. If so, we need to support—and not suppress—the immune system in order to heal the body. In this talk, Dr Thi shares her healing journey, from diagnosis to “cure”, and offers first-hand observations of the many paradoxes of medicine that allowed her to solve the “cruel mystery” of lupus, solutions that are in alignment with Naturopathic Medicine philosophy and practice but are not welcomed by the Lupus Foundation of America or many of its Board Certified Rheumatologists.

Markings of a Butterfly

In this talk, I will outline the path I took to heal myself from lupus. I will describe basic concepts from Chinese Medicine that provided the foundation to shift my understanding of health and disease as well as all the major steps I took in order to free myself from lupus (and dialysis).

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Dr. O’Bryan is considered a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway towards better health. He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases. Dr. O’Bryan’s most recent book, You Can Fix Your Brain: Just 1 Hour a Week to the Best Memory, Productivity, and Sleep You’ve Ever Had, was published through Rodale Books in September 2018, to global accolades. This best seller offers a step-by-step approach to better cognitive function, from nutrition to environment to toxicity, ultimately creating better long-term memory and a sharper mind.

Workshop: B4: The Gateway Allowing Slow Ongoing Brain Deterioration and How Food Selections Fuel or Arrest It

Degradation (a Breach) of the Blood Brain Barrier (B4), has been identified as the Gateway in development of brain inflammation. Practically every clinical presentation of brain dysfunction has inflammation as the initiating and/or propagating mechanism. Tight Junctions (TJ) are complex and dynamic structures involved in several key functions of epithelial and endothelial barriers under physiological conditions as well as in pathological circumstances. TJs regulate paracellular trafficking and fluid flow from plasma to extravascular spaces between endothelial cells and epithelial cells. This function is seen in epithelial linings of the gut, lungs and brain

Jodie Peacock, ND

Amy Rothenberg ND

Heather M Sandison, ND

BIO

Dr. Jodie Peacock ND is a 2006 graduate of CCNM and she currently practices at the Root of Health in Oakville, Canada. Her practice focuses on hormonal health especially fertility and preconception and pregnancy care. Jodie is the founder of the Canadian Fertility show which started in 2018 to help educate the public on the importance of preconception health. She has authored the book titled Preconceived a patient’s resource guide to optimizing health before pregnancy. All to help change the conversation around fertility and the environment to improve the health of our next generation. Jodie is the chief medical officer of NFH a Canadian nutraceutical company.

The role of SNPs in hormone metabolism and fertility

Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) testing is now accessible and affordable for a large percentage of patients. Interpretation and understanding the role of SNPs in hormone metabolism, methylation and fertility plays an important role in educating patients with regards to selection of pharmaceuticals, nutrients, botanicals and lifestyle modifications. We will explore the role of SNP’s involved in the methylation pathway MTHFR, MTRR etc. and their role in hormonal health and fertility. We will also discuss SNPs including CYP 1A1, CYP 1A2, CYP 1B1 and CYP 3A4 which play an important part in estrogen metabolism and phase 1 liver detoxification. Then also looking at SNPs such as GSTM1, GSTP1 and GSTT1, COMP and SOD and their role in phase 2 liver detoxification, glutathione production and ability to quench free radicals. Understanding the role of these SNPs will assist practitioners in their conversations with patients about recommendations they are making and the rationale behind it being truly individualized to their own personal genomics.

Endocrine disruptors: How do they impact conception and long term health

Genetics and the environment both play a significant role in complex and chronic diseases. Recent and ongoing research is pointing to the role of toxin exposures while in utero and the connection of these exposures to concerns such as diabetes, heart disease and cancers in adulthood. Environmental toxins can have a major impact on future health particularly during the development period of the epigenetic system. It is this system that controls gene expression in tissues and these alterations can then be transmitted across future generations. The health concerns posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals are wide reaching and have been linked to concerns in both female and male reproduction, breast and prostate cancer, endocrine concerns including thyroid and diabetes as well as contributing to cardiovascular concerns and obesity. Educating our patients around the vital importance of reducing their exposures especially during both preconception and conception will go a long way to minimize their risks of chronic disease. Reduction of these toxins will be critical to the long-term health of both our current patients as well as future generations.

BIO

Dr. Amy Rothenberg has enjoyed practice since 1986. She loves working with individuals and families to support good health and family harmony. Her work with patients informs and inspires her writing for the Huffington Post, Medium, Elephant Journal, Thrive Global and more. Her book, The A Cappella Singer Who Lost Her Voice & Other Stories From Natural Medicine was published in 2010. She spearheaded the successful licensure effort in Massachusetts. Dr. Rothenberg is the AANP 2017 Physician of the Year. With her husband and partner, Paul Herscu ND, MPH, she founded and teaches through the New England School of Homeopathy, encouraging thousands of prescribers to learn, understand and utilize homeopathy, helping uphold the vitalistic tradition within naturopathic medicine. Together they raised three wonderful children. In her spare time, Dr. Rothenberg can be found hiking the hills and field of her neighborhood, in her art studio, training for triathlons & on ballroom dance floor!

Naturopathic Grand Rounds-- the Singing Variety!

Naturopathic Grand Rounds: The Singing Variety One way we help our patients, is to encourage them find ways to relax, to be creative and to connect with others. Likewise, to be the best doctors and healers we can be, we need to do the same for ourselves. Come learn some basic, nature-themed musical rounds, enhance your breathing, sing with your colleagues, and make beautiful music. No experience or ability to sing required. Time allowed: 25 minutes OR as a morning activity–mb once or twice?

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Dr. Sandison’s passion lies in neurocognitive medicine and neurohacking. She has been trained to specifically address imbalances that affect the brain including Autism, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety and Alzheimer’s. She has trained with Dr. Dale Bredesen MD, Dr. Neil Nathan, MD, Dr. Bill Walsh, PhD and Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD in addition to regularly attending integrative medicine conferences throughout the year. Dr. Sandison is dedicated to learning all there is to know about brain health and considers her amazing patients some of her very best teachers. She earned her Naturopathic Doctorate at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Past experience includes teaching part-time at Bastyr University, San Diego work as an Egoscue Postural Therapist, licensed massage therapist and student staff counselor at Bastyr University, Seattle.

The Walsh Protocol: Effective Nutrient Therapies for Depression & Anxiety

“Doctor, have you ever seen a big dog pulling its owner down the street? It’s like the dog it walking its owner.” A twelve-year-old patient of mine asked me at a recent follow-up. “Yes” I replied. “That’s how I used to feel. Now, I feel like I’m walking my dog, but with my brain.” If you have patients who feel controlled by their thoughts of anxiety and depression this talk will illustrate how specific nutrients can bring peace to your patients. The practical use of simple blood and urine tests to determine phenotypic traits and nutrient imbalances can transform your practice and your patient’s lives. Come to learn more about this evidence-based approach pioneered by Dr. Bill Walsh.

Cognitive Impairment Research

The causes of cognitive impairment are numerous, varied and personal requiring a dynamic, individualized approach to treatment. To date, there is no drug that stops the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and both patients and conventional providers assume a dismal prognosis. Alzheimer’s and dementia are a quickly growing epidemic with no clear solutions. This talk will present the current research on applying Naturopathic Medicine to cognitive decline and how the approach can be applied in clinical practice to form part of the solution to a national health crisis.

Lisa Shaver, ND, LAc

Marco Vespignani, ND

Ira D. Zunin, M.D., M.P.H.

BIO

Dr. Lisa Shaver is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon. Her interests lie in digestive disorders (celiac disease/non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), GERD, SIBO, IBS, etc.). Other expertise areas include hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions and neurotransmitter balancing. Dr. Shaver has lectured at national conferences, including the Integrative SIBO Conferences, SIBO Symposiums, Naturopathic Gastroenterology Conferences, amid other speaking engagements. Dr. Shaver is a guest lecturer at the National University of Natural Medicine’s Advance Gastroenterology class lecturing on celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity since 2012. She is past president, past board member and current member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is the Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland branch manager since 2008, and board member of Camp Blue Spruce, a gluten-free, allergy-free camp for kids in Oregon. 

The Ethics of Prescribing a Gluten-Free Diet

As providers, we have dietary tools to help heal our patients which include the anti-inflammatory diet, Wahl’s protocol, Keto diet, Paleo, Whole 30, AIP, GAPS, SCD, Low Fodmap, etc. Many of these diets happen to be gluten-free diets and patients are pleased when symptoms improve. However without thoroughly testing for celiac disease prior to prescribing a gluten-free diet, we may be missing our chance to diagnose the most common autoimmune condition in the US. We may be missing a core reason why our patients have a constellation of symptoms and sequellae despite our best efforts. A gluten-free diet is a medical prescription for celiac disease, and physicians are prescribing it without proper lab evidence, to our patients’ detriment. Dr Shaver will explore the salient topics within the ethics of prescribing a gluten-free diet.

Gluten Free Lifestyle Counseling for the Newly Diagnosed

Most patients with celiac disease fumble through their first several months to years attempting to follow a gluten-free diet (GFD), with frequent mistakes and cross-contact with gluten. Despite the recent “gluten-free fad” obtaining accurate information on a GFD is difficult for patients and cross-contact and resultant illness is frequent and common. Navigating a world full of gluten – from relative’s homes, school lunches, college cafeterias, parties, work meetings and conferences, church communion, birthdays to barbeques – it is harrowing and dangerous for celiacs and non-celiac sensitives alike. Dealing with the emotional and mental challenge of eating gluten-free includes isolation, bullying, gluten deniers and media disrespect. Dr Shaver will navigate these treacherous waters and give insight on how practitioners can support your gluten-free patients to live healthy and emotionally balanced lives.

BIO

Dr. Marco Vespignani is a 2004 graduate of Bastyr University. After completing his residency at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, was part of a large multidisciplinary Pain, Neurology and Motor rehabilitation center and focused on the care of MS patients In 2009 this facility was selected as a ITI STAIR residency center with Dr. Vespignani as the attending physician. In 2010, Dr. Vespignani returned to Seattle to start a private clinic, Seattle Integrative Medicine. In 2017, he joined the adjunct faculty at Bastyr to teach Neurology and Mental Health.

MS - What's new and possible in care

Multiple sclerosis is one of the more complex neurological conditions to diagnosis and manage. Symptoms can be difficult to identify and post diagnosis range from annoying to disabling. New medications are coming out every year for MS management and over 75% of MS patients report using some form of alternative/complementary/adjunctive treatment. In this 25 min talk learn from a Naturopathic doctor who has spent the past 15 years specializing in the care of MS patients.

Migraine Care

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BIO

Ira D. Zunin, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

During the past thirty years, Dr. Zunin has been actively engaged in fostering a synthesis between complementary and conventional medicine from both a clinical and managerial perspective. He consults for the academic, government, hospital, insurance and retail sectors and facilitates partnerships across industries. Throughout his career he has maintained an ongoing commitment to support research and to contribute to both the academic and popular literature.

Dr. Zunin earned his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Preventive Medicine in Hawai’i and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  He received Specialty Board Certification in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Hawaii.  He was certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, The American Board of Ambulatory Medicine and the American Association of Medical Review Officers. Currently, Dr. Zunin is Assistant Clinical Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

He spent several years studying Tibetan medicine in India and Nepal and has trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He is a physician acupuncturist, a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and was appointed by the Governor to the Hawaii State Board of Acupuncture. In addition, Dr. Zunin has conducted numerous solo medical missions throughout the world focusing on India, Tibet, and Nepal.

Is Naturopathy Ready for Prime Time in Population Management?

Naturopathic medicine is uniquely poised to prevent disease, optimize health and provide skillful education to improve patient outcomes, quality of care and to impact global healthcare costs. How can naturopathic medicine in collaboration with an integrative clinical team contribute to Accountable Care Organizations and related institutional efforts?

Deeper Science Moves the Needle for Naturopathic Medicine

Historically, high cost, high quality research has been relatively limited in contrast to the vast sums invested by big pharma. However in recent years, more of the funding for research on diagnostics and treatment is within the purview of naturopathic medicine. This includes regenerative medicine, chelation and IV therapies, personalized genetic medicine, specialized testing and increasingly sophisticated supplement preparations. These developments have the potential to enhance the role of naturopathic medicine in the current healthcare environment.

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