Friday, August 16th
8:45 AM | Location: Indigo Level
The End of Mental Illness
DANIEL AMEN, MD
Based on the world’s largest functional brain imaging database, Dr. Amen will give you a completely new way to think about and treat issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, addictions, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, and even personality disorders. He will review 11 major risk factors that damage the brain, which can be prevented and treated. In this presentation, Dr. Amen discards an outdated, stigmatizing paradigm for mental health and replaces it with a modern brain-based, whole-person program rooted in science and hope.
11:15 AM | Location: Indigo Level
Neurotoxin Susceptibility by Age: The Impact of Metal and Non-Metal Toxins on the Brain
JOSEPH PIZZORNO, ND
Neurotoxic metals, meta-metals, persistent organic pollutants and non-persistent chemicals are common and increasing relentlessly in the environment. Susceptibility to damage and functional impact depend upon age of exposure with substantial differences between fetal, child and adult susceptibilities. This presentation covers which toxins are most problematic for each age group, key diagnostics and the most impactful interventions.
11:15 AM | Location: Aqua Level
Effective Nutrition and Diet Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Newly Published Research
JULIE MATTHEWS, CN
In this presentation, Julie will present the latest published research on how diet and nutrition improve autism, including a study she was part of lead by Dr. James Adams. She will discuss the latest diet and nutrition interventions that improve not only autism symptoms, but GI distress, anxiety, aggression, hyperactivity, non-verbal IQ, and developmental age. She will also share how this research influences the diet and nutrition recommendations she makes in her nutrition practice, and how you can use it to help your patients.
2:00 PM | Location: Indigo Level
It’s Not All in Their Heads: Treating the Gut-Brain-Immune Triad
JAMES NEUENSCHWANDER, MD
In this presentation, Dr. Neu will examine the gut-brain-immune connections and how disturbances in these connections drive diffuse psychiatric syndromes from schizophrenia to autism. He will also evaluate the evidence supporting integrative approaches to repairing these connections and how to incorporate these approaches into your practice.
2:00 PM | Location: Aqua Level
Cannabinoids on the Female Endocannabinoid System: Understanding the Impact on Fertility, Mood, and Immune Health
FELICE GERSH, MD
Estrogen has a major impact on the emotional health of women, and recent research has revealed that the mechanism may largely be through its connection with the endocannabinoid system. Estrogen and the body’s own endogenous endocannabinoids work together to maintain metabolic, cognitive, and emotional homeostasis. This lecture will provide vitally important information on mental health care for women, helping them make informed decisions about the use of plant-based compounds like CBD and THC, which can impact both the endocannabinoid system and the functions of the master female hormone, estrogen.
3:45 PM | Location: Indigo Level
Integrative Therapies for Suicide Prevention
JAMES GREENBLATT, MD
This session will explore the tragic neglect and paucity of research on biological risk factors for the prevention of suicide. Dr. Greenblatt will discuss genetic, biological, and nutritional factors that contribute to suicide risk. Specific research involving the role of inflammation, sleep disturbance, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental risk factors will be reviewed.
3:45 PM | Location: Aqua Level
Mold Toxicity as an Unrecognized Cause of Mental Health Issues
NEIL NATHAN, MD
This presentation will focus on the role that mold toxicity plays as a common but often unrecognized contributing factor to many mental health presentations. Mold toxicity, in addition to directly causing severe anxiety, depression, panic and depersonalization, also triggers mast cell activation, methylation dysfunction, and other biochemical perturbations which add to psychiatric symptomatology. Understanding these could be of great value to mental health professionals in putting together treatment plans for patients.
5:15 PM | Location: Promenade Plaza
Meet & Greet Networking Reception