Saturday, August 17tH
8:45 AM | Location: Indigo Level
Unconventional Medicine: Reinventing Healthcare and Reversing Chronic Disease
CHRIS KRESSER, MS, LAC
We’re in the midst of an epidemic of chronic disease unlike anything human beings have ever experienced. Our current model of “disease management" has not only failed to address the problem, it has contributed to it, and it’s driving physicians away from medicine. In this presentation, Chris will outline a new paradigm of healthcare—and health—with the potential to prevent and reverse chronic disease and create more meaningful and rewarding work for healthcare professionals.
11:00 AM | Location: Indigo Level
Reversal of Cognitive Decline: The Science, The Tools, and The Transformation
KENNETH SHARLIN, MD
Built around the story of one of Dr. Sharlin’s patients, this presentation integrates the individual pieces of the puzzle of cognitive decline into a holistic view of how the brain works (or doesn’t). It will also provide the tools needed to overcome the challenges faced by those suffering from Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline, using a functional medicine framework. The presentation draws from his clinic-based protocol, which resulted in a recently published article in The Journal of Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism entitled Reversal of Cognitive Decline: 100 Patients.
11:00 AM | Location: Aqua Level
Methylation and Mental Health: Assessing and Treating Specific Genetic Variants for Better Patient Outcomes
BRIDGET BRIGGS, MD
There is a strong connection between mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD and seizure disorder due to common genetic variants and impaired methylation. In this presentation, Dr. Briggs will discuss this connection and how imbalances in MTHFR can be screened via genetic studies and biomolecular labs. If the appropriate approach to treating global methylation is taken, this can lead to better outcomes for patients.
1:30 PM | Location: Indigo Level
Clinical Application of Nutrition and Somatic Therapies in the Treatment of PTSD and Complex Trauma
LESLIE KORN, PHD
The experience of adverse childhood events and the development of PTSD and complex trauma commonly lead to chronic emotional and physical distress, including high rates of addictive behaviors, dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, sleep and digestive disorders, chronic pain, and self-harming behaviors. This presentation explores the clinical application of culinary medicine, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, and somatic psychotherapeutic approaches to restore circadian rhythm, HPA axis function, digestive function, and to reduce autonomic nervous system reactivity in trauma survivors.
1:30 PM | Location: Aqua Level
GABA for Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Insomnia and Addictions: Research and Practical Applications
TRUDY SCOTT, CN
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a calming neurotransmitter and low levels are associated with anxiety, agitation, stress, panic attacks, poor sleep and the need to self-medicate with alcohol and carbohydrates for stress relief. This presentation will review signs of low GABA and recent research on oral GABA mechanisms for anxiety, insomnia, and addictions. Practical applications of GABA will be covered: the most effective forms of GABA, how best to use GABA, which forms to avoid and why, guidelines for use with psychiatric medications, determining the optimal dose for each individual via a trial method, trouble-shooting adverse effects, and what to do when GABA doesn’t help as expected.
3:15 PM | Location: Indigo Level
Concussion Rescue: A Comprehensive Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury
KABRAN CHAPEK, ND
Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of psychiatric illness, though many physicians don’t think to investigate it. Based on his experience with thousands of TBI patients, Dr. Chapek will outline the appropriate in-office assessment tools for possible functional impairments, which questionnaires to do to assess potential brain injury, which lab tests to run, how to assess for pituitary hypofunction (present in around 25% of patients with TBI), and what kinds of approaches are most effective to help patients heal, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
3:15 PM | Location: Aqua Level
Brains on Fire: An Integrative Approach to Healing Childhood PANS/PANDAS
ELISA SONG, MD
Our children are facing an epidemic of autoimmune encephalitis in the form of PANS/PANDAS. A functional medicine and integrative pediatric approach offers the possibility to heal and reverse what otherwise can be a devastating neuropsychiatric illness. During this session, we will explore the underlying pathophysiology and biomedical imbalances that underlie PANS/PANDAS, and how to address root causes and heal from the inside out. We will also review what to do when you get stuck, with a look at the more advanced topics of biofilms and secondary immune system-activated hypercoagulability.
4:30 PM | Location: Indigo Level
Panel and Forum Discussion (Q&A With Speakers)