Day 1 - Track 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th

IMMH FUNDAMENTALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

9:00am | Integrative Medicine for Mood and Anxiety Disorders - Part 1

JAMES GREENBLATT, MD
This lecture will discuss the macro-nutrients involved in the integrative therapy treatment of depression. Amino acids and fatty acids will be the focus of this presentation. The role of inflammation and dysbiosis will also be discussed.

11:00 am | Microorganisms and their Effects on Mental Health

WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
Abnormally high numbers of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract are often present in virtually every type of neurological and behavioral disorder including depression, OCD, and schizophrenia, autism, and ADHD. Certain species of Candida and Clostridia bacteria are especially prevalent. Autoimmunity to brain proteins induced by cross-reactive antibodies against Streptococcus bacteria has been implicated as a significant factor in Tourette’s syndrome, tic disorders, OCD, autism, and eating disorders. Tests and nutritional treatments available for these disorders will be discussed in detail.

1:45pm | Targeted Nutritional Interventions for Brain Health

WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
The human brain is extremely metabolically active and uses up more oxygen than other organs in the body. It also contains a great deal of unsaturated fat, cholesterol, and sulfur amino acids. A wide variety of nutritional factors that may be suboptimal in the diet are needed to ensure efficient brain function including cholesterol, fatty acids, lithium, CDP choline, carnitine, short chain fatty acids, and many others. Dr. Shaw will focus on how to maintain the best possible brain function by optimizing the right amounts of these cofactors.

3:00pm | Integrative Medicine for Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Part 2

JAMES GREENBLATT, MD
This lecture will discuss micro-nutrients, vitamins, and minerals involved in the integrative therapy treatment of depression. Vitamin B12 and folate, as well as the trace minerals, magnesium and zinc will be discussed. Research will be reviewed looking at how deficiency of these nutrients relates to mood and anxiety disorders, as will medication augmentation strategies.

4:45pm | Thyroid IN My Mind – The Adventure Continues

LOUIS CADY, MD
In this completely new presentation, Dr. Cady moves from a general appreciation of the integrative medicine focus on mental health as well as medical issues, exclusively to thyroid’s effect on the brain at a granular level. This historical and therapeutic sweep of the use of thyroid hormone use in neuropsychiatry all the way to the most recent published studies will cover elements of cognition, head injury recovery, Alzheimer’s disease prevention, and the more classic affective focus.

 

day 1 - track 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th

Organic Acids Testing: An Invaluable Tool for All Integrative Practitioners

8:45am | An Overview of Organic Acids Testing and Its Importance

KURT WOELLER, DO
Hundreds of organic acid metabolites are found in the urine of all mammals, including humans. These metabolites can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic measurements for detecting abnormal gastrointestinal overgrowth or dysbiosis, assessing mitochondrial energy production, detecting genetic diseases, assessing malnutrition and suboptimum nutrition, revealing toxic exposure, finding alterations of neurotransmitter metabolites in neurological and psychiatric disorders, and assessing metabolites that cause severe inflammation in a variety of chronic illnesses.

KURT WOELLER, DO
The OAT evaluates for various fungal toxins, including specific markers for Candida. Many people rely on stool testing for Candida diagnosis and miss the presence of Candida toxins through the Organic Acid Test. Candida can lead to neurochemical imbalances in the brain, as well as sensory problems and self-stimulatory behavior (often seen in autism).

KURT WOELLER, DO
The OAT evaluates for two specific toxins related to Clostridia bacteria – HPHPA and 4-cresol. Both of these toxins can inhibit a dopamine converting enzyme, leading to excess dopamine and toxic reactions in the brain and nervous system. Problems such as moodiness, irritability, aggression, self-injurious behavior, sleep difficulties, and more can be associated with Clostridia bacteria overgrowth.

1:45pm | the role of oxalate toxicity in chronic health problems

KURT WOELLER, DO
The OAT includes glycolic and glyceric acids in the oxalate section, which can differentiate between genetic and nutritional components in disturbed oxalate metabolism. Oxalates are compounds found in many foods, and can be worsened by Candida overgrowth. High oxalates are associated with pain in the joints, muscles, and connective tissues. They can also trap heavy metals (such as mercury, lead, and arsenic) in the body and lead to mineral imbalances. Certain behavioral issues and self-injurious tendencies have been associated with high oxalates.

3:00pm | neurochemical imbalances and quinolinic acid toxicity

KURT WOELLER, DO
The OAT evaluates for imbalances in serotonin (an important brain and nervous system chemical for mood, fine and gross motor skills, and calmness), as well additional markers that can indicate toxic stress in the brain and nervous system, such as quinolinic acid. High quinolinic acid suggests toxic stress in the brain and is important to evaluate before prescribing certain supplements, particularly L-Tryptophan which is commonly used to help with sleep.

4:45pm | Case Studies and Treatment Option

KURT WOELLER, DO
This presentation will highlight various patient cases from clinical practice that show the role of biomedical intervention for various patient scenarios such as dietary therapy, yeast and Clostridia treatment, and methylation support.

 

DAY 2

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th

8:45am | Addiction Rescue

DANIEL AMEN, MD
Addiction steals the lives of too many people and can destroy their families. In this lecture, psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen will give you a new look at addictions through the lens of his neuroimaging work, and a specific plan to rescue people and families from its grip by understanding and treating the brain.

11:30am | Integrative Medicine Approaches to Autoimmune Encephalopathy and PANDAS

KENNETH BOCK, MD
This lecture will discuss neuropsychiatric disorders with abrupt onset that include symptoms ranging from anxiety to intrusive thoughts and rage episodes. They may also include tics, dysgraphia (inability to write coherently), and dyscalculia (difficulty understanding numbers). These symptoms are triggered by infectious autoimmune encephalopathy (frequently referred to as PANS/PANDAS). Evaluation and treatment will be discussed from a comprehensive integrative medicine point of view.

11:30am | Ion Channel Genetics in Mental Health: Associated Integrative Therapies

LAUREN FEW, PHD
Several studies have implicated genetic mutations in voltage-gated ion channels in the pathogenesis of mental health disorders. For example, both the CACNA1C calcium channel gene and ANK3 gene have been linked to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression in genome-wide association studies. This talk will focus on a number of integrative therapeutic options that target ion channels and have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of mental health symptomatology, including omega-3 fatty acids, lithium, magnesium, and N-acetylcysteine.

2:00pm | Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression

GARY KAPLAN, DO
Chronic pain and depression are comorbid as much as 65% of the time. Effective treatment of both problems requires that we understand that chronic pain, depression and the sleep disorders that commonly accompany these problems are symptoms of neuroinflammation, not diseases. This lecture will discuss the integrative medical approach pioneered at the Kaplan Center to diagnosis, treat and help patients with chronic pain and depression return to optimal health.

2:00pm | Environmental Toxins: Their Impact on Brain Chemistry

RICK SPONAUGLE, MD
Dr. Sponaugle will speak about several types of environmental and industrial toxins that can affect the brain and suppress the immune system. He will review research on how immune suppression has been proven to cause brain fog, memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, and other neurological and mood disorders.

3:45pm | New Ways of Understanding and Addressing OCD Behaviors

SURUCHI CHANDRA, MD
Obsessive and compulsive behaviors should be viewed as symptoms of a disease-regulated system rather than a disease or disorder. In this talk, Dr. Chandra will review emerging research about the relationship between obsessive and compulsive behaviors and the gastrointestinal system, microbiome, and the immune system. She will also discuss holistic and integrative ways of addressing these imbalances.

3:45pm | Mold and Mycotoxins: The Hidden Menace

MARK FILIDEI, DO
Mold and fungi are ubiquitous in the environment. However, particularly in "WDB", water damaged buildings, mold can become a sinister force affecting physical and mental health. Not all molds are toxic and many just cause respiratory issues, but a subset of molds produce mycotoxins; powerful neurotoxins that can have a profound effect on the brain and mental health. The effects of mold, as well as testing, diagnosis, and treatment options will be discussed.

 

DAY 3

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 30th

8:45am | Integrative Medicine for Adult ADHD

JAMES GREENBLATT, MD
Increasing research has demonstrated that environmental influences and nutritional deficiencies play a major role in the etiology and treatment for children with ADHD. The research and discussion about integrative strategies for adults with ADHD has lagged behind. This presentation will be an overview of adult ADHD, behavioral, emotional and occupational consequences for adults struggling with ADHD. The presentation will provide integrative strategies including phytochemicals, nutrition, and lifestyle changes for the treatment of adults with ADHD. Participants will learn functional medicine testing to target specific therapies based on unique biochemical and genetic parameters.

10:45am | Mitochondria and Mood: Understanding the Role of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Psychiatric Illness

PETER BONGIORNO, ND
As the ‘powerhouse of the cell’ and nervous system, healthy mitochondrial function is an underlying key to healing mental illness. Dr. Bongiorno will explain what you need to know to help identify mitochondrial issues, understand the factors that contribute to poor function, and review the best natural treatments to restore mitochondrial health.

10:45am | Common Comorbid Conditions in Autism: A Primer for General Practitioners

KURT WOELLER, DO
This lecture will discuss various comorbid conditions seen in autism, how they affect the autistic individual and steps that any general practitioner can take to improve outcomes.

1:15pm | Innovative Nutritional Approaches to Dealing with Head Injuries

MICHAEL LEWIS, MD
Over 3 million concussions and head injuries occur each year and millions of people are living with the consequences of those injuries. Targeted nutritional therapies may play a significant role in the prevention and recovery of head injuries. Omega-3 fatty acids and Cannabidiol are two such therapies. Dr. will discuss the importance of these nutritional interventions in brain health, the science behind their use, and detail his clinical experiences using these powerful nonpharmaceutical tools.

1:15pm | Toxicant Elimination and Mental Health: Induced Sweating as a Means to Remove Persistent Chemicals

STEPHEN GENUIS, MD
There is escalating evidence in the medical and scientific literature that various metabolic disrupting chemicals persisting within the human organism are a root cause of myriad mental health problems from autism to mood disorders to dementia. Elimination of toxic chemical agents from the human body has the potential to allow for biochemical and physiological restoration with remarkable clinical improvement. Recent research findings about toxicant chemical elimination by induced sweating will be presented to provide health practitioners with practical tools to assist patients with mental health and other chronic health problems.

3:15pm | The Effect of Food Allergies on Mental Health

WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
Food sensitivities and allergies mediated by IgG and IgE antibodies, respectively, have been known for 50+ years to affect a wide range of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar depression, attention deficit with hyperactivity, and other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Shaw will discuss the different types of tests used to determine these sensitivities, along with an overview of the extensive medical literature on the usefulness of this type of testing.

3:15pm | Helping Patients Follow Special Diets Despite Barriers

JULIE MATTHEWS, CNC
How do we support effective special diet implementation when our patients - both adults and children – face varied behavior, psychosocial, and environmental barriers? How do you determine the right diet for each individual? If it’s too complex or restrictive the patient may become overwhelmed and non-compliant. If it’s too basic, you may not see positive results. In this presentation, Julie will share keen insights gleaned from fifteen years of working with special diets for complex digestive, immune, and neurological conditions in both children and adults, audiences fraught with implementation challenges.

 

DAY 4

sunday, ocTober 1st

8:45am | Discovery of a Novel Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

DALE BREDESEN, MD
The cause(s) of Alzheimer’s disease have remained incompletely defined, although risk factors such as type 2 diabetes and the epsilon-4 allele of the Apolipoprotein E gene (ApoE4) have been described. Precision medicine approaches have proven valuable for the evaluation and treatment of various malignancies. This presentation will review the metabolic profiling done by Dr. Bredesen and his team in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and pre-dementia conditions. The results suggested that mycotoxin exposure may be a novel cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

10:00am | Genetic SNP Testing for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
Genetic variants called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) play a greater role in the metabolism of the human brain compared to almost all the other organs. A SNP called apolipoprotein E4 markedly increases the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease after 50. A SNP in protein HFe that absorbs iron improves brain function in populations that have dietary iron deficiency but greatly increases the risk of psychiatric disease in populations in which dietary iron is excessive. In this presentation, a survey of the most significant SNPs for psychiatric diseases and potential “fixes” for these SNPs will be reviewed.

10:00 am | Brain on Fire: The Role of Mold in Triggering Psychiatric Symptoms

MARY ACKERLEY, MD
Environmental exposure to mold in water damaged buildings is extremely common. Dr. Ackerley’s experience with over a thousand patients with chronic inflammation due to exposure to water damaged buildings shows that mold is a common cause of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, depression, cognitive issues and even suicidal ideation. She will share what’s she’s gleaned from this experience and emphasize that reviewing patients’ complete symptoms and environmental history is crucial for efficacious treatment.

12:15pm | Estrogen and Mental Health: Exploring Estrogen’s Vital Role Linking the Brain, the Gut Microbiome, and the Immune System

FELICE GERSH, MD
There is an amazing and complex interrelationship involving our gut microbiome, our brain function and emotional wellbeing, and our hormones, and most particularly estrogen. A dialogue has only recently been re-initiated, opening the door to a deeper exploration of the most advantageous ways and manner in which to deliver estrogen supplementation for the improvement and prevention of cognitive and mood disorders. This talk will review how this dialogue is unfolding and using this new information, provide practical ways to address mental health issues.

12:15pm | Botanicals for Depression: Rhodiola, St. John's Wort, Curcumin and Saffron

JUDITH PENTZ, MD
Botanicals have long been a part of the healing traditions in many cultures for depression. Certain medicinal herbs have increasing evidence based research and thus can be part of toolbox for an integrative medical practice. Yet, having a greater understanding of the complexities that herbs present is critical in having a successful outcome when prescribing them for your patients.

1:30pm | Everything Under the Son: Why Schizophrenia Demands Aggressive Orthomolecular Treatment

JONATHAN PROUSKY, ND
This presentation explores the plight of the schizophrenic patient, the need for aggressive orthomolecular treatment, and advances the clinical concept of recovery instead of symptom moderation.

1:30pm | The Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Vector-Borne Infections, Lyme Disease, and Other Co-Infections

KELLY MCCANN, MD
Dr. McCann will review the fundamentals of chronic infections, especially vector-borne infections such as Lyme disease and the numerous co-infections and their neuropsychiatric manifestations, including neurodegenerative disease and mental illness. Literature review will include the immune system dysfunction and inflammatory and oxidative stress that these infections cause. In presenting patient cases, Dr. McCann will emphasize teaching points and treatment strategies.