2018 Annual Conference Speaker Presentations

naturopath

 

GENES, NUTRIGENOMICS AND MENTAL HEALTH

Dr. Peter Bongiorno

When it comes to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and autism, genetic variability is great among patients. As new research pours out every day, we are also learning that phenotype is not necessarily determined by genotype because the epigenome modulates gene expression in response to many different factors. These factors are nutrient status, stress, environmental toxins, and of course, food.

Join Dr. Bongiorno as he defines nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics, and then describes various genetic predispositions to mental health illness. Finally, he will discuss how food and nutrient levels are key factors in epigenetic modulation. He will share his clinical experience where he reviews the genetic SNPs most relevant to working with patients with mental health concerns.

SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION — CLARITY THROUGH THE HORMONAL LENS

Dr. Ralph Esposito and Dr. Carrie Jones

The objective of this presentation will be to elucidate the impact of chronic hormonal dysregulation and the impact on male and female sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction is a condition many men and women will not discuss with their physicians oftentimes due to mere discomfort with discussion. the causes of sexual dysfunction are often blamed on hormonal insufficiencies (male and female hypogonadism), although testosterone, estrogen and progesterone do paly a role in sexual dysfunction it often is a symptom of a deeper more chronic illness. The lecture will identify the pathophysiology of aberrant hormonal communication including cortisol, androgens, estrogen, progesterone, insulin, leptin but also the many other issues involved in  his process including hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal/adrenal/thyroidal dysfunction, mind-body connections and relationship dynamics. Therapeutics both pharmaceutical and nutraceutical will be discussed.

CHRONIC DISEASE IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE

Dr. Isadora Guggenheim

Cancer, diabetes, auto-immune, Lyme and other chronic conditions have impaired epigenetic sources. We will explore through literature review and clinical practice the underlying root causes of chronic diseases. We will address appropriate identification, testing and treatment protocols. We will teach how to integrate modern depuration protocols to reverse chronic disease.

REMEDIES THAT GET LEFT ON THE SHELF & HOW TO USE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

Dr. Paul Herscu and Dr. Amy Rothenberg

Some homeopathic remedies seem to get all the attention! Drs. Rothenberg & Herscu help attendees think about other effective, relevant remedies for general naturopathic practice. Categories of medicines discussed include: remedies with a larger sphere of influence vis a vis those with a narrower focus; the concept of using ‘acute remedies’ for chronic disease patients and using ‘chronic remedies’ for acute disease patients; and how to effectively use common remedies in patients with uncommon presentations of the remedy. This lecture is appropriate for those less inclined to use homeopathy as well as those who often incorporate the homeopathic prescription.

SIBO: IS IT REAL?

Dr. Michael Traub

In recent years, evidence has accumulated that bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, coupled with impaired motility, underlies the condition that has long been described as irritable bowel syndrome. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is treatable with antimicrobials, prokinetics, and dietary avoidance of fermentable carbohydrates.  Those who treat SIBO come to understand that it usually is a chronic, relapsing condition that demands attention to underlying contributory factors in order to achieve remission.  Others question whether the condition actually exists.  This presentation will address the evidence pro and con, and attendees will decide for themselves how to approach it.

EMBRACING OUR PRINCIPLES: NATUROPATHIC SOLUTIONS TO THE EPIDEMIC OF CHRONIC DISEASE

Dr. Tia Trivisonno

Chronic diseases have been labeled the silent global epidemic and have become the most costly and most common health problems we face as a society, yet they are also the most preventable.  The principles of naturopathic medicine applied in daily practice by the physician are an effective and timely solution for this crisis. An examination of these principles utilized in a clinical setting for the treatment of chronic illness illustrates the urgent need for the integration of naturopathic medicine into the health care system.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, PREVENTED AND REVERSED WITH NATUROPATHIC APPROACHES

Dr. Doni Wilson

Alzheimer’s is a rapidly increasing chronic disease, expected to affect 7.1 million Americans by 2025. Until recently, Alzheimer’s was considered (even by medical professionals) to be irreversible and genetically determined. Medications used for the condition are associated with many side effects and may only slightly delay progression. So recent research demonstrating that it is possible to prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s disease using approaches that are naturopathic in origin offers immense hope for both patients and practitioners. In this presentation, I will review the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease, underlying causes, assessment tools and tests, as well as treatment approaches and case studies.

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