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The gut-brain connection is a familiar concept that underscores the mind’s capacity to affect digestive health. However, new research shows that this relationship also functions in reverse. Specifically, microbial residents of the intestinal tract can influence emotional state, mood, cognition, stress responses and social behavior. Accordingly, as single agents or as adjuncts to traditional approaches, probiotics have many emerging applications in clinical psychiatry.



Become inspired  

Registration is now open for the 2016 Integrative Healthcare Symposium annual conference. Attend and find inspiration, ideas and answers while building a network of diverse colleagues. Learn more


Botanical-and-Nutritional-Compounds-to-Optimize-Neurocognitive-HealthBotanical and Nutritional Compounds to Optimize Neurocognitive Health

Adaptogenic botanicals, an elite group of herbs, promote natural, healthy function and replenish depleted energy reserves that are essential for cognition, positive mood and restorative sleep. Chronic stress, whether environmental, internal or social, has significant impact on our emotional and mental health because of its adverse effect on the neuroendocrine system. Botanical medicines offer a profound alternative or adjunct to pharmaceutical medicines, especially when used in combination with nutrients and natural compounds to support foundational issues and optimize healthy function of cognition and mood.  


Webinar: Using The Functional Medicine Matrix

The matrix is the fundamental tool used by Functional Medicine practitioners to assess a patient's health and wellness, or to address a specific disease state. In this webinar, Dr. Pizzorno will teach how to apply the principles of Functional Medicine and apply the key elements of the Functional Medicine matrix in clinical practice.

Webinar: Using The Functional Medicine Matrix
December 4, 2008 12:00 pm -1:00 pm (EST)

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JP11-08Joseph Pizzorno, Jr., ND, appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush’ administration to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee in November 2002, is one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural medicine. A physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesperson, Dr. Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. In 1996, he was appointed to the Seattle/King County Board of Health and the founding board of directors of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. In 2002, he became the founding editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinicians Journal. He has been licensed as a naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975. Dr. Pizzorno has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 2003, the American Holistic Medical Association recognized him as a “Pioneer in Holistic Medicine” and in 2004, the Institute for Functional Medicine honored him with the Linus Pauling Award.

Dr. Pizzorno is the author of Total Wellness and co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine, Handbook of Natural Medicine, Natural Medicine Instructions for Patients, best-selling Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (1,000,000 copies in six languages), Natural Medicine For the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer and recently released Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.