Presented by: Alessio Fasano, MD
Improved hygiene leading to a reduced exposure to microorganisms have been implicated as one possible cause for the recent ‘epidemic’ of chronic inflammatory diseases in industrialized countries. This session will explain what key factors are necessary and sufficient for the development of chronic inflammatory diseases. Additionally, the session will justify why a balanced microbiome is essential for good human health and will discuss why nutrition is the most impactful factor affecting gut microbiome composition and function.
Presented by: Belleruth Naparstek, ACSW
In this session, Belleruth Naparstek, ACSW, will present an overview of the benefits of guided imagery, offering key research findings to demonstrate the stunning range of its power and efficacy. She also will offer the comparative pros and cons of mind-body interventions, from simple relaxation to mindfulness meditation to energetic biofield work and everything in between.
Presented by: Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN
Knowledge without tools and skills is like giving someone a box of nails without a hammer and telling them to build a house. Most people know they should be eating more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Giving them a list of foods or solely providing counseling on macronutrient balance alone is not enough to promote behavior change. Patients don’t eat paper and patients don’t eat carbs, proteins, and fats. They eat food – so having a conversation around food selection and preparation can be a turning point in achieving and maintaining healthy eating habits.
Presented by: James Gordon, MD
A renowned expert on trauma, James Gordon, MD, founder and executive director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., has created and implemented the world’s largest and most effective program for healing population-wide trauma. Over the last several years, Gordon’s work has expanded to help governments deal with long-standing, lethal hatred, and division. In 2019, he and South Sudanese human rights lawyer Anyieth D’Awol were able to bring his approach to rival factions, leaders of the Women’s Union, and civil society groups that are struggling to create a new government in war-devastated South Sudan. In this session, Gordon will discuss the use of self-care and group support to cultivate inner peace as a precursor for peace between warring parties in South Sudan.
Presented by: Joel Evans, MD
There is continuous confusion and contradiction in both lay and professional opinion about the use of HRT in menopause. Thankfully, IFM has created a data driven approach to this common clinical dilemma. Participants will hear Joel Evans, MD, the lead of the Institute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module on Hormone Health, explain in detail the FM decision tree on HRT. He will discuss who should, and shouldn’t, get hormones, when to start and when to stop treatment, and what type and delivery system is best. Participants will leave with answers to all their HRT questions.
Regulation of the Gut-Brain Axis Through Nutritional Support of the Microbiome
Dietary Supplement Quality: Research, Procedures, and Certifications
Presented by: Nigel Plummer, PhD
In this lecture, the evidence for the benefits of probiotic intervention on modifying both physiologies and pathologies will be comprehensively and objectively reviewed. The current limitations of probiotics as well as the exciting future prospects for next generation biotherapeutic products will also be explored, along with the increasingly challenging navigation through the regulatory frameworks and commercial plethora of available probiotic solutions.