- Digital Summit
Petros Levounis, MD, MA
Addiction to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and opioids can be devastating, but video games, online porn, internet gaming, Internet gambling, and other technological addictions can be every bit as addictive. These addictions can have real-world ramifications and lead to the loss of jobs, money, and loved ones. As technology becomes integrated into every facet of modern life, these technological addictions are becoming increasingly prevalent. This session will inform healthcare professionals about the addictive potential of technology and help them view these addictions as legitimate psychiatric conditions worthy of medical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
This presentation was recorded at the 2022 Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference.
Presented by: Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc
Ketamine is well-known as the quickest acting anti-depressant, with profound effects after 40 minutes. While helpful, it is also known that ketamine has significant toxicity and questionable duration of effect. Mounting research shows many natural compounds that may affect the body’s biochemistry in a way that can mimic the positive effects of ketamine. This session will explain the mechanisms of ketamine action and review the animal and clinical research showing the use of lifestyle modifications, supplements, and Chinese herbs that can have similar effects. The presentation will also review how genetic predisposition, toxic exposure from environmental toxins, and products of internal processes can affect these pathways.
CATALYST FOR CELLULAR RESILIENCE: Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD), Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) & Immune Health
The Effective Use of Gut Microbiome Testing and Natural Products in Improving GI and Systemic Health
Presented by: Russel Jaffe, MD, PHD, CCN
Chronic health issues precipitate from a myriad of origins. Noticeably, a common set of causes appear to be–cumulative repair deficits, oxidative damage, metabolic acidosis and above all – a burdened immune system. A tolerant immune system is essential to well-being. When preoccupied and burdened with defense, repair is deferred, resulting in inflammation that can be more aptly termed as “repair deficit.”
The Endothelial Glycocalyx and Cardiovascular Disease: Revolutionary Concepts and Treatment
Presented by: Tina Marinaccio, RDN
Food is not only medicine, but is the first line of defense in healing, before medicines and supplements. Offering nutrition advice and diet handouts alone to patients does not result in lifestyle change. Americans want to eat more home cooked meals but need easy meal prep. Patients need real and tangible strategies, and manageable steps to facilitate lasting behavioral change. Practical culinary, meal planning, and shopping techniques will be provided to make healthy cooking at home fast, budget friendly, and delicious. This session will review tips and tricks for practitioners to teach meal planning to patients.
Microbiota and the Gut-Brain Axis in Health and Disease
A panel of four pain experts will discuss the science that supports their varied approaches to acute and chronic pain and then