- Digital Summit
Presented by: Barbara Bartlik, MD; Geo Espinosa, ND, L.Ac, IFMCP, CNS; Ronald Hoffman, MD, CNS, FACAM; and Janet Mindes, PhD
New, more holistic solutions to sexual problems are very needed. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually on supplements to alleviate sexual symptoms, yet most are not adequately studied. Pharmaceuticals for sexual dysfunction are not fully effective, or well tolerated. Commonly prescribed medications cause sexual dysfunction, and many live with this reality. Medications also deplete micronutrients, which can contribute to sexual dysfunction, yet this connection is infrequently made.
Targeted micronutrient therapy and many other natural medicine and innovative mainstream strategies may be used to improve sexual function. What’s the impact of diet on sexual performance? Are there really aphrodisiac foods? What are the best functional medicine strategies for erectile disorder/ sexual pain? These and many other topics will be covered, such as use of traditional Chinese medicine, evidence for the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and omega-3 fatty acids, and the importance of parasympathetic up-regulation to sexuality.
In order for patients to improve sexual function, they often have to first adopt a healthier lifestyle. This improves blood flow, neurological functioning, and hormonal status, all of which are needed for optimal sexual health. A healthy lifestyle will enhance vitality and minimize the need for medications that cause sexual side effects.
This session will introduce participants to the evidence-based practice of music therapy by first explaining some of the mechanisms underlying music therapy, such as neuromatrix theory of pain, neurologic music therapy, and mind-body medicine.
Presented by: Myles Spar, MD, MPH
This session discuss the top health concerns of men and the role integrative approaches plays in these concerns. Using published studies and my experience as an integrative medicine researcher, educator and clinician, the session will show data on what has been shown to make a difference in men’s health behaviors and how that translates into years of life saved. The session will present case studies representing general avatars of typical male patients, providing tools to successfully equip practitioners to attract, engage, retain, and help men in their integrative health practices.
In his presentation on holistic dentistry, Dr. Gross, DDS, will discuss using nutrition to cure tooth decay and improve bone regeneration. He will also review alternative to root canals, mercury
Presented by: Mark Breiner, DDS, FAGD, FIAOMT
The diagnosis of Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD) is often missed in both children and adults. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most severe level of SBD. Many childhood problems have been shown to have an SBD as the underlying cause. Some of the manifestations include ADD/ADHD, poor grades, bedwetting, behavioral problems, and much more. A lack of proper dental development is usually the cause of SBD in children, and consequently, also in adults.
Presented by: John Weeks
This session will take participants on a tour through the five eras in the integrative medicine field’s evolution. Expanding interest among change agents inside the mainstream medical industry in value-based care, health and wellbeing, patient-centered care, non-pharmacologic approaches, and whole health models are creating new opportunities for transformative influence. Weeks will explore eight key areas of challenge and opportunity for the field that – depending on the field’s engagement – will determine whether the field can create a preferred future.
Heart and vascular disease continues to be the number one killer of both men and women, claiming a life every 60 seconds in the U.S. Traditional risk factors, such as age, gender, and family history explain about half of these cases, however the healthcare industry is beginning to recognize the roles of dietary cholesterol and saturated fats, among other lifestyle-related factors, in heart and vascular disease
Presented by: Ronald Sherman, MD, MSC, DTM&H
Biotherapy is the use of live animals to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Though most of us are familiar with biotherapeutic modalities like leech therapy or guide dogs, a dozen other live animals and microbes are being used to treat ailments from acute infections to chronic wounds, from multiple sclerosis to cancer, from cerebral palsy to autism, from psoriasis to rheumatoid arthritis, even for chronic pain and palliative care.