Endocrine & Autoimmune Health

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Endocrine and Autoimmune Disorders Conference 2019

The Many Faces of Metabolic Syndrome: Insulin resistance, PCOS, Hypo and Hyperandrogenism

Presenter: Robyn Kutka, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

It’s estimated that 25% of the world’s adult population has metabolic syndrome. This condition imposes significant health risks including a five-fold greater risk of type 2 diabetes and triple the risk of heart attack or stroke as compared to people without metabolic syndrome. Associated cardiovascular disease accounts for much of the financial burden associated with both metabolic syndrome and overt diabetes. Given these astounding numbers and global burden on health care budgets, it’s clear that earlier diagnosis and preventative approaches are needed. Join us as we uncover diagnostic early indicators of metabolic syndrome and more overt disease processes including insulin resistance, diabetes and PCOS. Understand the pathophysiology and clinical presentations as the pertain to androgens and differ among the sexes. Review clinical cases from presentation through diagnosis and treatment, taking away clinical pearls ready to implement in your practice Monday Morning.


The Paradox of Weight Gain- How Gaining Weight Makes Us Fat

Presenter: Serena Goldstein, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Our endocrine system is pretty tightly regulated, and comprised of multiple organs with multiple signals to keep everything balanced. However, fat cells are their own organ system that tends to interrupt these signals in such a way that can manifest as weight gain, as well as other hormonal based concerns that also pose an uphill battle to not only losing weight, but also maintaining weight loss goals through an optimal functioning metabolism. This presentation will discuss the different types of hormone imbalances that affect weight gain especially as we age, how to motivate the patient to create change, and various Naturopathic therapies to address the pathophysiology of weight gain and the root cause of disease.


Assessment of Steroidal Hormones and Related Naturopathic Care

Presenter: Andrew L. Rubman, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Clinical Issues involving steroidal hormones will be covered in three ½ hour segments. Methodology of measurement will be discussed detailing the strengths and weaknesses of currently used laboratory measures. The biochemistry of the steroidal cascade of the sexual and adrenal hormones, their precursor substances, and their metabolites will be discussed. Important factors affect modulatory enzymes and the management of precursors and metabolites will be illustrated. Three cases involving modulation of steroidal hormones including all intake parameters, laboratory assessments, and treatment follow-up will be covered.


Psychoneurointracrinology: The Mind-brain Continuum

Presenter: Susan Gordon, PhD

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This presentation explores the construct psycho-neuro-intracrinology, which represents a complex system that is psychological, neurological and intracrinological and reveals a mind-brain continuum within the person. The example of women during the midlife transition provides a model of the development of personality and the ontogenesis of self with implications for women across the lifespan and to men through similar neurohormonal mechanisms. This lecture focuses on the nature of consciousness and the self and the biochemical mechanisms explaining the scientific and clinical applications of the psychoneurointracrine hypothesis. Two neurobiological theories of the mind-brain continuum are advanced: (1) the theory of psychoneurointracrine autopoiesis explains how the regulation of a steroid’s receptor is modulated by the person’s perception of experience and sense of well-being, and (2) the theory of emergent global states explains how limbic projections from the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal and adrenal axes regulate the reactive and anticipatory response to stress. This construct extends knowledge of the mind-brain relationship, the person-centered approach to science, and the growth-oriented dimension of personality.


Autoimmunity: Mechanism’s and Controversies

Presenter: Heather Zwickey, PhD

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Why is autoimmunity is increasing in the United States and worldwide? The rate of increase suggests environmental mechanisms. While genetics clearly play a role in autoimmunity, current research suggests that infectious disease, diet, toxic chemicals, and gut dysbiosis may be more to blame. This seminar will examine the current mechanisms for autoimmune disease, environmental triggers, and controversies associated with autoimmune disease.


Clinical Utility of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Autoimmune Diabetes

Presenters: Patrick Chapman, ND & Julie Verfurth, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Selected attendees and patients (both diabetic and non-diabetic) are connected to a continuous glucose monitoring system for 72 or more hours. Real-time glucose numbers will be transmitted and interesting highlights of the glucose data and dietary diaries are analyzed during the presentation. Relevant patient data from Dr. Chapman’s diabetes-focused practice are also presented. Dr. Chapman also discusses the clinical utility of CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system) in the naturopathic primary care setting in prevention and treatment of both autoimmune and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Clinical relevance will include cost, safety, CGMS initiation, dietary analysis, prevention of hypoglycemia, medication adjustments, and reduced hospital interventions. Audience participation will be implemented through questions and case studies. The presentation on CGMS will be followed by a more general discussion on autoimmune diabetes management with Julie Verfuth, ND. Drs. Chapman and Verfurth discuss various approaches to optimal glucose management.


Autoimmune Thyroid and Pain: What’s the Connection?

Presenters: Tyna Moore, ND, DC

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

While autoimmune thyroid conditions are common, few doctors understand or respect the intimate relationship between this condition and chronic pain. Common conditions that are treated as purely musculoskeletal conditions often have a hormonal component and often this link ultimately finds it’s root cause in an autoimmune condition. Pharmaceutical interventions such as thyroid replacement hormone can often be a quick and effective treatment choice for many musculoskeletal conditions that could otherwise go on inappropriately diagnosed and treated as strictly biomechanics in nature.


Microbiome-Immune Interactions in Autoimmune Disease: Current Understanding & Therapeutic Implications

Presenters: Tom Fabian, PhD

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Research into the role of the microbiome in autoimmune disease has advanced rapidly in recent years, implicating microbiome-immune system interactions as critical factors may promote the development of autoimmunity. Microbial dysbiosis may lead to decreased immune tolerance and increased inflammatory activity, both of which are thought to be essential features of many autoimmune diseases. In addition, certain normal (commensal) microbes and pathogens can promote autoimmune reactivity via specific mechanisms, such as molecular mimicry and protein modification. Current understanding of the role of microbiome-immune interactions will be discussed in the context of specific autoimmune diseases. Clinical applicability of the information presented will be illustrated through examples of functional testing results (including microbiome, immune and genomic tests), and microbiome-based therapeutic approaches. We will conclude with a brief discussion of the prospects for a paradigm shift in the understanding – and treatment – of autoimmune diseases.


All Presentations under Endocrine and Autoimmune Disorders Conference 2019

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $499 CAD

CE Hours: 12 hours


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Autoimmune Disorders Conference 2018

Celiac Disease – Common and Underdiagnosed: research update

Presenters: Lisa Shaver, ND, LAc

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Celiac disease made a splash with the gluten-free diet craze. Gluten is now almost a household word, however celiac disease continues to be underdiagnosed in the US and around most of the world. Celiac disease is a common condition effecting 1% of the population, yet in the United States we have only diagnosed an estimated 15%-20% of all celiacs. Research is robust on celiac disease and the complexities continue to be revealed. Dr Shaver will guide you on an update of the recent research on celiac disease with brief mention of the non-autoimmune disorder of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, in the areas of pediatrics and adolescents, Research on pharmaceutical treatment advancements in celiac disease will be discussed.


qPCR Analysis of the GI Microbiome and Naturopathic Management of Autoimmune Disease

Presenters: David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, IFMCP

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Autoimmune disease is growing at epidemic proportions. Standard interventions are based on symptom control and immune suppression. This presentation with review a proactive integrative, systems biology, approach for the naturopath to address disease prediction, prevention and treatment, including various evidence-based modalities. The role of the GI microbiota, food immune reactions, stealth infections and molecular mimicry in autoimmune disease pathogenesis will be explored along with how these may serve as leverage points for naturopathic clinical interventions. The hygiene hypothesis and changes in early environmental antigen exposure will also be explored. New opportunities for proactive screening for at-risk subjects for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and others using qPCR molecular methods of assessing the GI microbiota, as well as emerging predictive antibody testing, will also be reviewed and discussed from the perspective of the naturopathic doctor.


Fibromyalgia and Global Pain Syndromes: The REAL Story!

Presenters: David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, IFMCP

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Research suggests that “classic” fibromyalgia (FMS) is a central pain processing disorder and does not appear to be a peripheral somatic disorder. Dr. Brady will emphasize the concept that this central-mediated disorder is strongly associated with psychological disorders, including trauma and abuse history, depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and sleep disorder. Common mechanisms in-play regarding these concomitant issues and global pain will be fully explored and accurate differential diagnostic and comprehensive naturopathic therapeutic strategies will be discussed in-detail. The concept of “pseudo” or “false” fibromyalgia diagnostic labels will also be discussed, to include various organic and functional medical conditions, as well as somatic musculoskeletal conditions, which confound the accurate diagnosis of “classic” FMS will also be presented. Natural and pharmacological interventions options will be presented, including discussion of the following medications: – Savella (milnacipran HCl) – Duloxetine hydrochloride (Cymbalta) – Pregabalin (Lyrica) -Gabapentin -Naltrexone.


What to make of a positive ANA: recognizing lupus and related syndromes

Presenters: Alena Guggenheim, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This talk will cover clinical indications for ordering an Anti-nuclear Antibody test, as well as a review of optimal lab methodology. We will cover a clinical review of the following ANA positive diseases: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogrens, Scleroderma, Dermatomyositis, Polymyositis. While the focus is on recognizing these disorders, will also discuss conventional and integrative approaches to treating these disorders.


The Ethics of Prescribing a Gluten-Free Diet

Presenters: Lisa Shaver, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

The gluten-free diet is a frequent staple in a practitioner’s list of modalities to use for a myriad of conditions. “Try a gluten-free diet” or “go gluten-free” has become a common phrase heard even between friends and neighbors, nutritionists and bloggers. However, a gluten-free diet (GFD) is a medical prescription for celiac disease. When prescribing a GFD prior to testing for celiac disease, a practitioner is unwittingly denying that patient a chance at revealing the root cause of symptoms and revealing a life-long/permanent systems-damaging autoimmune process with grave associated repercussions. We wouldn’t ask a non-type 1 diabetic to try insulin – it’s inappropriate. As conscientious practitioners, the medical community needs to be diagnosing celiac disease better and appropriately, or thoroughly ruling it out, prior to prescribing a GFD. Dr Shaver will present the top 10 reasons why prescribing a GFD is unethical in the absence of first performing thorough testing for celiac disease, from high risks of developing other unidentified autoimmune diseases to repercussions amid an entire family tree, to increase risks for cancers in celiacs who continue undiagnosed.


Low Dose Naltrexone & Autoimmune Conditions

Presenters: Natalie Gustafson, PharmD

Cost: $49 CAD

CE Hours: 1.0 hour

Traditional naltrexone has been used to help patients struggling with addiction to opiates or alcohol. However, for decades we have recognized that at lower dosages, aptly named Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), we see an entirely different effect on the body. LDN has been shown to have a significant impact on immune function and inflammation. It has been studied and used clinically in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Crohn’s, Sjogren’s, Hashimoto’s, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and more. Understanding its mechanisms of action and analyzing literature as well as clinical practice can help practitioners ascertain which patients might benefit from LDN as part of their treatment protocol. There will be a short discussion of adjunctive compounded therapies used in these various conditions, such as biotin and methylcobalamin in MS, topicals for Sjogren’s and thyroid for Hashimoto’s.


IL-17, TNF, and Auto-Ab: To Thine Own Self Be True

Presenters: Heather Zwickey, PhD

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

A healthy immune system should be responsive to infectious disease and tolerant to self. As we gain a better understanding of how the immune system goes awry during autoimmune disease, we have discovered new mechanisms of self-tissue destruction. This presentation provides an update on three aspects of the immune system, and their role in autoimmunity. IL-17 is involved in the elimination of extra-cellular bacteria and fungi. However, IL-17 is also found in autoimmune lesions, suggesting that it can be pathogenic or beneficial depending upon the context. Likewise, while TNFalpha helps keep tumors at bay, it can be highly destructive in autoimmunity. Finally, we will examine the breadth of auto-antibodies to determine which are ubiquitous and which are truly predictive of disease. We will discuss the immunological chemicals as well as the pharmaceuticals – biologics – used to block these chemicals.


Autoimmune Thyroid and Pain: What’s the Connection?

Presenters: Tyna Moore, ND, DC

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

While autoimmune thyroid conditions are common. Few doctors understand or respect the intimate relationship between the condition and chronic pain. Common conditions that are treated as purely musculoskeletal conditions often have a hormonal component and often this link ultimately finds its root cause in autoimmune condition. Pharmaceutical interventions such as thyroid replacement hormone can often be a quick and effective treatment choice for many musculoskeletal conditions that could otherwise go on inappropriately diagnosed and treated as strictly biomechanics in nature.


All Presentations under Autoimmune Disorders Conference 2018

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $499 CAD

CE Hours: 12 hours


Register for Autoimmune Disorders Conference 2018