THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th

day 1 - track 1

IMMH FUNDAMENTALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

The IMMH Fundamentals track is recommended for anyone who hasn’t attended IMMH before, and is a great refresher for those who have attended before.  This year, this track will include both brand new and updated presentations such as “A Balanced Approach to Methylation Mania:  Practical Integrative Strategies for Understanding Folate and Vitamin B12 for Mental Health” and “Depleted and Depressed:  Understanding the Role of Mineral Deficiencies in Depression”.  The IMMH Fundamentals presentations will give you a solid foundation for the essentials of integrative medicine for mental health.

9:00am | Microorganisms and their Effects on Mental Health

WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
Abnormally high numbers of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract are often present in virtually every type of neurological and behavioral disorder including depression, OCD, and schizophrenia, autism, and ADHD. Certain species of Candida and Clostridia bacteria are especially prevalent. Autoimmunity to brain proteins induced by cross-reactive antibodies against Streptococcus bacteria has been implicated as a significant factor in Tourette’s syndrome, tic disorders, OCD, autism, and eating disorders. Tests and nutritional treatments available for these disorders will be discussed in detail.

11:00am | A Balanced Approach to Methylation Mania: Practical Integrative Strategies for Understanding Folate and Vitamin B12 for Mental Health

JAMES GREENBLATT, MD
This presentation will explore the role of folate and B12 in psychiatry. Evidence-based research and practical clinical applications will be discussed. Topics will include genetic testing, treatment protocols, and models of prevention.

1:45pm | Targeted Nutritional Interventions for Brain Health: Using Omega-3, Cholesterol, CDP-Choline, and More as Interventions

WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
The human brain is extremely metabolically active and uses up more oxygen than other organs in the body. It also contains a great deal of unsaturated fat, cholesterol, and sulfur amino acids. A wide variety of nutritional factors that may be suboptimal in the diet are needed to ensure efficient brain function including cholesterol, fatty acids, lithium, CDP choline, carnitine, short chain fatty acids, and many others. Dr. Shaw will focus on how to maintain the best possible brain function by optimizing the right amounts of these cofactors.

3:00pm | Depleted and Depressed: Understanding the Role of Mineral Deficiencies in Depression

JAMES GREENBLATT, MD
This presentation will review the extensive and growing international scientific literature of the role of trace minerals and mood disorders. This presentation will review the research and practical treatment protocols for the role of zinc, magnesium, and nutritional lithium.

4:45pm | The Effect of Food Allergies on Mental Health

WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
Food sensitivities and allergies mediated by IgG and IgE antibodies, respectively, have been known for 50+ years to affect a wide range of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar depression, attention deficit with hyperactivity, and other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Shaw will discuss the different types of tests used to determine these sensitivities, along with an overview of the extensive medical literature on the usefulness of this type of testing.