friday, SEPTEMBER 7th

8:45am | Integrative and Orthomolecular Therapies for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are one of the most common and poorly understood psychiatric disorders in the United States. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses and the highest risk of suicide. This comprehensive presentation will discuss integrative and orthomolecular strategies for the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

11:15am | The Gut-Brain Connection: How Intestinal Dysbiosis Can Wreak Havoc on the Brain

In this presentation, Dr. Jill will discuss the profoundly important connection between the microbiome and the brain. The intestinal microbiome, through its interaction with the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system can dramatically affect the brain. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) cause endotoxemia and increase the risk of diseases such as dementia and mood disorders. Dr. Jill will unpack the connections between these imbalances, discussing lab testing and treatment options.

11:15pm | The Genetics and Epigenetics of Stress Resilience

Genes play a role in an individual’s response to stress, and stress itself can alter the expression of genes in an epigenetic loop. As such, some people may be classified as having “poor stress tolerance,” or conversely, “stress resilience.” During his presentation, Dr. Jay Lombard will highlight some of the genes that may influence stress response such as FKBP5, SLC6A4, OXTR, NR3C1, BDNF and miR181, and discuss some cortisol adaptogens and methylation modulators that affect this fight or flight system.

2:00pm | Dietary Approaches to Treating and Preventing Neurodegeneration

Dr. Wahls uses diet and lifestyle interventions based upon the principles of functional medicine and ancestral health to treat a wide variety of neurological, medical, and psychiatric disorders. In addition, she conducts clinical trials using diet and lifestyle to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). In this presentation, Dr. Wahls will discuss the use of diet to treat MS related symptoms.

2:00pm | Hormones and Mental Health: A Foundational Approach to Treatment of Hormone Deficiency

Estrogen, the dominant female hormone of the reproductive years of women, declines and then ceases, with the advent of menopause. This results in serious repercussions throughout the body, including major effects on mood, cognition, and sleep quality. This lecture will provide a nuts and bolts foundation on the use and prescription of hormones to menopausal women. The benefits of hormone therapy for mood and cognitive health will be covered and the basics of beginning a hormone therapy practice will be covered.

4:30pm | Invasion of the Brain Snatchers: Environmental and Infectious Influences on the Brain

Do your patients really have a "mental illness" like OCD or depression, or is it an infection or toxins affecting their brains? This presentation will explore the work-up and effects of environmental toxins and infections on the brain and mental health.

4:30pm | The Endocannabinoid System and Mental Health

CBD (Cannabidiol) is emerging as a powerful phytocannabinoid with a significant effect on our body’s endocannabinoid system. CBD has shown promising results in independent research and studies as being antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotropic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, anti-anxiolitic, anti-depressant and more. This presentation will review the basic science of CBD and the endocannabinoid system, as well as the scientific evidence supporting the many applications of CBD.