day 4

sunday, SEPTEMBER 9th

8:45am | Dirty Genes: MTHFR and Genetics in Mental Health

BEN LYNCH, ND
Genetic testing is steering both practitioners and the public towards singular interventions for mental health issues. This needs to stop, as it is ineffective and only increases frustration. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to evaluate your patient in real-time without expensive testing, so you can make recommendations that work.

10:30am | The Role of SPECT Imaging in Diagnosing and Treating the Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Lyme

JOSEPH ANNIBALI, MD
Lyme disease and associated co-infections are epidemic, yet the diagnosis is often missed. Most infected individuals suffer from serious brain impairment that can cause brain fog, memory impairment, executive function problems, fatigue, anxiety, depression, OCD, and even psychosis. In this presentation, Dr. Annibali will explain how brain SPECT imaging helps us understand and optimally target treatment for the various brain problems caused by Lyme disease. He will also discuss interventions used to address the brain problems in tick-borne infections, including lifestyle interventions, nutritional supplements, and other brain healing interventions.

10:30 am | Hooked: Integrative Treatment Strategies for Addiction

ARWEN PODESTA, MD
Substance use and addiction are complex problems, influenced by an interplay between an individual’s biology, psychology and environment. Mental health practitioners are often the first to notice, diagnose and treat a substance use disorder. Effective treatment starts with a thorough clinical work up and understanding, and knowledge of a variety of evidenced tools, including appropriate medications, supplements, and therapeutic techniques.

12:45pm | Neurotoxicity in Depression: What Genetics and Ketamine Teach Us

PETER BONGIORNO, ND
Ketamine is known as the quickest way to reverse depression. It can work in a matter of seconds and benefits can last for weeks. Unfortunately, ketamine is a toxic drug that needs repeated infusions, causing toxicity and intolerance. Join Dr. Peter Bongiorno, as he explains the multiple mechanisms involved with ketamine’s effects, and how these can be accessed using natural medicines. He will then review the methods he uses to employ the same pathways for longer term, less toxic solutions to depression.

12:45pm | Clinical Application of Nutrition and Somatic Therapies in the Treatment of PTSD and Complex Trauma

LESLIE KORN, PHD
The experience of adverse childhood events and the development of PTSD and complex trauma commonly lead to chronic emotional and physical distress, including high rates of addictive behaviors, dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, sleep and digestive disorders, chronic pain, and self-harming behaviors. This presentation explores the clinical application of culinary medicine, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, and somatic psychotherapeutic approaches to restore circadian rhythm, HPA axis function, digestive function, and to reduce autonomic nervous system reactivity in trauma survivors.

2:00pm | No More ADHD: Treating ADHD Symptoms Without Drugs

MARY ANN BLOCK, DO
ADHD is subjective, with no objective means of diagnosis. The use of the ADHD label itself indicates that the practitioner has not followed the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual guidelines. This presentation will focus on the underlying medical and educational causes of the symptoms of ADHD, an overview of the DSM diagnostic methods, and how the symptoms of ADHD can be treated without psychiatric drugs.

2:00pm | Oxytocin Treatment for Emotional Aging

JORGE FLECHAS, MD
While many may know oxytocin best for its role in killing pain in labor and child birth, oxytocin is stimulating to the entire brain and has an impact in mental alertness and emotional response, for both women and men. In this presentation, Dr. Flechas will review his more than 20 years of research on oxytocin, including specific applications in autism.