• Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Mental Health Disorders

    Original Date: January 18, 2015
    Presenter: Tori Hudson, ND

    There is a growing body of evidence that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may be effective treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders, particularly unipolar depression, but also bi-polar depression, post partum depression, anxiety, aggression, ADHD and schizophrenia.  Mental health disorders are associated with substantial morbidity, mortality and health care economics.  The PUFAs found in fish, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may provide an alternative to antidepressant medications as well as offer fewer side effects.

    1.5 general CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM

  • Sex Hormones and the Brain

    Original Date: January 17, 2015
    Presenter: David Zava, PhD

    The sex-hormones estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone play vital roles in brain development in utero as well as brain function and behavior during transitions from postnatal to early childhood, adolescence, puberty, adulthood, menopause/andropause, and finally senescence.  Through interactions with specific steroid receptors in different brain regions these sex-hormones control the synthesis of neurotransmitters that prime our brain for specific responses to external stimuli and situations. In his lecture, Dr. Zava will discuss how the sex-hormones program the brain to respond to complex interactions associated with emotions, decision making, and physical feeling of wellbeing. He will also discuss how a toxic environment and exposure to plastics, such as BPA, synthetic steroids, and heavy metals can alter not only the programming of the brain to the sex-steroids in utero, possibly causing permanent brain dysfunction such as autism and ADHD, but also alter response of the brain to the actions of sex-steroids in adulthood.

    1.5 pharmacy CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM

  • Orthomolecular Approaches to Mental Health and Genetics – Methylation, Histamine, and Pyrroles

    Original Date: January 17, 2015
    Presenter: Elissa Mendenhall, ND

    This one hour presentation will look at the school of orthomolecular psychiatry as it relates to methylation and genetic expression that affects neurotransmitter production. I will review the presentation, assessment, and treatment of the major orthomolecular biotypes: undermethylation, overmethylation, and pyroluria, and how those relate to different aspects of genes, such at MTHFr, affecting the methylation cycle and other metabolic issues. Objectives are to illustrate the similarities and differences between the two bodies of research, to assist practitioners in choosing the most effective form of treatment for their patients. 

    1.0 general CEU for NDs approved by OBNM

  • A Shot In the Dark – Vaccines, Drugs and Developmental Disorders

    Original Date: January 17, 2015
    Presenter: 
    Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH

    Developmental and behavioral disorders in children are on the rise worldwide, causing enormous social as well as economic pressures and creating an urgent need for effective treatment and prevention. From a clinical perspective these conditions primarily represent subtle brain injuries caused by our modern medical and chemical industries. Learn how to effectively and clearly identify and treat their causative factors, including vaccine and medication damage, with homeopathy and CEASE Therapy.

    1.5 general CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM

  • The Body Remembers: Stress, Trauma and Botanical Intervention

    Original Date: January 17, 2015
    Presenter: 
    Lydia Bartholow, PMHNP, Herbalist

    This herbal primer will begin by following the path of stress within our bodies, and uncover how it intersects with the pathophysiology of emotional and psychological trauma. We'll uncover and explore the falsehood of the body/mind dichotomy and look at keys ways in which traumatic experiences change our neurochemistry, neuroanatomy and health outcomes. We'll wrap up by examining botanical interventions, as well as pharmaceutical interventions, for patients with trauma histories. In this context, trauma is an umbrella terms and refers to psychological trauma, ontological trauma, historical trauma and structural trauma.

    1.5 general CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM

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    Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuroimmunological and Metabolic Considerations & Functional Neurological Treatment 

    Original Date: January 18, 2015
    Presenter: 
    Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN

    The brain is extremely susceptible to the many stressors of modern life: poor diets, excess sugar, high stress, lack of sleep and physical trauma. We are seeing more people today who suffer from low-and-high impact trauma as well as people with seemingly inexplicable neurological disorders. Both traumatic and metabolic causes create problems with walking, speaking, memory and other facets of everyday function. These disorders are both frightening and frustrating. Many patients travel from doctor to doctor often coming back empty-handed and often treatment options fall short. Functional neurology delivers genuine help and a significant degree of recovery for these people. By going beyond the brain to also assess immune function, adrenal health, gut function, hormone balance, and other areas of health, we can offer a more comprehensive approach to degenerative neurological conditions. Functional neurology therapy often leads to profound improvement, if not complete reversal, without the use of drugs or surgery. We use customized tools and techniques for each individual patient to gain neurological rehabilitation in both traumatic brain injury and metabolic dysfunction.

    2.0 general CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM

  • Process-Oriented Coma Work

    Original Date: January 18, 2015
    Presenter: Gary Reiss, PhD

    Process oriented psychology is a mind body spirit whole person approach, and this workshop will focus on applying process work tools to people in comatose states. Participants will learn the basic steps of Process oriented coma work and see a video of this work being done by the presenter Dr. Gary Reiss and by a neurologist in Japan, Dr. Iwamura. These methods have helped many people in coma, minimally responsive states, locked in syndrome, and other withdrawn sates,  and have helped many including those often given little chance of any kind of recovery, to discover the potential healing and awakening present in the coma state.

    1.0 general CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM

  • Neuroplasticity in the Fourth Trimester: How Biology and Culture Influence Your Baby’s Bushy Brain

    Original Date: January 18, 2015
    Presenter: 
    Caroline Peterson, DC, PhD, MPH, CPM

    Babies are biological creatures, but cultural creations. We interpret babies through a cultural lens that assumes babies are miniature adults. In this presentation we will review the neurologic development of babies from conception through the first year of life with special emphasis on the fourth trimester. Drawing particularly from the work of Trivers, Pikler, and Vojta clinical strategies for partnering with parents in these critical stages will be discussed that recognize how culture has transmogrified the biological needs of babies.

    1.5 general CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM

  • Autoimmune and Neuroimmune Disorders and the Gut-Brain Axis

    Original Date: January 18, 2015
    Presenter: Aristo Vojdani, PhD

    The human body is an intricate system with bidirectional communication between organ that requires balance and harmony for optimal performance.  The parallels between the gut and brain immune systems are self-evident. These similarities extend to the actual structures, mechanisms and even biochemistries of the two systems: the gut immune barrier (GIB) and the blood-brain barrier (BBB).  The gut’s influence on the brain cannot be overestimated, so much so that it can be called a second brain. This presentation will review the link between gut dysbiosis, infections and inflammation to brain-related disorders such as depression, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and autism.  By understanding the mechanisms of environmental triggers of gut dysfuctions that lead to autoimmunity or neurological disorders, it is possible to prevent, ameliorate and even reverse autoimmune disorders, both gastrointestinal and neurodegenerative, through treatment modalities involving the repair of the GIB and BBB, thus restoring the functionality of their barriers and the stability of their environments.

    1.5 general CEUs for NDs approved by OBNM