• Original Date: May 20-22, 2016

    This discounted package includes all of the individual presentations from the conference.

    32.0 CEUs (including 0.75 pharmacy and 31.25 general) approved by OBNM
  • The Poison Path: Working with Drop-Dosage Herbs in Practice

    Presenter: Nicole Telkes
    Original Date: May 20, 2016

    The difference between medicine and poison is indeed dosage, but some feel drawn to explore the shadows: the path of using toxic botanicals. What is a poison? What some many would call poison, might not be so for others. Not all herbalists feel called to this realm, but for those that do this is an opportunity to go deeper. This presentation covers uses, parts used, preparation, safety and other considerations when employing these plants in the practice of modern herbal medicine. Telkes also compares how some of these are used in homeopathic medicine and flower essence therapy versus whole plant preparations.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Botanical Analogues: Western Native Plants and East Asian Materia Medica

    Presenter: Ben Zappin, L.Ac
    Original Date: May 20, 2016

    What can we learn about Western states native plants from related plants from East Asian materia medica and medicine? This course looks at botanical and biochemical relationships and explore ways to make therapeutic decisions with native plants based on information from traditional models. The presentation emphasizes both practical and reliable methods gleaned from Ben’s experience and offers a template of critical thinking skills to apply in the participants on practice and personal exploration.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Medicinal and Food Plants

    Presenter: Kevin Spelman, PhD
    Original Date: May 20, 2016

    The typical pharmaceutical model is based on one isolated chemical and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are based on the characteristics and activity of this single chemical entity. This model (really, the only pharmacological model currently employed in medicine) is superimposed on medicinal plant extracts and food plants to purportedly understand their pharmacology. Yet, due to the multi-constituent nature inherent in plants, this model is misleading, and frequently leads to simplistic conclusions about the pharmacology of plant based medicines. In this presentation Dr. Spelman reviews examples of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of plants and their extracts that do not fit the reductionist model that lead to more enhanced understanding of complex phytochemistry to provide insights into formulation and dosing.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • This course requires an enrollment key
    Cost: US$ 70.00
    Echinacea Update

    Presenter: Kevin Spelman, PhD
    Original Date: May 21, 2016

    While probably the majority of us herbalists use a significant amount of Echinacea species for a variety of infections, there are other uses that are not well known that should be discussed. For example, recent research suggests that E. purpurea and E. angustifolia may be useful for metabolic syndrome and Type II diabetes. Other research finds that E. purpurea may be useful as a sports and a high altitude aid. While still older uses include wound healing. In this presentation Dr. Spelman reviews these “other” uses and update the knowledge base on this exceptionally useful medicinal plant.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Clinical Case Panel: Anxiety

    Presenter: Juniper Martin, ND (moderator); Hanna Jordan, LCSW; and Amanda Lattin, RA, MAT
    Original Date: May 21, 2016

    A panel of practitioners led by Dr. Martin discusses clinical cases of anxiety.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Down in the Dumps: Depression, Inflammation and Botanical Intervention

    Presenter: Lydia Bartholow, PMHNP
    Original Date: May 21, 2016

    This workshop explores the aspects of depression that are rooted in physiology, with specific emphasis on inflammation and mood disorders. Lydia begins by unpacking historical – and now disproven – theories of depression and mood dysregulation, and how old ways of thinking about mood disorders no longer serve us as natural healers. Then she uncover the hidden narratives of inflammation, stress and immune response that ultimately impact our overall well being. She reviews interventions that both increase and decrease systemic inflammation, including an extensive review of botanical medicines.

    2.0 CEUs (including 0.25 pharmacy and 1.75 general) approved by OBNM
  • Botanicals, Biofilms and Chronic Infections

    Presenter: Paul Bergner
    Original Date: May 21, 2016

    The discovery that most bacteria exist in fixed biofilm matrices, and that the biofilms can nearly completely evade attack by either host immunity or pharmaceutical antimicrobial agents, has led to new insights into the nature of difficult-to-treat chronic infections. Plants have been in an evolutionary arms race with biofilms for more than 700 million years and some have developed sophisticated methods of not only killing bacteria but also disrupting their their defenses and their ability to form or maintain biofilms. Recent research into the effects botanical agents on biofilms shows that many of our most effective traditional herbs for topical infection have multiple mechanisms of killing bacteria, inhibiting their ability to injure the host, or disrupting biofilms. In this presentation Paul Bergner discusses Allium sativum, Hydrastis canadensis, Mahonia spp, Commiphora myrrha, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, and Acalypha mexicana, several other herbs and delivery media, and their possible effects on chronic wounds and ulcers, MRSA, and oral, sinus, bladder and vaginal infections.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Delicious Medicines: Botanical Powders Applied Clinically for Chronic Disease

    Presenter: Bevin Clare
    Original Date: May 22, 2016

    While effective and desirable, botanical medicines can be prohibitively expensive for many, including underserved populations with chronic disease. Clare teaches viewers to integrate botanical powders seamlessly into daily foods and other creative preparations to offer accessible, effective and safe medicines. Many practical strategies and recipes are shared, tasted, and experienced in this interactive class.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Medical Cannabis and the Therapeutic Order

    Presenter: Paul Bergner
    Original Date: May 21, 2016

    Cannabis is now legal for some medical purposes in 23 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and millions of patients now take it on a daily basis for various health problems. The Therapeutic Order, from naturopathic practice, describes a clinical strategy that relies first on supporting the normal determinants of health and life such as diet, activity, rest, then on stimulating or supporting normal physiological processes with natural methods, or correcting physical lesions with bodywork or manipulation. Such methods may be curative, and may remove the cause of a condition. Lower on the therapeutic order is intervention with strong pharmacological agents – lower because these are not curative, and they produce side effects or distortions of normal physiological function.

    The use of medical Cannabis may be necessary or desirable on a short or long term for some patients, but it is not curative for the conditions it is used to treat. Further, chronic daily use is associated with acute and chronic side effects, including increased tolerance, decreased effectiveness over time, and a withdrawal syndrome in habituated chronic users. Accumulating evidence indicates that subtle deficits in cognition and executive function are nearly universal in chronic users. Other side effects, such as the Cannabis emesis syndrome, or disruption of male or female reproductive function, are common in daily users yet are usually not recognized as side effects. We will present a review of some of the approved uses of medical Cannabis, with suggestions for supporting or alternative approaches. This presentation is based on a science review and results and statistics from a case series of 40 heavy daily Cannabis users.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Herbal Medicine Dosing: What is right for your patient?

    Presenter: Glen Nagel, ND
    Original Date: May 21, 2016

    When using herbal medicines, sometimes more is less. And sometimes less isn’t enough. Dr. Nagel discusses the difference between pharmacological prescribing and physiological or energetic prescribing, considerations for each, and the resulting therapeutic outcomes.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Interaction Between the Gut Flora and Herbs 

    Presenter: Eric Yarnell, ND
    Original Date: May 22, 2016

    Many medicinal constituents in herbs are metabolized by the gut flora. Though long documented, the clinical relevance of this has only recently been understood. Dr. Yarnell reviews constituents that tend to be metabolized (including through enterohepatic recirculation) and how this occurs. This presentation considers whether or not dysbiosis is to blame for clinical failures, and review the effects of antibiotics on herbal efficacy will be reviewed in this light. Dr. Yarnell also reviews in depth the specific case of equal formation from isoflavones in medicinal foods and herbs to illustrate the importance of this subject.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Clinical Case Panel: Pediatric GERD

    Presenter: Ben Zappin, L.Ac. (moderator); Anna Wieman, ND; and Mimi Hernandez, MS, RH (AHG)
    Original Date: May 22, 2016

    A panel of practitioners led by Ben Zappin discusses clinical cases of pediatric GERD.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • This course requires an enrollment key
    Cost: US$ 70.00
    Antifibrotic Herbs

    Presenter: Eric Yarnell, ND
    Original Date: May 22, 2016

    Fibrotic/sclerotic/cirrhotic conditions are widespread and generally have no good conventional treatments. Herbs that can both prevent and treat these conditions will be reviewed in depth, including Centella asiatica, Silybum marianum, Astragalus membranaceus and Salvia miltiorrhiza, among others. In this presentation Dr. Yarnell discusses the proper indications, underlying mechanisms and appropriate clinical application for each.

    2.0 CEUs (including 0.25 pharmacy and 1.75 general) approved by OBNM
  • Only Three Herbs: Approaching Epidemics with Affordable Medicines

    Presenter: Bevin Clare
    Original Date: May 22, 2016

    What if you only had three herbs? Three common, safe, inexpensive herbs can offer prevention and care for some of the most common health care crises in underserved populations: diabetes, cancer and arthritis. Moving beyond the theoretical, this presentation looks at the practical application of these three herbs in food, as medicine and as integrated into a more conventional clinical model to offer optional care. Diving into the evidence base for each of these botanicals, we explore the documentation and rationale which is often needed to bring botanicals into an integrative care environment in order to further possible change.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM
  • Botanical Influences on Neurotransmitters: Neurophysiology Basics

    Presenter: Jillian Stansbury, ND
    Original Date: May 22, 2016

    This presentation offers an overview of herbs that support mental health by promoting specific neurotransmitters. Dr. Stansbury covers neuronal transmission via the primary brain neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, GABA, melatonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, acetylcholine and glutamine.

    2.0 CEUs (including 0.25 pharmacy and 1.75 general) approved by OBNM
  • Botanical Influences on the Neuroendocrine System: Clinical Applications

    Presenter: Jillian Stansbury, ND
    Original Date: May 22, 2016

    This presentation expands on the vocabulary, physiology and materia medica introduced in Neurophysiology Basics and further details how neurotransmitters influence a variety of common health disorders including anxiety and depression, cognitive disorders, and mixed endocrine issues such as PCOS, stress and HPA axis disorders, and thyroid disease.

    2.0 general CEUs approved by OBNM