IMMH 2014 | About the Conference
This international conference will explore the field of Integrative Medicine in the treatment of mental health, autism, and related disorders. The current trial-and-error, poly-pharmacy approach to the treatment of psychiatric disorders may not work for everyone. Research studies have revealed that many disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders often have dietary and biological causes which contribute to symptoms. Patients have better outcomes when these causes are successfully addressed and treated through a combination of specialized testing and nutritional therapies, even in combination with traditional approaches.
A comprehensive overview of biological testing, designed to detect underlying health issues that contribute to imbalanced brain chemistry and behavioral abnormalities will be presented. Practical clinical applications of nutritional therapies for the treatment of mental illness and autism will be presented in detail during this conference. Pharmacological treatments and interactions will also be addressed. Numerous case studies will be presented to demonstrate how individuals respond to integrative treatments. Overall, the main focus of this conference is to give practitioners a whole body approach to successfully diagnose underlying issues contributing to the manifestations of neurological, social, and behavioral disorders. In addition, the integrative treatments for these disorders will be presented in detail.
- Discover an approach to investigating and addressing persistent mental and physical chronic illness.
- Learn about the evidence to support considerations of nutritional factors and non-medication interventions for the treatment of mental health disorders.
- Learn metabolic mechanisms whereby chemical toxicants induce harm and cause chronic illness.
- Gain familiarity with physiologic imbalances, modifiable through diet and lifestyle interventions that can manifest as depression and anxiety such as thyroid imbalance, dysglycemia, and food intolerance.
- Learn about the theory and application of cytokine models of depression and the relevance of the gut/brain axis.
- Attendees will be introduced to various detoxification interventions which facilitate elimination of toxicant bioaccumulation.
- Awareness of the utility of brain imaging in helping to diagnose and treat mental health conditions.
- Learn different SPECT scan patterns for ADD, OCD, dementia, and other mental health conditions.
- How the optimization of hormones can eliminate the need for many psychoactive medications.
- The critical role of thyroid hormone in mental health.
- New concepts for the treatment of ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults.
- Targeted supplements for mind, mood, and memory.
- New insights into the treatment of schizophrenia.
- Neuroendocrine and immune imbalance in depression and anxiety.
- Breaking the cycle of the addicted brain.
- Transcranial Magnet Stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression.
- And more!
18 CE credit hours are provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for Psychologists (APA), Professional Counselors, Certified Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (NBCC), Social Workers (ASWB), Nurses, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), Marriage and Family Therapists, Dietitians, and Dietetic Technicians (ADA)
21 Category 1 CME/CEU credits are provided by Westbrook University for MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, LACs, NPs, and PAs.* These credits are approved by AAFP.
*It is the responsibility of the attendee to adhere to the CME/CEU requirements of his/her state licensing board. It is the responsibility of the attendee for checking with their own state, province, or region for continued educational requirements. CME/CEUs are not APA approved.
18 CE credit hours are approved by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES). CES is a Continuing Professional Education Provider through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. CDR approved programs are accepted by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.
"Thank you! I have felt like an outlier. I now feel connected to an integrative home. I appreciate the evidence-based information."- IMMH Conference attendee
This year's conference will be held in the Grand Hyatt San Antonio's Lone Star Ballroom. With its premier location on the Riverwalk, this impeccable ballroom is one of the finest available in the city.
The Grand Hyatt San Antonio has an exciting blend of modernism and Latin culture at one of the premier hotels in downtown San Antonio, offering exceptional amenities and expansive views of the city, HemisFair Park, and the River Walk. The dramatic design of Grand Hyatt San Antonio exemplifies this unique city offering breathtaking spaces, unforgettable experiences, exceptional touches, and personalized services. Find a treasure trove of rich art, American history, and Southwest culture just minutes away. Take an invigorating dip in the rooftop outdoor heated lap pool and keep up your fitness routine in the 24-hour StayFit™ gym. Savor a variety of delicious cuisines at the Grand Hyatt including Ruth's Chris Steak House and Bar Rojo, a sushi restaurant and bar, or just steps away are many popular restaurants along the River Walk. Visit the hotel website for more information.
A guest room block is available for the conference guests at a discounted rate of $219 for single or double occupancy (plus applicable taxes and fees). Space is limited please book as soon as possible to receive the discounted rate. Additional fees apply for triple or quadruple occupancy. Click here to make your reservations online. If you need additional assistance, please call the reservation phone line at 1-888-421-1442 and mention "5th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference" to get your rate.
We encourage all of our attendees to book directly through the Grand Hyatt. It has been brought to our attention that there are several companies (Convention Housing Services, Convention Hotel Management, Global Hospitality, and others) contacting exhibitors and/or attendees that they can secure hotel rooms at lower rates than available through our room block. These companies are not authorized to represent IMMH, nor do they have access to officially contracted hotel room blocks or rates at any of the convention hotels.
Securing rooms with any other company other than the Grand Hyatt is at your own risk. IMMH will not be held liable for any issues resulting from booking rooms outside of the IMMH designated block.
Getting Around Town
Shuttle transportation to and from San Antonio International Airport and downtown
(8 miles) is provided for a fee by SATRANS, the city's official airport shuttle, between
7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. daily.
For more information, call 210-281-9900 or visit www.saairportshuttle.com.
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William Shaw received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and human physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina and is board certified in clinical chemistry and toxicology. Dr. Shaw has supervised large endocrinology, nutritional biochemistry, toxicology, and immunology departments in positions at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Smith Kline Laboratories. As the Director of The Great Plains Laboratory Inc. in Lenexa, KS, he specializes in providing diagnostic tools aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, mitochondrial disorders, neurological diseases, chronic health issues, and immune diseases.
Kurt N. Woeller, D.O., has been an integrative medicine physician and biomedical autism specialist for 15+ years. He is an author of several health books including "Autism – The Road To Recovery," "Methyl-B12 Therapy For Autism," "Methyl-B12 for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia," and "5 Things You MUST Do Right Now To Help With Your Rheumatoid Arthritis." He is a lecturer (United States and International), educator and experienced clinician offering specialized treatment and testing for individuals with complex medical conditions such as Autism-Spectrum Disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Mental Health Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic health conditions.
Dr. Woeller serves as a clinical consultant for doctors, as well as maintains monthly educational webinars on integrative medicine through Great Plains Laboratory webinar service. He has a number of information websites including the popular Autism Action Plan site which provides parents of a loved one with autism access to him for ongoing health questions related to biomedical intervention for autism. Dr. Woeller is also on the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) Scientific Advisory Panel. To contact Dr. Woeller and to learn more about his educational programs, books, seminars, etc. please visit his main website at www.drwoeller.com.
Louis Cady obtained his medical degree in 1989 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He then trained in psychiatry at the world-famous Mayo Clinic, beginning his practice of child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry in Evansville, Indiana in 1993. Dr. Cady's main clinical focus is in helping patients achieve total wellness and optimum levels of performance through the integration of mind and body for peak performance. Dr. Cady founded the Cady Wellness Institute, which opened its new facilities in Evansville on July 1, 2005.
Hyla Cass M.D. -- Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, ABIHM
Dr. Cass combines the best of leading-edge natural medicine with modern science in her clinical practice, writings and media appearances. She is the author of several books, including: Natural Highs, The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutrition; Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Treatments in Psychiatry, and 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health. She has also developed a line of specialized nutritional supplements for enhancing mind, mood and energy as well as for addiction recovery.
Dr. Bill Code is currently the Director of Medical Research for the National CCSVI Society. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Code went on to become a Board Certified Anesthesiologist in both Canada and the United States. He spent six years conducting brain and drug therapy research for chronic pain. In 1996 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Western medicine offered him very little so he began seeking healthy, non-drug solutions to manage his neurological deterioration, depression and pain. His journey to recovery is outlined in three books, including his most recent "Winning the Pain Game." Dr. Code recently completed the Integrative Medicine Fellowship program at the University of Arizona.
Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a nutritionist on a mission to educate and empower women worldwide about the healing powers of food in order to find natural solutions for their anxiety, depression, sugar cravings and emotional eating. Trudy works with clients one-on-one and in groups, serving as a catalyst in bringing about life enhancing mood transformations that start with eating real whole food and using some pretty amazing nutrients. She also presents nationally to holistic health practitioners, sharing all the recent food mood research and how-to steps so they too can educate and empower their clients and patients. Trudy is author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings. Trudy is also the creator and host of The Anxiety Summit, a virtual gathering of international experts sharing research and nutritional solutions for anxiety.
Dr. Mark Filidei is an Internal Medicine physician and is the Director of Integrative Medicine for the Amen Clinics. Prior to joining the Amen Clinics, he served as the medical director of the Whitaker Wellness Institute, the largest Integrative Medicine clinic in the United States where he spent over a decade treating thousands of patients for multiple complex medical issues. Dr. Filidei is well versed in utilizing a variety of therapies to help strengthen, heal, and detoxify the body including Hormone replacement Therapy, IV therapies, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and Metabolic/Functional Medicine. He is board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Filidei received his undergraduate degree in Physiology from the University of California Davis, his medical degree from UNT Health Science Center in Texas, completed his internship at Tulane University and his residency in Internal Medicine at the Ivy League's Brown University. He is also on staff at UC Irvine as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine where he teaches medical students and residents.
Dr. Stephen Genuis is a clinician and researcher involved in many areas of medical science. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Environmental Medicine and has authored 100 scientific publications for over 50 different peer-review medical journals including Lancet, British Medical Journal, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Public Library of Science, Public Health, and Environmental Research. In addition to writing, he lectures extensively and has reviewed papers for over 70 different scientific and medical publications on issues ranging from medical ethics to environmental health, from evidence-based medicine to nutritional science, and from physician professionalism to medicine and cyberspace.
He has served as the women's health care physician for an inner city clinic, worked as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at a University teaching hospital, and served as co-director of medical services in a West African hospital. Included in his awards are the Commemorative Medal from the Governor General in recognition of significant contribution to Canada, the 1983 'Resident of the Year' award chosen by the graduating medical class at the University of Alberta medical school, and a 'Teacher of the Year' award from the University of Alberta – where he serves as a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. He plays piano and sings in a doctor's band called DixieDocs. Most importantly, he enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife Shelagh, and being his five kids' "Pa".
As an undergraduate at M.I.T., Dr. Brogan studied Cognitive Neuroscience and worked with Harvard undergraduates to create a public forum for the discussion of alternative medicine, directing conferences for the Hippocratic Society. She attended Cornell Medical School where she was awarded the Rudin Scholarship for Psychiatric Oncology and began her work in Reproductive Psychiatry, which she went on to train in during her residency at NYU/Bellevue. A strong interest in the interface of medicine and psychiatry led her to pursue a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic Medicine at NYU/Bellevue/VA Hospital.
Since that time, she remains on faculty and has focused her efforts on her private practice where she cares for women across the life cycle including pregnancy and postpartum, and on teaching, lecturing, and writing to an international audience interested in evidence-based non-medication approaches to psychiatric symptoms and women's wellness. Her academic areas of interest include toxicology/environmental medicine, nutrition, inflammatory models of mental illness, autoimmunity, and epigenetics. She has published in the field of Psycho-Oncology, Women's Health, Perinatal Mental Health, Alternative Medicine, and Infectious Disease. She is on the board of Green Med Info, Pathways to Family Wellness, and Fisher Wallace, and Medical Director for Fearless Parent. She is the nation's only physician Board Certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
David Zeiger, D.O., F.A.A.F.P. graduated in 1985 from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL, in 1990 and received American Academy of Family Practice Board Certification . He is also Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Zeiger for over 20 years has specialized in Integrative Medicine treating both chronic and acute illnesses and neuromuscular pain. He sees patients with varied health issues including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Food Intolerances, Women's & Men's health issues, Thyroid-Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Obesity, Anxiety, Depression, CFIDS/Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Arthritis , Diabetes, Headaches, Herniated Lumbar Discs, chronic and acute low back pain, joint pain, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and physician monitored HCG Weight Loss. Dr. Zeiger's treatments draw upon his extensive training in Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Cranial Osteopathy, Functional Nutritional Medicine, Homeopathy/Homotoxicology, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Neural Therapy and Ligament Regeneration Therapy/Prolotherapy.
|7:15 – 8:30||Registration / Exhibitor Viewing|
|8:30 – 8:40||Announcements|
|8:40 – 10:15||Metabolic and Nutritional Factors and their Effects on Mental Health
Nutritional deficiencies have been implicated in many different psychiatric disorders. These deficiencies include omega-3 fatty acids, cholesterol, amino acids (especially tryptophan, phenylalanine, and tyrosine), and vitamins such as vitamin A, C, D, E, B-12, and many others. Excesses and deficiencies of trace mineral elements may also be implicated in a variety of mental disorders. Dr. Shaw will emphasize testing and supplement protocols.
|William Shaw, Ph.D.|
|10:15 – 11:00||Break / Exhibitor Viewing|
|11:00 – 12:30||Rethinking Depression: Navigating Hormonal, Immune, and Inflammatory Drivers
We are at a cross-roads in the natural history of psychiatry. The monoamine hypothesis and associated treatments have revealed their limitations, and it is time to explore what the literature has been supporting for two decades: the inflammatory model of mental illness. The role of cytokines and the immune system in depression is well-established as is the relationship between gut microbiota, intestinal integrity, and the brain. Exploring the gut-immune-brain connection, we must also consider the mediating role of the endocrine system. Lifestyle interventions around gut, immune, and anti-inflammatory influences will be explored, as will epigenetic modulators such as probiotics, methyl donors, and therapeutic foods.
|Kelly Brogan, MD|
|12:30 – 1:40||Exhibitor Viewing|
|12:45 – 1:30||Sponsored Lunch and Presentation by The Cardio Group||Jeffrey W. Young, Jr., MSN, FNP, APN-BC|
|1:40 - 2:15||Exhibitor Introductions|
|2:15 – 3:45||Microorganisms and their Effects on Mental Health
Abnormally high numbers of microorganism 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.
|William Shaw, Ph.D.|
|3:45 – 4:15||Break / Exhibitor Viewing|
|4:15 – 5:45||The Physician in Spite of Himself – The Pathway toward Enlightened, Integrated, and Holistic Practice (Part II)
Dr. Cady reflects on the evolution of his practice from a classically allopathic model looking at only a slice of the medical literature to a more encompassing and holistic one which integrates functional medicine and a focus on "optimization," and not just "normalization."
|Louis Cady, MD|
|5:45 – 6:15||Session A||Q & A with Speakers|
|8:00 – 8:20||Exhibitor Viewing|
|8:20 – 8:30||Announcements|
|8:30 – 9:30||SESSION A||Thyroid on My Mind
In this fully updated presentation, Dr. Cady presents on the thyroid, perhaps the most overlooked, under-diagnosed, and under-replaced of all the major endocrine organs of the body. Patients that are diagnosed with "depression," "fibromyalgia," and the like are frequently subclinically - or even clinically - hypothyroid. In this lively presentation, Dr. Cady will gore the sacred cows of established, unthinking medical practice on the abattoir of the peer-reviewed medical literature. No punches will be pulled!
|Louis Cady, MD|
|SESSION B||What's Out there Making us Sick?
Amid all the wonders of the modern scientific world, there continues to be many individuals, young and old, rich and poor, and of every race and creed who are crushed by the burden of debilitating physical and emotional health problems. Using case stories, scientific and medical research, as well as the experience of various health providers, this talk challenges participants to consider unfolding research about specific contemporary factors which appear to be responsible for most chronic disease and affliction. The session will explore nutritional and environmental factors recognized to be common determinants of modern illness, diagnostic techniques to facilitate diagnosis of disease etiology, an introduction to knowledge translation in medical science, and emerging interventions to address chronic and degenerative health problems.
|Stephen Genuis, MD|
|9:45 – 10:45||SESSION A||The Effect of Food Allergies on Mental Health
Food allergies mediated by IgG and IgE antibodies have been known for over 50 years to affect a wide range of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar depression, attention deficit with hyperactivity, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. Dr. Shaw will discuss the different types of tests used to determine these allergies along with an overview of the extensive medical literature on the usefulness of this testing.
|William Shaw, Ph.D.|
|SESSION B||Best Practices for Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders with a Biomedical Approach
Autism, and its associated spectrum disorders, is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that is often caused or worsened by multiple underlying medical conditions. An integrative medicine, aka biomedical approach, is often extremely beneficial for improving the cognitive, behavioral, and language disorders seen in patients with this diagnosis. Even if a practitioner does not specifically work with individuals on the autism spectrum, the underlying medical issues that afflict this population are also seen in other medical conditions. Therefore, obtaining a grasp of biomedical intervention for autism can easily be applied to other patients as well.
|Kurt Woeller, DO|
|10:45 – 11:10||Break / Exhibitor Viewing|
|11:15 – 12:15||SESSION A||Breaking the Cycle of the Addicted Brain
We can break the cycle of addiction including, but not limited to, sugar, carbs, caffeine, cocaine, alcohol, or opiates, using a functional medical approach. Contributing factors include genetics (reward deficiency syndrome), infection, stress, nutrient deficiency, hormonal imbalance, and food allergies/sensitivities. Evaluation includes lab testing and then treating with the appropriate diet, nutritional supplements, and bio-identical hormones to successfully restore neurotransmitter and neuro-receptor function.
|Hyla Cass MD|
|SESSION B||The Use of SPECT Brain Imaging and Organic Acids Testing: A Data Based Approach to the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
Single positron emission computed tomography (SPECT) will be discussed as a tool to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and ADD. Different SPECT findings can lead to different medication choices and treatment options. SPECT is also useful for detecting early brain changes associated with dementia and other chronic degenerative conditions. Organic acid testing (OAT) can be used in conjunction with SPECT imaging to determine the etiology of abnormal scans and psychiatric issues. The importance of proper gut health and the role of OAT will be discussed in relation to mental health conditions.
|Mark Filidei, DO|
|12:15 – 1:45||Lunch / Exhibitor Viewing|
|1:45 – 2:45||SESSION A||Magnets Not Drugs - Transcranial Magnet Stimulation (TMS) Therapy for Depression
This presentation will review therapeutic strategies used in the 20th century for the treatment of major depression and contemporary studies supporting the validity of TMS as an effective treatment for major depression. Attendees will be able to understand the mechanism of action and rationale behind transcranial magnetic stimulation, and the "Rule of Diminishing Returns" in the treatment of major depression, as evidenced in the STAR*D trial.
|Louis Cady, MD|
|SESSION B||Common Biochemical factors Contributing to Multiple Sclerosis: Results of a Recent Pilot Study
The medical literature implicates the following factors in MS: food allergies, Candida, vitamin D deficiency, multiple heavy metals, manganese and iron excess, virus infection (many), essential fatty acid deficiency, high nitric oxide, low uric acid, and many others. All of the patients (n=12) in our pilot study had low molybdenum. High food allergies, toxic metals, high copper, Candida, Clostridia, and essential fatty acid deficiency were found in individual patients, indicating a multifactorial approach should be used. Dr. Code will present the results of the pilot study.
|Bill Code, MD|
|3:00 – 4:00||SESSION A||Oxytocin and Cholesterol - Their Interactions and Effects on Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Low cholesterol is an often overlooked problem by the traditional medical community. Tremendous research now exists that shows the devastating effects that low cholesterol can have for a wide variety of patients – including individuals with mental health disorders. The interaction between cholesterol and the hormone oxytocin is also important because of the prosocial and decreased anxiety effects that can occur with oxytocin supplementation. To understand the full benefit of oxytocin you need to understand cholesterol deficiency and vice versa.
|Kurt Woeller, DO|
|SESSION B||Anxiety Disorders and Evidence-Based Research on the Effects of Food and Supplements
There is much recent evidence supporting the food-mood and supplement-nutrient connection for anxiety disorders. It's important to consider food quality, which foods to eat, specific foods to avoid, individual nutrients, and the biochemical individuality of each individual. These factors will be explored in detail: eating quality real whole food instead of junk food; the importance of protein and whether red meat is good or bad; sugar consumption; blood sugar imbalances; gluten and caffeine consumption; poor digestion; individual amino acids, pyroluria, and supplements such as zinc, fish oil, inositol, and vitamin D.
|Trudy Scott, CN|
|4:00 – 4:25||Break / Exhibitor Viewing|
|4:30 – 5:30||SESSION A||Targeted Supplements for Mind, Mood, and Memory
Anxiety, depression, addiction, and even bipolar disorder are often due to underlying physical or metabolic problems, largely undetected and under-diagnosed by mainstream psychiatry. The medications often prescribed in these cases address symptoms only, do not deal with the root cause, and can have a range of often debilitating side effects. With an integrative medical approach, including specific lab testing, the deficiencies, toxicities, and other imbalances can be successfully diagnosed, and treated with specific nutritional supplements - vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs -- to restore balance.
|Hyla Cass, MD|
|SESSION B||Elimination of Persistent Toxicants from the Human Body
In the last 50 years, we have created and unleashed thousands of new synthetic chemicals into our homes, workplaces, schools, and playgrounds; in the next 50 years we will learn the gravity of what we have done. Several recent epidemiological studies confirm that most people in North America have now bioaccumulated a variety of potentially toxic compounds within their body. In addition, emerging research continues to elucidate the many ways including hormone disruption, immune dysregulation, nutrient depletion, and mitochondrial damage whereby toxicants induce chronic physical and mental illness. Recent study has begun to explore various interventions to facilitate elimination of bioaccumulated contaminants and the remarkable improvements in health and well-being after such therapies. Various modalities to eliminate bioaccumulated toxicants will be discussed as well as the findings from a new research study exploring the efficacy of sauna therapy as a means to remove toxicants.
|Stephen Genuis, MD|
|5:30 – 6:00||SESSION A||Q & A with Speakers|
|6:30 - 9:00||Meet and Greet (The Grotto at the Convention Center)|
|8:00 – 8:20||Exhibitor Viewing|
|8:30 – 10:00||Snakes, Spiders, and Soap: New Insights into the Causes and Treatments of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is associated with significant brain damage which becomes more severe with the duration of the disease. The enzyme phospholipase, found in high amounts in the venoms of poisonous snakes and spiders, is commonly elevated in the blood of patients with schizophrenia and may be the main cause of the brain damage prevalent in this disorder. Schizophrenia and/or psychosis has been reported in conjunction with pancreatitis in which elevated phospholipase is spilled from a damaged pancreas and in conjunction with Candida-secreting phospholipase. Other common associations in schizophrenia include wheat, yeast, and milk allergies, lithium deficiencies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, and gastrointestinal Clostridia.
|William Shaw, Ph.D.|
|10:00 – 10:25||Break / Exhibitor Viewing|
|10:30 – 11:45||SESSION A||New Concepts in the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Precision Treatment of ADHD in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
This presentation will review the previous concepts of ADHD as an affliction of "hyperactive and wigglesome kids that grow out it." Dr. Cady will equip the attending clinicians with new diagnostic and treatment paradigms, and review the medico-legal aspects of non-diagnosis and non-treatment or inadequate treatment.
|Louis Cady, MD|
|SESSION B||Depression and Anxiety: Diagnosis or Symptoms of Neuroendocrineimmune Imbalance
Fundamentally, we all have a genetic blueprint, an architectural plan, for how we are biologically, metabolically, and physiologically put together. Of as equal to or even greater than importance are the varied epigenetic/environmental factors of diet, heavy metals, pathogenic microbiota, EMF radiation, and toxins, as well psychoemotional stressors that often influence the eventual dynamic development and expression of one's neuroendocrinimmunological system. I view depression or anxiety as more than psychological states but that could also reflect a 'depressed or hyperdriven' (re anxiety) neuroendocrineimmune system. I find that 75-90% of my patients with symptoms of clinical depression or anxiety lasting greater than 6 months obtain relief through addressing their heavy metal burden, underlying thyroid, adrenal, hormone, gut microbiome and nutritional imbalances. Demonstrating an integrative approach has a tremendous impact on alleviating not only their psychospiritual emotional symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, but also optimizing their overall health.
|David Zeiger, D.O.|
|11:45 – 1:00||Lunch* / Exhibitor Viewing|
|1:00 - 1:15||"Laboratory Testing FAQs and Insurance Overview"||The Great Plains Laboratory|
|1:30 – 2:30||SESSION A||Hormone Optimization: A Key Factor in the Integrative Approach to Mental Health
Prozac or progesterone, what does your patient really need? Hormone optimization is an extremely important and very often overlooked area for both general health and mental health conditions. An argument can be made that every patient with depression should have thyroid and testosterone levels checked and optimized prior to starting a medication regimen. Progesterone can be used in women in lieu of anxiolytics and sedatives for insomnia, PMS, and anxiety. Millions of Americans are wandering around in a hypothyroid state that is being missed by improper thyroid testing and treatment. Proper thyroid evaluation will be discussed along with various methods to determine hormone imbalances.
|Mark Filidei, DO|
|SESSION B||The Patient Intake and Symptom Survey – Questions you MUST Ask to Ensure Proper Laboratory Assessment and Treatments
Using a symptom survey, along with a one-on-one practitioner to patient interview, is extremely helpful for determining areas of diagnostic testing, assessment need, and therapy implementation. This tool is critical for anyone implementing integrative medicine in their practice and often involves having a list of "MUST Ask" questions for patients.
|Kurt Woeller, DO|
Please note that the above schedules are subject to change
Become an exhibitor
If mental health and wellness is a concern or forte of your organization, this conference is an ideal opportunity for you. Your organization can build a reputation with the IMMH community by sponsoring and/or exhibiting at this respected conference. Our conference schedule allows for ample breaks and provides social opportunities for you to personally connect with attendees and speakers.
We had nearly 250 people attend last year's conference in Chicago, IL, a 42% increase compared to 2012 and a 92% increase compared to 2011. Of those attendees, more than 52% were prescribing physicians which included MDs, DOs, PAs, and Nurse Practitioners. This year we expect to have more than 300 attendees.
Exhibitors will receive an 8' x 10' booth (one six foot table with linens)
- Two representative passes to attend and participate in all conference functions ($250 for each additional representative pass)
- Opportunity to introduce your company to the attendees during the main session on the first day
- Company description in the program materials distributed to attendees
- Drinks and snacks will be provided during breaks
- Two passes to the "Meet and Greet" reception (Saturday night)
- Two program binders per exhibit with all session materials
- Two chairs and a wastebasket
Shipping & Electrical Services:Exhibitors must complete the San Antonio Grand Hyatt Riverwalk Shipping Instructions Form and fax a copy to 210-212-9522 at least 7 days prior to your arrival.
|Thurs, Sept 18 3:00pm - 8:00pm||Fri, Sept 19 7:15am - 4:00pm||Sun, Sept 21 After 1:00pm|
|Fri, Sept 19 6:30am - 7:30am||Sat, Sept 20 8:00am – 4:30pm|
|Sun, Sept 21 8:00am – 1:00pm|
*Only two to three of the same type of exhibitors will be allowed to exhibit at this conference. Acceptance is at the sole and absolute discretion of the coordinating conference committee. Applications to exhibit will be accepted or rejected based on criteria including, but not limited to, the products' or services' professional or educational benefit to the attendees. All applications will be reviewed and will receive either an acceptance or rejection notification.