About our Conference:
Exploring the latest in integrative medicine.

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.




Who Should Attend?

  • Psychiatrists
  • Family Physicians and Physician Assistants
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Naturopathic Physicians
  • Chiropractic Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians
  • Allied Mental Health Professionals
  • Leaders / Organizers of Mental Health Support Groups


Accreditation

32 CME/CEU hours are provided for the full conference (4 days) and 24 hours are provided for the main conference (3 days) by Westbrook University for MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, LACs, NPs, and PAs.*

25 CE credit hours are provided for the full conference (4 days) and 18.75 hours are provided for the main conference (3 days) by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for Psychologist (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).*

*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 to with his/her own state, province, or region for continued educational requirements. CME/CEUs are not APA approved.




Program Schedule

DAY ONE: IMMH Fundamentals - Thursday, September 17
Time
Title
Speaker
8:00 – 8:45 Registration / Exhibitor Viewing
8:45 – 9:00 Announcements
9:00 – 10:15 "Integrative Medicine for Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Part 1"

This lecture will discuss the macro-nutrients involved in the integrative therapy treatment of depression. Amino acids and fatty acids will be the focus of this presentation. The role of inflammation and dysbiosis will also be discussed.

  James Greenblatt, MD
10:15 – 11:00   Break / Exhibitor Viewing
11:00 – 12:30 "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.
12:30 – 1:45 Lunch / Exhibitor Viewing
1:45 – 3:00 "The Effect of Food Allergies on Mental Health"

Food sensitivities and allergies mediated by IgG and IgE antibodies, respectively, have been known for 50+ years to affect a wide range of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar depression, attention deficit with hyperactivity, and other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Dr. Woeller will discuss the different types of tests used to determine these sensitivities, along with an overview of the extensive medical literature on the usefulness of this type of testing.

Kurt Woeller, D.O.
3:00 – 4:15 "Integrative Medicine for Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Part 2"

This lecture will discuss micro-nutrients, vitamins, and minerals involved in the integrative therapy treatment of depression. Vitamin B12 and folate, as well as the trace minerals, magnesium and zinc will be discussed. Research will be reviewed looking at how deficiency of these nutrients relates to mood and anxiety disorders, as will medication augmentation strategies.

James Greenblatt, MD
4:15 – 4:45 Break / Exhibitor Viewing
4:45 – 5:45 "Microorganisms and Their Effects on Mental Health"

Abnormally high numbers of microorganisms 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.
5:00 - 6:00 Pre Registration



DAY TWO: MAIN Conference - Friday, September 18
Time
Title
Speaker
7:00 – 7:30 Morning Yoga / Stretch at Sunset Terrace
7:30 – 8:30 Registration / Exhibitor Viewing
8:30 – 8:45 Announcements
8:45 – 10:00 "New Information on Nutritional Lithium for ADHD, Mood Disorders and Prevention of Cognitive Decline"

This lecture will discuss the use of low dose lithium in neuro-psychiatric illnesses, including behavioral problems with children, depression, and anxiety, as well as new research looking at lithium for dementia and cognitive decline. This lecture will review protocols for prevention and treatment.

  James Greenblatt, MD
10:00- 10:45 Exhibitor Introductions
10:45 – 11:30 Break / Exhibitor Viewing
11:30 – 12:45   SESSION A
"Autism and Integrative Medicine – A Road Map For Testing and Treatment"

Integrative medicine is suited to address the many complex medical needs of individuals on the autism-spectrum. For too long, the traditional medical community has ignored this special needs group. They do not recognize the abundant research that exists about underlying biological problems seen commonly in autism, and the many amazing benefits that can be achieved by implementing integrative medicine therapies. In this presentation, Dr. Woeller will provide a roadmap for testing and treatment to help more patients with autism in your practice.

Kurt Woeller, D.O.
11:30 – 12:45 SESSION B
"The Effects of Stress on the Gut-Brain Microbiome"

The microbiome-gut-brain axis is a unique route of communication between the host and the microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract. Stress has been shown to disrupt this axis through changes in the gut wall, neurotransmitter levels and alterations in the microbiota. Studies show that alterations in microbiota populations, GI tissues, or gut-related neurotransmitters occur due to trauma or stress, and may continue to affect health long after the stressor is removed. Theses can often be corrected through simple, but effective interventions, including probiotics, prebiotics, diet and stress management.

Andrea Gruszecki, ND
12:45 – 2:00 Lunch / Exhibitor Viewing
2:00 – 3:15 SESSION A
"Integrative Medicine Treatment of Depression, Schizophrenia, and Autism"

In this presentation, Dr. Cady will deconstruct the Kraepelinian syndromatic diagnostic schema of these conditions to specific neurophysiological and physiological pathways. The emphasis will be on seeing the patient as the living embodiment of a complex, dynamic system where what appears to be "psychological" or "a mental disorder" is either caused or exacerbated by underlying biological issues which could be addressed and remediated. By synergistically dealing with both the presumptive "mental disorder" as well as contributing biological etiological or exacerbating influences, remarkable benefits can be obtained.

Louis Cady, MD
2:00 – 3:15 SESSION B
"Toxic Encephalopathy: Inflammation and Infections Misdiagnosed as Mental Illness"

Infections, toxins, and inflammation can lead to toxic encephalopathy, a condition which can present as "mental illness". Abnormal SPECT scans can lead to increased suspicion for Lyme disease, Toxoplasma, Epstein Barr virus, mold biotoxin illness, syphilis, heavy metals and other potentially reversible causes of psychiatric conditions. Laboratory testing and workup of toxic encephalopathy will be discussed.

Mark Filidei, DO
3:15 – 3:45 Break / Exhibitor Viewing
3:45 – 5:00 SESSION A
"Common Biochemical Factors Contributing to Multiple Sclerosis"

An ongoing pilot study of 12 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has begun in which multiple biochemical factors have been evaluated. An overview of the nutritional research on MS will be presented along with the findings of this study. Some of the preliminary findings in MS patients include significant prevalence of molybdenum deficiency, exposure to toxic metals, and remarkable imbalances in the ratios of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. One of the most notable discoveries involves the levels of phospholipase A2 (PLA2) in these patients, which is highly correlated with many inflammatory diseases. PLA2 has been shown to be inhibited by several nutritional factors, which will be discussed as well.

William Shaw, Ph.D.
3:45 – 5:00 SESSION B
"Treating the Disease of Addiction"

This presentation will provide a basis for integrative medicine practitioners to understand the disease of addiction/ drug dependence. We will list the classifications of drugs, effects and specifics of withdrawal and treatment. We will then discuss the challenges of treating addiction and effectively intervening with patients and families. Ample time will be provided for questions and discussion of cases.

Mel Pohl, MD
5:15 – 7:00 Meet and Greet Networking Reception (Regatta Pavilion)



DAY THREE: MAIN Conference - Saturday, September 19
Time
Title
Speaker
7:00 – 7:30 Morning Yoga / Stretch at Sunset Terrace
8:30 – 8:45 Announcements
8:45 – 10:00 "3D Brain SPECT Imaging: A Powerful, Evidence-Based Tool for Transforming Clinical Psychiatric Practice"

In this presentation, Dr. Amen will share his experience and research on the world's largest brain SPECT imaging database, how imaging changes psychiatric practice and improves outcomes, and leads care toward a more natural, integrative approach.

Daniel Amen, MD
10:00- 10:45 Break / Exhibitor Viewing
10:45 – 12:00 SESSION A
"Neuropsychiatric Lyme Disease and Associated Co-infections: Clinical Presentations, Diagnostic Challenges, and Treatment Options"

Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States. It can remain dormant for years and then later mimic a number of psychiatric illnesses, including anxiety disorders, mood disturbances, psychosis, and autism-like behaviors. It can be further complicated by the presence of co-infections. Both the diagnosis and treatment of these infections in the chronic stage can be challenging. We will review both standard treatment recommendations and integrative and holistic approaches, including dietary changes, herbal medicines, and nutritional supplements.

Suruchi Chandra, MD
10:45 – 12:00 SESSION B
"The Growing Role of Neurofeedback in Integrative Medicine"

Neurofeedback is an emerging therapy of growing relevance to integrative medicine. It is essentially biofeedback, in which the EEG is used as the training variable. Neurofeedback aims to restore brain function via two basic thrusts: Exogenous neuromodulation and endogenous neuromodulation. This presentation will discuss how both types work together to help stimulate brain activity and facilitate recovery. Neurofeedback can be effective for those with autism spectrum disorders, ADD and hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, and many other brain dysfunctions.

Siegfried Othmer, PhD
12:00 - 1:15 Lunch / Exhibitor Viewing
1:15 – 2:30 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
1:15 – 2:30 SESSION B
"Oxalates, Phenols, and FODMAPs: Food Substances and Diets that Impact Mental Health Conditions"

Food and nutrition strategy can either help or hinder a patient's healing. Sometimes even healthy foods can contribute to underlying problems - exacerbating or causing anxiety, depression, aggression, hyperactivity, sleep problems and other mental health issues. Oxalates, salicylates, amines, glutamates, and FODMAPs can burden biochemical pathways, causing inflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and nutrient deficiency. We will discuss how diet and supplement intervention can decrease negative reactions to these foods, and how to create bio-individual nutrition approach to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Julie Matthews, CNC, ND
2:30 – 3:15 Break / Exhibitor Viewing
3:15 – 4:30 SESSION A
"Environmental Medicine: Hidden Toxins and Their Health Consequences"

Dr. McCann will give an overview of environmental toxicants and mycotoxins and their impact on cognitive and psychological health. Participants will explore environmental toxicants and mental health through case studies. Broad categories of environmental toxins with highlighted specifics and clinical symptoms, together with testing and treatment protocols will be emphasized.

Kelly McCann, MD
3:15 – 4:30 SESSION B
"Oxytocin and Cholesterol - Their Interactions and Effects on Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders"

Low cholesterol is a problem often overlooked by the traditional medical community. An abundant amount of research shows the negative effects that low cholesterol can have for a wide variety of patients, including those with mental health disorders. The interaction between cholesterol and the hormone oxytocin is also important because of the prosocial and anxiety-reducing effects that oxytocin supplementation can have, whether through oral or intranasal administration. To understand the full benefit of oxytocin, you need to understand cholesterol deficiency and vice versa.

Kurt Woeller, DO
4:40 – 5:00 Laboratory Testing FAQs and Insurance Overview - The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.



DAY FOUR: MAIN Conference - Sunday, September 20
Time
Title
Speaker
8:15 – 8:20 Announcements
8:20 – 9:35 SESSION A
"The Effects of Hormones on Depression, Mood Disorders, Fatigue, and General Well-Being: An Evidence Based Review of Medical Literature Demonstrating Mental Health Benefits of Hormone Replacement"

Although most psychiatrists and mental health practitioners are aware that hormones can affect mental health, most are not aware of the tremendous amount of data demonstrating the important benefits of hormone replacement for both physical and mental health. More important is the concept of optimizing hormone replacement to improve health and wellness, with the emphasis on optimization of levels, as opposed to simple replacement. This evidence based review emphasizes the need to optimize estrogen, DHEA, thyroid hormone, and testosterone, all based on our medical literature and studies.

Neal Rouzier, MD
8:20 – 9:35 SESSION B
"The Gut Connection – The Role of Biofilms, Endotoxins, and Microbiome Imbalances in Mental Health Disorders"

This presentation will explore the relationship between the gut and mental health disorders, focusing on intestinal dysbiosis and microbiome imbalances, and the role that these play mental health disorders, autoimmune disorders and neurological diseases. Current research on biofilms and bacterial endotoxins such as LPS will be covered, as well as the connection between these endotoxins and systemic inflammation. Simple and clear steps to get patients back on the road to health will be presented, including laboratory assessments, diet, nutritional supplementation, and plant based medicines.

Nicola DuCharme
9:45 – 11:00 SESSION A
"No More ADHD, Treating ADHD Symptoms without Drugs"

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.

Mary Ann Block, DO
9:45 – 11:00 SESSION B
"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.
11:00 – 11:35 Break / Exhibitor Viewing
11:35 – 12:50 SESSION A
"Healing the Brain in Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders"

Eating disorders (ED) and substance use disorders (SUD) co-occur in many individuals. This presentation emphasizes the importance of treating ED and SUD simultaneously, as well as treating the underlying neurobiological, physical and traumatic causes of both. Root causes that occur in both SUD and ED have been shown to have an effect on the brain's ability to produce neurotransmitters that affect mood, eating behavior, impulsivity and reactivity to stress. Dr. Ross will offer a specific integrative approach to heal brain, body and spirit in these disorders.

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD
11:35 – 12:50 SESSION B
"Primal Mind: How Nutrition Affects Mental Health"

A dietary approach mimicking certain foundational principles followed by our prehistoric ancestors is both a logical and essential starting place for the health and optimal functioning of any human brain. There are also certain modern-day advantages, including today's neuroscience, neurofeedback, and human longevity research that can help us tweak these Paleolithic principles into a more advanced approach to brain health and performance. This presentation will give an overview of these basic principles--modern and ancient--toward an improved approach to common brain and mental health challenges.

Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT
1:00 – 2:15 SESSION A
"MEDICINE - A State of Crisis, A State of Change"

The health care profession is currently under siege. This presentation will review both sides of the situation: The "bad news" is that benefits for patients and reimbursements for practitioners are both shrinking, more and more environmental pollutants and toxins are slowly poisoning us, and the medical establishment still has a "diagnose it and drug it" orientation. The "good news" is that at no other time in history have opportunities been so great for enlightened, sophisticated, functional medicine practitioners. This presentation, by a classically trained allopathic physician who practices functional medicine, will shake you to your core and cause a total re-evaluation of the impact of functional medicine on your future practice and career.

Louis Cady, MD
1:00 – 2:15 SESSION B
"Biological Psychiatry: Past, Present and Future"

This presentation will cover some basic but fundamental principles of neuroscience; particularly around neurotransmitter biology. In addition, it will discuss the relationship of various disease states in psychiatry to changes in neurotransmission. Finally, there will be a discussion on cutting edge methods to assess these changes followed by novel pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions.

Jay Lombard, DO
2:15 – 2:45 Exhibitor Viewing





New for 2015
"Groundbreaking Topics, Acclaimed New Speakers"

This year's IMMH Conference has some exciting new additions including:

  • Expanding to four days from three
  • Morning yoga sessions on Friday and Saturday
  • More ways to network with attendees in your specific practice field or geographic area
  • Several new speakers including Daniel Amen, MD!

Many new topics including those on:

  • Integrative Medicine for Mood Disorders
  • Neuropsychiatric Lyme Disease and Associated Co-Infections
  • Environmental Medicine: Hidden Toxins and Their Health Consequences
  • Primal Mind: How Nutrition Affects Mental Health
  • No more ADHD: Treating ADHD Symptoms Without Drugs
  • The Gut Connection: The Role of Biofilms, Endotoxins, and Microbiome Imbalances in Mental Health Disorders
  • Healing the Brain in Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • and much more!






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Exhibitors & Sponsors Overview




Speakers



James Greeblatt, M.D.


William Shaw, P.h.D.


Kurt Woeller, D.O.


Andrea Gruszecki, N.D.





Louis Cady, M.D.


Mark Filidei, D.O.


Mel Pohl, M.D., F.A.S.A.M.


Daniel Amen, M.D.





Suruchi Chandra, M.D.


Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D.


Julie Matthews, C.N.C.


Kelly McCann, M.D.





Neal Rouzier, M.D.


Nicola Ducharme, N.D.


Mary Ann Block, D.O.


Carolyn Ross, M.D.





Nora Gedgaudas, C.N.S., C.N.T.


Jay Lombard, D.O.











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Pricing & Registration
Online Registration Coming Soon!

Are you brand new to IMMH? You definitely don't want to miss day one of the conference, IMMH Fundamentals, which will give you a solid foundation in integrative medicine for mental health. Have you attended an IMMH Conference before? If so, day one will be a great refresher on the fundamentals, so we hope you'll join us then.

Early Bird:

Through July 31


Main Conference Only (3 Days)

$499


Full Conference:

Including Day 1 Fundamentals (4 Days)

$525


Regular Price:

August 1 - September 9


Main Conference Only (3 Days)

$599


Full Conference:

Including Day 1 Fundamentals (4 Days)

$625


Late Registration:

September 10 - At the Door


Main Conference Only (3 Days)

$650


Full Conference:

Including Day 1 Fundamentals (4 Days)

$675


Registration fees cover attendance at the conference, CME's/CE's, all conference materials, lunches, break snacks, and beverages for the entire conference!







Venue:
The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort and Spa.

This year's conference will be held on the California coast at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina in San Diego. This bayside resort offers incredible ocean views, waterfront dining, a contemporary poolside lounge, eco-friendly spa, and redesigned hotel rooms, suites, and meeting rooms. You'll delight in a water playground with three new pools, waterslides, a waterfront health club, and a full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sportfishing, and whale excursions. This property includes eight acres of lush landscaping dotted with serene gardens, and observation decks with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay, the largest aquatic preserve in the United States. You'll find everything you could wish for at this premier hotel near famous San Diego attractions like Seaworld, Old Town San Diego, and Coronado Island. To find out more about the hotel, dining options, and area attractions, go to www.MissionBay.Hyatt.com.

A guest room block is available for the conference guests at a discounted rate of $179 for single or double occupancy (plus applicable taxes and fees). Additional fees apply for triple or quadruple occupancy.

Please visit www.IMMH.org/Reservation to make your reservations online or call: 888-421-1442 and mention "IMMH Conference 2015" to get your rate.



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San Diego:
What's to do?

From the surf to the city and everywhere in-between, San Diego is a world class destination. Check out www.SanDiego.org for a world of fun and exciting things to explore after learning at our conference.