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Topics for This Year

In keeping with our tradition of exploring the best and most cutting edge research in the integrative field, this year we have even more new topics and speakers than ever before! Stay tuned as topics for 2015 are announced.

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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.

Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) Conference

Program Schedule: What's on the Itinerary?

The 2015 program schedule is coming soon! Check back with us, or sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all of the latest conference announcements.

Venue: The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort and Spa.


Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort

Program Schedule

DAY ONE: Friday, September 19
Time Title Speaker
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

DAY TWO: Saturday, September 20
Time Title Speaker
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)

DAY THREE: Sunday, September 21
Time Title Speaker
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

The Venue:

The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort and Spa.

Experience the epitome of California coastal chic at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina San Diego vacation resort near SeaWorld San Diego. Expect the best at this remarkable San Diego vacation resort offering incredible ocean views, waterfront dining, a contemporary poolside lounge, eco-friendly spa, and redesigned hotel rooms and suites and meeting rooms. The only resort hotel in San Diego with multiple water slides, you'll delight in a water playground with three new pools, waterfront health club, and a full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sportfishing and whale excursions.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort

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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.