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A Functional Approach to Whole Body Health focused on the Microbiome, Pain Management, Inflammation, Immunity and Addictions.
Presented by Dr Penny Kendall-Reed ND, Dr Nigel Plummer PhD, and Dr Christopher Spooner ND

Please join us for a day with the experts on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at Toronto Marriott Markham from 9:00am to 5:00pm EST for a full day of shared extensive clinical knowledge, skill and patient management strategies, community, and professional development.

The lecture on "Genetics and Epigenetics of Addiction: Inevitable behavior or learned response?" presented by Dr Kendall-Reed has been approved for 1.5 CONO Category A Credits; we have also applied for CONO Category A Credits for the morning lectures presented by Dr Kendall-Reed and Dr Spooner.

Saturday, September 30, 2023
8:00 AM –“ 9:00 AM EST - Registration
9:00 AM –“ 5:00 PM EST –“ One Day Intensive (includes Continental Breakfast/ Buffet Lunch)

Registrations to be secured via Eventbrite, price levels included below:
  • Early Bird Tickets - $99 plus tax (Apr 10 –“ Sept 1, 2023)
  • Regular Price - $119 plus tax (Sept 1 –“ 30, 2023)
  • Student and New Grad Price - $49 plus tax (Apr 1 –“ Sept 30, 2023)

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Chronic Inflammation & Immunity Over the Long-Haul
Presenter: Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed ND
Time: 9:15-10:45 a.m.
1.5 CONO Category A Credits applied for (ON)

The prevalence of diseases associated with chronic inflammation is anticipated to increase substantially over the next 30 years. World Health Organization ranks chronic disease associated with inflammation as the greatest threat to human health. While up to 90% of human disease is related to activation of the stress system, evidence suggests that excessive inflammation plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of stress-related disease.

In this lecture you will learn the direct and damaging impact inflammation has on various health issues such as cardiovascular disease, immunity, and neural health. Including inflammatory treatment in your therapeutic protocols is essential for the recovery and optimal health of your patients and the avoidance of cyclical and chronic disease. You will discover the key genes behind sources of inflammation and learn how to treat these genes and conditions using lifestyle modification, diet & natural supplementation using comparative case studies.

Key Learnings:
  • Learn how and why inflammation progresses from acute to chronic.
  • Discover the critical impact inflammation has on several disease such as heart disease, immunity, diabetes, brain, liver, and GI health.
  • Learn the key genes involved in various inflammatory disease pathways and how to treat them naturally through diet, lifestyle, and supplementation.
  • Discover through multiple comparative case studies how identifying the correct genes behind inflammatory pathways is crucial when designing effective and well-tolerate therapeutic protocols.
Novel Approaches to Pain and Inflammation in Clinical Practice
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Spooner, ND
Time: 11:00-12:30 p.m.
1.5 CONO Category A Credits applied for (ON)

Pain is divided into two main categories: acute and chronic. Under normal circumstances, pain is an important physiological response that serves as a warning of actual or potential tissue damage. Inflammatory chronic pain can indicate ongoing tissue damage, such as that associated with unresolving inflammatory process. The second type of chronic pain, neuropathic pain, can persist due to central nervous system sensitization resulting from increased neuronal and circuit activation in nociceptive pathways, even after the tissue has healed.

One of the challenges for clinicians today is that chronic pain may involve a mix of both inflammatory and neuropathic components and a common clinical presentation is immune dysregulation and chronic pain after injury where a peripheral trauma can lead to systemic pathology in allergic and autoimmune diseases i.e., The –˜remote' pathological consequences are very often more serious than the primary injury.

Key Learnings:
  • The differences in pathophysiology of nociceptive, inflammatory, and neuropathic pain
  • The pathophysiology of subsequent immune dysregulation.
  • Clinical signs and symptoms that can be used to differentiate the causes of pain and inflammation and thereby optimize treatments and to predict those individuals or groups most likely to respond to specific treatments.
  • The mechanisms by which complementary approaches exert their effects.
  • Complementary Integrative treatment strategies.
The Human Microbiome and Health Optimization
Presenter: Dr. Nigel Plummer, PhD
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Eligible for 1.5 CONO Category B Credits (ON)

Given the proliferation of probiotics on the market and the impact of the microbiome on whole body health, are you confident in your selection criteria? Not all probiotics are created equal. Are you giving your patients the best tools for the job?

Microbial imbalance can lead to depletion of bacterial diversity, altered gene expression, protein activity, compromised immune homeostasis, deregulated metabolism, including weight regulation, cholesterol, and glucose metabolism. Please join us as Dr. Plummer, Ph.D., presents the latest research and innovations, addresses key questions that distinguish fact from myth. He will reinforce foundational concepts for intestinal inequalities, conduct a brief overview of basic GI immunology including physiological cross talk, while highlighting compelling evidence of the impact of probiotics on cognition, mood, immune function, and the aging brain.

Key learnings:
  • Up-to-date clinical evidence for the benefits of probiotic use in many aspects of daily practice.
  • Evidence for the use of specific probiotics in aspects of health traditionally considered beyond the scope of probiotic intervention.
  • A greater understanding of strain and species.
  • How to select the most appropriate probiotic for targeted patient conditions.
Genetics and Epigenetics of Addiction: Inevitable behavior or learned response?
Presenter: Dr. Penny Kendall-Reed
Time: 3:15- 4:45 p.m.
Appoved for 1.5 CONO Category A Credits (ON)

Clinicians have witnessed an unprecedented surge in addictive behavior, ranging from increased food intake to drug overdoses. This has been a direct result of the physical and emotional stress placed upon the entire world simultaneously, not only raising our cortisol levels by 50%, but also directly altering the production of many hormones and pathways involved in addictive behavior.

In this lecture you will learn why elevating dopamine levels in some people has the opposite desired outcome, and why we must fully understand each individuals' genetics when it comes to dopamine production, elimination, number of receptors, and the impact that stress, inflammation, and diet has upon this genetic expression. You will learn which SNPs to look at and how to treat them to properly target the right hormonal pathways leading long term resolution of addictive behaviors.

Key Learnings:
  • Learn the pathophysiology behind addictions.
  • Learn which variables contribute to addictions and the SNPs that control those pathways.
  • Learn why increasing dopamine, our main addictive messenger, can often be the wrong route of treatment and make things worse.
  • Learn how to treat those SNPs for a more accurate long-term resolution of addictive behavior.
  • Multiple case studies demonstrating these various pathways and treatment plans.