Integrative Immunology at the Next Level – Finding and Treating Blocks to Cure

Friday, Oct 9th – Sunday, Oct 11th, 2020

Morning Focus:

How it works and how it gets derailed in chronic illness

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8:00 - 8:15 AM Jeremy Phillips: Introductory Remarks and Welcome
8:15 - 9:15 AM Dr. Anderson : Immunology Updates “A to Z”

Immunology is a complex and ever evolving part of  medicine. In this session Dr. Anderson will update the attendee regarding the latest in immunology mechanisms and science. Interactions between cell mediated and antibody immunity as well as complement will be discussed.

9:15 - 10:15 AM Dr. Anderson: Immune Disruptors beyond Mycotoxins

Mycotoxin immune disruption will be well described in this CME event so this session is geared to look at other mechanisms of immune disruption. Included in this session will chemical and metal toxins, chronic infections and some common immune pathologies.

10:15 - 11:00 AM Break

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11:00 - 11:45 AM Dr. Crista: Immune Suppressive Mechanism of Mold

Mold and mycotoxin exposure causes detrimental effects on the immune systems of living beings. The three aspects of immune suppression will be covered, including the cytotoxic effects on immune cells, epigenetic changes affecting immune responses, and direct genetic alterations affecting immune replication and expression.

11:45 - 12:45 PM Dr. Tessier: Mold & Mycotoxin Induced Endocrine Disruption

Endocrine disruption induced by mold and mycotoxin exposure is widely examined in the animal literature, and to some extent in the human literature. Exposure can result in alterations of the endocrine system including sex hormones, thyroid hormone, and adrenal hormones. Moreover, there is evidence for direct toxic effect to the organs that produce and mediate responses to said hormones. A succinct review of the literature will be provided, as well as clinical correlations.

12:45 - 1:15 PM Bob Miller, CTN - Functional Genomics - Genetic Mutations Potential Role in Mycotoxin Toxicity (NON-CME)

In this talk we will explore genetic mutations that may make the impact of mycotoxins more severe. He will review the mutations, potential compensations and how to use functional genomics to find the areas of weakness so precision interventions can be implemented.

1:15 - 2:30 PM Lunch

Afternoon Focus:

Assessment of Immune Disruption for Improved Clinical Outcomes

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2:30 - 3:30 PM Dr. Anderson: Clinical and Laboratory Assessment of Non-mold Immune Disruptors

In addition to mycotoxin effect on the human immune system mold exposure can have other wide-ranging effects which derail normal human immunity. In this session Dr. Anderson will lay out the effects in allergy-hypersensitivity reactions and other chemistry changes the clinician should be mindful of in assessing a mold case.

3:30 - 4:00 PM Elizabeth Wade, N.D. - Microbiome Labs - An Integrative Approach To Food Sensitivities And Allergies In Children (NON-CME)

The root of food allergies and sensitivities starts in the gut. In this presentation, you will learn how food sensitivities and food allergies can be avoided and often corrected in children and adults through targeted gut-healing interventions.

4:00 - 4:45 PM Break

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4:45 - 5:15 PM Dr. Anderson: Immunomodulators Part-1: Therapies of Note

In this session Dr. Anderson will outline immunomodulatory strategies for the varied immunologic targets in mycotoxin illness and beyond. Natural and pharmacological strategies will be discussed. In Part-2 Dr. Anderson will discuss the prescribing and management of these agents.

5:15 - 5:45 PM All: Clinical Panel - Immune Disruption: Strategies for Clinicians

Focused moderated clinical panel discussion and clinical questions from delegates.

Morning Focus:

Mold / Mycotoxin Clinical Management

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8:30 - 9:30 AM Dr. Crista: Mycotoxin Assessment: The Good (and Not so Good…)

Since a large portion of symptoms from toxic mold exposure are due to mycotoxins, it’s helpful to assess the exposure and/or load of mycotoxins in our patients. Even though laboratory assessments have evolved, there are definite limitations. These limitations, including the results of split sample testing among methods and laboratories, will be presented, as well as clinical guidance to minimize the limitations and know which method to choose for a given case.

9:30 - 10:00 AM Dr. Tessier: Legal and Ethical Implications of Mold Related Diagnoses

It is true that there is no formal diagnosis code for CIRS? Can the diagnosis of mycotoxicosis really stand up in the court of law? Can certain ICD 10 codes place a client at legal risk? Can a SOAP assessment ruin the potential for future life insurance coverage? What is the best way to support a client when facing a legal battle? What about testing the home or workplace? Not understanding full scope of the case before ordering labs or suggesting actions can be problematic for numerous reasons. Do not miss this presentation!

10:00 – 10:30 AM Dr. Crista: Mold Treatment Approach Part-1

The mechanisms of mold-related illness lend themselves to treatments utilizing naturopathic and functional approaches. Unlike a treatment protocol, the guidance of a therapeutic order of treatment allows for individualization to specific patient cases. A therapeutic order will be suggested and the aspects of each level covered. In Part 1, the concepts of avoidance will be discussed, including diet, supplements, and medications. Also fundamental realignments with lifestyle, and nutrient therapies will be described, as will the critical role of bile and binders.

10:30 - 11:15 AM Break

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11:15 - 12:30 PM Dr. Crista: Mold Treatment Approach Part-2

In Part 2, we continue through the therapeutic order with targeted botanicals to assist with detoxification and protection from mycotoxin intrusion and damage. Then a rationale for antifungal treatments will be presented, as will a selection of treatment combinations for both systemic and intranasal applications.

12:30 - 1:00 PM Jocelyn Strand, N.D. - Bio-Botanical Research - Immunological Consequences of Mycotoxins and Dysbiosis (NON-CME)

Exposure to mold toxins can wreak havoc on the immune system, resulting in acute and/or chronic upregulation in inflammation. This is especially true when the immune system is already out of balance as a result of microbial dysbiosis. Join Dr. Strand for a look at the immune effects resulting from mycotoxins and dysbiosis and leave with easy to implement botanical solutions

1:00 - 2:15 PM Lunch

Afternoon Focus:

Mold / Mycotoxin Advanced Clinical Management

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2:15 - 3:15 PM Dr. Tessier: Identity and Addressing Clinical Reactions in Mold Illness

What if a herx isn’t really a herx? Other clinical reactions exist that are labeled as such, despite being their own separate issue. Examination of reactions, including their definitions, identification, and interventions will be discussed.

3:15 - 3:45 PM Dr. Tessier: Mold & Mycotoxin Induced Fatigue

It is commonplace for mold illness cases to present with the key symptom of fatigue, but why? There are numerous ways in which mold and mycotoxin exposure can result in fatigue, and by understanding the why and how, one is better able to identify the mechanism at work and employ targeted treatment approaches.

3:45 – 4:15 PM Jessica Peatross, M.D. - Cellcore Biosciences - Mold & Biotoxin Illness: Solutions and Applications (NON-CME)

Dr. Peatross will discuss how mycotoxins affect patients biochemically to incite fatigue and pain. This will be exemplified in case studies which will teach the audience how to trouble shoot with mold and mycotoxins; How to find it, where the root cause is, and how to test. Science based solutions and cutting-edge technology will also be presented as successful answers to the case studies.

4:15 - 5:00 PM Break

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5:00 – 5:30 PM Dr. Tessier: Mold & Mycotoxin Illness in The Pediatric Population

Mold illness presents with many subjective complaints in the adult population, and therefore limitations in communication and self-awareness can cause difficulty in understanding the breadth of the pediatric case. Moreover, pediatric clinical presentation of mold illness may demonstrate recurrent URI, food intolerances, digestive upset, atopy and even PANS/PANDAS-like complaints among others. Misunderstanding the true etiology of these complaints can result in treatment failure or even exacerbation. A review of pediatric case presentation and assessment will be discussed, in addition to clinical pearls for enhanced treatment adherence.

5:30 - 6:00 PM All: Clinical Panel - Mold / Mycotoxin Clinical Management

Focused moderated clinical panel discussion and clinical questions from delegates.

Morning Focus:

Mast Cell, CIRS and Inflammation

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8:30 - 10:00 AM Dr. Ackerley: Neuropsychiatric effects of Mast Cell Activation, Related Conditions and NeuroQuant Imaging

Mast cell activation syndrome is a common immunological condition in which mast cells release chemical mediators inappropriately, resulting in a range of chronic  inflammatory symptoms in multiple organ systems. Dr. Ackerley will explore the multiple psychiatric and neurological symptoms that can be associated with this condition.

10:00 - 10:30 AM Dr. Milani: Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) Part-1

CIRS is an illness caused by exposure to toxins produced from a biological source, including from filamentous molds in water damaged buildings, tick-borne illness, cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates, Pfisteria, and Recluse spiders. In this lecture, Dr. Milani will describe the pathogenesis and immunological response to CIRS and review the methods used in lab diagnosis.

10:30 - 11:15 AM Break

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11:15 - 12:00 AM Dr. Milani: Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) Part-2

Dr. Milani will consider the treatment of CIRS, from assessing evidence, the therapeutic options and individualized protocols.

12:00 - 1:15 PM Dr. Anderson: Immunomodulators Part-2: Prescription and Management

In this session Dr. Anderson will discuss the prescribing and management of the therapies discussed in Part-1.

1:15 - 2:15 PM Lunch

Afternoon Focus:

Advanced Immune Restoration Therapies

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2:15 - 3:30 PM Dr. Anderson: Detoxification Therapies Detoxification Therapies (Sauna, HBOT, NEUROFEEDBACK, Light, Liver/Kidney, Real Glutathione and Detox Nutrition, etc.)

“Detoxification” is a broad and at times misused term. In this session Dr. Anderson will discuss the process and phases of detoxification and depuration as well as the various means to support it. Internal / nutritional and external physical interventions will be discussed.

3:30 - 4:15 PM Dr. Anderson: Pharmacology: Anti-Fungal, Parasitic, Biofilm and other Rx Therapies

The pharmacology of drugs involved in fungi, parasite and other infections can be less known and complex. Additionally, the effect of biofilms on the chronically infected person are a contributing factor. In this session Dr. Anderson will discuss the clinical application of these pharmacology factors and their use in the chronically ill person.

4:15 - 4:30 PM Comfort Break
4:30 - 5:00 PM All: Clinical Panel - Immune Dysregulation Clinical Concepts

Focused moderated clinical panel discussion and clinical questions from delegates.

5:00 PM Adjourn