Learn how to enhance your practice, and explore the latest research and functional treatment protocols! Join members of our esteemed experts for a series of free monthly webinars covering functional medicine and nutritional psychiatry for a variety of mental health disorders.
Stay tuned–new webinars are released regularly!
The Neuropsychiatric Effects of Mold
Led by Mary Ackerley, MD
April 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST
The brain is a major target of damage in inhalational toxicity from exposure to mold. There are at least 37 different symptoms associated with exposure to mold, and nearly half are related to the brain or autonomic nervous system. In this webinar, Dr. Ackerley will review common neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with mold exposure, including anxiety, depression, brain fog, and more. She will also discuss possible neurological, pathological mechanisms related to mold toxicity, and offer some practical means for recognition and effective treatment.
Enhancing Dopaminergic Neurotransmission with Natural Phenolic Compounds
Led by Kelly Heim, PhD
May 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter with profound etiological and therapeutic importance in emotional, behavioral and neurocognitive health. A variety of plant-derived phenolic compounds enhance dopaminergic transmission by augmenting biosynthesis, reducing degradation, or improving synaptic function through metabolic, endocrine or immunological mechanisms. This lecture will assess the current arsenal of dopamine-modulating phenolic compounds in dietary and medicinal plants, with a special emphasis on relative potency and bioavailability.
PCOS: How Reproductive, Metabolic, and Mental Health Issues Can Intersect
Led by Felice Gersh, MD
June 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST
PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder of reproductive aged women, affecting as many as 10-20%. Despite its prevalence, its complex manifestations spanning female fertility, metabolic health, and mental functions, remain poorly understood by most professionals and patients. The development of PCOS connects the powerful roles played by genetics, hormones, the gut microbiome, and the immune system with alterations in cardiometabolic and brain health. This webinar will review the latest research and theories involving the PCOS epidemic and provide efficacious therapeutic approaches to help all women with PCOS achieve better quality lives.
Three Simple Steps to Healthier Sleep
Led by Stasha Gominak, MD
July 6, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST
New brain science discoveries show that the vitamin D we produce on our skin entrains our sleep to the planet’s annual winter/summer cycle. Avoiding the sun has left us with a global epidemic of sleep disorders, a failed microbiome, and an abnormal immune system that each play a role in our failing health. In this webinar, Dr. Gominak will discuss how these factors have led to a series of common disorders that are now recognized to be Acetylcholine deficiency states. Webinar attendees will be able to use this new information to help their patients sleep better and return their microbiome to normal, producing a stronger immune system, and bringing their autonomic nervous system function back to normal.
An Integrative Approach to PANS/PANDAS
Led by Elisa Song, MD
July 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST
We are facing an epidemic of childhood anxiety and autoimmune encephalitis in the form of PANS/PANDAS. As integrative practitioners it’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN you will see a child with PANS/PANDAS. Most children will not have access to more aggressive hospital-based interventions such as IVIG, plasmapheresis, corticosteroid infusions or immunosuppressant medications. However, even these interventions are focused on suppression and not reversal of the underlying disease process. An integrative functional medicine approach offers the possibility to heal and reverse what otherwise can be a devastating neuropsychiatric illness. During this session, we will explore the underlying pathophysiology and biomedical imbalances that underlie PANS/PANDAS, and how to use a functional and integrative pediatric approach to address root causes and heal from the inside out.
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