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On Demand Accredited Courses: Focus on Advanced Natural Hormones, Thyroid and Iodine

Free with the 2016 Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference registration, this package of recorded webinars is valued at $450 and provides 10 CE credits total. Participants must view webinars and pass a short quiz to earn credits. Conference attendees will receive a link to access the online webinars and quizzes after the live conference concludes.

Five CME credits will be made available by reading Journal of Restorative Medicine articles and passing related quizzes.

Faculty members and topics for the online courses are:

wrightJonathan Wright, MD view bio

A Harvard University and University of Michigan graduate, Dr. Wright is a forerunner in research and application of natural treatments for healthy aging and illness. Since 1983, Dr. Wright has regularly taught seminars about these methods to thousands of physicians in the United States and internationally. Dr. Wright founded the Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington in 1973 where he continues to practice medicine, while also serving as medical director. Internationally known for his books and medical articles, Dr. Wright has authored or co-authored 14 books, with two texts achieving best-selling status: Book of Nutritional Therapy and Guide to Healing with Nutrition. He authors Nutrition and Healing, a monthly newsletter emphasizing nutritional medicine.
Dr. Wright developed and introduced the use of comprehensive patterns of natural hormones (including estrogens, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone) in 1982 and directed the development of tests to ensure their safe use. He also originated successful natural treatment for elimination of childhood asthma, developed treatment to stop or improve vision in the majority of individuals with “dry” macular degeneration, pioneered use of aldosterone to reverse age-related hearing loss, discovered the effect of iodine on estrogen metabolism and cobalt on steroid detoxification, popularized the use of D-mannose treatment for E. coli urinary tract infection, developed an effective natural treatment for seborrheic dermatitis, allergic and viral conjunctivitis, and Osgood-Schlatter's disease.

The 2016 Online University Track includes 4.5 hours of lectures from Dr. Wright on the following topics:

Perspectives on Women's Hormone Replacement, Parts 1 & 2
Dr. Wright will begin with general perspectives of BHRT for women, explain risks versus benefits of treatment, and continue with a multi-faceted discussion of nature's molecules and treatment applications. Topics include modifying estrogen metabolism with cobalt and iodine, correction of low Estrogen Quotient (EQ), Estriol's protective role, and 2-Methoxyestradiol's anti-carcinogenic properties. The lecture ends by describing certain benefits of testosterone and DHEA for women. Learn the basics of natural hormone prescribing: hormones prescribed, timing, dosage, route of administration, clinical laboratory monitoring for efficacy and general safety. Lastly, he will review a few of the most common problems encountered and their solutions.

Monitoring and Modulating Steroid Pathways (before and during hormones), Thyroid and Treatment of RT3, TSH and Hyperthyroidism
This presentation covers a more detailed discussion on how to improve endogenous sex steroids, influencing steroid retention and hyper-excretion of estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. Dr. Wright will also review the effects of improved methylation and how to enhance the methylation process. A second topic examines the fallacy that TSH testing is alone adequate to diagnose hypothyroidism. Dr. Wright will describe a little-examined biochemical mechanism that causes clinical hypothyroidism, and how to effectively and safely treat it.

Adrenal Fatigue: Hypoadrenocorticism, Glaucoma, and Hearing Loss, the HPA Axis and Oxytocin
This lecture begins with clinical manifestations of hypoadrenocorticism, associated conditions, testing modalities, case review, and suggested treatment strategies. The premise is that many cases of glaucoma originate from hypoadrenalism, manifesting as increased intra-ocular pressure. We will explore topics ranging from research, natural treatments to strengthen adrenal function and subsequent effects on glaucoma, Dr. Southren's topical application of glucocorticoid metabolites in primary open angle glaucoma, clinical examples, and evidence-based treatment suggestions. Dr. Wright will continue with early studies of serum aldosterone in normal and presbycusis groups suggesting that higher levels of the mineralcorticoid aldosterone may restore auditory function, not only in autoimmune related hearing loss, but other forms of non-autoimmune deafness where steroids are currently prescribed. Research review, case studies, and treatment recommendations are provided. Final topic of discussion is research relating to the stress-relieving possibilities of oxytocin, via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.


friedmanMichael Friedman, ND view bio

Dr. Friedman is a naturopathic physician and medical herbalist. He graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and was adjunct instructor of endocrinology at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is also the founder and director of the Annual Restorative Medicine Conference. Dr. Friedman is the author of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology and co-author of Healing Diabetes. His research on the use of SR T3 has been published by the University Puerto Rico Medical School. Dr. Friedman has lectured at three naturopathic and allopathic medical schools including NCNM, UB, CCNM and at the Dehradun Medical School of Physicians and Surgeons in India. He is currently the Executive Director of the non-profit Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM).

The 2016 Online University Track includes 2.25 hours of lectures from Dr. Friedman on the following topics:

Etiology of Thyroid Dysfunction & Health Implications (.75 hours)
Over 13 million people in the US may have undiagnosed abnormal thyroid function. Thyroid disease rates have escalated significantly since the 1950s. Suboptimal thyroid function influences other systems, leading to chronic diseases which can be relieved through appropriate thyroid management.

Goals and Objectives

  • Review the environmental impact on thyroid function, such as bromine and mercury.
  • Review research on the relationship between inflammation and thyroid disorders
  • Review research on relationship between thyroid function and cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia and depression.

Assessing the HPA Thyroid Axis (.75 hours)
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a complex network of neurological and endocrine interactions that reacts to stress. A feedback system regulates the endocrine glands and influences many other body functions. When one part of the network is disturbed through chronic stress, a domino effect can ensue, causing multiple, seemingly unrelated symptoms. The goal of the practitioner is to accurately identify HPA axis dysfunction and utilize natural therapies to restore balance in the system. We will review research on the efficacy of different treatment modalities such as hormones, cortisone, dexamethasone, and herbs and nutrients.

Thyroid Autoimmune Disease (.75 hours)
Primary care physicians now diagnose thyroid disease routinely, frequently with an autoimmune component. Thyroid complaints include fatigue, weight gain and depression, even despite normal hormone protocols. In this talk, Dr. Friedman will review deficiencies and excesses which can contribute to hypothyroidism as well as treatment considerations and lifestyle measures. This class offers suggestions that doctors can consider when treating symptomatic thyroid patients with Graves and Hashimoto's Disease.


brownstein-smallDavid Brownstein, MD view bio

Dr. Brownstein is a board-certified family physician and is one of the foremost American practitioners of holistic medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Currently, he is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. Dr. Brownstein has authored eight books on natural health and has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success in using natural hormones, and nutritional and holistic therapies in his practice.

The 2016 Online University Track includes 2.5 hours of lectures from Dr. Brownstein on the following topics:

Iodine and Cancer: The Missing Connection (1 hour)
his lecture will describe the relationship between iodine and cancer. Iodine has antioxidant and apoptotic properties that may work to prevent cancer or be used as an adjunctive treatment. Some research suggests that restoring healthy iodine levels can be chemopreventive.

Hashimoto's Disease: Caused or Cured by Iodine (1.5 hours)
This lecture will discuss how iodine deficiency may be related to autoimmune disease. Research will be reviewed to evaluate the role of iodine and whether it is harmful or beneficial in Hashimoto's Disease.


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