2018 Annual Conference

Overview

Join us for the main conference and learn treatment protocols for common chronic conditions. Speakers will share the latest clinical research on nutrition topics, and evaluate the benefits of various therapeutic diet trends. We’ll also address the timely subject of the opioid addiction epidemic with an optional four-hour workshop, and share tips to help family practitioners identify at-risk patients. This information is invaluable for any clinician, regardless of whether addiction treatment is a focus in their practice or not.

Optional educational botanical medicine walks will be offered for those wanting to get back in touch with nature. Lastly, mind-body medicine topics will be featured. Clinicians will learn how to optimize their patients’ wellness by teaching them mind-body therapies such as meditation. More importantly, physicians will have the opportunity to experience such techniques, and personally use these tools for reducing stress and enhancing their satisfaction with practicing medicine.

On the preconference day, there are three options to choose from (see Preconference Day section for details):

  • T3 Certification — Learn to optimize body temperature and thyroid function with hormones, botanicals, and nutrition. Get certified in T3 therapy by taking the optional certification exam at the end of the day.
  • Pain Management Intensive — Become skilled in proven pain treatment protocols that are alternatives to opioids.
  • Vermont Herb Tour — Spend the day with herbal expert Rosemary Gladstar touring two Vermont herb farms and learn more about how herbs are used in botanical medicine.

As always, the Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference prioritizes diversity and inclusion. Please join us for this fun and friendly conference and prepare to leave newly inspired!

Why You Should Attend

T3 certification and thyroid testing and management:

  • Understand potential obstacles to peripheral T4-T3 conversion
  • Understand the connection between body temperature and metabolism
  • Identify thyroid dysfunction even when labs are “normal”

Addressing the opioid epidemic:

  • Natural alternatives for pain treatment including mind-body therapies, botanical medicine, and nutrition
  • Recognizing the signs of addiction
  • Understanding the neurobiology of addiction
  • Natural therapies to support addiction recovery

Nutrition topics:

  • Examining controversies in nutritional research and nutrition trends
  • Ketogenic diets- why and how
  • Identifying and treating SIBO
  • Nutrigenomics for restorative medicine therapies
  • Understanding the interaction between mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, and inflammation

Chronic diseases:

  • Why chronic illness is often rooted in mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Understanding metabolic cardiology — using nutrients, food and energetics to heal
  • Treatments for diastolic dysfunction

Mind-Body Medicine:

  • Using meditation as a tool for treating depression, anxiety, and pain
  • Understanding hidden historical and generational trauma as a cause for physical symptoms
  • Experiential activities in mediation, movement, and breathing exercises

Conference Schedule

Select a day below to see that day’s events. Click on a highlighted lecture title or other event to see a description. Click on a speaker’s name to see his or her biography.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 (Preconference Day)

Time Event/Speaker
7:30- 8:45 a.m. Registration & Exhibits
8:45- 9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Optional Activity —
Vermont Herb Tour
Rosemary Gladstar
9:00- 10:00 a.m. T3 Certification Track —
Testing and Treating Hypothyroidism
Michael Friedman, ND

Pain Management Track —
A MD and ND Collaborative Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
Leigh Arseneau, ND and Jeff Matheson, MD

10:00-10:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
10:30- 11:30 a.m. T3 Certification Track —
Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism
Denis Wilson, MD

Pain Management Track —
A MD and ND Collaborative Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
(continued)

11:30- 12:30 p.m. T3 Certification Track —
Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism
(continued)

Pain Management Track —
Using Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
Sara Lazar, PhD

12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits
2:00-3:00 p.m. T3 Certification Track —
Testing and Treating Hyperthyroidism
Michael Friedman, ND

Pain Management Track —
Using Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
(continued)

3:00-4:00 p.m. T3 Certification Track —
Dosing of Triiodothyronine T3
Denis Wilson, MD

Pain Management Track —
Fibroblasts as Novel Therapeutic Targets in Chronic Inflammation
Jorge Flechas, MD

4:00-4:30 p.m. Break and Exhibits
4:30-5:30 p.m. T3 Certification Track —
Thyroid and Adrenal Botanical Medicines
Jill Stansbury, ND

Pain Management Track —
Fibroblasts as Novel Therapeutic Targets in Chronic Inflammation
(continued)

5:45-6:45 p.m. T3 Certification Track —
T3 Certification Exam

Optional Activity —
Teas and Tinctures Workshop 1
Penelope Beaudrow, RH

Friday, September 28, 2018

Time Event/Speaker
7:30- 8:45 a.m. Registration and Exhibits
8:45- 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:00- 11:00 a.m. General Session —
High Vibrational Living/Metabolic Cardiology: The Segue to Optimum Health
Stephen Sinatra, MD
11:00- 11:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
11:30- 12:30 p.m. General Session —
Nutrition Research Updates — What’s Real, What’s Dubious?
Alan Gaby, MD
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits
Lunch Speaker —
Clinical Update: The Role of K2 in Brain, Mitochondria and Neurons
Kiran Krishnan
Lunch sponsored by Microbiome Labs
2:00-4:00 p.m. Optional Activity —
Burlington Herb Walk
2:00-3:00 p.m. Concurrent Session A —
The Underlying Pathology of Chronic Disease
Debby Hamilton, MD

Concurrent Session B —
SIBO Overview and Treatment Update, Focused on Dietary Implications and Interventions
Mike Stadtmauer, ND

3:00-4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session A —
Berberine and Curcumin: Two Bright Stars for Chronic Conditions
Jill Stansbury, ND

Concurrent Session B —
SIBO Overview and Treatment Update, Focused on Dietary Implications and Interventions
(continued)

4:00-4:45 p.m. Break and Exhibits
4:00-6:00 p.m. Optional Activity —
Burlington Herb Walk
4:45-5:45 p.m. Concurrent Session A —
Pain Management Secrets of an Aging Martial Artist:|Botanical Medicine Protocols for Pain and Inflammation
Eugene R. Zampieron, ND, MH, RH(AHG)

Concurrent Session B —
Think Hormones First: From Birth Trauma to Anti-Aging, A Life Time of Hormone Balance
Carol Petersen, RPh

5:45-7:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Time Event/Speaker
7:00-8:00 a.m. Optional Activity —
Saturday Morning Yoga
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and Exhibits
8:30- 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Session A —
Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
Aaron Van Gaver, ND

Concurrent Session B —
A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain
Todd Born, ND

9:30- 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Session A —
Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
(continued)

Concurrent Session B —
Mycotoxins, the Secret Masquerader: Lyme Disease or Mold?
Andrew Campbell, MD

10:30-11:00 a.m. Break and Exhibits
11:00-12:00 p.m. Concurrent Session A —
Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
(continued)

Concurrent Session B —
Everyday Clinical Application of Telomere and Aging Support
Fred Pescatore, MD

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits
1:30-2:30 p.m. Concurrent Session A —
Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
(continued)

Concurrent Session B —
Adaptogens and Tonic Herbs for Radiant Health and Well Being
Rosemary Gladstar

Concurrent Session C —
Poster Presentations

2:30-3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session A —
Opiate Addiction: Pathophysiology and Herbal Interventions
Jill Stansbury, ND

Concurrent Session B —
Precision Medicine: The Direct Connection of Genomics to Restorative Medicine
Shalesh Kaushal, MD

3:30- 4:15 p.m. Break and Exhibits
4:15 -5:15 p.m. General Session —
Nutrition Research Updates — What’s Real, What’s Dubious? (Part 2)
Alan Gaby, MD
5:15-6:15 p.m. Optional Activity —
Teas and Tinctures Workshop 2
Penelope Beaudrow, RH
8:00-11:00 p.m. Kava Dance Party

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Time Event/Speaker
7:00-8:00 a.m. Networking and Exhibits
8:00- 10:00 a.m. General Session —
Ketones as an Alternative Fuel for the Brain:|Medium Chain Triglycerides and Ketogenic Diets
Mary Newport, MD
10:00-10:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
10:30- 12:30 p.m. General Session —
The Divine Dance: Healing from Historical and Generational Trauma,|Through Movement, Mindfulness and Spirituality
Carol Penn, DO
12:30 p.m. Conference Ends

Sessions

Thursday, September 27

Vermont Herb Tour
2 CE credits
Rosemary Gladstar

Join leading herbalist Rosemary Gladstar on this tour of two Vermont herb farms where medicinal herbs are grown and learn more about how herbs are used in botanical medicine. The tour leaves the Burlington Hilton at 9:00 a.m. and stops first at the White Dove Herbal Sanctuary in Montpelier. After lunch, the tour continues to the Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park. The tour will return to the hotel at approximately 5:30 p.m. Transportation and lunch are provided. Advance registration is required. To sign up for the tour, you must select both the 4-day conference registration and the Vermont Herb Tour extra activity. Tour is limited to 30 participants. There is an additional $50 fee per person.

Testing and Treating Hypothyroidism
1 CME/CE credit (including .5 pharmacology credit)
Michael Friedman, ND

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 published research regarding nutritional deficiencies and excesses which can contribute to hypothyroidism as well as treatment considerations and lifestyle measures. This class offers evidence-based suggestions that doctors can consider when treating symptomatic thyroid patients with Graves and Hashimoto’s Disease.

A MD and ND Collaborative Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
2 CME/CE credits
Leigh Arseneau, ND and Jeff Matheson, MD

One of the top ten reasons patients see a physician is for chronic pain, yet it is one of the most challenging conditions to overcome. It’s important that physicians can offer alternatives to opioids that can effectively manage pain. This is an opportunity for naturopathic and medical doctors to work together to identify the true source of pain and create a protocol which blends both modalities. Dr. Arseneau will provide a template for reviewing and assessing systems to identify the underlying sources of chronic pain. He will present an example of an integrative model and how patients flow through a ND-MD workup to assess neuropathic and inflammatory pain. He will share how they assess, collaborate, decide on treatment order and incorporate drugs with natural products. He will identify the baseline tests and specializes labs to conduct, including genomics. He will present treatment protocols for effective, evidence-based novel natural therapeutics. Dr. Matheson will present and integrative model for treating headaches and migraines. He will present case studies based on decades of experience and share what really works. He’ll present protocols using nutritional interventions, botox, and nerve blocks. He will review the science and nutritional biochemistry of omega fats and nutrients for treating chronic pain.

Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism
2 CME/CE credits (including 1 pharmacology credit)
Denis Wilson, MD

Recent research has demonstrated that much more regulation of the thyroid system occurs in the periphery than previously thought. The hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis is responsible for maintaining an appropriate level of thyroid hormones that the cells can use to provide for normal metabolism. Just as vital, recent research has uncovered thyroid signaling pathways that regulate the thyroid system on a cellular level. The ubiquitin proteasome system controls the level of deiodinase enzyme, thereby determining T4 to T3 conversion. All this crucial intracellular activity is not measured by thyroid blood tests. This might explain why some people have low body temperatures and symptoms of low thyroid function that may warrant the empirical use of T3.

Using Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
2 CME/CE credits
Sara Lazar, PhD

Mindfulness meditation has been gaining popularity over the past few decades, and now commonly appears in corporate settings and other mainstream venues. Despite increased understanding and acceptance, it is sometimes the subject of misinformation, misplaced expectations, and occasional disappointment. Fortunately, research is helping scientists better understand how mindfulness works, and what to expect from practicing mindful meditation. In this engaging presentation, Dr. Lazar will share her firsthand research experience on the topic, and present evidence-based information about how mindfulness meditation can impact brain structure and function. The focus of Part 1 will be on the use of mindfulness for treating anxiety and depression specifically. In Part 2, Dr. Lazar will discuss the use of mindfulness techniques to address chronic pain. She will demonstrate several neuroimaging studies that have begun to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the effects. The data presented will clearly show that meditation uses very different neural pathways as compared to placebo, distraction, and cognitive restructuring. Attendees will enjoy a short experiential guided meditation session to better understand how to apply the concepts in clinical practice.

Testing and Treating Hyperthyroidism
1 CME/CE credit (including .5 pharmacology credit)
Michael Friedman, ND

A little over 1% of the US population has hyperthyroidism, and in older adults, it can be mistaken for depression or dementia. If it goes undiagnosed, it can develop into more severe conditions. This presentation will enhance your diagnostic skills and improve your proficiency in thyroid lab interpretation. You’ll better understand the significance of tests such as FT4, thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI), and thyroglobulin antibodies. Dr. Friedman will share tips for improving differential diagnostic skills for conditions such as subclinical hyperthyroidism, thyrotoxicosis, toxic thyroid adenoma, thyroid autoimmune and more. He’ll review interesting case studies and share clinical pearls on treatments. He’ll explain differences in standard medical therapies versus natural treatments for hyperthyroidism and co-morbidities. This presentation will review evidence-based treatments such as iodine, lithium, carnitine and botanical medicines, and provide protocols that can be implemented Monday morning.

Fibroblasts as Novel Therapeutic Targets in Chronic Inflammation
2 CME/CE credits
Jorge Flechas, MD

Fibroblast are part of the family of connective tissue cells, a group of cells which are important to repair of every tissue and organ in the body. Fibroblasts are essential for life; they are a source for growth factors, but when overactive, can trigger inflammation and pain in many conditions. Excessive fibroblast activity can trigger angiogenesis, and is linked to increased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and liver cirrhosis. Dr. Flechas will present natural ingredients which can help moderate fibroblast activity and reduce pain and inflammation.

Dosing of Triiodothyronine T3
1 CE credit (including 1 pharmacology credit)
Denis Wilson, MD

A simple protocol for the empirical use of T3 in patients with low body temperatures and normal thyroid blood tests will be presented. Crucial principles of dosing and management that are specific to T3 therapy will be discussed and will focus on maximizing the benefit while minimizing the risk of T3 therapy. Doctors will learn how cycling patients on and off T3 can often reset the body temperature so that the temperature and symptoms often remained improved off medicine. This “resetting phenomenon” is a hallmark of T3 therapy for low temperature syndrome. Transitioning patients from T4-containing medicine to T3 will also be discussed.

Thyroid and Adrenal Botanical Medicines
1 CME/CE credit
Jill Stansbury, ND

This session will present current research on botanical medicines aimed at regulating thyroid function. Agents that improve hypothyroid function by increasing iodine uptake and synthesize thyroid hormones will be reviewed, along with agents known to block excessive stimulation of the thyroid in cases of excessive TSH production, or thyroid auto-antibodies. Nutritional and botanical evidence-based protocols for a variety of common thyroid conditions seen in clinical practice will be shared. This presentation will review the signs and symptoms of adrenal cortex and medullar disorders and identify HPA axis dysfunction. Synergism between the adrenal and the thyroid gland, and the “cross talk” between all the endocrine organs will be addressed as an important aspect of treating thyroid diseases.

T3 Certification Exam
Certification in T3 therapy is an excellent means to build your practice, as AARM members who are certified in T3 therapy are indicated in the online member directory. Medical providers can obtain certification in T3 therapy by attending the five required classes in the T3 Certification Track on the preconference day at the Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference, and passing the optional certification exam at the end of the day. There is a $150 exam fee. Advance registration is required.

Teas and Tinctures Workshop 1
While attending this optional “hands on” class, we will make and blend organic herbal preparations. We will extract essential plant properties through various menstrums: teas, tinctures, vinegars, and oils. The workshop will be led by Penelope Beaudrow, registered herbalist. Thanks to a generous donation from Faunus Herbs, each workshop participant will receive a 60ml tincture and some loose tea blended in the workshop. Session is limited to 35 participants. Advance registration is required. Workshop fee is $15 per person.

Friday, September 28

High Vibrational Living/Metabolic Cardiology: The Segue to Optimum Health
2 CME/CE credits (including .5 pharmacology credit)
Stephen Sinatra, MD

Dr. Sinatra, a board-certified cardiologist, will present the emerging field of metabolic cardiology — a perspective which aims to treat heart conditions at the cellular level. Using food and individual nutrients, physicians can provide the body with essential building blocks for energy production and heart repair. Dr. Sinatra will present a unique blend of energetics and evidence-based medicine to restore cardiac function. He will discuss the energetic considerations of cardiac disease and the paradigm of vibrational medicine. He will demonstrate how the vital force, vibrations and mitochondrial energy are all connected, and how nutrients can restore mitochondrial function. He presents scientific research to support cardiovascular protocols using nutrients such as coQ10, carnitine and ribose.

Nutrition Research Updates — What’s Real, What’s Dubious?
2 CME/CE credits
Alan Gaby, MD

The presentation will focus on recently-published, clinically-relevant research on the use of dietary modifications and nutritional supplements for the prevention and treatment of various physical and mental disorders. Research will be used to support or dispute current nutritional approaches typically used by integrative medicine practitioners. This presentation promises to be thought-provoking and may challenge some generally-accepted integrative medicine tenets. Topics to be discussed include: the role of iron deficiency in heart failure; the use of niacinamide for the prevention of skin cancer; the role of gluten intolerance in nephrotic syndrome; and dietary factors for the prevention of osteoporosis. Be sure to bring Dr. Gaby your burning questions on nutrition!

The Underlying Pathology of Chronic Disease
1 CE credit
Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH

As chronic disease rates continue to soar, practitioners need new methods for helping patients. Targeting symptoms can work for short-term issues but not in long-standing illness. Understanding the underlying mechanisms involved in disease development offers long term prevention and treatment strategies. As research focuses more on pathology than symptoms of disease, the interaction between mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, and inflammation has been repeatedly shown to be a major factor. Fortunately, integrative medicine offers research-based treatments able to support mitochondrial function, combat oxidative stress and inflammation, along with improving antioxidant status in the body. In this engaging presentation, Dr. Hamilton will review research on the connection between these pathologic mechanisms and present treatment options for chronic diseases including persistent infections, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and autism, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disease and more.

SIBO Overview and Treatment Update, Focused on Dietary Implications and Interventions
2 CME/CE credits
Mike Stadtmauer, ND

This presentation will provide an overview of the pathophysiology, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of SIBO- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Recent research will be combined with clinical experience to provide the attendee with clinically useful information and protocols that can be put into practice immediately. A large portion of the lecture will be devoted to understanding the role of diet in the etiology, treatment and management of SIBO. We will examine diet as treatment, diet for symptom relief and diet as a long term management and prevention strategy. The elemental diet, the SCD diet, the FODMAP diet and others will be covered in terms of understanding why those diets are helpful in SIBO cases and how best to utilize them practice.

Berberine and Curcumin: Two Bright Stars for Chronic Conditions
1 CME/CE credit
Jill Stansbury, ND

Heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes are all leading causes of death in the United States. Combined, these conditions kill over 1.25 million Americans annually. Berberine and curcumin are two botanical medicine extracts which have shown promise to be beneficial in the aforementioned conditions based on published clinical research. These alkaloid based botanicals are among the most researched herbs with the most extensive historical use. This presentation will review the broad range of clinical applications for these promising herbs, and will assess the potential drug interactions, contraindications, dosage, and safety issues that physicians need to be aware of.

Pain Management Secrets of an Aging Martial Artist:|Botanical Medicine Protocols for Pain and Inflammation
1 CME/CE credit (including .5 pharmacology credit)
Eugene R. Zampieron, ND, MH, RH(AHG)

Whether it’s the elite athlete who tears their ACL, the weekend warrior with delayed onset muscle soreness, or the senior with osteoarthritis — injury and pain are part of life. For the majority of consumers, OTC and prescription NSAIDS, topical menthol preparations {which merely mask the pain}, lidocaine patches, diclofenac sodium, tramadol and opioids are used with reckless abandon and have potential for serious side effects, interactions, nutrient deficiencies, and worse — addiction. Dr. Zampieron, a former football and rugby player, and a middle-aged black belt martial artist, knows firsthand about the challenges of managing pain. Based on his personal experiences, he has created natural pain protocols for himself and his patients to help avoid the typical ‘pharma-pitfalls.’ Dr. Zampieron will discuss how to categorize pain and injury into distinct classes so the practitioner can best choose a herbal protocol for the patient. After discussing individual herbs and their chemistry, he will delve into formulas for herbal ice, Hit wines, herbal Gaos, botanical pain patches, liniments, and effective but forgotten pain formulas developed by the Eclectic physicians in the 1800s, (when opioids were indicated but could not be tolerated by the patient). He will review effective nutraceuticals studied at major universities to deal effectively with pain, trauma, and injury. Dr. Zampieron will provide step-by-step protocol handouts for clinicians, and use his personal stories as case studies for treating pain without pharmaceuticals.

Think Hormones First: From Birth Trauma to Anti-Aging, A Life Time of Hormone Balance
Non CME/CE
Carol Petersen, RPh)

We have, at long last, started to recognize that we can evaluate and support faltering hormone production as we age. However, diminished hormone production or disruption can occur throughout the lifetime. We haven’t found the underlying causes because we haven’t looked. Considering and evaluating hormone deficiencies and excesses should be as standard as performing blood chemistries, differentials, and lipids. This presentation is intended to explain the benefits of routine hormone evaluation, and offer insights for hormone interventions that may prevent years of patient suffering.

Burlington Herb Walk
Visit a natural area in Burlington and go on a walk with a guide who will point out native herbs and discuss how each is used in botanical medicine. These herb walks will take place on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Transportation is provided to and from the Hilton Burlington. Cost is $20 per person. There is a 12 person limit per walk. Advance registration is required.

Saturday, September 29

Saturday Morning Yoga
Lindsay Helwig

This morning yoga class will meet you where you are and offer a chance to stretch, strengthen, and relax. An excellent way to prepare for the day ahead! We will focus on opening the body to relieve tension, with special attention to the hips, hamstrings, and back. Instructor Lindsay Helwig will take you through a gentle progression of poses and end with breathwork and savasana. This class will be held from 7:00-8:00 a.m. Saturday. The cost is free, however advance registration is required. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
4 CME/CE credits
Aaron Van Gaver, ND

This presentation will focus on understanding addiction from a physiological and anatomical perspective. Learn what the dopamine reward system is and how addiction changes the structure and function of a healthy brain. Present an evidence based review on how neurotransmitters are produced, and how important they are for understanding mental illness and addiction. We will review current standard medical treatments and examine the detoxification process for all the substances, including which rehabilitation facilities offer this in the inpatient/outpatient programs. Lastly, this presentation will review the research on natural supportive treatment options for the addict; starting with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and going into botanical herbs, acupuncture and various IV protocols.

A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain
1 CE credit
Todd Born, ND

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million people in the United States and accounts for 20 percent of outpatient visits, 12 percent of all prescriptions, and over 100 billion dollars in direct and indirect expenses. It also comprises 20 to 50 percent of patients seen in primary care. A comprehensive pain evaluation is essential to developing an effective treatment plan. Those individuals with complicated pain pictures, particularly those who are heavily medicated, need a strong, integrated team to improve outcomes and quality of life. This presentation will review treatment options for chronic pain and six major categories they fall into: pharmacologic, physical medicine, behavioral medicine, neuromodulation, interventional, and surgical approaches. Dr. Born will discuss the most common evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological options to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

Mycotoxins, the Secret Masquerader: Lyme Disease or Mold?
1 CME/CE credit
Andrew Campbell, MD

This evidence-based lecture reviews the similarities and differences between patients suffering from Lyme disease and mycotoxicosis. This presentation will explain how to differentiate, diagnose, and treat mycotoxicosis versus Lyme disease. Dr. Campbell will review which tests are best to order to help in diagnosing whether a patient has been affected by Lyme or mycotoxins, followed by a section on treatment, including supplements and probiotics.

Adaptogens and Tonic Herbs for Radiant Health and Well Being
1 CME/CE credit
Rosemary Gladstar

Using herbs and simple common sense practices, you can help patients restore and maintain vitality at any age. We’ll discuss herbs used around the world that have earned a reputation for improving and maintaining energy, vitality, and health. The adaptogenic/tonic herbs are also the foundation of many health protocols for both acute and chronic disorders. Special considerations concerning those in their ‘sageing years’ will be addressed, including herbs for improving eyesight, digestion, bone health, and sexual wellbeing. Rosemary will share her favorite herbs and recipes for longevity and wellbeing.

Opiate Addiction: Pathophysiology and Herbal Interventions
1 CME/CE credit (including .5 pharmacology credit)
Jill Stansbury, ND

There are at least 4 million opiate addicts in the US alone and at least 1.5 million Americans undergo treatment for heroin addiction annually. The success rate for treatment is just 2-5%, and as a result, there are approximately 30,000 to 40,000 opiate-associated deaths per year in the US. The CDC reports that opiate sales, hospital admissions, and opiate overdose deaths have tripled in the last 30 years and now exceed motor vehicle deaths per year. Opiate drugs bind opiate receptors and activate the “reward” sensation, and unfortunately, can become top priority to the addict. As tolerance develops, the addict increases dosages and changes to increasingly dangerous forms of opioid drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. To effectively help the recovering addict, it’s critical to address the underlying pathologies which led to the addiction. By supporting endogenous neurotransmitters, blocking opiate receptors, and supporting adrenal function, it is possible to help reduce some of the symptoms experienced during withdrawal. This presentation will be enlightening for practitioners, regardless of whether or not they treat addictions.

Precision Medicine: The Direct Connection of Genomics to Restorative Medicine
1 CME/CE credit
Shalesh Kaushal, MD

In the last decade, there has been a huge interest in the link between genomic changes, like single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and the association and development of human diseases. These genomic tests have become increasingly less expensive, more rapid, and far more data dense. Given the very large data sets generated by these genomic analyses, the challenge for scientists — and more importantly the practicing clinician — is how to curate the data and present it in a way that is practical and clinically actionable. Herein lies the power of the systems biology approach of functional medicine to provide a method to decipher and organize genomic data. Thus, it is now becoming possible to provide personalized, precision medical treatments for patients. In this presentation, we will discuss some fundamentals of genomic medicine, and how when coupled with diagnostic testing, rational treatment protocols can be developed for individual patients.

Teas and Tinctures Workshop 2
While attending this optional “hands on” class, we will make and blend organic herbal preparations. We will extract essential plant properties through various menstrums: teas, tinctures, vinegars, and oils. The workshop will be led by Penelope Beaudrow, registered herbalist. Rosemary Gladstar will join this session to demonstrate how she prepares several items. Thanks to a generous donation from Faunus Herbs, each workshop participant will receive a 60ml tincture and some loose tea blended in the workshop. Session is limited to 35 participants. Advance registration is required. Workshop fee is $15 per person.

Sunday, September 30

Ketones as an Alternative Fuel for the Brain:|Medium Chain Triglycerides and Ketogenic Diets
2 CME/CE credits
Mary Newport, MD

Ketones are an alternative fuel to glucose for the brain. The brain is capable of easily switching from burning glucose to ketones during fasting, starvation, with ketogenic diets, and use of medium chain triglycerides and exogenous ketone supplements. The classic ketogenic diet began use as a successful treatment for drug resistant childhood epilepsy in the early 1920s and is still in use today for that purpose and more recently to treat other conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (now known as a type of diabetes of the brain), Parkinson’s, other neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, and cancer. The Paleo and Mediterranean diets are technically not ketogenic diets but can easily provide the foundation for a ketogenic diet. Attendees will learn the similarities and differences between the classic ketogenic diet originally used for epilepsy, the modifications of the ketogenic diet, the Paleo diet and Mediterranean diet. Other strategies to increase ketone levels will be discussed including exercise, overnight and intermittent fasting, branched chain amino acids, caffeine and exogenous ketone supplements, such as ketone salts and ketone esters. Differences between medium chain and longer chain triglycerides will be discussed, as well as the special properties of lauric acid. Common concerns will be addressed, such as whether this approach can be used for prevention of Alzheimer’s, whether these approaches can cause ketoacidosis and whether the high fat content of the ketogenic diet is a problem. Instructive handouts will be provided and case reports will be presented as well as other small studies which have shown positive results for treating Alzheimer’s disease. This presentation will equip clinicians to implement ketogenic diets into their treatment protocols starting Monday morning.

The Divine Dance: Healing from Historical and Generational Trauma,|Through Movement, Mindfulness and Spirituality
2 CME/CE credits
Carol Penn, DO

The first tenet of Osteopathic Medicine is that the body is a self-regulating unit, composed of mind, body, and spirit. Persons who are living with or who have inherited historical and generational trauma often hide in their bodies hurt, humiliation, fear, and shame. This manifests itself in a myriad of physical signs and symptoms, such as obesity, depression, headaches, and anxiety. It may take on addictive qualities and show up as substance abuse or alcohol abuse, and perhaps binging on sex, gambling and food. These conditions may be difficult to fully resolve without understanding their origin. Dr. Penn draws from her extensive training in medicine, spirituality, and dance to help clinicians heal and help them be better healers. She demonstrates how to help create a safe place to let deep wounds be explored and released, using modalities such as meditation, dance, deep breathing, and movement. Research shows that by addressing the deeper underlying causes of physical symptoms, it sets the stage for transformation and healing by connecting mind, body, and spirit. There will be experiential opportunities to learn forgiveness meditation, chaotic breathing, and embodied joy, an expressive meditation involving dancing. Attendees will feel prepared to implement these new tools Monday morning. She will also review the United Nations 17 Goals for Sustainable Development to expand unity consciousness, which includes: addressing issues of education, growth, and inequality for persons with disabilities; peace and justice; and gender equality.

Speakers

Leigh Arseneau, ND
Dr. Arseneau is a naturopathic physician who specializes in integrative medicine. Based in Ontario, he is the director of the Centre for Advanced Medicine, the chief naturopathic physician for the Canadian Center for Integrative Medicine, and a medical advisor for the Centre for Restorative Medicine. Dr. Arseneau is a contributing author of the 12th edition of the A4M textbook where he co-authored a chapter on integrative management of fibromyalgia. Dr. Arseneau has worked as policy advisor for the government of Ontario. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the editorial board for the Journal of Restorative Medicine and a past peer reviewer for the Integrated Healthcare Practitioners Journal. Dr. Arseneau has co-authored several research papers on the benefits of natural hormone therapy, essential fatty acids, thyroid treatment, and integrative pain management. He has also conducted over 100 lectures for patients and physicians alike and has appeared as a guest speaker on national and local television broadcasts.

Penelope Beaudrow, RH
Penelope is an educator and registered herbalist who earned her diploma from the Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia. She has had a career with herbs for the past two decades; from “the field to bottle” in all aspects of the natural products industry. She is product development specialist and herbal educator at Faunus Herbs. Penelope is also a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine, moderator at the Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference, and past organizer of this conference for 10 years. She is also the founder of The Ginkgo Tree, a small herbal business located on her family farm, Dogwood & Brambles (designated as a United Plant Savers botanical sanctuary).

Todd Born, ND
Dr. Born is a naturopathic doctor with a strong interest in treating neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. He is co-owner and medical director of Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc., in Alameda, California. Dr. Born graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle and completed his residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and its 13 teaching clinics, with rotations at Seattle-area hospitals. He has been published in Naturopathic Doctor, News and Reviews, Townsend Letter, Integrative Medicine Alert, and the Natural Nutmeg.

Andrew Campbell, MD
Dr. Campbell trained at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida and at the Medical College of Georgia before moving to Houston, Texas, where he was the medical director of the Medical Center for Immune and Toxic Disorders for over 20 years. He has held various leadership positions in hospitals in Houston. Dr. Campbell served on the admissions committee for the University of Texas Medical School and as a faculty member. He founded the St. John Vianney Clinic for the indigent 27 years ago. He has served as president or vice-president of a number of medical organizations, both national and international. He has also been editor-in-chief, co-editor, associate editor and on the editorial board of several medical journals. He is currently the editor-in-chief of two peer reviewed and indexed medical journals. Dr. Campbell has received awards from many organizations, both medical and consumer, national and international. Dr. Campbell has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and medical textbook chapters.

Jorge Flechas, MD
Dr. Flechas is the medical director of Flechas Family Practice in Hendersonville, North Carolina. In addition to family practice, Dr. Flechas’ subspecialities include iodine Therapy for thyroid and breast disorders, natural hormone replacement for both men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of cardiac-related issues such as coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. Dr. Flechas was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He majored in physics at Southern Missionary College in Tennessee and achieved both his doctorate in medicine (1977) and his masters degree in public health (1979) from Loma Linda University in California. As an internationally sought-after speaker, Dr. Flechas regularly speaks at medical conferences. His lectures have informed many doctors on new and effective treatment protocols for a wide spectrum of medical disorders.

Michael Friedman, ND
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).

Alan Gaby, MD
Dr. Gaby received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, his MS in biochemistry from Emory University, and his MD from the University of Maryland. He is past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association and gave expert testimony to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the cost-effectiveness of nutritional supplements. He is the author of numerous books and scientific papers in the field of nutritional medicine. He was professor of nutrition and a member of the clinical faculty at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, from 1995 to 2002. In 2011, he completed a 30-year project, the textbook Nutritional Medicine, and has recently completed the updated second edition of the book.

Rosemary Gladstar
Rosemary Gladstar is a star figure in the field of modern herbalism, internationally-renowned for her technical knowledge and stewardship in the global herbalist community. She has been learning, teaching, and writing about herbs for over 45 years and is the author of 11 books. Her work includes Medicinal Herbs; a Beginners Guide, Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being, The Science and Art of Herbalism, an extensive home study course, and the recently-published Herbal Healing for Men. She is the founding president of United Plant Savers, and founder and former director of both the International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is also the co-founder and original formulator of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. Rosemary works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary — a 500-acre botanical preserve in Central Vermont (www.sagemountain.com).

Debby Hamilton, MD
Dr. Hamilton is a board certified pediatrician with a focus on treating autism and ADHD. After researching more than 600 references, she wrote the book Preventing Autism and ADHD: Controlling Risk Factors, Before, During and After Pregnancy. Dr. Hamilton founded Holistic Pediatric Consulting in Colorado in 2005. Her practice used an integrative focus to treat chronic diseases such as autism and ADHD. Although she began treating only children, her practice led to treatment of parents who often have similar medical issues as their children. By using functional medical testing, she could evaluate the underlying mechanisms involved in chronic diseases such as inflammation, immune deficiencies, and mitochondrial dysfunction.

Shalesh Kaushal, MD
Dr. Kaushal obtained his BS degree at Yale University in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. Subsequently, he completed his MD at John Hopkins and PhD at MIT with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Har Gobind Korana. He then completed his residency at the Doheny Eye Institute/USC Department of Ophthalmology and his surgical retina fellowship at the Washington University St. Louis/Barnes Retina Institute. He then spent an additional year at Moorfields Eye Institute and at the Institute of Ophthalmology in London. While at the University of Florida, he was the Richardson II Chair and head of the retina division. Dr. Kaushal established the clinical and surgical retina division, recruited physicians, trained residents, surgical fellows as well as mentored undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, post-docs in his research lab. Further, he organized an annual retina symposium and that attracted many key leaders both in the US and internationally.

Kiran Krishnan
Kiran is a microbiologist who has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 15 years. He comes from a traditional research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Over the past 10 years Kiran has focused his knowledge and experience on developing unique and effective nutritional products for well-known brands in the dietary supplement market.

Sara Lazar, PhD
Dr. Lazar is an associate researcher in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She is a contributing author to Meditation and Psychotherapy (Guilford Press). She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD, and her work has been featured in a display at the Boston Museum of Science.

Jeff Matheson, MD
Dr. Matheson obtained an HBSc (Biochem) degree from University of Western Ontario, followed by a his MDCM Degree (Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery) from McGill University in 1991. He was a full-time emergency room physician for 15 years, medical director of Med-Emerg, Inc. from 1998-2013, and is the founder of CPM Medical Clinics (pain management) which became the largest provider of pain management in Canada from 2005 to present, setting standards to which all clinics must be certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario. He has trained over 70 physicians in the practice of pain management, and established the Headache, Migraine and Pain Treatment Centre in Ajax in October 2013 — a new, non-narcotic approach to pain management using neuroplasticity principles.

Mary Newport, MD
Dr. Newport grew up in Cincinnati and was educated at Xavier University and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, both in Cincinnati. She is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology, and completed her training at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, and Medical University Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. She practiced neonatology in Florida for 30 years and was founding medical director of two newborn intensive care units in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Newport currently provides home visits to sick and homebound patients in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Dr. Newport was caregiver for 15 years for her husband Steve Newport, who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease and died in January 2016. She is author of three books: Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones; The Coconut Oil and Low Carb Solution for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Other Diseases; and The Complete Book of Ketones which will be published in 2019. She has been an invited speaker throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, and countries in Europe and Asia on the subject of ketones as an alternative fuel for the brain.

Carol Penn, DO
Dr. Penn, board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine, brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise in mind-body medicine and the movement sciences. Her diverse education includes a BS in dance education from New York University, MA in humanities from New York University, and DO from Rowan University in Stratford, New Jersey. Dr. Penn most recently served as the acting medical director for quality community health care, a federally qualified health center in Philadelphia, and is currently a staff physician with Integrated Medical Alliance of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. During her residency in family medicine, she served as chief resident in family practice medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital/North Philadelphia Hospital System (2012-2013). She has also been a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; a faculty member at the Center for Mind Body Medicine, Washington, DC; mind-body skills group facilitator; nationally certified health, wellness, and fitness coach (Wellcoaches Inc.); certified yoga instructor; member of the National QiGong Association; reiki master/teacher; and health correspondent for WURD900 AM radio.

Fred Pescatore, MD
After graduating from medical school at Columbia University, Dr. Pescatore studied in Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Africa, and Europe. Prior to opening his own practice, for five years, Dr. Pescatore was the associate medical director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine working with Dr. Robert C. Atkins. He is a consultant for many dietary supplement companies and has been instrumental in developing and clinically testing many of the leading nutritional products. He is the former president of the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists, a member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, and belongs to many other professional organizations.

Carol Petersen, RPh
Carol is an accomplished compounding pharmacist with decades of experience helping patients improve their quality of life through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy with Women’s International Pharmacy. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and is a certified nutritional practitioner. Carol’s passion to optimize health and commitment to compounding is evident in her involvement with organizations including the International College of Integrated Medicine and the American College of Apothecaries. She was also the founder and first chair for the Compounding Special Interest Group with the American Pharmacists Association.

Stephen Sinatra, MD
Dr. Sinatra is a board-certified cardiologist and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. He is certified as a bioenergetic psychotherapist, and is a nutrition and anti-aging specialist. In 1987, Dr. Sinatra founded the New England Heart Center. Through it, he became a well-known advocate of combining conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging, and psychological therapies. He is the founder of heartmdinstitute.com, an informational website dedicated to promoting public awareness of integrative medicine as well as vervana.com a website focused on high vibrational living and foods.

Mike Stadtmauer, ND
Dr. Stadtmauer received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine, as well as a masters of science in oriental medicine, from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2000. He has served as clinic director and classroom instructor at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in North Carolina and maintained a private practice there before relocating to Vermont in 2010. He is currently the owner and director of Vermont Naturopathic Clinic in South Burlington and offers primary and specialist naturopathic services focused on helping people understand and treat their GI, thyroid/adrenal, and auto-immune disorders from a root cause and naturopathic perspective.

Jill Stansbury, ND
Dr. Stansbury has practiced in Southwestern Washington for more than 25 years specializing in women’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. Dr. Stansbury is the former chair of the Botanical Medicine Program at the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and remains on the faculty teaching natural products chemistry, botanical influences on cell biology, ethnobotany field courses, and other miscellaneous topics in herbal medicine. She is publishing a new series of herbal reference books titled Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals. She writes for numerous professional journals plus teaches around the country at a variety of medical and herbal conferences. She frequently travels to the Peruvian Amazon, studying South American plants and working with various tribes in the jungles of Manu and Iquitos.

Aaron Van Gaver, ND
Dr. Van Gaver completed his undergraduate degree in biomedical toxicology at the University of Guelph where he worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a pharmaceutical chemist for a short period of time. Following this, he completed his naturopathic medicine diploma from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, which then brought him to Vancouver for a two-year associateship. He taught at BINM as faculty chair. He also earned a CCAC (Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor) in Vancouver. He currently practices family medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia, and trains physicians in addiction counseling with his program Project Starlight.

Denis Wilson, MD
Dr. Wilson graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1985 and trained in family practice. Dr. Wilson specializes in optimizing peripheral thyroid function, body temperature, and well-being. Working with more than 5,000 patients, he has developed a new simplified paradigm for thyroid management and was the first doctor to use sustained-release liothyronine. Over 20 years, he has educated more than 2,500 physicians about the use of sustained-release liothyronine for patients with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature despite having normal blood tests. His novel treatment of using sustained-release T3 is now standard of care with a subsection of physicians practicing complementary and alternative medicine and his work is being taught in naturopathic medical schools. Dr. Wilson is the author of three books, including the extensively referenced Evidence-Based Approach to Restoring Thyroid Health. He is also the co-founder of an herbal supplement company that focuses on restoring health with certified organic formulas.

Eugene R. Zampieron, ND, MH, RH(AHG)
Dr. Zampieron has almost 30 years of experience as a licensed naturopathic physician, professional herbalist, tropical ethnobotanical researcher, botanical formulations inventor, professor, educator, internationally known author, lecturer, spokesman, and radio personality. His most recent book is titled Supplements for Pain: Comprehensive Natural Help for Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and other Inflammatory Conditions. Dr. Z, as he is known to his students and audiences, is one of the founding fathers of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, the first accredited naturopathic medical college on the US Eastern seaboard. Dr. Z has trained hundreds of naturopathic doctors and physicians internationally with his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and is steward of the college’s medicinal plant garden. An amusing, dynamic and exciting lecturer, he often presents at conferences on rheumatology, autoimmunity, men’s health, pain management, and science-based natural medicine. Dr. Z was named one of the best and most innovative naturopathic doctors for 2016 by the Canadian Naturopathic Doctors Development Center and practices in Woodbury, Connecticut and at the University of Bridgeport Naturopathic Medical Clinic. He does regular radio programs on WPKN, WUSB, and Gary Null’s Progressive Radio Network, and hosts one of the longest running Reggae programs in the US on WUSB.FM, Rockin Iration, since 1982. He loves gardening, tropical plants, all things Jamaican, and is a black belt in multiple martial arts forms. His websites are www.DrZnaturally.com, www.EcoToursforCures.com and https://www.facebook.com/ecotoursforcuresjamaica/

Preconference Day

Vermont Herb Tour with Rosemary Gladstar

Join leading herbalist Rosemary Gladstar on this tour of two Vermont herb farms where medicinal herbs are grown and learn more about how herbs are used in botanical medicine. The tour leaves the Burlington Hilton at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 27 and stops first at the White Dove Herbal Sanctuary in Montpelier. After lunch, the tour continues to the Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park. The tour will return to the hotel at approximately 5:30 p.m. Transportation and lunch are provided. Advance registration is required. To sign up for the tour, you must select both the 4-day conference registration and the Vermont Herb Tour extra activity. Tour is limited to 30 participants and 2 CE credits for the full day. There is an additional $50 fee per person.

Natural Pain Management: Alternatives to Opioids

Over 100 million Americans are are being treated for chronic pain and it is one of the top ten reasons patients see a physician. Opioids were once the go-to solution for these patients, but with increased concern about side effects and addiction, many are searching for effective alternatives. This full-day preconference track will share proven pain treatment protocols ranging from meditation, to mediating fibroblast activity, to natural ingredients for chronic neuropathic and inflammatory pain. A MD-ND team will demonstrate how physicians can work together to provide optimal care for their patients. Attendees will learn clinical skills to assess and address the root causes of chronic pain and provide their patients with safe and effective long- term solutions.

Certification In T3 Therapy: Optimize Body Temperature and Thyroid Function with Hormones, Botanicals and Nutrition

Denis Wilson, MD
Michael Friedman, ND

Attend the T3 Certification track on Thursday, when clinicians will gain a better understanding of the connection between thyroid dysfunction and low body temperature. Dr. Denis Wilson will explain why T4 to T3 conversion may be compromised in peripheral tissue, and how that can trigger a multitude of chronic symptoms. Treatment protocols will be provided for low body temperature symptoms. The T3 Certification exam will be offered at the end of the day.

Benefits of T3 Certification
Each year, more than 50,000 potential patients visit the AARM website looking for a provider certified in T3 therapy to treat low body temperature. Certification in T3 therapy is an excellent means to build your practice, as AARM members who are certified in T3 therapy are indicated in the online member directory. Medical providers can obtain certification in T3 therapy by attending the five required classes in the T3 Certification Track on the preconference day at the Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference, and passing the optional certification exam at the end of the day. The T3 Certification Track provides:

  • Evidence-based review of low body temperature and associated symptoms
  • Treatment protocols for optimizing thyroid health and body temperatures
  • Protocols for triiodothyronine (T3), botanicals, and nutritional medicines to support the thyroid system
  • Identify appropriate testing methods and ideal hormone levels
  • Identify hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction and its role in serum glucose imbalance, MS, depression, and arthritis
  • Use of botanicals, nutrients, and lifestyle factors to restore adrenal insufficiency and HPA balance

In the video below, Dr. Wilson discusses Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome and Certification in T3 Therapy.

Optional Activities

Herbal Preparations – Teas and Tinctures Workshop

While attending this optional “hands on” class, we will make and blend organic herbal preparations. We will extract essential plant properties through various menstrums: teas, tinctures, vinegars, and oils. The workshop will be led by Penelope Beaudrow, registered herbalist. Thanks to a generous donation from Faunus Herbs, each workshop participant will receive a 60ml tincture and some loose tea blended in the workshop. This event will be repeated twice during the conference:

  • Thursday, 5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Each session is limited to 35 participants. Advance registration is required. Workshop fee is $15 per person.

Vermont Herb Tour with Rosemary Gladstar

Join leading herbalist Rosemary Gladstar on this tour of two Vermont herb farms where medicinal herbs are grown and learn more about how herbs are used in botanical medicine. The tour leaves the Burlington Hilton at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 27 (the preconference day) and stops first at the White Dove Herbal Sanctuary in Montpelier. After lunch, the tour continues to the Zack Woods Herb Farm in Hyde Park. The tour will return to the hotel at approximately 5:30 p.m. Transportation and lunch are provided. Advance registration is required. To sign up for the tour, you must select both the 4-day conference registration and the Vermont Herb Tour extra activity. Tour is limited to 30 participants and 2 CE credits for the full day. There is an additional $50 fee per person.

Burlington Herb Walks

Visit a natural area in Burlington and go on a walk with a guide who will point out native herbs and discuss how each is used in botanical medicine. These herb walks will take place on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Transportation is provided to and from the Hilton Burlington. Cost is $20 per person. There is a 12 person limit per walk. Advance registration is required.

Saturday Morning Yoga

This morning yoga class will meet you where you are and offer a chance to stretch, strengthen, and relax. An excellent way to prepare for the day ahead! We will focus on opening the body to relieve tension, with special attention to the hips, hamstrings, and back. Instructor Lindsay Helwig will take you through a gentle progression of poses and end with breathwork and savasana. This class will be held from 7:00-8:00 a.m. Saturday. The cost is free, however advance registration is required. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Recreation and Entertainment

Burlington, Vermont is a small city (population 42,000) with some large accolades, including these:

  • #2 Among America’s 10 Great Places to Live — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • #3 In Top 10 Downtowns — Livability.com Magazine
  • Top 10 Cities for Outdoor Recreation — Outside Magazine
  • Prettiest Town in America — Forbes.com
  • Healthiest City in the USA — US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Third-funkiest City in the World — British Airways’ magazine Highlife
  • No.2 Happiest and No.4 Healthiest Place to Live in the U.S. — Self Magazine

What makes Burlington so special? The city offers a small-scale urban lifestyle combined with excellent access to outdoor recreation. Burlington is located on the shore of Lake Champlain, the 13th largest lake in the U.S. Water sports such as boating and fishing are minutes away. Major ski areas are one to two hours away. World-class hiking is also near by.

What To Do In Burlington

Late September is an excellent time to visit Burlington and the state of Vermont. The days are still warm enough to enjoy watersports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing. Rentals for all of these are available on the waterfront, just steps from the conference hotel. If you’d rather recreate on dry land, Burlington’s paved bike path runs for miles along the shore of Lake Champlain with spectacular views around every turn. Bike rentals are available on the waterfront near the hotel.

Shopping, restaurants, and entertainment abound at the Church Street Marketplace, an outdoor pedestrian mall three blocks from the hotel. The Spirit of Ethan Allen cruise ship offers daily narrated tours on Lake Champlain, leaving from its dock on the waterfront just one block from the hotel. The Vermont Comedy Club, only two blocks from the Hilton Burlington, offers nightly shows with local and nationally-known comedians.

Vermont is world-famous for its brilliant fall foliage, and while the leaves are usually still green in the Burlington area in late September, the annual color show should be underway in the northern part of the state, less than a two-hour drive from Burlington. Go for a hike on one of the many well-maintained trails that cross Vermont’s mountains and enjoy the fall splendor.

Watch the video below to see what Burlington has to offer visitors.

Registration

AARM members receive a 20% discount on registration rates. If you are not already an AARM member, you can join for just US$49 per year before registering and immediately receive the 20% member discount. The instant savings is more than the cost of membership in most cases, plus you will receive other member benefits the rest of the year! All prices below are in US dollars.

Registration Prices

4-Day registration is Thursday-Sunday and includes the Preconference Day. Earn up to 22 CME/CE credits from the live conference.
3-Day registration is Friday-Sunday. Earn up to 16 CME/CE credits from the live conference.

Type Before August 1 After August 1
4-Day Regular $525 $725
4-Day AARM Member $420 $580
4-Day Student/2018 Grad $200 $200

3-Day Regular $450 $600
3-Day AARM Member $360 $480
3-Day Student/2018 Grad $150 $150

What’s Included: Registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, CME/CE credits, and electronic download of presenter slides. Also included are the Friday evening networking reception and the Saturday evening kava dance party.

Special Rates For New Grads and Students: To qualify for the 2018 grad rate, you must have graduated from a medical school or other training program for health care professionals in 2018. To qualify for the student rate, you must be currently enrolled in a medical school or other training program for health care professionals and have a student ID.

Optional Items

During registration, you will have the option to purchase these items:

T3 Certification Exam — $150
Taking the certification exam requires attending all sessions of the preconference T3 Certification Track on Thursday, September 27.

Printed Conference Proceedings Book — $100
The printed conference proceedings book contains slides for the entire conference, with room for making notes. Pre-ordered books will be available at the check-in desk.

Conference Session Recordings Set — $250
Order during registration and receive a 50% discount off the post-conference price of $500. If you purchase this option, recordings from the entire conference will be available in your online account about four to six weeks after the conference.

Webcast

Can’t make it to Vermont for the 2018 Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference? You can still participate remotely from your home or office by registering for our webcast.

During the conference we will be webcasting the following:

  • The Pain Management Track on the Preconference Day
  • All general sessions
  • Selected breakout sessions (TBD)

If you are registered for the webcast, you will be able to watch educational sessions live over the Internet and ask questions via email. If you cannot watch a session live, you will be able to access the archived recording at your convenience for up to one year after the conference. Webcast registration includes electronic download of presenters’ slides.

Up to 22 CME/CE credits are available via the webcast. To receive CME credits via the webcast, you must watch each session live. CE credits are available by either watching live or viewing recordings. For more details about credits, see the credits section.

Webcast Registration Fees

Type Price
Webcast Regular $750
Webcast AARM Member $600
Webcast Student/2018 Grad $300

Technical Requirements: What You’ll Need

You can watch the webcast on any computer or mobile device with a web browser and Internet access. This includes desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. For smartphones, we recommend watching via Wifi and not a cellular network. You will not need any software other than your regular web browser. Before viewing the webcast, we recommend that you make sure your web browser is up to date. Your Internet connection should be fast enough to handle streaming video. If you can watch YouTube videos at the 360p quality setting without any buffering or lag, this should be sufficient for the webcast. If you have any questions about how the webcast works and what is needed to participate, please email conferences@restorativemedicine.org.

CME/CE Credits

CE Credits
22 CE credits (including 5 pharmacology credits) are pending approval by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine and the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Guarantee: If CE credits are not approved, you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund. In addition to the CE credits from the live conference, up to 8 CE credits are available (for NDs) by watching recorded lectures in the Online University post-conference (see Online University section for more info).

Approved for 22 CE for Integrative and Functional Medicine Registered Dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

CME Credits
This Live activity, 2018 Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference, with a beginning date of 09/27/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 22.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency:
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Other practitioners: Most states’ regulatory agencies accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and providers should check with their state board regarding use of CME credit.

Vermont Act 173
Vermont Practitioners: Fulfill your required 2 continuing medical education credits related to controlled substances.

Courses related to the 2016 Vermont Act 173 for controlled substances cover two of the required topics:
— Risk assessment for abuse or addiction
— Pharmacological and nonpharmacological alternatives to opioids for managing pain

Conference courses to choose from to fulfill CME related to Act 173:
— Two hours of classes on pharmacological and natural treatments for pain during the Pain Management Track on September 27.
— One hour class on natural pain management on September 28.
— Five hours of classes on identifying patients with addiction and treatment protocols on September 29.
See schedule for detailed descriptions.

CME approval for this conference will apply to the following medical professionals in the US: MD, DO, FNP, PA, RN, NDs in all states, including California; NDs in Canada; and DCs (in some states). If you have questions about CME/CE credits, email jen@restorativemedicine.org

Hotel and Travel

The conference is being held at the Hilton Burlington, located on the shore of Lake Champlain with panoramic views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains. The hotel is adjacent to Burlington’s Waterfront Park and three blocks from the lively Church Street Marketplace outdoor pedestrian mall.

Guest room rates:

  • City view rooms — $209 per night single/double.
  • Lake view rooms — $239 per night single/double.

Group rates may be available up to three days before or after the conference. Room rates do not include taxes. Parking at the city-owned garage adjacent to the hotel is $8 per day. If you check out before the departure date on the reservation, there is an early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate.

The deadline for making reservations at the group rate is Monday, August 27. There are a limited number of rooms available at the group rate, so make your reservations early. After registering for the conference, the link for making online reservations will be emailed to you.

Do you want to share a room? Use our roomsharing message forum to find other conference attendees interested in sharing guest rooms at the Hilton Burlington.

Getting to Burlington

Burlington International Airport (BTV) is less than four miles or a 15-minute ride from the conference site. The Hilton Burlington offers a complimentary airport shuttle. Taxi fare to the hotel is about $13. Uber’s one-way estimated fare is $10-$13.

Direct flights to Burlington are available from all three New York City airports, Washington, DC airports (Dulles and National), as well as Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, and Chicago. Burlington is served by JetBlue, United, Delta, and American airlines. The nearest airports served by Southwest Airlines are Albany, NY and Manchester, NH (each about a three-hour drive from Burlington).

Amtrak’s Vermonter train runs daily between the Burlington area, New York City, and Washington, DC. The Amtrak station is about eight miles from the hotel, with an Uber one-way estimated fare of $14-$18. Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express train runs daily between New York City and Rutland, Vermont, which is about a 90-minute drive from Burlington.

If you wish to drive to Burlington, the city is easily accessible via Interstate 89. Burlington is about a four-hour drive from the Boston area and about a six-hour drive from New York City.

Meals

A healthy buffet lunch is served each day of the conference, except Sunday. Breakfast and dinner are on your own each day. Conference meals will include organic, free-range, and locally-sourced food whenever possible. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free meals will be available.
Preliminary conference menu (subject to change)

Online University

8 CE total/6 Pharmacology CE
After the 2018 Annual International Restorative Medicine Regional Conference, you can earn up to 8 additional CE credits (for NDs), including 6 Pharmacology CE, from the Online University, which is included in the registration fee. You will receive a link to listen to the below recordings at your convenience. Simply watch the recorded seminars and take a short online quiz to receive your additional credits. The Online University includes the following:

The Brain and Wellbeing: Addressing Inflammation with Neuroendocrine Corrections
Erin Lommen, ND

(2 hours, 1 general CE and 1 Pharmacology CE)
Neurological Fitness is an area that is rapidly evolving. Inflammation is recognized as the underlying basis of a vast number of conditions and diseases. The neurological impact is profound. The integral relationship between the HPA axis (adrenal) and inflammation is direct. Utilizing markers which assesses the allostatic load on the system, and brings treatment recommendations into focus is invaluable for the integrative medicine practitioner.

By the year 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics reported that Alzheimer’s disease had surpassed diabetes as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. A test as simple as the salivary adrenal/HPA axis panel reveals that we can identify early stages of dementia prior to the onset of actual dementia diagnosis and Alzheimer’s.

Learn about accurate assessment of these inflammatory and neuroendocrine markers which will define treatment and prevention. Understand which hormones are neuroprotective (Estradiol, Progesterone etc.), and which ones can have a negative impact on brain health and aging (stress hormones; glucocorticoids). Learn about the most common neurodegenerative diseases in light of neurotransmitter levels, hormone levels and HPA Axis dysfunction. Discover how to optimize and physiologically balance of all of these parameters.

Teen Use and Effects of Combined Hormonal Contraception
Jerilynn Prior MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM

(1 hour, 1 CE/ 1 Pharmacology)
Positive and negative effects on bone mineral density (BMD) have been described as a result of the premenopausal use of oral contraceptives (OCs); increased fracture rates have also been reported. Research suggest that oral contraceptives could halt osteoblast activity and prevent bone formation, particularly in teen girls and young women. It isn’t clear if the cause is due to increased rate of bone loss or if bone building is being suppressed, or both. Dr. Prior will share her research on this topic and help physicians understand how to best help their young female patients regarding birth control.

Progesterone as Women’s Bone-Anabolic Hormone—New Approaches to Osteoporosis Management
Jerilynn Prior MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM

(1 hour, 1 CE/ 1 Pharmacology CE)
Dr. Prior has conducted research that seriously challenges estrogen’s key role in preventing bone loss. Her research confirms that estrogen’s role in combating osteoporosis is only a minor one. In her study of female athletes, she found that osteoporosis occurred to the degree that the athletes became progesterone-deficient, even though their estrogen levels remained normal. She will review her research with non-athletic women, and showing the same results. While both of these groups of women were menstruating they had anovulatory (non-ovulating), cycles, and were thus deficient in progesterone. As a result of her extensive research, she confirmed that it is not only estrogen…but progesterone which is the key bone-building hormone. Such studies seriously challenge the estrogen deficiency-osteoporosis link.

The Adjuvant Use of Natural Hormone Therapy in Clinical Practice
Clare Westmacott, MD, CCFP, MD MFHom (UK)

(1.5 hours) 1.5 pharmacology CE
Summary: Dr. Westamacott draws from his extensive clinical experience with hormone balancing to provide an in-depth review of hormone interactions, treatment, and clinical outcomes. He reviews the research regarding natural hormone safety and cancer risk, and natural hormone prescribing rules, principles and caveats. He explains the role of adrenals in relationship to hormone balance and pre- and post-menopausal symptoms. Dr. Westmacott will share case studies of patients with hormone imbalances, and their tests, treatments and outcomes.

Using Serum TSH as Biological Index of Thyroid Function
Antonio Bianco MD, PhD

(.75 hour total CE/ .5 Pharmacology)
The negative feedback loop between circulating thyroid hormone and the neuroendocrine system (hypothalamus and pituitary gland) is the fundamental mechanism preserving thyroid hormone homeostasis. During iodine deficiency, there is decreased synthesis of thyroid hormone that leads to a reduction in plasma thyroxine (T4), rapidly activating secretion of hypothalamic thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) and pituitary thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which stimulates the thyroid to grow and normalize thyroid hormone synthesis and secretion. As with T4, a reduction in plasma 3,5,3′-triiodothyronine (T3), the biologically active thyroid hormone, also triggers the feedback mechanism and activates TRH and TSH secretion. A focus will be placed on understanding the appropriate tests required to diagnose hypothyroidism and how to restore hormonal balance through evidence based therapy with combination therapy including levothyroxine and liothyronine.

Research Review on Hormone Therapies
Neal Rouzier, MD

(.75 total CE/ .5 Pharmacology)
There is tremendous scientific support in medical literature demonstrating the benefits of hormone optimization which is termed antiaging, longevity, or simply preventive medicine. Preventative medicine has gained public acceptance but continues to be ignored by many physicians. Understanding the effects of hormone imbalance and the importance of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from a scientific stand point is key in optimizing patient health. Peer reviewed medical research will be extensively discussed to demonstrate what is known or not known in our literature. This new trend in medicine will be reviewed and analyzed as to the validity of the claims and importance of implementing this therapy in medical practice.

Treatment for Men’s Hormones
Neal Rouzier, MD

(1 hours total CE/ .5 Pharmacology)
As men age, testosterone levels naturally decline. This module will review the common symptoms of age-related testosterone decline sometimes referred to as “andropause”. These symptoms include (but are not limited to) decreased muscle mass, increased body fat, and lower libido. We will cover various evidence-based therapies that can increase testosterone in this population, resulting in better overall health and fitness. You will learn about how to monitor other hormones and parameters during the course of treatment, and be presented with current evidence regarding the safety of testosterone-increasing therapies, and how to effectively prescribe it to your aging male patients.

Online Faculty

Antonio Bianco MD, PhD
Dr. Bianco is a professor of medicine and chief of the division of endocrinology and metabolism at Rush University Medical Center. He is a physician scientist working in the thyroid field, in both basic and clinical investigation. He obtained his MD, PhD in human physiology, and clinical training in endocrinology in São Paulo, Brazil. He served as a faculty member at the University of Sao Paulo for 13 years and later accepted the position of associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the thyroid section at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2008, Dr. Bianco moved to the University of Miami Miller Scholl of Medicine to head the division of endocrinology and in 2014 was recruited to Rush. Dr. Bianco has been widely recognized for having trained about 40 graduate students and for his more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He has received numerous awards, including the LATS Award from the Latin American Thyroid Society, the Van Meter Award from the American Thyroid Association and the Rosalind Pitt-Rivers Medal from the British Thyroid Society and been a speaker in a number of named visiting lectureships. He is a member in the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and American Clinical and Climatological Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIDDK (Bethesda, Maryland) and a member of the Scientific Board of Fondazione Institut Biochimique SA for Scientific Research, Lugano, Switzerland.

Erin Lommen, ND
Dr. Lommen is a licensed naturopathic physician and is enjoying her 22nd year of clinical family practice and health optimization using natural medicine. She was a clinical investigator for a successful 5-year study through the NIH (National Institute of Health) on chronic disease. Dr. Lommen has taught as an associate professor at NCNM (National College of Naturopathic Medicine) for 10 years. Dr. Lommen is the CEO and Assoc. medical director of Labrix Clinical Services Inc. She is the co-author of the best-selling book on women’s hormone balancing: Slim, Sane and Sexy; Pocket Guide to Natural, Bioidentical Hormone Balancing. Dr. Lommen is a medical interpreter for thermographic breast screening. Additionally, Dr. Lommen is a committed to educating other physicians in the principles of Natural Healing. She teaches hundreds of physicians each year on topics such as: Adrenal Health, GI Health, Women’s Health and Bioidentical Hormone Balancing, PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome, Depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Jerilynn Prior MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM
Dr. Prior is a professor of endocrinology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and scientific director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (www.cemcor.ca). She is a clinician-scientist whose work is internationally recognized. Her research and synthesis has shown the importance of progesterone as well as estrogen for women’s bone, heart, and breast health. Also her research has shown that perimenopause is hormonally distinct from menopause, entailing higher rather than low or dropping estrogen levels. She graduated with honors from Boston University School of Medicine 1969. Dr. Prior is the author of Estrogen’s Storm Season — Stories of Perimenopause and has recently co-authored The Estrogen Errors – -Why Progesterone is Better for Women’s Health (2009, Praeger, Conn).

Neal Rouzier, MD
Dr. Rouzier is a pioneer in natural hormone replacement, practicing almost since its inception in the early 1990s. He has dedicated his life’s work to uncovering the medical literature that supports safe and effective protocols for unique and personalized patient care. He is the director of the Preventive Medicine Clinics of the Desert, specializing in the medical management of aging and preventive care for men and women. He has treated more than 2,000 patients with natural hormone replacement therapy and is recognized as a renowned leader and expert in the field. Dr. Rouzier lectures to medical academies on this new paradigm in medicine and is the author of Natural Hormone Replacement for Men and Women: How to Achieve Healthy Aging.Dr Rouzier was recently awarded the prestigious Alan P. Mintz Award in Age Management Medicine.

Clare Westmacott, MD, CCFP, MD MFHom (UK)
Dr. Westmacott graduated as an MD from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 1973. He then obtained his specialty certification in family medicine in 1977. He ran a very large solo rural family practice in Ontario for 23 years. Besides a full time office, Dr. Westmacott looked after his own hospital patients, worked in the emergency department, delivered babies, did house calls, and had patients in five nursing homes. Dr. Westmacott also was the medical director of home care for his county from 1984-1993 and was president of the Ontario Home Care Medical Advisor’s Association from 1988-1993. As a result of these experiences, Dr. Westmacott came to understand that there was much more to good health than just waiting for medications and surgery. Consequently, he decided to pursue an integrated approach to his medical care. In 1998, Dr. Westmacott studied homeopathy at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in London, England. All of his professors were medical doctors who practiced homeopathy. He obtained his MD-LFHom, returning 8 years later where he was granted his MD-MFHom –- member of the faculty of homeopathy. Since then he has continued to study and implement in patient care natural medicine modalities. Presently, Dr. Westmacott and his wife, Carole Westmacott, a registered nurse run an integrated approach to patient care. This includes: physiological investigations and assessments, lifestyle, stress management, inflammation treatment with homeopathic drainage, nutrition, appropriate supplements, bio-identical hormones and homeopathic counselling with classical, high potency homeopathic remedies.

Call for Research Posters

The Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM) is pleased to announce a Call for Research Posters for the 2018 Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference to be held September 27-30 in Burlington, Vermont. The conference theme is Trends in Nutrition, Pain Management and Mind-Body Therapies. AARM research poster sessions are an excellent opportunity to present your latest research findings and to connect with a large audience of your peers. Poster authors will give short (1 to 2 minute) presentations on their posters on Saturday September 29, and will also have the opportunity to informally discuss their work with attendees during conference breaks. Accepted research posters will be on display from September 27- 29.

Areas of Interest

We invite research poster submissions on topics that contribute to the field of complementary and integrative medicine. Specifically, the AARM is interested in research that investigates possible treatments for, and elucidates potential mechanisms and underlying causes of chronic health conditions. AARM will consider posters along a range of methodology, including reports of clinical trials, case reports, and epidemiological observations. Studies may examine modalities such as nutritional supplementation, diet, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and mind-body medicine, or multi-modal approaches. Basic science topics will be considered if they have compelling relevance to complementary and integrative medicine.  Animal studies will not be considered.

AARM Research Poster Awards

The AARM Research Posters Committee will evaluate poster presentations and posters during the conference, and select one winner in each of four categories: Nutrition and Nutrigenomics;  Phytocompounds; Neurobiology and Pain; and Mind-Body Medicine.

Each AARM Research Poster Award winner will receive a cash prize of $150 and a certificate. AARM Research Poster Awards are sponsored by Restorative Formulations.

Publication

The Journal of Restorative Medicine (JRM) announces a special thematic issue devoted to the abstracts of research posters accepted for the AARM annual conference in 2018. These abstracts will be made available online shortly after the conference. Primary authors of accepted posters will also be invited to submit full papers to the Journal. Please note, acceptance of a research poster does not imply acceptance of a full article or preclude peer review of that article.

Important Dates

Poster abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2018

Notification of acceptance: July 2, 2018

Research poster presentations and reception: September 29, 2018

Research posters displayed: September 27- 29, 2018

Conference registration opens: April 15, 2018

Terms and Conditions

  • By submitting a poster proposal, you agree to present the poster on September 29 at the 2018 AARM annual conference September 27-30 in Burlington, Vermont.
  • Poster presenters need to register to attend the conference and only posters of registered presenters will be admitted.
  • Poster presenters are responsible for creating, printing, and transporting their posters to the conference, and for any handouts they wish to make available to attendees.
  • The final poster should not exceed 44” by 91”.
  • AARM organizers will provide poster boards, numbers, topic areas, push pins, etc. for the poster session.
  • Poster presenters must cover their own travel, lodging, food, and registration costs.

Please  apply using the Research Poster Abstract Submission Form

Sponsors and Exhibitors


Platinum Sponsor
Restorative Formulations

Gold Sponsor
Microbiome Labs

Silver Sponsors
Allergy Research Group
DaVinci Laboratories
Researched Nutritionals
Women’s International Pharmacy

Bronze Sponsors
Alletess Medical Laboratory
Wellness Pharmacy
VoxxLife

Workshop Sponsor
Faunus Herbs


Exhibitors
Acuintegra
Bioclinic Naturals
Biotics Research Corp
College Pharmacy
Direct Laboratory Services
Doctor’s Data
Dunwoody Labs
Ecological Formulas
Empower Pharmacy
Essential Formulas
Great Plains Laboratory
Herbal Vitality
Heron Botanicals
Hopkinton Drug
Host Defense Organic Mushrooms
IGeneX, Inc.
Integrative Therapeutics
KBMO Diagnostics
Living Younger Lifestyle Medicine
Longevity Physicians Insurance Company
Natural Partners
Precision Analytical
Pure Life Science Corp.
Tree Top Essentials

Exhibiting Info and Registration

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your registration, you may do so before September 14, 2018 and receive a full refund. All cancellation requests must be made by emailing conferences@restorativemedicine.org. All registrations made on or after September 14, 2018 are entirely non-refundable. Any cancellation request received on or after September 14, 2018 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of the total cost of registration.