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 will be two tracks to choose from:

  • Certification In T3 Therapy: Optimize Body Temperature and Thyroid Function with Hormones, Botanicals and Nutrition
  • Proven Natural Pain Treatment Protocols

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

Click on a speaker’s name to see biography. Click on a lecture title to see description. This is a partial conference schedule — more sessions will be added, so please check later for updated info.

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. Vermont Herb Tour
Rosemary Gladstar
9:00- 10:00 a.m. T3 Certification Track: Testing and Treating Hypothyroidism
Michael Friedman, NDPain 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, MDPain Management Track: A MD and ND Collaborative Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
Leigh Arseneau, ND and Jeff Matheson, MD
11:30- 12:30 p.m. T3 Certification Track: Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism
Denis Wilson, MDPain 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, NDPain Management Track: Using Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
Sara Lazar, PhD
3:00-4:00 p.m. T3 Certification Track: Dosing of Triiodothyronine T3
Denis Wilson, MDPain Management Track: Novel Natural Treatments for Pain
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, NDPain Management Track: Novel Natural Treatments for Pain
Jorge Flechas, MD
5:45-6:45 p.m. T3 Certification Exam
Teas and Tinctures Workshop 1

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. 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. Nutrition Research Updates — What’s Real, What’s Dubious?
Alan Gaby, MD
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits
2:00-6:00 p.m. Burlington Herb Walks
2:00-3:00 p.m. The Underlying Pathology of Chronic Disease
Debby Hamilton, MDSIBO Overview and Treatment Update, Focused on Dietary Implications and Interventions
Mike Stadtmauer, ND
3:00-4:00 p.m. Berberine and Curcumin: Two Bright Stars for Chronic Conditions
Jill Stansbury, NDSIBO Overview and Treatment Update, Focused on Dietary Implications and Interventions
Mike Stadtmauer, ND
4:00-4:45 p.m. Break and Exhibits
4:45-5:45 p.m. Natural Pain Treatments
Eugene Zampieron, ND
5:45-7:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Time Event/Speaker
7:00-8:00 a.m. Saturday Morning Yoga
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and Exhibits
8:30- 9:30 a.m. Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
Aaron Van Gaver, ND
9:30- 10:30 a.m. Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
Aaron Van Gaver, ND
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break and Exhibits
11:00-12:00 p.m. Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
Aaron Van Gaver, ND
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits
1:30-2:30 p.m. Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
Aaron Van Gaver, NDAdaptogens and Tonic Herbs for Radiant Health and Well Being
Rosemary Gladstar

Poster Presentations

2:30-3:30 p.m. Opiate Addiction: Pathophysiology and Herbal Interventions
Jill Stansbury, NDPrecision 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. Nutrition Research Updates — What’s Real, What’s Dubious?
Alan Gaby, MD
5:15-6:15 p.m. Teas and Tinctures Workshop 2
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. 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. The Divine Dance: Healing from Historical and Generational Trauma,
Through Movement, Mindfulness and Spirituality

Carol Penn, DO

Sessions

Thursday, September 27

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Testing and Treating Hypothyroidism
1 CME (.5 pharmacology CE)
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.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism
2 CME (1 Pharmacology CE)
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.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Using Mindfulness to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
2 CME
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.

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Dosing of Triiodothyronine T3
(1 CE/ 1 Pharmacology)
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 Wilson’s Syndrome. Transitioning patients from T4-containing medicine to T3 will also be discussed.

4:30-5:30 p.m.
Thyroid and Adrenal Botanical Medicines
1 CME
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.

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.

Vermont Herb Tour
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. 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 12 participants. There is an additional $50 fee per person.

Friday, September 28

High Vibrational Living/Metabolic Cardiology: The Segue to Optimum Health
9:00-11:00 a.m.
2 CME
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?
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Part One)
Saturday, September 29, 4:15- 5:15 p.m. (Part Two)
2 CME
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!

2:00-3:00 p.m.
The Underlying Pathology of Chronic Disease
1 CE
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.

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Berberine and Curcumin: Two Bright Stars for Chronic Conditions
1 CME (.5 Pharm)
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.

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, September 29

Saturday Morning Yoga
7:00-8:00 a.m.
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.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Adaptogens and Tonic Herbs for Radiant Health and Well Being
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.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Opiate Addiction: Pathophysiology and Herbal Interventions
1 CME (.5 pharmacology CE)
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.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Precision Medicine: The Direct Connection of Genomics to Restorative Medicine
1 CME
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

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Divine Dance: Healing from Historical and Generational Trauma,
Through Movement, Mindfulness and Spirituality
2 CME
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 College 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 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 Zampieron, ND
Dr. Zampieron was on the founding presidential advisory board that helped establish the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). He is currently a senior faculty member at UBCNM. He teaches botanical medicine, phyto-pharmacognosy, botanical pharmacy, urology, geriatrics, rheumatology, and the history of natural medicine. He sees patients both in a private practice in Woodbury, CT and at the U. Bridgeport Naturopathic clinic (www.UBclinics.org). His radio and TV career has spanned over 30 years, and he has co-authored hundreds of articles, magazine columns, as well as several books, including The Natural Medicine Chest, and Arthritis: The Alternative Medicine, Definitive Guide (1st and 2nd editions). He is also a medical herbalist (MH) and a registered and certified professional member of the American Herbalist Guild
RH(AHG).

Preconference Day

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.

The alternate preconference track tackles the enormous challenges in treating pain. Over 100 million Americans are looking for solutions to their chronic pain, and increased awareness about risks associated with opioid medications is driving patients to search for effective alternatives. This track will review proven natural pain treatment protocols. Clinicians will learn techniques to assess and address the root causes of pain and provide their patients with safe and effective long term solutions.

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.

Extra 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. 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 12 participants. 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.

About Burlington

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.

Burlington’s quality of life has attracted thousands of young, talented residents. Some attended the University of Vermont, located in Burlington, and decided to stay after graduating. That talent pool has in turn attracted many technology companies that now operate in Burlington and the surrounding county.

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.

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/CA$65 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.
2-Day registration is Saturday-Sunday. Earn up to 10 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

2-Day Regular $340 $440
2-Day AARM Member $272 $352
2-Day Student/2018 Grad $100 $100

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 (except for 2-day registrations) 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 —

Enhancing Awareness of Addiction for Clinicians- What to Look For
Opiate Addiction: Pathophysiology and Herbal Interventions
SIBO Overview and Treatment Update, Focused on Dietary Implications and Interventions

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.

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 Before August 1 After August 1
Webcast Regular $750 $950
Webcast AARM Member $600 $760
Webcast Student/2018 Grad $300 $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

22 CE credits are pending approval by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine and the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

In addition to the CME/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).

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:

  • Run of House — $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. There is an early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate. Parking at the city-owned garage adjacent to the hotel is $8 per day.

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.

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

After the 2018 Annual International Restorative Medicine Regional Conference, you can earn up to 8 additional CE credits (for NDs) 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.

Online Faculty

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).

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

Education Co-Sponsor
Vermont Association of
Naturopathic Physicians

Workshop Sponsor
Faunus Herbs


Exhibitors
Biotics Research Corp
College Pharmacy
Doctor’s Data
Ecological Formulas
Empower Pharmacy
Great Plains Laboratory
Heron Botanicals
Host Defense Organic Mushrooms
IGeneX, Inc.
Integrative Therapeutics
KBMO Diagnostics
Living Younger Lifestyle Medicine
Natural Partners
Patient One
Precision Analytical

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.