2019 Annual Conference in San Diego

Overview

Main Conference on Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, 2019

The 17th Annual Restorative Medicine Conference will feature expert speakers with strong clinical and research backgrounds, offering decades of experience to share. The main conference will feature extensive information on evidence-based botanical medicine applications and nutrition. Faculty will address the underlying principles of chronic illness, and how they merge with the mechanisms of action for various natural modalities, helping clinicians make smart and effective treatment choices. Attendees will gain confidence in their knowledge of herb safety, toxicity, and contraindications.

The main conference topics will span a broad range, including cardiology, detoxification, adrenal support, metabolism, and mitochondrial activity. Attendees can add one of the three preconference intensives, selecting either Endocrinology and T3 with Denis Wilson, MD , Integrative Oncology, or Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health with Tieraona Low Dog, MD.

Join us for these and more engaging main conference topics:

  • Integrative medicine perspectives on dilated cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, and hypertension
  • Simple strategies for weight loss with “signaling exercise”
  • Adaptogenic herbs for adrenal and autonomic nervous system dysfunction
  • Mitochondrial dynamics and their ubiquitous role in human health
  • Cellular mechanisms in botanical medicine
  • Phytotherapeutics for regulating and optimizing mitochondrial activity
  • Cellular detoxification with active compounds from food and herbal medicine
  • Evidence-based botanical medicine protocols, including safety and contraindications

Preconference Intensives on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Endocrinology and T3 Certification with Denis Wilson, MD

  • 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 and HPA axis

Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health with Tieraona Low Dog, MD

  • Diet and botanical medicine for endometriosis and PCOS
  • Using herbs and nutrition for counteracting xenoestrogens, and balancing estrogen excess
  • The mechanisms of phytoestrogens and their safety related to gynecological cancers
  • How toxins influence the hormonal milieu

Integrative Oncology Intensive

  • University of California affiliated physicians present the latest research in integrative oncology
  • Review of published research on the role of cannabis compounds delta-9-THC and CBD
  • Evaluate the efficacy of cannabis use in oncology and modifying chemotherapy side effects
  • Review the ten cancer prevention guidelines developed by the American Institute for Cancer Research
  • Clinical implementation of AICR guidelines and how to enrich patient communication
  • The truth about ketogenic diets and cancer

Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification Program

Many of the courses in the San Diego conference are also part of the Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification (RMHC) program. This 80 hour, one year, comprehensive herbal medicine program is offered as a combination of in-person conferences (including the San Diego conference), online webinars, and on-demand recordings. Students registered for the RMHC program have exclusive access to the RMHC Roundtable Discussions with expert faculty, to discuss difficult cases and get clinical recommendations from clinicians with decades of experience in prescribing herbs. More details on the RMHC program available HERE

See the schedule for mandatory RMHC courses, indicated as *.

Conference Schedule

Select a day below to see that day’s events. This is a preliminary schedule, subject to change. Click on a lecture title to see a description, or click on a speaker’s name to see a biography.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 (Preconference Day)

Time Endocrinology and T3
Certification Intensive
Botanical Medicine for
Women’s Health Intensive
Integrative Oncology
Intensive
7:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45-9:45 a.m. Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism and Its Empirical Use of T3
Denis Wilson, MD
Evidence-Based Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health*
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: What’s New in the 2018 AICR Report?
Donald Abrams, MD
9:45-10:45 a.m. Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism and Its Empirical Use of T3
Denis Wilson, MD
Evidence-Based Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health*
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Cannabis in Cancer Care: What We Know and What We Don’t
Donald Abrams, MD
10:45-11:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
11:30-12:30 p.m. Does Normal TSH Always Indicate Normal Thyroid Function?
Kent Holtorf, MD
Evidence-Based Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health*
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Keto Anyone? Timing for Carbohydrate Restriction, Fat Restriction, or Fasting in the Cancer Clinic
Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits
1:00-1:45 p.m. Lunch and Learn with Kevin Spelman, PhD
2:00-3:00 p.m. Associated and Contributing Conditions to the Pathology of CTD, CESS, and TR
Kent Holtorf, MD
Evidence-Based Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health*
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Keto Anyone? Timing for Carbohydrate Restriction, Fat Restriction, or Fasting in the Cancer Clinic
Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
3:00-3:45 p.m. Break and Exhibits
3:45-4:45 p.m. Associated and Contributing Conditions to the Pathology of CTD, CESS, and TR
Kent Holtorf, MD
Addressing Modern Environmental Toxins Through Detoxification
Crystal Silas, MD*
Harnessing Evolution During Cancer Therapy
Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
4:45-5:45 p.m. Dosing of Triiodothyronine T3  Denis Wilson, MD Addressing Modern Environmental Toxins Through Detoxification  Crystal Silas, MD* Gordon Saxe, MD
5:45-7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
6 CME Total

Friday, September 13, 2019

Time Event/Speaker Breakout Sessions
7:00-8:00 a.m. Yoga
7:30-8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45-9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Welcome
9:00-9:45 a.m. Signaling Exercise: Promote Fitness in Minutes a Day  Denis Wilson, MD
9:45-10:45 a.m. The Role of Adaptogens in Clinical Practice*
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
10:45-11:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
11:30-12:30 p.m. The Role of Adaptogens in Clinical Practice*
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch and Exhibits
1:00-1:45 p.m. Lunch and Learn with Decker Weiss, ND
2:00-3:00 p.m. Testing and Treating Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Autoimmune Disease*
Michaël Friedman, ND
Autoimmune Conditions and the Role of Th17
Debby Hamilton, MD
3:00-4:00 p.m. Mitochondrial Toxins and Evidence-Based Natural Protection*
Kevin Spelman, PhD
Breaking the Mold
Jeff Thomas, ND
4:00-4:45 p.m. Break and Exhibits
4:45-5:45 p.m. Mitochondrial Toxins and Evidence-Based Natural Protection*
Kevin Spelman, PhD
TBD
6:00-7:00 p.m. Teas and Tinctures Workshop
Penelope Beaudrow, RH
8:30-10:00 p.m. Beach Bonfire
5.75 CME Total

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time Event/Speaker Breakout Sessions
7:00-8:00 a.m. Yoga
7:00-8:00 a.m. Teas and Tinctures Workshop
Penelope Beaudrow, RH
8:30-9:30 a.m. Testing and Treating Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Autoimmune Disease*
Michaël Friedman, ND
Herbs for Autoimmune Disease (non-CME)
Eugene Zampieron, ND
9:30-10:30 a.m. Mitochondrial Toxins and Evidence-Based Natural Protection*
Kevin Spelman, PhD
Hemp and Cannabinoids for Beauty and Skin Disorders
Jeanette Jacknin, MD
10:30-11:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
11:30-1:00 p.m. Evidence-Based Review of Botanical Medicine for Hypertension*
Decker Weiss, ND
High Dose Intravenous Ascorbate and Metabolic Optimization in Cancer
Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, RPh, PharmD
1:00-2:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
2:00-7:00 p.m. Free Time to Enjoy San Diego
3:00-4:00 p.m. T3 Certification Exam
Herb Walk
4:15-5:15 p.m. Herb Walk
7:00-8:00 p.m. Food as Medicine
Gordon Saxe, MD
8:00-10:00 p.m. Kava Dance Party
4.5 CME Total

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Time Event/Speaker
8:00-9:45 a.m. Inflammation, Free Radicals, and the Destruction of the HPA-T Axis and Formation of Sex Hormones
Decker Weiss, ND
9:45-10:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
10:30-12:30 p.m. PCOS and Endometriosis: Evaluate and Address These Common but Challenging Conditions
Amy Day, ND
12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
3.75 CME Total

Sessions

Thursday

Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: What’s New in the 2018 AICR Report? (1 CME)
Donald Abrams, MD
The 2018 American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) report reviews current data on cancer risk factors and the impact of various lifestyle choices. Dr. Abrams will present the ten guidelines for cancer prevention which were the result of the data collected in this study. He will share how nearly 50% of the most common cancers can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes. Patients will benefit from learning these key principles for longevity.

Cannabis in Cancer Care: What We Know and What We Don’t (1 CME)
Donald Abrams, MD
More than half the states in the US have legalized medical cannabis for treating an ever-growing list of ailments. Physicians are searching for more evidence-based information on cannabis to properly evaluate it’s role in treatment plans. Dr. Abrams has been involved with clinical research on cannabis for pain, and will share both his research and clinical experience with cancer patients.

Keto Anyone? Timing for Carbohydrate Restriction, Fat Restriction, or Fasting in the Cancer Clinic (2 CME)
Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
Patients diagnosed with cancer are searching for the “right” diet. Dietary patterns popular among cancer patients at present include the extremely low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet, moderate carbohydrate restriction, “paleo,” low fat, alkaline, and plant-based diets including vegan or raw vegan, and intermittent fasting. Peer-reviewed evidence exists for the efficacy of all of these options, but only under certain circumstances. For example, some animal research on invasive prostate cancer demonstrates that alkalization of drinking water starting in the first few weeks of life prevents development of invasive prostate cancer, whereas this maneuver is less effective if started later in life.
The ketogenic diet, defined as severe carbohydrate restriction leading to measurable blood levels of beta hydroxybutyrate, and fasting may be useful in decreasing the side effects of cancer treatment. Animal studies demonstrate an overall survival benefit in certain cancers, but only when these dietary maneuvers are timed precisely to coincide with treatment. Dr. Lemanne will review the best approaches for dietary interventions, and will clarify the conditions when keto diet or fasting is appropriate, and when it is not.

Harnessing Evolution During Cancer Therapy (1 CME)
Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
The conventional treatment paradigm oncologists work under advises using the “maximum tolerated dose,” MTD, applied at specific, non-varying frequencies. This is an attempt to kill as many tumor cells as possible while avoiding (sometimes just barely) killing the patient. However, the drawback is competitive release of treatment resistant cells in virtually every case. MTD predictably engenders emergence of treatment-resistance in tumors, and such treatment has now been shown not to prolong survival, but to accelerate death in patients with “incurable” cancers. This lecture will explore recent mathematical modeling and early clinical research that has successfully challenged that approach. This work has resulted in a new treatment paradigm called “adaptive therapy,” under study at Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida, Arizona State University, and Cleveland Clinic. In cancer treatment, the adaptive therapy approach uses small doses of several antineoplastic pharmaceuticals with varying mechanisms, applied singly or in combination, and at intervals varying based on tumor burden. Integrated into this approach are dietary maneuvers, such as carbohydrate restriction, exercise, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, etc. These may require specific timing in tumor evolution and treatment for optimal benefit. The success of the “adaptive therapy” approach is predicted by mathematical models of cancer treatment employing “game theory.” The success of adaptive therapy over MTD has been corroborated in early clinical trials in patients with advanced metastatic prostate cancer and small cell lung cancer.

Sub Laboratory Hypothyroidism and Its Empirical Use of T3 (2 CME)
Denis Wilson, MD
Required class for T3 Certification. 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.

Does Normal TSH Always Indicate Normal Thyroid Function? (1 CME)
Kent Holtorf, MD
Required class for T3 Certification. TSH is the standard thyroid test to indicate thyroid dysfunction, however, there are conditions that trick this indicator and masks thyroid hormone abnormalities. Examples of clinical conditions in which TSH is not a reliable test, include central thyroid dysfunction (CTD), chronic euthyroid sick syndrome (CESS) and thyroid resistance (TR). In this presentation, Dr. Holtorf will review the mechanisms of these chronic conditions, and how to recognize them through signs and symptoms. He will review the diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism and discuss potential flaws in its definition.

Associated and Contributing Conditions to the Pathology of CTD, CESS, and TR (2 CME)
Kent Holtorf, MD
Required class for T3 Certification. This presentation will dive into the potential root causes of central thyroid dysfunction (CTD), chronic euthyroid sick syndrome (CESS) and thyroid resistance (TR). Factors to consider include multihormone dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, chronic illness of any origin, metabolic dysfunction, and many other chronic conditions. Dr. Holtorf will explore the role of these conditions in the progression of thyroid dysfunction and the steps to take to develop a diagnosis. He will identify proper tests and how to interpret them, and will share treatment protocols and possible side effects to consider. Attendees will hear specific case studies and will feel prepared to tackle these challenging cases on Monday morning.

Dosing of Triiodothyronine T3  (non-CME)
Denis Wilson, MD

Required class for T3 Certification. 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, focusing 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.

Evidence-Based Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (4 CME)
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
This seminar will review common women’s health conditions, including PMS, dysmenorrhea, urinary tract infections, menopause, and more. An evidence-based review of the research will examine potential botanical and nutritional treatments to balance hormones and alleviate symptoms. Dr. Low Dog will review lifestyle factors, such as yoga and meditation, which may contribute to reduced pain in dysmenorrhea. Herb and nutrient safety and contraindication issues will be presented.

Addressing Modern Environmental Toxins Through Detoxification (2 CME)
Crystal Silas, MD
Dr. Crystal Silas will provide an evidence-based review of herbs and nutrients which optimize phase 1 & 2 detoxification pathways, to counteract the damaging effects of ubiquitous environmental toxins. She’ll review the mechanism of action of key detox herbs, including hepatoprotection, protection against DNA mutation, and enhancing glutathione production. Herb safety and contraindication issues will be reviewed, as well as comprehensive detox protocols.

Friday

Signaling Exercise: Promote Fitness in Minutes a Day (.75 CME)
Denis Wilson, MD
Dr. Wilson will present a review of the medical literature on the endocrinology and physiology of diet and exercise.  Recent research has revealed similarities between the effects of brief high-intensity exercise and the non-fed state, which suggests they can be used synergistically especially according to appetite.  Dr. Wilson will discuss the effects of exercise and diet on ghrelin and leptin, glycolysis, citric acid cycle, mitochondrial biogenesis, respiratory fitness, mental focus, learning, immune function, and insulin resistance.  He will discuss time-efficient, evidence-based exercises that almost anyone can do (even people with disabilities) to control appetite, and improve body composition and metabolic health.

The Role of Adaptogens in Clinical Practice (2 CME)
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
The vast majority of physician’s office visits are due to stress-related symptoms of diseases, in part due to modern lifestyle factors and commitments . A significant number of these patients are taking medications to manage their stress, including anti-depressants and anxiolytics, without symptom resolution. This presentation will give an overview of the HPA- axis and the related hormones and neurotransmitters. It will review the research on various types of depression and symptoms, and medications, nutrients and botanical medicines used to alleviate symptoms.

Testing and Treating Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Autoimmune Disease (2 CME)
Michaël 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.

Mitochondrial Toxins and Evidence-Based Natural Protection (3 CME)
Kevin Spelman, PhD
A significant amount of research on environmental toxins has accumulated which points to their damaging effects on human health. It has been shown that toxin load predicts chronic disease burden, caused by impaired detoxification, stored toxins, mitochondrial damage and more. This seminar will review the sources of toxins, including pesticides, PFOA, solvents, and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs). A review of the published research reveals the sources for POPs and those which are most likely to cause chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cancer and more. Research on epigenetic modifications, compromised methylation, infertility and more will be reviewed and assessed. Evidence-based nutrient and botanical medicine information will be reviewed for potential protection from environmental toxin damage.

Autoimmune Conditions and the Role of Th17 (non-CME)
Debby Hamilton, MD

The rate of autoimmune disease continues to rise in all age groups.  Many of these cause disabilities and decrease quality of life.  With the increase in autoimmune disease, research has tried to understand the pathology underlying the development of these diseases.  In the 1980’s with the discovery of T helper 1 (Th1)and T helper 2 (Th2) cells, elevated Th1 was thought to be the primary driver of autoimmunity where elevated Th2 led to allergic disease.  Recently with the discovery of Th17, research has shown that elevations of Th17 lead to autoimmunity with a decrease in Th1.  Elevations in Th17 arise  from inflammation and infections that lead to disruption of immune tolerance such as dysbiosis in the intestine. By understanding the development of immune dysregulation, natural therapies that target inflammation and infections can be used to better treat autoimmune disease. Attendees will learn about the pathway of development of specific autoimmune diseases involving elevated Th17 such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and PANS/PANDAS. Dr. Hamilton will describe treatment strategies for lowering Th17 and Th2 while increasing Treg and Th1 cells to decrease autoimmunity and inflammation while improving immune tolerance

The Effects of Toxic Mold Exposure: Breaking the Mold (non-CME)
Jeff Thomas, ND

Dr. Thomas will delve into the complex world of mold and mycotoxins, establishing an evidence-based approach to identifying, assessing, and treating mold related illness. The presentation would include high risk geographic areas, as well as which structural establishments that tend to be susceptible to mold growth. Additionally, we will review the difference between mold allergies and mold illness, educating practitioners on how to discern and identify when a patient presents with a typical allergic type presentation versus, a more complicated symptom picture that can manifest as multifocal ailments with little to no identifiable patterns. Once we have laid a solid foundation for understanding mold-related illness, Dr. Thomas will present a systematic approach for treatment and assessment, thereby ensuring practitioners are well-equipped to effectively facilitate change and healing within their patient population.

Saturday

Evidence-Based Review of Botanical Medicine for Hypertension (1.5 CME)
Decker Weiss, ND, FASA
Dr. Weiss will review the underlying mechanisms of hypertension and associated complications. He will review the associated symptoms to watch for, as well as common risk factors. Prescription treatments will be reviewed, as well as lifestyle changes including diet, nutrients, and herbs, based on a review of the science. There will be a review of the strengths and weaknesses of pharmacologic approaches to hypertension. Dr. Weiss will present common obstacles to effective hypertension management and recommendations to overcome them.

Herbs for Autoimmune Disease (non-CME)
Eugene Zampieron, ND
The botanicals Cordyceps sinensis, Rehmannia glutinosa, and the polyphenolic phytonutrient rosmarinic acid, can be used to support a myriad of conditions which are typically treated with biological response modifying drugs and anti-inflammatory medications. An evidence-based review demonstrates that these conditions include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and a host of other autoimmune diseases. This trio of herbs may also prove to be effective in reducing inflammation based chronic conditions, including osteoporosis, psoriasis, and osteoarthritis, and even chronic fatigue syndrome. This presentation will review research to identify the safety and efficacy of these herbs.

Hemp and Cannabinoids for Beauty and Skin Disorders (1 CME)
Jeanette Jacknin, MD
Dr. Jacknin will review the endocannabinoid system and the recent research as it pertains to skin health. She will explain the physiology of cannabinoid receptors in the skin, and give an evidence-based review of how cannabinoids interact with and influence the epidermis, and how dermatologists are using it to optimize skin health. She will identify differences between cannabis and hemp derived CBD and how they can be used topically. She will review research which points to anti-inflammatory actions and increased lipid synthesis actions of cannabis compounds such as THCV, CBDV, and CBGV.

High Dose Intravenous Ascorbate and Metabolic Optimization in Cancer (1.5 CME)
Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, RPh, PharmD
The number of new cancer cases is projected to grow approximately 70% over the next 2 decades and reduction in mortality rates in the past decade has been minimal. Cancer risk factors include genetics, epigenetics, environmental contaminants, lifestyle choices, mitochondrial dysfunction, nutrient depletion, infection, and obesity among others.
In order to optimize patient outcomes, we need to identify and improve biochemical imbalances. Systematic laboratory testing provides a comprehensive evaluation, which is necessary to implement integrative metabolic corrections in oncology patients. Dr. Miranda-Massari will discuss causes and risk factors, comprehensive laboratory assessment and integrative metabolic correction therapy including, diet, vitamin C. He will share published research showing that high doses of intravenous vitamin C are cytotoxic to cancer cells, but not to healthy cells. He will discuss the evidence of how vitamin C has the potential to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, reinforce the effects of radiation, and enhance immune function. Improvement of the immune system. Additional treatments will be reviewed, including micronutrients, chelation, and oxidative treatments.

Food as Medicine
Gordon Saxe, MD

Sunday

Inflammation, Free Radicals, and the Destruction of the HPA-T Axis and Formation of Sex Hormones (1.75 CME)
Decker Weiss, ND, FASA
Dr. Weiss will discuss how inflammation damages the HPA-T axis and formation of sex hormones, thereby causing dysfunction of mood, insomnia, and fatigue. Pathophysiology of inflammation and HPA axis will be reviewed. Pharmaceutical and natural treatments will be reviewed based on published literature. The attendee will gain an in depth knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the HPA-T axis and sex hormone dysfunction, as well as gain confidence in the safety and interactions of nutrients, herbs and pharmaceutical options based on a review of published science.

PCOS and Endometriosis: Evaluate and Address These Common but Challenging Conditions (2 CME)
Amy Day, ND
A woman’s menstrual cycle is often a reflection of her overall health. Normal cycles mean that the body is working properly in many ways. On the other hand, issues with the menstrual cycle tend to indicate that there are problems in other systems of the body. Do you see women who complain of painful periods, irregular cycles or heavy bleeding? Would you like to be more confident about how to recognize and treat endometriosis, PCOS and perimenopause? Join us to learn how to properly diagnose and effectively treat (conventional and natural approaches) these three very common but challenging women’s health issues.

Speakers

World-class Speakers!

Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Dr. Low Dog’s exploration of natural medicine began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery and herbal medicine, before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. An internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women’s health, Dr. Low Dog was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, served as the elected Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Panel, and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has been an invited speaker to more than 550 scientific/medical conferences, published 40 peer-reviewed articles, written 22 chapters for medical textbooks, and has authored five books, including three National Geographic books, Fortify Your Life, Healthy at Home and Life is Your Best Medicine. She has appeared on CNN, ABC’s 20/20, and is a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show and NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy. She currently serves as the Fellowship Director for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

Donald Abrams, MD
Dr. Abrams is former chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, an integrative oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He graduated from Brown University in 1972 and from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977. After completing an Internal Medicine residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, he became a fellow in Hematology-Oncology at the UCSF Cancer Research Institute in 1980. During his fellowship, Dr. Abrams spent eight months working in the retrovirology laboratory of Harold Varmus, M.D. during the time that the first cases of AIDS were being diagnosed. He conducted numerous clinical trials investigating conventional as well as complementary therapies in patients with HIV including therapeutic touch, Traditional Chinese Medicine interventions, medicinal mushrooms, medical marijuana and distant healing. His interest in botanical therapies led him to pursue a two-year Fellowship in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona that he completed in December 2004. His particular passion in the field involves nutrition and cancer. Since completing his Fellowship, Dr. Abrams has been providing Integrative Medicine consultation to people living with and beyond cancer at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He co-edited an Oxford University Press textbook in Integrative Oncology with Andrew Weil, MD. He is a member of the NCI PDQ CAM Editorial Board. Dr. Abrams was President of the Society of Integrative Oncology in 2010.

Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH
Dr. Lemanne is a leading integrative oncologist. She holds a faculty appointment at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, is the author of peer-reviewed articles, textbook chapters, and works for the lay press, and speaks internationally by invitation. Her medical degree was completed at UCSF and she did her clinical oncology fellowship at Stanford University Hospitals. She is the winner of the 2017 American College of Nutrition, Stanley Wallach Award for Advancement of Human Understanding of Nutrition in Cancer. Her Oregon clinic attracts patients from around the globe.

Decker Weiss, ND
Dr. Weiss became the first Cardiologist as a “Naturopathic Physician”, completing a non-invasive cardiovascular hospital-based training program in the Columbia Hospital system, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart Hospital. Dr. Weiss kept privileges at the Arizona Heart Hospital, while opening the breakthrough Scottsdale Heart Institute, where he helped thousands of patients reduce medication safely, eliminate the need for angioplasty and bypass surgery, and reverse heart disease and many arrhythmias naturally. The International Association of Health Care Practitioners and the International Association of Cardiologists named Dr. Weiss, a “Leading Physician in the World” in 2012; a distinction given to under 1000 physicians each year. Dr. Weiss shifted focus to inflammation, genetics, and the science of intractable conflict, as he joined Artis International as a Senior Fellow and Director of their Center for Health and Medicine. In this capacity he has lectured, practiced medicine, and performed research throughout the various conflict zones (war zones), including Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, and Haiti.

Kent Holtorf, MD
Dr. Holtorf is the medical director of the Holtorf Medical Group and is the founder and director of the non-profit National Academy of Hypothyroidism (NAH), and trains physicians on the use of natural hormones, hypothyroidism, complex endocrine dysfunction and innovative treatments of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic infectious diseases, including Lyme disease. He is a fellowship lecturer for the American Board of Anti-aging Medicine, the Endocrinology Expert for AOL Health and is a guest editor and peer-reviewer for a number of medical journals including Endocrine, Postgraduate Medicine and Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Holtorf has published peer-reviewed endocrine reviews, including on the safety and efficacy of natural hormones, inaccuracies of standard thyroid testing, and on the diagnosis and treatment of adrenal dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. He has been a featured guest on numerous national TV shows, such as CNBC, ABC News, CNN, and Discovery Health.

Crystal Silas, MD
Dr. Silas graduated from The Arthur Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She is board certified in family medicine. She is an emergency department physician, and has over 20 years experience of combining medicinal botanicals and other integrative approaches into her healing modalities. She especially enjoys to inform, inspire, and encourage lifestyle choices that enhance the body/mind/spirit to prevent and eliminate the symptoms of chronic disease and dependence upon prescription medications.

Kevin Spelman, PhD
Dr. Spelman is an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, an adjunct professor of botanical medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine, and a distinguished lecturer at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie research fellow in the European Union, Dr. Spelman has published 27 scientific papers and 6 chapters. Since 1989, he has practiced phytotherapy, informed by the Ayurvedic system, western herbalism and modern physiology. Dr. Spelman is currently a consultant specializing in new product development, laboratory and cGMP issues and research initiatives.

Michaël Friedman, ND
Dr. Friedman is a former adjunct instructor of endocrinology at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and is the author of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology. His research on the use of thyroid hormones has been published by the University Puerto Rico Medical School. Dr. Friedman has lectured at three naturopathic and allopathic medical schools including NCNM, UB, CCNM and at the Dehradun Medical School of Physicians and Surgeons in India. He is currently the Executive Director of the non-profit Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM). The original founder and director of the Restorative Medicine Conference, Dr. Friedman’s medical practice focused on thyroid related disorders and chronic disease.

Denis Wilson, MD
Dr. Wilson graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1985 and is trained in Family Practice. Dr. Wilson specializes in examining the link between basal body temperature and peripheral thyroid function and developed a new paradigm for thyroid treatment. He was the first doctor to use sustained-release liothyronine in over 5000 patients and for over twenty years he has educated over 1000 physicians about the use of sustained-release liothyronine for patients with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature despite having normal blood tests. Dr. Wilson identified low body as a potential marker for poor health. His novel treatment of using sustained release T3 is now standard of care with a subsection of physicians practicing complementary and alternative medicine.

Amy Day, ND
Dr. Day received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM in Portland, OR in 2004, and holds the 4th ND license in the state of California. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Endometriosis Association and is a past board member of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. She is the founder of The Women’s Vitality Center in Berkeley, CA where she and her team specialize in helping busy professional women with stress, fatigue and hormonal issues. After helping thousands of women in her private practice, Dr. Day now offers online group programs and virtual health coaching for women around the world. While in medical school, struggles with her own women’s health issues fueled Dr. Day’s passion to work with and empower other women. She now provides experienced and compassionate care to help get to the bottom of complex hormone issues including adrenal/thyroid health, perimenopause/menopause, PMS, PCOS and endometriosis.

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).

Jeanette Jacknin, MD
Dr. Jacknin is a board-certified dermatologist, author, national speaker, and consultant, with expertise in holistic dermatology, natural cosmeceuticals, and topical hemp and cannabinoids for beauty and health. She is the author of Smart Medicine for Your Skin, and has been interviewed by various media outlets, including Dr. Oz’s “The Good Life”, and authored three chapters of Dr. Weil’s textbook of Integrative Dermatology. She regularly speaks at conferences and universities on the topic of topical hemp and cannabinoids. In 2013, she was asked to join the Complementary and Alternative Medicine task force for the American Academy of Dermatology and in 2014 researched the studies about diet and supplements for healthy and challenged skin. Dr. Jacknin was the first dermatologist to speak on the science behind topical cannabinoids and skin disorders at the Annual American Academy of Dermatology conference in February 2018.

Eugene Zampieron, ND
Dr. Eugene R. Zampieron, ND has 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. Zampieron is one of the founding fathers of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has trained hundreds of naturopathic doctors and physicians internationally with his encyclopedic knowledge of plants and is steward of the colleges medicinal plant garden. He was named one of the best and most innovative Naturopathic Doctors for 2016 by the Canadian Naturopathic Doctors Development Center and practices in Woodbury, CT and at the University of Bridgeport Naturopathic medical clinic.

Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, RPh, PharmD
Dr. Miranda-Massari is a Clinical pharmacist, researcher and professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and a professor of Pharmacognosy and Botanical Medicine at the EDP University for the Master of Naturopathy Program. Dr. Miranda-Massari has a doctorate in pharmacy from the Philadelphia University of the Sciences and also completed a post-doctorate in clinical pharmacokinetics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He is the author of over 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research focus encompasses the use of pharmacologic nutritional biochemistry and metabolic optimization in cancer, diabetes and autism. He is also co-author of two books, I Have Cancer, What Should I Do? (Basic Health) and New Insights of Vitamin C and Cancer (Springer). In a period of over 25 years, Dr. Miranda-Massari has presented hundreds of conferences and courses in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. For over a decade he was a research associate and speaker of the Riordan Clinic, Wichita, KS as well as consultant in the area of nutritional biochemistry and health optimization. In 2014 he was elected into the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico and also to the Iberoamerican Academy of Science and Culture.

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.

Jeff Thomas, ND
Dr. Thomas is a licensed naturopathic doctor with a private practice, providing integrative medical approaches to a myriad of clinical presentations, ranging from the most common to the most obstinate of cases. Dr. Thomas is the medical educator and product development specialist for Deseret Biologicals. Dr. Thomas lectures across the country speaking to health practitioners on the latest trends in disease assessment and nutritional approaches.

Dr. Thomas received his naturopathic doctoral degree from Bastyr University in 2013. Prior to that he received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. During his clinical rotations Dr. Thomas worked with various providers including clinical dietitians, medical doctors, naturopathic oncologists, chiropractors, and naturopathic physicians.

Continuing Education Credits

This Live activity, 17th Annual Restorative Medicine Conference, with a beginning date of 09/12/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  20.00 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. CME available for MDs, DOs, FNPs, PAs and California NDs.

Continuing education credits will be available for all healthcare professionals. Naturopathic doctors in the US and Canada can earn up to 20 CE total, including up to 6 Pharmacology CE. Chiropractic CE is offered through PACE (Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards), the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the California Acupuncture Board, and other states as needed.

2019 On-Demand Continuing Education
Naturopathic doctors can earn an additional 9 CE credits total, including 4 pharmacology CE. The 2019 On-Demand Continuing Education courses offer recorded presentations which can be completed at your convenience after the conference. Participants must listen to each recording and pass the related quiz with 75% or better. These recordings provide CE credits only to Naturopathic Doctors in Canada and all US states except California, where they count as “self-study” credits. The on-demand course will be available after the conference.

T3 Certification Track with Denis Wilson, MD

Certification In T3 Therapy

Optimize Body Temperature and Thyroid Function with Hormones, Botanicals and Nutrition

Attend the Endocrinology and T3 Certification Intensive 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 conference on Saturday afternoon (the exam can also be taken online after the conference).

Benefits of T3 Certification
Each year, thousands of 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. 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:

  • Friday, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

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

Herb Walk for Hands-On Learning

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 Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. There is a 12 person limit per walk. Advance registration is required.

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. both Friday and Saturday. The cost is $10 per person. Each class is limited to 12 participants and advance registration is required.

Annual Kava Party with Live Band!

Saturday Evening Kava Dance Party
Join other conference attendees for a kava toast and for dancing to live music. The party starts at 8 p.m. Saturday night and goes until 10:00 p.m. All conference attendees, spouses/guests and their families are invited, as well as conference exhibitors and speakers. Admission is included in the conference registration. Kava drinks are free, other drinks are available at a cash bar.

Hotel

Paradise Point is a private 44-acre island tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego. This San Diego luxury resort features recently-updated, California beach bungalow-style guest rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and meandering lagoons. Scattered across the island are five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, a marina, five dining venues, an award-winning spa, and endless recreation options.

  • 10 minutes from airport and downtown
  • 1 mile from San Diego beaches
  • Close to other top area attractions like SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Old Town, Gaslamp District, Petco Park

Group Rate: Guest rooms at Paradise Point are available at the group rate of $219 per night (king or double queen beds), plus tax. There is an additional person charge of $20 per night for more than two adults in a room. Room rate does not include the overnight parking fee of $10 per car per night. The daily Passport to Paradise resort fee has been waived for the group. Guests booking rooms in the group room block also receive a 15% discount at the resort spa.

Come early or stay late and enjoy San Diego. Group rates will be honored up to three days before and after the conference dates, based on room type availability.

Make your room reservation early. There is a limited number of rooms available at the group rate, and the room block usually sells out before the deadline. We encourage conference attendees to reserve their rooms as soon as possible after registering. For group rate online booking, click here. Deadline for making reservations is August 11, 2019.

Important note about room reservations: Bed type (one king bed or two queen beds) is based on availability at check in. If you have a preference, please make the request in the comments section of the reservations form. The hotel will try to accommodate your request, but does not guarantee specific bed types will be available.

Room sharing: If you want to find another conference attendee to share a room at Paradise Point, you can post a message on our room sharing forum. Please note that the hotel does not guarantee you will get a room with two queen beds, even if you request it, so please keep this in mind when making sharing arrangements.

Pricing and Registration

Save 20% By Joining AARM

Join AARM for only $49/year and register for just $395 — a 20% savings off the regular early bird rate of $495. Your membership immediately pays for itself, plus provides additional benefits you’ll enjoy the rest of the year. Join AARM here and be sure to log into your member account before going to the registration page.

Early Bird Registration Prices

Full Access (Main Conference plus Preconference): September 12-15
$650 — Non-members ($850 after 8/1)
$520 — AARM members ($680 after 8/1)
$200 — Students
$50 — Meal Plan (Lunch Sept. 12 and 13)
Main Conference Only: September 13-15
$495 — Non-members ($695 after 8/1)
$395 — AARM members ($549 after 8/1)
$150 — Students
$25 — Meal Plan (Lunch Sept. 13)

Preconference Only: September 12
$225 — Non-members ($325 after 8/1)
$180 — AARM members ($260 after 8/1)
$100 — Students
$25 — Meal Plan (Lunch Sept. 12)

$350 — Registration for Support Staff (or partner/spouse) to attend the full conference.
You must identify the clinician you are accompanying, and will not qualify for continuing education credits.

Attendees can bring a partner to any of the optional activities or meals- please indicate the quantity of each on the registration page.

Registration Options

Meal Plans: Registration does not include lunch. Lunch meal plans are available for $25 per day (a healthy buffet lunch is served on Thursday and Friday). The meal plans are highly recommended. Please note that limited options exist for food during conference hours and if you plan on getting meals elsewhere it may impact your ability to earn the maximum number of CME credits. Meals will include the highest-quality organic ingredients, free-range meats, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Breakfast and dinner are on your own.

T3 Certification Exam: Conference attendees taking the Endocrinology and T3 Certification preconference intensive with Denis Wilson, MD, will have the option of purchasing the T3 Certification Exam for $150, to become certified in T3 therapy. The exam will take place Saturday afternoon. If you are not available then it can be taken online after the conference.

Conference Recording Set: Purchasing the conference recording set ensures you will not miss any of the sessions. The recording set is available to conference attendees for $250, a 50% discount off the regular price of $500. Recordings are available for online streaming about 4 weeks after the conference.

Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor
Restorative Formulations

Silver Sponsor
Deseret Biologicals
Researched Nutritionals

Bronze Sponsor
Microbiome Labs

Workshop Sponsor
Faunus Herbs

Exhibitors (as of May 14)
Acuintegra, Inc.
Belmar Pharmacy
Bioclinic Naturals
Chi’s Enterprises, Inc.
College Pharmacy
Doctor’s Data, Inc.
Ecological Formulas
Great Plains Laboratory
Herb Pharm LLC
Herbal Vitality
Heron Botanicals
Integrative Peptides, LLC
Leptica Research, LLC
Meridian Valley Lab
Vital Nutrients
Womens International Pharmacy

Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus
Exhibitor Registration
Sponsor Registration

For more information about exhibitor registration or conference sponsorship, contact Craig Palmer at 941-894-7394 or email craig@restorativemedicine.com

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your registration, you may do so before August 22, 2019 and receive a refund, minus a $100 cancellation fee. All cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing conferences@restorativemedicine.org. All registrations made on or after August 22, 2019 are entirely non-refundable. Any cancellation request received on or after August 22, 2019 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of the total cost of registration and any items purchased.