2019 Toronto Regional Conference

Overview

Join us for the 2019 Toronto Restorative Medicine Regional Conference on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 in Toronto, Ontario at the Delta Toronto East Hotel. On Friday, courses will focus on hormone topics, and on Saturday courses will concentrate on neurodegenerative disease. On Saturday, Terry Wahls, MD, a physician and multiple sclerosis patient who has restored her health after significant decline, will be sharing her effective protocols for treating neurodegenerative diseases. She is the author of several Wahls Protocol books, and she is a clinical researcher on the topic of neurodegenerative conditions. Friday’s topics will focus on men’s and women’s hormones, as well as thyroid and adrenal topics.

What You Will Learn

  • Testing and treatment for hormone imbalances in men and women
  • Testing and treating thyroid disorders
  • Underlying physiology in neurodegenerative diseases, including neuroinflammation, gut-brain axis, neurotransmitters, and hormone imbalance
  • Herbs and nutrients for neuroprotection and neuro-restoration
  • Pros and cons of ketogenic and Paleo diets for neuroprotection
  • Modifiable lifestyle factors for treating neurodegenerative diseases

Earn up to 12 CE/CME hours from the live two-day conference. Included in the conference registration, NDs can earn an additional 9 CE credits, including 4 pharmacology CE, from watching recorded presentations and passing quizzes. See the 2019 Online University section for more details.

Conference Schedule

Click on a lecture title to read a description, click on a speaker’s name to read a biography.

Friday, February 8

ENDOCRINOLOGY HORMONE TESTING AND TREATMENT

Time Event/Speaker
8:00 AM-8:45 AM Registration and Exhibits
8:45 AM-9:00 AM Welcome
9:00 AM-10:00 AM Hypothyroidism and Subclinical Hypothyroidism Testing and Treatment
Denis Wilson, MD
10:00 AM-11:00 AM Female Lab Testing Made Simple: Understanding the Basics in Hormone Assessment
Carrie Jones, ND, MPH
11:00 AM-11:30 AM Break and Exhibits
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Restorative Medicine Herbs for Thyroid Disorders
Kevin Spelman, PhD
12:30 PM-1:45 PM Lunch and Learn: Herbs for Thyroid and Neurological Support
Kevin Spelman, PhD
Sponsored by Restorative Formulations
1:45 PM-2:45 PM Foundational Principles of Natural Hormones: Who, What, Where, When, and Why
Kristy Prouse, MD, FRCSC
2:45 PM-3:15 PM Break and Exhibits
3:15 PM-4:15 PM Gut Function: The silent player in inflammation and hormone imbalance
Joe Klassen, ND
4:15 PM-5:15 PM Male Lab Testing Made Simple: Understanding the Basics in Hormone Assessment
Carrie Jones, ND, MPH
5:30 PM-6:30 PM Herbal Preparations – Teas and Tinctures Workshop (Optional)
Penelope Beaudrow, RH

Saturday, February 9

CLINICAL STRATEGIES FOR NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES

Time Event/Speaker
7:30 AM-8:30 AM Herbal Preparations – Teas and Tinctures Workshop (Repeated)
Penelope Beaudrow, RH
8:00 AM-9:00 AM Registration and Exhibits
9:00 AM-10:00 AM Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Kevin Spelman, PhD
10:00 AM-11:00 AM Fire on the Brain: A Functional Medicine Approach to Reversal of Cognitive Decline
Mark Menolascino, MD
11:00 AM-11:30 AM Break and Exhibits
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Functional Approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders Part 1
Terry Wahls, MD
12:30 PM-1:45 PM Lunch and Exhibits
1:45 PM-2:45 PM Functional Approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders Part 2
Terry Wahls, MD
2:45 PM-3:45 PM Restorative Medicine Herbs for Neurology
Kevin Spelman, PhD
3:45 PM-4:15 PM Break and Exhibits
4:15 PM-5:15 PM Dietary Approaches to MS: The Microbiome and Gut- Brain- Immune Axis
Terry Wahls, MD

Educational Sessions

Restorative Medicine Herbs for Neurology
Neurodegenerative disorders increasingly continue to be a clinical concern in an aging population. Rates of chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury and cognitive disorders are on the rise. Most of the pharmaceutical options have been shown to be ineffective thus far, but botanical medicine shows promise for playing an important role in preventing and delaying progression of these advancing neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Kevin Spelman will share clinically proven herbs which act on neuroinflammation, neurotransmitters, neurodegeneration and neuroimmunomodulation. Herbs such as kava, lion’s mane, and passionflower will be reviewed for their anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, and cognitive supporting properties. Herbal clinical applications, therapeutic dosage, safety, and contraindications will be discussed.

Restorative Medicine Herbs for Thyroid Disorders
This session will present up to date research on botanical medicines aimed at regulating thyroid function. Agents that improve hypothyroid function by increasing iodine uptake and synthesizing thyroid hormones will be reviewed, along with agents known to block stimulation of the thyroid in cases of excessive TSH production or thyroid auto-antibodies. Nutritional and botanical protocols will be shared for treating a variety of common thyroid conditions seen in clinical practice. Lastly, 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.

Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neurodegenerative diseases are multifactorial; neuroinflammation, oxidation, mitochondrial dysfunction, microbiome imbalance, immune and hormone imbalances and other factors contribute to development of neurological disorders. This course will provide an overview the various neuropathophysiologies which will provide clinicians with a solid foundation for understanding how to create effective treatment protocols. This presentation will provide participants with a solid understanding of how to address each dysfunctional pathway for helping patients prevent or delay neurodegenerative diseases.

Functional Approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders
As the rates of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis continue to rise and become a larger burden to the healthcare system, it becomes increasingly more important to focus on prevention and early detection. Neurodegenerative diseases are infinitely more difficult to treat in advanced stages, and prevention is the most successful approach. Dr. Terry Wahls will share her firsthand experience with both research and treatment, which helped her reverse her own disease course. This course will help attendees learn to identify early signs and symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases, and prescribe appropriate diagnostic lab tests. Case studies and protocols incorporating nutrition, a modified Paleo diet, herbs, exercise and other lifestyle modifications will be presented.

Dietary Approaches to MS: The Microbiome and Gut- Brain- Immune Axis
This presentation reviews published research on the Wahls Protocol and the Swank Diet for Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Wahls will review the gut-brain-immune axis and demonstrate how gut microbiota can influence the brain and immune system. The microbiome is influenced by diet, genetics, antibiotic use, environmental toxins and many other factors. Obesity and heart disease are related to an altered gut microbiome. An imbalanced gut microbiome can be at the root of psychological conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety, and cognitive impairment. Dr. Wahls will review specific dietary and lifestyle adjustments that patients can follow which can positively influence the microbiome.

Hypothyroidism and Subclinical Hypothyroidism Testing and Treatment
Dr. Wilson will be reviewing the differential diagnoses for hypothyroidism, subclinical hypothyroidism and Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. He will explain how research demonstrates that much of the regulation of the thyroid system occurs in the periphery, and how that influences the interpretation of thyroid testing. 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.

Gut Function: The silent player in inflammation and hormone imbalance
Dr. Klassen will provide perspective on how gut function ties together different body systems. He will examine studies supporting clinical use of food sensitivity (IgG) testing and explain how that can affect seemingly unrelated systems. The importance of the microbiome in its role as the sterolbiome and how this relates to the metabolism of hormones and xenobiotics will be discussed. An overview of enterohepatic recirculation and how the biliary tree is a sometimes- forgotten member of the digestive system will help connect these concepts.

Fire on the Brain: A Functional Medicine Approach to Reversal of Cognitive Decline
Learn a new functional medicine approach to reverse cognitive decline. Go beyond the standard approach for evaluating dementia — Dr. Menolascino will review and disseminate a new program that you can apply in your clinical practice. He will identify nutrient, hormone, toxin, microbiome, and genetic markers that are involved in cognitive decline. He will also discuss the team approach for utilizing health coaches and nutritionist in clinical practice for optimal compliance and outcomes.

Male Lab Testing Made Simple: Understanding the Basics in Hormone Assessment
Male lab testing can be downright confusing when attempting to understand the complexities of which hormones to test, for what reasons, and then correlate it with the patient’s symptoms. While there are many hormones to evaluate when assessing men’s health, this lecture will primarily focus on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis and include testosterone and associated androgens, 5a-reductase, SHBG, estrone/estradiol, estrogen detoxification, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), prolactin and PSA. In addition, proper hormone evaluation in serum, saliva, 24-hour urine and dried-spot urine will be discussed including the pros and cons of each.

Female Lab Testing Made Simple: Understanding the Basics in Hormone Assessment
Female lab testing can be downright confusing when attempting to understand the complexities of which hormones to test, for what reasons, and then correlate it with the patient’s timing in her menstrual cycle. While there are many hormones to evaluate when assessing her health, this lecture will primarily focus on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis and include the three main estrogens, estrogen detoxification, progesterone, androgens, Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Inhibin-B, and Prolactin. In addition, proper hormone evaluation in serum, saliva, 24-hour urine and dried-spot urine will be discussed including the pros and cons of each.

Foundational Principles of Natural Hormones: Who, What, Where, When, and Why
Prescribing hormones can be intimidating, but by understanding the fundamentals, it is easier to negotiate the complexities. Establishing foundational principles of interpreting test results and prescribing sets the stage for successful management of even the most seemingly challenging patient. Learn how to effectively manage and prescribe for various sex hormone imbalances seen at the difference stages of a woman’s reproductive career.

Lunch and Learn: Herbs for Thyroid and Neurological Support
Friday afternoon will be a lunch and learn sponsored by Restorative Formulations, featuring Kevin Spelman, PhD, on Herbs for Thyroid and Neurological Support. Dr. Spelman will review several formulas for treating thyroid conditions and two for neurological support, sharing dosage recommendations, clinical expectations and case studies. He’ll review the mechanism of action for key herbs and identify those with contraindications or safety concerns.

Conference Faculty

Carrie Jones, ND, MPH
Dr. Jones is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), School of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed her 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones and endocrinology. Later she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international education. She was adjunct faculty for many years at NUNM teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the medical director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is the medical director for Precision Analytical, Inc.

Joe Klassen, ND
Dr. Klassen graduated from Bastyr University in 2005, and has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Calgary for 13 years. He has an enduring passion for the role of nutrition and food in family practice. He tries to exemplify the naturopathic principle of “Docere,” or Doctor as Teacher in his practice, in teaching at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and his role as a clinical support specialist and educator at Rocky Mountain Analytical laboratory. His practice has been focused on holistic family medicine, with emphasis on digestion, allergies and endocrine balance. An ardent supporter of using all tools available to understand the underlying cause of illness, he brings knowledge of how to integrate laboratory medicine, physical exam, food-based nutrition and clinical experience to improve clinical outcomes.

Mark Menolascino, MD
Dr. Menolascino earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center then completed internal medicine specialist training at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona. He is board certified as an internal medicine specialist, board certified in integrative and holistic medicine, is a certified functional medicine practitioner as well as board certified in advanced hormone management and anti-aging medicine. He has a master’s degree in pharmacology and immunology, and was a doctoral candidate in the medical scientist program assisting with clinical trials of new medications as well as part of the Heart Disease Reversal Team with Dr. Dean Ornish. His medical knowledge is complemented by advanced training and clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine/acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy. Dr. Menolascino has pursued extensive continuing education with over 3,000 certified continuing education hours in integrative medicine including advanced cardiovascular therapies including heart disease prevention, medical nutritional therapy, male and female hormone bio-identical therapy including advanced thyroid and adrenal function, detoxification, and cancer prevention. He has developed a unique program of optimal wellness based on integrating all of his training and knowledge for a holistic and individualized wellness.

Kristy Prouse, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Prouse earned her medical degree at Queen’s University and completed her obstetrics and gynaecology training receiving the Laparoscopic Surgery Award of Excellence. As a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Prouse has practiced obstetrics and gynaecology for over a decade in the GTA. She is an associate professor at the University of Toronto. In addition to running her busy practice, Dr. Prouse sits on the editorial review board for Integrated Healthcare Practitioners journal, and her passion for educating has led her to develop an educational program to train other healthcare practitioners in hormonal health.

Kevin Spelman, PhD
Dr. Spelman 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. He has practiced phytotherapy, informed by the Ayurvedic system, western herbalism and modern physiology, since 1989. Past research has included the molecular biology of cannabinoid receptors, brain and ovarian cancer, as well as clinical investigations, immunological studies and chemical analysis on various medicinal plants. International research has included the analysis of nutrient levels in teenage women in West Africa, working with children with neurological disorders in Central America and researching medicinal plants active against malaria in Paris. He is an adjunct assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, an adjunct professor of botanical medicine at National College of Natural Medicine and a distinguished lecturer at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Spelman has advised the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and provided expert testimony to the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate, as well as advised McCormick & Company on new product development and the Jamaican government’s Scientific Research Council. Dr. Spelman is currently a consultant specializing in new product development, laboratory and cGMP issues and research initiatives.

Terry Wahls, MD
Dr. Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles (paperback), and the cookbook The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions. She conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She also teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of the Paleo diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes that restore health and vitality to our citizens. She hosts a Wahls Protocol Seminar every August where anyone can learn how to implement the Protocol with ease and success.

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.

Conference Location

Delta Toronto East Hotel
2035 Kennedy Road
Toronto, Ontario M1T 3G2 Canada

The Delta Toronto East is conveniently located just off the Ontario 401 highway, at the Kennedy Road exit. Parking in the hotel garage is included in conference registration. The Delta Toronto East is also easily accessible by public transit, with the Ellesmere subway station about 1.2 km to the south and the Agincourt GO station about 1 km to the north. The hotel is 29 km from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, about a 20-minute drive.

Guest rooms at the Delta Toronto East are available for $141 CAD per night, plus taxes. Rate includes overnight parking. Click here to make a reservation.

CE Credits

Canadian NDs: Earn up to 12 CE hours (including 2 Pharmacology CE) from the live two-day conference, pending approval by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).

US NDs: Earn up to 12 CE hours (including 2 Pharmacology CE) from the live two-day conference, pending approval by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM).

US MDs, DOs, FNP, California NDs and others: Earn up to 12 CME hours from the live two-day conference, pending approval by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Included in the conference registration, NDs in Canada and most US states can earn an additional 9 CE credits, including 4 pharmacology CE, from watching recorded presentations and passing quizzes. See the 2019 Online University section for more details.

Registration and Pricing

Registration includes electronic download of presenter slides, healthy buffet lunch and refreshment breaks, free parking in the hotel garage, and CE/CME credits. 13% HST will be added to all registrations. All prices below are in Canadian dollars.

Registration Type Before Jan. 14 After Jan. 14
2-Day AARM or OAND Member $300 $400
2-Day Regular $375 $500
2-Day Student/2018 Grad $150 $150
1-Day AARM or OAND Member $180 $240
1-Day Regular $225 $300
1-Day Student/2018 Grad $90 $90

Additional Options
Printed Conference Proceedings Book $50.00
Conference Recordings Set $200.00
Teas and Tinctures Workshop $15.00

AARM membership pricing is available to members who have logged into their account. OAND member pricing is available to OAND members who received a coupon code from the association.

Livestream Option

Can’t make it to Toronto for the 2019 Toronto Restorative Medicine Regional Conference? You can still participate remotely from your home or office by registering for our livestream option. If you are registered for the livestream, you will be able to watch educational sessions live over the Internet and send questions for the speaker to answer. 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.

Livestream registration includes up to 12 CE/CME credits and electronic download of presenters’ slides. 13% HST will be added to livestream registrations for residents of Canada.

Livestream Registration Type Before Jan. 14 After Jan. 14
2-Day AARM or OAND Member CA$320 US$256 CA$420 US$336
2-Day Regular CA$400 US$320 CA$525 US$420
2-Day Student/2018 Grad CA$160 US$128 CA$160 US$128
1-Day AARM or OAND Member CA$200 US$160 CA$260 US$208
1-Day Regular CA$250 US$200 CA$325 US$260
1-Day Student/2018 Grad CA$100 US$80 CA$100 US$80

AARM membership pricing is available to members who have logged into their account. OAND member pricing is available to OAND members who received a coupon code from the association.

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, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Each session is limited to 25 participants. Advance registration is required. Workshop fee is $15 CAD per person.

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).

2019 Online University

The 2019 Online University offers recorded presentations — included in the conference registration fee — which can be viewed at the participant’s convenience after the conference. Participants must watch each recording and pass the related quiz with 75% or above. These recordings provide CE credits only to naturopathic doctors in Canada and all US states except CA, pending approval by OBNM and CONO. Earn up to 9 CE credits total, including 4 pharmacology CE.

Recorded presentation titles and speakers:

  • Leigh Arseneau, ND & Jeff Matheson, MD. MD and ND Collaboration: Integrative Medical Strategies for Chronic Pain. 2 CE/ 1 Pharmacology CE
  • Aaron Van Gaver, ND. Addiction Primer for the Health Professional. 3 hours, 3 CE/ 1 Pharmacology CE
  • Eugene Zampieron, ND. Pain Management Secrets of an Aging Martial Artist. 1 CE/ .5 Pharmacology CE
  • Carol Petersen, RPh. Think Hormones First: From Birth Trauma to Anti-Aging, A Life Time of Hormone Balance. 1 CE/ 1 Pharmacology CE
  • Stephen Sinatra, MD. General Session: High Vibrational Living/Metabolic Cardiology: The segue to optimum health. 2 hours, 2 CE/.5 Pharmacology CE

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your registration, you may do so before January 25, 2019 and receive a refund, minus a 20% cancellation fee. All registrations made on or after January 25, 2019 are entirely non-refundable. Any cancellation request received on or after January 25, 2019 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of the total cost of registration. All cancellation requests must be made in writing, by sending an email to conferences@restorativemedicine.org.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Restorative Formulations

Silver Sponsor
Designs For Health

Education Co-Sponsor
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Workshop Sponsor
Faunus Herbs

Exhibitors (as of Dec. 11)
AYUMETRIX
Bioclinic Naturals
Cyto-Matrix
FLUIDS iQ
IGeneX, Inc.
NFH Inc.
Pascoe Canada
Promedics Nutraceutical Ltd.
Researched Nutritionals
SaunaRay
Signature Supplements Inc.
Vitazan Professional

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