2017 Annual Conference


Restoring the Aging Brain & Integrative Modalities to Support Oncology Treatment

Thursday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona

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Overview Preconference Intensives Schedule
Keynote Speakers Conference Faculty Continuing Education Credits
Hotel Transportation Registration Prices
Meal Plan Cancellation Policy Sponsors & Exhibitors


Restoring the Aging Brain
Although aging is a natural process, new research indicates there may be significant opportunity to slow the decline of physical and mental health. Older patients are now expecting to stay active and fully participate in their later years and will seek your guidance on positive steps they can take. Integrative physicians now grapple with questions such as:

  • How preventable or reversible is neurodegeneration?
  • Can the endocrine and immune system be modulated to enhance cognition?
  • How effective are supplements and diet for preventing issues such as depression and dementia?

The 15th Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference will feature researchers and expert clinicians who will share new tools for promoting healthy aging in this large population of patients. Join us for these engaging topics and more:

  • Identifying sources of neuroinflammation
  • Enhancing the gut-brain axis and neuroendocrine system
  • Recognizing neurotoxic environmental factors
  • Appropriate testing methods for cognitive assessment in an older population
  • Protocols to support methylation and balance neurotransmitters

Integrative Modalities to Support Oncology Treatment
Almost 40% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Regardless of your specialty, you will inevitably encounter patients who are undergoing cancer treatment. They will be looking to you, as an integrative practitioner, for advice on modalities to ease a multitude of side effects from cancer treatment. They may also be seeking your guidance on positive steps they can make to prevent future recurrence. Gain valuable skills on how to effectively manage oncology patients with protocols from expert clinicians. At the 15th Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference, we’ll be reviewing these thought-provoking topics and more:

  • Controlling inflammatory pathways that cause metastasis
  • The role of herbs and nutrition in epigenetic alterations
  • Cutting-edge therapeutic strategies for supporting cancer treatment
  • Mind-body interventions

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Preconference Intensives

Thursday, Oct. 5

Botanicals Boot Camp: A Clinician’s Primer
Tieraona Low Dog, MD

This full-day foundational course will provide clinicians (especially those who have not been through formal herbal medicine training) with a practical framework for counseling patients regarding the safe and effective use of botanicals. This will be a “hands-on” course, incorporating patient cases to allow clinicians to work through real world scenarios that take into account different botanicals and botanical actions, the potential for herb-drug interactions, “dosing” by age and constitution, the use of herbal formulations and more. Cases (adult and pediatric) will focus on botanicals used in mental, women’s, and digestive health. Learn to discern different aspects of botanical product labels in order to more effectively counsel patients. Better understand the legal and ethical implications of selling botanical products in their medical office.

Certification In T3 Therapy: Optimize Body Temperature and Thyroid Function with Hormones, Botanicals and Nutrition
Denis Wilson, MD
Gerrie Lindeque, MD

Each year, more than 50,000 potential patients visit the AARM website or an affiliate website looking for a provider certified in T3 therapy. Certification in T3 therapy is an excellent means to build your practice. 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. 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

The speakers are experienced clinicians and experts in thyroid physiology. At the end of the day, an optional certification exam is available. Certification in T3 therapy verifies that practitioners have completed the training and have passed an examination. AARM members who are certified in T3 therapy are indicated in the online member directory.

In this video interview, Dr. Wilson talks with with AARM Communications and Education Director Jen Palmer, ND about the problem of low body temperature and the treatment he developed with T3 therapy.

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Conference Schedule

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Keynote Speakers

Tieraona Low Dog, MD
lowdog-150x200Dr. Low Dog’s exploration of natural medicine began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery, herbal medicine; massage therapy and martial arts 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.

Gerrie Lindeque, MD
lindeque-150x200Dr. Lindeque obtained his MD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also holds a diploma in anesthetics from the College of Medicine of South Africa. He spent five years in a rural practice in Canada during which time he gradually started incorporating nutritional modalities into his practice. For the past 10 years his practice has been situated in Parys, Free State, South Africa, where he focuses on the treatment of degenerative diseases with nutritional and natural therapies. He has experience as a family and ER physician. He has had good success in the treatment of various disorders including cancer, diabetes, heart and organ failure, auto-immune disorders, and autism. Dr. Lindeque also practices prolotherapy or joint and ligament reconstruction therapy by use of the injection of natural solutions to help patients avoid orthopaedic surgery whenever possible.
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Conference Faculty

Todd Born, ND
Dr. Born is a naturopathic doctor, co-owner and medical director of Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc., in Alameda, California. Dr. Born is the Product Manager, Head of New Product Development, Scientific Advisor for Allergy Research Group, LLC and is Editor in Chief of their science Focus Newsletter. He is a Thought Leader for the UK-based Clinical Education, a free peer-to-peer service that offers clinicians a closed forum to ask clinical questions and receive evidence-based responses by experts in their fields. Dr. Born graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle and completed his residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and its thirteen 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. He has appeared on KRON4 News and National Psoriasis Foundation, as an expert. Dr. Born’s clinical focus is utilizing integrative medicine to treat chronic disease. He has a strong interest in difficult and refractory cases, gastrointestinal issues, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders, endocrinology, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, autoimmune disease, development and behavioral issues, HIV/AIDS, and geriatrics. He has extensive knowledge and training in the basic medical sciences, physical medicine (osseous manipulation, craniosacral therapy, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy), botanical medicine, homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage, Ayurveda, counseling, pharmacology, and diet and nutrient therapies.

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

Michael Freidman, 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 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).

Ajay Goel, PhD
goel-150x200Dr. Goel is currently the Director for the Center for Gastrointestinal Research and Director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor Research Institute, Dallas, TX. His area of research is in gastrointestinal carcinogenesis based on his broad background in both basic and translational aspects of gastrointestinal carcinogenesis research. Since joining Baylor Research Institute (BRI), Dallas in 2003, he established his own, independent research program on cancer epigenetics and prevention. He has developed and led several collaborations with the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), EPICOLON cancer registry in Spain, UIC Chicago, UC San Diego, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Dallas. He has published more than 195 peer-reviewed research articles in leading international medical journals.

Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH
Dr. Hamilton is a Pediatrician with experience in primary care, integrative medicine, research, speaking and writing. Her education includes an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University followed by a medical degree from Chicago Medical School. She graduated with honors from medical school through the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical society. After completing her pediatric residency at Brown University, she practiced as a general pediatrician. Her background includes Board Certifications in Pediatrics, Physician Nutrition and Integrative/Holistic Medicine (AIHM). Following her practice in primary care, Dr. Hamilton attained additional fellowship training in nutrition at the Children’s Hospital in Denver. As part of her nutrition training, she completed her Masters of Science degree in Public Health (MPH). Her research for her MPH degree was funded through a National Institute of Health (NIH) Nutrition Research Training Grant to study nutrient intake from complementary foods in infants. 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. After treating many children with chronic disease, she became interested in understanding the risk factors involved in children developing these illnesses. After researching over 600 references, she wrote Preventing Autism & ADHD: Controlling Risk Factors, Before, During & After Pregnancy. Her book led to her collaboration in the writing of The Healthy Child Guide through the Neurological Health Foundation. She has also contributed chapters for Child Decoded: Unraveling Learning and Behavioral Disorders, to be published in 2017.

Shalesh Kaushal, MD, PhD
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.

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 (3rd Printing 2011, Fountain of Youth Press, www.slimsaneandsexy.com). 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. Television interviews include both local and national stations, most notably; CNN.

Nancy Lins, ND
Dr. Lins is a board certified Naturopathic Physician licensed in the State of Hawaii. She received her doctoral training from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. That training included a four year didactic program and clinical residency. Her studies included the use of various natural modalities including nutrition, vitamin therapies, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, natural hormone replacement, acupuncture, structural therapy and mind/body medicine. Dr. Lins completed her clinical training in 2001, focusing primarily upon women’s health issues pertaining to hormonal imbalances and anti-aging medicine. She continues to attend advanced trainings to increase her skills in the art of medicine.

Mark Newman
Mark is one of the foremost experts and an international speaker in the area of hormone testing. He has designed several hundred novel tests at multiple labs prior to starting his own lab, Precision Analytical, Inc. Mark has educated thousands of physicians on hormone testing best practices. He has particular expertise in the testing of adrenal and reproductive hormones, especially as it relates to the appropriate monitoring of hormone replacement therapy. Mark has directed lab testing at multiple industry-leading hormone testing labs including Meridian Valley Labs, ZRT Laboratory, and Precision Analytical.

Christine Salter, MD, DC
Dr. Salter is the medical director of The Centre For Vibrant Health And Wellness in St. Louis. She is a native of Great Britain, where she obtained her BSc (hon) salter-150x200in Physiology & Biochemistry from the University of Reading, UK. She subsequently graduated from the British College of Naturopathy & Osteopathy, Logan University (formerly Logan College of Chiropractic), and St. Louis University School of Medicine. She continued her medical training at Mercy Medical Center (formerly St. John’s Mercy Medical Center) Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Salter is board certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), the new American Board of Integrative Medicine, and the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). She is also a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Salter started her solo practice named Vibrant Health Family Medicine in 2001. She practiced the full scope of Family Medicine including prenatal care.

Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP
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.

William J. Walsh, PhD, FACN
walsh-150x200Dr. Walsh is president of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of nutritional medicine and a key scientist paving the way for nutrient-based psychiatry and nutritional medicine. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Walsh has developed biochemical treatments for patients diagnosed with behavioral disorders, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, autism, clinical depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease that are used by doctors throughout the world. His book, Nutrient Power: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012), describes the evidence-based nutrient therapy system. After earning degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Michigan, Dr. Walsh received a PhD in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. While working at Argonne National Laboratory in the 1970s, Dr. Walsh organized a prison volunteer program that led to studies of prisoners and ex-offenders researching the causes of their violent behavior. The collaboration with renowned (late) Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the field of nutritional research therapy, led Dr. Walsh to the development of individualized nutrient protocols to normalize body chemistry and brain chemistry. Dr. Walsh went on to study more than 30,000 patients with mental disorders acquiring an unparalleled database of more than 3 million chemical assays during his clinical and research work.

Denis Wilson, MD
wilson-150x200Dr. 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. For more than 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 3 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.

Heather Zwickey, PhD
zwickey-150x200Dr. Zwickey is the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), director of Helfgott Research Institute, and Professor of Immunology. Dr. Zwickey trained at the world renowned National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver. She received a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. In 2003, Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute at NUNM. At Helfgott, Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine. She studies the immunological mechanisms involved in nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and mind-body medicine. Her current area of focus is the inflammatory components of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Zwickey has used her expertise in program development to establish the School of Research and Graduate Studies at NCNM, and serves as its leader. She has developed Masters programs in Integrative Medicine Research, Nutrition, and Global Health. Dr. Zwickey’s passion for sustainable global health has inspired her to establish research collaborations in Tanzania where she studies maternal-child nutrition, and traditional herbal medicines.
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Continuing Education Credits

Information about CME and CE credits for this conference will be posted by March 15. Please check back later.
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Nestled amidst the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson, The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa immerses guests in an oasis of endless possibilities for well-being – from the Red Door Salon & Spa to the Jack Nicklaus-designed signature golf course. The Westin La Paloma has been rated as excellent by 63% of the guest reviewers on Tripadvisor.com, with an additional 20% of the reviewers rating the hotel as very good. The hotel features 27 holes of golf in three courses, a tennis and racquetball center, five swimming pools and a 177-foot water slide, the Westin Family Kids Club, a fitness center, and a lap pool. Nearby there are several hiking trails into the mountains with spectacular views, including the popular Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.

Discount Group Rate $179 Per Night
A block of guest rooms at the Westin La Paloma is available starting at $179 per night single/double. The group rates are available for the nights of Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 7. Group rates are also available up to three days before and after the conference, subject to availability. If you can, plan to spend some extra time at the Westin La Paloma to enjoy the resort’s amenities and explore the surrounding area. Click here to make an online reservation or call the hotel at (520) 742-6000. Deadline for making reservations at the group rate is September 4.

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Tucson International Airport (TUS) is about 35 minutes from the conference at the Westin La Paloma. Shuttle services are available between the airport and the conference hotel for about $42 each way. Tucson is served by six airlines, which provide year-round nonstop service to 14 destinations.

Nonstop to Hermosillo

Alaska Airlines
Nonstop to Seattle/Tacoma

American Airlines
Nonstop to Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles and Phoenix

Delta Air Lines
Nonstop to Atlanta, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City

Southwest Airlines
Nonstop to Chicago Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego

United Airlines
Nonstop to Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston Intercontinental, Los Angeles and San Francisco

As an alternative airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is about two hours from the conference location. Sky Harbor is served by 16 carriers with nonstop service to more than 80 destinations in the U.S. and 20 destinations internationally. Shuttle services are available between Tucson and Sky Harbor.
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Registration Prices

Attendee registration will open March 15. Please check back then.
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Meal Plan

Conference meals will include organic, free-range, and locally-sourced food whenever possible. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free meals will be available. Click here to download the preliminary conference menus.
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Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your registration, you may do so before September 15, 2017 and receive a refund, minus a $100 processing fee per person registered. All registrations made after September 15, 2017 are entirely non-refundable. Any cancellation after September 15, 2017 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of the total cost of registration.
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Sponsors & Exhibitors

In addition to the above sponsors, the following companies are registered to exhibit (as of Feb. 25).
Bioclinic Naturals
College Pharmacy
Alletess Medical Laboratory
Priority One Nutritional Supplements Inc.
Living Younger Lifestyle Medicine
Great Plains Laboratory
Canada RNA Biochemical Inc.
Chi’s Enterprise, Inc.
Host Defense Organic Mushrooms
Herb Pharm LLC

Exhibitor registration is now open, see our Exhibiting page for details.
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If you need assistance or have a question about this conference, please email conferences@restorativemedicine.org