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Focus on Women's and Pediatric Health

According to P2i, in the U.S. in 2015 the current, miscarriage rate is 31% and the preterm birth rate is 12%. By the time U.S. children reach the age of five, more than 40% of them will suffer from chronic health conditions that include ADD, autism, bipolar disorder, epilepsy or potentially fatal food allergies. In other words, when an American woman conceives, there is about a 30% probability that she will carry her baby to term and that it will not suffer from chronic health conditions.

 

Peer-reviewed research looks at the environmental exposures that are connected to complications of pregnancy and chronic disorders in children. Nutritional deficits and in utero exposures are linked to low birth weight and postnatal problems like asthma, obesity, and cancer. Studies and clinical case series point to the role of proper nutrition and toxicant avoidance leading to a reduction in these outcomes. Although the majority of this research originally centered around folate deficiency and then supplementation as well as the role of smoking in low birth weight and subsequent disease, current research centers on prenatal exposure to phthalates, bisphenol A, toxic metals, pesticides, and solvents.

 

This series was developed as a result of the ongoing need for physician and healthcare provider education on the resonating impacts of environmental exposure from generation to generation. Keeping the busy healthcare provider in mind, this series is entirely web-based and can be viewed live or as a recording. No travel, no time away from your office is necessary. 

 

 Registration Includes:

Access to Session Recordings | Handouts & Resources | CE Certificates

Expert Faculty & Session Topics

 

Lyn Patrick, ND

Case Presentation: Maternal-Fetal Transference of Toxins "Call to Action" 

 

Thyroid Disruption During Pregnancy: Effects on Fetal Development, Postnatal Immune and Neurologic Complications 

 

 Women & Metals Toxicity Through the Life Cycle: Pregnancy, Menopause, Osteoporosis 


Lyn Patrick, ND graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 and has been in private practice for 27 years. She has been a faculty member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (www.acam.org) continuing medical education conferences, lecturing in the area of metal toxicology and environmental medicine and has served on the Board of Directors at ACAM. She has lectured for the Institute of Functional Medicine and many physician membership organizations nationally and internationally on the subject of environmental medicine.

 

Dr. Patrick is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and has been a longtime Contributing Editor for Alternative Medicine Review, a Medline-indexed journal of complementary/alternative medical research (www.altmedrev.com). 


 

 

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH
Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain

 

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, is a Clinician Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children’s Hospital and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His primary goal is to help quantify and ultimately prevent disease and disability - like asthma, learning problems and ADHD - due to exposures to environmental contaminants and pollutants. Over the past decade, Dr. Lanphear has become increasingly vexed by our inability to control the “pandemic of consumption” – the largely preventable, worldwide epidemic of chronic disease and disability due to industrial pollutants, environmental contaminants and excess consumption. He is leading an effort to build an online Atlas of Environmental Health to enhance public understanding of how environmental influences impact human health. 


 

 

Bonnie Nedrow, ND

Overview of Environmental Exposure and Fertility: A Clinical Approach

 

 

Preconception Optimization: Diet, Safe Nutritional and Botanical Support for Minimizing Developmental Harm 

 

Bonnie Nedrow ND serves clients of all ages in Ashland, Oregon where she works as a primary care doctor and a leader of several wellness programs. She lectures nationally to the public and her peers on detoxification, impacts of environmental medicine on reproductive health, and preconception optimization. She has co-published The Cleanse Companion Cookbook and The Seasonal Cleanse Workbook, and is currently writing her third book, The Seven Strategies of Detoxification.

 


 

Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO

Methylation and SNPs in Women's Health: Fertility, Autoimmunity, Cancer

 

 

Breast, Endometrial, and Ovarian Cancer: Assessment and Treatment from an Environmental Medicine Perspective

 

Dr. Nasha Winters, FABNO, ND, LAc, DiplOM (NCCAOM), is one in fewer than 100 Naturopathic physicians in North America who has become licensed in Naturopathic Oncology. She has been at the cutting edge of utilizing genetics to pinpoint accurate treatment protocols for the individual, as well as educating physicians world wide on the science of integrative oncology.

 


Larry Palevsky, MD

A Holistic Approach to Pediatrics...Scientifically

 

 

The Epidemic of Asthma: Pediatric Exposures

 

Dr. Palevksy received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine in 1987. He completed a pediatric residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, and a fellowship at Bellevue Hospital-NYU School of Medicine in the pediatric outpatient department and emergency room by 1991.


Dr. Palevsky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Past- President of the American Holistic Medical Association, a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and a medical advisory board member of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food & Health in New York City, Developmental Delay Resources and the National Vaccine Information Center.


Dr. Palevsky maintains pediatric consultation practices in Northport, Long Island, and Manhattan, and teaches holistic integrative pediatric & adolescent medicine to parents and medical and allied healthcare professionals both nationally and internationally.



Stephen Sinatra, MD

Women & Heart Disease: Special Considerations, Diastolic Dysfunction - A Growing Epidemic

 

Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra is a board-certified cardiologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. Certified as a bioenergetic psychotherapist, and nutrition and anti-aging specialist, Dr. Sinatra integrates psychological, nutraceutical and electroceutical therapies in the matrix of healing. He is the founder of www.heartmdinstitute.com, an informational website dedicated to promoting public awareness of integrative medicine. Dr. Sinatra is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Nutrition. Dr. Sinatra’s latest book, Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth will be released in the fall of 2015.

 

Doron Kahana, MD 

Toxicant Exposure and GI Health: Assessment and Treatment

 

Doron Kahana, M.D. is a pediatrician with additional certifications to practice Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Clinical Nutrition. After graduating with Honors in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago as an undergraduate student, he earned a medical degree from Tel Aviv University in Israel. In 2004, he completed Residency work at the University of Minnesota and, in 2008, Fellowship work at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

 

 

 

Anju Usman, MD

Methylation and Neonatal Development: The Limitations and Potential Risks of Folate Supplementation in Pregnancy

 

 

Lead Exposure in Children: The Still Silent Epidemic

  

Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University. She completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois and is board certified in Family Practice. In addition she is board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and holds a certificate in Homeopathy.  



Part 1: Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Food Safety - The Effects of Glyphosate and Other Pesticides on Pediatric Health

 

Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She has a Bachelor's degree from MIT in biology with a minor in food and nutrition, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, also from MIT. Her research has focused on understanding the effects of certain environmental toxicants, such as aluminum and glyphosate, on human physiology. She proposed that low-micronutrient, high-carbohydrate diet, combined with excess exposure to environmental toxicants, and insufficient sunlight exposure to the skin and eyes, plays a crucial role in many modern conditions and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, GI problems, Alzheimer's disease, and autism.



Part 2: Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

Exposure on Diet and Natal Development

 

Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein is an integrative pediatric neurologist double board certified in neurology and pediatrics. She is also the author of the upcoming book "The Dirt Cure" (simon and Schuster, January 2016). A passionate advocate for children's health, she is known for her paradigm-shifting work toward healing chronic illness using food, botanicals, and elements of nature. After graduating from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with a Special Distinction in Research for her work in autism, Dr. Shetreat-Klein completed the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona where she now serves as faculty, and testifies for government officials on behalf of children's environmental health. In her New York City practice, she treats children from all over the world with intractable neurological and other chronic pediatric issues. 

 

 

 

Wendy Ellis, ND

Balancing Hormones in an Endocrine-Disrupted World

 

 

Autoimmune Disease in Women: Assessment and Treatment

  

Dr. Wendy Ellis received her degree in naturopathic medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2002 after graduating from the University of New England with a degree in medical biology. Prior to joining Tahoma Clinic, Dr. Ellis practiced medicine in Nicaragua, serving as primary care physician for a rural community on the island of Ometepe and focusing on women's health, pediatrics, and the treatment of parasites. Dr. Ellis also practiced medicine in Port Au Prince, Haiti at Mother Teresa's Mission of Charity. She maintained a private general medicine practice in Portland, Oregon before joining the Tahoma Clinic in North Seattle. Dr. Ellis practices general medicine with an emphasis on endocrine disorders (sex hormones for men and women, thyroid and adrenal disorders) auto-immunity, fertility, gastrointestinal disorders, and environmental medicine including mycotoxicity. 

 

 

Debra Metzger, PhD, MD
Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome from an Environmental Medicine Perspective

 

Deborah A. Metzger, PhD, MD is a gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist whose major interest has been the integrated treatment of women with complex medical issues including chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, PCOS, interstitial cystitis and vulvodynia. During the past 27 years, she has developed novel approaches to these underappreciated problems. She has served on the medical school faculties of the University of Connecticut, Yale, and Stanford. Dr. Metzger has lectured extensively throughout the world, published widely in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals and is one of the editors of Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Integrated Approach (Saunders, 1998), the first book on the subject. She was also medical editor for Stay Fertile Longer (Rodale, 2003). Since retiring from medical practice, she has been developing a nonprofit to study the impact of indoor air quality on health.

 

 

 

 

Susan Brown, PhD, CNS
Osteoporosis and Toxicant Exposure: Assessment and Management 

 

Dr. Brown received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1972 and is the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays Scholar Awards, and an Organization of American States Research Fellowship. She is also a member of Sigma Xi, the honorary Scientific Research Organization of North America. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Brown was a research associate at the Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University.


 

 

 

David Quig, PhD
The Microbiome in Women's Health 

 

David Quig received his Masters degree in Human Nutrition from Virginia Tech, and his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He was then a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University for five years prior to serving as a Senior Cardiovascular Pharmacologist with a major pharmaceutical company for seven years. For the past 26 years, he has performed and published research pertaining to nutrition and chronic disease. He regularly gives presentations at international and national biomedical conferences. Dr. Quig is currently Vice President, Scientific Support for Doctor's Data, Inc. where he conducts studies pertaining to the effects of heavy metal and chemical toxicity on nutrition and metabolism and advises medical practitioners about the interpretation of laboratory test results and treatment options for their patients.  

 

 


 

Learning Objectives

Maternal-Fetal Transference of Toxins

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify sources of toxicants and its influences on fetal development.
  2. Assess preconception risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes.

 

Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the specific toxicants that have been well documented in the literature to be linked to developmental exposure. 
  2. Identify the conditions linked to each of these exposures. 
  3. Identify the specific window of vulnerability the developing fetus has to these specific toxicants. 
  4. Refer to the databases that are resources for relevant literature. 


Overview of Environmental Exposure and Fertility: A Clinical Approach  

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the specific toxicants that interfere with fertility. 
  2. Identify the unique characteristics of a preconception counseling practice that separate it from an integrative primary care or OB practice. 
  3. Recognize the specific window of vulnerability of the developing fetus. 
  4. Identify the protocols used in a preconception care practice. 

 

 

Methylation and SNPs in Women's Health: Fertility, Autoimmunity, Cancer

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the specific SNPs that are related to risk for infertility, autoimmunity, and cancer. 
  2. Identify and utilize protocols that decrease risk for developmental damage in conception and fetal development. 
  3. Recognize the SNPs related to increase risk for cancer and be able to utilize appropriate interventions. 

 

Thyroid Disruption During Pregnancy: Effects on Fetal Development, Postnatal Immune and Neurologic Conditions

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the top 6 chemicals readily accepted by the scientific community as thyroid disruptors. 
  2. Identify the specific action of these compounds on the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis. 
  3. Understand and implement appropriate education for avoidance, intervention with hormone replacement, and supplemental/botanical support protocols in patients with thyroid disease. 

 

Preconception Optimization: Diet, Safe Nutritional and Botanical Support for Minimizing Developmental Harm

 At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify 3 nutrients where insufficient intake during fetal development has adverse effects in childhood or later life. 
  2. Identify 5 botanicals that can be used safely and supportively during pregnancy. 
  3. Identify a macronutrient deficiency that can impede neurodevelopmental progress in utero. 

 

A Holistic Approach to Pediatrics...Scientifically

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the balance of inflammation/anti-inflammation in the underlying process of pediatric acute and chronic illnesses affecting the immune, nervous, intestinal, and endocrine system.
  2. Recognize dietary and environmental factors that contribute to and alleviate inflammation. 
  3. Examine the role of inflammation on a child's immune system. 
  4. Explain the functions of a child's immune system
  5. Summarize factors specific to a maturing immune, nervous, digestive and endocrine system.

 

Women & Heart Disease: Special Considerations, Diastolic Dysfunction - A Growing Epidemic

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Review environmental influences relating to diastolic dysfunction in women: EMFs, metals, and medications. 
  2. Review treatment strategies for these conditions.  

 

Toxicant Exposure and GI Health: Assessment and Treatment

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss contributors to adverse gastrointestinal health. 
  2. Identify laboratory markers for gastrointestinal health. 
  3. Implement nutritional strategies for gastrointestinal health. 

 

Methylation and Neonatal Development: The Limitations and Potential Risks of Folate Supplementation

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the methylation cycle and its role in neonatal development. 
  2. Identify nutrients and co-factors to support methylation. 
  3. Recognize the difference between folic acid, folinic, and methylfolate. 

 

Lead Exposure in Children: The Still Silent Epidemic

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the actionable blood lead levels in children. 
  2. Identify sources of lead. 
  3. Describe the influence lead has on development.
  4. Summarize the assessment and treatment of toxicant metal burden. 

 

Part 1: Food Safety - The Effects of Glyphosate and Other Pesticides on Pediatric Health

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify mechanisms of the toxicity of glyphosate. 
  2. Understand the epidemiological research that correlates glyphosate use to pediatric health conditions

Part 2: Exposure on Diet and Natal Development 

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the neurodevelopmental toxicity of organophosphate pesticides. 
  2. Devise a treatment protocol for pediatric organochlorine and organophosphate exposure. 
  3. Identify the role of diet in pesticide exposure avoidance. 

 

The Epidemic of Asthma: Pediatric Exposures

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize environmental exposures that contribute and exacerbate asthma. 
  2. Identify simple steps for decreasing indoor allergens.
  3. Discuss immune stimulatory strategies for the prevention and treatment of asthma. 

 

Balancing Hormones in an Endocrine-Disrupted World 

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the effects of endocrine-disrupting hormones. 
  2. Identify lab values for optimized hormone wellness. 
  3. Discuss methods of assessing hormone imbalance. 
  4. Create personalized treatment protocols utilizing diet, nutrients, and botanicals to optimize hormone balance.  
  5. Prescribe bio-identical hormones to optimize hormone balance. 

 

Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome from an Environmental Medicine Perspective

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Outline environmental triggers to endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. 
  2. Define the diagnostic criteria for endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. 
  3. Discuss the role of the immune system in treating endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. 
  4. Summarize treatment approaches for endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. 

 

Women and Metals Toxicity Through the Life Cycle: Pregnancy, Menopause, Osteoporosis

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the mechanisms for increasing levels of circulating toxic metals in pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, thyroid disease, and chemotherapy. 
  2. Identify the role of toxic metals in the etiology and progression of osteoporosis. 

 

Breast, Endometrial, and Ovarian Cancer: Assessment and Treatment from an Environmental Medicine Perspective

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the toxicants that have been linked to the incidence of reproductive cancers. 
  2. Identify laboratory testing for these toxicants including levels that are linked to specific reproductive cancers in medical literature. 
  3. Explain the integrative medical treatment for these cancers using an environmental medicine approach. 

 

Autoimmune Disease in Women: Assessment and Treatment 

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Define the epidemiology of the autoimmune epidemic in women in the U.S.
  2. Define the theoretical mechanisms of environmental exposures and autoimmunity. 
  3. Identify treatment protocols for autoimmune conditions potentially induced by toxicant exposure. 

 

Osteoporosis and Toxicant Exposure: Assessment and Management

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the environmental toxicants that are linked to the incidence and/or mechanisms of osteoporosis. 
  2. Identify nutritional and functional medicine assessment, intervention, and management strategies for osteoporosis treatment in toxicant-exposed individuals. 

 

The Microbiome in Women's Health / Integrative Labs in Women's Health 

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of the microbiome on health. 
  2. Describe new advances in laboratory testing to identify microorganisms and dysbiosis. 
  3. Design an individualized treatment plan for optimizing the microbiome.
  4. Explore the scientific basis for clinical interventions for restoring gastrointestinal health. 
  5. Recognize the role of prebiotics and probiotics in gastrointestinal health. 

 

 


 

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