Immunity in the 21st Century: COVID & Beyond

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Schedule

Day 1 – Friday June 3

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7:00pm – 9:00pm

TBD

AAND Wine & Cheese Mingle: AAND Members & Conference Attendees

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Day 2 – Saturday June 4

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7:30am - 8:15am

Kensington Room

Registration & Breakfast Buffet

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8:15am - 8:30am

Sunalta Room

Welcome & Opening Remarks

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8:30am - 10:00am

Sunalta room

Keynote #1: COVID 19, the Infection Equation and Managing Post COVID Symptomology

Dr. Gaetano Morello, BSc, ND

The world has been combating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for two years and although there appears to be some normalization there is still much work to be done. Numerous strategies have been employed to control the spread, including exploratory drugs racing for FDA approval, yet the infection equation may provide the best route of prevention and possible treatment. This is focusing on immunity and its 3 lines of defence that are probably the key determinants in infection severity.
In this presentation we will explore the COVID19 history, what we know, what the statistics are showing us and direct our view to the importance of the 3 lines of immune function. We will explore the ongoing issue with post COVID symptomology (“Long Haulers”) and its relation to the symptoms found in ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). This has lead us to treatment strategies employed in ME/CFS that have showngreat promise.

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10:00am - 10:25am

Kensington room

Break

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10:25am - 12:00pm

Sunalta room

Keynote #2: Infant Immunity and Optimizing Vaccination

Dr. Taylor Bean, ND

The concern and questions around vaccines is growing substantially around the globe. With this comes a lot of fear and concern about diseases, vaccines, choices, traveling abroad and simply not being fully informed before making a decision around vaccinations. As one of very few ND’s in British Columbia to have obtained the Immunization Certification, I would like to present on some key areas around vaccinations that we as practitioners should know and what we can provide for our patients when they have questions. This should not be a topic of fear or anger but a topic that is honest, forthcoming and transparent.
In my office, I help parents uncover the risks and susceptibility for their child in terms of contracting disease, educating them around infant immunity, ingredients in vaccines, what herd immunity is, the diseases we vaccinate against, and how we can mitigate potential adverse reactions with vaccines.
Practitioners should know what resources to offer their patients who have questions around vaccines along with knowing where they can go for current and reputable information. From simply knowing how to locate a vaccine insert, utilizing annual surveillance reports from the CDC, understanding how adjuvants work and the risks they play (aluminum) and lastly understanding infant physiology as it pertains to vaccination (immunology).
Learning outcomes:
-To optimize our patients choice – whether that is to vaccinate, delay or not vaccinate at all.
-To have reputable resources to provide unbiased and relevant information to our patients around vaccination, the ingredients within vaccines, safety studies and the diseases we vaccinate against.
-To approach this topic with confidence and hold a space of trust so patients can feel heard and satisfied with their decision around vaccinations.

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12:00pm - 12:55pm

Kensington Room

Lunch Buffet

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12:55pm - 2:30pm

Sunalta room

Keynote #3: Postpartum Thyroiditis

Dr. Danielle Watson, ND

Postpartum thyroiditis is a common but often missed diagnosis in the perinatal period. It often goes undetected, as many of the symptoms can mimic the normal postpartum experience. This condition may affect up to 25% of new mothers, and although often transient, this autoimmune condition can lead to permanent damage to the thyroid. This can negatively effect a person’s experience in new motherhood— impacting thyroid health, milk supply, mood & energy. Naturopathic medicine is uniquely able to help with both prevention & treatment of the development of autoimmunity in postnatal mothers. In Canada, there is a massive gap in the care available for postpartum & many mothers are left to navigate this transition alone. Healthcare providers that followed a pregnant person regularly throughout pregnancy, do not continue care past the 6-week mark. As postpartum thyroiditis typically presents after six weeks, this leaves many patients without appropriate care or follow-up. Naturopathic doctors, as those that focus in prevention, can reduce risk factors of this autoimmune condition during pregnancy & improve outcomes postpartum through natural approaches to treatment.
You’ll learn:
-How to identify & diagnose postpartum thyroiditis
-Laboratory testing & clinical presentation of this autoimmune condition
-How to reduce the risk of postpartum thyroiditis in your pregnant patients
-Approaches to treatment & how to monitor recovery for your postpartum patientsBeing aware of the signs of postpartum thyroiditis in your patients can dramatically improve their postpartum experience. Naturopathic medicine can change the dynamic in healthcare to be supportive of new mothers & raise the bar on the standard of care postpartum.

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2:30pm - 2:55pm

Main hall

Break

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2:55pm - 4:00pm

TBD

Breakout Session#1A: Chronic Stealth Infections….The True Current Epidemic

Dr. Anouk Chaumont, ND

Chronic stealth infections such as Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections are much more prevalent in Canada than the health authorities are leading us to believe. Thousands of patients are suffering and are being misdiagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica or are being told that it’s “all in their head”. Are you missing Lyme disease in your practice?
The goal of this presentation is to increase awareness of how to detect the possibility that these chronic infections might be at the root cause of your patients’ symptoms. I will touch upon clinical symptomatology pictures, differential diagnoses, available laboratory testing and basic naturopathic treatment approaches.
Because many of these patients also suffer from mold toxicity, I will also briefly discuss the clinical presentation of mycotoxin burden and why it’s important to rule this out.

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2:55pm - 4:00pm

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Breakout Session#1B: Reproductive Immunology – Addressing Immune Factors in Fertility

(Restricted Activity: Acupuncture)

Dr. Patti Yik, ND

Pregnancy is the incredible result of a series of complex processes that allows a woman to conceive, nourish, and support a growing baby. The immune system plays a critical role in many aspects of both fertility and infertility and is becoming a large focus of research and clinical treatment worldwide. This burgeoning field of fertility is called Reproductive Immunology, and covers immunological issues that may impact natural conception, IVF success and pregnancy. Couples experiencing difficulties in fertility will often consult with a Naturopathic Doctor and it is the job of the clinician to explore and assess all factors related to fertility. Having a knowledge of the immunological factors impacting fertility provides the practitioner with greater insight into complex cases.

In this lecture, Dr. Patti will cover:
– Types of patients where immune factors should be investigated
– Potential testing to help identify immune contributors
– Conventional treatments specific to reproductive immunology
– Cutting-edge Naturopathic approaches to achieve immune regulation
– Common TCM and acupuncture diagnoses and considerations

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4:00pm - 4:10pm

Kensington Room

Break

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4:10pm - 5:15pm

TBD

Breakout Session#2A: Mental Health Matters: Supporting Patients Beyond Supplements

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND

Mental illnesses are on the rise in North America – and these health concerns do not discriminate by age, gender or social status.  In addition to supporting the physical level of health with nutraceuticals, botanicals, nutrition, exercise etc it is also critical to understand the role of thoughts, emotions and spirituality in mental health. In this talk, you will be given simple tools to help you guide your patients to mental well-being.  Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND has regained her mental health from anxiety, depression (attempted suicide), bulimia and bipolar disorder type 1 (psychosis).  Her talk will outline a step-by-step plan for taming the inner critic so you teach patients how to manage their minds.

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4:10pm - 5:15pm

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Breakout Session#2B: Antibodies, Inflammation and Autoimmunity: Where do IgE, IgG & IgA fit in?

Dr. Andrea Gruszecki, ND

Different autoimmune conditions have been associated with dysregulation of different types of antibodies. While most clincians are familiar with “classic” IgE allergy responses, few are aware that IgE-mediated autoimmune responses can cause different symptoms. IgG-mediated inflammation occurs through complement activation – a completely different inflammatory pathway. Finally, new evidence is presented for IgG4-mediated autoimmune disorders in the gastrointestinal tract. Decreasing inflammation caused by food or inhalant antigen exposures reduces chronic, systemic inflammation that can exacerbate autoimmune conditions. Learn how to provide patient support based on antibody test results, and improve clinical outcomes using antibody testing.mune function. We will explore the ongoing issue with post COVID symptomology (“Long Haulers”) and its relation to the symptoms found in ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). This has lead us to treatment strategies employed in ME/CFS that have shown great promise.

Day 2 – Sunday June 5

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7:30am - 8:20am

Kensington Room

Registration & Breakfast Buffet

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8:20am - 10:00am

Sunalta room

Keynote #4: Are Hidden Infections Causing your Autoimmune Disease?

Dr. Jason Bachewich, ND

Dr. Jason Bachewich ND will discuss how physical, emotional and infectious stresses can liberate latent infections and cloud clinical pictures.  He will discuss Lyme disease, Mold toxicity and COVID 19 complications in relation to these hidden viral loads.  The talk will be clinical with case discussions – learning what to test, how to interpret, what tips you off to a hidden infections, and treatment recommendations.  

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10:00am - 10:25am

Kensington Room

Break

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10:25am - 11:30am

TBD

Breakout Session #3A: A Comprehensive Approach to Immune Function and Viruses.

Dr. Alison Danby, ND

Viral activity has become a hot topic in the past 2 years and it’s not going away any time soon. There is so much new emerging information on how viral infections impact our body as triggers for autoimmune, inflammation, and so many new consequences and how taking anti-virals are only part of the solution. In the last 5 years, there has been new and emerging research on how our virome and our microbiome are interacting to create positive and negative health outcomes. Why is this important? Our clients are coming in on so many self prescribed supplements and as Naturopathic Doctors with our “general/everyday” naturopathic approach we could be creating more damage and putting our clients at further risk without even realizing it. In this talk, we will be looking at the new research and the bigger picture of how the human virome impacts our health, the conversations we need to have with our clients, and strategies that will work for both the microbiome, the virome and overall health.

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10:25am - 11:30am

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Breakout Session #3B: Sports Medicine in Special Populations: Supporting Female Athletes with Evidence-Informed Care

Dr. Briana Botsford, ND

When an athlete lands in your office, it’s important that you’re equipped to help them achieve their goals! Female athletes can face unique challenges that you may be accustomed to treating in your general practice. Oftentimes, female athletes are given the advice to ’stop training’ to resolve their health issues. This advice is no longer evidence-informed as is not helping women maintain a healthy level of physical activity while managing acute and chronic conditions. You’ll leave this lecture understanding how to confidently approach common conditions impacting female athletes such as relative energy deficit in sport (RED-S). You’ll learn how to support athletic patients with baseline nutritional guidelines and you’ll receive an overview of available evidence for sports supplementation. 

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11:30pm - 12:25pm

Kensington Room

Lunch Buffet

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12:25pm - 1:30pm

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Breakout Session #4A: Optimizing your IV Department

(Restricted Activity: IV Therapy)

Dr. Michael Nowazek, ND

We will start with a basic overview of the ingredients, their actions, and the setup of an IV room. Then we will go into more details on patient and practice management. I am going to go over practice pearls, tips and hints on how to manage an IV as a department and make it so that it’s a smooth flowing part of a practice that runs within the naturopathic office, and more specifically without the you having to do all the work.

This is not a presentation on what are the latest greatest things going on with IVs and injections, this is a presentation that goes over how to truly optimize your IV Department in your practice.

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12:25pm - 1:30pm

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Breakout Session #4B: Energetic Immunity: A Vitalist Model of the Immune System

Dr. Paul Theriault, ND

In the last two years, society has had developed an immense focus on the processes of immunity and clearance of infections, but hashas focused almost exclusively on materialist and chemical understandings of immunity. As Naturopathic Doctors, we have access to paradigms and therapeutics that reach beyond this narrow understanding. Homeopathy and Chinese medicine have immensely developed bodies of work on this topic which can give NDs an understanding of these topics allowing for effective therapeutic intervention in a wide variety of situations during and after acute infections. 

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