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2023 Conference Speaker Schedule
8:00-9:30 Strategies for Balancing Mast Cell Activation in the Treatment of Tick Borne Illness
CORRIE MARINARO, ND
We learned from COVID-19 that the degree of inflammation already present at the time of infection was the primary determinant of prognosis for ARDS and Long-Haul Syndromes. In this presentation we will review the immunological mechanisms of action that lead to higher degree of recalcitrance of tick-borne infections in your mast cell unstable patients. We will also highlight surprising clues that your patient’s immune system is operating in a histamine dominant state. Lastly, we will explore use of endocrine supports, liver detoxification and mast-cell stabilizing strategies to provide your patient the foundations to both tolerate and benefit from anti microbial therapies.
Dr. Corrie Marinaro is the owner of New England Naturopathic Health, founded in 2012 in Waterville, Maine. She practices an Integrative Concierge Care model of medicine, specializing in Mast Cell Activation Syndromes, Chronic Tick-Borne Illnesses, Mycotoxin Illness and Endocrine Dysfunction associated with these conditions. In her practice she prioritizes patient education to empower patients to take control of their own health journeys. She is the past president of the Maine Association of NDs and the current conference chair.
9:30 - 10: 30 Osteoporosis Medications
KEITH MCCORMICK, DC
Osteoporosis is referred to as the “silent” disease because it often progresses unnoticed until a person fractures. With over 10 million Americans diagnosed with osteoporosis, and approximately 50 percent of women and 20 percent of men destined to sustain an osteoporotic-related fracture in their lifetime, this metabolic bone disorder is an extremely important public health issue. Recent press covering the adverse effects of bisphosphonate medications, including osteonecrosis of the jaw, atypical femoral fractures, and esophageal cancer has generated fear and confusion among patients with osteoporosis. This session will cover the pros and cons of antiresorptive and anabolic osteoporosis-specific drug therapy, and the use of laboratory biomarkers to determine their application and monitor treatment.
Dr. R. Keith McCormick is a board-certified chiropractic physician in the states of
Massachusetts, Colorado, and California, and has been in clinical practice since 1982. He earned his bachelor’s degree in human biology at Stanford University and his doctorate at the National. College of Chiropractic. He’s the author of The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis and soon to be released, Great Bones — Taking Control of Your Osteoporosis. Dr. McCormick is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and a US Army veteran.
Break 10:30 - 11
11:00-12:30 Safe Use of Ketamine at Home & What’s New in Cannabis
DUSTIN SULKAK, DO
Safe Use of Ketamine at Home
Ketamine’s popularity in the treatment of psychiatric symptoms is rapidly growing, but many individuals lack access to resource-intensive ketamine clinics providing infusions or ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. Similar to other psychedelic medicines, ketamine can also be used safely and effectively at home in the treatment of both psychiatric conditions and physical symptoms like chronic pain. Over the last 4 years, Dr. Sulak and his colleagues in Maine have treated over 300 patients with inexpensive compounded formulations of ketamine, and the results are impressive. In this presentation, Dr. Sulak reviews the pharmacology of ketamine, clinical evidence supporting its at-home use, case reports and practical clinical strategies for implementing this versatile, safe, and effective treatment for body, mind, and spirit.
What’s New in Cannabis?
While cannabis contains hundreds of potentially therapeutic compounds, most research and clinical experience has focussed on the two major cannabinoids, THC and CBD. Recently, increasing evidence and clinical experience support the safe and effective use of other cannabinoids that are newly available in the hemp and medical cannabis markets. In this presentation, Dr. Sulak reviews the pharmacology of cannabigerol (CBG) and the acidic cannabinoids, THCA and CBDA, and compares the activity of these compounds with pharmaceutical preparations of cannabinoids. He provides clinical guidelines for treatment and shares cases from his practice illustrating the utility of these lesser-known cannabis constituents.
Dustin Sulak, D.O. is a traditional osteopathic physician and expert in integrative medicine. His clinical practice in Maine focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children. Dr. Sulak is an internationally-renowned expert in medical cannabis, the author of the first foundational text on its clinical use, Handbook of Cannabis for Clinicians: Principles and Practice, and a co-founder of Healer.com, a medical cannabis education resource. He is a passionate educator and leader in the field of medical cannabis, and serves on the board of directors of The Society of Cannabis Clinicians.
Lunch Break 12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:30 Endometriosis: A Functional Approach
ELIZABETH WINTERS, ND, CPM
Endometriosis is a common reproductive condition, affecting up to 10% of people with uteruses in the United States, yet one that remains largely elusive as the previously favored paradigm of endometriosis as a condition of “estrogen dominance” has become outdated. We will look at the roles of the microbiome, the immune system, environmental factors, genetics and hormone imbalance in the pathogenesis of endometriosis, the most effective labs for assessing these underlying causes,
and naturopathic and conventional treatment options for restoring health and vitality.
This talk will include discussion of pharmaceutical medications including, but not limited to, hormonal contraception, GnRH agonists and antagonists, hormone replacement therapy, low dose naltrexone, thyroid medications, androgen receptor agonists, and aromatase inhibitors.
Dr. Elizabeth Winter is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Certified Professional Midwife and the owner of Mosaic Integrative Medicine based out of San Diego, CA and Maine Coast Midwives and Medicine in Cumberland, ME. She is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, WA where she obtained her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and her Masters of Midwifery. As a naturopathic doctor and midwife, her areas of expertise include reproductive health with special areas of focus in fertility, endometriosis, peri-menopause, PCOS, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, anxiety, depression, perinatal mood disorders and pediatric medicine. Dr. Winter is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the National Association of Environmental Medicine, the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives.
2:30 - 3:30 Clinical Anecdotes: What Works!
SHIVA BARTON, ND
This is an interactive, informal and humorous session based on the clinical experience of the presenter and the naturopathic physicians in the audience. In particular, I will share my recent experience with intranasal treatments for psychological issues and how these treatments can be used alone or to augment medications such as anxiolytics and anti-depressants. I will also share other treatment innovations. We will also dive into treatments that don’t work, or conditions that are not well treated with naturopathic care. In addition, I will also present my “Case of the Year” and “Research Article of the Year”, and give a prize in the middle of the session to the attendee who answers the secret question. You will probably stay awake the whole session...
Dr Barton has been practicing in the Boston Metro area since 1985. He was awarded the AANP’s Physician of the Year Award in 2011. His passion is exploring and sharing innovative, safe, low cost naturopathic solutions for acute and chronic health issues. Dr. Barton’s other interests include surfing, pickleball, backpacking, dark chocolate, being out in nature, shooting hoops and playing loud music on the guitar.
Break 3:30 - 4:00
4:00-5:00 Case Studies in Botanical Medicine
NATE PETLEY, ND
This lecture will focus primarily on case studies that demonstrate the diversity and usefulness of botanical medicine. Clinical pearls, side-note discussions, and herbal remedies with a selection of herb-drug interactions will be provided throughout the presentation.
Dr. Nate Petley is an accomplished naturopathic doctor, herbalist, and lecturer who shares his passion and expertise in naturopathic and botanical medicine. Dr. Petley blends the art and science of herbalism in his clinic and classroom, relying on over 25 years of experience studying plants, wildcrafting, and making herbal medicine. When not practicing at his clinic in Waterville, Maine, Dr. Petley can be found gardening, hiking the mountains of Maine, and photographing the world around him.
5:00 - 6:00 Exploring the Relationship Between Cardiovascular Health and Testosterone
JOSH CORN, ND
Dr. Josh Corn is a licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) and medical educator with a focus on men’s health. Specializing in the treatment of conditions that range from digestive issues to fatty liver, hormone optimization, blood sugar imbalances, mood changes, and fatigue, he is a leader in natural solutions for men’s health. Dr. Corn completed a three-year primary care residency and two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at National University of Natural Medicine. In addition to his practice in Maine, he practices integrative primary care in Vermont.
There is ongoing debate about the relationship between testosterone and cardiovascular health. Research has provided conflicting evidence over the role of endogenous and exogenous testosterone in the development and progression of cardiovascular disease. This lecture will cover current evidence, naturopathic treatment strategies for improving testosterone and cardiovascular health markers, and extensive discussion of cases. This lecture will also cover the use, benefits, and risks of prescription testosterone, as well as the effect of statins and metformin on testosterone levels.