March 1, 2023

Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2023 Recap

Highlights from the conference

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium, which took place February 23-25, 2023, at the Hilton Midtown in New York City, brought together practitioners from a variety of disciplines interested in advancing the field of integrative healthcare.

Experts presented on topics ranging from trauma to recent advances in oncology care. Below are some of the conference highlights.

Transforming Trauma for Hope and Healing

We are living in a time of unprecedented planetary trauma, said James Gordon, MD.

“Every patient we see, every one of us, is affected by what is happening in the world around us, the questions that are being raised and the turmoil that chronic illness and COVID-19; political, social, and economic division; war and climate change are bringing.”

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Uric Acid New Player in Metabolism

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the leading cause of death on our planet is not Covid, war, or trauma, but chronic degenerative conditions.  David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, explained the role of metabolism in these conditions.

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Impacts of Covid-19 on Healthcare Practitioners Self-Care and Practice Recommendations

With the Covid-19 pandemic came a drastic increase in the level of burnout among healthcare providers. According to Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona and Abstracts & Commentary editor for Natural Medicine Journal, integrative and conventional practitioners alike reported significant increases in feelings of burnout as well as a decrease in overall wellbeing. In response ,a movement came about that encouraged healthcare practitioner wellness and self-care through lifestyle interventions.

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The Emerging Science of Longevity

Most of what goes wrong as we age is a consequence of dysfunction, said Mark Hyman, MD, senior advisor for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and author of his most recent book, Young Forever: The Secrets to Living Your Longest, Healthiest Life.

The medical community needs to rethink what we're doing and get away from whack-a-mole medicine when we're just treating each disease separately, Hyman said.

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Personalized Medicine Strategies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a major problem in Western society, said Robert Rountree, MD. Rountree discussed ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other manifestations of IBD.

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A Multiomics Approach to Anxiety, Depression, Stress

Not everyone responds to the same interventions, said David Brady, ND. Therefore, practitioners must look to personalizing the treatment of depression, anxiety, hypervigilance, and post-traumatic stress disorder using microbiomics, metabolomics, and genomics.

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How to Address The Growing Threat of Environmental Toxins

A simple way to start with environmental medicine is to test patients for blood lead levels, test for arsenic in urine, and finally, test for A gamma-glutamyl transferase (GTT) said Joseph Pizzorno, ND.

In a panel, Pizzorno, editor-in-chief of Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, and his colleagues, Lyn Patrick, ND, and Anne Marie Fine, NMD, FAAEM, spoke of today’s most prominent environmental toxins, their relation to disease, and the importance of testing for them.

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Optimizing Patient Care Through Personalized Medicine

In a panel presentation, Ashley Koff, RD, found of The Better Nutrition Program, and her colleagues, Tom Blue and Myles Spar, MD, discussed the current landscape of personalized nutrition as well as the role of integrative practitioners in the practice as whole.  

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Key Insights From an Integrative Oncologist

With integrative oncology, we can address unique challenges faced by patients diagnosed with cancer, said Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO. Integrative oncology is both a science and philosophy focused of providing complementary therapies to those with cancer to use alongside conventional care, said Alschuler.

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Peter D'Adamo Accepts Leadership Award

The Integrative Healthcare Symposium awarded Peter D’Adamo, ND, its 2023 Leadership Award. The Leadership Award recognizes a pioneer whose contributions have shaped integrative healthcare and paved the way for other practitioners and professionals.

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Top Takeaways From Doctor’s Farmacy Live

Mark Hyman, MD, was joined by Jeffrey Bland, PhD, for a special live edition of Hyman’s podcast The Doctor’s Farmacy.

According to Hyman, during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people focused on good health, longevity, and building strong immune systems. In the interview, the experts discussed how to build the immune system and reverse biological aging through diet.

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