Module VI: A Metabolic and Functional Approach to Environmental Exposure and Detoxification

This module covers symptoms, disorders & diseases associated with exposures of heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, drugs, nutrients, the natural environment & other toxic causes of oxidative stress. This course describes the pathophysiology of toxic exposure, methods to prevent & avoid exposure including nutritional & lifestyle approaches, early detection, lab testing & treatment protocols. Metabolic, digestive & antioxidative detoxification phases & processes are detailed.

This module synthesizes the current research on environmental exposures in human health. MMI faculty will review the role of heavy metals, chemicals, medications and endogenous metabolites in common chronic illnesses. Specific attention will be placed on the clinical assessment of the patient, in order to develop safe and effective methods to reduce toxic burden and improve metabolic efficiency. All phases of detoxification will be reviewed, with an emphasis on nutritional supplementation and lifestyle support to enhance the body's capacity to mobilize and excrete pathologic exposures.

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Allied Health Physician
(MD, DO, MBBS)

Module VI: A Metabolic and Functional Approach to Environmental Exposure and Detoxification

March 2-4, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV
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"I plan on learning more and possible pursue a Master's degree in this area."

- Catherine Hickey

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"Great Lectures. Really "love" how Dr Lavalle and Dr Heyman teach. Really enjoyed the cases with Dr Lavalle. Provided the global picture to disease and aging as inflammation and the body's lack of repair resources. Specifically PH Balance, mineralize, histamine status and Nutrient support!"

- David Tsai, MD

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Schedule

Thursday March 2, 2017:

8:00 am

The Role of Environmental Toxicants in Chronic Disease

Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA

1 hr

9:00 am

Detoxification, From Phase I to II, The Genetics of Detox and Methylation

Cheryl Burdette, ND

1 hr

10:00 am

Break

 

 

10:30 am

From History To Testing, How To Monitor the Chemically Sensitive - Part One

Cheryl Burdette, ND

2 hr

12:30 pm

Lunch (On Your Own)

 

 

2:30 pm

Interpretation, Application and Treatment of Clinically Relevant Nutrigenomic Polymorphisms of Detoxification

Kendal Stewart, MD

2 hr

4:30 pm

Break

 

 

5:00 pm

From History To Testing, How To Monitor the Chemically Sensitive - Part Two

Cheryl Burdette, ND
Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA

1 hr

6:00 pm

Close of session

 

 

Friday March 3, 2017:

7:30 am

Toxic Metal Evaluation and Treatment

Dorothy Merritt, MD

2 hr

9:30 am

Break

 

 

10:00 am

Treatment Strategies For The Chemically Ill

Cheryl Burdette, ND

2 hr

12:00 pm

Lunch (On Your Own)

 

 

1:30 pm

How to Prepare the Patient for Detoxification

James LaValle RPh, CCN

1 hr

2:30 pm

Liver-Lymph-Kidney Triad

James LaValle RPh, CCN

1 hr

3:30 pm

Break

 

 

4:00 pm

Toxins in Women and Children

Dorothy Merritt, MD

1 hr

5:00 pm

Close of Session

 

 

Saturday March 4, 2017:

7:00 am

Protocols and Case Discussion: Methods to Safely Remove Toxins

James Lavalle RPh, CCN

2 hr

9:00 am

Break

 

 

9:30 am

Immunotoxicology of Neuroinflammation, Spectrum disorders and Neurologic diseases

Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc

2 hr

11:30 am

Lunch (on your own)

 

 

1:00 pm

Immunotoxicology of Neuroinflammation, Spectrum disorders and Neurologic diseases Continued

Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc

1 hr

2:00 pm

Weekend Review of Module VI: Key Concepts and Clinical Strategies

Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA

1 hr

3:00 pm

Break

 

 

3:30 pm

Complex Cases in Toxicology

Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc
Dorothy Merritt, MD
Cheryl Burdette, ND

1 hr

4:30 pm

Close of Session

 

 

Speakers

Cheryl Burdette, ND

Cheryl Burdette, ND

Cheryl Burdette, ND, received her Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Bastyr University in 2001. She completed her residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Dr. Burdette is currently in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia at Progressive Medical Center, one of the largest Integrative Medicine clinics in the Southeast. She is the director of a naturopathic residency program with a focus in nutritional biochemistry. She serves on an IRB board and reviews studies related to complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Burdette is one of the authors of the book, Laboratory Evaluations in Molecular Medicine and has published in many journals including Alternative Medicine Review and Clinical Chemistry. She is an often-sought speaker and is invited to present at Grand Rounds at all of the Naturopathic medical schools as well as educational events for M.D.s, D.O.s and other allied healthcare practitioners. Dr. Cheryl Burdette has been a member of the BOA for an Inc 500 supplement company since 2009. She serves as a faculty member at University Bridgeport. She also teaches at the University of Miami, the first medical program to include integrative medicine in the core curriculum. She is President and Education director of Dunwoody Labs. In this position she is involved in clinical trials of different nutritional products as well as development of functional testing profiles. Her marriage between clinical practice and laboratory oversight, gives her a unique perspective in evidence-based natural therapies, testing and research.

Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA

Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA

Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA is an internationally recognized expert in Integrative Medicine. He is currently the Program Director of Integrative and Metabolic Medicine at The George Washington University. Prior to assuming this role, he spent 16 years at the University of Michigan, serving to build one of the largest and most successful academic-based Integrative Medicine programs in the United States.

In 1990, he received formal training in Five-element Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine, during which time he developed an interest in increasing access of natural therapies to underserved populations while partnering with the University of Pennsylvania. He continued this work with Jim Gordon, MD at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington DC exploring the intersection between public health, at risk groups, and alternative therapies.

Dr. Heyman eventually went on to receive a Masters in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and upon graduation, became the administrator for the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center where he was responsible for administering a $7 million NIH grant to research alternative therapies for cardiovascular diseases. The center was one of the first in the country to place alternative therapies and their scientific examination in an academic context.

Dr. Heyman has held several leadership positions in the field of Integrative Medicine. He was the national clinical working group co-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine for 4 years, a collaboration of 57 North American universities involved in Integrative Medicine. He is the online editor for the Journal of Men's Health in the section of Integrative Medicine, and he also holds the position of Editor-In-Chief of the Internet Journal of Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine. His research interests include the Stress response and NeuroEndocrinology, Cardiometabolic Disease, Men's Health and clinical outcomes research methodologies.

Dr. Heyman remains clinically active as well, as the owner of a four-physician integrative medicine practice in Northern Virginia at the Virginia Center for Health and Wellness. He is also the President of Integrative Health Resources, a small group of clinical experts that consults to physicians, health systems and public health professionals seeking to develop wellness, lifestyle and nutrition programs. Finally, Dr. Heyman has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Natural Health Magazine and appeared in many other TV and print venues and is a widely sought after, and celebrated speaker around the world on many Integrative Medicine topics. His teaching approach is described as deeply rooted in scientific evidence, grounded in the clinical reality of expert patient care, and readily accessible to both the new learner and seasoned practitioner alike.

James LaValle, RPh, CCN

James LaValle, RPh, CCN

James LaValle, RPh, CCN, is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., a web platform and practice solution enterprise, launching AIR Support and the Metabolic Code Assessment. In addition, he founded an Practices at Progressive Medical Center in Orange County, CA. In 2001, he founded and operated LaValle Metabolic Institute, an interdisciplinary medicine facility in Cincinnati for the past 15 years (sold in 2014) where he served thousands of patients using his metabolic model for health. He also founded Integrative Health Resources 15 years ago, which is focused as a natural products industry consulting company. James has 27 years’ experience integrating natural therapies into various medical and business model. James is probably best known for his expertise in natural therapeutics application and drug/nutrient depletion issues and uncovering the underlying metabolic issues that keep people from feeling healthy and vital.

Dorothy Merritt, MD

Dorothy Merritt, MD

Dr. Merritt has practiced Internal Medicine for 29 years in Galveston County Texas and currently works at St Elizabeth’s Family Care in Dickinson, Texas. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. She has also participated in improving community health by serving on multiple boards, developing many healthcare projects and spearheading innovative projects related to healthcare. She has earlier experience in Hospice and Palliative Care and was Board Certified from 1999-2006. She lectures on metal toxicity at ACAM, and MMI and PME. She lectures at national ACAM training sessions twice a year. She became an adjunct professor at George Washington University (DC) Medical School in 2015 and lectures nationally for MMI in metal toxicology. She participated in the TACT trial from 2003-13 as a principal investigator and is planning on participating in TACT 2 starting in the Fall of 2016. Her current interests are preventative medicine, environmental medicine, lead toxicity, and nutritional genetics. She developed and opened numerous chelation centers for treatment of lead toxicity. She is married with two grown children. She was named one of the TOP 20 Alternative Med Doctor’s by AHIMA in 2014.

Kendal Stewart, MD

Kendal Stewart, MD

Kendal Stewart, MD, a nationally renowned expert in Neuro-Immune Syndromes, is Board Certified in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery and received fellowship training in Otology/Neurotology - Skull Base Surgery. His medical focus is on providing diagnostic testing and protocols for altering or reversing the progression of these syndromes through modern medicine and genetically targeted nutrition.

Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSC

Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSC

Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, CLS, obtained his MSc and PhD in the fields of microbiology and clincal immunology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel with postdoctoral studies in comparative immunology at UCLA and tumor immunology at Charles Drew/UCLA School of Medicine and Science. He is presently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University in California, USA, and an Adjunct Professor at the Lincoln College of Professional, Graduate and Continuing Education at the National University of Health Sciences. His ongoing research focuses on the role of environmental triggers in complex diseases. Dr. Vojdani's research has resulted in the development of more than 300 antibody assays for the detection of many autoimmune disorders and other diseases. He holds fifteen US patents for laboratory assessments of immune disorders associated with the brain and gut and has published more than 160 articles in magazines and scientific journals. He has just published the book "Neuroimmunity and the Brain-Gut Connection" with Nova Science Publishers. He is the CEO and Technical Director of Immunosciences Lab in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is also the Chief Scientific Advisor for Cyrex Labs in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Dr. Vojdani sits on the editorial board of five scientific journals. Over the years he has received the Herbert J. Rinkel Award, the Linus Pauling, PhD Award, and the F. R. Carrick Research Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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