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Gastrointestinal Health and Functionality Workshop II with Michael Ash, Dr David Quig, Dr Alex Vasquez

About the Presentation

This presentation is designed to explore some of the clinically relevant evolving events in microbiology, mucosal immunity and functional medicine as it relates to inflammation and health. The presenters are well known for their many years of work in research, analysis, practice and lecturing. They will present substantive evidence of these evolving trends and how they impact on clinical decisions, describing where evidence is preliminary, novel, or of greater substantiation.

Understanding how the adaptive immune system copes with the remarkable number and diversity of microbes that colonize the digestive tract, and how the system integrates with more primitive innate immune mechanisms to maintain immune homeostasis and manage inflammation responses, holds considerable promise for new approaches to modulate immune networks to treat and prevent disease.

Gastrointestinal issues and their related loss of immunological tolerance in inflammation management are one of the most common reasons that patients seek medical care and it is estimated that about 40-50% of people in the US self-medicate with over-the-counter products instead of objectively identifying the root cause(s) of their problems.

Further, gastrointestinal and associated immune and inflammatory problems may be associated with chronic extra-intestinal problems that may not be further resolved without appropriate intervention of the more obvious intestinal issue.

This presentation is designed to explore some of the evolving trends in microbiology, mucosal immunity and functional medicine relating to gastrointestinal tolerance, immunological modulation and inflammation management issues. The presenters are well known for their many years of work in research, analysis, practice and lecturing in this field. They will present substantive evidence of these evolving trends and how they may impact clinical decisions; describing where evidence is preliminary, novel, or of greater substantiation.

 

 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Stimulate new ideas
  • Reinforce current best practice methods
  • Challenge entrenched beliefs with evolving comprehension
  • Offer new and substantive clinical ideas
  • Support the functional medicine approach to patient care
  • Diminish the temptation to be protocol driven in treatment plans
  • Provoke discussion and review
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Make you feel positive about the opportunities for helping more people recover their health safely

About the Presenters

Michael Ash. DO, ND, BSc, RNT has been in practice for some 35 years. He graduated from ION in the 1980s and also sat as a governor, chair and until recently as a fellow.
Building one of the largest integrative medicine clinics in the southwest of England (he sold this in 2007), he embraced the concepts of functional medicine and employed them in his clinical development from 1991.   Since 1992 he has researched the role of the mucosal immune system, especially in relation to the gastrointestinal tract and applied the emerging comprehension of relationships between the bacterial constituents and the immune system to his clinical needs. This clinical experience and intellectual rigor produced impressive clinical outcomes and as such he has presented in the role of ‘wet tissues’ and nutritional immunology in human health in 5 continents to thousands of clinicians over the last 15 years and has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals.

Dr David Quig PhD received his Masters degree in Human Nutrition from Virginia Tech and his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. Dr Quig gives presentations at International and national biomedical conferences and has served as a reviewer for prominent biomedical journals.

Dr Alex Vasquez DO DC ND FACN is an award-winning clinician-scholar and founding Program Director of the world’s first fully-accredited university-based graduate program in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Dr Alex Vasquez is recognized internationally for his high intellectual and academic standards and for his expertise spanning and interconnecting many topics in medicine and nutrition. Dr Vasquez holds three doctoral degrees from fully-accredited American universities as a graduate of University of Western States (Doctor of Chiropractic, 1996), Bastyr University (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, 1999), and University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2010). Dr Vasquez has completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate and continuing education in subjects including Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support, Nutrition and Functional Medicine; while in the final year of medical school, Dr Vasquez completed a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research hosted by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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5.5 hours of self-directed learning

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