Since the dawn of Ayurvedic medicine, plant compounds have been used medicinally for a variety of ailments. The success with some of the staples like Turmeric spurred the search for active compounds to isolate, and research has heavily focused on curcuminoids. Since these compounds are poorly absorbed, there has been a surge in efforts to enhance delivery methods and increase absorption. However, not a single study has shown increased clinical outcomes by doing so. The answer to this paradox may lie in the fact that enhanced delivery methods are bypassing the most important target tissue: the microbiome. In this evening symposium, Dr. Jeffrey Bland and Dr. Tom Guilliams will explore the microbiome’s contribution to the clinical efficacy of turmeric and other unique turmeric compounds beyond curcuminoids that increase the efficacy of this impressive botanical.
- Definition of Bioavailability and delineating it from Bioactivity and bio-efficacy.
- Intestinal tissue(s) and Gut microbiota as primary targets for orally consumed nutrients.
- Mechanism of Action of Turmeric/Curcumin.
About the Speakers:
Thomas G. Guilliams, Ph.D.
Dr. Guilliams earned his doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) where he studied molecular immunology in the Microbiology Department. Since 1996, he has spent his time studying the mechanisms and actions of natural-based therapies, and is an expert in the therapeutic uses of nutritional supplements. As the Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Ortho Molecular Products, he has developed a wide array of products and programs which allow clinicians to use nutritional supplements and lifestyle interventions as safe, evidence-based and effective tools for a variety of patients. Tom teaches at the University of Wisconsin-School of Pharmacy, where he holds an appointment as a Clinical Instructor; at the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy and is a faculty member of the Fellowship in Anti-aging Regenerative and Functional Medicine. He lives outside of Stevens Point, Wisconsin with his wife and children.
Jeffrey Bland PhD , Jeffrey Bland is a biochemist by training, as well as a certified nutrition specialist and fellow of both the American College of Nutrition and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry. Bland served as director of nutritional research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in the early 1980s, where he worked directly with Nobel laureate Dr. Linus Pauling. For more than 35 years,Bland has traveled the world teaching more than 100,000 healthcare practitioners about functional medicine. He co-founded of the Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991, and has authored several books about nutritional medicine for expert and lay audiences. In 2012, Bland founded the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, where he continues to serve as President. He is also president and CEO of KinDex Therapeutics.