February 20-22, 2020 | New York Hilton Midtown, NY

Conference Program

The 2019 conference program continues to develop. Check back for updates.

This clinically relevant, evidence-based medical conference program is designed to educate, inspire and engage integrative practitioners and those interested in learning more about alternative and complementary approaches to healthcare.

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Conference Hours:
February 21-23, 2019

Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday:      8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday:  8:30am – 5:00pm

Day 1
Feb 21 2019
Day 2
Feb 22 2019
Day 3
Feb 23 2019

Opening Remarks

Conference Opening Remarks
Woodson Merrell MD

Yoga: A Fad, Evidence-Based, or New-Age Distraction?

Yoga practice has steadily grown in the U.S. by over 50% in adults and more than doubled in children from 2012 to 2017. It is primarily practiced for general wellness/disease...
Rodney and Colleen Yee

Why We are Confused: The Failures of Nutrition Science

Science in its purest form should be able to answer hypotheses and prove or disprove them. Research should be well designed, free of bias or conflicts of interest. Today’s competing...
Mark Hyman MD

Change Your Genes – Change Your Life

Biology is no longer destiny. Our DNA doesn’t determine our health and disease prospects, as geneticists once believed. According to the new science of epigenetics, the vast majority of our...
Kenneth R Pelletier PhD, MD

Test, Don’t Guess! Integrative and Functional Nutrition Laboratory Assessment

Test, don't guess! Skip the polarizing diet and nutrition debates, bridge theory and practice, and take your nutrition assessment game to the next level with organ systems specific integrative and...
Mary Beth Augustine RDN, CDN, FAND
Kathie Swift MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

Integrative and Comprehensive Approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — comprising Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis — is soaring in Western countries. How do modern lifestyles and medical practices contribute to its...
Ronald Hoffman MD, CNS, FACAM

IFM Presents: What Is Keeping You Stuck In Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal issues are more and more accepted in the functional medical community, however we are not always great about keeping the adrenals working well. Long time stress, and also early...
Marcelle Pick NP, OB/GYN

Leaky Heart Syndrome

Have you heard of Leaky Heart Syndrome? Undoubtedly you have heard of leaky gut, but Dr. Jack Wolfson D.O., FACC will teach you about the leaky heart. In this session,...
Jack Wolfson D.O., FACC

Measuring Biology vs. Symptomatology – The Fully Integrated Functional Wellness Program

In this presentation, Dr. Dane Donohue will go through how he uses a wellness score including relevant biometric and laboratory data to asses a patient needs for an integrated wellness...
Dane Donohue DC

Cannabis in Cancer Care

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the main psychoactive component of cannabis- was licensed and approved for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in 1985. Due to the significant barriers to studying...
Donald Abrams MD

The Technology-Engagement Triad: The Practitioner, Wearable Technology/Apps, & The Patient

Integrative Medicine is based on a personalized approach that empowers patients and practitioners to collaborate on a path of optimal health. Harnessing the power of Lifestyle Medicine in concert with...
Steven Feyrer-Melk PhD, M.Ed

How to Better Assess Your Patient’s Nutrition Needs

MyPlate, BMI, lab & genetic tests, oh my! While helpful, these tools don’t provide the integrative practitioner with the information needed to build a patient’s better nutrition plan. Today, we...
Ashley Koff RD

Dental Danger: Signs of Sleep Breathing Disorders in Children and Adults – Learn the Visual Clues!

The diagnosis of Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD) is often missed in both children and adults. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most severe level of SBD. Many childhood problems have been...
Mark Breiner DDS, FAGD, FIAOMT

HRT: To Give or Not to Give, The Functional Medicine Answer

There is continuous confusion and contradiction in both lay and professional opinion about the use of HRT in menopause. Thankfully, IFM has created a data driven approach to this common...
Joel Evans MD

Environmental Toxins: Part 1 – The Top 4 Pollutants In Your Body And What They Are Doing To You

The CDC’s Fourth Report on Human Exposure lists 126 toxicants that are found ubiquitously in the North American population, about 50% of all they test for. All of these pollutants...
Lyn Patrick ND

Keynote: Fasting Mimicking Diets, Regeneration, and Age-Related Diseases

Decades of genetic and nutrition studies by my laboratory and others have resulted in the identification and understanding of strategies to activate high protection, repair and regeneration systems able to...
Valter Longo PhD

Chronic Disease is an Environmental Issue

Cancer, diabetes, auto-immune, Lyme and other chronic conditions have impaired epigenetic sources. This session will explore through literature review and clinical practice the underlying root causes of chronic diseases. The...
Isadora Guggenheim ND

Guided Imagery: Efficacious, Portable, Scalable, User-Friendly, Self-Administered

In this session, Naparstek will present an overview of the benefits of guided imagery, offering key research findings to demonstrate the stunning range of its power and efficacy. She also...
Belleruth Naparstek ACSW

Revolutionizing Modern Health with Ancient Medicine

One major point people make when rejecting the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Ayurveda is that there are few “gold-standard” studies that sufficiently prove their benefits. But for...
Josh Axe DNM, DC, CNS

Real World: Integrative, Functional and Naturopathic Clinical Pilots in the Era of Value-Based Care

Clinical leaders in integrative, functional, and naturopathic medicine report conceptual aligned with the medical industry's move from "volume to value." Enhancing patient experience, saving costs, raising practitioner satisfaction and bettering...
John Weeks
David Fogel MD
Mark Hyman MD
Lorilee Schoenbeck ND

Integrative Approaches to Traumatic Brain Injuries

In recent years, traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, have become a topic of interest to both the public and healthcare industry. While most of the focus has been on...
Adam Breiner ND

Laughter: Enlivening Global Relationships and Wellness Through this Universal Language of Healing

In our stress-filled work and personal lives, health professionals are called to promote self-care. As we fill our mind, body, and spirits, we can be present as the instrument of...
Karen Fink BSN, RN, HNB-BC, LMT, CLL

The Autoimmune Epidemic – Exploring the Controversies and Pathways Forward

Autoimmune disease is growing at epidemic proportions in the Western industrialized counties, with a very strong predominance of women being affected. A phenomenon not observed in the under-developed world. It...
Nancy O’Hara MD, MPH, FAAP
David Perlmutter MD, FACN, ABIHM
Yehuda Shoenfeld MD, FRCP, MaACR
Aristo Vojdani PhD, MSc, CLS

Gut Dysbiosis, Immune Activation and Histamine Intolerance – Untangling the Web

GI tract dysbiosis, immune activation and histamine intolerance exist in an interconnected web resulting in patients with multi-system symptomatic presentation. While reaching for a presumed diagnosis of MCAS may be...
Michael Ruscio DC

Lifestyle Choices Chart Your Brain’s Destiny

It has been said that the two most important defining features of humans are the opposable thumb and our unparalleled cognitive abilities. But, as it relates to the latter, our...
David Perlmutter MD, FACN, ABIHM

Doing It, Better! Integrative Medicine for Sexual Dysfunction

New, more holistic solutions to sexual problems are very needed. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually on supplements to alleviate sexual symptoms, yet most are not adequately studied....
Barbara Bartlik MD
Geo Espinosa ND, L.Ac, IFMCP, CNS
Ronald Hoffman MD, CNS, FACAM
Janet Mindes PhD

Cannabis, The Endocannabinoid System, and Integrative Modalities: What Integrative Practitioners Need to Know

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the endocannabinoid system, and how cannabis works in the body to support homeostasis. Cannabis Side effects, ethical considerations, and legal concerns will...
Carey Clark PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT

Environmental Toxins: Part 2 – Survival Strategies To Deal With 4 Of The Most Damaging Pollutants

The majority of the 126 pollutants found in everyone are non-persistent compounds with relatively short half-lives. Air pollutants, bisphenols and phthalates are in this category. For these three compounds avoidance...
Lyn Patrick ND

Pathways to Longevity: Intracellular Biochemical Pathways Associated with Aging

The clinicians’ task is not to simply extend life, but to decrease or prevent disability or prolonged morbidity. That task has been made easier by recent advances in genomics research...
Robert Rountree MD

Workshop: Compassion Fatigue + Vital Exhaustion: A Matter of the Heart

This half-day workshop is designed to bring awareness and solutions to the epidemic of BurnOut, Compassion Fatigue, Vital Exhaustion and one of its most devastating consequences, cardiovascular disease. Compassion Fatigue...
Nancy Gahles DC, CCH, RSHom(NA),OIM
Lorraine Gahles-Kildow PhD

Exploiting Genetic Variation in Hormone Balancing for Women

Many of our patients already have had genetic testing done in order to understand their own SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms or “snips”). We can use this information to more easily...

Microbiota and the Gut-Brain Axis in Health and Disease

The gut and the brain are two separate, but connected, organs. When the gut is dysfunctional due to microbiota imbalance, it has been shown to manifest as a neurological disorder....

Patient-Specific Immune Repair Program: Immunopathogenesis in Ill & Good Health

Chronic health issues precipitate from a myriad of origins. Noticeably, a common set of causes appear to be - cumulative repair deficits, oxidative damage, metabolic acidosis and above all -...
Russell Jaffe MD, PhD, CCN

The Mosaic of Autoimmunity

Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which the immune system damages normal components of the individual. Thus autoantibodies productions were found to be multifactorial in their etiology. For practical reasons these...
Yehuda Shoenfeld MD, FRCP, MaACR

Testosterone In Men: Why Levels Are Low And Treating With Natural Therapeutics

Low levels of testosterone combined with higher than normal estradiol levels is a leading contributor to cognitive dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and prostate cancer in men. Despite the availability and growth...
Geo Espinosa ND, L.Ac, IFMCP, CNS

Suicide: A Public Health Crisis – Obligations and Opportunities for Integrative Medicine

This session will explore the tragic neglect and paucity of research on the high rates of suicide in adolescents. Suicide risk among today’s youth is overwhelming and poorly addressed, amounting...
James Greenblatt MD

“Brainflammation” – How Gluten and Grains Trigger Blood Brain Barrier Disruption

How Grains Contribute to Leaky Brain and Chronic Neurological Inflammation. Grains are one of the most highly recommended staple foods in the world. Over the past 20 years, the gluten...
Peter Osborne DC, DACBN, PScD

Integrative Energy Medicine for Pain Management

Global inequities of pain relief continues in the form of not having access to proper pain medications to excessive over-use creating dependence and addictions. Uncontrolled pain leads to increased numbers...
Gail Van Kanegan DNP, FNP, APHN, EEM-AP, Reiki Master

Energy Break

Conference fatigue and energy depletion are common challenges to learning for conference attendees, especially at mid-morning and after lunch. After sitting and concentrating for hours, muscles tighten, attention declines, patience...
Nicole Vienneau MSN, RN, NC-BC

Functional Medicine in the Age of Genomics, Biometrics and Wearable Devices

This presentation will focus on the revolution that is occurring in genomics and biometrics and how this supports the delivery of Functional Medicine. Specific examples of how new technologies are...
Jeffrey Bland PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS
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