January 14-16, 2021 | New York Hilton Midtown, NY

From Metchnikoff to Mainstream: The Fascinating Fall and Re-Emergence of GI-Centered Medicine

Session Description: Medicine wasn’t always practiced the way it is now. One hundred years ago, two prevailing paradigms battled to determine the future of medicine. What unfolded was a grisly, fascinating tale of GI-centered medicine’s surprising fall, rejection and monumental re-emergence to the forefront of medicine. Told by avid historian and functional medicine founder and pioneer Dr. Jeffrey Bland and well-respected functional medicine clinical leader Dr. Vincent Pedre, this story is one you can’t miss.



Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to discuss the historical context of the GI-Centered, Functional Medicine Paradigm.
  2. Participants will be able to explain and implement new lifestyle and nutritional therapies to treat GI Disorders.
  3. Participants will be able to apply the principles of personal influence to drive a shift of medical paradigms.

About The Speaker: 

Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS is the Founder and President of Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute and the CEO of Kindex Pharmaceuticals. Jeffrey Bland has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 35 years and is known for his ability to synthesize complex scientific concepts in a manner that is both personable and accessible. A biochemist by training, Dr. Bland earned dual degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Oregon. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition where he is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the Association for Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Bland is a former professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and served as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in the early 1980’s, working directly with two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, who he considers his lifelong mentor. Dr. Bland has authored five books on nutritional medicine for the healthcare professional and six books on nutrition and health for the general public including The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life (HarperWave, 2014), Your Health Under Siege: Using Nutrition to Fight Back, and Genetic Nutritioneering. He is also the principal author of over 120 peer-reviewed research papers on nutritional biochemistry and medicine.

Committed to advancing education in the natural health sciences, Dr. Bland was the first member of the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Washington State, the first federally accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine, and contributed significantly to its founding and accreditation. With his wife, Susan, Dr. Bland founded The Institute for Functional Medicine in 1991, a nonprofit organization focused on educating healthcare practitioners on effective approaches to treating and preventing chronic disease. During his decades-long career, Dr. Bland has traveled annually throughout North America, Europe, and Asia presenting a highly regarded seminar series on science-based nutrition and health. He has provided lectures and medical education events to more than 250,000 health care providers in more than 50 countries. Dr. Bland was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of HealthComm International, a global company that became a leader in the development of medical foods in the 1990s. After a merger in 2000, Dr. Bland served as Chief Science Officer of Metagenics, Inc., and President of MetaProteomics, where from 2000 to 2012 he led a research team of more than 100 scientists and clinicians worldwide that conducted both laboratory and clinical studies that focused on chronic conditions related to gastrointestinal balance, immune dysfunction, and metabolic disturbances such as cardiometabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disease. Dr. Bland had a self-published monthly audio journal called Functional Medicine Update.

Dr. Vincent M. Pedre, MD is the medical director of Pedre Integrative Health and founder of Dr. Pedre Wellness, medical advisor to two health-tech start-ups (MBODY360 and Fullscript), and a functional medicine-certified practitioner in private practice in New York City since 2004. He is a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is certified in yoga and medical acupuncture. On faculty at The Institute for Functional Medicine, Dr. Pedre taught the first AFMCP in Lima, Peru in November 2017. Most recently, he joined the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center as a Clinical Expert serving the Pillars of GI Health Program. He believes the gut is the gateway to excellent health. For this reason, he wrote the book, Happy Gut—The Cleansing Program To Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Eliminate Pain, which helps people resolve digestive and gut-related health issues.



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