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Integrative Healthcare Symposium Brings Diverse Perspectives to Healthcare’s Hottest Topics

Integrative Healthcare Symposium Brings Diverse Perspectives to Healthcare’s Hottest Topics

 Practitioners will gain new insights from three-day live event in February


PORTLAND, Maine (December 11, 2018) – At the 15th annual Integrative Healthcare Symposium, taking place February 21-23, 2019 at the New York Hilton Midtown, multi-disciplinary practitioners from across the U.S. and beyond will convene to hear the latest findings from all perspectives of the healthcare universe and learn how they can apply them to their various practices.

“The three-day event offers the opportunity to network with like-minded practitioners, meet and hear from renowned pioneers in integrative medicine,” says Brenna Hensley, Event Director for Diversified Communications. “This edition of the symposium will feature a conference program with more than 35 sessions that will include topics on nutrition, autoimmune disorders, environmental toxins, brain health and more, led by more than 45 experts and leaders in the field.”

Functional Foods

Symposium attendees can expect to hear a lot this year about the healing power of food. The full-day pre-conference program on Wednesday, February 20, will focus exclusively on nutrition, specifically its role in stress, inflammation, and overall resiliency. On Thursday, bestselling author and functional medicine pioneer Dr. Mark Hyman will give a talk titled “Why we are confused: the failures of nutritional science,” and later that day Registered Dietician Ashley Koff will present some strategies to the audience in her session “How to better assess your patient’s nutritional needs.” The theme continues into Friday and Saturday with more than 10 educational sessions involving dietary protocols, including a keynote address by Valter Longo, PhD on how fasting-mimicking diets can promote regeneration and combat age-related disease.

The Autoimmune Epidemic

Another trending topic within the conference program, and in healthcare in general, is autoimmunity. On Friday, a panel consisting of David Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, IFMCP; Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, FRCP, MaACR; Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, CLS; Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP; and David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM will unpack the various hypotheses around why this epidemic exists, the unique vulnerabilities inherent in females and children, and what solutions might be effective – ranging from a general shift away from simply treating symptoms to proactive tactics like predictive screenings and antibody tests. Other autoimmune-focused sessions include a talk by Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, FRCP, MaACR, head of the world’s first Center for Autoimmune Diseases, on how autoimmune conditions can be inherited by genetics, enacted by a mosaic of factors, and controlled by diet.

Environmental Toxicity

A third trend in the conference involves the environment we all live in today – and how widespread toxins are impacting public health from a micro to a macro scale. Walter Crinnion, ND will divide the topic of environmental toxins into two sessions. On Thursday afternoon, his first presentation will focus on four of the most damaging compounds: air pollution, bisphenols, phthalates and perfluorocarbons, all of which are found in virtually everyone and are causally linked to modern society’s biggest chronic diseases. Part two of Dr. Crinnion’s presentation, taking place on Saturday morning, will explore avoidance methods and survival strategies in managing these four pollutants.  On Friday, Isadora Guggenheim, ND will also discuss about environmentally-triggered chronic disease patterns, including how to characterize them, test for them, and ultimately treat them.

Brain Health

Brain health sessions will be presented by speakers sharing different research, angles and insights on how to keep the body’s most vital organ healthy. In more than six sessions, experts will dive into how food, lifestyle, environment, medication, and even cannabinoids can impact neurological function. Highlights include a session by Robert Silverman, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, MS, CCN, CNS, CSCS, CIISN, CKTP, CES, HKC, FAKTR on microbiota and the gut-brain axis in health and disease, David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM on how lifestyle choices can chart a brain’s destiny, and Peter Osborne, DC, DACBN, PSCD about how gluten and grains trigger “brainflammation”.

In addition to a comprehensive conference program, practitioners will have the opportunity to attend a pre-conference on nutrition, morning and evening symposia, lunch and learn presentations, poster sessions, movement and mindfulness breaks, and explore a three-story exhibit hall featuring more than 200 companies and special events, including the Meet the Speakers Reception & Book Signing on Thursday, February 21, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Registration for the conference is now open. Exhibit Hall passes are included with the conference passes or can be purchased separately. The non-CME pre-conference workshop is ticketed separately and can be bundled with a full conference pass for a discounted rate. Full details are available at ihsymposium.com/register.

Qualified members of the press employed by accredited consumer or trade news organizations are invited to attend and must pre-register for a press pass at ihsymposium.com/press.


About Integrative Healthcare Symposium: The Integrative Healthcare Symposium brings together multi-disciplinary practitioners and healthcare professionals dedicated to improving patient outcomes and defining the future of integrative healthcare. Attendees return to the annual conference each year to attend CME sessions, symposia, roundtable discussions, and networking events. During the three-day live event, practitioners connect with peers, synthesize findings, and ultimately take new insights and approaches back to their practices. The conference’s official media is  Integrative Practitioner, the leading online community for integrative practitioners and professionals, providing its users with access to the most up-to-date information in integrative health news, events and resources.  Integrative Healthcare Symposium is produced by Diversified Communications. For more information, visit ihsymposium.com.


About Diversified Communications: Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 15 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit: http://www.divcom.com.






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