Convention Schedule 2020

AANP Virtual Convention 2020

(Schedule and speakers will be revised to adapt to virtual forum)

 
Schedule is in Mountain Time (MT)
 
6:00pm - 9:00pm
House of Delegates

The 2020 House of Delegates meeting will have a determined agenda in April, 2020. Be on the lookout for updates as they come from the Speaker of the House!

Speaker
AANP House of Delegates
 
Schedule is in Mountain Time (MT)
 
 
Total AANP Convention credits = 37 (15 RX, 1 Ethics, 1 Cultural Competency)
 
4:00-4:20pm
Introduction/Virtual Tutorial
 
4:20-5:15pm
Keynote

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5:15-5:25pm
Break & Around the Country Pop-Ups
 
5:25-6:20pm - Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - The Benzo Trap: Helping Patients Get Off Benzodiazapines for Good

While a lot has been written about the opioid crisis, we have another, quiet drug epidemic growing in our midst, the use and overuse of benzodiazapines. Over thirty percent of opioid overdoses involve benzodiazapines. This lecture focuses on how to help patients slowly wean from benzos while addressing underlying causes of why they were prescribed in the first place.

 
Breakout B - The Microbiome in Women's Health & Fertility

The microbiome of both the gut and the vaginal vault are important to women’s health. Alterations in the microbiome and dysbiosis can lead to cell signaling and inflammatory changes that can leave women at greater risk of infertility, vaginal infections, and even systemic chronic illness. This presentation will review what we know about how the vaginal & gut microbiomes may influence circulating hormones, fertility and overall women’s health. We will review clinical strategies to promote and maintain a healthy microflora in both the vagina and the gut, including case discussion, lab evaluation, and treatment approaches.

 
Breakout C - Cannabis and Botanical Formulations: Does the Queen Herb Play Well With Other Herbs? (RX)

Cannabis is a plant with star power. The current greening of the USA with changing cannabis laws. Many states now have recreational cannabis which means that many of our friends, clients and patients are able to access cannabis medicine. These folks are also using other botanicals. In this talk will present an overview of the current state of cannabis medicine and discuss the energetics of cannabis. Dr. Nagel will give an overview of active constituents of cannabis including THC, CBD other minor cannabinoid’s as well as the various terpenes. An overview of the Cannabinoid system and its effects on human physiology. Dr. Nagel will discuss the combination of cannabis with other herbs and relevant research as well as any potential cautions. Cannabis has the potential to be one of the best botanical synergists if we can understand its actions and ability to work well with other herbs.

6:30pm
Virtual Happy Hour

 
Schedule is in Mountain Time (MT)
 
 
Total AANP Convention credits = 37 (15 RX, 1 Ethics, 1 Cultural Competency)
 
9:30am
Yoga

Details to come!

10:00 - 10:10am
Welcome!

 
10:10 - 10:05am
Keynote

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11:05 - 11:20am
Break
 
11:20am - 12:15pm - Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - An Ancient Approach to Sexual Health - Incorporating Ayurvedic Herbs into your Practice

“An Ancient Approach to Sexual Health” will focus on Ayurvedic herbs that have been used for over 5,000 year to improve sexual health. Rasayanas are potent adaptogenic herbs used to stimulate the vitality of an individual and also sexuality. The philosophy around these herbs will be presented in a way that participants will remember – through story. The science behind the mechanisms of actions will also be presented. Herbs that can be used for both male and female health along with herbs specific for each individual will be introduced. Come learn about incorporating Ayurvedic herbs for sexual health into your practice.

 
Breakout B - The Dangers of Not Knowing: interactions between nutrient depleting pharmaceuticals and nutritional SNPs (RX)

Are your patient’s nutrient deficiencies complicating your ability to resolve their complaints? In just the past 30 days, 50% of the population has used at least one prescription medication. Eight-one percent of adults first reach for OTC medications when they have a minor medical complaint. Join Dr. Joel Evans, MD as he discusses common nutrient classes affected by pharmaceuticals and the role nutrition polymorphisms have in your patients’ nutrient deficiencies. This session will introduce you to new applications of nutritional polymorphisms and five strategies to help you support your patients Monday morning.

 
Breakout C - Adolescent Suicide Prevention (ETHICS)

Suicide is in the 3rd leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the US. Building skills for effectively engaging in conversations about suicide is an essential aspect of suicide prevention, and fulfills an ethical obligation we have to serve our patients. This presentation will provide clinically relevant tools for identifying patients at risk, followed by practical strategies for talking about suicide and planning for safety. Join us for an informative and interactive presentation as we explore barriers both internally as well as culturally that stop us from engaging in these meaningful, and potentially life-saving conversations.

 
Breakout D - Clinical Anecdotes: What Works (RX)

This is an interactive, informal and humorous session based on the clinical experience of the presenter and the naturopathic physicians in the audience. In this session successful treatment strategies will be shared among colleagues. This action packed session allows NDs to share their treatment protocols as well as to ask other NDs to help with cases where guidance is needed. I will specifically be discussing intranasal administration of nutrients and herbs. This session is open for any topics you would typically encounter in a general practice. In addition, I will also present my “Case of the Year” and “Research Article of the Year”, and give a prize in the middle of the session to the attendee who answers the secret question. You will probably stay awake the whole session...

12:15 - 12:45pm
Lunch Break
 
12:45 - 1:40pm - Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - Superbugs: Utilizing Homeopathy as an Effective Treatment to Combat Infections where Drug-Resistant Antibiotics Fail (RX)

According to health officials, drug-resistant bacteria and fungi are estimated to kill 10 million people a year by 2050, outpacing cancer deaths, and will make millions of other patients suffer endlessly with chronic disease. As our current medical tools fall short of controlling these ever-evolving super-bugs, homeopathic treatment remains a safe and effective tool in our naturopathic toolkit to combat and eradicate these infections! Learn how to successfully improve patient outcomes with easy-to-implement homeopathic prescriptions in your practice and decrease the rising threat of resistance!

 
Breakout B - Childhood Stress Can Influence Adult Disease

For decades, adult diseases have been attributed to one’s genes, aging, exposures, and diet and lifestyle. However medical professionals now believe that childhood trauma must be considered. There are essentially three responses to stress: positive, tolerable, and toxic. Events causing toxic stress are known as Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs). Questionnaires are available to screen children for ACEs. As the number increases, so does the risk for disease decades later. Whether we are treating children currently experiencing toxic stress, or adults who are living with the ramifications of ACEs, future paradigms must weigh adverse childhood experiences as heavily as genes, lifestyle, etc.

 
Breakout C - What’s New in Integrative Dermatology: Pharmaceuticals, Supplements & Botanicals (RX)

Derm can be tough- but it doesn’t have to be! Integrative dermatology has been advancing by leaps and bounds. Non-dermatologists evaluate over 50% of cutaneous diseases that present in the outpatient setting, so as NDs we need to be educated. This presentation will cover new advances in pharmaceuticals, supplements and botanicals for treating some of the most common skin conditions our patients face. Many patients are not interested in being on topical steroids, antibiotics or biologics. You will leave this talk with an arsenal of new evidence-based clinical tools to confidently treat your patients’ toughest dermatological problems using naturopathic medicine.

1:40 - 1:55pm
Lunch & Break
 
1:55 - 2:50pm - Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - Treating Erectile Dysfunction with Naturopathic Medicine: My Fifteen Year Experience (RX)

A whopping fifty percent of men, across all ages, suffer some form of erectile dysfunction (ED). While ED can be devastating to a man's confidence, sexual dysfunction can also be linked to heart disease or other life-threatening conditions. Further, the penis is a barometer to a man's health. Prolonged ED can mean something more sinister is happening in the body. While pharmaceuticals can help with obtaining an erection, such approaches are a "band-aid" approach and often disguising some other health problem. My presentation will bring the clinician with up-to-date, science-based methods with helping men improve their ability to perform sexually. Lastly, the clinician will learn the process of clinically evaluating men with ED in their office and prescriptive natural methods for getting successful results. Strap your seat belts!

 
Breakout B - Too Much Too Soon: The Effects of Cannabis, Nicotine, and Technology on the Adolescent Brain (RX)

Brain development begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Substance use such as cannabis and nicotine during adolescence has long been associated with alterations in brain structure, function, and neurocognition. An emerging area of scientific research is the impact technology may play in brain development. The neural pathways that form during childhood and adolescence provide either a strong or weak foundation affecting one’s intellectual, mental and emotional health for life. This presentation seeks to familiarize clinicians with the influences these stimuli have on brain development and neuroendocrine health, specifically depression, anxiety and sleep.

 
Breakout C - Traditional Primary Care Practices: Defining Naturopathic Primary care in a sea of “Integrative Health

Are you missing the traditional aspects of naturopathic medicine in your naturopathic primary care clinic or integrative clinic? Any combination of hydrotherapy, Carroll Method food intolerance evaluations, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathic physical medicine could help define the future of our profession. Large hospital facilities are recommending patients prescribe from a homeopathic compendium and offering traditional aspects of naturopathic medicine as adjunctive care. The Naturopathic philosophy has been diluted despite our well defined naturopathic standard of care - The Therapeutic Order. This presentation aims to help providers bring the heart of naturopathic medicine into their naturopathic primary care clinics.

3:00 - 4:00pm
Break & Exhibit Expo
 
4:00 - 5:00pm
Breakout A - Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Zombies- Using Fibers, Bugs, and Dead Bugs to Optimize The Microbiome

It is well known that dietary fiber enhances the growth and proliferation of healthy bacteria in the intestines that produce short-chain fatty acids and other healthful metabolites. And although there is ample evidence that live probiotic organisms enhance the microbial balance in the gut, which affects immune function, mood, liver health, and muscle function, it is difficult to decide which organism(s) to use clinically. The newest research on microbes is the effect of dead bacteria, which shows these killed organisms (zombies) can also have a profound effect on the structure and function of the microbiome. Dr. Miller will elucidate the effects of fibers, bacteria, zombies, and more on the microbiome.

 
Breakout B - Mental Health Update: drugs, supplements, psychedelics, devices … oh my.

Want to know what you need to know for mental health? Save yourself some time and analysis and come to this lecture. With anxiety, depression, bipolarity and suicide at their highest rates ever, conventional care needs an infusion of naturopathic medicine more than ever. Dr. Peter will deliver great information in an easy to use format that you can take to your patients the next day. Dr. Bongiorno will update this semi-yearly AANP presentation with the most up to date information on the newest mental health statistics, the lab tests you need to know, and specific protocols and therapies you can use. You will receive concise, clinically immediate and transferable protocols based on the latest evidence and his 16 years of experience in New York City.

 
Breakout C - Insulin Management for Naturopathic Physicians

Insulin management can be daunting for physicians of all stripes, as very few have adequate training to optimize management in primary care. Applying naturopathic principles, including First Do No Harm and Find the Cause, helps to identify and illuminate management steps, including when to initiate insulin, identifying proper starting doses, titrating doses, preventing hypoglycemia and weight gain. This presentation will guide attendees through the confusing terminology and provide guidance that can be immediately implemented in clinical practice to optimize insulin therapy in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

5:15 - 6:15pm
Breakout A - An Ancient Approach to Sexual Health - Incorporating Ayurvedic Herbs into your practice

“An Ancient Approach to Sexual Health” will focus on Ayurvedic herbs that have been used for over 5,000 year to improve sexual health. Rasayanas are potent adaptogenic herbs used to stimulate the vitality of an individual and also sexuality. The philosophy around these herbs will be presented in a way that participants will remember – through story. The science behind the mechanisms of actions will also be presented. Herbs that can be used for both male and female health along with herbs specific for each individual will be introduced. Come learn about incorporating Ayurvedic herbs for sexual health into your practice.

 
Breakout B - Panel Presentation: Current and Emerging Opportunities for Naturopathic Medicine in Veteran and Military Healthcare

This panel discussion will bring to light the various ways that Naturopathic Physicians have been working within the DoD and VA to provide healthcare and support to our nation’s military service members, veterans and their families. Attendees will have the chance to learn about current and emerging opportunities as well as steps they might take to support veterans and active duty service members within their own naturopathic practices and communities.

 
Breakout C - What’s New in Integrative Dermatology: Pharmaceuticals, Supplements & Botanicals

Derm can be tough- but it doesn’t have to be! Integrative dermatology has been advancing by leaps and bounds. Non-dermatologists evaluate over 50% of cutaneous diseases that present in the outpatient setting, so as NDs we need to be educated. This presentation will cover new advances in pharmaceuticals, supplements and botanicals for treating some of the most common skin conditions our patients face. Many patients are not interested in being on topical steroids, antibiotics or biologics. You will leave this talk with an arsenal of new evidence-based clinical tools to confidently treat your patients’ toughest dermatological problems using naturopathic medicine.

6:30pm
President's Reception
Activity TBD!
 
 
Schedule is in Mountain Time (MT)
 
 
Total AANP Convention credits = 37 (15 RX, 1 Ethics, 1 Cultural Competency)
 
9:30
Yoga
Details to come!
 
10:00
Welcome!
 
10:05 - 11:00am
Keynote

Check back soon to get information on this session!

11:00-11:15am
Break
 
11:15am - 12:10pm Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - The Science and Art of Creativity for Healing

Description coming soon!

 
Breakout B - The Naturopath and The Good Death (RX)

During the period of time between when patients are discharged from medical care and when they die, patients are grossly underserved. There is opportunity for naturopaths to practice in this space and offer truly groundbreaking healing that transforms the patient experience, their practice, and themselves, as clinicians. In this session, Drs. Roy ND FABNO and March, ND, both in supportive care oncology, will present extraordinary cases of deaths they have managed. Spend an exciting 90 minutes learning about transition from medical care to hospice, what the difference is between hospice and palliative care, how to better understand and manage side effects from pain management and what it looks like to die and die well.

 
Breakout C - Serving the Underserved: How Naturopathic Doctors can work to eliminate Health Disparities

In this presentation, Dr. Sims will discuss the barriers to properly providing Integrative Health/Naturopathic Care to underserved populations and what we can do as health care providers to better serve the quickly changing landscape of the healthcare.

12:10 - 12:40pm
Lunch & Exhibit Expo
 
12:40 - 1:35pm Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - Getting it on. It’s not all hormonal! Lessons Learned as an Ob/Gyn

As an Ob/Gyn of 29 years, I have had the opportunity to counsel and help thousands of couples regain their sexual connection. Most often, men and women ask in a quiet voice, at the end of the visit, “Oh, and my sex drive is non-existent. Can you check my testosterone levels?” Although hormonal imbalances do play a key role, there is more to this. As I witnessed countless couples pursue therapists with average results; it was clear that it is I who have to help these people. Sexual connection is one of the key regenerative activities for health. And “Yes!” you can have a sexually satisfying relationship after the age of ….! Come have fun learning about how to get the sexual connection back in your life, using simple protocols to optimize 5 areas namely 1) hormones, 2) nutrients, 3) detoxification, 4) mind and 5) body. This is an excellent session for those looking to end the confusion and have applicable tools for the next day.

 
Breakout B - Climate Change and Medicinal Plants

Climate change, along with ongoing anthropogenic changes to the landscape, are causing severe harm to a range of medicinal plants. Effects including loss of habitat, effects of carbon dioxide on constituent production, changing in flowering and pollinating regimes, climate-related warfare, and harvesting effects will be considered. Case studies including Commiphora myrrha (myrrh), Boswellia serrata (frankincense), Rhodiola rosea (roseroot), and Piper methysticum (kava) will be presented.

 
Breakout C - Continuous Glucose Monitors: A Powerful Tool for Individualized Care (RX)

Naturopathic doctors are experts at designing treatment plans based upon patients’ biochemical individuality. Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) offer a powerful tool in understanding and addressing individual glycemic responses to diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress, medications and supplements. This talk will discuss Dexcom and Freestyle Libre devices, including how to implant the devices, best practices for use, insurance coverage and cash options, and how to interpret and utilize the data in an effective manner. Case studies will be presented that include CGM data and how achieving better glucose control impacts body composition (BIA reports), blood labs and health/disease status. We will discuss how to discern the impact of fasting, diet plans, exercise, sleep, medications and supplements on the CGM data. This will be a practical talk, focused on using CGMs in clinic on Monday morning.

 
Breakout D - Ignite Your Practice with Light: How Harmonic Light Therapy Powers up your Patients and You

Understand the strong science of how wavelength, color and light frequency innately affect us on a cellular level. Learn the professional and personal experiences of Naturopaths using harmonic light therapy as part of their personal and professional practice to support healthy on every level including energy, mood, sleep, skin, digestion, immunity, circulation, injury recovery, and gene expression.

1:35 - 1:50pm
Break & Exhibit Expo
 
1:50 - 2:45pm Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - Embracing the Breadth of Naturopathic Practice

Naturopathy / Naturopathic Medicine is practiced by over 100,000 practitioners spanning 100 countries and all world regions. Although there is some variability based on world region, what is consistent is the commitment to naturopathic philosophies and principles. There is also a high degree of consistency in the treatment modalities used. This seminar will discuss the findings of the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) and it will review the steps that are required to ensure that the international naturopathic profession is included at part of the global health care plan. It will also discuss the importance of naturopathic practitioners embracing the breadth of naturopathic medicine not only in their practice, but in their research and writings. We know that patients are attracted to naturopathy because of its focus on prevention, treating the root causes of diseases and the focus on the whole person. It is imperative that naturopathic education and doctors stay true to their roots. The time for naturopathic medicine is now. Are we ready?.

 
Breakout B - Hormonal Influences in Inflammatory Arthritis and Autoimmunity (RX)

It is no secret that autoimmune diseases are more prevalent in women. But why is that? Certain hormones, including cortisol, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, can upregulate and downregulate the immune system, especially in inflammatory arthritis and most specifically rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. This talk will go through the main influences that hormones have on the immune system, how the use of hormone supplementation can trigger or calm a flare, and how best to balance out hormones to create a foundational approach to treating autoimmunity.

 
Breakout C - Digging into the Deep: The Anatomy of Sleep and its Role in Patient Health Outcomes (RX)

How often do we tell patients that they need to be getting optimal sleep to help improve their health? Sleep and the amount of sleep is one of the Foundations of Health in naturopathic medicine practice. Yet, how many of us are actually discussing the sleep architecture of our patients beyond the number of hours of sleep a night? Are your patients using biohacking devices to monitor their sleep patterns and are you educated to help interpret their data? This talk is aimed at the practitioner to aid us in going deeper into understanding our patient’s sleep anatomy so that we can achieve better health outcomes.

 
Breakout D - Phytonutrients and the Management of Thyroid Health: Understanding the Oxidative Concern (RX)

Decades ago the Journal of Endocrinology reported that conventional reference ranges for thyroid function were missing half the population that may have thyroid disorder. Armed with this knowledge, Naturopathic doctors have become skilled at “reading between the lines,” or interpreting thyroid levels in more “functional” reference ranges, resulting in better patient outcomes. Using adequate reference ranges is a good first step, but we also ask the question of why is thyroid dysfunctional in the first place to engage in root cause medicine. This lecture will examine interconnections between the microbiome, and thyroid. We will look at oxidative stress and its implication on autoimmune thyroiditis. We will review environmental toxins as related to thyroid health. We will examine interconnections between thyroid and the rest of the endocrine system. A Naturopathic approach is highly evidence based in terms of quality thyroid management.

2:45 - 3:10pm
Mini Class
3:10 - 4:05pm Concurrent Sessions
Breakout A - Mental Health Update: drugs, supplements, psychedelics, devices … oh my. (RX)

Want to know what you need to know for mental health? Save yourself some time and analysis and come to this lecture. With anxiety, depression, bipolarity and suicide at their highest rates ever, conventional care needs an infusion of naturopathic medicine more than ever. Dr. Peter will deliver great information in an easy to use format that you can take to your patients the next day. Dr. Bongiorno will update this semi-yearly AANP presentation with the most up to date information on the newest mental health statistics, the lab tests you need to know, and specific protocols and therapies you can use. You will receive concise, clinically immediate and transferable protocols based on the latest evidence and his 16 years of experience in New York City.

 
Breakout B - Insulin Management for Naturopathic Physicians (RX)

Insulin management can be daunting for physicians of all stripes, as very few have adequate training to optimize management in primary care. Applying naturopathic principles, including First Do No Harm and Find the Cause, helps to identify and illuminate management steps, including when to initiate insulin, identifying proper starting doses, titrating doses, preventing hypoglycemia and weight gain. This presentation will guide attendees through the confusing terminology and provide guidance that can be immediately implemented in clinical practice to optimize insulin therapy in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

 
Breakout C - Panel Presentation: Current and Emerging Opportunities for Naturopathic Medicine in Veteran and Military Healthcare

This panel discussion will bring to light the various ways that Naturopathic Physicians have been working within the DoD and VA to provide healthcare and support to our nation’s military service members, veterans and their families. Attendees will have the chance to learn about current and emerging opportunities as well as steps they might take to support veterans and active duty service members within their own naturopathic practices and communities.

Breakout D - Crosstalk between Gut Microbiome and Endocannabinoid System Alters the Destiny of One's Health: A Mechanistic Role for Hemp and CBD?

Intestinal permeability and "leaky gut" is considered an emerging factor in the pathophysiology of numerous inflammatory conditions including arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other immune or metabolic dysfunctions. Furthermore, the gut-brain axis may be impacted by intestinal permeability and microbiome dysbiosis, with the translocation of bacterial endotoxins into blood circulation being linked to anxiety and depression. GI distress along with mental health relate to the function of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a neurotransmitter and immunomodulatory system that comprises cannabinoid receptors and lipid signaling molecules to promote a homeostatic state within various tissues. Cannabinoid receptors are abundant across the body and their intestinal expression or function is dysregulated in GI distress, IBS and IBD, but also in extra-intestinal issues. Hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids are being explored as a nutritional approach for a wide range of health issues including anxiety, sleep disturbance, inflammation, and pain. New research shows that cannabinoids have a direct impact on the composition of the microbiome, which in turn, promotes the health of the entire organism.

4:05 - 4:20pm
Break
4:20 - 5:15pm
Keynote Session: COVID-19 Panel
 
Manipulation Pearls: Practical Applications for Shoulder Girdle Manipulation

The most common displacement patterns of the shoulder girdle will be described. This will include the gleno-humeral joint (inferior and anterior), the acromio-clavicular joint (superior), and the sterno-clavicular joint (medical and anterior). Differential diagnoses of shoulder girdle conditions will be discussed. The manipulative techniques for correction will be demonstrated and an opportunity for practice of the techniques by the attendees will be provided.