Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives: Healthy Immunity: From Birth to Old Age

  • Understand the new science of immunity, what is meant by the human biome, and its relationship to chronic disease
  • Understand the new science of chemical exposures, oxidative stress, and inflammation
  • Understand the role that lifestyle, psychosocial environment, practices during childbirth and early infancy, diet, nutrients and toxins have on the human immune system
  • Understand how information related to the integrity of the immune system can be translated to the delivery of individualized health care

Speaker Bios

William Parker, Ph.D., Duke University Medical School. Dr. Parker is of the world’s experts on immune dysfunction and evolutionary mismatch—the idea that the way our genes have evolved is incompatible with our current environment. Dr. Parker and his team have published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers related to immunity. His research on gut immunity has focused on the promicrobial aspects of the immune system. The scientist credited with revealing the seminal importance of the appendix (which was thought to be a vestigial organ), Dr. Parker is on the cutting edge of research about the ecosystem of the human body, and how the human biome affects a wide range of inflammatory diseases.

Paul Thomas, M.D., is founder of Integrative Pediatrics and Fair Start recovery clinic. With 30 years of experience as a physician and board-certification in both addiction medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Thomas brings a unique and fascinating perspective about the connections between the addiction epidemic and immune dysfunction. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: A Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health From Infancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, as well as The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate and Holistic Approach to Recovery.

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning investigative journalist, Fulbright grantee, and sought-after speaker. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. She is the author of Your Baby, Your Way: Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Decisions for a Happier, Healthier Family, which Ina May Gaskin has called a “must-read for expectant mothers.” Co-author, with Paul Thomas, M.D., of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Healthy, From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years and The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate, Holistic Approach to Recovery, Dr. Margulis is nationally known as a champion of women and children’s health. She has worked on a child survival campaign in Niger, West Africa; appeared live on prime-time TV in France to denounce child slavery; and taught literature classes to non-traditional students in inner-city Atlanta. She lives with her family in southern Oregon.

Sidney Baker, M.D. A former faculty member at Yale Medical School, where he received his medical and specialty training in pediatrics, Dr. Baker is the former director of the Gesell Institute of Human Development and one of the founding fathers of functional medicine. One of the nation’s leading experts in how to treat adults and children with complex chronic illness, he applies a deep understanding of biochemistry and the microbial world to his practice. A sought-after speaker who has been practicing medicine for over 50 years, he is also the author of Detoxification and Healing. Hale and hearty at 81 years old, he is also an expert in aging well. He lives with his family in Sag Harbor, New York.

J.B. Handley is the Vice Chairman of the Children’s Health Commission, the co-producer of the documentary film, Autism Yesterday, and co-founder and chairman of Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on helping children recover from autism that was inspired by the journey of his son, Jamison, who was diagnosed with autism in 2004. He also co-founded Swander Pace Capital, a middle-market private equity firm with more than $1.5 billion under management where he served as managing director for two decades. J.B. is an honors graduate of Stanford University and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Lisa, and their three children. He is the author of How to End the Autism Epidemic, a book that is based on over a decade of autism research.

Kacie Flegal, D.C., is the founder of Elements of Being Family Chiropractic Center. She received her Doctorate from Life Chiropractic College West, and did her post graduate specialization in pediatrics and pre- and post-natal care from the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA). She is a regular contributor to Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post. Dr. Flegal is also an executive producer of the award-winning film, “Life, Adjusted.” For over 10 years, Dr. Kacie has been speaking to audiences around the country about the proper function of the human nervous and immune system and how to support natural development of both from infancy through adulthood. Based in Ashland, she has a thriving family practice caring for families who come from all over California and Oregon to receive her chiropractic care.

Course Details

Dr. Parker: “The Factors in Western Society that Cause Disease-Inducing Inflammation”

This lecture will address factors in Western society that induce disease-inducing inflammation. Inflammation associated with the Western lifestyle is responsible for a wide range of problems, including allergic conditions, autoimmune disorders, digestive diseases, and neuropsychiatric problems. Neuropsychiatric problems associated with inflammation and Western society also cover a wide range, and include autism, migraine headaches, anxiety disorders and depression.  In this lecture, Dr. Parker takes a close look at common pharmacological approaches to disease management, especially in instances where addressing underlying causes of disease are much more likely to yield beneficial results without adverse side effects. Although the lecture will primarily focus on neuropsychiatric disorders, much of the information provided also applies to allergic, autoimmune and digestive diseases as well.

Paul Thomas, MD and Jennifer Margulis, PhD: How Compromised Immunity Leads to Addiction & The 7 Key Factors to Recovering Your Health 

At the end of March, the CDC released new statistics that overdose deaths have risen dramatically. At the same time, other chronic health conditions are also on the rise. From 2001 to 2011, asthma rates rose by 28 percent, according to the CDC. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 29.1 million people now suffer from diabetes. In order to explain what is happening—why so many Americans are becoming addicts and so many others suffer from chronic disease—we have to understand that chronic conditions affect multiple body systems, not just the brain. This talk explores how damaged cellular function, damaged mitochondrial function, compromised immune function, and compromised detoxification pathways contribute to addiction. Drs Thomas and Margulis offer a way out of addiction and other chronic diseases by minimizing exposure to environmental toxins—including stress—and maximizing health through exercise, nutrition, restorative sleep, improving the biome, and fostering community.

 Sidney MacDonald Baker, MD: The Patient, Not the Disease, is the Target of Treatment

Drawing on five decades of experience in private practice, in this talk, Dr. Baker explores how personalized medical treatment is the key to putting the word “cure” in the same sentence with “chronic illness,” and why we need to move away from conventional pharmaceutical treatments that often come with a host of side effects. Dr. Baker discusses the success of his individualized approach for patients with chronic illnesses, including autism spectrum disorders and eczema. Dr. Baker will explain the new science of helminthic therapy and other measures to normalize the microbiome as ways to restore immune tolerance and awake the body’s buoyant impulse towards healing. He will also specifically address the problem of yeast overgrowth when the immune system is out of balance and how it manifests clinically, as well as how magnesium deficiency, taurine deficiency, and other nutritional deficits contribute to an individual’s symptoms. Finally, he will show how supporting a patient’s health through nutrition and supplementation, identifying and removing allergens, and strengthening detoxification pathways are key strategies for long lasting good health.

J.B. Handley: An End of Autism and Alzheimer’s: What the New Brain Science Can Teach Us About Chronic Disease

In 2017 researchers at the University of Virginia made a startling discovery: they found lymphatic vessels in a membrane around the brain and nervous systems of both humans and monkeys. Lymphatic vessels carry both immune cells and waste products and this finding is part of a growing body of evidence that suggests that the brain and the immune system are much more closely linked than scientists once thought, which has implications for understanding autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis and autism, as well as brain degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, diseases which occur when toxins accumulate in the brain. In this talk, J.B. Handley connects the dots between compromised immunity and brain dysfunction by exploring science done in the last two years that shows the biopersistent nature of aluminum, how aluminum can trigger the cytokine IL-6, and how British scientists have discovered extraordinarily high levels of aluminum in the brains of people with autism. A solutions-oriented presentation, Handley will also present his 12-point plan, explored in detail in his new book, to end the autism epidemic.

Dr. Kacie Flegal: “The Symbiotic Nature of Immunity: How We’ve Co-evolved to Adapt to and Learn From the Environment”  This lecture is focused on presenting the innate intelligence of the human body, and how a symbiotic relationship with viruses and bacteria is necessary for proper development, growth, and health.  She will discuss the function of the innate and adaptive immune systems, including the balance between the cellular and humoral mediated response and why both need to be activated for full development and health. Dr. Flegal will also be discussing the role of a mother’s body as the stand-in immune system for babies in utero and through breastmilk after birth. She will present new science which reveals the nature of the symbiosis between microbes and the human body, as well as the proactive role of breastmilk for development and protection of babies. She will discuss how to optimize lifelong health by supporting nervous system function as well as the processes involved in allowing a full immune response when interacting with viruses and bacteria in our environment. Dr. Flegal will explain the role of Chiropractic care in optimizing nervous system function and the modulation of the immune response.

 

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