2015 Fall Conference

WANP Clinical Conference 2015:

Naturopathic Perspectives on Cardiometabolic Health

Sarah Speck, MD – Preventive Cardiology in Primary Care – We now know that atherosclerosis which is the chief reason behind the leading cause of death in the US, heart attacks and strokes, starts very early in life. Traditional risk factors can be identified throughout life and if addressed with vigor can prevent and in some cases reverse heart disease. Newer risk factors and cardiac genomics are exciting emerging fields of investigation and opportunity for primary care clinicians to identify those individuals at highest risk and target patient specific therapies using lifestyle approaches as well as combining naturopathic and allopathic sciences. Since secondary prevention of heart disease starts with successfully recovering from an event, we will discuss newer interventional therapies for valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure and the role of medications and cardiac rehab in recovery.

Decker Weiss, ND – Metabolic Syndrome and the HPA Axis: An Essential Connection – Metabolic Syndrome can be both fueled and healed in part by the HPA Axis. It is apparent that an imbalance in the HPA axis limits the ability to treat, manage, and reverse metabolic syndrome. Genetics are also a part of both the status of the HPA axis, and the propensity to develop metabolic syndrome. Treatment models will look at recovery of the HPA axis as an integral piece of managing and reversing metabolic syndrome. Depression may be one of the links between metabolic syndrome, and HPA axis dysfunction.

Decker Weiss, ND – The Necessity of Naturopathic Principles in the Treatment of Cardiometabolic Syndrome – What is Cardiometabolic syndrome? How did cardiometabolic syndrome start? Why is it still on the rise? It may be argued that there is one simple answer to all of these questions and that is the failure of Naturopathic principles to be incorporated into the dominant schools of medicine. Now, in 2015, it is time not only to honor them once again, but also incorporate them into our patient’s lives.

Jared Zeff, ND – Nature Cure and Cardiovascular Disease – Dr. Zeff will present several cases that demonstrate a traditional approach to some cardiac problems, including how to use the acoustic cardiogram for functional assessment and a reconsideration of lab tests in cardiovascular evaluation.

Valerie Ferdinand, ND – The Cardiac Code: The Clinical Importance of Genomics in CardioMetabolic Syndrome – The road to cardiovascular disease has many milestones; identifying issues early on may help you get your patients off this road to nowhere. In this presentation we will discuss some of the science behind single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) involved in the predisposition to obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. We will discuss how the physician can incorporate genetic testing to structure lifestyle and supplement recommendations designed to prevent the occurrence and progression of cardiovascular disease. In addition to this we will briefly discuss pharmacogenetic testing that can help alleviate the guesswork of medication selection and reduce the occurrence of adverse events in patients that require cardiac medications. The attending physicians will leave with a deeper understanding of the full breadth of genetic testing options in their practice and useful tools for the application of genetic information.

Paul Anderson, ND – Mitochondrial Function and Cardiac Health in the Context of Metabolic Syndrome – The heart has more mitochondria than any other tissue. In the pathogenesis and advancement of heart disease mitochondrial function is one key to effective therapies and improved outcomes. In addition to the heart and its dependence on mitochondrial function there is a connection between mitochondria and metabolic syndrome which will be discussed. Function, dysfunction and appropriate therapies will be discussed.

Paul Anderson, ND – Diabetic Pharmacology – Pharmaceutical and Naturopathic Updates – This presentation will update the attendee about prescription and natural therapies for diabetic patients. While time will not allow an encyclopedic presentation on the topic the scope will include the most common as well as newest medications.

Tom Malterre, CN –Clean Energy vs Dirty Energy- How Modern Foods and Chemicals are Contributing to Metabolic Syndrome – What are two prime players behind Metabolic Syndrome? Too much inflammation and not enough energy. It shouldn’t come as a surprise when common nutrients like magnesium, EFAs, and vitamin D have significant effects in altering the progression of this syndrome. But what is causing these nutrient deficiencies in the first place? Are there hidden players in modern society that have been driving our drastic increase of metabolic syndrome in the last few decades? If so…who are they and what can we do about them? This talk will explore simple but potent dietary and supplement interventions to turn the tide.


You can purchase the entire series for 12 CEUs (Members: $245, Non-Members: $325) or Without CE credits for $150. (Individual lectures are $25 each or $150 for the entire set).

You can also purchase individual lectures for CEUs (Members: $35 per lecture, Non-Members: $45 per lecture) or Without CE credits ($25 per lecture).

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