Scientific Program

Day 1

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
  • Effectively Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) With Hypnosis Combined Therapy (HCT)

    Founder of Advanced Pathways Hypnosis and Executive Director of Integrative Health and Discovery Institute
    USA
    Abstract

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain disorder that is characterized by severe, continuous pain which is accompanied by sensory, vasomotor, sudo-motor/oedema, and motor/trophic changes. Utilizing specific non-invasive and drug-free protocols as seen in Hypnosis Combined Therapy (HCT) allows us to significantly decrease pain levels, many CRPS patients are gaining long-term remission, regain function, increase restorative sleep, and decrease / control stress and anxiety. Objective: Discuss the effectiveness of Hypnosis Combined Therapy (HCT) on the treatment of CRPS. Case Studies: A) 14 year old female diagnosed with CRPS type 2. When she arrived her average pain level was 9-10/10 (10 being worst pain imaginable), sleep quality 9/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 8/10 (10 being worst). She completed a week long intensive with HCT. At the conclusion of the week her pain levels were 0/10, sleep quality was 1/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 1/10 (10 being worst). B) 27 year old female diagnosed with CRPS type 1. When she arrived her average pain level was 9/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 7/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 7/10 (10 being worst). At the conclusion of the week her pain levels were 0/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 0/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 1/10 (10 being worst). C) 15 year old female diagnosed with CRPS type 2. She was in a wheelchair, unable to stand or walk, unable to transfer herself, etc. Her pain level was rated at 9/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 8/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 9/10 (10 being worst). At the conclusion of the week her pain levels were 0/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 1/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 2/10 (10 being worst). Conclusion: HCT has proven to significantly decrease pain levels and many patients are gaining long-term remission without the need for invasive procedures or medications.

  • How Nature Connects to our Bodies Through Hydrogen Exchange

    alternative healer for over 16 yrs
    USA
    Biography

    Jennifer is an Alternative healer that uses her human behavior and nutritional background to help our bodies heal from the inside out. She has been working as an alternative healer for over 16 yrs to bring vital health back to her clients. Her studies include; Hypnotherapy, Functional Nutrition Reflexology Analysis, Spiritual Science and Energy Intuitive Healing. She has studied with shamans and healers from all different backgrounds to create groundbreaking techniques to “wholistic healing”.

    Abstract

    Nature and our bodies consist of energetic fields that communicate through a “hydrogen exchange”. This gas substance sits in our Central Nervous System. We exchange hydrogen — life force energy — to heal, communicate and connect to our living environments. Our emotional and spiritual bodies connect through the absorption of hydrogen that feed our emotions. Our physical body connects to foods that are clean and living (and isn't sprayed with chemicals) to send the right nutrients to the right organs and systems in need. Our bodies constantly communicate through “hydrogen exchange”. This can impact our emotions, wellness, and heal physical diseases (dis-eases) through meditation, essential oils, whole foods and herbal supplements. When we are connected through nature, our mind, body and soul can achieve a lasting healing from anxiety, autoimmune and even cancers. How this happens is through a baton pass of sorts. It’s as if we “plug in” and absorb the benefits of nature’s healing power.

  • Hunyuan Fertility – A New Perspective

    founder of Hunyuan Medicine and the Hunyuan Academy
    USA
    Biography

    Dr. Seidman is a scholar of Chinese Medicine, having practiced and researched in the field for the past 27 years he is the founder of Hunyuan Medicine and the Hunyuan Academy. Dr Seidman is an international teacher and lecturer and was awarded A Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree by Five Branches University in San Jose, CA. Seidman is the author of several books about Hunyuan Fertility, Hunyuan Heart method and history of Chinese medicine

    Abstract

    Infertility is a common problem effecting 15% of couple in the USA. Advanced Reproductive Technologies, ART, provide help to many couples but at the same time fails for many others leaving numerous couples without an answer. Hunyuan fertility is a method derived from ancient Chinese medicine. In its core is the exploration and development of an embryo’s pivot, the recharging and unification ability of life at its onset. In addition, Hunyuan medicine incorporates practical methods to improve the life ability of the embryo by supporting and developing the unification and recharging ability of the mother and father. In the past 10 years modern medicine has developed a number of cutting edge technologies, such as assisted hatching and cryopreservation assisting reproductive medicine and yet the overall success rate failed to increase compared to a decade ago. Hunyuan Fertility medicine fulfils a gap in understanding the life within the embryo and how to use simple herbs, acupuncture, exercise and meditation techniques to improve the outcome. Through the research done in Hunyuan fertility medicine and the accumulated experience regarding unification and recharging it is hoped to integrate newly unexplored areas with ART in order to increase success for the patient. Keywords: Hunyuan, Fertility, Natural Infertility Treatment.

  • The Safe and Effective Applications of Essential Oils In Alzheimer’s Dementia

    Geiger has been an anesthesiologist since 1986, aromatherapist since 2004
    USA
    Biography

    Dr. Geiger has been an anesthesiologist since 1986. He went to college in San Francisco where the couple previously lived, and he worked in a San Francisco hospital doing cardiac anesthesia with his father after Col James P Geiger MD retired as a military cardiothoracic surgeon.Dr. Geiger has also been an aromatherapist since 2004 and it was in the hospital’s recovery rooms where he first noticed nurses using essential oils and aromatherapy to prevent and treat post-operative nausea.

    Abstract

    The diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) has gained much attention due to the current and predicted prevalence of the disease. The biomarkers of neural inflammation, oxidative stress, genetics and the multiple medical etiologies of AD coupled with the poly-pharmacy of comorbid conditions and diseases associated with AD are complex. The medical diagnosis and treatments of AD need more reliability and integrative health regimens, such as supplementation with generally regarded as safe (GRAS) essential oils that could be implemented clinically to lessen the global economic impact to societies, and disruptions to families. Treatment has focused on the management of AD based on the cholinergic theory attempting to prevent cognitive decline while preserving short-term memory with prescription medications. Certain essential oils exhibiting acetylcholinesterase inhibition (ACHEI) activity derived from natural phyto-preparations might also be utilized in the setting of the decreasing memory of AD. Prescription psychotropic medications might be therapeutically interchanged to certain essential oils to manage behavioral and psychiatric issues associated with AD. Advancing age and anesthesia increase the risk of post-operative cognitive decline (POCD) associated with common procedures and surgeries that AD patients commonly undergo. Globally, plant material preparations such as extracts and essential oils are analyzed for anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and anti-anxiety, anti-depressive, analgesic and ACHEI activity. The potential for use of GRAS essential oils as supplements for seniors in the prevention and treatment of the cognitive decline and behavioral disruptions of aging should be studied to determine the safe and effective methods of inhalational, topical and ingestion aromatherapy techniques. The landmark literature reviewed here explores the mechanisms and synergy of the aromatic sciences that can provide the basis for designing and implementing protocols for the integration of GRAS essential oils into the wide variety of clinical situations encountered in the aging population, with and without AD.

Plants &Essential oils
Speaker
  • Safe and Effective Applications of Essential Oils In Alzheimer’s Dementia
    Speaker
    James L. Geiger, MD
    Geiger has been an anesthesiologist since 1986, aromatherapist since 2004
    USA
    Biography

    Dr. Geiger has been an anesthesiologist since 1986. He went to college in San Francisco where the couple previously lived, and he worked in a San Francisco hospital doing cardiac anesthesia with his father after Col James P Geiger MD retired as a military cardiothoracic surgeon.Dr. Geiger has also been an aromatherapist since 2004 and it was in the hospital’s recovery rooms where he first noticed nurses using essential oils and aromatherapy to prevent and treat post-operative nausea.

    Abstract

    The diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) has gained much attention due to the current and predicted prevalence of the disease. The biomarkers of neural inflammation, oxidative stress, genetics and the multiple medical etiologies of AD coupled with the poly-pharmacy of comorbid conditions and diseases associated with AD are complex. The medical diagnosis and treatments of AD need more reliability and integrative health regimens, such as supplementation with generally regarded as safe (GRAS) essential oils that could be implemented clinically to lessen the global economic impact to societies, and disruptions to families. Treatment has focused on the management of AD based on the cholinergic theory attempting to prevent cognitive decline while preserving short-term memory with prescription medications. Certain essential oils exhibiting acetylcholinesterase inhibition (ACHEI) activity derived from natural phyto-preparations might also be utilized in the setting of the decreasing memory of AD. Prescription psychotropic medications might be therapeutically interchanged to certain essential oils to manage behavioral and psychiatric issues associated with AD. Advancing age and anesthesia increase the risk of post-operative cognitive decline (POCD) associated with common procedures and surgeries that AD patients commonly undergo. Globally, plant material preparations such as extracts and essential oils are analyzed for anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious and anti-anxiety, anti-depressive, analgesic and ACHEI activity. The potential for use of GRAS essential oils as supplements for seniors in the prevention and treatment of the cognitive decline and behavioral disruptions of aging should be studied to determine the safe and effective methods of inhalational, topical and ingestion aromatherapy techniques. The landmark literature reviewed here explores the mechanisms and synergy of the aromatic sciences that can provide the basis for designing and implementing protocols for the integration of GRAS essential oils into the wide variety of clinical situations encountered in the aging population, with and without AD.

  • Plant extracts effective against ovarian cancer and ovarian cancer stem cells
    Speaker
    John Hall
    Senior Scientific Advisor for The Beljanski Foundation.
    USA
    Biography

    John Hall, PhD, completed his undergraduate studies in Organic Chemistry at Columbia University, New York City. He was a Graduate Fellow at Princeton University, working in the Department of Biochemical Sciences, and he completed his PhD Degree at New York University, in the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Hall was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rockefeller University, doing research in Cell Biology. He was promoted to the Faculty at Rockefeller, where his research focused on the microtubule-based mechanisms of cell motility and cell division. Dr. Hall has served as an Executive in the Biotechnology Industry and is currently Senior Scientific Advisor for The Beljanski Foundation.

    Abstract

    Ovarian cancer is difficult to treat because it is usually diagnosed late, when the cancer is already advanced. Ovarian cancer usually responds to treatment at first, but later develops resistance to chemotherapy drugs. Drug resistant cancer cells include cancer stem cells that persist through remission and enable metastasis and tumor recurrence. Two plant extracts, Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria answer the need for new treatments that are effective against both primary ovarian cancer cells and the subpopulation of cancer stem cells. Studies from Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) show that both plant extracts inhibit the growth of ovarian cancer cells and shrink tumors significantly while inducing no toxicity. Combining either extract with carboplatin reverses drug resistance and dramatically improves suppression of tumor growth as analyzed by the method of Chou-Talalay. For example, when Pao pereira was combined with carboplatin, tumor inhibition reached 97% and ascites were completely eradicated. New research from KUMC will be presented showing the activity of both extracts against ovarian cancer stem cells both in vitro and in vivo. The results showing the effects of the two extracts alone are impressive; the results of the combination studies are remarkable as they indicate synergy of action with chemo drugs. The anti-ovarian cancer stem cell activity of the Pao pereira and Rauwolfia vomitoria extracts is a promising breakthrough for the treatment of ovarian cancer.

  • Determination of total phenolic and flavonoid content, antioxidant activity and of Nasturtium officinale plants produced by tissue culture technique affected by light quality
    Speaker
    Hadar F
    Doctor, lecturer at the University of Duhok,
    India
    Biography

    Hadar Said is working as Doctor, lecturer at the Department of Horticulture /College of Agriculture –University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region of IRAQ.

    Abstract

    This study was conducted at the laboratories of the College of Agriculture, University of Duhok, Kurdistan region .The aim of this work is to study the effect red and blue light on vegetative growth , total phenols and flavonoids content and investigate the antioxidant activity of Nasturtium officinale DPPH assay. The dried plant materials were used from in vitro mass propagation experiments affected by red and blue light .The highest antioxidant activity was observed in aerial parts of red light in vitro experiments In comparison with weakest activity of antioxidant in the aerial parts of the plant that collected from blue light in vitro experiments. Highest phenols quantity was obtained from red light in vitro experiments (0.59 gallic acid eq.100g-1) and flavonoids (4.41 querctine eq.100g-1). The lowest values were (0.40 gallic acid eq.100g-1) and (2.12 querctin eq .100g-1) found from blue light in vitro experiments.

Holistic Nursing & Psychology
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  • How Nature Connects to our Bodies Through Hydrogen Exchange
    Speaker
    Jennifer Schaefer, C.Ht.
    alternative healer for over 16 yrs
    USA
    Biography

    Jennifer is an Alternative healer that uses her human behavior and nutritional background to help our bodies heal from the inside out. She has been working as an alternative healer for over 16 yrs to bring vital health back to her clients. Her studies include; Hypnotherapy, Functional Nutrition Reflexology Analysis, Spiritual Science and Energy Intuitive Healing. She has studied with shamans and healers from all different backgrounds to create groundbreaking techniques to “wholistic healing”.

    Abstract

    Nature and our bodies consist of energetic fields that communicate through a “hydrogen exchange”. This gas substance sits in our Central Nervous System. We exchange hydrogen — life force energy — to heal, communicate and connect to our living environments. Our emotional and spiritual bodies connect through the absorption of hydrogen that feed our emotions. Our physical body connects to foods that are clean and living (and isn't sprayed with chemicals) to send the right nutrients to the right organs and systems in need. Our bodies constantly communicate through “hydrogen exchange”. This can impact our emotions, wellness, and heal physical diseases (dis-eases) through meditation, essential oils, whole foods and herbal supplements. When we are connected through nature, our mind, body and soul can achieve a lasting healing from anxiety, autoimmune and even cancers. How this happens is through a baton pass of sorts. It’s as if we “plug in” and absorb the benefits of nature’s healing power.

  • How to Give Just 1 Talk/Month and Predictably Walk Away with New Patients on the Books
    Speaker
    Chen Yen
    founder of Fill My Holistic Practice
    USA
    Biography

    Chen is an author, national speaker, and founder of Fill My Holistic Practice, Chen especially enjoys helping practitioners with marketing skills to grow fulfilling 6 and 7-figure practices. Her practitioner clients gain skills and strategies to regain more time freedom by growing an online health business.

    Abstract

    Course Objective: The purpose of this 2.0 hour seminar is to give students an overview of marketing strategies for introverts- and to expose them to new methods to build a private practice. Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques for doing marketing for holistic practices. Chen Yen will also be available for consultation on any course-related topic and can provide additional resources on any topic for which you would like additional information. Chen hopes students will leave this course with several ideas to explore in their own practice. Course Description: Would you like to know how to give just 1 talk/month and get more patients than you can handle? Speaking is one of the fastest ways to educate more people about chiropractic and start getting seen as a go-to chiropractor in your community. There iss nothing faster than showing up, doing a talk, and get more patients in 1 hr than you would from a month of networking IF you know what you're doing. But it's not fun for very long if you do talks but don't get patients from them. This presentation will show you insider secrets to predictably attracting patients from your talks.

  • The Effects of The TDOS Syndrome (Toxicity, Deficiency Obesity and Stress) on human life and what can be done about it.
    Speaker
    Dr Joshua Dunsky DC
    Chiropractic Physician,Clinic Director Dunsky Rehabilitation & Spine Center
    USA
    Biography

    Dr Joshua Dunsky Clinic Director at Dunsky Rehab & Spine Center is the past president and co-founder of the American Spinal Decompression Association and the Associated Pain Management Group. He is one of the leading chiropractors in the Framingham and Greater Boston area specializing in pain management and chiropractic care, specifically; peripheral neuropathy, spinal degeneration and scoliosis

    Abstract

    A toxic overload is an understatement in today day and age. Since WWII we have been introduced to over 100,000 industrial chemicals into our lives. Chronic illness, obesity and deficiencies have never been so profound. Studies will be disclosed to show the correlation. We will discuss how the body can naturally dismantle these deadly toxins and excrete them safely if in the right physiological state. We will review the tools and behavior that can inflate illness as well as habits that can assist the body to organically repair itself. Learning Objectives 1. The attendee will learn the magnitude and prevalence of deadly toxins in our environment. 2. The attendee will learn the source of these toxins. 3. The attendee will learn how and why our plants and food is deficient in the essential micronutrients. 4. The attendee with learn how and why deficiency causes illness and disease. 5. The attendee will learn the physiology of obesity. 6. The attendee will learn methods and behaviors to assist the bodies process to be healthy at any age.

Integrative Medicine
Speaker
  • Effectively Treating Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) With Hypnosis Combined Therapy (HCT)
    Speaker
    Traci Patterson
    Founder of Advanced Pathways Hypnosis and Executive Director of Integrative Health and Discovery Institute
    USA
    Abstract

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain disorder that is characterized by severe, continuous pain which is accompanied by sensory, vasomotor, sudo-motor/oedema, and motor/trophic changes. Utilizing specific non-invasive and drug-free protocols as seen in Hypnosis Combined Therapy (HCT) allows us to significantly decrease pain levels, many CRPS patients are gaining long-term remission, regain function, increase restorative sleep, and decrease / control stress and anxiety. Objective: Discuss the effectiveness of Hypnosis Combined Therapy (HCT) on the treatment of CRPS. Case Studies: A) 14 year old female diagnosed with CRPS type 2. When she arrived her average pain level was 9-10/10 (10 being worst pain imaginable), sleep quality 9/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 8/10 (10 being worst). She completed a week long intensive with HCT. At the conclusion of the week her pain levels were 0/10, sleep quality was 1/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 1/10 (10 being worst). B) 27 year old female diagnosed with CRPS type 1. When she arrived her average pain level was 9/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 7/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 7/10 (10 being worst). At the conclusion of the week her pain levels were 0/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 0/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 1/10 (10 being worst). C) 15 year old female diagnosed with CRPS type 2. She was in a wheelchair, unable to stand or walk, unable to transfer herself, etc. Her pain level was rated at 9/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 8/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 9/10 (10 being worst). At the conclusion of the week her pain levels were 0/10 (10 being worst), sleep quality 1/10 (10 being worst) and quality of life 2/10 (10 being worst). Conclusion: HCT has proven to significantly decrease pain levels and many patients are gaining long-term remission without the need for invasive procedures or medications.

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    Integrative interventions in hormonally driven breast cancer treatment and prevention
    Speaker
    Christian Gonzalez
    Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at NaturalStart Medicine NaturalStart Medicine
    USA
    Biography

    Christian Gonzalez completed his Naturopathic degree at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He then completed a 2 year integrative oncology residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently submitting a paper on proper Intravenous Vitamin C procedures. He has his own practice in Belmont, California.

    Abstract

    About 70% of breast cancers are hormonally influenced. With 266,120 new cases expected this year, it is important for individuals to be aware of the evidence based interventions available for treatment and prevention. At the moment there are numerous therapeutic agents, dietary interventions and lifestyle modifications that can positively impact outcomes, survival and overall health. Working integratively has been shown to decrease symptoms and side effects while optimizing quality of life and long term survival. As the utility of these interventions are better understood by the medical community, patients will then have a chance to have access to the support that is desperately needed in oncology.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
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  • Hunyuan Heart Medicine – Connection between Mind and Body
    Speaker
    Yaron Seidman DAOM
    founder of Hunyuan Medicine and the Hunyuan Academy
    USA
    Biography

    Dr. Seidman is a scholar of Chinese Medicine, having practiced and researched in the field for the past 27 years he is the founder of Hunyuan Medicine and the Hunyuan Academy. Dr Seidman is an international teacher and lecturer and was awarded A Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree by Five Branches University in San Jose, CA. Seidman is the author of several books about Hunyuan Fertility, Hunyuan Heart method and history of Chinese medicine

    Abstract

    Modern society is inflicted with many chronic diseases that have yet to be cured. Many such chronic and debilitating diseases find their roots in the patient’s emotions and mind. Therefore, a method remedying the emotions and the mind promises, at times, surprising positive results for such chronic and debilitating diseases. Hunyuan Heart method, Xinfa, is a method derived from the Huai Xuan school. A 200 year old philosophical school from Sichuan, China dedicated to the exploration of the heart, its disharmonies and remedies. In Hunyuan Heart every patient is evaluated according to strict principles measuring the amount of energy expanded by thoughts, words and actions. The excessive waste of energy in the emotional realm is often the cause for chronic diseases of the body. When the disease’s root is in the heart then the remedy must be in the heart as well. Hunyuan Xinfa heart method is a unique system exploring the connection between the person’s state of mind, emotions and physical body. The experience and knowledge developed in Hunyuan Xinfa Heart method is a valuable tool for all healthcare modalities in the treatment of chronic and hard to treat diseases. The tools provided include meditative techniques, heart sorting exercises, literature that is easy to learn and practice and the results are positively significant. Keywords: Hunyuan, Heart Medicine, Chronic diseases, Emotions, Heart and Mind.

Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine
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  • Scars & Traumas: Their Hidden Influence on Chronic Pain, Health & Disease
    Speaker
    Kelly Armstrong
    Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science, Florida Atlantic University School of Medicine
    USA
    Biography

    Kelly Armstrong has been an Occupational Therapist for over 18 years and currently has a private practice in Jacksonville, FL. She has worked in various clinical settings and populations during her career. She has specialized in Pediatrics, Pain Management and has recently turned her focus to Women's Health Issues. She is certified in Cranial Integration (SIPT), Interactive Metronome, and Therapeutic Listening. She has also extensively studied Oriental Medicine, NeuroAnatomical Acupuncture, and Integrative Pain Therapies and holds a Masters degree as a Pain Practitioner (MPP). Kelly is author of “Functional Acupuncture for Women’s Health,” and co-author of “Functional Acupuncture for Pain Management.” She helped to develop Advanced Pediatric Lecture Protocols and is the Senior Pediatric Instructor for Acumed Medical. Kelly is a Senior MPS Therapy Instructor and has her own blog, “Healing For Women’s Health,” (www.Queenofscars.com), writing many health related blogs and articles.

    Abstract

    Introduction: Chronic pain can limit quality of life, restrict work and social engagement, and is often blamed for the development of drug dependency of various forms. Scar Release Therapy (SRT) is an innovative breakthrough in reducing patient pain levels and dramatically improving functional outcomes. Applying SRT to thickened scar tissue electrically “repolarizes” scars enhancing metabolism and ATP production. Newly “repolarized” scar is noticeably softer, with increased pliability and diminished physical appearance. SRT applied to scars has been reported in scientific literature to provide statistically significant reduction in chronic pain (58%) immediately post application increasing to 73.5% two days post application. (*IJCAM Dec 2017) Background SRT is based on the theory that physical scars disrupt cellular bio-electrical & bio-chemical exchanges by damaging cellular walls, cutting off localized cellular communications. These localized electrical disturbance sources, called “interference fields or sources,” reverse the electrical polarity of scar tissue which typically trigger abnormal autonomic nervous system responses throughout the body causing chronic pain. Scars appear to initiate and maintain stress on the nervous system, "locking" the sympathetic nervous system into a prolonged "fight/flight" phase. This constant SNS stress powerfully inhibits the parasympathetic “deep processing and healing phase”, acting as a catalyst for chronic pain and disease. Microcurrent therapies involve applying weak direct currents (80 µA - 1 mA), and are now being increasingly recognized as an adjunct for pain relief and ANS regulation. 29-32 The purpose of a SRT is to systematically inject cellular responsive microcurrent through electrically de-polarized scar tissue for the purpose of electrical RE-polarization of scar cells. It is theorized this scar repolarization deregulates the sympathetic (fight/flight or stress) branch of the autonomic nervous system, significantly reducing pain and sympathetic stress.

  • Determinants of health care decision making autonomy among mothers of children under five years in Ghana: Analysis of 2014 Ghana demographic and health survey
    Speaker
    Henry Ofori, Duah
    Clinical Research Coordinator, Foundation of Orthopaedic and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Hospital, Accra- Ghana
    Ghana
    Biography

    Henry Ofori Duah is a registered nurse in Ghana. He holds a BSc. Degree in Nursing and a Master of public health (MPH) degree, all from the University of Ghana. He has research interest in social determinants of health with emphasis on women’s health and child health. He also interested in secondary data review in these areas. Currently, he is the Clinical Research Coordinator at the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital-Ghana

    Abstract

    The important role of women’s health care decision making autonomy in enhancing the well-being of women and their families cannot be undervalued. As such, this study sought to examine the determinants of health care decision making autonomy among mothers of children under five years in Ghana using the 2014 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey dataset. In all, 5107 participants responded to the question while 5076 cases were used in the final analysis. Results showed that 75% of the Ghanaian women reported exercising health care decision making autonomy either alone (22%) or jointly with their partners (53%). Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that independent determinants of women’s health care decision making autonomy were women’s attainment of primary education (OR=1.52, 95%CI 1.1574 to 1.9861), secondary education (OR=1.46, 95% CI 1.1338 to 1.8784) or higher than secondary education (OR=2.20, 95%CI 1.2322 to 3.9547), women’s ability to make decisions about their earnings alone (OR=2.42, 95% CI 1.7570 to 3.3391) or jointly with their partners (OR=9.85, 95% CI 6.7215 to 14.4364), and having a partner who has attained primary education (OR=1.5,95%CI 1.0876 to 2.0641) or secondary education (OR=1.5,95%CI 1.1740 to 1.9247). Therefore, encouraging women to pursue education, improving their earnings autonomy whiles promoting education of partners remains a comprehensive way of enhancing women’s autonomy in health decision making in order to promote reproductive, maternal and child health.

Homeopathy
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  • Homeopathy and its Potential as a third millennium drug for malaria
    Speaker
    Aswathy Rajan
    Department of Zoology, University of Madras
    India
    Biography

    Research Experience: Five years research experience (2007-2012). 2007-2009 as JRF and 2009-2012 as SRF in Parasitology laboratory, Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship from UGC for research

    Abstract

    The use of classical homeopathic drugs against malaria can prove as a next generation therapy, as these ultra-high diluted drugs doesn’t give any scope of resistance. But, the efficacies of the homeopathic remedies as potent antimalarials have been challenged time and again due to their unknown mechanism of action and lack of scientific research. Present study has the objective of evaluating the antiplasmodial efficacies of some classically documented homeopathic remedies i.e. Cinchona officinalis (Chin.), Chelidonium majus (Chel.), Arsenicum album (Ars.) and Malaria Nosode (Mal. nd) in combating rodent malaria parasite: Plasmodium berghei. A preliminary screening of the antiplasmodial activity of the mother tincture and various potencies (6C, 30C, 200C) of homeopathic medicines was performed by means of the in vitro schizont maturation inhibition assay. Significant reduction of the growth of intra-erythrocytic stages of P. berghei was observed with decreasing dilutions of mother tincture and the various potencies with dose-dependent effect. The most effective potency i.e. 30C of all the drugs were administered orally to confirm their schizonticidal activities against asexual blood stage Chloroquine resistant P. berghei in swiss albino mice. 100% parasite suppression was reported by Chin., followed by Chel./Ars., (93.8%), and Mal. nd (87.02%). The therapeutic efficacy of these drugs were also confirmed by the stable levels of hepatic (ALP, bilirubin, SGOT/SGPT) and renal markers (Urea, Creatinine, Uric acid, BUN) in serum of mice blood after the treatment. Histochemical studies also revealed hepatoprotective and nephroprotective role of homeopathic formulations in P. berghei infected mice. The possible mechanism of action of these drugs were evaluated by evaluating their genotoxic effects on parasite using single gel electrophoresis comet assay. Maximum damage was observed in Ars. 30 C (16.4 ± 1.6 % tail DNA) followed by Chin 30 C (13.3 ± 0.7% tail DNA). DNA damage was significantly very less in Mal off. 30 C (2.6 ± 2.0% tail DNA) and Chel. 30 C (2.39 ± 0.4% tail DNA). Although, the exact mode of action of these remedies still remains doubtful. Further studies are required to confirm the role of specific genes and their expression to know the exact mechanism of ultra-high diluted drugs. These results pointed towards considerable antimalarial potential of the above drugs and we conclude that even highly diluted homeopathic medicines disturb the integrity of DNA. It can be explored further and coupled with novel scientific techniques to reveal their mode of action and to establish them as a third millennium drug against malaria.

  • Effect of yoga and meditation on rate of aging
    Speaker
    Rima Dada
    Professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences
    India
    Biography

    Dr Rima Dada did MBBS, MD from Maulana Azad Medical College and PhD in Genetics from AIIMS, N Delhi. She is presently working as Professor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences,of Medical Sciences Dada has published more than 125 original articles, 75 chapters in books and DBT workshop manual and over 125 abstracts in American or European and international meetings/journals. Dr Dada is a member of various professional societies and an ad-hoc reviewer for several national and international indexed scientific journals

    Abstract

    Introduction: Apparently healthypeople leading unhealthy lifestyle are susceptible to chronic lifestyle diseases due to accelerated and pathological aging and studies of yoga and meditation based lifestyle intervention (YMLI) on biomarkers of cellular aging in them are lacking. Aim and objectives: To investigate the peripheral blood biomarkers of cellular aging in apparently peopleafter short term YMLI.Biomarkers included8-hydroxy 2'- deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG); reactive oxygen species (ROS) and total antioxidant capacity (TAC); telomere length and telomerase activity; cortisol, IL-6, sirtuin-1, and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Methods: In this randomized controlled study84apparently peoplewere randomizedto either YMLI (42) orroutine daily life (RDL) (42)for12- weeks.Biomarkers were measured with assay kits. All subjects were evaluated by examining the difference in cellular aging markers between YMLI group and RDL group. Results: At 12 weeks,while the levels of DNA damage (8-OHdG) and oxidative stress (ROS), cortisol and IL6 were significantly decreased, the levels of antioxidant capacity (TAC), telomerase activity, sirtuin-1, and BDNF were significantly increased in YMLI group compared to RDL group (all p<0.05).There was strong negative correlation between the changes in cardinal biomarkers (OS, DNA damage, and telomere attrition) and metabotrophins (sirtuin-1 and BDNF). Conclusions: Peripheral blood biomarker levels in our results suggest significant reversal of cellular aging inapparently people with YMLI. Our study is the first to show significant increase in sirtuin-1 and BDNF levels in apparently people after yoga and meditation. Therefore, yoga and meditation slow the rate of aging and lower susceptibility to complex life style and aging related diseases.

  • EFFECTIVENESS OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE PASSIFLORA INCRATA MT FOR MANAGEMENT OF STATUS ASTHMATICUS
    Speaker
    Amir Ashraf
    Rajive Gandhi university of Health Science
    India
    Biography

    Amir Ashraf has completed his BHMS (Bachelor of Homoeopathic medicine and surgery) at the age of 24 years from Rajive Gandhi university of Health Science. Started Private Practice at October 2014 at Ashirvad Hospital Kannur visiting Consultant in department of Vein clinic at RM Homoeopathy Multispecialty clinic and AIHMS Homoeopathy Multispecialty clinic. I was joint secretary of Indian Homoeopathic Medical Association at Kannur.

    Abstract

    Homoeopathy is an alternative system of medicine discovered by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. It has been used by several people for various health conditions globally for more than last 200 years. In India, homoeopathy is considered as a major system of alternative medicine. Homoeopathy is found effective in various medical conditions including Asthma. Status asthmatics is an acute exacerbation of asthma that remains unresponsive to initial treatment with bronchodilators. Homoeopathy is very useful for Asthma, and homeopathic Medicine Passiflora Incrata MT is an important remedy commonly used for reducing Status Asthmatics. Aim: To reduce the episodes of Asthma using Passiflora Incrata MT. Methods: Design. Small N Design. Samples: Purposive Sampling with 5 cases diagnosed as Status Asthmatics. Tools: Personal Data Schedule and Becker Asthma Score. Techniques: Homoeopathic medicine, Passiflora Incrata MT is used. Statistical Analysis: The statistical analyses were done using non-parametric tests. Results: There is significant pre/post difference has been identified. Conclusion: Homoeopathic medicine, Passiflora Incrata MT is effective in reducing the episodes of Asthma.

Alternative Medicine
Speaker
  • The Effect of Complementary Medicine (yoga and diet based therapy) on The Elderly Population in Scranton, Pennsylvania
    Speaker
    Anwaar AnbrAli
    Marywood University
    Saudi Arabia
    Biography

    Anwaar Anbr Ali is a passionate social worker that has a bachelor’s degree in Social work at age of 22. Interested in Health science, especially holistic medicine and Energy therapy. She continued her studies in USA and got her masters degree in Health services administration. Anwaar is a female advocate and activist for holistic medicine. She has leaded various alternative medicine campaigns in Saudi Arabia, Makkah.

    Abstract

    The approach of any medical system for elderly women and men needs to address to the physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life. Not satisfied with allopathic medications and the threat of serious side effects ever looming large in their minds, the elderly women and men have begun to use the complementary medical systems as a viable alternative to address to their health problems. Including Yoga, physical therapy, diet and aromatherapy. Research suggests that yoga therapy may be a viable gentle physical activity option with a variety of health-related quality of life, psychological and physical symptom management benefits. Diet and nutritional therapy on the other hand, has shown solid evidence as an alternative medicine to reduce the symptoms of chronic diseases in elderly population.

  • Nigella Sativa and its Extract (thymoquinone): A potential anticancer and immunoenhancing agent for cancer patients
    Speaker
    Abrar S. Anbralii
    Marywood University
    Saudi Arabia
    Biography

    Abrar anbralii is a certified registered dietitian with bachelor’s degree from Saudi Arabia and a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from Marywood University, USA. She is a firm believer in the role of nutrigenomics and how can nutrition impact our genes and health. Her mission is to promote the health of people all around the world by applying her knowledge in the field of nutrition and nutrigenomics into practice and to help and inspire patients overcome their chronic and genetic diseases by practicing personalized healthy dietary regimen.

    Abstract

    Cancer is considered the leading cause of death for the population under the age of 85. Although there are several conventional treatment methods to treat cancer including, chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation, the improvement in mortality rates has been insignificant. In addition, it has been argued that conventional treatment might result in extreme exhaustion and deficiency of the immune system and consequently lead to other harmful side effects. Because of the increasing demand for new types of therapeutic interventions, there has been a growing interest in alternative and complementary medicine especially in herbal medicines, which has anticancer properties. Nigella sativa is one of the top ranked evidence based herbal medicine that is used throughout the world as a dietary supplement for treating several types of cancer and for enhancing the immune reactions. There are not much clinical research done with this important medicinal plant and a few evidence based reports were found in the scientific database that explains its anticancer and immunomodulation properties of nigella sativa. In this review, a total of thirty-one research reviews were collected from scientific databases to evaluate the anti-cancer and immunomodulatory effects of nigella sativa and its main ingredient, thymoquinone. To gain more perspective and stimulate additional research for developing effective and safe therapeutic supplement towards treating cancer and regulating immune reactions in cancer patients.

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