Treating the Untreatable:
Unraveling Complex Chronic Illness
April 5-7, 2018 ⦁ Chicago
Learn Practical Solutions
The Forum for Integrative Medicine was started by several practitioners with the goal
of sharing information to better facilitate the treatment of complex chronic illnesses. The
forum was born by practitioners for practitioners to identify the best integrative tools
available in support of detoxification, the treatment of stubborn infections, and overall
balance and well-being. The primary focus of the forum is to share practical solutions to
enhance the treatment options available to our patients.
- Keith Berndtson, MD
- Ann Corson, MD
- Amy Derksen, ND
- Elena Frid, MD
- Kristine Gedroic, MD
- Sandeep Gupta, MD
- David Jernigan, DC
- Greg Lee, LAc
- Marie Matheson, ND
- Philip Memoli, DMD
- Judy Mikovits, PhD
- Bob Miller, CTN
- Neil Nathan, MD
- Bryan Rade, ND
- Armin Schwarzbach, MD
- Stephanie Seneff, PhD
- Todd Watts, DC
- Vector-Borne Illness
- Mold and Biotoxin Illness
- Mast Cell Activation
- Diagnostic Testing
- and more…
What Attendees Are Saying
- “This was one of the most practical conferences I have attended. I felt like I got to hear from leaders in the field and learn from their clinical expertise in a way that can help me care for my patients immediately.”
- “…a good combination of up-to-date science combined with practical application.”
- “I feel like I found my tribe!”
- “Every presentation was amazing. I learned so much – best conference ever!”
- “This was the best conference in years… no this was the best conference I have ever been to!”
- “Packed with information that you can integrate into your practice the next day.”
- “Great speakers who are leaders in their fields and know what clinical data and tools are most relevant…”
- “Very experienced, very brilliant and courageous minds all cooperating and learning from each other to teach us. What a gift.”
- “A wealth of valuable information from leading-edge clinicians.”
- “It has been a life-changing weekend for me and my practice. I am deeply inspired by these great colleagues.”
“The Forum for Integrative Medicine” is a collaborative effort by practitioners from a multi-disciplined background to expand their integrative approach to treating chronic illness and all that it encompasses.
Kristine Gedroic MD is the director of The Gedroic Medical Institute. She attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Gedroic completed her internship at Cornell University in NYC, followed by a residency in Family Practice at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. She later completed a fellowship at the University of Arizona in Integrative Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine, as well as the newly established Integrative Medicine Boards. She serves as volunteer faculty for Rutgers University in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Immunity and Inflammation. She lives in Mendham with her husband and three young sons.
Learn more: http://GedroicCenter.com
Dr. Armin Schwarzbach is a Medical Doctor and a specialist for laboratory medicine from the laboratory ArminLabs, Augsburg, Germany. Dr. Schwarzbach began by studying biochemistry at Hoechst AG, Frankfurt/Germany and pharmacy at the University of Mainz/Germany in 1984. In 1985, he studied medicine for 6 years at the University of Mainz/Germany and finished his MD in 1991. Dr. Schwarzbach developed the worldwide first Radioimmunoassay (RIA) for human Gastric Inhibitory Polypeptide (hGIP) from 1986 – 1991, getting his PhD in 1992.
He is a member of the Swiss Association for Tick-borne diseases, the German Association of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and the German Society for Medical Laboratory Specialists.
He is an Advisory Board member of AONM London, England, and Board member of German Borreliosis Society and Member and former Board Member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and has served as an expert on advisory committees on Lyme Disease in England, Australia, Canada, Ireland, France and Germany.
Dr. Schwarzbach is the founder and CEO of ArminLabs, Augsburg/Germany and has specialized in diagnostic tests and treatment options for patients with tick-borne diseases for over 15 years.
Learn more: http://ArminLabs.com
Dr. Corson grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, was educated at Franklin and Marshall College, did course work toward a PhD in Neuroanatomy at Penn State’s Hershey Medical School before obtaining her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1982. Dr. Corson had residency training in Internal Medicine, Neurology and Family Medicine. She has been Board Certified in the practice of Family Medicine since 1993. In 2005, she began studying and practicing Integrative Medicine and was Board Certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine in November 2011.
Dr. Corson has been a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) since 2003. She has studied with Dr. Joseph Burrascano and Dr. Charles Ray Jones on grants provided by ILADS-Turn the Corner Foundation. Her practice in Chester County, PA is devoted full time to the treatment of patients suffering from Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases. In November 2009, Turn the Corner Foundation awarded Dr. Corson with their Physicians Training Program Impact Award. Dr. Corson’s wealth of knowledge and experience in treating tick-borne illness will make this opportunity to hear her present one not to be missed.
Amy Derksen, ND is a Naturopathic Physician who graduated from Bastyr University with a full scope of practice in Washington State since 2003. She did her undergraduate studies in biochemistry, which she applies to understanding the newest research on detox and genetic susceptibilities. She was fortunate enough to do her medical post-graduate training with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD for over 2 years. During that training, she learned extensively how to use his system of autonomic response testing to help with tailoring a protocol to each individual.
She specializes in working with both Autism and chronically ill patients, including Lyme disease. Dr. Derksen has been involved in teaching various topics with Dr. Klinghardt since 2004, and has also been a speaker at Autism One, LIA, Dr. Cowden’s Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine, and Hope to Heal Lyme conferences. She is one of the only physicians Dr. Klinghardt has honored to teach his work in ART and feels fortunate to be able to share this tool both with patients and other practitioners. She is one of the first Naturopathic Physicians to become a Fellow with the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, working to broaden her skills for working with autism, and to connect with a network of several seasoned practitioners in the field. Due to her years of experience and nomination from other MDs, she was invited to become Board Certified in Integrative Pediatrics from the American Association of Integrative Medicine, which is typically limited to DOs and MDs. She has also become a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine to further her education on working with more sensitive and toxic patients and expand her knowledge on addressing inflammation and immune dysfunction.
One of her passions is working with autism. She feels that the more we can understand about our kids, the more we will understand everyone’s health. The autistic child is very similar to a toxic adult, they have just accumulated those toxins in a very short amount of time. This is often due to impairments in detox capabilities or a tendency toward immune dysregulation.
Dr. Amy’s specialties include autism, alternative treatments for Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses, naturopathic and preventive medicine, chemical sensitivities, heavy metal detoxification, neurological disorders, environmental illness, EMR/EMF sensitivities, LDA/LDI, and more.
Learn more: http://HolisticHealingArts.org
Dr. Matheson has a professional interest in infectious causes of chronic and complex autoimmune illnesses. She has a specialization in Lyme Disease and associated vector-borne illness. Her family practice is also devoted to chronically ill patients with Parasitic/Fungal/Viral Infections, Mold Toxicity, PANDAS/PANS, Autism (ASD), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune and neurological conditions, environmental illness, and LDI /LDA.
Dr. Matheson believes in preventative medicine and the importance of determining the causal chain of illness by addressing toxicities at a cellular level. She looks beyond conventional labels often used to diagnose chronic illness to identify causal factors that allowed illness to manifest. Using her assessment tool of Auricular Medicine, Dr. Matheson uncovers blockages and underlying imbalances that have created symptoms, to allow the body to self-heal and auto-regulate.
Dr. Matheson completed her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in B.C. and was honored with the Award for Acupuncture Excellence. She has recently been featured in a chapter of Connie Strasheim’s recent book New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment: 10 Top Doctors Reveal Healing Strategies That Work.
She is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). She is on the Advisory Board for The Forum for Integrative Medicine (TFIM), a member of the AOR’s Medical Advisory Council, and is also a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). She completed ILADS’s Physicians Training Program with Dr. Charles Ray Jones, MD in Connecticut, who is arguably one of the top Pediatric Lyme Disease practitioners in the US.
Learn more: http://HamptonWellnessCentre.com
Neil Nathan, MD has been practicing medicine for 46 years, and has been Board Certified in Family Practice and Pain Management and is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. With Dr. Rich van Konynenburg he did the ground-breaking clinical research which demonstrated the importance of methylation chemistry in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and he has recently completed a study with Dr. Robert Naviaux on the metabolomics of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He has written several books, including Healing is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses and On Hope and Healing: For Those Who Have Fallen Through the Medical Cracks. He has hosted an internationally syndicated radio program/podcast on Voice America called The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today. He has been working to bring an awareness that mold toxicity is a major contributing factor for patients with chronic illness and lectures internationally on this subject which led to the publication of his most recent book, Mold and Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation and Treatment, 2016.
His current medical practice is the Redwood Valley Clinic in Northern California. He can be contacted most easily through his website www.neilnathanmd.com, through which consultations are available.
Dr. Nathan has been treating chronic complex medical illnesses for 25 years now, and Lyme disease for the past 15 years. As his practice has evolved, he finds himself increasingly treating the patients who have become so sensitive and toxic that they can no longer tolerate their usual treatments, and his major current interest is in finding unique ways of helping them to recover. The recent findings that mast cell activation and porphyria are more common than has been appreciated by the medical profession are of particular importance in this regard.
Learn more: http://NeilNathanMD.com
Dr. Elena Frid is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist specializing in Infections Induced Autoimmune Disorders. With clinical interests in the Autoimmune Neurology, she sees patients (children and adults) with complex cases of Lyme disease and co-infections resulting in various neurological complaints.
Her many areas of expertise are: General Neurology, Headaches & Migraines, as well as sub-clinical focus in Autoimmune Neurology, Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Disorders. Using cutting edge diagnostic tools and clinical expertise she differentiates between idiopathic vs organic causes of various neurological disorders. Her knowledge has been sought by patients from all over the United States, as well as Canada and Europe.
Dr. Frid attended a coveted BA/MD program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and went on to North Shore-LIJ Health Care Systems (currently Northwell) where she completed residency in Neurology and fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG / EEG).
Dr. Frid is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), Medical Adviser to Project Lyme, a Vice President of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association.
Learn more: http://ElenaFridMD.com
Sandeep Gupta is a vocationally registered general practitioner who runs an integrative medicine clinic on the Sunshine Coast. He has studied with top physicians and health practitioners from around the world to create a unique form of “heart-based integrative medicine” which addresses disease on a multitude of levels. Dr. Gupta graduated from medical school at the University of Queensland 1999. He has received specialized training in integrative medicine, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine in 2008 and a Fellowship of the Australian College of General Practitioners in 2010.
Some of the experts from around the world that Dr. Gupta has studied with include: Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker on Chronic Inflammatory Disease, Dr. Lawrence Wilson on Hair Mineral Analysis, Dr. Gabriel Cousens on Raw and Living Food Nutrition, Robert Marshall PhD on Quantum Reflex Analysis and Vastu Environmental Remediation, Bill Wolcott on Metabolic Typing and Individualized Nutrition, Dr. James Wilson on Subclinical Adrenal Problems, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt on Lyme Disease, Heavy Metal Toxicity and EMF remediation, Dr. Dicken Weatherby, Ron Grisanti and Reed Davis on Functional Medicine, Robert August Masters PhD on Emotional Shadow Work, and Dr. John Demartini on Emotional Links with Illness.
Sandeep Gupta has lectured for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM), AustralAsian College of Anti-Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine (A5M), Australian College of Medical Nutrition (ACMN), Ayurveda House and the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Holistic Health Groups. He has created a unique flavor of holistic medicine based on his understanding of the interaction between the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions, to give the most long-lasting health improvements possible.
Learn more: http://LotusHolisticMedicine.com.au
Dr. Jernigan is a published author and is nationally recognized as a leader in Biological Medicine and the treatment of chronic illness. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition with honors, he received his doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine at Cleveland Chiropractic College-KC. Post Graduate studies have taken him far and wide, studying natural and anthroposophical medicine in Germany and Biological Medicine with the world-renowned Dr. Thomas Rau, MD, of the Paracelsus Klinic of Switzerland. Dr. Jernigan received his certification in Botanical Medicine through the University of Colorado, School of Pharmacy. He is also the developer of the diagnostic and treatment technique Bio-Resonance Scanning™, NeuroCardial Synchronization™, and NeuroPhotonic Therapy™.
Dr. Jernigan was the first doctor to write a book on the natural treatment of people diagnosed with Lyme Disease and has now authored four books on Lyme Disease. The latest edition is Beating Lyme Disease; Living the Good Life in Spite of Lyme, 2nd edition. He has personally developed over 30 novel natural medicines to date.
Learn more: http://HansaCenter.com
Greg Lee is the driving force behind the Two Frogs Healing Center and GoodbyeLyme.com. He is a world expert on using Chinese herbs, alternative medicines, and treatments for healing persistent Lyme disease and multiple chronic infections.
As a software engineer / manager, he worked on many NASA projects including: Hubble Space Telescope, Goddard Robotics Lab, and the Antarctic Ozone Hole. After struggling with irritable bowel syndrome and burnout, Greg switched careers to pursue a Master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He has successfully treated several hundred people with chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme disease in his private clinic.
In order to develop precise, targeted remedies and treatments, Greg uses analytical engineering skills and electrical frequency scans. The scan results are used to program unique treatments including Frequency Specific Microcurrent and to develop customized liposomal remedies for killing infections, detoxification, and promoting healing for each patient.
His clinic is in a biotechnology facility where he collaborates with other researchers on identifying natural remedies for killing drug-resistant and biofilm infections. He also teaches online and live training courses for medical providers on the GoodbyeLyme System for Stopping Persistent Lyme Disease and Co-infections.
Learn more: http://GoodbyeLyme.com
Bob Miller, CTN, is a Certified Traditional Naturopath specializing in the field of genetic-specific nutrition. He earned his naturopathic degree from Trinity School of Natural Health and is board certified. In 1993, Bob Miller opened the Tree of Life Health practice and he has served as a traditional naturopath for 20+ years. For the past several years, he has been engaged with genetic variants and related research. Working with many clients, he is astounded at how many peoples’ health concerns are related to the genetic issues.
A Formulator – recognizing that there was not a nutritional supplement line on the market comprehensive enough to address all of the possible genetic variants, he began working with a national company, Professional Health Products, to formulate an Epigenetics line of products for use by health care providers. Currently he has formulated 55 nutritional products with more under development. His formulas are being recognized for their unique approach to supporting enzyme function and supporting the removal of environmental and naturally occurring toxins.
An Educator – Bob lectures at nationwide seminars to educate physicians and health care practitioners about genetic variants and nutritional supplementation for achieving optimal health, and holds live webinars other Thursday evening for health professionals.
Genetic Analysis Software – For the past several years, Bob has been creating a propriety software program, MethylGenetic Nutritional Analysis™, which compares genetic variants, labs and symptoms, to allow health professionals to create custom made nutritional protocols for their patients. The software has been received with great acclaim in the industry and has a growing following.
A Researcher – To support his growing genetic research efforts, Bob founded the NutriGenetic Research Institute in 2015 to research and publish reports on the relationship between genetic variants and labs and presenting symptoms.
His first research project on genetic variants in those with chronic Lyme Disease, was one of two winners for research by the ILADS international meeting held in Helsinki, Finland. His Phase II, Phase III and Phase IV studies of Lyme disease have also been presented at the American ILADS conferences internationally and locally.
Philip E. Memoli DMD received his dental degree at Rutgers Dental School (UMDNJ). He underwent extensive traditional training at four dental institutions focusing on periodontics and prosthodontics. He co-founded in 2000, the Natural Dentistry curriculum which taught holistic dentistry in the US and UK. Later, in 2005, he founded the Institute of Systemic Dentistry which focuses on the dietary, Immunological, neurological, and detoxificative challenges posed by dental surgery, treatments, implants, and restorative materials.
Learn more: http://HolisticDentistryNJ.com
Judy A. Mikovits earned a BA in Chemistry from University of Virginia in 1980 and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from George Washington University in 1992. Her PhD thesis defense changed the paradigm for therapeutic treatment of HIV. For this work, she was awarded the graduate student of the year in 1991.
In her thirty-five-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has co-authored seminal papers culminating at least a decade of research in each of four fields: immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, and AIDS and cancer drug development. In 1999, she directed the Laboratory of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms developing therapeutics and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS and AIDS associated malignancies. These are therapies that are still standard of care twenty-five years later and credited with saving millions of deaths from HIV/AIDS.
In 2006, Dr. Mikovits became attracted to the plight of families with neuro-immune diseases including ME/CFS and Autism, and she has been primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between environmental toxins, retroviruses and the development of acquired immune dysfunction and cancer. Throughout her career, she and Dr. Frank Ruscetti have translated their discoveries into curative immune therapeutic strategies for these diseases.
Learn more: http://PlagueTheBook.com
Dr. Rade is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is the current President of the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors. He has pursued additional professional training in a number of fields, including: comprehensive IV therapy, integrative oncology, the biomedical treatment of autism (“DAN” Doctor), CEASE therapy, ozone therapy, advanced pain treatment techniques (prolotherapy, prolozone, neural therapy, neural prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma, and ozonated clot matrix therapy), integrative treatment of chronic Lyme disease and coinfections, Low Dose Immunotherapy, Low Dose Allergen Therapy, Endobiogenic Medicine, Biological Medicine and advanced chiropractic techniques (Koren Specific Technique, Activator Therapy, Quantum Neurology).
Learn more: https://EastCoastNaturopathic.com
Dr. Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She has a BS degree from MIT in biology and MS, EE and PhD degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Her recent interests have focused on the role of toxic chemicals and micronutrient deficiencies in health and disease, with a special emphasis on the pervasive herbicide, Roundup, and the mineral, sulfur. She has authored over thirty peer-reviewed journal papers over the past few years on these topics, and has delivered numerous slide presentations around the world.
Learn more: http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff
Dr. Todd A. Watts is a national board-certified Chiropractic Physician in Idaho, a Functional Wellness Practitioner and is licensed with the Pastoral Medical Association.
Dr. Watts’ passion for helping others restore their health so that they can live their true purpose stems from his journey in overcoming his health struggles. His journey began at the age of 28 when he had Epstein Barr Virus and by the time he was 40 he struggled with arthritic pain in his hands, wrists, low back and shoulders, along with chronic headaches and muscle tightness in neck, shoulders and back. He also struggled with food and seasonal allergies, chronic fatigue, night sweats, muscle fatigue and twitches, brain fog and memory issues. Attending a medical conference on Lyme disease, he identified with many of the symptoms of Lyme and its coinfections. He later tested positive with a blood test for a chronic Lyme infection.
On his journey with treating Lyme disease, he seemed go through cyclical patterns of feeling good and then crashing. He met another practitioner who told him he had parasites which was causing many of his symptoms as well as the cyclical pattern. Having gone through many Lyme protocols, he realized that addressing the parasites was vital in overcoming the Lyme disease and the rest of his symptoms.
Today, Dr. Watts feels great and has sustained energy to allow him to help others, enjoy time with his family, and live his true purpose.
Dr. Watts’ professional and post-doctorate training includes True Cellular Healing, Chiropractic Plus Kinesiology, Applied Kinesiology, Clinical Kinesiology, Neuromodulation Technique, Acupuncture, Bio-resonance Therapy, Sacro-occipital Technique (SOT), Nutrition, Medical IV Infusion Therapy, and Live Cell Microscopy.
He has taken courses on Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry, Mastering Thyroid, Mastering Brain Chemistry, The Neuroendocrine Immunology of Environmental Triggers, and has trained with several Lyme disease and parasitology experts.
Learn more: http://DrToddWatts.com
Keith Berndtson, MDs 32-year medical career spans primary care, integrative and functional medicine, and the care of medically unexplained medical conditions. In 2007 he founded Park Ridge MultiMed, a systems medicine practice in Park Ridge, Illinois. In July of 2017 he joined Haven Medical in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to help develop their strengths in patient care, education, and research regarding multisystem forms of chronic illness.
His peer-reviewed article, Review of evidence for immune evasion and persistent infection in Lyme disease (International Journal of General Medicine 2013;6:291-306) achieved a high social media score (Altmetric), reaching an upper bound of over 10,000 followers. He has international experience as a speaker on CIRS, Lyme, and related conditions. He recently co-founded the non-profit International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illnesses (ISEAI) to serve public and professional needs for increased awareness, education, and support in the evaluation and management of complex forms of chronic illness.
Learn more: http://HavenMedical.com