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Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Day I.

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Integrative Healthcare Symposium, day one- began with John Weeks’ energetic historical review. The top reason people seek out Integrative Healthcare, he explained, is for pain control. Integrative pain control techniques are very effective. This is especially important when we think about the current opioid epidemic.

Next Dr. Robert Roundtree talked about fatty liver disease, which on its face did not sound like an appealing topic of study, to me, anyway, but in fact Roundtree’s humorous and factual discussion changed my mind about that. Fatty liver disease is widespread and can lead to serious illness, even requiring liver transplants. One cause of the disease is the consumption of fructose corn syrup.

The conference seemed balanced between abstruse, to me, medical information and more accessible discussions. Nurse Practitioner and Health Coach Shirley Hilzinger Healing combined both approaches in her presentation, which ended with a spirited Q and A.

I also attended a talk by Dr. Dale Bredesen on Alzheimer’s. He explained the etiology of Alzheimer’s and best treatment approaches, which can lead to a reversal of Alzheimer’s in patients who follow a strict protocol.

Thanks to the International Association of Yoga Therapists I will be writing about the Symposium in their magazine, “Yoga Therapy Today.”

The New York Hilton Midtown is hosting the Symposium.

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