Advances in the Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders: Upper and Lower GI Issues and their Relationship to the Microbiome Part One

The conversion of food to substances that support healthy metabolism is a complex process involving interaction among the digestive, nervous, endocrine, immune, hepatobiliary, and microbiome systems. This represents a quintessential example of network systems activity which is a foundational concept underlying the Functional Medicine model. Over the past decade considerable progress has been made in the development of a more comprehensive understanding of this “supersystem” that regulates the processing of nutrients derived from the diet into cellular energy that controls both the structure and function of the individual.

This two-part educational series will focus on the advances in understanding as to how to assess alterations in the function of the gastrointestinal supersystem and develop personalized approach to managing clinical conditions associated with upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders including hypochlorhydria, pancreatic enzyme insufficiency, peptic ulcers, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), dysbiosis, bile acid insufficiency, intestinal permeability disorders, fat soluble nutrient malabsorption syndromes, incomplete protein digestion disorders, and chronic irritable bowel conditions presenting as both constipation and diarrhea.

Part One of the two part-series will focus on an understanding of the structure and function of the digestive supersystem and its interaction with the nervous, endocrine, immune, and hepatobiliary systems. This program will provide an understanding of the various assessment tools available for defining dysfunctions in the gastrointestinal supersystem, and how to use this information in the development of a personalized lifestyle medicine program. Chronic irritable bowel syndrome will be used as a specific example of how to employ functional assessment tools in the development of a personalized patient management program.

Part Two of the series will focus on functional disorders of the upper and lower gastrointestinal system. Clinical advances in the use of personalized lifestyle medicine intervention on the management of nutrient malabsorption, dysbiosis, and altered function of the enteroendocrine and hepatobiliary system will be the focus on part two of the series.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the advances being made in the function of the gastrointestinal supersystem.
  2. Participants will learn of assessment tools used in evaluation of the functional status of the gastrointestinal supersystem.
  3. Participants will be able to differentiate functional gastrointestinal issues of the upper versus the lower gastrointestinal system.
  4. Participants will learn how to approach the development of a personalized lifestyle medicine approach to the management of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Hourly Schedule

March 19, 2024

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Introduction to the Gastrointestinal Supersystem
Speakers:
Jeff Bland, PhD
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Assessing the function of the gastrointestinal supersystem
Speakers:
Kate Henry, ND
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the gastrointestinal supersystem
Speakers:
Malisa Carullo BSc, MSc, ND
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Panel Discussion Among the Faculty, moderated by Jeff Bland, PhD
Speakers:
Jeff Bland, PhD
Jeff Bland, PhD
Jeff Bland, PhD
Functional Medicine Founder and Pioneer
Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a personable and highly respected thought leader who has spent more than four decades focused on the improvement of human health. He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement, which represents his vision for a care model that is grounded in systems biology and informed by research that he has a unique ability to synthesize. His pioneering work has created the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine education. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners have participated in PLMI and IFM programs, and this collective knowledge has positively impacted the lives of patients all over the world. Dr. Bland began his career as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound. He is a natural educator and became involved with numerous academic institutions during the years he spent teaching. This includes the significant contributions he made to the founding and accreditation of Bastyr University, the first federally accredited university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural medicine in the US. In the early 1980s, Dr. Bland was hand-selected by two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling to serve as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. This experience marked both a personal and professional inflection point for Dr. Bland that has become an integral part of his career. As an expert in a field he helped to establish—science-based nutrition—Dr. Bland has become an iconic figure in the natural products industry. He worked alongside other founders to establish standards for evidence-based formulations, quality ingredient sourcing, and ethical manufacturing practices that stand to this day. He continues to serve as a dynamic mentor and advisor to a new generation of industry leaders. Dr. Bland is the author of best-selling books and over 120 peer-reviewed research publications. He speaks extensively, and his engaging style makes him popular with both professional and consumer audiences. Dr. Bland’s latest project is Big Bold Health, launched in 2018. He’s on a mission to transform the way people think about one of nature’s greatest innovations: the immune system. Through Big Bold Health, Dr. Bland is advocating for the power of immuno-rejuvenation to enhance immunity at a global level. It is an ambitious and purpose-driven effort that encompasses his active stance on regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, and planetary health.
Kate Henry, ND
Kate Henry, ND
Head of Medical Education
Dr. Kate Henry is the Head of Medical Education at RUPA Health, a company dedicated to bringing root-cause medicine to the world. Before joining RUPA, Dr. Kate was the founding Director of Functional Medicine at Sanare Today, a 13-location practice on the east coast of the U.S. that combines therapy, coaching, natural medicine and more to help over 8,000 people thrive. Dr. Kate’s training in naturopathic medicine, biofeedback and nutrition allow her to emphasize root-cause treatments that are both low-cost and effective in order to help keep functional medicine accessible to all.
Malisa Carullo BSc, MSc, ND
Malisa Carullo BSc, MSc, ND
Clinical Affairs Liaison Metagenics
Malisa M. Carullo completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her MSc. in biology at the University of Ottawa with an emphasis on genetics and molecular evolution. Malisa puts much focus on biological medicine and its treatment of chronic diseases, as well as healthy age management. Her practice interests include endocrinology, chronic infections, and blending naturopathic medicine with sports medicine. She is currently working as a Clinical Affairs Liaison at Metagenics.

Date

Mar 19 2024

Time

PST
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location

Virtual
Virtual Registration

Speakers

  • Jeff Bland, PhD
    Jeff Bland, PhD
    Functional Medicine Founder and Pioneer

    Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a personable and highly respected thought leader who has spent more than four decades focused on the improvement of human health.

    He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement, which represents his vision for a care model that is grounded in systems biology and informed by research that he has a unique ability to synthesize. His pioneering work has created the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine education. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners have participated in PLMI and IFM programs, and this collective knowledge has positively impacted the lives of patients all over the world.

    Dr. Bland began his career as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound. He is a natural educator and became involved with numerous academic institutions during the years he spent teaching. This includes the significant contributions he made to the founding and accreditation of Bastyr University, the first federally accredited university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural medicine in the US. In the early 1980s, Dr. Bland was hand-selected by two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling to serve as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. This experience marked both a personal and professional inflection point for Dr. Bland that has become an integral part of his career.

    As an expert in a field he helped to establish—science-based nutrition—Dr. Bland has become an iconic figure in the natural products industry. He worked alongside other founders to establish standards for evidence-based formulations, quality ingredient sourcing, and ethical manufacturing practices that stand to this day. He continues to serve as a dynamic mentor and advisor to a new generation of industry leaders.

    Dr. Bland is the author of best-selling books and over 120 peer-reviewed research publications. He speaks extensively, and his engaging style makes him popular with both professional and consumer audiences. Dr. Bland’s latest project is Big Bold Health, launched in 2018. He’s on a mission to transform the way people think about one of nature’s greatest innovations: the immune system. Through Big Bold Health, Dr. Bland is advocating for the power of immuno-rejuvenation to enhance immunity at a global level. It is an ambitious and purpose-driven effort that encompasses his active stance on regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, and planetary health.

  • Malisa Carullo BSc, MSc, ND
    Malisa Carullo BSc, MSc, ND
    Clinical Affairs Liaison Metagenics

    Malisa M. Carullo completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her MSc. in biology at the University of Ottawa with an emphasis on genetics and molecular evolution.

    Malisa puts much focus on biological medicine and its treatment of chronic diseases, as well as healthy age management. Her practice interests include endocrinology, chronic infections, and blending naturopathic medicine with sports medicine.

    She is currently working as a Clinical Affairs Liaison at Metagenics.

  • Kate Henry, ND
    Kate Henry, ND
    Head of Medical Education

    Dr. Kate Henry is the Head of Medical Education at RUPA Health, a company dedicated to bringing root-cause medicine to the world. Before joining RUPA, Dr. Kate was the founding Director of Functional Medicine at Sanare Today, a 13-location practice on the east coast of the U.S. that combines therapy, coaching, natural medicine and more to help over 8,000 people thrive. Dr. Kate’s training in naturopathic medicine, biofeedback and nutrition allow her to emphasize root-cause treatments that are both low-cost and effective in order to help keep functional medicine accessible to all.

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