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

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 26, 2024

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Differentiating functional disorders of the upper and lower gastrointestinal system
Speakers:
Jeff Bland, PhD
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Assessing Functional gastrointestinal disorders
Speakers:
Kate Henry, ND
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Speakers:
Michael Ruscio DC
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Panel discussion
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.
Michael Ruscio DC
Michael Ruscio DC
Clinical Researcher / Author
Michael Ruscio is a DC, clinical researcher, and author working fervently to reform and improve the fields of functional and integrative health. With his clinical and research teams, he scours existing studies to inform his ongoing clinical research, patient care, and guidance for health seekers and fellow clinicians around the world. His primary focus is digestive health and its impact on other facets of health, including energy, sleep, mood, and thyroid function and optimization. Dr. Ruscio’s, DC, book, Healthy Gut, Healthy You, has paved the way for a ‘start with the gut’ philosophy that has enabled doctors and patients to see improved outcomes with minimal expense and effort. Since 2011, Dr. Ruscio, DC has pioneered the way to providing practical, cost-effective functional medicine care by pragmatically applying evidence-based therapies to thousands of people with real symptoms. Dr. Ruscio’s, DC, ability to objectively analyze medical literature has made him a trusted voice of reason, which he shares in his top-rated podcast and blog, and in a newsletter for functional medicine practitioners.

Date

Mar 26 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Ruscio DC
    Michael Ruscio DC
    Clinical Researcher / Author

    Michael Ruscio is a DC, clinical researcher, and author working fervently to reform and improve the fields of functional and integrative health. With his clinical and research teams, he scours existing studies to inform his ongoing clinical research, patient care, and guidance for health seekers and fellow clinicians around the world. His primary focus is digestive health and its impact on other facets of health, including energy, sleep, mood, and thyroid function and optimization.
    Dr. Ruscio’s, DC, book, Healthy Gut, Healthy You, has paved the way for a ‘start with the gut’ philosophy that has enabled doctors and patients to see improved outcomes with minimal expense and effort.
    Since 2011, Dr. Ruscio, DC has pioneered the way to providing practical, cost-effective functional medicine care by pragmatically applying evidence-based therapies to thousands of people with real symptoms. Dr. Ruscio’s, DC, ability to objectively analyze medical literature has made him a trusted voice of reason, which he shares in his top-rated podcast and blog, and in a newsletter for functional medicine practitioners.

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