2017 Symposium – Speakers, Professional

Sandor Ellix Katz
Fermented Foods and Human Health

Presentation: The process of fermentation transforms foods in ways that make nutrients more bioavailable, augments certain nutrients, creates others, and breaks down certain toxins. In fermented foods not cooked or heat-processed after fermentation, the live bacterial cultures we ingest promote increased biodiversity and may improve digestion, immune function, and even mental health. Come learn more about fermentation and the importance of fermented foods and beverages.

Bio: Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation (2003) and The Art of Fermentation (2012), along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, the New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” Sandor is the recipient of a James Beard award and many other honors. For more information, check out his website wildfermentation.com.

Satya Ambrose, ND, LAc
Fasting Meets Microbiome: Just How Fun Can this Get?

Presentation: Throughout history people have fasted for many different reasons including; religious beliefs, health, or lack of food. What happens to our body when we fast, reduce the time we can consume calories, or restrict certain foods? Fasting can change illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, brain injury, and SIBO through autophagy and rebuilding. What effects does fasting have on our flora, fauna, and overall microbiome? What happens to gene expression? We will explore these questions and ways in which we can apply fasting techniques to clinical practice.

Bio: Dr. Satya Ambrose is a practitioner of natural medicine with over 30 years of clinical experience.  She received her B.A. in Psychology and Biochemistry from Evergreen State College in 1975, and a degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1976, followed by an advanced degree in acupuncture from the same institution in 1977.  Dr. Satya earned the distinction of Naturopathic Doctor from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1989.

Dr. Satya’s private practice has focused on oncology, endocrinology, cardiology, immunology, acupuncture, and women’s health.  In addition to her private practice, Dr. Satya is a noted educator, teaching at both the Natural University of Natural Medicine, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and OHSU, as well as offering professional seminars in the Northwest, Montana, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

A recognized visionary, Dr. Satya co-founded the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1982 which has since established itself as a respected educator of acupuncture and Oriental medical practitioners. With OCOM established as a thriving institution, Dr. Satya has since focused on the dire dysfunction of the contemporary medical landscape. Her response has been the creation of the Chitari Foundation, which is revolutionizing the delivery of medicine. Dr. Satya envisions the brilliance of all medicines acting together to restore the balance of health in people, their communities, and ultimately, the global environment.

Dr. Mark Davis, ND
Rejoining the Wild – Food, Poop & Worms in the World of IBD

Presentation: The trillions of microorganisms in your gut form a beautiful and staggeringly complex ecology that we are just learning how to see. This new learning affects our understanding of how our separation from the wild has set us up for the epidemic of hyper-inflammatory conditions which we’re facing. We’ll explore new and old therapeutic interventions for inflammatory bowel disease, including food, probiotics, fecal transplant, helminths, and antimicrobials; all ways to influence the forest of the gut.

Bio: For Mark Davis, ND, one of the most interesting medical questions in the world right now is how gut microbes affect inflammation; in particular how food, probiotics and fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) can affect the hyper-inflammation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Dr. Davis sees patients at Bright Medicine Clinic, a naturopathic gastroenterology practice in Portland, Oregon. He’s one of a handful of physicians in the North America with clinical expertise in fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), which he offers via retention enema and capsule. He also offers clinical advice regarding helminthic therapy.

He sits on the board of directors of the Gastroenterological Association of Naturopathic Physicians (president), the Fecal Transplant Foundation (treasurer), and on the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal. He received his ND with honors in research from the National College of Natural Medicine, now National University of Natural Medicine.

Alena Guggenheim, ND
Dietary Considerations in Autoimmunity: Explorations in Immunometabolism

Presentation: Autoimmune disease is characterized by substantial changes in energy and nutrient utilization within immune cells. Understanding these changes can help provide a dietary framework that can either drive the inflammatory process or support immune tolerance. This lecture will discuss the basic science of immunometabolism and dietary interventions to support healing in these patients. We will also explore specific nutrients that can influence immunometabolism.

Bio: Alena Guggenheim graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 and completed a residency through NCNM and The Center For Natural Medicine in 2009. She began her teaching and lecturing career in 2011 and has extensive experience developing and delivering engaging curriculum. She currently teaching Advanced Rheumatology at NUNM. She has lectured for multiple state associations and conferences regarding the safe use of pharmaceuticals, ethics and rheumatology.

In 2015 Dr. Guggenheim began working for the ZOOM+ health care system developing and implementing integrative care models. She is currently seeing patients with immunological disease at the ZOOM+ Specialist multi disciplinary clinic working in close conjunction with gastroenterology, cardiology, dermatology and others.

Robert Martindale MD, PhD
Clinical Use of Probiotics: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Presentation: The clinical use of probiotics in the USA has seen an exponential rise in the past five years. The wide spread support by major societies is significantly hampered by the lack randomized prospective studies. The lack of strain-specific data sets, lack of dose response curves, poor understanding of clear links to mechanisms and the influence of diet, and general misinformation about probiotic products. These factors have limited the routine adoption by the clinician.

As the use of probiotics grows beyond general claims of overall gut health to more targeted health claims data is starting to emerge to support use. Much of the focus now revolves around the protection from gut barrier disruption and maintaining a healthy microbiome and preventing conversion to a pathobiome. Determining a clinically effective dose (potency) for administration of a probiotic is a key but it appears that positive data is now available in pneumonia, antibiotic associated diarrhea, preop for visceral surgery and a variety of other routine clinical challenges.  This presentation will review the current clinical perspective and possible use of dietary strategy for optimizing a healthy microbiome and the clinical use of probiotics.

Bio: Dr. Martindale received his MD from George Washington University in Washington, DC and completed his surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, where he also served as Director of Nutrition Support Service. He completed his PhD in Nutrition at UCLA in the laboratories of Drs. Morton Grossman, Tachi Yamada, and Seymour Levin at the Center for Ulcer Research and Education. Upon completing his Army commitment at Eisenhower Medical Center in Augusta Georgia in 1993, he joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia where he spent 10 years and held many distinguished positions.

In 2005, Dr. Martindale moved to Portland, Oregon, and began his tenure at Oregon Health & Science University, where he is currently a Professor of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery. He also serves as the Medical Director for Hospital Nutrition Services.

His primary focus throughout his professional career has been on surgical education, gastrointestinal surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction and caring for patients with complex nutritional issues. He has won numerous teaching awards and is author of over 250 publications, including peer reviewed manuscripts, review articles, chapters, several medical educational videos, as well as being the co-editor of a textbook dealing with surgical and critical care nutrition.

Greg Nigh, ND
The Role of Therapeutic Diets in the Primary Care Setting

Presentation: Dietary recommendations in support of overall health are a standard feature of patient management in the naturopathic clinical setting. The utilization of short-term prescribed therapeutic diets, though, allows clinicians to use dietary programs in a much more targeted manner. Therapeutic diets can contribute a great deal toward diagnostics, and can set the stage for greater long term success with any treatment program. In this talk Dr. Nigh will review nine specific therapeutic diets, their clinical indications and their implementation: Elimination, Low Sulfur, Low Histamine, Low FODMAPS, Low Phenol, GAPS, SIBO, Ketogenic, and Calorie Restricted.

Bio: Dr. Greg Nigh graduated from NCNM in 2001 with both a ND and MSOM degree. Since that time he has been in clinical practice, with the last eight years focused on naturopathic oncology. He has spoken internationally on a wide range of topics related to health and disease. Dr. Nigh worked closely with a nutritional therapist in order to develop a set of therapeutic diets that they are implementing with their patients.  He is currently collaborating with her in writing a book on sulfur metabolism issues, along with the process for unlocking these issues. Dr. Nigh is an active member of the AANP, OANP and OncANP.

Carolyn Nygaard, ND
Immune Modulation and Essential Nutrients from Infancy to Adolescence.

Presentation: From conception to adolescence our immune system is continuously changing and developing. Parental health, diet, and environmental exposure all play important roles in the formation of the immune system. In the last decade, dietary recommendations have dramatically shifted toward a focus on a whole foods based diet. Recent research regarding the childhood immune system has been focusing on the microflora environment. This environment is dependent on proper nutrition and essential nutrients. Dr. Nygaard will discuss the development of the immune system from birth to adolescence and how nutrition and supplementation influences its formation.

Bio: Dr. Carolyn Nygaard is a board-certified, licensed naturopathic physician and midwife who practices family medicine. She has a passion for naturopathic primary care and its ability to optimize wellness. She believes that naturopathic medicine can help you on your path to optimal health. She offers complete, individualized health programs designed to help you achieve your goals.

While Dr. Nygaard enjoys all aspects of family healthcare, her focus is in midwifery, women’s health, and pediatrics. She offers a full scope of midwifery care including pre-conception counseling, prenatal, home birth and post-partum care.

Dr. Nygaard also provides in-office lab testing and evaluation to optimize wellness. Food allergy, neuro-endocrine, hormone and immune system testing is available to all patients. She is committed to providing an integrative experience, combining evidence-based medicine with traditional naturopathic modalities.

raja-sivamani_headshotRaja Sivamani, MD, MS, CAT
Exploration of the Gut-Skin Axis: The Role of the Microbiome, Lipidome, and Nutrition

Presentation: The connection between the gut and the skin has been explored in traditional medical system for many centuries. Research has started to uncover some of the biochemical mechanisms for how the gut communicates with the skin. The emerging knowledge of the microbiome and the lipid profiles (known as the lipidome) of the gut and skin will be explored. The role of long chain and short chain fatty acids in the gut and their ability to communicate with the skin will be discussed along with data on how that affects the skin’s sebocytes. Human studies on how foods alter the gut microbiome and the lipidome will be presented in the context of practically approaching treatment for chronic skin diseases such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. Clinical cases will be discussed with review of clinical nuances and differential diagnoses along with case management examples. The growth in knowledge of food based approaches for modulation of the microbiome, lipidome, and skin diseases further opens the possibility of integrating these concepts for development of clinical treatment approaches and high-quality collaborative clinical studies.

Bio: Dr. Raja Sivamani is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a board certified dermatologist. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California – Davis, and the Director of Clinical Research. With additional training in bioengineering and Ayurvedic medicine he aims to integrate research across multiple disciplines. His research focus is on understanding how nutrition and foods modulate skin disease as it pertains to the gut and skin microbiome and lipidome, and the function of the skin’s sebaceous glands.

Kim Tippens, ND, MS, MPH
Updates in Clinical and Community Nutrition Research

Presentation: The field of nutrition science is complicated. While research in this field is fast-growing, contradictions in the literature challenge our clinical and personal decision-making regarding dietary behaviors. In this talk, Dr. Tippens will review some of the current research in nutrition, with a focus on whole-foods dietary approaches.

Bio: Clinically trained in naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Tippens is an integrative medicine clinician-researcher and associate professor of research at NUNM.  She teaches research methods, evidence-based medicine, public health, and mentors graduate students in research. Her research focus is on investigating the role that complementary and integrative medical systems can play in meeting the needs of medically underserved communities. This includes evaluating the accessibility and effectiveness of innovative community-based nutrition education and clinical programs. Most recently, she has led a clinical investigation of the effects of whole-foods based nutrition education on dietary behaviors and risk markers for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.