2018 Food as Medicine Symposium Speakers

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Adding the Autoimmune Protocol to Your Toolbox | Mickey Trescott, NTP & Angie Alt, CHC, NTC

With autoimmune disease affecting over 50 million Americans, it is likely you see clients struggling in this area on a daily basis, and their cases can often be complex. The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a science-based elimination and reintroduction protocol that achieves two goals: to eliminate food-driven sources of inflammation and restore nutrient density. Through this presentation you will learn the how’s and the why’s of using the AIP with your autoimmune or chronically ill clients.

Mickey Trescott, NTP, is a nutritional therapy practitioner, chef, blogger, and best-selling author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of AIP Batch Cook, a video-based cooking program that teaches users how to prepare allergen-free meals in their own homes. Mickey teaches cooking classes and seminars both online and at Bastyr University in Washington State and the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. She also serves on the board of directors for HeyHashi, an advocacy organization for those with Hashimoto’s disease. In 2012, Mickey founded AutoimmuneWellness.com, a website featuring recipes and resources for those seeking autoimmune wellness that serves millions of readers annually. She lives in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Angie Alt, NTC, CHC, is a nutritional therapy consultant, certified health coach and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of SAD to AIP in SIX, an online coaching program that has helped over a 1,500 members on the path to wellness, teaching them how to transition their diets and lifestyle over a six-week period. Angie also partnered in 2016 on the first-ever medical study using the Autoimmune Protocol with Scripps Clinic in San Diego, entitled, “Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” In 2015, Angie became a partner at AutoimmuneWellness.com. She lives outside Washington, D.C.

Women’s Cardiovascular Health: Taking Ownership with Preventive Strategies | Tracy Stevens, MD, FACC

With Cardiovascular disease being the number one cause of death in the U.S, Dr. Tracy Stevens will review the traditional and nontraditional risk factors of heart disease, including the association of hormonal changes and cardiac conditions in women. This presentation will cover mechanisms of heart attack such as: spontaneous plaque rupture with clot formation; and, the role of inflammation as a trigger. With diet being a main factor in heart health Dr. Stevens will emphasize importance of the anti-inflammatory “diet.”

Tracy L. Stevens, MD is a Board Certified Cardiologist with Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants and is on staff at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the Julia Irene Kauffman Endowed Chair for Women’s Cardiovascular Health, Ben D. McCallister, MD Community Ambassador, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Stevens received her M.D. degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, and her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the recipient of the UMKC Take Wing Award and the Alumni Spotlight Award. She completed her Cardiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, where she was also the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Research Fellow. Dr. Stevens was awarded the Mayo Clinic Outstanding Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Disease, as well as the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Donald C. Balfour Award for Meritorious Research.

Dr. Stevens is the Medical Director of the Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center, recognized as the first women’s heart center of its kind in the United States and recipient of the Inaugural Woman’s Day Red Dress Award. She has been recognized as a pioneer in promoting women’s cardiovascular health at two White House events, including the proclamation signing by President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush in support of the Heart Truth Campaign. Dr. Stevens is the recipient of the WomenHeart Wenger Award for her contributions to women’s heart health. She serves on the Heart Health Advisory Board for Woman’s Day, Scientific Advisory Council for WomenHeart and is a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

Starting a Path towards Exceptional Health: How I help my patients begin to make lifestyle changes | Craig McDougall, MD

Obesity has a large impact on the health in our country and our economy, but losing weight can be challenging, complicated and confusing with all the different options. Teaching people about the importance of eating a diet low in calorie density can help people lose weight and help them make healthier food choices which can have long term health benefits.

Dr. Craig McDougall went to medical school at The Ohio State University and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University.  After residency he joined Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore., where he worked as a primary care physician and the physician-lead of a lifestyle medicine consult clinic. He then moved to ZOOM+Care to help develop an adult primary care practice emphasizing food and movement as medicine. Most recently, Dr. McDougall joined OHSU, Department of Internal Medicine, as an assistant professor of medicine. He also continues to work with his father, Dr. John McDougall, in Santa Rosa, CA at Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center.

Neuroprotective Nutrition: Nutrition, Inflammation, and the Brain-Gut Axis | Heather Zwickey, PhD

It’s well known that nutrition impacts brain development in pediatric populations. However, there’s a growing literature that demonstrates the direct and indirect role of nutrition on brain health during aging and neurological disease as well. Many nutrients have direct impact on brain chemicals like brain-derived neurotropic factor. Other nutrients affect microflora, and indirectly influence the brain and nervous system. To make things more complicated, the immune system and immune response to food overlays on the nervous system. This talk discusses the roll of nutrition and inflammation in neuroprotection, using Parkinson’s disease as an example.

Heather Zwickey, PhD trained at the world renowned National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.  She received a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine. She studies the immunological mechanisms involved in nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and mind-body medicine. Her current area of focus is the inflammatory components of Parkinson’s Disease. www.heatherzwickey.com

How a Greek Grandmother Would Solve the Healthcare Crisis: Which Food and Lifestyle Choices Really Matter? | Miles Hassell, MD

As health professionals we need to take the lead in helping our patients be as well-informed as possible; Dr. Hassell, MD will outline the specific lifestyle choices which are consistently associated with less heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, and diabetes. He’ll also point out some common misunderstandings and controversies that are leading people to follow highly restrictive (and generally less healthy) diets.

Dr. Miles Hassell received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  In addition to his primary care practice, Dr. Hassell is a clinical instructor for the training of internal medicine residents and has been chosen several times as one of Portland’s Top Doctors. Dr. Hassell established the Integrative Medicine Program at Providence Cancer Center and specializes in evidence-based conventional and lifestyle medicine for treatment or reversal of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship. He encourages the vigorous use of nutritional and exercise interventions, and lectures widely to physician groups as well as corporate and community audiences. Dr. Hassell is co-author of the popular diet and lifestyle guide, Good Food, Great Medicine, now in its third edition. He lives in Portland with his wife Anna and son Tor.

Nutritional Interventions for PCOS and Related Hormone Imbalances | Angela Cortal, ND

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a constellation of complex, multi-hormonal dysregulations. Patients are often dissatisfied with standard of care treatment options. Evidence-based nutritional interventions are often appealing to patients who want to take a more pro-active role in balancing their hormonal health.

Dr. Angela Cortal is a naturopathic physician who focuses on endocrine health and using Regenerative Injection Therapy (Prolotherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections) for chronic joint pain and sports medicine injuries. She practices in Portland at Heart Spring Health and Salem, Oregon at Natural Physicians. Her professional memberships include the OANP and the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine. You can find out more details about her practice at www.rosecityhealth.com.

Cancer Diet Facts and Fads | Malea MacOdrum, ND, Lac

An evidence based review of common diets purported to benefit individuals with cancer. We will dive deep into the claims of each diet and determine whether there is a good scientific foundation for each. Diets to be reviewed include Budwig, Ketogenic, Vegan/Juicing, Fasting, and Mediterranean.

Malea MacOdrum, ND, LAc is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who provides compassionate and comprehensive care to all of her patients through the Providence Cancer Center at Providence St. Vincent. Dr. MacOdrum specializes in integrative oncology, supporting patients through all stages of treatment and beyond. In addition to working with cancer patients, Dr. MacOdrum sees a variety of other patients, including those with women’s health conditions, digestive issues, acute and chronic pain, and general wellness.

Cardiovascular Disease| Daniel Chong, ND

Daniel Chong, ND has been a licensed naturopathic physician, practicing in Portland, Oregon, since 2000. His primary  focus is on risk assessment, prevention, and drug-free treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as general healthy aging. He is also founder of HealthyHeartProject.org, an internet-based coaching and consulting service in support of people looking to use natural means to prevent heart attacks and strokes. He has also completed certificate training in cardio-metabolic medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, is an active member of the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE), serves as a clinical consultant for Boston Heart Diagnostics Lab, and is a contributing editor in cardiology for The Natural Medicine Journal. You can find him on the web at drdanielchong.com, and healthyheartproject.org.

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7 Key Steps on The Autoimmune Wellness Journey | Mickey Trescott, NTP & Angie Alt, CHC, NTC

This presentation covers seven key steps on the autoimmune path; inform, collaborate, nourish, rest, breathe, move, and connect. These verbs elegantly describe the simple, accessible actions that patients and practitioners alike can take to achieve wellness, despite autoimmune disease or chronic illness, for themselves or their clients.

Mickey Trescott, NTP, is a nutritional therapy practitioner, chef, blogger, and best-selling author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of AIP Batch Cook, a video-based cooking program that teaches users how to prepare allergen-free meals in their own homes. Mickey teaches cooking classes and seminars both online and at Bastyr University in Washington State and the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. She also serves on the board of directors for HeyHashi, an advocacy organization for those with Hashimoto’s disease. In 2012, Mickey founded AutoimmuneWellness.com, a website featuring recipes and resources for those seeking autoimmune wellness that serves millions of readers annually. She lives in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Angie Alt, NTC, CHC, is a nutritional therapy practitioner, certified health coach and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook and co-author of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. She is the creator of SAD to AIP in SIX, an online coaching program that has helped over a 1,500 members on the path to wellness, teaching them how to transition their diets and lifestyle over a six-week period. Angie also partnered in 2016 on the first-ever medical study using the Autoimmune Protocol with Scripps Clinic in San Diego, entitled, “Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” In 2015, Angie became a partner at AutoimmuneWellness.com. She lives outside Washington, D.C.

How a Greek Grandmother Would Solve the Healthcare Crisis:  Which Food and Lifestyle Choices Really Matter? | Miles Hassell, MD

Miles Hassell MD, local internal medicine physician and co-author of Good Food, Great Medicine, a popular guide for using diet and lifestyle for optimal health will discuss how food and lifestyle choices – particularly an omnivorous Mediterranean diet – can dramatically reduce heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and dementia.

Dr. Miles Hassell received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  In addition to his primary care practice, Dr. Hassell is a clinical instructor for the training of internal medicine residents and has been chosen several times as one of Portland’s Top Doctors. Dr. Hassell established the Integrative Medicine Program at Providence Cancer Center and specializes in evidence-based conventional and lifestyle medicine for treatment or reversal of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship. He encourages the vigorous use of nutritional and exercise interventions, and lectures widely to physician groups as well as corporate and community audiences. Dr. Hassell is co-author of the popular diet and lifestyle guide, Good Food, Great Medicine, now in its third edition. He lives in Portland with his wife Anna and son Tor.

The Evolution of a Balanced Meal | Cynthia Lair, Certified Health and Nutrition Counselor

The history of how the government first began intervening in telling us what to eat proves fascinating. As the food industry began to co-opt the USDA guidelines, consumer guidelines became more about got more product endorsements, less about sound nutritional advice. Today we sometimes ignore USDA suggestions and take the bait offered by anyone (and I mean anyone) who promises fantastic health is you simply restrict… (laundry list of foods follows). Forgoing major food groups is nearsighted. Discover simple, sensible templates for meal-planning that meet nutritional needs while still embracing the deliciousness factor.

Cynthia Lair is the author of the popular cookbook Feeding the Whole Family (Sasquatch Books, 2016), which is in its fully-revised fourth edition.  She has been on faculty for Bastyr University’s Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science since 1994 and is a founder of their B.S. in Nutrition & Culinary Arts program. A third edition of her book, Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players, Parents and Coaches (Readers to Eaters) was released in 2017. With a background in acting and improvisation it was natural to invent the online cooking show Cookus Interruptus where over 175 videos show viewers how to cook fresh local organic whole foods despite life’s interruptions. Her 2012 TEDx Rainier talk titled “How to Cut an Onion” has over 45,000 views.  Ms. Lair presented at Dr. Andrew Weill’s annual Health & Nutrition Conference in Arizona in 2015 and was invited back for 2017. Next on the horizon, a book on sourdough cultures and breads (Sasquatch Books 2019).

Healing Chronic Illness with Positive Body Talk And Intuitive Eating | Danielle Della Valle, NTP

In today’s society chronic illness and healing can be a negative process. We can reject our body emotionally feeling lost, alone, or perpetuating a negative thought process and environment that keeps us sick no matter the foods we have chosen. We cannot fully heal without addressing our mental health and the mindset we chose every day. We also make choices with the foods we chose to put in our bodies–regardless of the emotional triggers they may cause us. Join our speaker for an hour of positive body talk, intuitive eating and the power of choosing positive self-talk as a way to heal our ailing bodies.

Daniele Della Valle is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, author and motivational speaker. Having worked in the food, beverage, retail and service industries for the past 18 years, Daniele has had an invaluable experience that greatly contributes to her now profession as an NTP and body-positive coach. After Daniele transitioned into nutrition she worked in a Keto clinic as the principle nutritionist, opened a private practice, wrote a book, started a podcast, and now is about to embark on the conference circuit as a motivational speaker. Her love to heal and be of service to others is clear when you meet her, her heart knows no bounds. Daniele’s hope is that she can help women feel validated and supported through every aspect of their life.

Balancing Blood Sugar with a Healthy Diet | Cory Szybala, ND

As the obesity epidemic in the United States reaches record levels there is much more that needs to be done to find a solution. Much of the growing concern revolves around the risk factors associated with obesity including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and early death in adulthood. This issue has a number of factors but many are pointing to the increased accessibility of cheap, highly processed foods as being a major cause. Throughout my talk I hope to provide insight into the healthy influence of a whole foods, mostly plant based diet in relation to diabetes and discuss some of the research we have compiled since initiating the Food as Medicine Everyday (FAME) series.

Dr. Cory Szybala is a naturopathic doctor and adjunct faculty member in the Master of Science in Nutrition program at NUNM. While in medical school Dr. Szybala developed a special interest in clinical nutrition and using food as medicine. He learned about and quickly became a member of the acclaimed Food as Medicine Everyday Series (previously known as the ECO Project). He is excited to be a part of the Food as Medicine Institute team and continue his work teaching the FAME 12-week community-based nutrition series, being available for public speaking engagements and helping with the annual Food as Medicine Symposium.

Dr. Szybala focuses on helping his clients rediscover their optimal health by offering a holistic approach to men’s health, pediatrics, digestive health and chronic disease.  Dr. Szybala earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine and his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with minors in Psychology and Biology from Indiana University, Bloomington.