Aug
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

Integrative Therapies for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Existing research demonstrates that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a multifactorial condition that is influenced by genetics and environmental risk factors. First-line treatment of OCD is typically a combination of an antidepressant medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. However, SSRI treatments for OCD yields benefit to approximately only 40-60% of patients and has been found to cause adverse side effects. There has been an emerging interest in the use of nutritional and plant-based interventions to treat OCD, including N-acetylcysteine, inositol, and probiotics. This webinar will discuss the research evaluating its clinical utility, and how to incorporate adjuvant therapies to minimize medication side effects while enhancing treatment outcomes.

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Aug
31
3:00pm 3:00pm

GPL-MycoTOX: A Brand New Urine Test for Mycotoxin Exposure

Mycotoxins from mold are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. They are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, homes, vehicles, and foodstuffs. A majority of mycotoxin exposures are through food ingestion or airborne exposure. Fungi are able to grow on almost any surface, especially if the environment is warm and wet. These fungi then release mycotoxins into the environment causing symptoms of many different chronic diseases. Diseases and symptoms linked to mycotoxin exposure include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and liver damage.

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Jun
28
3:00pm 3:00pm

The Role of Heavy Metals in Psychiatric Disorders

Following the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, environmental toxins present in food and water sources generated concerns to researchers and public health officials. In addition to validated concerns of lead exposure in causing behavioral disturbances and developmental delays in children, the role of mineral imbalances in the etiology of cognitive and behavioral disorders has also been of interest. While needed in trace amounts, excess copper can become toxic and trigger symptoms such as hyperactivity and irritability. This webinar will review nutritional therapies that can safely and effectively combat combat cognitive deficits and behavioral disturbances caused by heavy metal exposure.

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Jun
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

Oxalate Toxicity – What You Need To Know

Oxalic acid is the most acidic organic acid in the human body. Its formation of oxalate salt with various minerals and metals can lead to crystal formation that damages various tissue structures, cause mineral imbalances and often aggravates disorders such as autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and arthritis. This lecture will present information about oxalate toxicity and low oxalate diet.

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May
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Phospholipase A2 (PLA2): The Possible Root Cause of Many Inflammatory Disorders

PLA2, an enzyme found in snake and bee venom, as well as in human tissue, has been found to be elevated in a variety of inflammation-related disorders. It is considered a good marker for increased risk of developing or worsening inflammatory conditions including allergies, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease (including atherosclerosis), Crohn’s disease, neurodegenerative diseases, bipolar depression, long term depression, schizophrenia, and sepsis. This presentation will review the new information available about PLA2, including an ongoing pilot study with MS patients, methods for PLA2 testing, and treatments that reduce PLA2 levels and inflammation.

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May
11
3:00pm 3:00pm

Biomedical Diets – Which Ones and Why

There are many different diets to choose from for a special needs individual. Some diets work better than others for certain situations. Unfortunately, there is not a ‘one-size, fits all’ diet, but understanding how different diets work can often make the choice easier. This lecture will present important information about various biomedical diets. 

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Apr
26
3:00pm 3:00pm

Dietary Influences on Behavior Problems in Children

Research has established that increased intake of processed sugars and fast-food consumption has been correlated with a higher risk for ADHD and behavioral disturbances in children. There is also evidence implicating the role of food sensitivities to proteins found in dairy and wheat that can trigger symptoms of irritability, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. This webinar will distinguish the clinical characteristics between food sensitivity vs. food allergy, and guide participants on how to interpret functional medicine testing results to make appropriate dietary and treatment recommendations.

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Apr
6
3:00pm 3:00pm

Alzheimer’s Disease – B12 Deficiency, Chronic Infections, Brain Inflammation and Other Underlying Causes

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition affecting millions of people worldwide. The problem is only getting worse and unfortunately strategies for diminishing the disease are limited. However, integrative medicine has some options that may be helpful in addition to other more conventional strategies. This presentation will explore various non-conventional approaches to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Mar
9
3:00pm 3:00pm

Clinical Application of GPL Testing: Q&A With Dr. Woeller for Practitioners

This is a special opportunity for practitioners to ask specific questions of Dr. Woeller about various tests offered by GPL, including the Organic Acids Test (OAT), GPL-TOX (Toxic Non-Metal Chemical Profile), Glyphosate Test, and the IgG Food Allergy Test. 

Send your questions in advance to webinar@gpl4u.com and Dr. Woeller will organize the webinar around your questions! 

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Feb
23
3:00pm 3:00pm

Integrative Treatments for Behavioral Problems in Children

In this webinar, Dr. Greenblatt will discuss the scientific research and thirty years of clinical experience treating nutritional deficiencies in behavioral problems in children. This webinar will focus on trace minerals. Dr. Greenblatt will review the roles of zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, and lithium in the neurophysiology affecting attention and impulse control. Dr. Greenblatt will also recommend testing and practical treatments for children with behavioral problems. 

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Feb
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

Q&A With Dr. Woeller for Parents of Children with Autism

This webinar will be a special opportunity for parents to ask questions about biomedical testing and treatment options for children with autism. (We plan to have a similar webinar for practitioners next month.)  Send your questions for Dr. Woeller in advance to webinar@gpl4u.com by Wednesday, February 1, and he will organize the webinar around your questions. 

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Dec
6
2:00pm 2:00pm

Alzheimer’s Disease – B12 Deficiency, Chronic Infections, Brain Inflammation and other Integrative Medicine Options

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition affecting millions of people worldwide. The problem is only getting worse and unfortunately strategies for diminishing the disease are limited. However, integrative medicine has some options that may be helpful in addition to other more conventional strategies. This presentation will explore various non-conventional approaches to Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Nov
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Nutrigenomics, Methylation, and Organic Acids: Where the Pathways Cross

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Improved technology has brought the realization of personalized medicine closer to a reality. The goal of personalized medicine is to have custom designed treatment plans for each patient. Two of the most important tools to make this new frontier of medicine functional are the Organic Acids Test (which is a metabolic assessment of overall health) and genetic screening, GPL-SNP1000. These two tests work in tandem to help practitioners understand what is happening in the patient’s body by assessing the results of the Organic Acids Test (OAT), and then using the genetic test to determine the best course of treatment. 

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Nov
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – Update On Testing and Treatment Interventions

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SIBO is a condition where normal colonic bacteria predominate within the small intestine causing excess hydrogen and methane gas production leading to digestive and other problems. This presentation will discuss the role of SIBO in chronic health problems, as well as insight into testing and intervention.

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Oct
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Role of Phytochemicals in the Treatment of Depression

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The use of herbs in healing traditions was prevalent during ancient times across several cultures. Scientists are now revisiting the use of plant-based herbs in the treatment of illnesses such as depression, where it has been shown to exhibit positive effects on neurochemistry. Some research has demonstrated the ability of botanicals to effectively augment treatment responses in depressed patients with unresolved symptoms. In this webinar, Dr. James Greenblatt will review the indications and side effect profile of commonly used botanicals in the treatment of depression including St. John’s wort, Rhodiola rosea, and curcumin. Following this presentation, participants will gain a better understanding of how to incorporate botanicals as part of an integrative approach. 

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Oct
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Other Side of Methylation – Imbalances In Serotonin, Tryptophan and Others As They Relate To the Organic Acids Test

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Methylation is a topic of great interest in autism, mental health disorders and other chronic health problems. Most of the attention is focused on MTHFR C667T polymorphisms, but there are other biochemical imbalances linked to methylation, such as that with serotonin, that can adversely affect neurochemistry. This lecture will explore these areas as they relate to various health conditions. 

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Sep
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Candida and Clostridia: Their Effect on the Brain and Possible Treatment Options

Toxins produced by microbial species have a direct effect on the brain but can also produce indirect effects on neurotransmitter synthesis and cause neuro-inflammation. This webinar will focus on the mechanism of action that Candida and Clostridia have on the brain as well as the treatment options that are most likely to succeed. 

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Sep
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Link Between Adrenal Function and Thyroid Problems

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Thyroid dysfunction, particularly hypothyroidism, affects millions of people worldwide. The thyroid plays a critical role in cellular metabolism and overall health. However, many individuals suffer from poor thyroid functions because of adrenal hormone issues. This presentation will explore the link between these two systems.

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Aug
31
8:00am 8:00am

Adolescent Self-Injury and Suicide Prevention

Each year, it has been reported that 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males engage in self-harming behaviors; and approximately 90 percent of this population began self-harm behaviors during adolescence or pre-teen years. The statistics illustrate an alarming and present danger for vulnerable populations for an increased risk of suicide, particularly adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. In this webinar, Dr. James Greenblatt will present pharmacological and nutritional interventions to reduce self-harm behaviors and suicide risk. A review of the literature examining examining factors contributing to increased suicide risk including omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies and low cholesterol will also be discussed. 

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Aug
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Neurotransmitter Metabolites of the Organic Acids Test: Clinical Significance and Practical Application of Genetics

The nuances of the neurotransmitter section of the Organic Acids Test are often misunderstood. Both elevations and deficits of these metabolites are highly influenced by genetics, drugs, microbial landscape, and amino acid availability. Jessica Bonovich, R.N., B.S.N., consultant for The Great Plains Laboratory will explain each of these factors and provide examples in support.

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Aug
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Impact of Environmental Chemicals in Autism

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Certain environmental chemicals can lead to a variety of health disorders. The link to autism-spectrum disorders is becoming more widely accepted even in mainstream circles where certain chemicals have been correlated with increased rates of autism diagnosis. This presentation will explore various environmental chemicals and testing options. 

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Jul
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Common Medical Issues Seen In Autism

Individuals with autism often have many underlying biological problems which contribute to their difficulties. This presentation, geared toward the parent or caregiver with a newly diagnosed child, will explain what many of these problems are and how biomedical intervention can improve the long-term outcome of a child’s health. 

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Jul
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Integrative Therapies for the Treatment of ADHD

The increasing global prevalence of ADHD diagnoses has been found to be directly correlated with an increased consumption of ADHD medication. In light of the worldwide rise of ADHD rates, recent reports also illustrate how conventional treatment approaches fail at correcting a poorly understood disorder. In this webinar, Dr. James Greenblatt will review how nutritional deficiencies, metabolic errors, and environmental exposures may exacerbate ADHD symptoms and impede treatment. Vitamin and mineral co-factors that are critical for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine and receptor function will also be discussed. Following this presentation, participants will be able implement a comprehensive treatment plan with nutritional augmentation strategies to minimize side effects and enhance outcomes.

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May
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

New Important Chemicals Being Tested by GPL-TOX

In this webinar, Dr. Pratt-Hyatt will review the new chemicals that have just been added to our toxic organic chemical profile, GPL-TOX, and why it’s so important to have them tested. These chemicals include those used in common plasticizers, coatings, flame retardants, rubber products, food packaging, cosmetics, as well as those released from cigarette smoke and even in the treatment of drinking water. He will also present recommended treatments for detoxifying the body of these chemicals.

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May
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Probiotics and Digestive Health

Gut flora is critical for our health, not only in the digestive system, but throughout the body. Various bacterial strains have specific function in providing protection against pathogens, but also promote various physiological processes critical for optimal health. This presentation will explore some of these concepts.

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May
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Nutritional Support for Antidepressant Withdrawal

Several patients experience a phenomenon known as “Medication Discontinuation Syndrome” while tapering off antidepressant medications. Because antidepressants essentially alter the function and production of the mood-regulating substances in brain, abruptly stopping medications does not allow for the brain to adjust to rapid changes, leading to uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side effects. The webinar will provide a comprehensive guide to achieve a safe and successful taper. This webinar will also discuss nutritional interventions including essential fatty acids, amino acid precursors, B vitamins, and other trace minerals to minimize medication withdrawal symptoms. 

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