Mycotoxins are the toxic metabolites produced by certain types of fungi. These small molecules from mold are often carried on dust particles or food or are present in water-damaged buildings and homes. Common symptoms of mycotoxin exposure are fatigue, headaches, rashes, food sensitivities, joint pain, and cough. Many patients suffering from chronic illnesses do not even know that they have been exposed to mycotoxins.
Probiotic supplements can be extremely beneficial for overall health, but there are so many it can be confusing to know which one(s) to use. This presentation will discuss various probiotics, their uses and why some people seem to be sensitive to them.
Methylation is integral to our health; however, it can be a complicated process to learn biochemically. This presentation will break down methylation into its various parts and help the listener understand a general overview of this important biochemical system.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a chronic digestive disorder affecting millions of individuals worldwide. The problem is conventional treatments don’t often lead elimination of this problem. This presentation will explore why just using antibiotics is not the best answer and how SIBO needs to be treated comprehensively.
Digestive problems are a significant issue for many individuals with autism. This presentation will discuss the different digestive system imbalances that are known to exist in autism, what problems they can cause and various ways of addressing them.
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) has over 70 markers linked to various biochemical pathways, as well as toxic compounds linked to candida, bacteria, etc. There is often a lot of attention given to the most commonly seen markers on the OAT such as arabinose from candida and high oxalates. This lecture will focus on some of the other ‘lesser known’ markers such as mandelic, kynurenic and those in the amino acids metabolites sections and others.
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) has many markers indicating invasive yeast and candida overgrowth. There are also markers on the OAT specific for mold exposure, digestive mold overgrowth and potential toxicity from mold toxins called Mycotoxins. This lecture will discuss these markers, as well as correlate information to the Great Plains Laboratory Myco-TOX profile.
The methylation cycle is an important biochemical system linked to brain, nervous system and immune function, cardiovascular health, energy production and detoxification. There are key components in the methylation cycle, that when damaged, can contribute to a host of chronic health disorders. This lecture will focus on the adverse effects certain toxins can cause with methylation.
Individuals exposed to the herbicide glyphosate have a higher risk of digestive system problems, microbiome imbalance and even clostridia bacteria overgrowth. These issues can contribute to the problem of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Organic Acids and Mycotoxins: Brand New Information About the Correlations Between Mold and Various Chronic Illnesses
Since releasing our GPL-MycoTOX Profile, we’ve been able to help accurately assess exposure to several common mycotoxins from mold. We have also now discovered strong correlations between specific markers on the Organic Acids Test and mycotoxin exposure. In this webinar, Dr. Shaw will review those correlations, including evidence in the literature linking them to health conditions such as autism and Parkinson’s disease. He will also discuss a recent case of autism that was rapidly recovered after antifungal treatment.
William Shaw received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and human physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina and is board certified in clinical chemistry and toxicology. Dr. Shaw has supervised large endocrinology, nutritional biochemistry, toxicology, and immunology departments in positions at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Smith Kline Laboratories. As the Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. in Lenexa, Kansas, he specializes in providing diagnostic tools aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, mitochondrial disorders, neurological diseases, chronic health issues, and immune diseases.
Many chronic health problems can either be caused or exacerbated by various environmental chemicals. This presentation will explain some of the common environmental chemicals that people are exposed to and what can be done about it.
Many individuals with chronic health problems such as autism, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, neurological problems, etc. have biochemical imbalances which contribute to their condition. Mitochondrial dysfunction is often a significant issue. This presentation will explain the function of mitochondrial and some of the causes of mitochondrial dysfunction seen in chronic health problems.
There are many tests available to assess the presence of heavy metals. This presentation will explain what these different tests are and how to use them.
Individuals with autism often have biochemical imbalances that contribute to their condition. There are essential laboratory tests that should be considered for anyone with an autism-spectrum diagnosis. This presentation will cover why these should be done.
The Foundational Steps to Biomedical Autism Intervention – What Every Health Professional and Parent Should Know
The autism epidemic is getting worse. More and more children are being diagnosed and many of these children have significant underlying health challenges. It is imperative that every parent and health practitioner caring for an individual on the autism-spectrum understand the importance of the foundations of biomedicine (aka. integrative health/medicine) such as diet, gut function, chronic infections, etc.
Fatigue and exhaustion are common problems for many people. Often these are assumed to be related to adrenal fatigue. However, this term has been controversial and does not fully capture the full-spectrum of problems related to adrenal imbalances. This lecture will explain why adrenal fatigue needs to be viewed in a broader context.
This OAT review will include a review of the biochemistry that helps to inform the metabolites on the GPL OAT test. It is designed to be understandable for those who have not taken biochemistry but do have a strong biology background. We will discuss the relevance of each aspect of the test. Following this, we will review some abnormal results to help enhance critical thinking. There will be a question and answer section in between each major section.
Environmental chemicals are a growing concern here in the United States and abroad. Glyphosate and organophosphates are two types of chemicals that can cause serious health problems. This presentation will highlight some of the issues related to chemical exposure as seen in an integrative medicine practice.
The lining of the digestive system is not only the main route of nutrient absorption, but it is also the first line immune defense against pathogens and allergens. This presentation will discuss some of the things involved in causing problems of the mucosal lining and ways to improve its function.
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.
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.
Mitochondria are the energy producing factories of our cells. Unfortunately, they are susceptible to damage from various things such as heavy metals, chemicals, inflammation and chronic infections. This presentation will discuss how and why these and other factors lead to mitochondrial problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Woeller will organize the webinar around your questions!
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.
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 email@example.com by Wednesday, February 1, and he will organize the webinar around your questions.
There is a relationship between Vitamin D and neurochemical balance of serotonin and melatonin production. This presentation will focus on this interaction and how it can be related to poor adrenal function.