Health & Wellness Conference 2013

Baltimore, Maryland


Registration and Exhibitor Area Open
Workshop Session 1 - Experience and Explore (choose one)

1. Gentle Yoga to Start the Day: Instructor – Bonnie Tarantino, M.F.A.
This year alone, more than 15.8 million Americans are practicing yoga regularly, and the overwhelming majority – 14 million -- say that a doctor or therapist has recommended yoga to them. Join Bonnie Tarantino, Director of Yoga and the Healing Pathways Program for Health Professionals, as she takes you through a gentle yoga class to start your day in a healthy way.(This class incorporates movement. Please wear comfortable clothes.)

2. Qigong: Reinvigorate Your Body and Mind: Instructor – Kevin Chen, Ph.D.
A healing tradition rooted in centuries old traditional Chinese medicine, QiGong can help reduce stress and pain and reinvigorate your energy and spirit. QiGong integrates body postures, breathing and the mind adjustment into one.  Dr. Kevin Chen, associate professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine, associate editor-in-chief of Chinese Medical QiGong, and an experienced QiGong instructor, will engage you in gentle QiGong exercises to reduce your stress, refresh your mind, and energize your body and spirit.(This class incorporates movement. Please wear comfortable clothes.)

3. Central Sensitization Syndrome: Pointing Us Toward a New Paradigm for Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain and Depression: Instructor – Gary Kaplan, D.O., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.P.E., F.A.C.P.E. (CME)
The co-morbidity of chronic pain and neuropsychiatric disorders is common, causing neurodysregulation and neurodegeneration in the central nervous system. The underlying pathophysiology of these conditions is central sensitization. Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS) is a complex, neuroimmunologically-mediated condition. At the cellular level, the fundamental mediator of CSS is the microglia. What we are learning about the pathophysiology of CSS enables us to formulate a new paradigm for understanding how a variety of seemingly unrelated illnesses and traumas can result in CSS. Pain expert Dr. Gary Kaplan will explore how CSS has multiple, reinforcing etiologies that require us to consider the possibility that this condition is an evolutionary process within an individual and not simply the consequence of having contracted a unique disease or suffered a single traumatic event. He will also discuss the importance of comprehensive and integrated treatment protocols.

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Brian Berman, M.D.
Keynote: Mark Hyman, M.D.
New York Times best-selling author of The Blood Sugar Solution

Social Ecosystems and Chronic Disease: Are the Social Threads That Connect us as Important as the Genetic Threads?
We are in the midst of an epidemic of chronic disease that threatens the health of our people and the economic well-being of our nation. Dr. Hyman will discuss how our social ecosystem can cause chronic illness. He will help practitioners and patients recognize, manage, and prevent the interconnected web of dysfunction that is at the foundation of chronic disease.

Today’s dominant system of medicine is based on an acute-care model, instead of addressing the chronic underlying causes of illness and diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, many cancers, stroke, and even dementia. Dr. Hyman uses the term “diabesity” in his most recent book, The Blood Sugar Solution, to characterize the root problem that links all of these diseases.

Dr. Hyman also provides provocative insight on how chronic disease is very often a SOCIAL disease and not just a problem of biology. He will explore how the genetic threads that connect us may be less important than the social threads – that our social connections and our ancient need to be part of a tribe may be a way out of our epidemic of chronic disease…Community must be part of the medicine, part of the cure.

Morning Break
 Workshop Session 2 - Explore and Engage (choose one)

1. Change Your Brain, Change Your Pain: Instructor – Brian Morrison, D.C. (CME)
Dr. Janet Travell said, “After an injury tissues heal, but muscles learn. They readily develop habits of guarding that outlast the injury/threat.” Something in the nervous system has changed. Frequently the brain re-wires itself, creating new pain even though the initial tissue injury has healed. Can you “reboot your brain” and decrease this pain? Chiropractor Dr. Brian Morrison will explain how treating sufferers with pain education, manual therapy, specific exercise and graded motor imagery can help the body and brain get pain under control.

2. Manual Medicine: Evidence-Informed Approaches for Chronic Pain Management: Instructor – John Reed, M.D., M.Div. (CME)
Manual therapy has been shown to shorten recovery time in the first six weeks after acute, non-surgical low back injuries. Can manual therapy also enhance recovery from chronic pain affecting this and other body regions, lasting more than six months? Dr. Reed will review the physiologic mechanisms of manipulation, massage, and other body-focused manual therapies, and discuss how they can help with chronic pain recovery. This session will address these therapeutic approaches and the role of complementary and alternative medical (CAM) practitioners when part of an integrative team approach to treating chronic pain. Attendees will learn how manual therapies can provoke or facilitate positive change as part of an integrative pain recovery program.

3. Supplement Your Dietary Supplement IQ: Instructor – Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D.
Dietary supplementation is growing in popularity. While most Americans take at least one dietary supplement, many people are confused by the regulation, safety, and efficacy of the supplements that they consume. Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D. will clarify these issues and present the latest research on specific dietary supplements that are effective as well as those that may be best to avoid. Learn about popular dietary supplements that are being taken for a wide variety of health conditions - ranging from arthritis, to immune system enhancement, to depression – and become a more informed consumer when choosing supplements.

4. The Science of Mindfulness Meditation: Instructor – Catherine Kelleher, Sc.D., M.P.H., M.S., R.N.
Mindfulness meditation practices have skyrocketed in popularity in self help and professional circles, and are increasingly the focus of rigorous research on their impact. In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn showcased their practical side by making them the core of his Mindfulness-Stress Reduction (MBSR) program offered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for people suffering from different types of chronic pain and disease. Today, his MBSR approach has been widely adapted to boost quality of everyday life, and has kindled the development of many mindfulness based interventions (MBIs). Catherine Kelleher, a University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty member and MBSR instructor, will describe how mindfulness meditation is used in MBSR and other MBI programs, review the research evidence of their benefits, and guide participants in a brief mindfulness meditation practice.

5. Religion, Spirituality, and Health: What Science Has to Say About the Faith Factor : Instructors – Michelle Pearce, Ph.D.
What is the connection between religious/spiritual beliefs and health? Does that connection have to be taken on faith or is there scientific proof?  Extensive research has revealed intriguing answers to these questions. This workshop, led by health psychologist Dr. Michelle Pearce, will examine the various ways religious beliefs and spirituality affect physical and emotional health. We will also explore potential reasons for these relationships, including mind-body mechanisms. Evidence-based suggestions will be offered on how you and your patients can benefit from the power of faith.

 Lunch and Symposium
 Introductory Remarks: Jay Perman, M.D. 
 Moderator: Brian Berman, M.D. 
 Panel: Thomas Scalea, M.D., F.A.C.S.; Diane E. Hoffmann, J.D., M.S.; Lori Knutson, R.N., B.S.N., H.N.-B.C.

Changing the Paradigm of HealthCare (CME)
Practical visionaries can change the world. Founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine Brian Berman, renowned trauma surgeon Thomas Scalea, integrative nurse Lori Knutson, and professor and director of health care law Diane Hoffmann are just such visionaries. Dr. Scalea will share his journey from skeptic to champion of the integrative approach to trauma care and tell of how he created an integrative medicine program in the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. Ms. Knutson will discuss some of the innovative ways that she helped convince a large Midwest health system to create a thriving inpatient integrative medicine program. Ms. Hoffman will impart crucial legal information needed for the creation of integrative health programs, such as adhering to standards of care, regulation and credentialing of complementary practitioners and issues of liability. Moderator Brian Berman will guide the discussion to enlighten the audience on how they might too help change the paradigm of health care.

Plenary Session

Pain Management for the 21st Century: Instructor– Delia Chiaramonte, M.D. (CME)
Pain affects a person’s body, mind and spirit and it takes a whole-person approach to effectively treat it.  Context, meaning, top-down inhibition and co-existing anxiety or depression all influence pain perception and severity and significantly affect the efficacy of treatment.  In the 21st century, a prescription for pain medication is no longer sufficient for the treatment of acute or chronic pain.  Join Delia Chiaramonte, MD, Associate Director and Director of Medical Education at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, for an evidence-based discussion of the ideal pain management approach and learn techniques for preventing and treating painful conditions.

2:15- 2:25pm
Keep Moving with Lynne and Victor Brick
 Afternoon Break 
Workshop Session 3 - Experience and Engage (choose one)

1. Nutrition as Medicine for Pain: Instructor – James Dillard, M.D., D.C., L.Ac. (CME)
Did you know that the food we eat has a direct effect on pain? Food choices, naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds, and botanical substances can modulate inflammatory pain. Research on the role of advanced glycation-end products is presenting intriguing mechanisms for tissue-based pain activation, and more natural compounds are being identified that may play a pain-quieting role in the body. Join pain expert Dr. James Dillard as he presents how nutritional choices can both cause and relieve the inflammatory effects that cause pain.

2. Workplace Wellness: Instructor – Rebecca Pille, M.S. and Chris D'Adamo, Ph.D.
Work can be stressful at times for everyone. It is the inability to manage this work-related stress that can interfere with your productivity and negatively impact your physical and emotional health. This session will offer a variety of tools - from both an organizational and personal perspective - that will help optimize your wellness while at work. Rebecca Pille, Director of Health Promotion & Wellness at the National Security Agency, will describe the key features that have helped the largest employer in Maryland establish a nationally-renowned workplace wellness program. Dr. Chris D’Adamo will then offer an assortment of quick and simple exercises, dietary strategies, massage techniques, and mind-body practices that can be performed at work to help you revive your energy, increase your productivity, and boost your spirit.

3. Resilience: A Common Denominator of Wellness: Instructor – Lori Knutson, R.N., B.S.N., H.N.-B.C.
Resilience is a complex construct that includes elements of the psychological, the spiritual, the social and the biological. The ability to build resilience to life stressors is one formidable component in optimizing one’s health and living life to its fullest. This workshop is led by nurse Lori Knutson, who will draw from her experience bringing resilience training into the Allina Health system in Minnesota.

4. Transformation in Trauma: The Ongoing Paradigm Shift at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center: Instructors – Donna Audia, R.N., Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm, Carol Joy Loeb, R.N., Matt Peroutka
Join Donna Audia, R.N., the integrative care nurse who provided support and pain relief to the world’s first full face transplant recipient, as she discusses her experience as a pain management and integrative medicine nurse at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. Donna and her team will detail the effects of integrative therapies like Reiki, acupuncture, and music therapy in an intensive care environment on a patient’s physical, psychological and spiritual healing. Audia frequently speaks to nurses and hospital administrators about why she believes this type of care will become more prevalent in hospitals.

Workshop Session 4 - Experience and Engage (choose one)

1. East Meets West: Treating Pain with Acupuncture: Instructor – Dr. Lixing Lao, Ph.D., L.Ac. (CME)
Acupuncture is part of an ancient Chinese medical tradition based on theories of energy flow and balance. As it has become more accepted in the Western medical system, scientific explanations for the efficacy of acupuncture have emerged. Ideas such as ‘endorphin theory,’ ‘gate control theory’ and others help physicians and scientists to understand the effectiveness of acupuncture that is often observed in clinical research. Dr. Lixing Lao will discuss the Eastern and Western theories of acupuncture and explore its role in alleviating pain and improving functioning, as well as discuss scientific research to support these theories.

2. Coming to Your Senses: An Experiential Session of Mind – Body Techniques for Stress Reduction: Instructor- Gina Sager, M.D.
While innumerable studies praise the value of mind – body approaches in reducing stress, due to such factors as acute and chronic pain, it is easy to miss the fact that the fullest, richest, most transformative experiences come not from thinking and learning ABOUT it, but from BEING mindful. In this workshop by physician and educator Dr. Gina Sager, we will explore how literally coming to your senses is the perfect antidote to the stresses of life and busy-ness of mind, and how being more present in the body and with the breath leads to a sense of integration and balance otherwise not available to us. You will be introduced to simple techniques that invite you to use your senses to recapture the joy and vividness of the life you have -- allowing you to meet the ordinary and extraordinary stresses of your life with unconditional friendliness. Join us for an experiential journey into the world of being mindful!

3. Food: Increasing Your Vitality Through Ayurveda: Instructor – Susan Weis-Bohlen
In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “knowledge for long life.” The 5,000-year-old Indian science of health, Ayurveda is the oldest known medical system in the world. Susan Weis-Bohlen, a Chopra Center certified instructor of Ayurveda, will introduce you to its foundational principles, which include nutrition, meditation, and yoga, as well as the three primary mind-body constitutions (doshas). Learn how to use this information in your practice as well as your personal life, to create harmony in your environment, and balance with the elements inside and out. By balancing your doshas through food, daily routine and stress reduction, you will find your natural weight, feel enthusiastic and energetic, reduce toxins, and increase vitality.

4. What 10 Americans Can Teach Us About Toxic Chemicals and Health: Instructor – Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., MSPH
The Environmental Working Group found more than 200 chemicals in the blood of 10 Americans. Many of these chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone alterations, and reproductive problems. 10 Americans whose exposure to these chemicals did not come from the air they breathe, the water they drink, or the food they eat – who were they? In 10 Americans, Dr. Congleton reveals the shocking number of environmental chemicals EWG’s research team found in the umbilical cord blood of 10 American babies born in 2004. Dr. Congleton will also discuss results from a 2009 study that found more than 200 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of minority newborns, including the endocrine disrupting compound bisphenol A. These landmark studies affirm the negative impact that environmental pollution can have on human health.

Conference Ends

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