I am excited to announce a new offering from RealTime Labs. It’s not a new test, though; instead, it is a cutting-edge way for us to help folks learn about different topics in functional medicine. Our new platform, RTL Health Workshops, will play host to a series of workshops multiple times a year. Having grown up in a family of health practitioners, I understand how hard it is to learn new concepts and techniques in the health industry. All of us are very busy, and new information is coming out almost daily, which makes it difficult to keep up! Our workshops are designed to help you navigate unfamiliar information so that you can incorporate as many revolutionary techniques into your practice as possible.
We have access to many of the best experts in the business—ones we’ve recruited by attending conferences throughout the country. In each of our workshops, between five and eight speakers will review a specific topic. Our first workshop on November 7th and 8th will be a virtual one, but in the future, we will run both in-person and virtual seminars. While we understand the value of being able to see experts talk in-person, we also understand that not everyone has the ability or time to travel. We’re choosing to offer both physical and virtual discussions so we can meet the needs of as many people as possible.
Our first workshop will focus—of course—on mold and mycotoxins. Mold Treatment and Testing 2020 is going to be a virtual workshop, and it will be held on the hopin.to platform. Why hopin.to? Well, we wanted a platform that would give us access to a lot of tools so we could try different things. Hopin.to will allow us to have a virtual stage, as well as the ability to make break-out rooms, which will be useful if we want to have multiple speakers presenting at once or allow participants to attend Q and A sessions during presentations.
Another feature that attracted us to the hopin.to platform was the virtual expo. I have always felt that one of the drawbacks of virtual conferencing was the lack of communication between attendees and exhibitors, but virtual expo will enable exhibitors to chat face-to-face with attendees or message them directly. Lastly, hopin.to makes it easy for attendees to chat amongst themselves. This will assist in networking within the workshop.
As I wrote earlier, this conference will focus on mold and mycotoxins, and we have recruited some of the biggest names in the field for our first workshop. Our speaker list includes Jill Carnahan, Neil Nathan, Al Johnson, Jill Crista, and Joe Brewer. Dr. Dennis Hooper and I will also be speaking during the event.
Jill Carnahan, MD, uses functional medicine to help patients find the root cause of their illness and identify nutritional and biochemical imbalances that may be contributing to their symptoms. She completed her residency at the University of Illinois in Family Medicine at Methodist Medical Center and received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
A survivor of both breast cancer and Crohn’s disease, Dr. Jill is passionate about teaching patients how to live well and thrive in the midst of complex and chronic illness. She is also a widely sought-after inspirational speaker and travels around the world to teach physicians the principles of personalized and functional medicine. Above all else, Dr. Jill loves to infuse others with her passion for hope, health and healing!
Neil Nathan, MD, is a Board-Certified family physician and a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He has spent decades working with patients who have chronic health issues. Dr. Nathan has written multiple books—including the bestseller Toxic: Heal your Body from Mold toxicity, Lyme disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and Chronic Environmental Illness.
Alfred Johnson, DO, is a graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where he was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus in 1993. Dr. Johnson received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Health Sciences Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed a rotating internship at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed by an internal medicine residency at Southeastern Medical Center in North Miami Beach, Florida (during which time he also served as Chief Resident at Osteopathic General Hospital). In 1980, he became affiliated with the Environmental Health Center in Dallas.
Dr. Johnson completed a one-year Environmental Fellowship after completing a three-year internal medicine residency under the direction of Dr. William Rea at Brookhaven Hospital in Dallas, Texas; this included instruction by renowned immunologist Dr. Stroud and psychologist Joel Bulter, Ph.D. Patients with chronic medical problems were evaluated in a specially constructed hospital environmental unit that limited chemical odors, access from the outside, and filtered air. In this clean environment, testing was conducted to determine sensitivity to food, pollen, mold, and chemical fumes. A psychological assessment was then completed to learn how to best formulate a treatment plan. Depending on the individual’s needs, evaluations included laboratory immunology tests, allergic skin tests, and direct food challenge testing after fasting.
Currently, Dr. Johnson applies his vast knowledge and experience while working with Dr. Rea at the Environmental Health Center, utilizing numerous tests and diagnostic approaches to treat individuals from around the world who are seeking answers and effective remedies for their illnesses.
Jill Crista, ND, earned her Naturopathic Doctor Degree with Honors from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2003. In 2012, she completed the physician training program with the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.
For over a decade, she was the director and a practicing member of two integrative clinics offering naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, craniosacral therapy, and massage. It was here that she witnessed the efficacy and synergy of a team approach to patient care. Dr. Crista served on the board of the Wisconsin Naturopathic Doctors Association and was president of the organization for 6 years; she also worked on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners committee for licensure, where she worked to increase access to naturopathic healthcare nationally.
Dr. Crista is now focused primarily on researching, teaching, and writing; her specialties include neuroinflammatory conditions like mold sickness, brain injury, and autoimmune encephalitis.
Joseph Brewer, MD, is an infectious disease specialist from Kansas City, Missouri. His patients include those with HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease, ME/CFS, and mold toxicity. He is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Brewer is involved in clinical teaching at St. Luke’s and UMKC. He has been in practice for over 30 years, including clinical practice of infectious disease, teaching responsibilities, and clinical research. Dr. Brewer has had a long- standing interest in chronic illnesses, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lyme disease.
Since 2012, Dr. Brewer has been studying the role of toxic mold and mycotoxins in chronic illness. This research has resulted in several new findings, and Dr. Brewer and his colleagues have published several papers on the subject. For example, his study of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome found that 93% were positive for one or more of the following mycotoxins in their urine: ochratoxin A, aflatoxin, and trichothecene (black mold toxins). In a later work, Dr. Brewer suggested that mold colonization in a person’s sinuses may be connected to the individual living in a water-damaged building—and his detailed review of the available literature supports this theory. In his presentation to the 2013 International Lyme and Associated Diseases annual scientific conference in San Diego, Dr. Brewer presented his unpublished findings supporting the benefits of treating mold colonization with antifungals, oral antifungals, and fat binders (including cholestyramine) via nasal irrigation.
I am very excited about this upcoming workshop! We’ll be opening up registration for the event on September 1st. Regular admission will cost $375, though “early bird” admission will be available at the reduced price of $275 from September 1st through October 16th. We will also be offering CMEs for the workshop through the University of Nevada for an additional cost of $50. Any questions about the conference can be sent to me at [email protected]. I hope to see you there! Register now.