The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine of San Diego, California is hosting a Natural Supplements Conference that is geared towards health providers but is also open to the general public. The event takes place from Jan 16th – Jan 18th, 2015 at the Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay.
Studies have shown that some supplements or herbal remedies can actually improve overall health, and even control symptoms of diseases. The popularity of using natural supplements has grown exponentially in recent years, with American’s spending over $30 billion annually. The goal of the Natural Supplement’s Conference is to give health providers and consumers the knowledge necessary to choose the proper supplements for specific needs.
The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine was founded in 1999. The Scripps Center is unique in its blend of scientifically backed alternative therapies with more conventional Western medicine. First and foremost they focus on preventing disease, then the healing and overall improvement of health when disease or illness occur.
Sponsored by Nordic Naturals, the conference has several well-known speakers lined up. The keynote speaker is Tieraona Low Dog, MD, whose book, Life is Your Best Medicine, helps guide women to take steps for better overall health. The book stresses that natural remedies and medicine are not competitors, but allies.
Tieraona Low Dog says in her book, “The division between conventional and traditional medicine is as artificial as the division between science and nature. They can be woven together in a fashion that meets our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This is the foundation upon which integrative medicine is built.”
The conference aims to give more concrete information and details about the various natural supplements available, the side effects, potential drug interactions and complementary combinations. One of the speakers at the conference, Robert Bonakdar, M.D., says “When it comes to natural supplements, clinicians and consumers need reliable and timely information. This program is a great place for people to do their homework and get the answers they need to make informed decisions.”
The topics at the Natural Supplement Conference span many different topics, such as “Natural Supplements for Optimizing Immune Health” given by Robert C. Rountree, MD. Another is “Obesity Related Pain/Inflammation”, by Robert Alan Bonakdar, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM. There are also several workshops available, like “Integrative Cancer Care” with David Leopold, MD, ABIHM and Ashwin Mehta, MD, MPH and “Detox Fundamentals” by Deanna Minich, PhD, MS, CNS, RYT.
Sunday, the final day of the conference will feature a talk on “Natural Approaches to Mental Health” with Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM, as well as “Neuroprotection: Nutrients to Protect the Brain from PTSD, Injury & Aging” given by Michael D. Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM.
As previously mentioned, the conference is tailored towards health care providers such as doctors, dieticians, nurses, nurse midwives or chiropractors, but could also benefit members of the general public. The Natural Supplement Conference is a valuable resource for the healthcare community to learn the most recent, up-to-date scientific information on the marriage of alternative medicines and supplements with conventional medicine.