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Topic: Biochemical Individuality and COVID-19 – how certain genetic predispositions can increase one’s risk

Special guest: Dr. Christy Williamson is the owner and founder of the Nutritional Genomics Institute, OmicsDx, ZebraDx and SNPed.

As a whole, NGI is a thriving multi-member, multi-state private practice based in Richmond, Virginia that focuses on functional nutritional as it relates to biochemical nuances within the genome, microbiome, epigenome, exposome and metabolome.

As an institute, NGI has an educational branch called SNPed that offers practitioner education and continuing education in nutritional genomics for certified nutrition specialists and other disciplines. SNPed focuses on teaching a systems or functional medicine approach while integrating the complexities of metabolomics and genomics into real world examples and case studies. NGI also houses a research branch called Zebra Diagnostics which focuses on the genomic frequencies of rare disease populations. ZebraDx currently has a strong focus on connective tissue diseases and immunodeficiency syndromes. NGI’s newest branch and entity houses an integrative nutritional genomics database and licensing company called OmicsDx. Omics offers state of the art genome panels validated with algorithmic metabolomic data to patients, health care practitioners and software companies.

Christy is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, has a Master of Science in Human Nutrition, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health teaching Nutritional Genomics. Her other interests include meditation, nature, balance and changing the world!

How lifestyle strategies affect risk of cancer

Cancer strategiesSpecial guest: Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology and has been practicing since 1994. She is a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona, where she is the assistant director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Alschuler received her doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, and has co-authored two books: Definitive Guide to Cancer and Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer. She has received numerous awards from The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Bastyr University and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, as well as an honorary degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Alschuler is the co-founder of Five To Thrive, LLC, which developed a web application that creates customized wellness plans for cancer survivors. She maintains a naturopathic oncology practice in Scottsdale AZ, and also co-hosts a podcast, Five To Thrive Live! on the Cancer Support Network about living more healthfully in the face of cancer.

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Immune health and COVID-19

covid-19Special guest: Marc Isaacson, owner of Village Green Apothecary, is passionate about changing our healthcare system from a symptoms-based approach to one that works on getting to the root cause, focusing on wellness, and promoting prevention.

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Cancer prevention and how to boost immunity

Immune FoodsSpecial guest: Andrea Beaman is a natural foods chef, health educator, thyroid expert, holistic health coach and herbalist, dedicated to alternative healing, and sustainable eating and living. She is a regularly featured expert on CBS News, and hosted the award nominated, Fed UP!, a cooking show that educates viewers on how to cook for and cure various ailments. Andrea is the author of The Whole Truth – How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health, and You Can Too!, The Eating and Recipe Guide – Better Food, Better Health, and Health is Wealth – Make a Delicious Investment in You! and Happy Healthy Thyroid – The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally! Andrea makes learning about better health, good food, and sustainable living, a fun experience for everyone.

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Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) – a comprehensive, system-specific approach to treating a wide variety of complex health conditions

IMTSpecial guest: Lisa Klein, PT, IMT-C, is the founder and president of Total Health Physical Therapy. In 2002, she became a certified IMT practitioner teaching for DCR, Northeast Seminars, and The CT School of IMT. Lisa has become a sought-after IMT instructor and has taught classes throughout the US, Israel, Hong Kong and Chile. She was also the founding president of the board of The Integrative Manual Therapy Association, the international association of IMT practitioners. Lisa has worked in virtually all traditional physical therapy practice settings and also has extensive knowledge in Pilates, hatha yoga, neurofeedback and sensory integration. She continues to expand her knowledge of health and nutrition, and in May 2015 she earned her health coach certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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GI Pathogens & Food Sensitivities

Special guest: Reed Davis, HHP, CNT, is an expert in functional lab testing and holistic lifestyle medicine. He is the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®(FDN) and the FDN Certification Course. Reed served as the health director and case manager at a wellness center in California for over 10 years and now teaches the FDN Course with over 2500 trainees or graduates in 50 countries. Reed is known as one of the most successful and experienced clinicians in the world, having provided functional lab assessments to over 10,000 clients. Reed is also a clinical advisor for BioHealth Laboratories.

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Understanding the gut microbiome’s role in health and disease

Gut HealthSpecial guest: Guy Daniels, MS, is the Director of Medical Education at Onegevity, a subsidiary of Thorne Research. Onegevity works together with Thorne to design clinically studied supplements, including pre- and probiotics, for Thorne’s customers based on their integrated metabolic profile. Onegevity’s platform synthesizes the massive, complex, and dynamic human data derived from genomic, proteomic, blood chemistries, microbiome, saliva, and self-reported metrics to provide a comprehensive molecular portrait and personalized interventions for an individual’s health.

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Immunity during cold and flu season

Cold and FluSpecial guest: Dana Godbout Laake, RDH, MS, LDN, is a licensed nutritionist in the Washington, DC area, who has provided preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services for over 25 years. Her practice includes the nutritional evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of health issues affecting children and adults. Dana holds a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland. She is also author of The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, 3rd Edition.

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Dietary approaches to treating autoimmune issues

Wahls ProtocolSpecial guest: Dr. Terry Wahls is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018, she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care and patient advocacy. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for 4 years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. She is the author of The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, and the cookbook, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions. She teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of intensive nutrition.

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Tips for having a healthy new year, including supplements you should consider taking daily

Special guest: Dr. Erin Stokes, ND, is the medical director at MegaFood, and a registered naturopathic doctor in the state of Colorado. In her role as medical director, Erin has the opportunity to educate on health and wellness topics via webinars, podcasts, radio shows, articles and blogs. Dr. Stokes received her naturopathic doctor degree from Bastyr University in 2001. Shortly afterwards she began to pursue her passion for educating others by teaching Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. She combines her experience as a naturopathic doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives.

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