Friday, June 1, 2018

Welcome from Carol Petersen RPh, CNP

Welcome to spring in Cincinnati and to What Works in Clinical Medicine!
We are very happy to announce that this meeting has been approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for up to 20 hours of Category 1 CME credits.  We submitted our application in a format called “blended learning”.   This means that we have scheduled blocks of time for all to participate.  We intend that the speakers will be the matches that ignite discussion. 
The expression “a happening” comes to my mind when I think about ICIM meetings.   This one is no exception.  We have celebrations at the Cincinnati Zoo, a taste of astronomy, music, entertainment and even grocery shopping which all serve to provide opportunities to mingle with old friends and make new ones.  This leads to powerful collaborations that can last for a lifetime.
As usual, we have taken good care to provide excellent nourishment.  Banned are the ordinary pastry and coffee breaks.  With our concentration on quality of food, we become better learners.  Partaking in good food stimulates even more opportunities for mingling.
We have a great group of exhibitors who are here to help solve problems in your practices.  Each of them have a message for you!  Take the time to find out what it is.  They are here not only to support your practices but have committed to help make ICIM a strong organization by attending, promoting and supporting this meeting.  Let’s acknowledge and thank them individually during the exhibit times.
Finally, we have offered a large menu of learning opportunities.  Most are directed to toward clinical practice but there are opportunities to learn practice management skills and get updated on legal issues.  Don’t forget to provide feedback for future programming.
And now the Beatles’ song “Come Together” is playing in my head.  Coming together here in Cincinnati not only improves the quality that we bring to our work and for our patients but makes an impact on the health and resilience of our whole society.
Thank you for coming together and we hope this meeting will be unforgettable.

Carol Petersen RPh, CNP
Program Chair

What Works in Clinical Medicine

Appalachian Spring in Cincinnati

If you haven’t been to an ICIM meeting before, you’re in for a treat! With a supportive family atmosphere, the best food in the industry, and colleagues passionate about science and healing, our learning environment is transformative. Our next meeting is April 18-22 in Cincinnati: “What Works in Clinical Medicine.”

Program Chair Carol Petersen RPh writes, “We are emphasizing the practical. It’s the time for debate, clinical pearls, and camaraderie. Carry home goodies and nuggets for your practice from masters. Nourish yourself with food and fun and time with your colleagues.”

What really shows results in clinical medicine? We will examine the evidence with refreshed rigor and enthusiasm using a new AAFP CME Credit System called Blended Learning. We will engage in a hybrid of activities to put our heads together and move beyond opinion or hyperbole to create an action plan that will change your practice, adding new ideas that work for your patients.

Make your plans to come early! We have six lead-in workshops to choose from.

Make your plans to stay for Sunday! We will be providing a late brunch, and baggage hold for a special focus on opioid use, addiction and prevention from 10 am -1 pm

Opioid Symposium
Opioid addiction recovery 2018 opiate epidemic forecast & treatment update Dan Nelson MD
Victory Through Vitality Bryan J. Treacy, MD
Effective alternatives in pain management Hal Blatman MD

What Works in Clinical Medicine?
Ozone therapy – an introduction Frank Shallenberger MD
Issues in the tissues: an introduction to Nutritional Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Karen von Merveldt-Guevara MD
The future of flora analysis - culturomics to metagenomics Joel E. Mortensen, PhD

What works to achieve hormone balance? Presenting the Evidence: 
Jeffrey Dach MD Errors in modern thyroid endocrinology
Phyllis Bronson PhD The interface of hormone biochemistry and evolutionary biology: how to stay visible as we age
Elizabeth Vaughan MD What works for great sex at any age? testosterone: the hormone of desire and much more  
Karen von Merveldt-Guevara MD Untapped resources: thyroid lab tests as gateway to assess mineral status, detoxification capacity, liver function, and hormonal balance

What works in manual medicine? Presenting the Evidence: Hal Blatman MD, Stacey Goldfine DO, David Nebbeling DO

What works: controversies in nutritional supplementation? Presenting the Evidence:  
Vitamin E: setting the record straight Barrie Tan PhD, ICIM Member Case Studies

What works for office compounding? Presenting the Evidence:  
Office compounding; safety, sterility, and quality management issues Lou Diorio RPh 
What works in practice procedures and standard of care?
ICIM Legal Counsel John Richardson 
Shared Decision-Making Terry Chappell MD

Lead in Workshops:
Revolution Practice Management Ellie Campbell DO, MS, Natalie Patierno
Revolution Practice teaches you new and innovative medical practice re-design with tools and tips taught by two medical professionals who have been in the trenches and come out vibrant and successful.

End Pain Hal Blatman MD will once again present his popular workshop about effective pain treatments you can bring to your patients on Monday morning.

Orthoregenesis: what’s new in cord blood live cells Join A.J Farshchian MD and Bernardo Lessa-Bastos from the Center for Regenerative Medicine in a training program for physicians only.  In 2005 Dr. Farshchian performed the first autologous stem cell transplantation into an arthritic knee in U.S.A. Since 2012 he has served as a consulting  Regenerative Medicine physician for the USA Olympics Track and Field team.

Resetting the body temperature with T3 Therapy Denis Wilson MD will present the details of the T3 therapy protocol that he pioneered over 20 years ago that enables physicians to normalize low body temperatures such that the temperatures often remain improved even after the treatment has been discontinued.

IVs for first-timers Taught by veteran teacher Robban Sica MD.

Radically new perspectives & treatment options: Nutritional Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) cross-referenced with comprehensive blood panels Mineral imbalances may be the largest factor in the etiology of human diseases. Every enzyme in the human body is dependent on mineral cofactors for its structure, its induction and its function. Explore options for diagnosis and treatment with speaker Karen von Merveldt-Guevara MD.

It wouldn’t be ICIM if we weren’t having fun, so get ready for …

Our emcee for the conference - local comedian John Bromels.
Tunes and Blooms - enjoy a spring evening and concert Thursday night with friends at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, a short walk from our hotel.
Party for the Planet - celebrate Earth Day at the zoo with organizations on hand Thursday to share their expertise and resources about living more sustainably within our communities. 
Over-the-Rhine neighborhood - once the center of German beer brewers and pork packers, with the nation's largest collection of 19th-century Italianate architecture. Explore it after Happy Hour in the exhibit hall Friday.
Reach for the stars as Drake Planetarium sets up a huge movable dome to transform our exhibit hall Saturday night, celebrating a love of science and the many wonders of our universe. ICIM member Ann Burton MD will present a lecture on the humanism of Star Trek. 
Sunday Breakfast concert with Janice Sunflower, Native American flutist.
Jungle Jim’s, a regional phenomenon, and a massive 200,000 square feet of international and whole foods. Stay for an ICIM tour on Sunday afternoon.

Book your room online at our hotel by March 27 to get our room block rate of $129 by calling (888) 720-1299 and asking for the ICIM Spring Conference. Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati
Questions? Contact ICIM Executive Director Wendy Chappell at
We look forward to seeing you there!

Elohee Members Retreat

The Black Tie Black Out

When we planned our Black Tie event, the vision was a string quartet in the art museum. But, once the power went out all over Downtown Grand Rapids, we were serving salvaged food out of a white van in the rain. Obviously, a fun time was had by all.

Presidential Cocktails

Note from the Program Chair

Welcome to Grand Rapids, MI, and ICIM's Conference on Neurodegeneration
By Linda Hegstrand, MD, PhD

As program chairperson for this conference, I encouraged the committee to choose Neurodegeneration as the theme for this conference.  In my first life as a medical scientist, I did my graduate research on Multiple Sclerosis and was awarded a Multiple Sclerosis Society postodoctoral fellowship to continue my research.  Grand Rapids is the home of the renowned Van Andel Research Institute which has 2 primary areas of research – one is Parkenson's Disease.  We have the privilege of hearing Dr. Patrik Brundin, head of Parkinson's Research at the VARI, speak to us on the latest research on PD.

Neurological disorders are on the rise.  We all have patients, relatives, and/or friends with a neurological disorder.  Neurological disorders span the entire age spectrum.  Autism Spectrum Disorder was unusual in the 1960's.  The incidence was 1 in 10,000.  The current incidence is 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.  Multiple Sclerosis is most frequently diagnosed in people 20 to 40 years old at the rate of 10,000 per year in the US.  Parkinson's Disease is more common in people over 65, but 4% of people with PD are under 50.  There are 60,000 new diagnoses of PD per year in the US.  In terms of numbers, Alzheimer's Disease effects more people than all the other neurological diseases combined.  There are currently 5 million people in the US diagnosed with AD or another dementia and that number is predicted to grow to 16 million by 2050.  AD is the the 6th leading cause of death in the US.  Since 2000, the rate of deaths from heart disease has decreased by 14% while the rate of deaths from AD has increased by 89%.  Of the drugs that have been studied for treating AD, 99.6% have never left the research lab.  According to the Alzheimer's Association: “ A genuinely new AD drug has not been approved since 2003 and the currently approved AD medications are ineffective in stopping or slowing the course of the disease.”

We have assembled an outstanding roster of speakers to bring us up to date on the latest in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders with an emphasis on the Impact of Environmental Insult on the Nervous System.  Our goal is to have you take away information that you can put to use in your practices on Monday morning.

Grand Rapids has become a vibrant, thriving, growing metropolitan area.  Michigan State Medical School relocated to GR a few years ago and complements the Van Andel Reserch Institute.  Art Prize is the largest art collection of its type in the US and probably in the world.  Everywhere you turn and every building you enter in downtown GR you will be treated to an array of all types of art.  The Gerald Ford Presidential Museum is across the river from here and also is a location for Art Prize.  Meijer's Botanical and Sculpture Gardens are world class and also is a sight for Art Prize.  There is a shuttle to the Gardens which are about 4 to 5 miles from downtown.  There is lot to enjoy in the place that has been my home for almost 25 years.

My thanks to all who have made this conference on Neurodegeneration a reality.  Special thanks to the program committee for all the help they provided in obtaining speakers, to our exhibitors who provide the support that enables us to have this conference, to Wendy for all the work she does that is essential for this conference to occur, and for the attendees who take from their valuable time and resources to be here. 

Our goals are for you to leave GR with knowledge that you can use in your clinical practices having had an enjoyable time doing that and having made new professional acquaintances that will become valued colleagues.

Linda and friends at ICIM’s 30th Birthday Party in 2013