Friday, February 27, 2015

Brain Herbs for Memory + The NEW Medicine Approach: Integrative Healthcare Symposium {IHS} Wrap-Up

IH Symposium

If IHS isn't on your radar, it damn well should be! 

But ONLY if you want the latest news about integrative healthcare... ;-)

Healthcare Industry professionals including: Medical Doctors, Osteopaths, Naturopaths, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Therapists, Nutritionists, Health Coaches, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Educators, Researchers; you name it, they were there.

The lineup up of speakers and topics was mighty challenging to cherry pick from all of the TOP NOTCH material, although I somehow managed to select several sessions. Broken down into 4 tracks: Environmental Health, Nutritional Science, Brain, Mind & Mood, and Integrative Nursing, I chose to hit up the middle two {if time weren't a factor, I'd be ALL over them like white on rice, baby!}

Sometimes, the late(er) bird gets the worm... I avoided a looong line to grab my badge by skipping the morning rush! Although, I was faced with another challenge when it came to choosing which panel to attend... Sophie's Choice, if you will. 

Self-Care is the Heart of All Health Care was my first session. Led by Dr. James Gordona world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma, Founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Clinical Professor in the Depts. of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and Chairman of the White House Commission on Complimentary Alternative Medicine Policy.  

Perhaps the last person you would expect to lead us in a Bob Marley dance meditation {video}, right? WRONG. 

Building up to our dance party dance meditation... Dr. Gordon spoke about The New Medicine: an approach to prevent and heal disease. 

Source: Dr. Gordon's Presentation
Did YOU know that 7 out of 10 DEATHS are a result of CHRONIC ILLNESS?! 

GOOD NEWS is, the INCREASE in chronic illness in America {of which heart disease and cancer account for nearly 1/2 of all deaths} CAN often be prevented.

Sooo, what exactly IS The New Medicine? 

Dr. Gordon broke it down, Yo!:

7 Pillars

1) Uniqueness ~ Individualized therapeutic approaches.

2) Holism ~ Theory that parts of a whole are in intimate interconnection, such that they can't exist independently of the whole OR understood without reference to the whole. 

{I wholeheartedly believe and apply this principle to my clients in my practice...}

3) Healing Partnerships ~ Collaboration

4) Self-Care ~ Sleep, Exercise, Meditation, Oil-Pulling, Aromatherapy etc.

5) Other Healing Systems ~ Massage, Acupuncture, Yoga etc.

6) Group Support ~ No man {or woman for that matter} is an island!

7) Spirituality & Transformation ~ Believing in something... if not your god, the universe, positive thinking, or something else, at least yourself!

My command station...
Self-Expression is Deeply Healing

Heck, I'm true testament to that! Take this blog, for one... 

Holding back traumatic events contributes to long-term stress and disease. Makes sense, right?  

Writing, Drawing {Art Therapy}, Dancing, Exercising... You name it!


Nutrition is a critical piece of the proverbial pie, contributing to one's psychological health as well as the prevention and management of chronic illness. 

MAJOR CHANGES in our diets due to the industrialization of food, have led to numerous deficiencies, including, but not limited to: increased glycemic load {how food affect one's blood sugar and insulin}, lower micro-nutrient density and fiber content and MORE.

I hope you will consider Dr. Gordon's words o' wisdom...  whether it's for yourself, your patients, children etc.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE meeting new people; especially MY kinda people... You know, the peops that are into the latest and greatest ways to stay healthy and happy. Wouldntcha know, I sat next to a fellow IIN graduate and current employee AND yoga teacher, Jennifer Vandertoorn {looking forward to getting my Om on at her class!}

Dr. Michael Greer

From Mitochondria to The Spoken Word - Important Brain Herbs for Maximum Memory Impact was next on my sched. 

Say WHAT?! Mitochondria {hellooo, high school Biology class..} are the main energy sources for a cell. Dr. Michael Greer, an Integrative Medicine Expert and International Speaker.

Fun Fact: The brain accounts for ONLY 2% of the weight of the entire body, BUT accounts for 20% of the blood and oxygen usage!

The following are brain boosting nutrients that Dr. Gordon recommends:

Source: Dr. Greer's Presentation

Bacopa: Improves medium and long term memory.

Rosemary: VERY potent anti-oxidant that protects cell nuclei from DNA damage.

Fun Fact:
In the Medieval Days, when hunters would go out and kill game, they would add Rosemary {and Sage} to the meat to prevent rotting.

Eleuthro: Used to enhance mental alertness.

Found in fruits and veggies, are HIGH in anti-oxidants, aiding in the prevention of memory loss.

Proanthocyanidins: A group of flavonoids including Blueberries, that protect the brain and improve cognitive performance by crossing the blood-brain barrier, making them accesible to neurons, and so improving memory. BOOM!

Ashwaganda: Provides energy, blood supply, reduces inflammation, and allows the brain to function longer and better.   Rhodiola: Used for increasing energy, stamina, strength, and mental capacity, it's an adaptogen used to help the body adapt to {and resist} physical, chemical, and environmental stress. Gotu Cola: Considered one of the MOST spiritual herbs, it is believed to enhance the crown chakra. It's numerous benefits include: fortifying the immune system, blood purification, skin health and restful sleep. Fun Fact: Sri Lankans noticed that elephants longevity was attributed to their munching on the leaves of the Gotu Cola plant.
Now that MY BRAIN is almost fried from writing this post for y'all, I think I'll go to my local health food store and stock up on some of these nutrients...

For more info about the Integrative Healthcare Symposium {IHS}, check out their website and if you're a Healthcare professional, join over 20,000 members {myself included} in the Integrative Practitioner Community.

Here's to YOUR Health!!!

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP

Blog: HealthyliciousBliss!