Austin, TX

FEBRUARY 10-11, 2018

OVERVIEW

Day 1

Organic Acids Testing

Learn how to use this comprehensive metabolic test in your practice to help your patients with a variety of chronic health conditions.  Find out how the OAT helps you discover underlying causes of many symptoms and hear what kinds of treatments have been effective.  Qualified attendees at the Organic Acids Testing Workshop receive a FREE Organic Acids Test, worth $299!

Day 2

Environmental Toxin Testing Workshop

This workshop will focus on the epidemic of environmental toxin exposure, from the many chemicals we encounter every day to mycotoxins released from mold. You will learn about many common environmental pollutants from the 172 chemicals tested by our GPL-TOX Profile.  You will find out how these chemicals can affect our health and what steps can be taken to help detoxify the body.  You will also learn about the seven types of mold mycotoxins tested for in our new GPL-MycoTOX Profile and about the chronic health conditions mycotoxin exposure can cause.  We will review how to use these tests in your practice to create the most effective treatments possible for your patients.

SCHEDULE

DAY 1

organic acids testing

7:30am | Registration and Breakfast

8:15am | Introduction To The Organic Acids Test and Why It Is So Important In Clinical Practice

Hundreds of organic acid metabolites are found in the urine of all mammals, including humans. These metabolites can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic measurements for detecting abnormal gastrointestinal overgrowth or dysbiosis, assessing mitochondrial energy production, detecting genetic diseases, assessing malnutrition and suboptimum nutrition, revealing toxic exposure, finding alterations of neurotransmitter metabolites in neurological and psychiatric disorders, and assessing metabolites that cause severe inflammation in a variety of chronic illnesses.

The OAT evaluates for various fungal toxins, including specific markers for Candida. Many people rely on stool testing for Candida diagnosis and miss the presence of Candida toxins through the Organic Acid Test. Candida can lead to neurochemical imbalances in the brain, as well as sensory problems and self-stimulatory behavior (often seen in autism).

10:30am | Morning Break

The OAT evaluates for two specific toxins related to Clostridia bacteria – HPHPA and 4-cresol. Both of these toxins can inhibit a dopamine converting enzyme, leading to excess dopamine and toxic reactions in the brain and nervous system. Problems such as moodiness, irritability, aggression, self-injurious behavior, sleep difficulties, and more can be associated with Clostridia bacteria overgrowth.

12:00pm | The Role of Oxalate Toxicity in Chronic Health Problems

The OAT includes glycolic and glyceric acids in the oxalate section, which can differentiate between genetic and nutritional components in disturbed oxalate metabolism. Oxalates are compounds found in many foods, and can be worsened by Candida overgrowth. High oxalates are associated with pain in the joints, muscles, and connective tissues. They can also trap heavy metals (such as mercury, lead, and arsenic) in the body and lead to mineral imbalances. Certain behavioral issues and self-injurious tendencies have been associated with high oxalates.

12:45pm | Lunch

2:00pm | Neurochemical Imbalances and Quinolinic Acid Toxicity

The OAT evaluates for imbalances in serotonin (an important brain and nervous system chemical for mood, fine and gross motor skills, and calmness), as well additional markers that can indicate toxic stress in the brain and nervous system, such as quinolinic acid. High quinolinic acid suggests toxic stress in the brain and is important to evaluate before prescribing certain supplements, particularly L-Tryptophan which is commonly used to help with sleep.

3:00pm | Afternoon Break

3:30pm | Case Studies and Treatment Options

This presentation will highlight various patient cases from clinical practice that show the role of biomedical intervention for various patient scenarios such as dietary therapy, yeast and Clostridia treatment, and methylation support.

5:00pm | PLA2: The Possible Root Cause of Many Inflammatory Disorders

Phospholipase A2 (PLA2), an enzyme found in snake and bee venom, as well as in human tissue, has been found to be elevated in a variety of inflammation-related disorders.,It is considered a good marker for increased risk of developing or worsening inflammatory conditions including allergies, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease (including atherosclerosis), Crohn’s disease, neurodegenerative diseases, bipolar depression, long term depression, schizophrenia, and sepsis.,This presentation will review the new information available about PLA2, including an ongoing pilot study with MS patients, methods for PLA2 testing, and treatments that reduce PLA2 levels and inflammation.

Day 2

genetic testing & toxic chemical testing

8:00am | Registration and Breakfast

8:30am | Non-Metal Toxic Chemicals and Their Effects on Health

A huge array of non-metal toxic chemicals like phthalates, pyrethrins, organophosphates and many others can now be tested conveniently and economically in a single morning urine sample. Learn how to use this testing and apply it to a wide variety of chronic illnesses such as neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, chronic fatigue, and many others. The best treatment options will be presented in great detail.

9:30am | Glyphosate, 2,4-D, GMO Foods, and the Microbiome

The widely used weed killer glyphosate (Roundup™) has been implicated as a cause of chronic kidney disease and cancer. Exposure to glyphosate may alter the microbiome of all of our agricultural soil and seriously alter the intestinal flora of humans and farm animals. Learn how GMO foods are connected with a wide variety of other chronic illnesses because of glyphosate contamination.

10:30am | Morning Break

11:00am | The Importance of DNA Methlylation and MTHFR

Genetic testing, in combination with metabolic testing can help practitioners create the most personalized treatment plans possible for their patients. Mutations (SNPs) in the DNA methylation pathway can cause chronic health problems by affecting neurotransmitters, detoxification, and cardiac health. This presentation will discuss methylation genes including MTHFR, BHMT, AHCY, and CBS. It will also review some of the primary genes relevant to neurotransmitter metabolism and their role in mental health such as COMT and MAOA. Finally, this presentation will discuss treatment options for different genetic variants.

11:45am | IgG Food Allergy Testing: Scientific Evidence of its Validity in Chronic Illness

IgG food allergy has been implicated in a wide variety of illnesses including chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, autism, depression, schizophrenia, migraine headache, and many others. Learn about the different types of allergy testing and the treatments for allergies.

12:15pm | Lunch

1:15pm | The Hidden Threat of Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, vehicles, and foods. A majority of mycotoxin exposures are through food ingestion or airborne exposure.

1:45pm | Case Studies: Mycotoxins

3:00pm | Afternoon Break

3:30pm | Case Studies: Environmental Toxins

4:45 | Toxic Chemicals and Their Effect on Autism

Toxicants implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) include pesticides such as organophosphates and pyrethrins, phthalates used as plasticizers, solvents, toxic waste sites, air pollutants, pharmaceuticals such as acetaminophen, and heavy metals. In addition, a number of genetic factors related to chemical detoxification have also been associated with increased incidence of autism. A review of the scientific literature will indicate which chemicals are the leading suspects as causes of ASD as well as measures to prevent contamination of pregnant women and children, and methods that can be used to detoxify individuals who have already been exposed to toxic chemicals.

VENUE

Westin Austin Downtown

310 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

The brand new Westin Austin Downtown offers a premiere location in the heart of Austin, located just one block from the Convention Center and the famed 6th Street Entertainment District, just footsteps to the latest foodie hotspots, historic sites, legendary live music venues, eclectic shops and year-round outdoor fun.

There's so much to discover in Austin, and it's all easily reached on foot. Nightlife, restaurants, bars and shops are steps away in the Warehouse District, 2nd Street District and Sixth Street. Take a stroll to the State Capitol, the nightly bat flight on the Congress Avenue Bridge or Lady Bird Lake while you're here. 

airport

The Westin Austin Downtown Hotel is located just eight miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

ROOM RESERVATIONS

Westin Austin Downtown (Event Venue)

310 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

Address:
310 E 5th St., Austin, TX 78701

Room rate:
$299/night on Hotels.com

Website:
http://www.westinaustindowntown.com/?_aa_Google_My_Business__WI_3899__NAD_FM&SWAQ=958P

Book by phone:
512-391-2333 

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown/Convention Center

200 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Address:
200 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (0.4 Miles from Westin)

Website:
http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hampton-inn-and-suites-austin-downtown-convention-center-AUSDTHX/index.html

Book by phone:
512-472-1500 

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

211 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701  

Address
211 E 3rd St, Austin, TX 78701 (0.4 mile from Westin)

Website:
https://austindowntown.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Phone:
512-476-4440

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 

Address:
300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.3 mile from Westin)

Website:
512-236-8008

Phone:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auscd-courtyard-austin-downtown-convention-center/?pid=CORPYLP&scid=45f93f1b-bd77-45c9-8dab-83b6a417f6fe

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin  

701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Address:
701 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.4 mile from Westin)

Website:
https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/austin/ausha/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-IC-_-US-_-AUSHA

Phone:
512-457-8800

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin

303 W 15th St, Austin, TX 78701  

Address:
303 W 15th St, Austin, TX 78701 (*1.3 miles from Westin)

Website:
http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/doubletree-suites-by-hilton-hotel-austin-AUSFLDT/index.html

Phone:
512-478-7000

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown/Convention Center

300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701  

Address:
300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.3 miles from Westin)

Website:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ausrd-residence-inn-austin-downtown-convention-center/?pid=CORPYLP&scid=45f93f1b-bd77-45c9-8dab-83b6a417f6fe

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

The Driskill, in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt  

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Address:
604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.3 miles from Westin)

Website:
https://thedriskill.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Phone:
512-439-1234

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

W Austin Hotel and Residences

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701  

Address:
200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.8 miles from Westin)

Website:
http://www.whotelaustin.com/?SWAQ=958P

Phone:
512-542-3600

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown Convention Center 

500 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78701 

Address:
500 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 7870 (*0.6 miles from Westin)

Website:
http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-garden-inn-austin-downtown-convention-center-AUSGIGI/index.html

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

JW Marriott Austin  

110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Address:
110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.5 miles from Westin)

Website:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ausjw-jw-marriott-austin/?pid=CORPYLP&scid=45f93f1b-bd77-45c9-8dab-83b6a417f6fe

Phone:
512-474-4777

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown - University

810 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Address:
810 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.4 miles from Westin)

Website:
https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/austin/ausit/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-IN-_-US-_-AUSIT

Phone:
512-481-1000

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

Omni Austin Hotel

700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 

Address:
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.3 miles from Westin)

Website:
https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/austin-downtown

Phone:
512-476-3700

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 

Hilton Austin Hotel 

500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 

Address:
500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (*0.3 miles from Westin)

Website:
http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-austin-AUSCVHH/index.html

Phone:
512-482-8000

Here is a list of other area hotels and click here to see the list of all downtown Austin hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

 
ACCREDITATION

ACCREDITATION

5 Continuing Medical Credits (CME/CEU)** per one-day workshop are provided by Westbrook University for MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, LAcs, NPs, and PAs for a fee of $50.00 per day.*  These credits are approved by AAFP. For more information about these credits, go to www.aafp.org

** It is the responsibility of the attendee to adhere to the CME/CEU requirements of his/her state licensing board and to check to be sure these credits will be approved before the workshop. No refunds will be issued for CME fees. CMEs/CEUs are not APA approved.

**Great Plains will e-mail all CME certificates as PDFs after the workshop(s).  If you require a hard copy be sent in the mail, please let us know.

Requests for replacement certificates made a year or more after the conference date will incur a $30.00 fee


REGISTRATION
Austin Workshops
from 199.00

Organic Acids Testing Workshop – February 10
Environmental Toxin Testing Workshop
 – February 11
*See schedules under Workshops tab for all workshop details.

Qualified attendees at the Organic Acids Testing Workshop receive a FREE Organic Acids Test, worth $299.00!  

Registration is refundable, minus a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received in writing no later than two weeks prior to the workshop date. Attendee substitutions are allowed, but notification must be made within two weeks prior to the workshop date. After this date, under no circumstances will refunds, credits, or substitutions be granted. No refunds or credits will be given to "no shows."

Registrants MUST ATTEND the workshop in order to receive their free test.

PRICING

  • $199 for one workshop before January 14
  • $259 for one workshop after January 14
  • $99 for the second workshop
  • $50 CME's per one-day workshop (5 hrs/day)

 

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CANCELLATION

CANCELLATION POLICY

Registration is refundable, minus a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received in writing no later than two weeks prior to the workshop date. Attendee substitutions are allowed, but notification must be made within two weeks prior to the workshop date. After this date, under no circumstances will refunds, credits, or substitutions be granted. No refunds or credits will be given to "no shows."