Key Nutritional Support for the Immunocompromised Patient

Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA
October 5, 2023
October 8, 2023

The conference for 2023 will be called Key Nutritional Support for the Immunocompromised Patient and 18+ hours of CEUs will be offered including Risk Management, Doctor/Patient Communication, Ethics, and Documentation. The seminar will run Thursday, October 5th through Sunday, October 8th, 2023 in person at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.

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Long COVID Clinical Pearls - Dr. Nik Hedberg - Speaker Promo
Dr. Nik Hedberg
The Role of 2’-FL in Immune Health of the Pediatric Population - Nancy Morrow Promo
Nancy Morrow
What's Wrong vs What's Not Right - Dr. Todd Frisch Speaker Promo
Dr. Todd Frisch
Non-responsive Chronic Illness: The Role of the Mononuclear Phagocytic System - Dr. Robert Kessinger Speaker Promo
Dr. Robert Kessinger
Functional Detoxification: Critical for the Immunocompromised Individual - Dr. Russell Jaffe Speaker Promo
Dr. Russell Jaffe
Rebalancing the Immune System in the Immunocompromised Patient - Dr. Kelly Halderman Speaker Promo
Dr. Kelly Halderman
Immune Support Beyond Antioxidants - Hard Learned Lessons - Dr. Victor Carsrud - Speaker Promo
Dr. Victor Carsrud
Optimizing Regulatory T Cells - Dr. Steve Gangemi
Dr. Steve Gangemi

Thank You To Our Sponsors!


Nancy Morrow
Lecture Title:

The Role of 2’-FL in Immune Health of the Pediatric Population

This presentation will cover the topics of: Why children's immunity needs support, share research on the unique function of 2’-FL in microbiome health and immunity, help to understand the significant role of the microbiome as it relates to children's immunity and address key nutrients to support immunity in the pediatric population.

Nancy Morrow, MS is the Nutrition Support Manager at Standard Process and is a Washington State certified nutritionist.  She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. 

Nancy’s background is in education, having served as adjunct professor of Nutrition Science for Purdue University Global.  During her 12 years of teaching in the School of Health Sciences Nancy taught broadly across the Nutrition Science and Health Science curriculum for bachelor’s students, developing and implementing course materials for both synchronous and asynchronous studies.

Nancy has contributed multiple articles on nutrition and health to as well as being published in the journal Plexus. Morrow is sponsored by Standard Process.

Dr. Russell Jaffe
Lecture Title:

Functional Detoxification Critical for the Immunocompromised Individual

Russ Jaffe has more than 40 years of experience contributing to molecular biology and clinical diagnostics.  He has pioneered “lymphocyte tests of immune function and hypersensitivity” and is focused on providing functional, predictive tests and procedures designed to improve the precision of both diagnosis and of treatment outcomes.

He received his B.S., MD and Ph.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine, completed residency training in clinical chemistry at the National Institutes of Health before starting   the Health Studies Collegium think tank and PERQUE Integrative Health, LLC, a company that offers the world scientifically proven, integrative health solutions that speed the transition from sick care to healthful caring. Dr Jaffe also serves as Clinical Instructor of Clinical Leadership at the George Washington University School of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Robert Kessinger
Lecture Title:

The Mononuclear Phagocytic System

The Mononuclear Phagocytic System (MPS) is central to the innate immune system. It as well supports homeostasis and nurturing of various organ systems. Chronic infections commonly activate a chronic pro-inflammatory M1 state of the MPS. The goal of this presentation will be to define the pro-inflammatory (M1) and anti-inflammatory (M2) states, review strategies for identifying chronic infections and develop plans for converting the MPS system from M1 to M2 expression through lifestyle, dietary approaches, nutritional supplementation, and vagal activation.

Dr. Rob Kessinger holds board certifications as a chiropractic internist (DABCI) and in clinical nutrition (DACBN). He has been in practice over 30 years with particular interest in functional medicine, functional neurology and upper cervical chiropractic care. It has been said, Dr. Kessinger has the unique ability to convert complex material into Monday morning ready clinical pearls. He is an instructor for the DABCI program, various neurology programs, and clinical neurology for the upper cervical diplomate program and has been published in several journals.

Dr. Steve Gangemi
Lecture Title:

Optimizing Regulatory T Cells

Dr. Gangemi will describe the importance of regulatory T cells and their role in the immune system and overall health. Nutritional considerations and lifestyle factors will be discussed which can help the immunocompromised patient improve their Tregs and therefore their immune function. The attendee will learn how to implement these strategies to help encourage vital immune responses to enhance health, well-being, and longevity!

Dr. Gangemi is a chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist with a passion for natural health care specifically in the fields of nutrition and manual therapies. He has over 25 years of clinical experience as a practitioner of complementary sports medicine and holistic therapies for patients dealing with a variety of ailments such as hormonal imbalances, digestive disturbances, immune dysfunction, and musculoskeletal problems. His practice focuses on not just treating his patient’s health concerns, but helping them move better and live healthier lives.

Dr. Ron Grabowski
Lecture Title:

Importance of Micronutrients with Immunity

Dr. Grabowski will be lecturing on the importance of micronutrients role with the immune system. He will also provide information on how stress (Physical and Psychological) impacts our micronutrient status and immune function. Specific laboratory diagnostics and Nutrient-Nutrient interactions will also be discussed.

Dr. Ron Grabowski is a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic in Houston, Texas. He has over 40 years of clinical nutrition experience, presented over 1500 seminars and lectures on nutrition throughout the United States and in Europe, publishing several articles and a textbook on clinical nutrition.

Dr. Grabowski is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Chiropractic Association, Texas Chiropractic Association and the Endocrine Society. In addition to his chiropractic practice, he has developed numerous vitamin and mineral formulas for supplement companies. His research interests include nutritional support of the athlete and the use of supplements in clinical practice for the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune, musculoskeletal conditions, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Todd Watts
Lecture Title:

Strongyloides - The Stealth Infection You’re Missing

Dr. Todd will provide an overview of a common stealth infection - Strongyloides. Outlining: 1. Overview of Strongyloides - incidence of this infection, predisposing factors and how it’s transmitted. 2. Review the signs and symptoms of a Strongyloides infection. 3. Discuss lab work and other assessment tools to diagnose this condition. 4. Identify body systems affected. 5. Review treatment options.

Affectionately known as “The Doctor’s Doctor” and “The Parasite Guy,” Dr. Todd Watts joined forces with Dr. Jay Davidson in 2017 with one mission: to restore hope and health to those suffering from chronic illness. With this vision, Microbe Formulas and CellCore Biosciences entered the natural health space to provide solutions, starting with detoxification and gut health.
Dr. Watts is a national board-certified chiropractic physician, foundational medicine practitioner, and licensed with the Pastoral Medical Association. He’s also the owner of Total Body Wellness Clinic in Meridian, ID. Dr. Watts' passion for helping others stems from his own journey in overcoming struggles with allergies, arthritis, Epstein-Barr virus, Lyme disease, parasites, and many other chronic health issues he developed — all before the age of 40.

Today, Dr. Watts has his health and energy back. He is happily married with four amazing children, and is a sought-after podcast, summit, and docuseries expert speaker on the topic of overcoming chronic illness. He believes in having a purposeful vision for your personal life, your career, and the company you work for. And overall, to never grow complacent and become 1% better every day.

Dr. Jenny Hrbacek
Lecture Title:

Health Self-Defense - Utilizing Advanced Cancer Testing, Targeted Nutrition, & Immune Therapies

There is a paradigm shift happening that is utilizing science-based cancer testing to increase outcomes and support the body with targeted nutrition. Discover powerful immune therapies that address root causes while building long-term immunity.

Author, registered nurse and speaker, Jenny Hrbacek (her-bah-check) set out on a life changing journey when she received an unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer in 2009. This event catapulted Jenny into a search for truth in healthcare. Her boldness will help you see through the multitude of often-confusing choices while providing sought after new options. She shares her passion to make wellness simple by employing approaches which provide the foundation for a strong body, mind, and spirit. She embraces the art of developing strategies that will deliver solutions and positive results. Learn about her campaign to change the way cancer is detected and help patients prevent a recurrence. Her expertise on the power of the body to heal has provided real hope and a path to restoration for thousands, not just those dealing with cancer.

Dr. Victor Carsrud
Lecture Title:

Immune Support Beyond Anti-Oxidants: Hard Learned Lessons

In this lecture, Dr. Carsrud will focus on the growing field of information linking immune activation with protein and nitrogen metabolism from an organ-systems based approach. The presentation will begin with an organ-systems oriented review of basic regulatory pathways and biochemical mechanisms and relate them to current public health related metabolic problems. This will be followed by a review of basic nutritional, herbal, and dietary approaches to rebalance cellular metabolism and organ function to immunologic homeostasis.

Dr. Carsrud is a nationally recognized lecturer on the subject of integrative and functional medicine.  He holds an MD, DC, MBBS, and PhD with a dissertation focusing on nutritional endocrinology.  He is board Certified in Chiropractic Family Practice and Management of Internal Disorders (DABCI), and Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN). 

He sits on ACA-CDID Board College for Pharmacology and Toxicology, acts as a medical consultant for the GXSciences/NuMedica collaboration, and as a Opinion Leader for NuMedica.  He serves as Assistant Editor for the International PubMed Lab, where his recent publications range from nutritional endocrinology and metabolism to psychiatry.  He has particular interest in anti-aging and hormone balancing, autoimmune issues, food and seasonal allergies, and chronic disease management.  For the last two years, he has focused on the growing issues of viral protein mediated endovasculitis and subsequent genetic and infective sequellae of Long Covid.

Dr. Todd Frisch
Lecture Title:

What's Wrong and What's Not Right

We are trained as physicians to ask, “what’s wrong?” with our patients. Although this is important, too often we are in front of a patient that we know something is wrong, the patient knows something is wrong and yet, all tests and evaluations are textbook, midline normal.
We must step back and ask, “what’s not right?” It is our belief that a patient must be 2/3rds “sick” before standard medical tests show “what’s wrong.” Oftentimes it’s too late to turn it back around as they have crossed over into more serious health conditions. I will teach and show techniques that help in understanding “what’s not right” before the patient ends up with a full-blown condition. I will share solid clinical and supportive techniques that can restore patients back to a healthier life.

Born in Milwaukee and reared in central Wisconsin, Dr. Todd Frisch was a practicing chiropractor specializing in functional medicine from January 1980  to October 2017 in St. Louis, MO. As a young doctor, his passion to help chronically sick patients heal was unquenchable. What started as a challenge slowly grew into an obsession to find the missing links. Challenge/Obstacle #1: Finding answers within his natural/holistic belief system to treat symptoms with fewer toxic cures while searching for the underlying cause. Challenge/Obstacle #2: As unique and different a thumbprint is to every human, so is specialized treatment to rebuilding health. In working with a jigsaw puzzle, one must place each distinctive piece in its proper place in order to create a whole picture. He believes every physician must gather all the “diagnostic puzzle pieces” that make up the “unique health picture” of their patient to assist them in restoring vibrant health.

     His latest passion is sharing his time-tested clinical pearls with colleagues and their patients to restore this nation’s crumbling health. He is currently a member and teacher for the Missouri State Chiropractic Assoc. (MSCA), was voted Educator of the Year 2013,  a member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Past President of the ACA Council of Chiropractic Acupuncture (ACA CCA). He is past president of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture (ABCA) presiding over the development of the national chiropractic acupuncture Diplomate.

Dr. Devaki Lindsey Berkson
Lecture Title:

What Paneth Cells, Vitamin A, Zinc, P53 Protein & Healthy Hormone Signals Have To Do with Gut Immunity

Paneth cells, sentinel goblet cells and gut wall “flexibility” are forgotten critical aspects of gut immunity. They help regulate enterocyte functioning. Tamp down inflammation. Fight off pathogens.

Paneth cells are highly specialized secretory epithelial cells located in the small intestinal crypts of Lieberkühn. The dense granules produced by Paneth cells contain an abundance of antimicrobial peptides and immunomodulating proteins that function to regulate the composition of the intestinal flora.

Paneth cells have intimate interactions with zinc, Vitamin A, estrogen receptors, and stomach acid status. Sentinel goblet cells help to expel bacteria by stimulating a wave of mucus secretion from neighboring crypt cells, and them kamikaze, kill themselves. They lean on Vitamin A and zinc. Testosterone helps with mucus production. A critical balance between pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines effect gut wall health and “flexibility”. This leans on estrogen and progesterone status and local nutrient status, especially vitamin A and zinc.

Estrogen receptors enhance crypt expansion and regrowth. These modulate TGFB1 and IL-10 levels, which have close roles regarding gut wall health and immune modulation. Estrogen, progesterone and specific amino acids have much to do with maintaining “gut wall flexibility”.

Dr. Berkson has been teaching continued medical educations courses for functional MDs, pharmacists, chiropractors, NDs and nutritionists for longer than she cares to admit. Dr. Berkson’s emphasis has always been on hormones, nutrition, gastroenterology and the environment. Dr. Berkson wrote one of the first breakthrough books on endocrine disruption (Hormone Deception, McGraw-Hill) and the first body, mind nutrition gut book (Healthy Digestion the Natural Way, Wiley 2002). Berkson was a hormone scholar at a world-renowned estrogen think tank at Tulane University (The Center for Bioenvironmental Research). She formulated Metagenics first female line (FEM LINE) and Biotic’s soon-to- launch first female line. She host’s the Best Health Radio Show, the Berkson Blog, and Smart + Heart Membership all available at

Dr. Cindy Howard
Lecture Title:

Nutritional Support In the Immunocompromised: Comanagement and Care While Experiencing Hodgkins Lymphoma

There are many nutritional strategies that can be implemented in the cold management of patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Utilizing proper protocols and offset common symptoms as well as improve outcomes.

Dr. Cindy M. Howard is a Board Certified Chiropractic Internist and Nutritionist in private practice in Chicago, Illinois and holds a license in the state of Florida.  She speaks Nationally, presenting on topics including Pre and Post Concussion Nutrition, Neuroadrenal dysfunction and Infection in sport, Male and Female pelvic disorders, Pediatrics, Immunology, GI disorders, Endocrinology, Nutritional Blood analysis interpretation and Genetics.

For the last 7 years she has served as the Illinois delegate for the American Chiropractic society and as the alternate for 6 years prior to that. Serving the ACA she has served on the membership, professional development, guidelines, bylaws and grievance committees.  She was the recipient of the Flynn/Lynch award in 2015 for outstanding service.

She is a past president of the ACA council on diagnosis and internal disorders and currently serves as the President of the College of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She also serves on the medical advisory board for the Functional Medicine University, serves as a board member for Before the Hit and is an associate editor of The Original Internist.

Dr. Kelly Halderman
Lecture Title:

Rebalancing the Immune System in the Immunocompromised Patient

Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) is a progressive, multi-system, multi-symptom illness characterized by exposure to biotoxins. The ongoing inflammation is due to an aberrancy in the immune system and has been implicated in those suffering from what is known as “Long Haul COVID”. CIRS can affect virtually any organ system of the body and if left untreated becomes debilitating. The symptoms of CIRS are often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, ADHD, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and others. One in four Americans (adults and children) have a genetic susceptibility towards CIRS. Rebalancing the immune system in these “immunocompromised” patients is the key to recovery.  This presentation will cover those strategies as well as appropriate testing for correct diagnosis.

Dr. Halderman graduated from medical school in 2007 and completed a Family Practice Medicine internship with the University of Minnesota. She has a Naturopathic Medical Degree from Kingdom College of Natural Health where she is the current Academic Dean of Students. She holds certification in MethylGenetic Nutrition by the Nutrigenetic Research Institute and certification from The American Functional Neurology Institute in Functional Neurology and Neurofeedback. She is an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, President and founder of The American Association of Nutraceutical Formulators, as well as a member of The American Medical Association and Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Halderman is also board certified in Clinical Nutrition by the CNCB, has certification in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

She works alongside her husband, who is also a doctor at Halderman Wellness LLC in the Twin Cities. Her practice interests include nutrition, proper detoxification, Chronic Lyme, of which she has personally experienced and beat as well as regenerative therapies.

Dr. Nik Hedberg
Lecture Title:

Long COVID Support Strategies

Long COVID is affecting millions of people worldwide, and conventional medicine has yet to establish proper treatment guidelines for this illness. In this lecture, Dr. Hedberg will cover the updated pathophysiology of Long COVID and how other conditions may overlap with illness including ME/CFS, MCAS and Lyme Neuroborelliosis.  Dr. Hedberg will cover proper testing, limbic system retraining, vagus nerve stimulation, nutritional approaches, supplementation and herbal medicines to help patients recover from this debilitating illness.

Dr. Nikolas R. Hedberg is a Chiropractic Physician, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, Board Certified in Nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, and an Herbal Medicine Fellow. Dr. Hedberg is the founder of the Immune Restoration Center in Asheville, NC where he consults patients worldwide. He is the founder of the Hedberg Institute, an online functional medicine education platform for practitioners of all types who want to build a highly effective and successful functional medicine practice.

Dr. Hedberg has been a speaker for many years in the functional medicine arena presenting on autoimmune disease and the connection between infections and chronic illness. Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book, “The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide,” a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid disorders from a functional medicine perspective and how to manage autoimmune thyroid disease.

Karen Thomas
Lecture Title:

The Immune Compromised Medical Dental Connection

Even though the mouth is the gateway to the entire body, dental health is usually overlooked in medicine. While a diseased oral cavity may not be a major issue for those with an intact, healthy immune system, those who are immunocompromised are not in the same situation.

Oral pathogens initiate inflammation and subsequently oral disease. Most oral diseases are largely preventable and can be treated in their early stages. However, left untreated they can contribute to the progression of diseases beyond the mouth.

Research has shown a bidirectional movement of bacteria. This movement has linked the oral bacteria to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. These systemic and other diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight off infection and inflammation. As a result, the importance of maintaining oral health in the already immunocompromised patient is of utmost importance.

Dr. Karen Thomas DHA, RDH, LN, CNS, is the CEO and Founder of Holistic Digestive Solutions. She sits on the National Network of Healthcare Hygienists Board and the Dental Academy of Continuing Education. A former board member of the North Carolina Board ofDietetics/Nutrition. She is a Certified Biological Dental Hygienist, a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, a Certified Oral Systemic Educator, a Certified Integrative Nutrition® Health Coach, a motivational speaker, educator, and award-winning author of Overwhelmed & Undernourished: Use Food as Medicine and Turn Your Life Around, and the 2020 Recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction. She also holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. Dr. Thomas is sponsored by John Patrick University.

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