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Applying Genetics with Epigenetics in Clinical Practice

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Dr. Lynch, conference host and presenter 

Benjamin Lynch, ND received his Cell and Molecular Biology, BS from the University of Washington and his ND from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR and methylation defects. You may learn more about Dr Lynch and his work at Dr Lynch is also the President & CEO of, a company oriented towards disease prevention and health promotion.

Alessandro Ferretti, presenter>

Alessandro practices as a part of a multi disciplinary medical team at the Centre For Health And Human Performance (Harley Street, London UK) and from Tudor Medical Group (Tudor Medical Centre, Stratford Upon Avon UK). He is a regular lecturer at UK naturopathic colleges and speaks internationally on the subject of Health and Human Performance. In recent years his research in health and performance has focus on ketogenic application in health, Nutrigenomics, HRV and environmental influences on performance. Alessandro maintains a very active sport practice in Judo, Karate and Cycling.

Eric Balcavage, presenter  

Dr. Eric Balcavage is a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner with nearly 20 years in private practice. Ten years ago he made the transition from chiropractor to functional medicine practitioner, integrating functional medicine and functional neurology into his practice. With this transition, he was able to help patients who presented more complex chronic illnesses. As the scope of his practice and the complexity of patient cases grew, he sought a deeper knowledge base to better resolve the myriad and layered health issues facing his patients.

Bernarda Zenker, presenter  

Bernarda Zenker, M.D. is a Board Certified Family Physician through the American Board of Family Medicine. She received her Medical Degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans and completed her Family Medical Residency in Oklahoma City. Dr. Zenker completed her Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from The University of Arizona, and is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine by the American Association of Physician Specialties.

Jess Armine, presenter  

Dr. Armine’s passion is to discover and eradicate the root cause and subsequent effects of chronic illnesses in adults and children as well as to educate and empower patients and practitioners alike. Dr. Armine is one of the few specialists in the United States specializing in correlating the Genetic SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) with Neuro-Endo-Immunology, Acquired Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cell Wall Integrity to identify hidden imbalances and he develops INDIVIDUALIZED treatment plans specific to the history and physiology of the individual patient. Dr. Armine constantly researches about the latest findings in genetics and functional medicine.

Stephen Genuis, presenter 

Dr. Stephen J. Genuis is Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry with research interests in environmental health sciences who works on clinical nutrition and elimination of persistent pollutants from the human body. He received the Commemorative Medal from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to this country. 

Betty Murray, presenter  

Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP is a Certified Nutritionist and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder of Living Well Dallas, an Integrative Functional Medicine Center, the first integrative cash-pay functional medicine facility in Dallas. She is also the CEO of Perfect Practice, a company dedicated to helping physicians and health care providers transition from the conventional medicine model to create a profitable and sustainable practice. She also is Executive Director of the Functional Medicine Association of North Texas, a 501c6 organization providing physicians and allied health professionals clinical in the functional medicine paradigm. She is on the advisory board of Southern Methodist University’s School of Exercise Physiology and Sports Management as well as a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Deepak Singh, presenter  

Deepak Singh is founder and CEO of Back to Basics Business Consulting Services Inc. which specializes in helping businesses succeed through strategic planning, financial advising, re-structuring, and organizing. His background includes 15 years spent on Wall Street in various finance roles, including Chief Credit Officer at Alex. Brown, where he was responsible for managing a $2 billion debt portfolio. In addition, he has helped create four successful start-ups in the education, travel, nutraceutical and consulting industries. He also serves as CFO for True Health Medical Center and President of Pure Compounding Pharmacy. Deepak received his BS degree in Bio-engineering from the University of Illinois-Urban and his MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  


Thursday, April 27th

8:00 Keynote - Principles of Strategic Medicine. - Ben Lynch, ND

  • Complex patients are the norm. Targeting each symptom individually is expensive, ineffective and frustrating for both health professional and patients. Instead of treating symptoms singularly, we need to first understand why they are present, how they are related and look for the initial triggering events. With this practice, we’ll transform even the most complex patient - effectively, efficiently and enjoyably.

9:00 Lifestyle Influences on Patient Physiology - Alessandro Ferretti, Dip ION

  • Environment and lifestyle have obvious effects on our patients' physiology. The issue is what you don’t measure, you don’t see. Using simple tracking methods, not labs, you will see the connections between circadian rhythms, sleep, blood glucose, cortisol and HRV. We all know that sleep is important and stress is bad. Telling that to your patient doesn’t work. Showing them evidence does. As a result, compliance increases. Basics must be addressed prior to digging deeper. A case study approach.

10:00 Break

10:30 SIBO: A Missing Mechanism of Causation — Case Study Eric Balcavage, DC

  • An unrelenting condition because the underlying mechanisms are not addressed. Proven clinically, learn how to effectively treat SIBO efficiently, easily and without all the restrictive long term diets and antibiotics.

11:30 Fatty Liver: Genetics and Epigenetic Factors in Causation and How to Reverse - Ben Lynch, ND

  • The fastest growing condition today is fatty liver. The complexity of fatty liver lies in the vast number of mechanisms which contribute to it. When understanding the mechanisms and pathways which contribute to fatty liver, it becomes not only efficient to treat but also enjoyable.

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Workshop 1 - Basic case studies

  • Begin implementing epigenetics and genetic polymorphisms using an actual case study. Work in groups of 10 as Dr Lynch walks you through how to work efficiently and effectively with tough patients. This first case will be using introductory techniques to gain confidence.

3:30 Break

4:00 Workshop 2 - Basic case studies

  • A continuation of Workshop 1. This second session will be a bit more difficult.

5:30 Q & A - Expert Panel

6:00 Dismiss

Friday, April 28th

8:00 Mental Stress: Thinking Multidimensionally - Ben Lynch, ND

  • We know stress is bad. You tell your patients to reduce it. Compliance is poor. Why? Your patients do not truly understand what stress is doing to them as it is an internal problem. They don’t see it. Show them. By understanding how stress influences many key pathways, it will become readily apparent to you, and your patient, why addressing it first is step one.

9:00 Key to Unlocking Your Patient - Inhibitors - Bernarda Zenker, MD

  • Adding supplementation or medications when inhibitors are present is like putting a bucket of water on a flaming building. Awareness of inhibitors repeatedly has one come back to assessing the "total picture of health," paying special attention to factors that can inhibit enzyme function. It is often by removing inhibitors that we see the greatest impact. 

10:00 Break

10:30 Mental Health: New Findings in Biopterin PathwayBen Lynch, ND

  • Understanding how neurotransmitters are synthesized and metabolized is effective. Take it to the next level by understanding genetic and epigenetic controls in neurotransmitter transport and receptor binding. It’s one thing to have a neurotransmitter in circulation; it’s completely different having it able to function.

11:30 Clinician Heal Thyself - Jess Armine, DC

  • As health professionals, we must first put the oxygen mask on ourselves prior to our patient. We all face obstacles. We’re human and life is trying especially as a health professional working hard to improve our patients. Take away key insights and actionable ways you can proactively change your health so you can effectively improve the health of your patients.

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Workshop 3 - Intermediate case studies 

  • Implement epigenetics and genetic polymorphisms using an actual case study. Work in groups of 10 as Dr Lynch walks you through how to work efficiently and effectively with tough patients. This case study will require more critical thinking and push you to determine what steps you should take first.

3:30 Break

4:00 Workshop 4 - Intermediate case studies 

  • Similar to Workshop 3 but with a different case study.

5:30 Q & A - Expert Panel

6:00 Dismiss

Saturday, April 29th

8:00 Lab Testing and Epigenetic Controls- Micronutrient Testing - Bernarda Zenker, MD

  • One needs to take great care before assuming that changes in plasma levels of metabolites will be simple reflections of changes in liver levels of the same metabolites." - A Population Model of Folate-Mediated One-Carbon Metabolism. Learn what intracellular nutrient testing offers and how to interpret it. A case study approach.

9:00 Lab Testing I - Heavy Metals - Stephen Genuis, MD

  • Identifying exposure to heavy metals is a must for all patients given their ubiquitous availability in our environment. Learn how to identify heavy metals properly and use the testing to monitor treatment. A case study approach.

10:00 Break

10:30 Lab Testing 2 - Organic Acids & Amino Acids Eric Balcavage, DC 

  • Understanding how neurotransmitters are synthesized and metabolized is effective. Take it to the next level by understanding genetic and epigenetic controls in neurotransmitter transport and receptor binding. It’s one thing to have a neurotransmitter in circulation; it’s completely different having it able to function.

11:30 Lab Testing 3 - Vitamin D and VDR - Ben Lynch, ND

  • Vitamin D deficiency is rampant across the globe. Is it because people are indoors all the time or is it something else? Patients are inflamed, chemically burdened and infected with a variety of pathogens. Learn how to use vitamin D testing to discover hidden pathogens and how to address vitamin D levels properly. Case examples provided.

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Workshop 5 - Advanced case studies  

  • Working across multiple pathways, deciding which labs you’re going to run, which key questions you’re going to ask, findings come back and then determine what they mean as a whole vs in isolation. A tough case which will challenge your critical thinking skills in a team environment.

3:30 Break

4:00 Workshop 6 - Advanced case studies  

  • Additional case to work through. Same level of difficulty. Be prepared to be challenged here!

5:30 Q & A - Expert Panel

6:00 Dismiss

Sunday, April 30th

8:00 The Road To A Cash Only Practice - Betty Murray, CN, IFMCP

  • Get a step-by-step understanding of how to transition from an insurance-based model to a cash only model. Through various examples, you'll learn how to systematically evaluate and peel off insurance contracts so you can protect your bottom line.

9:00 The Financially Healthy Practice - Deepak Singh

  • A great doctor does not equate to a great living. Start here learning how to identify financial problem areas and then how to resolve them. How many employees should you have? What should your gross margin be? What metrics should you establish? Learn these and more from an actual practice case study which went from little profit and a ton of work to solid profit and much less work. Easily applied and extremely rewarding!

10:00 Break

10:30 Turning Pro Ben Lynch, ND

  • Learn how to take yourself seriously as a health professional. Dr. Lynch shares business wisdom gleaned from his own personal journey so you can avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.Learn how to take yourself seriously as a health professional. Dr. Lynch shares business wisdom gleaned from his own personal journey so you can avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.

11:30 Q&A - Expert Panel

12:30 Dismiss


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