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Neurodegeneration is the greatest threat to our society. Advances in genetics have shown us that there are certain predispositions to potential nervous disease, but also how pivotal the environment is to the development of serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. In this cumulative and multifactorial clinical picture, nutritional and lifestyle interventions can be immensely powerful.
In this advanced seminar, we gather together some leading thinkers in this area, detailing environmental, genetic and system adaptions involved in neurodegeneration, in line with our exciting new ‘adaptive health’ model.
Lucille Leader will outline her advanced knowledge on clinical management of Parkinson’s disease, including how to manage patients on medication. Lucille is the Nutrition Director of the London Pain Relief and Nutritional Support Clinic at The Highgate Hospital in London, which includes a pioneering, specialised department for the multi-disciplinary management of Parkinson's Disease. Multiple Sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease are also special interests of the clinic. Lucille has lectured extensively and presented papers on biochemically-based nutritional therapy in Parkinson's Disease at international neurological congresses, has had articles published in peer reviewed journals and is the author and co-author with Dr Geoffrey Leader, of six books on Parkinson's Disease and also Medical Collaboration for Nutritional Therapists.(www.denorpress.com).
Rachel Nicoll examines the role of our toxic environment in development of neurodegenerative disease. Rachel came to nutritional and environmental medicine after suffering mercury poisoning which had chronic health consequences. She is an ION graduate, completed the MSc in Nutritional Medicine at Surrey University and obtained a PhD from Umea University, Sweden. At the same time she is attempting to bring the cause of environmental medicine more into public and academic consciousness and is a regular lecturer on ION short courses. Rachel was on the committee of the British Society for Ecological Medicine and organised their November 2017 seminar entitled ‘Reversing obesity and type 2 diabetes: Failing with diet, Succeeding with fasting’, as well as their March 2014 conference on Electromagnetic Radiation and Health. She is now employed in Umea University, Sweden, working on diabetes and cardiovascular disease studies, and in Helsinki University, Finland, investigating the biochemical causes and treatments for obesity.
Alessandro Ferretti investigates the role of genes and some key physiological systems that may underpin neuro-degeneration such as Alzheimer’s. Alessandro graduated from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 2001. He formed his own company Equilibria Health in 2004 and has researched and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on nutrition for many years. His specific research interests include environmental impact on physiology (the 'big five': food, physical activity, life-load, sleep and chrono biology).
Lunch and refreshments included. 5 CPD hours (BANT/NNA applied for).
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