General Schedule:  November 9-10, 2019 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (PST)

Instructor: Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, DACNB, DACBN, FACN

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA

Credit Available: 15 hours total  (12 hours for Live, Live Streaming, Online attendance plus 3 additional hours for at-home study with successful completion of 2 additional exams.)

Course Description

This course will provide an extensive literature review of autoimmunity. An evidence-based model incorporating diet, nutrition, and lifestyle medicine will be presented. Clinical applications of cross-reactivity, oral tolerance, microbiome diversity, and immune modulation will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives

  1. A basic review of immunology
  2. Review the fundamental concepts of autoimmunity
  3. Review the scientific literature for nutrients, dietary approaches, and lifestyle factors that impact autoimmune diseases
  4. Understand T-cell, B-cell, and antibody laboratory testing
  5. Learn clinical history and physical examination findings found with autoimmunity
  6. Learn a clinical approach to managing autoimmunity with a functional medicine model

Autoimmunity Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications

Live and Live Streaming Course Schedule
Online Replays available after the live presentation

Day 1 – November 9, 2019

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Review of basic autoimmunity

  • The role of cell-mediated and humoral immunity
  • The complement system
  • The role of antibodies
  • The role of the intestinal and blood-brain barriers

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Fundamental concepts of autoimmunity

  • Molecular mimicry/cross-reactivity
  • Immunological tolerance
  • Concepts of neuroinflammation

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: History, examination, and general laboratory findings with autoimmunity

  • Fundamental medical history findings associated with autoimmunity
  • Typical patterns reflective of autoimmunity with standard blood tests
  • Examination findings of demyelination throughout various regions of the central and peripheral nervous system

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:  Evidence-based diet, nutrition, and lifestyle approaches to autoimmunity

  • Dietary research on autoimmunity
  • Nutritional research on autoimmunity
  • Lifestyle research on autoimmunity

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Break

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Review of Day 1 

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Questions

Additional assignment: 1.5 hours at-home reading research paper plus additional online exam

Day 2 – November 10, 2019

9:00 am – 10:30 am:  How to implement concepts of cross-reactivity into clinical practice

  • Principals of cross-reactivity including amino acid sequence homology and topographical antibody binding homogeneity
  • Dietary proteins, antigens, and chemicals that cross-react with neurological target proteins

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: How to incorporate concepts of immune modulation into clinical practice

  • The role of the microbiome in immunity
  • The role of oral tolerance in autoimmunity
  • A functional medicine/systems biology approach to immune modulation

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Key principals in neurological autoimmunity management

  • Concepts of plasticity versus neurodegeneration
  • Essential principles for monitoring patients with autoimmunity
  • The role of occupational rehabilitation in autoimmunity

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:  Case Studies

  • Three case studies
  • Clinical principles learned from case studies

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Break

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Review of Day 1

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Questions

Additional assignment: 1.5 hours at-home reading research paper plus additional online exam