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February 24, 2023
Since 2020, it is estimated that over 600 million people globally have been infected with SARS-CoV-2.1 With the increasing number of infections, there are emerging trends of some individuals who do not improve, showing symptoms even after the acute infection has resolved. These cases have been termed “long haulers”, with the multi-system lingering symptoms now known as long-covid. Currently, 1 in 20 Australians experience symptoms three months post-infection2, and this figure is expected to increase. With research continuously developing, we now have a significantly different understanding of the virus since the start of the pandemic. In this seminar, the latest developments and understanding of SARS CoV-2 will be discussed, with emerging evidence on Post–COVID-19 conditions (PCC), also known as long covid. We will explore how our knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 has changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Variants of concern will be discussed, along with the emerging evidence surrounding reinfections. Topics covered will include: * The key role of innate immunity in health, and the defence mechanisms within the body when posed with a viral threat. * The mechanisms behind key symptomatology and risk factors of PCC or long COVID. * Herbs, nutrients, dietary, and lifestyle interventions to support immune health and wellbeing. - Adelaide - Friday February 24th 2023 - Perth - Sunday February 26th 2023 - Melbourne - Sunday March 5th 2023 - Sydney - Sunday 12th March 2023 - Gold Coast - Friday 17th March 2023 - Brisbane - Sunday 19th March 2023 - Live Stream - Sunday 19th March 2023* 1. WHO Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard. 2022. Available from: https://covid19.who.int/ 2. UNSW Sydney. One in 20 COVID-19 cases report long-term symptoms. 2021. Available from: https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/one-20-covid-19-cases-report-long-term-symptoms *Please note Live Stream is AEST (Brisbane) time. Check local and daylight savings times.
August 26, 2023
Oncology: Supportive Integrative Therapies. Cancer has been referred to as the emperor of all maladies. This is a fitting phrase when we consider the nature of the disease, the prolonged treatments, and the fear of the future, all of which have a dramatic psychological impact on the patient and their loved ones. For the naturopathic practitioner, these factors can often make supporting the cancer patient potentially daunting and challenging. Overwhelmingly the cancer burden has been linked to environmental and lifestyle factors. As naturopathic practitioners, we are uniquely positioned to provide education around these modifiable factors and support patients undergoing conventional treatment. Most importantly, we can be a source of holistic, evidence-based information at a time when patients feel confused and overwhelmed. Join us on 26 and 27 August in Brisbane or via live stream where an esteemed panel of holistic practitioners, researchers and experts in the field of supportive oncology care will discuss: • The many stages and hallmarks of cancer • Holistic and systematic approaches to support patients through their cancer journey • Lifestyle drivers and potential modifications for improved therapeutic outcomes • Trauma informed practice and care Early-bird prices finish on 30 June 2023.
Humans like all other living organisms are subject to daily cyclical changes and have over time developed an endogenous circadian clock that controls all relevant aspects of our physiology. Circadian rhythms coordinate all biological processes and control systemic homeostasis by synchronizing cellular biochemical reactions and tissue function. A master clock within the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) orchestrates the diurnal oscillation of multiple peripheral tissue clocks. While the SCN is entrained by light, the peripheral clocks are entrained mainly by food and hormones such as cortisol. A growing body of evidence shows that the microbiome has circadian rhythmicity governed by the host and in turn, microbes contribute to the maintenance of the host circadian clock function. Stressors such as altered sleep and eating patterns may disturb the host circadian system and also influence the gut microbiome leading to changes in gut microbiota composition that accompany several sleep disorders and pathologies with comorbid sleep disturbances. As such diet, sleep and stress are major factors that we can modulate to harness these biological rhythms. In this seminar, our presenters will review the current evidence associating gut microbiota with factors that impact the host circadian-metabolic axis, such as light/dark cycles, sleep/wake cycles, and stress response. They will provide you with clinically relevant herbal and nutritional solutions to modulate the microbiome, enhance sleep, and promote resilience in order to entrain circadian clocks.