About the UF Health Integrative Medicine 4th Annual Conference on May 6, 2017: 7:00am – 4:30pm

The 4th Annual Integrative Medicine Conference will take place this year on May 6, 2017, at the Harrell Medical Education Building in Gainesville, FL. As part of our program’s commitment to promote health and wellbeing, we are focusing our fourth annual conference on botanicals and supplements. It provides an excellent opportunity for the healthcare practitioner and general public to understand key herb-drug supplement interactions and learn about safe and effective natural products for specific medical conditions in both adult and pediatric populations.

The conference will equip physicians and other healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources needed to implement the use of natural products in combination with prescription drugs for patients with specific disease conditions. A broader understanding of botanical medicine and dietary supplements will create opportunities for meaningful conversations with patients and their families and other healthcare professionals.

Our intended audience is primary care and specialty care physicians and integrative practitioners, scientists, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians and other allied health professionals. We are also inviting non-healthcare professionals and administrators in our health center who are interested in this topic and would like to include it in their program initiatives.

The program will be presented by national and local experts in botanical medicine, dietary supplements and integrative medicine. Our keynote speaker is Ather Ali, ND, MPH, MHS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Medicine (General Medicine) at the Yale School of Medicine, Director of the Yale Adult and Pediatric Integrative Medicine Clinic, and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.

Please view our Agenda page to view the all of the topics that will be presented and speakers who are participating in this event.

What is integrative medicine?

This is healthcare that combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). It is a healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine).

Integrative Medicine is the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.  (Consortium of Academic Health Centers in Integrative Medicine, 2012)

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About the Pre-Conference Workshop on May 5, 2017: 8:15am – 3:00pm

Herbal and Lifestyle Approaches for Chronic Conditions: Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Arthritis 
Herbal Medicine Workshop
Presented by:
Susan Marynowski, MS
Editor, Journal of the American Herbalists Guild

Explore four major chronic health conditions while talking about herbal and lifestyle approaches through interactive hands-on activities and tastings. Conditions include heart disease and arthritis. In this pre-conference workshop, we will answer questions such as:

  • Which five herb-foods can be used effectively while receiving cancer treatment?
  • Can herbs affect the course of Dementia?
  • Which herb food is supportive in almost all cases of cardiovascular disease?
  • How can we use common spices and lifestyle adjustments to stem inflammation?
  • What are the major herb-drug interactions to watch out for?

This workshop is appropriate for conference attendees, medical practitioners, educators and the general public.