WEEK 1:

Viral/Bacterial Disruptions
& Global Health

Schedule
Week 1-1 Presentations

Welcome
Dr Ron Ehrlich & Prof Kylie O'Brien

The Commission for the Human Future 

Prof John Hewson

The Big Picture of Environmental
Medicine
Dr David O Carpenter (US)

Cleansing A Poisoned Planet
Julian Cribb (Aus)





Week 1-2 Presentations

Frontline in USA
Dr Richard Horowitz

Frontline in China
Dr Richard Cheng

Global Whip Around
Panel:
Dr Andrew Saul (US)
Dr Atsuo Yanagisawa (President ISOM) (Japan)

Protected Group Immunity to Stop Covid-19 Pandemic
Dr Richard Cheng

The Role of Vitamin C in Pneumonia, Sepsis, and Immune Function – from Bench to Bedside
Prof Anitra Carr
Week 1-3 Presentations

Case Study:
Septic Shock and IV Vitamin C
Dr Robyn Cosford

The Role of Vitamin D in Preventing and Treating Disease
Professor Avni Sali

Telemedicine: The Future of
Healthcare – Challenges and
Opportunities
Robbie Clark

Now is the Time to Adopt Telemedicine
James Maskell




Panel Discussion

PANEL:
Pandemics and Our Responses - Reducing the Risk?

Moderator:  Dr Ron Ehrlich


Panel:
Prof David O Carpenter (US)
Prof Ian Brighthope
Prof Anitra Carr
Prof Avni Sali










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Dr David O. Carpenter
The Big Picture of Environmental Medicine
Prof Carpenter's latest research focuses on the environmental causes of human disease, both those directly caused by chemical exposure and those mediated via endocrine disruption. He has directed large, interdisciplinary research studies on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and chlorinated pesticides at several sites, including in Native American and Alaskan Native communities.

These studies have shown that exposure to these chemicals increases risk of several chronic human diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and the metabolic syndrome. He has contributed to the study of health effects of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and worked on a number of international projects looking at health effects of air and water pollution.
Julian Cribb
Cleansing A Poisoned Planet
Humanity is facing the greatest existential emergency in its entire history. This consists of ten self-made, catastrophic threats which are coming together to imperil our future. This talk describes how these threats can be solved but they must be solved together.
Key Messages
  • Humanity unleashes <200 billion tonnes of chemically reactive substances on ourselves and the Planet every year
  • This affects every person on Earth, from womb to grave, and beyond both. The health impact is universal, affecting our brains, childhood development, reproduction, genes and survival.
  • The talk describes a 10-point plan to Clean Up the Earth
Associate Professor
Anitra Carr, PhD
The Role of Vitamin C in Pneumonia, Sepsis, and Immune Function - from Bench to Bedside
Severe respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, can result from both bacterial and viral pathogens, including the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus (SARS-CoV-2). Pneumonia is one of the most common complications and causes of death of the vitamin C-deficiency disease scurvy. Respiratory infections can also severely deplete vitamin C levels in plasma and white blood cells. Both of these observations suggest a close link between vitamin C and respiratory infections.

Vitamin C is known to support various immune functions and meta-analysis has indicated that prophylactic vitamin C can decrease the incidence of the common cold by >50% in people undergoing acute physical stress. It can also decrease the duration and severity of the common cold in the general population. Meta-analysis has indicated that vitamin C can also decrease the risk of acquiring pneumonia. Furthermore, supplementation with vitamin C can improve patient outcomes, e.g. decreasing respiratory severity scores, hospital length of stay and potentially also mortality.

Severe pneumonia can progress to sepsis and critically ill septic patients have very low vitamin C status and require intravenous administration of gram doses of vitamin C to compensate for the enhanced utilization of the vitamin during this condition. Preliminary clinical studies indicate administration of intravenous vitamin C to septic patients may improve clinical outcomes. Thus, overall, vitamin C appears to be able to aid in both the prevention and treatment of respiratory infections caused by viral and bacterial disruptors.
Key Messages
  • Vitamin C supports various immune functions, including epithelial barrier function and leukocyte antimicrobial and immune functions.
  • Respiratory infections are likely both a consequence and a cause of low vitamin C status.
  • Supplementation with vitamin C can decrease the risk of respiratory infections in specific subgroups and can improve outcomes for the common cold, pneumonia and sepsis.
Dr Richard Cheng
Frontline in China
There were 14 outbreaks that killed more than 1,000 people in the 200 years of the 19th and 20th centuries.  In less than 20 years in the 21st century, such outbreaks have occurred 11 times, and it seems to be more and more frequent.  Our vaccine-centered anti-epidemic approach needs to be re-evaluated.

Alternative medicine approach including VC is of great significance to this and future outbreaks. Studies show VC is able to prevent virus infection, shorten pneumonia, effective in sepsis treatment and shorten sepsis patients ICU stay. The China high-dose IVC experience is causing a worldwide interest on VC and Covid-19.

Dilemma of vaccines: The time from R &amp; D to clinical is too long to play a role in an epidemic like Covid-19 in time.  The vaccine has failed to work for SARS and MERS, and will not work for Covid-19 in the near future.
Key Messages
  • High-dose of Vitamin C is safe
  • High-dose VC has a direct virus killing effect
  • High-dose VC boosts immunity
Professor
Avni Sali
The Role of Vitamin D in Preventing and Treating Disease
Humans in are similar to outdoor plants, we cannot survive without sunshine. Sunshine provides us with Vitamin D. Science has shown that there are Vitamin D receptors in most regions of the body, indicating its importance.

In a country like Australia, approximately 90% of people live in big cities, the majority of whom have minimal sunlight, and hence Vitamin D deficiency. The deficiency is especially prevalent by the end of Winter, early Spring.

Vitamin D is synonymous with bone health but has many other very significant actions. It influences a number of systems including the immune system, musculo skeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory and other. Currently the importance of Vitamin D has been highlighted in relation to the COVID19 Pandemic – Vitamin D and C should be at frontline of prevention and treatment.
Key Messages
  • We cannot be healthy without adequate Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D has multiple functions in the body
  • Vitamin D in context of the current pandemic
 Dr John Hewson
The Commission for the Human Future
The Commission for the Human Future has been set up by concerned citizens  to:

1. Alert humanity to the nature and scale of the combination of ten catastrophic risks that face our civilization.
2. Help to devise integrated global solutions to these risks.
3. Identify fresh opportunities that arise from solving the threats.
4. Encourage global dialogue about the risks, their solution and opportunities.
5. Serve as a knowledge hub for the solution of global catastrophic risks.
 Dr Robyn Cosford
Septic Shock and IV Vitamin C
Sepsis is a largely ignored major public health issue and the final acute common pathway for many endstage disease processes.

A recent Lancet publication of the 'Global Disease Burden' has highlighted that in 2017, an estimated 48.9 million cases of sepsis were recorded worldwide, with 11 million sepsis-related deaths. It is a major global health problem, representing nearly20% of all global deaths.

Sepsis has a linear progression of severity. Initially described as Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, sepsis is where abnormal inflammatory responses are the result of underlying infection. Severe sepsis is where there is associated organ dysfunction, hypoperfusion abnormalities or sepsis- related hypotension. Septic shock is where this sepsis-related hypotension is refractory to adequate fluid resuscitation. Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) is where altered organ function in an acutiely ill patient is such that homeostasis cannot be maintained without intervention.

Management of sepsis has essentially remained unchanged for the past 2 decades, and no effective therapeutic interventions other than supportive, have been demonstrated to date.
 Robbie Clark
Telemedicine: The Future of Healthcare – Challenges and Opportunities
Robbie's presentation is focused on how to build a digital practice – practical tips and considerations. In these current unprecedented times, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of practitioners to think differently about the way they deliver healthcare. You will learn how digitising your business by incorporating telemedicine shares the same promise as traditional healthcare by improving patient experience, health outcomes and the cost of care. For the practitioner, this can create greater access, convenience and efficiency to help you grow your business.

Participants will understand how different digital health technologies are essential in modern healthcare, as they are guided through various stages digital transformation.
Participants will better understand the security and privacy considerations and requirements to ensure patient data is kept safe and what safeguards can be used to make sure your practice is secure. Participants will leave with a better understanding as well as practical tips on what measures they need to put in place to incorporate digital health technologies and telemedicine.
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