Home and Work Environment 1:

Environmental Causes of Illness

Week 5-1 Presentations

Health Hazards in the Built Environment: Part 1 Case Studies: Health Hazards in the Built Environment: Part 2

Nicole Bijlsma

Personal Care & Personal Environment - What Can You Do?
Natalie Isaccs 

Stressors in Our Homes
Janella Purcell

Week 5-2 Presentations

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS): An Interview with
Dr Ruth Edwards

Dig, Discover, and Remove: Look at the Big Picture
Dr Janet Kim

Week 5-3 Presentations

Toxic Metals and Illness: Syndrome Case Studies with a Closer Look at ADHD, Learning Disability, Alzheimer's Dementia, and Diabetes
Dr Damian Wojcik

UN Convention on the Minimata Agreement: 10 Reasons to Stop Using Mercury
Dr Lisa Matriste

Oral Health & Immune Function – is there a problem going on right under your nose?
Dr David Cowhig

PANEL Discussion: End of Week 6

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Dr Karen Kiang
Why the Environment Matters for Health Professionals
What does the future hold in the era of climate change? The life of every person today will be affected by climate change. Health impacts include the injuries and mental health sequelae of extreme weather events; increasing cardiovascular disease and asthma from rising heat and polluted air and water; more food insecurity and vector-borne illness; and  worsening mass migration and national security issues. However, there are solutions to mitigate the worst of these effects, and health professionals play an important role in ensuring that these solutions are carried out.
Dr Ruth Edwards
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS): An Interview
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) is component of the pathophysiology of many chronic complex illnesses. Understanding MCAS and how to treat it can vastly improve symptoms and recovery time in our complex and sensitive patients. This presentation will cover what is MCAS,  its symptoms, what are the causes and triggers, how it is diagnosed and treated, plus tips and pitfalls.
Dr Janet Kim
Dig, Discover, and Remove: Look at the Big Picture
We all see cases of 'fibromalgia', CFS, old 'adrenal fatigue' (now HPA Axis Dysregulation) at work. These patients present with long term fatigue, pain, gut issues, food intolerances, varying degrees of allergies, autoimmune issues or other chronic illnesses. These patients are often traumatised from being ill for so long and often say 'you are my last hope'.

The job at hand for us is to dig deep and identify the underlying issues rather than offer solutions to their symptoms. Don't just tell them they have adrenal fatigue, pyrrole , MTHFR or SIBO, these are just a small part of the bigger picture.

Our job is to get to the bottom of the issues whether it happened when they were born, before born or happened when they were having a luxury cruise.

Mould for example does not discriminate between young and old or rich and poor.
Our job as a practitioner in integrative medicine is to dig deep and resolve the underlying problems.
Ask, ask, ask.

I will be presenting some cases that will demonstrate that the underlying issues can be from left of field and reminding us to hold our patients hands until they don't need us anymore.

Key Messages
  • The answer is in the history
  • Mould is more common than you think. Always ask about rising damp/mould exposure whichever part of their lives it may have been
  • Mould treatment is basically a detox treatment
Dr Damian Wojcik
Toxic Metals and Illness: Syndrome Case Studies with a Closer Look at ADHD, Learning Disability, Alzheimer's Dementia, and Diabetes
It is impossible to understand the evolution of our modern disease epidemics, let alone effectively treat their root causes, without knowledge of the toxic metals, and their role in both personal and ecological pollution. Dietary and nutritional support alone will not cure these patients with chronic metal toxicity. We need a profound paradigm shift in modern medicine.

This lecture will give an overview of the importance of chronic metal toxicity as an underlying and treatable cause for much illness seen in general practice. The two most commonly seen toxic metals are lead and mercury. There is much research showing lead is a contributing factor for ADHD and learning disabilities in children; likewise there is a striking concordance in the pathogenesis of mercury neurotoxicity and Alzheimer's dementia. Copper is an essential nutrient metal but in diabetics a rise in extracellular divalent (oxidised) copper(II) is the proven genomic and proteonomic trigger for accelerated pathology.