JOIN US June 10-11, 2017
For Our CNDA Merging Medicine 19…  


Treat the Microbiome

Treat the Microbiome... Treat the Whole Person

At The Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance, CA

10.5 CEs for all NDs | 10.5 CEs for CA acupunturists



  • Dr. Gary Weiner, ND, LAc The Role of an Elemental Diet in the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, and Other Conditions Related to a Disordered Microbiom
  • Kiran Krishnan, Research Microbiologist How the Microbiome Shapes the Systemic Immune System in Health and Disease
  • Dr. Mi Jung Lee, ND, LAc Subverted Enteroendocrine System in Obesity, Infection, and Inflammation
  • Dr. Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG) Natural Approach to Urology


  • Dr. Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO The Clinical Impact of Gut & Microbiome on Skin Disease
  • Dr. Laura Stuve, PhD, Biochemist Meet your inner ecosystem; Your key to rebalancing immune dysfunction
  • Dr. Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD THE ESTROBOLOME:  The Influence of the Microbiome Upon Estrogen Metabolism and Estrogenic Cancer

Scroll down to read the presentation overviews, presenter biographies and conference schedule.

Keeping up to date with current research about the microbiome is key to providing the best naturopathic care to our patients. This conference will emphasize clinical updates regarding the gut-brain connection and how it can influence various conditions common in naturopathic primary care settings. We have an all-star lineup of speakers ready to share their clinical expertise and who will provide you with the latest in naturopathic and integrative diagnostics, treatment and management. If you see a variety of different complaints in your office on a regular basis, then this conference is for you! If you want to practice high quality, cutting edge primary care medicine, you won’t want to miss this conference!


Live Attendance
$299 member and $349 non-member

Live Student Attendance:
$175 (10% discount for CNDA student members)

Webinar Attendance:
$379 member and $429 non-member

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~Energizing Breakfast and Lunch on Sat & Sun
~Delicious and Healthy Break Snacks
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~Best Hotel Rate Yet!: $149/night!


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~Visit all of our amazing exhibitors and you'll win a FREE pharmacy webinar
PLUS get an entry to win the GRAND PRIZE: FREE admission to MM20! 


Discounted self parking $7 overnight | $22 valet parking | The Torrance Redondo Beach Marriott | $149/night | 310-316-3636
Free CNDA breakfast and lunch for attendees and exhibitors on Saturday and Sunday.
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Arrive early, eat great food, and reconnect with your colleagues!

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$149/night until May 23, 2017
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Dr. Gary Weiner, ND, LAc

The Role of an Elemental Diet in the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, and Other Conditions Related to a Disordered Microbiome

The use of an elemental diet as a viable treatment strategy in inflammatory bowel disease has been discussed for many years.  More recently the elemental diet has come into focus as an alternative strategy to resolving small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). A greater variety of elemental diet products have become available to physicians and patients, while increasing education on cost-effective “home-made” elemental diets has  emerged providing an opportunity for the diet to be implemented more affordably.  The elemental deserves its place among other short term dietary interventions that can lead to statistically significant and rapid alternations in composition of the intestinal microbiota, explaining its utility not only in the treatment of IBD and SIBO, but use in other conditions that have less obvious relationship to the microbiota such as dyslipidemias, hypertension, allergic disease, and mental and emotional disorders. 

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to confidently:
  • Understand the proposed mechanism of action of the elemental diet in altering the microbiome disturbances that are the often the etiological center of both IBD and IBS.
  • Understand where the elemental diet fits into “induction” and “maintenance” strategies of treatment, appreciating both its strengths and limitations is altering the microbiome. 
  • Learn strategies to integrate use of an elemental diet into naturopathic practice. 
  • Learn how to modify an elemental diet, use a half-elemental diet, and other adjunctive dietary strategies that are simultaneously implemented along with the elemental diet. 
  • Learn about the risks, cautions, and contraindications of using an elemental diet, as well as monitoring procedures required to implement treatment safely and effectively. 

Gary Weiner, N.D., L.Ac. is co-founder and clinical director of Pearl Natural Health in downtown Portland Oregon. Dr. Weiner graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 1997, and holds degrees in both Naturopathic Medicine and Classical Chinese Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine, the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Medicine, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Northwest Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He is a clinical supervisor at NUNM, and supervises an NUNM certified residency in his clinic, supported by the National Education and Research Consortium (NERC). Dr. Weiner specializes in gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, with a particular focus on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), offering an IBD Complementary Care Program in his clinic. He has published two large articles on IBD for the Naturopathic Doctors News & Review (NDNR), and presented on the subject for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the California Naturopathic Doctors Association (CNDA), and most recently at the 2016 SIBO Symposium. 

Kiran Krishnan, Research Microbiologist

How the Microbiome Shapes the Systemic Immune System in Health and Disease

It is estimated that over 80% of our immune tissue is found in the gastrointestinal tract. This same space is occupied by over 100 trillion microorganisms, practically from the day we are born. Overwhelming scientific evidence illustrates the critical role these microbes play in both the function and dysfunction of the immune system. Microbiome initiated immunological dysregulation is a primary cause of many non-infectious diseases such as autoimmunity, allergies, asthma, and cancer. 

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to confidently:
  • Understand the control mechanisms between the microbiome and the innate and adaptive immune system.
  • Understand the key molecular pathways that mediate the host-microbiome interactions that regulate daily and homeostatic immune function.
  • Understand how microbiome dysbiosis can drive immune dysfunction and be the underlying cause of conditions like IBD, IBS, Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s, etc.
  • Understand how to support the microbiome and reduce the risk of immune dysfunction. 

Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 16 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Mr. Krishnan earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Microbiology at the University of Iowa; his undergraduate education was followed up with post graduate research and advanced course work in Molecular Biology and Virology. He left University research to establish a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted clinical trials in human nutrition. Most recently, Kiran is acting as the Chief Scientific Officer at Physician’s Exclusive, LLC. and Microbiome Labs. He is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences. He conducts the popular monthly Microbiome Series Webinars through the Rebel Health Tribe Group practitioner training program, he is a regular expert guest on National Radio and Satellite radio and has been a guest speaker on several Health Summits as a microbiome expert. He is currently involved in 4 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome. Kiran offers his extensive knowledge and practical application of the latest science on the human microbiome as it relates to health and wellness.

Dr. Mi Jung Lee, ND, LAc

Subverted Enteroendocrine System in Obesity, Infection, and Inflammation

The enteroendocrine system not only connects the gut with all of the other organs in the body, but this system also plays an important role in regulating the fundamentals of metabolism.  Hormones that are produced in the gut provide signals to the brain to integrate nutrients and determine neuronal phenotypes. This mechanism appears to be subverted in obesity, infection, and inflammation. Understanding the regulatory peptides involved in the enteroendocrine system not only provides a validation for traditional therapeutics to gastrointestinal conditions but can pave new ways to develop effective and safe naturopathic treatments.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to confidently:

  • Understand the communication pathways of the gut-brain axis via anatomy, endocrine, and immune systems.
  • Understand the connection between gut regulatory peptides and obesity, infections, and inflammation.
  • Understand the connection between the enteroendocrine dysfunction in obesity, infection, and inflammation.
  • Understand how traditional treatments use the gut-brain axis as a way to treat obesity, infections, and inflammation.
  • Understand that the gut-brain axis can be used as a basis for new treatment options.

Dr. Mi-Jung Lee, ND, LAc practices integrative medicine at Tahoma Clinic, researches and consults functional medical testing methods at Meridian Valley Laboratory.  In her practice, she incorporates traditional Asian herbal medicine and restorative acupuncture along with clinical nutrition and conventional medicine to optimize health.  As a physician consultant, she reviews, reports and recommends functional test results for practitioners.  Prior to joining Tahoma Clinic and Meridian Valley Laboratory in 2012, Dr. Lee practiced in Los Angeles, California with psychiatrist and internist, helping professionals suffering with mental disorders from depression and anxiety to ADHD with naturopathic medicine and acupuncture. In that period, Dr. Lee learned the importance of normalizing gastrointestinal health in order to effectively address mental health issue. She also has assisted patients with concerns related to menopause and andropause, and helped seniors enhance their health and vigor with Asian tonic medicines passed down to her from her herbalist mother and midwife grandmother in Korea.  With her extensive training and practice in hormone replacement past 5 years, Dr. Lee has been exploring her research to the area of enteroendocrine system in order to find the causes and treatments for chronic metabolic conditions.

Dr. Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG)

Natural Approach to Urology
The gut flora significantly impacts the urinary tract. Uropathogens, which are organisms specially evolved to be able to survive in the urinary tract, can colonize the gut and then continually seed the urinary tract, causing urinary tract infections. Gut flora can have an effect on kidney stone formation and kidney function as well due to the organism Oxalobacter formigenes and its effect on oxalates in the urine. Dr. Yarnell will discuss various treatment therapies to address gut flora imbalance, the role of the gut flora in adding to or reducing the toxic load the kidneys have to process in patients with chronic kidney disease, and the potential for probiotics and fecal transplant in CKD patients.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to confidently:
  • Appropriately counsel patients on preventing and treating recurrent UTIs based on the knowledge of the origin of uropathogens.
  • Appropriately assess the gut flora of patients with kidney stones and make appropriate therapeutic and preventative recommendations to them based on this information.
  • Appropriately treat the gut flora of patients with chronic kidney disease.

Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG) (Bastyr ’96) is professor of botanical medicine at Bastyr University. He has been in private practice focusing on herbs, men’s health, urology, nephrology, and gastroenterology for 20 years. He is former chair of botanical medicine at SCNM and former editor of the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. He is author of Natural Approach to Gastroenterology 2nd ed, Natural Approach to Men’s Health and Urology 2nd ed, and Clinical Botanical Medicine among many other texts and articles. 

Dr. Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO

The Clinical Impact of Gut & Microbiome on Skin Disease

Helicobacter pylori, SIBO, IBD and other GI disorders can have direct correlations in patients with acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, urticaria, and systemic sclerosis.  Learn treatment protocols that will include both naturopathic and pharmacologic options.  Examine the mechanisms of how the gut and skin microbiomes may increase or decrease the risk of certain cancers, and how the gut microbiome may directly impact the risk of cancer in the skin and other organs by promoting systemic inflammation. The skin microbiome itself is as diverse as the gut microbiome, but research has just begun to unravel its influence on the host. Like the gut microbiome, the skin microbiome affects the risk for several diseases, including cancer. By using health promoting strains from the microbiome in oral or topical probiotics, it may be possible to reduce the risk of skin cancer and perhaps increase the likelihood of successful treatment.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to confidently:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the existing evidence basis regarding the gastrointestinal microbiome and skin diseases.
  • Understand the current knowledge about how dysregulation of the innate immune system as a result of gastrointestinal inflammation can lead to an increase in systemic cytokines and microbial antigens/antibodies in the skin, contributing to skin disease in genetically susceptible persons.  
  • Understand the microbiota-mediated development of adaptive immunity, how probiotics are able to not only influence the composition of gut microbiota but may exert immunomodulatory effects in skin disorders.
  • Integrate the treatment of GI dysfunction with other evidence-based approaches to treatment of skin diseases.
Dr. Traub completed pre-med studies at the University of California at Irvine.  He graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1981 and completed a residency there in Family Practice and Homeopathy. Dr. Traub was recognized for his many years of service in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, including President from 2001-2003, when he was honored with the 2006 Physician of the Year Award. His father was a dermatologist, and this inspired Dr. Traub to undertake extra study in this subject and become the leading expert in dermatology in the naturopathic profession.  He has taught dermatology at five of the seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America and is the author of “Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics.”  He has been medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for the past 32 years.  Dr. Traub is a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.  He has been actively engaged in clinical research throughout most of his career.  His most recent publication is “Impact of Vitamin D3 Dietary Supplement Matrix on Clinical Response” (JCEM 2013).  He is currently a co-investigator in The Canadian/US Integrative Oncology Study.

Dr. Laura Stuve, PhD, Biochemist

Meet your inner ecosystem; Your key to rebalancing immune dysfunction 

Imbalances in microbiome biodiversity and ecosystem structure can underlie a very diverse set of health issues including: chronic eye, bladder or vaginal infections, colitis, inflammatory conditions, leaky gut, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, obesity, food intolerances, asthma, autoimmune disease and chronic pain. The presentation will focus on an overview of the latest scientific understanding of the human microbiomes (gut, respiratory, ocular, urogenital, skin, and oral), with a focus on the best-characterized microbiome of the gut. Learn on the roles of specific beneficial gut microbe species in maintaining optimal health and ways to promote microbiome biodiversity, rebalance microbiomes after antibiotics, and understand the role and limitations of probiotics. 

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to confidently:
  • Understand the latest science on the human microbiome and its relationship to immune system health.
  • Know the factors in our modern lives that have disrupted the ancient harmony between the microbiome and the immune system.
  • Improve patient outcomes for allergies, food intolerance, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases. 
Dr. Laura Stuve, is a PhD molecular biologist and an advanced instructor and practitioner of BodyTalk Mind-Body medicine. She spent 26 years doing research on the molecular genetics of human disease in academia and the biotechnology industry. Laura got her PhD at UCSF in biochemistry and then did a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford working on the Human Genome Project. She was a Senior Director of Research and Development at two California biotech companies before changing careers in 2008. Laura moved into full time practice, research and teaching of a healthcare system that dramatically changed her own health. She has been teaching BodyTalk and courses of her own design in science-based mind-body medicine for alternative healthcare practitioners for 8 years. Her focus is to bring the latest paradigm-changing scientific discoveries into the hands of healthcare practitioners to make a difference in clinical treatment of chronic disease. Laura developed a 4-day workshop presenting the latest scientific understanding of the microbiome and immune disease, together with new BodyTalk clinical treatment strategies in this area. She has been teaching this course and lecturing in this field for the past 3 years. 

Dr. Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD

THE ESTROBOLOME:  The Influence of the Microbiome Upon Estrogen Metabolism and Estrogenic Cancers

The intestinal microbiome modulates the endogenous metabolism of estrogens.  Learn how this influences a woman’s lifetime exposure to circulating estrogens and how the intestinal microbiota may contribute to the development of estrogen driven cancers.  We will learn to use specific nutraceuticals, probiotics and botanicals to promote a healthy and protective microbiome that favors estrogen conjugation and excretion.

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to confidently:
  • Define Estrobolome; The Microbiota that influence estrogen metabolism.
  • Understand how intestinal bacteria influence enterohepatic circulation of estrogens.
  • Understand how a woman’s lifetime burden of estrogen exposure may reflect the metabolic functioning of her estrobolome.
  • Understand the link between the estrobolome and intestinal microbiota to estrogen driven cancers.
  • Understand how to use specific nutraceuticals, botanicals, phytochemicals, functional foods and selected probiotics to promote estrogen conjugation and excretion and inhibit reabsorption of free estrogens.
Dr. Nalini Chilkov, L.Ac., O.M.D. is a leading edge authority and pioneer in the field of Integrative Cancer Care, Cancer Prevention and Immune Enhancement.. She is the Founder of  the American Institute of Integrative Oncology and and the author of the number one best-selling book “32 Ways to Out Smart Cancer: How to Create A Body Where Cancer Cannot Thrive.” Dr. Chilkov brings over 30 years of clinical experience, combining the best of Functional Medicine and Oriental Medicine.  She has lectured at the School of Medicine at UCLA and UC Irvine in California and the Medical Academy in London, UK.  She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Mederi Foundation and is a regular contributor to the Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post.  She featured as a cancer expert on and on NBCTV and has been recognized as one of the top 10 Online Influencers for Breast Cancer by Dr. Mehmet Oz and WebMD. Her private practice is in Santa Monica, California.

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Merging Medicine 19 Conference Schedule

Saturday, June 10th
7:30 am - 8:45 am: Registration and breakfast with exhibitors
8:45 am to 9:00 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 am to 10:30 am: Dr. Gary Weiner, ND, LAc
10:30 am to 11:15 am: Exhibitor Break
11:15 pm to 12:45 pm: Kiran Krishnan, Research Microbiologist
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm: Lunch in Exhibit Hall
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm: Dr. Mi Jung Lee, ND, LAc
3:45 pm to 5:00 pm: Exhibitor Break
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm: Dr. Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Wine reception with exhibitors

Sunday, June 11th
7:45 - 9:00 am - Registration and breakfast with exhibitors
9:00 - 10:30 am - Dr. Michael Traub, ND, DHANP, FABNO
10:30 - 11:15 am - Exhibitor break
11:15 - 12:00 pm - CNDA Update
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:30 - 3:00 pm - Dr. Laura Stuve, PhD, Biochemist
3:00 - 3:30 pm - Exhibitor break
3:30 - 5:00 pm - Dr. Nalini Chilkov, LAc, OMD