The Canary’s Song: A Primer on Neuroinflammation and Neurodegeneration

with Dr. Tom O'Bryan, Saturday, September 24, 2022

Workshop Information

The sweetness of a canary’s song brings a sense of calm and serenity. Yet, that same sweet sound, or lack thereof, can be a harbinger of grave danger. The brain has been referred to as the ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’ of chronic inflammatory diseases. With a startling 407% increase in dementia in the 30-45 year olds in the last 4 years (2013-2017), 242% increase in ages 45-54, and 90% increase in ages 55-64, something is seriously being missed.

Here are some basics. Every Scientist agrees that Inflammation is the fuel on the fire of brain deterioration. A patient presents with moderate depression and a strong family history of dementia. Coupled with a genetic vulnerability to dementia, the underlying fear and uncertainty can fuel a restricted outlook on life. Knowing that depressive episodes occurring well before dementia symptom onset appear to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease 20 years later at least twofold, the Practitioner considers anti-depressives (whether natural or pharmaceutical), or in combination with anti-anxiety medication as a safe component of the recommended protocol. Patients feel better. But have you addressed the underlying mechanisms, the pathology resulting in the inflammation? The accurate answer, “I don’t know. I’m not testing pre- and post-inflammation in the brain to confirm I’ve addressed the underlying pathology.”

Are we truly reducing the entire inflammatory cascade in the brain with our protocols (whether it’s GABA, or Valerian, or chamomile, or rhodiola, or Omega 3s, or…)? Symptom relief, as wonderful as it is, does not always correlate with eliminating ongoing brain inflammation and degeneration. If we’re honest with ourselves, a ‘shotgun’ approach to treatment, albeit a necessary temporary ‘shotgun’ for symptomatic relief, may not be complete. How do you know what to do?

Accurate laboratory identification of a breach of the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB), and biomarkers of a brain on fire are essential in understanding the scope of brain inflammation. As brain inflammation biomarkers reduce, and symptoms diminish, the Clinician can monitor and adjust protocols. Initial brain inflammation, with improvements clearly documented on follow up tests keeps the patient engaged, empowered, and reinforces they are on the right path to reverse the direction of brain deterioration that eventually manifests as dementia.

This Presentation will address both the latest cutting-edge laboratory testing to identify the mechanisms of BBB permeability, the most common triggers of a ‘Brain on Fire’, and the over 40 biomarkers (gauges on the dashboard) of a brain on fire.

Course Outline

  • What is a ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’?
  • The brain as an early biomarker of a body in accelerated degeneration
  • The Most Prevalent Pathology at the Root of Practically All Disease
  • What are the Mechanisms That Set the Stage for the Production of Excessive Endogenous and Exogenous Molecules of Inflammation
  • The 2 Major Pathways of ‘environmental triggers’ for the vast majority of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases, environmental triggers and bioaccumulation
  • What is the ‘Spectrum’ of Autoimmunity?
  • Predictive Autoimmunity
  • Current Statistics on Brain Degeneration Today
  • Test, Don’t Guess-Identifying the most sensitive Biomarkers of Brain Inflammation

Workshop Instructor

When it comes to getting healthy, Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s goal for you is ‘Making It Easy To Do the Right Thing’. As an internationally recognized, admired and compassionate speaker focusing on food sensitivities, environmental toxins, and the development of autoimmune diseases, Dr. Tom’s audiences discover that it is through a clear understanding of how you got to where you are, that you and your Dr. can figure out what it will take to get you well. Dr. O’Bryan is considered a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for chronic disease and teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway towards better health. He holds teaching Faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases. Dr. O’Bryan’s most recent book, You Can Fix Your Brain: Just 1 Hour a Week to the Best Memory, Productivity, and Sleep You’ve Ever Had, was published through Rodale Books in September 2018, to global accolades. This best seller offers a step-by-step approach to better cognitive function, from nutrition to environment to toxicity, ultimately creating better long-term memory and a sharper mind. In November 2016, Dr. O’Bryan released “Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You”, an investigation into why our immune system, designed to protect us, begins attacking our own tissue (autoimmunity). Currently, over 500,000 people worldwide have watched the Docuseries.

His 2016 ground-breaking book, winner of the National Book Award and ranked #1 in several categories on Amazon.com, The Autoimmune Fix, outlines the step-by-step development of degenerative diseases and gives the tools to identify our disease process years before the symptoms are obvious and how to turn your health around, one step at a time. He is the founder of www.theDr.com and the visionary behind “The Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth”, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on the gluten connection to diseases, disorders, and a wide range of symptoms and ages. You can find this info at www.theglutensummit.com and theDr.com.

Workshop Dates

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9:00am-5:30pm

Workshop Format

Live Online!

Workshop Tuition

Regular – $162.50 (Early Bird – $150, until August 24)
Students* – $150(Early Bird – $137.50, until August 24)
PRC Alumni – $155 (Early Bird – $142.50, until August 24)

*PRC diploma students will receive 0.5 NU academic credit for this workshop.

Withdrawal Policy

For workshop withdrawals submitted in writing 30 days or more before the start of the workshop, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee.  For workshop withdrawals submitted in writing more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the workshop, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund.  Without exception, no refunds will be given for withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the workshop.

Workshop Dates

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9:00am-5:30pm

Workshop Format

Live Online!

Workshop Tuition

Regular – $162.50 (Early Bird – $150, until August 24)
Students – $150(Early Bird – $137.50, until August 24)
PRC Alumni – $155 (Early Bird – $142.50, until August 24)

*PRC diploma students will receive 0.5 NU academic credit for this workshop.

Withdrawal Policy

For workshop withdrawals submitted in writing 30 days or more before the start of the workshop, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee.  For workshop withdrawals submitted in writing more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the workshop, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund.  Without exception, no refunds will be given for withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the workshop.

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