Preview: Restoring Mitochondrial Function through Botanicals and other Naturopathic Therapies

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)Presenter: Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)

Summary: Mitochondrial dysfunction is characterized by the reduction of energy output from the electron transport chain. Research confirms that reduced mitochondrial function is associated with nearly all chronic conditions, including neurodegenerative, psychiatric, cardiovascular, metabolic, autoimmune, cancer, chronic immune disorders and musculoskeletal. This lecture covers symptoms that are suggestive of mitochondrial concerns and testing methods to determine treatment strategies. These include botanicals specific to organ systems, nutrients and nutritional protocols to increase efficiency and restore function to mitochondria.

Excerpt from the Medicines from the Earth Symposium June 4 – 7, 2021.

Join Doug Elliott at Herb Mountain Farm

Doug Elliot, herbalist, naturalist

Join Doug Elliott at Herb Mountain Farm in Weaversville, NC on Saturday 6/5 for a one-of-a-kind herb walk for Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium! This beloved herbalist, author, and storyteller will delight and amaze you with his practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of many useful wild plants.

As a naturalist, herbalist and storyteller, Doug Elliot knows ancient plant lore, plant riddles and even sings songs about weeds and berries. His lively, informative plant walks and storytelling sessions create special memories for attendees of the Medicines from the Earth Symposium.

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, philosopher, and harmonica wizard who has performed at festivals, museums and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN and has conducted workshops and programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Smithsonian Institution. He has trained rangers for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from Down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in N.C.

Doug regularly writes articles for regional and national magazines. He has authored five books, produced a number of award winning recordings of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV and the History Channel.

Whether he’s singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, cawing with crows, pondering the “nature” in human nature, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, storyteller, Doug Elliott will take you on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour celebrating North America’s back country. He performs a lively concert of amazing tales, lively tunes, traditional lore, outrageous personal narratives, and fact stranger than fiction. He flavors it all with regional dialects, lively harmonica riffs, and more than a few belly laughs.

For more about Doug, visit his LinkedIn profile.

Register for the herb walk and symposium.

Weight Management Audio Series

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An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Eight (8) audio recordings (1.5 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (99-page PDF)
  • Continuing education credits: 12 hours for naturopathic physicians
  • Order with one click for $65 ($95 value)

Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.


Audio Series Details
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One-click orders all eight recordings selected from the Botanical Medicine library, plus a 99-page PDF of notes. Together these provide comprehensive information for clinicians on one of the most pressing challenges of our age.

We have included eight audio recordings since this is such a large topic, which includes not only dietary measures for weight management and exercise, but mitigating factors often not considered, including allergy, endocrine dysfunction, insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome), stress, lack of sleep, environmental toxicants and the effect of widespread use of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals on the obesity epidemic in the US. Pharmaceuticals for weight loss are mentioned and evaluated.

(Series price of $65 includes a 99-page PDF of lecture notes.)

Naturopathic CE:

  • 12 total CME hours if not claimed previously for the above lectures
  • 11.5 general + .5 pharmacy credits
  • Approved by Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)
  • More CE details

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Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

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Working with patients to manage their weight includes prevention of weight gain, control of age-related gains and treatment of obesity. This requires a broad understanding of many factors, including insulin resistance, environmental toxicants, the gut microbiome and the effect of pharmaceuticals on weight gain. Panelists at the 2021 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, naturopathic physicians Marianne Marchese, Katie Stage, and Lise Alschuler, discussed new research, practical naturopathic interventions and specific recommendations for clinical practice. A synopsis of each presentation follows.

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Healthy Aging Audio Series

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An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Six (6) audio recordings (1.5 – 2 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (128-page PDF)
  • Continuing education credits for naturopathic physicians
  • Order with one click for $55 ($75 value)

Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.


Audio Series Details
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One click orders all six recordings selected from the Botanical Medicine library, plus a 128-page PDF of notes. Together these provide comprehensive information on healthy aging.

This series begins with understanding the biological aging process in Part 1 of the lecture given by Donald Yance, RH (AHG) and continues in Part 2 with a discussion of botanicals, nutrients and lifestyle recommendations to support and restore health as we age.

Next, Lise Alschuler, ND presents a detailed overview of the consequences of a maladaptive stress response, which manifests as elevated cortisol levels, altered circadian rhythms and an increase in inflammatory cytokines. She explains how the neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, immunological and gastrointestinal effects of stress can be managed and even reversed with botanicals and diet.

Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc provides a review of the latest scientific data on the factors leading to aging, and herbs, both from Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, shown to address these specific factors. And in a fitting wrap-up to this topic, Jill Stansbury, ND lays out the impact of diet on aging and provides tonics, teas, and smoothies that can easily be included in daily dietary routines.

(Series price of $55 includes an 128-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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Clinical Management of Anxiety and Depression Series

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An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Seven (7) audio lectures (1.5 – 2 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (110-page PDF)
  • Order with one click for $60 ($105 value)

Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource for health professionals and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.

Details: This series of seven audio recordings begins with an overview by David Winston, RH (AHG) of differential treatment according to the cause: hepatic and GI-based depression, hormonal depression, GI-based anxiety and more. Tori Hudson, ND continues with a description of the fearsome twosome of anxiety and depression in women in which she prescribes select botanicals with particular attention to the influence of cortisol and other hormonal states.

Jill Stansbury, ND emphasizes the necessity of delicate incremental therapies for those immobilized by depression, and those undergoing withdrawal from SSRIs and MAO inhibitors. She defines trophorestoratives as those herbs which nourish the whole nervous system, upon which more specific formulas are built for the individual’s situation.

Going further than just an absence of disease, Lise Alschuler, ND gives recommendations for “Supporting Happiness and Reducing Anxiety and Depression.” And finally, Donald Yance, RH (AHG) presents a 4-hour intensive entitled “Mood Disorders: An Integrative Approach to Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Pharmaceuticals.” (Includes a 110-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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Rosemary, Turmeric, and Lemon Balm

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Mary Bove, ND was recently asked a question as part of the 2020 Summer Series: “What three herbs would you recommend for study by beginning students of herbalism?” In the video above she listed Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Curcuma longa (Turmeric), and Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) as a great place to start. Continue reading

On-Demand Video Streaming

Introducing our new on-demand, video streaming presentations on Vimeo!

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Video presentations offer complete clinical information, with the speaker and the PowerPoint playing together in an ideal format for online learning. Continuing education credits available for all videos.

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We thank all the speakers from this year’s conferences for adapting to this new online video format and still providing the same excellent information we have become used to at the live events.

And to everyone who attended: thank you for making this another wonderful conference season! Here’s what a few of you had to say:

“Thank you so much for a great webinar. So good to connect with so many even if in cyberspace! Loved all the presentations.” — D.W., Naturopathic Physician

It has been such a great, great conference. I loved watching lectures I normally would not have invested time in-but could because of time at home and access. It made my COVID isolation brighter and happier. You and your team and the presenters really made a difference in a lot of our lives.” — J.K., Licensed Acupuncturist

Thank you for the best conference to date. Speakers were knowledgeable with great slides.— K.C., Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist

“I have told so many people about this conference and I’m a nurse practitioner and I tell them this is like the best conference I have ever been too!” — L.C., Nurse Practitioner

Summer Video Series for Continuing Education

We invite you to join us for the Summer Video Series for Continuing Education, a new 6-video series offering continuing education for naturopathic physicians and nurses. Learn about topics including microbiome health, the nervous system, mental health, neuroplasticity, women’s health and cellular repair.2020 Summer Video Series - Graphic for Streaming Videos

This series was aired live from July-September 2020, and now you can access the recordings to earn continuing education on your own schedule at your own pace!

  • Location: Watch from the comfort of your home
  • Dates: 8-weeks of access to streaming video lectures; watch on your own schedule
  • Six 2-hour streaming sessions on Zoom, including speaker lecture and Q&A
  • Continuing Education available for Nurses and Naturopathic Physicians
    • NDsApproved for up to 12 general hours of which 3 can be pharmacy (OBNM); each session is 2 hours credits
    • Nurses: Approved for up to 7.5 nursing contact hours; each session is 1.5 contact hours (NCNA)
  • Cost: $30 per session or a package deal of $99 for all 6 sessions!

Check out the full details on the Summer Video Series for Continuing Education here.

Speakers: Mary Bove, ND, David Crow, LAc, Jason Miller, DACM, LAc, Kenneth Proefrock, ND, Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG) and Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG)

2020 Summer Series Speaker Lineup