LOCATION – Sydney | Manly Sebel | 17-18 November 2018

Diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome, vector borne illnesses and chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS)

During the two days of the 2018 Practitioner Seminar content will cover the diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome, vector borne illnesses and chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) as well as interactive workshops and small group discussions. The aim is to develop the skills of the integrative medical practitioner in the clinical management of these complex illnesses.

Dr Antony Underwood MB BS (Syd) FRACP Grad Dip Health Law (Syd)
Co-Founder and Director of Research and Education Spectrumceuticals Pty Ltd

Chronic fatigue syndrome, vector borne illnesses

It is estimated that as many as 250,000 Australians are affected by ME/ CFS. Many go undiagnosed for years or are deemed too difficult to manage, numerous of them suffering long-term morbidity. Dr Schloeffel has developed a system of diagnosis and treating these patients with consistent positive outcomes. These innovative diagnostic concepts allow Physicians and Health Care Practitioners to negotiate the complex symptoms these patients experience. Over 4,000 patients have been seen at Dr Schloeffel’s practice over a 20-year period. Time has revealed a substantial number suffering Vector Borne Illness inclusive of Boreliosis and co- infections. Australia in its unique position regarding Tick Borne Illness – the science is in its infancy-showing only preliminary evidence of Borreliosis in its ticks. The current evidence suggests a relapsing fever type of Borreliosis. Co-infections, particularly Rickettsia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, Q-fever and viruses are well documented. Babesia has been found in some patients without any history of foreign travel lending itself to the understanding that we have vectors carrying this disease. Patients presenting with CFS or VBI are particularly challenging. The aim of this forum is to guide you, the practitioner, through a comprehensive understanding from diagnosis to recovery for these often “Heartsink” patients.

Chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS)

It was in the 1990s when Dr Shoemaker of Maryland, USA linked an illness to a toxin produced by a fish-killing dinoflagellate known as Pfiesteria. Since then, Dr Shoemaker and others have linked the same kind of illness to toxins from mould and termed this illness CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE SYNDROME (CIRS). CIRS occurs when genetically susceptible people are exposed to certain biotoxins – species of Stachybotris, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Chaetomium and Wallemia and possible links to associated tick-borne microbes.
In the late 2000s a nasal spray of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) seemed to be a major breakthrough in lowering cytokine levels, particularly C4a, MMP-9 and TGF-beta-1.
The research has continued to the stage where we have around 20 peer reviewed papers, on what has now being called chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS). And although the research is ongoing, the question needs to be asked with all chronically ill patients with multisystem disorders, “is your patient suffering with a chronic version of sepsis syndrome?


Dr Richard Schloeffel

Dr Richard Schloeffel has been involved with diagnosis and management of complex and chronic disorders for over 20 years, having 40 years experience as a doctor. He has extensive experience in Rural General Practice and in Developing World Medicine. As the Chairperson of the Australian Chronic Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Society (ACIIDS), he and his team are the voice that develops awareness in these emerging diseases. Dr Schloeffel was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for his work in Chronic and Infectious Disease. His area of expertise include developing diagnostic, treatment and management protocols for all aspects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, autoimmune diseases and Vector Borne illness.

Dr Sandeep Gupta

Dr Gupta is a vocationally registered general practitioner who runs an integrative medicine clinic on the Sunshine Coast. His main passion relates to finding the underlying causes and innovated approaches to managing chronic illness. Dr Gupta has received specialised training in integrative medicine, and was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine in 2008 and a Fellowship of the Australian College of General Practitioners in 2010. He also has a physician training certification with Dr Ritchie Shoemaker in biotoxin illness and Masters of Nutrition with Dr Gabriel Cousens in diabetes and living food nutrition. He is currently a board member of the Australian Chronic Infectious & Inflammatory Disease Society (ACIIDS) and also the International Society for Acquired Environmental Illness (ISEAI). He has a broad range of interests including environmental medicine, management of cardiology and cancer cases and mast cell activation syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity and management of chronic infections.

Dr James Read
MBBS FRACGP Grad Dip Rural GP JCCA qualified GP anaesthetist

Dr Read is a teaching faculty member and the former Vice President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. He has numerous post graduate qualifications including Fellowships in General Practice, Rural General Practice, Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, a Master Degree in Public Health majoring in Nutrition and post graduate qualifications as a GP anaesthetist. He works both in chronic disease focussing on lifestyle nutrition and environmental factors as well as in acute rural and remote medicine where he provides locum anaesthetic and emergency medicine services to rural remote and indigenous communities. He is an internationally renowned presenter in clinical nutrition having taught in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.


Manly Sebel Seminar Program
$550 Early Bird All Sessions Both Days

Early Bird 20% discount applies to 30th June then the cost is $688 inc. GST

Day 1 Saturday 17th November

Dr Richard Schloeffel - Investigation of the patient with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Dr Richard Schloeffel Diagnosis and management of Vector borne illnesses
Dr James Read Case studies and small group discussions – management and treatment of CFS
Dr James Read Case studies and small group discussions – management and treatment of Vector borne illnesses

Day 2 Sunday 18th November

Dr Sandeep Gupta Theory of Chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS)
Dr Sandeep Gupta Diagnosis and treatment of CIRS
Dr James Read Case studies and small group discussions – management and treatment of CIRS

An application by Spectrumceuticals Medical Advisory Committee for RACGP Points has been lodged, the outcome of the approval decision will be posted on this website when information becomes available for those general practitioners interested.

Strictly limited capacity of 50 practitioner delegates.

Registration is for All Sessions only, single day or single sessions are not available.
Accommodation is not included. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included.
Seminar dinner is not included this price and requires separate registration.

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