Diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome, vector borne illnesses and chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS)
Spectrumceuticals invites you to attend our 2018 practitioner seminar, a 2-day weekend event focusing on systemic approaches to chronically ill patients using integrative medicine.
From November 17 – 18, you are invited to join us at the Manly Sebel where we will be providing you with an in-depth opportunity to develop your skills as a medical practitioner in the clinical management of chronic illness. The seminar will focus on the diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), vector borne illness and chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS).
LOCATION – Sydney | Manly Sebel | 17-18 November 2018
In recent years,chronic illnesses such as CFS, CIRS and vector borne illness are becoming better understood. To assist in the diagnosis and management of these complex conditions, Spectrumceuticals would like to introduce you to the two key speakers, both of which are well recognised for their contribution in this field.
Dr Richard Schloeffel was voted by patients as the Most Outstanding Healthcare Professional in Australia for 2017. In the same year, he received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the field of Chronic and Infectious Disease for his work with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Vector Borne illness. His focus for the past 20 years has been on understanding and managing complex and chronic disorders.
Dr Sandeep Gupta is a vocationally registered general practitioner who runs an integrative medicine clinic. His main passion relates to finding the underlying causes and innovated approaches to managing chronic illness. 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).
We are extremely fortunate to have Dr James Read facilitate case studies and small discussion groups. Dr James Read is a teaching faculty member and the former Vice President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Dr Read works both in chronic disease focusing on lifestyle nutrition and environmental factors. He is an internationally renowned presenter in clinical nutrition having taught in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
ABOUT OUR SEMINAR
Over the two days of our 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
about our topics
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 diagnosing 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 is in a 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?’
our seminar speakers
Dr Richard Schloeffel is a vocationally registered general practitioner who is the Medical Director at Pymble Grove Health Centre in Gordon, Sydney. Focus for the past 20 years has been on understanding and managing complex and chronic disorders.
Dr Schloeffel graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1978. His initial training was in Intensive Care Medicine, followed by Isolated Rural General Practice combining acupuncture with Integrative Medicine.
He gained a fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1983, a fellowship in the Australian Medical Acupuncture College in 1985, and a Diploma of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine from Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China in 1986.
Dr Schloeffel’s lectures on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the 1990’s and 2000’s rendered him one of Australia’s best-informed authorities on these illnesses. In 2005 he was an integral member of a working committee of doctors who adopted the Canadian Guidelines on ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Australia’ with Professor Kenny de Meirleir. Followed by, in 2006, his Guidelines on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, updated in 2012. Dr Schloeffel was the founding member of ACIIDS, Australian Chronic and Infectious inflammatory Disease Society in 2014.
He is a ‘Medical Adviser’ alongside Professor Bernie Hudson, the Head of Infectious Disease Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital, to The Tick borne Diseases Unit at Sydney University. Receiving the Order of Australia Medal in the field of Chronic and Infectious Disease in 2017 for his work with Chronic fatigue Syndrome and Vector Borne illness. Dr Schloeffel’s primary interests are as stated: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vector Borne illnesses, Chronic Pain Syndrome and management of multi-illness complex patients.
Dr Sandeep 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.
Dr Gupta 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 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.
Dr Read works both in chronic disease focusing 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.
SEMINAR PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Early Bird 20% discount applies to 30th September then the cost is $688 inc. GST
Day 1 Saturday 17th November
Day 2 Sunday 18th November
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.
The seminar dinner is not included this price and requires separate registration. Our Education team will advise closer to the seminar date.
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