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The 2011 Physician’s Round Table – January 27-30, 2011

The 2011 Physician’s Round Table

Doubletree Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA

January 27 – 30, 2011

The Physician Round Tables were started by Sue Vogan, journalist and health radio show host, in 2008. They were created as a learning tool where doctors, researchers, and other health care professionals could come together to discuss technology, protocols, and cases in a non-invasive, Gordon-style fashion. This elite group of professionals brings cutting edge information — the round table discussion sessions have produced research projects and have cemented professional relationships.

H.P. Albarelli, Jr

Dr. Lesley Fein

Nancy Guberti

Dr. Chris Hussar

Jerry Leonard

Dr. Mindy Beth Lipson

Dr. A. C. Matin

Dr. Judith Mikovits

Dr. Donald Robbins

Laura Bruno

Alice Shabecoff

Dr. William Shaw

Dr. Leo Shea, III

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker

Jacques Simon, esq

Mary Tocco

Dr. Renee Tocco

Dr. Warren Levin

Dr. Jeff Wulfman

Jane Hersey

The theme is Common Denominators, a Physician’s Round Table initiative to explore the association between infections and chronic illnesses, using common denominators. This year’s conference is a well-balanced gathering of experts in their fields that work with and research well known common denominators that are observed in chronic illnesses – such as CFS, MS, ALS, FM, etc. Our presenters will deliver scientific, evidenced based research combined with practical clinical experience for a better understanding of the common denominators seen in chronic illnesses. The physicians attending the round table discussions will be able to interact with Gordon-style freedom and perhaps provide missing pieces during the discussions. It is our hope that such exchange of information will lead to discoveries of new treatments and cures.

Subjects

  • XMRV
  • Biofilm
  • Vaccines
  • Autism
  • Morgellons
  • Lyme
  • CFIDS
  • CFS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress
  • Testing Methods
  • Physician’s Rights
  • Treatment Guidelines
  • Dentistry – going green, infections, etc.

Admission
Included: 2 Executive breaks per day, literature, opportunity for door prizes/drawings

  • Physicians 275.00
  • Med Students 200.00
  • Advocates 250.00 (only 12 seats are made available for this event
  • Vendors 3000.00 2 tables/seating/breaks
    • 3500.00 includes above with a 30-minute presentation slot
  • Ads 250.00 business card (6 available)
    For more information, please send an email to Peerobmagazine@aol.com
Conference Cost & Registration

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Vendors

  • InfuserveAmerica
  • Researched Nutritionals
  • Master Supplements
  • Great Plains Laboratory
  • (please note that speakers, subjects, and vendors are being added weekly for this event)

Speakers’ Bios – Presentation Titles

Dr. Warren Levin: 1) Is Low TSH Always Bad?; 2) Common Denominator

Warren M. Levin, M.D., FAAFP (ret), FACN, FAAEM, relocated to Vienna, Virginia from New York City and Wilton, Connecticut. He is recognized as the “East Coast Dean of Alternative Medicine” —establishing the first alternative and integrative medical practice in New York City (1974). He received his medical degree from the Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Levin has been Board Certified by the following institutions; American Board of Family Physicians (ret), The American Board of Chelation Therapy, The American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology, The American Board of Environmental Medicine, The American Board of Advanced Longevity Medicine, American Board of Environmental Medicine and The American Board of Bariatric Medicine. He is a Fellow of The Academy of Family Practice [ret], a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and a Fellow of The American College of Nutrition, Board of Directors of the NoVA Chapter of the NAA [National Autism Association] – Chairman of Biomedical Education.
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Dr. Donald Robbins: The Toxic Dental Office

Dr. Donald Robbins has had vast experience in many aspects of dental health, dental education and safe dental office practices. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and practices fulltime in his general dental practice in the Delaware Valley. As part of a pain management team in Philadelphia, he treated TMJ, facial, head and neck pain patients with innovative pain management care. He has treated patients suffering from sleep apnea with conservative radiofrequency cauterization surgery to improve their closed airways.

Over the last twenty years, Dr. Robbins has advocated “cleaner” dental offices under progressive BioSafeDentistry® principles. BioSafeDentistry is the state-of-the-art dental practice paradigm he developed to protect the patient’s’ overall health during dental care. An example of his protocols is the elimination of mercury (silver) fillings as a material for dental fillings. He uses high-efficiency office air cleaners, in his dental office, to remove the harmful mercury vapors released when old mercury fillings are removed. He also supplies these cleaners to dental offices nationwide through SMARTAir Solutions.

Politically active, he serves on committees trying to abolish toxic materials and chemicals found in typical dental offices. He has fought to eliminate mercury from dental use, from medical vaccinations and from the environment. Because of his awareness of toxic and harmful elements in a dental office, his family practice has attracted many patients who are environmentally and chemically sensitive, and who require more intense evaluation before dental treatment can begin.

He is currently conducting research and testing of oral mercury vapor levels in patients to author a scientific paper for publication.

In 1994 Dr. Robbins had an article published in the nationally refereed dental journal published by The Academy of General Dentistry. The article documented his review of the literature and investigation of the then current diagnosis and treatment of human herpes viruses.

He currently writes articles for the Dental Page on the website of the nationwide Autism Research Institute (www.autism.com). They are sponsors of Defeat Autism Now (DAN) conferences around the country.

He has authored two books, the latest being The Toxic Dental Office available on the web and in bookstores.

Dr. Robbins founded and directs The Dental Training Center in Exton, PA, a school licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. His Dental Assisting Program helps individuals enter the dental assisting job market with learned skills and office experience. The Dental Learning Resource, LLC and the 4Learning Group, LLC are educational companies developed by Dr. Robbins to offer complete dental assisting learning materials and aids and other medical programs. This educational material can assist other educators in their schools and institutions to help their students learn in an interesting and concise manner.

Dr. Robbins is currently developing programs to teach dentists and other dental health professionals how to best manage a BioSafe Dental Practice.
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Dr. Mindy Beth Lipson: Lyme Disease: A Trauma Vortex. How Psychotherapy Can Help

Dr. Lipson was trained in the San Francisco bay area with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute at Berkeley. Dr. Lipson completed her pre-doctoral internship at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in conjunction with the National Center on Addiciton and Substance Abuse at Columbia (CASA) and Palladia, Inc. in New York City. She has worked in the clinical/health fields for over ten years in extremely diverse areas such as medical/health, trauma, chronic mental illness, addiction, grief, stress, domestic violence, sexual offenses, relationship issues, child, adolescent and adult development and self actualization.

Her training has provided her with excellent opportunities to provide traditional, eclectic approaches as well as, newer, more innovative and holistic healing techniques, such as Energy Psychology. She is interested in the emotional effects of tick-borne diseases and is currently working on research which she plans to publish in a book discussing this fascinating, cutting edge topic. Dr. Lipson utilizes imagery/visualization, hypnosis, EMDR, biofeedback (HRV), Clinical EEG Neurofeedback and spiritual practice to increase the healing/curative response. Dr. Lipson works with many holistic, diverse health professionals in the greater United States to provide excellent services to those she serves. She is adept and intuitive in helping those she serves to find their way to healing when faced with difficult medical conditions or challenging life circumstances.

Dr. Lipson is also a Lyme Literate Psychologist, writer and activist. She serves on the Advisory Board of Time for Lyme, Inc., a non-profit in Greenwich, CT dedicated to Lyme disease research and prevention. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and also of ILADS. Dr. Lipson’s main office is in Mamaroneck, NY. She recently opened an additional office in Scottsdale, AZ.
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Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker: Understanding the Inflammatory Basis of Post Lyme

Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD, is a man in love with his family and profession. He lives with his wife and daughter in a rural setting in Eastern Maryland, by the shores of the Pocomoke River (site of massive Pfiesteria-related fish kills), where he enjoys nature excursions, cooking and furniture refinishing. Dr. Shoemaker graduated from Duke University where he received undergraduate and medical degrees. He is a practicing physician in Pocomoke City, MD, and conducts research all across the country. His dedication to his patients and his advancement of medicine through research has been recognized often, including receipt of the Maryland Academy of Family Practice Physician of the Year 2000 award which was followed by an award as a finalist in the National competition for 2002.

Dr. Shoemaker has published four books, and has numerous publications in scientific research journals, on audio and video tapes and in newspapers. He has made many presentations at scientific meetings, and has frequently appeared on television.

Dr. Shoemaker’s lectures are known for their enthusiastic presentation of thought provoking ideas. Whether his speech is educational or motivational, he is an entertaining speaker with a stimulating approach to thinking that will challenge the listener.
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Jacques Simon, esq: Avoiding and navigating physician discipline associated with Lyme disease treatment

Mr. Simon has been engaged in the practice of law with focus on litigation and trial work in courts of various jurisdictions and states since 1989. Mr. Simon represented and still represents clients in cases country wide. Between 1989 and 1992 Mr. Simon worked as an attorney in New York City medium and small size boutique firms doing complex commercial litigation. Between 1992 and 1994 Mr. Simon worked as head trial in house attorney for one of the largest real estate holding companies in New York City, the Estate of Sol Goldman. By 1994 Mr. Simon went into private practice with focus on emergency litigation including restraining orders, injunctions and attachments in complex cases involving large commercial disputes.By the end 1990’s Mr. Simon’s practice shifted its focus towards the representation of health care practitioners and health care entities regarding various issues. Those issues included defending practitioners in civil law suits brought by various insurance companies on alleged fraud grounds and addressing the disciplinary ramifications associated with the litigation. The scope of the practice also shifted its focus to the representation of alternative, holistic and complementary medicine and dentistry practitioners and entities against state officials with respect to various disciplinary and regulatory issues. Representation now includes preventive measures such as audits and compliance, practice structure and billing compliance as well as preliminary dispute handling vis a vis patients and state officials. Representation further entails handling of all stages of disciplinary proceedings from inception through court challenges, litigation and conclusion. Mr. Simon’s forte and “trademark” litigation focuses on civil prosecutions of state officials and agencies in state and federal courts. Those prosecutions are specifically designed to and aimed at stopping ad hoc administrative disciplinary proceedings against health care practitioners. The litigation is accompanied by emergency applications for injunctions and restraining orders suspending and/or staying administrative actions. Services also include negotiation and completion of consent orders, supervision of implementation of the consent orders and post administrative action litigation, if such is necessary. The unique legal approach to the industry’s particular disciplinary plagues are designed to save the practitioner’s license, livelihood and practice while preserving the practitioner’s reputation and integrity in the medical community as a whole as well as in the patient community. Preliminary meetings with prosecutors, post or mid litigation negotiation and preparation of consent orders on terms advantageous to the health care practitioner and avoidance of further prosecutions in other states where the practitioner holds a license are only some of the preventive measures offered by Mr. Simon’s practice.Mr. Simon also focuses on emergency court interventions in the event of administrative raids and confiscations and administrative summary suspensions. Praised by both judges and opposing attorneys including various Assistant Attorneys General, Mr. Simon enjoys an excellent and solid reputation in the legal community in various jurisdictions. Mr. Simon holds licenses to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Georgia. He represented and continues to represent individuals in jurisdictions country wide while being admitted pro hac vice under the auspices of local counsel.

PHILOSOPHY:
Mr. Simon understands the sensitive and personal connotations of administrative license prosecutions and the impact that the same have on the health care practitioner and his/her family and life in general. Mr. Simon’s legal practice and approach is designed to guide the practitioner as well as his/her family through the ordeal of administrative action against their only means to make a livelihood. Education of the practitioner coupled with sober and cutting edge litigation strategies assists the practitioner and his/her family in better coping with this rough spot of their lives. Mr. Simon’s approach to regulatory administrative action is multi faceted and unique. This approach includes proactive and preventive measures as well as rapid court involved reactin and stern legal responses to unexpected actions of various regulatory agencies. The personal and professional approach to administrative regulatory action offered by Mr. Simon has proved so far to save practitioners’ practices and livelihoods throughout the country. While each case is unique in fact and law because of the different laws prevailing in different states, Mr. Simon travels throughout the country and gets admitted pro hac vice in order to help those in need of his unique expertise. While Mr. Simon realizes that the license discipline experience is far from one being pleasant, at the conclusion of all cases in which Mr. Simon was involved so far, clients express their pleasure and high regard for the professionalism and courtesies with which they have been treated. Mr. Simon’s procedural and substantive due process court challenges to the authority of state officials yielded to outright victories or to state officials’ settlement of various issues under terms which were beneficial to the various practitioners. Mr. Simon recognizes that not all cases in which alternative holistic or complementary medicine or dentistry practitioners are involved denote issues which give right to court challenges. Mr. Simon has the highest regard for state officials and attorneys who recognize the applicable laws and who acknowledge the limitations of the administrative agencies and their powers. On the other hand, Mr. Simon’s practice is designed to directly challenge unauthorized and illegal state and federal action where such action is unsupported by the laws and regulations governing the various regulatory agencies. The direct no nonsense approach employed by Mr. Simon in combating administrative abuses and illegal license prosecutions have earned Mr. Simon a great deal of respect in the “niche” legal community of like attorneys as well as from the bench in various jurisdictions. Mr. Simon also believes that commending the professional respect of the administrative prosecutors and the State Attorney Generals’ office defending the state officials in Mr. Simon’s court challenges facilitates better channels of communications beneficial to the clients. Mr. Simon’s philosophy combines a personal approach with sober cutting edge litigation techniques to save a health and dentistry practitioner’s professional license.

CLIENTELE BASE
The core of Mr. Simon’s clients are health care practitioners and entities as well as dentistry practitioners from various states. Most of the health care practitioners and dentists represented by Mr. Simon practice holistic, complementary, advanced and integrative medicine and/or dentistry.
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Mary Tocco: Vaccine Safety and Risks

Mary Tocco has been investigating childhood vaccines for over 30 years and has thousands of hours invested in this informative DVD set. Mary is the #1 educator reaching thousands of parents across America & Canada. You can now benefit from Mary’s dedication and hard work. She has passionately put it all together for you so that you can cut through the confusion without investing years of your time.

Mary Tocco is on the Board of Directors for the World Association for Vaccine Education (WAVE), the Director of Vaccine Research and Education for Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines (MOM), and is also affiliated with Mothering Magazine as a member of Ask the Experts. She speaks around the US and Canada and is a frequent guest on many national radio programs. Mary, a member and co-founder of the American Chiropractic Autism Board, sponsors the Hope For Autism Training conferences for children suffering with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is on a passionate mission to educate parents so they can make an informed vaccine decision.
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Dr. Renee Tocco: “Autism Prevention and Recovery”

Dr. Renee Tocco, a chiropractic physician, was trained by top clinical researchers at the Autism Research Institute’s “Defeat Autism Now!” She then furthered her studies under Dr. Shaw of Great Plains Laboratory. In 2008, she founded the American Chiropractic Autism Board and is the coordinator for Hope For Autism (HFA), a BioNutritional Care training conference. She is a national public speaker and trainer on methods to help children with various childhood illnesses. Her focus is on healthcare issues common among those who suffer from autism spectrum disorder and related conditions and effective natural care. Dr. Tocco, as an HFA and DAN! Doctor, cares for patients suffering with autism spectrum disorders, ADD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal problems and other chronic conditions.
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Dr. Judith Mikovits: Human MLV-Related Viruses (HMRV) in Neuroimmune disease and Cancer

Dr. Mikovits, Director of Research at Whittemore Peterson Institute, spent more than 20 years at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick MD during which time she received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, investigating mechanisms by which retroviruses dysregulate the delicate balance of cytokines in the immune response. This work led to the discovery of the role aberrant DNA methylation plays in the pathogenesis of HIV. Later in her career at the NCI, Dr. Mikovits directed the Lab of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms (LADM) a section of the NCI’s Screening Technologies Branch in the Developmental Therapeutics Program. The LADM’s mission was to identify, characterize and validate molecular targets and to develop high-throughput cell-based, genomic and epigenomic screens for the development of novel therapeutic agents for AIDS and AIDS-associated malignancies (Kaposi’s sarcoma). Formally trained as a cell biologist, molecular biologist and virologist, Dr. Mikovits has studied the immune response to retroviruses and herpes viruses including HIV, SIV, HTLVI, HERV, HHV6 and HHV8 with a special emphasis on virus host cell interactions in cells of the hematopoietic system including hematopoietic stem cells (HSC). Dr. Mikovits’ commercial experience includes serving as a senior scientist and group leader at Biosource International, where she led the development of proteomic assays for the Luminex platform that is used extensively for cytokine activity assessment in therapy development. She also served as Chief Scientific Officer and VP of Drug Discovery at Epigenx Biosciences, where she led the development and commercialization of cell and array-based methylation assays for drug discovery and diagnostic development. Dr. Mikovits has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications that address fundamental issues of viral pathogenesis, hematopoiesis and cytokine biology.
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Jerry Leonard: How Modern Medicine Is Being Subverted Through Proliferation of “Treatment Guidelines”

Jerry Leonard is a physicist who has been actively involved in microelectronics research and production for over fifteen years. He has numerous patents and publications related to his scientific career. Mr. Leonard has been studying the documented history of Nazi Germany, the eugenics movement and unethical government experimentation related to viral cancer research and mind control research on human subjects for over ten years.
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Dr. Leo Shea III: Functional Neuropsychology & Lyme Disease

Leo J. Shea III, Ph.D. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Rusk Institute, a division of the New York University Langone Medical Center. Prior to his present work with tick-borne and immunological disorders, he was Assistant Director of the NYU Brain Injury Day Treatment Program. Apart from his academic and clinical responsibilities at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Shea is also President of Neuropsychological Evaluation and Treatment Services, P.C. with offices in New York City and Quincy, Massachusetts. His practice focuses on tick-borne diseases, traumatic brain injury, chronic illness, trauma and disaster management and provides cognitive remediation and psychotherapy to individuals and families. Dr. Shea has served as an organizational consultant to national and international corporations on human resources, administrative and executive training and development, trauma response and health care issues. His clients have included both political and public institutions such as the United Nations Development Program.

Dr. Shea is presently the Chairman Emeritus of the National Research Fund for Tick-borne Diseases, Inc. which funds scientific research at major medical and academic institutions. He also serves on the Scientific and Community Advisory Board for the study of Lyme disease at Stanford University Medical Center, on the Medical Advisory Board of Turn the Corner Foundation and is Vice President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). In the past five years, he has been instrumental in raising more than $2 million to fund research of tick-borne illnesses. He also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, the New York Academy of Traumatic Brain Injury and has a five-year appointment to the Fulbright Senior Specialist Mental Health roster.

Dr. Shea holds an Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Hispanic Pastoral Ministry from Barry University and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. with a dual specialty in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology from the Miami Institute of Psychology. Apart from his academic degrees, he is a graduate of the Organizational Development and Consultation Program at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry and Psychology and is a member of both the Institute’s Organizational Work Group and its Trauma Response Training Committee. His trauma work during the 9/11 disaster has been cited in “When the Worst is Over.
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Dr. A. C. Matin: Bacterial Biofilms and Progress Towards Combating Them

Chair, MS senate task force on posdoctoral affairs (2009 – presen)
Member, MS senate steering committee (2008 – present)
Senator, Medical School senate (2006 – present)
Member, Stanford Human Subjects Panel (2000 – 2004)
Senator, Department of Microbiology & Immunology (2006 – present)
View All 10administrative appointments of AC Matin
Honors and Awards
Chartered Member, Drug Discovery & Molecular Pharmacology Study section, NCI (2008-)
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (1994-)
Star Award, Environmental Protection Agency (1991-1997)
Review Committee Member, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (1992)
Foundation for Microbiology Lecturer, American Society for Microbiology (1991-1993)
View all 16 honors and awards of AC Matin
Professional Education
Ph. D.: University of California, Microbiology (1969)
Postdoctoral Advisees
Amanda Marie Hamilton , Jing Hung Wang
Graduate & Fellowship Program Affiliations
Cancer Biology
Microbiology and Immunology
Urology
Molecular and Genetic Medicine
Bioengineering
Cardiovascular Medicine
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Dr. Lesley Fein: The relationship between infections and auto-immune diseases, CFS/ME and neurological diseases

Lesley Fein grew up in South Africa where she obtained her Bachelor of Science with Honors degree. Dr. Fein holds both an MD (George Washington University Medical School) and an MPH (Columbia University, NY). She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, following a three-year residency program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC, and she completed her Fellowship in Rheumatology at New York University. She has been in practice since 1986 and has taught Epidemiology to medical and public health students at Columbia University and Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY. She has also taught General Medicine at Mt. Sinai and NYU.

Dr. Fein has served on several committees, inclusive of S296 under Senator Bennet (Majority Leader of NJ Senate) regarding Lyme disease, the National Health Legislation Task Force, and as an Advisor to the Lyme Disease Foundation. She is both an experienced researcher and a seasoned public speaker and has published articles and government reports on Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses.
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Alice Shabecoff: Poisoned for Profits

Alice Shabecoff, co-author of Poisoned For Profits, is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and the International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She was executive director of the National Consumers League, the country’s oldest consumer organization, and executive director of the national nonprofit Community Information Exchange. Her previous books include A Guide to Careers in Community Development.
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H.P. Albarelli, Jr.: Mystery of Morgellons

H.P. Albarelli Jr. is a writer and investigative reporter who lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida . He has written numerous feature articles about the 9/11 anthrax attacks; the history of biological warfare; the mysterious death of Dr. Frank Olson; the Cuban revolution; and social and political affairs. Some of these articles can be found on the World Net Daily, Pravda, Cubanet, Counterpunch, and Crime Magazine websites.

Albarelli has also written feature articles for Tampa ’s alternative newspaper, The Weekly Planet . His work has been acknowledged and cited in American History magazine, and in books by many distinguished authors, including: The Biology of Doom by Ed Regis (Henry Holt and Co., 2001); Alston Chase’s classic, Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist (W.W. Norton, 2003); and The Eighty Greatest Conspiracies of All Time by Jonathan Vankin and John Whalen (Citadel Press, 2004). An accomplished scriptwriter and playwright, Albarelli’s LIFE GOES ON , written with his brother, Dean Albarelli, was published by Witness, a literary journal; in 1995 he produced and directed a regional production of Academy Award winner’s Steve Tesich’s play, On the Open Road . (Brilliantly scored by composer Sam Geppi.)

Albarelli’s six-year investigation into the controversial death of Army biochemist Dr. Frank Olson was the focal point of an hour long television documentary, Mind Control Murder , produced by London’s award-winning Principal Films (David Presswell, director) for A&E’s Investigative Reports, and by independent film producer, Scott Calonico, for the short film LSD a Go-Go shown at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Albarelli is a graduate of Antioch Law School and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, South Africa , and Asia. He is a noted expert on the history of the CIA’s behavior modification and assassination programs of the 1950s. Books to be published by Albarelli in the near future include: THE HEAP , a novel; A TERRIBLE MISTAKE: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments ; and STORMY MONDAY , a fictional account of infamous narcotics agent George Hunter White’s activities in the 1950s.
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  Dr. William Shaw: Role of Organic Acids in Human Metabolism

William Shaw, Ph.D., is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Before he founded The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., Dr. Shaw worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, and Smith Kline Laboratories. He is the author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, originally published in 1998 and Autism: Beyond the Basics, published in 2009. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.
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Laura Bruno: If Only I Had a Brain Injury

After completing a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Chicago, Laura Bruno spent two years in the corporate world. Just before her return to graduate school, she suffered a brain injury and could no longer read without debilitating migraine headaches. Years of misdiagnoses forced her to find alternative means of getting well. Now a writer and Intuitive Life Coach, Laura enjoys a full practice. From a woman once considered “permanently disabled,” If I Only Had a Brain Injury is itself testament to the incredible resilience of human brain and spirit. 

I looked exactly the same, but inside everything had become a terrifying and confusing mess. Until I encountered other survivors, I felt like a freak. Because no one could “see” my injury, and my brain short-circuited all the time, I did not know how to explain what was wrong. I felt embarrassed and alone.

Only much later did I learn that MANY people with brain injuries suffer from oversensitivity, visual problems, and difficulty making decisions. I was not, as my insurance company claimed, “A Medical Mystery.” Just knowing that someone else shared the same struggles relieved a great deal of anxiety.

In 2003, author and teacher Sally Kempton interviewed me (under my maiden name) for an article in Yoga Journal. She presented my TBI recovery as an illustration of “resilience” or “bouncing back.” To my surprise, after the article appeared, Sally began forwarding me emails from people all over the world, thanking me for letting them know they were not alone. People with brain injury, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and MS shared their stories with me and I noticed patterns. In 2004, my husband caught Lyme Disease and his symptoms and misdiagnoses echoed all of our experiences.

I did some research and you know what? WE ARE NOT ALONE!

Twenty million other Americans struggle with debilitating effects of TBI, brain cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, migraines, MS and stroke. Though different diagnoses, each produces neurological side effects-creating a wild and painful ride that changes one’s sense of Self.

Every year, another 2.5 million survivors join their ranks. But where do they go from there? How do they find their way through uncertain prognoses, perceptual problems and depression?

That’s why I wrote this book. If I Only Had a Brain Injury will help you and your loved ones navigate the confusing journey of “Medical Mystery.” In addition to my own inspirational story and 52 Healing Hints, in this book 13 other survivors, caregivers and treatment providers share their experiences and expertise.
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Nancy Guberti: Morgellons

Nancy Guberti is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, GFCF Diet Counselor, Defeat Autism Now, Generation Rescue Practitioner and Healthy Lifestyle Coach with over 20 years of experience. She has a private practice in Greenwich, CT and specializes in complementary and alternative therapies. She is dedicated to the biomedical assessment and treatment of chronic illness in particular Morgellons.

She recommends testing with Great Plains Laboratory and MetaMetrix Lab. These labs provide patients access to sophisticated testing and treatment options can be customized to the individual. She continues to teach through seminars as knowledge gives power to the people. Morgellons sufferers need to believe and realize that they have to ability to heal given the proper information and support.

Nancy works with patients via phone or Skye as well as office visits in the Connecticut office. Email support is extended to each patient.

She is available to create customized supplement regimes as well as explain your test results with you during a consultation.

Nancy’s approach is nurturing and holistic in restoring one’s balance to achieve their optimal health goals.

Nancy Guberti is mentioned in Jenny McCarthy’s Mother Warriors book as a practitioner providing interventions for ASD individuals and Maria Roglieri’s The Gluten-Free Guide to New York.

She is affiliated with NTS – Navigating the Spectrum, 85Broads, Holistic Moms Organization, and Clayton College of Natural Science.

Nancy has helped many patients with Morgellons and has a keen sense of what each individual is going through with this disease. She is a true advocate to the community and a great knowledge base on what testing is needed to find the underlying issues with Morgellons patients.
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Dr, Chris Hussar: Cavitations and Oral Infections and more

Dr, Christopher Hussar, D.D.S., D.O. received his D.D.S. Degree from University of Detroit Dental College, Michigan in 1978 and his D.O. Degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan in 1986.With 2 professional Degrees Dr. Hussar occupies a unique niche in Medicine. Although no longer practicing Dentistry, most of his practice involves patients who are having health problems related to chronic oral infections. For 30 years his practice has focused around the treatment of chronic pain disorders, in particular facial pain and somatic pain that arises as a result of focal oral disease. The majority of his practice consists of performing oral surgical procedures designed to eliminate diseased bone and teeth from the jaws.

His interests in chronic illness have lead him down additional pathways of diagnosing and treating such newer epidemic diseases as Lyme Disease and its associated co-infections.

He possesses strong beliefs that most of mankind’s degenerative diseases result in part or totally from chronic infections residing in our bodies.
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Dr. Jeff Wulfman graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991. He first went into ENT, then further redefined his practice to Family Medicine with integrative approaches.  Dr. Wulfman’s practice is located in Brandon, Vermont, where he treats, among other illnesses, Lyme disease.
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Jane Hersey: “The Feingold Diet….updated for today’s busy families”

Jane Hersey is wife, mother and the Feingold Association Director. Mrs. Hersey began using the Feingold diet in 1975 and started volunteering for the association in 1976. She is the author of: “Why Can’t My Child Behave” – “Healthier Foods for Busy People” – and “What are all those funny things in food?…and should I eat them?”
Did you know that the brand of ice cream, cookie, and potato chip you select could have a direct effect on the behavior, health, and ability to learn for you or your children? Numerous studies show that certain synthetic food additives can have serious learning, behavior, and/or health effects for sensitive people.
The Feingold Program (also known as the Feingold Diet) is a test to determine if certain foods or food additives are triggering particular symptoms. It is basically the way people used to eat before “hyperactivity” and “ADHD” became household words, and before asthma and chronic ear infections became so very common.
In addition to ADHD, many children and adults also exhibit one or more other problems which may include: OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Bi-polar Disorder, Depression, Tourette Syndrome (TS), and Developmental Delays. These people often have food or environmental allergies. Many have a history of one or more of these physical problems: ear infections, asthma, sinus problems, bedwetting, bowel disorders, headaches/migraines, stomachaches, skin disorders, sensory deficits (extreme sensitivity to noise, lights, touch), vision deficits (the left and right eyes do not work well together, sometimes nystagmus).
While all the above symptoms might be helped by the Feingold Program, generally the characteristic that responds most readily is behavior. Although the symptoms differ from one person to another, the one characteristic that seems to apply to all chemically-sensitive people is that they get upset too easily. Whether the person is 3-years-old or 33, they have a short fuse.
Dr. Feingold began his work on linking diet with behavior back in the 1960′s. He soon saw that the conventional wisdom about this condition was not accurate. At that time most doctors believed that children outgrew hyperactivity, that only one child in a family would be hyperactive, and that girls were seldom affected. Parents using the Feingold Diet also saw that these beliefs were not accurate. Years later, the medical community revised their beliefs, as well.
Another change in the medical community has been the increased use of medicine to address ADHD. In the 1960′s and 1970′s medicine was used with restraint, generally discontinued after a few years, and never prescribed to very young children. If there was a history of tics or other neurological disorders in a family member, a child would not be give stimulant drugs. The Feingold Association does not oppose the use of medicine, but believes that practitioners should first look for the cause(s) of the problems, rather than only address the symptoms. For example, ADHD can be the result of exposure to lead or other heavy metals; in such a case, the logical treatment would be to remove the lead, arsenic, etc.
The Feingold Association believes that patients have a right to be given complete, accurate information on all of the options available in the treatment of ADHD as well as other conditions. Sometimes, the best results come from a combination of treatments. This might include using the Feingold Diet plus allergy treatments, or plus nutritional supplements, or plus a gluten-free/casein-free diet, or even Feingold + ADHD medicine. We believe that it’s useful to start with the Feingold Diet since it is fairly easy to use, not expensive, and because removing certain synthetic additives is a good idea for anyone.
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