Scientific and Holistic Investigation of Nutritional Endocrinology (SHINE) Conference: 2015 – The Gut Brain Connection in Clinical Practice

Scientific and Holistic Investigation of Nutritional Endocrinology
S.H.I.N.E. Conference 2015

The Gut Brain Connection in Clinical Practice

For decades, Dr. Ritamarie (MS, DC, CCN, DACBN) has helped thousands of clients using her system of nutritional endocrinology to help people overcome the challenges of converting to a healthy lifestyle and transform from flabby, foggy, and fatigued into fit, focused and full of energy.

Through the SHINE Conference, Dr. Ritamarie is reaching out to help other practitioners spread this method so that more lives can transform and more practitioners can achieve the success they desire.

About the SHINE Conference

SHINE Conference Superstar PractitionerWhat you need to short-cut your path to success is the support and guidance of a mentor and a community to facilitate your growth and expansion.

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Learn essential strategies that will take your practice to a new and more rewarding level – deeply connected with your purpose for becoming a health practitioner in the first place.

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October 2015 Conference Focus:
The Gut Brain Connection in Clinical Practice

Several years ago, scientists discovered—and began studying in depth—a strong link between gut health and mental health.

Gut Brain ConnectionIn fact, an article from Scientific American describes the network of neurons lining the human gut as a “second brain” because of the large number of important neurotransmitters that send messages to the brain … and it plays an important, integral role in our mental state and in certain diseases throughout the body.

While all thought and decision-making happens in your brain, the enteric nervous system—the sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gutcontains about 100 million neurons (more than either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system contain!).

So what does this mean?

The Gut: Your Second Brain

It means this “second brain” can control gut behavior independently of the brain, and, perhaps more importantly, that 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve carry information to the brain (rather than the brain sending messages to the gut).

According to the Scientific American article, the nerves in your gut likely influence your emotions on a large scale.

And an article in Psychology Today states, “The gut and brain have a steady ability to communicate via the nervous system, hormones and the immune system. Some of the microbiome [in the gut] can release neurotransmitters, just like our own neurons do, speaking to the brain in its own language via the vagus nerve.”

The Gut's Role in Mental and Physical Health

This article makes a couple of relevant points:

Gut-Brain-Connection-depression-high-blood-pressure-atherosclerosis-autoimmune-disordersFirst, the body responds to stress via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, putting you into “fight or flight” when it senses danger. Once danger has passed, your body uses negative feedback to tone down the fight or flight response. But under conditions of chronic stress, the feedback gets messed up, leading to a myriad of symptoms that accompany being in a persistent state of overwhelm.

Second, the hormonal system is easy to conceptualize, but the underlying system—the immune system—is more complex. When your body is under stress, it releases inflammatory cytokines, chemical messengers that bring a certain part of your immune system into high alert. Your body reacts to stress as if it is an infection.

Chronic levels of inflammatory response lead to chronic disease like depressive disorders, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and a number of autoimmune disorders. Immune system activation can also determine whether or not you develop cancer. The gut microbiome plays a key role in regulating your immune response.

So, the makeup of your gut microbiome could make the difference as to whether you're sick or well—mentally and physically.

So … what does all of this mean to you as a holistic health practitioner?

Gut Brain Connection - Gut Knowledge is Power to Help Clients

Gut Knowledge Is Power

By becoming educated about the gut-brain connection, you can get to the true cause of your clients' symptoms and restore balance.

  • It means you can develop the confidence to explore and solve even the toughest, most complicated cases.

  • It means you can grow your business while serving your clients at a whole new level.

I'm going to share with you an opportunity to become educated, and in turn, supercharge your clients' results and your business!



October 2015 Event Topics:

Day 1: Analyze

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  • The key role of nutritional endocrinology as the “master controller” of the gut and brain
  • The role of the gut microbiome as an influence on mood, focus, memory and other brain functions
  • The impact of the autonomic nervous system and the vagus nerve in optimizing gut function
  • What the latest research says about the impact of gluten on brain and gut function and what is needed for a healthy mind and body

Day 2: Absorb

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  • A step-by-step guide to using functional laboratory tests and clinical assessment tools for identifying imbalances and creating a plan for optimal gut and brain function
  • Key strategies for identifying and restoring balance to the specific nutrients that impact brain and gut function
  • How to identify and heal “leaky brain”, an underlying cause of cause of unexplained brain fog, difficulty concentrating, memory problems and anxiety, and a common companion to “leaky gut”
  • How to optimize your clients' digestive health using studies from The Human Microbiome Project
  • Microbial genes, brain, and behavior: the role of epigenetics in regulation of the gut-brain axis

Day 3: Assimilate

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  • How to guide your clients to experiencing greater vitality and joy by nourishing the gut-brain connection using the healing power of nature
  • Strategies for guiding your clients to improved gut-brain balance through the foundational health pillars of stress, emotions, sleep, nutrition, environment and fitness
  • The top gut- and brain-supporting herbs and nutrients and how to use them to restore balance
  • How to minimize the impact of toxins in water and food on healthy gut and brain function
  • How to use essential oils for a healthy gut-brain axis

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October 2015 Event Speakers:

Dr. Tom O’Bryan – The Neurological UnderBelly of the Gluten-free Lifestyle: Potential Benefits, Devastating Dangers

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There is a spectrum of gluten-related disorders, with the classical Celiac Disease being at one extreme end and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) at the other.

Gluten may activate either/both innate and adaptive immune response and is considered to cause gastrointestinal, non-neurological, and neurological damage via cross reacting antibodies, immune complexes, and direct cytotoxicity.

Dr. Tom O'Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease, and Autoimmune Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines.

He is the founder of He is the visionary behind the paradigm-shifting The Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on the gluten connection to diseases, disorders, a wide-range of symptoms and ages.

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Mike Mutzel – Optimizing Sugar and Fat Burning Machinery Through the Leptin-Gut Metabolic Axis

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In this presentation, we will:

  • Explore the links among leptin, gut health, and metabolism
  • Learn what gut hormones and enteroendocrine cells are and why they are so important
  • Discover the local and systematic effects of key metabolites released from enteroendocrine cells
  • Know the top herbs, phytochemicals, proteins, and fibers that beneficially affect gut hormones and leptin
  • Learn how prebiotics improve enteroendocrine cell function

Mike Mutzel has an B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University and is completing his M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is a graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s (IFM) Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP).

In April of 2014, Mike launched his first book, Belly Fat Effect: The Real Secret About How Your Diet, Intestinal Health, and Gut Bacteria Help You Burn Fat. Mike regularly conducts workshops for health care practitioners, teaching leading-edge science in a concise format that can be utilized by progressive clinicians for the prevention of chronic disease. Often termed Translational Medicine, this bench-to-bedside approach is key to ensure the application of pioneering research and concepts in systems biology a preventative health care setting, optimizing patient outcomes.

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Steph Jackson – Functional Probiotics: 3 Keys to Success with Chronic Digestive Distress

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In this session, you will discover the 3 most common bacteria associated with inflammatory bowel diseases and immune disorders, the 3 most important factors to bring balance, and what functional probiotics are and how to use them in your practice.

Steph Jackson, Crave Conscious yogurt company founder, teacher, and writer guides revolutionary health enthusiasts and educators as they change the face of personal care and health care by rebuilding their digestion and immunity with functional probiotics and nutrition.

She loves wildcrafting, fermenting, and geeking out just a little in her programs and personal life. After healing her own chronic pain and fatigue, she is a fierce friend and mentor for you to do the same for yourself and your clients.

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Donna Kasuska – Toxins in Food and Water That Could Affect Gut Microbiome


Donna Kasuska is Founder and CEO of ChemConscious, Inc., a company that is on a mission to create a healthier world by increasing chemical awareness. Donna provides consulting services to the chemical industry and also brings technical, yet practical information to the public.

Donna is dedicated to bridging the information gap between industry and the public. As a chemical engineer with over 30 years of experience, Donna has seen, first hand, how water is treated, food is processed and how many personal and household products are manufactured. Donna now dedicates much of her time to speaking, writing, and publicly communicating an urgent message regarding the overuse of some chemicals. She speaks and writes passionately about the hidden hazards of chemicals in our environment.

She will show you how to recognize and avoid the harmful chemicals by making better choices without significantly changing your life style.

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Arttemis Keszainn – How to Use 5 Elements, 5 Prayers, and 5 Essential Oils for Deep Emotional Transformation of Your GI Tract and Rewiring Your Neural Pathways

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Learn how Conscious Language, Essential Oils, and Words of Affirmation can help release trapped emotions and negative attitudes that are at the ROOT of dis-ease and digestive problems. Your words of affirmation spoken with key essential oil blends are medicine to your mind, body, and will even rewire your Gut-Brain connection. You can move from “stuck” to “clear” in your large intestine, from disgust to acceptance in the stomach, and from anger to compassion and benevolence in the liver to rewire your limbic brain, build new positive neural pathways, and heal your gut at the deepest levels.

Arttemis Keszainn is a visionary entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and creator of Juicing For Fat Loss and Green Living With Essential Oils.

Arttemis has touched and transformed over 10,000 lives world-wide to achieve dynamic health through raw foods, detoxification, and lifestyle design. He has studied holistic health for over 15 years, pursuing his passion to teach and embody the art of Radiant Health.

Arttemis is currently transforming 10s of 1000s of lives world-wide by creating information products, eBooks, videos, and websites that inspire and educate people to build the body they love and love the lifestyle they live!

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