Integrative Medicine for Mental Health 3rd Annual Conference - September 21-23, 2012 - Santa Fe, New Mexico


Attendees gather new treatment ideas,

network with likeminded practitioners in Santa Fe


Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the 3rd-Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference kicked off on Sept. 21 in historic Santa Fe, N.M. Attendees called the venue "beautiful" and "relaxing."


The three-day conference explored the field of Integrative Medicine as it pertains to mental health and equipped practitioners to successfully diagnose and treat the underlying causes of neurological, social and behavioral disorders.



Speakers included James Greenblatt, M.D.; William Shaw, Ph.D.; Louis Cady, M.D.; Kurt Woeller, D.O.; Julie Matthews, C.N.C.; and Lori Knowles.


“All have been very good," Patrick B. Mullen, M.D., said of the speakers. "I like the mix of case presentations and literature review.”



Health professionals representing a wide variety of medical disciplines ranging from psychiatrists and family practitioners, chiropractors and registered dietitians, to social workers and counselors — were in attendance. Attendees said they appreciated the integration of research-based and clinical information.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of research/practical/clinical experiences," said Dr. Robert Quillin. "The speakers were always willing to talk and were invested in their ideas/treatments.”


Attendees also said they enjoyed talking to other, like-minded practitioners.


“I have felt like an outlier," Denise Lawless said. "I now feel connected to an integrative home. I appreciate the evidence-based information.”


Overall, attendees said they gained valuable knowledge in the area of integrative medicine and were leaving with tools to implement into their practices right away.


“I have a busy functional medicine practice," said Dr. Maya Ramirez, "and I learned 4-5 essential diagnostic and treatment recommendations I plan to implement immediately.”


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Reported by Susan Scholtz, MS, PhD


From Autism to Alzheimer's Conference


The Great Plains Laboratory and Biolab are proud to announce their first co-sponsored IMMH conference was a big success!


There were more than 100 attendees at the London conference, which focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disease in the 21st century.


“Absolutely on point," Ros Morgan said. "Leading-edge information and very relevant.”


The majority of attendees were from London, but there were a few travelers, with practitioners arriving from Hong Kong, Kuwait, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Norway and Serbia. It was a great opportunity to match names with faces.


“All medical practitioners should be required to attend this conference. [It] opened my mind to a new world of ideas and treatment options,” Dr. Mindy Reeves said. “I cannot wait to begin to implement the things that I have learned into my practice and personal life.”


We hope to repeat next year with a bigger turnout!


Reported by Scott Shaw


   Featured Article

The Tomato Effect

Why the medical community still considers nutritional approaches to psychiatric treatment "alternative" and is reluctant to embrace these treatment methods


By James Greenblatt, M.D.


Nutritional medicine has long been considered “alternative medicine,” and despite increasing scientific research supporting the link between nutrition and health, the mental health profession continues to regard the link between nutrition and brain function as alternative or “complementary.”


Despite the research that supports use of nutritional approaches in augmenting treatment for depression and mood disorders, these approaches are considered experimental and alternative. The side effect profiles of psychiatric medications are extensive and often irreversible. The side effect profiles of nutritional supplementation is essentially nonexistent. It is mind boggling that there is not more research in this crucial area of mental health treatment.


It was nice to find an impartial study that utilizes nutritional testing to demonstrate measures of mental health published in Neurology (Bowman et al., 2012).


This study examined 104 non-demented adults, average age of 87, participating in the Oregon Brain Aging Study. All patients underwent nutrient blood testing for 30 nutritional biomarkers and a battery of cognitive tests. All study participants aged 85 and older also had MRI scans within one month of the blood test.


Results demonstrated that optimal mental function was found in individuals with high blood levels of specific nutrients evaluated: Vitamins B1, B2, B6, folate, B12, as well as vitamins C, D and E.

  • Higher levels of these nutrients positively correlated with improved cognitive function, increased attention, and increased executive function.
  • Equally important was that elevated blood levels of trans fats were strongly associated with repressed cognitive function and decreased performance: impaired memory, cognition, language, mental processing speed, and attention.
  • Omege-3 fatty acid levels were significantly associated with enhanced cognitive function.

Notably, MRI results of individuals with higher levels of blood vitamins B, C, D, and E showed increased brain area compared to their peers with lower vitamin levels. Additionally, individuals with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had significantly less small vessel disease in the brain.


One of the most important clinical lessons of integrative psychiatry is that there is a very poor correlation between dietary recall and blood levels of nutrients in the body. There are many reasons for this variation.


Read the entire article here.

2012 Conference:

By the Numbers

  6 speakers

  3 days

  19 sessions

  162 attendees

  3 countries represented

  37 U.S. states represented


  92% of attendees would recommend the conference to a colleague


  95% of attendees rated the practicality of the information "excellent" or "good"


  70% of attendees rated the networking opportunities "excellent" or "good"


  83% of attendees rated the conference value "excellent" or "good"


Join the IMMH Clinicians Yahoo! Group

After the 2012 IMMH Conference, we introduced the IMMH Clinicians Yahoo! Group (a listserv) to keep the conversation going. Practitioners use the listserv to ask each other questions and share research and ideas. Click here to request an invitation!


"What a fantastic support and resource IMMH has provided in the [Yahoo! Group] ... Thank you to everyone who commented. This is all very helpful." –2012 attendee/listserv participant


This Yahoo! Group is for practitioners only.


Clinician Registry

Don't miss out on this opportunity to join an amazing resource! If you have attended an IMMH conference, you qualify to join the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Clinician Registry, making you accessible to potential patients.


“I like being able to be listed on the registry and to be able to look up other practitioners.” –2012 attendee


Find out more about the IMMH Clinician Registry at


Preorder the Conference DVD-ROM

Whether you missed the conference or would just like to view the sessions again, you can preorder the 2012 Conference DVD-ROM! Click here to place your order.


For purchasing and viewing the DVD-ROM, you also have an opportunity to join the Clinician Registry.


Upcoming Webinar

Amino Acid Precursors

in the Treatment

of Depression and Anxiety


Presented by James Greenblatt, M.D.,

at 6 p.m. PST on Dec. 12


All psychiatric medications affect levels of neuro- transmitters in the brain. There are hundreds of neurotransmitters, and the majority of neuro- transmitters in the brain are synthesized from amino acid precursors we obtain from our diet. Dr. Greenblatt will tell how to enhance neurotransmitter function in the central nervous system with precursor amino acids and nutritional cofactors. He will discuss use of L-tryptophan, 5-HTP, tyrosine and L-phenylalanine, as well as the critical cofactors, including P5P, zinc and methyl folate. Dr. Greenblatt will also talk about phytochemicals that stabilize neurotransmitters and maintain healthy neurotransmitter re-uptake in relation to enhancing successful amino acid precursor therapy. Amino acid precursor therapy has clinical implications for a wide range of neuropsychiatric illnesses, including depression, anxiety, ADHD and addictions.

James Greenblatt, M.D., is a dually board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and the founder and medical director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an integrative psychiatry practice. For more than 20 years, he has been a leader in Integrative Medicine, lecturing on nutritional treatments in psychiatry and eating disorders.


Click here for more information or to register for these webinars.


You can also view previously recorded webinars and other videos here.


Biomedicine University

From Kurt Woeller, D.O.:


Clinical education is a passion of mine, as we need more doctors interested in learning the fundamentals of complementary medical options for their autism and mental health patients. My contribution at this point is a FREE newsletter -- Biomedicine University -- to bring you interesting information related to integrative medicine, including practice marketing strategies and clinical pearls. Click here for more information.



Use discount code MB122012 to receive $12 off my in-depth e-book about implementing Methyl-B12 injection therapy into your practice, “Methyl-B12 Therapy For Autism.”