Save the Date for the 2015 IMMH Conference!

The 6th annual IMMH Conference will be held September 17-20, 2015 in San Diego at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina! 


The conference has been growing every year, and this year, we're proud to announce that we're expanding from three days to four days! 


We will be announcing the line-up of speakers, along with their presentation topics soon.  Please check regularly for updates on the speakers, the conference schedule, and on how to register, or become an exhibitor or sponsor.   


We'll see you in San Diego!



  Vitamin D and Depression


  James Greenblatt, M.D.



Vitamin D was thought to be of use only in preventing rickets and osteomalacia. Accumulating evidence, however, has demonstrated that vitamin D does much more, influencing the health and function of tissues and organs throughout the body. Vitamin D is an important nutrient for our physical health, but many people are unaware of how critical this vitamin is for maintaining our mental health. In this article, we will explore the evidence-based research on vitamin D and depression. The next article will explore the effects of vitamin D on psychosis and schizophrenia.


Vitamin D is categorized as a hormone because of its paracrine, autocrine, and endocrine functions, and it can be acquired through food or exposure to the sun. Vitamin D can be found in high amounts in fatty fish and also in milk, yogurt, orange juice and cereals, and dietary supplements. A sufficient amount of vitamin D can also be produced from 5-15 minutes of daily exposure to sunlight.


Vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, is only made by plants and vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is created when ultraviolet light hitting the skin photochemically converts cholesterol to vitamin D. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] is a biological marker used to reliably measure the levels of both forms of vitamin D.Among its many functions, vitamin D is important for absorbing calcium, maintaining calcium homeostasis in tissues, growth of bones and teeth, properly functioning neurons and glial cells, preventing rickets and osteomalacia, influencing tissues and organs, preventing psoriasis, muscle pain, weakness, elevated blood pressure, some forms of cancer, and autoimmune disease, and preserving mental health.


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Toxic Crumb Rubber:  Nothing to Play Around With


Matt Pratt-Hyatt, Ph.D.

As a parent of two young children I understand that parents have a long list of things to worry about.  We parents worry if our children are eating right, getting enough sleep, or if they're making friends.  Unfortunately, we now also have to worry about the toxic environment to which our children may be exposed, be it the toys they are playing with or the cups they use for drinking.  The latest data shows that the playgrounds and artificial turf fields they play on may be quite toxic and hazardous to their health.


In the last two decades, many playgrounds, soccer fields, and football fields have been replacing their natural surfaces with a synthetic surface of rubber granules made up of ground up tires.  Despite the popularity of these types of surfaces many different activist groups have expressed concern that these synthetic materials may be a toxic burden on our children.


In 2006 a commentary was written in Environmental Health Perspectives detailing how little we knew about the material we are having our children play on (Anderson et al, 2006).  In the years since, there have been some insightful studies performed that give clues into how harmful prolonged exposure to these playing fields may be.  In 2007, a study from the nonprofit organization Environment and Human Health, Inc. and the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station produced one of the first reports about chemicals found leaching from artificial surfaces made from rubber tires.  This report indicated that benzothiazole, butylated hydroxyanisole, n-hexadecane, 4-(t-oxtyl) phenol, and zinc were found leaching from the tires.  These chemicals are known carcinogens and neurotoxicants (Brown et al., 2007).

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Candida:  A Factor in Depression and Mental Health


Jessica Bonovich, R.N.

One of the first psychiatrists to publish findings about the connection between Candida and depression is Dr. Orian Truss. His compelling work has been cited in numerous books and helped countless patients to date. Interestingly, his discovery in 1981 did not generate much interest from the psychiatric community who had just begun to see the effects of MAO inhibitors. While these and other modern antidepressants remain an important tool for treating psychiatric patients, studies have demonstrated that their efficacy rate is only about 20-30 percent (Kroenke, Hansen). Clearly, we do not have sufficient understanding of the complex spectrum of mental disorders that plague millions of individuals. To this end, we should leave no stone unturned. Especially if that stone has already shown to provide helpful information.  


Dr. Truss hypothesized that where Candida is merely a nuisance for some, it causes chronic illness (including mental illness) in others. People with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk however they need not have HIV or leukemia to suffer. At the Huxley symposium (what year?), he presented 6 case studies he believed to encompass the so-called Candida syndrome that he discovered. All individuals had been exposed to multiple rounds of antibiotics or other immune lowering agents. These individuals were often female. Depression was almost always one of many vague symptoms. Loss of memory, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to chemicals and other symptoms were also noted.  Dr. Truss began to incorporate treatment with antifungal therapy for patients with chronic mental illness. Interestingly, all of the individuals responded to the treatment and their symptoms of depression lifted.


Dr. Truss noted the difficultly of testing for Candida since nearly everyone has had exposure to the organism. Determining the degree to which each individual suffers is based on a set of vague symptoms that often ends with the patient being labeled as psychosomatic or psychiatric. Fortunately, today we have more robust methods of detecting Candida and a better understanding of the mechanism which may be causing symptoms.



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The Role of Microglia Activation and Brain Inflammation in Autism


Presented by Kurt Woeller, D.O., at 6 p.m. PST on Feb. 4.


Microglia are immune cells in the brain that play a role in inflammation.  Ample research has shown that in autism, microglia over-activation can lead to brain inflammation.  This presentation will discuss microglia and autism, including therapeutic options.



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The Green Smoothie Health Fad: This Road to Health Hell is Paved with Toxic Oxalate Crystals


Presented by William Shaw, Ph.D., at 6 p.m. PST on Feb. 18


Many people now consume "green smoothies" in an efffort to eat "clean" and get healthy, however, they may be sabotaging their health with these mean, green concoctions, due to the extrememly high amounts of oxalates in their ingredients.  This webinar will discuss the dangers of oxalates, who may be most at risk, testing for oxalate toxicity, and what can be done to prevent and treat symptoms caused by oxalates.   


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  IMMH 2014 Conference DVD



Don't forget that the IMMH 2014 Conference DVD is now available.  If you haven't reserved your copy, you may do that here:

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The 2014 conference DVD has some great new features, including the ability to download a PDF of the PowerPoint slides from each presentation, right from where you're viewing them! 


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