Upcoming Events: Health & Medicine

Fri 3/20

Image - How Environmental Factors Induce Autoimmune Disorders

How Environmental Factors Induce Autoimmune Disorders

Date: Fri, March 20, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Steps you can take to maximize your health.

Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D., Founder, Immunosciences Lab

A remarkable connection exists between the gut and brain, co-dependent parts of the complex immune system. Through bidirectional signaling, helped along by intestinal microbiota, the brain and gut are capable of affecting each other’s functions. Studies have shown that intestinal microbiota even play a significant role in shaping how the brain is wired and have linked these microorganisms to autoimmune diseases and brain-linked disorders such as autism, depression and anxiety. Also important: The autoantibodies triggering autoimmune disorders can be detected 5 to 10 years before the actual onset of disease. Dr. Vojdani, a distinguished immunologist, will discuss the environmental and dietary factors influencing this process and what steps you can take to maximize your health.

Wed 4/15

Image - The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Comput

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age

Date: Wed, April 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With Robert M. Wachter, M.D.

Robert M. Wachter, M.D., Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, UCSF; Director, Division of Hospital Medicine

Everyone had high hopes that computers would be the magic bullet to improving healthcare’s safety, quality and efficiency. In the past five years – due to a $30 billion federal incentive program – medicine has finally, reluctantly, gone digital. Using a dramatic case in which a child received a 39-fold overdose of a common antibiotic, this talk explores some of the unforeseen consequences of information technology. Those consequences range from the movement to hire scribes so doctors and patients can look each other in the eyes again to the tendency of clinicians to defer to a new kind of authority: an electronic one. It will also touch on core issues in medicine, such as what it means to be a doctor – and patient – in the digital age. Dr. Wachter’s new book, The Digital Doctor, will be published in April.

Wed 4/22

Image - Big Weed: An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal

Big Weed: An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business

Date: Wed, April 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Christian Hageseth, Founder of Green Man Cannabis

Christian Hageseth, Founder, Green Man Cannabis

Christian Hageseth is the face of the legal marijuana revolution – an entrepreneur and father of three who worked in the white-collar professional world for 20 years before opening his first dispensary. The founder and chairman of Green Man Cannabis, the fastest-growing marijuana company in the country, he provides a guide through a wild frontier where he says police hardly know what laws to enforce and parents don’t know what to tell their kids. Hageseth will discuss how he got into the business, the big corporate interests that are eager to do the same, and the full impact he believes legal marijuana will have on American life.

Tue 4/28

Image - The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet

The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle

Date: Tue, April 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
With Mitchell Gaynor, M.D.

Mitchell Gaynor, M.D.; Founder and President of Gaynor Wellness; Clinical Assistant Professor, Weill-Cornell Medical College

The 21st century is barely underway, and with it, the field of epigenetics has become the century’s first evolutionary leap into health optimization. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a renowned integrative oncologist, uses epigenetic modalities with his patients, and they are the focus of his latest book, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle. His suggestions are perhaps the first concrete explanations of how factors other than one’s DNA create disease.

Gaynor’s talk shows how the use of carefully analyzed practices target the complexities of major diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and he demonstrates how certain epigenetic actions – food, nutrients, meditation, exercise, non-toxic environments – optimize health and minimize damage inside and outside the body. His talk, like his book, is really a manual for what to do now to diminish a disease that has already appeared, to prevent its spread, or to prevent its appearance in the future.

Dr. Gaynor’s gene changer therapies are the latest advance in the evolution of optimizing health. Destiny is not fixed. Destiny now includes the actions that each individual can take to repair and enhance gene expression.