Upcoming Events: Health & Medicine

Tue 5/13

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This event is Postponed

One Mama

Date: Tue, May 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Siobhan Neilland, Founder, OneMama ShaBoom products

Siobhan "ShaBoom" Neilland, Founder, OneMama ShaBoom Products

How do you overcome the death of your child? Neilland found a unique way to fill this major void by traveling to Uganda and opening herself to the love of many children, which led her to found OneMama.org in her efforts to help others live. Come hear Neilland discuss how all you need is an idea, a strategy and a whole lot of tenacity to transfer your own personal, self-sustaining technique to the professional concept of business and philanthropy.

Wed 5/14

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Vitamin C, Calcium and Chronic Degenerative Disease

Date: Wed, May 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Thomas E Levy, MD, JD, Author, Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins

As chronic degenerative diseases become more prevalent, Dr. Levy posits that deficiency of vitamin C in the tissues ultimately dictates whether you are ill and how severely ill you are. He says all diseases are caused by variations of increased oxidative stress and a large amount of vitamin C is both a treatment for that increased stress and a preventative measure. The presentation will include a general overview of vitamin C, why nearly everyone has too much calcium in their body and Levy’s suggestions for the best ways to address these factors therapeutically to optimize health.

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One Mama

Date: Wed, May 14, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Siobhan Neilland, Founder, OneMama ShaBoom products

Siobhan "ShaBoom" Neilland, Founder, OneMama ShaBoom Products

How do you overcome the death of your child? Neilland found a unique way to fill this major void by traveling to Uganda and opening herself to the love of many children, which led her to found OneMama.org in her efforts to help others live. Come hear Neilland discuss how all you need is an idea, a strategy and a whole lot of tenacity to transfer your own personal, self-sustaining technique to the professional concept of business and philanthropy.

Thu 5/15

Go to Truly Heal Your Body, Your Life and the World from Cancer

Truly Heal Your Body, Your Life and the World from Cancer

Date: Thu, May 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Marcus Freudenmann, Founder, Truly Heal; Director and Producer, Truly Heal Your Body, Your Life and the World from Cancer; Producer, Cancer Is Curable Now 

Marcus Freudenmann is an expert in the world of alternative and integrative treatments for cancer. He will address the complexity of these treatments, as well as how to evaluate a patient effectively with a systematic approach. Through such an evaluation a practitioner and patient can create an individualized treatment plan. Freudenmann says such treatment plans can eliminate root causes of cancer, heal underlying trauma and help patients find life purpose and joy.

Tue 6/3

Go to Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Date: Tue, June 03, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

George Moore, Scientist-in-Residence, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Kai Vetter, Head, Applied Physics Program, Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dale Smith, Member, Treasure Island Restoration Advisory Board
Matt Smith, Reporter, The Center for Investigative Reporting – Moderator

The island in the middle of San Francisco Bay where the city plans to build a second downtown was once home to military training schools and ship operations that included dangerous radioactive substances inclucing radium, cesium and plutonium. The U.S. Navy says there is now no risk to the island's residents, as the island is prepared for even more construction. Yet in March, 2014, the military announced that it will test residents' homes for radioactive waste. Experts question whether the Navy's investigation will permit and include independent research, investigation and findings in addition to the Navy's testing and what the military use and history of Treasure Island means for the island and for San Francisco Bay.

Thu 6/5

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance

Date: Thu, June 05, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A discussion that could explain the rise of ADHD.

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Vice-Chair for Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
Richard M. Scheffler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Health Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Director, Nicholas C. Petris Center; Director, Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research

ADHD diagnosis is soaring, but is it a real psychiatric disorder — or a social construction used to label kids or adults who don't fit the norm? The speakers argue for the reality of ADHD, with clear biological underpinnings and documented impairments, but only if diagnosis is done carefully. Competition for admission to the best schools and high-paying jobs intensifies today's push for performance, fueling the ADHD explosion. Come hear a discussion of the high-stakes testing policies in schools, direct-to-consumer advertisements and the quality of diagnostic standards that could explain the sharp rise of ADHD and medication treatments.

Wed 6/18

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An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies

Date: Wed, June 18, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Mireille Schwartz, Food Allergy Expert; Author
Mireille Schwartz, Founder & CEO, Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board; Food Allergy Expert; Author, The Family Food Allergy Book
 
Since the mid-1990s, food allergies have shifted into high gear; what used to be a relative rarity has become increasingly commonplace, with scientists estimating that the problem is continuing to get worse. There is currently no cure for food allergies. California State Senate Award-winning expert and author Schwartz examines the evolutionary history of food allergies: what they are, how to prevent them and how to treat them. Severely allergic to seafood herself, Schwartz explains the pragmatic stress involved with managing food allergies, as well as step-by-step solutions with an understanding that food is everywhere and our relationship to food needs to be healthy if we are to stay healthy.
 

Thu 6/26

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Corporate Wealth or Public Health?

Date: Thu, June 26, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Robert H. Lustig, M.D; Professor of Pediatrics

Robert H. Lustig, M.D; Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, University of California, San Francisco; Director, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program, UCSF

The ideology of “personal responsibility” has at one time or another been championed as the solution for every one of our societal ills. It’s considered convenient, easily adopted by American liberty interests, and is believed to contribute to the corporate bottom line. But according to Lustig, every “personal responsibility” issue eventually morphs into a public health crisis because these diseases are not caused by behaviors, but rather exposures. He argues that though politicians are supposed to protect us, sometimes wealth speaks louder than public health. He sees the ideology of “personal responsibility” as one that denies biology and obscures reality. Come hear why he believes it might be time for a change in policy, based in biology, recognizing that exposures cannot be fixed by individuals, but must be dealt with by society.

Wed 7/16

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Is Ozone the Miracle Cure Everyone Is Talking About?

Date: Wed, July 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Robert Rowen, M.D., Santa Rosa; Board-certified Member, American Boards of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology; Former Member, Alaska State Medical Board.

Dr. Rowen's talk will feature research from Cuba (and other sources) on what ozone is being used to treat inflammatory conditions, repairing arthritic joints, circulation, macular degeneration, etc. Dr. Rowen will show videos of "miraculous" instant results of patients in his own office; these are not miracles at all, he says, but what can be expected when you treat the body to get it to heal itself. Rowen's presentation will also cover UV light in its relation to ozone and show some documentation from many years ago on its ability to fight infection. Dr. Rowen is affectionately known as "The Father of Medical Freedom" for pioneering the nation's first law protecting alternative medicine in 1990, in Alaska.

Thu 8/7

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The Quest for an HIV/AIDS Vaccine

Date: Thu, August 07, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Donald P. Francis, M.D.,DsC, Executive Director, Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases; Former Director, AIDS Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control

HIV was identified in 1983. By that time, Donald Francis was already researching the virus in a Centers for Disease Control lab. Years later, with Francis’ help, the Bay Area company Genentech initiated efforts to develop a vaccine. At Genentech, candidate vaccines effectively protected chimpanzees from HIV infection and human trials were initiated. From Genentech, to a spin-off called VaxGen, and later to a nonprofit company called Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases, Francis has been a fierce advocate for the creation of an HIV vaccine.

Wed 10/22

Go to Tech meets Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Education

Tech meets Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Education

Date: Wed, October 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Adam Gazzaley, M.D.; Ph.D; Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UC San Francisco

A fundamental challenge of modern society is the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function in both healthy and impaired individuals, and some people have serious concerns about the ability of either our current education or health-care system to meet this challenge. Gazzaley will share a vision of the future in which video games integrated with technological innovations in software and hardware are used as an engine to harness brain plasticity and enhance our cognitive abilities, thus reducing our reliance on non-specific drugs to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions and allowing us to better target and personalize our educational efforts.