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Free Webinar Clinical Education: New Products from Your Premier Botanical Brand, Gaia Herbs PRO*.   Recorded February 06, 2024. Presented by Corey Schuler, FNP, DC, CNS, LN

Emerging evidence suggests the existence of multiple pathways mediating bidirectional communication (crosstalk) between organ systems.  Heart-brain correlation is an important component of Traditional Chinese practices about the theory of zang-fu organs, which is still valuable for integrative clinical practice. Increasing evidence supports the close association between the heart-brain axis, central autonomic nerve network and cardiovascular health, as well as the extensive regulative effects of integrative interventions on the heart-brain axis, functional connectivity of the brain, automatic nerve activities, and cardiac functions. Physiology and practical applications were discussed.

Free Webinar How to Eat to Change How You Drink: A Guide to Nutrition for Alcohol Reduction*.   Recorded January 17, 2024. Presented by Brooke Scheller, DCN, CNS

Dry January, Sober October and "Sober-Curious" trends are on the rise. In this session, we discussed the health impacts of alcohol consumption on functional body systems, like the gut, hormones, and brain neurotransmitters. Dr. Brooke Scheller, author of How to Eat to Change How You Drink, shared nutrition, supplements, and herbs to support an alcohol-free lifestyle, reduce cravings for sugar and alcohol, and how heal the body after long-term alcohol use using food.*

Free Webinar Practice Update to Prescribing Exercise and Nutrition for Mood Support*.   Recorded December 07, 2023. Presented by Corey B. Schuler, PhD(c), FNP, DC, MBA, CNS

Mood concerns affect a significant number of adult individuals. While pharmacological treatments, such as antidepressant medications, are commonly prescribed for its management, there is a growing body of research suggesting the potential benefits of alternative and adjunctive interventions. This presentation provides the landscape of evidence and aims to explore the effectiveness of prescribed moderate intensity exercise as compared to usual care, defined as prescribed antidepressant medications, in the tertiary prevention of depressive sequelae in adult patients diagnosed with unipolar depression. By examining this comparison, it may be possible to shed light on the potential role of exercise as a complementary approach to traditional pharmacotherapy in promoting mental well-being and mitigating the long-term consequences of depression. Practical applications of the current literature will be discussed as well as additional considerations such as nutritional guidance and the use of dietary supplements in this population. Botanicals included in this presentation include saffron, St. John’s wort, turmeric, and rhodiola.

Free Webinar A Review of the Impact of Select Herbals on CYP Liver Enzymes*.   Recorded November 01, 2023. Presented by Wendy Warner, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, IFMCP

A Review of the Impact of Select Herbals on CYP Liver Enzymes and How That Might Affect Estrogen Metabolism*  The CYP 450 family of liver enzymes is the main pathway of detoxification of various chemicals in the body, from our hormones to xenobiotics.  Chemical components of plants, whether taken as foods or herbal products, have known effects on the action of these enzyme pathways.  In this talk, we reviewed the literature on these known effects and speculate on how that might impact the detoxification of our hormones.  This could have clinical implications both positive and negative.*

Herbs discussed included hops, citrus, St Johns wort, peppermint, rosemary, nettle, green tea, coleus and licorice, among others."

Free Webinar Beyond Serotonin: Exploring the Bidirectional Gut-Brain Connection in Mental Health*.   Recorded October 10, 2023. Presented by Lara Zakaria, PharmD, MS, CDN, CNS, IFMCP

Healthy blood pressure is one of the most studied topics of the previous century and is the goal to avoid unwanted effects on the blood vessel, brain, heart, and kidneys. It is important to provide safe and effective interventions to support healthy blood pressure in both the short-term and long-term. This webinar discussed diagnostic criteria and classifications, summarized relevant pathophysiology, and reviewed safe and effective botanical interventions for the cardiovascular system.* The botanicals discussed included Crataegus spp, Hibiscus sabdariffa, Rauwolfia serpentina, and Taraxacum officinale.

Free Webinar Harnessing the Power of the Vagus Nerve: A Synergistic Approach*.   Recorded September 27, 2023. Presented by Mark J. Tager, MD

There is a new syndrome sweeping our country, driving clients and patients to come see practitioners. It is the extreme sympathetic nervous system dominance creating legions of “wired and tired” people. This over-stimulation is responsible for robbing sleep, disturbing calm, and interrupting focus. It also fuels the flames of inflammation.*

There is an antidote to this problem. Its roots lie in restoring vagal tone. The vagus nerve, the Xth cranial, is the longest nerve in the body. It is responsible for the autonomic regulation associated with “rest and digest.” Today we realize that we can stimulate the vagus and put its beneficial regulation to work several ways. These include lifestyle modifications, supplements including herbs and botanicals; and consumer devices that conveniently and safely provide gentle electrical stimulation.*

Free Webinar Botanical Support for the H.P.A. Axis*.   Recorded August 08, 2023. Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

This presentation reviewed the pathophysiology of recurrent stress, specifically focusing on the role of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis (HPA axis) and also reviewed a botanically-based approach to remediation. Key lifestyle factors were highlighted as well the roles of selected nutrients and botanical nervines and herbal adaptogens. Herbal adaptogens are unique in their ability to modify our response to stress while minimizing the deleterious physiological consequences of recurrent stress.*

Herbs discussed:  Scutellaria laterifolia, Piper methysticum, Valeriana officinalis, Withania somnifera, Schisandra chinenesis, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Cordyceps spp., Rhodiola rosea, Panax ginseng"

Free Webinar Targeting the 24-Hour Circadian Cycle with Botanical Adaptogens*.   Recorded July 12, 2023. Presented by Mary Bove, ND

Most conversations about circadian cycle revolve around melatonin and sleep hygiene. And while both have significant roles in supporting circadian rhythm, it is important not to neglect certain foundational systems. Commonly, individuals experience continuous stress without adequate recovery. An important aspect of restoration is re-establishing a normal day/ night HPA axis cycle for adrenal hormones released, cortisol being but one of those.* 

Daytime and nighttime applications of botanical adaptogens for restoration of a healthy 24-hour circadian cycle were discussed with emphasis on stress sequelae and general neuroendocrine enhancement.*

Herbs discussed included: Rhaponticum, Rhodiola root, Holy Basil, Eleutherococcus, Licorice root, Magnolia bark, Mimosa bark, Lemon Balm, Ashwagandha root, Reishi"

Free Webinar Herbal Support for Preconception and Fertility*.   Recorded June 21, 2023. Presented by Wendy Warner, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, IFMCP

In an ideal world, every new mom and their partner would have plenty of time to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.  In this talk, we'll cover what a thorough evaluation includes to ensure a healthy preconception environment as well as a functional medicine approach to optimal fertility. Optimal fertility should take into consideration gut health, nutritional status, biotransformation, immune health, phasic hormone production, thyroid health, stress, and more.* 

Botanicals discussed included demulcents and carminatives, adaptogens and nervines, nutritives such as nettles/oatstraw/red clover, turmeric, boswellia, vitex, and mushrooms.

Free Webinar Supporting Healthy Blood Pressure with Evidence Based Lifestyle Approaches*.   Recorded June 06, 2023. Presented by Richard Harris, MD, PharmD, MBA

Many adults struggle to maintain normal blood pressure, even with traditional pharmaceutical therapies. Despite guidelines presenting lifestyle interventions as part of the standard of care, many patients are unaware of how their daily behaviors and habits can impact their health.  In this presentation we discussed why a holistic approach to healthy blood pressure is needed and what we can do as practitioners to help our patients achieve it.  

In most cases, integrative practitioners can and should do more for their patients who have a goal of healthy blood pressure.*

Free Webinar Kava - More Uses than You Think*.   Recorded May 16, 2023. Presented by Tori Hudson, ND

The uses of kava are broader than first glance.  This presentation focused on increasing the scope and clinical uses of using kava for occasional anxiousness, sleep, perimenopause and menopause, mood, cognition, immunity, and general well-being.  We also discussed how to incorporate kava into sample plans, adjunctive use, review mechanism of action, safety issues, and dosing.

Free Webinar Nutritional Immunology: Optimizing Immune Health with Botanical & Fungal Immunomodulators*.   Recorded May 10, 2023. Presented by Robert Rountree, MD

It has been known for centuries that what we eat has a profound effect on our immunity. Deficiencies of macro and micronutrients can impair the immune systemʼs ability to fight off infections and heal wounds.
Overconsumption of certain foods and food additives can cause immune dysregulation, leading to obesity, cancer and chronic inflammatory disorders. In contrast, certain naturally occurring compounds can enhance the immune response while downregulating excessive inflammation. The emerging field of nutritional immunology encompasses all of these issues. This presentation will review the fundamental principles of the immune response, discuss the pathways that disrupt normal function and explore the use of naturally occurring substances found in plants and fungi to modulate the immune response and improve overall health.

Free Webinar Stress & Sleep: Finding the Balance*.   Recorded April 25, 2023. Presented by Keri Marshall, MS, ND

Sleep quality and a healthy response to stress are multifactorial and may be influenced by an underlying set of pathways in the body that are often overlooked.  This webinar will focus on the important role food and nutrition play, including phytonutrients and phytochemicals commonly found in food and supplements, and their impact on the body and overall health. The body-balancing effects of nutrients such as omega 3s and magnesium, along with botanicals like ashwagandha, rhodiola, kava, and turmeric will be discussed, including dosing and potential contraindications.*

Free Webinar The Role of Gut Health in Women's Health*.   Recorded March 29, 2023. Presented by Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND

Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs) affect about 1 in 4 people in the United States, leading to common complaints of occasional constipation and loose stools, digestive discomfort, and much more.  There is mounting evidence, also, that the health of a woman's gut has impact that reaches FAR beyond these symptoms.  In this webinar, we will discuss the impact that FGIDs have on women, outside of the typical digestive symptoms and into impacts such as estrogen balance, uterine health, fertility, PMS, and much more.*

Free Webinar Mushroom Motivators: Using Mushrooms to Energize Your Patients*.   Recorded February 15, 2023. Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

Non-pathological occasional fatigue affects many patients, and when, present is an impediment to healing and, ultimately, to wellness. Incorporating strategies to address this occasional fatigue has the potential to greatly benefit patients. This presentation focused on the contribution of mushroom extracts. The energy enhancing benefits of Lion’s mane, Maitake, Reishi, and Cordyceps mushrooms were reviewed and compared.

Free Webinar Webinar - Sleep Support During Perimenopause*.   Recorded January 18, 2023. Presented by Tori Hudson, ND

This presentation highlighted essentials in understanding the HPA axis and cortisol regulation, the distinction of adaptogens, and the research relevant to ashwagandha and clinical conditions.

Free Webinar Gastrointestinal Motility, Microbiome, & Mucosal Health*.   Recorded December 14, 2022. Presented by Mary Bove, ND

Healthy digestive function is dependent on healthy gut motility. Motility in the digestive system aids in cultivating a vibrant microbiome, functional gastrointestinal mucosa, gastrointestinal muscle tone, healthy digestive secretions, secondary bile acids and supports peristalsis. This webinar explored some of the botanicals that support motility, gastrointestinal muscle tone and general GI wellness.

Free Webinar  Men’s Health: Supporting Better Prostate Health*.   Recorded October 31, 2022. Presented by Jack Weber, DC, ND, FIAMA

Prostate health is a common goal for aging men and its anatomical location poses common unwanted responses. This webinar will review the pathophysiology involving the prostate along with proper evaluation. Additionally, several botanicals will be discussed to help support a healthy prostate. These will include Urtica dioica (nettle), Serenoa repens (saw palmetto), Punica granatum (pomegranate), and Cucurbita pepo (field pumpkin).

Free Webinar Optimizing Health for Breast Thrivers*.   Recorded October 18, 2022. Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

This presentation provided an overview of current understandings regarding diet, specifically dietary interventions for health optimization for breast thrivers. The presentation also highlighted foundational evidence-based nutrient and botanical agents including Green tea, Coriolus mushroom, Lavender, Panax quinquefolius, and Black cohosh.

Free Webinar  Heart-Brain Axis: Pathways Toward Serenity * .   Recorded September 26, 2022. Presented by Corey Schuler, FNP, DC, CNS, LN

Emerging evidence suggests the existence of multiple pathways mediating bidirectional communication (crosstalk) between organ systems.  Heart-brain correlation is an important component of Traditional Chinese practices about the theory of zang-fu organs, which is still valuable for integrative clinical practice. Increasing evidence supports the close association between the heart-brain axis, central autonomic nerve network and cardiovascular health, as well as the extensive regulative effects of integrative interventions on the heart-brain axis, functional connectivity of the brain, automatic nerve activities, and cardiac functions. Physiology and practical applications were discussed.

Free Webinar Botanical Support for Healthy Blood Pressure *.   Recorded September 07, 2022. Presented by Jack Weber, DC, ND, FIAMA

Healthy blood pressure is one of the most studied topics of the previous century and is the goal to avoid unwanted effects on the blood vessel, brain, heart, and kidneys. It is important to provide safe and effective interventions to support healthy blood pressure in both the short-term and long-term. This webinar discussed diagnostic criteria and classifications, summarized relevant pathophysiology, and reviewed safe and effective botanical interventions for the cardiovascular system.* The botanicals discussed included Crataegus spp, Hibiscus sabdariffa, Rauwolfia serpentina, and Taraxacum officinale.

Free Webinar Plant Polyphenols: Metabolism Matters *.   Recorded August 23, 2022. Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

Plant polyphenols such as curcumin, anthocyanidins, hesperidin, isoflavones, to name a few, generate predictable biological effects despite their poor bioavailability. Much of what we know about plant medicine derives from the vast body of in-vitro data. However, polyphenols are heavily metabolized upon ingestion. These metabolites can carry potent biological activity and may explain the apparent paradoxical relationship of low bioavailability and high bioactivity of plant polyphenols. This webinar reviewed the metabolism of plant polyphenols and in so doing challenge current conceptions of dosing and toxicity.*

Free Webinar Ashwagandha in Women’s Health *.   Recorded August 01, 2022. Presented by Tori Hudson, ND

Ashwagandha is an herb rich in history of uses, but modern research has also emerged demonstrating its efficacy in gynecological-endocrinology issues. This research includes stress, HPA axis and cortisol regulation, menopausal hot flashes, energy status, sleep, white blood cell health, thyroid regulation, cognition, and libido. This presentation highlighted essentials in understanding HPA axis and cortisol regulation, the distinction of adaptogens, and the research relevant to ashwagandha and clinical conditions.*

Free Webinar Botanical Allies to Support Seasonal Immune Needs,* .   Recorded July 18, 2022. Presented by Mary Bove, ND

Botanicals offer multiple actions for effective herbal tools when managing the many contributing factors for seasonal immune needs. Using botanicals to address immune response, address antigen load, repair the mucosal tissues, restore and rebalance the immune system and endocrine systems. Discuss the use of specific botanicals, herbal preparations, and applications. Botanicals include turmeric, nettle, green tea, milk thistle, astragalus root, garlic and more.

Free Webinar Get to Know Gaia Pro: Confidently Use Gaia Herbs Professional Solutions formulations in Your Clinical Practice,*.   Recorded June 27, 2022. Presented by Lily Holmberg, BS, MEd, Herbalist

Join Gaia Herbs’ Director of Learning, Lily Holmberg, and discover why Gaia Pro is the premier botanical medicine provider. In this one-hour session, you will discover: • The Gaia Difference; including the importance of sourcing and extraction • How to confidently use our best-selling products to support patient health and wellbeing, including new tools to help practitioners easily determine an effective herbal protocol • Trends in herbal medicine, and several products you might not know about – but should! • Ordering options for practitioners, resources, and a sneak peek at the newly rebranded Gaia PRO

Free Webinar  Diet, Nutrition, and Female Fertility – A Review of the Latest Evidence* .   Recorded May 02, 2022. Presented by Bibiana García-Bailo, PhD, MS, Zeynep Uraz, ND, and Alan Vu, ND

Fertility is a clinical concern for approximately 1 in 6 couples in North America. Advances in assisted reproductive technologies have significantly evolved and current advances only provide small marginal gains. The last frontier in optimizing pregnancy rates and live birth rates depends on optimizing the health of the individual. The evidence in this field has been growing exponentially in the last 7 years, and this session covered some of the most important recent updates in diet and fertility.*

Free Webinar Botanicals to Support Ovarian Function and Healthy Androgen Balance*.   Recorded April 05, 2022. Presented by Wendy Warner, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, IFMCP

Ovarian function can be complex. It is affected by metabolic processes including insulin and cellular health and causes many downstream effects. In this presentation, we reviewed current understanding of the biochemical mechanisms as well as support options. Sequence of support options is essential and was discussed. We also focused on early assessment and the “lean variant” that can easily go unrecognized. Herbs discussed included Spearmint, Cinnamon, Chaste Berry, Milk Thistle, Fenugreek, Astragalus, and Berberine-containing plants. We also touched on the role of Bitters in management, as well as a few supplements and basic lifestyle/ food choices.*

Free Webinar Cellular Insulin Response & Weight Management*.   Recorded March 22, 2022. Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

Successful weight loss must address adipose tissue function. Cellular insulin response both contributes to, and is the result of, the function of adipose tissue. In turn, cellular insulin response contributes to weight gain and metabolic consequences. Successful weight management addresses this contributing factor through adjusting caloric intake, exercise, and botanical and nutrient interventions.* Herbs discussed: Berberis spp., Cinamomum zeylanicum and C. cassia, Vaccinium spp., Camellia sinensis, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Gymnema sylvestre, Curcuma longa, and Momordica charantia

Free Webinar Mint Magic: Holy Basil, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, & Spearmint*.   Recorded January 19, 2022. Presented by Mary Bove, ND

Explore four members of the highly aromatic Mint family; Holy Basil, Lemon balm, Rosemary, and Spearmint. Review traditional medicinal and culinary uses for each and examine modern science and clinical research to gain insight into the magic of these plants and how to use them in clinical practice. Recipes, dosage and herbal preparations included for use in your clinic.

Free Webinar  Alternative Botanical Low Mood Support – Strategies and Considerations*.   Recorded December 07, 2021. Presented by Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

Globally, approximately 280 million people suffer from mood issues, and some are interested in turning to herbs rather than using traditional pharmaceutical options. This presentation discussed Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), supportive strategies, and ethical issues related to deviating from these traditional options. Common mood support Pharmaceuticals and the following botanicals were discussed: Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm), Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), Crocus sativus (Saffron), Matricaria chamomila (Chamomile), Rhodiola rosea (rhodiola)

Free Webinar Olive & Oregano: Delicious, Nutritious Immune Support*.   Recorded November 16, 2021. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC

In this webinar, we took a deep dive into two herbal allies that have helped humans throughout the ages: the majestic Olive tree and the small, soft Oregano plant. These Mediterranean natives are powerhouses of flavor and nutrition. But in addition to their respective roles in spicy folklore and as delicious and nourishing food seasonings, both Oregano and Olive have a long history of use and are backed by numerous scientific studies for supporting the immune system.* Explore healthy recipes featuring the herbs as well as investigate their beneficial properties and active constituents, including carvacrol.

Free Webinar Herbs for Kids: Safe, Gentle Botanicals for Clinical Practice*.   Recorded October 20, 2021. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND

Parents want the very best for their children—and that includes only the safest, gentlest products for their health. Herbs can be safe and beneficial options for a range of childhood concerns, from intermittent restlessness to occasional anxiousness, and can provide immune support to keep little ones feeling well in the face of challenges. Many clinicians ask, “ where to start and what herbs are safe?” This webinar will review current research into the safety, efficacy, and dosing of several kid friendly herbs including Black Elderberry, Echinacea, Ginger, Lemon Balm, African Geranium, and Chamomile.*

Free Webinar Fighting Frailty: Herbs to Help Elders Stay Fit & Strong*.   Recorded October 05, 2021. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

As we age, many of us experience frailty, or a decline in our overall fitness. Unfortunately, frailty is associated with poor quality of life and poorer surgical outcomes, as well as, of course, with reduced physical and mental stamina. While proper nutrition, exercise, and cognitive engagement are all important factors for maintaining elder fitness, botanicals are key as well. This webinar focused on several herbs that can help support seniors in staying sharp and strong to fend off frailty, so they can keep feeling fit and healthy through the years.*

        
Botanicals discussed: Gentiana spp. (Gentian), Avena sativa (Oats), Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus), Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil, Tulsi), Crataegus oxycantha (Hawthorn), Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane mushroom)

Free Webinar  Herbs to Support the Long Haul*.   Recorded September 20, 2021. Presented by Dr. Jack Weber, DC, ND, FIAMA

Many infections are easily identified and eliminated by the immune system. But for some patients, acute and chronic infections can cause a dysregulated immune response. This dysregulation can lead to local and systemic immune responses that can cause both short- and long-term effects on the neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems. A disruption of any one of these systems can have a negative impact on the quality of life for patients. In this webinar, we will take a look at herbs and other natural methods to help promote immune health and provide support for the long haul.* Botanical interventions to be discussed include: Curcuma longa, Camellia sinensis, Astragalus membranaceus, Withania somnifera, CBD, and Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas.

Free Webinar  Biofilm: Herbal Support in a Sticky Situation*.   Recorded September 07, 2021. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC

The term “biofilm” refers to a complex community of microbes that organize on surfaces inside the human body. Biofilm is the basis of a variety of sticky coatings, including dental plaque, surfaces inside the aortic valve, on implanted devices such as urinary catheters, and on mucosa over all bodily interface surfaces. It has been linked to a variety of health challenges, and biofilm’s highly advanced protection mechanisms make its microbes resistant to many conventional medical treatments.*
Fortunately, an array of natural foods and botanicals can help penetrate the biofilm layer, allowing for disruption and cleansing of the affected area.* We’ll discuss some of these solutions in this webinar, including garlic, propolis, honey, cranberry, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Berberine, and Black Seed Oil.*

Free Webinar Finding Flow in the Lymphatics*.   Recorded August 17, 2021. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

The lymphatic system is a bit of an unsung hero in the body: It preserves tissue fluid balance, is essential for competent immunity, and transports lipids. Because it does so much, impairment of lymphatic flow is associated with everything from inflammatory diseases to obesity, immune deficiency, cardiovascular disease, and infectious disease. Lymphatic transport and selective permeability of lymphatics can become impaired in the face of aging, oxidative stress, inflammation, and loss of structural integrity. Fortunately, herbs can help. We discussed a variety of botanical strategies to preserve healthy lymphatics.*
Botanicals discussed: Galium aparine (Cleavers), Arctium lappa (Burdock), Rumex crispus (Yellow Dock), Plantago spp (Plantain), Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower), and Oplo panax (Devil’s Claw)

Free Webinar Hemp Versus Turmeric: A Contrast and Comparison*.   Recorded July 20, 2021. Presented by Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA

With Hemp coming on the market, many practitioners and patients feel the need to choose between Hemp or Turmeric, when in reality they are very different. This talk cleared the air on when to use Turmeric versus Hemp, or if it is safe to use them together.*

Free Webinar  Curcumin & Beyond: Learn Why Turmeric Is Truly Terrific for Women’s Health*.   Recorded July 12, 2021. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

Research on the curcuminoids found in Turmeric has been prolific and steady these last few years. Some not-so-surprising findings? The constituents’ ability to benefit common inflammatory conditions. But in addition to these familiar uses, research into the impacts of curcuminoids in areas of special interest in women’s health—including menopause, PMS, depression, endometriosis, osteoarthritis, NAFLD, and HPV—is emerging. In this presentation, we explored the latest scientific evidence, so you can update and expand your knowledge and skills in the use of this all-important botanical.*

Free Webinar Cultivating a Healthier Microbiome with Botanicals*.   Recorded June 28, 2021. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND

The human microbiome consists of 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells. A number of recent studies demonstrate that external forces can alter the community of microbes located in the GI tract. Botanicals offer many important phytocompounds, which support microbiome health.* Phytocompounds impact the gut microbiome by encouraging microbiota diversity and colonization, as well as influencing the epithelial lining and intestinal mucosal health. This webinar discussed improving gut health with a focus on the following botanicals: Licorice root, Marshmallow root, Acacia, Triphala, Turmeric, Berberine high plants, Bitters, and more.*

Free Webinar Lion’s Mane Roars: Magic –Mystery – Multitude of Benefits*.   Recorded June 09, 2021. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

n this presentation, we delved into the many facets of Hericeum erinaeus, or Lion’s Mane mushroom. The name Hericium is derived from the Latin word hirtus, which means “rough” or “shaggy,” and indeed this white fungus has a unique furry appearance. Thus, it has also been called bearded hedgehog, pom pom mushroom, and a host of other names. It can be found growing in eastern woodlands, and because it’s gloeoplerous (filled with oily, resinous substances) and reproduces via bifactorial heterophallic reproduction, each mushroom can live up to 40 years!
Modern science has uncovered a plethora of health-promoting properties linked to Lion’s Mane, including boosting neuroprotective activity, enhancing nerve growth factor (NGF) release, reducing amyloid formation, and increasing insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE). We’ll review the mechanisms of action of the mushroom’s studied active constituents, including a comparison of hericenones, erinacines, and beta glucans and the intersecting roles they play in Lion Mane’s health-supportive effects.*
We will also visit fungus companions of Lion’s Mane: Chaga, Reishi, Maitake, and Cordyceps.

Free Webinar  Don’t Count Sheep, Get To Sleep: Helpful Herbs for Sleep Support*.   Recorded May 24, 2021. Presented by Dr. Mary Hardy, MD

Poor sleep is one of the most common concerns raised with primary health providers by their patients. In fact, many sufferers have already tried complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies with variable results. This webinar outlined a therapy to support improved sleep, focusing on the etiology of occasional sleeplessness.*
You will learn more about sleeplessness as well as a strategy to help determine why your patients may be experiencing occasional sleep challenges in primary care. Practitioners will leave the webinar with an overall holistic treatment plan, including sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise, and supplements to support healthy, restful sleep.*
Special attention will be paid to top herbal helpers for occasional sleeplessness, including Valerian and Ashwagandha.* We will also briefly discuss the use of herbal nervines, including Hops, Passionflower, Oats, and Lemon Balm.

Free Webinar Nutritional and Herbal Support for Eye Health*.   Recorded May 11, 2021. Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, OD, FAAO

While we rely tremendously on our eyes, we often take their health for granted. It is only when our vision becomes impaired that we fully realize the degree to which we depend on these complex, integral parts of our bodies. Vision problems are most often painless and slow to progress. Many factors can contribute to their development, including nutritional deficiencies, alcohol, drugs, physical strain, dental problems, poor posture, environmental pollution, harmful lighting, computer viewing eyestrain, and emotional stress. It is important for your clients and patients, particularly those who are aging, to be proactive with their eye health. Chronic eye diseases are not inevitable and can be prevented with proper nutritional support, which involves more than just eating a bunch of carrots. This talk reviewed the major eye diseases and discussed how to support eye health with proper nutrition.*

Free Webinar Become A Bilophile!*.   Recorded April 26, 2021. Presented by Dr. Jill Crista, ND

The use of bitter herbs and foods is a healing art unique to herbal medicine. Bitters induce bile production and secretion, an action known as cholagogue. But the bitter taste isn’t only experienced on the tongue. Bitter receptors are found in many unlikely places in the body, including the innate immune system. Why is that? We explored the answer and discovered the hidden and expanded bitter powers of familiar plants.*

Free Webinar Shifting the Focus in Menopause Management: The Impact of Adrenal Function*.   Recorded April 13, 2021. Presented by Dr. Wendy Warner, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP

Historically, menopausal symptoms were viewed as arising solely from rapidly dropping estrogen levels. However, we now know that other factors are also at play, including imbalanced adrenal hormones and unstable blood sugar. With the heightened stress of the past year, many women are experiencing increased symptoms, including a recurrence of ones that had previously subsided. In this conversation, we discussed the impact of adrenal hormone balance on the menopausal transition, as well as how best to support adrenal function to help manage and alleviate menopausal symptoms.*

Free Webinar Achieving Hormone Balance by Dealing with Our Toxic Burden: The Relationship Between Toxicity and Hormones*.   Recorded March 20, 2021. Presented by Dr. Wendy Warner, MD, FACOG, ABIHM.

Hormone imbalance in women is becoming more and more common. Part of that stems from our increasingly toxic world, and the larger toxic load we’re being asked to deal with. In this talk, we’ll explored the relationship between toxicity and hormone balance, and discussed how best to improve detoxification. Better detoxification leads to better hormone balance, so this is an area that should not be forgotten as you work with hormonal issues in your patients/clients.*

Free Webinar IRON: What you Need to Know about the Strength Mineral*.   Recorded March 16, 2021. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the US. While it can cause health challenges, so too can having too much iron. Healthy iron levels are essential for the transport of oxygen via red blood cells, the conversion of blood sugar to energy, and the production of enzymes, amino acids, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Genetic mutations can influence iron availability, uptake, and utilization.*
In this presentation, we reviewed the many qualities of iron—the alchemical metal of Mars. Iron has a long history of symbolism in the concepts of magnetism, strength, fortitude, and courage. It is the most common metallic element in the universe, and is ubiquitous in our solar system, our soil, within the history of the development of human culture, and within our bodies. We explored the difference between heme and non-heme iron, and the variation in transport pathways that allows the body to use these two forms. Omnipresent in nature, foods and botanicals contain nutritional iron that supports a healthy level of functioning, as well as stored iron.*”

Free Webinar Soothing Herbs for the Intestines*.   Recorded February 16, 2021. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

A key component of a healthy colon is its mucus gel layer. The quality of this mucosal barrier is affected by lifestyle and various disease states. Furthermore, a breakdown of this physiological barrier is implicated in various local and systemic inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. Botanicals, notably demulcents, have a unique and powerful role in maintaining a healthy mucus layer in the colon. This talk will present some of these less well-studied, but highly effective, herbs to maintain the health of the colonic mucosal barrier.
Botanicals discussed: Ulmus fulva (Slippery elm), Althea officinalis (Marshmallow), Aloe spp., Zingiber officinalis (Ginger), Matricaria recutita (Chamomile)”

Free Webinar Through the Years: Case Management in Women’s Health*.   Recorded February 08, 2021. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

This presentation reviewed four common scenarios in women’s health and helped attendees strategize and develop a therapeutic approach to addressing them, primarily using botanicals. We reviewed a young woman with an irregular menstrual cycle and heavy menses, a postnatal woman struggling with nursing/milk supply, a perimenopausal woman struggling with symptoms, and a post-menopausal woman with menopause symptoms and joint dysfunction.*
Botanicals discussed included Chaste Tree, Rhodiola, Tribulus, Ginger, Shepherd’s Purse, Fenugreek, Black Cohosh, Maca, St. John’s Wort, Curcumin, and Boswellia.

Free Webinar Autoimmune Challenges: Making The Case for Botanical & Detox Models as the First Line of Treatment*.   Recorded January 25, 2021. Presented by Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA

With the development of new therapies such as pharmaceuticals and peptides, botanical and detox models for autoimmune concerns can often get overlooked and even ignored. What about the side effects of these modern therapies? In this webinar, Dr. Decker Weiss looks at all three, compares the potential benefits versus risks, and justifies why he believes botanical and detox models should still be considered as a first line therapeutic choice for certain autoimmune challenges.

Free Webinar Where to Begin? Hints for Starting a Gaia Herbal Dispensary*.   Recorded January 11, 2021. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND

Join Dr. Mary Bove and learn how to get started using Gaia Herbs Professional Formulations in your clinical practice. Review many of Gaia’s most popular products for addressing current health concerns including support for immune health, stress and sleep management, and healthy digestive function. In this webinar, you will gain a thorough understanding of which products to use when, along with hints for application, and important cautions and contraindications when dosing.*

Free Webinar Mental Health: Maintaining Stability on a Rocky Road*.   Recorded December 07, 2020. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

Maintaining Mental Health can be a balancing act. Forty-six percent of Americans will experience a specific mental challenge at some point in their life. These can range from an occasional ‘blue feeling’ to serious imbalances that can disrupt many aspects of a healthy life. External factors can vary, such as circumstances related to lifestyle, income, physical health, personal relationships, disruptive weather patterns, and more. There are steps an individual can take to help navigate these sometimes rocky roads. Specific foods, exercise, and relaxation techniques may be useful, along with botanicals traditionally used to support mental health. These include: St. John’s Wort, Passionflower, Schisandra, Skullcap, Chamomile, Holy Basil, and Hemp.*

Free Webinar Adaptogens that Offer Immune Support*.   Recorded November 16, 2020. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

Resilience, stamina, rejuvenation – wellness attributes needed now, more than ever. In addition, with the cloud of infection shadowing everyone, immune resilience is of key importance. Adaptogens are nontoxic plants and fungi that increase our resistance to stress while optimizing dynamic homeostasis. Certain adaptogens are notable for their additional actions on immunity. This webinar reviewed the traditional use, clinical data points and indications for several immune-supportive adaptogens.
Herbs discussed: – Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng) – Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng) – Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) – Ophiocordyceps sinensis (Cordyceps) – Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil)

Free Webinar Adrenal Support for the Current Times: Supporting Resilience, Circadian Rhythms and Mood*.   Recorded November 02, 2020. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

In these taxing times, it is more important than ever to maintain a healthy response to stress. Regulating adrenal health and achieving homeostasis of cortisol patterns can affect everything from sleep cycles to mood to immune function, all essential to staying healthy.
Dr. Tori Hudson discussed her top herbs to address adrenal health and establish healthy day/night cycles. Herbs discussed included: Rhodiola, Holy Basil, Panax Ginseng, Eleutherococcus, Licorice root, Magnolia bark, Lemon Balm, Schisandra berry.

Free Webinar  Breathe Easy: Botanicals for Lung Health & Respiratory Support*.   Recorded October 13, 2020. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

The respiratory system is the first link to life. Most humans cannot survive without breathing for more than three minutes. Optimum lung and respiratory system function can be challenged by many factors, including an overabundance of mucous and secretions caused by food and environmental sensitivities, particles that may enter the lungs through air pollution, and the invasion from offending microbes. Botanicals have been used throughout human history to help people support their respiratory health so they can keep breathing easy.* In this webinar, we explored the ancient folklore and the scientific mechanisms of action that indicate the efficacy of the use of botanicals for lung health & respiratory support.*
Herbs discussed included Oil of Oregano, Yarrow, Chinese Skullcap, Boswellia, Mullein, Plantain, Schisandra, Nigella, and Horehound.

Free Webinar  Practical Foundational Protocols to Build Resilience During a Pandemic*.   Recorded September 16, 2020. Presented by Dr. Wendy Warner, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP

In this webinar, we discussed ways practitioners can support patients as we move through the current health crisis. Our overall response can be very dependent on our lifestyle and, to a lesser degree, our genetics. As we look to the future and what the dance with this virus might still look like, we should focus on what we can do to modulate its impact on our patients’ overall health, as well as our own. In this webinar, we discussed foods, nutrients, and herbs that can help support the immune defenses and create strong foundational wellness.*
Herbs discussed: Turmeric, Green Tea, Oregano, Chamomile, Calendula, and alteratives like Cleavers, Feverfew, and St. John’s Wort.

Free Webinar Understanding Elderberry: What You Should Know*.   Recorded September 08, 2020. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

This presentation focused on the immune supporting properties and the uses of Black Elderberry, in addition to its effects during immune season and more.* Attendees learned about the plant itself and its growing locations, the active constituents, evidence for historical and clinical use, forms and dosages, and finally, any precautions or contraindications present.*

Free Webinar  Banish Burnout – Strategies for Clinicians to Build Happiness*.   Recorded August 17, 2020. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

Clinician burnout is prevalent and destructive. One antidote is establishing a happy practice. Using the tenets of Positive Psychology, this presentation provided strategies for becoming happier practitioners. Of course, botanicals can help to support this transformation, and we focused on Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), Lavender (Lavendula officinalis), St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), and Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis).*

Free Webinar Fertility Support: Natural Foods and Botanicals for Men and Women*.   Recorded June 15, 2020. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC

In Dr. Ellen Kamhi’s 50+ years of clinical practice, one of her greatest joys has been welcoming into the world babies born to couples who’ve had challenges conceiving. By focusing on specific assessment techniques, both women and men can create a targeted all-natural protocol for enhancing fertility and the chances for conception. In addition to hormone balancing herbs, Dr. Kamhi included spiritual and emotional considerations, along with considering food, nutrients, and detoxification pathways. In this webinar, we reviewed the hows and whys of specific fertility assessment tools and how to bring balance to our lives with natural therapies designed to invite new life into the world.
Herbs discussed included black cohosh, chaste tree berry, fenugreek, hops, and red clover.

Free Webinar  Herbs to Optimize Liver Health*.   Recorded May 11, 2020. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

Liver health has continued to be an important factor for overall well-being and many are continuing to look for ways to help maintain their liver function. This talk focused on botanicals that support healthy liver function and included supportive nutrient strategies as well. Botanicals have been used to support liver function for generations, and modern research has confirmed their efficacy.*
Herbs discussed included Turmeric – Curcuma longa, Schisandra – Schisandra chinensis, Chinese skullcap – Scutellaria baicalensis, Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra, and Milk thistle – Silybum marianum.

Free Webinar  Herbal Support for Lactation and Postpartum*.   Recorded May 07, 2020. Presented by Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, ND.

Herbal traditions surrounding pregnancy and postpartum are rich across cultures, and botanicals can play an important role in supporting the natural healing processes and transitions a woman goes through in the postpartum period.*This presentation discussed the best herbal choices for the postpartum period, including common needs such as supporting uterine tone and tissue, managing after pains of labor, supporting the emotional transition, and breastfeeding of the newborn. Special attention was paid to herbal safety during this time.*

A myriad of botanicals were discussed including witch hazel, evening primrose, angelica archangelica, motherwort, passionflower and reishi.

Free Webinar Inflammation, Free Radicals, and the Destruction of the HPA Axis – A Loss in Immunity?*.   Recorded April 23, 2020. Presented by Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA

In this fascinating webinar, Dr. Weiss brings his vast experience with PeacePossible™ to discuss resilience on a world health level – during war, famine, and yes, pandemic. How does resilience affect our patients? What role does the HPA Axis play in resilience? Hint: an important one!*
Go beyond an adaptogenic herbal approach and learn how supporting the HPA Axis can increase your patients’ resilience so they can live and thrive in the world in a healthy way.*

Free Webinar Optimal Digestive Health with Food & Herbs*.   Recorded April 22, 2020. Presented by Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, ND

Digestive health has been a major area of interest. So many people are affected by functional digestive disorders, and in addition, deficiencies in digestive health have been implicated as a predisposing factor in general immune health, hormone balance, mood, and other conditions. In this presentation, attendees learned about the key considerations to ensure an optimally healthy gut.* Participants learned about key nutritional approaches for digestive health and when they are indicated, we highlighted key functional foods for pre and probiotic nutrients, and we discussed the most effective herbs for digestive wellness.*
Herbs covered included: Chamomile, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Oregon Grape, Black Walnut, Sweet Wormwood, Oregano, Larch, Acacia, and Marshmallow.

Free Webinar New Products from Your Trusted Herbal Experts – Learn about New Hemp & Digestive Products to Help Support Your Patients*.   Recorded April 07, 2020. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove

What’s new at Gaia Herbs? This webinar offered a comprehensive look at some of the newest and novel herbal products we are offering. Our new Digestive trio is specially designed to support digestive health and function, by maintaining the health of the microbiome and gastro-intestinal tract.* Discover our full spectrum, organic Hemp extract in Gaia Herbs unique Liquid Phyto-Cap® delivery system, and our exciting line of Hemp & Herb Liquid Phyto-Caps®: Calm, Relief, and Sleep. Watch this recording to learn more about these formulas, application, use, and what types of patients might benefit from them.*

Free Webinar Opiates: The National Problem and How Herbs Can Help*.   Recorded March 17, 2020. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

The use and abuse of controlled substances including opiates has skyrocketed into a major health challenge in the U.S. According to the CDC, hundreds of thousands of people have died due to overdoses. In this presentation, we explored the underlying health issues that led to this travesty, including physical and emotional discomfort. We also discussed how herbs can be used to support individuals experiencing everyday stressors and occasional anxiousness.*
Herbs discussed included Rhodiola, Magnolia, Mimosa, Kava, Full Spectrum Hemp, Passionflower, and Wild Lettuce.

Free Webinar Traditional Botanicals to Support Pain*.   Recorded March 02, 2020. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

 Occasional inflammation and pain can come in many shapes and sizes, and can hinder your ability to stay as active as you want. There are many herbs that can be used to address these issues.* While the modern botanical research has expanded in these areas, it’s important to remember the traditional uses of plants to support a healthy inflammatory response, and to increase our knowledge and experience with their use.* Herbs discussed: Turmeric, Devil’s Claw, California Poppy, Boswellia, Wild Yam, Peppermint, Valerian, Ginger, Saffron, Cramp Bark

Free Webinar A Botanical Approach to Supporting a Healthy Heart*.   Recorded February 17, 2020. Presented by Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA

Join Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, FASA, the first cardiologist as a Naturopathic Physician, as he reviewed recent studies related to heart health. You will learn measurable, sustainable approaches, along with other clinical pearls such as botanical models, to support cardiovascular health.*

Free Webinar Sleep and the HPA Axis – Rest, Restore, Refresh*.   Recorded February 03, 2020. Presented by Dr. Beverly Yates, ND

Discover the herbal ingredients that help to support a good night’s rest.* Learn how to help your patients reclaim their energy, joy, sense of calmness, and the ability to have a healthy response to stress via the restoration of healthy sleep.* Herbs discussed: Ashwagandha, Passionflower, Magnolia, Skullcap, Black Cohosh, and St. John’s Wort.

Free Webinar  Vitex: A Review of Multiple Uses in Gynecology, Endocrinology and Primary Care for Women*.   Recorded January 27, 2020. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND

Taken orally, Vitex angus-castus is considered a prominent botanical during a women’s natural life cycle, including the transition into menopause and menstrual cycle issues. Other uses include supporting the endocrine system for preconception and maintaining healthy and timely ovulation. Historically traditional uses of this popular women’s herb include supporting a sense of calm for occasional anxiousness, a restful night of sleep, and the relief of occasional aches and pains.* We reviewed the published evidence and the historical basis for all of these uses, reviewed dosing, contraindications, and discussed other herbs that work in conjunction with Vitex.

Free Webinar  Role of Botanicals in the Restoration of Gut Mucosal Health*.   Recorded January 07, 2020. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND

A healthy gut barrier is multi-functional and crucial for overall health, digestive processes, and immune function. Maintaining the health of the gut barrier allows nutrients to pass into the body, and helps to block out toxins, allergens, and harmful bacteria. In this webinar, we looked at the role botanicals play in gut mucosal restoration and health.* Herbs discussed: Astragalus, Black Elderberry, Acacia fiber, Chamomile, Peppermint, Licorice root, and Berberine high herbs.

Free Webinar Herb/Drug Interactions: Discovery, Relevance, and Mitigation*.   Recorded December 04, 2019. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO

This presentation provided an overview of the mechanisms which underlie drug/herb interactions. Methods were explored to determine when drug/herb interactions present clinically actionable cautions, and strategies to minimize the risk of drug/herb interactions were shared. Finally, we reviewed examples of the current state of evidence for drug/herbs interactions for commonly recommended botanicals.
Herbs discussed: Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort), Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha), Curcuma longa (Turmeric) and Camellia sinensis (Green Tea).”

Free Webinar  Hemp (Cannabis sativa) – Hows, Whys, and Wherefores*.   Recorded November 13, 2019. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC

In depth scientific research, clinical experience and public participation in the use of the ancient herb, Hemp, continues to surge. In this webinar, we investigated current best practice, routes of administration, suggested serving size, possible negative effects, and drug interactions that can be linked to hemp use.*
Topics included clinical case studies, along with discussions about:
Cannabis Pharmacokinetics: Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Elimination
Routes of Administration: Smoke, Vape, Oromucosal, Pechoti , Topical vs Transdermal

Free Webinar Top 10 Herbs for the Aging Male*.   Recorded October 28, 2019. Presented by Dr. Jaclyn Chasse

The senior population is growing exponentially. While aging will happen to all of us, healthy living and the use of herbs can support quality of life and physical comfort.* This webinar focused on strategies for improving and sustaining the health of the older adult male so he continues to feel his best. Herbs to support healthy cognition, sexual vitality, energy, and overall well-being were discussed.
In addition to Ashwagandha, Hawthorne, and Maca, the Materia medica for seven essential others was reviewed.

Free Webinar Immune Support Across Life Stages: Nutritional and Botanical Considerations*.   Recorded October 15, 2019. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.

The winter season is almost here and we know what that means! Let’s talk immune health and what we can do to support this vital system. Plants contain a myriad of compounds that interact with the immune system providing plant nutrients and acting to nourish, balance, and support immune function. We will review current science on several immune herbs for application and dosing, along with many fun simple recipes using foods, beverages and supplements. Special attention will focus on health strategies across life stages, including children and the elderly.
Herbs discussed: Echinacea species, elderberry, astragalus, medicinal mushrooms, oregano, garlic and onions, ginger, and cayenne.

Free Webinar Preconception to Menopause: Botanicals for the Hormonal Spectrum*.   Recorded September 24, 2019. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

This presentation addressed key phases related to both a woman’s fertile years and her menopausal years. In the fertile years, supporting optimal pregnancy during the months prior to conception, supporting regular ovulation and attending to egg quality are all vital aspects of preconception and pregnancy. In the perimenopausal/menopausal years, we focused on quality of life and symptom management with botanicals.
Botanicals discussed included Chaste tree, Rhodiola, Tribulus, Red raspberry, Maca, Black cohosh, St. John’s wort, Valerian and Kava.

Free Webinar The Happy, Healthy Brain: Foods, Nutrients and Herbs to Help Sustain Cognition, Mood & Memory*.   Recorded August 13, 2019. Presented by Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC.

Modern life offers a multitude of factors that can challenge brain health. These include ongoing stress, aging, environmental toxicity, a sedentary lifestyle and poor sleep habits and food choices.
By understanding the complex interconnected biochemical relationships between lifestyle, foods, nutrients and herbal constituents, we can make better choices to support healthy memory, mood and cognitive processes as we move through life. In this session, we investigated:
Endogenous opiates (endorphins)
Neurotransmitters released during exercise, eating, sex, excitement and pain
Nutritional Factors and Food Sources – Folic Acid, N-acetylcysteine, Amino acids, Magnesium, Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Link between cortisol and appetite
Relationship between Sugar and the Brain
Amino acids from foods and supplements
Herbs- Bacopa, Ginkgo, Saffron, Rosemary

Free Webinar Botanical Remediation for Chronic Stress and Related Health Challenges – 10 Botanicals to Know*.   Recorded July 16, 2019. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO.

Chronic stress relentlessly unravels our health, ultimately culminating in ongoing health challenges. The pathophysiological impact of chronic stress is complex, pervasive and … reversible. A holistic approach, with an emphasis on botanicals, to preventing and reversing the effects of stress was discussed. Specifically, this discussion included strategies to provide limbic system regulation and reinstate optimal endogenous Circadian rhythmicity.
Botanicals discussed: American skullcap, Kava Kava, Passionflower, Valeriana, Holy Basil, Schisandra chinensis, Ashwagandha, St. John’s Wort, Chamomille and Lavender.

Free Webinar What’s Hot in Botanicals? Hemp, the Brain and ‘Shrooms*.   Recorded June 18, 2019. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.

This webinar featured a look into some of Gaia Herbs newest products in several leading health categories: Hemp extracts, brain health, and mushroom powders. Get the inside scope on the herbs, formulation concepts, quality sourcing, and application in clinical practice. Feel empowered to include these novel products in your tool box.*

Free Webinar  Brain Aging in the Menopausal Woman: Effects on Mood and Memory*.   Recorded June 03, 2019. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

The aging brain in perimenopausal and postmenopausal woman comes with metabolic changes, neurotransmitter changes, vascular changes and more. All of these changes contribute to the unique role of hormones in moods and memory. Select botanicals can support some of these changes and could have a role in management of them.*
Herbs discussed included bacopa, saffron, curcumin, St. John’s wort, gotu kola, lemon balm and rhodiola.

Free Webinar  Hemp-THC-CBD-Cannabis- Endocannabinoids- What’s all the BUZZ?*.   Recorded May 06, 2019. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC.

Hemp is taking the world by storm…with a dizzying variety of products and claims. What’s true? What’s hype? This presentation provided history and sound scientific data to describe the therapeutic qualities of Cannabis components, including Full Spectrum Hemp, Flower sourced extracts, CBD, THC and more, as well as identifying CB 1 and CB 2 receptor sites and both endogenous and exogenous endocannabinoids. We included a discussion of the latest FDA regulatory environment, and how to negotiate the wide variety of options, such as where the plant is grown, carrier oils, and dosage suggestions.

Free Webinar A Bear of a Problem: Brain on Fire*.   Recorded April 29, 2019. Presented by Dr. Jill Crista.

Parents all over the nation are feeling like their children have been stolen in the night after having an immune challenge and waking up a different child the next day. Practitioners are left to support a family stunned by their changed child and being told it’s not physically treatable. Learn the powerful plants that help to rescue a child whose brain is on fire and also learn which plants to avoid that may make the situation worse.*

Herbs discussed include Bacopa, Magnolia, Baical Skullcap, Albizia, and Astragalus.

Free Webinar Herbs and Strategies to Support Healthy Microbiome Function*.   Recorded April 16, 2019. Presented by Dr. Wendy Warner, MD, ABIHM, IFMCPM.

Free Webinar  Spring Renewal for Digestive Vitality: Bitters and Beyond*.   Recorded March 25, 2019. Presented by Dina Ranade, RDN, RH(AHG), IFNCP.

As the season changes from the damp cold of winter to spring’s lighter days, a sense of renewal emerges. The accompanied desire for digestive cleansing can be gently achieved with the addition of supportive botanicals. The herbal materia medica offers a diverse range of choice to nourish improved digestion and assimilation of nutrients as well as elimination of metabolic waste products. This webinar highlighted herbs that overlap as food and supplement with the actions of bitter, carminative, and demulcent.*

Featured herbs included artichoke leaf, dandelion leaf and root, fennel seed, lemon balm, marshmallow root and nettle leaf. Dina shared recipes and simple ways to incorporate these delicious botanicals in the kitchen.

Free Webinar Pediatric Digestive Case Review*.   Recorded March 12, 2019. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND

Join Dr. Mary Bove, ND as she reviewed three pediatric cases reflecting kid friendly strategies to support common childhood challenges, including supporting healthy bowels, excessive crankiness and motion sickness. Presenting herbal hints for kid friendly dosing and child friendly formulations, Dr. Bove will also include some nutritious and delicious recipes for the young ones. Cases featured included “Cranky and Miserable,” “Grace Gets Carsick,” and “Slow Go Joe.”* Herbs discussed included chamomile, lemon balm, spearmint, valerian, ginger, and fennel seed.

Free Webinar  Restoring Resilience in a Stressful World*.   Recorded February 25, 2019. Presented by Dr. Beverly Yates, ND.

Through case studies, attendees discovered real-world, clinical applications of botanicals and herbs to assist patients in restoring their personal energy, ability to deal with life’s storms and bounce back from hardships.* Herbs discussed included ashwagandha, rhodiola, holy basil, passionflower, gymnema, bitter melon and more

Free Webinar The Eyes Have It: 6 Botanicals to Support Healthy Eyes in the Digital Age*.   Recorded February 04, 2019. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG-RH, AHN-BC.

Our eyes have been called “the Windows to our Soul!” Eye health is supported by antioxidants to protect against oxidative damage that occurs through many factors, including aging, limited consumption of protective nutrients, and the constant onslaught of pollutants, as well as modern day stress caused by blue light emissions from computers, cell phones and other devices. We can help to promote healthy vision and support normal eye function with eye exercise and Rainbow Nutrients, and by including naturally occurring antioxidants in our daily regimen. These include anthocyanins from bilberry, proanthocyanidins from grape seed, and carotenoids such as lutein from marigold along with nutrients such as Vitamin C and astaxanthin.

Herbs discussed included marigold, bilberry, blueberry, grape seed, eyebright and rosemary.

Free Webinar Botanicals Known to Soothe and Support the Health of the Mouth and Throat During and Post Conventional Therapies*.   Recorded January 22, 2019. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO.

Free Webinar  Stay Sharp Longer; Keep Your Synapses Firing with Brain Boosting Herbs* .   Recorded January 08, 2019. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.

The quest for increased mental clarity and sharpness never ends. Current science has discovered enlightening information on the use of nootropic plants to support cognition enhancement, mental performance, mental alertness, focus, and aid in reducing mental fatigue and exhaustion.*

Join Dr. Mary Bove, ND as she explores this new and exciting world, which includes saffron, spearmint and bacopa. She detailed the science that guides their use and taught simple ways to use these herbs in daily life to keep mental clarity and sharpness.*

Free Webinar Better Herbs: Better for Your Patients and Your Better Nutrition Business*.   Recorded December 11, 2018. Presented by Ashley Koff, RD.

We all want the same thing: better health. For our patients, that means identifying and giving their body what it needs to run better more often. For us practitioners, it means better nutrition tools – better herbal supplements, better education vehicles – that we can trust to deliver better results. Join Ashley Koff RD, CEO of The Better Nutrition Program to learn how to build, engage, and grow your better herbal nutrition toolbox. What makes it better? Better quality herbs, evidence-based research and dosage information, and an online dispensary customizable to your practice. Koff shared resources and best practices for communication with existing patients, opportunities to grow your practice, and ways to improve outcomes. You don’t want to miss this exciting, prescriptive discussion to help you grow your better nutrition business.

Free Webinar 10 Botanicals to Support a Healthy Thyroid*.   Recorded December 03, 2018. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.

Thyroid health is essential for healthy sustainable body/mind wellness. Modern lifestyles choices, stress, and environmental toxins are all issues insulting a healthy well-functioning thyroid gland. Botanicals can support the endocrine-thyroid-immune connection offering many tools for thyroid support. The webinar reviewed specific botanicals to consider for supporting thyroid hormone function, the HPT axis, and overall gland support. Botanicals discussed included ashwagandha, bladderwrack, lemon balm and seven surprising others.*

Free Webinar Ginger: The Many Uses in Women’s Health and Primary Care*.   Recorded November 13, 2018. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

Ginger today is most well-known for its carminative properties and ability to treat occasional nausea and vomiting. Dr. Hudson reviewed the latest research to validate ginger’s effectiveness during pregnancy for relieving this, as well as other studies that support ginger’s beneficial role in other relevant treatment protocols. Going beyond digestive health, Dr. Hudson also reviewed emerging research which has shown ginger to have a beneficial role in women’s reproductive health, including for the management of menstrual pains, irregular bleeding and occasional headaches.*

Free Webinar Support for an Aging Nervous System: Nutrition and Botanical Options*.   Recorded October 29, 2018. Presented by Dina Ranade, RDN, RH(AHG), IFNCP.

Positive support for the nervous system is an integral partner for healthy aging. A calm, nourished, balanced response to modern day stress makes physical and emotional well-being achievable. The challenges of aging, including loneliness and grief, sleep alterations, cognitive changes, physical challenges, decreasing independence and financial concerns, all of which challenge nervous system resiliency and affect quality of life. This webinar offered nutrition and botanical options to cultivate a strong, adaptable nervous system for the older adult. Botanicals discussed included milky oat, rosemary, ginseng, hawthorn, holy basil, gotu kola and several delicious others (lemon balm, linden, chamomile, lavender).

Free Webinar Movers and Shakers: Musculoskeletal Herbal Support *.   Recorded October 02, 2018. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO and Dr. Mary Hardy, MD.

Living a happy and healthy life includes movement, from exercise to hobbies, being able to move is key to vitality and joy. Healthy inflammatory support is a key approach in helping people maintain joint mobility. In addition to nutrition, movement and other complementary strategies, botanicals can offer critical inflammatory support for musculoskeletal health. This presentation will provide an overview of several key botanicals to support connective tissues. We will discuss the musculoskeletal actions of: ginger, licorice, cayenne, turmeric, frankincense, and devil’s claw. The integration of these herbs into clinical practice will be illustrated with case studies from two leaders in integrative health.

Free Webinar Gaia 101: Use Our Bestselling Herbs Like a Pro*.   Recorded September 17, 2018. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.

Ever wonder which herbs to stock in your dispensary or where to start with so many great product choices? This webinar will take a closer look at the Gaia Herbs Professional Solutions 10 bestselling products. We’ll examine why they are the bestsellers, how to confidently use each formula with your patients & include an overview on safety, dosing and compatibility with other herbs, supplements and medications. Case studies and clinical findings will also be discussed.*

Free Webinar Beat the Sugar Blues – 5 Botanicals for Glycemic Support*.   Recorded August 07, 2018. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC.

Did you know that more than 30 million Americans struggle to maintain a healthy glycemic response? Glucose regulation is paramount to support a diverse array of metabolic pathways that sustain health. This includes a balanced inflammatory response, healthy weight maintenance, healthy digestion, clear thinking and circulatory and heart health.*

Learn how to help patients beat the sugar blues with Dr. Ellen Kamhi. She explored glucose balance through monitoring factors such as a1C, modifying sugar cravings and integrating supportive botanicals.*

Free Webinar Calm, Cool and Collected: Herbs to Support Intestinal Health*.   Recorded July 24, 2018. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO.

Studies show that up to 25% of the population suffers from occasional bowel and intestinal upset. This results in medical expenses and loss of productivity estimated in the billions! This presentation outlined botanical considerations to maintain healthy intestinal function.* Specific botanicals to discussed included: peppermint, chamomile, ginger, oats and marshmallow root.

Free Webinar Dealing with the Unexpected: Herbal Support Options to Promote a Healthy Brain*.   Recorded June 26, 2018. Presented by Dr. Jill Crista, ND.

When an unexpected event happens that affects normal cognitive function, people are often left wondering how to deal with the aftermath. This webinar explored the neuroendocrine sequelae with herbal support.* Participants learned integrative approaches that can be of use by appreciating the degree of neuroendocrine damage from the event. Neuroinflammation, neuroimmune, and cognitive issues were also be covered. Dr. Crista shared herbs that support the brain’s healthy response to inflammation, immune, and more.*

Free Webinar Uplifting the Happy Heart*.   Recorded June 21, 2018. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi PHD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC.

“Science confirms what folklore has always known – happiness supports heart health. In today’s world, food choices, blood sugar fluctuations and stress all play a part in uplifting a happy heart. In this webinar, we investigated the form and function of two very different molecules, HDL and LDL, along with the clinical relevance of Apolipoprotein A to Apolipoprotein B ratios. Functional medicine recognizes optimum levels of CRP, Homocysteine, Glucose, EPA/DHA and other markers that support healthy cardiovascular function, along with the happiness heart health connection.*”

Free Webinar Botanical Research Update in Women’s Health*.   Recorded May 15, 2018. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

This presentation focused on select and clinically useful studies utilizing botanicals in areas of women’s health including gynecology and primary care. Menstrual cramps, heavy menses, libido, healthy weight, PMS, lactation and mental health are key examples of topics. Botanicals discussed for these problems and others included ginger, chamomile, maca, cinnamon, ashwagandha, tribulus, schisandra, fenugreek and curcumin.*

Free Webinar Differential Application of Botanical Immunomodulating Agents in Light of Pharmacological Activity*.   Recorded April 23, 2018. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.

This webinar’s discussion revolved around community acquired resistance issues, risk factors, sub-categories, and current medical approaches. We reviewed botanical options to address these issues, as well as general neuro-endocrine immune health. Discussion also included scientific literature and traditional usage of herbs in this area. Primary Botanicals discussed included andrographis paniculata, black elderberry, echinacea angustifolia, echinacea purpurea and pelargonium sidoides.*

Free Webinar  Botanical Approaches to Support Fertility*.   Recorded April 10, 2018. Presented by Dr. Jaclyn Chasse, ND.

Herbs have been used to support fertility for as long as time has been recorded! Herbs can offer support nutritionally, lending phytonutrients to promote the health of egg and sperm, as well as hormonally, through their many actions on our reproductive hormones. This presentation reviewed the top herbs to support healthy fertility.*

Free Webinar Firing Up Libido with Passion Plants*.   Recorded March 06, 2018. Presented by Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO.

A healthy libido is vital to an optimal quality of life and can be an important part of a healthy relationship. Botanical support can be a powerful component to restoring passion and performance. How can you go wrong with herbs like horny goat weed, wild oats, not to mention damiana, sarsaparilla, and maca? This webinar explored the use of these botanicals for improving sexual health for both men and women.*

Free Webinar Breaking The Mold: How To Rescue Your Patients From Exposure To Mold*.   Recorded February 21, 2018. Presented by Dr. Jill Crista, ND.

Dr. Jill Crista (formerly Evenson) became a reluctant expert on mold through patient experiences and by having mold sprout in her own home. She shared what she learned about mold after an in-depth literature review. She briefly covered mold’s mechanisms for causing reactions, symptoms of mold, and testing options. The bulk of the time was spent covering key herbal allies that help rid the body of the toxins left behind after exposure to water-damaged buildings. Herbs discussed: Turmeric, Milk Thistle, Pau D’Arco, Olive Leaf, Oregano (oil), Holy Basil and Japanese Knotweed

Free Webinar Useful Herbs to Support Cellular Health Challenges*.   Recorded February 06, 2018. Presented by Dr. Mary Hardy, MD.

Participants learned how to identify appropriate goals for the use of herbs during cellular challenges, as well as be better able to identify situations which represent a high risk for herb-drug interactions. Attendees also received help in learning how to choose useful herbs to incorporate in a supportive plan for their patients, including how to identify appropriate preparations & doses for the herbs.

Free Webinar Love Your Liver: Botanical Support for Detoxification*.   Recorded January 23, 2018. Presented by Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC.

Modern life offers a myriad of challenges for the detoxification capacity of the body. This webinar explored the function of the organs that help to break down and eliminate toxins, with a focus on liver health and wellness. The liver is responsible for hundreds of tasks within the body, including filtering the blood. Proper cleansing involves both detoxification and elimination.

In addition to herbal favorites, including burdock and fenugreek, current research is unveiling a variety of exciting new botanical actives, such as bellidifolin found in gentian root, and raphanin in black radish, which are uniquely suited to support detoxification protocols.

Free Webinar When the Brain Needs Help: Botanical Strategies to Support Positive Emotional Health & a Healthy Response to Occasional Pain*.   Recorded January 09, 2018. Presented by Dr. Tori Hudson, ND.

Some of the neurological chemistry involved in mood and occasional pain can lead us to a better understanding of the role of botanicals in treating these common conditions of the brain, which are both more prevalent in women. One in six people will experience occasional pain and approximately 350 million people have suffered from mood issues. Scientific evidence, central nervous system mechanisms and historical and anecdotal use was highlighted for St. John’s wort, rhodiola, lemon balm, ginkgo, black cohosh, devil’s claw, feverfew, ginger, turmeric and others.

Free Webinar  Stop INFObesity: Cutting Through Supplement Information Overload*.   Recorded December 11, 2017. Presented by Ashley Koff, RD.

Information overload is a modern day problem and especially regarding supplements. How do practitioners know what things to look for when seeking a high quality supplement or the best herb to use for a particular patients? A google search for “health information about stress” yields 20,400,000 results! Too much information is overwhelming and can be a roadblock for practitioners looking for safe, pure, and efficacious supplements.

This webinar helped practitioners learn how to sort through information surro