Mind Matters: Integrative Approaches for Cognitive Wellbeing


June 8-9, 2024

Step into the realm of cognitive resilience at "Mind Matters," where cutting-edge science meets holistic wisdom. This immersive conference unites experts to unravel integrative approaches for optimal brain health. From ancient practices to modern breakthroughs, explore diverse strategies enhancing mental well-being. Engage in dynamic discussions, unlocking insights that transcend traditional boundaries. Join us on this transformative journey as we navigate the dynamic landscape of cognitive vitality.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Paul Anderson, NMD
  • James M. Greenblatt, MD
  • Heather Zwickey, PhD
  • Neil Nathan, MD
  • Noel Peterson, ND, DAAPM
  • Heather Sandison, ND
  • Heidi Weinhold, ND
  • Joshua Goldenberg, ND

CE Credits:


12 PDA points via NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) - Pending Approval

NUNM is accredited by the North American Naturopathic Continuing Education Accreditation Council (NANCEAC). This activity has been approved for 9.75 General, 2.25 Pharmacology (Total 12.0) CEUs.

Webinar Details:

  • This fully online virtual event will be hosted through Zoom
  • Recordings of all conference presentations are provided for attendees at no additional cost
  • Recordings can be viewed for credit after the event if you do not attend live

Early Bird Deadlines:

  • 4/26/2024: all prices listed below increase by $50
  • 5/24/2024: all prices listed below increase by an additional $25


9:00 - 10:30 AM "Natural Approaches to Anxiety: The Fear of Fear" Heidi Weinhold, ND
10:30 - 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 PM "Neuroinflammation: Causes and Interventions" Paul Anderson, NMD
12:30 - 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 - 3:00 PM "Stacking Integrative Interventions for Optimal Cognition Outcomes at Any Stage" Heather Sandison, ND
3:00 - 3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 - 5:00 PM "Mold Toxicity & Cognitive Impairment" Neil Nathan, MD


9:00 - 10:30 AM "Forget Alzheimer's" Noel Peterson, ND, DAAPM
10:30 - 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 - 12:30 PM "Stardust for the Synapses: Exploring the Utility of Low-Dose Lithium in Brain Health" James M. Greenblatt, MD
12:30 - 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 - 3:00 PM "Clearing the Cobwebs: Neuroinflammation's Impact on Brain Fog" Heather Zwickey, PhD
3:00 - 3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 - 5:00 PM "How Do We Know That It Was the Concussion That Caused It?" Joshua Goldenberg, ND

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Heidi Weinhold, ND

"Natural Approaches to Anxiety: The Fear of Fear"

There is an exorbitant increase in debilitating anxiety. New viruses, isolation, wars, global warming, and the loss of civil rights have many feeling a loss of control. The world is starting to feel like an unfamiliar place. Adapting to this changing world will take a clear head. Heidi Weinhold ND will discuss the use of natural modalities to ease the symptoms of anxiety. Dr. Weinhold has over 20 years of clinical experience, and will share practical tips with participants to lessen anxiety, without the use of prescription drugs.

Bio: Dr. Heidi Weinhold received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Washington & Jefferson College, and received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Sonoran University of Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. In 2013 she received the Alumni Award from Sonoran University of Health Sciences in recognition of her contribution towards the advancement of Naturopathic Medicine. Her alma mater further honored her in 2017 with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Dr. Weinhold received the 2017 Physician of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Weinhold has a private practice and is the managing partner for Appalachian Botanical Company, LLC, a women-owned small business located in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. She specializes in natural modalities to manage autoimmune conditions, to help manage side effects during conventional cancer treatment, and to help relieve stress and anxiety.


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Paul Anderson, NMD

"Neuroinflammation: Causes and Interventions"

Neuroinflammation is widespread in the chronic illness community. It is often known as part of the case, but the clinical nuances are often overlooked. In this CE we will discuss the triggers for neurological inflammation, underlying cause areas, and appropriate interventions. Relevant assessment, testing, interventions and pharmacology will be discussed.

Bio: Dr. Anderson is a recognized educator and clinician in integrative and naturopathic medicine with a focus on complex chronic illness, and cancer. In addition to three decades clinical experience, he also was head of the interventional arm of a US-NIH funded human research trial using IV and integrative therapies in cancer patients. He founded Advanced Medical Therapies in Seattle, Washington, a clinic focusing on cancer and chronic diseases and now focuses his time in collaboration with clinics and hospitals in the US and other countries.

Former positions include multiple medical school posts, Professor of Pharmacology and Clinical Medicine at Bastyr University and Chief of IV Services for Bastyr Oncology Research Center.

He is co-author of the Hay House book “Outside the Box Cancer Therapies” with Dr. Mark Stengler, and the Lioncrest Publishing book “Cancer… The Journey from Diagnosis to Empowerment.”. He is also co-author with Dr.’s Osborne and Carter of the IV textbook “A Scientific Reference for Intravenous Nutrient Therapy”.


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Heather Sandison, ND

"Stacking Integrative Interventions for Optimal Cognition Outcomes at Any Stage"

Many health care professionals have been told there is nothing to be done for patients suffering with cognitive decline. Nothing could be further from the truth and the naturopathic community has the training and tools to help the rising number of dementia patients. In this talk you will learn to identify and treat root causes of dementia and successfully stack research-based interventions for even greater success and patient outcomes.

Bio: Dr. Heather Sandison, author of the brand-new best-selling book “Reversing Alzheimer’s”, has devoted her career to providing compassionate care and innovative solutions to those affected by dementia. Renowned for her pioneering work, Dr. Sandison has integrated groundbreaking, holistic, and multimodal interventions, seamlessly creating clinical, residential, research, and educational platforms. Her relentless dedication has not only transformed the lives of patients and caregivers she has also set new standards in the field of dementia care.


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Neil Nathan, MD

"Mold Toxicity & Cognitive Impairment"

It has only recently been recognized that mold toxicity is a major contributor to chronic inflammatory illnesses. Mold toxicity can cause, or worsen, all forms of cognitive impairment including “brain fog”, difficulties with memory, focus and concentration. Dr. Dale Bredesen’s groundbreaking ReCODE program includes the evaluation and treatment of mold toxicity as one of its main inflammatory components of reversing Alzheimer’s disease.

This presentation will discuss the basics of mold toxicity, including its connection to many of the most common chronic inflammatory conditions and then go into how to diagnose it and treat it. Some patients with mold toxicity will eventually become unusually sensitive to the supplements and medications used to treat it, and we will discuss the process of sensitization and its treatment as well.

Bio: Neil Nathan, MD has been practicing medicine for 48 years, and has been Board Certified in Family Practice and Pain Management and is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and a Founding Diplomate of ISEAI. He has written several books, including Healing is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses and On Hope and Healing: For Those Who Have Fallen Through the Medical Cracks. He has hosted an internationally syndicated radio program/podcast on Voice America called The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today. He has been working to bring an awareness that mold toxicity is a major contributing factor for patients with chronic illness and lectures internationally on this subject which led to the publication of his book, Mold and Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation and Treatment, 2016 and now to his most recent book Toxic: Heal Your Body from Mold Toxicity, Lyme Disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Chronic Environmental Illness.

His current medical practice is the Redwood Valley Clinic in Northern California. He can be contacted most easily through his website www.neilnathanmd.com, through which consultations are available.

Dr. Nathan has been treating chronic complex medical illnesses for 25 years now, and Lyme disease for the past 15 years. As his practice has evolved, he finds himself increasingly treating the patients who have become so sensitive and toxic that they can no longer tolerate their usual treatments, and his major current interest is in finding unique ways of helping them to recover.

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Noel Peterson, ND, DAAPM

"Forget Alzheimer's"

We are in a neurodegenerative epidemic. Current increased life expectancy trends in the United States project the number of people over 65 years of age to increase from the current 46 million to over 98 million by 2060. This increased life expectancy, in the absence of improved health span, has contributed to an enhanced prevalence of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, making Alzheimer’s disease and dementia the most feared disease in North America. In this presentation you will learn the role of genetics, endotoxins, and flawed nutrition in the metabolic etiology of AD and dementia, and why Big Pharma has failed to provide a simple “silver bullet” solution to these complex diseases. You will also learn a suite of universally accessible, simple, and cost-effective interventions that dramatically reduce the risk and/or delay the onset of AD and dementia.

Bio: Noel Peterson ND, DAAPM has practiced integrative regenerative medicine in Lake Oswego since 1978. He serves as the Medical Director of Oregon Regenerative Medicine, a multi-discipline practice dedicated to empowering people to create optimal health and active longevity through education, inspiration, and natural therapy. He has focused his practice on regenerative medicine and Prolotherapy since 1989, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) since 2006, and Adipose-Derived Tissue therapies since 2012. Dr. Peterson is Certified in Prolotherapy by the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOMED.org). He serves on the scientific Institutional Review Board of the International Cellular Medicine Society (cellmedicinesociety.org), representing physicians and researchers from over 35 countries who share a mission to provide scientifically credible and medically appropriate cell-based treatments to informed patients.

Dr. Peterson’s passion for medicine is finding the source causes of his patients’ conditions. To accomplish this, he first listens to the patients’ story, learning the nuances of their physical and emotional condition. He openly thinks out loud, letting the client know what he’s thinking, what tests are appropriate, and maps out a strategy to find the source and resolution of their condition. He utilizes all manner of physical and laboratory testing to discover the metabolic, nutritional, hormonal and mechanical disorders of his patients.

Dr. Peterson understands first-hand the special challenges facing athletes of all ages. His interest in prolotherapy began when he developed serious life-threatening injuries that required more than orthopedic surgery to heal. After rehabilitation and prolotherapy treatments he has been able to resume all of his sports without pain or restriction. He trained in martial arts for 20 years and now calls the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon coast his gym, where he enjoys kitesurfing, biking, paddelboarding, and windsurfing.

Certified in Orthopedic Medicine:

Dr. Peterson specializes in scientifically validated regenerative and cellular medicine, including Prolotherapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and Adipose Tissue regenerative medicine in Portland and Lake Oswego. He earned his certification in prolotherapy through the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine. He is one of only three physicians certified in prolotherapy in the Pacific Northwest. He served as faculty for the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine, the Latin American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, and for the Naturopathic Academy of Therapeutic Injection.

Expertise in Regenerative Cellular Medicine

Dr. Peterson is recognized for his expertise in the practice of Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Autologous Biocellular regenerative medicine. He has served as international clinical faculty for AAOM’s Certification program in Interventional and Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine (IROM), teaching annual IROM courses in prolotherapy at the Peruvian National Institute for Rehabilitation in Lima, Peru, and with the Latin American Association of Orthopedic Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2016 his clinic started the profession’s first CMNE approved integrative residency training program in Regenerative Orthopedics. His peer-reviewed investigational work has been published in both the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Prolotherapy.

Dr. Peterson has been actively using adipose-derived biocellular tissues in his regenerative medicine practice since 2012 and has found this procedure to be remarkably effective in the treatment of advanced osteoarthritis of the hips, knees, ankles, hands, and other joints. He trained with Dr. Harry Adelson and Dr. Robert Alexander in 2012, mastering the art of adipose-derived cell therapy for orthopedic pain and regeneration. He completed accredited onsite training through the Bioheart Adipose-Derived and Bone Marrow Stem Cell Harvesting and Isolation Training Course.

He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM).


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James M. Greenblatt, MD

"Stardust for the Synapses: Exploring the Utility of Low-Dose Lithium in Brain Health"

A trace mineral found in the tissues of all vertebrate organisms, lithium is enjoying something of renaissance – as research yields increasingly robust evidence of its nutritional essentiality and its therapeutic applications in modern mental healthcare.

Despite the increasingly focused spotlight shone on this fascinating mineral, however, lithium remains shrouded in a great deal of misunderstanding.

Arising primarily from erroneous conflations of pharmaceutical vs. low-dose, “nutritional” lithium dose ranges, such misunderstanding is both injurious to the field and those patients who might stand to benefit significantly from low-dose lithium. For – as research increasingly and consistently demonstrates – low-dose lithium’s therapeutic applications are vast, spanning neurodegenerative disorders, psychiatric illness, and suicide prevention.

This lecture will shine a focused spotlight on the clinical applications of low-dose lithium, bridging research, concept, and clinical translation with a special focus on Alzheimer’s, suicide prevention, and mood instability/irritability. The talk will begin with a discussion of the evolutionary relationship linking humans and lithium, and the routes through which lithium traverses the food chain to influence human health today. The nuances of the lithium dose-response curve will also be elucidated, distinguishing “nutritional” from “pharmaceutical” dose ranges. Next, a deep dive into the research: what published, peer-reviewed studies from the last half-century reveal about lithium’s effects on mood, cognition, and brain function...as well as its efficacy as an anti-suicide agent.

Finally, the presentation will examine some of the key biologic mechanisms underlying lithium’s pleiotropic effects, the safety profile of lithium orotate, and avenues for the effective integration of nutritional lithium into the therapeutic toolbox.

Attendees will come away with a focused understanding of lithium’s dose-responsive relationship to human biology, and the true potential of nutritional lithium in the modern mental healthcare arena.

Bio: A pioneer in the field of Functional, Nutritional, & Metabolic Psychiatry, dually board-certified Adult and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist Dr. James M. Greenblatt has been treating patients since 1988. After obtaining his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA, as well as a member of the clinical psychiatry faculty at the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine.

Dr. Greenblatt is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Finally Focused and the expert-acclaimed Answers to Anorexia (2021). His newest book, Functional & Integrative Medicine for Antidepressant Withdrawal, is available now.

A nationally and internationally recognized expert, author, and educator, Dr. Greenblatt is also the founder of Psychiatry Redefined – an online Continuing Medical Education platform dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based, personalized treatment models for mental illness.


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Heather Zwickey, PhD

"Clearing the Cobwebs: Neuroinflammation's Impact on Brain Fog"

Bio: Heather Zwickey is recognized internationally as an expert and educator in the fields of integrative medicine, natural therapies and the immune system. Dr. Zwickey has been leading natural medicine research for 20 years. She has a Ph.D. in immunology and microbiology from the University of Colorado and completed her postdoc at Yale School of Medicine. Heather speaks at conferences world-wide, sharing her enthusiasm for integrative medicine and science. She’s won many awards for teaching and currently teaches at the National University of Natural Medicine, the University of Western States and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.


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Joshua Goldenberg, ND

"How Do We Know That It Was the Concussion That Caused It?"

Concussions, a form of traumatic brain injury, have long been associated with a myriad of post-injury sequelae affecting various aspects of human health and functionality. The precise causation and extent of such consequences, ranging from vision impairments, balance and cognitive deficits, to more severe outcomes like dementia, convergence insufficiency, seizures, and neuroendocrine disorders, remain areas of significant research interest and debate. Utilizing a forensic epidemiology approach, we endeavor to unpack the causative relationships between concussions and their long-term effects. Central to our discussion is the methodological framework of causation analysis, a tool pivotal in distinguishing between correlation and causation in post-concussion outcomes. By examining the epidemiological evidence, we aim to shed light on how certain sequelae can be directly attributed to concussive events, thereby providing clarity in a field often muddled by confounding factors. A particular focus of the presentation is on post-traumatic epilepsy, a condition that exemplifies the challenges in establishing a direct causal link between concussive brain injury and subsequent neurological disorders. We will share the results of our ongoing research in this area.

Bio: Dr. Goldenberg is a researcher, teacher, naturopathic doctor and founder of Dr. Journal Club, LLC. He is most passionate about the interplay of evidence and clinical practice.

Dr. Goldenberg is an active researcher with numerous publications in high impact scientific journals such as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and The Cochrane Library. His research focus includes irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, evidence-informed practice, and research methodology. He is Research Investigator at the Helfgott Research Institute and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney. He has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based medicine as well as probiotics and research methodology. His probiotics work has been highlighted by the BBC, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Prevention Magazine, and Fox News.

Dr. Goldenberg is a passionate educator and is faculty for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine’s Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine, where he teaches critical evaluation of the literature and evidence-informed practice. He is past adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, his alma mater, in which he enrolled after receiving honors and distinction in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also guest lectures widely.

As a naturopathic doctor Dr. Goldenberg focuses on integrative approaches to irritable bowel syndrome as well as other gastrointestinal complaints working in concert with patients’ conventional gastroenterologists.

In 2014 Dr. Goldenberg created the medical education website www.DrJournalClub.com in order to share his passion for the interplay of evidence and clinical practice with the larger integrative medicine community.

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Healthcare Provider Rate: 2024 Mind Matters $325.00
Alumni Rate: 2024 Mind Matters $300.00
Student Rate: 2024 Mind Matters $75.00