Mindd International Forum 2016

Conference & Expo 20th-22nd May

Nutritional and Integrative Treatments for Children & Adults

World experts will present to parents, patients, carers, educators and health professionals on Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, Nutrient Therapy, Bio Individual Diets, Nutritional Psychiatry, Brain Plasticity, Natural and Neuro Therapies.

Mindd Foundation proudly invites you to the 9th Mindd International Forum, a 3 day conference and expo designed to educate patients and train practitioners in solutions for the prevention and treatment of disease.

Whether you are a parent managing your child's chronic condition or an adult wanting to prevent or treat arthritis, dementia, diabetes or heart disease, the Mindd Forum offers solutions for you.

An epidemic of chronic illness in children and adults.

Worldwide families are facing an epidemic in interrelated and environmentally driven metabolic, immunologic, neurologic, digestive and developmental conditions that often affect the mind (i.e. MINDD conditions).

Modern diseases are at an all-time high and are affecting our children in large numbers. "Maternal transfer" is a key factor with many of the effected children inheriting more than just genes from their mothers including infections, toxins, nutritional deficiencies, microbiome and mitochondrial abnormalities, immune dysregulation and physical and emotional trauma.

In our children, malnutrition and toxins especially impact on developing brains and digestive tracts which have a very strong impact on one another. Recent studies indicate that the type and levels of gut microbes directly impact on brain development as well as on immunity. (Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease; Inna Sekirov, Shannon L. Russell, L. Caetano M. Antunes, and B. Brett Finlay).

A large body of research now points to the microbiome playing a huge role in illness and disease. Diet, toxins, infections and lifestyle impact on the 70 trillion cells in the human body as well as the 700 trillion cells that make up the "good bugs" in our digestive tract. The body's universal response to these many stressors is inflammation and oxidative stress (rusting of the cells). Inflammation is linked to the epidemic in chronic illness (inflammation of the lungs in asthma; skin in eczema; brain in anxiety, depression, autism and ADHD; joints in arthritis; arteries in heart disease.

Nutritional Therapies Offer Personalised, Holistic and Less Toxic Solutions

Nutritional healthcare can treat and reverse chronic illness by supporting the body's innate ability to heal, grow, prevent and fight disease. The focus is on cellular health (toxins out and nutrients in).

For the past 10 years, Mindd Foundation has trained Australian practitioners in evidence-based Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (NEM) with a focus on how diet, environment and lifestyle impact on human health, even turning genes on and off (epigenetics)

These Integrative Healthcare specialists understand how nutrition, toxins and infections impact on the whole body (especially the microbiome) which in turn impacts on the brain and mental health (mood, behaviour, memory, sleep, cognitive function). At present this holistic approach is rarely taught to General Practitioners and Paediatricians in Western Medical Schools so there is a great need for post-graduate training as well as public education.

By recognising that disease is not solely genetic, we can take charge of our health as well as the wellbeing of future generations.

Allied Therapies

Once NEM helps balance biochemistry, the body is then better able to respond to a range of allied therapies including natural, neurological and behavioural therapies.

Best outcomes result from teams of well-trained professionals and educated patients who work together to select, sequence and integrate treatments that treat the whole individual with a focus on addressing core causes versus symptoms. This also saves time and money for families seeking answers as well as for Government and the wider community.

Natural Therapies

Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Dentistry, Homeopathy, Kinesiology, Osteopathy

Neuro Therapies

Behavioural Optometry, Functional Neurology, Movement Therapy, Neuro Feedback, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Sound Therapy

Behavioural Therapies

ABA, RDI, Social Skills Training, Sonrise

Integrative healthcare offers treatment solutions for

autism, ADHD, allergies, anxiety, anorexia, Asperger's, asthma, autism, bi-polar, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, dyslexia, dyspraxia, food sensitivities, infections, learning & language delay, mood, sleep disorders, obesity, OCD, ODD, schizophrenia, sensory processing disorder, auditory & visual processing disorder, metabolic, immune and digestive disorders and more.

  • The Mindd Forum offers education, empowerment and hope
  • World experts instructing on science-based nutritional, dietary, structural, neurological, behavioural and lifestyle solutions
  • Experienced carers coaching on how to manage your family's healthcare
  • Question and answer sessions with international experts addressing your concerns
  • The opportunity to connect with other carers, patients and professionals
  • Introduction to dozens of products and services to help you create a healthy home

Mindd Forum Key Objectives

  • Bring together International and Australian leaders in the fields of 1) Nutrition 2) Biomedicine 3) Brain Plasticity 4) Allied and 5) Neuro Therapies.
  • Educate patients, parents & carers to effectively select, sequence and manage treatments in the most time-efficient and financially viable way.
  • Inform professionals in cutting-edge biomedical and dietary treatments to establish the vital foundation for cellular health.
  • Educate teachers and the community to identify affected children and then refer them to trained Integrative professionals who can help.
  • Develop networks of practitioners to practice Integrative Healthcare across Australia.
  • Educate Australasian manufacturers to drive product innovation.

Key Themes

  • Nutritional Psychiatry
  • Nutritional & Environmental Medicine
  • Gut-Brain Connection
  • Cell Health for mental health and longevity
  • Treating & preventing the childhood epidemics; allergies, asthma, ADHD, Autism
  • Treating & preventing adult epidemics; anxiety, arthritis, asthma, cancer, dementia, depression, diabetes, heart disease

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  • Food & Mood; allergies and intolerances
  • Personalised healthcare-diet, supplements, therapies
  • Brain health for mental health, concentration, mood, memory
  • Lifestyle Medicine-exercise, healthy home, sleep, community
  • The Brain-Immuno-Gut Connection
  • The Microbiome and its impact on the brain and immune systems
  • Opimising nutrients, neurotransmitters, hormones, breath, sleep and mood

The alarming rates of chronic disease are a sign that we need to rethink how we approach healthcare and lifestyle

  • Almost half of the Australian population (45.5%) experiences mental illness at some point in their lifetime (1).
  • 16-24 year old Australians have a mental illness prevalence of 25% with depression being the most common in females (2).
  • More than 20% of Australian teens suffer from some mental health condition (3)
  • 1% of Australian children have Autism (4)
  • 10% of Australian children struggle with ADHD (5)
  • Up to 70% of Australian children are low in iodine which lowers IQ (6)
  • Allergies affect 1 in 3 Australian children, Asthma 1 in 4 (7)
  • Childhood cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression have each more than doubled in two decades (8)

(1) (2) (3) Australian Community Surveys, 2007 (4) Autism; Autism ACT, B. Buckley, A4. (5) ADHD & Mental Health; M. Sawyer, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2001 (6) Are Australian Children Deficient in Iodine. C.Eastman et al, University Sydney, 2006 (7) Allergies; B. Hill, Australian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy Annual Conference, Nov 2003. (8) Childhood Disease rise in Past 2 Decades; Dr R. Cosford, DAN! Conference 2009

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