This month's OANP Business will be:
What happened during the legislative session on transformation of the Oregon Health Plan, the creation of Coordinated Care Organizations, and next steps for expanding insurance coverage of NDs. Find out what the non-discrimination language means, and how it may impact you!
This month's Member Meeting CE will be:
Update on Vitamins D* & K: Uses & Precautions
(available via live webinar)
*Some announcements mistakenly labeled this CE as being on Vitamins A & K. It is, indeed, on Vitamins D & K. Apologies for any confusion!
Vitamin D is technically not a vitamin by the strict definition because it is normally synthesized in the skin. In the late 70’s and early 80’s vitamin D came under intense attack by alternative nutritional experts as being harmful even in moderate amounts and was either greatly reduced or removed completely from most multi-vitamin/mineral supplements. At the time it was thought to promote heart disease by triggering the calcification of arteries. Then about 10-15 years ago there began mounting evidence that vitamin D was a vital nutrient in many biological processes including the protection against autoimmune disease, various cancers, mood disorders, infections, skin disorders and of course osteoporosis and other bone disorders. It has also been observed that almost every cell in the human body has a receptor for vitamin D. This implies that there are probably many more metabolic processes that we do not know about concerning the function of vitamin D in the body and that we should continually expand our perception of vitamins and minerals and the effect that they have on our body.
In this talk the history of vitamin D will be reviewed along with an in-depth discussion about the synthesis and metabolism of vitamin D in the body. An explanation into on how we can best get vitamin D into our tissues discussing the different forms, frequency of taking D and what is the optimal level of vitamin D in the blood. A complete review of all the conditions that vitamin D can be used to treat both orally and topically.
Vitamin K has always been known for its involvement in the clotting cascade. Aside from giving new borns IM shots of vitamin K for the prevention of hemolytic disease of the new born, vitamin K has rarely been used to treat very medical conditions. Since the early 80's however there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of studies involving vitamin K therapeutically. This talk will discuss the history of vitamin K and the physiology of the different forms of vitamin K and where they come from. Also an update of the clinical usefulness of vitamin K be thoroughly discussed including the use of vitamin K during the coumadin anticoagulation therapy (how not to create a vitamin K deficiency).
2 hours CE pending.
This event will be available via live webinar (you'll get access code after registration), but we encourage you to come in person, network, enjoy a complimentary drink, and stay in touch!
This month's speaker:
Russell Marz, ND
Dr. Marz graduated with a doctorate of naturopathic medicine from NCNM in 1983, and his master's degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from OCOM in 1994, and is currently the Medical Director of Tabor Hill Clinic in Portland.
In 1985 he
founded Omnivite Nutrition Inc., a company that specializes in unique
nutritional formulas. He has taught for over 19 years at NCNM, where he has taught both basic science and clinical nutrition as adjunct professor of nutrition. He has also taught at Western States Chiropractic College (1994-95), OCOM (1994-99) and SW College of Naturopathic Medicine (1993-2001).
He published his first book in 1992, Medical Nutrition from
Marz, a 600-page textbook in
nutritional medicine that is currently used by many universities and
colleges around North America.