Dor Mullen is the Founder of The Suppers Programs. The Suppers program design reflects her combining of counseling models learned in a Masters in Counseling program at The College of New Jersey, her background in garden-based education, her passion for preparing delicious food, and her respect for the wisdom and longevity of the 12-step process. Prior to Suppers, Dorothy was the president of the board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Innovative Medicine in New York and a holistic health care practitioner in Princeton. Dor facilitates numerous regular meetings.
Dor's Lunch for Immune Support
Wed, Apr., 18, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
(held in a private home; meeting fees apply; registration required)
Location: Princeton, NJ
Topics: Immune support
About this meeting
For the next 8 months we will screen a series of documentaries related to Arthritis. Sign up for the whole series for $70 (bring cash or a check made out to Dor Mullen), or attend individual sessions if there is space.
Neha Sagwan explains how communication difficulties leads to lots of stress. She teaches us ways to communicate better and avoid stress. Explore how Anger is hiding Hurt, sadness and fear. Practical breathing exercises and ways to reground the boy when anxiety and panic are starting. Questions to ask ourselves and how to Focus on what we want not just was we don’t want.
Aviva Romm - Dr. Romm explains how the HPA, hypothalamus pituitary axis works. The hypothalamus is the conductor and the cells in our body are the musicians. Disharmony with cortisol causes inflammation and so much more, issues with nervous system, gut and immune function. Stress can cause these systems to get out of whack. And good quality sleep is so important. No amount of diet and supplements can overcome for lack of quality sleep. Practical tips for improving sleep as well.
Izabella Wentz is a pharmacist and thyroid expert and the best selling author of "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis". The interview is more about thyroid than arthritis, with the common denominator being that low thyroid and the inflammatory conditions associated with it can express as or worsen arthritis. When thyroid is off, we may experience fatigue, panic attacks, hair loss, and irritable bowl. To reverse Hashimotos's she recommends addressing food sensitivities, stress tolerance, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, infections and digestion. Wentz recommends the autoimmune Paleo diet which avoids gluten, dairy, soy, nightshades, eggs, nuts, seeds and grains. It's not forever! There's plenty to eat. But improving digestion and avoiding sources of inflammation are the first steps to addressing both thyroid and arthritis.
Vicki Peterson explains the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities. How foods don’t just affect your digestion but systemically. She recommends healing the gut first before lab testing for allergies and sensitivities. She discusses the role of gluten in inflammation. Examples of elimination diets to pinpoint what are the causes so healing can be lasting. Can you dabble with your sensitivities? Is it worth the risk? Further explanation of organic and GMO why it matters and how it contributes to inflammation.
Heidi Hannah is a reformed stress addict whose role in the arthritis summit is helping people with inflammatory conditions like arthritis to understand the effects of stress and transform their relationship with it. Her work is particularly oriented to the relationship among stress, brain health and performance, and the film is more oriented to stress than to arthritis. She explains how stress can be so extremely addictive - it taps into the brain's reward pathways, distracts us from pain, and even makes us feel important. There are some practical tips for reducing stress, setting boundaries, and establishing a daily practice around self care. People can build resilience, but note that about 20% of the population is highly sensitive to stress and our needs for intervention will vary.
Dr. Carnahan describes the role of mold, sick buildings, illness related to microorganisms in water and some people's inability to clear toxins as CIRS, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. About 24% of the population for genetic reasons is vulnerable to accumulating damage in the immune system. In such people, "collateral damage" from one's own immune response to mold can trigger massive responses. When toxins build up in our systems it can lead to fatigue, weakness, memory and word finding problems, cognitive losses, joint pain, leg cramps, crawling sensations, sinus congestion, weight swings, urinary frequency, blurry vision, night sweats and difficulty regulating body temperature, "ice pick pain" in the head, and static shocks. Mold or "bio-toxin" sensitivity is behind most of the autoimmunity issues that present in her practice.
Deanna Minich - Nourishment from a whole-body perspective we are affected by so many aspects of eating; what we eat, how we eat, when we eat, body posture, breathing, are we adding anti-inflammatory foods, spices, salmon and berries and we must take away inflammatory foods. Eat with a Mediterranean attitude. Is giving people information enough? no need to give emotional support, motivate to experiment and help to stay the courseStress increase starts in hypothalamus, stimulates pituitary and then adrenal. Don’t just focus on adrenal, go back to hypothalamus. Her Whole detox program removes barriers to good health.
Amy Meyers - A lot of people reverse arthritis just by fixing their diet and healing their gut. So says Amy Myers, MD who speaks on rheumatoid arthritis, and why and how a person's body turns against itself. Diet, leaky gut, infections and toxins, mold exposures, heavy metals and stress are the root causes. She tries to get patients off Motrin and steroids quickly because they drive the leaky gut, but she is not fast to get them off other meds that are working for people. The diet she recommends is similar to autoimmune Paleo. For 30 days you eliminate sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten, dairy, nightshades, grains and legumes, and processed food or whatever is inflammatory in the individual. The food list expands as the gut heals (though she recommends never trying to get back gluten and dairy). Her special expertise is mold toxicity.
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