Los Angeles, CA

FEBRUARY 24-25, 2018


Day 1

Organic Acids Testing

Learn how to use this comprehensive metabolic test in your practice to help your patients with a variety of chronic health conditions.  Find out how the OAT helps you discover underlying causes of many symptoms and hear what kinds of treatments have been effective.  Qualified attendees at the Organic Acids Testing Workshop receive a FREE Organic Acids Test, worth $299!

Day 2

Environmental Toxin Testing Workshop

This workshop will focus on the epidemic of environmental toxin exposure, from the many chemicals we encounter every day to mycotoxins released from mold. You will learn about many common environmental pollutants from the 172 chemicals tested by our GPL-TOX Profile.  You will find out how these chemicals can affect our health and what steps can be taken to help detoxify the body.  You will also learn about the seven types of mold mycotoxins tested for in our new GPL-MycoTOX Profile and about the chronic health conditions mycotoxin exposure can cause.  We will review how to use these tests in your practice to create the most effective treatments possible for your patients.



organic acids testing

7:30am | Registration and Breakfast

8:15am | An Overview of Organic Acids Testing and Its Importance

Hundreds of organic acid metabolites are found in the urine of all mammals, including humans. These metabolites can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic measurements for detecting abnormal gastrointestinal overgrowth or dysbiosis, assessing mitochondrial energy production, detecting genetic diseases, assessing malnutrition and suboptimum nutrition, revealing toxic exposure, finding alterations of neurotransmitter metabolites in neurological and psychiatric disorders, and assessing metabolites that cause severe inflammation in a variety of chronic illnesses.

The OAT evaluates for various fungal toxins, including specific markers for Candida. Many people rely on stool testing for Candida diagnosis and miss the presence of Candida toxins through the Organic Acid Test. Candida can lead to neurochemical imbalances in the brain, as well as sensory problems and self-stimulatory behavior (often seen in autism).

10:30am | Morning Break

The OAT evaluates for two specific toxins related to Clostridia bacteria – HPHPA and 4-cresol. Both of these toxins can inhibit a dopamine converting enzyme, leading to excess dopamine and toxic reactions in the brain and nervous system. Problems such as moodiness, irritability, aggression, self-injurious behavior, sleep difficulties, and more can be associated with Clostridia bacteria overgrowth.

12:00pm | the role of oxalate toxicity in chronic health problems

The OAT includes glycolic and glyceric acids in the oxalate section, which can differentiate between genetic and nutritional components in disturbed oxalate metabolism. Oxalates are compounds found in many foods, and can be worsened by Candida overgrowth. High oxalates are associated with pain in the joints, muscles, and connective tissues. They can also trap heavy metals (such as mercury, lead, and arsenic) in the body and lead to mineral imbalances. Certain behavioral issues and self-injurious tendencies have been associated with high oxalates.

12:45pm | Lunch

2:00pm | neurochemical imbalances and quinolinic acid toxicity

The OAT evaluates for imbalances in serotonin (an important brain and nervous system chemical for mood, fine and gross motor skills, and calmness), as well additional markers that can indicate toxic stress in the brain and nervous system, such as quinolinic acid. High quinolinic acid suggests toxic stress in the brain and is important to evaluate before prescribing certain supplements, particularly L-Tryptophan which is commonly used to help with sleep.

3:00pm | Afternoon Break

3:30pm | case studies and treatment options

This presentation will highlight various patient cases from clinical practice that show the role of biomedical intervention for various patient scenarios such as dietary therapy, yeast and Clostridia treatment, and methylation support.

5:00pm | PLA2: The Possible Root Cause and Treatment of, Many Inflammatory Disorders

Phospholipase A2 (PLA2), an enzyme found in snake and bee venom, as well as in human tissue, has been found to be elevated in a variety of inflammation-related disorders.,It is considered a good marker for increased risk of developing or worsening inflammatory conditions including allergies, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease (including atherosclerosis), Crohn’s disease, neurodegenerative diseases, bipolar depression, long term depression, schizophrenia, and sepsis.,This presentation will review the new information available about PLA2, including an ongoing pilot study with MS patients, methods for PLA2 testing, and treatments that reduce PLA2 levels and inflammation.


Day 2

Environmental Toxin Testing Workshop

8:00am | Registration and Breakfast

8:30am | Non-Metal Toxic Chemicals and Their Effects on Health

A huge array of non-metal toxic chemicals like phthalates, pyrethrins, organophosphates and many others can now be tested conveniently and economically in a single morning urine sample. Learn how to use this testing and apply it to a wide variety of chronic illnesses such as neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, chronic fatigue, and many others. The best treatment options will be presented in great detail.

9:30am | Glyphosate, 2,4-D, GMO Foods, and the Microbiome

The widely used weed killer glyphosate (Roundup™) has been implicated as a cause of chronic kidney disease and cancer. Exposure to glyphosate may alter the microbiome of all of our agricultural soil and seriously alter the intestinal flora of humans and farm animals. Learn how GMO foods are connected with a wide variety of other chronic illnesses because of glyphosate contamination.

10:30am | Morning Break

11:00am | The Importance of DNA Methlylation and MTHFR

Genetic testing, in combination with metabolic testing can help practitioners create the most personalized treatment plans possible for their patients. Mutations (SNPs) in the DNA methylation pathway can cause chronic health problems by affecting neurotransmitters, detoxification, and cardiac health. This presentation will discuss methylation genes including MTHFR, BHMT, AHCY, and CBS. It will also review some of the primary genes relevant to neurotransmitter metabolism and their role in mental health such as COMT and MAOA. Finally, this presentation will discuss treatment options for different genetic variants.

11:45am | IgG Food Allergy Testing: Scientific Evidence of its Validity in Chronic Illness

IgG food allergy has been implicated in a wide variety of illnesses including chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, autism, depression, schizophrenia, migraine headache, and many others. Learn about the different types of allergy testing and the treatments for allergies.

12:15pm | Lunch

1:15pm | The Hidden Threat of Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, vehicles, and foods. A majority of mycotoxin exposures are through food ingestion or airborne exposure.

1:45pm | Case Studies: Mycotoxins

3:00pm | Afternoon Break

3:30pm | Case Studies: Environmental Toxins

4:45 | Toxic Chemicals and Their Effect on Autism

Toxicants implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) include pesticides such as organophosphates and pyrethrins, phthalates used as plasticizers, solvents, toxic waste sites, air pollutants, pharmaceuticals such as acetaminophen, and heavy metals. In addition, a number of genetic factors related to chemical detoxification have also been associated with increased incidence of autism. A review of the scientific literature will indicate which chemicals are the leading suspects as causes of ASD as well as measures to prevent contamination of pregnant women and children, and methods that can be used to detoxify individuals who have already been exposed to toxic chemicals.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles - Glendale

800 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203

Explore the many attractions and entertainment venues of the Los Angeles area from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Glendale hotel, overlooking the Verdugo Mountains. You’ll have easy access to I-134, I-101 and I-5 to get you around town. Located in downtown Glendale in the north Los Angeles area, the hotel is a few short miles from Universal Studios, Burbank and Pasadena. Business travelers will appreciate the proximity to Nestle, Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Cigna Healthcare, AT&T and more. The hotel is just 10 miles from Hollywood Burbank Airport (Bop Hope) and 30 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  All the best shopping is just down the street, from the Americana and Galleria, along with a variety of dining options. Experience the warm colors, lush foliage and koi pond of the hotel’s atrium. Their gracious staff will introduce you to their many hotel amenities and your suite. 

Start your day with a free made-to-order breakfast. Relax in your two-room suite, complete with a separate living room and wet bar area. Unwind at the complimentary Evening Reception*, which includes a variety of drinks and snacks. Sample fresh ingredients on the menu at Bistro 800, a casual dining spot open for lunch and dinner. Maintain your exercise routine at our complimentary 24-hour fitness center, or melt away stress in our pool and whirlpool spa. 


The Embassy Suites Los Angeles Glendale is located just 10 miles from Hollywood Burbank Airport (Bop Hope) and 30 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).


Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles - Glendale

800 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203

800 N Central Avenue, Glendale, CA 91203

Room rate:
$189/night on Hotels.com



Here is a list of other hotels in Glendale and click here to see the list of all Glendale hotels and rates on Hotels.com.

Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Center

100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202 

100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202 (*0.2 mile from Embassy Suites)



Hampton Inn & Suites Los Angeles - Glendale

114 W Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91204 

114 W Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91204 (*1.2 mile from Embassy Suites)



Hotel Xilo Glendale

 326 E Colorado Street, Glendale, CA, 91205 United States

326 E Colorado Street, Glendale, CA, 91205 United States (*1.4 miles from Embassy Suites)



Best Western Plus Glendale

2911 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 

2911 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (*2.3 miles from Embassy Suites)




*There are also several hotels in Burbank, about 5 miles away Glendale.  Click here for a list of those hotels and their rates on Hotels.com. 

*If you’re looking to stay in Los Angeles, click here for a list of all Los Angeles area hotels and their rates on Hotels.com. 



5 Continuing Medical Credits (CME/CEU)** per one-day workshop are provided by Westbrook University for MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, LAcs, NPs, and PAs for a fee of $50.00 per day.*  These credits are approved by AAFP. For more information about these credits, go to www.aafp.org

** It is the responsibility of the attendee to adhere to the CME/CEU requirements of his/her state licensing board and to check to be sure these credits will be approved before the workshop. No refunds will be issued for CME fees. CMEs/CEUs are not APA approved.

**Great Plains will e-mail all CME certificates as PDFs after the workshop(s).  If you require a hard copy be sent in the mail, please let us know.

Requests for replacement certificates made a year or more after the conference date will incur a $30.00 fee



Registration is refundable, minus a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received in writing no later than two weeks prior to the workshop date. Attendee substitutions are allowed, but notification must be made within two weeks prior to the workshop date. After this date, under no circumstances will refunds, credits, or substitutions be granted. No refunds or credits will be given to "no shows."