San Francisco

April 26-27, 2019


Practitioners who attend both days receive a FREE Organic Acids Test, worth $299!

Day 1

Organic Acids Testing

Learn how to use this comprehensive metabolic test in your practice to help with your most difficult-to-diagnose patients. With 74 markers, including those for yeast and bacteria overgrowth, inflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, oxalates, gastrointestinal dysbiosis, and nutritional imbalances, the Organic Acids Test (OAT) helps you discover the underlying causes of many chronic conditions. When you attend this workshop, you will not only learn how the OAT can be used in clinical practice, but also ways to use it along with other diagnostic assessments, as well as what kinds of treatments have been effective.

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 | Announcements

8:20am | Introduction To The Organic Acids Test and Why It Is So Important In Clinical Practice

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).

11:00am | 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.

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.

1:15pm | Lunch

2:30pm | 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.

3:25pm | Afternoon Break

3:45pm | 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 | Organic Acids & Mycotoxins: Correlations with Mold in Various Chronic Illnesses

Recent discoveries have revealed strong correlations between specific markers on the Organic Acids Test and mycotoxin exposure. In this presentation, Dr. Shaw will review those correlations, including evidence in the literature linking them to health conditions such as autism and Parkinson’s disease. He will also discuss a recent case of autism that was rapidly recovered after antifungal treatment.

Day 2

Environmental Toxin Testing Workshop

Schedule is Subject to Change

7:30am | Registration and Breakfast

8:00am | Announcements

8:05am | 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

11:30am | Invasion of the Brain Snatchers: Environmental & Infectious Influences on the Brain

Do your patients really have a "mental illness" like OCD or depression, or is it an infection or toxins affecting their brains? This presentation will explore the work-up and effects of environmental toxins and infections on the brain and mental health.

12:15pm | Lunch

1:15pm | The Hidden Threat of Mycotoxins, Part 1

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.

2:15pm | The Hidden Threat of Mycotoxins, Part 2

Mark Filidei, DO
This presentation will review the specific markers in the GPL-MycoTOX Profile and how you may use this test in your practice to help your patients with mold exposure.

3:00pm | Break

3:30pm | How Peptides Affect Chronic Health Issues

Peptides are small proteins that have profound effects on every aspect of physiology including eating behavior, digestion, pain, immunity, infection, addiction, and others. We will review some of the most well-researched peptides such as the opiate peptides from wheat, milk, and soy.

4:00pm | 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.

5:00pm | PLA2: The Possible Root Cause 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.


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JW Marriot San Francisco Union Square

515 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94102

515 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA  94102

A small block of rooms is available for a rate of $199/night.  To reserve a room by phone, call the reservations line at (800) 228-9290 or (415) 771-8600.  

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Room block expires April 4, 2019.



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Organic Acids Testing Workshop – April 26, 2019
Environmental Toxin Testing Workshop – April 27, 2019

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Practitioners who attend both days receive a FREE Organic Acids Test, worth $299.00!

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."

Registrants MUST ATTEND the workshop in order to receive their free test.


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  • $269 for one workshop after April 1, 2019

  • $100 for the second workshop

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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."