Scottsdale, AZ

February 18 - 19, 2017

Qualified attendees at the Organic Acids Testing Workshop receive a FREE Organic Acids Test, worth $299.00!

Discover modern amenities and a true Southwestern feel at Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River. Located in the heart of Scottsdale, our Salt River Fields hotel offers easy access to a variety of popular attractions including Spring Training games at Salt River Fields, gambling at Talking Stick Casino and outdoor excursions at Salt River. After a hot day of exploring the area, retire to spacious guest rooms and suites featuring complimentary wireless internet, plush bedding and ample space to spread out. Visit the stylish lobby area, home to The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect., offering Starbucks coffee and hearty selections for breakfast and dinner, along with cocktails in the evening. During downtime, maintain your workout routine in our on-site fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights, take a refreshing dip in our outdoor swimming pool, or gather with friends and colleagues on our patio boasting expansive views of the natural landscape.


Early Bird Rate - $199 (by January 22) - or - $259 after January 22.

$199 and just $99 if attending the Organic Acids Testing Workshop.

CME's available for $50 per workshop.
Please see accreditation information for details before purchasing CME's.

Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale Salt River

5201 North Pima Road  Scottsdale  Arizona  85250


Room Rates:
$259 / Night
Mention: "GPL University Workshop" through January 27, 2017

Reservation Line:
(800) 321-2211


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Registration and Breakfast


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 Interrelationship Between Chronic Yeast and Various Health Issues

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 Break

The Interrelationship Between Clostridia and Various Health Issues

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.

Correlating Oxalate 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

Organic Acids Testing and Neurochemical Imbalances

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.
3:15pm Break

Case Studies

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.

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.
5:45pm End of Workshop



Registration and Breakfast


Overview of Genetic Testing

This section will provide an overview of the different types of genetic testing available and explain why Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) is the superior form of genetic testing. It will also describe why GPL-SNP1000 is the best genetic test to use in integrative medicine, before reviewing six of the nine important pathways that it covers.

Methylation: The MTHFR Pathway

The MTHFR pathway is important for folate metabolism, which is responsible for the formation of methionine, S-Adenosyl methionine (SAMe), and thymidylate monophosphate (dTMP). These compounds play critical roles in nucleotide synthesis (making more DNA for new cells), neurotransmitter synthesis (the chemicals in the brain), CoQ10 production, histamine breakdown, and numerous other processes. This section will review problems that can arise from mutations in the MTHFR gene and recommended interventions.

Mental Health: Understanding the Risks for Developing Mental Health Disorders and Possible Interventions

Many neurological diseases can be linked to predisposition to polymorphisms in enzymes that either produce or metabolize neurotransmitters. Mutations to these genes can predispose patients to a variety of ailments including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. This section will review some of the primary genes relevant to mental health, as well as correlating treatment options.
10:00am Break

Detoxification of Drugs and Environmental Toxicants

The environment that we live in today is the most toxic in history; in part because of the vast amounts of pharmaceutical drugs patients are being prescribed. It is important for our bodies to be able to eliminate these potentially toxic compounds. The enzymes that are critical to neutralize and eliminate them include the cytochrome P450s, the sulfur transferases, the glutathioine transferases, and the methyltransferases. This section will review mutations relevant to drug metabolism so that you may help prevent adverse drug reactions in your patients.

Oxalate Metabolism: Risks and Treatments

Oxalate and its acidic form, oxalic acid, are formed from diet, human metabolism, and from yeast/fungal overgrowth. Oxalates are known to combine with calcium to form crystals that can cause kidney stones, as well as build up in the bones, joints, blood vessels, lungs, and even the brain. This section will review the genetic risks of impaired oxalate metabolism and recommended treatments to prevent and reverse high oxalate levels.

The APoE Gene

Without the transporter proteins, cells are not able to attain the proper building blocks necessary for optimum functionality or dispose of toxic cellular waste. One of the most important transporter proteins is APOE, also known as “The Alzheimer’s Gene”. This section will review some of the diseases associated with mutations that result in faulty transport, including Alzheimer’s Disease.
12:30pm Lunch

Non-Metal Toxic Chemicals and Their Effects on Health

A high percentage of all people are now exposed to a soup of toxic chemicals. Toxic chemical exposure has been implicated as a major factor in impaired learning ability, attention deficit, hyperactivity, pervasive developmental disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and autism. Documentation of common chemicals in the environment that cause illnesses and their sources will be presented along with methods to prevent exposure and to remove them when exposure has already occurred.

Glyphosate, 2,4-D, GMO Foods, and the Microbiome

Corn, soy, and other foods have been genetically modified to be resistant to the weed-killers, glyphosate (Roundup™) and 2, 4-D (2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). As a consequence, glyphosate and 2, 4-D are widely applied to food crops and the residues of these herbicides may remain on the plants that are ingested by humans and animals. In addition, many beneficial microorganisms are susceptible to glyphosate, leading to significant changes in the composition of the flora in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, with increases in pathogenic bacteria. Recent studies will be reviewed that have found significant associations between the ingestion of glyphosate and/or GMO foods and a variety of diseases including common cancers, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and many others.
3:30pm Break

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.
5:00pm End of Workshop