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A World of Hurt: “Foods” A Non-Pharmacy Intervention for Pain & Chronic Illness

When: November 24, 2019
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: FYZICAL Naperville
1240 Iroquois Ave
Suite 400
Naperville, Illinois  60563
United States
Presenter: Sponsor: FYZICAL Naperville
Contact: Mary Rachford, PT

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A World of Hurt: “Foods” A Non-Pharmacy Intervention for Pain & Chronic Illness

Course Description: This one-day course will fine tune clinical reasoning for the selection of foods as a non-pharmacy intervention for pain, chronic illness and disease. If you have ever suspected that not everyone should eat the same thing or do the same exercise, you are right! In fact, what food we absorb well and how our bodies handle stress differs in phases of healing and wellness. Your stage of inflammation, recovery and wellness reflect your internal chemistry. It is the key that unlocks the mysteries of disease, pain, longevity, fitness, emotional strength, and how we heal. The food you eat determines your susceptibility to illness and prevents the most troubling health diseases. Foods are the most frequently introduced chemicals to the body and considered an intervention for pain and disease. The chemical reactions brought into the body through foods can be positive or negative. In conjunction with the healthy state of the liver and gut, they can alter the response to treatment for pain and chronic illness. Recent ongoing literature suggests a non-pharmacy intervention for pain and disease, in the area of healthy eating including a whole food plant-based diet. The function of the liver, the microbiome of the gut, and the integrity of the gut lining play an integral role in inflammation. Whole food plant-based eating offers an individualized lifestyle health plan that is right for your patients. Gentle detox and balancing protocols for the liver, adrenal glands, gut, and thyroid can reactivate an immune system causing remission to many autoimmune and neurological diseases. The inflammatory mechanism may have a chemical component systemically in the tissues, such as, cytokines, lipopolysaccharides, chronic infection or histamine, etc. The patient’s inflammatory symptoms can reflect the immune system’s stress and inability to heal the body. A person with an autoimmune condition will have more pre-existing inflammatory molecules present in the body compared to a person without. Therefore, an intervention focused on foods can alter the rate of healing and the overall outcome. The “Root Cause” to the inflammatory cascade and immune system stress response identified within the foods people select can be the missing link to sustained benefits from pain and remission for chronic illness. The World of Hurt “Foods” course will introduce an eclectic scientific based framework involving the four blood types O, A, B, and AB, ketogenic diets, and whole food plant-based eating to individualize food selection for healthy immune systems. In addition, fundamental protocols for the liver, adrenal glands, thyroid and gut to promote a healthy immune system will be discussed. Each person can greatly benefit from its own exercise regimen, meal plans, and vitamin supplements, that can be identified within this simplistic framework.


Speakers: Annie O’Connor, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT & Melissa Watson, MSPT, Cert. MDT


Course Objectives: at the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize patient lifestyle, dietary, and disease characteristics that would benefit from a “Foods” intervention care plan.
  • Understand the difference and application of high protein, low carbohydrate, ketogenic, blood type, and whole food plant-based eating plans.
  • Understand a framework of assessment to guide healthy lifestyle eating as a treatment for pain, disease management and prevention.
  • Improve understanding when to recommend advanced protocols for immune system health. 


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Program Content Area: Education
Course Type: Lecture & Workshop
Instructional Level: Basic
Intended Audience: PT/PTAs, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Osteopathic, Naturopathic, Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants , Athletic Trainers, Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers and any other practitioners who are involved in treating pain and suffering. 

CE Contact Hours: 7 Approved CE Hours

Course Approval: IPTA Approval #724-7468 (Approval Period 11/1/19-11/1/20)

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