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SIBO and Gastrointestinal Parasites Practitioner Education

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Melissa Lee
Melissa is a designer turned nutritionist, who has combined the two modalities to create purposeful designs for various health publications and websites. Having initially studied Multimedia Systems Design, she then went on to complete a BHSc in Nutritional Medicine which led to her involvement in the integrative medicine industry and eventually to FX Medicine.

In this clinically-focussed workshop, gastrointestinal expert Alessandra Edwards will share with you the latest research and therapeutic approach to diagnose and treat small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and parasites such as Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis.

Alessandra will share a new perspective on the treatment of gastrointestinal infections that will focus on the restoration of the biomechanics involved in healthy digestion, rehabilitation of the gut microbiome and ecosystem, as well as addressing a malfunctioning gut/brain axis. This seminar will challenge the traditional therapeutic approach of weed, seed, feed for gastrointestinal infections in line with novel research into the microbiome and its functions.

You will learn how toxic microbial metabolites are affecting your treatment outcomes, why carbohydrate restrictive diets are detrimental in the long term and why antibiotic and antimicrobial therapies have a high failure rate for both SIBO and gastrointestinal infections. Alessandra will also share her therapeutic approach for complex, highly sensitive patients who present with multiple intolerances including salicylate, amine and histamine and who usually cannot tolerate nutritional interventions.

Learning objectives

  • Explore screening, testing and diagnosis: how to correctly identify patients at risk for SIBO and gastrointestinal parasites
  • Discover the relationship between SIBO and common chronic disease states
  • Evaluate gut brain axis imbalances and considerations for SIBO
  • Understand biomechanics: the role of adhesions, motility and gastrointestinal valves dysfunction in SIBO
  • Analyse the role of biofilm and SIBO
  • Review the current literature and therapeutic considerations in regards to the presence of parasites
  • Learn how to treat super-sensitive patients and those with complex intolerances
  • Discover treatment strategies including dietary, herbal antimicrobials, prebiotics, probiotics and ancillary therapeutics for correction and prevention of SIBO and parasites
  • Recognise inflammation, methylation, immune dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies and their role in treatment-resistant SIBO and gastrointestinal infections


Registration 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Session part 1 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Break 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Session part 2 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Q&A 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Event details

Canberra Thursday, 3 August 2017
Sydney Monday, 7 August 2017
Brisbane Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Melbourne Monday, 14 August 2017
Hobart Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Adelaide Monday, 28 August 2017
Perth Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Full registration: $99

For more information and to register click here

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 14:30 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 19:00
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