Inflammaging Medical Conference in New Orleans 2024

by | Mar 4, 2024 | Professional Training, Therapies | 0 comments

Here is my summary of the excellent and well-attended Inflammaging conference of the International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM) in New Orleans, on Inflammation and Aging. It is refreshing to listen to live speakers and interact with attendees in person after so many zoom meetings! The most interesting speakers for me were Campbell and Reiter, who spoke on mycotoxins and melatonin.

Andrew Campbell, MD, spoke on Molds, Mycotoxins, the Gut, the Brain, and Misconceptions. The brain and nervous tissues are highly susceptible to mycotoxins which trigger demyelination. Mycotoxins are associated with autism, memory problems, polyneuropathy, optic neuritis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, loss of balance and movement disorders. The effects of mycotoxins are often mislabeled as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease, depression not responding to antidepressants, anxiety disorder, autoimmune diseases, POTS and dysautonomia. Gliotoxins cause demyelination leading to MS. Psoriasis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Inflammatory Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis are also associated with fungal infection and mycotoxins.

Russell Reiter, PhD, spoke on Melatonin Modulates Tumor Metabolism and Mitigates Metastasis. Highlights include: all cells of all organisms produce melatonin, including plants and insects. Pineal melatonin is released at night for circadian regulation and the rest of the cells synthesize melatonin for local use for internal metabolic regulation. Melatonin converts M1 macrophages (pro-inflammatory) to M2 macrophages (anti-inflammatory) and has a protective role for cytokine storms from COVID and other viral infections.

Melatonin enters mitochondria, functions as a radical scavenger, and is neuroprotective. It also inhibits many cancer types by reducing inflammation and changing cancer cell metabolism to mitigate metastasis. Cancer cells have half the level of melatonin compared to healthy normal cells. Cancer cells benefit when melatonin levels are low during daytime. The best time to take melatonin is mid-morning and mid-afternoon (10 mg each), and 40 to 80 mg at bedtime for cancer patients. Dr. Reiter is almost 90 years old, his mind is sharp, and he takes 70 mg of melatonin at night. I am going to up my melatonin dose based on his lecture. Taking melatonin is not just for sleep but for reducing inflammation, resetting metabolism, and supporting the immune system.

Robert Verkerk, PhD, on Natural Nanos – Inching Towards the Antiaging Holy Grail. He covered key functions of nucleotides, peptides, DNA-peptide interactions, immune regulation, and anti-aging effects. FDA is against nucleotides and peptides in compounding in the name of safety. No surprise.

Heather Zwickey, PhD, on Exploring the Inflammaging – Microbiome Relationship. She gave some interesting tips on behavioral symptoms of inflammatory cytokines: IL-1 is associated with malaise, fatigue and depression, IL-6 is associated with anxiety, fatigue and pain, and TNF is associated with hostility and pain. She covered pre-, pro-, post-, and para-biotics. However, she did not cover the interaction of parasites, dental parasites, and microbiomes.

Paul Anderson, NMD, covered IV and oral glutathione for inflammation, including radiation injury therapy support for nerve function and repair, and controversy on using glutathione while on chemotherapy. When you are in doubt for any conditions with chronic inflammation, give oral, IV, liposomal or transdermal glutathione.

Paul Hatch, MD, on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Treatment of Inflammation, the root cause of chronic disease and aging. 50% of all deaths worldwide are attributable to inflammation-related diseases, as are eight of the 10 leading causes of death in the USA today. Dementia responds to hyperbaric oxygen therapy through epigenetic effects and gene signaling. He recommends using the Folstein Mini Mental State Examination before and after treatment.

Christine Salter, MD, DC, on Senotherapeutic Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury-Induced Neurodegenerative Disease. Fisetin, a dietary flavonoid found in strawberries and various fruits, Low Dose Naltrexone, and Quercetin may help reverse aging and protect the brain.

Robert Rowen, MD, on Ozone Therapy in Inflammation Control and Healing. He recommends ozone therapy for every occasion for inflammatory cytokines, viral infections, and slowing down aging.

William Pawluk, MD, on Effectiveness of Magnetic Field Therapy in Reducing Inflammation by Stimulating the Adenosine Receptor. Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) produces, maintains, and restores the ATP cycle, increases ATP by an average of 100% (up to 600% in 20 minutes), and stimulates neural stem cells. PEMF is like the wind: you cannot see it, but know it is there by its actions. PEMF acts on Adenosine and Adenosine Receptors and reduces inflammation and pain among many indications. Optimal PEMF intensity for inflammation is at 15 Gause or 1.5 m Tesla at the target tissue.

Darren Schmidt, DC and Russell Marz, ND, on the Carnivore and Vegan Diet Debate. No clear-cut winner in this debate. I will follow my current recommendations on Metabolic Type Diet, based on fast oxidizer or slow oxidizer, with Food Allergy rotation diet, and Blood type diet for Individualized Diet.

Leonard Weinstock, MD on Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) – A Safe Approach to Inflammation. Great lecture with many case studies. Personally, I have not observed the responses he was describing but am still trying to see a miracle case on my own use of LDN. I have seen many dramatic cases responding to parasite medications and proper dental work.

ICIM is a leading alternative/integrative medical conference for all medical professionals. Check out our ICIM Fall conference on Cellular Detoxification with keynote speaker Bruce H. Lipton, PhD, on New Biology, New Medicine in Indianapolis on September 5-8, 2024, and spread the word. In addition, register now for my basic and refresher Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA) Training offered April 25-28 and June 27-30, 2024, and my advanced AMA training August 22-25, 2024.


Dr. Simon Yu, MD is a Board Certified Internist. He practices Internal Medicine with an emphasis on Integrative Medicine to use the best each has to offer. For more articles and information about integrative medicine, patient success stories, and Dr. Yu’s latest book, AcciDental Blow Up in Medicine: Battle Plan for Your Life, visit his website at or call Prevention and Healing, Inc., 314-432-7802. You can also attend a free monthly presentation and discussion on Integrative Medicine at his office on the second Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm. Call to verify the date. Seating is limited, arrive early. Dr. Yu teaches Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA) seminars to physicians, dentists, and prescribing health professionals in April and June of each year, with an advanced training for AMA graduates in August.