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New Insights into Autoimmune Disorders by Dr Neil McKinney, ND (non-practicing)

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The immune system is deeply complex, and recent research has revealed an important novel targetable component of autoimmune diseases.  Long hidden among the Th1 immune cells, the so-called T-helpers, is a subpopulation that drives ongoing tissue destruction in AI disorders.  These Th17 polarized macrophages secrete powerful effector cytokines that act unchecked against self.  Several natural medicines have evidence of efficacy against this new target, and these candidates provide the opportunity to not just suppress this aberrant immune response, but to regulate and heal it. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, the clinician will be able to:

  • Understand the Th17 immune state and how it is regulated
  • Have a repertoire of natural medicines that address Th17
  • Understand the lifestyle and biome inputs in AI disorders
  • Review a clinically validated protocol for MS

CE Credits

CONO: Category A – 1.00 credit (General)
British Columbia: Category C – 1.00 credit
AANP: 1.00 credit (General)
OANP/OBNM: For Oregon attendees seeking OBNM approved CE credits, please note that this event has not been submitted for approval to the OBNM. CE certificate will be issued upon individual request.

Dr Neil McKinney, ND (non-practicing)

Dr McKinney graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Biosciences and had a career in biophysical (radiation) cancer research. Studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985. Concurrently trained 3 years in TCM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. 

Dr McKinney has had many teaching roles, from lab instructor in microbiology at University of Victoria, and National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now NUNM), at schools of traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapy, and finally as a professor at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM). Served many roles in the regulation and advancement of the profession, including Registrar of the BC College of Naturopathic Physicians www.cnpbc.bc.ca and accreditation evaluator for the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education www.cnme.org  Founded the BC Naturopathic Association www.bcna.ca  and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine www.binm.org Founding professor of Naturopathic Oncology, now retired. Author of several editions of textbooks of naturopathic oncology, clinical handbooks, and research review articles. Mentors and lectures to doctors internationally; contributes to publication for professionals and the public. He has received a number of awards for contributions to advancing the scope and standards of the naturopathic profession.