Erika Marie Conference Speaking

What a whirlwind weekend!

I’m sure you’re dying to know about the international conference, but let me give it to you in some context.  Here’s what I did this weekend:

First, on Friday afternoon,  I presented “Secrets of Natural Facial Rejuvenation” to a wonderful group of people here in Longmont CO.  It was a completely free class and great glimpse into the power of natural facial care to restore radiance, youth, and what we like to call “the true face.”  I’ll be offering this class again — with even greater value — in the near future, so keep your eyes and ears open!

Then, early Saturday morning, I drove out to Georgetown, Colorado for an all-day meeting with the other board members of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado (AAC).  Currently, I am serving as the Chair of Public Relations, which I think fits me perfectly!   Did you know that we are an all-volunteer board?  We don’t get paid a penny — and we work-work-work! to advance the   safe practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other East Asian medicines as an integral part of modern, integrative health care.  We promote the relevance, safety, and efficacy of these medicines in modern healthcare while honoring their tradition, wisdom, and ancient philosophies.

The next day, on Sunday, I flew out at “o-dark-thirty” (that’s an Army phrase) to North Carolina for the 5th International Meeting on Complementary and Alternative Medicine & Therapies.  On Monday, I presented my abstract for publication: Erika Marie Conference Speaking

Saving Organs and Restoring Lives with Integrative Medicine:  The Treatment of an Infant with Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA) and Her Mother with Immune Dysfunction and Kidney Failure.

I met such absolutely fantastic people and learned very helpful information directly applicable to my patients.

For example, a medical oncologist from Turkey presented his study on the use of intervenous curcumin as an adjunct cancer treatment with chemotherapy.  Using chemotherapy and curcumin, he has been able to achieve complete remission within a year for multiple patients with lung cancer.  Lung cancer is one of the most deadly and difficult types of cancer to treat!  From an integrative medicine perspective, we know that curcumin (an extract of tumeric) is a very powerful force for good in the body.  It is used in Chinese herbal medicine as well as Ayurvedic medicine.  It is used to reduce both gut and brain inflammation, and has shown promise in children with ADHD and ADD.  You can bet that from now on, I’ll be testing every single one of my cancer patients to see if their body responds favorably to this substance!

In my humble opinion, it is SO imperative that we work towards making an “integrative medicine future” into an “integrative medicine present.”  People are counting on us to bring this medicine to them – to save their lives and the lives of the people they love.

The people and information at this conference were positively inspiring and ground-breaking.  It was such a great honor to present alongside these international researchers, scientists, and medical professionals.

Now, I am glad to be home, and looking forward to doing more great work here in Colorado!


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