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Keynote Speaker:       Conference Chair:  
Dr. Bruce Ames
Senior Scientist
JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS
Nutrition & Fitness Expert
Dr. Steve Wood
Director of Global Research
          Dr. David Rosenberg
Board Certified
Family Physician

Featured Speakers:

Sonia Arrison
Senior Fellow, Pacific Research
Institute and Columnist
Dr. David Feld
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology,
American Board of Medical Specialties
Kelly McGonigal, PhD
Health Psychologist
Stanford University

iHT² Wellness & Aging Summit in San Francisco

Wednesday March 22nd, 2011

3:00pm Registration Opens

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday March 23rd, 2011


San Francisco Bay Sunrise 5K Run/Walk    

Join your colleagues to start the day off with a brisk run or walk along San Francisco Bay! Participants should meet in the hotel lobby prior to 6am to get checked in and get ready for the prompt departure to the starting line at 6am. The run/walk will provide an exhilarating experience for conference goers as the sun rises in the east over San Francisco Bay.               

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8:30am Registration & Welcome Reception

9:15am Opening Remarks “Why taking action now can make a difference in longevity and life?”

In 1900 life expectancy in the United States was less than 50 years. During the past 100 years life expectancy has increased by 60% due mostly to lower infant mortality, antibiotics, improved sanitation, plus better diet and improved hygiene which together resulted in reduced infectious disease. If we can increase the present day lifespan of 80 years by 60% the result is nearly 130 years of life, which is in our target range. A 60% increase was achieved during this past century as an unexpected side benefit from other changes in society. Can we do it again by putting conscious attention on it?

Dr. David Rosenberg
Board Certified Family Physician
American Board of Family Medicine

9:30-10:30am Keynote Presentation  “A diet for health and longevity. How do we get there?”

An inexpensive intervention could delay the degenerative diseases accompanying aging, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and immune dysfunction. Most of the world’s population, even in developed countries, has inadequate intake of one or more micronutrients (~40 essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids) that a varied and balanced diet should provide. My triage theory posits that, as a result of recurrent shortages of micronutrients during evolution, natural selection developed a metabolic rebalancing response to shortage.  The rebalancing favors micronutrient-dependent proteins needed for short-term survival while starving those only required for long-term health. Triage theory predicts that the consequence of moderate shortages of even a single micronutrient, though insufficient to cause overt clinical symptoms, will impair functions essential for long-term health. This impairment will result in insidious damage (e.g. increased DNA damage) that, over time, leads to the acceleration of age-associated diseases (e.g. increased cancer). As people with modest deficiencies have no overt clinical symptoms, there has been little incentive to correct these deficiencies, though this could change if it can be shown that they are resulting in biochemical changes, e.g. chromosome breaks, that are markers of increased risk of age-related diseases, e.g. cancer.  The considerable experimental and theoretical support for the triage idea will be discussed as will a strategy for determining the optimum level of each micronutrient in humans. A perfect balanced diet (and adequate sunshine) would optimize levels of all micronutrients, but few reach this standard; fortunately inexpensive supplements and fortification can help.  The triage theory should help to put micronutrient nutrition on a firm foundation and lead to preventive medicine for age-related diseases. Too much refined food causes a shortage of micronutrients and fiber and an excess of calories (sugar, fat, and alcohol) which contributes to chronic inflammation, obesity, and associated diseases, such as diabetes. How do we translate this new knowledge into improved health and lower costs?

Bruce N. Ames

Senior Scientist, Nutrition and Metabolism Center
Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute

10:30-11:00am Morning Networking Break

Town Hall Discussion “Think outside the Box: Alternative Revenue Models for Doctors and Healthcare Practices”

Come learn from other skilled health professionals. Explore nontraditional, science-based methods and treatments. Learn about the ramifications of an integrative medical practice and find out how to integrate nutraceuticals and natural products into your practice.

Moderator: Dr. David Rosenberg, Board Certified Family Physician, American Board of Family Medicine

12:00 -1:30pm Networking Luncheon with Living Groups

Join conference delegates for an engaging luncheon where you will have the opportunity to meet and network with conference attendees. Attendees will be grouped together so that you will have an opportunity to meet new contacts and maximize your conference experience.

The Living Group concept was developed at Harvard University to facilitate peer interaction. The living group is a powerful concept that brings together people of extraordinary cultural and professional diversity. With a small but diverse group of peers, you can test ideas, absorb new perspectives, and build lifetime bonds.  Upon meeting the members of your Living Group we encourage each delegate to briefly introduce themselves and describe why they are attending this year’s summit.

1:30 – 2:30pm Keynote Presentation “The Impact of Genetics and Environment on Weight Loss Resistance”

Seventy percent of the population is now overweight or obese with the majority of this population falling into the obese category. One in five American children are now obese.  Of the remaining population roughly fifty percent of them are thin outside, fat inside (TOFI).  The recidivism rate of dieting exceeds 50%. It is well-documented that genetics accounts for 40-70% of a person’s predisposition to obesity.  Recent research conducted at Stanford University showed that when subjects were put on a diet identified as appropriate to their genotype, they lost an average of over 2.5 times more weight than individuals on diets that were not appropriate.  Clearly the outdated ‘one sizes fits all’ weight loss model based on caloric restriction and aerobic exercise is not working and may in fact be exacerbating the crisis by damaging both metabolism and psyche further.

The current weight loss model fails because it doesn’t look for the cause of the problem and assumes that it is simply one of overconsumption and low energy output without taking into account genetic and hormonal factors that could shift the metabolic requirements and impair the body’s ability to burn off fat weight while holding onto or increasing lean mass. 

Over the past two decades I have identified 7 different modifiable factors that can slow down or stop fat loss despite the patient’s best efforts of eating healthy balanced meals, repleting core nutrient deficiencies and doing cross training exercise consistently.  These factors include chronic stress, poor sleep, gastrointestinal disturbances (impaired digestion, IgG food sensitivities and gut bacterial/yeast overgrowth), elevated toxic burden, sex hormone imbalances, thyroid fatigue and insulin resistance. There are also genetic factors at play including heritable risk of obesity, increased ability to regain lost weight, decreased metabolism , taste preferences  and eating behavior traits, especially related to hunger and satiety.

Fortunately, one’s genes don’t have to dictate one’s destiny.  Once genetic susceptibilities are indentified, a targeted diet and lifestyle intervention plan can be put in place to ensure a higher likelihood of weight loss and long term weight management success.

JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS

Nutrition & Fitness Expert

2:30 – 3:15pm Keynote Presentation  

Dr. Steve Wood

Director of Global Research

Steven M. Wood, Ph.D., RD brings a broad knowledge and nutrition exper­tise to Nu Skin Enterprises. He comes from Ross Products Division/Abbott Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio where he was a Senior Research Scientist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona where he studied the ben­efits of antioxidants and their influence on immune function. He attended Utah State University where he received his dietetic training and Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. He has been a registered dietitian since 1987 and is a member of the American Dietetic Association.

Wood has collaborated with many scientists around the world in the area of oxidative stress, military, critical care, and infant nutrition, respiratory diseas­es, geriatrics and immune deficiencies. He has authored 17 papers in peer-reviewed journals like Journal of Immunology, Journal of Nutrition, Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Nutrition Research, Military Medicine and Respiratory Care Clinics of North America. He has authored 8 book chapters and 3 issued patents.

He has presented his research at local, national and international scientific meetings like Experimental Biology, National Academy of Sciences, Philip­pine Society of Parentral and Enteral Nutrition, International Congress of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Society of Asia, Chinese Society of Paren­teral and Enteral Nutrition in Taiwan, World Congress of the International Society for Adaptive Medicine, United States Army Institute of Environ­mental Medicine, Wildland Firefighters Association, Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine of Canada. Lastly, Wood has served on several scientific panels to review grants for USDA, peer-review papers, and assist in education materials for the Federacion Latinoamericana de Nutri­cion Parenteral Y Enteral (FELANPE).

3:15-3:45pm Afternoon Break


Panel Session “Searching for the Fountain of Youth: The Nuts and Bolts of Nutrition, Detoxification, Body & Mind

After a full day of discussing all the issues pertaining to wellness and aging, take a step back to look at the big picture. This session will share the experience of wellness experts and health professionals on what you need to incorporate from nutrition, detox, anti-aging and more to provide a well-rounded, healthy, and fit lifestyle

Moderator: Sonia Arrison, Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute and Columnist, TechNewsWorld

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, Health Psychologist, Stanford University
Bruce N. Ames,
Senior Scientist, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Dr. David Feld
, Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Medical Specialties
Christine Peterson, President, Foresight Institute

4:45-6:00pm Conference Wrap-up and Cocktails

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