Dr. Christoper Hobbsis a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, author, clinician, botanist, mycologist, and research scientist with over 35 years of experience with herbal medicine.
Christopher has a doctorate from UC Berkeley in phylogenetics, evolutionary biology and phytochemistry. He is also a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild.
2018 Presentations by Christopher Hobbs
THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTENSIVE CLASS Thursday, August 23 ~ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Classroom Building B "Mushroom Medicine: Latest News, Product Controversies and Uses" A thorough review of the science and traditional use of the most widely-researched medicinal mushrooms (especially turkey tails, shiitake, cordyceps, lion's mane, and chaga), based on many years of on-going clinical practice and scientific investigation will be presented. Learn about their current use in modern integrative health care, and in the kitchen as one of the healthiest and most nutritional foods you can eat! Learn how to collect medicinal and healthy species in the wild or market and make mushroom products at home for clinical and personal use to maximize healing and nutritional benefits. Hopefully we can be controversial about choosing the most effective products. Are fruiting bodies or mycelium is more potent? We will discuss the benefits of tinctures vs. tea extracts and discover how mushrooms work to activate our immune responses. Current experience in integrative oncology will be shared, with case reports, effective use, and expected outcomes Dr. Hobbs will share some of his favorite recipes and some great traditional recipes for a variety of fungi.
Friday, August 24 ~ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm in Auditorium A "Treating Infections with Natural Medicine: An Integrative and Cross-cultural Approach" The focus will be on evidence-based and referenced protocols that work, and the practical application of herbal remedies for personal and clinical use based on traditional medicine and standard of western herbal practice. We will discuss infections of the upper respiratory tract, urinary tract, vaginal infections and dysbiosis, liver infections (hepatitis), lyme disease and herpes. A nod to the human biome (microflora) and its beneficial effects on our immune response and overall health.
Saturday, August 25 ~ 9:00 am - 10:30 am in Auditorium A "Diabetes, Obesity and Inflammation" Causes and recent scientific insights into the major processes involved in this very common constellation of conditions will be the first focus. We will move on to probable outcomes of these conditions based on current statistics. We will discuss practical strategies to prevent, stabilize, reverse and manage diabetes and obesity and related syndromes such as chronic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. We will explore a cross-cultural perspective, emphasizing practical and sustainable traditional and scientifically-supportable methods, centering on herbal medicine, along with diet and healthy habits. Some tongue diagnosis and a perspective from how traditional Chinese Medicine thinks about inflammation (yin deficiency) will be discussed, along with time-honored herbal protocols.
Sunday, August 26 ~ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in Auditorium A "Human Microbiome and the Use of Probiotics" We will review a summary of the latest research relating to use and efficacy, of prebiotics and probiotics. What we've learned about the composition, functions of our microbiome as an integral part of our body’s immune system gestalt. Next, we will discuss prebiotics, probiotics and biofilms, and how to choose the best products, covering the range of symptoms and ailments for which probiotics can provide benefits. Finally, Dr. Hobbs will emphasize practical considerations of dose, duration of application and what to expect for relieving symptoms and diverse ailments.
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