SIO2018 will feature two luncheon presentations from Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO; and Tieraona Low Dog, MD.


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Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO
How Integrative Oncology Moves Forward: Walking a Tight Rope in Stormy Weather 
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 12:00 - 1:30 pm MST

The internet, social media, and cultural climate are rife with ultra-curt messages that are frequently one-sided and polarizing. In a noise-ridden and knowledge starved environment, how can integrative medicine cultivate a presence of trust, nuance and self-appraisal that sustains it and supports its growth amidst conspiracy thinking and harsh skepticism.

In this context, some questions are posed to enable a space of creative tension. What is the genius of integrative medicine and conversely its pitfalls and bugbears? What is the line between conspiracy and skepticism and how do we as clinicians and researchers create a thoughtful dialogue that supports positive change? What is positive change and who creates the dominant narrative? How do we stop our message from being lost, co-opted or negated to the point of invalidation? With a medical community still dominated by authoritarianism and ingrained biases, how can we create a boundary between beneficial and predatory medicine without falling prey to simple clichés or cynicism? An argument for rational critical appraisal will be raised with the goal of engaging our better selves and seeking this from others. In this, an exploration is made as to how we encourage patient advocacy, research, and diplomacy to gain a stronger foothold in the public consciousness and decision making venues related to health care.

About Dr. Seely

Dugald Seely is a naturopathic doctor and clinician scientist whose focus is on the application and evaluation of integrative oncology. Embodying a vibrant synthesis of evidence-based complementary medicine with conventional medicine, integrative oncology offers a path for improved clinical care that is obvious to the conscientious practitioner and that best supports patients in the way they most need. Dr. Seely seeks to build a richer integration of this medicine within the health care system as a respected path for practitioners and researchers and ultimately for patients to be best served.

Dr. Seely is the founder and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) and executive director for the department of research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Seely is an affiliate investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa; Integrative Oncology Section Editor for the journal Current Oncology; and Vice President of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  In research, Dr. Seely has led numerous clinical studies and synthesis reviews having published over 70 peer-reviewed papers. Seely is a frequent speaker and is actively engaged in the research community through a number of associations. In clinic, Dr. Seely sees patients three days a week at the OICC and is thrilled to be able to combine his passion for research and in the service of the patients he cares for.


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Tieraona Low Dog, MD 
Natural Supplements: What Clinicians Should Know
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 12:00 - 1:30 pm MST

After Dr. Low Dog's presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current strengths and limitations of the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA)
  2. Identify the most commonly adulterated dietary supplement ingredients
  3. Discuss the legal and ethical implications of recommending and/or selling dietary supplement products in practice
  4. Identify scientific and evidence-based resources for evaluating supplement efficacy, safety and potential drug interactions

About Dr. Low Dog

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.’s exploration of natural medicine and its role in modern health care began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery, herbal medicine, massage therapy, and martial arts before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Dr. Low Dog is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements, herbal medicine and women’s health.

She has been an invited speaker to more than 550 scientific/medical conferences, published 40 peer-reviewed articles, written 20 chapters for medical textbooks, and has authored five books, including three National Geographic books, Fortify Your Life, Healthy at Home, and Life is Your Best Medicine. She recently founded her own natural medicine school, Medicine Lodge Ranch, which offers both digital and in-person courses with Dr. Low Dog.

Dr. Low Dog lives with her husband, horses, chickens, dogs, and cats on a small ranch in the mountains outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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