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PRIMA

Annual Medical Congress 2018

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK

INTEGRATIVE SPECIALIZATIONS IN TODAY'S PRACTICE

27-28 September 2018

The Garden Ballroom, Edsa Shangrila Hotel

Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

Philippines

In partnership with:
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SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME

DAY 1

 

BHRT: Women, Heart & Hormones

FELICE L. GERSH, MD (USA)

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Introduction to Therapeutic Techniques of Korean Medicine 

- Acupuncture & Moxibustion

CHOI DO YOUNG, MD, PhD (KOR)

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Clinical Application of Korean Medicine for Spine and Joint Conditions

NAM DONG WOO, MD (KOR)

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Integrative Oncology and Nutrition

ROMULO S. DE VILLA, MD, PhD (PHL)

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DAY 2

 

CellTherapy in Orthopaedics

KHAY YONG SAW, MD (MYS)

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Bringing Wound Care to the Cellular Level

ACEL B. AMPONG-CHICANO, MD (PHL)

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[Lunch Symposium]

PPARs: Application of Gene Activator

in Cancer and Metabolic Syndromes

DR.JACK CHI-LIANG WEI (TWN)

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Cell Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder

YURIY O. NALAPKO, MD, PhD (UKR)

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ABSTRACTS

BHRT: Women, Heart, and Hormones

FELICE GERSH, M.D.

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New understandings of the foundations of female cardiovascular health and the impact of menopause. The proper functioning of the cardiovascular system is clearly foundational to the establishment and maintenance of a healthy woman. Cardiovascular events remain the number one cause of female mortality, with rates rapidly matching, and even surpassing those of men, following the inevitable arrival of menopause. The obvious relationship of menopause and the onset and progression of cardiovascular disease is not emphasized as it should be, as the momentous loss of ovarian estrogen production which occurs in all women is predominantly focused on the discomfort of hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and the evolution of osteoporosis and fractures. But the great impact of menopause and estrogen loss on the cardiovascular system cannot be understated – it is highly significant.  

 

This lecture will explain the impact of estrogen on the health and function of all of the structures related to cardiovascular function – the myocardium, mitochondria, the cardiac electrical system, all aspects of the vasculature, immune cells, the gut microbiome and gut integrity, and even the Master Clock regulating the Circadian Rhythm.  The impact and consequences ensuing from the loss of estrogen with the menopause will be covered, and practical solutions will be presented, assisting every doctor to optimize the cardiovascular and metabolic wellbeing of their menopausal patients, including the use of hormonal therapy, lifestyle medicine, and effective supplementation.

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Introduction to Therapeutic Techniques of Korean Medicine - Acupuncture & Moxibustion

CHOI DO YOUNG, M.D., Ph.D.

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Acupuncture treatment, which is based on the basic theories of Korean Medicine, is a preventive, alleviative, or therapeutic act against disease in which a needle is inserted into one of many specific points on the exterior of the body known as an acupoint. Practiced in East Asian regions for 2,500 years, acupuncture is a remedial method representative of Korean Medicine. Acupuncture treatment is believed to have originated from early human experiences in which disease was ameliorated after instinctively stimulating particular regions of the skin with sharp stones or other simple implements. After centuries of practical experience and the development of the East Asian system of thought, methods of acupuncture based on the principles and theories of Korean Medicine.

The principle of traditional acupuncture treatment is founded on theories such as Qi and Blood (氣血), Yin-Yang and the Five Elements (陰陽五行), Meridians and Collaterals (經絡), and the Viscera and Bowels (臟腑). According to Korean Medicine, the activities of life take place in response to the flow of qi and blood which follows the structure of the viscera and bowels (臟腑), and the meridian and collateral (經絡). Disease is a manifestation of an imbalance between yin and yang (陰陽) arising from an abnormality in qi and blood flow. Qi (氣) circulates throughout the body following the meridians and collaterals (經絡) or other pathways, and hence, acupuncture treatment aims to recover the circulation of qi and yin-yang imbalance and cure disease by stimulating the meridian or acupoint (經穴) related to the diseased part (體表) or viscera and bowels. An acupoint is a reactive point and diagnostic point that reflects the pathological state of the body surface and internal organs, and a treatment point into which the acupuncture needle is inserted based on its relationship with the viscera and meridians. Methods for combining and stimulating the acupoints vary depending on the disease and the condition of the patient. Sometimes unconventional acupoints located to the local areas such as the head, ears, hands, fingers or feet are used for treatment. This strategy is based on the the condition of a specific area reflects the condition of the body reflects the condition of the body as a whole.

In this lecture, we will examine general acupuncture treatment processes, indications and contraindications, and then address the acupuncture methods that best represent Korean Medicine, Sa-am acupuncture therapy and constitutional acupuncture (Taegeuk acupuncture).

 

Key words: Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Korean Medicine.

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Clinical Application of Korean Medicine for Spine and Joint Conditions

NAM DONG WOO, M.D.

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Musculoskeletal diseases are one of the most strong points of Korean Medicine. The effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment for pain control has already been acknowledged worldwide. Along with an increased interest in non-surgical treatments for spine & joint diseases, the demand for Korean Medicine treatment has also been growing. Many local clinics specialize as spine & joint clinics focusing on intervertebral herniations and degenerative joint diseases. Many hospitals have also arranged specific outpatient and inpatient treatment programs that focus on spine & joint diseases and some manage specialized centers as well.

 

Clinical application of Korean Medicine for Spine and Joint conditions will be introduced. The Korean Medicine Diagnosis, Korean Medicine treatment methods such as acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, manual therapy, herbal medicine, and different methods of treatment will be introduced. 

 

Some clinical cases and studies about the safety and effect of Korean medicine treatment will be introduced.

 

Key words: Acupuncture, Spine disorders, Joint disorders, Korean Medicine.

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Integrative Oncology and Nutrition

ROMULO S. DE VILLA, M.D., Ph.D.

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As the cancer grows and multiply in number, they get their nourishment from the body of the patient and so there is progressive malnutrition in cancer.  Thus it is important to nourish the patient without nourishing the cancer.  To achieve this we need to know what feeds the body and what feeds the cancer.  Then eat foods that feed the body but does not feed the cancer and avoid foods that feed the cancer.  We also need to block the cancer from obtaining its food.  In this way, the cancer will be starved without starving the body.  

 

When cancer is initially discovered, their numbers are usually so huge that nutritional approach is not sufficient to control and possibly eradicate all of them.  Thus, the best approach is to integrate nutritional with nutraceuticals that strengthen the immune system, utilising sniper nutraceuticals and most importantly weapons of mass destruction.

 

One of the sniper nutraceuticals is able to remove the cancer’s camouflage as they move through the blood hiway of the body where our soldier white blood cells are positioned.

 

This nutraceutical was isolated and purified from the good bacteria that fermented soybean in the Japanese delicacy, natto.

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Cell Therapy in Orthopaedics

KHAY YONG SAW, M.D.

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One of the most common and challenging injuries for physicians to treat is cartilage damage in joints. The structure and function of articular cartilage leads to non-healing lesions or the formation of fibrocartilage after injury occurs. Well-established arthroscopic methods utilize controlled healing with marrow stimulation or transferring of non-injured cartilage to areas of injury. Historically, these arthroscopic methods as well as open and two-stage methods have shared common marginal outcomes. Recent study has investigated synthetic and biologic adjuncts to current methodology, including the use of: hyaluronic acid (HA), platelet rich plasma, mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC). Cell therapy has produced exciting results in animal models and has been shown to regenerate hyaline cartilage clinically in the knee joint. Our current method utilizes arthroscopic subchondral drilling of cartilage lesions in combination with a postoperative adjunct treatment involving: stimulation of the release of PBPC with filgrastim, harvest of PBPC with apheresis, and postoperative intraarticular injection of PBPC in combination with HA. Our early results lead us to the conclusion that cell therapy will have an integralpart in the future treatment of cartilage damage as well as other components of the musculo-skeletal system.

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Bringing Wound Care to the Cellular Level

ACEL AMPONG CHICANO, M.D.

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Wounds can be complex and management can be very challenging. Non-healing wound is a complex process and requires a multidisciplinary approach in an ideal set-up,however in the midst of scarcity of specialist and facilities, there is a huge challenge that needs to be addressed.

 

As we age,our skin weakens and becomes more prone to injury. At the same time, normal wound healing slows and wounds that may have healed easily when we were 20 can turn into chronic, non-healing wounds at 50. Whether it's the result of playing contact sport or burning your finger on the stove, it's very likely you'll have at least one wound you need to treat in your lifetime.

 

The idea of "moist" wound healing has been around since 1960s and there have been many randomized clinical trials showing that all else being equal, a wound that is kept covered and moist will heal faster. Protect the wound and keep it moist to give it the best chance of healing quickly.

 

Cellular level approach to wound managemement will aid physicians to understanding wound types key to using appropriate dressing. A wound care system that is made easy has been formulated -- Adoptable, Acceptable, Affordable, Available.

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Cell Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder

YURIY O. NALAPKO, M.D., Ph.D.

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Autism spectrum disorder, ASD, formerly known as children's autism, is a common mental development disorder. It occurs in infancy or childhood and is characterized by a persistent lack of ability to start and maintain the social interactions and personal connections, limited interests and often recurring behavioral actions. The main characteristic of ASD is a permanent deficit in social communication and social interaction. The causes of autism are closely related to genes that affect the maturation of synaptic connections in the brain. The genetics of the disease is quite complicated. According to data from the United States, in 2011-2012, autism and ASD were officially diagnosed in 2% of schoolchildren, which is much higher compared to 1.2% in 2007.

With autism, changes are noted in many parts of the brain. Usually, parents notice signs of frustration during the first two years of a child's life. It is important to emphasize that this is not a mental illness, but an inborn violation of the mental development. Due to the high prevalence of children diagnosed with ASD worldwide, this topic is being intensively investigated.

The main methods of treating patients with ASD are correction of their behavior, facilitation of the  social interactions and psychological adaptation to the society.

However, recently, more and more attention of scientists and practicing specialists has been attracted by the treatment with stem cells. A child receives highly active stem cells of those areas of the brain, whose function is most affected. Due to the homing effect, the implanted stem cells - the precursors of neurons and neuroglial cells – are fixed in the damaged zones and begin to function actively. Clinically, this is accompanied by a dramatic decrease in the symptoms of ASD, accelerated adaptation of children to the community and the normalization of their social behavior.

With ASD, as a rule, the most often violations are the following areas of the brain: Frontal lobe, Corpus collosum, Temporal lobe, Amygdala, Basal ganglia, and Thalamus. To facilitate the activation of such children, Peripheral muscles and Liver are included in the treatment complex. If auditory problems are detected, Auditory nerve stem cells are also indicated.

 

Therapy should be conducted by a professional and experienced specialist in communication disorders and cellular technologies. According to many studies, it is very important to start cell treatment as early as possible. The procedures are carried out individually, in accordance with the conclusion of specialists.

In our clinic there is a positive experience of treating patients with ASD for the past 22 years. As a result of treatment, in all clinical observations, complete social and psychological rehabilitation has been achieved. Patients were given the opportunity to study in universities along with their peers, create families and almost completely adapt to normal social life.

 

Thus, stem cell therapy is a clinically effective, scientifically proven, safe and ethical method for treating children with ASD. Early professional treatment, taking into account the characteristics of a particular patient, increases the effectiveness of such therapy.

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PPARs: Application of Gene Activator in Cancer and Metabolic Syndromes

JACK CHI-LIANG WEI, Ph.D.

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PPARs is one of the single most targeted bio-medical molecule under research, with tens of thousands of medical articles published. Just in the field of cancer alone, more than 17k papers have been published in medical journals. 

 

We will provide an overview of the scope of application for Ppars, with specific applications of natural ppars agonist for metabolic syndromes and cancer. Applications that include supplementary treatment in conjuncture with medical protocols, as well as primary treatment as part of integrative protocols.

 

We will also cover the current research we are doing with Hospitals regarding double blind tests in Chemotherapy patients.

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