Discover the Latest in Health and Nutrition Research and How This Impacts Your Family’s Health

The Mindd Forum 2019 Public Program includes expert presentations on both Integrative Healthcare and Food Is Medicine

Dr Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD

Mitochondrial & Metabolic Disease Expert

Dr. Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD is the founder and co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center (MMDC), and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, and Genetics at UCSD, where he directs a core laboratory for metabolomics.
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Dr Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD

Mitochondria, Autism, and the Cell Danger Response

Every cell of your body contains energy producing structures called Mitochondria.

This energy is then used to facilitate all the biological processes required to sustain human life. Without effective mitochondrial functioning, growth and development would be hindered. Every day bodily processes such as digestion, cognition and cardiovascular function would also be affected. All the biochemical reactions that happen inside the human body require energy to facilitate and this energy is created in the mitochondria.

Mitochondrial health has now become a very important area impacting health at the deepest level. In Dr Robert Naviaux’s presentation he will discuss how to unlock the potential of mitochondria. And how mitochondria and brain health relate to common conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

At Dr Naviaux’s Class you will:
● Discover new ways to protect the health of your mitochondria
● Learn about the healing cycle and how this impacts you and your family’s health
● Have an opportunity to ask questions related to cellular energy, common conditions, overall health and more

Dr Elizabeth Mumper

Integrative Doctor

Dr Elizabeth Mumper is President and CEO of The RIMLAND Center. Her general pediatrics practice is Advocates for Children. Advocates for Families is her practice devoted to the care of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental problems.
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Dr Elizabeth Mumper MD, FAAP, IFMCP

Complex Chronic Illness – The New Normal

One of the things that you’ll find alarming from Dr Elizabeth Mumper’s talk is the increase in chronic disease in children. When she trained in paediatrics in the early 1980s, there were only a few examples of chronic illness. Children were unwell with conditions such as cancer or cystic fibrosis, but now there is a steady increase in chronic conditions such as asthma, eczema and autism and others that are lifelong like diabetes. The sad reality is that now as many as 50% of children have at least one type of chronic illness.

Dr Mumper’s extensive clinical experience as a pediatrician has provided her with a sound understanding on the detailed causation and pathology of various disease states in children. She will be sharing her wisdom and knowledge and she will be discussing the ways in which treating acute illness in children differs from chronic illness.

You will also learn:
● Potential environmental factors that may be acting as antecedents, triggers or mediators that parents can help their children avoid
● Prenatal and postnatal strategies that can aid in the prevention of serious health conditions in children
● Clinical examples of how non-medication strategies can positively impact the quality of life for children and family

You will take away life changing information related to dietary and lifestyle medicine that you can easily apply to yourself and your family. Dr Elizabeth Mumper’s talk is not to be missed, as she will be revealing evidence based and effective ways to introduce preventative healthcare measures to protect your family in the future.

Dr Nancy O’Hara

Integrative Doctor

Dr. Nancy O’Hara is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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Dr Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP

POTS & PANS: Childhood Disorders on the Rise

If your child recently had the streptococcus infection, Dr Nancy O’Hara’s Class may be of particular interest to you.PANS or Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome is a syndrome that includes symptoms of anxiety, mood swings, irritability and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It may also include sleep problems and bedwetting. Researchers are finding that symptoms can be triggered by infections (such as the flu, chickenpox, mycoplasma, and Lyme disease) or may be caused by something else. PANDAS, when strep infection drives mood disorders, is considered a type of PANS.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a form of orthostatic intolerance that is characterized by lightheadedness, fainting, and a rapid increase in heart rate with standing. It was named in the early 1990’s, and cases have been increasing in the decades since. We will discuss the latest research on treatment strategies and laboratory evaluations with an emphasis on how these disorders depend on clinical diagnosis and integrating the history of each individual patient. Case histories will show the progress and challenges of real patients being treated for these conditions.

Dr Nancy O’Hara will discuss:
● Important considerations about POTS, PANS & PANDAS
● How to identify underlying causes
● Recognising signs and symptoms
● How to manage the symptoms associated with these conditions
● What the current treatment options are for these conditions and how you can implement some useful and handy tips to protect the health of your family

Dr Leila Masson

Integrative Doctor

Dr Leila Masson is a consultant paediatrician who specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children’s health issues, including allergies, asthma, behaviour problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She has a busy clinic in Sydney where she sees children and mentors doctors in integrative paediatrics.
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Dr Leila Masson

The Gut-Cell Danger Response Connection

When our cells are harmed by toxins, infections, or physical injury the cell danger response is elicited to protect us and repair the damage. Dr Masson will discuss the latest research on strengthening our bodies to prevent chronic illness: Lifestyle, nutritional, and environmental interventions that promote and help a healthy microbiome increase our bodies’ capacity to remain healthy.

Learn why gut health and a robust microbiome are so important?

The majority of our body is made of microbes! The number of bacteria in our body’s microbiome outnumber our own cell count by 10 times. Based on recent scientific knowledge, in this presentation you’ll discover how these microbes can be responsible for:
● Restoring our immune system
● Making vitamins
● Producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin (which is very important to consider in anxiety or sleep disorders)
● Absorption of nutrients – important for the function of our whole body
● Protection against heavy metals, toxins and chemicals
● Mediating inflammation in the body
● Protection against harmful bacteria and parasites
● Well-functioning detoxification pathways

Come and discover how you can apply Dr Masson’s knowledge on this topic to your own and your family’s health. You will walk away with tools, tips and resources to help prevent chronic illness.

Helen Padarin

Naturopath & Nutritionist

Helen Padarin is a clinical naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist in Sydney with post-graduate training in integrative treatment for metabolic, neurologic, digestive and immune disorders.
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Helen Padarin, ND

Nutrition & Lifestyle that Supports Mitochondria

Many symptoms can be due to your mitochondria needing support. These can include waking tired, energy slumps, fatigue, trouble concentrating, poor muscle tone, speech difficulties, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, vision or hearing problems, exercise intolerance or heart, liver or kidney disease. If you haven’t yet heard about your mitochondria – it’s time to get to know them and learn how to treat them well!Mitochondria are highly intelligent energy producing engines in every cell in your body.

Discover more about mitochondria and how they are influenced by your:
● Nutritional status
● Gut microbiome
● Toxin exposure
● Potential oxidative damage via things such as alcohol and smoking
● Genes
● Pesticide consumption
● Lifestyle choices

When well- nourished, protected and supported you will find yourself with greatly improved energy, focus, mental clarity, endurance and resilience to keep you thriving.

In Helen’s engaging presentation you will get to know your mitochondria and discover how to support them so that they can support you. Don’t forget – the energy produced from proper functioning mitochondria is used to facilitate all the biological processes required to sustain human life, so this is an important topic to learn about.

Dr Frank Golik

Integrative Doctor

Dr Frank Golik graduated from University of Queensland with 2nd class Hons in 1975; 2 years junior RMO at Royal Brisbane Hospital; 1 year as senior RMO at Atherton Hospital, Nth Qld. He commenced in solo Private Family Practice in Clayfield, Brisbane in 1979.
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Dr Frank Golik, MBBS (Hons QLD) FRACGP, FACNEM

Behavioural and Mitochondrial Problems in Kids

Raising children is a challenge for anyone, but raising children with behavioural problems can be even more challenging for parents. Being able to tell whether your child is experiencing a behavioural problem is important.

Dr Frank Golik, a medical doctor with an area of specialty of childhood neurology will give a presentation at the Mindd Forum.

There are multiple ways behavioural problems in children can be treated. Dr Golik will discuss potential causes as well as case studies that demonstrate successful treatment protocols. Dr Golik identifies a myriad of genetic, biochemical, microbiome/microbial/infective, food, and environmental links affecting children. He recognises the impact these factors may have in creating disturbed and problematic behaviour and/or poor cellular, muscular and cognitive function.

These problems appear to be accelerating in frequency and severity and he emphasises the importance of reducing severity where possible and implementing preventative lifestyle medicine.

Some of the behavioural problems Dr Golik will discuss include:
● Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
● Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
● Anxiety
● Depression
● Bipolar disorder
● Learning disorders
● and more!

Dr Christabelle Yeoh

Integrative Doctor

Dr Christabelle Yeoh graduated from medicine at the University of London in 1999 and has obtained her membership with the Royal College of Physicians (UK). She has a Masters degree in Nutrition from King’s College London.
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Dr Christabelle Yeoh

Bioenergetics and Genetics: Ancient Mitochondrial DNA and their Connection to the Brain and Chronic Fatigue

The common health adage of ‘structure and function’ couldn’t be more precise when it comes to health and healing. From bridges to bicycles to bones, the concept of structure and function also holds true in our mitochondria. The brain and nervous system are particularly harmed by alterations of both mitochondrial shape and function. They are also highly influenced by maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA.“Complex” diseases such as autism and chronic fatigue syndrome are overlooked due to the subtle bioenergetic changes which can lead to major health consequences.

In Dr Yeoh’s talk, you will learn about the connections between mums and their kids. Boosting ATP is only the beginning!
Dr Yeoh is passionate about helping people feel their best and not be held back by chronic conditions causing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and more.

Dr Yeoh’s talk is for you if you are interested in maternal DNA, how this affects you and your family or if you are looking to increase your energy levels, mental clarity, immune health, concentration and more.

Leah Hechtman


Leah Hechtman is Director of The Natural Health and Fertility Centre, Sydney and has been in practice for over 20 years. She specialises in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive healthcare for men and women.
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Leah Hechtman PhD (Candidate), MSciMed (RHHG), BHSc (Naturopathy), ND, FNHAA

Microchimerism, mRNA and Parental Wisdom

Microchimerism is an exciting new area of research, taking our understanding of maternal and paternal wisdom to a whole new level.

We are starting to understand how pregnancy can change the mother in unintended ways. No longer can we just put it down to the emotional links between mother and child. Foetal microchimerism describes what our children leave behind in their mother’s – such as cells that are not their own. This can be due to the transfer of cells between a mother and fetus or even between twins. When microchimerism is present, the immune response to the exchange of these fetal cells changes basic physiology in the mother.

These cells may help or harm the mother or child depending on many variables. Things such as the origin of the cells, how they were acquired, the type of cells, the duration of time since the acquisition of the cells and the age of the host are all variable factors affecting the outcome of whether microchimerism is helpful or harmful.

What we are also now discovering is that maternal microchimerism occurs as well – the maternal ‘lioness’ is more than a maternal instinct – her very cells exist within her child. Synchronistically with this, our understanding of mRNA is evolving in ways we hadn’t predicted. The long-held belief that mRNA was only passed down from mother to child has recently been debunked with paternal mRNA showing its presence and impact as well.

What does this all mean for us as parents? As clinicians? As human beings? How can we influence these unique genetic pathways and how can we improve the health of future generations?

Be sure to attend Leah Hechtman’s compelling presentation to find out. She will explore some of the latest research into these fascinating areas and its potential to affect us and future generations.

Tabitha McIntosh

Naturopath and Nutritionist

Tabitha McIntosh is an experienced and respected Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist, author, and educator with over 12 years of clinical experience.
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Danielle Shirley

Pharmacist & Herbalist

With over 25 years’ experience as a pharmacist and over 12 years’ experience as a herbalist, Danielle has developed a balanced approach to professional healthcare. She believes that “both sides” of medicine should be working together, not against each other.
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Tabitha McIntosh & Danielle Shirley

Environmental Factors Driving the Cell Danger Response: Reframing Disease, Maximizing Resilience and Supporting Detoxification

Toxicity is a major contributor to many chronic disease states. Toxic exposures in many forms can activate the cell danger response, leading to impaired cell function, poor detoxification, compromised immune system and persistent inflammation.
Understanding how multiple stressors are driven by environmental threats allows us to reframe a wide array of chronic, developmental, autoimmune and degenerative disorders. These conditions may include:
● Asthma
● Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
● Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) disorders
● Food and chemical sensitivities
● Mood disorders
● Autoimmune conditions

Minimising ongoing exposures to daily toxins is the first step of the healing cycle for everyone. Tabitha and Danielle will raise your awareness of home and workplace hazards that can trigger immune and inflammatory responses – and give you practical actions to prevent these. You will discover:
● The links between environmental exposures and health conditions
● The chemical culprits that can harm growth and development, plus practical and effective strategies to avoid these
● How to build strong foundations for health with nutrition for optimal development and resilience against the effects of chemical exposure
● Therapeutic lifestyle strategies and habits to optimise daily detoxification
● How to create the ideal home environment for healthy growth and development

Tabitha and Danielle will present how to avoid these hazards and create a healthy home to protect our cells and the whole body from harm.

Matthew Bourke


Matthew Bourke is the founder, director and lead practitioner at Optimum Health Essentials, an integrative natural health clinic that has been established on the Northern Beaches of Sydney for over 15 years. Matthew specialises in Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Neuro Emotional Technique, Neurolinguistic Programming (Master Practitioner), Positive Psychology, Peak Performance, Functional Biochemistry and Breath Work. He has worked in Europe and Australia and studied Vedic philosophy and meditation in India.
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Matthew Bourke


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Soulla Chamberlain

Star Anise Organic

Soulla Chamberlain is the creator & director of wholefoods brand “Star Anise Organic Wholefoods” established in 2010 and Sydney’s first dedicated Broth Bar & Larder” which opened in December 2015 in Bronte.
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Soulla Chamberlain

Making Organ Meats Family Friendly

Organ meats can be a big hurdle for some people. They are the “last frontier” on the Wholefoods Wild West. Eschewing refined starches and industrial seed oils and embracing bone broth and fermented foods and drinks can seem like child’s play until the word “organ meats” is mentioned, and suddenly the “bar is raised”. Squeamish looks are often a commonality here!

Hold onto your activated nuts, as wholefoods Rockstar and traditional foods cooking instructor Soulla Chamberlain presents why organ meats are the No. 1 superfoods on the planet. She will discuss why they are so sexy, how they turn on your mitochondria and how to incorporate them into family-friendly meals.

Soulla has got your organ meat questions covered. Whether in sneaky or loud-and-proud form, the vast array of dishes affords plenty of opportunity to follow in the steps of our forebears from all around the globe. Discover new ideas including:
• Chicken liver pate
• Sneaky shepherd’s pie
• Ox tongue
• Black pudding
• Sneaky lambs’ brain omelette
• Baked bone marrow chocolate pudding
• Bacon liver date roll ups
• Sneaky san chow bow

Organ meats were traditionally consumed to build reserves of strength and vitality and take health to the next level with these nutritional powerhouses. These ideas are aligned with Mindd Foundation principles – using food for strength, wellness, vitality, and being the best possible versions of ourselves we can be.

The power of food-as-medicine is something no-one can afford to ignore and we are looking forward to Soulla’s wisdom on how foods can help heal conditions and symptoms ranging from low energy, anxiety, gut issues and more!

Kirsty Wirth

Kultured Wellness

Kirsty Wirth is a Teacher, Integrative Health Coach and mother of two children, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum. Kirsty has studied a PHD at Monash University, held lecturer and teaching positions at University of South Australia and Monash University and is a passionate outdoor enthusiast.
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Kirsty Wirth

Using Probiotic Smoothies and Juices to Increase Nutrient Intake that Supports Mitochondrial Health.

Healing diets to address imbalances within the body often require eliminating certain foods for a period of time. You may even need to eliminate foods that are from mother nature that are nutrient-dense, such as fruit and high-sugar, starchy vegetables. This change in diet is vital to restoring optimal health but it also may compromise key nutrients and minerals that we need for our mitochondrial health. If you are worried about the restrictive diet you are on and don’t think you are consuming enough macro and micronutrients, why not add some good nutritious things in? In Kirsty’s presentation, you’ll discover how!

Probiotic smoothies are a fantastic way to ensure that you are obtaining all the key nutrients and minerals for your mitochondria whilst on a healing diet. Fermented nutrient-dense drinks like smoothies ensure all the nutrition you need without the sugars you may need to eliminate temporarily such as glucose and the extra carbohydrates.

The best part is that they are delicious, easy to make and kids young and old love them.

There’s no denying the role of nutrition on overall health and wellbeing. Utilising food as a healing tool is one of the most powerful ways you can contribute to your health. And it all starts in the kitchen.

Kirsty is a wizard in nutrition and brain health and will be demonstrating how you can apply healthy options to your every day to start feeling great and fulfilled again. You will leave Kirsty’s presentation enriched with recipes to use, knowledge, wisdom, and probably even a little bit hungry!

Gillian Kozicki

Cultured Artisans

Gillian Kozicki is the passion behind Cultured Artisans, where she empowers people to engage in their wellness journey by combining her love of home prepared whole foods that support good health and wellbeing.
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Gillian Kozicki

Fermenting the Rainbow for Health & Vitality

We know we need to consume fermented foods, but did you know that you can ferment many different kinds of vegetables? Buying sauerkraut isn’t the only way you can feed your gut bugs.

Gillian Kozicki will be presenting:
• Many wonderful ways you can utilise food-as-medicine every day
• How to provide your good bacteria with what they need to thrive
• Why this is so important for your brain health and function – and your daily life

Leveraging your microbiome through fermented foods is not only beneficial for your gut health, but also improves your metabolic and mitochondrial health too. Bidirectional communication between your gut microbiota and cellular mitochondria are linked to your health and energy levels and this can be enhanced by eating the right foods. Feeding your gut healthy, probiotic-rich foods increases the good bacteria of your microbiome which assists your mitochondrial health.

Without effective mitochondrial functioning, growth and development would be hindered, but that’s not all! Everyday functioning of your digestive system, brain, heart health and all of our important organs would also be affected if our mitochondria weren’t performing optimally. All the biochemical reactions that happen inside the human body require energy to facilitate and this energy is created in the mitochondria, making their role irreplaceable.

The full-colour spectrum of foods can be fermented to provide ‘guerilla nourishment’ and explore new and exciting ways to promote your family’s cellular health. Be sure not to miss Gillian’s talk to find out exactly how to get started.

Alexx Stuart

Low Tox Life

Alexx Stuart is on a mission to share the importance and joy of a low tox life, helping people transition in a positive and empowering way. Having had a full career spanning the cosmetics and hospitality industries, Alexx’s passion for uncovering the truths behind what goes ‘on’ and ‘in’ us, quickly became her main professional focus, after healing herself from chronic illness an holistic way.
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Alexx Stuart

Foods that Support Detoxification: Brilliant Brassicas!

Are you looking for clever ways to bring delicious inspiration to your plate? Learn how to incorporate brassica vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Kale and more) – this vital family of veggies – to inspire detoxification and disease-fighting, every single day. From breakfast to snacks to family meals and even dessert!

Why are brassica vegetables so important? Here are just a few of their many benefits…
● High in fibre, important for bowel function, liver detoxification and more
● Rich in vitamins and minerals required for whole body functioning
● Contain important compounds required by the liver for effective detoxification
● Rich in phytochemicals and anti-inflammatory compounds

Do these benefits sound like something you’d be interested in experiencing? Then Alexx’s presentation will enlighten you.

Eating the right foods is just one step in the right direction. Educating others on why they are so important is a vital step too. That’s why in Alexx’s presentation, you’ll also learn how best to communicate the WHY of these foods to your family, young and old and how to shop and prepare these foods to increase the chance of them being received well – and eventually loved!

Anthia Koullouros

Ovvio Organics

Anthia Koullouros, naturopath, herbalist, author, educator and founder / CEO of Ovvio Organics is determined to make good health simple. Using hand-blended, certified organic – teas and tisanes, liquid herbal tonics and elixirs, herbs & spices and refreshingly honest nutrition advice, Anthia has helped clients become well and happy for over 24 years.
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Anthia Koullouros

Using Herbal Adaptogens in the Form of Teas, Tonics and in Food to Support the Stress Response When Treating Disease

Environmental stressors such as emotional stress trigger the cell danger response to cause illness. The cell danger response is a defense system that we have innately to protect us in times of need. However, when we are constantly stressed, the cell danger response is chronically activated and this can cause a cascade of problems.The healthful idea is to help manage the causative stress. Anthia Koullouros will be presenting easy and important ways in which we can do this.

Adaptogens is a term used in herbal medicine for whole-body tonics as they increase the resistance to physical, environmental, emotional or biological stressors and help to restore normal physiological functions to the body. Adaptogens work on the body’s glandular system – the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation (HPA-D), not just the adrenal glands. HPA-D affects nearly every cell and tissue in the body and this is why the use of adaptogens are so important.

Adaptogens have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, but they’re having a renaissance today. Adaptogens are prescribed for:
• Stress
• Intensive exercise
• Endurance and poor recovery
• Convalescence
• Post-surgery support
• Adrenal exhaustion
• Lack of sleep
• Chemical exposure
• Poor immune health
• Basically any chronic illness

Anthia will present the benefits of using adaptogens, how you can use them in your everyday life and why they are so important.

With stress being the number one contributor to our modern-day health crisis, learning easy and practical methods how to combat, overcome and manage stress and its links to ill-health is essential.

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