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NEW HORIZONS The Fire Within:Chronic Inflammation in Chronic Illness

Two Day Conference: June 11-12, 2010 Location: Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri (Plaza area) 45th and Main Call hotel for reservations: (816-531-3000).

Focus: CFS, FMS, autoimmune diseases, vector borne diseases, chronic sinusitis, UTI, IBS, mental illness, chronic pain, viral infections

Goal:To provide clinical tools to help the clinician properly distinguish Vector Borne diseases from other chronic illnesses in order to better diagnose and treat these medical conditions.

Synoposis:Chronic Illness, is on the increase at an alarming rate. A chronic illness isn't the name of just one illness. It's a word used to describe a group of health conditions that last a long time. Approximately 35.3 million Americans, young and old, are limited in their daily functioning because of a chronic mental health or physical health condition - The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, 2010.

Chronic illness is not just a condition that is limited to older adults. "In a nutshell, it's a problem or condition that may limit what a person can do, that doesn't always go away," says Marisha Madrigal, a social worker who works with sick kids in California. More than thirty percent of adolescents, according to a survey conducted by Newacheck and McManus, have one or more chronic conditions.

Vector Borne diseases such as (Lyme disease, Bartonella, Babesia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Viruses) represent an increasing percentage of the chronic illness population. "These [chronic lyme disease] patients are in a condition worse than patients with marked congestive heart failure. They are two and a half standard deviations from normal--among the most deviant of any chronic illness." - Mark S. Klempner, M.D., NIH Extramural Lyme Study Principal Investigator, January 1998

Cost: $300 prior to June 7th and $350 at the door CME Credit: Category II

Presenters: Carol Ann Ryser MD - Chronic Illness and the Diagnosis/Treatment of Tick-Borne diseases; Steven Fry MD, of Fry Lab - co-factors affecting tick-born diseases and new lab developments; Reginald Dusing MD of Kansas University Medical Center specializing in SPECT Scan testing - how the SPECT Scan can help provide a diagnostic tool, David Berg MA of HEMEX Lab - the mechanism of coagulation/ inflammation and chronic illness, Joseph Brewer MD, Kansas City, Board Certified Infectious Disease physician – new developments in infectious diseases.

Registration: Contact Michael or Stephanie at Health Centers of America KC LLC (Phone: 816-763-9165); (Fax: 816-763-9208) or (email:, attention Stephanie).

Health Centers of America, 5308 Longview Rd, Kansas City, MO. 64137

PH: 816-763-9165 FAX: 816-763-9208