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PW23: Naturopathic Management of Autoimmune Disease: Clinical Updates on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (self-study)
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2.5 hours of pharmacy credits for California Naturopathic Doctors

Dr. Alena Guggenheim, ND

Originally aired: November 18, 2014

Course Overview
Rheumatoid arthritis and SLE are highly unpredictable and difficult diseases to manage. Patients can have a varied presentation, and diagnosis is not always clear.  Many clinicians continue to use dated labs and diagnostic criteria when working with suspected auto-immune disorders. This presentation will provide a clinical update on diagnosis and provide tools to help clinicians treat these autoimmune disorders safely. Emphasis will be placed on understanding morbidity and using evidence-based naturopathic treatment plans to improve health risks. The most current prescription drugs and biological conventional treatments will also be reviewed, including controversies around efficacy and risks of treatment. Attendees will leave with the confidence to diagnose, understand the complexities of conventional treatment and utilize evidence-based naturopathic management of rheumatoid arthritis and SLE.

Attend this presentation to confidently:

  • Understand the various clinical presentations of rheumatoid arthritis and SLE
  • Be able to utilize the most up to date diagnostic criteria and testing practices for RA and SL
  • Be able to appropriately order and interpret ANA and extractable nuclear antigen testing
  • Understand morbidity and mortality of SLE and when to co-manage with conventional rheumatologist
  • Utilize naturopathic modalities in the evidence-based management of rheumatoid arthritis and SLE
  • Understand the risks, benefits and controversies of conventional treatment
  • Understand and manage drug side effects from medications used to treat RA and SLE
Participant Feedback:
  • She obviously knows her stuff
  • Clear and concise information; will be quickly applicable into my practice
  • Engaging style and passion. Also she provided may clinically relevant tips.
  • Material well selected with appropriate cautions about certain RX drugs.
  • The outline is very referable.  I used it twice already for patient care.
Biography of Dr. Alena Guggenheim, ND
Alena Guggenheim, ND attended Reed College in Portland, OR and graduated with a BA in Biology in 2001. In 2007 she graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. In 2009 she completed a residency through National College of Natural Medicine and The Center for Natural Medicine mentored by Dr. Martin Milner, ND that focused on cardiopulmonary medicine. During her education she participated in research regarding immune modulation with herbs and personality implications on health. In 2011 she began teaching in the Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) and Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine programs at NCNM. She teaches Clinical Physical Diagnosis, Rheumatology, Microbiology and an Integrative Modalities course. She also serves as a mentor for students completing the MSiMR program. Her research focuses on immune modulation by mushrooms. Dr. Guggenheim maintains a private practice at The Center for Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, the first naturopathic clinic in the country to be a certified Patient Centered Primary Care Home. She provides holistic primary care with a focus on rheumatological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Immediate Download Includes 
• Windows version (.wmv) and Mac version (.mp4) of the Webinar
• PDF booklet
• Certification form
• Purchase the webinar
• Download files to your computer
• Watch webinar
• Use the link in the Word file receive your Self-Study CE certificate