At a time of great technological innovations, medical advances and widely available information, there are, sadly, many conditions that are still not being given the urgent attention they require – either by the medical profession or by world governments.
As a result, millions of patients around the world are suffering, many dying as a direct consequence of medical ignorance which sometimes borders on wilful abuse. Regrettably, misdiagnoses result in costly, delayed, or inappropriate treatment and can ultimately lead to serious harm to patients, or even death.
Once again, AONM brings together several inspirational and eminent scientists whose research and work challenges the misconceptions of the status quo, putting patients’ welfare first. Our speakers will explore how current developments in the field of multi-system diseases are changing the prognosis of afflicted individuals and how obtaining an accurate and timely diagnosis can be crucial to a patient’s long-term health outcome.
May is a month of International Awareness Days for many illnesses and conditions that we know are so often linked – ME, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, EDS, Autism, Gulf War Syndrome, MCS, MCAS.
This year, our event falls on May 12th, the International Awareness Day for ME – a day founded by Thomas Hennessy Jr. in 1992.
In a 2008 interview with Cort Johnson, Tom said, “After reading Byron Hyde’s great book on the history of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, I decided to look up his hero’s birthday – and lo and behold, May 12th was Florence Nightingale’s birthday. (…) I decided that her birthday, May 12th, would be the day”. AONM is honoured to host, amongst others, Dr. Byron Hyde himself who will be addressing our conference with a keynote speech.
Dr. Judy Mikovits, Ph.D
Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD earned her BA from University of Virginia, and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from George Washington University. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has studied immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, virology and drug development. After more than 20 years researching anti-viral drug mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute, she served as Research Director of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute (WPI) for Neuroimmune Disease in Nevada for 5 years. In 2006, she became attracted to the plight of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism. In only five years she developed the first neuroimmune institute from a concept to a reality and is primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between immune-based inflammation and these diseases. Dr. Mikovits continues to work on neuroimmune disease and cancer at MAR Consulting, alongside the renowned microbiologist widely regarded as the father of human retrovirology, Dr. Francis W. Ruscetti.
Dr. Byron M. Hyde, M.D.
The Forgotten Relationship Between Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Poliomyelitis, and the New Polios (Acute Flaccid Paralysis /Myelitis) and Why it is Time for a New Treatment Schedule for These Diseases.
Dr. Byron Marshall Hyde studied pre-medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto followed by a degree in Chemistry and Nutrition in 1961. His first medical employment was as an immunological research chemist at the Roscoe B. Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine – a leading world laboratory in immunological & transplantation research. He then became Chief Technician in charge of the Electron Microscope Laboratory at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Dr. Hyde returned to the University of Ottawa and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1966. After an internship at Montreal’s Hotel Dieu and residency at the St. Justine Paediatric Hospital and the Ottawa Civic Hospital, he opened a family practice in Ottawa that continued until 1984 when he started the full time study of post infectious Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. For five years he had travelled extensively around the world investigating the epidemics of M.E. in the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland and spent the next several years being instructed by previous researchers of these epidemics.
Dr. Armin Schwarzbach, Ph.D, M.D.
DR. ARMIN SCHWARZBACH PhD MD is founder of ArminLabs, and co-founder and former CEO of the Borreliosis Clinic Augsburg, Germany. He is an Advisory Board member of AONM, a Board Member of the German Borreliosis Society and Member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He also serves as an expert on Lyme Disease for advisory committees in Australia, Ireland, France and Germany. As well as being a clinician for many years, Dr. Schwarzbach has tested over 50,000 patients for Lyme Disease and co-infections.
Dr. Samuel F. Yanuck, DC, FACFN, FIAMA
Clinical Management of the Infected Autoimmune PANS/PANDAS Patient
Dr. Yanuck is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he teaches the course “The Immunology of Autoimmune Disease, Inflammation and Chronic Infection: A Research-Based Functional Medicine Perspective.” He maintains consulting relationships with members of the UNC Medical School faculty and the wider clinical and research community and hosts medical students at his clinic as part of the UNC School of Medicine preceptorship program. He also teaches immunological applications in functional medicine to other doctors, for whom he also provides consultation on difficult cases. Dr. Yanuck is also the creator of Cogence Immunology, a widely aclaimed online functional immunology course for clinicians.
Dr. Yanuck is a 1982 graduate of Cornell University. He has been a student of Chinese internal healing arts since 1981. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in 1991, completed postdoctoral training in functional neurology in 1994, and training in acupuncture in 1996. His practice weaves these methods, along with an understanding of immunology and nutritional biochemistry, into a unified clinical process.
To celebrate the 27th year of the ME Awareness Day and to mark May as an Awareness Month for so many related conditions, we will be honouring some wonderful campaigners and also hearing from some patients that have fought, and are still fighting, to have their illness recognised and treated appropriately. We will regularly be updating this page with more information about this exciting event.
DR SARAH MYHILL
Pioneering GP and Campaigner
Patient, Researcher, and Advocate
Patient Campaigner, and Breeze Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2019
London – W1W 5EE
Sunday 12 May 2019
10:00 – 17:00
Tea & coffee, still & sparkling mineral water, whole fruits & snacks, nuts, dried fruit and seeds available on arrival, at registration, and during breaks
Ticket includes 3-course buffet lunch in the restaurant with vegan and gluten-free options.
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