New Advances in the Treatment and Assessment of HPA Axis Dysfunction

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Presenter: Thomas Guilliams, PhD

Dates: Feburary 22, 2016 & March 21, 2016 

The relationship between stress and chronic dysfunction has been oversimplified, and often wrongly interpreted, as an adrenal issue. Of course, the adrenal glands are part of the response, but they are rarely the "cause" of the dysfunction.

This first lecture will re-orient the clinical perspective of the HPA axis in a detail that is often lacking when stress is discussed in the integrative and functional medicine setting.

Expanding upon our first lecture, we will discuss the various validated methods of assessing HPA axis activity and how the study of stress and clinical outcomes has expanded in the past few decades. We will discuss the different biomarkers (mostly saliva) and therapeutic strategies to modulate stress-related dysfunctions.

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