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open forums 

1st Wednesday of Every Month - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pilgrim's Educational Center at Pilgrim's Market
1316 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814

Open Forum is a free monthly opportunity to dialogue with Dr. Hunter about a wide range of questions related to the pursuit of health.
Bring your questions, curiosity, ideas, and a willingness to learn.

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UPCOMING OPEN FORUM TOPICS

 

December

The Gut-Brain Connection

Wednesday, December 5th from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

This Open Forum will traverse the vastly under-acknowledged link between our gut health and brain health. We will review the incredible volumes of emerging scientific literature examining this connection and discuss a plethora of strategies medicinal/nutritional tools to optimize the health of these critical organ systems using naturopathic therapeutics.

January

The evolution of medicine: An assessment of past, current, and future health care delivery models

Wednesday, January 2nd from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

This Open Forum will traverse the history of medical models in western society, with an emphasis on American health care systems, including conventional (allopathic), naturopathic, homeopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, and botanical/eclectic. Dr. Hunter will place specific emphasis on the emergence of our current health care system, reviewing its educational, philosophical, financial, and political underpinnings. We will conclude with a discussion of the future of healthcare in America, including ways we can transform our medical culture and what delivery models hold the most promise for meeting our society's health needs.

February

no open forum this month

march

Adrenal and Thyroid Health: An Investigation of the Critical Roles these Under-appreciated Organs Play in Health and Disease

Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

This Open Forum will explore the purpose and function of the thyroid and adrenal glands. Dr. Hunter will analyze what has caused these key organ systems to become dysfunctional in such epidemic proportions in modern America. The discussion will also cover in-depth physical and laboratory assessment of thyroid and adrenal function and review nutritional, botanical, supplemental, lifestyle and other natural approaches to improving adrenal and thyroid function.

April

The Liver in Health and Disease: With Overview of Detox Principles, Science, and Benefits

Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

This Open Forum will discuss the foundational principles and science of food-based detoxification methods, elaborate on the many health benefits of detoxification, and provide an overview of the upcoming 14-day Juice Detoxification Program. Additionally, Dr. Hunter will examine the metabolic, digestive, detoxification, and immunological roles of the liver and the major forces in our modern lifestyle that compromise liver health. Finally, we will broadly review natural medicines and foods that protect, repair, and regenerate the liver.

May

Understanding and Treating the Underlying Causes of Skin and Hair Conditions Using Naturopathic Medicine

Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

In the pursuit of healthy skin and hair, we spend many billions of dollars on hair and skin products and treatments each year, yet many Americans are plagued by persistent skin and hair conditions, including eczema, acne, dry, oily, or discolored skin, rosacea, hives, psoriasis, fungal infections, hair loss and many others. This Open Forum will discuss Naturopathic treatments that successfully reverse and often permanently resolve these chronic skin and hair conditions by broadly examining their underlying internal causes.

June

Understanding and Treating the Underlying Causes of Skin and Hair Conditions Using Naturopathic Medicine

Wednesday, June 5th from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

This Open Forum will guide you on how to select the most nutritious varieties and species of plants and animal products, including discussions nutrient contents, storage methods, and cooking methods to maximize the health benefits obtained from the food you eat.

July

no open forum this month

  August

no open forum this month

September

The Relationship Between Weight, Insulin and Fasting: With Overview of Detox Principles, Science, and Benefits

Wednesday, September 4th from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

This Open Forum will discuss the foundational principles and science of food-based detoxification methods, elaborate on the many health benefits of detoxification, and provide an overview of the upcoming 14-day Juice Detoxification Program. Additionally, Dr. Hunter will detail the emerging scientific understanding of the powerful link between weight and the metabolic hormone, insulin. We will explore the roles various forms of fasting and meal timing and composition in metabolism, weight gain, and weight loss.

October

Understanding and Treating the Underlying Causes of Autoimmune Disease Using Naturopathic Medicine

Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

The incidence of autoimmune disease is increasing at a frightening rate in the US, for which conventional medicine has few safe treatments. This Open Forum will explore naturopathic treatments often leading to permanent remission or cure without using drugs for common autoimmune conditions, such as Hashimoto's thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, MS, and others. Dr. Hunter will discuss the causative forces leading to the autoimmune process and the powerful role their appreciation and understanding play in successful treatment.

 

November

Dental Health: Getting to the ‘Root’ of Heart Disease

Wednesday, November 6th from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

There is an emerging science linking cardiovascular disease and dental disease. Dr. Hunter will examine what is driving the epidemic of chronic oral infections and dysbiosis from a whole person perspective. We will also review the safety, efficacy and long-term health consequences of various dental procedures. Finally, we will outline natural medicine approaches to addressing dental diseases and their critical applications to heart health.

 

December

Nature Versus Nurture: Investigating How Our Past Shapes Our Present Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health

Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30-8pm at Pilgrim's Educational Center

Our past life experiences profoundly influence our current state of health. The physical and emotional exposures, stresses and traumas we have experienced in the past cause our bodies to develop specific patterns and methods to deal with situations we encounter in our current life. Dr. Hunter will discuss how to develop insight around the origins of self-harming mental/emotional and physical patterns and examine tools individuals can utilize to transform these patterns and enable dynamic health and well-being.