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The Anxiety Summit Season 6

A virtual online summit hosted by Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott

Certified Nutritionist and author of The Antianxiety Food Solution

The Anxiety Summit Season 6  (November 2020)

End Anxiety, Overwhelm, Stress, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety, Fears, Ruminating Thoughts, and Negativity ONCE AND FOR ALL!

Anxiety is your body’s natural (and normal) response to a threat.

Unfortunately more people than ever before find themselves far too frequently in a state of chronic stress and anxiety. Most have no idea there are options other than medications, and yet some of these very same medications may be making things worse!

They’re also NEVER told that toxins and/or infections — mold, pesticides, metals, oxalates, fluoride, phthalates, air pollution, gluten, viruses, parasites, Lyme and more — could be a root cause.

Our understanding of the many root causes of anxiety is radically evolving. All of these possible root causes and mechanisms MUST be identified, explored and addressed!

Expert Speakers & Topics

Elisa Song, MD

PANDAS/PANS: The Brain on Fire

  • Triggers, controversies, misdiagnosis and overlap with COVID-19
  • Symptoms including anxiety, OCD, misophonia, rage, baby talk and more
  • Strep antibodies, Cunningham, klebsiella and hypercoagulation testing

Elisa H. Song, MD founded Whole Child Wellness, a holistic pediatric practice, in 2005. She graduated with distinction from Stanford University. Dr. Song attended NYU School of Medicine and trained in Pediatrics at UCSF Medical Center. She earned a Master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley. Dr. Song has additional training in Functional Medicine/Holistic Nutrition, Homeopathy & Bio-therapeutic drainage, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Herbal Medicine. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Holistic Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Song is a DAN! practitioner.

Mark Hyman, MD

Broken Brain: Toxins, Medications and Infections

  • Over-medication, the pushing of off-label psychiatric medications and medication side-effects
  • Somatopsychic root causes of anxiety, depression, dementia and ADHD: diet, gut health, nutrients, toxin removal and functional medicine as a solution
  • Dr. Hyman’s personal mercury/mold toxicity stories; his bold mission to change the food system to change the world

Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of functional medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.

Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a multi-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Pritzker Foundation Chair in Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and the Director the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine and a medical editor of The Huffington Post.

Nick Ortner

EFT/Tapping for Anxiety, PTSD, Pain and Cravings

  • History of emotional freedom techniques and a how-to session
  • Effects on cortisol, sigA, blood pressure and heart rate variability
  • Using EFT and EMDR to overcome the epigenetic effects of PTSD

Nick Ortner is CEO of The Tapping Solution, LLC, a company with a mission to bring into the mainstream a simple, effective, natural healing method known as emotional freedom techniques (EFT) or “tapping.” Tapping is a healing modality that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Ortner’s goal is to empower people to create healthy, abundant and stress-free lives through his books, films, CDs, online events and speaking engagements attended by participants from all over the world.

Alongside his siblings, Jessica and Alex, Ortner developed The Tapping Solution app to make this powerful stress relief technique accessible to anyone around the world. With over 200 Tapping meditations to choose from, there is something for everyone, making it easier than ever before to use tapping to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, get motivated, get better sleep, eliminate negative emotions and much more!

Released in 2018, The Tapping Solution app has had over 1.6 Million completed tapping sessions, with over 200,000 people having used the “Releasing Anxiety” tapping meditation showing an average 41% decrease of anxiety in just nine minutes.

Tom O’Bryan, DC

Body Burden: Environmental Toxins, Tattoos and Wheat

  • Loss of oral tolerance and impact of environmental toxins including phthalates and BPA
  • Heavy metals, bacteria and nickel in tattoo ink
  • Wheat in self-care products and Wheat Zoomer testing markers for increased susceptibility

When it comes to getting healthy, Dr. Tom O’Bryan’s goal is to make it easy to do the right thing. He is an internationally recognized, admired and compassionate speaker focusing on food sensitivities, environmental toxins and the development of autoimmune diseases. He is considered a “Sherlock Holmes” for chronic disease and teaches that recognition of the underlying mechanisms activating an immune response is the start toward better health.

Dr. O’Bryan is a recognized world expert on gluten, autoimmunity and brain health. He is the founder of and author of several best selling books. His first critically acclaimed book, The Autoimmune Fix, outlines the step-by-step development of degenerative diseases and gives the tools to identify a disease process years before the symptoms are obvious. His second book, You Can Fix Your Brain: Just 1 Hour a Week to the Best Memory, Productivity, and Sleep You’ve Ever Had, is the handbook for anyone worried about brain health. From dementia to brain fog to headaches, this essential guide covers the full spectrum — from prevention to treatment.

Dr. O’Bryan holds teaching faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences and has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners around the world in advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases.

Trudy Scott, CN

GABA and Tryptophan: Anxiety-Toxin Connections

  • Link between phthalates (DEHP) and emotional/ADHD symptoms
  • Impact of fipronil, glyphosate and atrazine
  • Counter the adverse effects of fluoride and lead toxicity

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist who educates anxious individuals about nutritional solutions for anxiety. She is known for her expertise in the use of targeted individual amino acids, nutritional solutions for the social anxiety condition called pyroluria, and the harmful effects of benzodiazepines.

Trudy is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings and host of The Anxiety Summit, an online educational platform for both consumers and health professionals, and dubbed “a bouquet of hope.” She also educates health professionals via the Anxiety Nutrition Institute, sharing research and practical how-to steps.

Christine Schaffner, ND

The Glymphatic System for Brain Detox

  • The astrocyte is the brain’s “Pac-Man” for lead and mercury
  • Tonsils, aquaporins, lymph drainage: PANDAS, anxiety and OCD
  • GABA, sleep, anxiety and high-dose neuroprotective melatonin

Dr. Christine Schaffner is a board-certified naturopathic doctor and recognized thought leader. After graduating from Bastyr University, Dr. Schaffner completed her undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology at the University of Virginia. With her diverse skill set, Dr. Schaffner seeks to improve access, outcomes and speed of recovery for patients struggling with chronic illness from all around the world. She combines both naturopathic and conventional therapies to develop individualized treatment plans that focus on addressing the underlying cause of complex chronic illness.

Dr. Schaffner is passionate about educating patients and other practitioners, bringing the most advanced medical protocols to all, as well as creating spaces for healing and rejuvenation. Her style of practice is strongly rooted in traditional naturopathic principles, including removing toxins and establishing a strong health foundation in order to achieve optimal health.

In addition to building two world-renowned health clinics, Dr. Schaffner currently sees patients telemedically, as well as through her Immanence Health clinics in Seattle, WA, and Marin, CA. She has built partnerships with practitioners from around the globe who are committed to treating many chronic illnesses, including persistent Lyme disease.

Ari Whitten, PhD (Cand.)

Red Light Therapy: Anxiety, Toxins and Benzodiazepines

  • Effects on mitochondria, cytochrome c oxidase, hormesis and gene signalling
  • Anxiety/depression research and impact on serotonin and cortisol
  • Comparing different forms of red light therapy

Ari Whitten is the founder of The Energy Blueprint and #1 best-selling author, nutritionist and renowned fatigue expert. Over the last three years, he’s partnered with the world’s leading fatigue researchers, physicians, nutritionists and neuroscientists to produce the first comprehensive evidence-based system for energy enhancement.

Carolyn Ledowsky, ND

Anxiety and Genetic Susceptibility to Environmental Toxins

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons/PAHs (air pollution/smoke) and organophosphates
  • Moth balls, candles, xenobiotics, coffee, make-up, perfume and cosmetics
  • Role of CYP1A1, CYP2B, CYP1B1, SOD, GSTM and PON1 polymorphisms

Carolyn Ledowsky is the founder of MTHFR Support Australia. She is a naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist who has a Bachelor of Herbal Medicine, Bachelor of Naturopathy, Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, Diploma of Nutrition and a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University. She has also taken courses in genetics at Duke University and The University of Maryland. She is an educator of both practitioners and patients around the world.

She now sees chronically ill patients from all over the world, who have searched, sometimes for decades, to find the reason behind their ill health. Her practice specializes in genetic susceptibility and how this contributes to biochemical dysfunction and chronic health conditions, and her strength lies in her ability to reveal layers of dysfunction and not give up until results are seen. Most of her patients have MTHFR mutations and/or associated methylation disturbances. Her key passion is fertility and her mission is to make sure that every couple knows that if they have the MTHFR and associated genes, their fertility may be affected.

Hyla Cass, MD

SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, Alcohol and Amino Acids

  • SSRI/benzo side-effects, discontinuation syndrome, pre-taper and tapering
  • Harmful effects of alcohol, impacts on sleep, benzo combination and Antabuse
  • Nutrient cofactors for medication taper, alcohol addiction, carb cravings and anxiety

Nationally acclaimed innovator and expert in the fields of integrative medicine, psychiatry, and addiction recovery, Dr. Cass helps individuals to take charge of their health. One area of expertise is helping individuals to withdraw from both psychiatric medication and substances of abuse with the aid of natural supplements, some of which are part of her own line of innovative nutritional supplements.

Dr. Cass appears often as a guest on national radio and television, including The Dr. Oz Show, E! Entertainment, and The View, and in national print media. She has been quoted in many national magazines, blogs for the Huffington Post, and is the author of several best-selling books [link to the book section]including: Natural Highs, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition, and The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free.

A member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Health Sciences Institute and Taste for Life Magazine, she is also Associate Editor of Total Health Magazine, she has served on the boards of California Citizens for Health and the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).

A native of Toronto, she graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).

Kara Fitzgerald, ND

The “Dance of Methylation”: Beyond Methylated Folate and B12

  • MTHFR and anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder
  • Diet, stressors, methylation nutrients, adaptogens and the microbiome
  • Immuno-physiological approach to COVID-19 from prevention through recovery

Dr. Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first CNME-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix (now Genova) Clinical Laboratory under the direction of Richard Lord, Ph.D. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Fitzgerald is lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fitzgerald is on the faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She was formerly on faculty at the University of Bridgeport in the School of Human Nutrition and the School of Naturopathic Medicine.

Margaret Christensen, MD

Mold Toxicity: Anxiety, Depression, Panic and Psychosis

  • Total toxic load, cell danger response (CDR), TBI and trauma/ACEs in biotoxin illness
  • VCS, urine mycotoxin, basic blood, hormone and NeuroQuant testing
  • Binders, PK protocol, minerals, GABA, 5-HTP, functional neurology, nasal peptides and more

An Institute for Functional Medicine faculty member for 12 years, Dr. Christensen first became interested in functional medicine 15 years ago when trying to solve the riddle of her and her family’s complex health challenges — unbeknownst to her at the time were consequences of severe toxic mold exposure. She became intimately familiar with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmunity, and the hormonal, neurological and psychiatric consequences of unrecognized biotoxin illness. A board-certified OB-GYN for 23 years, her initial boutique functional medicine practice has grown into The Carpathia Collaborative, a large, multidisciplinary functional medicine practice based in Dallas covering the full spectrum of complex chronic disease. The practice provides 360 degree functional, lifestyle and nutritional medicine, and includes an onsite teaching kitchen, yoga studio and education library that also serves as the site for community-learning events. Dr. Christensen is passionate about educating her clients and colleagues about root cause, whole-systems medicine!

Todd Watts, DC

Mitochondrial Damage: Toxins, Medications and Infections

  • Anxiety: brain/liver mitochondria, GABA, energy/ROS/oxygen and reduced glutathione
  • Effects of atrazine, glyphosate, Zoloft, benzodiazepines, parasites, viruses and metals
  • Phases of toxin/ROS removal, activating enzymatic reactions and repair

Dr. Watts has used his own health to provide insight into how to address health issues with his patients. He uncovers the hidden, underlying infections, such as Lyme, EBV, and parasites that result in fatigue, seasonal and food allergies, chronic pain, autoimmunity, and brain fog. His multi-step programs help patients heal and be free of their chronic health concerns.

Bridgit Danner, LAc

Phthalates, HBOT and Coffee Enemas

  • Phthalates in fragrances: anxiety, depression, ADHD and social issues
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Lyme, mold, PTSD, anxiety, benzo tapers and autism
  • “How” and “why” of coffee enemas, dry-skin brushing, castor oil packs and detox nutrient

Bridgit Danner has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2004 and a certified functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner since 2015. She ran a busy, integrative medicine clinic for ten years and has done over 12,000 treatments in her career. After losing everything to toxic mold, she now educates about toxins and how to detoxify with a functional healthcare approach through her website’s online community. She is the founder of, an online specialty supplement store, and the founder of Functional Detox Products, a mold-specific detox supplement line.

Darin Ingels, ND

Lyme: a Herbal Approach for Pain, Anxiety and Brain Fog

  • Symptoms, testing, diet and herbal protocols
  • Trudy’s Lyme healing journey with Dr. Darin, pyroluria protocol, niacinamide and lumbrokinase
  • Low dose immunotherapy, low dose naltrexone, PEMF and mindset

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with more than 26 years experience in the healthcare field. He is Board certified in Integrated Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of “The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Autoimmune Response and Beat Lyme Disease”, a comprehensive natural approach to treating Lyme disease. He specializes in Lyme disease, autism and chronic immune dysfunction. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.

Jason Prall

Circadian Rhythm: Sleep, Anxiety and Detox

  • Melatonin and cortisol, liver and thyroid connection, autophagy and mitophagy
  • Reduced glutathione in mitochondria and neurotransmitter production
  • Resetting circadian rhythm: light, temperature, exercise and food

The host of the “You, Optimized. Radio” podcast and founder of Calyx Performance, Jason Prall is a nationally-recognized speaker, performance coach, functional nutritionist and leading expert in biophysics, anti-aging and optimized health.

As a frequent contributor to a variety of health and wellness publications, his revolutionary and innovative approach to health has transformed the lives of thousands of people around the world with simple, practical and powerful solutions to combat chronic conditions and drastically improve quality of life.

Lloyd Burrell

EMFs: Anxiety, Insomnia, ADHD and Headaches

  • Widespread neuropsychiatric effects: depression, insomnia, headache, fatigue, dysesthesia, attention issues and anxiety
  • Mechanisms: mitochondrial, oxidative stress, impaired detox, sensitization, and depletion of glutathione, zinc and melatonin
  • Understand, measure and mitigate: distance, use a meter, address dirty electricity, safer cell phone use and shungite

One day in 2002 Lloyd Burrell answered his cell phone, and soon after developed highly debilitating symptoms when using all types of electromagnetic devices in his home and workplace. He has now made it his life’s mission to raise awareness about the dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and to share the remarkable discoveries he’s made on his quest to recover his health.

For over 10 years, Burrell has been a speaker and guest on online events, podcasts and radio shows, and hosts his own bi-monthly EMF-Health podcast. He is the author of the eBook Long Term EMF Protection, creator of the EMF Health Summit and founder of the website

Melissa Gallico

Fluoride: Neurotoxicity, Anxiety, Acne and Hypothyroidism

  • Prenatal fluoride exposure and lower IQ scores in children aged 3 to 4 years
  • Cystic acne, depression, anxiety, Tourette’s, migraines, insomnia and hypothyroidism
  • Surprising sources of fluoride and protective nutrients

Melissa Gallico is a former military intelligence officer, Fulbright scholar and intelligence specialist at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where she provided analytic support for national security investigations and instructed classes for FBI analysts at Quantico. She is the author of The Hidden Cause of Acne: How Toxic Water Is Affecting Your Health and What You Can Do About It and F Is for Fluoride: A Feasible Fairytale for Freethinkers 15 and Up. She is also host of The #Fpollution Podcast dedicated to exposing the pollution story behind artificial water fluoridation in the United States. Gallico graduated with honors from Georgetown University with a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA). She also has a master’s degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Nicole Beurkens, PhD

Psychiatric Medications in Children and Teens

  • Increasing use of prescription medications and disparities in BIPOC communities
  • Discontinuation syndrome and psychiatric side effects of acne, constipation and asthma medications
  • Nutritional psychiatry/targeted nutrients, sleep, movement, screen time and play

Nicole Beurkens, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Nutritionist specializing in evaluation and treatment of children with serious developmental and mental health conditions.

As one of the only psychologists in the world with a doctorate in clinical psychology, a master’s of science in nutrition and integrative health, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education, Dr. Beurkens brings a unique blend of knowledge and experience to her work. With a current caseload of over 80 patients, and having treated over 1,000 children and families during her 20 years in practice, she understands how to use nutrition, lifestyle, and mental health techniques to help where all others have failed, and without using prescription medication.

Dr. Beurkens is the Founder and Director of Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At her state of the art facility she leads a team of six clinicians dedicated to integrative treatment services, research on innovative treatment protocols, and professional training targeted toward pediatric patients and their families in areas such as autism, ADHD, brain injury, anxiety, and behavior disorders.

Ameet Aggarwal, ND

Liver Function and Bile: Anxiety, Detox, the Gut and Hormones

  • Liver/anxiety connections: thyroid/serotonin, microbiome and GABA/progesterone
  • Foods and nutrients: NAC, triphala, turmeric, taurine and lycopodium
  • Gilbert’s syndrome, schizophrenia, Misophonia and family constellations therapy

Ameet Aggarwal, ND – Dr. Aggarwal is a naturopathic doctor and psychotherapist (gestalt, family constellations and EMDR). He is the author of Heal Your Body, Cure Your Mind, an integrated approach to anxiety and depression. He also educates practitioners on his methods and created an online course that is approved for continuing education credits for naturopathic doctors, dietitians, and nutritionists.

Dr. Aggarwal specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma and couples counseling, along with chronic health concerns including hormonal issues, PMS, infertility, digestive and skin issues. He has been voted one of the top 5 speakers in three world summits and extends his expertise and compassion globally by providing homeopathic mobile clinics to impoverished communities in Kenya.

Datis Kharrazian, PhD

Loss of Chemical Tolerance and Glutathione Recycling

  • Toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT) vs. physiological loss of tolerance
  • Hepatic biotransformation, adrenals/chronic low blood sugar and anxiety
  • NAC, oral glutathione, vitamin D, milk thistle and exercise

Dr. Datis Kharrazian is a clinical research scientist, academic professor and a functional medicine health care provider. He is an associate clinical professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? and Why Isn’t My Brain Working?, the creator of several functional medicine and neurology online courses, and the founder of the Kharrazian Institute, a post-graduate institute for functional medicine and restorative neurology.

Dr. Kharrazian earned his PhD in Health Science and his Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his post-doctoral research training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, a Doctor of Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences, and Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School.

Julie Matthews, NC

Toxic Effects of Oxalates Part 1: Anxiety, Autism and Pain

  • Oxalates in foods and houseplants and raphides in kiwi fruit
  • Anxiety, fatigue, vulvodynia and eye-poking in autism and Trudy’s oxalate issues with foot and eye pain
  • Autism research indicates that kidney stones are not always a factor with oxalates

Julie Matthews is a certified nutrition consultant and published nutrition researcher specializing in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She is the author of the award-winning book Nourishing Hope for Autism and is co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients.

Her approach is based on the BioIndividual Nutrition® needs of each person and stems from her 20 years of work with autism. Using autism as a model for complex chronic disease, her approach and methodology for personalized nutrition helps parents and practitioners specializing in varied disorders improve health and healing through strategic BioIndividual Nutrition and dietary intervention. She supports families and clinicians from around the world with her nutrition learning tools and professional training courses.

Julie Matthews, NC

Toxic Effects of Oxalates Part 2: Testing, Causes and Food

  • Oxalate tests on OAT, genetics, glyphosate and collagen
  • Vitamin B6, calcium citrate, Epsom salts and fat digestion
  • Preparation tips for reducing oxalates in foods and using high-oxalate foods for iron overload

Julie Matthews is a certified nutrition consultant and published nutrition researcher specializing in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She is the author of the award-winning book Nourishing Hope for Autism and is co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients.

Her approach is based on the BioIndividual Nutrition® needs of each person and stems from her 20 years of work with autism. Using autism as a model for complex chronic disease, her approach and methodology for personalized nutrition helps parents and practitioners specializing in varied disorders improve health and healing through strategic BioIndividual Nutrition and dietary intervention. She supports families and clinicians from around the world with her nutrition learning tools and professional training courses.

Trudy Scott, CN

GABA and Tryptophan vs Meds for Hormone Balance

  • GABA/tryptophan for PMS, mood swings, anxiety, tension, irritability, cravings and insomnia
  • Birth control pill/post-birth control syndrome; and tapering SSRIs and benzodiazepines
  • Oral GABA: anti-inflammatory, increases nitric oxide levels, heals the gut and eases anxiety

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist who educates anxious individuals about nutritional solutions for anxiety. She is known for her expertise in the use of targeted individual amino acids, nutritional solutions for the social anxiety condition called pyroluria, and the harmful effects of benzodiazepines.

Trudy is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings and host of The Anxiety Summit, an online educational platform for both consumers and health professionals, and dubbed “a bouquet of hope.” She also educates health professionals via the Anxiety Nutrition Institute, sharing research and practical how-to steps.

Catherine Pittman, PhD

Benzodiazepines: Short-Term Benefits, Long-Term Harms

  • GABA boost for the neurons and sedation of the amygdala
  • Benzodiazepines can cause physiological dependence in 4-6 weeks
  • Side-effects, tolerance and long-term withdrawal issues including insomnia, tachycardia, agitation and more

Catherine M. Pittman, Ph.D., HSPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist, psychology professor, and chair of the Psychology Department at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. As a practicing clinical psychologist at Roseland Counseling, Dr. Pittman also provides psychotherapy, most frequently working with those coping with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She also is experienced in neuropsychological rehabilitation, and works with individuals who have experienced brain injuries or strokes. Along with Elizabeth Karle, she authored Extinguishing Anxiety, a book that assists individuals in overcoming the difficulties associated with anxiety disorders. The two are currently writing a second book, Rewire Your Anxious Brain, for New Harbinger.

Dr. Pittman practices evidence-based psychotherapy, which means that she uses approaches that have been studied and shown to be effective. Her focus is on understanding how the natural processes of the brain and body can be changed in order to improve one’s life. After 20 years of experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Neuropsychology, Dr. Pittman has acquired a substantial amount of knowledge about how to help people change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. One of her goals in therapy is to help individuals understand what needs to be changed in the brain to help them accomplish the changes they seek. She is continually amazed by the fact that the brain is capable of tremendous growth, change, and healing, no matter what the person’s age, and knows that, while medication can be useful, it is not always necessary to promote change. Her research on benzodiazepines was inspired by her growing awareness of individuals with anxiety disorders who were relying on these medications to cope with anxiety, and the lack of resources available for those who were interested in using alternate methods but had difficulty stopping the use of benzodiazepines.

David Perlmutter, MD

Disconnection Syndrome, Immunity and Awe

  • Role of the amygdala and prefrontal cortex in anxiety and fear
  • Psychiatric medications, cortisol, stress and the immune system
  • Kindness and empathy, digital connections and nature

Dr. Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist, fellow and member of the board of directors of the American College of Nutrition, and is a four-time New York Times bestselling author. He received his MD degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery and The Journal of Applied Nutrition, and is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia University, Scripps Institute, New York University and Harvard University. Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated television programs, including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show and The CBS Early Show. Dr. Perlmutter’s books have been published in 28 languages and include bestsellers Grain Brain, Brain Maker and The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.

Jessica Drummond, PT

Vulvodynia, Candida, IBS and Anxiety

  • Vulvodynia, endometriosis, IBS, candida and anxiety/depression
  • Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) genes, immunity and pain tolerance
  • Gabapentin, Lyrica and COVID-19 insights and solutions

Dr. Jessica Drummond, DCN, CCN, PT, is founder of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute. She is passionate about empowering women who struggle with chronic conditions and supporting women’s health and wellness professionals globally. She has two decades of experience working with women with chronic health conditions such as chronic pelvic pain from an integrative, conservative perspective. She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals.

Lara Zakaria, MS

Iron Overload: Anxiety, Depression, Obsessions and Panic Attacks

  • Mechanisms: oxidative stress, liver damage, dopamine response
  • Genetics vs. iron intake, lab markers, menopause, cadmium and other toxins
  • Phlebotomy and using diet/anti-nutrients as a solution

Lara Zakaria is a functional pharmacist and clinical nutritionist based in New York City. Passionate about prevention and reversal of metabolic, kidney and autoimmune disease, she leverages her expertise in therapeutic dietary interventions, herbals, medication management and genomics to optimize patient medical and nutritional programs.

A graduate of Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Zakaria spent 20 years in community pharmacy practice. After developing an interest in nutrition, she earned a MS in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She practices as part of a multi-disciplinary FxMed clinic and supervises a professional mentorship under the medical directorship of Dr. Kara Fitzgerald. She is adjunct professor of nutritional biochemistry at the Nutrition Institute at the University of Bridgeport and guest instructor for Functional Medicine at LECOM College of Pharmacy. She is also co-owner of Pharmacy Evolutions, a FxMed training and mentorship program focused on pharmacists.

Niki Gratrix, BA

ACEs: Toxins, Medications and Infections

  • Biological impacts of adverse childhood events (ACEs), anxiety, pyroluria and hormone imbalance
  • ACEs and prescribed psychotropic medications in adults, prenatal toxin overload and immune dysregulation
  • Vitamin L, the stress response and PTSD

Niki Gratrix is an award-winning functional health practitioner and mind-body transformation coach, helping people to optimize energy. In 2005, she co-founded one of the largest mind-body clinics in the UK integrative medicine field. The results with those clinic patients were published as a preliminary study in the British Medical Journal Open in 2012. In August 2015, she hosted the largest-ever, free online health summit on overcoming fatigue, where she interviewed 29 world-leading experts on optimizing energy and had over 30,000 attendees. Since then she has spoken on over 40 large online health summits, reaching over 1 million people world-wide.

Suruchi Chandra, MD

Lyme Co-infections and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms

  • Tick-borne illness: Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia and lessons from syphilis
  • Anxiety, panic attacks with air hunger, profound depression, OCD, brain fog, stretch marks and more
  • Mechanisms: zinc/copper, kynurenine increase, mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress

Dr. Suruchi Chandra is a psychiatrist who specializes in integrative and functional approaches for emotional, behavioral and other brain-based conditions. She is committed to improving outcomes for these conditions, and is passionate about raising awareness and understanding of integrative psychiatry and functional medicine through education, mentoring and research.

After graduating from Harvard College with honors, Dr. Chandra obtained her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. She then completed a psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean psychiatry program at Harvard Medical School. She has board certification in adult and general psychiatry, and did additional clinical training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She also has board certification in neurofeedback from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Beyond her clinical work, Dr. Chandra lectures and teaches nationally on topics related to integrative psychiatry and functional medicine at conferences, think tanks and educational institutions.

Alex Howard

Nutrition and Psychology to Reset Your Nervous System

  • CBT, meditation, yoga and therapeutic coaching
  • Stress-induced liver injury/immunity and psychosocial interventions
  • COVID-19 fallout and a tsunami of post viral depression, anxiety and fatigue

Alex Howard is founder and CEO of The Optimum Health Clinic (OHC), one of the world’s leading integrative medicine clinics specializing in fatigue and its related conditions. OHC’s team of 20 full-time practitioners has worked with thousands of patients in 40+ countries, and a randomized controlled trial on it’s groundbreaking approach to treating fatigue is currently underway.

He is also host of the Fatigue Super Conference, creator of the 12-week RESET Program and creator of the Therapeutic Coaching methodology. His first book, WHY ME?, was published in 2003, and his theoretical papers appear in journals such as British Medical Journal Open and Psychology and Health.

Luminara Serdar, BS

Drainage in Anxiety and Autism

  • Impact of environmental factors, epigenetics, acetaminophen, glyphosate and more
  • Importance of drainage, lab testing and mitochondrial support
  • Glymphatic drainage technique, supplements and binders

Luminara Serdar is a scientist, nutritionist and holistic healer who helps recover kids from autism using many strategies, including NeuroModulation Technique (NMT). She works with clients throughout the world, helping them restore their inner world so they can more effectively interact with their outer world.

Her own allergies were eliminated in two sessions using NMT— she was so impressed that she now uses it, along with nutrition, detoxification and her intimate knowledge of body biochemistry, to help heal children on the autism spectrum. She’s been eliminating allergies and correcting mind-body dysfunction since 2006.

Serdar spent nearly 20 years in the biotech industry as a molecular biologist and product manager and was involved with the human genome sequencing project.

Eva Detko, PhD

Vagus Nerve Infection and Anxiety

  • VanElzakker’s CFS/vagus nerve infection research
  • Vagus nerve role in brain-gut axis, psychiatric and inflammatory disorders
  • Lactobacillus, GABA, globus pharyngeus, psychosensory havening and more

Dr. Eva Detko is a natural healthcare practitioner, author and speaker who has studied natural medicine and the human mind for over 20 years. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of human physiology, biochemistry, nutritional sciences and bioenergetics, and uses a wide range of mind-transforming modalities, including Havening Techniques®, BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, NLP and applied psychoneuroimmunology. Having successfully recovered from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and reversed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, she now helps others recover their health.

Kiran Krishnan

Acetaminophen, Spore-based Probiotics and the Liver

  • Gut-liver axis: anxiety, IBS, fatty liver disease, PMS, oxalates and serotonin
  • Probiotics: acetaminophen-induced acute liver injury and hepatic encephalopathy
  • Antimicrobial/fat-soluble toxins and bile, atrazine and glyphosate

Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 16 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Mr. Krishnan earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Microbiology at the University of Iowa; his undergraduate education was followed up with post-graduate research and advanced coursework in Molecular Biology and Virology. He left University research to establish a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted clinical trials in human nutrition.

Michael Murray, ND

5-HTP: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Liver Protection

  • 5-HTP vs. fluvoxamine, causes of low serotonin and risks of antidepressants
  • Impact of 5-HTP on REM sleep, cortisol and gastrointestinal system
  • Serotonin deficiency exacerbates acetaminophen-induced liver toxicity

Dr. Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published over 30 books featuring natural approaches to health. He is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Murray is the Chief Science Officer of Enzymedica.

For the past thirty-five years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies from the medical literature. He has personally collected over 65,000 articles from the scientific literature, which provide strong evidence on the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural measures in the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and healing on

Jay Davidson, DC

Impact of Toxins on Lyme Disease and Infections

  • Germ theory, terrain theory, duality theory and the role of pleomorphisms
  • Impact of glyphosate on bile, your microbiome, neurotransmitters and collagen
  • MetChem for glyphosate removal and TUDCA for bile production

Dr. Jay Davidson completed his undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, majoring in biology with biomedical concentration with a chemistry minor. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota. Founder of, he focuses on functional, natural medicine. He is also a popular speaker, a two-time #1 international best-selling author and the host of the Chronic Lyme Disease Summits, the Parasite Summit, the Viral & Retroviral Summit and the Mitochondrial Summit. He is also the co-founder of Microbe Formulas.

Admired for his ability to bridge the gap between the scientific health community and the layperson, Dr. Jay Davidson is an ambitious clinician. Based on his wife’s experience of healing from chronic Lyme disease, his at-home Lyme disease program is a private community that walks participants through his step-by-step protocol for reversing Lyme disease.

Lisa Bloomquist

Neuropsychiatric Toxicity from Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

  • Symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity: anxiety, fibromyalgia, autoimmunity and more
  • Mechanisms of harm: GABA inhibition, gut and mitochondrial destruction, oxidative stress and magnesium depletion
  • Strategies for recovery

Lisa Bloomquist was “floxed” on her 32nd birthday by Cipro, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. After two years of battling the mysterious health ailments that come with an adverse reaction to a fluoroquinolone, she has fought her way back to health. She is now striving for recognition of the harm that these drugs can cause and hoping to help those who are suffering from them through their fluoroquinolone induced illness to find recovery. She offers hope for healing through her website,

Omowunmi Osinubi, MD

Military/Civilian Toxic Exposures: Mood and Brain Health Effects

  • Agent Orange, chemicals, air pollution, infectious agents and more
  • Impact of doxycycline on mood and the microbiome
  • Healing solutions including functional medicine, MIND Diet, biofeedback and qigong

Dr. Omowunmi Osinubi is the president of Occupational and Environmental Health Associates and Transformation Health Associates. She is a board-certified occupational and environmental medicine physician, certified disability examiner, and provides in-person and telemedicine consultations to veterans and/or their health care providers on matters relating to complex medically unexplained health conditions and exposures of concern during military service. She also provides clinical and medical expert consultations for civilians who were deployed to military bases on overseas combat missions.

Certified in functional medicine, Dr. Osinubi provides clinical consultations using the functional medicine approach, integrative health modalities and whole health plant-based nutrition and nutraceuticals to support health and healing in those who have chronic health conditions and/or have sustained toxic exposures. She is also a clinical professor at the Rutgers University-School of Public Health. She has given or collaborated on more than 100 presentations at scientific conferences and public health-related meetings, and continues to publish in scientific journals.

Trudy Scott, CN

GABA, Theanine and Tryptophan: Anxiety and Infections

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, protect liver/kidneys, ease anxiety/depression and improve sleep
  • Candida, pinworms, mouth health and using melatonin/tryptophan for COVID-19
  • 2 cases: GABA/theanine ease anxiety/OCD caused by mold toxicity or Lym

Food Mood Expert Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist who educates anxious individuals about nutritional solutions for anxiety. She is known for her expertise in the use of targeted individual amino acids, nutritional solutions for the social anxiety condition called pyroluria, and the harmful effects of benzodiazepines.

Trudy is the author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings and host of The Anxiety Summit, an online educational platform for both consumers and health professionals, and dubbed “a bouquet of hope.” She also educates health professionals via the Anxiety Nutrition Institute, sharing research and practical how-to steps.

Uma Naidoo, MD

Your Brain on Food: Anxiety, OCD and PTSD

  • OCD and trichotillomania: low glutamate diet, curcumin, NAC and myoinositol
  • PTSD and the anti-inflammatory effects of blueberries
  • Extra virgin olive oil, the sofrito technique and polyphenols

Dr. Uma Naidoo is a board-certified psychiatrist, professional chef and nutrition specialist. She is currently director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she consults on nutritional interventions for the psychiatrically and medically ill, director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy, and founder of a private practice. She also teaches at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She blogs for Harvard Health and Psychology Today and has just completed a unique video cooking series for the MGH Academy which teaches nutritional psychiatry using culinary techniques in the kitchen. She has been featured on the NBC Today Show, Wall Street Journal, Goop, the Boston Globe, MindBodyGreen and numerous other media. Dr. Uma Naidoo has spent her life exploring the relationship between nutrition and mental health – and her triple-threat credentials as a psychiatrist, nutritionist and trained chef give her a unique lens into their surprisingly intricate connection. In This Is Your Brain on Food, she unpacks the complex ways in which food contributes to psychological wellness.

What Attendees Have Had to Say

I have been riveted this entire week by the Anxiety Summit This whole week has been amazing! I have neglected all household responsibilities, much to the chagrin of those I care for, and it has been worth every second! Each interview has been fascinating, entertaining and nutrient-dense! Thank you!

The choice of speakers was really excellent, as was the whole format. I learned a great deal. I would also add that Trudy exudes both warmth and conviction, and I have looked forward every day to hearing her encouraging voice and learning from the provocative questions she asked each speaker. The interactive format was really nice–she never dominated the conversation, but often had something insightful to add to the guest’s comments.

I am a Naturopath/Nutritionist, specializing in the emotional/mental ramifications of Lyme Disease, and constantly attend webinars on numerous topics. I’m so impressed with Trudy’s knowledge and ability to ask the right questions and the webinar in general is fantastic… one of the best I’ve attended. Thank you, Trudy!

Fantastic work and what a selection of awe inspiring professionals leading the way forward in thinking about anxiety, stress and the biochemical dance that exists within everyone of us. Well done.

I’m so impressed with how extremely knowledgable, positive and engaging our speakers are. Your questioning is great and everyone’s such a good teacher, summarizing while adding tons of details and personal stories helps with comprehension of this amazing wealth of work. I am more than motivated to give up sugar and gluten and try some supplements while hopefully modeling for my children in their 20s how to be healthier and wiser. Thank you!

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