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Online Course

Immune Dysfunction: Viral Causes, Impact, and Ways to Mitigate Risk

Speakers: Heather Zwickey, PhD; Erik Lundquist, MD; Annalouise O’Connor, PhD

Online Course Details

Date: Location: On-demand

Event Summary


This course helps clinicians understand how common viral infections can have long-term consequences carried out by the immune system. You will learn how lytic (actively replicating) and latent (quiescent) viral infections can raise the risk of autoimmune conditions, cancers, myocardial infarctions, and stroke. We will outline how to assess patient risk, and understand the current limitations of laboratory measures. You will understand how to intervene with specific nutrients and bioactives such as specialized pro-resolving mediators, probiotics, and phytochemicals to modulate the immune response. You will learn from case examples what treatment implementation looks like in the real world, including challenges to managing postviral syndromes.

About this Event

  • Learn how different viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, impact the immune system in the long term
  • Understand the role nutrition and lifestyle factors play in managing immune dysfunction and inflammation
  • Receive practical tips for integrating protocols and clinical relevance for patient care from real case examples
  • Receive up to 4 hours of CEU credit
  • Receive animated videos, handouts, protocols, and other resources on immune health to use in your practice with your patients

Continuing Education: This activity is pending approval from CDR, BCNS, and NCCAOM for RDs, CNS, and LAc for 4 CEU hours.

Cost: $150 USD


Presenter Bio


Heather Zwickey: Heather Zwickey, PhD earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a focus on infectious disease. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health among others. She currently leads an NIH-funded clinical research training program. She teaches at many universities and speaks at conferences worldwide. At Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine, with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.

Erik Lundquist: Erik Lundquist, MD is the founder and medical director of the Temecula Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Lundquist is the Medical Director of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Center and a paid consultant for Metagenics, Inc. He is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine. He specializes in thyroid disorders, chronic and adrenal fatigue, women’s health, digestive disorders, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Lundquist attended Occidental College in LA, where he graduated with a BA in Kinesiology and Biology. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Lundquist spent eight years in active military duty in Iraq as a battalion surgeon with the Marine Corps, as well as at the Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy. Dr. Lundquist is board-certified with the American Board of Family Medicine, as well as with the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.

Annalouise O’Connor: Annalouise O’Connor, PhD, RD is the Director of Nutrition Science and Lead for Cardiometabolic and Obesity platforms at Metagenics. Her role involves research coordination, as well as developing formulas for targeted nutrition solutions and programs to assist practitioners in the optimal management of their patients’ health. Dr. O’Connor trained as an RD and worked in clinical and public health settings. Dr. O’Connor completed her PhD in the Nutrigenomics Research Group at University College Dublin (Ireland) and postdoctoral work at the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute.

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