Course: W11: Integrating Pharmaceuticals with Herbs and Supplements
W11: Integrating Pharmaceuticals with Herbs and Supplements
Apple Bodemer, MD +2

Welcome to week 11 as we balance the art of integrating pharmaceuticals with herbs and supplements!

Drug-Herb Interactions

This session will review common drug-herb interactions and identify drug-herb interactions that are clinically important for dermatologic patients.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List the categories of drug-herb interactions
  2. Identify the two most common drug-herb interactions important in dermatology
  3. Recall herbs that should be stopped prior to surgery

Treat with Synergy

In dermatology, rarely is only one prescription written. Typically, two, three, or even more recommendations are made for a given problem with the idea that each will work together, if not synergistically, then at least additively. We explore these concepts and review the relevant literature in detail.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of Synergy and Antagonism in dermatology
  2. Review some of the potential benefits of synergistic therapeutics
  3. Identify some of the pitfalls and limitations of synergy

Functional Medicine Testing: Stool Tests and OATs

While dermatological diseases such as eczema have complicated pathologies, there is abundant evidence that part of the underlying root cause of these conditions is connected to gut microbiome dysfunction. This course presents the latest published research on the gut/skin connection including commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, fungal organisms, and intestinal hyperpermeability. It will also review how to use functional medicine tests, like stool tests and organic acid tests, to determine and treat the root cause of dermatological disease. Several case studies with before and after photos and lab results will be presented.

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List the basic components of a stool test and recognize which specific bacterial strains, markers, and patterns are most helpful for analyzing dermatological problems
  2. List the basic components of an organic acid test and recognize which specific markers and patterns are most helpful for analyzing dermatological problems
  3. Summarize research on the changes in the gut microbiome in eczema patients compared to healthy controls
  4. Analyze research on how gut dysbiosis contributes to the pathophysiology of eczema


User: Apple Bodemer
Apple Bodemer

After finishing Medical School and Dermatology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bodemer completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She was the first Dermatologist to be board certified in both Dermatology and Integrative Medicine and currently is the only Dermatologist to serve on the Integrative Medicine Board. She has authored academic texts and curriculum and has spoken widely on a variety of topics related to Integrative Dermatology. She has always been drawn to exploring how lifestyle choices impact skin health and disease and feels that the most powerful role a physician can play is as an educator and guide, empowering people to get healthy and stay healthy.

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User: peter.lio@dermveda.com
Peter Lio

Dr. Peter Lio is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. Dr. Lio is the founding director of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Center and has spoken nationally and internationally about atopic dermatitis, as well as alternative medicine.

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User: Julie Greenberg
Julie Greenberg

Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Registered Herbalist RH(AHG) who specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a holistic clinic that approaches skin and hair problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr. Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and Bastyr University (ND). Her research on the gut microbiome of acne patients has been published in a leading peer-reviewed clinical dermatology journal. While at naturopathic medical school, Dr. Greenberg received training with leading experts in dermatology at the University of Washington Medical School Dermatology Clinic and Seattle Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic. She lectures at naturopathic medical schools and speaks at conferences across the U.S. on the topics of hair, skin and nails.

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