Protecting immunity is top-of-mind with patients and clinicians. In this webinar with Metagenics, join Dr. Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP, and Dr. Melissa Blake, ND, as they discuss how obesity presents as an extreme vulnerability to infections, and how that can be addressed in the clinic by focusing on the relationship between the gut microbiome and the immune system.

After this webinar, you’ll understand:

  • The development of the immune system with the gut microbiome.
  • How medications and lifestyle choices affect gut microbiome and contribute to obesity.
  • The impact of microbiome changes to immune response.
  • How to address immune response and obesity by nurturing a relationship to gut microbiome.
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Dr. Melissa Blake, ND, is the Manager of Curriculum Development at Metagenics. Dr. Blake completed her pre-medical studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and obtained her naturopathic medical training from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Blake has over 10 years of clinical experience, specializing in the integrative and functional management of chronic health issues, with special interest in neurology and integrative cancer care. She lives with her family on a small hobby farm in Atlantic Canada where they enjoy growing their own food and spending as much time as possible in nature.

Dr. Deanna Minich, PhD, CNS, FACN, IFMCP, is an internationally recognized health expert and author with more than 20 years of experience in nutrition research, mind-body health, and Functional Medicine. Dr. Minich holds master’s and doctoral degrees in nutrition and has lectured extensively throughout the world on health topics, teaching patients and health professionals about nutrition. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. Currently, Dr. Minich teaches at the Institute for Functional Medicine and the graduate program in Functional Medicine at the University of Western States.