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Carla Rae Ortiz 
Gordon Medical Associates 
707- 575-5180 


Saturday October 22, 2011 at 8:15 AM PDT
Sunday October 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM PDT

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Hyatt Vineyard Creek 
170 Railroad Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Hotel rules do not allow outside beverages to be brought onto hotel premises. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase at the hotel snack bar and the grill.
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Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker

Ritchie C. Shoemaker MD practices medicine in the rural Eastern Shore of Maryland.  His clinic may be the only one in the US solely devoted to biotoxin research that has unveiled the details of what goes wrong when people are sickened after spending time in water-damaged buildings (WDB).  He has recorded data on diagnosis and treatment of over 6500 such patients.  He has published multiple papers in peer reviewed literature together with eight books, including Mold Warriors and Surviving Mold.  Ritchie takes a “whole patient” approach to patient care, with emphasis on how immunology, genetics, neuropeptides, coagulation, infectious disease, genomics, chronic inflammatory response syndromes and magnetic resonance spectroscopy all funnel into care of a person with a chronic biotoxin associated illness.  While illness from moldy buildings occupy two thirds of his clinical time, he sees patients with refractory Lyme disease, CFS, fibromyalgia, ciguatera and more.  Each of these illnesses can now be profiled and treated with a comprehensive sequential treatment protocol.  Dr. Shoemaker is an entertaining speaker, with humor and new thoughts mixed in to his lectures with data, actual cases and 15 years of experience in the field. See more on the work of Dr. Shoemaker at www.survivingmold.com.

Dr. Neil Nathan

Neil Nathan MD has been practicing medicine for 40 years, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine. His interest in mold and biotoxic illness was sparked by a visit to Dr. Shoemaker's clinic in Pocomoke, Maryland in 2005, and since then he has treated hundreds of patients with those illnesses using the methods pioneered by Dr. Shoemaker. He is currently working with Gordon Medical Associates, with offices in both Santa Rosa and Fort Bragg, California. He is the author of the newly published "On Hope and Healing: For Those Who Have Fallen Through the Medical Cracks", with a chapter devoted to Mold Toxicity. Dr. Nathan can be reached at www.gordonmedical.com.

Dr. Alan McDaniel

Alan McDaniel MD is a board certified ENT and Allergist who has been treating mold induced inflammation since 1988. He is an expert in the interplay between inflammation and the endocrine system. He has lectured at numerous professional meetings and taught courses for the AAEM, ACAM, and teh AAOA. Dr. McDaniel is currently practicing at Gordon Medical Associates. You can reach him at www.gordonmedical.com.


The physician panel will include Ritchie Shoemaker MD, Neil Nathan MD, Alan McDaniel MD, Eric Gordon MD, and Wayne Anderson ND. If you wish to submit questions to teh panel to be considered in the discussion, please send them by 10/14/11 to biotoxinillness@gordonmedical.com.

Medical professionals who would like to have a case reviewed on Saturady may submit the case for consideration by 10/14/11 to biotoxinillness@gordonmedical.com . One or two cases that illustrate biotoxin issues will be chosen to present as an example of how to evaluate a case.


Biotoxin Illness:

the science behind accurate diagnosis and effective treatment

Holding Hands

Of Interest in Mold Illness, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome,  Lyme Disease, and Chronic Fatiguing Illness and Inflammation, or other illnesses of unknown origins. 



Gordon Medical Associates presents a benefit workshop

for the Center for Research on Biotoxin-Associated Illness (research and patient care)


Featuring Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker MD 

and special guest speaker Neil Nathan MD  -Author of On Hope and Healing: For Those Who Have Fallen Through the Medical Cracks

With Alan McDaniel MD Speaking on Non IgE Allergy and Inflammation

Saturday October 22, 2011 (public/medical professionals)

8:15 AM-5:00 PM

Sunday October 23, 2011 (medical professionals only) 

9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Dr. Shoemaker broke new ground in demonstrating the importance of the innate immune system and its pivotal role in inflammation and chronic illness. His research into  how body systems break down in the face of specific triggers provides answers for  challenging health issues that face patients and practitioners. Some of the most baffling symptoms become understandable when you know how biotoxins impact the body of a patient with a genetic susceptibility.

This will be a unique opportunity for those on the West Coast  interested in learning about the fascinating details of Dr. Shoemaker's work, both from Ritchie Shoemaker himself, and from some of the leading physicians who use his protocols in their practice.

You will learn about the specific biotoxins which trigger a cascade of effects in the body, the Biotoxin Pathway, and how and why those effects come about. You will also learn how to measure those effects, and the detailed, progressive protocols that can be used to correct each step of that disordered pathway.

Dr. Neil Nathan will present  basic information in a way that makes it easy to understand the complex interplay of the parts involved. This will allow Dr. Shoemaker to take you further into how to make the information work for you. Understanding the theoretical basis of the protocols improves your ability to apply the various steps at the right time and in the right way to maximize effectiveness.

A panel of Gordon Medical physicians  will discuss issues that come up in treatment.

You can learn more about Dr. Shoemaker by going to www.survivingmold.com


Gordon Medical has special arrangements with Dr. Shoemaker. The proceeds will be donated to the Center for Research on Biotoxin-Associated Illness for research, and toward a fund for patient care for California patients.

Scholarships are now available from Gordon Medical for the Saturday event for those in financial need.  - Scholarship applications now closed - Sorry!

Dr. Shoemaker  and the Center for Research on Biotoxin Associated Illness offers those attending the conference a discount of 10% off the entire product range on the Surviving Mold website. Books, DVDs, and Visual Contrast Sensitity Testing will all be given a 10% discount to the order total. You will receive a discount code when you register, valid through January 1, 2012, and it can be used as many times as you wish.


Saturday, October 22, 2011 (public/medical professionals)

There is still space available at the door.

As Available at the Door - $140

 Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2011 (licensed medical professionals only)  - FULL!!! WE have no more room in the Sunday training. You may be intrested in the Saturday talks, which lay the foundations of diagnosis and treatment.


Event Schedule * focus of individual talks may change


Biotoxin Illness:  

the science behind accurate diagnosis and effective treatment

Saturday, October 22, 2011  

7:30 - Registration Begins
8:15 -  Introductions
8:30 - Overview - Ritchie Shoemaker
9:30 - Shoemaker for Dummies - Neil Nathan
10:30 - Break - Informal Q&A - Visit Vendors
11:00 - Intro to Protocols, Differential Diagnosis - Ritchie Shoemaker
12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch - Visit Vendors
1:00 - Informal Q&A
1:30 - Shoemaker for Dummies, cont. - Neil Nathan
2:00 - Diagnosis and Treatment, Case Studies - Ritchie Shoemaker
3:30 - Break
3:45 - Non IgE Allergy and Inflammation - Alan McDaniel
4:15 - Physician Panel Discussion - Case Discussion, Concomitant Illness
5:00 - Day Adjourns 

Please send questions to be covered in the physician panel in advance by 10/14/11 to biotoxinillness@gordonmedical.com .

A Physician's Approach to Biotoxin Illness: Underlying Triggers for Chronic Inflammatory Illness, Mold, Lyme, CFIDS, FMS

Sunday, October 23, 2011
(licensed medical professionals only)

8:30 - Open to Seating
9:00 - Review of the Biotoxin Pathway and ERMI testing -Ritchie Shoemaker and Neil Nathan
10:00 - Mold in Clinical Practice - Ritchie Shoemaker
11:00 - Break - Visit Vendors
11:30 - Review of Testing and Treatment Algorithms Including the Use of VCS (Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test.) - Ritchie Shoemaker
1:00 - Day Adjourns

Medical professionals who would like to submit a case to be reviewed in the talk may submit a case in advance by 10/14/11 to biotoxinillness@gordonmedical.com . One or two cases will be chosen to demonstrate the use of the protocols. 

Surviving Mold Book

In Surviving Mold, Dr. Shoemaker shares his latest findings and offers hope to those who have been continually let down by the medical community. Containing Dr. Shoemaker's cutting-edge research into the effects of chronic neurotoxins, Surviving Mold also exams in-depth the root causes of the growth of dangerous mold forms in buildings and homes.  Click Here to Order Surviving Mold

Hanheld VCS Screening Kit This kit can be used in a medical office, or by a patient in their home. Those who prefer to use the VCS online should look at the Online VCS APTitude Test..

The VCS APTitude is designed to help identify contrast vision loss from exposure to a variety of environmental sources of illnesses in a non-specific manner.  The test cannot distinguish illness from different exposures (such as mold versus dinoflagellate, for example). Click here to o order the VCS APTitude Handheld Kit.

Click here to order the Online VCS APTitude Test.

More products available at Surviving Mold.

More Event Details

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

If you have questions, please call Gordon Medical at (707) 575-5180 or email carlarae@gordonmedical.com .