2018 IVC Symposium:
Getting to the Roots of Mitochondrial Dysfunction
This Symposium will be an opportunity for attendees to gather to listen, learn, and answer the compelling questions of our time:
Cellular Hypoxia: Could disruption of cellular respiration be the primal root cause of the chronic illness plague now enveloping western civilization?
Pervasive Polypharmacy: Is the overuse of allopathic medicines (especially antibiotics) an insidious, albeit pervasive, energy organelle dysregulator?
Environmental Toxicity: Have the 32 million new chemicals introduced into the Earth’s biosphere over the last 90 years (most of them untested for human adversity) finally reached a tipping point where cellular methylation and detoxification processes can no longer protect our energy metabolism?
Dietary Demise: Are our foods killing us? Has ubiquitous sugar become “the white plague” mortally disrupting the smooth interchange between healthy glycolysis and efficient fat-burning oxidative phosphorylation that bestowed an adaptive advantage to our ancestors?
Homo Sapiens Ascorbicus: If our species is to survive, will that amazing hepatic metabolite and electron-buffering molecule be technologically innovated to rescue struggling humanity from our ubiquitous genetic disorder, as named by Dr Irwin Stone: “hypoascorbemia”?
The Three Molecules: Will a new medicine rise to the forefront of medical care that recognizes a new “standard of care” where the balanced energy metabolism of three core molecules are finally acknowledged as the three pillars of cellular health? Oxygen, glucose, and ascorbate.
- To bring together experts who understand the structure and energy-producing function of the mitochondria and have applied their knowledge in the care chronically ill patients.
- To bring you up to date on the latest scientific research that supports the use of intravenous Vitamin C in the support and remediation of mitochondrial distress
- To underscore the importance of lifestyle-related adjuvant therapies that are necessary for the proper care and feeding of your mitochondria.
All attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 16.5 continuing education hours. Those attending all three days will also receive certification in the Riordan IVC Protocol. VIEW THE PROTOCOL.
Space is limited – Register today! $749*
** Early Bird price ends 9/15/18. Regular price: $895. CMEs are an additional $40 fee due at registration.
- Registration Form:
Registration is now open! Space is limited so register early to ensure your spot at the 2018 Symposium:
Thursday October 4th* 9:00 am – 10:00 am Thomas Levy, MD, JD Vitamin C, Mitochondria and Cellular Energy 10:00 am – 11:00 am Nina Mikirova, PhD Pharmacologic Ascorbate in the Treatment of Cancer 11:00 am – 11:30 am BREAK 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Ron Hunninghake, MD The Three Molecules Theory of Health & Disease 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm LUNCH (provided) Sponsored by: LivOn Laboratories 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Dave Austin, Researcher Getting IVC: Cancer Patients CAN ADVOCATE for themselves! 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm BREAK 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Chris Brannon, RN, BSN The ABC’s of IVC: Practical Nursing Considerations 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Q&A Recap of Day 1’s speakers and topics Friday October 5th* 9:00 am – 10:00 am Thomas Levy, MD, JD Vitamin C and Infection: New Applications 10:00 am – 11:00 am Berry Fowler, MD Phase 2 Research – IVC and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome 11:00 am – 11:30 am BREAK 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Qi Chen, PhD How Ascorbate Can Deplete Cancer Cell ATP 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm LUNCH (provided) Sponsored by: 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Nasha Winters, ND,
Deep Nutrition and the Metabolic Approach to Cancer 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm BREAK 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Ourania
Mitochondria and Microbiome: The Real Roots of Disease 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Q&A Recap of Day 2’s speakers and topics Saturday October 6th 9:00 am – 10:00 am Ron Hunninghake, MD &
Anne Zauderer, DC
What’s Happening to Our Children’s Mitochondria? 10:00 am – 11:00 am Victor Marcial-Vega, MD An Oncologist Addresses Toxins, Viruses and Stress 11:00 am – 11:30 am BREAK 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Frank Shallenberger, MD,
Optimizing Oxidation in the Care of Chronically Ill Patients 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm LUNCH (provided) Sponsored by: 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Scott Sherr, MD Strategy: Hyperbaric Oxygen, IVC, and Ketogenic Diet 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm BREAK 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Ron Hunninghake, MD
and Dave Austin, Researcher
SuCCeED! Sustained Cancer Cell Energy Depletion 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap up and Q&A Recap of Day 3 and Symposium’s speakers and topics 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Banquet & Pearl Maker Awards Tickets must be purchased in advance
IVC & Chronic Illness Symposium speakers represent a growing field of pioneers who have found that Vitamin C is a powerful adjunct in the care of chronically ill patients.
Speakers are listed alphabetically by last name.
Chris Brannon, RN, BSNread bio
Qi Chen, PhDread bio
Berry Fowler, III, MDread bio
Ron Hunninghake, MDread bio
Thomas Levy, MD, JDread bio
Victor Marcial-Vega, MDread bio
Nina Mikirova, PhDread bio
Frank Shallenberger, MD, HMD, ABAAMread bio
Scott Sherr, MDread bio
Ourania Stephanopoulos-Chichura, MDread bio
Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac, Dipl.OMread bio
Anne Zauderer, DCread bio
- Presentation Descriptions
Thursday October 4th
Vitamin C, Mitochondria and Cellular Energy
Thomas Levy, MD, JD
Dr. Levy, a world authority on Vitamin C, will explore electron flow as it relates to the unique structure and chemistry of the ascorbate molecule, and its role in maintaining a redox-balanced state in mitochondrial energy generation.
Pharmacologic Ascorbate in the Treatment of Cancer
Nina Mikirova, PhD
Dr. Mikirova has been a driving force in Riordan Clinic’s IVC research. Her presentation will summarize the ever-expanding scientific evidence that supports the adjunctive role of IVC in the care of cancer patients.
The Three Molecules Theory of Health & Disease
Ron Hunninghake, MD
Dr. Ron, Chief Medical Officer of Riordan Clinic, will present unified theory of chronic illness as perceived from the molecular level of life of earth.
Getting Your IVC! Cancer Patients CAN Advocate for Themselves
Dave Austin, PhD
As IVC research has expanded into conventional medicine, the denial of IVC services to cancer patients has become ever more untenable. David Austin will present the lay perspective on how cancer patients and their families can successfully confront obstinate oncologists in their quest to receive the crucial adjunctive benefits of IVC therapy.
The ABC’s of IVC: Practical Nursing Considerations
Chris Brannon, RN, BSN
Chris Brannon R.N. serves as the manager of nursing services at Riordan Clinic. Here he will review practical guidelines in the safe preparation and delivery of IVC therapy. These “standards of care” must be recognized and adopted as IVC becomes a widely utilized therapeutic option.
Friday October 5th
Vitamin C and Infection: New Applications
Thomas Levy, MD, JD
“The genie is out of the bottle!” Expanding on this monumental book, Curing the Incurable, Dr. Levy will review the mushrooming research in the use of IVC in the care of septic shock and other emerging infectious disease syndromes.
Phase 2 Research – IVC and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Berry Fowler, III, MD
Dr. Fowler is a pioneer in the application of IVC in septic shock management. His early research has now led to a multi-institution, blinded trial in the use of an IVC protocol for ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome – the results of which he will report on in this presentation.
How Ascorbate Can Deplete Cancer Cell ATP
Qi Chen, PhD
Dr. Chen has served as a leader in the search for a plausible scientific understanding of IVC treatment mechanisms in the care of cancer patients. Here she will review the emerging understanding of high dose ascorbate’s ability to thwart the advance of cancer cell growth.
Deep Nutrition and the Metabolic Approach to Cancer
Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac
Dr. Winters’ book The Metabolic Approach to Cancer – Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Non-toxic Bio-individualized Therapies – really says it all! In this presentation she will focus on the “deep nutrition” aspect in optimal cancer care.
Mitochondria and Microbiome: Real Roots of Disease… and Health!
Ourania Stephanopoulos-Chichura, ND
A graduate of the KU Integrative Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Nia has demonstrated superb clinical diagnostic skill in treating chronically ill co-learners. She sees mitochondrial dysfunction a core root cause that stems from perhaps an even more fundamental root cause: disruption of the human microbiome!
Saturday, October 6th
What’s Happening to our Children’s Mitochondria?
Ron Hunninghake, MD and Anne Zauderer, DC
Poorly fed, undermethylated and overburdened with environmental toxins and stressors, our kids’ mitochondria are unable to sustain the physical and cognitive energy needed for growth and learning. Overdiagnosis of ADD and ADHD with mitochondrial-toxic meds is greatly complicating this travesty.
An Oncologist Addresses Toxins, Viruses, and Stress
Victor Marcial-Vega, MD
Dr. Marcial-Vega has been a long-time IVC practitioner for cancer patients. In this presentation, he brings us a compelling overview of key cancer-causing, or at least, cancer-promoting environment challenges that he feels MUST BE ADDRESSED in the successful management of this illness.
Optimizing Oxidation in the Care of Chronically Ill Patients
Frank Shallenberger, MD, HMD, ABAAM
Dr. Shallenberger, the president of the American Ozone Therapy Association, will demonstrate the crucial role of oxidative therapies in the maintenance and enhancement of mitochondrial energy production, an absolute necessity for better health and optimal aging.
Strategy: Hyperbaric Oxygen, IVC, and Ketogenic Diet
Scott Sherr, MD
Three key molecules determine health or chronic illness: oxygen, sugar, and vitamin C. Dr. Sherr will discuss a possible HBO treatment strategy utilizing IVC and very low glucose intake.
SuCCeED! Sustained Cancer Cell Energy Depletion
Ron Hunninghake, MD and Dave Austin, PhD
Can we energy-starve cancer cells? Can we maximize this cancer killing effect with long-duration IVC administration via an innovative delivery technology? SuCCeED may be the long awaited “missing link” in the IVC and cancer control story.
This year we will incorporate the famous Riordan IVC Academy into the substance of
the presentations you will attend during the three days of this knowledge packed symposium.
At the end, you will receive your certification in the Riordan IVC Protocol.
- More Information: Cancer From Dr Ron's Interpretation of a Cellular Perspective
From the cellular perspective the path to cancer is obvious: without energy, a precipitous decline in functionality is inevitable. The following is a hypothetical dramatization of the ailing cell’s functional decline into serious illness:
When the flow of electrons through the mitochondrial electron transport chain backs up, ATP levels lag. Crucial enzymes bottleneck. Reactive oxidants accumulate as intracellular distress-signaling crescendos. Genetic transcription apps start firing in a panic. The cell braces for emergency adaptation and survival.
Next, inflammatory cytokines are released to recruit the help of surrounding cells. A desperate attempt to restore the injured cell’s disrupted environment is coordinated through an acute phase response. The progressive decay of the cell’s eukaryotic ox-phos power station leads to cellular regression. Gasping for oxygen, the frantic cell returns to its ancestral, prokaryotic, anaerobic energy-generation mode: glycolysis.
This maladaptation produces only a meager supply of emergency ATP. Lactic acid accumulates. The cell’s environment grows ever more acidic and sets up a shift in the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve. Red cells voraciously hoard their oxygen supply from the frantic cell. With declining oxygen availability and only emergency ATP, the organelles’ caloric substrates and key nutrient cofactors reach a critical deficiency state.
Antioxidant and detoxification systems fail. Intracellular oxidative stress deepens. Profound energy starvation sets in. Genetic damage accumulates as crucial fragments of regulatory information are damaged. Latent viruses dormant in the genome spring to life to prey on the helpless cell with malicious parasitic coding. The body’s immune system is further drawn into the maelstrom, initiating self-destructive attacks on the dying cell that is now mistaken as a foreign invader.
Disease and dysregulation have now become this cell’s reality. Having “aged” precipitously, its life span is spent, and apoptosis is its only option. The cell turns to the p53 gene to initiate its final brave act of self-annihilation. But, with only barely functional, oxygen-deprived mitochondria, even apoptosis fails.
The wounded cell, in its last gasp effort to survive, turns from imminent demise to demonic devolution through a total regression. The neoplastic “selfish cell” is born. A fatally fatigued cell has “adapted” to its anaerobic, toxic, and highly inflammatory environment.
This desperate cell survives. Its multicellular host, however, pays the price: cancer!
This year the Riordan Clinic IVC Symposium hails the preeminent role of the mitochondria in all matters of health, chronic illness, and cancer.
- Care for the Providers - Clinic Services
“Never order any therapy that you haven’t first tried on yourself.”
– Dr. Hugh Riordan
Attendees of the IVC & Chronic Illness Symposium will have the opportunity to participate in treatment services while on site. A complete listing of available services will be announced as the even draws closer.
- Care for the Providers - Nutrient Testing
Attendees of the IVC & Chronic Illness Symposium will have the opportunity to participate in nutrient testing, provided by the Bio-Center Laboratory, while on site. A complete listing of available services will be announced as the even draws closer.
- Lodging and Accomodations:
The 2018 IVC Symposium will be held at the beautiful Drury Hotel in the heart of Wichita’s historic old town. Close to many local restaurants, cafes and evening event options while remaining convenient for travelers arriving by car or flight. Come be a part of what makes our city #Wichitawesome.
Group room rates include the following for overnight guests:
- Free Hot Breakfast – start every day with make-your-own Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, coffee and more. Free hot breakfast is served daily.
- Free Evening Drinks and Snacks – Join us every evening to enjoy free hot food and cold beverages at our nightly Kickback event. We feature a rotating menu of hot food, beer, wine and mixed drinks.
- Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Hotel
- On-Site Facilities – Take advantage of the business center, fitness center or pool while you’re away from home. Print your boarding pass, finish a presentation or check e-mail in our business centers.
- Parking – Covered, overnight parking is available at a charge of $8 per day (including for Symposium attendees not staying at the Drury Inn).
Nightly room rates:
- King Bed, double occupancy: $129/night
- Queen Beds (2), double occupancy: $129/night
- Suite (2 room), King Bed or Queen Beds: $159/night
- King Deluxe Loft: $179/night
Prices above reflect single or double occupancy. Triple or Quad rooms available for an additional charge. Rate does not include taxes/fees.
To make a reservation:
- Book online (use group number 2329071)
- Call 1.800.325.0720 (use group number 2329071)
Please make your reservations by Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to receive the group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.
Individual reservations must be cancelled prior to 12pm on the confirmed date of arrival in order to avoid a fee equal to one night’s room rate plus tax. The Drury Inn requires a valid credit card and photo ID to be presented at check in. Check In Time: 3pm. Check Out Time: 11am. Arrangements may be made for baggage storage with the Hotel’s front desk staff. Please direct all questions regarding lodging to the Drury Inn staff.
- Exhibitors & Sponsors
Thank you to our IVC Academy sponsors! Please use the links below to visit their sites and inquire about their services.
To find out about becoming a sponsor/exhibitor for the 2018 Symposium please click HERE.
- What past attendees are saying about the IVC Academy & Symposium
“Now I see that it was worth traveling 24 hours to come to this conference because what I hear here is telling me that I am thinking in the right direction. That you have to combine different modalities and Intraveneous Vitamin C is the modality that is not developed enough in my part of the world. So I would like to be the agent of change in that respect.”
Jana Wahl, MD, MSc, MBA, Health Coach
“I’m very fortunate to be… attending the Riordan Clinic conference. How Vitamin C is so beneficial to improve the health of our patients. From inflammation, from scurvy; whether it is by infection, or whether it is by cancer, whether it is by toxic overload. This is an excellent meeting and I encourage all physicians, and all care providers to attend this one.”
Paul Kotturan, MD
Deerfield Beach, Florida
“It is really great to be able to listen to guys that have done this for years and be able to learn from their experiences. … If you’re interested in IV therapy, or just want to learn more about it for your patients, a great place to network and be with other people that are there.”
James Warren, DC, APC
Please contact our Symposium Coordinator, Erin Manning, at 316-927-4709 or use the form below. Thank you!