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Philadelphia Conference – January 2015

January 17, 2015 - January 18, 2015

| $375 - $525

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Registration for this event is closed. If you attended this conference, digital materials and audio recordings are available at this link: Digital Materials & Webinar Details (you may be asked to log in)

This conference is open to anyone interested in learning. It is designed to be an introduction to the topics in the agenda for medical practitioners, however it is not limited to those with a medical background and much of the information should be understandable to anyone with scientific interest.

Want to be someone’s hero? Learn what other doctors only dream to and learn genetic secrets that will get your patients well. This conference will catapult your practice by decades!
Best-selling Author - Suzy Cohen, America's Most Trusted Pharmacist®


The MABIM paradigm:

  • Integrates genetics with functional medicine principles
  • Recognizes that all persons are unique due to the epigenetic expression of their individual genetics, coupled with their distinct environmental exposures
  • Utilizes the concepts of epigenetics/nutrigenomics, neurotransmitter balancing, hormone balancing, GI and immune system regulation, mitochondrial optimization, and cell membrane integrity
  • Enables a Practitioner to identify and address root cause(s) of dysfunction and associated “downstream” effects, on an individual basis
  • Provides tools for developing targeted therapies to address chronic illness, and to optimize homeostasis in folks who entrust us with their health

Clinical applications are highlighted. Upon returning to the office Monday morning, you are prepared to implement what was learned over the weekend.


This event will be streamed online live as a webinar for attendees who cannot physically attend.

While we strongly encourage you to physically attend if you are able for the opportunity to meet and network with the speakers and like-minded individuals in your field, if you are unable to be with us in Philadelphia the conference will be streamed online as a webinar. You will still have the opportunity to ask questions during designated Q&A sessions and will still be able to take advantage of CME/CEU credits.

If you wish to attend via the web please register as usual. Details about web conference will be provided in the weeks leading up to the conference to all those who have registered.

Dr Jess P Armine

Dr. Jess P. Armine holds licenses as a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Registered Nurse. He is trained in Chiropractic, Methylation, Genetic Research, Neuro-Endo-Immunology, Functional Medicine, Nutrigenomics, Applied Kinesiology, Cranial Manipulation, and Nutritional Counseling. He has been a health care provider for over 38 years.

Via his experience and eclectic training, he has a broad based knowledge of traditional and alternative/complementary health care. He has treated many clients with Chronic Illnesses, Multiple Chemical Sensivities, MTHFR issues, PANDAS, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Gastrointestinal Imbalances (Leaky Gut), Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and more!

Dr. Armine is also a R.N. with extensive experience in Emergency and Critical Care.

Dr. Jess has published several papers in peer- reviewed scientific journals. In Addition, Dr. Jess Armine has created treatment guidelines for Independence Blue Cross’ restorative therapy unit and held Diplomats in Forensic Examination and Forensic Medicine from the American College of Forensic Examiners and is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners International.

Dr. Armine is one of the few specialists in the United States specializing in correlating the Genetic SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) with Neuro-Endo-Immunology, Acquired Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cell Wall Integrity to identify hidden imbalances and he develops INDIVIDUALIZED treatment plans specific to the history and physiology of the individual patient . Dr. Armine constantly researches about the latest findings in genetics and functional medicine.

As an instructor, he brings his gentle humor and ability to make complex concepts easy to understand.

Dr. Armine’s passion is to discover and eradicate the root cause and subsequent effects of chronic illnesses in adults and children as well as to educate and empower patients and practitioners alike.

Dr. Armine is the co-discoverer of Bio-Individualized Medicine™.

Shawn Bean

Shawn Bean is a nutritionist who has several years of experience working with challenging medical cases. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from West Chester University and has earned numerous certifications from the World Institute of Integrative Health Science. He also has a certification in neuro-endo-immunology, NLP, and clinical hypnotherapy. Shawn specializes in alternative medicine including biochemistry and neurology of autism, depression, chronic fatigue, weight loss, nutrition, GI imbalances, environmental toxicity, hormones, genetic mutations, as well as, lifestyle modifications.

Shawn is one of the few specialists in the United States specializing in Genetic SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms). Over the past several years, he has collaborated with medical professionals and clients locally, nationally, and internationally to help them identify hidden imbalances. He is also proud to have a supporting role at MTHFR Support to help educate the public, as well as medical professionals, about the latest findings in genetics and functional medicine. Shawn’s passion to help and desire to educate people has made a profound effect on numerous lives. Shawn is the co-discoverer of Bio-Individualized Medicine™.

Sterling Hill

Sterling Hill was a highly successful businesswoman for many years until 8 years ago when she became ill with clotting issues. She went from physician to physician but her condition progressively deteriorated. She lost everything.

As traditional medical thinking was failing, she reached out to the alternative medicine community and the work of Amy Yasko, PhD and Dr. Ben Lynch and discovered the world of epigenetics.

She learned the basis of her clotting issues resided in the methylation cycle. After regaining her life from treatment, Sterling realized that the medical and lay community knew little of epigenetics and nutrigenomics. She realized that these subjects were of vast importance to the health of everyone on the planet, often being the proverbial “stone that was left unturned” in chronic illness of any type.

As a result, Sterling started MTHFRsupport.com to learn and share the knowledge of genetic polymorphisms and their effect on health. Her passion is to educate the world of the true root cause of chronic diseases and link expert health care providers with those in need.

From her adversity, Sterling Hill has become one of the greatest patient advocates of our time consistently counseling patients about their SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms) and teaching health care providers the importance and methods of nutrigenomics.

Cynthia Smith

Cynthia organically developed a passion for functional medicine, clinical nutrition and genetics/nutrigenomics. She utilizes nutrition, genetics, a comprehensive health history, and test data that includes testing via Genova Diagnostic, NeuroSciences, Spectracell, Cyrex, Precision Analytical, and many others, in determining SNP expression. Cynthia also has a wide breadth of knowledge regarding supplements, herbs, glandular extracts and Companies who make and sell them.

Like many in the genetic field, her passion grew out of personal experience with family members who suffered from depression, hormone metabolism/clearing issues (e.g., breast cancer) and autoimmune diseases (e.g., Hashi’s, Crohns, RA).

She is well versed in addressing GI, pituitary/adrenal/thyroid/hormone-clearing, neurotransmitter and auto-immune issues. She has a detailed understanding of SNP “groupings” and their interplay with lifestyle and outside influences, and how that interplay aligns with symptoms and chronic health conditions.

A bit of history… Cynthia began retooling her career in 2006. She is not an MD. She previously worked as an Electrical Engineer for 12 years in aerospace and cell phone technology, then completed her JD and worked as a Patent Attorney for 9 years, writing patents in the electrical and mechanical arts.

Without a particular plan, other than that she wanted to work in the health and nutrition field and spend more time with her son and daughter, she scaled back her lifestyle and returned to school to re-familiarize herself with chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, herbs and other related subjects. She also attended the full series of classes offered by the Institute for Functional Medicine, participated in Poliquin classes, focused on nutrition and exercise, participated in Anti-aging seminars, Nutraceutical company classes, medical testing/interpretation classes, studied Chinese Medicine for 2 years, and completed all of the prerequisites and prep classes for Clinical Certified Nutritionist (CCN). Recently, she attended both of Ben Lynch’s methylation classes.

The genetic component rounded out application of nutrition and functional medicine principles. Obsession with genetic application continues as Cynthia actively participates in researching polymorphisms and contributes to the body of knowledge in Nutrigenomics.

Today, Cynthia works with many clients, ranging in ages. She also works with Physicians, Naturopaths, Chiropractors and Psychiatrists to assist them in applying the “genetic piece” to their practices.

She practices and is a resident of Chicago, Il. She works with clients face-to-face and/or over Skype/phone.

For full schedule details including breaks and catered meals see the following link:
Detailed Conference Schedule – Philadelphia – January 2015

Day 1

Introduction to Genetic Polymorphisms/SNPs and Nutrigenomics

  • How to read and interpret Sterling’s App (Version 1 and/or 2)
  • Understanding genetic polymorphisms (SNPs) within their biochemical pathways
  • When to suspect, via health history, that genetic polymorphisms are expressing in your patient
  • How to approach/apply Nutrigenomics in your practice
  • SNP Insights and Clinical Pearls from Sterling Hill

G.I. and Autoimmune Conditions

  • When to suspect leaky gut syndrome (intestinal hyper permeability) and how SNPs can provide guidance on possible causes (e.g., high histamine foods, high lectin foods, high oxalate foods, etc.)
  • How to select appropriate testing and applying results
  • Where to focus initial steps (e.g., PEMT SNPs—cell membrane health, PC; COMT SNPs – potential gallbladder support)
  • How to apply a phased-in approach utilizing test results and SNPs as “guideposts”
  • Common mistakes
  • Follow-up
  • Related clinical pearls and case studies

Neuropsychiatric Conditions

  • The polymorphisms associated with neuropsychiatric conditions, neurological conditions
  • An overview of the relationship between the neurology, endocrinology and immunology in the causation and treatment of the aforementioned disorders
  • Neurotransmitters, their function, their relationship to ADD, ADHD, OCD, ODD, anxiety, depression, cognitive issues, bipolar disease and schizophrenia
  • How health history and verbal hints and SNPs combine to provide guidance when determining which neurotransmitters may be imbalanced
  • How to select appropriate testing when addressing neurotransmitter imbalances and how to interpret results in light of SNPs
  • The process and function of various stages of adrenal fatigue
  • How to determine whether a condition is primarily adrenal or primarily thyroid
  • The process and function of the HPG axis and its relationship to the adrenal and thyroid axis
  • How dysfunction in one area can affect others with clinical vignettes (for example, how addressing the adenal glands may preclude use of hormone replacement therapy)
  • Commonly used testing and their proper interpretation and available newer testing
  • Related clinical pearls and case studies

Day 2

Hormone Balance; the HPATG Axis


  • Causes and symptoms associated with aberrant behavior
  • HPA axis overview
  • How specific SNPs are potentially expressing with interactions with other genes based on history, lifestyles and other factors
  • Related clinical pearls and case studies; evaluation, suggestions and interpretation in conjunction with common pitfalls in interpretation


  • Causes and symptoms associated with aberrant behavior
  • HPT axis overview
  • How specific SNPs are potentially expressing with interactions with other genes based on history, lifestyles and other factors
  • Related clinical pearls and case studies; evaluation, suggestions and interpretation in conjunction with common pitfalls in interpretation

Sex hormones; the “G” in the HPATG Axis

  • Causes and symptoms associated with aberrant behavior
  • HPG axis
  • How specific SNPs are potentially expressing with interactions with other genes based on history, lifestyles and other factors
  • Related clinical pearls and case studies; evaluation, suggestions and interpretation in conjunction with common pitfalls in interpretation

Pulling It All Together

  • Case Studies and Examples
  • Panel Discussion

Meals will be provided and consist of healthy, gluten-free choices. Lunches will also be accompanied by further informational presentations.

A cocktail reception is also included and will provide ample opportunity to meet and greet the presenters and network with other attendees.


This learning activity is provided by The Institute for Methylation and Bioindividualized Medicine and Corexcel.

Corexcel designates this learning activity as 14.0 Contact Hours. Corexcel is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

The Institute for Medical and Nursing Education (IMNE) designates this educational activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certified FDNs

Practitioners certified by FDN Inc do not have to use the CME registration ticket. FDN Inc has certified our material for 14 hours of continuing education towards their certification free of charge.

If you have already registered for the conference and are interested in CME/CEU credits, upgrade your registration with the button below.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation

To foster dialogue on science and technology in society.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702
Tel: 215.925.2222

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is a library, museum, and conference center dedicated to the history and future of technology and the sciences. Located in historic Old City Philadelphia within walking distance of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is convenient to many forms of transportation.

CHF’s staff and fellows study the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. We focus on the sciences and technologies of matter and materials and their effect on our modern world, in territory ranging from the physical sciences and industries, through the chemical sciences and engineering, to the life sciences and technologies.

We collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts. We engage communities of scientists and engineers. We tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations.

This 13,500 square-foot venue features a fully equipped hall with many layout options adjacent CHF’s exhibition space and library. Catering for events is handled by Feast Your Eyes, providing fine catering in Philadelphia since 1982.


For detailed information and directions visit:

The Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Conference Center at CHF


CHF Conference Center Brochure


Hotel Monaco

433 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106 | +1 (215) 925-2111

The Hotel Monaco is a luxury boutique hotel, and an adaptive re-use project of the historically iconic and architecturally stunning Lafayette Building that was originally built in 1906. Kimpton has put its trademark stamp on the hotel by incorporating fun and whimsical décor that nod to the historic pretext of the building.


  • Complimentary high-speed WiFi on all devices throughout the hotel
  • Located next to Independence National Historic Park and Philadelphia’s animated historic district, and in easy reach of the downtown Business District
  • Warm neighborhood restaurant and bar, Red Owl Tavern, featuring seasonal comfort food and a rooftop lounge overlooking Liberty Bell Center


Rooms at The Monaco have been blocked out for this event.
To reserve a blocked room call 1-800-KIMPTON (546-7866) and make sure to mention The Institute for Methylation and Bioindividualized Medicine.
You can also book online at the following link: The Institute for Methylation and Bioindividualized Medicine Room Block

Alternative hotels within walking distance of The CHF:

Omni Hotel Independence Park

401 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106 | +1 (215) 925-0000

Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel

235 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 | +1 (215) 922-4443

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

1 Dock St. (2nd & Walnut Sts.) · Philadelphia, PA 19106 | +1 (215) 238-6000


Several more hotels exist within short car or cab ride distance of The CHF: More Hotels

Most meals will be catered at the conference, however a plentiful variety of restaurants are also located nearby: Restaurants


The Hotel Monaco is one block away from The CHF Conference center and many attractions and fine dining are only a short walk away.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) serves Philadelphia’s mass transit needs and can get you from Philadelphia International Airport to The Monaco and CHF via its Airport regional rail line and Market-Frankford line. A trip planner is available on their website, SEPTA.org

The CHF and Monaco are conveniently located near I-95. Cab fare from the Philadelphia International Airport should be around $30. For driving directions, parking information, and additional mass transit information visit Directions | Chemical Heritage Foundation

View the details of the conference in the tabs above and register for your ticket to the conference below.

This event will be streamed online live as a webinar for attendees who cannot physically attend. See the overview tab above for information.

Early registration discounted tickets are available while supplies last or until November 1, 2014.

Refunds are available by contacting us before January 1, 2015 less a cancellation fee. The cancellation fee is as follows:

Cancellation fees
Before November 1, 2014 – $100

Between November 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 – $200

From January 1, 2015 until the conference, if you have an emergency and must cancel please contact us.


January 17, 2015
January 18, 2015
$375 - $525


Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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