Under the Surface: The Foundations of the Integrative Approach to Chronic Symptoms

Presenter: Dr James Neuenschwander, MD

Summary: Dr. Neu will take us on a whirlwind tour of integrative medicine. What underlies the integrative approach? What are the advantages of the integrative approach over the standard medical model?  What does biochemistry have to do with it? He will demonstrate how this approach can be used to treat conditions that are thought to be untreatable and how this approach has been invaluable in treating COVID vaccine injuries.


Modern medicine has made great strides in the treatment of many acute conditions—heart attacks, bacterial pneumonias, and trauma are three great examples.  Despite this, medicine has failed in providing curative treatments for most chronic diseases. In this presentation, Dr. Neu will cover the foundations of the integrative/functional medicine approach to chronic conditions. He will discuss the biochemistry that underlies many of these syndromes and show how this can be measured and treated. He will use vaccine injury as an example of a condition for which there is no medical treatment and show how, using the functional approach, you can identify and treat many of the biochemical issues which underlie vaccine injury.  The lessons learned can be applied to all chronic illnesses, including autism.

Dr. James Neuenschwander, MD

Dr. Neuenschwander has been practicing integrative medicine since 1988. He founded Bio Energy Medical Center, a multidisciplinary, integrative medical practice located in Ann Arbor, MI. Since the formation of his practice in 1988, he has treated children and adults with complex, chronic health problems which have not responded to conventional therapies and strives to promote wellness through prevention. Many in Michigan consider him the “Dr. House of Medicine” when no other physician offered proper diagnosis and treatments. His approach consists of searching for and remediating root causes. He also founded and is co-owner of Creating Brighter Futures, an ABA autism and developmental center, located in Ann Arbor, MI. 

Dr. Neu graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree, in the honors program in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan in 1981. He went on to receive his Medical Degree, from the University of Michigan in 1985. After graduation, he completed three years of a surgical residency at the University of Michigan before leaving voluntarily to pursue a career in integrative medicine.

He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine (BCEM/AAPS), Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIM/AAPS, ABIHM), as well as Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM).  In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and holds a certification in chelation therapy. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, American Academy of Anti- Aging Medicine, American College for the Advancement of Medicine, and the International Lyme Associated Disease Society. He has been a Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) practitioner since 2007. He has been a member of Medical Academy Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) since its founding, a fellow since 2014, and currently a faculty and executive board member of the organization. He has over 30 years of experience in integrative medicine and over 25 years of experience in emergency medicine.

CME Credit is available for this lecture through MNI Great Lakes ECHO.

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