Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dr. Omar Amin at the Physicians Roundtable 2013

I attended the 2013 Physicians Workshop in Tampa FL in January. This conference features researchers and clinicians dealing with chronic illnesses. It is a rangy affair with emphasis on “outside of the box” thinking. The conference is run by Sue Vogan and her husband Tim.  Sue is a phenomenon in many ways. Her husband is pretty amazing also.

The Physicians Roundtable takes place in January, usually in Florida. SueVogan appears to organize and direct this conference single-handedly. It is difficult to see how she does this.  

Sue Vogan personally makes no money off this conference.  Essentially she is a non-commercial person. Non-commercial people are a rarity in this field - as most people have their hand out for some sort of payment. Sue runs this conference for her own reasons – to bring help to others. She is sick of the Industry surrounding chronic illness, and this conference is an attempt to break out of it.

After enough money has been raised to float the conference, Sue gives away tickets to other interested parties - including yours truly.

The conference is designed to encourage conversation between practitioners and researchers.  Attendees come from the world of hepatitis, Lyme disease, ME/CFS, mold, heavy metals and parasites. The conference is run Gordon-style (no audio or video recording) in order to encourage participants to speak their minds on subjects. The conference is a combination of lectures and guided roundtable conversations.

This year’s conference included Stephen Bock, Dennis Hooper, Johnny Delirious, Lee Cowden, Ann Colson, Omar Amin, Armin Schwarzbach, Judy Mikovits, Chitra Bhatka, Stephen Fry and Warren Levin, among others. Scott Forsgren has posted the slides of a lecture by Ann Colson. It can be found here. In time I imagine that Scott will file a detailed report on this conference on his very informative site on Lyme disease and its complications. Scott covers many conferences and takes scrupulous notes and writes them up. He does a great service for all those who cannot attend these conferences. Scott says that he likes to do this - and he is good at it. 

I attended a good roundtable discussion on probiotics run by Steven Weil. It was very helpful in increasing my information on probiotics and their categorization.

This year’s conference was incredibly hard hit by the flu - and by winter storms in the northeast.  Fully a third of the registered attendees were not able to make it to sunny Florida. Foremost amongst those missing were Ritchie Shoemaker and Alan McDonald. It was rewarding to watch Sue Vogan cruise through this choppy sea with equanimity – unflappable this woman is.

While the conference was quite intense and went from early in the morning to after ten in the evening,  I did find a few minutes to step outside of the hotel and stand against a wall in the sun. These were relaxing moments.

From the "curiosity perspective", it must be remarked that Nancy Klimas’ inaugural NSU conference was scheduled in Florida right on top of this year's Physicians Roundtable. The Klimas conference day was determined eight weeks ahead of time, months after the Physican Roundtable date announcement. How can this be? There must be a reason for scheduling of a ME/CFS/Lyme conference on top of another one?  What could it be? Aren’t there other weekends in Florida in the winter?  Am I the only person who would like to have attended both? This was a bit irritating.

While the Physicians Roundtable follows the Gordon style, a few of this year’s lectures were videotaped - including several by Dr. Omar Amin.

Dr. Omar Amin gave a series of lectures right before and right after lunch. (I suppose, in terms of eating, there is never a good time for a lecture on parasites.) Dr. Amin is one of the foremost parasitologists in the world. He attended this conference with his son, Karim, who works with him. Parasites are one of those elusive elements that show up in chronic illness, lyme and ME/CFS.  Often it is understood that parasites need to be dealt with first on the road to recovery. Parasites can really confuse matters, matters that are already confused.

If the reader is looking for a parasite lab to do precise and accurate stool testing, your problem is solved. Take a look at these lectures and be convinced that Dr. Omar Amin’s Parasitology Center is the place to go.  If something parasitical can be identified, Dr. Amin will find it – and he has a treatment plan that will eliminate the problem.

The videos were made by Peter Cairns. 

(Sue Vogan hosts a radio program called In Short Order on Blog talk radio. This show covers a broad range of topics.)


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  2. It's a terrible shame that Dr Shoemaker wasn't able to attend.
    Dr Shoemaker is the only researcher in the world who has ever taken an interest in a peculiar phenomenon that was completely overlooked at the inception of CFS.
    I realize that CFS researchers do not want to study or learn anything from my experience of "Mold at Ground Zero for CFS" told in his book Mold Warriors, but there are quite a few patients that have found some slight value in this information.

    However, there was someone else at this meeting who could have told you all about it.
    Dr Judy Mikovits.

    I gave her a copy of Surviving Mold by Dr Shoemaker.

    I made numerous trips up to the Whittemore Peterson Institute to tell Dr Judy the story, and asked her to pass it on to CFS researchers.
    I asked Dr Judy if CFS researchers have the right to ignore the VERY evidence that led to the creation of CFS. She agreed that they do not.
    She agreed to do this, in the interest of science.
    I have seen no signs that this has happened, and have no way of knowing if she ever did, or if CFS researchers just plain don't care how the syndrome started.
    After 25 years, it is VERY clear that they don't.

    Still...this meeting would have been a terrific opportunity to mention that... "Oh, yeah.. theres one more thing!" just in case any CFS researchers happen to develope any curiosity about how it all started, or any patients want to bypass their disinterest.

    So.... Did she say a word about it?

  3. This is not a rhetorical question.

    People know why Dr Shoemaker would have been there, and what his subject would be.

    Did Dr Mikovits, or any sentient-appearing bipedal-hominid of human-appearance say ONE WORD about the mold connection to this "CFS" syndrome?


  4. If it wasn't about viruses, people made every effort to not know it.

    And if at all possible, by their silence, prevent others from finding out.

  5. I'll accept the lack of response as "no".

    And the lack of interest as "apathy"

  6. Erik, if you ever want something covered at the conference, please contact me. Although I cannot be responsible for what someone does or does not say, I am more than willing to get the sunject in front of the attendees -- Sue Vogan