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2018 Neurovascular Health Conference

Canadian Neurovascular Health Society



Watch full session videos by clicking links below!


Learn the latest research on dietary and lifestyle approaches to neurological diseases and symptoms, TMJ (jaw) pain, teeth clenching, upper cervical alignment, chronic pain, migraine headache, leaky gut, gut microbiome, and MS blood flow imaging.

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 Conference Details

Our mission is to bring researchers, practitioners, and policy makers together with patients to foster collaboration and transparency in health research. Neurovascular health affects every one of us, but is of particular importance for those dealing with the challenges of neurovascular symptoms associated with neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parkinson's Disease, Migraine, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.


 Video Details

We were able to offer this mini-conference at no cost, including catering, due to the generosity of volunteers, donors, speakers, and Board members. Thanks to a local volunteer, we saved thousands of dollars on videotaping. We realized a final cost saving by doing minimal video editing. The best way to experience these presentation videos is to open both the video link and the PowerPoint links below for a speaker and move the PowerPoint slides along manually as you watch the video.


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Dr. Bill Code presents "Recovery Potential for MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases." His presentation details the latest research on neurovascular health, including blood flow, the blood-brain barrier, and the cardiovascular and glymphatic systems. Dr. Code also covers the damages done by neurotoxins and gut dysbiosis, the use of oxygen therapy, gut restoration therapies (fecal microbiota transplants) and cannabis to manage neurovascular diseases. Dr. Code's informative presentation is directed at both patients and practitioners from his perspective as a functional medical physician and an anesthesiologist, and from his years of general and specialist practice and stroke and brain research. He is passionate about neurovascular research and treatment possibilities for improved patient quality of life and provides in-depth answers to many questions from attendees at the close of his presentation.

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Dr. David Willams believes the world of dentistry is not a peripheral part of brain and general health. The unintentional walls that exist between the professions (because we are trained to see clearly only in our area of expertise) are thinning and must be breached or circumvented if we are to solve the mysteries of neurological illness. Where the maddening description "with no known cause" is applied to a disease condition, we need to always throw in "yet" at the end of that phrase. Dr. Williams presents on his published research on neurodegenerative disorders and bite-induced cranial trauma.  Nailing down the details now will set the stage for the development of relevant diagnostic devices, treatment protocols and bone stabilization hardware.  This seminal paradigm shift will open a new discipline in health care for the human brain. Note: The video is disrupted a two points, but the audio is unaffected. Also, due to a technical difficulty, the video in Slide 3 will only display in the video presentation. Our apologies for these disruptions.


David Utriainen presents "Magnetic Resonance Imaging: 2018 Updates from The MRI Institute for Biomedical Research" on using MRI beyond diagnosis to how it can inform best practice in patient treatment. Non-invasive intracranial vascular imaging is essential for studying neurovascular diseases such as stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, headache, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, Menière's disease, and vascular malformations. David has several current publications supporting Dr. Paolo Zamboni's theory of impaired venous blood flow in persons with MS and raised intracranial pressures. His research quantitatively analyzes structural venous abnormalities on MR Imaging and abnormal flow distribution of the internal jugular veins.


Dr Sandra Birrell is a founding board member and President of the Canadian Neurovascular Health Society. Her unique perspective as a person with a disability who understands research enables her to help people turn knowledge into action. An MS survivor for 40 years, Sandra presents a patient perspective to her lifelong battle with bladder infections, antibiotics, and MS. Note: Sandra experienced a severe ear infection in late 2018 and was hospitalized for 4 days. During her stay, doctors discovered a bladder co-infection and treated both with several top shelf antibiotics. This led to a diagnosis of VRE, an antibiotic resistant superbug. Sandra returned to full health after several weeks of good diet and probiotics and is free of VRE. She and her husband invested in a home hyperbaric chamber and Sandra now does 1-hour HBOT sessions 5-7 days a week.

Halifax 2018 Speaker Panel

Join all four of our speakers as they take questions from attendees.


We are extremely grateful to all our donors, speakers, and our many volunteers who worked tirelessly with good humour to bring the Halifax mini-conference to life.

Our programs simply could not happen without their support.


To support the year-round volunteer efforts of our Canadian Neurovascular Health Society Board, please share these videos, our Facebook and Twitter pages, and our future activities widely. If you found the information in these videos valuable, consider making a donation. Donations of $20 and more are eligible for a Canadian tax receipt.


Finally, our thanks to the beautiful Nova Scotia Archives for hosting our event.

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