Dr. Zwickey Biography
Heather Zwickey is recognized internationally as an expert and educator in the fields of integrative medicine, natural therapies and the immune system. Dr. Zwickey has been leading
natural medicine research for 20 years. She has a Ph.D. in immunology and microbiology from the University of Colorado in Immunology and completed her postdoc at Yale. She spent 17 years at the National University of Natural Medicine serving as the founding director of the Helfgott Research Institute and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Heather speaks at conferences world-wide, sharing her enthusiasm for naturopathic medicine and science. She currently serves as the Director of Communication and Innovation at Thaena Inc., a microbiome-based company.
The COVID epidemic has challenged all of us to review what we know about infectious disease. We will review the internal and external factors that increase susceptibility to infection, the differences in response to infection based on severity of symptoms, and the long-term consequences of disease. The evidence for therapies (pharmaceutical, natural, and innovative) will be discussed. How health disparities influence disease progression will be related to the current epidemic as well as other infections and health outcomes. Finally, we will discuss the vaccines in development.