Heather Zwickey, PhD
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.
Sleep and immunity share a bi-directional relationship. Clinicians have long recognized that sleep deprivation increases the susceptibility to viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections. Less explored but equally important, researchers have demonstrated that certain cytokines can influence sleep patterns. Interestingly, the role of the microbiome in sleep and immunity has recently been discovered. This seminar explores the complex relationship between sleep and immunity. We will further discuss how spiritual well-being is strongly related to sleep and health.