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Andrea McBeth ND - Welcome Home Holobionts, an Introduction to the Microbiome (1 General CE Credit)

2021 Thaena Microbiome Symposium - Microbial Ecosystems, Metabolites(postbiotics), and Their Impact on Human Health (December 4-5, 2021)


This Lecture will overview what the microbiome research has been up to. In the last few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in breakthroughs linking these microbes to our health. They communicate directly with us and each other and are reproducing so fast that their evolution impacts our daily lives. I will discuss new and old methods of microbiome modulation along with clinical data to support them. We will look at fecal transplant and what we are learning about neuroimmune modulation of the body by microbes. It should be a fun update on the basics of microbiota science as it relates to naturopathic medicine.



  1. Deep dive into the human microbiota

  2. Develop a better understanding of how modulating the gut microbiome impacts the immune and nervous system

  3. Discuss fecal transplants, prebiotics, postbiotics, and postbiotics as novel microbiome modulation therapies



Andrea McBeth, ND is an innovative researcher, clinician, and thought leader in the microbiome field. She has vast experience in a variety of lab research settings and previously worked in molecular biology and biomedical engineering at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. Dr. McBeth, along with Dr. Dobner, co-founded Flora Medicine, an integrative clinic based out of Portland, Oregon specializing in functional GI issues and the microbiome.

A biochemist by training, Dr. McBeth’s technical science background and passion for patient advocacy drives her safety first approach to her work with therapeutics. She is also spending her ‘free time’ as adjunct faculty for the school of graduate studies at NUNM, teaching a basic microbiome class and the influence of nutrition on the microbiome.



1 General CE Credit - American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

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