Obesity is a serious and common health issue that was misunderstood for a very long time. In fact, the American Medical Association did not recognize it as a disease until 2013! In the years since, much more has been learned about this chronic disease and how to treat it. Let’s start out by defining obesity.

If a person’s weight is more than what is considered healthy based on their height, it is classified as overweight or obesity. A person’s body mass index (BMI) is used as a screening tool for overweight and obesity.

Adults with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered to have obesity.

What causes obesity?

Obesity rarely has a single cause. However, a few factors may contribute to its development including:



An unhealthy diet

An unhealthy

Lack of physical activity

Lack of physical

Certain disease and medications

Certain disease
and medications

Community environment


How can obesity be addressed?

Following a healthy meal plan

Following a healthy
meal plan

Getting physical activity

Getting physical



Reduce stress levels

Reduce stress levels

What if lifestyle changes aren’t helping your patient reach weight-loss goals?

For a huge swath of the US population, about 40%, there now exists a therapeutic approach outside of surgery, known as GLP-1 agonists, that could improve the weight loss journey.  GLP-1s could help patient’s achieve lower BMI.

Clinical studies have demonstrated 5%-15% weight loss on average in patients using the medication as directed and in the setting of comprehensive support for weight loss. 

What this
workshop will cover:

How to safely dose and monitor your patient’s weight loss

How to recognize non responding patients and what to do next

How to support your patient’s weight loss with GLP1s and supplements


Weight Loss Introduction James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT
  • Metaflammation and understanding Mitochondrial interference
  • Factors in metaflammation
Insulin Resistance James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT
  • Cell signaling
  • Impact of low thyroid
  • Impact of Cortisol and stress
  • Impact of environmental burden
    - Pesticides
    - Heavy metals
    - Biotoxins
  • Key nutrients
  • Peptides GLP-1/GIP agonists
Managing Cortisol and Thyroid Hormone Gordon Crozier, DO
  • Working within circadian timing
  • Strategies for thyroid support
  • Key nutrients, Peptides and compounded Rx
Sex Hormones and Weight Loss Gordon Crozier, DO
  • Testosterone
  • Estrogens Estradiol/Estriol
  • Progesterone balance
  • Key nutrients
Exercise Cliff Edberg, RD, CPT
  • Preserving Muscle During Weight Loss
Gut-Immune-Brain Connection James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT
  • Impact of the Microbiome on hunger signaling and satiety
  • Reward cascade and Hedonic Urge the dopamine connection
  • Correcting for Gut permeability
  • Key nutrients, peptides and compounded Rx
Diet: The Most Effective Diet for Lean Mass Retention and Glucose Regulation Laura LaValle, RDN, LD
  • Impact of food sensitivities and allergies
Putting It All Together James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT
  • Options for other compounds when GLP-1 are not indicated or tolerated.
  • Managing Reward and hunger
  • Detoxification and Gut health management
  • Keep weight off over long term
Panel Q & A


Weight Loss and GLP-1 Agonists: A Practical and Evidence-Based Approach