IHCAN Conference +
The same format as the IHCAN Conferences but in a bigger venue with more exhibitors

28 March 2020, *NEW VENUE* 155 Bishopsgate, London

Taking place in a NEW venue
155 Bishopsgate, London

Expert speakers

Course gluten-free lunch


CPD hours/points

“Low-carb GP” Dr David Unwin, FRCGP, the doctor who is revolutionising the NHS’s treatment of diabetes with nutrition – in many cases reversing the disease – is back by popular demand to share his inspirational experiences at the sharp end of an NHS practice.

Neuroscientist Dr Elisabeth Philipps, PhD, backs up evidence-based research information with experience as an IFM-recognised functional medicine practitioner. Her presentation last year on CBD and gut health provoked the most questions we’ve ever had from a conference audience: she is back with more answers!

The full schedule will be confirmed shortly, but conferences normally run from 9.30 to 16.30. 

Lifestyle medicine rather than lifelong medication: My personal goal

“Low-carb GP” Dr David Unwin, FRCGP, the doctor who is revolutionising the NHS’s treatment of T2 diabetes with nutrition – in many cases reversing the disease – is back by popular demand to share his inspirational experiences at the sharp end of an NHS practice.

Last July Dr Unwin published a paper showing how diet may bring about significant improvements in blood pressure despite ‘deprescribing’ 20% of the antihypertensive drugs his patients were taking. So in his lecture this year he will be adding in details of how diet may help people with essential hypertension as well as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, central obesity and type 2 diabetes using a better understanding of the physiology of insulin and an ability to explain this model to our patients. In this way rather than simply telling people what a good diet may be, they actually understand why it may be better for them and are in a better position to individualize their dietary choices.

Last year we investigated how to motivate people to improve their lifestyle. This year Dr Unwin plans to explore how to improve clinicians’ ability to maintain approaches that show initial promise including how to reframe failure.

About Dr David Unwin

Dr. David Unwin, MD, is an award-winning general practitioner (or family doctor) known for pioneering the low-carb approach in his profession in the UK.

In 2016 he won the prestigious NHS Innovator of the Year award for his work with diabetes patients. On top of that, Dr. Unwin is the medical advisor at the popular Low Carb Program and is doing his best to spread knowledge about low carb among doctors, dietitians and nurses.

In 2017/18, his practice saved £57,000 on drugs for type 2 diabetes, hypertension and other conditions by offering patients a dietary alternative to medications.

Recently Dr. Unwin was named the ninth most influential general practitioner in the UK by GP magazine Pulse. Moreover, he is Clinical Expert in Diabetes at Fellowship of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners where he was elected as a Fellow in 2008.

Dr. Unwin has also written several peer-reviewed papers to strengthen the science behind low-carb diets.

The Endocannabinoid System & Gut-Brain Axis: CBD Support for a Healthy Gut & Mind

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the missing link in Functional Medicine! As practitioners, we automatically connect and interpret the health and function of the gut-brain axis in conditions ranging from IBS to psychological disorders. But how often do you consider the ECS in cases of anxiety, depression or dysregulated gut microbiome?

The ECS is a complex cell-signalling system identified in the early 1990s and has widespread important modulatory roles throughout the brain, endocrine and immune tissues influencing neuronal networks, homeostasis, immune balance, inflammation and stress recovery.

Dr Elisabeth Philipps will draw on her scientific knowledge and clinical experience to provide information and case studies to enable you to understand and integrate the ECS into your practice; how to modulate this system through diet and food supplements and understanding the practical use of phytonutrients such as cannabidol (CBD) in maintaining balance within the ECS and gut-brain axis.

**In light of recent media attention regarding the use of CBD, Dr Elisabeth Philipps commented:**

The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) recently announced that it has set a deadline of 31st March 2021 for companies selling CBD products to submit a Novel Foods application or risk regulatory scrutiny. Reputable CBD groups have welcomed this statement, as it provides some clarity for regulation within the industry and offers a route towards continuing to provide consumers with safe and tested products, protecting reputable CBD companies and steering a direction for a compliant regulated CBD industry.

There are, however, still many technical questions to be answered, as part of the FSA announcement, and novel food status is not the only option to ensure safety and improve regulation within the industry. As such, a number of options are still being explored, none of which impact the consumer and the sale of reputable safe CBD products currently on the market.

There also continues to be (unwarranted) scaremongering from some parties but the status and availability of CBD products, right now, remains unchanged; as long as the CBD food supplement contains <0.2% THC and is correctly labelled then it can be legally sold, recommended and safely consumed.

If the FSA statement is taken at face value, and if the novel food status is upheld, then the technical aspects of the application will happen in the background and is unlikely to have any impact on reputable companies in the industry thus not impacting on quality products being available for consumers both now and in the future.

About Dr Elisabeth Philipps

Dr Elisabeth Philipps is a neuropharmacologist and Functional Medicine nutritional therapist with over 18 years experience. Her extensive academic training includes a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science from Kings College London, a PhD in neuropharmacology from Oxford University and a BSc in Nutritional Medicine.

Elisabeth runs a thriving health consultancy (www.hartwellnutrition.co.uk) specialising in nutritional neurology, where she provides expert opinion for private clients, corporate business programmes, the national press and specialist healthcare publications. Elisabeth is also leading consultant for Nutrigold (www.nutrigold.co.uk) co-ordinating their busy technical and educational team, researching and delivering clinical presentations and developing bioavailable and efficacious food supplements. Elisabeth was also instrumental in creating nutrihub online functional nutrition training platform (www.nutrihub.org) where she is now lead content creator and head tutor.

Exhibitors include:

  • Bio-Kult
  • BioMedica
  • Clasado
  • Elenzia
  • Green People Company
  • Hifas Da Terra UK
  • Institute for Optimum Nutrition
  • Invivo Clinical
  • Kinetic Enterprises
  • Mycology Research Laboratories
  • New Leaf S.L
  • Pharma Nord
  • OptiBac
  • Rio Health
  • Solgar UK
  • The Natural Dispensary
  • Vitae Health Innovation
  • Zyto

More to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

All food served is gluten and dairy-free. 

The Energiser Breakfast

Assortment of gluten-free breads, pickles, sea salt butter
Wood platter of charcuterie and breakfast cheeses
Gluten-free, vegan muesli and granola
Fruit greek yogurts, toasted seeds and chia seeds
Sliced seasonal fruit
Selection of freshly blended juices
Lavazza coffee, Taylor’s English and herbal teas

The mid-morning break will have chef’s choice savoury snacks and smoothies.


Shallot and sage glazed chicken and honey roasted root vegetables with mustard dressing
Harissa spiced salmon with slaw salad, spinach and cucumber dip
Braised chickpea, sweet potato and date curry with parsley rice.
Warm apple and almond crumble
Seasonal salads
British farmhouse cheese slate with crackers and chutneys
Seasonal cut fruits

The afternoon break will have the chefs choice of sweet bites and fruit smoothies.

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