Hippocrates has been quoted to say ‘all disease begins in the gut’ over 2000 years ago.1 Each year science further confirms this concept with the development of new insights into the digestive system; its pathophysiology, management, and relationship to systemic dysfunction.

In contemporary times, we are dealing with an ageing population, increased susceptibility to viral insult, mental health issues, and the chronic effects of an environment not conducive to health.

As a first line of defence, the gut barrier is a crucial regulator between the inner physiology and outer environment, via its unique ability to determine permeability. However, under compromised conditions, this permeability becomes vulnerable to dysfunction, impacting far more than just the digestive system. It can lead to systemic disruption and contribute to many chronic conditions such as mental health and metabolic disorders, and autoimmunity. 

In this two-part live stream, we will review the recent evidence surrounding gut barrier dysfunction, its mechanism of action and systemic implications while also reviewing appropriate and evidence based holistic treatments.



1.             Lyon L. ‘All disease begins in the gut’: was Hippocrates right? Brain. 2018;141(3):e20. doi: 10.1093/brain/awy017.

Live Stream Time

QLD: 12:30pm - 4pm

ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC: 1:30pm - 5:00pm

SA: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

NT: 12:00pm - 3:30pm

WA: 10:30am - 2:00pm

NZ: 3:30pm - 7:00pm

Session Schedule

12:30 - 2:00pmSession 1: The Disrupted Barrier: Implications for Modern Times
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Steels; Prepared by Emma Van Den Driest
2.00 - 2:15pmQ&A
2:15 - 2:45pmBreak
2:45 - 4:15pmSession 2: Closing the Gaps: Functional Herbal Therapy (FHT) in the Management of Gut
Barrier Dysfunction and Associated Disorders
Presented by Professor Kerry Bone
4:15 - 4:30pmQ&A
Session times listed in AEST (Qld). Check local listings for your area.

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Session 1: The Disrupted Barrier: Implications for Modern Times
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Steels

Prepared by Emma Van Den Driest

The gut barrier poses a complex juxtaposition; it is required to allow the absorption of nutrients and immune sensing, while simultaneously restricting access to antigens and micro-organisms. There is a complex epithelial network within the gut barrier of structural and molecular interactions that dictates the permeability at any given time. Regulated by inflammation, the immune system and environmental factors, epithelial barrier dysfunction can drive chronic disease.

In session 1, the latest insights and discoveries regarding the structural and immunological elements of the gut barrier will be explored, including developing research on post-viral gut barrier dysfunction, the effects of ageing on permeability and other chronic health conditions.

You will receive nutritional and herbal solutions seen through a naturopathic lens, incorporating the latest translational research.

Session 2: Closing the Gaps: FHT in the Management of Gut Barrier Dysfunction and Associated Disorders

Presented by Professor Kerry Bone

This presentation delves into the practical application of Functional Herbal Therapy (FHT) principles for the restoration of gut barrier function across a spectrum of diverse health disorders. Commencing with an in-depth exploration of the prevailing evidence linking enteric barrier breakdown to the genesis of these disorders, it systematically progresses to outline the most recent discoveries regarding the role of herbs in facilitating barrier restoration. Finally, specific FHT strategies and treatment modules that draw on both this new and existing information are clearly delineated.

Disorders covered are: 

  • Allergy
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Parkinson disease
  • Heart failure
  • Immune function and infections


Dr. Elizabeth Steels

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, PhD, BSc(Hon), GradDip(Nutr), GradCert(Ed)

Elizabeth is a clinical biochemist and nutritionist with over 30 years experience in clinical practice, research, clinical trials, formulation and regulatory affairs. She runs a consulting and research clinic in New Farm, Brisbane. She is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland, and has a growing team of clinical naturopaths enrolled in MPHIL and PHD students, also becoming researchers to further support natural health research. The projects vary from metabolic disease and diabetes, pain and peripheral neuropathy, GIT health, candida overgrowth, to probiotics for bone health in menopause. She is well published and often speaks at academic and industry events.

Professor Kerry Bone


Professor Kerry Bone is the co-founder and innovation driver at MediHerb, where he serves as Director of Research and Development. He regularly lectures in Australia and overseas and is a prolific author, with six published herbal medicine texts and over 40 scientific papers on herbal research, including original research and systematic reviews. His new seventh book on Functional Herbal Therapy has been published this year. As a recognition of his research role, in 2016 MediHerb was awarded the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Varro E. Tyler Award for excellence in Phytomedicinal (Herbal) Research. 

 In 2015 Kerry’s lifelong contribution to the field of herbal therapy was recognised with his receiving the prestigious Lady Cilento award from the complementary medicine industry in Australia. Kerry still maintains a busy herbal and naturopathic practice in Toowoomba Queensland where he has been in continuous service for 36 years.


Practitioners: $49.00       Students: $29.00

Duration: 3.5 Hours

Note: All registrations and payments are handled directly by Integria Healthcare in Australian Dollars (AUD).

CPE Points

This event is recognised for 3.5 contact learning hours. Check with your association for details.

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