Conferences and Your Carbon Footprint: The most expensive and least efficient way to access new information

May 24, 2016

Summary: Most of the time and effort and money invested in traveling to a conference has nothing to do with learning; we should consider the lack of learning efficiency, or learning inefficiency, and the massive costs in transportation, plus the residual carbon footprint

 

Air-travel leaves a huge carbon footprint

Article: Specific Climate Impact of Passenger and Freight Transport Environ. Sci. Technol., 2010

 

 Calculator: carbonfootprint.com/

 

What time-money costs are involved in "going to a conference"?

  1. Trip planning: flight, hotel, car. 

  2. Flight costs $750, car/taxi/shuttle $100,

  3. hotel at $150 per night for 3 nights

  4. Travel: packing clothes/computer/toiletries (.5-1),

  5. to airport parking (.5-1),

  6. check-in and waiting (.5-1),

  7. time spent passing security (.5-1),

  8. flight, (2-4 hours),

  9. finding/using taxi/shuttle/rental to hotel (.5-1)

  10. Care/sitting/supervision children/pets—$200 is common; not included in tabulation

  11. Searching for and buying food at new location: hassle, more expensive: estimated here at 1 hour per 2 days X2 (add $50 for travel/lost food)

  12. Not included here is social time and time spent at vendor’s tables where you may/not pickup glossy catalogs (mostly never read)

  13. Actual attendance at presentation = real value = this is the learning process and experience: how much are you paying per hour for CME—$100 per hour? Let’s assume $100 per hour for 16 hours. Of course, not all presentations are good, so some of the time is wasted. 

  14. finding/using taxi/shuttle/rental to airport (.5-1)

  15. Return flight and security....

  16. to airport parking (.5-1),

  17. check-in and waiting (.5-1), security (.5-1),

  18. flight, (2-4 hours),

  19. UNpacking clothes/computer/toiletries (.5-1)

Conferences are good for meeting people, if that is the goal. If the goal is learning and mastering material, then books and especially video-supported books such as Inflammation Mastery or the two-volume version as Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine are clearly the better use of time, energy and funds for learning.

 

FREE Videos on Viral Infections and "Antiviral Strategies and Immune Nutrition" (6 videos, nearly 3 hours)

 

Availability—exact same material:

  1. 2016: Inflammation Mastery, 4th Edition contains the entire antiviral protocol, plus additional sections in mitochondrial nutrition and the entire (anti)dysbiosis protocol

  2. Included in Chapter 4 of Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Vol. 1 (full color).

  3. 2014 Antiviral Strategies and Immune Nutrition: paper-printed book and ebook for phones, tablet/iPad, and computers via the free Kindle app.

VIDEO 1-hour introduction with full 4-hour video provided within the printed/ebooks: Functional Medicine & Immune Nutrition for Viral Infections: Part 1 Introduction and Contextualization

 

VIDEO 22 minutes: Functional Medicine, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Alzheimer’s dementia, ApoE4, Herpes

 

VIDEO 11 minutes: 2015.04(#2) Vitamin D: Importance in Autoimmunity and Infectious Diseases

 

VIDEO 17 minutes: 2015.04(#2) Vitamin D: Importance in Autoimmunity and Infectious Diseases

VIDEO 8 minutes: Inflammation, Autoimmunity, Microbes, Dysbiosis: Viruses, Lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, Psoriasis

 

VIDEO 30 minutes: Vitamin D Controversy: Article and Video

 

Availability—exact same material:

  1. 2016: Inflammation Mastery, 4th Edition contains the entire antiviral protocol, plus additional sections in mitochondrial nutrition and the entire (anti)dysbiosis protocol

  2. Included in Chapter 4 of Textbook of Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Vol. 1 (full color).

  3. 2014 Antiviral Strategies and Immune Nutrition: paper-printed book and ebook for phones, tablet/iPad, and computers via the free Kindle app.

 

VIDEO 1 hour: Introduction to the "Functional Inflammology Protocol" presented at the 2013 International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. This foundational protocol underlies all treatments and protocols detailed in Inflammation Mastery, 4th Edition.

 

 

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