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Natchez summit to focus on addiction treatment

Illustration by Ben Hillyer

Illustration by Ben Hillyer

Paula Norris has a potential cure for addiction, depression and other brain diseases and she wants to share her discovery with the world.

Thanks to Norris and her husband Dr. Richard Mestayer, the world will be coming to Natchez as part of the first Brain Restoration Summit.

Doctors, scientists and researchers will travel from as far away as Australia to discuss the groundbreaking treatment for a variety of brain disorders. Springfield Wellness Center of Springfield, La. — a mental health clinic that is the home of Brain Restoration Plus — is hosting the inaugural summit Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.

Dr. Richard Mestayer, who is one of three keynote speakers at the summit, said the purpose of the summit is to share information and exchange ideas about the coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which performs multiple essential roles in the body.

It’s a complicated name, but the results have been nothing but staggering.

Sam Gause/The Natchez Democrat —  Psychotherapist Paula Norris talks about the upcoming Brain Restoration Summit during Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Natchez.

Sam Gause/The Natchez Democrat —
Psychotherapist Paula Norris talks about the upcoming Brain Restoration Summit during Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Natchez.

Norris — a psychotherapist who also works at the Springfield Wellness Center — said after increasing NAD levels on several patients at the center, she has seen and heard many success stories.

“People have said, ‘I got my brain back,’ after receiving the treatment,” she said.

Norris said science has barely scratched the surface on the positive effects of increased NAD levels, and she hopes this summit will help change that.

“We want to demonstrate scientifically what we’re seeing clinically,” she said.

Mestayer, who is from Natchez, said increased levels of NAD might have the ability to reduce negative side effects associated with neurodegenerative diseases.

“It’s an important ingredient that needs to be researched and understood,” Mestayer said of NAD. “It’s something that is naturally occurring in every cell in every body. It helps with neurotransmitter regulation and things we still don’t understand.”

Through raising NAD levels to the brain, Mestayer said substance addictions, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and other brain-related diseases could be cured.

Early registration for the summit will be from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Natchez Grand Hotel, 111 Broadway St. A welcome reception will follow at 7 p.m. at Cliffs Plantation.

Another registration session will be at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Natchez Grand Hotel, followed by breakfast.

Norris will speak at 9 a.m., followed by several other speakers.

Discussion topics include how NAD significantly reduces craving associated with opiate and alcohol withdrawal and stress.

Speeches will conclude at 5:30 p.m. Friday followed by dinner at the Castle Restaurant.

Talks will continue Saturday, Oct. 31, and end with a VIP Southern Reception — featuring a tour of Natchez’s antebellum houses.

Registration for the summit is $850.

Mestayer said he encourages anyone interested in brain restoration to attend.

“We have a lot to learn about,” he said.

For more information on the summit, visit brplusnadsummit.com.