Module V: Clinical Intensives explores how to interpret Functional Medicine labs: when to order tests, best practices for analyzing the results, and which therapies to offer the patient. The course will examine patient case histories that cover a range of metabolic syndromes, disorders, and diseases, with the ultimate goal of providing comprehensive metabolic, functional, and nutritional approaches towards disease management. Participants will further understand the ways in which to interpret, evaluate, and treat patients for toxic metals, neurotransmitter dysfunction, amino and fatty acid imbalances, organic acid deficiencies, methylation dysfunction, and other issues that arise through a variety of patient conditions in the clinical setting.
Recognize the hormonal changes that women & men manifest with aging and discuss the functions of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone & DHEA in the body
Synthesize knowledge regarding hormone replacement therapies in men and women, to conduct case analysis of complex hormonal imbalances including PMS, PCOS, and menopause and andropause
Demonstrate mastery of managing patients related to age-related and premature hormone decline, hormone metabolism and disposition, epigenetics, and environmental influences on endocrinopathies
Apply learning to patients with obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes to correct dysglycemia due to poor dietary habits, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and toxic exposures.
Discuss the differences between compounding & manufacturing medications and review the various licenses needed to compound medications
Discuss accepted and emerging risk factors for heart disease including elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, lipid fractionation, homocysteine, lipoprotein (a), ferritin, fibrinogen & c-reactive protein
Apply advanced lipid testing (lipid particle number and size and HDL functionality and quality) for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia in clinical practice.
Analyze cases of CVD, CHD and renal disease utilizing the model of inflammation, oxidative stress and vascular immune dysfunction to prevent and treat atherosclerosis utilizing lifestyle, nutritional, nutraceutical and metabolic medical therapies
Discuss major neurotransmitter activity in the nervous system & their functional roles in behavior & neurological conditions
Synthesize knowledge regarding exposures, biological toxins, and their impact on the neuroimmune and gut-neuro axis including innate immune pathology, dysautonomias and structural brain related changes in chronic mood and cognitive disorders.
Apply new functional and integrative treatment modalities for sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke recovery, Parkinson's Disease, ALS & Alzheimer's disease and related conditions
Apply concepts of leaky gut, dysbiosis, hypochlorhydria, and immune intolerance in GI related conditions
Properly diagnose and treat GERD, peptic ulcer disease, irritable syndrome and food sensitivities utilizing a metabolic and nutritional approach in selected cases.
Demonstrate ability to utilize new diagnostic tests including DAO, LPS, zonulin, microbial, and immunologic panels in common GI disorders
Discuss complex gastroenterology cases that represent key systems biology relationships to the nervous and immune systems
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