Brain Fitness Certification

Advanced Metabolic Endocrinology

Endocrinology, defined as "the study of the medical aspects of hormones, including diseases and conditions associated with hormonal imbalance, damage to the hormone synthesizing and secreting organs and tissues, or the use of synthetic or natural hormonal drugs", represents a dynamic and rapidly expanding biomedical discipline. Yet the practice of endocrinology continues to remain more of an art, as the diagnosis of many endocrine diseases still rely upon the clinical acumen of physicians, which is developed after years of encountering endocrine-related diseases of varying presentations, from mild to severe.

The Advanced Metabolic Endocrinology Certification is designed to introduce and familiarize the healthcare practitioner with the key topics that are part of an integrative endocrinology curriculum. Participants will complete four modules necessary to introduce the principles of endocrinology and hormonal therapies, and to provide a solid foundation for the development of more advanced and specialized clinical skills that are critical for healthcare practitioners.

Module I-A

This module provides a functional overview of hormonal changes that manifest in men and women with aging, including the functions and interplay of specific hormones in the body. It discusses how best to identify, test for and treat hormonal deficiencies and dysfunctions, such as with hormone replacement and medication compounding.

  • Recognize the hormonal changes that women manifest with aging
  • Discuss the functions of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA in the body
  • Understand the intricate web that the hormones are in the body
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone and melatonin
  • Know the symptoms of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA loss
  • Learn the symptoms of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA excess
  • Understand the differences between synthetic and bio-identical hormones
  • Review the literature on synthetic, bio-identical hormone replacement
  • Understand the adrenal system and its effects on other sex hormones and hormone replacement
  • Initiate or suggest hormone replacement treatment
  • Understand reasons bio-identical hormone replacement should be considered
  • Monitor treatment, adjust dosages, alleviate side effects of BHRT
  • Understand basic guidelines for dosing hormones
  • Understand the risk of over-dosing and under-dosing hormonal therapies
  • Know the interplay between the hormones and their ratios
  • Recognize that hormonal dosing is individualized
  • Learn the average amount of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA that men and women make daily
  • Review case histories and learn prescribing techniques for hormonal therapies
  • Understand the role that hormones have in their interplay with each other in the body
  • Understand the various dosage forms available for testosterone replacement and how to select for each patient
  • Determine the unique and individual BHRT needs of a patient
  • Personalize BHRT treatment
  • Learn the biochemistry and physiology of sex hormones in the male
  • Understand the biochemistry and physiology of sex hormones in the female
  • Discover botanical therapies that may be used as treatment modalities for male infertility
  • Understand how hormonal influences affect fertility in the female
  • Learn nutritional therapies for female infertility
  • Realize botanical treatments for infertility in the female
  • Learn causes for male infertility
  • Understand female causes of infertility
  • Study prevalence of infertility
  • Review of the key signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue
  • Know the physical examination findings present in adrenal fatigue
  • Learn the laboratory test that aid in the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue
  • Discuss the Women's Health Initiative findings and its clinical implications
  • Understand the limitations of serum testing for steroid hormone levels and FSH
  • Understand the importance of measuring tissue level of hormones, in diagnosing hormonal imbalances and in monitoring bio-identical hormone replacement
  • Understand the impact of stress on the body
  • Understand the physiology of the stress response
  • Learn what tests best measures the physiologic response to stress
  • Understand how to identify and treat adrenal dysfunction
  • Review information on safe and effective therapies to correct adrenal dysfunction
  • Differentiate between progesterone and synthetic progestins relating to structure, pharmacologic actions and risks
  • Explain the literature concerning the risk of breast cancer as it relates to differences in progesterone and synthetic progestins
  • Explain research and clinical studies suggesting that progesterone therapy protects against breast cancer
  • Discuss the methodology of scientific support for, and the differences in saliva, urine and blood testing of hormones
  • Discuss the differences between compounding and manufacturing.
  • Review the various licensure needs to compound.
  • Discuss the various patient care areas that involve specialized compounding.
  • Review various medication dosage forms that can be compounded.
  • Discuss the various types of equipment needed in compounding
  • Learn the symptoms of PMS
  • Know the precipitating factors for PMS
  • Understand menstrual migraines and learn how to treat them
  • Learn new treatment modalities for PMS
  • Recognize the symptoms of PCOS
  • Learn the definition of PCOS
  • Recognize that PCOS puts the patient at risk for the development of other disease processes
  • Learn new therapies to treat PCOS
  • Know the definition of premature ovarian failure
  • Recognize risk factors and etiologies for premature ovarian failure
  • Learn the symptoms of premature ovarian failure
  • Know new treatments for premature ovarian failure
  • Learn the definition of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and the different types of PMDD
  • Recognize the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Recognize the causes of premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Gain knowledge of new treatments for premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Recognize and comprehensively treat Adrenal Fatigue
  • Review Adrenal Fatigue is Adrenal Depletion
  • Review of the key signs and symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
  • Clinical tests Indicating Adrenal Fatigue
  • Lab tests indicating Adrenal Fatigue
  • Provide current information related to Adrenal Fatigue
  • Review the various male hormones and their effect on the body
  • Review replacement strategies for various male hormone deficiencies
  • Understand the effect that hormonal balance has on male fertility
  • Find out how lifestyle choices affect fertility in males
  • Learn nutritional therapies for male infertility
  • Recognize the symptoms of sex hormonal dysfunction in both women and men
  • Evaluate the side effects of prescription natural hormone therapy in women
  • Understand the side effects of prescription natural hormone therapy in men
  • Analysis the importance of the hormonal symphony in both men and women
  • Exam the benefits of prescription natural hormonal therapy in men
  • Review the benefits of prescription natural hormonal therapy in women
  • Review the medical literature on natural hormone replacement therapy
  • Learn through the review of numerous case histories dosage recommendations for prescription natural hormonal therapy for both women and men
  • Recognize the clinical manifestations of hypothyroidism
  • Know the factors that cause decreased production of T4, affect 5'diodinase production, cause an inability to convert T4 to T3, and causes associated with decreased T3 or increased reverse T3
  • Learn factors that increase the conversion of T4 to T3
  • Understand the crucial role that iodine has in the function of the thyroid gland
  • Prescribe or suggest treatment for hormone replacement including compounded thyroid medications
  • Learn new treatment modalities for natural prescription hormone replacement for men
  • Learn new treatment modalities for natural prescription hormone replacement for women
  • Understand new treatments for DHEA abnormalities
  • Recognize adrenal abnormalities
  • Learn new therapies for abnormal cortisol levels
  • Understand the difference between serum, urinary and salivary hormones as it applies to bio-identical hormone replacement
  • Be able to interpret urinary hormones panels
  • Learn the importance of estrogen metabolism studies when creating a personalized hormone protocol
  • Review the latest research studies regarding the safest prescription for bio-identical hormone replacement
  • Identify the most common single nucleotide polymorphisms affecting the metabolism and excretion of sex hormones

FMNM Live Event Physician - 2017 December 14-16

Module I Physician

$2,500

FMNM Live Event Allied Health - 2017 December 14-16

Module I Allied

$2,250

FMNM Online Module Physician - 2017

Module I Physician

$2,500

FMNM Online Module Allied Health - 2017

Module I Allied

$2,250

Module I-B

This module will focus on advanced topics in adrenal health. Female sexual health will also be discussed. An in depth session on hyperthyroidism is also part of this advanced endocrinology module as well as learning how to personalize her hormone replacement protocols.

  • Learn the complex biology of calcium and phosphorus regulation and the role of PTH, Vitamin D, Calcitonin.
  • Lean the subtle diagnostic clues to primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Learn the medical literature on the risks of elevated PTH
  • Learn the expanding indications for surgical treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Learn the functional medicine aspects of parathyroid hormone optimization including nutrition, inflammation and stress response
  • Understand the multiple etiologies of female sexual dysfunction (FSD)
  • Recognize FSD in clinical practice
  • Perform diagnostic evaluations on patients with FSD
  • Understand effective treatments of patients with female sexual dysfunction
  • Know the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism
  • Learn the kinds of thyroiditis that may predispose the patient to hyperthyroidism
  • Understand precipitating factors that may lead to hyperthyroidism such as stress, infection, iodine supplementation, and pregnancy
  • Understand that the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism may change with age
  • Learn how to diagnosis hyperthyroidism
  • Review the medical literature and case histories on hyperthyroidism
  • Understand the Importance Estrogen Metabolism plays in bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy.
  • Be able to assess and improve methylation status in a patient.
  • Understand the role methylation plays in the metabolism of hormones.
  • Identify Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP’s) in both phase 1 and phase 2 of the metabolism pathways and know how these may contribute to a patient’s cancer risk.
  • Know specific potential strategies to improve phase 1 and phase 2 metabolism.
  • Be able to identify the role xenoestrogens and other toxins play in the metabolism of hormones.
  • Know nutritional & conventional treatment modalities for hyperthyroidism
  • Discuss the gut-immune-brain connection
  • Review the gastrointestinal consequences of HPA axis dysfunction on the immune system
  • Review etiologies of FMS & CFS & the role hypocortisolism plays in these conditions
  • To learn the key roles of stress, inflammation, & nutrition in modifying steroid hormone metabolism

FAAFM Online Module Physician - 2017

Module I (B) Physician

$2,250

FAARFM Online Module Allied Health - 2017

Module I (B) Allied

$2,000

Module I-C

This module focuses on breast health, estrogen metabolism, and breast cancer risk. Memory and hormones along with hormonal influence on heart health will also be a focal point of this module. Difficult women's issues including advanced therapies in dysmenorrhea, vulvodynia, cervical dysplasia, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and amenorrhea will also be discussed. The toxicology of endocrine disrupters will furthermore be part of this advanced endocrinology module.

  • Salivary Cortisol, DHEA, hormone testing & its relationship to neurotransmitter levels & behavioral manifestations
  • Discuss estrogen metabolites & the link to breast cancer
  • Learn tools for managing the issue of breast pain
  • Learn strategies for identifying the cause of abnormal bleeding
  • Learn the demographics associated with memory loss
  • Discover the role of vitamin D receptors
  • Learn that low vitamin D levels have been associated with an increased risk in cancer development
  • Learn the mechanisms of the anticancer effects of calcitriol as related to growth arrest & differentiation, apoptosis, inhibition of invasion & metastasis, anti-inflammatory effects, regulation of prostaglandin metabolism & signaling, induction of mitogenactivated protein kinase phosphatase-5 & inhibition of stress-related kinase signaling, inhibition
  • of NFkB activation & signaling, & inhibition of angiogenesis
  • Learn toxins that are endocrine disrupters
  • Learn new treatments for bacterial vaginosis
  • Learn new treatment modalities for cervical dysplasia
  • Learn new therapies to treat fibrocystic breast disease
  • Learn new treatments for dysmenorrhea
  • Examine the emerging paradigm of Neuroendocrineimmune testing.
  • Recognize the role of neurotransmitters, hormones, and cytokines as chemical mediators of one interconnected supersystem.
  • Describe the utility of biomarker assessments to guide treatment decisions.
  • Salivary Cortisol, DHEA, Hormone testing and its relationship to neurotransmitter levels and behavioral manifestations.
  • Understanding the role of inflammation and root cause etiology
  • A new look at identifying Lyme, Metals, Nutritional, Bacterial, and Viral etiologies and order of treatment in restoring Neuroendocrineimmune balance.
  • Case studies and clinical applications and the order of treatment protocols.
  • A brief review of neuroanatomy through the use of imaging and neurotransmitter testing.
  • Considerations and understanding in converting psychotropic medications to targeted amino acid precursor treatment.
  • Preventing and reducing addictive behaviors through the applications of balancing the Neuroendocrineimmune system.
  • Case studies in the overlap of multidisciplinary approaches for the collaboration of treatment and optimal patient outcomes.
  • Review the literature on general biochemical pathways of estrogen synthesis, metabolism, and elimination.
  • Discuss estrogen metabolites and the link to breast cancer.
  • Present clinical studies that support and refute the role of specific estrogen metabolites and breast cancer risk
  • Discuss methods and types of body fluids and tissues used to detect estrogen metabolites
  • Assess the utility of estrogen metabolite testing in urine of women pre- and post-estrogen replacement therapy.
  • Provide information on dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle modifications to lower formation of potentially dangerous estrogen metabolites that may increase breast cancer risk
  • Discuss a rational, gradual approach to initiating BHRT
  • Tools for managing the issue of breast pain.
  • Learn strategies for identifying the cause of abnormal bleeding
  • Understand the relationship between thyroid and estrogen
  • Strategies for reducing breast cancer risk.
  • Learn the demographics associated with memory loss
  • Learn the role that toxic metal exposure plays in cognitive decline
  • Examine the position alcohol may play in memory loss
  • Review the importance of hormonal balance in brain fitness
  • Understand the role that some medications may play in cognitive decline
  • Learn the effect closed head injuries may have on memory
  • Examine the possible function that fluoride may have as an etiology of cognitive decline
  • Learn the kinds of degenerative dementia
  • Understand cognitive reserve
  • Know which labs and other studies to order in the evaluation of a patient for memory loss
  • Learn the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the general population
  • Understand the diverse biological actions of vitamin D
  • Discover the role of vitamin D receptors
  • Review the medical literature related to the transcriptional activity of vitamin D
  • Learn that low vitamin D levels have been associated with an increased risk in cancer development
  • Learn the mechanisms of the anticancer effects of calcitriol as related to growth arrest and differentiation, apoptosis, inhibition of invasion and metastasis, anti-inflammatory effects, regulation of prostaglandin metabolism and signaling, induction of mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-5 and inhibition of stress-related kinase
  • signaling, inhibition of NFkB activation and signaling, and inhibition of angiogenesis
  • Learn a variety of mechanisms that toxins can affect endocrine function
  • Explore methods of laboratory testing for toxic effects to the endocrine system
  • Explain the role that toxic exposure may play in the development of thyroid disorders
  • Understand the role that toxic exposure may play in the development of adrenal function
  • Explain the role that toxic exposure may play in the development of diabetes
  • Explore the role that toxic exposure may play in the development disorders of calcium and bone metabolism
  • Evaluate the role that toxic exposure may play in the development of pituitary gland disorders
  • Learn toxins that are endocrine disrupters
  • Learn new treatments for bacterial vaginosis
  • Learn new treatment modalities for cervical dysplasia
  • Understand new therapies for chloasma
  • Discover the risk factors, causes, symptoms, and treatments for endometriosis
  • Learn new therapies to treat fibrocystic breast disease
  • Learn the psychological changes that are causes and contributors to menstrual migraines
  • Realize new treatments for menstrual migraines
  • Gain knowledge concerning premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Learn new treatments for dysmenorrhea
  • Gain knowledge concerning premature ovarian decline and premature ovarian failure and with new treatments

FMNM Online Module Physician - 2017

Module I (C) Physician

$2,250

FMNM Online Module Allied Health - 2017

Module I (C) Allied

$2,250

Module I-D

This module with focus on advanced endocrinology in the male patient. Male sexuality, late-life hypogonadism, benign prostatic hyperplasia, lower urinary tract symptoms, prostate cancer and the use of hormonal therapies, nutrition and the aging male, osteoporosis in men and sarcopenia will all be subjects of discussion in this module. The male athlete will also be a focus of this very interesting course.

  • Provide a brief overview of the function and hormones of the HPA axis
  • To discuss the systemic effects of HPA axis dysfunction on various aspects of men’s health.
  • To discuss the multidimensional diagnostic and treatment approach to treating the male patient who has concomitant HPA axis dysfunction.
  • To utilize patient cases to illustrate teaching points in men patients with various subjective and objective medical ailments.
  • Understand the complex possibilities for the etiology of Insulin Resistance and the Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Be able to use lifestyle changes and education to prevent and treat this problem.
  • Be acquainted with the scientific literature for the use of supplements and herbal medicine in the treatment program.
  • Discuss the methodology of scientific support for, and the differences in, saliva, urine and blood testing of hormones
  • Analyze scientific and clinical studies that suggest conventional venipuncture serum testing underestimates tissue uptake of sex-steroids delivered topically
  • Discuss basis of steroid synthesis
  • Recall the urine monitoring of hormone levels and metabolites. Specific algorithms will be shared to facilitate ease of use in clinical practice
  • Discuss hormonal changes that occur with aging in males
  • Discuss cardiovascular, cognitive, bone, sexual, and emotional effects of hormone depletion and hormone restoration in males
  • Review how to monitor and restore optimal hormone levels in males
  • Discuss the differences between compounding and manufacturing medications
  • Review the various licensure needs to compound medications
  • Discuss the various patient care areas that involve specialized compounding
  • Review various medication dosage forms that can be compounded
  • Discuss the various types of equipment needed in compounding
  • Identify how to evaluate a patient for iodine deficiency
  • Review the roles iodine plays in the body
  • Describe how to treat iodine deficiency

FAAFM Online Module Physician - 2017

Module I (D) Physician

$2,250

FAARFM Online Module Allied Health-2017

Module I (D) Allied

$2,250