Module IV: Gastroenterology


Module IV: Gastroenterology focuses on comprehensive metabolic, functional, and nutritional approaches to gastrointestinal dysfunction and disease. Findings indicate that 70 percent of the immune system is located in the GI tract, while 90 percent of serotonin is created in the GI tract—along with other nutrients. If the gut microbiome is dysregulated or dysfunctional, the patient cannot achieve optimal health. This module explores new therapies available to enhance GI health, along with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the gut-immune-brain connection, irritable bowel syndrome, hormones and diet, and other digestive and glandular disorders.

Upon completion of this module, the participants will:

  • Learn the various factors associated with intestinal permeability
  • Analyze the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in relation to the immune system
  • Evaluate the role of diet and antibiotics in the management of gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Demonstrate the unique biochemistry of individual patients, while examining the ramifications of nutrition, medications, and stress on the immune system during the first years of life
  • Explain the gastrointestinal system's interface with the surrounding environment
  • Discuss the role of nutrition and digestion in terms of balancing gut flora
  • Identify the causes, symptoms, and diseases associated with yeast overgrowth, as well as the role it plays in weight gain
  • Know which occurring bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract are friendly, and which are pathogens
  • Know the causes and conditions of celiac disease, with accompanying testing and treatment methods—including false positives & negatives that can occur with antibody testing
  • Understand the role of neurotransmitters, and how they impact various organ systems
  • Discuss the consequences of inflammation with relation to the neurological system
  • Evaluate the effects that endocytic receptors, scavenger receptors & RAGE's have on the inflammatory response
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the GI tract & neurotransmitter function
  • Learn the common conditions associated with leaky gut syndrome and dysbiosis
  • Understand the symptoms and diseases associated with low gastric acidity
  • Learn the protocol for HCL acid supplementation
  • Realize the symptoms and diseases associated with food allergies and pancreatic insufficiency
  • Know the causes of gas and bloating, heartburn, and bile sales deficiency
  • Find out new treatments for hiatal hernia
  • Look at the risk factors and treatment modalities for IBS, and the treatment for hemorrhoids and chronic diarrhea
  • Learn the treatment for inflammatory bowel disorders
  • Realize the symptoms and treatment modalities for acute and chronic gallbladder problems
  • Learn about dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Know the definition of probiotics and learn their mechanism of action, including which foods contain probiotics
  • Know what an allergy elimination diet is, and how to use this treatment modality with a patient
  • Know the extra-intestinal manifestations that can occur with celiac disease besides dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Learn conventional & natural therapies for parasitic infections
  • Know the role that neurotransmitters, hormonal imbalances, and sleep deprivation play in weight loss
  • Learn the chemistry behind food addictions
  • Review the scientific literature on nutrients that can aid in weight loss


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Here’s What Fellows Are Saying About Module IV

"Course covers in details importance of GI microbiome, hormones, diet, the gut-immune -brain connections, IBD, IBS, celiac disease."

- Anna Sagan, MD

"Learned more how the GI, immune system and CNS form a triad - treat the GI may help other disease associated with autoimmune and also mental health conditions."

- Lenard Walser

"I have already begun to discuss how some of my patient's in my pain practice may have chronic pain issues that could be improved by better gut health and improved food choices."

- Joseph Cardinale, MD

"This module has given me tools to treat the really sick patients."

- Dawn Frankwick, MD