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Gastroenterology focuses on comprehensive metabolic, functional and nutritional approaches to gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction and disease. Findings indicate that 70% of the immune system is located in the GI tract, while 90% 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 (IBS), hormones and diet, and other digestive and glandular disorders.

course learning objectives:

  • Review the various functions of the GI tract as they relate to barrier, motility, and immune function
  • Analyze the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in relation to autoimmunity
  • Identify how biomes communicate
  • Discuss IBD and other immune disorders of the GI tract
  • Review the data on link between post-infectious IBS and SIBO
  • Review causes and treatment to small intestinal fungal overgrowth
  • Evaluate the role of diet and antibiotics in the management of gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Review the various functions of the GI tract as they relate to barrier, motility, and immune function
  • Analyze the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in relation to autoimmunity
  • Identify how biomes communicate
  • Discuss IBD and other immune disorders of the GI tract
  • Review the data on link between post-infectious IBS and SIBO
  • Review causes and treatment to small intestinal fungal overgrowth
  • Evaluate the role of diet and antibiotics in the management of gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Discuss the benefits of pre- and probiotics, pre- and probiotic foods and fermented foods
  • Explain GI factors that lead to development of food allergies
  • Discuss the importance of microbial diversity in the gut
  • Recall common gastrointestinal and immune system complaints through the DIG-IN acronym
  • Review advanced laboratory testing options for mal-absorption, intestinal permeability, and nutritional assessment
  • Explain the Gut/Brain/Microbiome connection
  • Discuss natural interventions for GERD/GORD
  • Review the exocrine function with bile acids, digestive enzymes, and sterolbiome
  • Review common triggers to autoimmunity: infections, CIRS, environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, stress
  • Describe the relationship between optimal gastrointestinal health and the skin disorders: acne, psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea
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Schedule

Overview of the Digestive, Sensing, Barrier, and Immune Functions of the Gut
Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD
2 hr
The Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease: Focus on the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis
Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS
2 hr
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Other Liver Epidemics in the 21st Century
Robert S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH
2 hr
Eosinophilic Esophagitis | MCAS: Diagnosis and Therapy
Leonard Weinstock, MD
2 hr
SIBO/SIFO
Jill Carnahan, MD
2 hr
IBD and Other Autoimmune Conditions
Matthew Ciorba, MD
1.5 hr
DIGIN: Everything You Need to Know about Testing for Dysbiosis and Infection in the Gut
Jill Carnahan, MD
2 hr
Bile Acids, Digestive Enzymes and Sterolbiome
Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP
1 hr
GERD/GORD and the Role of Stomach Acid
Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, DHANP
1 hr
Stress and Gut‐Immune‐Brain Connection
Andrew Heyman, MD, MHSA
2 hr
Probiotics: Where is the Science | Nutritional Supplements for Gut Health
Thomas G. Guilliams, PhD
2 hr
Dietary Modulation of the Microbiome
Leigh Frame, Ph, MHS
2 hr
Advanced Therapies in GI Disorders
James LaValle, RPh, CCN
1 hr
GI Health and Skin Disorders: Acne, Eczema, Rosacea
Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH, MS
1 hr
Autonomic Functions of the Gut: Motility Disorders/IBS/Diarrhea/Constipation
John Clarke, MD
2 hr

Registration

Module IV
Gastroenterology: The Crossroads of Health
Physician
$2500
Allied Health
$2250