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Clinically Focused Functional Medicine and Genomic Program

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PROGRAM #2  –  CLINICALLY FOCUSED

Building upon the Basic Sciences of Functional Medicine program didactic course, the Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics is proud to announce a Clinically-Focused course.  While the Basic Sciences program offers a comprehensive, in-depth course on functional medicine and genomics, the Clinically-Focused course offers the practicum on how to apply this extensive knowledge to the treatment of various disorders and disease processes.  Numerous case studies are presented in each Module. The 12 modules are listed below: (each Module has six 1.5 – 2 hour webinars)

1)    Mental Disorders (includes Substance Use Disorders)

While most functional medicine teaching approaches take a bottom up approach, the Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics instead utilizes a top down strategy, emphasizing the command control center (the brain) and beginning the training on the number one killer of human beings, Mental and Substance Use Disorders. For instance, besides learning about the diagnosing of amino acid neurotransmitter precursor therapies, brain repair with essential fatty acids and phospholipids, brain detoxification and brain nutrition, students will also become familiar with mindfulness-based cognitive psychotherapies and neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback is an emerging, drug-free, non-invasive technology which is gaining worldwide acceptance through continual positive case studies and research. Research has shown that neurofeedback can improve outcomes for ADD, Addiction, Anxiety, Autism, Depression, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, OCD, Traumatic Brain Injury and many other neurological and psychological problems.

By emphasizing brain structural and physiological repair through functional medicine and genomic testing and focused treatment, reconstructive psychotherapies and neurofeedback in the treatment of psychiatric, psychological and neurological disorders, the treatment of various non-neurological problems, such as the cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders and cancer will be expanded in new and interesting ways. Combining the more conventional bottom up approach with a top-down strategy will be shown to greatly enhance positive outcomes.

2)    Neurological disorders

Patients suffering from neurological disorders often present with some of the most challenging clinical problems. That the brain does heal has only been acknowledged for about a decade, and this fact has yet to be fully accepted in conventional medicine.

That the brain is only 2-3% of the body’s weight, yet consumes 20-30% of the body’s glucose, oxygen and blood flow, puts nutritional status in the foreground when designing treatment plans for recovery from neurological disorders. The discovery of many levels of redundancy in brain circuitry, as well as the astonishing neuroplasticity capacity of the brain has provided hope for patients with neurological disorders. Functional Medicine and Predictive Genomics, especially when adjunctively combined with other integrative (and conventional) interventions, address a comprehensive treatment plan in a spirit of authentic, science-based medicine.

This module will cover a comprehensive viewpoint of neurological disorders. It will also fully explore how Functional Medicine and Predictive Genomics promise to greatly enhance positive outcomes for all Neurological Disorders.

3)    Gastroenterology

This Module investigates Gastrointestinal disorders. The following is a list of the common GI disorders which Academy participants, at the end of this module, should have a clear paradigm for reversing the problem.

Like the 7Rs discussed in the previous module on neurological disorders, a “5R” approach to healing GI disorders will be emphasized in this module.

1) Repair the GI mucosa
2) Reinnoculate friendly flora
3) Remove unfriendly flora (the most clinically challenging)
4) Replenish digestive enzymes (perhaps the most important of all R’s)
5) Restore hepatic detoxification (genomic considerations important here)

Clinical experience has taught us that leaving out any of the items in the 5Rs can result in negative outcomes, and that this is the most common error which clinicians make in the treatment of GI disorders.

4)    Endocrinology

Hormones are cell-to-cell communicators which are instrumental in keeping all the cellular “citizens” of a vast 100 billion cell “city” (the human organism) happy and acting with ideal civic responsibility. When communications break down, miscommunication, misinformation and civic unrest ensues, which we know as all the endocrine disorders.

In this Module we will learn how to use the prodigious functional medicine and genomic technologies to modify the expression of endocrine “civic unrest” for diabetes, menopause, thyroid disorders including Hashimoto’s, adrenal imbalances, sex hormone deficiencies and other endocrine disorders. As always, interesting case presentations will ensue, with discussions about interpretations of relevant labs, and comprehensive treatment plans will be generated with specific dosages of the various treatments intended to restore harmonious “civil” behaviors (AKA homeostasis, or optimized genetic expression) of cellular “citizens.”

5)    Immunology (includes Allergic and Autoimmune Disorders)

This Module covers the Immune System including allergic and autoimmune disorders which affect millions of people. Common disorders are called multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves, Hashimoto’s, Crohn’s and numerous others.

Learn how to get to the “root” cause of these disorders and what lab tests should be given. Learn how to interpret the test and then give the appropriate protocol to reverse the health condition.
Here is your chance to be the best “medical detective” in your field!

6)   Chronic Infections (e.g. Lyme) and Co-infections

One might think that with the massive over-prescribing of antibiotics, that infectious organisms would no longer plague humanity. In fact, as immune systems in most people are weakened due to toxicities and poor dietary habits, opportunistic infectious diseases, especially those which are insect- and tick-borne (e.g., Lyme), are becoming endemic in certain parts of the US. Fungal infections, caused primarily by a processed carbohydrate diet, are more widespread than ever, and they further weaken immunity.

Thanks to free trade, GI parasites, brought to us by food grown in other parts of the world, have steadily increased, further weakening immunity and nutritional status. Having just covered allergic, immune and auto-immune conditions, in this module we will consider a root cause of immune system dysregulation – infectious diseases and co-infections – and how to diagnose them and how to treat them skillfully.

7)   Toxicity/environmental medicine

The disorders addressed in the previous six modules presented so far in the Academy’s “Clinically Focused” curriculum are largely caused by one issue – toxicity. All life in our planetary ecosystem is facing unprecedented toxic stressors caused by an industrial/technological revolution merely 200 years old.

Module #8 in the Academy’s Basic Sciences webinars entitled “Toxicants and Detoxification” and Chapter 8 in the Lord and Braly textbook which is also entitled “Toxicants and Detoxification” provides excellent overviews of the theoretical issues related to toxicity, and they should nicely prepare participants for the upcoming clinically-focused module “Toxicity/Environmental Medicine and Functional Medicine and Genomics.”

Human health will largely be dictated in the future by how efficiently and comprehensively we perpetually detoxify ourselves and those we care for, from worrisome stored and endogenously-derived toxins, and how well we protect ourselves and those we care for, especially those of us with genetic vulnerabilities, from an increasingly hostile environment, mostly related to polluted air, food, electromagnetic and water exposure.

In this module, more attention will be focused on practical yet cutting-edge treatment strategies and evidence-based medicine for various detoxification strategies. All approaches to detoxification will be assessed according to the basic four principles which should be used to gauge the validity of any treatment; safety, efficacy, expense and difficulty of application.

8)    Cardiovascular Disease

Along with lifestyle variables, many metabolic, immune, allergic, toxic, infectious and genomic risk factors and stressors cause cardiovascular disease. This module will examine these risk factors from both a preventative and interventive perspective.

The single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with coagulopathies, dysglycemias, hyperlipidemias, hypomethylations and hypertension will be carefully scrutinized and rational protocols to reverse these risks will be provided, including intelligent use of medication.

9)    Cancer and Functional Medicine and Genomics

This Module will address the vast topic of cancer in just six webinars. Time will be spent discussing the successful outcomes of four case presentations for the following 4 cancers respectively; melanoma, breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer.

The final webinar (#6) in this module will summarize approaches to all cancers and attempt to draw on the strengths of the various modalities of treatment, both conventional and non-conventional.

Modules 10-11-12   Complex Multisystem Dysfunction #1-2-3

Now that the Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics coursework has spanned the Basic Sciences of Functional Medicine (72 webinars) and most of the Clinically Focused Webinars (54 webinars), our ever-expanding knowledge base of information and clinical competence will permit us to shift gears to the study of CMD. Despite the attempts of previous webinar presentations to isolate single topics of study, in the real world we are forced to innovate and often deal with CMD.

When patients present with CMD we must first formulate hypotheses about which system(s) are causing dysfunction(s) – metabolic, infectious, immune/autoimmune, allergic, nutritional, space occupying lesions (cancer), vascular, endocrine, neurological, psychiatric, genetic etc. – and then test our hypotheses through diagnostic testing. Treatment of CMD can then rationally proceed based on diagnoses backed by laboratory scientific data. Over time, our CMD patients will be followed and re-presented, re-tested, have treatment plans adjusted, and the eventual success or lack thereof of our integrative/functional/nutrigenomic interventions will become apparent.

 


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