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International Training for the Implementation of Functional Medicine and Genomics in Clinical Practice

International Training for the Implementation of Functional Medicine and Genomics in Clinical Practice

Sub title: Towards a New Standard of Care for the Treatment of Chronic Disease

(Program #3)
This advanced program is being released on April 23, 2017  and will include the best of Program #1 (Basic Sciences of FM) and Program #2 (Clinically Focused) plus additional Genomic information and Protocols to make this the most in-depth Functional Medicine and Genomic program (Precision Medicine) on the market.

The Program will consist of 6 Modules of 8 webinars (average 1.5 hours) each for a total of 48 webinars (1 year program) and will also include a new textbook. (We are pursuing CMEs for the Program).

Read the Conference Announcement and watch the videos here:  http://academyoffunctionalmedicine.com/news

Below is an Introduction and an outline of the new Program, from the author, Charles E. Gant, MD, PhD. 
(the outline is subject to change):

Introduction to the Program from the author:

I am blessed to have practiced Functional Medicine for 4 decades and my patients have enjoyed better health through my application of these technologies which have improved over time especially with the more recent addition of genomics.  Functional Medicine has slowly increased in popularity over these decades but it is far from being accepted into mainstream healthcare.  Many obstacles still exist for this delayed assimilation and I will enumerate a few here which we plan to address in our new education course entitled “International Training for the Implementation of Functional Medicine and Genomics in Clinical Practice”.

The operative word in this title is “Implementing” because relatively little of Functional Medicine education over the decades has been devoted to practical implementation.  Instead, that education has been focused on substantiating it as a bona fide, science-based discipline deserving to stand shoulder to shoulder with other medical disciplines.  While those efforts are necessary, they have not been sufficient to achieve the goal of widespread acceptance and the recognition that the discipline of this modality deserves the status of a full-fledged member of the medical specialties.

While much research needs to be done and we should continue to establish the theoretical and scientific validity of FM, the time is now for a new approach.  Conventional medicine is far too entrenched in palliative, pharmaceutical medicine to ever shift in the near future to authentic healing paradigms of treatment which address the molecular causes of diseases.  Conventional medicine, with its astonishing surgical technologies, works well in an acute healthcare setting.  However, the assumption that what works for acute disorders will also work for chronic healthcare problems, is analogous to fitting square objects into round holes.  Only Functional Medicine, genomics and its associated, less science-validated cousins, alternative, holistic and integrative medicine, can skillfully address chronic health problems that plague the modern world.

Functional Medicine practitioners should no longer direct their efforts primarily towards seeking approval from established, conventional healthcare.  Instead, conventional healthcare practitioners should be invited to join ranks with us.  It is no longer an experiment; it is an accomplishment.  However, if this method is ever to be an attractive option, we must do more than simply validate the theory of practice.  We must train doctors in its practical application, how to manage a practice profitably, how to automate the time-consuming education of patients, how to organize huge quantities of data from dozens of labs and how to find and train the right support staff to make the system work.

Our new course will attempt to begin the process of applying theory to practice by providing patient education materials, ready to use protocols, immediate access to lab testing and nutritional supplements and other practical supports so that, after a training session, participants should be able to hit the ground running the next day in the office.

The technologies and scientific knowledge involved in functional medicine and especially genomics is rapidly expanding exponentially.  If I am to thoroughly address each patients unique metabolic, toxicological, immune, neurotransmitter, allergic and genomic molecular causes of their symptoms and disorders, I must juggle lab tests from up to a dozen labs for each patient and create treatment plans entailing the administration of 50 or more different supplements, herbs, homeopathics and medications.

The complexity of the modern molecular science in my private practice and in all fields of biology can be overwhelming, so quietly a new way or describing the vast complexity has taken root.  This is called “Omics” and the suffix “-ome” is attached to terms like genome and microbiome.  Hundreds of Omic fields of biology has emerged.  Omics aims to collectively characterize and quantify vast pools of biological molecules that dictate structure, function, and dynamics of an organism or a species.

As the data of practicing FM and Genomics becomes unwieldy, we collectively refer to it in an Omics way, simply to get a handle on what all this data means.  Our new education course does not shy away from this vast complexity of rapidly expanding biological data.  On the contrary, we embrace it.  It is the medicine of the future, and the Omics designation is how all biological sciences will eventually be described.

Functional Medicine and genomics promises to greatly add years to the lives of our patients as well as add life to their years.  The obstacles to full assimilation of it into mainstream practice are numerous, but at the very least, the application of theory to practical implementation should no longer be one of them.  Nor should new terminology like Omics or voluminous quantities of data scare doctors away.  In time, outcomes data will demonstrate that this type of “Precision Medicine” provides far superior care for chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.  Consumers will demand it.  Pharmaceutical companies are already enjoying successful marketing of medical foods.  Clinicians and regulators will eventually be swayed by their consciences to do the right thing.

Our course, International Training for the Implementation of Functional Medicine and Genomics in Clinical Practice, will hasten us to that day, and we intend to keep improving it until it is included in mainstream healthcare education.  We invite doctors and healthcare practitioners to join us as we explore the medicine of the future.


 

Course Workbook


PROGRAM OUTLINE

MODULE I – The Microbiome, Alimentary Canal and Associated Organs (Liver, Pancreas)  Release Date April 23, 2017.

2 Prerequisites (videos)

1)  Omics Revolution for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Introduction to Omics and Functional Medicine.

2)  Pharmacogenetics – First Do No Harm

 

      Webinar #

  1. Overview of Functional Medicine diagnostic tools required to assess, treat and optimize function of the microbiome, alimentary canal, pancreatic exocrine function and hepatic detoxification via a modified, comprehensive VR (5R’s) approach;

I.    Remove unfriendly bacterial, fungal, parasitic organisms

II.  Reinoculate friendly flora and support with prebiotics

III. Repair mucosal lining and leaky gut

IV. Replenish enzymes

V.   Restore hepatic function and detoxification

2. Functional medicine assessments and treatment protocols for upper GI disorders. Protocols for GERD, Helicobacter pylori and Gastritis.

3. Functional medicine assessments and treatment protocols for gallstones (cholelithiasis).

4. Functional medicine assessments and treatment protocols for candida and yeast enteritis and sinusitis.

5. Functional medicine assessments and treatment protocols for parasites, including homeopathic, herbal, staged anti-parasitic antibiotics, energetic techniques, and other treatments.

6. Functional medicine assessments and treatment protocols for bacterial dysbiosis, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) with special emphasis on clostridia.

7. Understanding the importance of the mouth and the role of biological dentistry assessments and treatments which have implications for microbiome and alimentary canal function and for systemic disorders.

8. Teaching patients about the protocols for the various disorders and the importance of maintaining a healthy “microbiome for life” so that they can maintain health and wellness.

Module 1 training will meet the following objectives:

  • Participants will understand the critical importance of the paradigm shift of functional medicine and genomics and the VR approach, in the assessment and treatment of common gastrointestinal disorders and the microbiome, in optimizing hepatic detoxification and pancreatic exocrine function (digestion) and in sustaining alimentary canal health and wellness.
  • Participants will learn about appropriate functional medicine and genomic laboratory testing required to assess and treat common gastrointestinal disorders and to maintain microbiome, alimentary canal and hepatic/digestive health and wellness.
  • Participants will know how to analyze and assess functional medicine laboratory test results of microbiome and alimentary canal function, of pancreatic and liver function and some components of pharmacogenomic (PGx) assessments.
  • Participants will learn how to devise treatment plans based on the protocols provided (dietary changes, antibiotics [antifungal, antiparasitic, antibacterial], homeopathic remedies, herbal treatments, prebiotics, probiotics, bovine IgG [Enteragam], biofilm treatments, colonics and other interventions), to successfully treat common gastrointestinal disorders and to maintain microbiome and alimentary canal health and wellness.
  • Participants will learn how to teach their patients (handouts, education materials provided) about maintaining optimal microbiome, alimentary canal, pancreatic exocrine function and hepatic detoxification for life.

 


MODULE 2 THE METABOLOME (PART 1) – TOXICANTS AND DETOXIFICATION

  Release date approx. June 1, 2017

    2 Prerequisites (if these were not studied in the first Module)

1)  Omics Revolution for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Introduction to Omics and Functional Medicine.

2)  Pharmacogenetics – First Do No Harm

Webinar #

  1. Overview of Functional Medicine and genomic diagnostic tools required to assess and treat toxicity syndromes and treat the metabolome. Knowledge acquired from PGx (Pharmacogenomics) work will be extended to the genomics of other Phase I and Phase II detoxification processes.
  2. Functional medicine assessments of heavy and toxic metals and effective detoxification strategies (Part 1).
  3. Functional medicine assessments of heavy and toxic metals and effective detoxification strategies (Part 2).
  4. Functional medicine and genomic assessments of Phase II conjugation capabilities (acetylation, glucuronidation, sulfation, glycination etc.).
  5. Functional medicine assessments of volatile solvents, chlorinated pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organophosphates, bisphenol a and related compounds, phthalates, glyphosate and parabens. Detoxification protocols including IVs, oral supplements, transdermal and suppository agents.
  6. Introduction to methylation from the perspectives of detoxification (e.g., estrogen metabolism) and neurotransmitter metabolism and synthesis (e.g., catecholamines and melatonin).
  7. Introduction to Functional Medicine assessments of substance use disorders (tobacco, alcohol, illicit, prescribed substances), interfacing with conventional alcohol and drug treatments, neurotransmitter replenishment strategies (oral supplements, intravenous amino acid therapies, etc.).
  8. Teaching patients the importance of “detoxification for life” after they are successfully treated so that they can maintain ongoing health and wellness. Handouts will be provided for patient education to use in clinical practice.

Module 2 training will meet the following objectives:

  • Participants will understand the critical importance of the paradigm shift of functional medicine and genomics in toxicant assessment and in detoxification treatments.
  • Participants will know how to order appropriate functional medicine and genomic laboratory testing required in the assessment and treatment of common toxicants.
  • Participants will know how to analyze and assess functional medicine and genomic laboratory test results of toxicant overload.
  • Participants will learn how to devise treatment plans based on the protocols provided to successfully detoxify patients.
  • Participants will learn how to teach their patients (handouts, education materials provided) about detoxification for life.

MODULE 3 THE METABOLOME (PART 2) – NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY AND OPTIMAL NUTRITURE

 Release date approx. July 1, 2017

    2 Prerequisites (if these were not studied in the first Module)

1)  Omics Revolution for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Introduction to Omics and Functional Medicine.

2)  Pharmacogenetics – First Do No Harm

     Webinar #

  1. Overview of functional medicine diagnostic tools required to assess and treat nutritional deficiency and achieve optimal nutriture, including the “nutrient” molecules water, oxygen and sunlight (photons), and the importance of nutriture to maximize longevity.
  2. Introduction to nutrigenomics; precursor loading, cofactor replenishment, and downstream metabolite supplementation to optimize genetic expression.
  3. Functional medicine assessments of vitamins.
  4. Functional medicine assessments of minerals.
  5. Functional medicine assessments of amino acids.
  6. Functional medicine assessments of fatty acids.
  7. Functional medicine assessments of the cardiovascular system. An important adjunctive contribution to cardiology.
  8. Teaching “nutritional support for life” to help patients sustain long term health, wellness and longevity. Patient education handouts.

Module 3 training will meet the following objectives:

  • Participants will understand the critical importance of the paradigm shift of functional medicine and genomics in personalizing assessments of nutriture (“If you don’t test, you’ve guessed.”) to sustain long term health and wellness and longevity.
  • Participants will know how to order appropriate functional medicine and genomic laboratory testing required in the assessment and treatment of molecular nutriture deficiencies, including vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, oxygen, water and other nutrient molecules.
  • Participants will know how to analyze and assess functional medicine and genomic laboratory test results of nutrient deficiencies.
  • Participants will learn how to devise treatment plans based on the protocols provided to successfully establish rational and personalized nutritional support in their patients.
  • Participants will learn how to devise treatment plans based on the protocols provided and to augment personalized nutritional support for patients with cardiovascular disease through educational handouts.

MODULE 4 – THE NEUROME – MOOD AND PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS, NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS, ADDICTIONS, HORMONAL AND NEUROTRANSMITTER REGULATION

Release Date approx August 1, 2017

2 Prerequisites (if these were not studied in the first Module)

1)  Omics Revolution for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Introduction to Omics and Functional Medicine.

2)  Pharmacogenetics – First Do No Harm

      Webinar #

  1. Overview of Functional Medicine diagnostic tools required to assess, treat and optimize Neurome function and how it interfaces with the other “Omes,” the Microbiome, the Metabolome and the Genome. Overview of personalized neurotransmitter and hormonal assessments with special emphasis on the pituitary (the “master” gland) and the interaction of the brain with the “gut brain.”
  2. The XR (10 R’s) approach to Neurome optimization:

I.    Replenish – basic brain nutrition, with emphasis on intravenous protocols to bypass gut issues and quickly replenish the brain’s nutritional requirements. Special emphasis on hypoglycemia and gluconeogenesis – the brain’s extraordinary glucose requirements.

II.  Revive the GI tract – ultimately, to sustain Neurome optimization and nutriture, the gut must be healed (VR approach, Module 1) and the neurotransmitter demands of the “gut brain” satisfied.

III. Re-oxygenate the brain. Special emphasis on sleep apnea.  The brain’s extraordinary oxygen requirements.

IV. Regulating Nitric Oxide – the role of impaired NO availability or uncontrolled NO production in cerebral pathogenesis.

V.  Reduce oxidative stress – the role of oxidative damage and brain aging and loss of neuroplasticity.

VI. Remediate systemic inflammation – the role of inflammation as a risk factor for neuropsychiatric disorders.

VII. Repair Neurons – essential fatty acid and phospholipids and oral, transdermal and IV protocols.

VIII. Remove Neurotoxins – detoxification and oral, transdermal, suppository and IV protocols. Chelation therapies for heavy metals.

IX.  Restore neurotransmitters and other stress-related hormones – oral and IV protocols.

X.   Relinquish emotional pain and the role of reconstructive psychotherapies.

3. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Neurome function (XR approach) for substance use disorders (illicit, recreational (alcohol/tobacco) and prescription psychotropic drug addiction.

4. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Neurome function (XR approach) for mood disorders, sleep disorders and chronic fatigue.

5. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Neurome function (XR approach) for autism, autistic spectrum disorders and AD/HD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders).

6. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Neurome function (XR approach) for neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and stroke). Protocols (including IV’s with hyperbaric oxygen).

7. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Neurome function (XR approach) for schizophrenia and psychotic disorders.

8. Teaching neurome optimization to patients. Patient handouts provided.


MODULE 5THE IMMUNOME (THE IMMUNE SYSTEM) – CANCER, ALLERGY, AUTOIMMUNITY, CHRONIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES, IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROMES

Release Date approx. September 1, 2017

2 Prerequisites (if these were not studied in the first Module)

1)  Omics Revolution for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Introduction to Omics and Functional Medicine.

2)  Pharmacogenetics – First Do No Harm

      Webinar #

  1. Overview of Functional Medicine diagnostic tools required to assess, treat and optimize Immunome function and how it interfaces with the other “Omes,” the Microbiome, the Metabolome, the Neurome, and the Genome. Practical overview of the 5 main microbial challenges to the Immunome; Microbiome dysbiosis, dental infections (e.g., clostridia, cavitations), fungal sinusitis and arthropod-borne diseases (Lyme and “co-infections”) and other immunosuppressive infections (e.g., HIV).
  2. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Immunome function in the treatment of “allergy-related” disorders (e.g., asthma, dermatitis and chronic sinusitis).
  3. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Immunome function in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
  4. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Immunome function in the treatment of arthropod-borne disorders (e.g., Lyme, “co-infections,” and other chronic infectious disease). Protocols to be provided include IV and oral antibiotics, colloidal silver, homeopathic and herbal remedies, heat therapies (sauna, Epsom salt baths), IV oxidative therapies (e.g., ozone, hydrogen peroxide, high dose vitamin C), IV/SQ human IgG immunoglobulin therapies.
  5. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of Immunome function in the treatment of somatic pain and systemic inflammation.
  6. Functional medicine and genomic assessment, treatment and optimization of each patient’s unique Omic strengths/weaknesses in the treatment of cancer (Cancer Part 1).
  7. Functional medicine and genomic assessment and treatment of each patient’s cancer’s unique Omic vulnerabilities (Cancer Part 2). Some novel and promising therapies will be presented such as IPT (insulin potentiation therapy).
  8. Patient education and support. Patient handouts.

Module 5 training will meet the following objectives:

  • Participants will understand the critical importance of the paradigm shift of functional medicine and genomics in the assessment and treatment of immunome related disorders, and how to down-regulate an over-stimulated immune system (e.g., allergy, autoimmunity) and/or how to upregulate immunodeficiency-related disorders (e.g., Lyme, cancer).
  • Participants will know how to order appropriate functional medicine and genomic laboratory testing required to comprehensively assess, regulate and treat immunome dysfunction.
  • Participants will know how to order appropriate functional medicine and genomic laboratory testing required to comprehensively assess a patient’s unique vulnerabilities to cancer and a patient’s cancer’s unique vulnerabilities to various interventions.
  • Participants will know how to analyze and assess functional medicine laboratory test results of immunome function.
  • Participants will know how to analyze and assess functional medicine laboratory test results of immunome function to comprehensively assess a patients unique vulnerabilities to cancer and a patient’s cancer’s unique vulnerabilities to various interventions.
  • Participants will learn how to devise treatment plans based on the protocols provided to successfully regulate the immunome and significantly augment the efficacy of conventional cancer chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.
  • Participants will relearn how to optimize cancer chemotherapy prescribing practices based on pharmacogenomics testing (PGx) for harm avoidance of adverse drug reactions and for optimization of pharmaceutical efficacy, and based on novel strategies such as IPT (insulin potentiation therapy) and other strategies to target the chemotherapy.
  • Participants will learn how to teach their patients (handouts, education materials provided) about maintaining optimal immunome function for life, how to up- or down-regulate the immunome, and how to maximize their probability of remaining cancer free.

MODULE 6THE ENVIROME (AIR QUALITY, WATER QUALITY, FOOD TOXICITY, VACCINATIONS AND IATROGENIC CONSIDERATIONS, HOME- AND WORK-SPACE SAFETY) AND LIFESTYLE (EXERCISE, STRESS REDUCTION, SLEEP PATTERNS, ETC.) AND THE GENOME

Release Date approx. September 30, 2017

2 Prerequisites (if these were not studied in the first Module)

1)  Omics Revolution for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Introduction to Omics and Functional Medicine.

2)  Pharmacogenetics – First Do No Harm

      Webinar #

  1. Overview of the classical, simplistic model that all disease and risk of disease is an outcome of envirome/lifestyle factors and gene interaction, and how functional medicine fills in the Omic gap (the “Rosetta Stone”) to explain how genetic risk is related to the environmental and lifestyle factors in the cause of symptoms and diseases.
  2. Testing the Envirome – water quality, alkalinity/acidity of water and hydration status. Correlation to functional medicine and genomic testing.
  3. Testing the Envirome – air quality, mold- and radon- mitigation, pesticides, lead, and mercury. Correlation to functional medicine and genomic testing.
  4. Lifestyle and exercise, the great equalizer. Correlation to functional medicine and genomic testing.
  5. Lifestyle, sleep patterns, sleep apnea and insomnia, including protocols such as LDN (low dose naltrexone), precursor therapies for melatonin synthesis, addressing insomnia-related genomic variables. Correlation to functional medicine and genomic testing.
  6. Lifestyle and stress management; the importance of reconstructive psychotherapy. Correlation to functional medicine and genomic testing.
  7. Compiling Omic expression: microbiome, metabolome, neurome, immunome, genome and Envirome interactions.
  8. Patient education and handouts on lifestyle, stress management, exercise, sleep, air and water quality. Creating an Envirome in work and home living spaces.

Module 6 training will meet the following objectives:

  • Participants will understand the critical importance of the paradigm shift of functional medicine and genomics which takes into account Environomic risk factors and Lifestyle factors in devising interventions.
  • Participants will know how to order appropriate Environomic laboratory testing required to offset personalized risk factors discovered in functional and genomic testing.
  • Participants will know how to analyze and assess appropriate Environomic laboratory testing and correlate it to functional medicine and genomic testing.
  • Participants will learn how to devise treatment plans which include personalized Environomic considerations and Lifestyle coaching.
  • Participants will learn how to teach their patients (handouts, education materials provided) about maintaining a healthier home and work Envirome and the importance of Lifestyle factors (e.g., sleep patterns, filtered water and air, exercise).


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