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Charles Gant, MD, PhD

Charles Gant, MD, PhD

Dr. Gant has practiced Integrative, Complementary/Alternative and Functional Medicine for over four decades. As genomic test panels become ever more available and affordable, Dr. Gant regularly evaluates many common, important and modifiable single nucleotide polymorphisms and genomic panels in almost all patients.  Dr. Gant received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Hampden-Sydney College and his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School. He pioneered many of the nutritional and detoxification treatments for the treatment of substance use and other mental disorders while serving as the medical director of Tully Hill Hospital, as a medical consultant at Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare and as a psychiatric consultant at numerous substance abuse and mental health clinics throughout Central New York. These protocols are currently being duplicated around the country by many healthcare practitioners and they promise to improve treatment outcomes and bring authentic healing to those suffering from all types of mental disorders.


Dr. Gant currently practices at National Integrated Health Associates (www.NIHADC.com ) and the International Precision Medicine Associates (www.IPMADC.com ). He has authored numerous publications, including ‘ADHD Complementary and Alternative Medicine Solutions’, and ‘End Your Addiction Now’ which is available in bookstores.


Dr. Gant provides the latest, cutting-edge, diagnostic, functional and genomics-based, laboratory testing for his patients to define the root causes of symptoms which can then be targeted to optimize brain health and general wellness. This science-based approach can reverse the biochemical roots of aggression, addiction and mental disorders, as well as many medical disorders, which brings authentic healing and recovery.


In 2015, the collaboration between Dr. Gant and Dr. Wayne Sodano resulted in the creation of a program that serves the integrative medicine community exponentially by teaching the basic sciences of integrative and functional medicine and progressing sequentially toward a more complex understanding of genomics and the diagnosis and treatment of body systems dysfunction.  As a result, the program(s) at The College of Integrative Medicine (www.collegeofintegrativemedicine.org) are recognized nationwide and internationally by a number of higher education universities and institutes and practitioners seeking to learn and introduce integrative and functional medicine and genomics into their own practices.


For more information on Dr. Gant visit internationalprecisionmedicineassociates.com.

Charles Gant's Courses

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Certified Integrative Healthcare Practitioner (300 hr post graduate program)

Course Instructor(s):Dr. Wayne Sodano, Charles Gant, Delilah Anderson, Alvin Danenberg.

The CIHP program is a 300 Hour Post Graduate Continuing Education Program designed to help practitioners acquire clinical integrative healthcare knowledge about the nature of illness, healing, and wellness. Practitioners will learn to incorporate evidence-based, safe and ethical integrative therapies through analysis of a comprehensive patient history and physical examination, and interpretation of basic and advanced clinical laboratory tests. The goal of the program is to develop integrative healthcare expertise for the treatment and management of common acute and chronic health conditions.

The program contains (31) distance learning modules that hold a number of lessons on each topic. Case presentations and treatment protocols on a number of disease and disorders are included for: Cardiovascular Disease, Gastrointestinal Disease/Disorders, Lyme and Autoimmune Disease(s) and more.   All 300 hours of the program and (1) case history (required for the CIM final examination) are accepted by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition toward their 300 hour continuing education requirement for the Diplomate Board Examination; offering CIM graduates the ability to earn dual credentials.*

Students have the option to attend a (12 hour) Live Module/Physical Examination Workshop during their enrollment and prior to completion of the program OR complete Module One Introduction to Integrative Medicine on line.

*This program begins with the Basic Sciences of Integrative Medicine and progresses onto Specific Systems Dysfunction.  The modules are designed to be taken in sequential order since each module builds upon the one that preceeds it.  Students will have immediate access to study Modules 1-5 (Part I foundational science of Integrative Medicine) for the first 30 days before progressing onto clinically focused modules with specific treatment protocols. Note: Students must complete an end of module exam with a score of 80% or higher before progressing onto ensuring modules.

Important  Information

Recommended Reading: The textbook, Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine by Drs. Richard Lord and J. Alexander Bralley is highly recommended for the 300 hour Certified Integrative Health Care and 100 hour Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative Medicine Programs. 

There is also a recommeded reading list for this program that you obtain these materials prior to beginning the program. Required Reading CIM

Payment Options:

Total cost $3990*.  Payable in 6 and 12 month interest free installments.  Save My Seat deposit holds your place for the next enrollment period only and does not provide access to the program material until you are fully enrolled as a paying student.  This deposit is non-refundable and is applied toward the total cost of the program. Please note:  You will have the option to choose your payment plan before the checkout process is complete. 

Special Pricing: *Students enrolled in 3rd year doctorate programs are eligible for the student rate of $3500.  Enrollment must be completed by contacting our administrative offices directly to confirm eligibility and receive special pricing.

Attention all DACBNs Renewing Diplomate Status:  Module 4, Module 11, and Module 19 (12 hrs each) from the CIHP Program are ACBN approved for renewal of your Diplomate. You may enroll in these modules by clicking onto the DACBN Renewal Program link below. Note: These modules are available individually to DACBN renewals only.

 

Next Enrollment for CIHP Program October 8, 2018  

Reserve your seat now - Class sizes are limited to 150.

Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative Medicine (100 hour) and DACBN Renewal (12 Hour) programs remain open. See below for details 

ENROLL IN COURSE NOW - $150.00 USD

Includes the following modules:
Module 01: Introduction to Integrative Medicine (12 hrs)

Course Description: This module introduces the principals of integrative medicine and how the core principal of inflammation is related to chronic disease.  It includes the (adult) physical examination from an integrative medicine perspective, and the preparation of a case presentation.  

Objectives:  Students will be able to explain the philosophy and treatment approach of integrative medicine, and the physiology and pathophysiology of the inflammatory process and natural medicine anti-inflammatory measures and be able to conduct an integrative physical examination.

Written by Dr. Wayne Sodano and narrated by Dr. Milton Bastidas

Note: There is a video and supporting material in this module that provides information regarding the case presentation required for Part One of the CIHP final examination.  Part II of the final examination is taken on line at the completion of Module 31.  

You must complete both Part I and Part II of the final examination successfully in order to be eligible for the Certified Integrative Health Care Practitioner Certification.  

Module 02: Basic Concepts of Functional and Integrative Medicine (3 hrs)

Course Description: This module reviews the new role for clinical laboratory medicine as it relates to disturbances in metabolism, environmental toxin exposure, and nutritional deficiencies.  Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of laboratory assessment and interpret reference intervals via the percentile ranking by quintile and the 95% reference interval.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 03: Vitamins (25.5 hrs)

Course Description: Methods of vitamin assessment are discussed in depth via laboratory testing. The portfolio of each vitamin is discussed, which includes the active forms, biochemical role, and adult repletion dosage, as well as signs of deficiency. Vitamins discussed: Vitamin and vitamin-like substances: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, BH4, Folic acid, Biotin, vitamins C, D, E, K, carnitine, coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, and choline

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. Speakers include Howard Jamison of The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of vitamin laboratory assessment via advanced laboratory testing and genomic testing.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 04: Nutrient and Toxic Elements (12 hrs)

Attention:  This module is available individually to DACBN Diplomate Renewals only.  

Course Description: Nutrient and toxic elements are discussed in the context of the integrative and functional medicine approach to deficiency, excess, and exposure. Adequacy assessment, optimal forms, clinical indication of deficiency, and laboratory assessment are reviewed for each essential nutrient. The general mechanism of metal toxicity and toxic metal assessment is discussed. Nutrients discussed include: calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, and cobalt. Toxic elements discussed include: aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. Guest speakers include Ralph Wilson, ND, MS, Acupuncture, and Denise Grady. 

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of essential and toxic element laboratory assessment via advanced laboratory testing.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

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$145.00 USD
Module 05: Amino Acids (9 hrs)

Course Description: The role of amino acids in human health is discussed along with amino acid laboratory clinical profiling. Topics include: anabolic/catabolic responses, the urea cycle and nitrogen metabolism, amino acids used for energy production, proteins, and neurotransmitters, and sulfur containing amino acids – methylation and glutathione synthesis.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. 

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the role of amino acids as it relates to the urea cycle, protein and energy metabolism, neurotransmitter precursors, and methylation and glutathione synthesis.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 06: Toxicants and Detoxification (9 hrs)

Course Description: Terminology and physiological effects of toxicants and their mechanism of cell injury are discussed. Laboratory assessments for toxic body burden and detoxification mechanisms are reviewed.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various the adverse health effects of oxidative stress (i.e. free radical tissue damage), mechanism of cellular damage caused by toxins, and assessing the individuals detoxification capacity.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 07: Genomics ( 9 hrs)

Course Description: Genetic variations and its influence on health are reviewed. The era of personalized medicine is discussed via pharmacogenomics, and nutrigenomics. Polymorphisms of the enzymes, MTHFR and COMT, and their impact on health and metabolism are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the basic science of molecular biology as it relates to genetic variability and the era to personalized medicine.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 08: Organic Acids (9.5 hrs)

Course Description: Unlike amino acids and fatty acids, the category of compounds called organic acids contains no essential nutrients. Instead of directly measuring nutrient concentrations, abnormal concentrations of organic acids provides functional markers for metabolic effects of micronutrient inadequacies, toxic exposure, neuroendocrine activity, and intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Areas of organic acids analysis as it relates to body metabolism include: mitochondrial function assessment, B-complex vitamin markers, methylation pathway markers, neurotransmitter metabolism markers, oxidative damage and antioxidant markers, detoxification markers, and intestinal dysbiosis markers.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to interpret an organic acids test (OAT) as it relates to mitochondrial function, oxidative damage, intestinal dysbiosis, B-vitamin nutriture, and detoxification capacity.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 09: Fatty Acids (9.5 hrs)

Course Description: In clinical practice the need for laboratory evaluations of fatty acid status is helpful for making decisions about dietary modifications and/or supplementation with EFAs and/or other nutrients involved with fatty acid metabolism. Fatty acid, fatty acid metabolism, clinical relevant fatty acids patterns on laboratory interpretation, and the pro-inflammatory effects of fatty acid imbalance are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to recognize the patterns of fatty acid abnormalities as it relates to various health conditions, in particular metabolic syndrome and chronic inflammation.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 10: Hormones and Neurotransmitters (11 hrs)

Course Description: Introduction to the neurotransmitters and hormones and their effect on the health and disease. Growth hormones and homeostasis, stress hormones, sex hormones and neurotransmitters are reviewed in the content of imbalance and nutrient deficiency.

Review of substances: growth hormone, thyroxine, insulin, DHEA, cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, testosterone, estrogens, and progesterone.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain methods of nutritional intervention as it relates to hormonal and neurotransmitter balance.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 11: Gastrointestinal Function (12 hrs)

Attention: This module is available individually to DACBN Diplomate Renewals only.

Course Description: The gastrointestinal impact on nutrient and toxic status as well as a physiological review of the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine and the gastrointestinal microbiome are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the gastrointestinal function s it relates to nutrient status and toxicant status.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

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$145.00 USD
Module 12: Patterns Analysis (10 hrs)

Course Description: Evaluation of laboratory tests via standard tests and biomarkers can reveal patterns of an existing disease process that often go undetected such as nutritional deficiencies, inefficient energy production, detoxification metabolism abnormality, fatty acid imbalance (e.g. pro-inflammatory state), and intestinal dysbiosis.

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the method of laboratory pattern analysis via assessing multiple laboratory biomarkers. For instance, changes in methylmalonic acid, homocysteine and the CBC can reflect a B12 deficient that can cause peripheral neuropathy.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 13: The Inflammatory Process and Clinical Implications (4 hrs)

Course Description: A comprehensive approach to understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the inflammatory process as it is related to acute and chronic conditions. The lessons discuss the physiology of acute inflammation, meta-inflammation, and chronic inflammation, as well as the contributors to inflammation and associated cellular stress. The role of fatty acids and specific testing to fatty acid nutriture are reviewed.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain role of balancing essential fatty acids as it relates to arresting the inflammatory process and the use of anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 14: Integrative Cardiology (21 hrs)

Course Description: Cardiovascular disease is the most prevalent chronic condition and the most common cause of death on the United States. This module discusses the integrative medicine approach to restoring cardiovascular health via nutrition, diet, exercise, and spiritual health. Selected conditions and their treatment are discussed in detail with specific straight forward protocols. In addition, there is numerous case presentations discussed in this module that offer the clinician a firsthand view of case management.

Bonus: Case Study Treatment Plan: 3-page nutritional intervention for more critical homozygous polymorphism

Presented by Dr. Charles Gant and Dr. Wayne Sodano, Directors of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics and The College of Integrative Medicine, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to interpret lipid panels and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease. The will be able to explain specific dietary, exercise, stress reduction, and nutraceutical intervention for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 15: Energy Metabolism and Disorders of Aberrant Production (5 hrs)

Course Description: This module discusses the mechanisms of bioenergetics as it relates to energy production. Clinicians will understand the mechanisms involved in the production of energy via carbohydrate, amino acid and lipid metabolism and the implication of abnormalities in metabolism. The mitochondria and its’ constituents are reviewed in depth from a restorative perspective. A discussion of mechanisms of oxidative stress and its damaging effect on the body systems are disclosed to the clinician along with strategies to reduce its damaging effects.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the role of the mitochondrial for energy production and the integrative medicine approach to resuscitate distressed mitochondrial function.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 16: The Healing Encounter and Clinical Application of Integrative Medicine (1 hr)

Course Description: This module provides a review of the integrative medicine patient encounter and approach to disease. The three main purposes of the integrative assessment are reviewed.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain how to create an optimal healing environment for the patient interview and history taking and the meaning of relationship-centered care.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 17: Insulin Resistance Continuum and Diabetes (6 hrs)

Course Description: The mechanisms of the metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, the insulin resistance continuum, and diabetes are discussed along with specific laboratory tests and treatment protocols. A discussion of the most recent lab test interpretation of insulin resistance and preventive care is discussed. Dr. Gant provides a step-by-step approach to reversing diabetes.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Charles Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to interpret insulin and glucose laboratory testing for the recognition of prediabetes, insulin resistance and diabetes. They will also be able to explain specific integrative medicine treatment approaches for each condition.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 18: Osteoimmunology and Osteoporosis (3 hrs)

Course Description: The concept of Osteoimmunology emerged more than a decade ago and is based on rapidly growing insight into functional interdependence between the immune system and bone at the anatomical, vascular, cellular, and molecular levels. This module provides specific insight into understanding the immune system’s role in bone metabolism along with the body systems that regulate the nutrients needed for bone health. There is a discussion of specific laboratory tests that can evaluate rapid bone turn over leading to demineralization.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the interaction between the immune system and bone health. They will be able to interpret standard and advanced laboratory tests related to bone health.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 19: Clinical Laboratory Medicine (10 hrs)

Course Description: A comprehensive review of interpreting standard and advanced blood tests is provided in the module. The numerous tables created in this lesson will allow for rapid laboratory interpretation and clinical decision-making.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to order the most appropriate laboratory test and be able to provide an integrative medicine interpretation.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 20: Cardiology: Clinical Laboratory Medicine: ECG, Phonocardiography, Peripheral Vascular Sonography (6 hrs)

Course Description: The two basic properties (electrical and mechanical) of the heart are discussed and how the cells responsible for the electrical conductivity of the heart can be accessed via an ECG. This module discusses the clinical indications and interpretation of the ECG, as well as peripheral vascular sonography and phonocardiography. The lesson includes diet and nutrition for cardiovascular health.

Presented by Dr. Delilah Anderson of The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain and interpret ECG tracings, phonocardiography test results and peripheral vascular evaluation testing. They will also be able to prescribe a specific dietary plan for the treatment of CVD.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 21: Assessment and Treatment of Anemia (1.5 hrs)

Course Description: Anemia is often the sequela of chronic inflammation and is often treated without consideration of the etiological factors responsible for the anemic state such as hemolytic disorders (e.g. blood loss, autoimmune disease, hemoglobinopathy), maturation disorders (e.g. thalassemia, nutritional deficiencies), and hypoproliferative conditions (e.g. renal disease, inflammation, metabolic disease, and nutritional deficiency). The algorithms provided in this module will guide the clinician through the gamut of conditions that lead to anemia providing the path to accurate assessment.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to assess the various etiological factors of anemia and plan appropriate treatment intervention.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 22: Integrative Gastroenterology (16.5 hrs)

Course Description: Many conditions such as migraine headaches, arthritis, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, asthma, allergies, and menstrual dysfunction are related to gastrointestinal disorders. This module provides concise protocols for evaluation and treatment of most gastrointestinal disorders. A comprehensive review of stool analysis discloses the most appropriate therapeutic strategies for an array of conditions. The tools for assessing the gastrointestinal system are well defined along with specific treatment protocols for parasitic infections, IBS, reflux disease, and gallbladder disease. Numerous clinically focused case presentations are included.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain specific treatment protocols for various gastrointestinal conditions for an integrative medicine perspective.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 23: Environmental Disease and Detoxification (13.5 hrs)

Course Description: This module provides the clinician with an understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the body’s detoxification systems. Discussions of the environmental stressors effect on health and disease, and select targeted organs are elucidated, along with strategies and specific protocols for metabolic detoxification.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Charles Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain and prescribe a patent-specific detoxification program that focuses on genetic variations, total toxic load, detoxification capacity, and amount of ongoing environmental exposure.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 24: Integrative Immunology (15 hrs)

Course Description: Immune system dysfunctions their relationship to specific health conditions are discussed in this module. Effective treatment protocols to address autoimmune conditions are outlined in a concise manner. Several case presentations will improve clinical skills in evaluation and treatment strategies of immune related conditions.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Charles Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain immune system dysfunction as it relate to allergies, autoimmune diseases, and endocrine dysfunction.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 25: Integrative Oncology (10 hrs)

Course Description: Integrative oncology is defined as the rational, evidence-based combination of conventional therapy with complementary interventions into individualized therapeutic regimen that addresses the whole person living with and beyond cancer – body, mind, and spirit. This module offers clinicians’ insight about natural and complementary therapeutic approaches for treating patients with cancer. The lesson on genetic testing and cancer provides insight into the aspects of preventive oncology.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Charles Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various approaches to complementary care for the patient with cancer.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 26: Nutritional Medicine and Advanced Clinical Nutrition (4 hrs)

Course Description: This module focuses on normal human nutrition and advanced physiological function. The discussion of the macro and micronutrients emphasize those reactions particularly relevant to health issues.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the metabolism of human nutrition and its role in maintaining health optimal health. They will also be able to explain the difference in nutritional needs of pregnancy, lactation, childhood and adolescence.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 27: Dermatology and Periodontal Disease (6 hrs)

Course Description: The integrative medicine assessment and management of numerous diseases of the skin are discussed along with specific treatment strategies. Oral disease and its health implications are elucidated.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Alvin Danenberg of The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain and implement nutrition protocols for various dermatological conditions. They will also be able to perform an oral examination assessing for signs of systemic disease.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 28: Integrative Endocrinology (18.5 hrs)

Course Description: This module begins with a review of the normal physiology of the endocrine system and segues into aberrant endocrine physiology and its causation. The numerous case presentations offered in this module will provide the clinician the tools for assessment and treatment of the most common endocrine conditions.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Charles Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the interwoven roles of the autonomic nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system as it relates to hormonal dysfunction and selected conditions.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 29: Pediatrics: an Integrative Medicine Approach (12 hrs)

Course Description: Parents and most primary care clinicians are seeking a more holistic approach to pediatric care. This module outlines the most effective integrative pediatric treatments for the most common conditions along with interpreting pediatric laboratory tests.

Presented by Dr. Delilah Anderson of The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the role of the integrative medicine approach to the pediatric patient and the various treatment intervention.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 30: Clinical Botanical Medicine (4 hrs)

Course Description: The principles of herbal medicine and the herbal approach to selected conditions are discussed. Botanicals to treat or prevent specific disease states and conditions are reviewed, offering the most clinically relevant herbal approaches.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the principles and pharmacology of herbal medicine. They will be able to explain the indications and contraindication of prescribing herbal medicine.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Module 31: Integrative Medicine Approach to Common Acute and Chronic Conditions (11.5 hrs)

Course Description: A review of the integrative medicine approach to common acute and chronic conditions is provided in an easy to read format outlining many treatment approaches for specific conditions. A comprehensive discussion about chronic infections and co-infections which includes Lyme disease and the diagnosis and treatment of Babesia is included.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Charles Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the integrative medicine approach for treating Lyme disease and the most common acute and chronic health conditions.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE FINAL EXAM THAT FOLLOWS THIS MODULE:

The exam at the end of this module is Part II of the final exam onlyYou must submit (one) case presentation as Part I of the final exam.  Please refer back to Module One on line materials for videos and lessons as a reference on preparing a case history, the requirements and where to send the case presentation for scoring.

DACBN Renewal Program

Course Instructor(s):Dr. Wayne Sodano, Charles Gant, Delilah Anderson, Alvin Danenberg.

(Open Enrollment)

The DACBN Renewal Program is available to Diplomates of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition as well as Diplomates of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition only.  This program is designed to comply with the continuing education requirements for the renewal of Diplomate credentials and is approved by the ACBN and CBCN.  

ENROLL IN COURSE NOW - $145.00 USD

Includes the following modules:
DACBN Mod 01: LIVE/INTEGRATIVE PE EXAM WORKSHOP Introduction to Integrative Medicine (12 hrs)

 

Note: This module does not have to be taken first in order to begin the CIHP Program.  However, it must be completed prior to taking the final exam. 

Course Description: This module introduces the principals of integrative medicine and how the core principal of inflammation is related to chronic disease. There will be a breakout session on the physical examination at the conclusion of the last lesson.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the philosophy and treatment approach of integrative medicine, and the physiology and pathophysiology of the inflammatory process and natural medicine anti-inflammatory measures and be able to conduct an integrative physical examination.

DACBN Mod 02: Basic Concepts of Functional and Integrative Medicine (3 hrs)

Course Description: This module reviews the new role for clinical laboratory medicine as it relates to disturbances in metabolism, environmental toxin exposure, and nutritional deficiencies.  Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of laboratory assessment and interpret reference intervals via the percentile ranking by quintile and the 95% reference interval.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 03: Vitamins (25.5 hrs)

Course Description: Methods of vitamin assessment are discussed in depth via laboratory testing. The portfolio of each vitamin is discussed, which includes the active forms, biochemical role, and adult repletion dosage, as well as signs of deficiency. Vitamins discussed: Vitamin and vitamin-like substances: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, BH4, Folic acid, Biotin, vitamins C, D, E, K, carnitine, coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, and choline

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. Speakers include Howard Jamison of The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of vitamin laboratory assessment via advanced laboratory testing and genomic testing.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 04: Nutrient and Toxic Elements (12 hrs)

Attention:  This module is available individually to DACBN Diplomate Renewals only.  

Course Description: Nutrient and toxic elements are discussed in the context of the integrative and functional medicine approach to deficiency, excess, and exposure. Adequacy assessment, optimal forms, clinical indication of deficiency, and laboratory assessment are reviewed for each essential nutrient. The general mechanism of metal toxicity and toxic metal assessment is discussed. Nutrients discussed include: calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, and cobalt. Toxic elements discussed include: aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. Guest speakers include Ralph Wilson, MD and Denise Grady. 

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of essential and toxic element laboratory assessment via advanced laboratory testing.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

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DACBN Mod 05: Amino Acids (9 hrs)

Course Description: The role of amino acids in human health is discussed along with amino acid laboratory clinical profiling. Topics include: anabolic/catabolic responses, the urea cycle and nitrogen metabolism, amino acids used for energy production, proteins, and neurotransmitters, and sulfur containing amino acids – methylation and glutathione synthesis.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. 

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the role of amino acids as it relates to the urea cycle, protein and energy metabolism, neurotransmitter precursors, and methylation and glutathione synthesis.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 06: Toxicants and Detoxification (9 hrs)

Course Description: Terminology and physiological effects of toxicants and their mechanism of cell injury are discussed. Laboratory assessments for toxic body burden and detoxification mechanisms are reviewed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various the adverse health effects of oxidative stress (i.e. free radical tissue damage), mechanism of cellular damage caused by toxins, and assessing the individuals detoxification capacity.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 07: Genomics ( 9 hrs)

Course Description: Genetic variations and its influence on health are reviewed. The era of personalized medicine is discussed via pharmacogenomics, and nutrigenomics. Polymorphisms of the enzymes, MTHFR and COMT, and their impact on health and metabolism are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the basic science of molecular biology as it relates to genetic variability and the era to personalized medicine.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 08: Organic Acids (9.5 hrs)

Course Description: Unlike amino acids and fatty acids, the category of compounds called organic acids contains no essential nutrients. Instead of directly measuring nutrient concentrations, abnormal concentrations of organic acids provides functional markers for metabolic effects of micronutrient inadequacies, toxic exposure, neuroendocrine activity, and intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Areas of organic acids analysis as it relates to body metabolism include: mitochondrial function assessment, B-complex vitamin markers, methylation pathway markers, neurotransmitter metabolism markers, oxidative damage and antioxidant markers, detoxification markers, and intestinal dysbiosis markers.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to interpret an organic acids test (OAT) as it relates to mitochondrial function, oxidative damage, intestinal dysbiosis, B-vitamin nutriture, and detoxification capacity.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 09: Fatty Acids (9.5 hrs)

Course Description: In clinical practice the need for laboratory evaluations of fatty acid status is helpful for making decisions about dietary modifications and/or supplementation with EFAs and/or other nutrients involved with fatty acid metabolism. Fatty acid, fatty acid metabolism, clinical relevant fatty acids patterns on laboratory interpretation, and the pro-inflammatory effects of fatty acid imbalance are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to recognize the patterns of fatty acid abnormalities as it relates to various health conditions, in particular metabolic syndrome and chronic inflammation.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 10: Hormones and Neurotransmitters (11 hrs)

Course Description: Introduction to the neurotransmitters and hormones and their effect on the health and disease. Growth hormones and homeostasis, stress hormones, sex hormones and neurotransmitters are reviewed in the content of imbalance and nutrient deficiency.

Review of substances: growth hormone, thyroxine, insulin, DHEA, cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, testosterone, estrogens, and progesterone.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain methods of nutritional intervention as it relates to hormonal and neurotransmitter balance.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 11: Gastrointestinal Function (12 hrs)

Attention: This module is available individually to DACBN Diplomate Renewals only.

Course Description: The gastrointestinal impact on nutrient and toxic status as well as a physiological review of the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine and the gastrointestinal microbiome are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the gastrointestinal function s it relates to nutrient status and toxicant status.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

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DACBN Mod 12: Patterns Analysis (10 hrs)

Course Description: Evaluation of laboratory tests via standard tests and biomarkers can reveal patterns of an existing disease process that often go undetected such as nutritional deficiencies, inefficient energy production, detoxification metabolism abnormality, fatty acid imbalance (e.g. pro-inflammatory state), and intestinal dysbiosis.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the method of laboratory pattern analysis via assessing multiple laboratory biomarkers. For instance, changes in methylmalonic acid, homocysteine and the CBC can reflect a B12 deficient that can cause peripheral neuropathy.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 13: The Inflammatory Process and Clinical Implications (4 hrs)

Course Description: A comprehensive approach to understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the inflammatory process as it is related to acute and chronic conditions. The lessons discuss the physiology of acute inflammation, meta-inflammation, and chronic inflammation, as well as the contributors to inflammation and associated cellular stress. The role of fatty acids and specific testing to fatty acid nutriture are reviewed.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain role of balancing essential fatty acids as it relates to arresting the inflammatory process and the use of anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 14: Integrative Cardiology (21 hrs)

Course Description: Cardiovascular disease is the most prevalent chronic condition and the most common cause of death on the United States. This module discusses the integrative medicine approach to restoring cardiovascular health via nutrition, diet, exercise, and spiritual health. Selected conditions and their treatment are discussed in detail with specific straight forward protocols. In addition, there is numerous case presentations discussed in this module that offer the clinician a firsthand view of case management.

Bonus: Case Study Treatment Plan: 3-page nutritional intervention for more critical homozygous polymorphism

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant and Dr. Wayne Sodano, Directors of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics and The College of Integrative Medicine, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to interpret lipid panels and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease. The will be able to explain specific dietary, exercise, stress reduction, and nutraceutical intervention for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 15: Energy Metabolism and Disorders of Aberrant Production (5 hrs)

Course Description: This module discusses the mechanisms of bioenergetics as it relates to energy production. Clinicians will understand the mechanisms involved in the production of energy via carbohydrate, amino acid and lipid metabolism and the implication of abnormalities in metabolism. The mitochondria and its’ constituents are reviewed in depth from a restorative perspective. A discussion of mechanisms of oxidative stress and its damaging effect on the body systems are disclosed to the clinician along with strategies to reduce its damaging effects.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the role of the mitochondrial for energy production and the integrative medicine approach to resuscitate distressed mitochondrial function.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 16: The Healing Encounter and Clinical Application of Integrative Medicine (1 hr)

Course Description: This module provides a review of the integrative medicine patient encounter and approach to disease. The three main purposes of the integrative assessment are reviewed.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain how to create an optimal healing environment for the patient interview and history taking and the meaning of relationship-centered care.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 17: Insulin Resistance Continuum and Diabetes (6 hrs)

Course Description: The mechanisms of the metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, the insulin resistance continuum, and diabetes are discussed along with specific laboratory tests and treatment protocols. A discussion of the most recent lab test interpretation of insulin resistance and preventive care is discussed. Dr. Gant provides a step-by-step approach to reversing diabetes.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Chas Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to interpret insulin and glucose laboratory testing for the recognition of prediabetes, insulin resistance and diabetes. They will also be able to explain specific integrative medicine treatment approaches for each condition.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 18: Osteoimmunology and Osteoporosis (3 hrs)

Course Description: The concept of Osteoimmunology emerged more than a decade ago and is based on rapidly growing insight into functional interdependence between the immune system and bone at the anatomical, vascular, cellular, and molecular levels. This module provides specific insight into understanding the immune system’s role in bone metabolism along with the body systems that regulate the nutrients needed for bone health. There is a discussion of specific laboratory tests that can evaluate rapid bone turn over leading to demineralization.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the interaction between the immune system and bone health. They will be able to interpret standard and advanced laboratory tests related to bone health.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 19: Clinical Laboratory Medicine (12 hrs)

Attention: This module is available individually to DACBN Diplomate Renewals only.

Course Description: A comprehensive review of interpreting standard and advanced blood tests is provided in the module. The numerous tables created in this lesson will allow for rapid laboratory interpretation and clinical decision-making.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to order the most appropriate laboratory test and be able to provide an integrative medicine interpretation.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly. 

BONUS LESSON INCLUDED: Assessment & Treatment of Anemia 

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DACBN Mod 20: Cardiology: Clinical Laboratory Medicine: ECG, Phonocardiography, Peripheral Vascular Sonography (6 hrs)

Course Description: The two basic properties (electrical and mechanical) of the heart are discussed and how the cells responsible for the electrical conductivity of the heart can be accessed via an ECG. This module discusses the clinical indications and interpretation of the ECG, as well as peripheral vascular sonography and phonocardiography. The lesson includes diet and nutrition for cardiovascular health.

Presented by Dr. Delilah Anderson of The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain and interpret ECG tracings, phonocardiography test results and peripheral vascular evaluation testing. They will also be able to prescribe a specific dietary plan for the treatment of CVD.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 21: Assessment and Treatment of Anemia (1.5 hrs)

Course Description: Anemia is often the sequela of chronic inflammation and is often treated without consideration of the etiological factors responsible for the anemic state such as hemolytic disorders (e.g. blood loss, autoimmune disease, hemoglobinopathy), maturation disorders (e.g. thalassemia, nutritional deficiencies), and hypoproliferative conditions (e.g. renal disease, inflammation, metabolic disease, and nutritional deficiency). The algorithms provided in this module will guide the clinician through the gamut of conditions that lead to anemia providing the path to accurate assessment.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to assess the various etiological factors of anemia and plan appropriate treatment intervention.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 22: Integrative Gastroenterology (16.5 hrs)

Course Description: Many conditions such as migraine headaches, arthritis, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, asthma, allergies, and menstrual dysfunction are related to gastrointestinal disorders. This module provides concise protocols for evaluation and treatment of most gastrointestinal disorders. A comprehensive review of stool analysis discloses the most appropriate therapeutic strategies for an array of conditions. The tools for assessing the gastrointestinal system are well defined along with specific treatment protocols for parasitic infections, IBS, reflux disease, and gallbladder disease. Numerous clinically focused case presentations are included.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain specific treatment protocols for various gastrointestinal conditions for an integrative medicine perspective.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 23: Environmental Disease and Detoxification (13.5 hrs)

Course Description: This module provides the clinician with an understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the body’s detoxification systems. Discussions of the environmental stressors effect on health and disease, and select targeted organs are elucidated, along with strategies and specific protocols for metabolic detoxification.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Chas Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain and prescribe a patent-specific detoxification program that focuses on genetic variations, total toxic load, detoxification capacity, and amount of ongoing environmental exposure.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 24: Integrative Immunology (15 hrs)

Course Description: Immune system dysfunctions their relationship to specific health conditions are discussed in this module. Effective treatment protocols to address autoimmune conditions are outlined in a concise manner. Several case presentations will improve clinical skills in evaluation and treatment strategies of immune related conditions.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Chas Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain immune system dysfunction as it relate to allergies, autoimmune diseases, and endocrine dysfunction.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 25: Integrative Oncology (10 hrs)

Course Description: Integrative oncology is defined as the rational, evidence-based combination of conventional therapy with complementary interventions into individualized therapeutic regimen that addresses the whole person living with and beyond cancer – body, mind, and spirit. This module offers clinicians’ insight about natural and complementary therapeutic approaches for treating patients with cancer. The lesson on genetic testing and cancer provides insight into the aspects of preventive oncology.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Chas Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various approaches to complementary care for the patient with cancer.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 26: Nutritional Medicine and Advanced Clinical Nutrition (4 hrs)

Course Description: This module focuses on normal human nutrition and advanced physiological function. The discussion of the macro and micronutrients emphasize those reactions particularly relevant to health issues.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the metabolism of human nutrition and its role in maintaining health optimal health. They will also be able to explain the difference in nutritional needs of pregnancy, lactation, childhood and adolescence.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 27: Dermatology and Periodontal Disease (6 hrs)

Course Description: The integrative medicine assessment and management of numerous diseases of the skin are discussed along with specific treatment strategies. Oral disease and its health implications are elucidated.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Alvin Danenberg of The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain and implement nutrition protocols for various dermatological conditions. They will also be able to perform an oral examination assessing for signs of systemic disease.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 28: Integrative Endocrinology (18.5 hrs)

Course Description: This module begins with a review of the normal physiology of the endocrine system and segues into aberrant endocrine physiology and its causation. The numerous case presentations offered in this module will provide the clinician the tools for assessment and treatment of the most common endocrine conditions.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Chas Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the interwoven roles of the autonomic nervous system, the immune system and the endocrine system as it relates to hormonal dysfunction and selected conditions.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 29: Pediatrics: an Integrative Medicine Approach (12 hrs)

Course Description: Parents and most primary care clinicians are seeking a more holistic approach to pediatric care. This module outlines the most effective integrative pediatric treatments for the most common conditions along with interpreting pediatric laboratory tests.

Presented by Dr. Delilah Anderson of The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the role of the integrative medicine approach to the pediatric patient and the various treatment intervention.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 30: Clinical Botanical Medicine (4 hrs)

Course Description: The principles of herbal medicine and the herbal approach to selected conditions are discussed. Botanicals to treat or prevent specific disease states and conditions are reviewed, offering the most clinically relevant herbal approaches.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano, Director of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the principles and pharmacology of herbal medicine. They will be able to explain the indications and contraindication of prescribing herbal medicine.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

DACBN Mod 31: Integrative Medicine Approach to Common Acute and Chronic Conditions (11.5 hrs)

Course Description: A review of the integrative medicine approach to common acute and chronic conditions is provided in an easy to read format outlining many treatment approaches for specific conditions. A comprehensive discussion about chronic infections and co-infections which includes Lyme disease and the diagnosis and treatment of Babesia is included.

Presented by Dr. Wayne Sodano and Dr. Chas Gant, Directors of Medical Education at The College of Integrative Medicine and The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, respectively.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the integrative medicine approach for treating Lyme disease and the most common acute and chronic health conditions.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative Medicine (100 hours)

Course Instructor(s): Charles Gant.

(Open Enrollment) 

Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative Medicine is a 100 Hour Post Graduate Continuing Education Program designed to help practitioners acquire knowledge about assessment of integrative and functional medicine laboratory tests and how to apply them in clinical practice.  Specific topics include:  Vitamins, Minerals, Toxic Elements, Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Organic Acids, Oxidative Stress, Hormones and Neurotransmitters.  In addition, there is a discussion on Genomics and several case presentations. Instructor: Dr. Chas Gant, MD PhD.

The program contains (9) distance learning modules that hold a number of lessons on each topic.  All 100 hours of the program are accepted by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition toward their Diplomate Board Examination requirements.

This program offers cutting edge information in integrative medicine laboratory evaluations and seams nicely with those doctors who have studied in the functional medicine paradigm.

Attention: 

There is a required textbook for this program. It is highly recommended that you obtain this book before beginning this program which may be ordered through The College of Integrative Medicine. Please contact us directly to order: Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine. 2nd Ed. 2008. Lord RS, Bralley JA. ISBN 0-.9673949-4-5

Payment Options for this Course:

Total cost $1300.  May be paid in 6 month interest free installments of $216.67. Please note: Payment options are available before checkout is completed.

ENROLL IN COURSE NOW - $1,300.00 USD

Includes the following modules:
LE Module 01: Vitamins (25.5 hrs)

Course Description: Methods of vitamin assessment are discussed in depth via laboratory testing. The portfolio of each vitamin is discussed, which includes the active forms, biochemical role, and adult repletion dosage, as well as signs of deficiency. Vitamins discussed: Vitamin and vitamin-like substances: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, BH4, Folic acid, Biotin, vitamins C, D, E, K, carnitine, coenzyme Q10, lipoic acid, and choline

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of vitamin laboratory assessment via advanced laboratory testing and genomic testing.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

LE Module 02: Nutrient and Toxic Elements (12 hrs)

Course Description: Nutrient and toxic elements are discussed in the context of the integrative and functional medicine approach to deficiency, excess, and exposure. Adequacy assessment, optimal forms, clinical indication of deficiency, and laboratory assessment are reviewed for each essential nutrient. The general mechanism of metal toxicity and toxic metal assessment is discussed. Nutrients discussed include: calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, and cobalt. Toxic elements discussed include: aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. Guest speakers include Ralph Wilson, MD and Denise Grady. 

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various methods of essential and toxic element laboratory assessment via advanced laboratory testing.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

LE Module 03: Amino Acids (9 hrs)

Course Description: The role of amino acids in human health is discussed along with amino acid laboratory clinical profiling. Topics include: anabolic/catabolic responses, the urea cycle and nitrogen metabolism, amino acids used for energy production, proteins, and neurotransmitters, and sulfur containing amino acids – methylation and glutathione synthesis. Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine. 

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the role of amino acids as it relates to the urea cycle, protein and energy metabolism, neurotransmitter precursors, and methylation and glutathione synthesis.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

 

LE Module 04: Toxicants and Detoxification (9 hrs)

Course Description: Terminology and physiological effects of toxicants and their mechanism of cell injury are discussed. Laboratory assessments for toxic body burden and detoxification mechanisms are reviewed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the various the adverse health effects of oxidative stress (i.e. free radical tissue damage), mechanism of cellular damage caused by toxins, and assessing the individuals detoxification capacity.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

LE Module 05: Genomics (9 hrs)

Course Description: Genetic variations and its influence on health are reviewed. The era of personalized medicine is discussed via pharmacogenomics, and nutrigenomics. Polymorphisms of the enzymes, MTHFR and COMT, and their impact on health and metabolism are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the basic science of molecular biology as it relates to genetic variability and the era to personalized medicine.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

LE Module 06: Organic Acids (9.5 hrs)

Course Description: Unlike amino acids and fatty acids, the category of compounds called organic acids contains no essential nutrients. Instead of directly measuring nutrient concentrations, abnormal concentrations of organic acids provides functional markers for metabolic effects of micronutrient inadequacies, toxic exposure, neuroendocrine activity, and intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Areas of organic acids analysis as it relates to body metabolism include: mitochondrial function assessment, B-complex vitamin markers, methylation pathway markers, neurotransmitter metabolism markers, oxidative damage and antioxidant markers, detoxification markers, and intestinal dysbiosis markers.

Objectives: Students will be able to interpret an organic acids test (OAT) as it relates to mitochondrial function, oxidative damage, intestinal dysbiosis, B-vitamin nutriture, and detoxification capacity.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

LE Module 07: Fatty Acids (9.5 hrs)

Course Description: In clinical practice the need for laboratory evaluations of fatty acid status is helpful for making decisions about dietary modifications and/or supplementation with EFAs and/or other nutrients involved with fatty acid metabolism. Fatty acid, fatty acid metabolism, clinical relevant fatty acids patterns on laboratory interpretation, and the pro-inflammatory effects of fatty acid imbalance are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to recognize the patterns of fatty acid abnormalities as it relates to various health conditions, in particular metabolic syndrome and chronic inflammation.

LE Module 08: Hormones and Neurotransmitters (11 hrs)

Course Description: Introduction to the neurotransmitters and hormones and their effect on the health and disease. Growth hormones and homeostasis, stress hormones, sex hormones and neurotransmitters are reviewed in the content of imbalance and nutrient deficiency.

Review of substances: growth hormone, thyroxine, insulin, DHEA, cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, testosterone, estrogens, and progesterone.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain methods of nutritional intervention as it relates to hormonal and neurotransmitter balance.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

LE Module 09: Gastrointestinal Function (12 hrs)

Course Description: The gastrointestinal impact on nutrient and toxic status as well as a physiological review of the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine and the gastrointestinal microbiome are discussed.

Presented by Dr. Chas Gant, Director of Medical Education at The Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics in collaboration with The College of Integrative Medicine.

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the gastrointestinal function s it relates to nutrient status and toxicant status.

Note:  All lessons have handouts that should be downloaded prior to taking each lesson.  Some lessons may not include Power Point slide handouts and are noted accordingly.   

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