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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.

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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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