Advanced Metabolic Endocrinology Certification
Module l: A through D
Endocrinology, defined as "the study of the medical aspects of hormones, including diseases and conditions associated with hormonal imbalance, damage to the hormone synthesizing and secreting organs and tissues, or the use of synthetic or natural hormonal drugs", represents a dynamic and rapidly expanding biomedical discipline. However, the practice of endocrinology still remains an art with the diagnosis of many endocrine diseases still relying on the clinical acumen of physicians that is developed after years of encountering many patients with endocrine-related diseases of varying presentations, from mild to severe.
The Advanced Metabolic Endocrinology Certification is designed to introduce and familiarize the healthcare practitioner with the major topics that are part of an integrative endocrinology curriculum. This will be accomplished by completing the four modules that are necessary to introduce the principles of endocrinology and hormonal therapies and to provide a solid foundation for the development of more advanced and specialized clinical skills that are critical in for healthcare practitioners.
This module provides a functional overview of hormonal changes that manifest in men and women with aging, including the functions and interplay of specific hormones in the body. It discusses how best to identify, test for and treat hormonal deficiencies and dysfunctions, such as with hormone replacement and medication compounding.
This module will focus on advanced topics in adrenal health. Female sexual health will also be discussed. An in depth session on hyperthyroidism is also part of this advanced endocrinology module as well as learning how to personalize her hormone replacement protocols.
This module focuses on breast health, estrogen metabolism, and breast cancer risk. Memory and hormones along with hormonal influence on heart health will also be a focal point of this module. Difficult women's issues including advanced therapies in dysmenorrhea, vulvodynia, cervical dysplasia, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and amenorrhea will also be discussed. The toxicology of endocrine disrupters will furthermore be part of this advanced endocrinology module.
This module with focus on advanced endocrinology in the male patient. Male sexuality, late-life hypogonadism, benign prostatic hyperplasia, lower urinary tract symptoms, prostate cancer and the use of hormonal therapies, nutrition and the aging male, osteoporosis in men and sarcopenia will all be subjects of discussion in this module. The male athlete will also be a focus of this very interesting course.
Weight and Lifestyle Management Certification
Module XIV: A through D
Currently 78% of the U.S. population is overweight and now a staggering 38% of the population is obese (40% women and 35% men). Over the last decade, the NIH, has called for an all out war on obesity and has established guidelines that clearly push toward thinking beyond exercise and diet as the only causality to this endemic issue. To date, appetite suppressants and low calorie diets dominate the weight loss marketplace with a very low current success rate of 5-8%. This has forced the average weight management consumer to go searching on the internet attempting 4 new diets a year. This program destroys the myths around weight management and lays the groundwork for a comprehensive understanding of metabolism and the influencing factors that lead to fat gain.
Module XIV-A – Individualized Weight Management for the Patient
This module can jump-start weight loss in your practice. The first Module in the Certification lays the foundation for understanding a comprehensive approach to weight loss and weight management that goes beyond the myth that weight loss is simply a matter of calories in and calories out. It introduces concepts of stress, sleep disturbances, immune, environmental and other perspectives that limit sustained success with managing weight. This includes compounding suggestions, rationale for HCG as part of a weight loss program and the clinical application of dietary supplements for correcting the metabolic roadblocks that lead to stubborn weight gain. Broad topics such as insulin resistance and cortisol and managing sleep patterns are just a few of the highlights of Module XIV-A. Labs related to identifying metabolic issues are detailed in this first module. Case studies will reflect the course content for this three day module.
Module XIV-B – Comprehensive Weight Loss for the Integrative Physician
Part B of the Weight Management Certification dives deeply into the relationship of environmental toxins (obesogens), infections, sex hormones as well as detox discussion for the resistant weight loss patient. An introduction to hedonic eating and urges with insight on how to break the patterns is discussed in this module. In addition, an extended discussion of the role and types of diets that have been reported to work on weight loss. You will gain a thorough understanding of the differences between, low carb, modified low carb, low allergen/elimination diet, along with pro’s and cons of vegetarian, paleo and ketogenic diets. It is essential to be well versed in diet theory and application in order to understand the application of the correct diet for individuals. In addition, technology innovations are introduced in this Module. Case studies will reflect the course content for this three day module.
Module XIV-C – Weight Management
In part C of the Weight Management Certification our focus shifts to the Bariatric patient. As a weight loss specialist it is essential to understand the needs and challenges of the bariatric patient as more and more patients are choosing a variety of procedures. This Module will review the various procedures from leading bariatric surgeons to the challenges that the bariatric patients are faced with. Challenges include getting enough micro nutrition to eliminate conditions and symptoms related to nutrient deficiencies, issues around reward eating and craving patterns, and the brain related issues of craving and comfort food patterns will be detailed with specific strategies to break the reward cascade. Exercise prescription for the bariatric patient with specific targets and programs are outlined during this coursework as well. Additionally, technology to help the bariatric patient track their progress will be discussed. Case studies will reflect the course content.
Module XIV-D – Brain Directed Weight Loss
Putting it all together is the theme of the 4th installment of Weight Management Certification. It is one thing to know all about the factors involved in metabolic shifts that lead to obesity and resistant weight gain. It is a whole other issue to manage weight loss in practice successfully, both from the clinical outcome but also financially. The instructors in this is module were selected specifically for their successful weight loss practice implementation and will add valuable insight, guidance and practical experience to help you shape your weight loss component to your practice. You will have a considerable amount of practicum as well as tips and tricks to motivate the weight loss client. In addition, specific diet start up guidelines will be given that can be utilized. Exercise for weight loss will be reviewed with specific exercise prescription for the overweight and obese patient. Various body composition devices, glucometers, surveys and other tools will be demonstrated as well. Truly a HANDS ON Module.
Brain Fitness Certification
Module XV: A through D
One of the major medical issues that affect patients is how to maintain memory and healthy brain function throughout their life. The brain is affected by virtually every aspect of your patient's lives, including moods, activities, sleep quality, stress levels, and diet.
This 4-part certification program will provide healthcare professionals with a solid foundation in the neurosciences and the application of neurological principles to the management of cognitive decline. The modules provide content related to neurological function including an introduction to how the brain learns and tools for memory enhancement, identifying toxins that lead to memory loss, exploring assessment instruments designed to measure cognitive decline and a discussion of emerging brain fitness therapies.
The Brain Fitness Certification offers the opportunity for professionals involved in health care delivery to begin the transition to understanding the broad spectrum of issues involved cognitive decline and neurological disease. For practitioners that have an interest in enhancing healthcare delivery, this program provides the necessary education to successfully understand and incorporate neurological principles into patient care.
Module XV-A – The Basics of Brain Fitness and Memory Maintenance
This module discusses the factors that help or hinder cognitive functioning, specifically memory. Negative influences such as toxins, medications, stress and inflammation are outlined, while procognitive factors like exercise, nutrients, good sleep hygiene and fatty acids are presented. Cognitive testing, relevant brain anatomy and risk factors for Alzheimer's and dementia are also covered.
Module XV-B – How the Brain Learns and Metabolism of the Brain
An in-depth look at the biology, anatomy and physiology of the brain is taken, specifically how it processes information. The stages and types of memory are reviewed, as well as factors that affect retention and learning, including gender differences. Other topics include Bloom's Taxonomy, the brain and the arts, human attention and healthy brain aging.
Module XV-C – Memory Loss: A Practical Guide for Clinicians
This module teaches how to evaluate memory loss in patients and how to make a differential diagnosis, comprising such conditions as Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and vascular cognitive impairment, frontotemporal dementia, normal pressure hydrocephalus and more. The behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are discussed, as well as medications for memory loss.
Module XV-D – Brain Fitness Therapies
This module outlines the role of electrophysiology for brain health within a clinical practice. Electrophysiology has a very important role in ensuring accurate clinical diagnoses. Many neurological diseases cause symptoms that manifest far from the injured or deceased tissues. Locating and treating all affected areas of the body is essential for proper patient care. Electrophysiology allows for the investigation of abnormal electrical signals in the body's tissues. It provides quantitative data to clinicians, supporting diagnostic processes and evaluating treatment success.
Metabolic Cardiovascular Certification
Module XVI: A through D
Module XVI: E (Optional)
Cardiovascular disease is a serious and growing public health problem with risk factors everything from metabolic syndromes such as dyslipidemia, hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance and hyperglycemia, to behavioral factors such as physical inactivity, smoking and unhealthy diet, and even more genetic causes such as family history, age and gender. The costs of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome disparities are tremendous and must be addressed through appropriate lifestyle modification and therapeutic programs.
The goal of this certification program is to provide medical professionals with a comprehensive review of cardiology, the biological basis of cardiovascular structure and function and diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The modules will focus on discussions of topics that include vascular biology and disease, endothelial dysfunction, the roles of inflammation and oxidative stress, hypertension, causes of vascular aging, noninvasive and invasive testing, early detection and treatment with nutrition and nutraceutical supplements, dyslipidemia, the analysis of cardiovascular risk factors, mediators and cardiovascular risk scoring, early identification of cardiovascular issues and the properties various treatment plans.
This 5-part certification program offers the opportunity for healthcare practitioners involved in wellness delivery to begin transition to understand the broad spectrum of issues involved in cardiovascular disease. For practitioners that are involved in clinical care, this program provides the necessary education to successfully understand the multi-factorial causes of cardiovascular disease and its treatment.
Module XVI (A) - Integrative Cardiovascular Biology
Vascular biology, vascular aging and vascular disease are the focus here. The module teaches how to apply nutrition, exercise and weight management programs in treating such conditions, as well as the clinical presentation and cardiovascular relationships among vascular biology, vascular aging and vascular disease. Laboratory testing and new, noninvasive diagnostic cardiovascular tests are also reviewed.
The pathophysiology, clinical review and application of advanced lipid testing and treatment of dyslipidemia with nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, lifestyle changes and drugs will be discussed and integrated into your clinical practice. There will be an in-depth review and discussion of CHD risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, laboratory testing and noninvasive CV diagnostic tests and integrative treatments for CHD, CVD and CHF. Additional time is devoted to clinical case presentations and clincial application of all didactic lectures with interaction and Q & A with the professors.
Immunologic vascular disease is reviewed in depth, including pathophysiology, clinical presentation, prevention and treatment. Factors that impact cardiovascular disease, such as nutragenomics, anxiety and hormonal balance, are explored, as well as methods of testing. The module also discusses nutritional and dietary therapies for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Module XVI (D) - Metabolic Cardiovascular Health
The roles of various conditions in cardiovascular disease-such as dysglycemia, insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus- are presented. Methods for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including stem cells and chelation therapy, are explored, in addition to occupational risk factors for heart disease, the effects of toxins in the heart and the role of solvents in the development of arrhythmias.
Module XVI (E) - Applied Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment with Case Presentations
This module is entirely case presentations that are advanced teaching cases in hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, CHD risk factor analysis, invasive and non- invasive CV testing, congestive heart failure, diagnosis, drug and non-drug therapies including nutrition, nutraceutical supplements, obesity, exercise, stress reduction and other life style modification.
The cases will demonstrate specific cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment issues in an open didactic and interactive discussion with all attendees. Integrative preventive cases, where weight loss/nutritional intervention/detoxification allowed a reduction in medications with concomitant improvement in risk factor values.
Sports Medicine Certification
Modules XIX - A through D
Your patients don't have to run track or swing a bat to get a sports injury. Sports-type injuries can occur during everyday activities. And, no matter what the age or level of activity for your patient, they rely on healthy joints, muscles, and ligaments to stay moving. From young children to active retirees, patients are looking to maintain active lifestyles.
This certification program focuses on the "science of eating," including diet programs, recipes and nutrients that help athletes reach peak performance and success. Factors that hinder such success are also reviewed. The program discusses the body's physiological response to exercise, treatments for sports-related conditions, biometrics, eating disorders, the aging athlete and psychology.
The program is comprised of coursework that includes sports medicine, sports nutrition, basic life support, personal health and weight training. Students also learn medical terminology and exercise science principles. This certification promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to help your patients maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life. For practitioners that are involved in clinical care, this program provides the necessary education to successfully become a primary care sports medicine specialist and obtain the highest level non-invasive care for a full range of conditions.
Module XIX (A) - The Body's Physiological Response to Exercise
This module focuses on improving performance for the professional athlete or extreme exerciser. Principles discussed include diet and nutrition, toxins that decrease performance, exercise recovery, reducing fatigue, eating disorders, athletes and aging, sports psychology and chronic disease.
Module XIX (B) - Treatments for Sports Related Conditions
This module focuses on eating programs that aid athletes that aggressively exercise and recognizing the science of eating for sports success. A review of nutrition and supplementation for peak athletic performance will be discussed. Review of the endocrine system and exercise as well us understanding the role of exercise in the treatment of chronic disease. In depth discussion on nutritional health, including cellular health, pH balance, digestion, elimination, nutrient absorption, hydration, superfoods, the art and science of dieting including meal planning, food preparation, cooking, and recipes.
Module XIX (C) - Sports Nutrition and Body Principles
This module will cover osteopathic manual manipulation in sports, ultra-exercise and heart damage, sports nutrition principles for training and recovery including the daily training diet and food, fluid and electrolyte intake. Further review of weight loss, muscle building and changing body composition in an athlete. Finally, discussion on hormonal influences with the physiology of an athlete and the potential and treatment for endotoxemia and endurance training
Module XIX (D) - Exercise and Disease
This module will focus on the circumstances of overtraining including signs and symptoms. Discussions related to exercise and cardiovascular disease; exercise and immune activation; brain optimization for performance enhancement. Presenters will provide a more in-depth discussion on exercise, nutrition and nutritional supplementation. Presentations will also cover head injuries in sports along with diagnosis and treatment protocols.
Module XXIII: A through D
There's a serious lack of patient compliance in between visits to their healthcare practitioner. They hear the advice you give but, no matter how hard they try, they don't always follow all of it.
The Lifestyle Certification offers the opportunity for practitioners involved in healthcare delivery to begin the transition to understanding the broad spectrum of issues involved in disease prevention and wellness. For students that have an interest in future healthcare careers, this certificate provides the necessary coursework to successfully understand the principles of advanced patient wellness.
This certification program is comprised of modules that focus on coaching methods for healthcare professionals, approaches to motivational counseling and an introduction to the psychology of behavioral change. In addition, the certificate features an advanced course in clinical nutrition which provides a novel approach to health maintenance and wellness.
Module XXIII (A) - Introduction to Lifestyle Coaching
This module provides information on how to guide the patient to successfully changing lifestyle habits to create sustainable, long-term health. Several steps are discussed to bring the patient through this process and models for success are offered.
Module XXIII (B) - Nutrition Coaching
This module discusses the immune system and digestion, along with toxins, detoxification and diet. The key avenues for toxin entry are overviewed, along with digestion, absorption, deposition, and utilization of all nutrients. Diet prescription and food preparation are taught and techniques are reviewed for overcoming objections by the patient.
Module XXIII (C) - Co-Active Coaching
This module focuses on the concept of the co-active coaching model. It discusses fundamentals of the model, the basics of the co-active coaching relationship and the coaching power triangle. The program instructs on how to utilize co-active coaching contexts, principles, practices and other skills.
Module XXIII (D) - Integrative Lifestyle Medicine
Several different topics of lifestyle coaching are explored, such as medication-induced nutritional depletions, foods as nutrients, treatment modalities, hormonal balance, energy levels and food additives. The module also discusses other factors that relate to health coaching-such as emotions, intuition, etc.-as well as skills to implement a comprehensive weight loss program for a patient.
Module XXV: A through D
8.9% of the U.S. population aged 12 or older would meet the diagnostic criteria for a drug or alcohol use disorder. This was an estimated 22.1 million persons. Of these, 2.9 million were classified with a substance use disorder of both alcohol and illicit drugs. With this rising number, many patients in need of treatment do not receive evidence-based care.
Whether the addiction is to drugs, substances, eating disorders, or other, this 4-part certification will provide the healthcare practitioner a combined evidence-based approach, integrate natural therapeutic approaches as well as psychosocial therapies to provide your patient with long-term lifestyle changes and results.
This certification program's course work includes addictions to foods, drugs (stimulant, depressant, hypoxia inducing agents), alcohol, sex, work, shop lifting, gambling, and computer addictions; neuroendocrine pathways such as dopamine, serotonin and tryptophan; changes to the HPA axis and thyroid; detoxification of organs such as liver, kidney, skin, bowel and lungs will be examined; mitochondrial and other energy producing states will also be deliberated in their relationship to addiction; pain control and addictions that co-occur with psychiatric and other medical disorders; endocannabinoid system; epigenetic regulations in substance abuse disorders. For all types of practitioners that are involved in overall care, this certification provides the necessary education to treat patients dealing with an addiction.
Module XXV (A) Addiction: Biochemical, Metabolic, Neurobiologic and Psycho-emotional
This Module will be an overview of addiction. Questions such as: Who me? How do you know if you, or someone you love, or one of your patients has an addiction? Sugar is the most addicting substance on earth. There are biochemical, metabolic, neuroendocrine, neurobiologic & psycho-emotional similarities & differences between other addictions & sugar. These other addictions will be discussed as well such as foods, drugs (stimulant, depressant, hypoxia inducing agents), alcohol, sex, work, shoplifting, gambling & computer addictions.
Module XXV (B) Addiction: Neuroendocrine Pathways & Detoxification
This Module will look at the electric & electromagnetic changes that result from addiction. The neuroendocrine pathways will be discussed such as dopamine, serotonin & tryptophan. Changes in the HPA axis & thyroid will also be elucidated. The body's ability to detoxify has a great deal to do with addiction as well. Organs of detoxification such as the liver, kidney, skin, bowel & lungs will be examined. Mitochondrial & other energy producing states will also be deliberated in their relationship to addiction.
Module XXV (C) Addiction: Pain Control & Psychiatric Disorders
This Module will concentrate on pain control & also addictions that co-occur with psychiatric & other medical disorders. Furthermore, the endocannabinoid system & addiction will be elucidated. Epigenetic regulations in substance abuse disorders will likewise be discussed.
Module XXV (D) Coaching Skills & Tools for Addiction Healthcare Providers
Participants will come away with an understanding of the differences between coaching, therapy, counseling and sponsorship, as well as the ecology of coaching and why this process is so effective in empowering patients to actively engage in their recovery process. In establishing the coaching relationship, coaches have the skills to build trust and rapport with their patients and enroll them in exploring new possibilities, creating a vision and identifying the actions necessary to lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.