Level III Training
1) Study biochemistry and anatomy/physiology in order to understand the mechanism of how dietary supplements and nutrition works.
This includes a basic understanding of metabolism, physiology, molecular genetics, epidemiology and biostatistics.
2) Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry as it relates to nutrients needed. Students will learn to analyze modern biochemical and molecular studies of nutrition and its role in health and disease. This includes the quantitative analysis and interpretation of results.
3) The integration of knowledge about cellular and molecular biology,modern molecular genetics, and human physiology with concepts in nutritional sciences related to diet and disease.
4) To learn which macro and micronutrients as well as co factors areneeded for each system to run efficiently. How to determine what your patient is missing, or where the breakdown occurs in the biological pathway and the knowledge to supplement right at the breakdown for optimal function and recovery.
5) To acquire detailed knowledge regarding the biological basis of nutrition and the mechanisms by which diet can influence health.
Goals: Study biochemistry and anatomy/physiology in order to understand the mechanism of how dietary supplements and nutrition works. This includes a basic understanding of metabolism,physiology, molecular genetics, epidemiology and biostatistics.
1. What is the Biochemistry of Nutrition?
A. First lets discuss physiology and biochemistry.
1. Remember way, way back to 1st and 2nd year in med school? We learned that each system rana certain way: Physiology, and we learned that these systems and organs and actions required certain things to happen to make them work: Biochemistry.
2. While “nutritional science” focuses on the biochemistry of food components, “Biochemistry of Nutrition” focuses on the biochemistry of the body systems as they respond to nutrition.
2. Physiology and Biochemistry– in review
A. Homeostasis – the importance of keeping the body balanced
1. What does it take to keep the body in constant homeostasis?
3. Physiology/Biochemistry –organ systems
B. Endocrine System
1. Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axis Overview
2. Specific Hypothalamus-Anterior Pituitary Axes
3. Nutrients and Co-Factors needed for the Endocrine System
C. The Nervous System-Central and Peripheral Nervous systems, The Senses and the Somatic Nervous System
1. Neurons and Glia, Ions and Charge,Excitable Cells and Signaling, Intercellular Contact
2. Limbic system, 5 senses
3. Nutrients and Co-Factors needed for Nervous System to Function
D. The Skeletal System
1. Muscle -Skeletal Muscles, Smooth Muscle, Cardiac Muscle
2. Nutrients and Co-Factors needed to help the Skeletal System to Function
E. Cardiovascular System
a. Cardiac Performance
b. Nutrients and Oxygen requirements
c. Nutrients needed, Nutrients that are dangerous to have too much or too little of, biochemistry of the heart.
F. Respiratory System
1. Mechanics of Breathing, Gas Transport, Regulation of Ventilation
2. Biochemistry of the Lung System, Nutrients needed
G. The Reproductive System
1. The Male Reproductive System, The Female Reproductive System
2. The Function of Hormones in Men and Women
3. The Connection with Hormones and other Systems
4. Hormone Dysregulation, Nutrients and Lifestyle Choices that effect hormonal balance
H. The Gastrointestinal System
1. Overview of Function, Motility, Dysfunction and Nutrient Absorption
2. How to Determine Absorption Capabilities
3. When and where each nutrient is absorbed in the intestinal tract and possible problems with absorption, i.e. MTFHR mutation, COM-T mutation, etc…
4. The Microbiome and why it is important
I. The Urinary System
1. Kidney structure and Function, pH Balance and Analysis, Detoxification, Reabsorption
2. Biochemistry of Kidney Function – Nutrients that support it, Toxins and Things that destroy function
J. Integumentary System
1. The Skin and its Function, Absorption of Things through the Skin
2. Biochemistry of nutrients absorbed through the skin
3. The importance of the Skin for Immunity
4. Nutrients that feed the Integumentary System
K. Lymphatic/Immune System:
1. Cytokines, Interleukins, NK cells, Mast cells, Humoral vs. Cell Mediated Response
2. Adaptive vs. Innate Immunity
3. Auto- immune Malfunctions
4. Possible causes of autoimmune conditions as it relates to the Gastrointestinal System and nutrient absorption
5. Nutrients that support the Immune System
L. Evaluating and ReadingResearch Properly
1. General bias in research
2. How to look for conflicts of interest in research
a. Who funded this research? Do they have a vested interest in a specific result?
b. How to determine if the research can even be applied to a human model.
c. Why you can’t believe everything you read.
M. The Proper Order to Healing
1. Start with the gastrointestinal system, if you can’t absorb anything, the supplementation of nutrients won’t help them.
2. Determining the root problem of the intestinal system
3. Healing the GI tract: The four R’s
Goals: Understand which macro and micronutrients; co-factors are needed for which systems and common pathologies. Learn how to make customized nutrition plan for your customers. Macronutrients and Micronutrients and needs for common pathologies in each body system:
A. Skeletal System
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for skeletal function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants needed for skeletal function
3. Co-factors and nutrients needed for function–Vit D, Calcium, Vit K, Mg, Sodium, Potassium
4. Common Pathologies
a. Nutrient support for Osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone breaks, surgery and other common skeletal pathologies.
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for muscular function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals,antioxidants needed for skeletal function
3. Co-factors and nutrients needed for function– calcium,magnesium, and b vitamins
4. Common Pathologies
a. Nutrient support for chronic pain, MDL, muscle spasms,
C. Cardiovascular System
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for cardiovascular function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals,antioxidants needed for cardiovascular function
3. Co-factors and nutrients needed forfunction–
4. Common Pathologies
a. Nutrient support for hypertension, heart attack, hyperlipidemia, angina, CHF
D. Digestive System
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for digestive function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals,antioxidants needed for digestive function
3. Co-factors and nutrients needed for function and healing – A, B, C, D Vitamins, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, L- Glutamine
4. Common Pathologies
a. Nutrient support for IBS, Crohns, Leaky Gut Syndrome
E. Endocrine System
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for endocrine function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals,antioxidants needed for endocrine function
3. Co-factors and nutrients needed for function:iodine, Vit C and D, lowering cortisol, botanicals for adrenal and immune function
4. Common Pathologies
a. Nutrient support for thyroid issues,- Hashimoto’s, hypothyroid, nodules, hyperthyroid. Nutrient support for autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, RA, etc., and pituitary and adrenal disorders.
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for nervous system function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants needed for nervous systemfunction
3. Co-factors and nutrients needed for function of the nervous system: Oats, B-vitamins,Brewers yeast, Ashwaganda, etc.
a. Nutrient support for anxiety, neuropathies, nerve pathologies.
G. Reproductive System/Urinary Tract
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for reproductive and hormonal function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants needed for reproductive and hormonal function
3. Co-factors and nutrients needed for reproductive function: Vit C, Zinc and FolicAcid (talk about MTFHR mutation and folate) and hormonal dysruptors to avoid like plastics.
4. Co-factors and nutrients needed for urinary tract health: the importance of water,antioxidants, pre and probiotics, garlic, etc
5. Common Pathologies - low libido, UTI’s, amenorrhea, PCOS,menopausal symptoms
a. Nutrient support for hormonal health and bladder and urinary system
H. Respiratory System
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for lung function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, anti-oxidants needed for lung function
3. Co-factors needed for optimum lung functionand detoxification
4.. Common Pathologies - COPD, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis,pneumonia, tuberculosis, pleurisy
a. Nutrient support – NAC, antioxidants, lobelia, lomatium
I. Integumentary System/Lymphatic System
a. Carbs, Protein and Fats needed for skin and lymph function
b. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants needed for skin and lymph function
3. Co-factors and vitamins needed for functionof the skin: internal and external, and for the lymph system.
4.. Common Pathologies – skin - psoriasis,eczema, hives, rash, dermatitis, etc.
lymph – lymphedema, Hodgkin’s, Non-Hodgkin’s, lymphadenitis
a. Nutrient support internal and external for skin and lymph – biotin, selenium, Vitamin A,zinc, NAC, etc.
Goals: Learn abouthow to combine nutrition with other naturopathic and allopathic medicine methods to achieve ultimate health. Learn how to create a nutrition plan for your patient or client that focuses on their specific disease. Learn how to inspire your patients or clients to change their eating and supplementing routines and lifestyle to achieve greater health.
1. Continuing with common pathologies you will see in the different systems in the body and the nutrients needed to help: Current standard of care, plus how you can add to that and help.
A. Respiratory System – pneumonia, bronchitis,tuberculosis, pleurisy, asthma etc..
B. Immune / Lymphatic Systems – EBV, HSV, HIV,cold, flu, virus
C. Urinary tract – UTI’s, kidney infection,bladder infection
D. Reproductive system – hormonal imbalance,pms, infertility, weight gain
E. Integumentary system – rashes, hives, eczema,psoriasis
1. Wound healing – speeding it up
F. Cardiovascular system – hypertension, angina,high cholesterol, plaques
G. Reproductive System – amenorrhea,infertility, PMS, low libido, etc
H. Endocrine System – thyroid, adrenal andpituitary disorders
I. Nervous System – anxiety, fight or flight,neuralgias
J. Digestive System – IBS, Bloating,Malabsorption, Abdominal pain
K. Musculoskeletal system – bone and muscle pathologies
1. acute injury nutrients and care
2. speeding up healing after surgeries
2. Common protocolsfor the top 10-15 disease processes or acute illness you will commonly see inyour practice.
3. Inspiring people to change their food and lifestyle, psychology and diet
A. Teaching and explaining to them how important it is to change their life to help heal their disease and why, in a way they can understand.
B. Making it a “do-able” plan for them by providing recipes and protocols for patients that will fit into and work for their lives.
C. Making sure you have all the testing and the correct information to advise on nutrient support for clinical issues.
1. Overview of some of the testing needed for specific nutrients and deficiencies
D. The “Sell “– how do you make people change their habits and in turn, their lives? You sell it.
1. Convince them it will make their lives better.
2. Provide workable solutions for implementing change in their lives with recipes, protocols, resources, education andsupport.
4. Other therapies to incorporate to help with lifestyle changes
A. Stress,mind/body techniques, meditation, aromatherapy, exercise, art