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This clinically oriented, webinar-based, six-month training program has been developed over fifteen years, and draws on successful result from more than 8,000 patients. Dr. Kalish teaches you to implement a logical sequence of therapeutic programs using the best lab tests available. You'll learn to communicate effectively with your patients, correct their chronic health conditions, and, most importantly, build a thriving cash practice.

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Program Overview:

The training program consists of a series of 6 in-depth modules that we'll cover over a period of six months. Each week includes a one hour lecture and case study presentation that you can listen to at any time. An additional one hour live interactive webinar is schedued at a specific time and is limited to groups of 15 practitioners per class. The webinar format allows students from all over the world to participate, and everything is recorded so you can listen to the recordings later.

Dr. Kalish designed the course in a way that not only teaches you to practice his method, but also to experience the process first-hand, as if you were a patient. You will use lab tests on yourself. You will communicate test results with fellow students. You will implement dietary changes in your own life, and feel better just as your patients will.

Here are just some of the basics that you should expect to learn:

  • Determine targeted, individualized healing protocols to correct hormonal, digestive, and detoxification imbalances
  • Communicate to patients the benefits of a science-based approach to treating the root causes of their imbalances while minimizing risk factors
  • Develop the protocol and timeline for patient consultations, lab tests, follow-up and patient support
  • Use the most accurate lab tests available for assessing stress and sex hormone imbalances, GI dysfunction, heavy metals and detoxification pathways
  • Effectively interpret test results to create the best protocol
  • Master the practical aspects of running a successful nutritionally oriented practice

Frequently Asked Questions

The Training Program In Detail:

Module 1: Introduction and Program Overview
- Advanced Gluten
- Advanced Adrenals
- Brain/Adrenal Integration

The first lecture is an introduction to what we'll cover over the next six months, including the format for lectures, discussions, and clinical rounds, and how to use the accompanying materials. We'll discuss functional medicine in detail and we'll cover the objectives of the program. You will learn how to apply the course material in your practice right away. This training takes you, the practitioner, through six months of clinical procedures, beginning with testing and assessments, as you would with a patient in your practice. Each teleconference will give you valuable information to use in your practice the very next day.

Learn how every patient's symptoms and complaints correspond to weaknesses with one (or more) of the three body systems: digestive, hormonal, and detoxification, and how lab testing will help you pinpoint and design treatment protocols that work for your patients by addressing underlying causes of symptoms. You'll discover how to present your program - including diagnostic tests - to prospective patients, and how to analyze test results and explain them in a manner that will motivate patients to follow through. Finally, we'll address lifestyle as a critical component of your treatments, and how emotional and spiritual wellness affects overall health and recovery.

Advanced Gluten

Optimum digestive health is a cornerstone of overall vitality. Many factors can wear down the health of the gastro-intestinal tract: bad diets, food sensitivities, pathogens, toxins, stress, improper digestion and assimilation, and even eating quickly or not chewing thoroughly.

This class will cover the connection between the GI tract and the immune system, including a description of mucosal barrier function and its role in defending and protecting the body from invaders such bacteria, yeast and parasites. Learn how gut tissue damage weakens immune response, leading to food allergies and leaky gut syndrome.

We'll cover gluten intolerance in detail - causes, contributing factors, and testing - and its insidious role in destroying GI tissue, leading to leaky gut, allergies, food intolerance, and inflammation. We'll also discuss the relationship between gluten intolerance and food addiction: learn why we crave the foods to which we are allergic.

We'll begin discussing guidelines for the GI healing diet, how to get patients started, how to use gluten free diets, rotation diets, and when to re-test and re-introduce allergic foods.

Advanced Adrenals/Brain Integration
The adrenals play a crucial role in the stress response and the balance of both female and male sex hormones. Situated atop the kidneys, these glands are charged with production of hormones that regulate blood pressure, cardiovascular function, and the metabolism of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates).
Learn how the deleterious effects of chronic stress on the body inevitably lead to adrenal fatigue. We'll discuss stress in detail: the body's fight or flight response, perceptions of stress, how we react to stress, and how functioning chronically in this state affects a patient's health. Learn the connection between adrenal fatigue and blood sugar imbalances, weight gain, mood swings and inflammation.

We'll discuss how the adrenals respond to stress and disruptions such as skipping meals, dieting, too much or too little exercise, and lack of sleep. We'll explore the roles of adrenal hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, and pregnenolone. Learn the importance of the pathways and functions of endocrine feedback loops: the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis. We will review the causes and symptoms of adrenal hormone imbalance. Finally, we'll cover the three stages of adrenal exhaustion in detail.

Module 2: GI Treatment Protocols
- Yeast & Bacterial Pathogens
- Parasites

Strong digestive function is critical in maintaining overall health. Excellent digestion means proper assimilation and delivery of nutrients for optimal function of all body systems. This lecture will review the process of normal digestion and discuss how to identify patients' GI problems through questionnaires and lab work. Learn different methods for GI testing and why it's necessary in evaluating patients' health and designing successful protocols.
We'll begin to discuss a targeted, three-phase healing program to restore GI health: (1) reducing inflammation; (2) cleansing the GI tract; and (3) repairing leaky gut and recolonizing with healthy bacteria.

There will be a detailed discussion of leaky gut and food allergies and intolerances, including development and progression, common food allergens, types of testing and why this is critical in designing customized protocols, and systemic problems associated with food allergies and sensitivities.

Yeast & Bacterial Pathogens
Pathogenic infections - yeast, bacteria, and parasites - can wreak havoc in the digestive tract and immune system, eventually leading to tissue and organ damage and disease. Good digestive function equals a strong immune response, but compromised digestion and leaky gut invites chronic GI infections - yeast overgrowth and/or bacterial and parasitic infection.

The first pathogen lecture will cover yeast and bacterial pathogens. Why is testing for pathogens so critical in designing a treatment protocol? We will discuss various treatment options, and reasons for screening for candida, c. difficile, and h pylori. We'll touch on the different lab assessments for GI tract infections: O&P, cultures, stool antigen testing and antibody testing.

Learn about the three levels of candida albicans (yeast) in detail: (1) commensal; (2) invasive: and (3) systemic. We will discuss triggers for yeast overgrowth, symptoms, sites of infection, and treatment options. We'll also cover C. difficile and helicobacter pylori: causes, symptoms, prevalence, treatment, and testing.

Learn about the relationship between h. pylori infection and ulcers, cancer, and heart disease. We'll cover protocols for all in detail, including proven effective herbs and supplements.

Finally, we'll discuss guidelines for a therapeutic diet, and the all-important topic of preventing re-infection.

Parasitic infections are the underlying causes of many of your patients' chronic symptoms. Lecture seven will discuss the following parasitic infections:

  1. Cryptosporidium
  2. Giardia
  3. Entamoeba histolytica
  4. Blastocytis hominis
  5. Ascaris (roundworm)

Learn how parasitic infections are contracted, symptoms of infection, and treatment options. We'll also revisit the three phase GI healing program and discuss intestinal inflammation, cleansing and repair in the treatment of pathogenic infections.

Learn "the rules" and timing for treating parasites, as well as various treatment options, including the pros and cons of botanicals and antibiotics and re-colonization of the intestines with probiotics.

Finally, we'll discuss gut ecology and the harmful overgrowth of organisms known as dysbiosis. Learn how to re-evaluate patients, correct dysbiosis, and how to prevent re-infection.

Module 3: Adrenal/GI Integration, Case Studies and Presentations

Module 4: Female Hormones
- Cyclical Programs
- Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Programs
- Adrenal/GI/Female Hormone Integration

Review the normal menstrual cycle and the roles of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. We'll discuss the factors that cause female hormonal imbalance in detail and the effects of imbalanced hormones.
Learn the symptoms and causes of excesses and deficiencies for estrogen and progesterone, and learn the conditions associated with chronic, unchecked estrogen dominance. We'll also look at estrogen metabolism, including dietary influences, and ways to balance estrogen excess. Learn how diet and lifestyle factors affect hormone balance and how easily the proper ratio may be disrupted. We'll discuss common conditions resulting from hormonal imbalance.

Finally, learn which lab panels to use for patients with female hormone complaints and how to evaluate female hormonal panels for pre-menopausal women.

We will cover menopause and therapeutic protocols to mitigate menopausal symptoms. Learn what happens hormonally during menopause, and how to use herbs, lifestyle, and bio-identical hormone therapies to eliminate menopausal symptoms naturally.

We'll review synthetic and bio-identical hormones, including how to work with women using HRT. We'll look briefly at the current medical model and the advantages of bio-identical over synthetic hormones. Learn the best method, dosage, and duration of hormones. We'll cover testing of post-menopausal hormones and several protocols including diet, nutrients, bio-identical hormones and herbs to ease the transition into menopause.

Module 5: Detoxification, Nutrient Replacement and Brain Healing

The liver is responsible for filtering, detoxifying, nourishing and replenishing the blood. Learn how a clean liver can lead to a clear, more focused mind. In Chinese medicine, anger and irritability are associated with excess liver heat or stagnation, which can cause headaches or foggy thinking. Learn why the liver is the body's hardest working organ, and how it neutralizes toxins, step by step.

This lecture will begin to cover body system three, the detoxification system, with an in-depth discussion of liver function, liver detox pathway testing, and protocols for liver detox. Learn what happens when the liver becomes overworked and congested, and how this leads to imbalance in the detoxification system and system-wide. Learn what complaints and symptoms correspond to poor liver function.

Learn how to assess liver detox pathway function, and create individualized protocols corresponding to results. Finally, we'll discuss ways to decrease toxic exposure: something from which we can all benefit!

Nutrient Replacement
This lecture will cover full interpretation of the Metametrix Organix Profile (Organic acids) in detail. You'll learn how to assess a patient's nutrient status by interpreting each section of the Organix Profile. The profile gives you a snapshot of the state of a patient's diet, or if they have malabsorption issues, and you'll know what direction to take with the patient.

The Organix profile is an easy urine test that covers six areas of metabolic assessment: b-vitamin insufficiency, cellular energy, neural function, detoxification, antioxidant status and oxidative damage, and markers for dysbiosis and bacterial and yeast overgrowth.

The report shows high or low marks next to abnormalities, and supplement recommendations included with the report based on individual results. These markers can be used to design a treatment program after the patient has successfully repaired intestinal damage so that nutrients can be absorbed.

Brain Healing
In this section we will discuss neurotransmitter function, dysfunction, and how to correct imbalance. Depression, anxiety and panic disorder, and cravings are all conditions that can potentially be treated when neurotransmitter imbalance is addressed. We'll cover master neurotransmitters and synthesis pathways; SSRIs and risks involved with usage; amino acid therapy, dosage, and conditions that can be treated with amino acid therapy.

Module 6: Marketing and Business Systems, Practice Development
Strategy and planning sessions to review your unique practice circumstances and come up with solutions so you can integrate functional medicine into your clinic without interfering with existing operations.