Comprehensive Functional Lab Testing: From Fundamentals to Advanced Applications

Conveniently located to serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.

Functional Blood Testing is the most comprehensive, efficient, and practical way to get started with blood testing from a Functional Medicine perspective.

Course Description

The Comprehensive Functional Lab Testing course offers an in-depth exploration of functional blood testing principles and techniques, empowering healthcare professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively address a wide range of health concerns. This curriculum covers various aspects of functional medicine, including blood sugar imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, thyroid disorders, metabolic disorders, anemias, dyslipidemia, immune dysregulation, methylation issues, and much more.

Through a series of 19 modules, participants will gain a solid understanding of etiology, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for various conditions. The course incorporates case studies to illustrate real-life applications and provides hands-on experience with interpreting test results and designing personalized treatment plans.

In addition to foundational topics, this course delves into advanced functional lab testing areas, including adrenal dysfunction, gastrointestinal health, inflammatory markers, oxidative stress, toxic burden, genetic testing, mitochondrial function, neurotransmitter imbalances, women’s health, and cardiovascular health.

The Comprehensive Functional Lab Testing course is ideal for physicians, naturopaths, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and enhance their practice with functional lab testing. By the end of this course, participants will have the confidence and expertise to utilize functional lab testing to uncover the root causes of health issues and create tailored interventions to promote optimal health and wellness in their patients.

Curriculum

PART ONE: Introduction to Functional Blood Testing

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Principles of Functional Blood Testing
  • Blood testing basics
  • Functional vs. conventional ranges
  • Recommended panel
  • Options for ordering the panel
  • Where to find additional information

PART TWO: Blood Sugar Imbalances

Learning Objectives:

  • Hyperglycemia
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
  • Hypoglycemia/reactive hypoglycemia
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies

PART THREE: Nutrient Imbalances

Learning Objectives:

  • Iron deficiency
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
    • Iron overload
      • Etiology
      • Diagnosis
      • Treatment
      • Case studies
    • Vitamin B12 deficiency
      • Etiology
      • Diagnosis
      • Treatment
      • Case studies
    • Vitamin D imbalance
      • Etiology
      • Diagnosis
      • Treatment
      • Case studies
    • Zinc-copper imbalance
      • Etiology
      • Diagnosis
      • Treatment
      • Case studies
    • Magnesium deficiency
      • Etiology
      • Diagnosis
      • Treatment
      • Case studies

    PART FOUR: Thyroid Disorders

    Learning Objectives:

    • Thyroid hypofunction
      • Etiology
      • Diagnosis
      • Treatment
      • Case studies
      • Thyroid hyperfunction
        • Etiology
        • Diagnosis
        • Treatment
        • Case studies

      PART FIVE: Metabolic Disorders

      Learning Objectives:

      • Impaired kidney function and other metabolic patterns
        • Etiology
        • Diagnosis
        • Treatment
        • Case studies
        • Impaired liver function
          • Etiology
          • Diagnosis
          • Treatment
          • Case studies
        • Impaired gallbladder function
          • Etiology
          • Diagnosis
          • Treatment
          • Case studies

        PART SIX: Anemias

        Learning Objectives:

        • Iron deficiency anemia
          • Etiology
          • Diagnosis
          • Treatment
          • Case studies
          • Vitamin B12 and folate deficiency anemia
            • Etiology
            • Diagnosis
            • Treatment
            • Case studies

          PART SEVEN: Dyslipidemia and Lipid Abnormalities

          Learning Objectives:

          • Dyslipidemia and familial hypercholesterolemia
            • Etiology
            • Advanced cholesterol testing
            • Diagnosis
            • Treatment
            • Case studies

            PART EIGHT: Infection and Immune Dysregulation

            Learning Objectives:

            • Using laboratory markers to identify potential patterns of disease
              • Infection
              • Autoimmunity
              • Treatment
              • Cancer
              • Case studies

            PART NINE: Methylation Issues

            Learning Objectives:

            • Using laboratory markers to identify potential patterns of disease
              • Etiology
              • Genetics
              • Diagnosis
              • Treatment
              • Case studies

PART TEN: Bonus Review Lesson: Full Case Reviews

Learning Objectives:

  • 8 Comprehensive case study reviews
  • Homework assignments with sample case studies

PART ELEVEN: Adrenal Dysfunction and Hormone Imbalances

Learning Objectives:

  • Cortisol imbalance and adrenal dysfunction
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
  • Sex hormone imbalances:
    • estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies

PART TWELVE: Gastrointestinal Health and Testing

Learning Objectives:

  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
  • Intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies

PART THIRTEEN: Inflammatory Markers and Oxidative Stress

Learning Objectives:

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and other inflammatory markers
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
  • Oxidative stress biomarkers
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies

PART FOURTEEN: Toxic Burden and Environmental Testing

Learning Objectives:

  • Heavy metal toxicity
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
  • Mold and mycotoxin exposure
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies
  • Organic pollutants and pesticide exposure
    • Etiology
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Case studies

PART FIFTEEN: Genetic Testing and Personalized Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to genetic testing
  • Common genetic tests in functional medicine
  • Understanding genetic test results
  • Personalized treatment plans based on genetic data
  • Case studies

PART SIXTEEN: Mitochondrial Function and Energy Metabolism

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to mitochondrial function
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction: etiology and diagnosis
  • Testing for mitochondrial function and energy metabolism
  • Treatment strategies for mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Case studies

PART SEVENTEEN: Neurotransmitter Imbalances and Mental Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to neurotransmitters and their role in mental health
  • Neurotransmitter imbalances: etiology and diagnosis
  • Testing for neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Treatment strategies for neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Case studies

PART EIGHTEEN: Hormone Testing for Women’s Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Female hormone imbalances: etiology and diagnosis
  • Testing for female hormone imbalances (e.g., estrogen dominance, PCOS, menopause)
  • Treatment strategies for female hormone imbalances
  • Case studies

PART NINETEEN: Cardiovascular Health and Biomarkers

Learning Objectives:

  • Cardiovascular disease risk factors and biomarkers
  • Advanced cardiovascular testing
  • Interpreting cardiovascular test results
  • Treatment strategies for cardiovascular health
  • Case studies

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