Online Clinical Nutrition Course at Sylvan Institute
I’m excited to announce that I will be teaching an online clinical nutrition series through the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine this fall. Topics include nutritional support for clients with sub/infertility, digestive disturbance, atopy and overweight. We’ll explore underlying causes – including a bunch of interesting information about things like circadian rhythms, gut flora, alignment, and food culture – and focus on simple and effective clinical strategies that you can use to support clients.
The classes will be recorded and available on the Sylvan website afterwards, so you can join in even if the dates below don’t work for you. Hope to “see” you there!
When: Thursdays, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 & Nov 1 from 7-9 pm EST
Who: Designed for practitioners who wish to incorporate more nutrition; all are welcome.
Cost: Professionals $160 Students $120 (the first class on Oct 4th is free and must be registered for separately)
Register: Click here
Class 1 – Overview & Introduction: In this free class, we will discuss common principles of nutritional medicine, how to assess diets and food quality and other essential background information.
Class 2 – Infertility: Around 1 in 8 US couples struggle with infertility; many people describe this experience as one of the most stressful events of their lives . Fortunately, there is strong evidence that nutrition-based interventions can significantly improve fertility in both men and women. In this class we will explore the most common causes of infertility, traditional and research-based dietary recommendations, and when it is reasonable to apply each of these strategies. We will also briefly discuss conventional fertility treatments and which strategies are appropriate during assisted reproduction.
Class 3 – Digestive Disorders: As many as 1 in 5 people in the US struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and many more live with chronic constipation or diarrhea. Although not often life-threatening, these conditions can severely detract from quality of life, and many clients are not satisfied with the treatments available in the medical community. In this course we will review some of the more common dietary interventions (for example, increasing fiber in constipation), and we will also explore deeper aspects of these conditions, including how circadian rhythms, the microbiome (aka gut flora) and psychoneuroimmunology affect bowel patterns, as well as what we can do about each of these things from a nutritional standpoint.
Class 4 – Atopy: Many practitioners have seen the conflicting reports about whether food allergies contribute to the “atopic march” – the progression from atopic dermatitis (aka eczema) to asthma to allergic rhinitis. In this class we will get to the bottom of relationship between atopic disease and food and discuss strategies for helping clients who suffer from these conditions.
Class 5 – Overweight & Obesity: When it comes to weight, there are not many solutions that work. In this class we’ll look beyond the over-simplified “calories in, calories out” model for more sustainable and far-reaching solutions. We will discuss the potential protective roles of adipose, the relationship between weight and food environment/culture, and the ways that adipose communicates with the rest of the body. We’ll also review a range of strategies for weight loss and maintenance, including dietary approaches, mindfulness, maintenance of circadian & seasonal rhythms, and more.