Modern science has validated what ancient healing traditions have known for centuries: the GI tract has a central role in chronic, systemic disease. From intestinal pathogens and allergens, to intestinal permeability and imbalances in colonic microbiota, gut dysfunction compromises a patient’s health and diminishes vitality. It is often the first place to start in improving overall health.
In the United States, more than 70 million people suffer some form of gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. The relationship between gastrointestinal dysfunction and chronic disease is multifaceted, compelling, and complex. It is clear that when the normal integrity of the GI tract is compromised, this can result in distant systemic complaints even in the absence of overt GI symptomatology.
IFM's GI Advanced Practice Module
This Advanced Practice Module takes a whole systems approach to evaluating and treating not only local gastrointestinal disease, but many systemic diseases that are linked to GI dysfunction.
This course will supply you with the foundational background, insight, and in-depth clinical thinking to confidently work up and treat patients who may present with conditions, signs, and symptoms indicative of gastrointestinal dysfunction. We will discuss in detail the important laboratory evaluations to be considered, the appropriate clinical connections that must be made, and the treatment approaches that should be used.
Your tuition will include the following:
- More than 20 live lectures (Click here to view the full schedule of topics)
- Course Materials: PDF presentation slides, MP3 audio recordings, and MP4 video recordings of presentations (Recordings are available to download 4-6 weeks after the course concludes from your online account)
- Pre- and post-course webinars
- GI-specific chapters from the IFM Textbook of Functional Medicine in PDF format to review prior to the onsite portion of the course
- Healthful snacks and morning movement activities
- Question and Answer sessions with presenters
- Networking opportunities
- Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference online forum moderated by IFM faculty