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Recognizing Nutrition-Related Concerns as a Significant Cause of Chronic Disease

IFM Chairman Mark Hyman, MD, introduces the course
Practitioners around the world are seeing patients every day that suffer from chronic diseases. These patients experience increased inflammation, metabolic disturbance, elevated autoimmune activity, energy deficits, and often have altered body composition as a result. Many of these issues are related to diet and nutrition: we are living in an era where overconsumption is ironically coupled with undernutrition due to diets void of nutrient diversity. These emerging nutrition insufficiencies are seen in both the developed and the developing world.

The evidence is compelling that the root cause of most chronic disorders lies within our lifestyle choices, particularly our daily food choices.1 
 
Your Introduction to Functional Nutrition eLearning Course will include:

  • 1.5 hours of CME credit
  • Interactive learning experiences presented by experts, including an exploration of the ABCDs of Functional Nutrition Evaluation and the Functional Nutrition Fundamentals
  • Interactive case study in which you choose the clinical course of action
  • Eleven Foundational IFM Functional Nutrition Course Materials to incorporate into your practice, including intake forms, clinical tools, and patient education handouts
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  • Tips from Functional Medicine practitioners on integrating Functional Nutrition into clinical practice
    Socioeconomics impacts food security, and the purported solution of industrialized farming and commercial food production has played a key role in making poor-quality foods more available and affordable. As the shelf life and stability of processed foods have increased, the quality of food consumed has declined. Healthy dietary choices, appropriate meal timing, and an improved quality of food all impact the trajectory of disease and can support the return of patients toward optimal health.

    Deficits in Nutrition Education

    Primary care physicians recognize the lack of adequate training in nutrition, as most identify nutrition education as a significant gap in their medical training. In fact, the number of US medical schools requiring nutrition education and the average hours spent on nutrition education have both declined in the last 10 years.2

    Implementing Functional Nutrition in clinical practice, which applies food as medicine, provides a system for primary care providers and nutrition professionals alike to adequately assess nutrition status and to offer a personalized approach to nutritional therapies that will address the factors underlying chronic disease.   


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    References

    1 World Health Organization. Diet, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Chronic Disease. Report of a Joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2003. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/trs/who_trs_916.pdf. Accessed February 26, 2015.
    2 Adams KM, Kohlmeier M, Zeisel SH. Nutrition education in U.S. medical schools: latest update of a national survey. Acad Med. 2010 Sep;85(9):1537-42.

    Accreditation Statement
    IFM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    DISCLOSURE POLICIES

    In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Institute for Functional Medicine wishes CME course attendees to know of its policies concerning this important issue:
     
    1.    All continuing medical education activities sponsored by The Institute for Functional Medicine shall provide independent, balanced, objective, and scientifically rigorous presentations that are free of commercial bias.

    2.     In accordance with ACCME essential areas and policies, The Institute for Functional Medicine is responsible for all decisions on key components of activity development, including the development of activity goals and objectives, promotional material, content, faculty selection and approval, activity evaluation, and maintenance of physicians’ credits.

    If at any time during this course you believe these policies have been violated, please contact an IFM staff person immediately.

    All individuals (faculty, planners, reviewers, etc.) in a position to control content of a CME activity sponsored by the Institute for Functional Medicine are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests. Disclosure information follows:
     
    Faculty Disclosure Statements

    Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Mary Ellen Chalmers, DMD, NMD, IBDM has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Kara Fitzgerald, ND is a consultant for Metagenics.

    Patrick Hanaway, MD has indicated he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Mark Houston, MD, MS, ABAARM, FACP, FAHA, FASH is a speaker for Biotics and Designs for Health (DFH). He is a consultant for Biotics, DFH, Thorne Research, and AC Grace. He is an advisory committee member for Itamar and received grants from Biotics, Thorne Research, and DFH.

    Kristi Hughes, ND
    has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Mark Hyman, MD has stock in Vitamin Portfolio LLC.

    Dan Lukaczer, ND has indicated he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS is an independent contractor for the Clean Program Corporation.

    David Musnick, MD is an advisory committee member for NutraBiogenesis.

    Shilpa Saxena, MD has indicated no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Michael Stone, MD, MS has indicated that his spouse is a consultant for GrowBabyHealth.com.

    Course Planners Disclosure Statements
     
    Andie Crosby has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Joel Dahms, MS has indicated he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Patrick Hanaway, MD has indicated he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Laurie Hofmann, MPH has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Kristi Hughes, ND has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Dan Lukaczer, ND has indicated he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Lisa Wynne has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Course Reviewers Disclosure Statements

    Joel Dahms, MS
    has indicated he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

    Kristi Hughes, ND has indicated she has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.