In the 21st century, two things have become increasingly apparent: first, we are exposed to a more complex array of toxic compounds in our air, water, and food than ever before. Second, it has been recognized that an individual’s ability to detoxify or biotransform and excrete toxic substances is of critical importance to overall health. While the concept that toxins accumulate in the body and are the cause of various health problems has long been a fundamental tenet of traditional healthcare systems around the world, we have learned a great deal in recent years about how toxins affect us, where they originate, and how to improve our ability to detoxify in a toxic world. Understanding toxicity and taking practical steps to improve biotransformation are essential and critical pieces in any integrative approach to your patients’ health and well-being.
IFM's Detox Advanced Practice Module
There is persuasive evidence that even low-level toxic exposures contribute to the development of a variety of chronic health conditions, including fatigue, endocrine disruption, and chronic degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's. Given the ubiquitous nature of chemicals in the environment, it is likely that the single exposure model of toxicology is more the exception than the rule. It is therefore critical for clinicians to learn how to assess both exposures and total toxic load to appropriately assess and address each individual's toxicological situation. Program Highlights
Our expert faculty team will review the foundational biochemistry and genetics of biotransformation pathways, connect organ system dysfunctions to potential toxic exposures, and detail the available laboratory evaluations useful in working up a toxin-exposed patient. Once these important clinical connections are made, the team will detail specific treatment approaches. This program also uses a case-based, integrated approach to deliver effectively the tools necessary for clinicians to diagnose and treat the toxic component of their patients' total health pictures.
Clinical competencies to be mastered through the module:
- CME credit
- A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
- Two and a half days of live lectures (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 from your online account 4-6 weeks after the course concludes)
- Pre- and post-course webinars
- Temporary access to over 200 clinician resources that can be accessed and used in practice immediately after the course
- IFM tools to incorporate into your practice:
- Intake forms
- Patient handouts
- Assessment questionnaires
- Healthful snacks and morning movement activities (Onsite only)
- Question and Answer sessions with presenters
- Networking opportunities
- Opportunities to ask additional questions on a post-conference online forum moderated by IFM faculty
- Recognize the relationship between systemic disease and toxic exposures through a clear understanding of the pathophysiology of total toxic load and synergistic effects of toxins.
- Identify diseases and dysfunctions potentially associated with chronic toxicity and specifically recognize the relationships between chronic toxic insult and neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, autoimmunity, mitochondrial dysfunction, endocrine disruption, and carcinogenesis.
- Apply the PURE principles for managing patients with toxicity concerns. (Pattern recognition, Undernourishment, Reduce toxins, Ensure a safe detox.)
- Integrate screening questionnaires and detox-specific physical exam findings within a Functional Medicine intake to discover and assess relevant toxic exposures, and also to track individual responses to their environments and therapeutic interventions.
- Recognize and address the most important antecedents, triggers, and mediators of toxic overload, including impaired biotransformation, dysbiosis, impaired excretion, and nutritional deficiencies.
- Appropriately apply and interpret reliable laboratory evaluations of toxic load and biotransformative capacity.
- Develop personalized dietary treatment using the IFM Elimination Diet and Detox Food Plan suites.
- Apply various nutraceuticals, botanicals, pharmaceuticals, and lifestyle interventions to increase mobilization, biotransformation, and elimination of toxic compounds in the body.