The course builds on the foundation, established in the course “Food as Medicine: The Art and Science of Self-Healing,” for a career-focused training program Certificate in Integrative Nutrition. Taught by leading national experts, it provides students with advanced theoretical perspectives and targeted applications of the use of food as medicine. These are applied to the prevention and management of several common, important health problems. It begins with an examination of nutritional strategies for clinical care, including the use of whole food, plant-based diets, medical foods, fasting, and functional medicine. It then proceeds to link diet to the development and treatment of several important issues in clinical medicine including heart disease, cancer, blinding eye disease, and women’s health. It then exposes students to differing viewpoints on and helps them to think critically about some of the hottest topics and deepest controversies in the field (such as the emerging understanding of the role of the human microbiome and the pros and cons of genetic engineering of foods). Finally, it offers new ways of conceptualizing how to apply and research the use of food as medicine. The course is taught through a series of online lectures, assigned readings, and online discussion.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the scientific relationship of food with the development, progression, and treatment of several common, important health concerns.
- Understand the rationale for and healing properties of a whole food, plant-based diet and its targeting toward specific health problems.
- Explain the uses of specific medical foods including their scientific basis, healing properties, and clinical applications.
- Discuss and provide an overview of Functional Medicine and how it may be used therapeutically to help ameliorate a variety of health problems.
- Explain different approaches to fasting and fast-mimicking diets and their clinical applications.
- Discuss the human microbiome and its scientific underpinnings, relationship with and modulation by food, and far-reaching health implications.
- Articulate and explain different perspectives on major controversies in the field of diet and nutrition.
- Conceptualize and provide an example of how individual data may be used to research and understand the impact of diet on disease.
Other Credits: BRN/RD: 20 CE hrs. BRN does not award partial credits
Course Number: FPM-40620
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Integrative Nutrition
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3/27/2023 - 6/16/2023
This course is entirely web-based and to be completed asynchronously between the published course start and end dates. Synchronous attendance is NOT required.
You will have access to your online course on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.
Saxe, Gordon, Medical Director, Integrative Nutrition & Natural Medicine
Director of Research and Preventive Medicine Physician Ctr for Integrative Medicine,
Dr. Gordon Saxe is the director of research, a preventive and integrative medicine physician, a founding member of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine and co-developer of the UC San Diego Natural Healing & Cooking Program. He is also the recipient of a prestigious NIH Career Development Award from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Dr. Saxe is a national expert in cancer and complementary and alternative medicine, and most well-known for his pioneering work in the combined use of a plant-based diet and body-mind stress reduction to control the progression of advanced prostate cancer. His previous studies have included: epidemiology of diet and cancers of prostate, breast and pancreas; diet and body-mind exercise to control spread/of...Read More
MacElhern, Lauray, Managing Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California San Diego
As managing director of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, Lauray MacElhern oversees the business administration, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, management and development of the Center and its four mission areas and related committees: clinical, education, research and community partnerships. MacElhern is co-founder, teacher and trainer of the UC San Diego Natural Healing & Cooking Program. She is also co-founder and elected co-chair of the Business of Integrative Medicine sub-committee of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM).
MacElhern joined UC San Diego after running a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, The Cancer Project, dedicated to nutrition education and research for...Read More
No refunds after: 3/31/2023.
3/27/2023 - 6/16/2023
You will have access to your course materials on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.
There are no sections of this course currently scheduled. Please contact the Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences department at 858-534-9262 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about when this course will be offered again.