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Clinical Nutrition Course 2023

Registration Ends October 2, 2023
$235 – 260
Start Date: Sep 11
End Date: Nov 6
Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

This is an online course. You can participate from anywhere you have an internet connection.

A must-have course for students serious about clinical herbalism. As an introduction to Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Kyla Helm, MD leads students through an 8-week deep-dive course on the different roles that food has on the health of our body.

[ Taught by Kyla Helm, MD. ] *This is an 8-week course.  Registration will remain open until October 2nd, 2023. You do not have to be in our area to take this course – all you need is an internet connection!


Food and Health. 

Seems simple, but is it…really?

In this 8-week course, we will be exploring FOOD.  We will start to peel apart the different roles that food has on the health of our body.  When we view food as an energy source, as information to our DNA, and as medicine (rather than something to fill our stomachs,) it will help to open the doors to be able to further explore the results of making wise or poor decisions about food.

We will look at modern agricultural practices and how this effect our food even before we make our first food choice.  Organic, Raw, Paleo, Adkins, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Super Foods, Low Fat, Low Carb and the list goes on and on…  We will discuss basic tenets that many of these diets have in common, and develop some general lifestyle recommendations to help guide our food choices.

We will examine what the literature is saying about controversial topics like genetically modified foods, High Fructose Corn Syrup versus Sugar, artificial sweeteners, and the link diet has to specific diseases such as ADD/ADHD, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and dementia.

We will look at common micronutrient deficiencies plaguing the US now and their link to various diseases.

You will learn about certain physical findings and simple lab tests that could give us a clue about our nutritional status.

Food has the ability to cause disease or to cure disease. Opening our eyes to the extraordinary effect food can have on our lives will empower us to start the journey towards better health for ourselves and our families.

Clinical Nutrition covers 20 hours of class time. In this 8-week course we will cover:

Topics Include:

  1. Introduction to functional medicine & clinical nutrition
  2. Macronutrients: carbs, fats, proteins and fiber
  3. Sugar, the development of Metabolic syndrome and Diabetes
  4. Phytonutrients
  5. Myths in Nutrition
  6. Epigenetics
  7. Food Pyramid-conventional vs functional nutrition
  8. Basic Tenets of Health Eating (The Big Picture)
  9. Soil Ecology & Modern Agriculture
  10. The roles of Magnesium
  11. Water & Other Beneficial Drinks
  12. Soda and High Fructose Corn Syrup
  13. Artificial sweeteners
  14. Overview of Weight Gain (inability to lose weight)

The Clinical Nutrition 1 course will satisfy the Nutritional requirement in the Clinical Herbalist and Family Herbalist programs. Botanical Functional Medicine will follow in January 2024.  Clinical Nutrition is recommended as an introduction to the 12-week Botanical Functional Medicine course.

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Course materials will be available for download every Monday morning.  We will have two scheduled live sessions with Dr. Kyla Helm (Dates TBA), as well as additional live study sessions.  A final test will be released in the classroom library during the last week of classes.  Students will have open access to all materials and the test until December 11th, 2023.

Course Dates: This 8-week course opens on September 11th, 2023

Live Student Study Sessions: 4 dates – TBA

Live Sessions with Kyla Helm, MD: 2 dates – TBA

**All live sessions will take place at 7pm central time.

Registration for this course will end on October 2nd, 2023.


Regular Tuition: $260 (Online processing fees apply)

Check/Money Order/Venmo/E-invoice Discount: $260 (No online fees)



Clinical Nutrition + Botanical Functional Medicine. (BFM to begin in January, 2024.) Students will be able to register for this bundle even after Clinical Nutrition has completed! Clinical Nutrition will be offered on-demand. The bundle is available until BFM Start. BFM 2024 DATES TBA!

Clinician Bundle is available until January 1st, 2024 for $670 (saves $25) *online processing fees apply

Check/Money Order/E-invoice Bundle Discount: $670 *No online processing fees apply