[ Taught by Kyla Helm, MD. ] *This is an 8-week online course.  Registration will remain open until September 3oth, 2019.


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.

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

– Introduction to functional medicine & clinical nutrition

– Basic Tenets of Health Eating (The Big Picture)

– Nutrition 101

– Macronutients: carbs, fats, proteins and fiber

– Label Reading

– Phytonutrients

– Sugar, HFCS and other sweeteners

– Sodas

– Water & Other Beneficial Drinks


Class Information: Course materials will be available for download every Monday morning.  We will have two scheduled live sessions with Dr. Kyla Helm (tentatively scheduled for October 3rd and November 7th, 7pm central time) as well.  A final test will be released in the online classroom on the last week of classes, October 28th.  Students will have open access to all materials and the test until December 2, 2019.

Course Dates: Course opens on September 9th.

Registration for this course will end on September 30th, 2019.

The Clinical Nutrition 1 course will satisfy the Nutritional requirement in the Clinical Herbalist and Family Herbalist programs.

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Botanical Functional Medicine will follow in January 2019.  Introduction to Clinical Nutrition is recommended as an introduction to the 12-week Functional Medicine course.