Four-day course – Nutrigenomics from a Functional Medicine Perspective
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The Genesnippers 4-day Nutrigenomic course has been designed to increase practitioner awareness and confidence in the use of nutrigenomics and supporting functional testing in clinical practice.
The course is run over two weekends and looks at selected polymorphisms from a functional medicine perspective.
The course commences by providing a brief history of genetic and nutrigenomic testing to set the context for the four days. The difference between single penetrant disorders and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP’s) will be covered, together with an introduction to mapping polymorphisms to the Functional Medicine matrix to demonstrate how this may offer additional useful information for client cases.
There will also be a discussion on the range of nutrigenomic tests currently available (including 23andMe), and where and when these may be applicable.
Digestive function is central to any nutritional therapy practice. The single nucleotide polymorphisms (snp’s) associated with digestion and assimilation will be explored in the first afternoon session, and will include reference to how they overlap into other areas of the functional medicine matrix: immunity, structural integrity, communication, biotransformation and defence and repair. There will also be a discussion on appropriate functional tests that may be considered in order to demonstrate the expression of these polymorphisms. In addition, we will be analysing the evidence base for nutrition and polymorphisms in relation to conditions such as IBD, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, non-gluten coeliac sensitivity, high and low histamine conditions.
The implications of methylation to health are wide-ranging and can be complex to fully understand in the context of clients’ overall health profile and symptoms. Consequently, the whole of the second day is devoted to this topic, starting with a review of the methylation pathways and associated single nucleotide polymorphisms. Rather than focus on a limited number of, what may be considered the major methylation snp’s, the role of the variations from the whole methylation pathway has been considered together with their potential to interact with other pathways. Methylation polymorphisms may affect the functioning of other pathways such as the transulphuration, biopterin (neurotransmitter) and urea cycles, so it is important to be aware that by up-regulating one pathway, an imbalance n another pathway may be created, resulting in unwanted symptoms. Whilst there is still a lot to be learned regarding the effect of gene variations, there are specific sequences in which we should approach nutritional support.
Attendees are encouraged to submit any questions they have regarding the content of the first course for discussion at the beginning of the second weekend. Having covered much of the fundamental issues in the first weekend, the course now becomes much more interactive, including practical activities based on real case studies.
The first day covers polymorphisms associated with energy, defence and repair and detoxification, and the interaction and their influence on methylation. Case work and group discussion helps to demonstrate how this information can be used successfully in clinical practice. For example, you will experience how we have successfully worked with a consultant to identify the correct drug for a client who struggled with inability to metabolise a particular classification of drugs that were necessary / important for his safety.
The final day covers the remaining sections of the functional medicine matrix, namely communication, transport and structural Integrity. The aim is to provide tools for identifying pathway interruptions in neurotransmitter balance, hormones, immune messengers and potential problems with the circulatory system. Where applicable this is linked back to problems in methylation pathway.
The content of much of the day will be invaluable to general practice, though the day may be of specific interest to those involved in mental health or who see clients in their practice with cardiovascular health issues.
Throughout the four days there will be lots of audience interaction so please do come prepared to share your own experiences. A combination of quizzes, small group activities, set scenarios and cases will be used to develop your method of assessment and evaluation for your clinical practice.
On completion of the course you will be entitled to join our closed Linked-in group which aims to provide an on-going community of practice for attendees of the course.
The course is accredited by Nutritional Therapy Education Council (NTEC) short course accreditation.
For an additional fee of £75, you can apply to complete our NTEC accredited assessment which is in the form of a 2000 word case study
report. This is optional, but on successful completion you will be entitled to join the Genesnippers register of suitably qualified practitioners and benefit from referrals.