MODULE IV – A METABOLIC & FUNCTIONAL APPROACH TO GASTROENTEROLOGY
OBJECTIVES
  • Learn factors associated with intestinal permeability
  • Look at the effects that endocytic receptors, scavenger receptors and RAGE’s have on the inflammatory response
  • Learn the importance of the gastrointestinal tract’s role in the immune system
  • Learn the many reasons why patients have a difficult time losing weight and keeping it off
  • Discuss a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the GI tract and
    neurotransmitter function
  • Evaluate the role of diet and antibiotics in the management of gastrointestinal dysfunction
  • Demonstrate the unique biochemistry of individual patients and examine the ramifications of nutrition, medications and stress on the immune system during the first years of life
  • Explain the gastrointestinal system’s interface with the environment
  • Discuss the role of nutrition and digestion in the balancing of gut flora
  • Identify the diseases, causes, symptoms and treatments associated with yeast overgrowth
  • Learn the causes and treatments of yeast overgrowth and the symptoms associated with dysbiosis
  • Describe how to recognize signs of poor digestion
  • Learn the common conditions associated with leaky gut syndrome and the 4R program
  • Discuss the diseases, commonsigns and symptoms of low gastric acidity
  • Learn the protocol for HCL acid supplementation
  • Understand the symptoms and diseases associated with food allergies
  • Ascertain the symptoms of pancreatic insufficiency
  • Learn how to replace bile salts and determine the symptoms of bile salts deficiency
  • Understand the causes of gas, bloating and heartburn
  • Discuss new treatments forhiatal hernia
  • Learn the causes and treatment for of chronic diarrhea and haemorrhoids
  • Understand the risk factors and treatment for IBS and inflammatory bowel disorders
  • Discuss the symptoms of acute and chronic gallbladder problems
  • Learn how to treat gallbladder disease
  • Understand the incidence and increased mortality associated with celiac disease
  • Discuss the changes that occur in the bowel with celiac disease
  • Learn testing methods to evaluate if a patient has celiac disease
  • Discover the false positives and false negatives that can occur with antibody testing for celiac disease
    Learn about dermatitis herpetiformis and the treatment methods for all forms of celiac disease
  • Recognize other autoimmune diseases that are associated with celiac disease
  • Learn the differential diagnosis for celiac disease
  • Understand the definition of probiotics
  • Recognize that gastrointestinal and vaginal flora change with age
  • Learn the mechanism of action in probiotics
  • Understand which bacteria that occur in the gastrointestinal tract are friendly and which are pathogens
  • Learn about bacteriocins and the desirable characteristics of an effective probiotic
  • Recognize what foods can be used as probiotics
  • Learn the beneficial effects of normal gut flora
  • Identify which disease processes can be treated with probiotics
  • Learn the differential diagnosis and treatment modalities of irritable bowel disease
  • Understand what an allergy elimination diet is and be able use this treatment modality with a patient
  • Discuss the role of probiotics in the treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  • Recognize the reasons for false positive results that can occur with biopsy when evaluating a patient for celiac disease
  • Learn the extraintestinal manifestations that can occur with celiac disease besides dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Understand the definition, criteria and food sources of prebiotics
  • Review the medical literature on the use of prebiotics
  • Recognize prebiotic substances and the organisms they work on
  • Learn that protozoan infections of the gastrointestinal tract may be the cause of unrecognized systemic illnesses
  • Learn conventional and natural therapies for parasitic infections
  • Learn the role and importance that neurotransmitters, hormonal imbalance, food allergies, sleep deprivation, ability to detox and yeast overgrowth play in weight loss and weight gain
  • Learn that weight gain creates an inflammatory response in the body
  • Understand the chemistry behind why some foods are addicting
  • Review the scientific literature on nutrients that can aid in weight loss