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Is Functional Medicine Going the Wrong Direction on Long Covid?

Why are we listening to ‘interpretations’ by non-covid experts when a real expert like this was available?

In April 2020, while functional medicine speakers and doctors were talking about vitamins there is a doctor out there who had already performed a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial in health personnel, a 40 person post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) trial in contacts, led a team to treat all stage COVID publishing cases studies from their first 36 successful April 2020 [!] cases including all high risk groups with the first full treatment scheme for covid, then long covid having already completed a 33 person trial in long covid by mid 2020 and a 390 person long covid trial by mid 2021 on long covid patients in his own medical practice, that is, not counting all those he’d been helping [for free] online via educating doctors directly and answering anyone who asked him questions…

So in the last 16 months his impressive resume now extends to multiple studies and trials and successes, the stats showing long covid responds to eradicating the virus – he is getting 100% resolution inside two weeks in long haul with his protocol that is focused on firstly reducing the viral load but also importantly dealing with the microenvironment of the clotting, in addition to his 3rd line of action which is immune and increased requirement for micronutrients.

Functional Medicine speakers are stuck on inflammation and missing the virus and bioclots…as such, they are not treating COVID or Long COVID [which is the same disease] but doing the ‘same old same old’

I have shared the work and protocols of Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang with practitioners and licensed professionals, those who took the microenvironment and virus seriously are seeing great results in long covid and vaccine injury.

I am disappointed that platforms like FMU are still running speakers like Dr Silverman, who was the speaker last year talking about vitamins when Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang was publishing full treatment and prophylaxis protocols showing as early as April/May 2020 how to avoid long covid, treat all stage COVID in all risk groups and avoid and treat long covid – while Silverman returns a year later to again tell us ‘the research on covid’ and that putting his mum in her 90s on keto for covid didn’t work [surprise, surprise!] ‘because covid is so bad’ [no actually Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang showed 86 year olds bouncing back by going after the virus and not fad diets while Silverman was still telling us about vitamins April 2020], the message seems to be lost on both Silverman and FMU that they did not grasp the  SARS CoV-2 virus at all, and are still going the wrong way – bad enough -but to be still pumping out those lectures in Oct 2021 to new incoming practitioners is an insult to the very notion of training and quite dangerous – but, it’s not just FMU, it’s the entire health niche at the moment. If they aren’t in denial of the fact we have a sars virus on our hands, all platforms without exception seem to be chasing the wrong end of the stick, with zero idea that the virus persists as a stealth infection and does not magically disappear day 12, Infectious Disease 101.

The past few weeks FMU ran another speaker [Vreeland] who also missed the mark on covid and long covid, he was not a covid doctor either. I’d informed the person who is FMU, chiropractor Dr Ron Grisanti [and Silverman], from the beginning that Dr Aguirre Chang is the one to watch and that he is available but somehow that and all my updates on that through the year have been ignored and we are just seeing a clique of the same personalities and speakers pontificate on all subjects ‘educating’ us on their understanding with their bias and agenda – Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has updated his protocols to show all the things that work in his three lines of action, so if you do not want to use one thing you will find another, whether that is a prescription medication or a herb or supplement – but it’s not an interpretation of the research, it is the research. And it is not based on patients online or paitents dealt with after the pandemic or at the end of the pandemic having hid under a proverbial rock – like most of the doctors now offering us advice – I’m appalled to see what’s landing in my inbox from other functional medicine doctors AFTER the pandemic on the basis of their theories having hid under a rock all year or on the basis of a handful of [easy] clients they got exposed to in a year – this is a real covid doctor and top academic, and we should not have to deal with middle men or ‘doctorpreneurs’ educating us when the source and top scientists are always on hand and finding it impossible to be heard. Nor should you be sucked into any of the expensive ‘inflammation’ courses on covid and long covid at the moment across functional medicine circles.

Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has now published over 80 articles in two languages, English and Spanish and sometimes others, as he continuously updated us directly via researchgate and other platforms for free on covid all stages and long covid and continuously saw success with his original protocol as he tweaked it with his team of doctors through the variants – from 4 days after the research was published on the ability of Ivermectin to reduce viral load, this team in Lima, Peru, graduates from the San Fernando Faculty of Medicine of the National University of San Marcos, had swung into action with Ivermectin though they had already been using other things. They soon had published the first full treatment scheme for all stage covid and through the pandemic many other outstanding papers, they still are, including the most recent on bioclots as one key to their success is dealing with the microenvironment of the virus, clots. And as I said, they use the full spectrum of therapeutics.

Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang has also developed the Therapeutic Test for long covid, partly because as he stated, the entire science community was going the wrong direction not recognising viral persistence – something his team were dealing with since April 2020, the fact the virus has a tendency to persist and needs eradicating.

Dr Aguirre Chang has posted full protocols for all stage covid and long covid in his research, his website is coming out soon. You can see all his advice and steps of action for free, from a real scientist, brilliant mind and successful doctor with covid for 16 months and counting. Whereas Dr Silverman updated us at one point to say he was treating his own mother in her 90s with keto for covid…pity he hadn’t listened to Dr Aguirre Chang on prophylaxis, but the wrong direction and stubbornly digging into the wrong direction is something we are seeing too often in functional medicine and it is time to go direct to the real scientists. Same thing happened with Tom O’Bryan and Alessio Fasano – Fasano was blue in the face trying to correct the misinformation and being misquoted all the time – why are you listening to a clique of speakers ‘expert’ on everything, we don’t need these intermediaries when the actual doctor experts are there waiting to speak to us and trying to be heard, directly.

This paper by Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang on early covid, Initial Stage treatment is groundbreaking, and it is from NOVEMBER 2020 [!], an update here is the PEP dosage in contacts is now 0.4 not 0.2, which he updated in later research. He has also produced updates for the variants since Dec/Jan which include Nifuroxazide along with Ivermectin in the first line of action, and the doses and duration of the treatment is higher and longer but still working effectively. Though his first line antiviral of choice is Ivermectin, he has included many subs for that for people who cannot access it, including artemisia and other plants and medicines, but he does not deal with just one line of action, as I explained, he uses a 3×3 strategy.

Importantly, he shows the steps involved to treat individuals, gauge response to treatment, viral load, classify disease severity, knows which stages are mild, moderate, severe, critical and the different steps needed for those. Same with long covid.

Early COVID ACUTE COVID-19: THERAPEUTIC PLAN IN THE INITIAL OR NASAL AND PHARYNGEAL STAGE. PART II. FARMACOLOGICAL MEASURES Part 1 on ResearchGate is his non-pharmacological measures, eg he finds gargling with salt and water reduces viral load and treatment time – from his extensive experience and desire to find things everyone can access, though he includes many other things can be done here too. The November paper is clinically imporant, some updates that have come out later for variants and additional therapeutics include COVID by Variants of SARS CoV2 Inclusion of Nifuroxazide in the First Line of Therapeutic Action

Long Covid THERAPEUTIC TEST and THERAPEUTIC PLAN FOR LONG COVID <– He’s already done two studies/trials on this over the past year and got continuous success, I’ve seen the reports myself from people who tried his simple process. It also helps doctors and practitioners establish who is covid and who has underlying conditions.

His protocols for Pre and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis are also available for free, his website TherapeuticTest.com will be released soon.

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Alessio Fasano ‘Corrects’ the Functional Medicine Popular Fads on Gluten

Alessio Fasano has been trying to correct the misinterpretation of his views for years, finally he will get the chance to overturn misrepresentations by celebrity functional medicine speakers…

Event of the year, Alessio Fasano of Harvard, the most quoted gluten scientist, is going to get the chance to ‘correct’ the misinterpretations on his position that people are bandying about in functional medicine circles all the way from the Institute of Functional Medicine to Functional Medicine University and everything in between. Fasano has NOT changed his position, he has been misunderstood whether accidentally or deliberately by people selling courses and training on gluten fads…

It was me at Functional Medicine Training .org who has forced this event, by first objecting to Tom O’Bryan’s October 2020 lecture misquoting Fasano, then formally objecting 6 months later when FMU allowed a repeat of the lecture where we were being hit over the head with ‘my friend Fasano says xyz, he is important, you do not belong here if you don’t agree’, so Fasano has stated that is not his position, gluten has very little clinical relevance for the majority of the population…there is no such thing as ‘loss of oral tolerance with every bite’ etc, so of course this should not be so low key, there should have been corrective lectures over the year of the misinformation – but ultimately it’s not just ‘big pharma’ bent on making money in this game, is it 😉

Strategies for Boosting the Immune System to Fight Viral Infections

Let’s hope this functional medicine speaker takes a better stab at sars2 than what has been coming out of functional medicine the past 16 months, however I have listed the name and research of an actual sars2 covid doc who has been publishing and successfully treating all stage covid and prophylaxis and long covid from the beginning, while fmed docs were talking about vitamins !

Strategies for Boosting the Immune System to Fight Viral Infections

Speaker: Court Vreeland D.C., D.A.C.B.N.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why layering lines of defense against viral infections is important for proper immune response to SARS-CoV-2.
  • Discuss nutrients that may help reduce the likelihood of a poor outcome to SARS-CoV-2.
  • Learn why controlling inflammation is the key to preventing serious infection from SARS CoV-2.

*While Court Vreeland is one of the speakers who often provides good information, it must be said there are real covid doctors who have thousands of all stage covid patients under their belt this past year as well as one in particular who also has an entire year’s worth of research publish alongside his medical team’s covid success from April 2020 while functional medicine platforms were still talking about this vitamin or that, he was doing trials and putting forward entire treatment schemes for all stage covid, as well as prophylaxis and long covid, 12-16 months ago, as an infectious disease expert – Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang, researchgate, it’s time people and practitioners went to source on all these important issues. The timeline shows FMU talking about pretty minor things April 2020, we need to put chiropractors and functional medicine speakers in their perspective, not that medical doctors were doing any better, but there are genuine experts in their fields and these platforms are only set up to recycle the same speakers on every topic, usually not qualified, though as I said Vreeland is one of the better ones, we need to call a spade a spade. I will be bringing you a lot more accessible info on the real covid strategies soon from the horse’s mouth.

COVID Prophylaxis by a doctor who did his first prophylaxis April 2020 and whose team proved themselves over 16 months, and who is trying to get functional medicine and others to go the right direction, as they have not been doing so the entire pandemic.

Long Covid, latest therapeutic strategy by an infectious disease expert who has been publishing on it for over a year, original sources and real experts on covid are necessary to consult directly folks, I cannot pandy to functional medicine cliques on this or as you can see from the gluten fads, on any issue:

**update: one of the alarming things Vreeland says was where he thought the virus didn’t start, but actually a real covid doc handling covid knows well it actually does still start in the throat and you got to stop it progressing, though with variants even before xmas it was also going quickly to intestines. This is the November early covid protocol of Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang which was effective last week to a girl in the US for whom covid was still in the throat.

Abstract

Published studies have supported our claim from April 2020 that Persistent Symptoms are due to Persistent Infection with the SAS CoV-2 virus. If treatment is given in the first weeks, the eradication of the virus from the body is facilitated, mainly using drugs that have been shown to be effective against viral load. Over time, it is generally necessary to use medications to break down the clots that are formed in a disseminated way, requiring intervention in 3 levels with the use of Antiplatelets, Anticoagulants and Fibrinolytics. Having previously had tests to evaluate coagulation. This document summarizes the management of patients with persistent COVID symptoms, with a General Scheme and the Steps to follow. In separate documents, the reference to step 2, which is the Therapeutic Test, and step 4, which is the 3 x 3 Treatment Scheme, have been developed. The details of the other steps will be published in separate documents. <— Dr Gustavo Aguirre Chang is a Peruvian doctor from the NUMSM, National University of San Marco Lima Peru, while Vreeland I’m sure will do a good job [**update: sadly Vreeland was way off the mark on several fronts and demonstrated no understanding of covid dishing out some pretty dodgy advice, but he’s not alone in functional medicine when it comes to covid] some of the other covid speakers the past year at FMU by comparison were exceptionally weak and did not deliver working strategies or prophylaxis, the majority of functional medicine has not delivered all year and we should be listening to the real experts, there is no time to lose, and there never was and while non-experts are always talking the real experts are not being heard.


FMU’s lecture Date: Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Eastern Time-New York Time)

Dr. Court Vreeland’s Bio:

Dr. Vreeland completed his undergraduate work at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor
in chemistry. He then attended Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri where he completed his Doctor of Chiropractic. Upon graduation, Dr. Vreeland pursued
diplomate status in functional neurology and completed his coursework in 2007. Dr. Vreeland also holds a Master of Science in huma n nutrition from the University of
Bridgeport. Additionally, Dr. Vreeland has received advanced training in clinical biochemistry, nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, rehabilitation of balance disorders, and the rehabilitation of ADHD and other learning disorders, to name a few. Dr. Vreeland is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and expert in functional medicine. He has worked closely with Biotics Research Corporation to co-develop a line of
supplements designed to target neurologic health. The product line currently has four supplements that help patients manage migraine headaches, anxiety, insomnia,
depression, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other neurologic conditions. Dr. Vreeland is the author of a textbook chapter titled “The Gut-Brain Axis: The Role
of the Gut in Brain Health,” which was published in 2015 in the book titled Integrative “Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment and Prevention.”
Additionally, he has authored a journal article called, “Select Nutritional Components to Support Migraine Headaches.” This was published in the Original Internist in 2014.

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Check out some sample guest lectures from past archives here:

    1. Izabella Wentz on Thyroid

Thyroid Function: A Functional Medicine Approach that Begins with the Gut

2 . And another from Jill Carnahan on Mold here,

Objectives of Jill’s Mold lecture:

Clinical Cases: Biotoxins, Inflammagens, and Mold 

Objectives:

Review definition and diagnostic criteria for CIRS
Review effects of mold exposure on the gut
Discuss interventions and clinical treatment strategies
Discuss clinical case studies

But remember to come back here to pick up your cashback voucher before enrolling to avail of the exclusive $250 cashback from me as an affiliate of FMU. There is no need to pre-book your seat with a deposit, the course never sells out contrary to any marketing plugs [!] and you have a 30 day money back trial period of the course, fully refundable so really no need to pay a ‘$150 no refund reserve’, if you see the link to that it simply means the voucher for enrollment week has not gone live yet, so return to enroll when enrollment opens.

 

 

Histamine Intolerance: Genetic Susceptibility and How to Resolve It

Everyone talks about Mast Cell Activation Disorder. What people need to talk about is why is there so much histamine in these people – and what do we do about it?

Speaker: Benjamin Lynch, ND

Webinar Description

Pregnancy complications, seasonal allergies, irritability, difficulty falling asleep, itchy skin, food intolerances and leaky gut are all associated with histamine intolerance. Everyone talks about Mast Cell Activation Disorder. What people need to talk about is why is there so much histamine in these people – and what do we do about it?

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of Histamine Intolerance
  • Common causes of histamine intolerance
  • Genetic variations for histamine intolerance
  • How to comprehensively support histamine-metabolizing genes

Date: Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Eastern Time-New York Time)

Benjamin Lynch, ND’s Bio: Dr. Ben Lynch is the author of Dirty Genes and his supplement company is Seeking Health. His Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology is from the University of Washington, he then obtained a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University.

This lecture is free to FMU students. Please note, Ben Lynch covered covid early on and histamine and mast cells were hot topics recently in long covid, but the real covid docs actually treating and researching covid are not pursuing histamine and mast cell activation but rather viral persistence for long covid, and two trials over the past year have demonstrated long covid is covid for 75% of people and needs a strong program -which I will cover soon under Covid News. Why do I say ‘real’ covid docs – because my inbox is filling up with functional med docs at the moment offering expensive courses that are going the wrong direction on covid info and who have not been active in covid with all stages throughout the pandemic like real experts currently being ignored…to be continued!

 

FMU | Restoring The Visual Clinician part 4

At the end of this seminar series, practitioners will be able to:

Recognize signs of possible dysfunction on the face and head
Observe indicators of dysfunction on the skin and nails
Understand the importance of facial features, relative size and distance from one another according to Chinese medicine practices
Note possible abnormalities in the neck having to do with thyroid dysfunction
Develop appropriate nutritional protocols to support normal physiology

Restoring the Visual Clinician Part 4/4

Ronda Nelson’s take on TCM practices...

At the end of this seminar series, practitioners will be able to:

  • Recognize signs of possible dysfunction on the face and head
  • Observe indicators of dysfunction on the skin and nails
  • Understand the importance of facial features, relative size and distance from one another according to Chinese medicine practices
  • Note possible abnormalities in the neck having to do with thyroid dysfunction
  • Develop appropriate nutritional protocols to support normal physiology

FMU | Man Named Salad Talks About Meat, LOTS of Meat

Details for this talk are not yet announced, [and I couldn’t resist!] I had to look up Paul Saladino MD, …and a browser search immediately show up images of ‘defunked’, and questions like ‘Is Paul Saladino MD a real doctor’, ‘Is Paul Saladino married’…his facebook page shows a man with no shirt all abs holding a tray of meat cuts that my local butcher would be lucky to have stocked on any given day…

So, ironically this one literally doesn’t do what it says on the tin, the Saladino man seems all about ‘carnivore’.

Even those of us who eat meat may wonder why anyone needs to go on about any one subject or be identified by it…or wonder where has society got itself that this is even a thing

…the best ‘talk’ on meat I’ve heard is Patrick Holford saying he couldn’t do veganism healthily, despite founding the Optimum Nutrition Institute to do so, he became ‘the smoked salmon vegan’…in any case he had some good data on nutritional deficiencies but there’s much more to the meat story…

 

 

 

 

FMU | Restoring the Visual Clinician Part 3

At the end of this seminar series, practitioners will be able to:

Recognize signs of possible dysfunction on the face and head
Observe indicators of dysfunction on the skin and nails
Understand the importance of facial features, relative size and distance from one another according to Chinese medicine practices
Note possible abnormalities in the neck having to do with thyroid dysfunction
Develop appropriate nutritional protocols to support normal physiology

Third Part of Ronda Nelson’s series based on her take on TCM observations:

May 25th Part 2 of 4 in this series, the talks will be archived and downloadable, you do not have to attend the 1.5hrs

During this 6-hour seminar, practitioners will learn to identify common physical indicators seen on the body as a guide toward providing appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations for their patients, along with other diagnostic tools and assessments.

By understanding the subtle yet powerful clues seen on the exterior of the body, practitioners can incorporate these visual clues to gently confirm their diagnosis and observe the physical effects over time of the recommended interventions.

At the end of this seminar series, practitioners will be able to:

  • Recognize signs of possible dysfunction on the face and head
  • Observe indicators of dysfunction on the skin and nails
  • Understand the importance of facial features, relative size and distance from one another according to Chinese medicine practices
  • Note possible abnormalities in the neck having to do with thyroid dysfunction
  • Develop appropriate nutritional protocols to support normal physiology

– Ronda Nelson has a number of other series at FMU on hormones that are worth catching so use the search bar in the student archive, for those who like things succint I advise the transcripts over the audio/visual

-In her hormone series the hormone protocols were not new, I recognised them from the ‘Master Herbalist’ tradition that extends back to Dr John R Christopher and the Native Americans, though Nelson does not reference these sources I already had all of these protocols from the School of Natural Healing snh.cc, though it seems Mediherb Australia are now using them and saying only their herbs work and must come through practitioners [!]. But even though the ‘masters in herbalism’ she claims to have and Mediherb herbal exclusion is all a bit confusing under the circumstances, she nonetheless has tied old protocols to functional lab testing in her hormone series, albeit concluding very little testing is needed and eliminates the need for bioidentical hormones by addressing simple nutritional deficiencies and a little herbal support for the organs. In which case proving the old timers right, except now perhaps they know why their protocols worked – though when people don’t reference original sources those sources can go extinct and actual herbalists connected with the herbal traditions especially those with generations of knowledge in their families know a lot more about herbs and their use than those people reliant solely the Mediherb manual [as Nelson admits is the sole basis of her herbal knowledge].

Heads up there will be a lot of marketing in Nelson’s talk, a couple of guest speakers have gone the route of promoting themselves during these guest lectures, a tiny minority. She has been corrected by students in the past for saying only her herbs work and ‘nothing in America works’, occasionally she lets slip she still believes this and invites people over to study with her so heads up on that too. I can’t in good conscience advertise false info like that, original sources are out there and real herbal training. But for all I dislike about her series, she has shown bioidentical hormones are not necessary [something the functional medicine world have run the wrong direction on for years] and furnished the labs to show old native western herbal protocols work for male and female hormone issues – something I notice the College of Naturopathic Medicine are actually practicing as the norm. Some well known TCM herbalists have stated in summits that ‘there’s no herbal cure for endo’, not true, there most certainly is. So don’t forget to use the search button on the guest archive there’s all sorts of stuff in there!

These talks are free to all students of FMU. Remember as students your input can decide the direction and standards of any training platform.

CNM | What Does a Health Coach Actually Do?

The UK Health coaches Association foresee a Health Coach in every single healthcare practice within the private and public sector, schools, colleges and businesses.
If you have heard about health coaching and want to know more then this is an excellent opportunity, attend this webinar for free with the CNM to hear a successful health coach walk you through the details.

 

About this event

  The UK Health coaches Association foresee a Health Coach in every single healthcare practice within the private and public sector, schools, colleges and businesses. There is a huge demand for Health Coaches in the UK for preventive and supportive health care.

If you have heard about health coaching and want to know more, or if you’ve been thinking about a career change and want something flexible and lucrative that can be run from your home join Lisa Hawkins, successful health coach, who will take you through

  • What do Health Coaches Actually do?
  • What Kind of Jobs Can Health Coaches do?
  • What are the Required Skills to become a Health Coach?
  • What is the Relationship Between Client and Health Coach?
  • What’s does a Typical Day Look Like for a Health Coach?

Free tickets to this event here

FMU | Restoring the Visual Clinician Pt2

Restoring the Visual Clinician Series part 2 Recognize signs of possible dysfunction on the face and head • Observe indicators of dysfunction on the skin and nails
• Understand the importance of facial features, relative size and distance from one another according to Chinese medicine practices • Note possible abnormalities in the neck having to do with thyroid dysfunction • Develop appropriate nutritional protocols to support normal physiology

Ronda Nelson’s series based on her take on TCM observations:

May 25th Part 2 of 4 in this series, the talks will be archived and downloadable, you do not have to attend the 1.5hrs

During this 6-hour seminar, practitioners will learn to identify common physical indicators seen on the body as a guide toward providing appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations for their patients, along with other diagnostic tools and assessments.

By understanding the subtle yet powerful clues seen on the exterior of the body, practitioners can incorporate these visual clues to gently confirm their diagnosis and observe the physical effects over time of the recommended interventions.

At the end of this seminar series, practitioners will be able to:

  • Recognize signs of possible dysfunction on the face and head
  • Observe indicators of dysfunction on the skin and nails
  • Understand the importance of facial features, relative size and distance from one another according to Chinese medicine practices
  • Note possible abnormalities in the neck having to do with thyroid dysfunction
  • Develop appropriate nutritional protocols to support normal physiology

– Ronda Nelson has a number of other series at FMU on hormones that are worth catching so use the search bar in the student archive, for those who like things succint I advise the transcripts over the audio/visual

-In her hormone series the hormone protocols were not new, I recognised them from the ‘Master Herbalist’ tradition that extends back to Dr John R Christopher and the Native Americans, though Nelson does not reference these sources I already had all of these protocols from the School of Natural Healing snh.cc, though it seems Mediherb Australia are now using them and saying only their herbs work and must come through practitioners [!]. But even though the ‘masters in herbalism’ she claims to have and Mediherb herbal exclusion is all a bit confusing under the circumstances, she nonetheless has tied old protocols to functional lab testing in her hormone series, albeit concluding very little testing is needed and eliminates the need for bioidentical hormones by addressing simple nutritional deficiencies and a little herbal support for the organs. In which case proving the old timers right, except now perhaps they know why their protocols worked – though when people don’t reference original sources those sources can go extinct and actual herbalists connected with the herbal traditions especially those with generations of knowledge in their families know a lot more about herbs and their use than those people reliant solely the Mediherb manual [as Nelson admits is the sole basis of her herbal knowledge].

Heads up there will be a lot of marketing in Nelson’s talk, a couple of guest speakers have gone the route of promoting themselves during these guest lectures, a tiny minority. She has been corrected by students in the past for saying only her herbs work and ‘nothing in America works’, occasionally she lets slip she still believes this and invites people over to study with her so heads up on that too. I can’t in good conscience advertise false info like that, original sources are out there and real herbal training. But for all I dislike about her series, she has shown bioidentical hormones are not necessary [something the functional medicine world have run the wrong direction on for years] and furnished the labs to show old native western herbal protocols work for male and female hormone issues – something I notice the College of Naturopathic Medicine are actually practicing as the norm. Some well known TCM herbalists have stated in summits that ‘there’s no herbal cure for endo’, not true, there most certainly is. So don’t forget to use the search button on the guest archive there’s all sorts of stuff in there!

These talks are free to all students of FMU. Remember as students your input can decide the direction and standards of any training platform.