Clinical Courses

You may register for and experience any course at any time once its registration window is declared “open” below. These are richly-detailed, single-topic courses. Each includes two 2-hour webinars, numerous supportive back-up information and client handouts, and access to follow-up Q&A with the SAFM Team. All participant Q&A is posted for everyone’s shared benefit. You will receive all of this value for just $297 per clinical course.

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These increasingly common childhood “disorder” diagnoses are now mainstream challenges you will undoubtedly encounter in your practice eventually.  Even if you do not work with children, many adults continue to struggle with childhood imbalances, and in some cases, the neurological imbalance only develops later in life.  A highly controversial “disease” process not only in its diagnosis but also its treatment, both ADD and ADHD are excellent examples of multi-system imbalances which require multi-factorial solutions (a perfect fit for functional medicine know-how!).  Much like anxiety and depression, these neurological issues are usually side effects of dis-ease elsewhere in the body.  This course will help you to be comfortable getting to the heart of the unique drivers in each client.  We will cover in depth the specific role of neurotransmitters, lifestyle choices, immune-inflammatory triggers, neurotoxicity, environmental stimulation, and core nutrient requirements.   Understand the common ADD/ADHD medications and learn about natural alternatives.  Build your confidence in helping your clients to overcome these struggles and live more balanced and fulfilling lives!

Course includes: Two 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team.  Become an expert for your clients! Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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It is a silent and often undiagnosed epidemic. No matter what they do, your clients struggle with low energy, perhaps weight gain, fatigue, feeling cold, and maybe elevated LDL cholesterol? They are likely among the millions who suffer from poor thyroid function, usually in partnership with adrenal gland dysfunction. Learn more about these two powerful glands, the primary controllers of our metabolism and stress response. Learn why those who are diagnosed still suffer while taking typical thyroid medications. Learn what key nutrients can give them revolutionary results. What foods can aggravate a hypothyroid patient. What supplements can cause problems. And for many folks without a diagnosis, why that “normal” thyroid test is not telling your client the truth about their body. I will help you to feel confident advising your clients on what tests to ask their doctor to complete instead.

Course includes: Three 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team.  Become an expert for your clients! Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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Modern society regards anxiety and depression as illnesses “in the head” – that is, somewhere along a marginalized spectrum from imagined suffering to evidence of brain dysfunction.

Yet, these mood and neurological imbalances are actually common symptoms of dis-ease elsewhere in the body. You will be surprised to learn typical patterns of interconnectedness… from microbiome imbalance to toxicity challenge to nutrient deficiency to stress exacerbation. Join us to learn the common root causes of anxiety and depression – and how you can help your patients and clients to not only feel better but actually be rid of their mood challenges permanently. Discover how commonly prescribed medications for these woes not only don’t address root causes but may make the problems worse over time. Build your confidence in helping these patients overcome their struggles permanently!

Course includes: Three 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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The immune system’s function involves surveillance and primarily choosing tolerance. Yet 20-25% of people struggle with allergies, asthma, or other chronic dysfunction from immune intolerance. And this dis-ease incidence is spreading worldwide! Join us to explore how a weakened, overwrought, and/or disregulated immune system creates dis-ease in the body – which can range from mildly annoying to quickly life-threatening.

We’ll cover the physiology of the immune system, interconnectedness of dysfunction across major body systems and lifestyle components, disease etiology and exacerbating factors, so you can confidently help your patients with both Rapid Relief as well as Root Cause resolution. We’ll cover common medications, nutrient considerations, key biochemistry and case examples.

Course includes: Three 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

This course is being revised. If you own the course, you will automatically be registered for the LIVE webinars and sent a unique Zoom join link.

Webinar 1:  Assets Posted
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Webinar 4: July 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

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Osteopenia, osteoporosis, brittle bones, high fracture risk…  Women today are often fearful of losing their strength and vitality due to weakening bones.  And unfortunately this is another highly myth-riddled area of wellness.   Bones are often portrayed as stone-like and static, but they are actually thriving, live tissue which needs nurturing just like the rest of the body. In this course, you will learn about the physiology of bones and how other body systems affect bone health.  We’ll cover what really contributes to (and damages) bone health as we age.  Learn about the pros and cons of the most common prescriptions and supplements used to support long-term bone health.  We will separate myth from truth about what matters most in regard to minerals, vitamins, foods, exercise, hormones, and stress.  You will learn how to confidently help your clients to avoid bone loss or to manage or arrest it if its already happening.

Course includes: Two 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team.  Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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Cancer is perhaps the client diagnosis which intimidates practitioners the most.  We want to make a difference.  We know we can help!  But we’re scared to do the wrong thing.  Myths and fears abound.  This course simplifies and explains clearly what you need to know about this modern epidemic, so you can coach these clients with confidence.  We’ll cover the biochemistry of cancer, how conventional treatments affect the body, alternative therapy research, and core nutrition your clients need to thrive.  Most importantly, we’ll dive into fears about eating more vegetables, taking antioxidant supplements, and supporting the body during cancer treatment.  This course will also cover some fundamentals of supporting cancer prevention.  Build your confidence on science and leave behind any hesitation. Clients with cancer need your support!

Course includes: Two 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Many of our patients are fearful of this poorly-understood vulnerability and its various manifestations. They are (still) afraid of LDL, salt, and dietary fat. And usually feel disempowered about how to ensure their future cardiovascular health.  Join us for a deep dive into the rich interconnectedness of cardiovascular health and dysfunction.  Scientific research in just the past few years has highlighted some powerful interconnectedness at play with nutrition, toxicity, and (no surprise) the gut.

We will delve into myths and truths about the dis-ease and the health-promoting effects of diet, thyroid function, sex hormones, insomnia, mainstream cardiovascular medications, highest-impact testing, and many other factors.  Learn powerful Rapid Relief remedies as well as Root Cause resolution options to help your patients optimally address hypertension, hypotension, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, hyper-coagulability, and much more.

Course includes: Three 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

This course is being revised. The LIVE webinar dates are:

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Course owners will automatically be registered and sent a zoom join link.
This course was previously names “Cardiovascular Myths and Truths”

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Often, the best way to ensure our clients avoid (or heal from) chronic disease is to take care of the their GI tracts. This advanced class will expand on Disease Begins in the Gut 101 (a prerequisite for this course) and dive into the rich world of inflammatory gut diseases and stool testing.  Learn the truth about yeast overgrowth, parasites, and pathogenic (?) bacteria – and how they are often connected to your clients’ symptoms (e.g arthritis, eczema, heart disease, depression, rosacea). We will also explore comprehensively the rich world of stool testing with its many markers of inflammation, digestion, and microbial balance.  We will cover both advantages and overzealous myths about this beloved category of functional testing.

Course includes: Two 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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Fibromyalgia is one of the fastest growing diagnoses in the western world.  Characterized by widespread pain and pressure sensitivity in the musculoskeletal system of the body, fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of symptoms.   More so than many other diagnoses, conventional medicine struggles to support Fibro (beyond medication for pain reduction).  There is nearly always a rich mix of multifactorial, fundamental root causes behind the symptoms – a true functional medicine mosaic that is unique for each person.  These clients and patients can be challenging and perhaps overwhelming to support given the complexity of their cases.  Join us to thoroughly understand this modern, inflammatory state of dis-ease in the body.  We will cover many elements that can contribute to this ultimate example of interconnected dysfunction in the body and what choices can bring lasting relief, including neurotransmitter balance, gut microbial balance, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, mitochondrial function, and the role of stress.  We’ll also cover the potential connections between fibromyalgia and both anxiety and depression. Get confident working with the complex, multi-system dynamics that can create (or alleviate!) fibromyalgia in your clients and patients.

Please note that this is an advanced class and is not recommended for introductory semester students or practitioners not well familiar with fundamental, functional medicine principles.

Course includes: Two 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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By far, the most common client complaint beyond “low energy” is some type of headache.  These symptoms can vary from an occasional, annoying mild pain to a completely debilitating, multi-day migraine that leaves your client devastated.  Aggressively addressing headache is one of the top 3 focus areas I use with new clients in order to get them on track to being wildly satisfied.  In this course, we will examine all types of headache and dive deep into their true root causes and what types of solutions can provide lasting relief.  As is often the case with issues in the head, the root causes are usually found elsewhere within the body.  Join us to learn more about the most common triggers and solutions, including nutrient deficiencies, stimulation and neurotransmitters, poor cellular metabolism, hormonal imbalance, histamine/tyramine intolerance, food sensitivities, medication concerns, and natural remedies.  Get confident working with the complex, multi-system dynamics that can create (or alleviate!) headache in your clients.

Course includes: Two 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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Hormones: chemical compounds present so sparsely in the blood that their concentration is usually measured on the level of a few parts per trillion. Yet they are tremendously powerful in coordinating the actions of our organs and glands – and affecting our quality of life! Steroid hormones in the body can act in a symphony of harmony or discord, and specific lifestyle choices play a huge role in this outcome. In this course, we will demystify the major steroid hormones (e.g. estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) and their influence on the body. Join us as we dive into the rich detail of hormone imbalance, including premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy/infertility, menopause, male hormone imbalance/challenges, PCOS, and estrogen dominance.  You will learn how to educate, inspire, and empower your clients with confidence to avoid or address these debilitating dynamics.

Course includes: Four 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use and participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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The epidemic of type 2 Diabetes persists!  But beyond this formal diagnosis, the pattern of metabolic dysfunction at play behind it is much more common, begins earlier, and is more insidious that you might realize.  Join us to learn about common, true root causes of the insulin resistance behind most of these diagnoses (that go way beyond food!) and how it can be assessed and reversed early on, way in advance of the oxidative damage that a T2D diagnosis implies.

As usual, this dis-ease also can begin in the gut, and we’ll cover a surprising role of the microbiome.  Learn why conventional medical treatment and most nutrition guidelines and treatment with insulin are making the patient’s health prognosis worse, not better.  We’ll cover the most common downstream dysfunction and additional disease that type 2 diabetes promotes and how it can be reversed.  Plus supplement recommendations and cautions, key labwork pearls, medication-driven nutrient depletion, the myths and truths of fasting and ketosis, and bio-individuality considerations.  Don’t just help your clients and patients to manage this dis-ease. Help them to reverse it and reclaim their lives!

Course includes: Three 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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Labwork data is helpful.  Personal, targeted labwork data is truly powerful.  Wherever possible, I recommend we “test vs. guess” in identifying the root causes of our clients’ and patients’ dis-ease, imbalance, and blockage.  Basic serum (or even RBC) nutrient data does not help us to understand fully what each unique client’s body needs.  Urinary organic acids testing chemically identifies what each unique patient’s body is missing based on metabolites that can be measured in urine.  Typically, a single organic acids panel can identify reliably where opportunities exist to support optimal cellular energy production, better microbial balance in the gut, neurotransmitter balance, maximum liver detoxification capability, and minimal oxidative stress.  This class will help you to understand what common organic acids are actually measuring and how you can best respond to support your clients’ wellness in light of the data.  Get confident working with the complex, multi-system dynamics that can create (or alleviate!) illness in your clients and patients.

Please note that this is an advanced class and is not recommended for introductory (Core 101 semester) students or practitioners who are not already well familiar with fundamental, functional medicine principles and labwork. ** It is highly recommended to take the “Cellular Metabolism” clinical course, which is part of the Advanced 202 Semester, prior to taking this course.

Course includes: Three 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team.  Become an expert for your patients and clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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It’s an epidemic we don’t publicly share or discuss too often.  Women and men both can wrestle with overwhelming impatience, frustration, guilt, despair, anger, longing…  Wanting to have a family and not being able to conceive or carry a child to full term can monopolize an individual’s and a couple’s lives and cause lasting pain.  Officially, the CDC estimates infertility to affect 12% of the US population.  Statistics are clouded by increasing use of fertility intervention treatments.   But given the secrecy behind this rising trend, informal infertility estimates closer to 20% are likely more accurate.

In this course, we’ll explore the biochemistry of fertility and pregnancy.  Tracy will explain and simplify the hormone interactions that make the difference between success and struggle.  How do specific lifestyle choices directly affect a couple’s ability to conceive?  What specific guidance has been shown to help?  We’ll separate facts, fads, and fiction and give you detailed recommendations and education you can share with your clients right away.  We’ll also review various common fertility treatments and their success rates and risks.

Course includes: Two 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish.

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00

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The human body is designed to manage and effectively clear many harmful, exogenous substances, both natural and synthetic in origin, from mercury to BPA to glyphosate to mycotoxins.

Modern life, however, presents humanity with the dual challenge of ubiquitous exposure to multi-toxin loads plus a suppressed ability to clear them due to our lifestyle choices (e.g. lower nutrition, high stress, metabolic dysfunction, and the toxins themselves). The result is both inflammation and retained toxicity which promote disease via many mechanisms including mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative damage, nutrient impairment, increased autoimmune activity, neurodegeneration, and much more!

** Previously known as Heavy Metal Toxicity

Join us for this deep dive into the science of toxicity and detoxification with a particular focus on heavy metals, an increasingly common driver of disease as their presence becomes ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives.

We’ll cover the most insidious, common toxins, their typical exposure sources, and their unique role in promoting chronic disease, including common patterns of interconnectedness you will see in your patient cases. We’ll cover the physiology and biochemistry of detoxification and do some serous myth-busting about how toxins can be effectively and safely cleared. This course will also cover the potentially helpful – and also harmful – roles of many common detoxification nutrients, herbs, and regimens.

Course includes: Three 2+ hour webinars, client handouts and diagrams you may download for your own use, participant Q&A boards to learn more “nitty gritty” detail, and the opportunity to raise any questions you have in this area directly with the SAFM Team. Become an expert for your clients!  Join us and review the recordings as often as you wish (after the LIVE webinars).

Course duration: 6 weeks (with continued access any time you are experiencing another SAFM program).

Price: $297.00


Live Webinar #1: Feb 4, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Live Webinar #2: Feb 11, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Live Webinar #3: Feb 20, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time

*** You will automatically be registered for LIVE webinars upon registration.

Anchoring Essentials:

Anchoring Essentials are core courses provided when registering for the Semester Programs

There are literally more than 14,000 formally-defined unique illnesses and diseases in the ICD-10 codebook for physicians.  No wonder healthcare can feel so overwhelming!

But the truth is that there is an incredibly short list of things that can actually go awry with the human body. It’s much simpler than you might imagine! Understand the root causes and drivers of chronic disease in your clients. Learn how our body systems are integrated in creating chronic conditions. Understand and tie together your client’s symptoms to help them the most.

The most important points you need to know for recommending supplements to your clients: why, what, when, and how. What forms of vitamins to avoid because, despite influential marketing, they simply aren’t bio-available.  Includes specific recommendations for typical client symptoms and myth-busting on common supplement beliefs.  Bring all your questions!

This will be an introduction to a broad foundation of both routine and specialty testing. How do you read these reports? What key markers are important for all clients? What are your clients’ doctors missing? What common mistakes are made in interpreting routine labwork? What specialty data will help you and your client to understand more of the root causes of their symptoms? Where can you find this testing?

This is a particularly, powerful and foundational topic for all of us as practitioners to understand thoroughly. Your patient’s beliefs play a huge role in if and how they will get well (or stay well).  Their outlook matters.  Their positivity matters.  This is another reason why client education is a key component of effective medicine.  We will study the placebo effect and how belief systems effect outcomes.  We will also explore how mindfulness, positivity, and belief therapies can powerfully contribute to healing in the physical body.   And the power of your behavior and choices in the therapeutic encounter are also critical. Become an expert and help your clients to become wildly-satisfied!