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An introduction to core concepts of functional medicine and all three body systems used in Kalish Method. Learn the practical application of the Kalish Method for running your first lab tests, interpreting them and getting patients started on a program blending lifestyle changes with lab based supplement programs.

Day 1: introduction to core concepts of functional medicine and all three body systems used in Kalish Method, Explain the philosophical synergy with Chinese medicine, outline the clinical benefits for existing acupuncture practices.

  • What are the unique challenges faced by acupuncturists in introducing functional medicine into their clinics.
  • Understanding the five pillars of functional medicine:
  1. how to choose the right patients
  2. Focus on the Kalish Method’s Three Body Systems
  3. Patient communication skill development
  4. Choosing the right lab tests to start with
  5. Low overhead and use of technology
  • Case study on adrenals, case study on detox
  • How to use functional medicine to address common patient complaints presenting in acupuncture clinics to complement your existing treatment model: addressing weight loss, fatigue, stress, pain
  • Adrenal hormone testing, causes of adrenal fatigue, HPA axis regulation
  • Pregnenolone steal pathways and introduction to use of supplements
  • After getting started with adrenals, where to go next for more advanced cases: GI issues, female hormone issues and detoxification and the brain
  • The role of digestive health in functional medicine
  • The adrenal and GI connection: Secretory IgA and gut function
  • Female hormone programs for pre-menopausal women
  • Post menopausal females
  • Role of detoxification programs

Day 2: practical application for running your first lab tests, interpreting them and getting patients started on a program blending lifestyle changes with lab-based supplement programs.

  • Getting started with your first lab test, what test to order and why
  • How to explain the value and purpose of the test to your acupuncture patients
  • The details of the new patient interview: patient communications skills
  • Patient health history taking for functional medicine success
  • Guiding the new patient interview, goals and landmarks to achieve
  • Getting your first adrenal lab back, interpretation skills is it a Stage 1, 2 or 3?
  • How to get started with your first lab presentation to go over the results of their adrenal test and explain what the findings mean
  • Adrenal protocol skills, safe use of supplements required to fix HPA axis
  • Stage 1 example labs, stage 2 example labs, stage 3 example labs
  • Lifestyle factors to consider: diet changes, blood sugar control and gluten free
  • Coaching on exercise and sleep
  • Stress reduction: meditation, spiritual and emotional growth

 

Day 1: introduction to core concepts of functional medicine and all three body systems used in Kalish Method, Explain the philosophical synergy with Chinese medicine, outline the clinical benefits for existing acupuncture practices.

  • What are the unique challenges faced by acupuncturists in introducing functional medicine into their clinics.
  • Understanding the five pillars of functional medicine:
  1. how to choose the right patients
  2. Focus on the Kalish Method’s Three Body Systems
  3. Patient communication skill development
  4. Choosing the right lab tests to start with
  5. Low overhead and use of technology
  • Case study on adrenals, case study on detox
  • How to use functional medicine to address common patient complaints presenting in acupuncture clinics to complement your existing treatment model: addressing weight loss, fatigue, stress, pain
  • Adrenal hormone testing, causes of adrenal fatigue, HPA axis regulation
  • Pregnenolone steal pathways and introduction to use of supplements
  • After getting started with adrenals, where to go next for more advanced cases: GI issues, female hormone issues and detoxification and the brain
  • The role of digestive health in functional medicine
  • The adrenal and GI connection: Secretory IgA and gut function
  • Female hormone programs for pre-menopausal women
  • Post menopausal females
  • Role of detoxification programs

Day 2: practical application for running your first lab tests, interpreting them and getting patients started on a program blending lifestyle changes with lab-based supplement programs.

  • Getting started with your first lab test, what test to order and why
  • How to explain the value and purpose of the test to your acupuncture patients
  • The details of the new patient interview: patient communications skills
  • Patient health history taking for functional medicine success
  • Guiding the new patient interview, goals and landmarks to achieve
  • Getting your first adrenal lab back, interpretation skills is it a Stage 1, 2 or 3?
  • How to get started with your first lab presentation to go over the results of their adrenal test and explain what the findings mean
  • Adrenal protocol skills, safe use of supplements required to fix HPA axis
  • Stage 1 example labs, stage 2 example labs, stage 3 example labs
  • Lifestyle factors to consider: diet changes, blood sugar control and gluten free
  • Coaching on exercise and sleep
  • Stress reduction: meditation, spiritual and emotional growth
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Dr. Kalish received his B.A. in Physiological Psychology & Philosophy from Antioch College in Ohio and completed his Chiropractic degree in California. He also studied at the University of London and conducted research with biochemist Dr. Robin Monroe at Cambridge University. His studies led him to mentoring with renowned psychiatrist Dr. R.D. Lang utilizing drug-free treatments for schizophrenics.

More recently, Dr. Kalish proudly served as an advisor to the Honorable Patrick Kennedy and participated in the first One Mind For Research conference held in Boston in 2011 where 200 of the nation’s top neuroscientists gathered to form a unified front to promote research on brain disorders.

He is the author of two books, “The Kalish Method: Healing the Body Mapping the Mind” and “Your Guide to Healthy Hormones” and is a frequently requested speaker for health summits across the United States.

Duncan Macdonald is a licensed acupuncturist and Functional medicine practitioner with over 19 years of clinical experience.  He graduated with his Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999. In 2003 Duncan Macdonald co-founded Secara, a professional integrative medicine products company.  He has advanced training in orthopedic medicine under the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics and sits on the board of the National Board of Acupuncture and Internal Medicine.

Duncan has completed the advanced curriculum and certification under the Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine.  He now teaches as senior faculty at the Kalish Institute preparing the next generation of practitioners in advanced functional lab interpretation and protocol design. 

He sees patients in person at his Origins Medicine's San Francisco location where he blends the latest in Functional Medicine with the ancient healing knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  He also assists patients globally through telemedicine.

Duncan has lectured extensively to both the general public and other healthcare providers on Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine, including the Spine Center at University of California, San Francisco, medical center.

You can learn more about his private practice at www.originsmedicine.com



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