1010: Navigating The Maze of Integrative Medicine–A Gut Based Approach.

Course Objectives

• Constructs the basic processes that are fundamental to understanding integrative medicine. While systems of diagnosis are similar, understanding the basic processes behind the diagnosis is emphasized.
• Gives practitioners the basic tools and fundamental structure needed to start implementing integrative medicine into their practice immediately.
• Reviews basic laboratory assessments and other functional diagnostics giving insight into how to use these tests to glean information about your patient as well as areas that should receive the greatest focus.

This course gives a background in functional medicine, as well as an overview on the perspective and paradigm of integrative medicine. It explores core concepts in integrative medicine with an emphasis on teaching thought patterns rather than a single therapy approach. By applying patterns of inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and models of oxidative stress to various conditions, practitioners begin to understand the underpinnings that help to unravel pathology. Incorporating whole systems thought process into case analysis gives the clinician a broader base from which to approach disease. This examination of underlying biochemistry opens up orthomolecular interventions and guides lifestyle change. Once a basis of core concepts of integrative medicine is established, students will have the necessary foundation to pursue disease-specific approaches and various procedures into a thought process that invokes integrative analysis. This integrative approach opens new possibilities for evidence-based treatment to further improve patient outcomes.

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Course Curriculum (11 hours total)

(59mins) In this lesson you will learn:

  • A review of how management of key processes such as inflammation, common reactive oxygen species and nitrogen species contribute to an environment that initiates and exacerbates pathology
  • 5 Principles of Integrative Medicine and How to Manage
  • An overview of the 5-visit model
    • Why A Program Matters / Educational
    • Tools for Program Implementation

(3hours) In this lesson you will learn:

  • Food Sensitivity Testing, avoiding an Antigenic Assault
  • Stool Culture, Mining the Microbiome
  • Zonulin, DAO, LPS, Direct Markers of Leaky Gut and What They Tell Us

In this lesson you will learn:

  • A is for Adrenal and the Stress Connection
  • Part II: The Far-Reaching Implications of Stress
  • Thyroid, The Master Metabolic Switch

In this lesson you will learn:

  • Goals of The Detox Vest
    • Relating Detox to the Chief Complaint
    • Phase I and Phase II, a Balancing Act

In this lesson you will learn:

  • Part I: Expanding understanding from Standard of Care to Functional Interpretation, How to Examine Health Inside the Reference Range
  • Beyond, liver failure and kidney failure: The Nutritional Meaning of Common Blood Markers

Here is the last video in patient education series.

In this piece, I talk about how once you have gone through a wellness program, you need to know when to come back to it, and tighten up. I explain how health can ebb and flow, and what some of the most important pieces are to stay well.

This Course Includes

• 11 Hours of on-demand video
• 5 Supplemental articles
• Bonus Material: 1. Detoxification Protocol, ​​2. ​​Hormone Dosing
• Full access for 1 year
• Access on computer, tablet or mobile
• Email access to instructor
• Certificate upon completion


• Have a computer with internet connection.
• Videos and collateral articles are all online.

Only $495

Dr. Cheryl Burdette, ND

About Our Instructor

Dr. Burdette’s experience combines clinical practice and laboratory oversight, giving her a unique perspective in evidence-based natural therapies, testing and research. Received her Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Bastyr University in 2001 and completed her residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

In private practice in Atlanta at the Progressive Medical Center, one of the largest Integrative Medicine clinics in the Southeast. Director of a naturopathic residency program with a focus in nutritional biochemistry. Serves on an IRB board and reviews studies related to complementary and alternative therapies.

Published in multiple journals including Alternative Medicine Review and Clinical Chemistry. Author and advisory board member for Xymogen, and as Director of Research and Clinical Outreach. Faculty member at the University of Bridgeport and the University of Miami, the first medical program to include integrative medicine in the core curriculum. Faculty at George Washington University, the first PhD program in integrative medicine.

Founder and Education Director of Dunwoody Labs, where she is involved in clinical trials of different nutritional products and development of functional testing profiles.