If you're tired of feeling inadequate in the face of patients in despair from poorly diagnosed illnesses, or if you're just plain tired from working day and night to relieve your patients of suffering and pain, Functional Medicine may be the answer.
This 21st-century diagnosis and treatment system considers the whole patient and complements many kinds of existing medical practices. Functional Medicine gives you a way to uncover, scientifically, what actually lies at the root of a patient's problems. It tells you precisely what the patient needs in order to achieve a restoration of their health – not just temporary respite from their symptoms.
Equip yourself to help patients burdened with hard-to-heal chronic conditions like arthritis, digestive problems, fatigue, insomnia, inflammation, stress, depression and recurring pain. Become able to “crack the code” of mysterious ailments that have resisted other practitioners' efforts.
Use the additional income stream from incorporating Functional Medicine into your practice to work fewer hours, pay off your loans or take more dream vacations. Besides the academic instruction and assistance in its real-life applications, you learn how to integrate these cutting-edge methods into your new or existing practice.
Functional Medicine University offers the most convenient way to learn this new, evidence-based medical detective system.
Of course, none of this would amount to much without the priceless contributions of your instructors.
| Meet The Instructors
Ronald Grisanti D.C.,D.A.B.C.O.,M.S.
Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist
Ron Grisanti is a board certified chiropractic orthopedist with a master’s degree in nutritional science from the University of Bridgeport.
He is past chairman of the South Carolina Chiropractic Peer Review and serves on the South Carolina Chiropractic Investigative Committee.
He has had extensive training in functional medicine. His list of training includes:
His 27 years of clinical practice has positioned him as an authority in the management of a variety of chronic health conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety and other common ailments. Following a two year period of a debilitating illness, Dr. Grisanti changed the course of his practice toward functional diagnostic medicine and has never looked back.
His passion for Functional Medicine has led to
an exciting educational journey from some of the
best minds in this field of medicine. In turn he has
been able to impact the health of thousands of
people and commonly has patients fly in from within
the US and abroad to consult with him. He has
developed what he considers to be the best waiting
He has authored well over 1,000 articles including the following, some of which have been published in leading chiropractic journals:
He has a sincere love for this work and is deeply committed to sharing his knowledge with others.
Wayne Sodano D.C., D.A.B.C.I.
Board Certified Chiropractic Internist
Wayne Sodano has practiced in Maryland since 1985 and has been a Harford County resident since 1987. He co-founded Functional Medicine Health Services, LLC (formerly Bel Air Health & Wellness) in 2002, which specializes in functional medicine under the paradigm of natural internal medicine for hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, nutritional counseling, oxidative stress, structural imbalances, chiropractic, and physical therapy care.
He is active in CE through The Institute for Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University programs. He is a graduate of Texas Chiropractic College and earned his BA through Rutgers University with postgraduate courses at Logan College and Towson University.
Dr. Sodano is an advocate of patient education and contributes to public awareness of natural health care by offering workshops on various health topics and lecturing at Harford Community College. Dr. Sodano has served the professional communities of The Baltimore Psychological Association, The Archdiocese of Baltimore Physical Education Department, and the Harford County chapter of C.H.A.D.D. on the functional medicine approach to Neurotransmitters, Nutrition, and Diet & Exercise for Children, Fibromyalgia, and Hormonal and Endocrine Disorders.
He has been appointed as an instructor for the ACA approved Diplomate program for the American Board of Chiropractic Internists, lecturing on the topics of Malignant Diseases, AIDS, Gastrointestinal Disorders, and Nutrient and Toxic Element, and is currently scheduled to lecture on additional topics.
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Here's A Module-By-Module Breakdown of This Training Program:
Module 1 -
Introduction to Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine Thinking Process: This lesson will provide a clear overview of the Functional Medicine thinking process.
History Taking: In this lesson you will take a look at obtaining a patient’s health history from a functional medicine perspective. Beginning with the interviewing process through using adjunctive assessment forms, and looking at drug-nutrient interactions, this lesson reveals how the initial contact with the patient offers important clues to their overall health.
Comprehensive Instruction on Physical Examinations: This lesson begins with the General Survey and comprehensive physical examination and explores the key attributes of signs and symptoms, nutritional deficiencies, and applying functional medicine considerations. You will have an understanding of the principals of test selection and use, along with the tools and practical equipment available to expand your examination technique.
Urinalysis: This lesson gives an understanding of Urinalysis and is a review of the urinary dipstick test as it relates to metabolic diseases as well as infection and other disorders.
Introduction to Advanced FDM Testing: This lesson introduces you to the concept of Advanced FDM Testing and shows you the different lab companies we will be working with throughout the training program.
Clinical Application: This lesson summarizes Module one by illustrating an actual case study from the health history to examination to laboratory testing. The conclusion of this lesson will leave you with an algorithmic method of evaluation to case management of a functional medicine patient.
2: Assessment and Treatment of Digestion,
Absorption, Mucosal Integrity, and Gastrointestinal
In this module you'll explore the structures of the digestive tract and how it evolved to function. You will see how the health of the gut is so incredibly important for the overall health of the body.
Physiology of the GI: You'll examine the various sections of the gut and the role they play in digestion, absorption, utilization, and excretion. You'll spend time looking at the latest research on the role the gut plays in immune regulation, the mucosal barrier and discuss the concept of the gut as a "second brain".
Dysfunctions of the GI: You'll look at how the GI becomes imbalanced and the effects this has on human physiology. You will become very familiar with the major dysfunctions of the GI: acid reflux, abdominal pain, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, etc..
Assessing the GI Tract: In these sections you will be introduced to the concept of Primary Functional Diagnostic Medicine (FDM) Testing and how this can be used to assess the GI health of your patients. You'll learn the complex interactions between the GI and other systems of the body and be introduced to powerful Advanced FDM testing to uncover the true cause of GI problems.
These tests will include the Digestive Stool Analysis, Stool Pathogen/Dysbiosis testing (dysbiosis, candida and parasites), Intestinal Permeability Studies, Mucosal Barrier Test, and Organic Acid Analysis.
Clinical Application: You'll be presented with treatment protocols based on the assessments you will be performing in your clinic. Treatments will focus on reducing inflammation, healing gut irritation and permeability, restoring microflora, optimizing absorption, and modulating the immune reaction.
|Module 3 - The Immune
Physiology of the Immune System: In this module you will examine the normal physiology of the immune response and look at factors that can cause allergies and auto-immunity and the emergence of chronic disease.
Triggers for Immune Imbalance: In this section we'll be examining the many predisposing factors of the immune system including the role played by nutrient deficiencies, hyperpermeability of the gut, and pharmaceutical drugs. We'll also take a look at the role the immune system plays in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other viral disorders.
Assessing the Underlying Cause of Immune Imbalance: We'll be paying particular attention to the first and second line tests that can help us assess the many different manifestations of immune imbalances: the role of GI mucosa, nutritional deficiencies, liver toxicity and the Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue. Special attention will be placed on allergy testing, assessing viral load and the Modified Food Elimination and Reintroduction process.
Clinical Application: Treatment will be focusing on ways to treat immune imbalances without shutting down symptoms. Treatment will focus on restoring function to the body and will not be limited to nutritional intervention, diet, exercise, and lifestyle modification.
|Module 4 - Energy
Production, Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial
Physiology and Biochemistry of Energy Production: This module will focus on understanding how the body evolved to metabolize glucose, fats, and proteins to produce energy and understanding the consequences of dysregulation in this system. You will get an insight into the causes of the growing diabetes and obesity epidemic. We'll look at the inter-relationship between the liver, the pancreas, and the adrenal glands in the regulation of biochemical energy.
Assessing the Underlying Cause of Blood Sugar Dysregulation and the Problems of Insulin Dysregulation and Oxidative Stress: The early assessment of blood sugar dysregulation is essential for the prevention of diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. We'll be looking at the best ways to do this using symptom analysis, blood chemistry analysis, and advanced functional diagnostic labs. We'll also discuss ways to assess for oxidative stress to prevent the end organ damage caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels and other dysfunctions associated with oxidative stress.
Clinical Application: Treatment will focus on the prevention of blood sugar dysregulation and the damage caused by oxidative stress.
5 - Inflammation
Physiology of the Inflammatory Process: In this module we'll be looking at the normal physiology of the inflammatory response and look at factors that can cause the premature triggering of the inflammatory cascade. Special attention will be placed on Essential Fatty Acid metabolism and the Cytokine Cascade.
Predisposing Factors for Inflammation: In this section we'll be examining the many predisposing factors of the inflammatory process, including the role played by nutrient deficiencies, hyperpermeability of the gut, allergies, and pharmaceutical drugs. We'll also take a look at the role inflammation plays in cardiovascular disease and auto-immune conditions.
Assessing the Underlying Cause of Inflammation: We'll be paying particular attention to the first and second line tests that can help us assess the many different manifestations of inflammatory imbalances. Special attention will be placed on Essential Fatty Acid Analysis and Cytokine Testing.
Clinical Application: Treatment will be focusing on ways to treat inflammatory conditions without just focusing attention on shutting down the inflammatory symptoms. Treatment will focus on restoring function to the body, treating the underlying cause and will not be limited to nutritional intervention, diet, exercise, and lifestyle modification.
|Module 6 - Detoxification
and the Liver
Physiology and Biochemistry of the liver: In this section you will look at the role the liver plays in detoxifying the toxins your patients are exposed to in their environment. You will learn the 2 phases of liver detoxification and be able to relate problems in either of these areas to symptoms and dysfunctions commonly seen in your practice. You'll also learn the role the intestines play in the detoxification and elimination of toxins.
Assessing the Liver's Detoxification Capacity: Using Primary FDM tests you will have the opportunity to assess an individual patient's detoxification ability and toxic burden. You will also learn how to interpret a number of essential Advanced FDM tests including the Liver Detoxification profile and RBC mineral testing. You will also be taught the best methods of evaluating the presence of toxic elements such as heavy metals.
Clinical Application: Treatment of liver detoxification problems will center around removing the source of the exposure, reducing the toxins in the body, and strengthening the body with appropriate supportive nutrients.
7 - NeuroEndocrine
Regulation: The Adrenals,
The Thyroid and Sex Hormone Regulation
Understanding the physiology of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-thyroid-sex hormone axis: We will focus attention on individual hormonal systems giving particular attention to adrenal, thyroid, male and female sex hormone regulation. We'll look at the many ways these systems become dysfunctional and examine the impact this has on human physiology.
Functional Assessment and Treatment: We will look at the most effective ways to assess for hormonal dysregulation in all of the main Neuroendocrine systems. You will learn the major primary FDM testing techniques using signs and symptoms analysis, in-office lab tests, functional PE techniques and of course the latest techniques for thoroughly analyzing blood chemistries for hormonal imbalances. We will devote plenty of time to understanding the thyroid panel on a blood test. You will leave with a thorough understanding of the different interpretations that can be made from the tests on a thyroid panel and how they alter clinical treatment.
Advanced FDM Testing: You will learn how to interpret the Adrenal Stress Index test and be familiar with all of the various treatment methods that can be employed to restore adrenal function. You will also become experts in analyzing female and male sex hormone profiles so you can easily manage patients with sex hormone dysregulation.
Clinical Approaches to Hormone Dysregulation: Finally, you will be given comprehensive strategies for managing even the most complex cases of hormonal dysregulation and we will teach you how to put it all together.
|Module 8 - Psychological,
Emotional and Spiritual Balance
Overview- In this module we will explore the role psychological, emotional and spiritual balance play in health and wellness. We will cover ways you can assess your patients' readiness to change. We will also explore the functional approach to helping your patients manage stress.
Understanding how to manage the stress response- In this module we will revisit stress and show you ways you can help your patients recognize stress in their lives. Using many tools of meditation, breathing, guided imagery or prayer you can begin to bring your patients back to a true state of homeodynamic balance.
|Module 9 - Structural
Overview-In this module you will learn a proven system of structural and myofascial rehabilitation that will take your clinical management to the next level.
Functional Biomechanical Assessment: With over 27 years in clinical practice, in addition to holding a diplomate degree in Chiropractic Orthopedics, Dr. Grisanti will unveil the personal functional biomechanical assessment he performs on all chiropractic patients.
This time tested and clinically documented examination will help you identify the biomechanical and biochemical dysfunctions for a variety of conditions, including: facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease (forget about investing in expensive decompression), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), TMJ, supraspinatus/infraspinatus tendonitis (rotator cuff), patellar femoral arthralgia, plantar fasciitis, trochanteric bursitis, carpal tunnel, intercostals neuritis and more commonly seen conditions.
These are just some of the essential topics Dr. Grisanti will be teaching. Dr. Grisanti will share the skills and techniques he finds most essential for the Functional Diagnostic Medicine practitioner to know.
The Functional Medicine University training program, covering all the knowledge and techniques described above, costs just $2195.
Because of strict Federal Trade Commission regulations, we cannot make any specific earnings promises for graduates of our program. However, we invite you to consider what the following would be worth to you, not just immediately after you complete the training, but also for years to come:
If you're still on the fence, consider these three bonuses, each of which on its own would cost what you're paying for the entire Functional Medicine University program.
Bonus #1: Coming Soon, Our Functional Medicine Marketing Blueprint
Use our proven, “turn-key” marketing system to steadily build your functional medicine income while working on it only a few hours a week.
The blueprint contains details on everything from how to get the patient in the door to how to bill for Functional Medicine services and how to present your findings and recommendations for the patient's acceptance. Learn how to easily distinguish your practice from the competition and grow its respect and prestige in your community and beyond.
Discover the best no-hype, no-nonsense, professionally respectable ways to promote functional medicine while maintaining the highest level of integrity and protecting your reputation. Don't forget that as a graduate of our program, you will have a certificate to frame and hang on your wall as well as the mastery of advanced diagnosis and treatment techniques to back it up.
Currently in preparation, we expect this exclusive FMU Blueprint to be ready within 60 days.
Bonus #2: Available Now, Our Practice Marketing Program
After a little more polishing and formatting, we will be offering this next bonus soon as a separate Functional Medicine University course for $2195. Enroll now, however, and it's yours now at no extra cost.
Called “How to Successfully Market Your Practice,” this comprehensive training gives you a solid grounding in the principles of effectively attracting and keeping patients so your practice builds and keeps on growing. In one convenient course, you learn the principles and methods of outreach you need to understand to develop one of the leading practices in your town and, as a matter of fact, in your state.
Culled from an investment of more than 28 years of study at a cost of over $200,000 in coaching and mentoring from the big names of marketing like Dan Kennedy, Jay Conrad Levinson, Tony Robbins, Michael Gerber (E-Myth), Practice Builders and many others, it gives you only the best of the best, distilled to a system that has been proven to work for us and doctors we have mentored.
It saves you time, money and frustration by warning you away from what does not work and lets you in on the secrets of what does. This course is easy to understand and apply whether you live in a large metropolitan area or in the country, whether you're new in business or a long-time practitioner.
Bonus #3:When You Graduate, You Join Our Exclusive Lead Referral System
We have a consumer health site that gets major attention from health-conscious consumers every single day. People who visit this site want to connect with health-care practitioners trained in Functional Diagnostic Medicine.
Upon graduation, you have the option to add your name and clinic information to our Functional Medicine Practitioner directory so that patients in your service area can contact you and set up appointments.
This online directory continually puts your name and credentials in front of tens of thousands of potential customers a year for your practice. Think of how much this kind of visibility would cost if you had to pay for it separately!
Indeed, just one new patient from this listing could pay for the entire FMU program over and over again.
Let's quickly recap what you receive when you sign up for the Functional Medicine professional training program that meets the highest standards and fits your busy schedule.
Included in the Course:
Functional Medicine is our passion, and we care intensely that you get the best training information, the best help in implementing it, and answers to all of your questions.
Let us help you help more patients, make more clinic income, get more referrals to your practice and become so well-regarded in your community that you have a three-month waiting list.
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To your health and success!
P.S. Don't miss this opportunity to add a valuable new income stream to your practice, increase your ability to get to the root of patients' problems and watch patients become healthier than ever before. Sign up today.
"I do no advertising and have a constant stream of new patients."
Nicole Fenske, D.C.
"This FDM Training Program experience has put me over the top in having so many additional tools"
Denis Godby, N.M.D.
Diabetes Natural Path Center
"one of the best [courses] I have ever taken"
"I can now help the unhelped."
Corey Schuler, D.C.
"My skills and confidence have increased"
Todd Stone, D.C.
"I am very happy to be on the cutting edge of patient care"
Randall March, D.C. D.A.C.N.B.