Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics with Diet and Herbs

with Paul Bergner, November 26-27, 2016

Course Information

Insulin resistance, or the metabolic syndrome, is the root pathology not only of Type II diabetes, but also of heart disease, stroke, obesity, hypertension, several common cancers, and other conditions ranging from polycystic ovarian disease to acne to brittle bones and depression. It is a pathology fundamental to the “diseases of civilization”. Although the cell level pathology is complex, the roots of this condition are simple. Malnutrition in the basic nutrients that regulate insulin contributes, as does a bulk of untrained muscle mass, and imbalances in the carbohydrate content of the diet. Correcting these three roots of insulin resistance, along with the use of herbal allies to support balance, can allow some chronic diseases to resolve in a matter of weeks to months.

In this course, participants will:

  • Learn the basic pathophysiology of insulin resistance and it role in modern chronic disease
  • Learn the anthropology of insulin resistance, and see what normal health and blood parameters are in our close hunter gatherer relatives
  • Learn how to assess insulin resistance through blood work
  • Learn how to assess a patient for insulin resistance using nothing more than an interview and a tape measure
  • Learn the role of basic nutrients essential to normal insulin function
  • Learn the role of trained muscle status on overall insulin and glucose effects in the body
  • Learn the role of glycemic index, glycemic load, and total carbohydrate percentage in insulin resistance
  • Learn the role of sleep and stress in insulin resistance
  • Learn the basic science of a ketogenic diet
  • Learn how to prepare a patient for ketosis in stages to reduce the unpleasantness of the induction phase
  • Learn how to coach a patient for a complete ketogenic diet
  • Learn herbs which may benefit insulin and insulin resistance, as opposed to simply lowering blood sugar
  • Learn how to use a basic insulin resistance protocol in the treatment of prediabetes, diabetes, vascular diseases, cancers, neurological diseases, and reproductive dysfunction, including PCOS

Course Instructor

Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, OR. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism, and nutrition since 1973. He has supervised residents in teaching clinics for medical herbalism and clinical nutrition continuously since 1996, mentoring more than 250 clinical graduates, and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989.  He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Combining information from both nutritional anthropology and biomedicine, he developed a successful protocol for treating insulin resistance between 1997 and 1999, and has been utilizing and teaching the protocol to residents in his teaching clinics since that time. He has lectured on this topic at professional conferences nationally and internationally since 2000.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, November 26-27, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until September 15)
Student – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until September 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until September 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 NU/WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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