Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance, and Autoimmunity

with Paul Bergner, November 25-26, 2017

Course Information

This seminar will describe current scientific concepts of digestion, immunity, and autoimmunity to explain the “dotted line” connecting an immunological response in the gut to various systemic manifestations of disease. You will learn assessment methods, with an emphasis on interview and observational skills rather than on questionable laboratory antibody testing. A complete review of lifestyle factors, nutrition, herbal materia medica and formulation strategies to support the body’s healing of inflammation and the Leaky Gut Syndrome is included.

This seminar prepares you with the complete skill set to assess and coach a patient (or yourself) through removal of an offending food. The course material was developed over a period of more than twenty years, and delivered in various formats to hundreds of intermediate-to-advanced students of herbalism, nutrition, and naturopathic medicine as part of pre-clinical training. Foods in the diet which evoke an immunological inflammatory response are nearly universal in modern chronic disease, and removal of the food antigens can in many cases allow symptoms of even some serious diseases to simply fall away. Case studies presented will include congestive heart failure, panic disorder, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, severe eczema, systemic lymphadenopathy, and a dozen more, which were resolved or greatly improved with removal and strict avoidance of an offending food.

  • Learn methods that successfully help many clients with serious chronic illnesses such as autoimmune conditions, neurological problems, cardiovascular inflammation, kidney failure, mental disorders, and more
  • Learn the basic science of how nutrients affect inflammation and tissue integrity
  • Learn the “dotted line” between inflammation in the gastrointestinal system and the overall system, and the exact immune components and mechanisms which are responsible for the escalation of gut inflammation to systemic inflammation
  • Learn interview techniques and assessment methods to evaluate a client for food intolerance
  • Learn the unreliability of the common lab tests for food intolerance
  • Learn how to coach a patient through elimination and re-challenge of suspected offending foods
  • Learn a complete Materia Medica of anti-inflammatory herbs
  • Learn a Materia Medica and formulation strategy for healing the “leaky gut syndrome” with herbs and dietary factors that reduce systemic inflammation

Course Instructor

Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, Oregon. 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 25-26, 2017, 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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