AHN: Workshop Descriptions
If you are a holistic nutrition professional or other health care practitioner seeking to sharpen your holistic nutrition knowledge and skills, and/or fulfil upgrade requirements, choose the workshops that best complement the needs of your practice, your interests, your strengths, and your goals. These multifaceted workshops are available via classroom and distance education studies, or a combination of both flexible formats.
Please see below for a detailed listing and description of all Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops, including workshop hours, credits, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that may be earned. Workshops that are part of the Immune Support and/or Cognitive Support Certificate Packages have been identified accordingly.
Please note that the AHN workshops may count as upgrade hours for associations such as the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro), and AN106 and AN109, along with CSNN’s Natural Nutrition Program, qualify for membership to the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)
This advanced nutrition workshop takes a more focused and scientific look at the potential for nutrition to enhance and replenish a weakened immune system. Topics of discussion include, amongst others; (1) the interrelationships between the immune system and individual organ systems; (2) age-related changes to the immune system; (3) alkalinizing and detoxification protocols; (4) the principles of psychoneuroimmunology; and (5) dietary protocols used to control inflammation, build the immune system and prevent disease. The workshop concludes with an explanation of the specialized cancer treatment program, Gerson Therapy.
This workshop focuses on the intricate connection between nutritional deficiencies and mood disorders. It discusses the link between mood and such things as amino acids, endorphins, neurotransmitters, hypoglycemia, allergies, thyroid function, adrenal function, and genetics. It explains how to differentiate between false moods and true emotions and explores the types of disorders for which “The Mood Cure” is and is not appropriate. The information provided will help students better determine suitable nutritional approaches to take with clients suffering illnesses such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Mental Health and Nutrition (Part 2) is designed to deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. It explores the symptoms, phases, possible causes and treatments (both conventional and nutritional) of Alzheimer’s. It also examines the behaviours of the affected person and ways to cope effectively with the demands of caring for someone suffering from this disease.
This workshop describes the etiology, pathogenesis, morphologic changes, and functional consequences of diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. The pathobiology of each disease is presented through a series of lectures and small-group case study preceptorials. This will provide students with the opportunity to develop the ability to distinguish systemic pathologies from healthy states and make appropriate nutritional recommendations.
Advanced Pathology (Part 2) is a continuation of Advanced Pathology (Part 1) and covers the diseases of the renal, genitourinary, skeletal, endocrine, integumentary, and nervous systems.
There is a fine line between using plants as foods and applying plants as medicine.
Just as holistic nutrition professionals learn skills to use food and nutrition to promote good health, so can the specific use of herbal medicines promote healing and wellbeing. Learn skills in the art of introductory herbal medicine application. Familiarize yourself with the medicinal actions and therapeutic use of 30 common herbs, kitchen spices and local growing plants. Expand your skills with knowledge of using medicinal teas, vinegars, honeys and topical application.
Where a reductionist approach looks at 1 specific chemical to affect change in the body; herbal medicine is the use of whole herbs, as nature intended, offering an array of plant chemicals to enhance our health and well-being, often without the side effects of allopathic drugs. This workshop will provide you with an introduction to the philosophy and use of various herbal medicines and medicine making to compliment your skills as a holistic nutrition professional.
This workshop introduces the student to the Ayurvedic principles of health and nutrition. It explains Ayurvedic anatomy and explores how the attributes of foods, daily rituals and seasonal eating can be used to maintain and restore balance to particular body types or Dhatus. Extensive menu preparations and traditional Ayurvedic recipes are included to facilitate the development of meal plans specific to the individual body types.
This workshop first reviews how energy metabolism, nutrition, hydration and ergogenics affect athletic performance. To enhance understanding of these fundamental topics, pertinent research articles, case studies and/or practical exercises are included. It then goes on to discuss the athletic nutritional consultation and specific needs of athletes involved in endurance and strength/power sports.
This workshop provides a comprehensive reference that offers easy access to the latest information about clinically relevant laboratory and diagnostic procedures. It explains each laboratory and diagnostic test with related information, test descriptions, illustrations and examples. Understanding the purpose of specific diagnostics, and how to interpret their results can validate symptomatology findings and help students to make more informed recommendations to clients.
This workshop introduces students to the general principles of pharmacology. Its primary aim is to inform students of the mechanism(s) of action, biochemical and physiological effects, adverse reactions, and therapeutic uses of the most important drug(s) in each pharmacological class. The medications selected for study are those most relevant to the Natural Nutrition program – those that affect the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
This workshop concentrates on helping prevent cancer, specifically breast cancer. The participants will gain an understanding of the basic processes of breast cancer. In addition, there will be detailed information on the effects of foods on the body in order to alkalize the organs and tissues. Other information will include optimal supplementation, as well as the mind/body/spirit aspect of cancer, i.e., how our emotions, thoughts, actions and reactions affect the body on the molecular level. Approaching breast cancer from a position of knowledge, rather than fear, is the guiding principle for this workshop.
The first part of this workshop is an introduction to the history and philosophy of Bach flower remedies. It teaches students how to apply all 38 remedies in clinical practice. The second part introduces aromatherapy and the many therapeutic uses of essential oils. Students will become familiar with how to treat numerous health conditions, as well as fun and inexpensive ways to create personal body and hair care products.
Every day people are exposed to thousands of exogenous and endogenous toxins, from pesticides and power lines to the products of our own metabolisms, thoughts and emotions. All these toxins place dangerous stress on the immune system and make detoxification a necessary commitment for health in the modern world. This workshop, therefore, helps us to gain a deep understanding of this topic by (1) defining toxicity, detoxification, drainage and the different types of toxins to which we are exposed; (2) reviewing the organs of detoxification; (3) discussing disorders that arise as a result of toxicity; and (4) describing methods that can be used to safely detoxify the body.
What makes a person a successful alternative health practitioner? Is it solely the development of a sound resume and/or business plan or is there more to it than that? This workshop addresses the “more to it than that” aspect of professional development. It addresses personal limitations, therapeutic communications and ethics – the relational aspects of a practice. In order to be successful practitioners, to find the place where our joy meets the world’s need, we have to continually work on ourselves – to become more aware – to develop a self that can be in right relationship with others. That is what this workshop is dedicated to doing – fostering self development and right relationship.
This workshop will provide holistic nutrition professionals and other health care practitioners with a basic knowledge of the history and complementary practice of homeopathy. Additionally, it will address homeopathy specific to nutritional ailments and provide students with an overview of a limited number of remedies, tissue salts and oligo-elements that can be safely used in their own practices. Most importantly, it will illustrate what homeopathy can treat and when it is prudent to refer to a homeopath.
With increased marketing, variety and availability of supplements, how can health care practitioners (let alone consumers) decide what is safe and effective? Furthermore, how can holistic nutrition professionals effectively counsel their clients about supplementation in a milieu of increasing public awareness? This workshop addresses these concerns by providing students with a sound foundation in the wise use of dietary supplements. It includes information on manufacturing practices, interactions, orthomolecular alternatives to drugs, labeling, governmental regulations, standardization, whole food supplements, etc. Furthermore, it discusses, in detail, some of the most commonly used nutritional supplements such as individual and multivitamins/minerals, fibre, sea algae, greens, digestive enzymes, probiotics, EFAs, etc.
Though there remains a lot that is not known about the regulation of food intake and the science of mindfulness, understanding some of what has been discovered can awaken us to ways we might modify unwanted eating and lifestyle behaviors. Accordingly, this workshop explores what research has revealed about (1) the neuropsychoendocrinology of regulating food intake to maintain optimal energy balance and body weight; (2) the science and effects of mindfulness; and (3) mindful eating practices that can help change unhealthy eating behaviours. To facilitate the embodiment of this information, mindful eating practices are incorporated throughout the workshop: during each lesson and as homework.