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)

AN101A - Immunology

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.

AN102 - Nutrition and Mental Health

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.

AN103 - Nutrition and Mental Health

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.

AN104 - Advanced Pathology and Nutrition

The Advanced Pathology workshops are designed to cover, in detail, the pathologies most relevant to the Advanced Holistic Nutrition Program. This workshop, Advanced Pathology (Part 1), 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.

AN105 - Advanced Pathology and Nutrition

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.

AN106 - Introduction to Herbs

This workshop is designed to introduce health care practitioners to the principles of herbal medicine and to 48 of the most commonly used herbs, categorized according to the different body systems they address. Students will gain knowledge of (1) the therapeutic uses, common modes of application, dosages and contraindications of these herbs; and (2) how to prepare herbal remedies such as teas, compresses, poultices, fomentations, etc. In addition, they will learn about the training and legalities pertaining to herbal medicine and the general differences between pharmaceuticals and herbal remedies.

AN107 - Ayurveda

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.

AN108 - Nutrition and Athletic Performance

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.

AN109 - Laboratory Diagnostics and Tests

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.

AN110 - Nutrition and Pharmacology

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.

AN111 - Breast Cancer Prevention

This workshop explores the factors that influence the risk of developing breast cancer. It involves an in-depth exploration of (1) the anatomy and physiology of the breasts; (2) the causes, types and stages of breast cancer; (3) diagnostic tools and predictive tests used to detect breast conditions; (4) the relationship between the environment, hormones, nutrition, psychospiritual health, immunity and breast cancer; and (5) treatment methods for dealing with breast cancer – both conventional and alternative.

AN112 - Aromatherapy & Bach Flower Remedies

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.

AN115 - An Advanced Course in Detoxification

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.

AN116 - Professional Self Development

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.

AN117 - Introduction to Homeopathy

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.

AN118 - Safe and Effective Supplementation

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.

AN119 - Mindfulness and the Neuropsychoendocrinology of Regulating Eating

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.