In today’s post, we share the first talk as part of the Charlottesville Center for Functional Medicine (CVCFM) Wellness Workshop Series hosted at Studio IX in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In this talk you will hear co founders Ryan Hall, Rob Abbott and Kerri Cooper introduce CVCFM and attempt to answer that all elusive question “What is Health?”
Together we explore the key components of health, seeing it as something much more than just the absence of disease or sickness.
We share our 7 Relationships for finding and sustaining well being: sleep, stress management, movement, nutrition, community, wisdom and play and begin to explore the real meaning behind each of this crucial relationships.
We offer our working definition of functional and ancestral medicine and provide some concrete examples to explain what a personalized root-caused resolution approach to cultivating wellness looks like.
We even have a short Q/A period at the end of the talk where we seek to compare and contrast diets and nutrition templates and explore some of the biochemistry behind and rationale for pursuing a ketogenic diet.
We were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to speak at Studio IX and will be back in two weeks to dig a little deeper into nutrition and the reasons for following an ancestral nutrition template.
I am so excited to finally share the launch of Pentad Integrative Health’s first full module: Gastrointestinal Imbalances.
Pentad Integrative Health is the vision of my dear friend Melanie Dorion NP and is a health education and clinician training platform that will revolutionize the way we learn and practice integrative medicine.
I have spent more hours than I can even count, staying up late after 14 hour shifts at the hospital to research and refine the content in our first two modules: the freely accessible Diet and Lifestyle Module and the previously mentioned GI Imbalances Module.
Free Diet and Lifestyle Module:
GI Imbalance Module:
The GI Imbalances Module addresses the importance of a healthy digestive system and highlights many of the common GI concerns in primary care. The discussed conditions include: intestinal permeability, dysbiosis, SIBO, constipation, indigestion and CIRS. Management recommendations are condition specific and utilize the plethora of resources from both the conventional and integrative fields. Thorough evidence-based solutions are discussed, so patients can find relief, and practitioners can find joy in bringing their patient to a greatest state of health and flourishing.
The content presented in the videos and accompanying handouts is designed as foundational learning in integrative and functional medicine, combining basic pathophysiology with practical clinical medicine. The content is accessible to both practitioner and layperson and will provide you, as a clinician, with the core skills to empower your patient, and will provide you, as a layperson, with a solid understanding of what it may take to treat and heal many of the most common underlying GI conditions.