Course Description:

$375

In this four-module course for clinicians of all specialties, Dr. Greenblatt makes the case for a functional and integrative medical approach to anxiety that moves away from traditional symptom classification and polypharmaceutical approaches to anxiety disorders. Protocols for patient testing are offered alongside specific nutritional interventions to address anxiogenic physiology, as well as other integrative treatments—exercise, yoga, and herbal supplements—that will enable you to maximize therapeutic interventions for your patients.

CME Accreditation (AAFP)
This Enduring Material activity, Integrative Medicine for Anxiety, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 5.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 08/31/2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Modules:

1. Anxiety Redefined

We begin by examining current DSM classifications and pharmacological interventions in the treatment of anxiety. Dr. Greenblatt then shifts to a discussion of “THE ZEEBRA” method, which is his acronym for a comprehensive evaluation of all the factors that lead to affective disorders. The final section is devoted to key nutrients associated with the symptoms of anxiety—magnesium, vitamin B3, and vitamin B12—and lab testing protocols and supplementation for its treatment.

2. Exploring Etiology in Anxiety and OCD

Module 2 commences with one of the fastest-growing areas of research in functional psychiatry: the gut-mind connection. For our purposes, we examine gut dysbiosis and Clostridia overgrowth, and the current probiotic therapies in the treatment of anxiety. Next, we look at misdiagnoses of OCD disorder, and how amino acid depletion fits with an orthomolecular model of anxiety.

3. Enhancing Neurotransmission, Eliminating Inflammation

Module 3 explores the contributing factors of folate deficiency, opioid peptides (derived from wheat and dairy), systemic inflammation, and vitamin D deficiency in the presentation of anxiety symptoms. We will also take a close look at inositol as a mechanism for serotonergic signaling.

4. Expanding the Therapeutic Arsenal

The final module provides functional and integrative medicine treatments for anxiety, including N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), nutritional lithium, I-theanine, GABA, ashwagandha, cannabidiol, along with “vitamin E” (exercise) and “vitamin Y” (yoga).

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, registrants will be able to:

  • Identify the key genetic, nutritional, metabolic, and environmental causes of anxiety
  • Understand the role of inflammation, gut microbiota, amino acids (and other nutritional deficiencies) in the presentation of symptoms of anxiety
  • Understand the benefits of lifestyle therapies
  • Understand how to run and read diagnostic tests in the evaluation of patients’
  • Employ a functional medicine approach for better patient outcomes at your clinic or practice
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