When it comes to eating disorders, there is an ever-widening gap between research and practice. Despite a fast-growing body of scientific evidence implicating specific biologic abnormalities as etiologic factors, mainstream treatments prioritize the treatment of psychologic issues and rely heavily on pharmaceutical interventions.
Over the course of four modules, this course offers clinicians an immersive education in a functional medicine model for the treatment of anorexia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and food addiction. Following a review of the standard treatment methods for these disorders, we explore the neural, genetic, metabolic, and biological factors that precipitate appetite dysregulation disorders. Research and experience-informed treatment recommendations will be presented, with an emphasis on objective testing and biochemical individuality.