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Functional Medicine Detoxification & BioTransformation Module, Denver, CO, 2014

Amy Petrarca travels to Denver, CO to attend the Insitute for Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Module on Detoxification and BioTransformation.

Wow!  I absolutely LOVE Functional Medicine!  I think I may be the new president of their fan club!  Seriously though.... I love getting into the "nit and grit" of the details!  The BioChemistry of Phase I and Phase II Detoxification!  Our human bodies are so amazing!  At any given time, we are so busy doing endless metabolic processes!  Even when you are lying down sleeping, your liver is BUSY metabolizing numerous endogenous and exogenous substances (and toxins!)  No matter what we eat or don't eat, for that matter -- the liver does its best to process Phase I and then Phase II -- hopefully the correct nutrients and enzymes will be present so that we can function as healthily and efficiently as possible. 

I learned a lot about Autism, Chelation therapy, Mercury Amalgams, Oxidative Stress Markers, and impacting Glutathione -- just to name a few concepts.  I also really enjoyed meeting the other IFM participants around me.   I met an Emergency Attending physician (now in private practice) from Savannah, GA; and a Pharm-D from Calgary, and a statistician from the CDC!  Such great company!

I was so inspired, that I am now working on developing my own acupuncture protocol to assist in the detoxification of heavy metals and patients wanting to maximize their results with chelation therapy.

Also - I was able to stay with my dear friend, Julie!  Denver was beautiful and amazing!  We had delicious food every day, and there were home-cooked meals every night!  It was a superb weekend!

Did you know that Beets are a superfood?  I just baked some last night. 

Did you know that two Hazelnuts per day can greatly benefit your health? 

More tidbits like these coming in later blog posts.  And will be more frequent in my Twitter feed.  Read my tweets


This fantastic Detox Module was absolutely packed!  And the lectures from the IFM Faculty were inspiring and educational in every way.  Here's the ALL-STAR line-up for DETOX 2014:

  • ROBERT ROUNTREE, MD received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980. He subsequently completed a three-year residency in family and community medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, after which he was certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. He has augmented his training with extensive postgraduate studies in nutritional and herbal pharmacology along with certification as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Dr. Rountree has provided his unique combination of traditional family medicine, nutrition, herbology, and mind-body therapy in Boulder, CO, since 1983. He has recently opened Boulder Wellcare, a private practice specializing in individual healthcare consulting. He is coauthor of three books on Integrative Medicine, Immunotics: A Revolutionary Way to Fight Infection, Beat Chronic Illness and Stay Well (Putnam, 2000); Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child (Avery Publishing, 1994); and A Parent's Guide to Medical Emergencies (Avery, 1997).  [I just purchased his recently published book called:   The New Breastfeeding Diet Plan: Breakthrough Ways to Reduce Toxins and Give Your Baby the Best Start in Life ]
  • KENNETH A. BOCK, MD received his medical degree with honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1979. He is board certified in family medicine and a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Albany Medical College. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Nutrition. He is the immediate past president of the American College for Advancement in Medicine. For more than 25 years, he has dealt with complex medical problems by integrating alternative modalities with conventional medicine into a comprehensive integrative medical practice, and for the past decade, he has focused that approach on children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, asthma, and allergies. Dr. Bock’s Healing Program is at the vanguard of the new biomedical approach to the treatment of children affected by these disorders.

    He is the coauthor of four books: The Road to Immunity (Pocket Books), Natural Relief for Your Child’s Asthma (HarperCollins), The Germ Survival Guide (McGraw Hill), and Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies (Random House). He lectures nationally and internationally on immune system health and integrative approaches to autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, asthma, and allergies.

  • RICHARD MAYFIELD, DC, CCN, DACBN received his chiropractic degree at the Northwestern Health Sciences University and is board certified in clinical nutrition. He has augmented his training with extensive postgraduate studies in nutritional and functional medicine since 1977. He is currently the director of the Center for Well Being in Edina, MN. His unique practice has an emphasis on nutrition, functional medicine, Asian healing systems, wellness activation methods and structural balance through chiropractic and applied neurological integrity systems. Dr. Mayfield is a functional medicine consultant and educator to physicians.

  • DEANNA MINICH, PhD, FACN, CNS is a dynamic and internationally-known functional medicine nutritionist and author. Her twenty years of experience in the nutrition field led her to develop an integrated approach to nutrition called Food & Spirit, which spans the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of health. She is the author of four books on wellness and over fifteen scientific publications. She has trained in functional medicine for the past decade with the “father of functional medicine,” Dr. Jeffrey Bland, as her mentor, and has served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute of Functional Medicine. Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Nutrition) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is both a Fellow (F.A.C.N.) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) through the American College of Nutrition and has received education in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Minich has over ten years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries with her last position as Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Metagenics, Inc., in which she was responsible for global product launches in addition to serving as a teaching clinician for international audiences of healthcare practitioners. Her current responsibilities as Vice President of Education at the PLMI involve coordination of cutting-edge information and collaboration with opinion leaders in the personalized lifestyle medicine field. She is the author of four books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.

(biography of each faculty member courtesy of the Institue for Functional Medicine website.)