BAPM - Bioenergetics Advanced Practice Module
Energy drives all biologic activity -- within individual atoms and molecules, as part of cellular physiology, up through organ-system and whole-person functioning and, ultimately, the entire biosphere. The last 20 years have brought us dramatic breakthroughs in understanding how mitochondria work and what they require for enduring optimal function. Genetic and epigenetic vulnerabilities have been discovered; the effects of toxic environmental exposures on energy production have been revealed; and connections between dysregulation in energy production and many clinical conditions have been described.
Physiology is one side of the coin, but we are also learning about the larger energy landscape, including the mechanisms underlying the clinical effects of magnetic fields and microcurrent, hands-on therapies such as manipulation, craniosacral and acupuncture, and the profound power of the therapeutic partnership.
INSTITUTE OF FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE's BIOENERGETICS ADVANCED PRACTICE MODULE
This advanced practice module will investigate the science of mitochondrial function and dysfunction, the impact of oxidative stress, and nutritional and lifestyle influences on both health and disease. Clinicians will learn how to regenerate compromised mitochondrial function and how to address the varied underlying causes of fatigue, depression, headache, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Evidence-based modalities to address pain will be introduced, and the profound potential of the healing partnership will be both explored and experienced.
CLINICAL COMPETENCIES TO BE MASTERED THROUGH THE MODULE:
- Define and understand the importance of energy regulation and mitochondrial function from a clinical perspective.
- Employ advanced approaches to history, physical examination, and laboratory assessment to improve the recognition of clinical syndromes related to mitochondrial function and energy regulation.
- Individualize functional treatment protocols to address mitochondrial dysfunction and increased demand for cellular energy.
- Identify common antecedents, triggers, and mediators underlying mitochondrial dysfunction and increased energy demand in clinical syndromes and map energy regulation issues to the functional medicine clinical matrix.
- Develop and apply a personalized approach to preparing for clinical encounters.