ENHANCING ACUPUNCTURE WITH FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION

with Duane Law, L.Ac.

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ery early on in my acupuncture career I began searching for nutrients that would enhance my acupuncture practice.

I’d helped start one of the first grocery-oriented health food stores in the US in my mid-twenties in Arcata, a small coastal college town in northern California.

This experience would serve me well as I became one of the earliest acupuncturists licensed in the US in 1982. In those days we didn’t receive any training in TCM or herbalism so I filled the gap with food awareness and a form of supplement-oriented naturopathy that would eventually evolve into functional nutrition.

From an energetic perspective acupuncture works by manipulating chi. That chi comes from the chi our parents initially bequeath us, supplemented by the chi in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the people we surround ourselves with as we grow into our own.

But as the Standard American Diet (SAD) became a highly industrialized one, it lost much of its chi along with its micronutrient content.

So I began teaching my patients the importance of eating real food. I noticed right away that those who took my advice were getting better results from my acupuncture.

I began a long slow process of trial and error, trying different forms of basic micronutrients to see which ones worked best. It took me about twenty years to settle on the quartert I realized worked best. That’s one of the clinical pearls I share in this course.

I saw first-hand just how crucial these basic micronutrients were to getting the best outcomes from my acupuncture when I spent three years in pain management at a prominent Los Angeles clinic, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic. Over and over again, the patients there whom I was able to convince to take a quartet of basic micronutrients got better and maintained their results. The ones who resisted tended not to improve but if they did their pain returned promptly when their authorizations ran out and acupuncture treatments stopped.

This course introduces these basic micronutrients, some key food-awareness tips along with a very special amino acid that extends and deepens acupuncture’s effects.

It also has a special focus on mental health. The brain is 2% of the body’s weight but uses 20% of the body’s energy.

So any issues with food awareness or nutrient supply tend to appear first as mental health symptoms. Changes in mood or cognition are often also the first to improve, so bringing patient awareness to those changes reinforces our advice, improving patient compliance.

This course focuses on:

  • the role of micronutrients in neuron and mitochondrial function
  • a brief history of highly-industrialized food through a nutrition lens
  • the importance of a matrix of nutrient interventions
  • basic micronutrient sources: evaluating the quality of commercially-available supplements
  • the research: historical development, structural issues, evaluating nutrition-mental health evidence
  • intro to the evidence base: nutrients and anxiety, depression, ADHD, developmental issues
  • resources for self- and client-education.

Goals & Objectives:

Students who complete this course successfully will:

  • Be able to explain in simple language the role of B vitamins in helping to support cognition and emotional health.
  • Be able to explain in simple language the role of trace minerals in helping to support cognition and emotional health.
  • Be able to explain in simple language the role of essential fatty acids in helping to support cognition and emotional health.
  • Be able to explain in simple language the role of antioxidants in helping to support cognition and emotional health.

Four Hour Course

Sunday, November 6, 11am- 3pm (CST, GMT-6)

(9am-1pm PST, 10am-2pm MST, 12pm-4pm EST)

4 PDAs for NCCAOM

4 CE Hours for California Acupuncturists

(recorded for those unable to attend live)

 $89

 

  • Details That Matter: Tools Clients and Clinicians can Use
  • Zinc deficiency and cognition
  • Magnesium and anxiety
  • Pyridoxine (B6) and dreams
  • Functional Nutrition for mental health
  • Clinical pearls you can put to use immediately
  • How to discuss nutrition with clients while observing scope-of-practice boundaries
  • Complex metabolic pathways made simple with story and metaphor
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Duane Law, L.Ac. is among the earliest acupuncturists licensed in the US. For forty years patients have been bringing him medical challenges unresponsive to conventional care and he’s been able to help nearly all of them.

Duane’s courses are known for being colorful, entertaining and loaded with evidence-based facts. He believes in teaching by telling stories and sharing personal anecdotes from his practice and his own self-care explorations. While the occasional data dump is inevitable in continuing ed courses he takes pains to ensure that all learning styles are accommodated.

Four Hour Course

Sunday, November 6, 2022 11am- 3pm (CST, GMT-6)

(9am-1pm PST, 10am-2pm MST, 12pm-4pm EST)

4 PDAs for NCCAOM

4 CE Hours for California Acupuncturists

(recorded for those unable to attend live)

$89

 

  • Details That Matter: Tools Clients and Clinicians can Use
  • Zinc deficiency and cognition
  • Magnesium and anxiety
  • Pyridoxine (B6) and dreams
  • Functional Nutrition for mental health
  • Clinical pearls you can put to use immediately
  • How to discuss nutrition with clients while observing scope-of-practice boundaries
  • Complex metabolic pathways made simple with story and metaphor
  •  

Duane Law, L.Ac. has taught acupuncturists since the 1980s and has been a provider of continuing education for mental health professionals in California since 2000.

Duane is among the earliest acupuncturists licensed in the US. His clinical focus has been mental health issues and otherwise non-responsive medical challenges since 1982, with an emphasis on food awareness, nutrition and client education as interventions.

The Enhancing Acupuncture with Functional Nutrition course meets the qualifications for 4 PDA points as required by NCCAOM, and 4 hours of CE credit as required by the California Acupuncture Board.

While Duane Law, L.Ac. goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which arise which may require intervention and/or action. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken. The participant(s) will be asked to put their concerns in writing. If the grievance concerns a course, the content comprising the course or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. If a participant complains about the quality, content, delivery system or proficiency level required to pass a course or complete a program their tuition will be refunded.

If you need special accommodations for any reason please let us know at the time of your enrollment in the course by sending me a message, texting or calling me at (310) 498-2777.

Course certificates for live course attendees will be provided by email within 48 hours at the end of the seminar. Asynchronous attendees viewing the webinar recording will be asked to pass a short quiz; the passing rate will be 70% correct and certificates for these students will be provided by email within 48 hours of completing the quiz. Asynchronous attendees seeking NCCAOM PDAs will also need to complete a worksheet.

Duane Law, L.Ac. (CAMFT 102132) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs; and by NCCAOM (Provider #9140) and the California Acupuncture Board (CE Provider #1667) to provide continuing education for acupuncturists.

Duane Law, L.Ac. maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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