Health and wellness care is changing in the United States and across the world. It is becoming more and more institutionalized with greater dependance on the government and corporate entities. Lost in this new order is the person. Since healthcare is now "delivered" to the person, every element of this system can be dictated to the person. When each individual paid the provider practitioner directly, the person has greater rights to demand the services that they needed. Today, the individual possesses no such rights.
Recognizing the growing discomfort and rising anger amongst segments of the populace, ACIM intorudces the Wellness Coach Program in an effort to fill the gap left for many who are unsatisfied with the current direction of healthcare and/or who have a sincere desire to learn more about the body, mind and spirit so that they can better guide their friends and family toward true wellness as we once knew.
The Wellness Coach Program is conceptually different than other "coaching" programs. First, it is the outgrowth of the ACIM Fellowship. Secondly, it is a multi-tiered and multi-dimensional program. This means the first level of the Wellness Coach Program provides the sutdent with basic core knowledge about the body, mind and emotions.
The ACIM Core Wellness Coach Training is foundational for all Wellness Coach Certifications. It gives the student a broad based look at integrative wellness care. It is a required certification from which all specialty Wellness Coach Certifications are built. The core components of the Core Wellness Coach Training are as follows:
1. Learn which foods are beneficial & harmful for most people & which cookware to avoid
2. Learn which foods to eat & to avoid for the most common chronic illnesses
3. Learn how to eat for your metabolic type & how to fine-tune diet with saliva pH testing
In the USA, most people eat for taste without any consideration for the effect of food on their health. For health’s sake, people should follow the advice of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. “Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.” Dr. Cowden will teach which “foods” are harmful to every person & which foods are beneficial to most people. He will teach how to grow your own food, shop for food & prepare healthy food as well as discuss the benefits of eating raw, sprouted & fermented foods. Dr. Cowden will teach which foods should be eaten & avoided for specific illnesses & explain why people with different metabolic types should eat different foods & balance their saliva pH by modifying their diet. And Dr. Cowden will teach the principles of food-combing, 4-day rotational eating, how to identify food allergens with a do-it-yourself home test & how to enhance one’s digestion.
Look almost anywhere in nature and you will see creative design with specified complexity. If the Universe, Earth, plants, animals and man all demonstrate creative design, then there must be a Creator. Spirituality is about a man or woman seeking to have a relationship with the Creator. This presentation describes this process.
Ryke Hamer, MD in Germany & his students have clearly shown that most physical diseases & psychological diseases are precipitated by sudden, unexpected emotional traumas. Claude Sabbah, MD in France & his students have shown that emotions we pick up from our parents while we are in our mother’s womb also have a large impact on our physical & psychological health. The tissues in our bodies store buried subconscious & conscious emotions. When we speak, a representation of all those emotions are identifiable in the frequencies embedded in our voice. Evox is a software that helps a practitioner to analyze a patient’s embedded voice frequencies while the patient focuses on memories of a person or an event of their life. Evox converts the patient’s voice frequencies into vibrational harmonic energies that can be delivered back into the patient through a hand electrode while the patient listens to pleasant instrumental music & focuses on that person or event. This rapidly helps to reframe the patient’s perception of that person or event, which then often triggers a physical &/or psychological healing.
Taking a thorough history is a critical component of a high quality integrative medicine approach to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of patients presenting to your practice with health challenges. This includes gaining a thorough understanding of the timing of symptoms and their relationships to key events including physical or emotional traumas that preceded their development. Also very helpful is taking note if there are cycles of recurrence that can be discerned based on the patient’s life time line and mapping those to help the patient become aware of those. As powerful is helping patients become aware of events that occurred in the womb or surrounding pregnancy or even biogeneological events that might be impacting their health now and how that might be linked to the timing of their present health challenges. We will also be exploring how to take a thorough history on the timing, efficacy and side effects of previous conventional and integrative treatments that patients have undergone.
Taking a thorough history is a critical component of a high quality integrative medicine approach to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of patients presenting to your practice with health challenges. Of great importance is learning how to interview a patient to gain helpful information about all their symptoms including the specific characteristics. These also include learning about factors that might be contributing to exacerbations and those factors that might be ameliorating their symptoms. I detailed history that includes these elements makes an accurate diagnosis much more likely not just in terms of the particular disease but also in terms of discovering contributing and ameliorating factors that makes effective treatment strategies easier to discern and improved health easier to achieve.
Environmental illness is under-recognized by most patients and by many practitioners (especially in a 5 minute appointment), so practitioners should start asking at least some basic questions about possible exposures on their historical questionnaires. Toxins are additive (sometimes even synergistic) and accumulative, resulting in the “total body load” that can create symptoms and disease. By asking the patient on a historical form about the input of toxins (exposures), the patient will become somewhat more educated about things they should avoid or reduce in their environment in order to eventually lower their total body load. Most man-made chemicals to which we are commonly exposed have very little, if any, research to show their effects on humans or even animals. The precautionary principle is to assume that every man-made chemical & every electromagnetic radiation is toxic to humans until proven otherwise by well-designed studies.
Zach Bush, MD demonstrates the unifying science behind the devastating changes in the food, farming and medical industries, and introduces the breakthrough science of bacteria and their communication with the body's defense systems. The industrial storm of the last 70 years has left the human gut and immune systems vulnerable to injury. Two synergistic toxins in our food and water systems have exploited this vulnerability, resulting in direct damage to the tight junctions that compose the natural firewalls at the gut/blood and blood/brain barriers. The correlations between diet, gut bacteria, and autism have been long-recognized. This new science finally delivers the mechanisms behind this relationship. The novel science of bacterial communication is the foundation for a new class of dietary supplements that goes beyond the probiotic, prebiotic and enzyme eras of gut supplementation. This science offers new avenues for ongoing grassroots changes to big industry to foster a healthy future.
Often bite adjustment is performed at the dentist’s office after a filling, crown or bridge while the person’s skull is “jammed” or their other joints are misaligned. Because the bite takes precedence over all other joints, the other joints are destined to chronic misalignment unless the practitioner realizes this problem, then adjusts the person’s joints immediately before a dentist precisely adjusts the person’s bite. The muscles, especially the chewing muscles, must be relaxed when the joints and the bite are adjusted. Therefore, the person needs to do regular stress-reduction before every meal & before every bedtime. In this workshop, attendees will be taught stress-reduction techniques, then skull unjamming, then structural self-adjustment of most joints, then muscle testing for dental malocclusion.
Using a functional medicine matrix demonstrate how to establish a clinical time line. Review how to appropriately gathering of information to establish a functional medicine emotional and spiritual history. Discuss how to apply the history to the functional time line and the appropriate use in establishing diagnosis and treatment.
The students will learn the traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis by screening of the sclera, tongue and nail. The clinical cases will be presented during the presentation to facilitate the learning process.
Over 500 peer-reviewed articles show molecular hydrogen (H2 gas) to be therapeutic in 150 different human disease models, and in essentially every organ of the human body. This medical gas has marked therapeutic potential in the field of disease prevention and neuroprotection. H2 can easily diffuse through the blood-brain-barrier, cell membranes and intercellular compartments, not only because it is the smallest molecule in the universe, but it is also electrically neutral and hydrophobic. H2selectively scavenges the cytotoxic hydroxyl radicals (*OH) without eliminating the beneficial signaling molecules (e.g. H2O2, NO*, O22-, etc.). It can also stimulate the Nrf2 pathway leading to increased endogenous antioxidants including glutathione, superoxide dismutase, catalase, etc. . Lastly, the cell modulating property of H2 affords it with remarkable anti-inflammatory, anti-alleragy, anti-apoptotic, and other neuroprotective benefits.
The US government uses nutrient standards that do not fully reflect much of the more recent research about nutrient sufficiency or deficiency and biochemical individuality. Many factors affecting nutrient sufficiency for optimum health exist now which did not exist in 1941 when the original nutrient standards were developed, such as the plethora of electromagnetic pollutions and environmental toxins that influence nutrient tissue uptake and/or wasting of nutrients from the body. Also much nutrient research done since 1941 is not taken into consideration. This presentation will discuss the nutrients most commonly deficient today according to recent research and will describe the utility of electro-dermal screening and muscle testing to better predict which nutrients require supplementation.
We now know that there are not only ten times more microbial cells in our bodies than those of our own flesh and blood, but also that they carry 100 times more DNA. That coding and the communications among organisms and with our systems are much more complex than we ever dreamed. We evolved together. As important as proper digestion and elimination are, the functions that probiotics perform extend to optimizing immune system protection, balancing neurochemistry and calming allergy and autoimmune conditions. There are even definable connections to obesity and diabetes. Knowing how to maximize the benefits of our gut flora can be of great benefit to a wide range of health issues. Smart supplementation is much more involved than simply racking up large numbers of CFU’s and it requires understanding the functions of “postbiotics”. We must also be aware of serious new threats to our gut microbiome.
1. To demonstrate the safety & effectiveness of silver hydrosol against a large array of microorganisms.
2. To describe synergistic use of other natural remedies with a silver hydrosol.
3. To understand the choice of routes of administration amongst various microbial disorders.
Not often thought of as a toxin, microbes can create significant interference with normal cellular function. The presence of a silver hydrosol, which is 99.999% pure silver in water, has broad antimicrobial action that places it in a category of one of the most formable weapons in the clinician’s armamentarium. The presenter will discuss the overall clinical applications for a silver hydrosol use in patients with bacterial, viral, and fungal issues. Discussion about dosage and routes of administration along with case studies will demonstrate its safety and advocacy in a broad range of diseases. The objective is to provide enough information and scientific evidence to the practitioner so that he/she will be able to utilize silver hydrosol in the various diseases discussed. The presenter will show the synergistic effects of other nutraceuticals that can be used in conjunction with silver hydrosol as potentiating agents and will discuss those items that can detract from the effectiveness as well.
Why do some people heal and others not? What makes the difference? During this lecture we will review four key blocks to healing that might explain this difference in outcomes. We will also discuss the role of will power and motivation in defining clinical outcomes. Do those with more will power do better than those that don’t? Is it possible that willpower alone is not enough? How do we as clinicians gain leverage on our patients to increase the likelihood of long term success in their thinking, lifestyle changes that we are encouraging them to make and in following the treatment plans that we might recommend to them. The discussion will include the levels of healing, the critical importance of discovering and clearing the roots of illness at the emotional, mental and spiritual levels in order to overcome blocks to healing.
Boundaries define what is acceptable and consonant with a person’s value system. The ability to set and maintain appropriate boundaries is essential for better physical and mental health. This seminar is intended to help participants understand what boundaries are, assist them in assessing their own boundaries and give them tools to forge and maintain appropriate boundaries for optimum health.
The medical literature is inundated with the importance of social connections. We will explore the data and practical relevant cases. We will elucidate the importance of connection and how to become better at connecting.
1. Increase awareness of the dangers of EMF Pollution
2. Create a Safe Environment at home and work
3. Saving you and your family's future
We are in an Electromagnetic Warfare and we are LOSING the battle. We need to be aware of the enemy. This unseen enemy is slowly creating decline in our health. Left unchecked , EMF can unravel our DNA, contribute to diabetes, and heart disease. EMF attacks our immune system, depletes minerals in our body, and disrupts cellular communications. Prolonged effects have even caused cancer. EMF is addictive and we are becoming sensitive to this electricity. The first step in remediation is recognizing EMF in our home, schools, and work place. Second is learning how to protect our bodies through grounding, disconnecting, and creating barriers of entry. Our future generations are at risk if we do nothing.
There is mounting evidence that environmental influences are playing a role in the increasing rates of ASD. We will use ASD as a model for understading the impact of epigenetic factors on the development and progression of a chronic complex medical illness. The combination of genetic vulnerabilities along with environmental toxins may result in disturbances or imbalances in the immune, gastrointestinal, mitochondrial, hormonal, and/or neurologic systems in some children.These disturbances often can be assessed through a detailed history and laboratory tests. Evidence based holistic and natural approaches to these imbalances will be discussed, including vitamins, dietary changes, and herbal medicines. With the rise of environmental toxins, there has been an increased incidence of children experiencing health challenges such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, allergies,and digestive problems. A brief overview of the scientific literature on the effects of various toxins on health, includ ding pesticides,BPA, pthalates, flame retardants and toxins in our food supply will be presented.Then,simple tools and strategies will be presented to eat healthier and create a healthy home that will allow the entire family to achieve true health.
The Chinese have said for at least 2000 years that most diseases start in the bowel. Toxicity of the bowel results mostly from eating too much of the wrong foods & too little of the right foods. Constipation (less than 3 bowel movements per day) is common & contributes to liver toxicity & toxicity of the lymphatics, the brain & other vital organs. Toxic organs become diseased. To heal from these diseases, it is best to first improve the diet, then do some intermittent vegetable juice “fasting” & take oral fiber, probiotics & clay. Since toxic emotions perpetuate physical toxicity of the GI tract, emotional detoxification is also very important along with colonics/colemics, liver/bile duct flushes and reflorastation orally & rectally (probiotic implants & ocassionally even fecal transplants). Dr. Cowden will also share his experience using the 7-day rapid cleanse (juice fast plus ozonated colemas, ozonated baths, lymph drainage and supplements) to resolve autoimmunity, silicone poisoning and even cancer.
Detox, short for detoxification, is the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are anything that can potentially harm the body tissue, including normal cell waste products, environmental toxins, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. The liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood, and lymphatic systems work together to ensure that toxins are transformed to less harmful compounds and/or are excreted from the body. Unfortunately, we all struggle with the “Toxic Body Burdens” which suppresses our immune functions further promoting toxic build up. This presentation will explain some of the major sources of toxicity and will provide methods to safely and effectively detox using nutrition, supplementation, along with various energy based therapies including Electro- Lymphatic Therapy (ELT), Laser Energetic Detox (LED), and Infrared Sauna Therapy.
Using a functional medicine matrix will establish a clinical time line. Will review appropriate gathering of information to establish a functional medicine social and family history. We will discuss applying the history to the functional time tine appropriate use in establishing diagnosis and treatment.
The mind has a powerful effect on the body, so the patient having positive, healthy beliefs & attitudes are crucial to that patient’s healing. The subconscious beliefs have even a greater impact on healing than the conscious beliefs, so it is imperative that energetic testing (ElectroDermal Screening or Kinesiology) be used to “ask” the patient certain key questions. In Dr. Cowden’s experience, the patients do not get well if the answer to one of the key eight questions is negative (esp. by energetic testing). Dr. Cowden will demonstrate this approach on attendee volunteers and will discuss ways to correct sabotaging beliefs/attitudes.
Every person involved with the healing arts should have at least a rudimentary knowledge of physical examination including the measurement of, & understanding of, temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respirations. Cursory examination of eyes, ears, nose, mouth, throat, chest, abdomen, neck, back, limbs, muscles, joints & nervous system will be discussed & demonstrated. In addition, some of the findings from a Chinese physical exam will be described including iridology, sclerology, tongue-reading, nail-reading & Chinese pulse-taking.
Kinesiology is the science and art of eliciting information from the body. It allows the healer unbiased data in order to prioritize the patients chief concerns and gives the intelligence of the body a vehicle from which to express itself. Using leg length is an easy to learn objective technique, that has the patient totally relaxed with no physical involvement at all The patient is lying down in a supine position. Upon asking questions silently that are of only a yes and no response, we then observe the internal maleoli of both legs as a reference point for answers. If the response is yes, then the patients left leg will go longer than its original starting point. If the answer is no, the right leg will move longer from its original position.Therefore, we now have a basis to receive answers for any yes or no question. The final stage of learning is for each practioner to develop their own questions for them to find the answers they are looking for to serve their patients.
I will give a short history of the development of Iridology followed by an explanation of the basic Constitutional Types. Each of these types is prone to a set of unique health conditions. These will be discussed and clarified.
Over the years, information has been researched and some markings have been found to have a different meaning than was originally believed. These will be illustrated. There are changes which are seen as health conditions develop or improve. I will have two or three illustrations to illustrate these more clearly.
This course explains the role the nervous system has in integrating organ, gland, muscle, joint and higher level functioning and it discusses the importance of proper neurological functioning and spinal and cranial structural alignment. The course also reviews specific clinical considerations related to structural alignment and referred pain patterns. The connection of body systems to teeth via TCM meridians will also be reviewed.
Every health practitioner recognizes the critical importance of water in health and healing but few have a foundation of factual information, much less experience, to be qualified to make recommendations to their patients and the public. This presentation strives to educate health practitioners about the complex and often misunderstood world of water quality and water treatment. It will include:
1. The fundamental properties and chemistry of water and how it becomes contaminated
2. A review of the public water quality standards established by the EPA
3. The primary contaminants and how they affect health
4. Characteristics of various water sources: public, private well, bottled
5. Drinking water purification technology overview – what works best for health-compromised patients
6. Water for bathing/showering – the preferred solutions and exposing popular product limitations
7. Sorting out the claims and misconceptions of chemically and energetically modified water – structured, ionized, alkaline vs. alkalinity, hydrogen infused, programmed/informed, etc.
8. Water additives & their role in homeostatic regulation the composition of extracellular fluids