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Understanding Fatty Acids: From Food to Labs with Dr. Deanna M. Minich, MS, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP

While there is much acknowledgment of the essentiality of omega-3 fatty acids within clinical nutrition, there is less knowledge about the fundamentals of all the different fatty acids, their clinical importance, how they interrelate, and their connection to fat-soluble nutrient levels. This lecture is designed to bring clinicians “up-to-speed” on the basics of fatty acids and to discuss the interpretation of various laboratory findings related to fatty acids, clinical conditions, fat-soluble nutrients, and nutrition physical exam findings.

Deanna M. Minich, MS, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP joins us for the webinar presentation Understanding Fatty Acids: From Food to Labs.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the interrelationships of fatty acids;
• Understand how to take away basic clinical pearls from fatty acid laboratory tests;
• Review tests and clinical signs to assess fatty acid balance;
• Learn how to connect the dots to fat-soluble nutrients, and some basic nutrition physical exam findings.

This presentation is targeted towards Entry to Mid-Level health providers.

Dr. Deanna Minich is a functional medicine-trained clinician and researcher with a unique approach to clinical medicine that combines physiology and psychology. 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 Institute of Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and curriculum committee, in addition to being an educator, teaching nutrition for the Advanced Practice Module for Detoxification. 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 (Dissertation: Essential Fatty Acid Absorption and Metabolism) 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. Dr. Minich has over fifteen years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries. In 2014, she led The Detox Summit, an online event featuring 30 experts on detox, which was attended by almost 70K people worldwide. Following The Detox Summit, she collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to lead 3000 people through The Detox Challenge, a 21-day, online, functional medicine-oriented, holistic detoxification program. Results collected from almost 700 people in this program indicated a significant improvement in all body systems. Her book, Whole Detox: A 21-Day Personalized Program to Break Through Barriers in Every Area of Your Life (HarperOne, 2016), was published in March 2016. In addition, she spends her time as a Board member for the American College of Nutrition and as adjunct faculty at the University of Western States. She is the author of six books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.