Module One

Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners’ Course





                 IN AN INTEGRATIVE PRACTICE               

“The Lee Principle of Nutrition states that a vitamin as it appears in nature is never a single chemical,
but rather it is a group of interdependent compounds that form a ‘nutrient complex’
so intricate that only a living cell can create it.
And just as no single component of a watch keeps time,
no single compound in a vitamin complex accounts for the vitamin’s nutritive effect in the body.
Only through whole, unprocessed foods can the synergistic effect of a true vitamin be delivered.”
— Mark R. Anderson

Clinical Therapeutic Food Management is the science of food and its utilisation by the body. It can also be described as the relationship of foods to the health of the human body. The two are inseparable – The Human Body cannot stay alive without Food. The quality of this food will dictate an outcome of either positive physiological and mental health or illness and disease (dis-ease). Many people are completely unaware of this, and many more know it has some impact, but are unaware of how critical a role quality food plays.

As our student, you will learn which (often surprising) foods are ‘burdens’ to health, and which (often equally surprising) foods are health enhancing.  You will learn to create what we refer to as ‘Medicine in Meals’. Learning how to create Therapeutic Recipes will help you acquire the skills to target therapeutic ingredients, that contain nutrients scientifically shown to support specific health conditions, body systems and organs. Examples of these recipes include:


Anti inflammatory, Pain Killer Biltong


Weight-loss and Blood Sugar Balancing Coconut ice fudge & ice cream 


Liver & Immune Support Veg Hot Pot


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Sub-Module One 

Integrative Anatomy & Physiology, and Biochemistry

Our modern lifestyles have served up enhanced technology and the ‘convenience factor’. This has had a very useful impact on our lives…at a significant cost. Examples of the price we have paid are:

  • Severely depleted energy levels
  • Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF),
  • Long work hours
  • Unrelenting stress levels,
  • Emotional upheaval

The poor eating habits we have developed, often to self-medicate these areas, have exacerbated deteriorating health profiles and led to a concerning rise in the incidence of:

  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune conditions such as Graves and Hashimoto’s thyroid conditions
  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes,
  • Endocrine disorders such as adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Obesity and weight management difficulties
  • Imbalances in blood sugars and metabolism
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Liver dysfunction and gallbladder problems
  • Kidney difficulties
  • Microbiome imbalances
  • Digestive issues such as IBS, Candida, low stomach acid and Rosacea
  • Allergies such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Reduced fertility and increased miscarriages
  • Mental and neurological difficulties such as
    • Depression
    • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
    • Many autistic spectrum disorder
    • The schizophrenias

The tragedy is that these are becoming common health problems in our society today. It is indeed a VERY steep price to pay!

Effective health care has moved away from the traditional ‘single organ or body system’ focus, and is being replaced with a more integrative, functional approach to diagnosis and treatment protocols. The awareness that many symptoms do not originate in the organ or body system where they manifest, has led practitioners to consider the overlaps between function in various parts of the body. Excellent examples of this include:

  • How thyroid hormone conversion requires optimal function of the liver, digestive system and kidneys
  • How liver enzymes are raised by various stress hormones
  • How female hormone issues can originate from raised stress hormones, liver or digestive dysfunction
  • How cardiovascular symptoms such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure originate in the endocrine system when stress hormones increase
  • How mental health issues, including the depressions and the schizophrenias can originate in digestive dysfunction, including low stomach acid, low gut bacteria, or inappropriate bacterial ecology (the Microbiome).
  • How issues such as eczema, psoriasis and Rosacea manifest on the skin as an inflammatory condition, but should be investigated and treated at the ‘root cause’ levels of digestion, low stomach acid and allergies.

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Root Cause Resolution Medicine’ is an emerging field of practice globally, and one that is not only fully embraced by the directors at the Academy of Wellness in their own Healthcare Practices, but is also taught throughout our courses.

This module teaches you, the student, to understand how food influences the biochemistry in our bodies. You will have an understanding of the metabolic pathways of biochemistry, and which food and environmental toxins can block the way that nutrients work in the many biochemical pathways, leading to severe disruption of organs and body systems, and ultimately physical, emotional and neurological health. Food and environmental toxins include:

  • BPA in the lids of take-away coffee cups
  • Plastic food containers and Cling film plastic wrap
  • Infants’ bottles
  • Feeding utensils
  • Children and Pets’ toys
  • Growth hormones and antibiotics used in animal derived foods
  • Heavy metals such as mercury fillings in teeth
  • Heavy metals such as aluminium foil, eating utensils and cookware
  • Xeno-oestrogens in water and food packaging
  • Xeno-oestrogens in the pesticides used in farming methods of non organic fruit and vegetables

Very few symptoms actually originate where they manifest!

You will also learn how the various body systems and organs interact with one another, in order to better understand the origin (or source organ/body system) of your clients’ symptoms, in order to assess the underlying imbalances. It is by now well understood in Functional Medicine, that very few symptoms actually originate where they manifest! Practitioners who still attempt to go down the conventional treatment path of ‘just treating the symptom’ inevitably end up with disgruntled clients who keep moving from one healthcare provider to another, in a desperate attempt to find someone who can help them with a solution to their health problems.

As an Academy of Wellness Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (IHWP) you will know how to create a participatory treatment programme that supports as many aspects of healing relevant to the targeted biochemistry, body systems and  organs, to ultimately support your client to improved health.

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Sub-Module Two

Principles of Epigenetics in Nutrition & Wellbeing

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over
nutrition.  It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food,
in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
— Dr. Royal Lee, 1951

‘Epigenetics’ is an exciting new branch of science that has revolutionised our awareness of how our genes behave in relation to our environment. We now know that we are not ‘at the mercy of our parents’ defective genetics’ as has been previously touted. The joyous awareness of our enhanced self empowerment through better choices, is indeed a breakthrough for human beings everywhere! Choices like more laughter and calmer, peaceful lives; less anger, stress, and blame; more community driven activities; less loneliness and guilt; less chemicals and toxins, better quality and more nutritious food; less ‘junk food’ and high sugar/high stimulant food and drinks… Epigenetics shows how these ‘environmental stimuli’ such as  food, chemicals, thoughts and feelings all control the expression of our genes! These environmental stimuli can have either a positive or a negative  impact on the expression of health in our bodies.  It is all influenced by OUR CHOICES! Our genes do not control our cells… the Science of Epigenetics teaches us that our genetic expression (even faulty genes) is ‘switched on’ or ‘switched off’ by the influence of both our external as well as our internal environments.

Nutrients are but one (exceptionally crucial) category of many essential supportive epigenetic environmental stimuli, that have a positive impact on the expression of health in the body. Inadequate supply of the quantity or quality of any one, or combination of many nutrients, can significantly compromise the tissues, organs and body systems that must function normally over long periods of time, to ensure optimal health. Deficiencies can result in inappropriate cellular function, cell death, and inappropriate gene expression – often resulting in severely reduced quality of life, disease and death. This module aims to teach the student how to assess underlying deficiencies, and identify which body systems require support to ensure improved assimilation of nutrients by the client, thereby encouraging them to make better food and lifestyle choices, to lead them down the path of an improved health profile, and greater longevity.

As our student, you will become familiar with these Epigenetic principles throughout your entire course. And as our Graduate Practitioner, you will have learned to harness the enormous power of embracing Epigenetics as a means to supporting your clients to greater self empowerment, in their Personalised Health Improvement Strategies.

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Sub-Module Three 

The Use of Culinary Herbs & Spices in Clinical Therapeutic Food Management

Therapeutic Cooking and Therapeutic Recipe Creation are exciting aspects of this Specialist Module, where you will learn to use Food in combined recipes and meals, in order to support healing in targeted organs and body systems.

Armed with the knowledge of how specific nutrients in food interact biochemically in the metabolic pathways of the body, our Graduate Practitioners will be equipped to make small changes that often result in significant health improvements. By understanding the Epigenetic impact of certain environmental toxins that block the use of nutrients in metabolic pathways, you will be able to appropriately guide your client to avoid specific identified ‘burdens’ present in their food programmes, and recommend the addition of the relevant helpful foods to achieve a positive change in the way their biochemistry influences their physical and emotional health outcomes.

Negative Epigenetic Environmental Stimuli include:

  • Heavy Metals (such as aluminium and mercury)
  • Chemicals (such as pesticides in agriculture)
  • Growth hormones (used in non-organic animal feed)
  • Pharmaceutical drugs (such as antibiotics to avoid infection in mass animal farming)
  • Stress hormones (e.g. cortisol & adrenaline when people feel angry, frustrated, lonely, or bullied, or are emotionally, physically or mentally abused)

Our students learn to realise that so many symptoms can be remedied, or even avoided, simply by introducing one or more Positive Epigenetic Environmental Stimuli such as  therapeutic fruit, herb or vegetable into one’s diet. Astonishing amounts of studies have shown the healing effects of various whole, organic, fresh food products, and as our student, you will learn to identify which individual foods support a targeted symptom. An enhanced practical skill that you will acquire as one of our students, is that of Therapeutic Recipe Creation.  In the ‘Therapeutic Cooking’ section of this module, you will learn to combine pathology-specific supporting ingredients (different foods and herbs) in delicious and powerful ways, as a therapeutic strategy for supporting your clients’ health profiles.


Examples of what you will learn in this module (to name but a few)

include the creation of

Therapeutic Recipes for the following health related areas:

  • Colds, flu and other immune systems imbalances

  • Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions

  • Depression and other mood disorders

  • Heart and Brain Health Issues



  • Stress & Anxiety Management, and Burnout, Fatigue & Low Energy

  • Blood sugar imbalance; Diabetes: Types I (Autoimmune) + Type II (Endocrine) + Type III (Alzheimer’s & Dementia)

  • Pain management

  • Thyroid and other Endocrine imbalances


  • Liver Support and Detoxification

  • Sports: Performance enhancement & exercise recovery

  • Eyesight and other eye related conditions

  • Weight loss and management

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Sub-Module Four

Effective Weight Management Strategies in an Integrative Practice

It has been realised a long time ago that weight loss and weight gain are such complex subjects, and are not as simple as ‘eat less and exercise more’ or ‘eat more if you want to gain weight’.  It has been these very short sighted suggestions that have in fact often led to exacerbating the weight issue that people face. The frustration and desperation that people face daily with these challenges is palpable, and often finding a non-judgemental, understanding, kind and patient, and knowledgeable practitioner can be very daunting.

Our students are trained in assessing the body systems and organs of each client, in order to see why they gained the weight, or cannot gain the weight.  Emotional factors (past and present) or future fears etc, are identified and addressed in the Integrative Health Treatment Plans recommended to the clients.  Our students receive intensive mentoring training to teach and practice patience, kindness, focus, and support every step of the way.

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Sub-Module Five 

Basic Understanding & Assessment of Functional Blood Chemistry

This new and exciting module takes our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners to ‘another level’. Many practitioners who graduate are slightly (or extremely) apprehensive about looking at a client’s blood tests, as they do not receive sufficient training to equip them to even understand the basics of what the biomarkers (or analytes) mean. In addition to training our students in the basic understanding of blood test analysis, we equip our graduates with an enhanced knowledge of HOW THE BIOMARKERS RELATE TO VARIOUS BODY SYSTEM AND ORGAN FUNCTION.

We teach our students NOT TO WAIT UNTIL ILLNESS STRIKES in their clients, but to be able to assess dysfunction in the early stages when it still does not significantly compromise the client’s health.  And if illness DOES strike, our Integrative Health & Wellness practitioners have the knowledge to explore and identify, and then create an appropriate personalised Health Support Plan to address the UNDERLYING REASONS for the condition, as opposed to simply addressing symptoms.  By recognising the interplay between the body systems and organs, and understanding the highly sensitive nature of ratios, when it comes to assessing a client’s blood test results, our graduates are positioned very competitively with many practitioners who are not comfortable with, or sufficiently trained in, supporting their clients at this level.

It is well known amongst Health Care Providers that if you can figure out what’s wrong with somebody and know the right treatment, but you can’t educate them or communicate in a way that they understand what’s going on with them, then to some extent you’ve lost – and you will know that you have lost because ultimately they won’t follow through.  Study after study validates that a client’s compliance with a required and recommended treatment increases dramatically when they fully understand what’s going on with them, and they trust their healthcare provider – not only in their knowledge, but in being able to relay the information in a way that is positive, life affirming, and easy to implement, at a pace the client can cope with.   Trust is an essential component of client compliance, and when you have it, your client will take that ‘supportive hand’ that you reach out to them, and willingly and gratefully allow you to walk alongside them throughout  their health journey.

When a client receives a very comprehensive and professional set of reports with practical client centred information about what’s going on with them, as opposed to a lab report with a bunch of numbers and written out fancy names of biomarkers, with a couple of written scribbles and scratches on it, the difference creates the outcome – with both client compliance, and a successful treatment programme. Subsequently this leads to happy clients, and more client referrals – the very best way to grow your practice!

Many practitioners report that their clients are ‘jaw droppingly impressed’ to know that they’re going to leave the office with a full report that describes every single biomarker tested, and what it means to them relative to their symptoms. Most clients have never experienced sitting down with their Healthcare Providers and hearing words to the effect of “You’re about to learn more about your body than you ever have before.  And by the way, it’s all printed out for you and instead of the few pages that you typically have gotten from doctors in the past, I printed out these 23 pages, which explains everything to you.” They all sit back in their chair and breathe a sigh of relief because, at last, somebody is explaining their health to them in an easy to understand human english, as opposed to an abbreviated version of technical medical jargon. It is being suggested that Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis is the ULTIMATE Functional Medicine Assessment Test, because having the proper blood tests in hand and knowing how to do a thorough functionally-oriented analysis of the results can empower the practitioner to enact science-based disease-prevention programmes that could add decades of healthy function to your clients’ lives.  Knowing AND understanding the clinical implications for values that fall outside of the optimal range helps our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners to be more effective health educators – No more telling clients that their lab work looks “normal’.

 One of the MOST essential aspects of any treatment plan is CLIENT PARTICIPATION. 

The client MUST be in agreement, and WILLING to actively participate in their treatment programme. This makes the difference in successful treatment because you’ll have a client that’s well educated, who understands the need for, and the rationale behind their recommended treatment programme.  And moreover, they are motivated to return for their follow up consultations, because they see it as an important learning experience that empowers them to take better control of their own health.

As an Academy of Wellness Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner, you will no longer be apprehensive when your client asks “Can I send you my blood test results please?”  YOU will, in fact,  be the Practitioner who ASKS FOR THEM!

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Sub-Module Six 

Introduction to Additional Essential Laboratory Tests in an Integrative Practice

In many cases, having a thorough understanding of which symptoms are related to which body systems and organ function, is sufficient to make an outstanding improvement to a client’s health outcomes.  As one of our graduates you will acquire this knowledge.  However, also having a broader understanding of additional available laboratory tests is an exceptionally useful addition to any healthcare practice.


 There are many diverse and often quite confusing ranges of lab tests offered to clients and practitioners nowadays. They can be extremely useful in identifying specifics and key areas for health improvement, and can make the difference to targeted treatment plans versus a bit of well educated guesswork.  We teach our students to know which tests are best for assessing targeted body systems, should the symptom assessment not create sufficient information to support the client adequately.


 Your enhanced understanding of various excellent lab tests will be covered in this very useful module.  Some examples include:

  • Blood test Nutrients Profile
  • Heavy Metals Evaluations
  • Male or Female Hormone panels
  • Salivary Endocrine profiles with Immune Markers
  • Digestive Stool Analyses with Parasitology
  • Urine Toxic Elements Clearance Profiles
  • Organic Acid Tests
  • DNA tests

It can be a minefield to negotiate these lab tests without the proper training. As a result, many practitioners do not avail themselves of these very useful resources, thereby potentially compromising the effectiveness of their client’s treatment programme. Our graduates will not fall prey to this difficulty, as this module is packed with comprehensive training to ensure the exemplary standards of our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners.


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