Lab Interpretation Bootcamp Part 1: Amino Acids and Vitamins – APRIL 12, 2021

Live Calls with Dr. Dan Kalish, 5pm PT: 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26 (all calls are recorded and available to enrolled students).

Amino Acids and Vitamins: The Primary Building Blocks for Life

With a deep understanding of the biochemistry, we up-level supplement prescription from an automated recommendation to a personalized protocol based on the mechanisms behind it.

Why study proteins and amino acids?

They are the main constituent of every cell, organ, enzyme, receptor, antibody and hormone in the human body. This course explores the most common amino acid deficiencies, and how to restore normal functional and normal physiology for your patients suffering from common complaints such as fatigue, depression, GI problems and metabolic dysfunction. Learn how to assess amino acid levels in your patients so you can create targeted nutritional supplement programs that will impact every cell, enzyme, receptor, tissue and organ in the human body. Missing just one essential amino acid will impede the body’s ability to repair all tissues. Having one amino acid out of sequence due to a SNP can have profound effects on protein folding and thus enzyme and receptor function.


  • Learn how proteins are assembled and how protein folding impacts your patients health
  • Discover the multiple roles of key amino acids in brain function, detoxification, GI health and mitochondrial activity
  • Begin to prescribe amino acid supplements based on clear lab data and learn about the most common patterns of amino acid imbalances
  • Access to lectures and course materials for 12 months from the date class starts (10-Month BONUS)

This 8-week course is Part 1 of a two-part series.

In order to understand clinical lab evaluations, it’s essential to understand the basic mechanisms of what is being tested.

In Part 1, Amino Acids and Vitamins: The Primary Building Blocks for Life,

we explore why amino acids are essential for life and their critical role in detoxification, metabolism and gut lining repair as well as in creating proteins, brain chemicals and hormones Next, we’ll gain an understanding of how B vitamins interact with amino acids, and the essential components of those interactions in maintaining health.

Part 2, Functional Genomics: Lab-Based Personalized Nutrition,

explores the most common genetic disorders (SNPs) and how they can be identified on both genetic tests and correlated with data from Functional Medicine labs. Unrelated to factors such as diet and toxin exposure, we all have genetic defects that can be seen on labs. These defects can present as an inability to clear a heavy metal, or produce neurotransmitters, and patients with these genetic defects are more susceptible to stress and toxins. Higher levels of lab interpretation will show what the genetic disorders are, and how to treat them. In this course, you’ll learn how to coordinate and integrate the SNPs testing with the functional testing so you can see what genes a patient has, and which are being actively expressed.

While both parts of the Lab Interpretation Bootcamp series are designed to be taken together, you may take one or both of the series, depending on your interest.

Featured in this Bootcamp:

  • We are deeply honored to include lectures and curriculum materials from Dr. Richard Lord, the foremost expert on Laboratory Evaluation for Integrative and Functional Medicine.  For over 40 years, Dr. Lord has been actively involved in the development of new testing methodologies for assessing patient status of nutrients, toxicants, cell regulators and microbes, as well as in creating innovative laboratory report data displays. His contributions include customization of free-form amino acids for complex degenerative conditions, and introduction of biomarkers such as low-range homocysteine, elevated alpha-hydroxybutyrate, tricarballylate and D-lactate for routine clinical metabolic and intestinal dysbiosis evaluations.
  • Dr. Lord occupies a unique position in the field of functional and integrative medicine as a thought leader, and innovator in the fields of laboratory testing and education. Decades ago he literally “wrote the book” on lab testing, Laboratory Evaluations in Integrative and Functional Medicine, from which the first generation of functional medicine doctors learned the work.
  • Dr. Lord’s contributions also include the development of the industry’s most popular tests still in use today, including the first to analyze the microbiome, the GI Effects test from Genova. His work earlier in his career centered around uncovering the role genetics plays in human nutrition. To this end, he is the scientist that brought our field many test panels including organic acids, fatty acids, amino acids and individual nutrient assessments. We now call these labs “Nutraevals” or “Organic Acids” or “ION” panels. Richard was the scientist at the bench who developed each of these. Additionally he has spent the last five decades educating physicians on the interpretation of these tests as they are applied to the treatment of patients.
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