Course Description

Course Description


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The FDN Certification Course provides training in functional lab assessments and client intake methods that lead to highly individualized targeted protocols. The goal of FDN is to build health and enhance performance, placing particular focus on the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy production and nervous systems.

The FDN course is open to anyone with a desire and a passion to truly help others, and not only puts the clinical tools right in your hands, but gives you the skills to use them. You’ll receive comprehensive training plus case management assistance on specific functional lab tests and protocols. Many providers have built their reputation and business success upon what they have learned in the FDN course and improved their own health in the process.

A Look Inside the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Course

Lesson 1 – FDN Basics & Hormone Panels

This lesson provides an introduction to FDN, learning what FDN is and is not, understanding the mission and purpose of FDN, and an overview of the course objectives and applications for FDN. In this lesson, Reed defines stress and the role it plays in our work and in relation to inflammation, chronic disease, and imbalances. Lesson 1 also provides an overview of FDN lab assessments and begins to dive into the Adrenal Stress Profile, physiological aspects of steroid hormone balance, and phases of adrenal dysfunction.

Lesson 2 – Steroid Hormone Balance

This lesson explores Steroid Hormone Balance and its effect on the Fundamental Homeostatic Controls, including the stages of disease. Reed explains how lab reference ranges and statistical interpretations differ from FDN functional interpretations and FDN optimal ranges. You will learn how and when to run the Adrenal Stress Profile depending on the clients’ age, sex, and medical history. This lesson also covers the male and female hormone cycles and symptoms of hormonal imbalances.

Lesson 3 – BH101 Metabolic Assessment Profile for Digestion, Oxidative Stress, and Detoxification

Here you will grow your understanding of the FDN philosophy. Reed explains the step-by-step methodology of FDN and how we uncover hidden stressors. This lesson takes you through the Metabolic Assessment Profile and covers digestion and assimilation, toxicity, free radicals and oxidation, the hepatic portal system, and liver function. You will learn how to interpret lab results covering urinary indican, urinary lipid peroxides, and urinary bile acids. Lesson 3 also contains case studies, FDN take on clinical outcomes, and client management at this phase of their health building program.

Lesson 4 – Client Management and Basic Protocols

Reed explains many of the FDN done-for-you tools and documents that you will be using in your practice including Initial Contact Forms, Results Documents, Protocol Documents, Tools and Follow-Ups. He demonstrates how to set these up on your computer and manage client files, as well as, how to package them to email to clients prior to consultations. He walks you through going over test results over the phone, via skype, or in person, seeking clinical correlation, patient compliance, and client retention. This lesson also covers the revolutionary D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Program, which is a holistically grounded behavioral approach to wellness using the five habits of good health: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress Reduction, and Supplementation. Diet, Rest, and Exercise are explained in this lesson.

Lesson 5 – D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Program Continued…

In this lesson, Reed discusses the difference between internal and external stress and explains the need for supplements. You will learn how to determine which supplements to recommend, how to help your clients find the right dose for them, and how to order supplements with your lab account to earn commissions. Reed discusses how and when to safely and appropriately utilize FDN program enhancers such as bio-identical hormones. This lesson includes case studies, sample protocols, troubleshooting, and how to summarize Results & Recommendations for clients.

Midterm Review and Exam

The Midterm reviews Chapters 1-5 and you take the open book Midterm exam to unlock the remaining lessons.

Your Personal Test Results & Recommendations Appointment with Your Mentor

Experience FDN from the eyes of a client, improve your health, and gain practical behind-the-scenes coaching from your mentor. You’ll receive instructions on how to complete your own healing protocol and interactive training on how to read and interpret lab results, design custom protocols, and conduct an effective recommendation consultation. Personal Results & Recommendations sessions are provided only after you have completed lessons 1-5.

Lesson 6 – Mucosal Barrier Function and Healing

This lesson gives an in-depth look at the gut structure and function and how chronic stress and inflammation can damage the mucosal barrier and impair our immunity. Reed explains how to test intestinal barrier function, the importance of SIgA, and presents a complete walk-thru of lab test interpretation and the FDN Mucosal Barrier repair protocol.  Lesson 6 contains several case studies, case management tips, and Reed’s presentation of the Wellness Scale.

Lesson 7 – Antigens, Pathogens and a Healthy Host

This lesson covers clinical aspects of GI Pathogens and the functional aspects of GI screening. Reed explains how FDN Practitioners look at pathogen testing, the stages of infection, and treatment protocol options. Reed gives you a clear understanding of pathogen detection microbiology and the different methods used by the lab to identify pathogens including microscopy, stool culture, stool antigen testing, yeast cultures, and occult blood. Reed explains some of the commonly found pathogens including Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium parvum, Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba histolytica, and H. pylori. Lesson 7 contains case studies, sample tests results before and after treatment, and instructions for specimen collection.

Lesson 8 – Food Sensitivity Testing and Case Studies

In Lesson 8, Reed introduces an important weapon in the battle against Metabolic Chaos®: food sensitivity testing.  Learn about the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities, proper test result interpretation, and which lab to run and when.

Lesson 9 – Client Review Session

Referring to information gleaned from five different functional labs is the ideal way to work as an FDN Practitioner, and while in training, it is one of the best ways to sharpen your skills. In these relaxed and ungraded sessions, you will discuss with your FDN Mentor the details of two supplied cases. These two sessions are done in a “practitioner-to-practitioner conversation” style. Your FDN Mentor will provide feedback on your interpretation of these lab results and provide input on a DRESS protocol, along with practice tips and case management insights.

Lesson 10 – Thyroid Assessment and Business Primer

In this lesson, Reed provides an overview of the thyroid gland and hormones and the connection to the adrenals. You will learn how to do a thyroid self-assessment, how to identify a secondary thyroid condition, and how to interpret results from a thyroid panel. Reed also puts it all together with some practical tips for success in your private FDN practice and great business building strategies.

Final Exams

The final exam is broken up into two different exams.  One is an intensive written, open book exam and the second is an oral final exam.

Exit Interview

Reed takes pride and a personal interest in the success of every FDN graduate. During your exit interview with Reed or one of his Senior FDN Team Members, you will be welcomed to the FDN family and will be provided coaching on how you can integrate FDN into your current practice or build a new business around it.

Why does the world need you as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner?


of Medical schools don't teach nutrition courses


of physicians don't feel they have enough knowledge to discuss nutrition with their patients


of the 900,000 deaths per year are preventable


of all adults—117 million people—have one or more chronic health conditions

You First

You will be your first FDN client, giving you an opportunity to improve your own health and experience the power of FDN first hand, while gaining a more complete understanding of what your clients will experience. Unlike other certifications that will simply feed you information, the FDN certification includes practical application for real life.

Your Mock Clients

You will role play with two hypothetical clients using “mock-up” data provided by your mentor. This will confirm your ability to analyze intake forms, interpret test results, design individualized healing protocols, and effectively deliver a “results & recommendations” consultation.

Your Convenient, Affordable, and Comprehensive Training Package includes:

  • 24/7 online access to all course materials including: training lessons, video lectures, recorded “intake sessions,” recorded “results and recommendations” consults, case studies, lecture notes, diagrams, and FDN practitioner files

  • A professional expert team of FDN mentors to personally guide you through understanding your own personal lab test results during a private results and recommendations consultation. One of the mentors will also design a complete custom healing and health building protocol using the FDN D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® self-care framework (This element alone is valued at over $1,000.00)

  • Extensive library of practitioner tools includes: client intake forms, test result interpretive guides and worksheets, FDN protocol guides, case studies, articles, supplement order forms, client self-tests, educational handouts, and business development tools

  • Lifetime support as an active FDN Practitioner through weekly interactive Q & A sessions with Reed and his staff

  • Medical Director Program extends lab resources for non-licensed practitioners

  • FDN Business development tools and mentoring available

  • Beautiful Certificate of Completion suitable for framing

  • Professional listing in the FDN practitioner directory

  • Use of FDN designation, branding, and logos

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