A Look Inside The Course

Welcome Module

Welcome to the FDN Family!    We’re such a tight-knit community of likeminded individuals and practitioners, and we’re so happy you’re here to join us.   Reed introduces himself and welcomes you on board in these videos.   You’ll learn the FDN Mission, meet the staff, and know what to expect moving forward through the course.

Module 1:  How to Be an FDN Health Detective

This is an introduction to the FDN model and philosophy, especially compared to the standard medical approach in Western medicine.    Stress and Metabolic Chaos® are defined and explained within the context of FDN, and lab tests are introduced as a significant tool in the FDN Practitioner’s toolbox.

Module 2:  H-P-A Axis & Adrenal/Stress Testing

This lesson presents a deep look at the Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal Axis, the significance of dysregulated cortisol, and the first page of the BH205A Adrenal Stress Profile.    FDN Clinical Ranges are taught based on the Three-Stage Model of Stress Adaptation, in contrast to “normal” levels within lab ranges.

Module 3:  HPA & Sex Hormone Assessment 

This lesson outlines the second page of the BH205A, the sex hormones, and how FDN approaches testing in premenopausal females.   The male and female hormone cycles are investigated, as are common symptoms relating to deficiencies and excesses of each sex hormone.

Module 4:  Metabolic Assessment Profile 

This lesson provides insight into the BH101 Metabolic Assessment Profile and breaks down each marker on the test including indican, oxidative stress, and detoxification indicators.   Emphasis is placed on the importance of the liver, and how to manage various therapies utilizing the BH101.

Module 5:  Mucosal Barrier & Digestive Health

This module reviews the physiology and significance of the mucosal barrier and its role in digestive health.   The Genova Intestinal Permeability test is detailed with explanations of lactulose, mannitol, and the utility of the ratio between these molecules.

Module 6:  Antigens, Pathogens, & Restoring a Healthy Host

This lesson is an introduction to the possible effects of a malfunctioning GI environment, and therefore, the importance of a healthy gut.   Bacteria, parasites, yeasts, and specific species of each are detected on the BH401H GI Pathogen Screen.   The idea that bugs are not the problem, they are the result of the problem is explored in this module.

Module 7:  Food Sensitivity Testing & Case Studies

Options for food sensitivity testing are presented in this lesson, along with scientific explanations for why and how they function.   The Great Plains IgG Fingerstick and the Oxford Biomedical Mediator Release Test are explained in detail, along with guidelines for reintroducing sensitive foods, and retesting.

Module 8:  Labs Wrap-Up and What’s Next

This lesson marks the end of the training on lab tests and interpretation of their results and stresses the importance of being intimately familiar with the five foundational labs and collecting your own samples.   The Test Comparison Worksheet is introduced to segue into the next section of the course, D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Protocols, and an overview of the D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® Program is presented.   This is also the point in the course where the Written Final Exam is available to download and begin working on to submit at the end of the FDN program.

Module 9:  Intro to Documentation

This module outlines the intakes and case notes forms used by FDN Practitioners to facilitate taking a detailed history of each client and keeping organized notes throughout your relationship with them.   Once the lesson on intake forms is complete, personal intake forms can be submitted in preparation for the Personal Results and Recommendations (R&R) Session with an FDN Mentor.

Module 10:  D.R.E.S.S. For Health Success® 

This lesson goes into extreme detail for each of the five pillars of the D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® method, to address a vast array of Metabolic Chaos® when customizing client protocols.

Module 11:  Introduction to Results & Recommendations Sessions

This part of the course covers the components of the R&R sessions FDNs have with their clients.   Major focus in this module is on utilizing FDN documents and building 90-Day Protocols.

Module 12:  Onboarding and Managing Your Clients

This is the final module in the FDN Certification Course, which explains the logistics and best practices of the onboarding and intake process.   The complete FDN method is reiterated to set you up for success as you prepare to complete your practical exercises and final exam to graduate!

Module 13:  Practical Exercises & Exams

This final Module is comprised of all Practical Exercise assignments to be performed with an FDN Mentor and the Written and Verbal Final Exams.   More details and instructions can be found in the course on FDNconnect.

Onboarding Session:  45 mins – role-playing practice session to onboard prospective mock client and form initial impression

Practical #1:  2 hours – role-playing session taking mock client through initial R&R with BH205A and BH101 test results and intake forms

Practical #2:  1 hour – role-playing session taking same mock client through second R&R session with Genova IP, BH401H, and MRT test results and updating initial D.R.E.S.S. protocol

Client Reviews:  2 hours – practitioner-to-practitioner conversational session covering two mock client cases with all five test results for each, clinically correlating to build D.R.E.S.S. protocol

Written Final Exam – must pass with grade of B or better, can access and schedule Verbal Final upon receipt of graded exam

Verbal Final Exam:  2 hours – final practical session reviewing initial test results and protocol with mock client and incorporating lab retest results and new intakes

Post-Graduate Interview (PGI):  30 mins – session with Reed or Brandon upon successful completion of the FDN Certification Course for opportunity to provide course feedback and plans as FDN-P

What Will You Learn?

How to stop chasing symptoms and identify underlying opportunities for healing
Which lab tests are the best to uncover the dysfunctions at the root of most common health complaints
How to interpret each lab on an individual basis and correlate the results with your client, instead of just treating the lab report
How to communicate test results and your interpretation to your client in a way that is easy for them to understand
How to use holistic, drugless protocols that are safe, powerful, and proven to work
How to make big gains in tough cases and chronic stress-related disorders
A business model that is simple to duplicate so you can easily integrate FDN into your existing business, or start your new FDN practice from scratch

Who Should Take The FDN Course?

Health Coaches 
Personal Trainers 
Nutritionists 
Massage Therapists 
Chiropractors 
Nutritional Therapists 

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.