EMEI Founding Directors & Instructors

Anne Marie Fine, NMD, FAAEM

Dr. Fine NMD is a licensed and board-certified naturopathic physician with a focus in Environmental Medicine. She obtained her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has held licenses to practice medicine in California and Arizona for the last twenty years.

She is also the Founder of Fine Natural Products, LLC, a best-selling author, consultant to the personal care product industry, published author of numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals, and internationally recognized speaker. Dr. Fine is the Vice-President of the National Association of Environmental Medicine, member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and science advisor for the non-profit MadeSafe.org. Dr. Fine is a former CPA and financial executive who graduated from the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Lyn Patrick ND

Dr. Patrick ND graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and has been in private practice as a state licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona and Utah for 35 years.

She is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, a past Contributing Editor for Alternative Medicine Review, and recently authored a chapter in the newly released textbook Clinical Environmental Medicine (Elsevier 2019). She speaks internationally on environmental medicine, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, endocrine disruption, metal toxicology and other topics. She is currently Faculty for the Metabolic Medicine Institute Fellowship in collaboration with George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

She is a planner and faculty member for ACAM and the MMI Fellowship continuing medical education modules, lecturing in the area of chelation and metal toxicology. She is also a founding partner and presenter at the Environmental Health Symposium, an annual international environmental medicine conference based in the United States.

Lyn Patrick ND

Dr. Patrick ND graduated from Bastyr University in 1984 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and has been in private practice as a state licensed naturopathic physician in Arizona and Utah for 35 years.

She is a published author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, a past Contributing Editor for Alternative Medicine Review, and recently authored a chapter in the newly released textbook Clinical Environmental Medicine (Elsevier 2019). She speaks internationally on environmental medicine, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, endocrine disruption, metal toxicology and other topics. She is currently Faculty for the Metabolic Medicine Institute Fellowship in collaboration with George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

She is a planner and faculty member for ACAM and the MMI Fellowship continuing medical education modules, lecturing in the area of chelation and metal toxicology. She is also a founding partner and presenter at the Environmental Health Symposium, an annual international environmental medicine conference based in the United States.

Tim Guilford, MD

Dr Guilford was board certified in ENT surgery in 1978 after attending Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate degree, the University of Texas Medical Branch for medical school, 2 years of general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Univ of Michigan for his ENT training. His clinical practice included an interest in complementary medicine and he also was the director of a clinical laboratory specializing in in-vitro allergy and viral immunology testing (1982 -1992). Dr. Guilford’s study of the role that glutathione plays in the basic mechanism of many diseases led to his formulating a liposome encapsulation of reduced glutathione, ReadiSorb® Glutathione. A list of his publications and research can be found at DrGuilford.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this Training work time - wise?

You will be asked to review 2 – 3 hours of lecture time per month and take a short quiz at the end of each lecture. Every month we will be meeting on the weekend for a day – long live Case Presentation and Update. We will ask you to present cases during your 12 month training\period (we have a case presentation template and a video on how to prepare a case with EHQ and Timeline).

You will also receive a subscription (free) to the continuation of Crinnion Opinion podcast: the EMEI Review. These monthly podcasts include reviews of articles on environmental toxicant exposure in the medical literature and are both topic specific (EMF exposure, mercury exposure: diagnosis and treatment) and timely. We will not expect you to know this material but it will add significantly to your ability to practice environmental medicine.

At the end of the 12 month training we will ask you to take a Final Exam so you can be certified as an Environmental Medicine Trained Provider and listed on the EMEI website.

Can I join the Training at any time?

YES – Since the live weekends will be taped and available and the 30+ hours of CME recorded lectures will be available as the Training progresses you will be able to easily catch up. So we do ask that you do some homework when you enter the course so you will be up-to-speed on the material for our monthly live meetings.

How can I pay for the Training?

You have options for financing the Training if you don’t want to pay up front. See Purchase Options.

What is the Curriculum? The recorded lectures include 30+ hours of content:
  1. Environmental Medicine, Toxicology & Body Burden Introduction to Principles, Resources, Databases, Lab Assessment – 1 hr.
  2. Assessment of Toxicant Body Burden–
    1. Taking an environmental medicine case history – 1 hr.
    2. Laboratory testing to assess body burden and markers of damage and inflammation- 3 hrs.
    3. Using databases to evaluate exposure and retention- 1 hr.
  3. Exposure Sources- Air, Water, Soil Contamination: Exposure, Avoidance, Treatment
    1. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, metals, solvents, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, PCBs- 11.5 hrs
    2. PBDEs, PFAS, plastics (BPA, phthalates, bisphenols, nonylphenols), nanoparticles- 2.0 hrs
    3. Mold and Mycotoxins
      1. Signs symptoms and presentation of mold exposed patients- 1 hr.
      2. Toxicology of mycotoxins, evaluation and assessment of patient and their home/work environment- 1 hr.
      3. Treatment of Mold-Related Illness- 1 hr.
  4. Biotransformation of Toxicants in Human Body-
    1. phase I- nutrients necessary/methylation and single nucleotide polymorphism effect/toxicant activation and effect of toxicants on hormone and drug metabolism- 1 hr.
    2. phase II-nutrients needed/ single nucleotide polymorphism effect/ toxicant activation and effect of toxicants on hormone and drug metabolism – 1 hr.
    3. phase III- renal and hepatic anion transport and multidrug resistant protein transport- 1 hr.
  5.  Climate Change/Earth Changes
    1. infectious disease- 1 hr.
    2. toxicant and toxin exposure after dramatic weather events and exposure to PM2.5 – 1 hr.
    3. radiation exposure- 1 hr.
  6. Systemic Effects: Basic mechanisms of toxicant-induced disease, specific toxicants and conditions linked to their exposure
    1. Neurotoxicity -1 hr.
    2. Immunotoxicity –1 hr. (includes cancer and autoimmune disease)
    3. Endocrine Disruption – 2 hrs.
    4. Women’s Health (infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, menopause)-2 hrs.
    5. Men’s Health (infertility, low testosterone, prostate conditions)- 1 hr.
    6. Environmental Cardiology- 1 hr.
  7. Electromagnetic Fields/Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure
    1. Presentation of EMF/EMR exposure and electrohypersensitivity- 1 hr.
    2. Appropriate diagnosis, interventions and recommendations for avoidance- 1 hr.
  8. Nutritional Support for Environmental Exposure- 2 hrs.
    1. Overview of nutrients utilized in toxicant metabolism
    2. Assessment of nutrient sufficiency using laboratory testing
    3. Nutrient replacement utilizing specific supplementation and dietary recommendations

The Live Monthly Grand Rounds Meetings include 6 hours of Case Presentations and Updates- one day each month. Lecture Material that will focus on real patient presentation and lab results. You will be asked to bring patient cases to these meetings so that we can work together to evaluate the case and provide further questions, testing, treatment or management guidance.

What are the goals of this training?

By the end of this training you will be able to:

  • Describe the classic signs and symptoms of toxic exposure and body burden as they
    present in the average patient.
  • Be able to categorize the most likely classes of toxicants of exposure
    based upon the patients’ signs, symptoms and diagnosis.
  • List the most common sources of environmental toxicant exposures for the U.S. population and be able to search through specific geographic databases to see whether patients have current pollutant exposure or have been exposed in the past.
  • As a result of lab testing for environmental toxicants, to assist the patient in understanding how and where these toxins came from and how they ended up as part of this individual’s body burden.
  • Determine which, if any, laboratory measurements would be appropriate in the workup of a toxin burdened patient.
  • Identify any genetic polymorphisms or gene deletions that may have contributed to the pa tient’s body burden.
  • Devise a list of action steps for the patient that is necessary for their treatment and to avoid further exposures that would exacerbate their health problems.
  • Devise a list of dietary changes and supplementation strategies that would be most beneficial for the patient.
  • Devise a complete detoxification program for the patient, including therapies like sauna, oral or IV chelation.
What materials are available for me to download?

Each month you’ll receive the lectures, a PDF of the slides, and any handouts and resource lists we have for that specific material

Do I get continuing education credit for this?

More detailed information on CEU and CME category 1 credit is provided on this page.

Who is this Training for?

This training is for ANY healthcare provider that wants to get to the bottom of their patient’s/client’s condition.

But be forewarned, it is put together by doctors and will assume that you have a basic medical education. Now this doesn’t mean that if you are a health coach or nutritionist that you will be lost in this material. You may need to work a little harder and learn some clinical medicine, but in the end your increased awareness and ability to address issues of environmental toxicant exposure, testing and treatment (we don’t like to use the word “detox”) will be far above everyone else in your profession.

CME Credit

CE credit provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare. This activity is jointly-provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Environmental Medicine Education International.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Environmental Health Symposium. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 30.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 30.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Curriculum

The recorded lectures include 30+ hours of content:

Environmental Medicine, Toxicology & Body Burden Introduction to Principles, Resources, Databases, Lab Assessment – 1 hr.

Assessment of Toxicant Body Burden–

  • Taking an environmental medicine case history – 1 hr.
  • Laboratory testing to assess body burden and markers of damage and inflammation- 3 hrs.
  • Using databases to evaluate exposure and retention- 1 hr.

Exposure Sources-Air, Water, Soil contamination and Laboratory Assessment of Exposure, Avoidance, Treatment

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, metals, nanoparticles, solvents, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, PCBs- 2.5 hrs
  • PBDEs, PFAS, plastics (BPA, phthalates, bisphenols, nonylphenols), 2.5 hrs

Biotransformation of Toxicants in Human Body-

  • Phase I- nutrients necessary/methylation and single nucleotide polymorphism effect/toxicant activation and effect of toxicants on hormone and drug metabolism- 1 hr.
  • Phase II-nutrients needed/ single nucleotide polymorphism effect/ toxicant activation and effect of toxicants on hormone and drug metabolism – 1 hr.
  • Phase III- renal and hepatic anion transport and multidrug resistant protein transport- 1 hr. 

Climate Change-

  • Infectious disease- 1 hr.
  • Toxicant and toxin exposure after dramatic weather events and exposure to PM2.5 – 1 hr.

Systemic Effects: Basic mechanisms of toxicant-induced disease, specific toxicants and conditions linked to their exposure

  • Neurotoxicity -1 hr.
  • Immunotoxicity –1 hr.  (includes cancer and autoimmune disease)
  • Endocrine Disruption –  2 hrs.
  • Women’s Health (infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, menopause) – 2 hrs.
  • Men’s Health (infertility, low testosterone, prostate conditions)-  1 hr.
  • Environmental Cardiology- 1 hr

Water-Damaged Building Exposure/Mold and Mycotoxins

  • Signs symptoms and presentation of mold exposed patients- 1 hr.
  • Toxicology of mycotoxins, evaluation and assessment of patient and their home/work environment-  1 hr.
  • Treatment of Mold-Related Illness- 1 hr.

Electromagnetic Fields/Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure

  • Presentation of EMF/EMR exposure and electrohypersensitivity- 1 hr.
  • Appropriate diagnosis, interventions and recommendations for avoidance- 1 hr.

Nutritional Support for Environmental Exposure- 2 hrs.

  • Overview of nutrients utilized in toxicant metabolism
  • Assessment of nutrient sufficiency using laboratory testing
  • Nutrient replacement utilizing specific supplementation and dietary recommendations

The Live Grand Rounds will take place on the first Saturday of the month (or second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday) to include 6 hours of Case Presentations and Updates. Lecture Material will focus on actual patient cases and lab results. You will be asked to bring patient cases to these meetings so that we can work together to evaluate the cases and provide further testing, treatment or management guidance.

Advisory Board

Jeanne Drisko

Jeanne A Drisko, MD, CNS, FACN

Jeanne A Drisko, MD, CNS, FACN is a respected member of the University of Kansas Health System faculty where she has served for more than 20 years as professor and the Hugh D Riordan MD Endowed Chair for Orthomolecular Medicine and Research. Currently, Dr Drisko is professor emeritus. Dr Drisko founded the KU Integrative Medicine program in 1998 and during her tenure as director adhered to the four pillars of the academic institution by providing education, patient care, research, and service to the community and the nation. She developed a fellowship in integrative medicine recognized by the American Board of Physician Specialties with graduating fellows board eligible. Dr. Drisko is widely recognized for her research in integrative medicine practices and has been invited to teach at universities across the world. Patients came first and the integrative medicine clinic practice attracted patients from across the US and many foreign countries. In 2018, Dr Drisko stepped back as director of the KU Integrative Medicine clinic but continues as Director of KU Integrative Medicine Research. She continues scholarly pursuits and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Drisko is a member of the prestigious Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health where she served on the steering committee for 13 years and continues as president for Alliance for Natural Health – USA. Because of her integrative medicine expertise, Dr. Drisko has been asked to serve on multiple national committees including the Institute of Medicine committee for complementary and alternative medicine therapies use by the American public, with the report published in 2005.

Leonard A. Wisneski

Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP

Endocrinologist, Integrative Medicine Clinician and National Leader

Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) Board of Directors, Chair Emeritus

Clinical Professor of Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center

Faculty, Georgetown University and University of Colorado

Email: drwisneski@outlook.com

Leonard A. Wisneski Biography

Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP is Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Division of Integrative Physiology, at Georgetown University where he is a founding member of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Curriculum Planning Committee and has taught a course in integrative medicine for several years. He also holds faculty positions in the Department of Medicine as well as The Department of Nursing at The University of Colorado. He was Vice Chairman of the NIH Consensus Panel on Acupuncture and is Chairman of the NIH Advisory Board on Frontier Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He holds fellowship positions in The American College of Physicians and The American College of Nutrition.

He served on the board of the American Holistic Medical Association and was President of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium which promotes national legislation pertaining to integrative healthcare. He is a Research Advisor to The International Hyperbaric Medicine Association and serves on the advisory board of The Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. He has published over 30 scientific articles and a textbook, “Scientific Basis of Integrative Health, Third Edition.” He has been in the clinical practice of endocrinology and integrative medicine for over 30 years.

Dr. Wisneski co-founded and served as the regional President and Medical Director of American Whole Health, an integrative, multi-practitioner center devoted to fostering individuals in the achievement of health and life goals. His medical practice in endocrinology and integrative medicine, spanning three decades, embodies the true meaning of integrative healthcare delivery– an optimal synthesis of conventional and alternative medicine practiced with a whole-person approach delivered with reverence and humanism. He also served in the role of Medical Director and Chief Medical Editor of Integrative Medicine Communications, a publishing company which produced textbooks and newsletters devoted to this new field of medicine.

Dr. Wisneski graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and performed his postgraduate training in the field of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology in the George Washington University healthcare system, where he served as Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine. From 1977 until 1997, Dr. Wisneski was the Corporate Medical Director of Marriott International, Inc., and Director of Medical Education at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, an affiliate of George Washington University Medical School and Children’s National Medical Center where he devoted his efforts to teaching the fundamentals of internal medicine, as well as, an integrative, whole person approach to medicine.

Dr. Wisneski is currently engaged in the facilitating a National University Library consortium of integrative health book collections with one of the core collections being The Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection at The University of Colorado Health Sciences Library. He served on the steering committee of the National Coordinating Center for Integrative Medicine whose mission it is to facilitate education of integrative and preventive healthcare. His current passion is serving on the board of directors of The Viktor Frankl Institute of logotherapy, and serving as Chief Medical Officer of Parallel Profile, a genomics testing company. He also has an interest in therapeutic applications involving the endocannabinoid system and is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and The International Cannabinoid Research Association.

Also see: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonard-wisneski-9924a47;

http://www.ihpc.org/team/leonard-a-wisneski-md-facp/

Jill Carnahan

Jill Carnahan, MD

Jill Carnahan MD completed her residency at the University of Illinois in Family Medicine at Methodist Medical Center and received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Dr. Jill was dually board certified in Family Medicine 2006-2016 and in Integrative Holistic Medicine since 2005. She founded the Methodist Center for Integrative Medicine in Peoria, Illinois in 2009 and worked there as medical director. Then in 2010, she moved to Boulder, Colorado and opened Flatiron Functional Medicine. She is faculty for multiple post-graduate medical continuing education programs, Fellowship trainings, and conferences (Institute for Functional Medicine, International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illness, Metabolic Medicine Institute, Environmental Health Symposium) and lectures to medical audiences internationally on the subjects of environmental medicine, mold and Lyme-related conditions, functional medicine, the functional medicine approach to GI conditions and the role of the microbiome in GI health. Her complete CV can be found here

Pizzorno

Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND

Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a transformational leader in medicine. As founding president of Bastyr University in 1978, he coined the term “science-based natural medicine” which set the foundation for Bastyr to become the first accredited institution in this field anywhere in the world. This validated that medicine which promotes health rather than primarily disease treatment could be credibly taught, researched and practiced. As co-author of the Textbook of Natural Medicine (first edition 1985, 5th edition 2020) he helped established the scientific foundation for health promotion medicine. With over 100,000 copies sold in 4 languages (over half to MDs), it not only helped reestablish naturopathic medicine as an important part of the healthcare system, but also provided the scientific foundation for the transformational fields of integrative and functional medicine throughout the world.

A naturopathic physician (licensed in WA state since 1975), educator, researcher and expert spokesman, he is Editor-in-Chief of PubMed-indexed IMCJ, Board Chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine, founding board member of American Herbal Pharmacopeia, and a member of the science boards of the Hecht Foundation, Gateway for Cancer Research and Bioclinic Naturals. He was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush to 2 prestigious government commissions to advise the President and Congress on how to integrate natural medicine into the healthcare system. He is author or co-author of 6 textbooks for doctors (most recent Clinical Environmental Medicine) and 7 consumer books (Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine [>2 million copies in 6 languages]; most recent, The Toxin Solution).

Rev 2020-07

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