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Certification Programs to Address Metabolic Syndrome

March 6, San Clemente, CA - On March 1, in Boston, Mass., Metagenics, Inc., a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company focused on improving health, launched the first of eight FirstLine Therapy Certification programs to be held in 2012. 

March 19, 2012  By Massage Therapy Canada

programs prepare naturopathic physicians, functional medicine providers and
other practitioners, and their staff members, to practice lifestyle medicine
with a complete practice management system from clinical tools and protocols to
business office management.  A particular focus for FirstLine Therapy is
the treatment of metabolic syndrome, a condition that affects one in three U.S.
adults and increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Lifestyle medicine therapies are the recommended
approach to treat many common health issues associated with metabolic
syndrome,”said Jacob J. Kornberg M.D., FACS, Director of
Professional and Clinical Services for Metagenics. “However, healthcare
practitioners are not trained in how to actually follow these recommendations in
their practices. The FirstLine Therapy program gives them all the tools they
need to comply with these recommendations, and to help their patients achieve
better health by addressing the cause, not just the symptoms, of their

FirstLine Therapy program offers an evidence-based, clinically effective system
to achieve optimal patient and practice success. The certification programs
will cover the most effective ways to prescribe and personalize the FirstLine
Therapy program to patients, the key functional biomarkers and laboratory
values for assessing these patients, and how to conduct and read bioelectrical
impedance analysis (BIA) to monitor body composition for patient tracking and
motivation—all in a case study and workshop based format. This program also
provides a structured system to teach patients behavior modification for a
lifetime approach to healthy living, including recommendations for
phytonutrient-rich eating, exercise and stress management. FirstLine Therapy
also incorporates products such as Metagenics UltraMeal Plus 360
medical food, which was demonstrated in  a recent multicenter clinical
trial at the Universities of Florida, Connecticut and California, to resolve
metabolic syndrome 40 per cent faster in conjunction with the FirstLine Therapy
food plans compared to diet alone.


To assist practitioners in making the change,
Metagenics is now offering a complimentary post-certification support program
via phone, online and email notifications to help them successfully implement
the FirstLine Therapy program into their practice.

The certification programs are open to prescribing
healthcare providers and designated Lifestyle Educators who help educate,
motivate and monitor metabolic syndrome patients. The programs will be held in
the following locations throughout 2012:

MA from March 1-4

Diego, CA from April 19-22

City, MO from May 17-20

York, NY from June 7-10

ON from July 19-22

GA from September 20-23

Francisco, CA from October 19-21

8.     Vancouver,
BC from November 8-11.


The speaker team of experienced clinicians, FirstLine
Therapy Program developers and implementation experts presenting this program
include: Kristi Hughes, ND
, the Associate Director of
Medical Education at the Institute for Functional Medicine; Kenneth
Browning, DO
, a family medicine practitioner for over 25 years; Lyra
Heller, MA
, co-founder of Metagenics and co-architect in the
development of the FirstLine Therapy curriculum; and Chris Katke
co-founder of Metagenics and FirstLine Therapy educator.

To learn more about the FirstLine Therapy Program or
to register for a certification program, visit
or call 800-692-9400 (U.S.) 800-268-6200 (Canada).

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