Introduction to Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health Care

Fall 2015

  Introduction to Complementary, Alternative & Integrative Health Care

MONDAYS: 6:00pm-8:50pm, August 24 - November 30, 2015.

Instructors: Susan Gaylord, PHD. & Various UNC faculty and CAM practitioners

Location: The course will be held in Main Conference Room, rm 1, (CG 222) in the UNC Cancer Hospital.

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$250 for UNC Affiliates, $300 for general public, (no auditing available)

For questions contact: Pamela Phillips ( (919) 966-8586

Faculty Director: Susan Gaylord, PhD (
Faculty Co-Director: Doug Mann, MD (
Course Coordinator: Pamela Phillips ( 966-8586

Purpose of Course: This course is designed to introduce medical students, other health professions students, faculty, health practitioners, and researchers to the philosophies, practitioners, techniques, and evidence of efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapeutics currently in use in the United States, including chiropractic, dietary, mind-body medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, healing touch and energy therapies, prayer, and herbal therapies.
A large and growing percentage of Americans use one or more of a wide range of complementary, alternative or unconventional healing therapies, often in addition to seeking advice from physicians. Increasingly, research is showing efficacy for many of these therapies. Ability to understand and communicate effectively with patients and other care providers about these therapies should enhance patients’ health and safety and optimize health care.

Course Objectives: As a result of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the use of CAM therapies in the United States;
  • Describe healing paradigms and rationales for patients' use of these therapies;
  • Describe the philosophies, theoretical basis and techniques of various CAM therapies;
  • Discuss the training and certification of practitioners of these therapies;
  • Discuss uses of each therapy and evidence of efficacy; and
  • Describe the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to communicate effectively with practitioners and users of CAM and conventional therapies.

Format: The course provides an introduction to the field of CAM and integrative health-care, including a wide range of alternative modalities, in lecture-and-discussion format, presented by an active practitioner of the therapy and/or a person knowledgeable in the field, with patient presentations, demonstrations and audience participation where applicable. Presentations cover diagnostic methods, treatment, evidence of efficacy and safety for various conditions, training of practitioners, the practitioner-patient relationship, patient satisfaction, role of prevention, and potential for interactions with conventional healthcare. Topical readings supplement lectures and demonstrations.

The complete course, including additional assignments and tests, is listed as PMED 250, HBHE 960, and NURS 703i

Immunology of Autoimmune Disease, Inflammation and Chronic Infection:
A Research-Based Functional Medicine Perspective
Course Outline
Taught by Dr. Sam Yanuck, whose functional medicine practice focuses on the care of patients with autoimmune disease and other chronic illnesses.
• Geared towards clinicians and medical students, others by permission.
• Expand your repertoire of clinical tools to deal more effectively with patients who have complex autoimmune diseases, chronic infections and other chronic illnesses.
• Highly research oriented. Focused on identifying appropriate physiological targets and choosing appropriate tools with which to address them. Diagnostic and therapeutic topics are discussed in the language of physiology. Powerpoint driven, with virtually slide a quotation or diagram from a peer reviewed study in the medical literature.
• Focus is “additional tools that are compatible with what you’re already doing” rather than “use this instead of a conventional approach”.
• Includes functional medicine misconceptions for you and your patients to avoid.
Session 1 - Chronic tissue inflammation & underlying immunological drivers               This session teaches you the immunology of tissue inflammation and how to apply functional medicine tools to change tissue chemistry in chronically inflamed patients.
Session 2 - Immunology of vulnerability to infectious disease
This session focuses on 1) inflammation as a promoter of chronic infection, 2) patterns of T cell polarization as predictors of vulnerability, and 3) the immunology of vulnerability to infection in the geriatric population. Includes detailed discussion of functional medicine treatment tools.
Session 3 – Autoimmune Disease Part 1
Using a functional medicine framework, this session teaches you to identify the unique set of factors driving each patient’s autoimmune process, identify appropriate clinical targets, apply best-matched treatment tools, and assess ongoing progress.
Session 4 – Autoimmune Disease Part 2
This session teaches you a functional medicine approach to managing patterns of dysfunction common in patients whose cases are complex or resistant to typical treatment approaches.