This course is designed to provide a first look at what is known and how scientists are going about trying to understand the way in which living things operate at the molecular level, the most fundamental level.
Genetics has emerged as a central discipline in biology, and with the now-completed sequencing of the human genome, it is evident that all fields of biology can be related to the DNA possessed by the organism. This course will provide the fundamental tools required to understand the language of genetics.
This course will introduce students to the body’s defenses. Different components of immune system, nonspecific and specific immunity will be discussed. The different cellular elements and biochemical mediators involved in immune response will be discussed in detail. Students will explore the applications of immunology to modern diagnostics, biotechnology and therapeutics. There will be an introduction to immunologic disorders.
BioChem 6250, 6255
Exercise Physiology I & II
Exercise physiology is an applied discipline that combines knowledge of metabolic biochemistry, cellular and organ system physiology, and anatomic structure and function in order to understand and explain physical and athletic performance. In this course, students will be introduced to the metabolic, muscular, and cardio-respiratory adaptations to both acute and chronic exercise in humans.
BioChem 6301, 6302
Principles of Pharmacology I & II
This course provides an introduction to the use of drugs in western medicine for the treatment of disease. Topics covered in this course will be a description of drug names and classification, general principles of drug action and metabolism. A large part of this course will be a description of the drug actions on body systems including all the major disorders and diseases in each of the systems of the body. Included will be a description of the mechanism of action, major side effects and contraindications for each drug and drug category. Interactions with other drugs and botanicals as well as a description of the nutrients which are depleted by each of the drugs will be covered. Drug actions on infection and immune system regulation as well as drug abuse and chemical dependency will be described.
BioChem 6310, 6315
Clinical Toxicology I and II
The student will learn the principles of toxicology, adverse effects, drug detoxification, heavy metal toxicity, poisonous herbs and chemicals, environmental chemistry, pollution, and food additives.
Blood Chemistry & Urinalysis
In this course, the student will learn to evaluate clinically the results of blood chemistry and urinalysis in order to identify nutritional/metabolic imbalances and underlying causes of disease. Acquired knowledge will be used to design and recommend nutritional and wellness programs for the prevention and correction of the biochemical imbalances identified. Instead of clinical laboratory reference values, suggested optimal values are used in an effort to evaluate the individual more holistically.
Tissue & Hair Heavy Metal Analysis
The student will learn the tools to effectively analyze the nutritional and elemental needs of an individual through tissue mineral analysis. Identifying abnormal metabolic imbalances and toxic mineral profiles will also be studied. Tissue mineral analysis is a comprehensive and scientific tool for evaluating and monitoring an individual’s state of health through the mineral levels in hair and for determining heavy metal toxicity.
Toxicology & Detox
The student will study the merits and historically proven benefits of fasting and detoxification. Systems to be embodied include the ultimate tissue cleansing, mucus free diet healing, life extension, water and juice fasting. Mental, emotional, physical and spiritual issues concerning fasting will be brought to light. All factors involved in the therapeutic application of this integral modality will be discussed, including basic principles, timing, and healing crises.