Nutritional Diagnostics Masterclass


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9 Module Online Masterclass

We are using nutritionals on a daily basis so having deep insight into our patient’s status can be highly valuable. This masterclass dives deep into the investigations and interpretations of nutritional diagnostics. We cover all of the vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids and several other useful nutrients.

An important aspect of diagnostics that is not immediately obvious from test results is that many nutrients function in relation to other specific nutrients. In these cases, we need to consider the relative levels of each of these. The common nutritional pairs are the minerals zinc and copper, sodium and potassium, and magnesium and calcium. There are many more nutritional relationships to consider and these will be covered in detail.

Richard Lord PhD. gives us three presentations on nutritional diagnostics that will give you a deep understanding of the roles and mechanisms of vitamins and selected nutrients. Understanding the functional role of these nutrients not only assists your diagnostics but will greatly enhance your understanding of what to use when and how they are working to resolve specific conditions.

Vanita Dahia is presenting most of the classes in the course. Vanita has presented excellent webinars for Health Masters LIVE several times on diagnostics and is giving us the latest on amino acids, essential fatty acids as well as the foundation concepts of nutritional diagnostics and the potential pitfalls.

Maria Shaflender covers hair mineral analysis and in particular, how the minerals correlate with others. Don’t just go by the ‘in-range, out-of-range’ indications. There are important ratios to consider and these are the essence of effective diagnostics interpretations.

This is a foundation topic that all clinicians need to have under their belts.


  • Learn which tests to run to most effectively assess your patient’s nutritional status
  • Discover new therapeutic options for your patients based on their actually status
  • Know how to most effectively recover someone’s nutrient levels
  • Understand how nutrients are functioning in our bodies
  • Know which nutrients have nutritional relatives that we need to view together to get a clear picture of your patient’s physiology


  • Clear protocol explanations
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to audio and video recordings
  • A PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Your exclusive invitation to our alumni hub to ask questions


WEBINAR ONE: Why Test for Nutritional Status?

Presenter: Vanita Dahia

  • Why test
  • How to test: Methods of assessment
  • Various body samples for testing
  • Pitfalls of nutritional testing

WEBINAR TWO: Vitamin Deficiencies and Vitamin-Dependent Inherited Diseases

Presenter: Richard Lord

  • Lessons from PKU and other vitamin-responsive disorders
  • Frequent, late onset, with no history of disease
  • High frequency of total nutrient-responsive maladies – where are yours?
  • Common presentations of metabolic compensatory states rather than frank vitamin deficiency signs

WEBINAR THREE: How Do Vitamins Work?

Presenter: Richard Lord

  • Cofactor historical perspective
  • Cofactors as chemical (electron moving) agents
  • Which came first, apoprotein or cofactor?

WEBINAR FOUR: Clinical (Chemical) Elemental Status Evaluation

Presenter: Richard Lord

  • Terminology and classes of elements
  • Value in multiple specimens – why?
  • Central role of metallothionein
  • Copper deficiency due to zinc excess – role of metallothionein
  • Advantages of hair, esp. for calcium
  • Cysteine as conditionally essential – assessments

WEBINAR FIVE: Essential Fatty Acids

Presenter: Vanita Dahia

  • Role of EFA’s
  • Testing for EFA’s
  • Interpretation of results
  • Therapeutic role of EFA’s
  • Management of EFA levels

WEBINAR SIX: Amino Acids 1

Presenter: Vanita Dahia

  • Role of amino acids
  • Classes of amino acids

WEBINAR SEVEN: Amino Acids 2

Presenter: Vanita Dahia

  • Interpretation of results
  • Compounding amino acids

WEBINAR EIGHT: Hair Mineral Analysis 1

Presenter: Maria Shaflender

  • How evaluating minerals is different on blood vs hair
  • Metabolic and glandular patterns and dysfunction
  • Hair mineral analysis utility
  • Simple and proven ways to explain hair analysis
  • How to collect a good hair analysis sample
  • What are metabolic (oxidation) types
  • Fast and slow metabolisers
  • Key ratios
  • Copper dysregulation
  • Case studies

WEBINAR NINE: Hair Mineral Analysis 2

Presenter: Maria Shaflender

  • Detecting heavy metal toxicity
  • Common methods of contamination
  • Toxic ratios
  • Detox can dramatically move metals
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Aluminium
  • Arsenic
  • Berylium
  • Nickel
  • Case studies
  • Blood glucose issues on hair tissue mineral analysis
  • Key markers that relate to blood sugar dysregulation on hair tissue mineral analysis
    • Ca/Mg ratio
    • Chromium and vanadium levels
    • Manganese level
  • Case studies


Dr Richard Lord PhD received his doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 with studies of methods for protein tertiary structure measurements. From 1970 to 1973 he was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, conducting studies of the mechanism of insulin self-association. From there he moved to a staff fellowship at NIH in Bethesda, MD to work in the Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease. Dr Lord served as Professor and Chairman of Biochemistry at Life College for 10 years where he concurrently taught Advanced Clinical Nutrition and worked as part of the team that put in place a new undergraduate degree program in nutrition.

He has also has served as Clinical Laboratory Director at various facilities and has developed methods for the analysis of trace elements, fatty acids, and organic acids. He is director of the Department of Science and Education at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory. He joined Metametrix Clinical Laboratory in 1989, where he has served as vice president of research and development and laboratory director.

His publications include articles in professional journals as well as books and laboratory manuals for college curricula including the text, Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine, used in this course.

Vanita Dahia B.Pharm, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Clin Nutr has 30 plus years’ experience and qualifications in Pharmacy, compounding pharmacy Western Herbal Medicine, naturopathy, clinical nutrition, Ayurvedic medicine, Anti-Ageing Medicine and is a Board-certified fellow in Anti-ageing and Regenerative medicine.

Vanita is a functional pathology clinical consultant providing in-depth technical and clinical consultancy including expert technical training incorporating assessment, interpretation and prescriptive guidelines to doctors and allied health practitioners internationally.

She has presented as a keynote speaker sharing her medical expertise in integrative health at various conferences and seminars worldwide across a wide spectrum of organisations such as A4M, A5M, PCCA (Professional Compounding Centres of America and Australia), IACP (International Association of Compounding Pharmacists), and the AIMA (Australian Integrative Medicine Association).

Maria Shaflender Adv.Dip. Nutr Med, B.Comm UNSW is a clinical nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner based in Sydney, Australia. Maria specialises in digestive health, immune health, mental health, and the gut-brain-immune interface. Through her clinical work in these areas, she has developed a dedicated clinical focus on environmental medicine, heavy metal toxicity and the importance of minerals in helping to support optimal health. She utilises hair mineral analyses with most of her patients and is a recognised expert in the clinical utilisation of this assessment tool.

“What makes my approach to healthcare unique is the fact that I have personally experienced numerous, often debilitating health conditions throughout my life. This helps me in my nutrition clinic daily in numerous ways: to truly relate and empathise with my patients, to be able to quickly identify potential underlying causes that others have missed and order the right functional tests and devise effective treatment plans.”


Research on natural medicine is increasing fast. You will get the very latest research and practical direction in assisting the large number of patients seeking natural health care. With every course, you receive the links to all papers referenced.


As a graduate of any of our events, you will receive an exclusive invitation to our highly valuable alumni hub where we share ideas, case studies, ask questions of fellow graduates and all keep in touch.


We present high-level, unbiased, post-graduate education. We have no financial connection to any suppliers of supplements or other goods to natural healthcare providers. All presentations are high level, unbiased, and noncommercial.


You will receive a personalized certificate for each course you do with us. For further information on CEs please refer to our Continuing Education page.


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