Diabetes Masterclass


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Diabetes needs a complete strategy. It’s complex and involves several systems. The Natural Diabetes Masterclass puts all the pieces together for you in a comprehensive program for the chronic disease that is defying medical care.

High blood glucose is inherently toxic to all tissues and elevated levels are associated with practically all of the chronic diseases you see. Diabetes is highly damaging, highly preventable and easily reversible. We will discuss insulin resistance which is the core defect for heart disease, NASH, NAFLD, metabolic syndrome. It contributes to cancer, dementia and of course diabetes.

With over 480,000 PubMed citations for Diabetes there is obviously plenty of data, but few medical solutions. The key to chronic disease is a natural and multisystem approach that carefully and individually addresses the whole patient.

Here are just some diabetes comorbidities…
Hypertension, Chronic pulmonary disease, Congestive heart failure, Depression, Solid tumours, Metastatic cancer, Cardiac arrhythmias, Fluid and electrolyte disorders, Rheumatoid arthritis/collagen vascular disease, Renal disease and renal failure, Valvular disease, Peripheral vascular disease, Cerebrovascular disease, Coagulopathy, Myocardial infarction, Liver disease, Obesity, Anaemia, Hypothyroidism, Peptic ulcer disease, Dementia.

Diabetics have…

  • Severely reduced life expectancy
  • Increased risk of cancer death and myocardial infraction
  • A high risk of drug complications
  • Many comorbid conditions limiting their useful remaining life years
  • High risk of complications including blindness, amputations and kidney failure to name just a few
  • Intractable infertility
  • High incidence of depression and risk of suicide
  • Low level of diagnosis (half undiagnosed)


LESSON ONE – Physiology and Mechanisms of Disease

Presented by Dr Ryan Bradley

  1. Learn the contribution of insulin resistance and insulin deficiency in diabetes
  2. Appreciate the role of endothelial dysfunction to the initiation and progression of diabetes
  3. Appreciate the contribution of dietary components to inflammation
  4. End-organ complications of diabetes

LESSON TWO – The Importance of Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes

Presented by Dr. Mimi Guarneri

  1. Learn the contribution of cardiovascular diseases to long-term outcomes in diabetes, including myocardial infarction, stroke and congestive heart failure
  2. Importance of cardiovascular risk factors on the complications of type 2 diabetes
  3. Assess cardiovascular function and diagnose cardiovascular disease in diabetes
  4. When to co-manage and refer for specialty care

LESSON THREE – Assessment, Diagnosis & Medical Treatment

Presented by Dr Ryan Bradley

  1. The standards for assessing clinical status and risk for diabetes
  2. Diagnostic criteria for diabetes and pre-diabetes
  3. Conventional medical treatments for diabetes, including oral medications and insulin therapy
  4. Integrative approaches to treating common complications, including nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy

LESSON FOUR – Dietary Approaches using Whole Natural Foods

Presented by Dr Erica Oberg

  1. Strategies for success with low GL diets
  2. Role of ‘superfoods”
  3. Anti-inflammatory and alkalising foods
  4. Dietary behaviours

LESSON FIVE – Stress Resiliency in Diabetes

Presented by Dr Erica Oberg

  1. Pathophysiology of stress and impact on blood sugar control
  2. Neuroendocrine impacts of stress on mood and behaviour
  3. Strategies to correct these physiologic imbalances
  4. Ways to help patients reframe their relationship with life stressors
  5. Mind-body techniques and self-care practices

LESSON SIX – Personalised Exercise Prescription

Presented by Dr Erica Oberg

  1. What kind and how much is best for diabetes
  2. How to fine-tune the frequency and types of activity to meet your patients individual goals
  3. How to fine-tune the intensity of activity to meet their individual goals
  4. How to fine-tune the timing of activity to meet their individual goals

LESSON SEVEN – Natural & Integrative Treatments for Diabetes Part 1: Glucose Control

Presented by Dr Ryan Bradley

  1. Cutting-edge research on nutritional approaches to improve glucose control for diabetes
  2. Discuss medication-nutrient interactions in diabetes, both favourable and unfavourable
  3. Appreciate the level of evidence and research gaps for the use of botanical therapies for glucose control
  4. Discuss other therapies, including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, which may contribute to improved glucose control for diabetes

LESSON EIGHT – Natural & Integrative Treatments for Diabetes Part 2: Cardiovascular Risk

Presented by Dr Mimi Guarneri

  1. Mind-body approaches to CVD risk management in diabetes
  2. When prescription medications are indicated for reducing cardiovascular risk factors in diabetes, including statins
  3. Nutritional and herbal approaches for reducing CVD risk


dr-mimi-guarneriDr Mimi Guarneri MD, FACC, ABIHM

Dr Guarneri is Board-certified in cardiology, internal medicine, nuclear medicine and holistic medicine, President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and is Senior Advisor at Atlantic Health for the Center for Well Being.

Dr Guarneri was an English Literature major as an undergraduate at New York University. Her medical degree is from SUNY Medical Center in New York, where she graduated number one in her class. Dr Guarneri served her internship and residency at Cornell Medical Center, where she later became chief medical resident. She served cardiology fellowships at both New York University Medical Center and Scripps Clinic. She is a fellow member of the American College of Cardiology, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the American Medical Women’s Association.

Dr Guarneri founded the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and served as Medical Director for 15 years. She began her career at Scripps Clinic attending in interventional cardiology, where she placed thousands of coronary stents. Recognizing the need for a more comprehensive and more holistic approach to cardiovascular disease, she pioneered the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine where state-of-the-art cardiac imaging technology and lifestyle change programs are used to aggressively diagnose, prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.

Dr Guarneri is the author of The Heart Speaks, a poignant collection of stories from heart patients who have benefited from integrative medicine approaches. The Heart Speaks and her clinical work have been featured on NBC Today and PBS’s To the Contrary and Full Focus. Her work was also featured in a two-part PBS documentary, The New Medicine.

In 2009, Dr Guarneri was honoured as the ARCS scientist of the year. In 2011, Dr Guarneri was the winner of the Bravewell Leadership Award which honours a physician leader who has made significant contributions to the transformation of the U.S. health care system. Most recently, she received the 2012 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Grace A. Goldsmith award from the American College of Nutrition.

Dr-Ryan-BradleyDr Ryan Bradley ND, MPH, PhD.

Dr Bradley received his PhD in Naturopathy from Bastyr University in 2003 and his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2009. He is currently the Director of the Center for Diabetes & Cardiovascular Wellness at Bastyr University, a center of clinical services, research and community education, focused on prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic disease through diet and healthy lifestyle choices.

He is also a Clinical Research Assistant Professor and Core Clinical Faculty member at Bastyr. Dr Bradley has published his research in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including foundational research on naturopathic medicine in cardiometabolic disease, as well as, research on mind-body interventions in diabetes and natural products. He is a frequent speaker for conventional and complementary health care providers on the topic of integrative approaches to reduce cardiometabolic risk.

Dr-Erica-ObergDr Erica Oberg ND, MPH, PhD.

Dr Oberg received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2003 from Bastyr University, followed by accredited residency. She proceeded to fellowship training at the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center, completing an MPH in Health Services with emphasis on the evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine professionals within the healthcare system and the science of health promotion and positive behavioural change.

Dr Oberg is in private practice with Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, an integrative center for health and healing. She previously served as Clinic Director at Bastyr University California in San Diego, and before that, practiced Primary Care and Integrative Endocrinology for 10 years at the Institute of Complementary Medicine in Seattle.

Dr Oberg’s research has been supported by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the WA State Department of Health and numerous foundations. She currently serves on the Board of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium. She has taught Public Health and Nutrition to medical students and served as Director of the Bastyr Center for Health Policy and Leadership.


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.


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