CLIMB KP Khalsa--Nutritional Therapy Winter Term Courses

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KP KHALSA: I'm K.P. Khalsa. I'm the lead instructor
and curriculum director for the nutritional therapy program
at Portland Community College.
I've been in this field for 40 years. I'm a dietician, a nutritionist, and an herbalist.
I'm currently serving as the president of the American Herbalists Guild.
I've been involved in a wide variety of natural healing kinds of practices
and have several other credentials in the field for that entire 40 years.
So I deal with a lot of different kinds of areas in natural healing
that allow me to bring that expertise to, to create a program
that will be very broad in its scope, very holistic,
and give people the nutritional part that will help them plug in to
that wider world of natural healing.
This term we have a weekend on pathophysiology.
In this course we talk about the actual diseases that we're going to be treating:
diseases of the respiratory tract, diseases of the liver,
diseases of the skin. The kinds of things that people actually experience.
So we'll take, system by system, break down the kinds of diseases
that people have, determine how those diseases develop,
what the nutritional roots of those diseases are, the lab tests
that would determine that, and just take it disease by disease,
system by system, so that people have a very clear understanding
of what's going on: the symptoms, the signs, the lab tests.
Everything involved in that disease from a disease perspective.
And that will give people the basis to be able to then begin making dietary
and nutritional supplement changes to help bring people back to health.
Another weekend this term is Ayurveda, which is the ancient
and holistic healing system of India, the health sister science of Yoga.
We'll spend the entire weekend discussing the approach to health of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is largely a dietary and herbal medicine system
although it includes many other different aspects of lifestyle.
So we'll talk about the Ayurvedic worldview,
Ayurvedic understanding of assessing what's going on with people,
the vocabulary of Ayurveda, and then discuss a number of food therapies,
dietary kinds of manipulations, and especially herbal medicine from India.
Ayurveda has become very popular in the last 10 years in the United States,
is growing dramatically, and we'd like to weave in those ideas
to the nutritional education that we're giving people so that they can understand
when their clients and they have, they're using Ayurvedic herbs
or relating to Ayurvedic concepts,
that they'll be able to understand the vocabulary and the therapy orientation.
But also Ayurveda brings some very unusual and dramatic kinds of therapies
to natural healing that will help us fill in that picture.
This term we also have food therapy.
In this case it's Food Therapy 2, or an extension of the food therapy program
that we did in a previous term.
So food therapy is going to include everything about using food more aggressively
to treat specific kinds of diseases; to actually apply food as therapy.
What do you do for a particular kind of concern? What do you do for migraines?
What do you do for sinus infections? How do you use food as actual therapy?
Thinking about food more as medicine than just about something
to fill your nutritional requirements or make you be not hungry,
but how do you get even more healthy using food,
and then treating specific kinds of conditions with actual food as remedies.
An area that's not well explored in typical American culture
but used around the world in every other natural healing system.
Works very, very well, and we'll cover the remainder of those ideas
in this term to allow people to develop a very fine-tuned set of tools
in terms of food therapy that they can bring to people's lives.
The entire course is designed for people to enroll in any given term.
You don't have to wait for any particular time.
You don't have to start at the beginning of the academic year in Fall.
We'll be recruiting a new group of students; they'll be joining us each term.
Some students will be leaving, some students wil be joining.
It's a modular format where people rotate in and out of the courses,
and the idea is to get four quarters in some order, however that works for your schedule.
So just for the sake of convenience,
some of these courses are numbered 1 or 2;
they're not intended to be sequential.
You could take Food Therapy 2 first and have'd never notice the difference.
These, all of these weekends are stand alone units,
because we will have people coming in just for that particular unit,
and we'll make sure that everybody is staying on track with us
and that the concepts will be understandable by people.
Typically in these courses people will hear the same concept mentioned
at least a couple of times over the course of the year.
Very often we'll discuss a particular concept, a particular remedy,
a way of doing things in the therapeutic section
where we're talking about a way to treat a particular disease,
and we'll revisit that idea in another section
where we're talking about using the actual remedy.
So we'll study broccoli as a remedy in one course,
and we'll discuss using broccoli to support the immune system in another course.
So people find that this modular program really is very doable.
You dive in with both feet but very quickly you're oriented.
You have the rest of the students and study group to help you,
and it's not a concern to have taken any given class at any particular time.
Before a student enrolls in this class it's a great idea
for them to have some familiarity with natural healing concepts,
some sort of an affinity for natural healing in some way,
or even just a great interest in the topic.
We do offer a course called "Biochemical Foundations"
that each student has the opportunity to take
if they do need some backup in that kind of area.
People are going to have to take some anatomy and physiology.
Many people who are going to take this class
will already have taken anatomy and physiology, which is pretty straightforward
and offered at a number of different places.
So that can be taken anytime during the course of the class or in advance.
Otherwise, it's just show up and go to work!
Classes during the weekend day will be very interactive. will be the same group of with some people rotating in and out,
but we'll have a core group of people.
We'll know them very well. By the end of that year they'll know each other.
They'll know their own needs, their own experiences, they'll be doing case studies.
So people find that opportunity to really interact and develop their knowledge
on a practical level to be very enjoyable compared to
the usual just sort of lectures and taking exams.
Well, the things that people enjoy about this class
often actually turn out to be the most challenging.
This is a class that require people to...requires people to keep up with their reading,
to stay attuned to their class requirements, to our lectures,
to our class discussions, and to really be ready to participate in class.
The great thing about this kind of structure, where you have a weekend
and then a month on your own, is that it's so flexible
for you to be able to be, uh, to do your work as you need to do that.
So people who are used to more traditional educational opportunities
where they're sitting in a class three days a week, with a lecture
and they take an exam every other, every other Friday,
may find themselves challenged by the need to really stay focused
on their material and make it through the material.
This is a college level course. It's a career preparation course.
People will be expected to perform to a high standard
that will give them a credential that they can go out
and then actually use in the real world. So they do have to keep up.
That said, it's not onerous. People will be able to do it.
We've been doing these kinds of things for a long time.
We know the kinds of things that will help people through.
And people will find that they'll get together in study groups,
they'll connect with each other,
and they'll really make nutritional therapy a part of their life.
The class is oriented toward nutritional therapists
who will be establishing their own practices in some way
and acting as consultants, but that may be quite variable.
Not necessarily putting out a shingle and opening up their own office.
They may work in group practices. They may work in a hospital setting.
They may consult on their own.
But just in the practice management area, tremendous opportunity.
But that's one tiny slice for nutritional therapy.
People could work in the dietary industry with food.
They could be...they could work with import/export.
They could work in quality control.
They could be working in nutritional education.
Writing materials. Promotional materials. They could be doing public education.
They could work in the dietary supplement industry
and apply all those kinds of ideas to that.
We do hear from the industry that there is a need
for people with this kind of education who actually work with boots on the ground,
real work in the real office.
They may work in a warehouse. They may sit behind a computer all day.
But they're designing products, they're designing packaging.
They're using their expertise to meet this [these] new needs of the 21st century.
PCC is really a very top notch school. Very well organized.
The CLIMB program is centered around health care professions.
They've been doing it a long time. They're very good at what they do.
PCC is a school with very good resources. You're going to find the,
the kinds of technological resources that we need in the classroom
to really create up to the minute learning experience for people.
And all of that for a tuition that's substantially more affordable
than many other opportunities,
plus you get this education in a package that's suitable for adult learners.
So, convenient schedule, maximum exposure to cutting edge kinds of ideas
for a very resonable tuition; it's a great package.

The nutritional therapy program at PCC is designed to create certified practitioners.
The certificate that we issue is at the end of the four academic terms of material.
We've worked out the whole thing so that there's a very nicely defined career path.
You go through your twelve weekends over the course of a year,
you do your, your classroom work, you take the certification exam
from the professional organization, and you're ready to go.