Training Herbalists Since 1989

36 Hours CE Credit with Certificate


The CD-Set, Notes, and Supplemental Readings and Texts may be purchased separately without enrollment in the course and with no additional tuition fee.

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  • Learn the basic pathophysiology of insulin resistance and it role in modern chronic disease
  • Learn the anthropology of insulin resistance, and see what normal health and blood parameters are in our close hunter gatherer relatives.
  • Learn how to assess insulin resistance through blood work
  • Learn how to assess a patient for insulin resistance using nothing more than an interview and a tape measure.
  • Learn the role of basic nutrients essential to normal insulin function
  • Learn the role of trained muscle status on overall insulin and glucose effects in the body
  • Learn the role of glycemic index, glycemic load, and total carbohydrate percentage in insulin resistance
  • Learn the basic science of a ketogenic diet
  • Learn how to prepare a patient for ketosis in stages to reduce the unpleasantness of the induction phase
  • Learn how to coach a patient for a complete ketogenic diet.
  • Learn herbs which may benefit insulin and insulin resistance, as opposed to simply lowering blood sugar
  • Learn how to use a basic insulin resistance protocol in the treatment of prediabetes, diabetes, vascular diseases, cancers, neurological diseases, and reproductive dysfunction, including PCOS

Insulin resistance is the root pathology not only of Type II diabetes, but also contributes to heart disease, stroke, obesity, hypertension, several common cancers, and other conditions ranging from polycystic ovarian disease to acne to brittle bones and depression. It is a pathology fundamental to the “diseases of civilization.” Although cell level pathology is complex, the roots of this condition are based in malnutrition in the basic nutrients that regulate insulin, untrained muscle mass, and imbalances in the carbohydrate content of the diet. Correcting these three roots of insulin resistance, along with herbal allies to help restore imbalance, can cause some chronic diseases to resolve in a matter of weeks to months. In this course you will learn the pathophysiology of insulin resistance, and the influence of diet, exercise, nutrition and herbs on the condition. You will gain understanding and competence in the clinical application of protocols based on the material learned.


With this course you receive 19 audio disks, 19 pages of lecture notes, and 110 pages of supplemental readings. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs.


 Each lesson includes an average or 3 hours of lecture and readings.

Lesson 1. The Pathophysiology of Insulin Resistance 1

Lesson 2. The Pathophysiology of Insulin Resistance 2

Lesson 3. The Influence of Stress and Sleep Debt on Insulin Resistance

Lesson 4. Exercise therapeutics, Growth Hormone, and Insulin Resistance

Lesson 5. Pathophysiology of Diabetes Types I and II

Lesson 6. Therapeutics for Insulin Resistance, Obesity, and Diabetes 1

Lesson 7. Therapeutics for Insulin Resistance, Obesity, and Diabetes 2

Lesson 8. Therapeutics for Insulin Resistance, Obesity, and Diabetes 3

Enrollment for Credit

To enroll in the course, receive faculty support, and to earn the Continuing Education certificate, follow these steps:

  1. Purchase the CD-set in the CD-ROM Section of our Online Store. The CD-Rom set may be purchased without further enrollment in the course or any tuition payment..
  2. When you receive it, open the data disk file, and print out the application form. Send it in with a $25 application fee. This entitles you to student support and faculty contact for eight weeks after the enrollment is received.
  3. Read the instructions for obtaining CE credit in the read-me-first file.
  4. Look over the CE questions and review them before listening to the disks.
  5. Complete any assignments and answer the CE questions for each disk.
  6. Tuition of $120 is paid upon completion of the the course and the CE questions.
  7. You will then receive a certificate reflecting 36 hours of CE credit.


Paul Bergner is director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He has edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He completed more than 50 semester hours of doctoral level studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in the 1980s, including the full sequence on Chinese Medicine offered to the ND students. He was Director of clinical education at Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies from 1996-2003, and is currently clinic director at the Evergreen Center in Boulder, CO. Between the two schools, he has trained 240 students through a one-year internship in clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition. He is the author of seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, and naturopathic medicine. Paul has practiced natural medicine for more than 40 years. Paul has been lecturing internationally on the topic of insulin resistance since the year 2000.

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About This Course
  • Hours: 36
  • Term: 8 weeks
  • Cost of materials: $198
  • Tuition cost (optional): $120
  • Enrollment fee (optional): $25