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  • Learn methods that successfully treat many patients with serious chronic illnesses such as autoimmune conditions, neurological problems, cardiovascular inflammation, cancer, kidney failure, mental disorders, and more.

  • Learn the basic science of how nutrients affect inflammation and tissue integrity

  • Learn the “dotted line” between inflammation in the gastrointestinal system and the the overall system, and the exact immune components and mechanisms which are responsible for the escalation of gut inflammation to systemic inflammation.

  • Learn interview techniques and clinical assessment to evaluate a patient for food intolerance

  • Learn the unreliability of the common lab tests for food intolerance

  • Learn how to coach a patient through elimination of rechallenge of suspected offending foods.

  • Learn a complete materia medica of anti-inflammatory herbs

  • Learn a materia medica and formulation strategy for treating the “leaky gut syndrome” with herbs and diet to reduce systemic inflammation


This course describes in great detail current scientific concepts of digestion, immunity, and autoimmunity to explain the “dotted line” between an immunological response in the gut, and systemic manifestations of disease.


You will learn assessment methods, with an emphasis on interview and examination skills rather than on questionable laboratory antibody testing. A complete review of lifestyle factors, nutrition, herbal materia medica and formulation strategies for inflammation and the Leaky Gut Syndrome are included. This course prepares you with the complete skill set to assess and coach a patient through removal of an offending food.


This course material was developed over a period of more than twenty years, and delivered in various formats to hundreds of intermediate students of herbalism, nutrition, and naturopathic medicine as part of pre-clinical training. These methods were honed in several multi-faculty teaching clinics continuously between 1995 and 2013. Foods in the diet which evoke an immunological inflammatory response are nearly universal in modern chronic disease, and removal can in many cases cause symptoms of even some serious diseases to fall away. Cases presented in this audio course include congestive heart failure, panic disorder, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, severe eczema, systemic lymphadenopathy, and a dozen more, which were cured or greatly improved with removal and strict avoidance of an offending food.



With this course you receive 13 audio CDs, along with 200 slides, 42 pages of supplemental readings, and an abridged PDF copy of The Healing Power of Minerals and Trace Elements by Paul Bergner. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs. 


Enrollment for Credit

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


  1. Purchase the audio materials at 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 and the $120 tuition. This entitles you to student support and faculty contact for twelve weeks after we reply to you and assign a faculty mentor.

  3. Read the instructions for obtaining CE credit in the read-me-first file with the notes.

  4. Look over the CE questions and review them before listening to the disks.

  5. Complete any assignments or readings and answer the CE questions for each disk.

  6. You will then receive a certificate reflecting 30 hours of CE credit.



This material was presented by Paul Bergner through the Nature Cure Institute in Portland, Oregon in 2014, with editing and supplemental materials added in the studio. 


About This Course
Hours:       30
Term:         12 weeks
Materials $129
See School Store for discounts

Tuition:    $145 (optional)

This course may be taken stand-alone, or as one of the four courses in the  Western Clinical Herbalism Certificate

Video Webinar Format
This course may be also taken as a high quality studio-produced online video webinar from Pacific Rim College online

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