UCSC Science & Engineering Library. Image CC of Toréa Rodriguez

UCSC Science & Engineering Library. Image CC of Toréa Rodriguez

I know its the middle of spring, and normally Back-To-School season is in the Fall. However, I decided to go back to school. Yep its official, this 42 year-old is a student again.  Bring on the lectures, quizzes, mid-terms, practicals and finals. Part of me has been yearning to go back to school for a while. So here I am! 

Instead of a PhD or Masters, I have decided to get several certifications in the field of Functional Medicine. Where I live, I can begin to practice with certifications and later work towards being licenced if I choose to take it further.

I discovered the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) certification, and after researching, everything about it was perfect. The FDN certification feeds right into my sciency geeky side - bonus! The course is a self-paced online certification, that once complete, allows me to work with clients to help them heal and gain better health.  And since I have become quite the health nerd these days, why not turn it around and share all this knowledge with you and my clients?

What is FDN?

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition is an emerging field and body of work that bridges the gap between clinical nutrition and functional medicine. FDN is an approach that seeks to identify and correct the underlying causes and conditions that lead to common (and sometimes not-so-common) health complaints. With FDN, the goal is not to diagnose or treat any disease, but instead identify the root cause of physiological imbalances in the body that result in dysfunction.

Common Health Complaints/Symptoms addressed by FDN:

  • Fatigue

  • Weight gain and weight loss

  • Allergies, acne, and rosacea

  • Blood sugar problems

  • Digestive Discomfort

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Emotional fragility

  • Headaches, migraines and fogginess

  • Indigestion and bloating

  • Inflammation and joint pain

  • Insomnia/ sleep issue and wakefulness

  • Low sex drive / poor libido

  • PMS, skin, and hair problems

  • Menstruation irregularities

The FDN approach is designed to assess underlying metabolic functions and discover the root cause of your health problems (symptoms). This natural approach leads to long-term resolution of symptoms, not just temporary relief.


In addition to the FDN certification, I am also enrolled in a Micronutrient Certification course - which means I'll also be experienced in core micronutrients (read: vitamins, minerals, etc).  CMS combined with FDN will be a great foundation for my helping others in the future.

I love new adventures, and while most people envision adventure as scaling huge peaks or jumping out of aircraft (with a parachute, mind you), even learning new subject matter can be an adventure. I have always felt that the day I stop learning is the day I stop living. So, once again, here's to new adventures!

What are you learning these days? Leave a comment below and share with us what learning you are doing.