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Drs. Merritt & Mitchell’s
Nutrition Therapy

This one-year program is available through 24 online modules, where the practitioner can self-pace their learning as the modules are released 2 at a time on a monthly schedule.


Quizzes After
Each Video

Submitted online after completing each video with a final exam at the end of program

Learning Offline

Study guide handouts to enforce what you learned after completing each module

& Homework

Recommended reading and homework assignments to deepen your understanding


Product and protocol recommendations to implement with your patients in practice



Module 1

Pioneers in

This series introduces functional nutrition as well as outlining its origin. These scientific pioneers made crucial observations about foods and human health that created the foundation of this field.


Module 2

Problems in Modern
Nutrition Part 1

How did we go wrong? This module uncovers the history of our modern conceptions of food and the mistakes we are still commonly taught. We discuss fad diets and where they fall short of providing optimal nutrition.


Module 3

Problems in Modern
Nutrition Part 2

How is our modern nutrition inadequate and what does that look like? We will show the obvious and the hidden deficiencies as well as showing where some of the most nutrient dense foods can be found.


Module 4

Issues in Research

Why do people argue so much when there is research to answer our questions? Much of it is biased and flawed and we will discuss how you can navigate through it all. This module will defend you against flimsy studies that others use to argue against your point.


Module 5

Blood Sugar
and Diabetes

Insulin resistance and diabetes are epidemic, and are considered the root cause to nearly all of the major chronic diseases known. See blood sugar explained with clarity that will show you how it ties together with the degenerative diseases we now see, and the research to support these changes. You will learn how to reverse high blood sugar with diet, other factors that cause blood sugar issues beyond just food, and gain the skills necessary to work with people to make these changes.


Module 6

The Multiple Facets of the
Adrenal Glands

The challenge with healing the adrenal glands is not just recognizing there’s a problem, but finding the source of the problem. There are multiple causes of adrenal fatigue — learn how to find the foundational issue, and the role of nutrition and herbs to support the adrenals.


Module 7

Understanding Fats
and Amino Acids

Fats are a vital yet hugely misunderstood category of nutrition. Amino acids have tremendous number of roles in our physiology. We will cover the physiology of these as well as the role they play in our health.


Module 8

Understanding The Role of
Fat Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins have been studied as the foundation of nutrition and biochemistry. We will cover all of the vitamins as well as the confusion caused by synthetic isolate vitamins and why a pill will never take the place of food.


Module 9

Understanding The Role of
Water Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins have been studied as the foundation of nutrition and biochemistry. We will cover all of the vitamins as well as the confusion caused by synthetic isolate vitamins and why a pill will never take the place of food.


Module 10

The Many Roles of Minerals

Minerals are the engines in our enzymes and a defense against heavy metal toxicity. We will discuss the various minerals, and their food sources, as well as how they are transported with the fatty vitamins.


Module 11

Understanding and Restoring
Function in Digestion

Digestive issues are extremely common today and yet pharmaceutical treatments offer almost no real solutions. We will show you simple, yet powerful understandings of the digestive tract and how to restore it to normal function.


Module 12

The Complexity of the

The liver processes almost all of our chemistry, yet modern people think it is just an oil filter and that the gallbladder is a pesky, unnecessary organ. The liver performs more than 500 vital functions — learn what it does and why it needs a wide variety of nutrition to keep it functioning optimally.


Module 13

Detoxification &
Urinary Function

Detoxification is a process that runs from cells to organ systems and is vital to healing a myriad of health problems. Many people talk about it, but few really understand it. This module will cover all levels of detoxification as well as the urinary and prostate systems.


Module 14

The Steroid

This module will teach you how to navigate hormones for normal health, fertility, menopause and healthy aging. We will discuss your body’s hormones, hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormones.


Module 15

Understanding and Restoring
Function to the Thyroid

The simplistic understanding of the thyroid is reflected in doctors’ testing one hormone (TSH) and thinking that the one number shows how well the thyroid is working. In functional medicine, you learn to check multiple markers and can recognize the multitude of factors that can affect the thyroid, allowing you to support it successfully.


Module 16

Microcirculation and
Endothelial Nutrition

This is one of the hottest fields in research. The endothelial lining and its microcirculation controls the function and nourishment of every tissue. Understanding this system will give you the knowledge to support every single tissue in the body.


Module 17

Immunity and
Autoimmunity Complexity

Immune balance is a concept few people understand. This module will discuss an appropriate immune reaction against infections as well as how this system goes awry in allergies and autoimmune disease. We will also discuss the main factors that cause this to occur.


Module 18

Functional Nutrition and
Cardiovascular Health

Nearly 100 years ago, doctors found that feeding bodies certain foods could improve cardiovascular function in minutes. They were able to show the effect of foods on reproducible tests. We will uncover these lost nutritional treasures of health.


Module 19

Functional Nutrition and Bone
Health/Musculoskeletal Health

What is the best way to heal sports injuries? Prevent osteoporosis? We will discuss the role of nutrition in muscles, bones, tendons and cartilage.


Module 20


This module covers nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, infants and children. We will share our clinical secrets for handling colic and constipation in babies and toddlers.


Module 21

The Multiple Hidden Issues of
Weight and Obesity

It’s easy to say that weight issues result from eating too much and moving too little, but there are multiple other issues that can cause obesity — chemicals, antibiotics, sleep issues, inflammation, stress… this module dives into the many causes of weight issues, allowing you to target causes beyond calories and exercise.


Module 22

Challenges of Aging

Healthy aging requires addressing multiple issues ranging from blood sugar (77% of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic by age 65), to nutritional deficiencies, to weakness and frailty. Learn how to prevent many of the issues that plague our seniors today.


Module 23

Genetics, Epigenetics
& Nutrigenomics

As modern medicine delves into human genetics, we are told that it’s our DNA that is causing our health issues, but historically, how did humans in the past have a fraction of the chronic disease now seen and have better health just with eating food? This module explains nutrigenomics, epigenetics and how food impacts our genetic expression — for us and subsequent generations.


Module 24

Laboratory Testing in
Functional Medicine

Have access to labs or want to get tested yourself? This module will get you up to speed on the latest tests and methods for finding answers to health questions.

Dr. Marlene Merritt

DOM, MS Nutrition, IFMCP

Marlene Merritt received her Masters degree in Oriental Medicine in 2000 and is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She has an additional Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Bridgeport and is a Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She is licensed by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine. Additionally, she is Board Certified in Bariatric Counseling and certified in the Bredesen MEND Protocol™.

She has published multiple articles on different issues in nutrition and is the author of three books — one on reversing hypertension using natural means, one on reversing diabetes, and one on insomnia. In addition to a full clinical practice, she lectures nationally with her husband, Will Mitchell, to healthcare practitioners all over the U.S. and Canada on issues ranging from dementia, diabetes, endocrine dysfunction, blood chemistry, nutrition and functional medicine.

Dr. Will Mitchell

DOM, MS Nutrition, IFMCP

Will Mitchell has been studying Oriental Medicine since 1998. He has a Bachelors degree in Microbiology, a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, and a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Bridgeport. Additionally, he is a Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and is licensed by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is also nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. He is an Applied Clinical Nutritionist, and like his wife, also certified in the Bredesen MEND Protocol™.

He has co-written a book on improving sleep with natural means, as well as his book “The Unbreakable Brain” on reversing cognitive decline. His commitment to education and research gives him a technical background that allows him to specialize in working with difficult and challenging health conditions. He lectures to healthcare practitioners across the country with his wife, Marlene Merritt.

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