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FirstLine Therapy certification event in Vancouver


October 18, 2012
By Maria DiDanieli

Oct. 15,
Vancouver, BC – Metagenics, Inc. will host a FirstLine Therapy Certification
event on November 8 in Vancouver, BC. A key focus for the FirstLine Therapy
program is the treatment of metabolic syndrome, a condition that affects one in
five Canadian adults and increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

This
certification program is designed to educate healthcare providers on how to
successfully implement lifestyle medicine approaches to treat issues associated
with metabolic syndrome. Physicians, osteopaths, RMTs, chiropractors,
naturopathic physicians, functional medicine providers and their staff will
learn to practice lifestyle medicine with a complete practice management
system—from clinical tools and protocols to business office management.

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“Thousands
of patients over the past 10 years have benefited from FirstLine Therapy,” said
Jacob J. Kornberg, MD, FACS, director of professional and clinical services for
Metagenics. “This program was designed with the necessary tools for
practitioners to offer an evidence-based, clinically effective system to help
their patients resolve issues and reverse risk factors associated with
metabolic syndrome, and help them achieve better overall health for the long
term.”

In a case
study and workshop-based format, the certification event will cover the most
successful ways to prescribe and personalize the FirstLine Therapy program for
patients, including key functional biomarkers and laboratory values for patient
assessment. It will also demonstrate how to conduct and interpret bioelectrical
impedance analysis (BIA) to monitor body composition for patient tracking and
motivation. Key takeaways for practitioners also include a structured system to
teach patients behavior modification for a lifetime approach to healthy living,
such as recommendations for phytonutrient-rich eating, exercise and stress
management.

Dr.
Kornberg adds, “Obtaining FirstLine Therapy certification is the first step
practitioners can take to successfully address multiple conditions with this
singular approach.”

Metabolic
syndrome is defined as the presence of at least three of five of the following
conditions or risk factors: high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, high
blood sugar, abdominal obesity or low HDL cholesterol. Research has shown that
people with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to develop heart disease and
five times as likely to develop diabetes.

FirstLine
Therapy also incorporates nutritional products, such as Metagenics’ UltraMeal
Plus 360 that was demonstrated – in a recent multicenter clinical trial at the
Universities of Florida, Connecticut and California – to resolve metabolic
syndrome issues 40 per cent more effectively in conjunction with the FirstLine
Therapy food plan when compared to the food plan alone.

To assist
practitioners in successfully implementing the FirstLine Therapy program into
their practice, Metagenics also offers a complimentary post-certification
support program via phone, online and email

To learn more about the FirstLine Therapy Program visit www.firstlinetherapy.com.  To register for the Vancouver
certification event, visit www.metagenics.com/flt
 or call 800-692-9400 (U.S.)
800-268-6200 (Canada).


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