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Brett Hawes CFMP, CNP

Department(s): Faculty

Brett is a Certified Clinical Holistic Nutritional Practitioner and a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner with over 16 years of clinical experience. He runs a cloud-based online clinic with a primary focus on chronic and complex digestive issues, hormone health and autoimmune disease.

He sits on the Science Advisory Board for Uforia Science (DNA-based supplementation and nutrigenomics), is the Chief Advising Clinician for The Detox Project (focus on glyphosate testing and detoxification) and also does product education for Mega Food, Botanica Health, Renew Life and Host Defense Mushrooms. His podcast, Holistic Health Masterclass, is ranked in the top 200 alternative health podcasts in the world – providing valuable health information to 1000’s of listeners in 57 countries.

Brett has been interviewed by CTV, Global TV, the Calgary Herald and Toronto Observer; and has also done presentations for the National Women’s’ Show, March Against Monsanto, the Toronto non-GMO Coalition, the Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and numerous podcasts and summits. He is considered an expert in the field of natural medicine and holistic health. In 2020 he was nominated as one of the “Top 100 Healthcare Leaders” by the IFAH. Brett has taught at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Toronto and Mississauga campuses for 14 years where he now works as a Student Clinic Advisor. Brett teaches Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals at Institute of Holistic Nutrition Online.

FN 001 Nutrition & Health: The Fundamentals

Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals changes the lens for how the world of health and healing is viewed. It sets the stage for the examination of nature’s power within the holistic paradigm. It is IHN’s foundational course, providing students with an understanding of “food as information” and orthomolecular concepts in the prevention of disease and the acquisition of optimal health. Fundamentals offers students a framework for the study of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), energy-yielding nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins), metabolism, digestion, absorption, and energy balance. The syllabus provides an in-depth analysis of their functions, classification and dietary requirements within an evidence-based model. This course teaches the mechanics and principles of essential nutrients for restoring the body’s ability to heal.

Learning Outcomes
• Assess the relationship between soil, cell, environment and human health
• Identify the structure and function of the GI tract, common digestive disorders, and links to major fatal diseases that are restored through the gut
• Explain functions of macronutrients and micronutrients, their requirements, sources, reasons for deficiencies, and use in disease prevention
• Understand the importance of water, antioxidants and detoxification
• The knowledge of how isolated nutrient interventions work against acute and chronic health condition
Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals is a foundational axis course that lays the groundwork of knowing how to determine root cause—a key tenant of functional nutrition. This course stresses the importance of knowing “by which mechanism” essential nutrients orchestrate ideal physiological functions and optimal health.