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    More and more, patients are looking for complementary medicine to enhance their health care experience and are looking for credible resources for both knowledge and quality products such as natural supplements. Diet and physical medicine play a foundational role in a person’s health and wellness. Having a strong grasp of the impact that food can have on a person’s health offers the perfect complement to traditional pharmaceutical medicine.

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    Program Description

    The Food to Pharmacy Connection is a journey following wellness from food, to medicine, to lifestyle changes in order to help patients on their personal health journeys. This program is designed to help you recognize where medicine first began, through exploring the plant and animal kingdom, then take your new understanding into practice by implementing the power of lifestyle medicine for the good of the patient. The Food to Pharmacy Connection is the ultimate educational and implementation tool to build the bridge between current allopathic and lifestyle medicine.


    Module I of Food to Pharmacy Connection identifies common nutritional deficiencies, while also analyzing benefits that these nutrients have when abundantly present in the body. Along with nutritional imbalances, this module examines the power of healthy macro- and micro-nutrient ratios and how they have impacted human health throughout history, drug-induced-nutrient depletions, the benefits of clean eating, and the detriment of empty calories, all while clearly defining the healthiest choices in eating.

    Module II of Food to Pharmacy Connection goes beyond nutritional relevance to look at functional foods, or foods which can have a beneficial impact to one’s health. This module breaks these foods down to the nutritional level in order to discover the ways that they can support our individual body systems, glands, and organs. This program also delves into elimination diets, which some of the most popular diets, to help you understand their differences and applications. Module II ends with Comprehensive Pharmacy Counter Counsels, which are exercises that provide real-life examples of how one can use the power of food, nutritional therapy, and lifestyle medicine in combination with current allopathic medicine to achieve better patient health.

    About Our Faculty:
    Robert Kress, RPh
    Robert Kress, RPh, graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia PA in 1994. After becoming disenchanted with a chemical dominant based medical system, Robert took his passion for nutrition and became board certified in clinical nutrition through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, as well as trained as a compounding pharmacist through the Professional Compounding Centers of America.

    During this time, Robert opened his own compounding and nutritional clinic, which blossomed into a complete anti-aging clinic housing other integrative practitioners. Robert became certified in Quantum Reflex Analysis, a practice of kinesiology, as well as have trained and certified in other modalities such as Reiki, auricular acupuncture, a Certified Primal Health Coach, and Registered Yoga Instructor.

    Currently, Robert consults with both patients to enhance their health through lifestyle medicine as well other practitioners to help integrate, promote and implement natural medicine in their practices. Robert also provides regular educational Wellness Workshops and writes regularly on the topic of lifestyle medicine and integrative care, and is the author and creator of the Integrative Pharmacist Specialist Certificate Courses here at freeCE.

    Robert believes as pharmacists, we are offered the perfect opportunity to integrate natural medicine into our practices, as its core to the history of pharmacy. Patients are looking for natural solutions for their health, while practitioners are looking towards integrative care to help solve their clients' problems and enhance their practices.



    Some important notes to remember regarding The Food to Pharmacy Connection Certificate:

    • Registration costs $67 for members, $167 for non-members.
    • Once you have completed the specialty certificate, you are eligible to claim a sharable digital badge. Learn more about badges here.
    • This program's final exam consists of 50 unique multiple-choice questions.
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final certification exam.
    • You may not leave the final certification exam in the middle and return at a later time.
    • The final certification exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection or get interrupted while taking the exam.
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 3 credits upon final completion
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certification before it expires from your account.
    • This series certification is accredited for pharmacists or nurses
     

    Requirements

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