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Neurochemistry & Nutrition Board Review

Neurochemistry & Nutrition Board Review

This 3-day immersion program in Neurochemistry and Nutrition has been designed to serve as a review and update of new materials and applications for clinicians who are preparing to become board certified in clinical Neurochemistry and Nutrition. 

This program provides the annual educational requirements necessary to maintain active status as a neurology fellow (ACFN) and/or diplomate (ACNB).

It has also been designed to serve as a review of current materials to assist candidates in their preparation for the board certification examination in Neurochemistry and Nutrition (FABNN) recognized by the American Chiropractic Association and the ACA Council on Neurology.

Who is this class for?

This class is for scholars who are looking for a review/ preparing for the Neurochemistry and Nutrition Board Examination.

The healthcare professionals that can attend this program are MD, DC, DO, PT, OT, ATC, LMT, ND, LAc, PA, NP. 

Neurochemistry & Nutrition Board Review Topics

  • The 4 Neurochemical Priorities (never get lost!)
  • Blood Tests and Codes for this Module
    • CBC
    • Phosphorus
    • Comp Metabolic Panel
    • Magnesium
    • Hemoglobin A1c
    • LDH
    • GGT
  • How to Work Up a Real Patient
  • Every Case Study details the patient’s presentation, work up, treatment plan and follow up.
  • Case Study – 17 year old female with headaches, fatigue, neck/back pain
  • What Does a Brain Do?
    • Global view of Brain function and purpose
    • A primer on the  evolutionary development of brain structure and function
  • Structural Components of the CNS – Brain macrostructure 
  • Concepts of Neuron Structure & Function
    • How Neurons Work – Thresholds and Potentials
    • Neurotransmission, Transmitters and Receptors
      • Dopamine
      • GABA
      • Serotonin
      • Acetylcholine
      • NMDA Receptors, Glutamate and Long-Term Potentiation
        • Transneuronal Degeneration and Diaschisis
        • The DARK Side of NMDA Receptors (creepy!)
          • Excitotoxicity – what promotes it and what inhibits it
        • Synaptic Integration
        • Ions: sodium, potassium, calcium 
        • Glial Cells
          • Macroglia
            • Focus on Astrocytes
            • Clinical Point on Aquaporins
            • Oligodendrocytes and Schwann Cells
          • Microglia
            • Normal role and pathophysiological role
        • Blood-Brain Barrier
          • Neurovascular unit aka Gliovascular Unit
          • What crosses and what doesn’t
        • Membranes and Lipids
        • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
          • When is ALS not ALS?
          • A reasonable evidence-based approach to ALS
        • Energy Metabolism in the Brain -glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation
        • Stroke
          • What happens to energy production during and after stroke?
          • Stroke-induced inflammation
          • The Stroke-Migraine Continuum
        • Epilepsy
          • Pathophysiology
          • Nutritional and Metabolic Factors to consider in Epilepsy
          • The Ketogenic Diet for Seizures
          • How to work up, manage and treat a patient with Seizures.
  • Understanding Blood Chemistry – For each test:
    • What physiology is actually being tested?
    • What makes it high?
    • What makes it low?
    • What are the lab reference ranges?
    • What is the functional/optimal ranges?
      • Comp. Metabolic 14 PLUS
        • Glucose
        • Calcium
        • Protein
        • Albumin
        • Globulin
        • Sodium
        • Potassium
        • Chloride
        • Carbon Dioxide
        • Anion Gap
        • BUN
        • Creatinine
        • eGFR
        • Phosphorus
        • Alkaline Phosphatase
        • ALT
        • AST
        • GGT
        • Bilirubin
    • Hemoglobin A1c
    • Lactate Dehydrogenase
  • Special Section on Magnesium
    • Normal roles in physiology
      • Testing
        • What makes it high?
        • What makes it low?
      • Magnesium in Migraine
      • Magnesium in Stroke
      • Magnesium in Chronic Pain
      • Pattern Analysis of Blood Test Results
      • Magnesium and Depression
      • Excitotoxicity and Glutamate
      • How to handle a patient with seizures
      • Key points about ALS
      • Blood Tests and Codes
        • CBC / Differential with Platelet Count 
        • Iron
        • IBC
        • Serum Ferritin
        • Serum Methylmalonic Acid
        • Homocysteine
        • Serum Vitamin B12
        • Serum Folic Acid
        • Hereditary Hemochromatosis, DNA Analysis
        • cardiac CRP (or High sensitivity CRP) 
        • H. Pylori Urea Breath Test
        • Helicobacter pylori Antibodies, IgA, IgG, IgM
        • Helicobacter pylori Stool Antigen
        • Intrinsic Factor Antibodies 
        • Gastric Parietal Cell Antibodies 
      • Big Picture of the  Neurochemical Priorities
        • #2 – Cellular Energy: RBCs, Nutrients, MItochondria
        • #3 – Cellular Energy: HPA Axis and Glucose Handling
Why Take the Neurochemistry Board Review Course?

By taking the Carrick Institute Board Review, you are more likely to stay on track and follow through on your study outline.

Benefits of Taking the Board Review:
  1. Flexible Schedules and Formats – Carrick Institute offers a wide variety of classes for every learning style, situation, and schedule. We offer an in-person course, a live online course, and a self-paced course. Just the different options alone make the Carrick Institute a superior choice.
  2. Strong Learning Environment – Some people may have a hard time studying in their own home or may get distracted in the library. Whatever your study style is, Carrick Institute enforces a positive learning environment. Whether you enroll for the in-person course or the live online course you can choose the learning environment that is suitable for you. You will also have access to a faculty advisor or the teachers themselves if you have any questions during and after the course.
  3. Promotes Positive Study Habits – If you are preparing for your Exam during the summer season, it can be hard to stick to a study plan and follow through with a study schedule. By taking the Carrick Institute Board Review, you are more likely to stay on track and follow through on your study outline.
  4. Board Exam-Style Questions and Breakdown – The Carrick Institute Board Review course will give you test questions that are formatted to how you will see questions on the exam. Making the decision to enroll in the Carrick Institute Board Review course is, without a doubt, the best investment you can make. It will help you to prepare for one of the biggest exams of your functional neurology career and will give you the tools and confidence you need to be successful.

Course Information

Included In Your Tuition
25 Neurology Hours

Receive any future updates to the course videos or other materials
All-Access to the digital recording of the class

3 months of unlimited access to Medline

All-Access to the flipped classroom material and online videos, including updates. The clinical applications will be organized and updated so you can easily find them, review them, and implement them in practice.
Re-attendance – Retake the class on-site, via Livestream, or via online, self-paced learning as many times as you’d like as an audit.*

Re-attendance policy: Scholars who have registered and completed the program have the ability to re-attend the course with no additional fee. When re-attending a course, the scholar will not receive continuing education credits and will receive an audit. Carrick Institute is not responsible for providing new materials for class audits, including but not limited to manuals, shirts, equipment, etc. If manuals have been updated since the original attendance date, the updated materials will be available via PDF on the scholar’s online portal. If the scholar would like to purchase a new paper manual, they may do so before the course start date.

Due to the limited seats for this program. Re-attendance for this in-person module is only available for registration 14 days in advance. If you would like to reserve a seat for this course please email

The All-access and re-attendance as part of your tuition is specific to this program. The re-attendance is considered an audit of the course material and does not yield CE or CEU credits. It does transfer to other programs offered by the Carrick Institute.


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Continuing Education​

Continuing education requirements to maintain certification status through a professional association are usually separate from the state board’s requirements. In order to maintain your certification status in your state please submit a State Continuing Education Application Form.

*We cannot guarantee approval for individual state CEUS. Each state has different rules and regulations. State Applications need to be submitted at least 90 days prior to the state date of your course*

Recertification / Diplomate Requirements: All Carrick Institute courses are approved by the ACFN & ACNB.

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