Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The MTHFR Gene Mutations and Chronic Illness: Part 2

The Methylation pathway affects over 100 different biochemical pathways in the body.

Please join us on Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at 4 PM Pacific / 7 PM Eastern as we host Hawthorn University graduate Marjie Andrejciw, MT (ASCP), MS, NC for a webinar entitled "The MTHFR Gene Mutations as Connected to Chronic Illness:
Part 2". 

This is the second part of a two part presentation about the Methylene Tetra Hydro Folate Reductase (MTHFR) gene mutations. Approximately 90% of people who suffer with a chronic illness could be a carrier of one or both of the Methylene Tetra Hydro Folate Reductase (MTHFR) gene mutations. There are two clinically significant gene mutations associated with this gene; the A1298C mutation and the C677T mutation. These mutations affect the Methylation pathway, which is the beginning pathway for phase II detoxification. People who have one or both of these gene mutations are at an increased risk of suffering with some sort of chronic illness. Since these mutations create an impedance or funnel affect in the Methylation pathway and not an impairment or blockage, the good news is that there are steps that can be taken through diet, lifestyle, and supportive supplements to help compensate. The goals or take home points from this presentation include:

*  Supportive Diet to Give Proper Nutrition
*  Supportive Lifestyle to Promote Healthy Methylation
*  Supportive Supplements to Ensure Balanced Methylation
*  Specialty Testing to Help Ascertain Methylation Imbalances
*  Case Studies

Marjie C. Andrejciw is a Holistic Nutritional Counselor and a Defeat Autism Now! Practitioner.  She specializes in chronic illness with an emphasis on autism.  Marjie practices the Weston A. Price philosophies and is a member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP). She earned her master's degree in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University, and has over 10 years experience in the clinical laboratory as a certified Medical Technologist. Her practice is Circle of Life Nutrition, LLC. In May 2010 she complimented her practice by opening a retail store which carries only gluten and dairy free products. "Marjie's Gluten Free Pantry and Food Co-op" is located in the historic downtown district of Fenton, Michigan.

On a personal note, Marjie chose to be a nutritional counselor because of her own health concerns.  She was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease in 2002. After seeing multiple doctor's she was finally identified with having a gluten, dairy and corn intolerance, as well as heavy metal toxicity, gut dysbiosis and severe leaky gut syndrome. Frustrated with the conventional medical approach, she was determined to figure out how to heal her body. This led to her attending Hawthorn University. Many of her clients and customers appreciate the benefit of working with a practitioner who not only can sympathize but also empathize with their condition and symptoms. Marjie's experience of working in the clinical laboratory gives her a unique advantage in understanding and interpreting laboratory test results.

To register for this webinar please click here and follow the online registration instructions.

The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Eastern and participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.

The webinar and webinar format is a great opportunity for us to share information resources and learn together in real time.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and many are available to the public. Access them online by Clicking Here. Enrolled students can access all archived webinars via the Hawthorn University Student portal. 


Friday, March 21, 2014

National Association of Nutrition Professionals Annual Conference

Join Hawthorn at the upcoming NANP conference in Tucson, AZ where you can connect with like-minded professionals and discover clinical and business tools to take back to your practice so you can thrive in your business.
Gathering together with several hundred of your peers, all dedicated to optimal health and whole food nutrition, generates a unified and collaborative energy you simply won't find anywhere else. Meet Dr. Janet Ludwig, Hawthorn's educational director and connect with Hawthorn Faculty members and other students.  Please join us on Saturday April 26th for a Breakfast Buffet at the Hilton. Discounted hotel rooms are available until April 3rd.  

Click here for more information.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The MTHFR Gene Mutations and Chronic Illness

Please join us on Tuesday March 18th, 2014 at 4 PM Pacific / 7 PM Eastern as we host Hawthorn University graduate Marjie Andrejciw, MT (ASCP), MS, NC for a webinar entitled “The MTHFR Gene Mutations as Connected To Chronic Illness: Part 1”.

Approximately 90% of people who suffer with a chronic illness could be a carrier of one or both of the Methylene Tetra Hydro Folate Reductase (MTHFR) gene mutations. There are two clinically significant gene mutations associated with this gene; the A1298C mutation and the C677T mutation.  These mutations affect the methylation pathway, which is the beginning pathway for phase II detoxification.  The methylation pathway affects over 100 different biochemical pathways in the body.  People who have one or both of these gene mutations are at an increased risk of suffering with some sort of chronic illness.  The goals or take home points from this presentation include:

•  To define what are the MTHFR gene mutations
•  To understand the genetics of the MTHFR mutations
•  To learn how an impeded methylation pathway affects the biochemical    pathways
•  To realize how an impeded methylation pathway influences the neurotransmitters
•  To realize how an impeded methylation pathway influences blood homeostasis

In Part 2 of this two part presentation (upcoming on April 1st) we will discuss how we can compensate for these mutations through diet, lifestyle, and supportive supplements to help prevent and/or heal from a chronic illness.  We will also discuss specialty testing to help ascertain the imbalances caused from the methylation impedances and present some case studies.

Marjie C. Andrejciw is a Holistic Nutritional Counselor and a Defeat Autism Now! Practitioner.  She specializes in chronic illness with an emphasis on autism.  Marjie practices the Weston A. Price philosophies and is a member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP).  She earned her master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University, and has over 10 years experience in the clinical laboratory as a certified Medical Technologist.  Her practice is Circle of Life Nutrition, LLC.  In May 2010 she complimented her practice by opening a retail store which carries only gluten and dairy free products.  “Marjie’s Gluten Free Pantry and Food Co-op” is located in the historic downtown district of Fenton, Michigan.

On a personal note, Marjie chose to be a nutritional counselor because of her own health concerns.  She was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease in 2002.  After seeing multiple doctor’s, she was finally identified with having a gluten, dairy, and corn intolerance, as well as heavy metal toxicity, gut dysbiosis, and severe leaky gut syndrome.  Frustrated with the conventional medical approach, she was determined to figure out how to heal her body.  This led to her attending Hawthorn University.  Many of her clients and customers appreciate the benefit of working with a practitioner who not only can sympathize, but also empathize with their condition and symptoms.  Marjie’s experience of working in the clinical laboratory gives her a unique advantage in understanding and interpreting laboratory test results.

To register for this webinar please click here and follow the online registration instructions:

The webinar will begin promptly at 4:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Eastern and participation is limited to the first 100 Attendees.

The webinar and webinar format is a great opportunity to share information resources and learn together in real time.

If you are unable to join during the live presentation, please note that webinars are recorded and many are available to the public. Access them online by Clicking Here. Enrolled students can access all archived webinars via their student portal.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HU Welcomes New Faculty Member Samer Koutoubi, MD, PhD

Hawthorn University extends a warm welcome to new faculty member Dr. Koutoubi who earned his PhD in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University in 2001. He has an MD degree from Iuliu HaČ›ieganu University of Romania.

Dr. Koutoubi has a broad understanding of basic and advanced nutritional biochemistry, and food habits and practices among different ethnic groups. Dr. Koutoubi taught Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients & Micronutrients and Research Methods in Nutrition and Health for graduate and undergraduate students. He also mentored research Nutrition students and served as the chair and member of student’s thesis committee.
Dr. Koutoubi's research focuses on coronary heart disease among tri-ethnic groups including African Americans, Caucasians and Hispanics. His interest is in cardiovascular disease and nutrition, homocysteine metabolism, prevention and wellness, lipoprotein metabolism, and cultural food and health.  He has also authored a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and wrote a book review. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine and reviewed manuscripts for The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ethnicity and Disease Journal, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and The Journal of The National Medical Association. Dr. Koutoubi has also been quoted in national magazines and newspapers including, Natural Health Magazine, Energy Time, Well Being Journal, Northwest Prime Time, and Natural Food Merchandiser.
Dr. Koutoubi does everything he can to facilitate learning by being clear and organized, by using varying teaching methods, and by being available for questions and by providing resources for students' learning and feedback on their performance. He believes communication is essential to the learning process and that taking responsibility for learning is crucial. Dr. Koutoubi also likes to help his students develop and apply critical thinking skills that will help them throughout their careers. He enjoys one-on-one interaction with students and small class size. This gives him the opportunity to help students understand and apply their knowledge in practice, clinic and life. For Dr. Koutoubi, teaching is fun, challenging and satisfying, especially when he sees results.
Welcome to Hawthorn University we embrace your broad knowledge and strong mentoring & advising skills!