Become A Blood Detective And Identify Clues

For Root Cause Of Chronic Disease!

The Art of Functional Blood Chemistry Interpretation

(30 CPEs)

This module may be taken as separately or as part 2 of the Functional Nutrition Assessment training and is also included in our full IFMNT certificate of training program as well.

Course Overview:

Have your clients been told their blood work shows nothing, yet they still feel unwell? Are they frustrated with being told it’s all in their head or that they just need to destress? Just because your labs are in the “normal range” doesn’t necessarily mean they’re optimal. This is a gray area many end up in. Too many are being told there’s nothing wrong – in Functional Medicine, we call them the “functionally Ill”.

How would you like to learn a proven system of deep bloodwork evaluation that leaves no stone unturned to find the hidden clues blood can tell you beyond that which is used to diagnose a disease state?

You can tell more from bloodwork than you think, especially as you look at it from a systems biology approach or the root-cause approach that is the key characteristic of the Functional Medicine model. Doctors aren’t conventionally taught to use blood this way, but you can be, and your clients will thank you!!

Bloodwork can provide evidence of underlying imbalances that are often influenced by nutrition; just what you need to better target your recommendations. By knowing how to view labs through the functional Nutrition lens, you’ll help your clients achieve better health outcomes and vibrancy!

Course Covers:

Part 1: Functional Blood Chemistry Interpretation: Overview covers lab ordering options as well
Part 2: Optimal Values Virtual Workshop
Part 3: Become the blood detective: Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Practicum Sessions


Session Dates/Times:

Live webinars: Tuesdays, 7:45 PM – 9:45 PM ET and Fridays, 12:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Dates: 1/31, 2/7, 2/10, 2/17, 2/21, 2/28, 3/3, 3/21, 3/24 and 3/28

Virtual Workshop (Optimal Lab Values) Saturday, Feb 4, 2023, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

All live sessions are recorded for review after the fact. Recording access is limited to 6 months from the course access date. All other course materials are available for download to your permanent files. CPE certificate earned after passing self-study quizzes.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this unit, participants will be able to….

1: Compare and contrast the differences between functional lab ranges and standard lab ranges
2: List the general categories included in the Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP), as well as all tests included in this panel
3: Analyze the CMP to interpret key relationships between tests
4: Identify all tests and test patterns included in the Complete Blood Count (CBC)
5: Classify and interpret White Blood Cell (WBC) lab results
6. Discover shortcomings of the standard lipid panel
7: Evaluate lab results to differentiate between anemia types
8: Interpret thyroid labs from the functional perspective
9. Identify key markers suggesting oxidative stress, inflammation, and protein balance
10. Recognize the significance of acute phase reactant and immunoglobulin biomarkers

In combination with the assessment of physical signs and symptoms, blood chemistries are of unique value in helping clinicians connect the dots and get answers!

This Training Provides:

  • Ten 2-hr Webinars (held live, but also recorded for review after the fact)
  • Bonus blood chemistry interpretation practicums
  • One 4-hr Optimal Values Virtual Workshop
  • 19 handouts, some ready to customize for your practice
  • 13 practice exercises to help you solidly your learning (optional)
  • Over 400 slides!
  • 30 preapproved CPEs for Registered Dietitians. Others should inquire with their credentialling board

In this module, the functional medicine model will be applied in a unique way to the interpretation of conventional blood labs. Everything involved in lab work will be covered:

  • Lab ordering – various options (in many states patients can even order their own labs!)
  • Patient prep for the blood draw – when to stop supplements, the importance of fasting, and more
  • Reference ranges – how they are derived and how they underserve the clinician’s deepest assessment of their patients. Deep discussion on the concept of optimal values and how they better serve to fully assess and guide the treatment process. 
  • Functional lab interpretation – detailed coverage of each biomarker in the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Complete Blood Count, along with coverage of an array of anemias, protein status, key interactions and relationship between various nutrients, and more

Set yourself apart by acquiring the vital skill of Blood Chemistry interpretation to advance any clinical practice, especially your Functional and Integrative practice!

Your Instructor:

30-yr Functional Nutrition expert

and pioneer in the field,

Susan Allen-Evenson RDN, CCN, FMNS

(More about Susan here)

Susan Allen-Evenson RDN, CCN, FMNS

Note: While not mandatory, we recommend Module 1 – Functional Nutrition Assessment part 1 be taken before or in conjunction with this module for the learning of the fullest application of the FN Assessment unless you have already had thorough Functional Nutrition Assessment training or experience and are familiar with imbalances in the six core centers of health that often underly chronic disease, as this is taught in our IFMNT program. There will be an opportunity for registrants to purchase an “add-on” of the coverage of the core centers training should they feel the need for a better foundation for the Blood Interpretation module.


Individual module registrants, please read: Course portal and recording access are limited to 6 months from the course commencement. All other course materials and CPE are available for download to your permanent files. Be sure to do so before the portal closes. CPE is earned after passing self-study quizzes. Please note: Full course IFMNT certification bundle registrants receive full 4-yr access to all training modules! 


This training is for you if you want to know how to….
  • Interpret Labs from an optimal-level viewpoint.
  • Order bloodwork for your clients (at a fraction of insurance billed costs) when they can’t otherwise obtain from their doctor. (in most states)
  • Identify a possible zinc insufficiency without an actual blood zinc level. 
  • Have a clue about vitamin B6 status from standard CMP & CBC panels.
  • Have a window into your client’s oxidative stress level without specialty (and costly) Functional Medicine labs. 
  • Identify when what looks like an iron deficiency anemia actually is not (and this one is super important because you never want to give iron to someone who doesn’t really need it!)
  • Know when someone needs more thyroid nutrition support even when their TSH lab results look normal. 
  • And there is so much more you can tell just from standard bloodwork – just think how much more effective your patient support will be! 
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