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About

Chief Executive and Contact:

  • Director: Dr Alex Vasquez DC ND DO FACN   Faculty profile, articles, CV
  • Leadership: linked below
  • Email:
    • ICHNFM at gmail. com
      • Why gmail?  Easy to use across various mobile platforms, easy to reply, easy to delete messages and maintain organized inbox.
  • Skype: DrAlexVasquez_global
  • Mail addresss -- available per need: ICHNFM maintains physical mailing addresses in three continents but does not post these addresses publicly in order to discourage unnecessarily solicitations and wastes of paper, postage, and staff time; correspondence is virtually completely by email/website and phone/voicemail.
  • Telephone -- available per need: Please note that email to ICHNFM@gmail.com is the preferred means of correspondence and initial communication. 
    • Please ensure that email and voice messages are complete (include all needed information so that emails can recieve attention even while staff are away from computer and corresponding by phone/voice-to-text) with return contact information --especially email addresses spelled out-- so that correspondence is expedited; imagine that your email is being received by phone via weak WiFi in an airport = include all actionble information necessary for an effective response, otherwise your message is likely to get lost in the ongoing stream of new messages.

Formal entity name:

  • International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, LLC
  • Abbreviations include ICHNFM, for example: ICHNFM.org

Infrastructure:

  • Intellectual infrastructure: International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine is an organization of international experts in Human Nutrition, Pharmacology, Physiology, Biochemistry, and various clinical disciplines including Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine, Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine.
  • North America (United States): As a Limited liability company (LLC), the company has elected to indemnify its members, managers, employees, agents for liability and related expenses under ORS 63.160.
  • Europe (Spain): Established and registered business entity which happily pays taxes and provides appropriate employment.

Statements:

  • Statement of Mission, Vision, Goals: [High-level expertise] International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine is an organization of international experts who seek to develop their individual and collective expertise to the highest possible level and then [global dissemination] disseminate this expertise globally via peer-reviewed scientific publications, evidence-based textbooks, medical/clinical symposia, and lectures available by distance learning and internet-based technologies. [Scientific advancement, medical education, societal benefit] International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine seeks to compile, organize, and integrate into cohesive and durable (patho)physiologic models massive amounts of credible peer-reviewed scientific data to effect conceptual and paradigm-shifting scientific advancement with the ultimate goal of furthering the education of physicians/clinicians and healthcare policymakers to culminate in the enhancement of societal health.
  • Statement on human rights (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): ICHNFM extends the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Articles 1-30 listed below) to include access to 31) clean water, clean air, and clean food, 32) adequate nutrition and healthcare, and 33) basic education as basic human rights; to hold an opposite opinion is to enslave, indebt, or erase people and/or populations. (Alternate wording: the denial of these rights weakens the well-being, freedom, and self-determination of people and/or populations.)
    • Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
    • Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
    • Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
    • Article 4. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
    • Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
    • Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
    • Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
    • Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
    • Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
    • Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
    • Article 11. (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
    • Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
    • Article 13. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
    • Article 14. (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
    • Article 15. (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
    • Article 16. (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
    • Article 17. (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
    • Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
    • Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
    • Article 20. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
    • Article 21. (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country. (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
    • Article 22. Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
    • Article 23. (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
    • Article 24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
    • Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
    • Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
    • Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
    • Article 28. Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
    • Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
    • Article 30. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
  • Statement on organic foods, sustainable agriculture, the overuse of pesticides and genetically manipulated organisms (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): ICHNFM advocates organic foods and sustainable agriculture (in agreement with a United Nations report); ICHNFM opposes the overuse of toxic pesticides and the inappropriate use of (including the forced consumption of) genetically manipulated organisms/foodoid products. While all toxic chemicals are obvious causes of concern, glyphosate and atrazine warrant particular concern due to their widespread distribution, political misuse, genotoxic effects, mitochondriopathic effects, cyp450 inhibiting effects, and reproductive toxicity.
  • Statement on corporate and governmental responsibility to reduce the population's exposure to xenobiotics, metal and chemical toxins, and POPs--persistent organic pollutants (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): ICHNFM sees that xenobiotics/pollution/toxins released into the environment are directly contributing to the worldwide burden of disease. As such, all people/industries/corporations/governments should seek to reduce use and release of such chemicals; specifically, governments should use their appropriate authority and obligation to protect their citizens in this regard. 
  • Statement of social responsibility and contextualization (drafted and posted 2014 Aug): ICHNFM requires that educational materials be socially contextualized with a humanistic emphasis; humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and requires critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism). In direct opposition to any notion that science and intellectual work are and should be separate from the goal of benefiting human life (ie, profiteering, or political misuse of science), we affirm that work in the sciences, healthcare, and medicine should hold preeminent the goal of providing benefit to humanity at large and not primarily for private or political interests, in particular what we have defined as the goals of healthcare: physical health and psychosocial freedom, both of which are required for the optimization of human potential and human culture. Likewise, faculty members and teaching staff are required to model and embody beneficence, nonmaleficence, ethics, and justice; repeated violations of these ethical considerations will result first in conversation and if not resolved will result in termination of any working relationship because ICHNFM will maintain its ethics and integrity and will not be tainted by affiliation with faculty or presenters who are socially reckless or maleficent, regardless of the scale or medium (ie, including private emails and public/social conversations and comments). ICHNFM will maintain the highest standards of science, clinical applicability, ethics, and social effect/influence/beneficence.
  • Statement on vaccine enforcement and dependence (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): Given that vaccines are neither universally safe nor completely effective, mandating their use is both unscientific and unethical. Recent data correlating vaccine mandates with increased mortality gives all healthcare providers and policymakers legitmate cause for concern and the obligation to act on that concern by implementing the precautionary principle. Until and unless these concerns are resolved, ICHNFM supports 1) the rights of patients/persons to make their own decisions about vaccinations and 2) the clinical and population-wide use of protocols to improve immunity via more safe and comprehensive means as discussed in the 2014 publication describing a comprehensive antiviral strategy:Unifying Antiviral Strategy published by ICHNFM (English and Spanish, PDF). To be clear, ICHNFM is not "anti-vaccine"; we simply and plainly support informed consent and patient autonomy (basic medical ethics), judicious patient-centered and patient-focused healthcare, and critical review of the research literature and case reports; overuse of and dependency upon vaccines and anti-viral drugs as the sole means to prevent and treat viral illnesses is unscientific, illogical, inequitable, and globally unaffordable. 
  • Statement on medical ethics, research ethics, including implications for mandatory drug use, forced steriliztions, etc (drafted and posted 2015 Feb): While this statement is still in development, for the time being, ICHNFM endorses the Nuremberg Code as outlined here and extends these considerations from research to patient care and public health.

 

Selected Audiences:

  • Primary care, specialist physicians, and other clinicians and health professionals: allopathic medical physicians, osteopathic medical physicians, nurses and nurse practicioners, physician assistants, chiropractors, nutritionists, dieticians, pharmacists, and others.
  • Medical schools
  • Hospitals, medical offices, healthcare systems
  • Medical students
  • Institute of Medicine (I.O.M.)
  • World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
  • Nobel Prize Committee
  • Public access provided as much as possible and per agreement with presenters/authors and in accord with copyright/trademark protections

Websites:

Accreditation:

  • Course accreditation varies per audience, location, country, and topic; see course details for specific information.
  • Example of accreditations for our 2013 International Conference:

Accreditation for continuing medical education (CME) for medical doctors: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston www.utmbhealth.com and International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 35.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation for continuing education for dieticians: Dannemiller www.dannemiller.com is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dieticians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive [approximately 30-35] continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this material.

Accreditation for continuing education for chiropractors: University of Western States www.uws.edu is recognized by the PACE program of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards and will provide at least 36 (thirty six) hours of continuing education. States approved by PACE: AK, ID, IN, IA, KS, MA, ME, MN, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, UT, VT, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia. CCE college sponsored programs are accepted for continuing education in CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, MI, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, OR, SC, UT, VA, VT, WA, WY, BC.


Education delivery formats:

  • Books, articles, private consulting, video presentations, recorded live presentations, live classes via the internet, interactive forums, on-site seminars and symposia.

Products, Pricing, and Policies:

  • Videos: Pay-per-view paid on our website and delivered via Vimeo.
  • Live sessions with Professors: Pay-per-session; courses are pre-paid via our website and are delivered via live interactive format. Videos are archived and available postproduction via pay-per-view.
  • Books, printed/physical materials, shipping policy: Shipped directly via the publisher internationally with tracking and exceptionally low shipping costs due to bulk discount pricing.
  • Professional consultations: Paid via website per customized agreement, scope, terms, importance, complexity, and duration.
  • Refund/Return policy: Because we deal with intellectual property, we do not provide refunds because the intellectual property is delivered-in-full at the moment of delivery/access; once the information is delivered, no refund is appropriate. The only exceptions to this policy apply to 1) partial returns on large bulk-discounted orders for bookstores and large educational events, and 2) cancellation of attendance prior to live seminars, either on-site or via the internet. In these situations, return credits are subtracted from by any administrative, shipping/stocking, and bank fees.
  • Ownership and right of use and sale: Except for articles/videos/materials that are open-access, publicly available, or used with owner's permission, all informaiton contained in ICHNFM's various websites is owned by ICHNFM and protected as intellectual propery. Additional protections such as copyrights and trademarks have often been secured to provide additional protections and means by which to seek financial compensation for the technical/strategic damages incurred by misuse of our material. ICHNFM reserves the full right to its material, the design of its courses, and to deny services to persons who evidence unprofessional behavior or mis-use of ICHNFM's materials, works, events, forums, etc.

Privacy policy:

  • General: We collect emails to provide updates and announcements. We do not store credit card information on this website, and we never share our contact email list.
  • Conferences and sponsored events: Different from our general email list is our Conference and event registration list (specific per event) which we may --per industry standards and common practice-- share with sponsors/vendors of each specific event so that they can send follow-up information, product samples, etc.


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