Chief Executive and Contact:
- Director: Dr Alex Vasquez DC ND DO FACN Faculty profile, articles, CV
- Leadership: linked below
- Administrative email: admin at ichnfm.org
- 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
- Telephone -- available per need: Please note that email to ICHNFM@gmail.com is the preferred means of correspondence and initial communication.
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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.
- Sample sources supporting this position:
- Additional sources and case reports: indexing in process
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.
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
access provided as much as possible and per agreement with
presenters/authors and in accord with copyright/trademark protections
- 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:
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.
We collect emails to provide updates and announcements. We do not store
credit card information on this website, and we never share our contact
- 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.