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Our Conference: International Conference on Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

Our Courses: Functional Inflammology, Cardiology, PsychonNeuroImmun, and more!

Our Journal: International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

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About our Organization:

Chief Executive and Contact:

  • Director: Dr Alex Vasquez DC ND DO FACN   Faculty profile, articles, CV
  • Leadership: linked below
  • Email:
    • ICHNFM at gmail. com
    • DrAlexVasquez at gmail.com
  • Skype: DrAlexVasquez_global
  • Mail addresss: 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.
    • Europe: Available per need
    • USA: Available per need
    • South America: Available per need
  • Telephone: Please note that email to ICHNFM@gmail.com is the preferred means of correspondence and initial communication.
    • USA: 1.347.620.0262
    • Europe:  34.562470707
  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


  • 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 health.
  • Statement of social responsibility and contextualization: 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 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.

Selected Audiences:

  • Allopathic medical physicians (M.D.)
  • Osteopathic medical physicians (D.O.)
  • Pharmacists (R.Ph., D.Pharm.)
  • Medical schools
  • Hospitals, medical offices, healthcare systems
  • Medical students
  • Institute of Medicine (I.O.M.)
  • World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
  • Nobel Prize Committee



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

  • Dr Alex Vasquez (USA, Colombia, Spain), Director

  • Dr Kenneth Cintron (USA & Puerto Rico)

  • Dr Michael Gonzalez (Puerto Rico)

  • Dr Annette D'Armata (USA)

Alex Vasquez D.C., N.D., D.O., F.A.C.N.,

     Director, ICHNFM

  • Biographical sketch: Dr Vasquez graduated from University of Western States (Doctor of Chiropractic), Bastyr University (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine), and University of North Texas Health Science Center (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and has written approximately 100 articles, numerous audios and videos, and more than10 books, including:

    • Books: Integrative Orthopedics (2005, 2007, 2012), Integrative Rheumatology (2007), Musculoskeletal Pain—Expanded Clinical Strategies (continuing medical education [CME] peer-reviewed monograph published by the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2008), Integrative Medicine and Functional Medicine for Hypertension (2011), Integrative Chiropractic Management of High Blood Pressure and Chronic Hypertension (2010, 2011), Integrative Orthopedics Third Edition (2012), Migraine Headaches, Hypothyroidism, and Fibromyalgia (2012), Chiropractic and Naturopathic Mastery of Clinical Disorders (2009), Functional Immunology and Nutritional Immunomodulation (2012), Fibromyalgia in a Nutshell (2012), Integrative Rheumatology, Nutritional Immunomodulation, and Functional Inflammology (2013).

    • More than 100 articles and letters: JAMA—Journal of the American Medical Association, BMJ—British Medical Journal, The Lancet.com, JAOA—Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Nutritional Perspectives, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, The Original Internist, Integrative Medicine, Holistic Primary Care, Nutritional Wellness, Dynamic Chiropractic, Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and Arthritis & Rheumatism: Official Journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

    Dr Vasquez lectures to doctors and healthcare professionals internationally and has taught Pharmacology at University of Western States; he practices in Oregon as a naturopathic physician. Dr Vasquez has worked with the Institute for Functional Medicine since 2003, first as Forum Consultant, then as Faculty for the AFMCP (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice) course; Dr Vasquez currently co-teaches the Advance Practice Module (APM) "The Many Faces of Immune Dysregulation and Chronic Inflammation: Chronic Infections, Atopy, and Autoimmune Disorders."

Kenneth Cintron M.D.
  • Biographical sketch: Dr. Cintron is an active Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1990 and completed his training in Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in 1995. He fulfilled a Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. Dr. Cintron is Board Certified in Anti-Aging, Preventative, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and an Advanced Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. As a former owner an operator of BodylogicMD of Puerto Rico he dedicated his practice to helping women and men overcome health challenges associated with aging, using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) integrated with customized nutrition and fitness programs. He is author and co-author of several published articles related to both Orthopaedic Surgery and Integrative Medicine. During his career he has worked as Team Physician of professional basketball, baseball and volleyball teams as well as in Central American and Panamerican Games and 1996 Olympics. He is past President of the Puerto Rico Orthopaedic State Society and former member of the Board Of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Michael J. Gonzalez M.S., M.H.S.N., D.Sc., Ph.D., F.A.C.N.
  • Biographical sketch: Dr. Michael J. Gonzalez is Professor at the Nutrition Program, School of Public Health in the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Chemistry (Catholic University), a Masters in Cellular Biology and Biophysics (Nova University), and another Masters in Nutrition and Public Health (University of P.R.). He has a Doctorate in Nutritional Medicine (John F. Kennedy University). He also has a Doctorate in Health Sciences (Lafayette University), and another Doctorate in Nutritional Biochemistry and Cancer Biology (Michigan State University). He completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatrics at the School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Gonzalez is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and has authored over 150 scientific publications. He has serve as a member on several scientific journal Editorial Boards, such as Biomedicina, the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, and Alternative Medicine Reviews. As a consultant for several companies, he has been responsible for designing formulations of nutritional supplements and pharmaceutical products. He has been a consultant for The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning (now Riordan Clinic), in Wichita, Kansas. He has obtained several research awards for his work on Nutrition and Cancer. He is currently Co- Director of RECNAC II project, and Research Director of the InBioMed Project Initiative. Dr. Gonzalez also serves as a nutrition consultant to the Puerto Rican Basketball National Team and is part of the Medical Commission of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation. Doctor González and Dr. Jorge Miranda-Massari, founders of InBioMed, are leaders in the development of non-toxic chemotherapy treatments for cancer. The findings of their work with Intravenous Vitamin C as an anti-cancer agent, published in 2002, were confirmed by the NIH in 2005. They published the first Phase-I clinical study utilizing Intravenous Vitamin C for treatment of terminal cancer patients in 2005, and also published in 2005 the most comprehensive review on Vitamin C and Cancer, as a follow-up on the work of two times Nobel Laureate, Dr. Linus C. Pauling. They have brought many new concepts into the field, such as the Bioenergetic theory of carcinogenesis, the systemic saturation phenomenon of intravenous vitamin C, the metabolic correction concept for disease treatment and prevention.
    • Book: Drs Gonzalez, Miranda-Massari, Saul’s. I Have Cancer What Should I Do: The Orthomolecular Guide to Cancer Management provides evidence-based recommendations for an integrative approach for those dealing with cancer and seeking to improve quality of life and survival.
    • 2012 landmark publication: Gonzalez MJ, et al. The bio-energetic theory of carcinogenesis. Med Hypotheses. 2012 Oct;79(4):433-9 The altered energy metabolism of tumor cells provides a viable target for a non toxic chemotherapeutic approach. An increased glucose consumption rate has been observed in malignant cells. Warburg (Nobel Laureate in medicine) postulated that the respiratory process of malignant cells was impaired and that the transformation of a normal cell to malignant was due to defects in the aerobic respiratory pathways. Szent-Györgyi (Nobel Laureate in medicine) also viewed cancer as originating from insufficient availability of oxygen. Oxygen by itself has an inhibitory action on malignant cell proliferation by interfering with anaerobic respiration (fermentation and lactic acid production). Interestingly, during cell differentiation (where cell energy level is high) there is an increased cellular production of oxidants that appear to provide one type of physiological stimulation for changes in gene expression that may lead to a terminal differentiated state. The failure to maintain high ATP production (high cell energy levels) may be a consequence of inactivation of key enzymes, especially those related to the Krebs cycle and the electron transport system. A distorted mitochondrial function (transmembrane potential) may result. This aspect could be suggestive of an important mitochondrial involvement in the carcinogenic process in addition to presenting it as a possible therapeutic target for cancer. Intermediate metabolic correction of the mitochondria is postulated as a possible non-toxic therapeutic approach for cancer.



Annette J. D'Armata, N.M.D.
  • Biographical sketch: Dr. D'Armata earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of St. Thomas, studied graduate Sociology at the University of Houston, and earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences. While at SCNM, she obtained additional clinical training in the integrative treatment of mental illness under Katherine Raymer, MD, ND, was asked to teach neuroanatomy as assistant to Thomas Richards, PhD, and was honored with an Outstanding Leadership award by her faculty and colleagues. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. D'Armata volunteered to intern with Adelfo Yescas, M.D. (Internal Medicine), on rotation at Hospital San Martin in Oaxaca and at General Regional Hospital No. 25 in Mexico City, working with patients with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, infectious disease and advanced cancers. She was offered a post-doctoral residency in naturopathic internal medicine in Fairbanks, Alaska and, upon completion, went on to open and run a successful, multi-practitioner clinic serving that community for three years. She is the author of "Dr. D'Armata's Top Ten Tips for Immediately Improving Your Health," a practical health primer for adults. Dr. D'Armata has been a frequent guest lecturer on radio, in health facilities and in the community, presenting: "Integrative Approaches to Autoimmune Conditions," "Inflammatory Breast Cancer: An Integrative Case Report," "Clinically Effective Natural Treatment of Infectious Diseases," "Neuropsychiatric Effects of Gluten Sensitivity," "Naturopathic Care of Older Adults," "Integrative First Aid" and "Natural Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder." Additionally, she has provided medical review and editing for various texts by Dr. Alex Vasquez. Dr. D'Armata is in private practice in Tempe, Arizona, specializing in psychoneuroimmunology. She has proposed original research on obsessive compulsive disorder using Quantitative EEG and Low Resolution Brain Tomography (LORETA). Dr. D'Armata is an active member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. (OncANP).



Additional information:

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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