Explore health as a functional hierarchy and learn why regular blood testing is essential to your practice. Discover the best methods for analyzing your patients’ blood test results (no more telling your patients that their results are “normal”). You’ll learn the blood test biomarkers you want on YOUR panels—and we’ll introduce you to the 50+ major metabolic patterns covered in this training.
Dive into the Functional Physiology of digestion, absorption and excretion. By understanding function, we can understand dysfunction and the role blood test biomarkers play in uncovering the metabolic patterns of common dysfunctions of the GI system. These patterns will help you assess and monitor your patients for hypochlorhydria, H. pylori, gastric inflammation, pancreatic insufficiency, dysbiosis, and intestinal hyperpermeability.
Explore the functional physiology of the hepato-biliary system. Become very familiar with 5 common functional hepato-biliary problems that you can detect with blood tests. Learn how to differentiate problems in the biliary tree from liver problems, and learn the best method for pinpointing the location of liver dysfunction. We’ll also dive into oxidative stress and look at the biomarkers that indicate oxidative stress in the body. Lastly, learn how to use FBCA to uncover systemic toxicity and a heavy metal body burden.
Explore nutritional anemias with an in-depth look at red cell function and physiology, and how we can use FBCA to help differentiate the nutritional causes of anemia. Discover the one biomarker that most practitioners leave out in their analysis of iron deficiency, as well as a relatively new biomarker to assist in assessing for B12 deficiency. Lastly, learn 3 minor causes of nutritional anemia.
Discover the most common functional problems associated with vitamin and mineral insufficiencies that can be detected with blood tests. Look at calcium through the lens of parathyroid hormone regulation and assessment. Learn the very best biomarkers to assess for deficiencies in zinc and magnesium, as well as the one test you should use to diagnose vitamin D deficiency. Explore the role that anion gap plays in helping assess acid-base balance in the body and diagnosing B vitamin sufficiency. Examine the role Essential Fatty Acids play in human physiology and ways to analyze EFA deficiencies using blood biomarkers.
Examine the soaring cases of diabetes and obesity and learn how FBCA is the best way to assess for blood sugar issues before they become full-blown disease. We’ll cover the 9 blood biomarkers you must use to get to the bottom of your patients’ blood sugar regulation issues and uncover the metabolic patterns linked to each stage “On the Road to Diabetes”. In our final section, we cover some advanced biomarkers, calculators, and new FM ratios that will truly separate you from other practitioners.
Get an in-depth look at the Functional Physiology of the adrenal glands. Look at the regulation of adrenal hormone release and the role stress plays in adrenal dysregulation. Dive into how to use the biomarkers on a standard blood test, plus other functional tests to assess for lifestyle-based adrenal dysfunctions. Explore renal anatomy and physiology, and learn how to differentiate kidney dysfunction from kidney disease.
Understand the functional physiology and biochemistry of the thyroid gland to get to the root cause of your patient’s thyroid conditions. Review 10 biomarkers and 1 essential ratio that you must run to assess your patients’ thyroid problems. Examine the role each of these biomarkers play in 6 metabolic patterns of hypothyroidism, from classic primary hypothyroidism to thyroid conversion syndrome. Dig into hyperactive thyroid dysfunction and autoimmune thyroiditis. Examine the clinical indicators of these conditions—plus the shifts in thyroid biomarkers—that help you detect these conditions long before they manifest as full-blown disease.
Take a comprehensive look at cardiovascular risk and inflammation. Explore more than 20 biomarkers from a standard blood test that are independent risk factors for early detection of cardiovascular disease. Examine the role apolipoproteins and the 8 specialized biomarkers of the NMR Lipoprofile play in uncovering lipid-related coronary heart disease. Explore the role inflammation plays in cardiovascular disease and overall dysfunction in the body. Look at 8 relatively unknown biomarkers that you can measure on a blood test to further assess for generalized inflammation in the body as well as inflammation relative to increased cardiovascular disease.
Start with a look at the functional physiology of sex hormone regulation in both men and women, then get a thorough grounding in sex hormone biochemistry. Become an expert in all 12 of the major sex hormone biomarkers that we measure in the blood, understand their optimal reference ranges, and learn how to use them to uncover hidden causes of both male and female sex hormone dysfunction. Gain a thorough review of the main biomarkers you can evaluate to assess for your patient’s risk of prostate dysfunction.
This last clinical module focuses on immune function. Look at immune system physiology and the main players of our immune system. Dive into the biomarkers on a blood test that relate to the immune system and learn how to use them to assess for immune dysfunction. Explore the standard immune biomarkers on a CBC as well as the 4 immunoglobulins and the 2 main autoimmune biomarkers. Examine how all of these biomarkers can be used to assess for immune deficiency, allergies and immune over-activity. Become familiar with Coca Pulse Testing, a wonderful in-office method of assessing patients for allergies.
Our first 10 modules cover 14 organ systems, 50 key metabolic FBCA patterns, and more than 100 individual blood biomarkers. In this final module, we put it all together. Learn how to use blood testing for foundational care and understand why annual blood testing is so essential, especially in your patients over the age of 40. Look at cash flow in practice and explore how FBCA and the FHR can become a profitable income stream and help with treatment planning. Look at the best ways to include the FHR and your functional analysis in your report of findings. In our 4 case studies, Dr. Weatherby shows how FBCA can unlock a wealth of information locked within a blood test. See firsthand how he approaches the analysis from the Functional perspective.
Get added insight on blood chemistry analysis from some of the best in the field of Functional Medicine. These bonus lectures offer additional depth and nuance to the information covered in our Mastery Training.
12 Online Modules of Video Training
Lifetime Access to the Training Material
Audio and PDF Downloads From All Sessions
Bonus Training from Functional Medicine Experts
As a Certified Blood Chemistry Functional Analyst, you can:
For those of you that don’t know our instructor, Dr. Dicken Weatherby is a Naturopathic Physician in Oregon, USA. in 1998, he graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of 6 books in the field of Functional Diagnostics and has lectured to thousands of doctors internationally, teaching them techniques that reveal a quick and easy system for analyzing blood test results from a functional, nutritional, and preventative perspective that’s absolutely guaranteed to help you get more from the tests you are already ordering and to help you boost your business or practice.
He’s probably best known for his work in the field of Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis. His best-selling book — “Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis -Clinical Laboratory Testing From a Functional Perspective ” — is being used by thousands of healthcare practitioners around the world, is in all the major Naturopathic Medical Schools in the US, and is the backbone of the Lab Diagnosis class at Nature Care College in Sydney, Australia and other pioneering teaching institutions worldwide. Thousands of copies of his book are being used every day in clinics and doctor’s offices all over the world.
He is the founder of Optimal DX and the creator of the ODX software application that takes the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of healthcare data to the next level, and beyond with the state-of-the-art comprehensive Functional Health Report
As soon as you register and set up your ODX Academy login, you can log in to the training and begin! Modules 1 and 2 are live right away and a new training module is added every week. They’ll get an email from Dr. Weatherby when the next module is live.
The 12-week Mastery Training program is accessed through our online training center of ODX Academy. The program starts the day you enroll. Each week, you’ll gain access to a new 1-hour training session. Each session focuses on a specific organ system or series of blood chemistry patterns. See the session descriptions here.
Dr. Weatherby has been teaching seminars in Functional Blood Chemistry analysis since 2002 in the US, Canada, and Europe and is the author of the best selling book, Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis—Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective. This training is a culmination of his latest work in this subject. We have structured this as an online event to make this training more convenient and more affordable. So no travel costs, no days wasted driving or flying, no eating bad hotel food, and no sitting in airless hotel rooms! You can take this training in the comfort of your office or home and access the training sessions 24/7 from our training site.
No, the training sessions are not taught in real time. A new training session video is released every week. You’ll get an email notifying you when you can access the latest session.
You get lifetime access to the training material so don’t feel you have to keep up with the pace of the program!
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.
The training sessions are not live! Each session has been recorded and the training material is made available to enrollees in our online training center: The ODX Academy.
The training includes streaming video of the presentations and audio downloads of all sessions in MP3 format. This is a definite bonus, because you can replay the sessions over and over again. You will have 24/7 access to this archive from any computer anywhere in the world through your ODX Academy account. You can’t do that by attending a live event!
–12 Training Sessions with Dr. Dicken Weatherby.
These sessions are designed to get you quickly up to speed with Dr. Weatherby’s system of Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis. It’s like you’re looking over Dicken’s shoulder! This program is divided into twelve (12) information-packed training sessions. Dr. Weatherby will walk you through all the steps to successfully integrate and implement a Functional Analysis of your patients’ blood test results.
–Access to our Online Training Center
The training program is hosted within ODX Academy, our home for online training. We use the latest web technology to give you a truly exclusive training. Only those who have registered for the Mastery Training program will have access to this site.
–Video Replays in Our Online Archive
These will all be made available in the ODX Academy. We want you to have access to the video replays as you need them so you can watch the lessons in your own time or as a review.
–Audio for Each Training Session
All training sessions are recorded and available to download as audio files from ODX Academy. You can also download all of the PowerPoint presentations
–Bonus Lectures from Functional Medicine Experts
– You get a Free 3-Months Trial of ODX’s Blood Chem Software
This software is designed to get you up and running quickly so you can start meeting with your patients and wowing them with valuable insight and easy-to-understand reports.($525value)
–"Ask Me Anything"
You get access to "Ask Me Anything"! A great way to get answers to questions that come up while you’re taking the training.
If you successfully complete our Certification Track, you will become a Certified Functional Blood Chemistry Analyst. We will present you with a formal certificate authorized by Dr. Weatherby and the ODX Academy. In order to receive this certification, you must pass all the session quizzes, pass the final exam, submit a full case presentation, and participate in a one-on-one video exit interview with Dr. Weatherby or a member of the Optimal DX clinical team.
For those of you on the Certification + Software Track, you can get CEUs for taking the training.
The FBCA Mastery Training Program has received approval for 35 Category 1 hours of Continuing Medical Education from the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners, which is considered a source of CEUs for NDs throughout the USA and this course has also been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider Number 1546, for 35 Category 1 hours of continuing education for LAcs.
No, the training does not include treatment protocols. Dr. Weatherby may mention favorite supplements and/or treatments along the way, but this training is focused on assessment and diagnosis. We believe you will get a more thorough grounding in treatment from other experts.
For those of you on the Certification + Software Track, you get access to "Ask Me Anything".
"Ask Me Anything" is a feature built into the ODX software application. It's a way to get answers to your training questions. Simply log in to the ODX Software and ask your questions! Dr. Weatherby and his research team will dive into the questions and answer them on his "AMA Podcast". The "AMA" feature is an excellent way to get your questions answered.
For those of you on the Certification + Software Track, you get a FREE 3-month trial of ODX’s Blood Chem Software [a $525 value]
When you register, you’ll get 90 days of unlimited access for FREE. This will give you enough time to enter some patients into the software, generate some reports, do some patient consults, etc.
This software is the ONLY Blood Chemistry Analysis Software Program based exclusively on Dr. Weatherby’s pioneering work in this field. One of our users told us, “It’s like having Dr. Weatherby interpret every single one of my patient’s blood test results!”
Unfortunately, not. The software is an integral part of our Mastery Training program and the goal of the 3-month free ODX software account is for you to use the software while going through the training. Sorry, but we are not able to put your account on hold and start it at a later date.
Absolutely. We have a historical report, and we are working on adding additional trend analysis.
We truly believe that having access to our online Blood Chem Software while learning FBCA will ensure you’re successful. For those of you on the Certification + Software Track, we offer a free 3-month trial which coincides with the length of our Mastery Training program. You can test-drive the software over this extended period before making opting to continue with the service.
A professional unlimited-access account costs $175/month.
After your trial ends, you will be invited to begin a recurring subscription. Simply add your credit card to our billing system and we will bill you $175 for your fourth month. After that, you’ll be billed monthly until you cancel your account.
We require no long-term contracts. If you want to end your subscription, notify us before your account renews, and we’ll close your account.
Our hope is that the value you get from the software and the value it gives your clients will far outweigh the cost. We have practitioners who are making more than $200 profit from every blood test consultation thanks to the Functional Health Report. Generating just one report a month can more than cover the cost of the service!
You may have historical data that you’d like to input, so we offer unlimited software access for Professional accounts. Essentially, you can enter UNLIMITED LAB TESTS into the system. A “test” constitutes the results on a test report you get back from a lab; once you enter that data into the system and press save, it counts as one lab test in the system.
The software creates reports based on whatever test results you enter. There are no preset panels, just custom lab templates you can set up in the system. The more results you enter into the system, the better.
Yes, we have integrated two product recommendation reports. The Health Improvement Plan (or HIP) and the corresponding Product Summary Report.
The HIP creates product-specific recommendations for the top eight clinical areas as seen on the blood test.
The Product Summary Report provides a summary of the nutritional product recommendations in the HIP. This report is a handy one-page summary that your patient can put on their fridge. At present, the supplement recommendations are specific to product companies, so you cannot mix companies.
Currently, our Blood Chem Software includes protocols from the following companies: Aceva, Apex Energetics, Biogenetix, Biotics Research, Designs for Health, Metagenics, Moss Nutrition, NuMedica, OrthoMolecular, Premier Research Lab, Standard Process, and Xymogen. We plan on adding additional companies over time. At present we do not have the ability for you to add in your own product recommendations. If you have a preferred company and want to see it added to the software, send us an email and we’ll look into it.
We also have a Generic option and a No Product option, which generates a Health Improvement Plan report with no product recommendations. These options are useful if you plan on putting together your own protocol for the patient.
You can generate a report called the “Recommended Further Testing Report”. It gives recommendations based on the findings from the blood test results. The report will note additional lab tests you can run to gather even more information on the patient.
Yes, we recommend 2 companies: Evexia Diagnostics and a company called Ulta Lab Tests. ODX has been working with both of them long term. They both have good discounts on lab tests and have our ODX panels already in their system.
Our Blood Chem Software integrates with Evexia and Ulta Lab Tests, so you can download lab results from your respective account directly into your software account and bypass the manual input.
Your Professional account includes this integration!
Whether or not you charge for the FHR is up to you. We know a number of successful practitioners that make $200 profit from every blood test they run, because they provide the patient with a 60-page Functional Health Report. That’s profit above and beyond the cost of the test itself. At that rate of profit, just one consultation per month will pay for the software each month. Additional reports generate pure profit!
Yes. Both the Blood Chem Software and our Mastery Training program are online, so you can access both on your iPad using Safari or your tablet using Chrome. At present, we do not have a custom app for Apple or Android devices.
The software itself utilizes the very latest SSL browser encryption. We also provide robust database encryption of ALL personally identifiable data, ensuring your data is 100% HIPPA and GDPR compliant. We take your patient security very seriously, which is why ODX has invested heavily in the latest security features.
Absolutely. There is no need to convert Standard International units (the units used by every lab outside of the US) into U.S. units to use this software. This is the only software (that we are aware of) that is 100% usable by practitioners around the world. U.S. practitioners use the software in the U.S. unit mode, while practitioners in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, etc. can input data in Standard International units.