Approved for 10 CEU/PDAs for NCCAOM and most states' recertification
Approved for 10 CEU/PDA credits through the State of California
Approved for 10 Biomedicine credits by the State of Florida
This Distance Learning class will examine drug-herb interactions from a new perspective. Basic pharmacology will be used to explain how interactions occur through the ADME scheme (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination).
What sets this seminar apart from others on this subject, besides its thoroughness, is the application of evidence based medical techniques (EBM) in determining the seriousness of the interactions. This gives the participant real skills to assess potential interactions and the ability to determine which are important, which arenít, and which may be in the future.
The lecture will examine several representative examples. Important concepts covered include: levels of evidence, ADME scheme, therapeutic index, basic pharmacodynamics, and basic research techniques. The herbs chosen are from the Chinese medical tradition and interactions chosen are from a variety of sources including many books and published research.
Goals of this course:
To facilitate the safe use of herbs in combination with pharmaceutical drugs. This includes assessing current research on the topic as well as how to determine a professional opinion on the possibility of interactions.
About your instructor:
Dr. Greg Sperber received a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego before getting a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. He worked as a business and computer consultant to several small businesses while getting his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare administration from National University. He moved to Australia in order to attend medical school at Flincers University of South Australia, earning a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS, the British equivalent to an MD). While attending medical school, he established an acupuncture and herbal practice and taught TCM, becoming the department chair of traditional Chinese medicine at the Adelaide Training College of Complementary Medicine.
Currently, he is an instructor and clinical supervisor at Pacific College while running a private practice and working as the president of the California State Oriental Medical Association. Dr. Sperber has recently finished his second doctorate, becomine one of the first graduates with a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) at Pacific College. Generally, he gets very little sleep.