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Dr. Mary Vernon And Dr. Eric Westman To Teach Low-Carb Diet Fundamentals In Medical Educational Modules

IMS bringing low-carb educational modules to physicians

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from people just about every single day is, “Where can I find a doctor in my area who will support my healthy low-carb lifestyle?” It can be frustrating to have your excitement about a fresh new way of eating crushed in an instant by a medical professional who claims you will cause harm to your health by eating a high-fat, carbohydrate-restricted diet. That’s one of the reasons I started my “List Of Low-Carb Doctors” blog to connect patients with doctors who understand the benefits of livin’ la vida low-carb and will ENCOURAGE them in their weight loss and health efforts. But we still have a lot of work to do.

That’s why Innovative Metabolic Solutions (IMS) was created. This brand new web site serves as a virtual online hub for information about the science behind low-carb living. It’s a joint project from three of the biggest names in the world of low-carb: Good Calories Bad Calories author Gary Taubes, low-carb practitioner Dr. Mary C. Vernon from Lawrence, Kansas and low-carb practitioner and researcher Dr. Eric Westman from Duke University. They are all extremely interested in getting this information about low-carb diets and the constantly emerging science that supports it not just for weight loss but health improvements too. It’s one thing to just talk about low-carb research, but IMS seeks to go much deeper than that.

Dr. Vernon and Dr. Westman lead 14 weeks of low-carb training

Dr. Westman said the purpose of starting IMS was “to train doctors and other health care providers about nutrition” and that will be getting underway in full force beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 8PM ET. This will be the start of an exciting 14-week set of online educational modules to arm interested physicians and lay people alike who are interested in learning more about the science behind why a controlled-carb nutritional approach works so well. It will run through April 20, 2010 and anyone can sign up to participate in these modules.

The course includes 14 weeks of LIVE, web-based course instruction from Dr. Vernon and/or Dr. Westman, PowerPoint presentations containing extensive research and clinical experience on low-carb diets, full bibliographies and links to the references for each presentation, a question and answer time with Dr. Westman and/or Dr. Vernon following each presentation, and CME credit for medical professionals who are taking the course for extended learning credits. While these modules are geared towards doctors, anyone can participate in them who may be interested in furthering their knowledge about low-carb diets. I am signed up to be a part of most of these upcoming modules because you can never be overeducated when it comes to the low-carb way of life.

The modules are presented as a progression of ideas that build upon what was shared in the previous week. Here is the upcoming schedule of classes along with the topics covered for every Tuesday night:


January 19, 2010 – Epidemics of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome

January 26, 2010 – Pathophysiology of Glucose Intolerance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus


February 2, 2010 – Basics of Nutrition: What the Body Really Needs

February 9, 2010 – Science of Dietary Carbohydrate, Glucose and Insulin


February 16, 2010 – Physiology of Carbohydrate Restriction

February 23, 2010 – Ketones

March 2, 2010 – Clinical Effects of Carbohydrate Restriction


March 9, 2010 – Low-carb Diet Research 1: Low-carb and Low-fat Diets

March 16, 2010 – Low-carb Diet Research 2: Beyond Weight Loss


March 23, 2010 – Clinical Implementation of Carbohydrate Restriction: Getting Started

March 30, 2010 – Clinical Implementation of Carbohydrate Restriction: Medical Management


April 6, 2010 – Behavioral Tools for Lifestyle Modification

April 13, 2010 – Reimbursement Issues

April 20, 2010 – Pediatric Obesity Evaluation and Treatment

It’s important to go through all 14 modules to obtain maximum benefit of what is being offer by IMS. Whether you are a doctor or a lay person interested in low-carb nutrition and health, you can sign up for these modules by visiting MyIMSOnline.com/Seminars. You’ll need to register with the web site and then put a check mark by the ones you are interested in attending. Or, you can register by telephone with Jeff Clinger at (913) 972-1075 (mention you heard about the course from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb”). For those who are not wanting to obtain CME credit for these low-carb educational courses, there is a discounted rate that you can obtain by contacting Jeff via phone or e-mail at jeff@myimsonline.com.

What a unique opportunity to share about the healthy benefits of livin’ la vida low-carb and I am excited to see IMS emerge as a leader in promoting the science behind this way of eating that has changed so many of our lives for the better. I don’t even want to imagine what my life would be like in 2010 had I not started on the Atkins diet six years ago…but thankfully I am the happy and healthy man that I am today BECAUSE of my low-carb lifestyle. Regardless of where you are in your journey, we could always stand to learn from the best! I hope you are able to participate in these modules. I’ve been told that there will be more educational courses available later this year in case you miss this one. SIGN UP TODAY and be prepared to be low-carb educated to the max!


  • That’s a powerhouse faculty alright. I’m just not sure how many people, physicians or otherwise, can afford the $2,500 for the 14-part series.


    THANKS Steve! I spoke with them about that and they said the CME accreditation was what those costs primarily go towards. The lay person who reads my blog who would not need the CME credits will get a discounted rate. I’ve also talked to them about creating a consumer version of these modules for better understanding. Perhaps making it available for purchase afterwards is another idea I proposed. THANKS for your input!


  • jake3_14

    A self-paced, consumer version of the course (w/ more lively interaction to replace the instructors) for $100 would be a winner!

    Perhaps…certainly it would be more economical. But I am working with them on a consumer version of this same course, Jake. 🙂 This one is for medical professionals.


  • I wish I could meet Dr. Vernon. She has changed my life. I happened upon an article on Mens Health online about her and her Type 2 treatment with low carb. I read everything I could find about her and the lifestyle, which I call it, because it is and has been for almost 3 years. I’ve lost 65 lbs, been off my meds for over 2 years, and all of my readings at 4 health risk appraisals have been ideal. My wife and I started a website celebrating the low carb lifestyle with recipes and tips and my daily blog. Jimmy, I love all you do for us, so, please, keep it up!

    I’m not going anywhere, Brian! 🙂 You can meet Dr. Mary C. Vernon on our low-carb cruise in March if you’d still like to come. We’d LOVE to have you! E-mail me for details if you want to come.