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Evolutionary Medicine


Evolutionary Medicine combines information from different disciplines such as evolutionary biology, anthropology, and zoology with human medicine in order to create new paradigms or understanding human health and disease. It recognizes that many aspects of our biology and physiology are shaped by natural selection and evolutionary processes. In HOMeHOPe, students will learn leverage proximate explanation (i.e how things work) and evolutionary explanations (i.e why certain functions exist) to address the question: What can we do about them clinically to help our clients?

Required for Essential HOMe/HOPe Course completion. Enrollment prerequisite is the "Certificate of Module Completion in Clinical Metabolomics."


Lesson 1: Fundamentals of Evolutionary Medicine Within the Context of Health Optimization

A quick look at the history of Evolutionary Medicine and significant contributions and looking at it within the context of Health Optimization Medicine and Practice.

Lesson 2: Evolutionary Clinical Metabolomics

This lesson discusses what has evolved to make clinical metabolomics what it is today and what the future of testing will look like.

Lesson 3: Evolutionary Bioenergetics

An appreciation of the evolutionary heritage of our cells and mitochondria can help practitioners develop more comprehensive philosophies and strategies to help support their patients

Lesson 4: Evolutionary Gut Immune System (Microbiota)

This lesson focuses on the Evolution-Adaptation Scale and how an evolutionary perspective can give us more insight to detect and correct imbalances found in a HOMe/HOPe client.

Lesson 5: Evolutionary Exposomics

This lesson discusses what evolves in Exposomics and how this can be applied in detection and correction for a HOMe/HOPe client.

Lesson 6: Evolutionary Epigenetics

Is DNA the final story? How does epigenetics play a role in health? This lesson discusses the Summer-Winter balance and how understanding balancing mechanisms can be used to promote health.

Lesson 7: Evolutionary Chronobiology

What do Circadian Rhythms, the Nervous System and Emotions have to do with health? This lesson looks at these from an evolutionary perspective and how you can use this knowledge to promote health.

Lesson 8: Using the Evolutionary Perspective and Principles in Clinical Health Optimization

This lesson wraps up this module with very central key concepts in Health Optimization Medicine.

Lesson 9: Evolutionary Medicine Final Assessment

Has your understanding evolved to help you pass this exam? Good luck!