This short course...

  • is via: Online webinar
  • is for: Practitioners, students
  • is with: Giulietta Durante
  • spans: 1 day
  • provides: ION CPD 5 hours

Nutritional therapists can be put off using functional tests – too many to choose from; their cost and the time and knowledge needed to interpret them. This practical day will look across the marketplace and help you gain confidence in identifying and appraising the tests that might support your practice best. Through case study presentations and in class practice, it will help you learn how to interpret findings in under 15 minutes and translate findings into clinical recommendations.

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What will I learn?

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Have improved your confidence in critiquing and choosing tests and explaining their cost- benefits to clients
  • Have a better ability to quickly interpret results and use them to inform your recommendations
  • Have had the chance to ask questions to a highly experienced speaker 

Programme overview


  • Webinar waiting room opens


  • Introductions
  • What is functional testing?
  • Three main advantages of using functional testing
  • Three mistakes people make with testing and how to avoid them
  • How it worked for me
  • How to get started :
  • How to choose the test and the lab
  • When to test
  • The practicalities of using the tests
  • How to explain the value of a test to your client
  • How to avoid overwhelm
  • Ethical considerations
  • Handling questions and objections

11.45 – 13.00

  • Digging deep into the DUTCH and Thyroid Plus panels

13.45– 15.00

  • Digging deep into the GI 360 & SIBO breath tests
  • Genetic tests – when to use them

15.15– 16.30

  • Speed interpretation case studies
  • Discussion
  • Action planning and next steps

Who is this course for?

  • Nutritional Therapists, nutritionists, dietitians and naturopaths.
  • Students who have completed the principles of functional testing in their course 

Who will teach?

Giulietta Durante BSc (Hons), mBANT, CNHC

Giulietta has a first class degree in Nutritional Therapy from Westminster University. She has been running a busy nutrition practice for over ten years, specialising in conditions like endometriosis, PCOS and fibroids. Her main reason for focusing on women’s health stemmed from a frustration at the lack of options offered to her by her own doctors when trying to deal with her own hormonal challenges. 

Early on in her practice Giulietta realised that Functional Testing was key to developing personalised programmes so that her clients could achieve long lasting and sustainable positive changes in their health. As a result her clinic quickly flourished as many clients began to experience improvements in their health after many years of struggling with chronic conditions. 

Giulietta has consulted on numerous public health campaigns and has overseen many lottery funded projects. She is passionate about helping young people and those from less fortunate backgrounds acquire the skills needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Giulietta also runs women’s wellness retreats where the focus is on providing a space for women to reconnect with themselves and restore their energy and vitality. This year she is planning to hold numerous weekend retreats in the UK as well as her annual week-long retreat to Ibiza. 

How will I be taught?

Short lectures, case study examples and practical exercises. You will be provided with essential information, practical tips and take-home resources.

You may find these links helpful as pre-reading about the tests covered 

Good to know

  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • Participation in an ION training day forms part of a practitioner’s or an individual’s ongoing learning. It does not qualify a non-clinically trained practitioner or individual to work in a clinical setting. Individual’s boundaries of safe work, advice or practice are primarily determined by their formal qualifications and related personal insurance.
  • Where you are booking with a discount code, please check you have read ION’s discount terms and conditions: https://www.ion.ac.uk/promotions
  • ION will provide an electronic link to course materials and Zoom login details two weeks in advance. Please ensure that you check the email account you used when signing up to ION around this time.
  • You may wish to access some of these education materials prior to attending the course
  • If you have a queries, please email [email protected]

How to purchase a webinar ticket

  • To attend the webinar you must purchase one or more of the following ticket type: Functional Testing 8 Jul '20 - Webinar
  • If successfully purchased, you will get a confirmation reserving your place. Your unique link to log into the webinar will be provided to you at a later date.
  • Please do not select any of the other, pre-COVID-19, ticket types  which were set up when this event was meant to run in person. They are no longer valid.

IMPORTANT - Please note

  • This event will be hosted as an online webinar, and you will participate from the comfort and safety of your home.
  • Once you have purchased a ticket, your "virtual place" will be reserved.
  • Closer to the event you will be sent an email, which will contain your unique link to log/register into the session on the day. You must login/register on the webinar platform with the same name and email given when purchasing a ticket on our website.
  • If you are unable to attend on the day, a recording will be made available in due course that you will have free access to for two months
  • Please do not share your unique link with anyone else. We may not be able to permit your participation in future ION webinars or events.

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  • Optimum Nutrition Clinic: If you are feeling unwell, have a long standing condition, or just want to improve your sense of overall wellbeing, visit our friendly, trusted Richmond upon Thames clinic to see how we can help
  • Optimum Nutrition magazine: Available freely in digital format or to buy in print, our quarterly magazine is the key source of information for those working in, or with an interest in, nutrition and its impact on health and wellbeing


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