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New Expanded 8 Session Program Started Monday February 20, 2023
Brett Hawes and his Digestive Health Practitioner Masterclass are back for another collab by popular demand!
Graduates of his program are connected in an exclusive community where 1:1 professional support happens every day.
—8 weeks of new, pre-recorded modules with Brett released weekly
—Each release is followed by a LIVE 1.5 hour Q&A, for 8 weeks
—Orientation kicks off the program
—Registrants have 1 week to watch each module before the weekly Q&A
—See how the schedule runs in detail below
All Q&As are recorded and hosted in a private practitioner group where Brett welcomes and answers for new Masterclass students and practitioners for 3 months. After that Brett has select graduates of the Masterclass admin all of the group’s practitioners, as everyone continues to support one another in their clinical practices. All questions related to gut health, client cases, protocols and any other topics related to the Masterclass are welcome!
Graduate practitioners have lifetime access to all the content.
We encourage the growing community of new students and veteran Masterclass’ers to use all of the resources and lifetime offerings, extended to you.

What’s New?

Register now to enjoy the key features before the collaboration closes and get ready for February 20!

—$250 OFF regular price of the program until collaboration closes
—25% OFF one of IHN’s selected Con Ed Courses, of your choice
A Certificate of Completion from IHN is offered to Masterclass students who complete all of the modules either within 3 months of the Orientation date 


Find Complete Details Below!

Lessons Informed By Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine

All at once, more and more people are seeing the true power of natural health solutions for chronic and acute conditions. It is truly precedent setting. What appears to be a vilification of our profession and its profound evidence by media, ministry and mainstream is, on the ground and in our clinics, prompting an uptick in clients. The surge of clients also brings with it a demand to have outcomes that last a lifetime.

IHN invites you to join your colleagues looking into a key fundamental control centre of well-being—the gut—from a seasoned practitioner’s body of knowledge. This exciting collaboration between IHN, and faculty member Brett Hawes, was born out of the successful launch of the Masterclass as an in-class program at IHN’s Toronto campus in July 2019, transitioning to a international platform since 2020. Now, in 2023 a new RECORDED 8 week program includes weekly LIVE Q&As with Brett. This pre-recorded access and real-time format allows convenience of learning the core material at your own pace, with the immediate and immersive teacher/student interaction that elevates online learning.

IHN graduates, current qualified students* and allied partners in natural health are offered the collaboration offer:

$250 off the price of the program + 25% off one of IHN’s select Con Ed courses + Certificate through IHN

* current IHN students, IHN Graduates and Any Allied Practitioners welcome to register through the IHN Collaboration link found on this page.

Key Features of The Program & IHN's Collaboration Offer

  • LIVE Orientation for all new registrants
  • 8 MODULES Recorded and Released Weekly
  • 8 LIVE, REAL-TIME Weekly Q&A Sessions with Brett
  • $250 OFF regular price for IHN'ers and Allies
  • 25% OFF one of IHN's select standard Con Ed courses
  • LIFETIME Access to all previous program material, updates and replays
  • First 3 MONTHS with Brett in his private Masterclass group
  • Access content 24/7 from anywhere with a dedicated App
  • 140 PAGE “Digestive Health, The Practitioners Guide”
  • Fully referenced protocols and guidelines
  • Supplement protocols with brands, dosages, best practices
  • Condition-specific meal plans + therapeutic food lists
  • Learn about functional lab tests and their basic interpretation
  • Learn standard medical diagnostics in digestive disorders
  • Understand standard medical treatments/drugs + nutrient depletions and supplement interactions
  • Dosage guide 600+ vitamins, minerals, herbs, nutraceuticals
  • Guest Lectures and Training from Biotics Research, Microbiome Labs and Fluids IQ
  • Over 40 hours of pre-recorded case studies and clinical mentorship over and over the core content of the Masterclass

Instructor: Brett Hawes CNP, CFMP

Brett is a 2006 IHN graduate and in 2016 got certified in Functional Medicine through Functional Medicine University in the US. He started his home based practicing just before graduating in 2006, helping people with basic health issues like weight loss, energy and digestive issues. He initially practiced Ayurveda almost exclusively then branched out into holistic and applied Iridology (Dr. Pesek and Dr. Jensen). He has done extensive work with First Nations and studied shamanic medicine. He has worked in integrative clinical settings with DCs, DOs, RMTs, NDs, TCM and Practitioners.

Brett has helped 1000's of clients overcome a wide variety of health issues in his 16 years of clinical practice. He runs a cloud-based online clinic with his primary focus being chronic and complex digestive issues, hormone health and autoimmune disease. He has been in-class faculty at the Toronto and Mississauga campuses of IHN for 14 years teaching Nutrition & Health: The Fundamental as well as Nutrition & The Environment. Recently, he launched IHN's online program teaching Fundamentals. Brett also mentors graduating students as a Student Clinic Advisor. His popular weekly podcast Holistic Health Masterclass is ranked in the top 200 alternative health podcasts in the world and reaches 1000’s of listeners in 57 countries each week. Brett is a long time personal rights and freedoms advocate who believes in individuals having access to natural health products and practices of their choice. He is considered an expert in the field of natural medicine and holistic health.

Digestive Health Practitioner Masterclass – Course Curriculum

The 8 week program will be released weekly with content including:

Foundational Principles

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • How We Digest Food
  • The Human Microbiome
  • The 5-R Approach to Healing
  • Preparing for Detoxification


  • Overview and Technical Definitions
  • Rome Criteria for Constipation
  • Common (and Uncommon) Causes of Constipation
  • Solutions and Protocols
  • 5-Week Bowel Retraining Protocol
  • Enemas and Colon Hydrotherapy
  • Vitamin C and Magnesium Flushes

Upper GI Issues

  • All Disease Begins in the Gut
  • Main Causes and Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid
  • Ulcers Part 1: Overview, Diet and Lifestyle Factors
  • Ulcers Part 2: H. Pylori and Ulcer Supplement Protocols (3-Step Approach)
  • Restoring Proper Digestive Function
  • Weening Off of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s)

Stress, Gut-Brain, and the Microbiome

  • Stress and the Gut Microbiome
  • HPA Axis Overview
  • Adrenal “Burnout” Functional Lab Testing and Treatment

Leaky Gut/Malabsorption Syndrome

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome Overview
  • Leaky Gut Diet
  • Leaky Gut Supplement Protocols

Functional Lab Testing – Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)

  • BiomeFX (Microbiome Labs) – Overview and Interpretation + 4 hours of exclusive training with the Microbiome Labs clinical team
  • GI Map (Diagnostic Solutions) – Overview and Interpretation
  • GI Effects (Genova Diagnostics) – Overview and Interpretation
  • CDSA – Great Plains – Overview and Interpretation
  • Intestinal Permeability Assessment (Genova Diagnostics)
  • Intestinal IQ (Fluids IQ Labs) + guest lecture with clinical director

Food Sensitivity Testing

  • IgG Map + Candida (Great plains Lab)
  • Allergy Explorer (Diagnostic Solutions)
  • US Biotek allergy and sensitivity panels
  • ELISA-LRA (Elisa-ACT Biotechnologies)

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)

  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn’s
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Overview + IBS Questionnaire for Clients/Patients
  • Low FODMAP dieting
  • IBS Supplement Protocols

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and Intestinal Methanogen Overgrowth (IMO)

  • Overview + Dietary Triggers
  • SIBO/IMO Breath Testing
  • SIBO/IMO testing with FoodMarble (over 3 hours of exclusive guest training)
  • Supplement Protocols for Different Types of SIBO
  • SIBO Supplement interaction checklist
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Protocols and Recommendations


  • Overview
  • Functional Lab Tests for Candida (going beyond stool testing)
  • Candida diet
  • Candida Supplement Protocols
  • Pathogenic Bacteria and Yeast Chart


  • Overview
  • Testing
  • Parasite Protocols and Cleansing Kits
  • Parasitic Organisms Chart
  • Parasite Identification Guide

Nutrition & Health: The Fundamentals
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Body Metabolism
Symptomatology 1 & 2

ORIENTATION DATE: Monday February 20, 2023 
7:30 – 8:30 pm Eastern (Canada)

MODULE RELEASE DATES: 8 TuesdaysFebruary 21, 28 Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 4, 11
RELEASE TIME: 12:00 pm Eastern (Canada)
Link Direct to your email

LIVE Q&As WITH BRETT: 8 MondaysFebruary 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 3, 10
TIME: 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern (Canada)
Included. Digestive Health: The Practitioners Guide (mailed to you upon registration)

Wednesday February 1, 2023

Monday February 13, 2023
* This is a hard deadline in order for Brett to ship out the Practitioners Guide, and for national registrants to receive mailing on time, international registrants may want to consider two weeks before the program starts

With IHN $250 off the total investment is—$1447.00 + HST (payment in full) or 3 installments of $530.00
*$100 non-refundable deposit upon registration


Link to Enroll below!

* current IHN students, IHN Graduates and Any Allied Practitioners welcome to register through the IHN Collaboration link found on this page.

Brett Hawes at
Julia Rickert at

There is a $100.00 + HST non-refundable deposit due upon registration. If you are not satisfied with the program, you may request a full refund (minus the $100 non-refundable administration fee) after the first week’s lesson. Refunds will not be issued after the commencement of week 2 of the program. Refunds might take up to 4 weeks to process. Please also be sure to read our full terms and conditions here