Khan Sikandar MD (A.M.), CNP, ROHP
Khan Sikandar was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. He is African at heart, Indian by origin and Canadian by residency. His background in conventional medicine and his keen interest in alternative, complimentary and integrative therapies proved useful during his Clinical postings in Rural Tanzania, where pharmaceutics and lab diagnostic facilities were minimal, absent or unaffordable.
This experience set him on a quest to bridge the gap between the Science and the art of Medicine – or healing, to be more precise. His quest led him to India where he did his MD (A.M.) in Medicina Alternativa, and finally to IHN Vancouver, where he graduated as a Certified and Registered Orthomolecular Nutritional Practitioner.
Khan believes in “Evidence that demands a verdict.” If we understand how a system goes from order to disorder, from ease to dis-ease, then reversing it shouldn’t be like taking a shot in the dark. As Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, then you probably do not understand it that well.”
Khan teaches Nutrition & Health: The Fundamentals and Body Metabolism at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Vancouver Campus.
FN 001 Nutrition and Health: The Fundamentals
An introduction to the principles of nutrition as they relate to health and to the prevention of disease. This course provides a framework for the study of the basics of nutrition including; micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), the energy-yielding nutrients (Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins), metabolism, digestion, absorption and energy balance. This course will also look at lipids in detail: their functions, classification, dietary requirements, digestion & absorption, metabolism and links to the major fatal diseases, heart disease and cancer.
BM 002 Body Metabolism
Nutrition is intimately linked with body metabolism. The goal of this course is to give you an understanding of what the body does with the food we eat. We begin with a detailed study of enzymes including the importance of vitamins and minerals. We then examine metabolic reactions used to obtain energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as reactions used to rid our body of wastes such as urea and uric acid. The key role of the liver in metabolism will be emphasized throughout the course. Other topics will include digestive hormones, production of lactic acid, lipid carriers and the effects of low carbohydrate diets, including the effect on insulin/glucagon ratio, gluconeogenesis, ketosis and more.