Transition Zones Advanced Physiology

An Herbalist's Guide Through 7 Key Areas of Health & Wellness

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Transition Zones are the critical health topics of our time

Welcome to a comprehensive online course & resource on 7 core topics – Inflammation, pain, allergies, gut health, skin, cannabis, and heart coherence.

These are the topics that come up over and over for herbalists, and anyone in the holistic health community – yet they are also the most misunderstood, and surrounded in hype.

Transition Zones Advanced Topics balances research and science, with a whole-person approach to physiology and health.

Here's what you get with Transition Zones Advanced Topics:

    • A new ability to improvise based on your knowledge of HOW and WHY the body works in these 7 core areas
    • A foundation to think critically about these emerging topics as new discoveries are made
    • A process to learn advanced physiology, even if you’ve never taken a science class
    • All 7 modules, each with their own curriculum, lectures, notes, discussion questions, quizzes, and live workshops – all available as a reference forever.
    • The video and audio lessons as downloadable files so you can engage in the way that works best for you.
    • The lessons are supported by monthly Q&A sessions (live and recorded) for each topic.
    • Access to our private Facebook group to interact with equally committed students, make friends, and receive and provide support in your learning journey.

All backed by a risk free, 30 day guarantee.

19 CEUs (continuing education credits) now available (quizzes included)

"I would recommend this course to any wellness professional!! These courses offer real life application to real life problems we and our clients all face in the environments we live in and what we put in/on our bodies."

Jim Mollosky, MS, LMT, ATC, CSCS


Transition Zones – Lessons Details

Get instant access to each topic – with its own curriculum, lecture, notes, and scheduled Q&A session.

The Physiology of Inflammation

Inflammation is one of our primary defenses in the body and is a major cause/contributing factor to almost all illness and disease. How can this be so?

If you’re asking that question, come and take an in-depth look at the entire process. It will help you make informed decisions concerning when and if you need to alter the process.

We will cover all of the physiology of inflammation including biochemistry within the cell. How and why inflammation is beneficial, when it is not beneficial, and finally we will discuss an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, which includes our friends, the herbs.

Heart Coherence, Relaxation & Health

Finally, western science is beginning to understand the greater workings of the heart as an organ of perception and as a central intelligence of the body.

We will explore the latest physiological evidence of the heart’s leadership edge in health and well being as the conductor of coherence within the body and a myriad of other jobs you may have had no idea about.

Finally we will explore heart-centering techniques and how they can lead to lower blood pressure, increased relaxation, greater energy and perhaps save the planet.

How and Why Cannabis works…. Our Endogenous Cannabinoid System

As herbalists we all know when giving a weed walk in a new place, the richest areas are the transitions zones, the margins, the edges. In this light, we will examine a much maligned, misunderstood and misrepresented plant we have pushed to the margins, Cannabis.

It is time for us, the herbalists, to reclaim the proper uses of this medicine in our materia medica. Time for us to help educate people about how, when, and why cannabis works (and it’s not a cure for everything!).

Our talk will begin with the not well-known or publicized internal Endogenous Cannabinoid System, and its physiology and functions. Finally we will discuss “right relationship” with this master plant and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing plant.

"This course is essential to our evolution. I specifically liked Tammi’s holistic approach in understanding the stress response and the benefits of tuning into the heart messages. The heart is an energy field, not just a blood pump."

~ Ingrid Callenberger

The Physiology Pathway for Pain and the Correlating Herbs

Many of our clients come in with both acute and chronic pain.

The best way to assist them in their healing path is to have a deeper understanding of the mechanism of pain, the reason for it physiologically and ways of relieving it when necessary.

This class will explore the pain pathway from the origin, all the way up to the recognition in the brain. Next the class will discuss the different types of pain; acute, chronic, nociceptive, inflammatory, dysfunctional and neuropathic, their etiology and mechanisms. Finally the class will explore the latest findings in pain research, the myriad of methods to interrupt the pain pathway, how these methods work and finally their indications and contraindications.

Gut Inflammation & Food Intolerance

Since inflammation is the only way to heal any injury in the body, what happens when the food we are eating is causing inflammation and injury to our gut wall?

We persist in a state of chronic inflammation that does not stay localized to the intestinal lining. We will examine the etiology of food intolerance and how it leads to leaky gut, chronic inflammation and many other chronic diseases.

Discussion will also include the anatomy & physiology of the gut lining and the vast interface of the immune system living there. We of course, will round out the discussion with ways of healing the injury and moving towards health.

Asthma, Allergies and Respiratory Health

Let’s face it, there’s more allergy and asthma now then there’s ever been.

Why is our Immune system overreacting? What are ways to help quiet the system’s need to defend against everything?

We will take the time to discuss enough of the Immune system to understand the physiology of asthma and allergies and a few others. We will also spend time discussing herbal and lifestyle interventions that help.

Advanced Physiology of Skin

One of the most common ailments for everyone is some sort of skin condition.

Rashes, cuts, bruises, infection, and allergic reactions are all a response of our largest organ, our skin, to some trauma.

In this class we will examine the anatomy & physiology of the skin itself, the ways it is injured and of course, the way it heals itself. Since the skin is a major interface for the herbal world, we will discuss the herbs that help heal the skin and how they do it.

"Tammi has a special gift of being able to distill science into an easy to comprehend language. I left with a deeper understanding of physiology and lots of new information about inflammation, allergies, and many other things"

~ Lisa Schwartz

Your Instructor

Tammi Sweet
Tammi Sweet

Researcher, educator, guest lecturer, and co-founder of Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials in Van Etten, NY.

Tammi received her formal training in Neurobiology & Endocrinology and is a licensed massage therapist. She has worked for many years as an instructor in Anatomy and Physiology at the college level, and at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY.

In addition to teaching the brilliance of the body, Tammi loves to bring others into deeper relationship with the natural world and with spirit. Tammi has been a practitioner of herbal medicine and a teacher of primitive skills & herbal medicine for many years. She studied herbal medicine with Rosemary Gladstar & Pam Montgomery, Spirit & Earth-based skills and philosophy with Rocio Alarcon, Brooke Medicine Eagle and Tom Brown, Jr. and has been influenced by many other wonderful herbalists especially Stephen Buhner’s pioneering work on the heart as an organ of perception.

Her background in physiology has made her a valuable resource to developing herbalists and massage therapists who want to deepen their foundations as practitioners. In 2007, she decided to integrate these loves into her own school and co-founded the Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials with Kris Miller. Since 2013, Tammi has been teaching an 8 week Online Anatomy & Physiology course, and recently released Transition Zones Advanced Topics.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I'm 100% confident that Transition Zones will improve your understanding of health and give you access to knowledge which can be applied in so many ways. But, if for any reason you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How much time should I set aside for studying?
You're going to get the most out of the class if you're studying, thinking critically, and applying your knowledge. This course includes some of my best lectures, along with supplemental materials. If you really want to “own” the material, a good approximation of study-time is the college rule of thumb, one hour of lecture equals two hours of study time at home. Also know that once you register, the course is yours forever. You can start it whenever you want, take a break, and get back into it.
I'm not an herbalists, will your courses still be relevant?
We teach a lot about plant medicine at Heartstone, and earth connection in general – but no, you don't need to be an herbalist, or professional to benefit from this course. Many of our students are looking for ways to apply a better understanding of physiology for their own health – such as talking with doctors, or creating a pro-active health plan relying on their own knowledge.
How will I be able to get my questions answered?
Every student, at every level can send me a direct email. If your question is about the content in the course I encourage that you add to the discussion inside the course itself. In my course platform there is a comments area for each video which is a great place to ask questions and generate some discussion. Students who want extra mentorship, and who want to explore the content in a private Facebook group can enroll in Transition Zones + Community. Then, each month for seven months, we will focus on one of the topics together. This also includes a live Q&A session for each of the topics. These Q&A sessions will be recorded and made available for students to download.
Do I need a textbook?
This material is at the cutting edge and most of it researched right from primary scientific journal articles. I have made those references available in each of the lessons at the end of the notes. If you want basic background information, I recommend Tortora and Derrickson’s, Principles of Anatomy & Physiology. Buy and older edition, they are much cheaper. If you want an advanced physiology textbook I use, Guyton & Hall’s, Textbook of Medical Physiology.

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