Pillars of Health® Education

Do you gain weight gradually from year to year? Are you tired all the time – sometimes even strangely worn out? Do you suspect impaired thyroid function? Do you suffer from several colds annually? Does your head often ache? Do you suffer from repeated gut or stomach troubles? Do you sleep poorly? Do you suffer from hormone problems? Do you suffer from continuous stress – do you know what adrenal fatigue is? And what about chronic silent inflammation in the body? Pillars of Health® courses teach you to understand what takes place in your body and why. You also learn how to prevent health problems in advance, and how to recover health and vital energy.

Pillars of Health® education is designed for those interested in their health and wellbeing, and for those wanting to achieve the top form of their lives, and also for those thirsting for knowledge and thinking of a career change. If you are not a health care professional, this education also enables you to aim to become a Nutrition Advisor or an FM Nutrition Coach®.

Health care professionals and nutrition coaches are also most welcome to the courses to learn new things and to deepen their professional skills. The Pillars of Health courses are useful to all those who want to study functional medicine. No matter whether you are a hairdresser, personal trainer, bank clerk, nurse, bookkeeper, stewardess, cleaner, secretary, economist, psychologist, teacher, masseur or kindergarten teacher, you are warmly welcome to join our wonderful team!

Pillars of Health® education consists of nine different courses arranged as classroom courses. One course takes two days (Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). The exams are arranged on course Saturdays 9 a.m.-10 a.m. The courses are held in the Mäkelä School (Helsinki Business Institute) in Vallila, Helsinki. In the near future, the Pillars of Health courses can also be attended as online courses.

Cordial welcome to a journey towards health and wellbeing!

Pillars of Health® Courses in Brief

Pillars of Health® education consists of nine courses. Seven of them are compulsory, if you are not a health care professional and you aim at functional medicine education. We recommend that you attend the PH courses in numerical order. If you are especially interested in a certain subject, e.g., PH 2 (gut and its huge significance for health) or PH 9 (migraine, menopause, sport nutrition and artificial sweeteners), you can also participate in individual PH courses. However, we hope and recommend that you attend the courses in numerical order. This concerns especially those who have no earlier experience or knowledge of the subject. The courses are designed so that attending them in order (PH1-PH9) gives the best possible learning result.

PH 1 course acquaints us with the functional viewpoint of health, with individuality and diet. In addition, we get to know many poisons (such as pesticides, heavy metals, environmental toxins) and their impact on health.

PH 2 course dives into the amazing world of the gut. The gut and the bacteria therein are incredibly important for our wellbeing. Among other things, you learn what can be done about various gut issues such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diverticula and dysbiosis. We also get to know how the liver functions, what its detoxification system is like, and what kind of food is good for the health of the liver.

PH 3 course teaches us how to create a strong immune defense. In addition, we learn what kind of food the brain needs, i.e., how to nourish our brain in the best possible way. We also learn what factors must be avoided and what factors accelerate the degeneration of the brain. We also deal with depression and sleep disorders and their treatment.

PH 4 course is about the magic of hormones. You learn how disturbed insulin metabolism and stress affect health. You also get to know PMS troubles and their treatment. In addition, we deal with adrenal fatigue and impaired thyroid function (hypothyroidism) as well as the importance of iodine for the organs. You learn in practice how to treat above mentioned disorders.

PH 5 course deals with the probably biggest plague of today – chronic silent inflammation which lies behind almost all chronic diseases. We get to know where and how it develops and how it can be prevented. You also learn how the adipose tissue of the body, genes and environmental factors affect chronic silent inflammation. After the course, you know what can be done if the chronic silent inflammation is prevailing in the body.

PH 6 course enables you to have a look inside the cell. We dive into cell metabolism and biochemistry. We observe what takes place in the cell and why. What are the marvelous mitochondria and what happens if they do not function properly? You also get to understand why the cell needs vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids. At the same time, you learn how the hazardous substances can weaken the cell function or even kill the cell.

PH 7 is the basic course of dietary supplements. We deal with, e.g., vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, antioxidants, fatty acids and amino acids. After the course, you know, for instance, how the vitamin C affects your body, why the fatty acids are important, and what benefits the antioxidants offer. You learn why, when and how to use dietary supplements in order to make the best possible use of them. You also learn when certain dietary supplements must not be used.

PH 8 is the continuation course of dietary supplements. We acquaint ourselves with dietary supplements that relate to, e.g., menopause, wellbeing of the gut, sleep disorders and stress. You get to understand the most important things as to the dosages and combinations of dietary supplements. You also learn which dietary supplements are important for reaching the optimal brain function.

PH 9 course was created thanks to the participants’ wishes. It consists of sport nutrition and deals with the role of food in the comprehensive training of a sportsman. In addition, you learn how to treat migraine and menopause troubles in accordance with the principles of functional medicine. We also study what impact artificial sweeteners have on human health.

More Detailed Information

Pillars of Health courses are arranged in the Mäkelä School (Helsinki Business Institute, Hattulantie 2, 00550 Helsinki) in Vallila, Helsinki). During course weekends, we study on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exams are held on course Saturday mornings 9 a.m.-10 a.m. The price of one course, i.e., weekend course, is 300 euros including the training and course material as well as 24 % VAT. The exams cost 30 euros/course.

The teachers are:

  • Paula Heinonen, Lic.Sc. (Tech.), instructor and expert in functional medicine and nutrition
  • Hanna Kivimäki, FM Nutrition Coach®, M.Sc. (Health Sciences) and certified nutritional therapist
  • Leea Pelto, D.Sc. (Biochemistry)
  • Heikki Huovinen, MPhEd (with sports physiology as major), Hintsa Performance

Registration and Inquiries

You can buy the course and exam of your choice on our website. If you are about to take an exam, please check the details here.

Telephone answering service on education issues:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on +358 50 5244 524
  • Monday to Tuesday, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., on +358 50 3799 905

At other times, please leave a message on voicemail, and we will contact you. You can also contact us by e-mail