Nutrition Quackery - AT112-16

Nutrition Quackery

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Frank G. Bottone, Jr., PhD, RDN, LDN
AT112-16
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Summary:

Consumers are confused. They believe the ads and the hype, so they buy questionable supplements, weight loss aids, and other useless “health enhancing” products. As healthcare providers, how do we combat the rampant misinformation and physical harm done by these products and the psychological toll when these products fail to deliver as promised? The answer is understanding the psychology of quackery, knowing how products are regulated, learning to spot quackery, knowing when to lodge complaints against unscrupulous companies, and speaking out when necessary. Learn that and more in this course.

Objectives:

The goal of this course is to educate healthcare providers about why nutrition quackery persists in our modern scientific era, and what the conscientious practitioner can do to combat it. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define food faddism, cultism, and quackery
  • Identify the four categories of nutrition quackery victims
  • Illustrate how the placebo effect works and its impact on individuals
  • Define vitalism and identify three nonscientific healthcare practices that are rooted in vitalism
  • Discuss why homeopathy violates scientific principles
  • Explain the potential dangers of naturopathy
  • Discuss two clinical tricks commonly used by unscientific practitioners
  • Describe three nonscientific tests for nutritional deficiencies and demonstrate why they are not valid
  • List 10 ways to recognize nutrition quackery
  • Evaluate nutrition claims in the popular press to determine legitimacy and accuracy
  • Identify three categories of harm done by quackery and give an example of each category
  • Examine the medical hazards of low-carbohydrate diets, high-protein diets, fasting, and food combining
  • Evaluate weight-loss programs for effectiveness
  • Discuss five ineffective weight-loss aids
  • Illustrate three tips for combating nutrition quackery
 
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This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
 
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
 
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OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 4 hours of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
 
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 7/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/22/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/22/2020

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Joseph W - Palm Springs, CA  ·  Jun 26, 2017
Very eye opening.... I did realize how gullible everyone is
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Joseph G - Cranberry Twp, PA  ·  Nov 08, 2016
informative and pertinent to my profession
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TAMMY B - Palm Harbor, FL  ·  Mar 02, 2016
I have never taken such a biased professional article in my career. It is presented in an inflammatory fashion, very unprofessional. "True believers in quack methods and products can make you think that fighting quackery is hopeless. These people are usually beyond help, but they make up only a small percentage..." Just an example of the horrible accusations contained throughout the article. Absolutely horrible information, and extremely incorrect throughout.
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ASHLEY W - Norfolk, VA  ·  Feb 10, 2016
Interesting read and enlightening on multiple levels.
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