New information on tainted weight loss supplements, sexual enhancement supplements and new federal supplement regulations highlight the latest edition of this important course. Because infomercials and spam promote bogus dietary supplements for profit, your clients need your help to make good decisions. This course provides the facts you need to help them protect themselves. Essential for working with dieters and athletes.
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Define food faddism, cultism, and quackery.
- Identify the four different categories of nutrition quackery victims.
- Describe the placebo effect.
- Discuss why food faddism persists.
- Define vitalism and identify three nonscientific health care practices that are rooted in vitalism.
- Discuss why homeopathy violates scientific principles.
- Describe the potential dangers of naturopathy.
- Discuss two clinical tricks commonly used by unscientific practitioners.
- Describe three nonscientific tests for nutritional deficiencies and why they are not valid.
- Describe the components of a scientific assessment of nutritional status.
- List ten ways to recognize nutrition quackery.
- Describe methods for evaluating nutrition claims that are read and heard.
- Identify three different categories of harm done by quackery and give an example of each category.
- Discuss the medical hazards of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets, fasting, and food combining.
- Describe how to evaluate weight-loss programs.
- Discuss five ineffective weight-loss aids.
- List two reasons why protein and amino acid supplements are not needed to increase muscle mass.
- Identify five ineffective ergogenic aids and why they don't work.
- Identify the three federal agencies that can act against nutrition fraud and their areas of jurisdiction.
- Describe two weaknesses in our consumer protection laws.
- Provide three tips for combating nutrition quackery.
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This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 8.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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