The revised title of this course reflects the widespread acceptance and implementation of complementary therapies into our health care system. New research and recommendations in every chapter supporting (or rejecting) claims for popular treatments make this working guide to herbs, botanicals, supplements and other therapeutic alternatives essential for the dietetic practitioner.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the prevalence of consumer use of alternative medicine.
- Describe the prevalence of consumer use of dietary supplements including herbs.
- List the most popular dietary supplements used by Americans.
- Explain the appropriate clinical use of dietary supplements in the treatment and prevention of certain disease conditions.
- Describe the therapeutic uses for the most commonly used herbal supplements.
- List factors affecting the potency of herbal formulas.
- Provide examples of harmful substances typically found in contaminated products.
- Recognize an acceptable definition for structure/function claims as described by the FDA.
- List the names of herbs identified with
- Identify excipients associated with manufacturing of dietary supplement tablets.
- Describe the implications of DSHEA of 1994 and current legislation regarding supplements, label claims, and manufacturing practices as mandated by the FDA.
- Explain the safety and risks from taking dietary supplements.
- Describe some of the benefits of using probiotics for certain conditions.
- Identify valid resources for checking efficacy and safety of nutritional supplements.
- Explain how to read a dietary supplement label.
- Describe counseling practices specific to patients who prefer alternative treatments.
- Identify credible sources of information regarding alternative nutrition therapies.
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This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
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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 12.0 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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