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.
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, athletic trainers, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 1050, 2010, 2090, 3010, 3100, 4000, 4060, 4090, 4100, 6010, 6030, 7100, 7110 and performance indicators of 1.1.6, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 2.1.8, 3.2.5, 4.1.2, 4.2.7, 8.2.3, 8.3.6, 8.3.7, 10.4.4.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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