Alternative & Integrative Nutrition - RD640

Alternative & Integrative Nutrition

by Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, RD, MS and Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND
(4.6 / 19 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (14.00 CPEU)

Price: $149.00
CE-PRO Price: $74.50


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.


The goal of this course is to increase knowledge and understanding of complementary, integrative and alternative medicine use with a focus on nutrition interventions, to recognize the possible benefits, risks, and impact for consumers utilizing these approaches. 
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the prevalence of consumer use of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and its impact on utilization of healthcare.
  • List at least six popular dietary supplements used by Americans and the reasons for use.
  • Give examples of how genetic information can be used to provide personalized dietary recommendations.
  • Explain the appropriate use of dietary supplements, including herbal products.
  • Describe the basic tenets and applications of nutrigenomics. 
  • Identify at least three factors affecting the potency and quality of herbal products beginning with raw material, harvesting, storage, manufacturing, and finished product.
  • Provide examples of four or more harmful substances found in contaminated herbal products.
  • Recognize acceptable structure/function claims as mandated by the FDA.
  • List the Latin and common names of three or more herbs identified with “adaptogenic properties.”
  • Identify at least four 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 how to differentiate between a poorly written dietary supplement label and one that contains full disclosure.
  • Discuss the challenges in properly identifying botanical ingredients and types of analytical testing used to identify herbal product ingredients.
  • Explain the safety and risks from taking dietary supplements in terms of contamination, adulteration, toxicity and supplement drug interactions.
  • Describe at least three possible benefits of using probiotics for certain conditions.
  • Identify valid resources for checking efficacy and safety of nutritional supplements.
  • Describe counseling practices specific to patients who prefer alternative treatments.
  • Identify credible sources of information regarding complementary and integrative nutrition.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, dietetic technicians, health educators, athletic trainers and fitness professionals.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2010, 2090, 3100, 4040, 5420 and performance indicators of 8.1.3, 8.3.1, 10.4.4, 10.4.5.  
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 5/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/14/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Jaclyn V - Staten Island, NY  ·  Apr 03, 2020
This course was a great introduction to supplements and herbs, their use and effectiveness in specific conditions, and when they are contraindicated.
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Amy B - Napa, CA  ·  Mar 30, 2020
Great review. Thank you
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Jose G - Downey, CA  ·  Mar 30, 2020
liked and chose this one because my brother is a dietician and supervisor for dietary at HOAG and wanted to get an idea of what he does
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ELIZABETH M - VANCOUVER, WA  ·  Mar 20, 2020
I actually thought it was very well done, and exactly what I was looking for
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Jeanine M - lutz, FL  ·  Mar 09, 2020
very informative. I especially enjoyed the education on supplements including newer fads (ex- bone meal)
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Price: $149.00
CE-PRO Price: $74.50