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.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Gannett Education is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2010, 3100, 4000, 4060, 4100, 4110, 6010, 6030, 7100
Gannett Education is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This course is approved for continuing education clock hours by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).