Describes probiotics and their relationship to bacteria, yeasts, parasites, and viruses. Discusses how probiotics affect the healthy immune system. Explains antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. Describes how probiotics can be helpful in preventing and treating certain diseases and conditions. Identify good food sources of probiotics and prebiotics. Identify how to select probiotic supplements considering their risks and benefits. Describes how healthcare professionals can use this information to improve patient education and outcomes.
Identifies what free radicals and antioxidants are, their functions, and how they interact. Summarizes the current views on biochemistry and clinical features of vitamin E and vitamin C, as well as other commonly consumed antioxidants. Discusses the most practical strategies for managing deficiencies and toxicities of antioxidant vitamins. Discusses the current scientific debate over the role of antioxidants in a variety of conditions, including age-related macular degeneration.
Describes how appetite is normally regulated. Cites how appetite can become dysregulated and contribute to weight gain and obesity. Describes a range of factors that can influence appetite control. Identifies lifestyle interventions that can be used to regain appetite control. Identifies the role of appetitesuppressing medications.
Outlines proper parental management and care for a health infant, toddler, and child. Lists, for parents, appropriate vaccination requirements and pediatric micro- and macronutrient requirements. Outlines, for developing infants, optimal nutritional regimens. Identifies, for toddlers and children, proper age-related heights and weights. Determines the appropriate use of food substitutes when food allergies exist. Defines unmet childhood dental needs. Describes how the information in this course can be utilized to improve patient care and patient outcomes.
Discusses how foods and vitamins may improve memory and brain function. Describes how the DASH and Mediterranean diets may play a key role in brain health. Explains how food choices and supplements may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging. Describes an optimal diet for brain health.
Describes the role tobacco plays in various kinds of cancers. Identifies the impact of estrogens, and viral and bacterial pathogens, on the development of cancer. Describes the lifestyle and dietary changes that can help prevent the development of cancer. Discusses the benefits and drawbacks associated with some of the tools used to screen for cancer. Identifies the role of chemopreventive agents, and how they may be able to curtail the onset of cancer, or its recurrence.
Discusses various historical uses of chocolate. Identifies chocolate’s nutritive and nonnutritive properties. Outlines current knowledge on potential health benefits related to polyphenols and other components in chocolate. Describes what may underlie “chocolate craving” and distinguish between craving and addiction. Advises patients regarding chocolate consumption and ways to reduce consumption, if appropriate.
Describes the chemical content of coffee and tea, and the pathways by which these chemicals affect the body. Identifies the latest findings on the positive and negative health effects of caffeine, and decaffeinated beverages. Discusses the potential for addiction in caffeine users. Advises patients about consumption of caffeine beverages.