Identifies the issues in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia as well as controversies regarding the clinical presentations of this condition. Assesses the differential diagnosis of fibromyalgia, including differentiation from myofascial pain syndromes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome, and other conditions. Identifies treatment regimens and management options for fibromyalgia, including “integrative” treatments (exercise and herbal and over-the-counter remedies). Explains to patients the role of sleep disorders in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia and in the clinical management of this condition.
Describes the patterns and causes of alopecia and hirsutism. Discusses the evaluation and possible treatments for hair loss and hirsutism. Describes changes in nail color, shape, and texture that indicate underlying illness. Lists medications which can cause hair or nail abnormalities. Discusses practical strategies for maintaining healthy hair and nails.
Discusses major risk factors for heart disease. Describes the relationship between obesity and heart disease. Lists commonly used diagnostic procedures in cardiology. Identifies the role of inflammation in heart disease. Lists new guidelines for blood pressure control.
Describes how leg and foot pathologies can impair functional ability. Describes the role of different disciplines in the diagnosis
and treatment of leg and foot pathologies. Outlines evidence-based interventions for each condition. Identifies risk factors for each leg/foot condition. Identifies how this course will impact his/her current practice and interaction with patients, clients, and families.
Identifies essential fatty acids and their metabolites, including eicosanoids, and the beneficial role fatty acids play in maintaining health. Describes clinical implications of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and issues surrounding supplementation with these compounds. Discusses possible clinical benefits of supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids for various conditions, including neurologic, cardiovascular and immunologic pathology. Identifies issues related to mercury contamination of food sources, including fish and other seafood, and proper dietary recommendations for various categories of patients, including pregnant women, patients with essential fatty acid deficiencies, and patients with neurologic concerns.
Explains the diagnosis and newest treatments for skin conditions and skin allergies. Describes new laser treatments for wrinkles and other skin conditions. Lists the most effective preventive and treatment methods for skin cancer. Identifies coping strategies for patients with psychosocial issues caused by chronic skin conditions. Identifies future trends in medical and cosmetic skin treatments.
Describes the increased interest in the relationship between religious belief and health in the United States. Discusses the findings and limitations of scientific studies that have linked longevity, health, and spirituality. Describes the controversy surrounding scientific studies on prayer. Identifies the role that individual spiritual beliefs may play in patients’ lives.
This home-study course outlines the various factors that make foods palatable. It provides evidence that the "hyperpalatability" of our current food supply is undermining our normal satiety signals, motivating the drive to eat even when there is no physiologic need for food. This course presents evidence that repeated exposure to high quantities of palatable foods (i.e., those high in sugar, fat and salt) can alter the brain in ways similar to drugs of abuse, essentially "rewiring" the brain to promote compulsive eating and loss of control over food.