Elemental Nutrition Module 5: Nutrition Controversies, Food Allergies, and Assessment: Making the Right Recommendations for Your Patients
Nutrition advice is full of conflicting information, and dietary guidelines can be based more on politics than on what is best for health. As nutrition coaches, acupuncturists need a balanced understanding of controversial foods so they have a basis for making individualized recommendations to their patients. They also need to know which supplements are appropriate in a variety of circumstances and how to determine via objective diagnostic criteria which supplements are necessary.
1) Understand the arguements pro and con for "controversial" foods and the science behind the arguments.
2) Recognize the benefits and potential side effects of vitamin and mineral supplements and understand the reasons for upper and lower recommended daily limits for intake.
3) Understand which laboratory tests to order to assess nutrition deficiencies and how to use results to guide recommendations for supplementing.
4) Learn about the most common methods of testing for food allergies and the science behind them.
5) Prepare a sample one week diet for a patient with one of the conditions discussed in Module 3 and explain the basis for the recommendations.
Course is approved by the California Acupuncture Board for CEUs. NCCAOM approval is pending.