Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach – Environmental health is based on the premise that what we eat or are exposed to in our environment has a direct effect upon our health. It examines the impact of air pollutants, pesticides, heavy metals, toxins and other environmental factors on the health of individuals and populations. From historical environmental events like lead poisoning in ancient Rome to the potential impact of phthalates in modern times, this course explores the interaction between the environment and human health, and its role in mediating disease.
Appraise the emerging research links between environmental toxins and the documented rise of complex chronic illness; such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancers, neurodevelopmental disorders and reproductive health, and identify how an integrative medicine model may be applied in both prevention and treatment.
Identify the primary categories of chemical toxins present in the environment, and interpret how their mechanism of actions may impact human health.
Recognize and identify the range of toxins known to demonstrate endocrine disruptor activity in humans.
Identify vulnerable patient populations in terms of environmental toxin exposures.
Apply a structured approach to taking an environmental medicine history that includes consideration of potential toxins in air, land, and water.
Acquire familiarity with consumer resources that can help individuals reduce unnecessary environmental toxin exposures, and recognize how cultural and socioeconomic status may influence their number of exposures and ability to limit exposure.
Assess the impact of some of the emerging technologies and agricultural practices on environmental medicine and how they are affecting human health.
Identify several resources for patients and clinicians interested in environmental advocacy.
6.0 Free CEUs for Nurses
This course also offers Free CME for Physicians