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Brooke Lounsbury

Brooke Lounsbury is a holistic registered nurse who left the mainstream medical field in 2008 when she saw the current medical model was not about prevention. She is a public speaker, blogger and nutritional consultant who founded Health Begins at Home- “bringing health back home to you”. She has an interest in helping others to become as healthy as possible with as little money as possible using the holistic model. Her field of expertise before becoming a self-described “entrepre-nurse” was primarily in Home Health and Hospice and staff development.

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Our continuing nursing education courses are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Nursing. All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing education contact hours.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467, course provides 1.50 contact hours. This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.

Course approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, and Georgia Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # 20-466023, for 1.50 contact hours. CE Provider #: 50-13256.
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Probiotics

Contact Hours: 1.5
Cost: $15.00
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Probiotics
Our continuing nursing education courses are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nurses, the Georgia Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Nursing. All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing education contact hours.

Probiotics have been receiving a lot of attention recently.  Probiotics (pro- meaning “good” and biotic- meaning “living”) were discovered by Russian scientist and Nobel Prize winner, Elie Metchnikoff of the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

In 1907, working in Bulgaria, Metchnikoff was intrigued as to why certain inhabitants of the Bulgarian population lived much longer than others. Discovering that villagers living in the Caucasus Mountains were drinking a fermented yogurt drink on a daily basis, his studies found that a probiotic called Lactobacillus bulgaricus improved their health and may have helped the longevity of their lives. His research prompted him and others to look further into probiotics, leading scientists to discover many types of probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces boulardii, and Bifidobacterium infantis; all of which have various properties and can have different effects on the body. From treatment of diarrhea to candida overgrowth to irritable bowel and Crohns disease to research on how probiotics are intimately connected with mental health and cancer, probiotics are finally in the limelight. As more and more has been discovered about probiotics and their amazing health benefits, this microbe is a powerhouse of health giving properties. 
 



Objectives


Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:  

  1. Identify 3 different types of bacteria and yeast labelled as “probiotics”
  2. List 3 research based health benefits of using probiotics
  3. Define the term prebiotics
  4. Discuss what fermented foods are and how they contribute to overall health of the individual
 

Curriculum


Chapter 1: What Are Probiotics And What Do They Do?
  • Definition of probiotics
  • How are probiotics measured
  • Types of probiotics and health benefits, and how to use them
  • Cautions in probiotic use
Chapter 2: Prebiotics Definition And Use
  • What are prebiotics?
  • A list of some of the foods highest in prebiotics
Chapter 3: Gut Dysbiosis 
  • Definition of gut dysbiosis
  • Causes of gut dysbiosis
  • Gut dysbiosis tests
  • Methane and hydrogen breath test
  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis/Parasitology (CDSA/P)
  • Treatment for gut dysbiosis
Chapter 4: Best Sources of Probiotics

Chapter 5: Making Probiotics At Home 
  • Beet kvass
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Sauerkraut
  • Rejuvelac
  • Crockpot yogurt
Chapter 6: Resources
  • Human Microbiome project
Chapter 7: References



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