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Holistic Continuing Education Package

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This online CE package contains 5 holistic continuing education courses and provides 7.5 contact hours of education.

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

Upon successful completion of each course, with an exam score of 80% or greater, a “Certificate of Completion” is instantly available to print. 

This 5 course package offers a 10% discount off our regular course price offerings.

Thyroid Gland Overview

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland that is located above the Adams apple. The hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) effect every cell in the body. The physiology of the thyroid hormone process is complex. Many nutrients, such as selenium and iodine play a crucial role in thyroid health. If even one of the several nutrients are missing the thyroid gland cannot function. This results in many systems in the body unable to do their tasks, from cardiac health to respiratory health and metabolic regulation to name a few. Without understanding the delicate interactions and nutrients required for a healthy thyroid, it is impossible to understand thyroid diseases and conditions.

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Hashimotos Thyroiditis From A Western Medicine And Holistic Perspective

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health professionals and others interested in understanding Hashimotos Thyroiditis disease, causes, symptoms, lab tests and treatment options from both a holistic and Western medicine approach.

Hashimotos Thyroiditis is named after Dr Hakaru Hashimoto in 1912. Dr Hashimoto described in a paper originally published in Germany a set of symptoms specific to autoimmune thyroiditis.

According to the American Thyroid Association, it is estimated that over 12 percent of the general population has a thyroid disorder, and up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. This includes thyroid cancers, nodules, hyperthyroid and hypothyroid disease.

There are three types of hypothyroidism: primary, secondary and tertiary. In secondary hypothyroidism, your pituitary gland isn’t stimulating your thyroid to produce enough hormones. In other words, the problem isn’t with your thyroid. The same is true with tertiary hypothyroidism- the hypothalamus does not produce enough TRH, or thyrotropin releasing hormone. TRH plays and important role in stimulating the pituitary to produce enough TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone.

Primary Hypothyroidism

In primary hypothyroidism, your thyroid is being stimulated properly. However, it isn’t able to produce enough thyroid hormones for your body to function properly. This means that your thyroid itself is the source of the problem. The most common cause of primary hypothyroidism is Hashimotos thyroiditis. Hashimotos thyroiditis is estimated to be the cause of over 90 percent of primary hypothyroidism.

The goal of this continuing education program is to educate all levels of providers and those interested on the autoimmune disease known as Hashimotos thyroiditis. This course will discuss how Hashimotos is diagnosed.  An overview of lab tests and how they are used to diagnose and treat Hashimotos will be covered. A comprehensive holistic approach to diagnosis, treatment, and natural modalities will be covered, including nutrition, exercise and stress reduction in the treatment of this disease. Pharmacological interventions will also be discussed.

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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 Crohn’s 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. 

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Essential Oils for Health

Essential oils are nature's medicine. They have been used for over 3,500 years worldwide for their therapeutic and healing properties. Once these oils and the plants they come from were standard tools physicians used to treat their patients prior to the institution of the pharmaceutical industry.

Natural remedies have been used in every culture, sometimes considered quackery or witchcraft. Essential oils are a part of the re-emergence of natural remedies. Many people use them every day to maintain their health, physically, mentally and emotionally. They can be used to assist the body to heal and have proven to be very effective. Daily we see more research that supports what many have experienced that essential oils are a safe and effective way to treat everything from common cold, to severe infections, headaches, hormonal imbalance, mental disorders and so much more.

As nurses part of our role is to constantly stay informed of new therapies and essential oils are becoming more and more popular. Educating yourself to the benefits of essential oils is as important as every other form of new treatments. The world of natural medicine is no longer considered alternative but rather complementary. I believe that exploring the world of essential oils will open your mind to new possibilities and you will find it very intriguing. 

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Healing the Healer

Nurses give of themselves daily in large quantities. Yet, as experience has shown us they are the least likely to take care of themselves. To be in a position to care for others in a loving, healing way the provider must first look to their own needs. In this online continuing education course author Jill O'Hara will share all that she has learned about self-care, wellness and creating a life of balance. Learn simple and effective tools that you can use daily to improve your well-being. Explore what holds you back from caring for yourself first. This  program is sure to enlighten you and provide you with time proven techniques to bring yourself back into balance, harmony and allow you to care for others in a meaningful way that does not wear you down. 

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