By Dr. Mercola
GrassrootsHealth in conjunction with the University of California San Diego has recently released a series of Vitamin D continuing education training courses and certifications you won’t want to miss.
Whether you are a health care professional or a layperson looking to increase your knowledge, these presentations are sure to be of benefit to everyone — and they’re offered free of charge!
Today I’m also offering a live webinar in which I’ll discuss a number of otheressential nutritional strategies for optimal health. If you have not yet registered for this webinar, you can do so in the webinar section below.
Free Vitamin D Education for the General Public
Free education sessions for the general public can be found on the University of California Vitamin D for Public Health page. Here you will learn about the science of sunshine exposure and vitamin D, the health conditions affected by vitamin D, how to optimize your vitamin D levels, and much more.
Thousands of studies have been done on the health effects of vitamin D, and research shows that it is involved in the biochemical function of all cells and tissues in your body, including your immune system and function.
When you’re deficient in vitamin D, your health can deteriorate in any number of ways, because your cells actually need the active form of vitamin D to gain access to the genetic blueprints stored inside the cell.
It’s been estimated that if vitamin D levels were raised among the general population, it could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year!
So please, take advantage of this fabulous opportunity to get this vital education free of charge, and share it with everyone you know so they can be empowered too.
Besides addressing your diet, optimizing your vitamin D level is perhaps one of the most potent ways you can improve your health.
Free Certification Courses for Health Professionals
For health care professionals, each course provides one AMA continuing education credit.
- Level 1 D*Certification: Public Health Initiative: Meeting the Vitamin D Requirements of the Pregnant Woman and Improving Health Outcomes is taught by Dr. Carol Wagner, a neonatologist with the Medical University of South Carolina
- Level 2 D*Certification: Vitamin D, Sunshine, Optimal Health: Putting it all Together is led by one of the leading researchers in the field of vitamin D, Dr. Robert Heaney of Creighton University
You can sign up for these classes on GrassrootsHealth’s Free Online CMEpage.
Upon completion of these courses, you can fill out a form to be listed on GrassrootsHealth’s website as a Certified Vitamin D practitioner. Practitioners are also encouraged to enroll their pregnant patients in the Protect Our Children NOW! project, which is now running nationwide.
Health outcomes of mothers and children will be tracked to demonstrate the results of vitamin D optimization during pregnancy and to monitor for any unusual conditions, and the results of the program will be reported in the scientific literature and to the community.
How to Enroll in Protect Our Children NOW!
Protect Our Children NOW! seeks to resolve vitamin D deficiency among pregnant women and children, and the campaign will also raise global awareness about the health risks associated with vitamin D deficiency.
Among other items, the projects expected impact is likely to be a reduction in preterm births (in some cases up to a 50 percent reduction). If you are 12 to 17 weeks pregnant, at least 18 years of age, and currently reside in the US, you may enroll in this fully sponsored project at no cost to you. Participation in the program includes:
- Free vitamin D blood tests
- Your and your newborn’s new questionnaire entries
- Reporting of results directly to you
- Free vitamin D supplements
Vitamin D Is Crucial for Optimal Health
Optimizing your vitamin D level is vital for health, and compelling research shows there’s typically a significant reduction in disease risk, no matter what disease is under investigation. Several forms of cancer appear to be reduced by 40 to 50 percent or more, for example.
Vitamin D can also reduce your risk of heart attack by about 50 percent. And, beware… research suggests that if you have a heart attack while being vitamin D deficient, your risk of dying from that heart attack is upwards of 100 percent!
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, asthma, and allergies are also impacted by your vitamin D levels, as are virtually all autoimmune diseases, and many neurological disorders as well, including Alzheimer’s disease. But there are also a number of other proactive strategies that will help you optimize your health, several of which I’ll address in today’s webinar.
Day Two of My Live Webinar Today!
Yesterday, my live talk centered around the five items needed to help reverse illness. In today’s webinar (10 am CST), I will highlight a number of essential nutritional strategies. If you have not yet registered for this webinar, you can access it by clicking on the button below. Three really essential nutritional tools to maintain health are:
- Maintaining the proper balance of gut bacteria
- Obtaining high quality omega3 fats
- Maintaining your CoQ10 levels
In addition to these three key strategies, today’s talk will also cover:
- Core Strategies for Optimal Wellness
- Gaining the Necessary Nutrients with Confidence
- The Power of Antioxidants
- Additional Every Day Tips
- Ensuring the Proper Balance for Bone Health
- Getting the Most from Vitamin D
- Addressing Health Concerns Specific to Men and Women
- A Plan for Prostate Health
- The Advantages of L-Arginine
- Making Breast Health a Top Priority
- The Importance of Iodine