In the age of the internet, misinformation, and crafty marketing campaigns, it’s more important than ever to be empowered with knowledge and the ability to critically assess claims. A necessary prerequisite for detecting pseudoscience is understanding the value of different types of scientific studies, the meaning of statistical significance, and when science leaves room for interpretation.
This online course includes 5 hours of video lecture by Dr. Sarah, including downloadable and printable PDFs of her presentations slides. The topics covered in detail include:
- Nutrient requirements of biological systems
- Prevalence and sources of nutrient deficiencies
- Top sources of nutrients commonly deficient
- Designing a nutrient-sufficient diet (surprise! it’s the Paleo diet!)
- Sleep as a linchpin of health
- Impact of stress on health
- Activity balance and health
- Connection and health
- Diet vs. Lifestyle: priorities and synergy
- Nutrient, diet and lifestyle links to the top mortality- and morbidity-causing chronic illnesses
- cardiovascular disease
- type 2 diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- chronic kidney disease
- autoimmune disease
- An introduction to the Autoimmune Protocol
The Paleo diet isn’t about duplicating our paleolithic ancestors. In fact, the Paleo framework does not need to rely on paleoanthropological data at all! In this comprehensive online course, Dr. Sarah takes a modern scientific approach to optimal human diet, explaining the nutrient requirements of human biological systems and building a dietary framework centered on nutrient-sufficiency, meaning that you get all of the nutrients your body needs to function optimally from food. When you choose foods based on the nutritional needs of the human body, you end up with a dietary framework that strongly resembles the Paleo diet while respecting bioindividuality. Dr. Sarah also emphasize the limitations of dietary guidelines that do not take the connectivity of biological systems and the complexity of inputs to health into account.
Diet is but one input to health, so Dr. Sarah put equal emphasis on lifestyle, covering in depth how sleep, stress, activity, and connection each impact our biological systems. Lifestyle choices also impact how easy good food choices are, so this focus on the role of lifestyle factors in health and healing can also be the missing piece for anyone struggling to implement specific dietary priorities.
Beyond supporting optimal health, diet and lifestyle choices can provide therapeutic benefit in a wide variety of chronic illnesses. Delving into the scientifically-proven links between specific nutrients, dietary trends, and lifestyle factors with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, metabolic syndrome, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic kidney disease and autoimmune disease, Dr. Sarah further underlines priorities to maximize therapeutic potential of day-to-day choices, culminating in the Autoimmune Protocol.
Dr. Sarah was, of course, spectacularly brilliant and entertaining. Easy to listen to her speak and her synthesis of scientific research is hands-down the best I’ve experienced in the wellness community. –Megan
Sarah truly has a gift for channeling her passion for science, nutrition, and wellness into down to earth lectures, which she lively delivers. She is able to explain complex science in a manner all can embrace and enjoy learning. And she loves what she does, you can tell! –Lisa
Dr Ballantyne, thank you so much for your passion for wellness, your search for truth in optimal health through meaningful studies, your dedication in sharing your knowledge and the very real, practical ways that food impacts our body and all of its systems! Truly, I think you have a gift for making it really easy to see the big picture for first-timers, as well as continue to connect the dots for the rest of us, no matter where we are on our journey. –Tammy
As a scientist (physicist), I appreciated Sarah’s explanation of the different levels of the scientific studies she reviews and an explanation of her science background. It gave me confidence in her knowledge about the science principles of the information she presents. She’s not just some Mom who read something on the Internet and is parroting it. –AnnMarie
I love the fact that Sarah (hope she doesn’t mind me calling her Sarah at this point) gives us the science and facts behind everything and not just her opinion. I love her passion for educating people and helping everyone on their journey to wellness. It’s a long and winding road and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this workshop and learn so many amazing things. –Mindy
Note: The Introduction to Nutritional Sciences online course is a 100% digital product and does not include registration to any live event. No course materials will be mailed to you and this digital product does not include a mechanism for asking questions (if you are interested in direct access to Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, consider Insider Connection). All of your digital purchases from ThePaleoMom.com are linked to your e-mail address and available to view or download through the “My Account” link at the top of the webpage. If you have not yet set up an account, simply put in your e-mail address and click “Forgot Password”.