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Free Online CMEs by GrassrootsHealth Now Available Through UCSD!

Get your GrassrootsHealth D*certification by completing at least one of these 1 hr online CMEs, available through UCSD. 


The following are strongly recommended for D*certification:

Skin Cancer/Sunscreen – The Dilemma with Dr. Edward Gorham, PhD

Despite increases in sunscreen use and sun avoidance, melanoma is the most rapidly increasing skin malignancy. Could there be other factors that contribute to the risk of melanoma, and what role does the sun play? 

In this talk, Edward Gorham, PhD, discusses the dilemma of skin cancer and sunscreen use, and talks in depth about the difference between UVA and UVB exposure, the body’s physiological response to each type of irradiance, and how sun exposure and sunscreens affect the risk of skin cancers and vitamin D production.



Why the Sun is Necessary for Optimal Health with Dr. Alexander Wunsch

The Age of Enlightenment was the turning point when physicians started to investigate the biological effects of sunlight systematically. The advent of antibiotics brought about a change in our view of the sun. Using the sun conscientiously to minimize risks and maximize benefits is our health aim. 

In this presentation, Alexander Wunsch, MD, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Germany gives a historical perspective on sunlight exposure and explains how both the public's and medical community's perspective has changed over time, and includes the beneficial physiological aspects of sun exposure beyond synthesis of vitamin D with historical insights from our ancestors.



Sunlight and Your Health: An EnLIGHTening Perspective with Dr. Michael Holick

This presentation is meant to help attendees understand “Sunlight 101” including spectral output and differences between various wavelengths, how the skin responds to those various wavelengths, and positive and negative consequences of exposure. Michael F. Holick, PhD MD, Boston University Medical Center gives an energetic talk on the impacts of sunlight on your health. How can we balance current thinking on the negative effects of sun exposure with new research on its benefits? How does sunlight help in the production of vitamin D? Join Dr. Holick as he explains how sunlight reaches us, how it is absorbed by the skin and much more.

This CME is sponsored by: KBD, Inc.,  manufacturer of SPERTI Ultraviolet products for home use, produces the only FDA recognized Ultraviolet product for production of VITAMIN D.



The following is required for the Protect Our Children NOW ! D*certification:

Public Health Initiative: Meeting the Vitamin D Requirements of the Pregnant Woman and Improving Health Outcomes; NICHD Vitamin D Lactation Summary Data with Dr. Carol Wagner

Carol L. Wagner, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, discusses how vitamin D status during pregnancy varies around the globe and the implications of maternal vitamin D deficiency for both the mother and her developing fetus.  Information is provided regarding the role of vitamin D during pregnancy, its role in maternal health and in reducing comorbidities of pregnancy, including preterm birth.  The talk is concluded with NICHD Vitamin D Lactation Summary Data to detail the importance of maternal supplementation during lactation, versus supplementing the baby alone, in order to maintain sufficiency for both the mother and the breastfeeding infant. 


The following is required for the Protect Our Children NOW ! D*certification:

Vitamin D, Sunshine, Optimal Health: Putting it all Together with Dr. Robert Heaney

Vitamin D is an essential component of the mechanisms by which cells control gene transcription in response to a variety of extra-cellular stimuli. Adequate vitamin D enables an optimal response to a broad variety of signals, whereas low vitamin D status impairs this response, and thus impairs its protective mechanism against chronic disease. In this video, Robert P. Heaney, MD, Creighton University explores why vitamin D is important, how it works, how we get it and how much we need. He covers the key points of vitamin D physiology and the role it plays in the maintenance of health and specifies practitioner guidelines for implementing a plan to help create optimal health with sunshine and vitamin D.