151. Detoxification: Evaluating the Science and Implications for Practice

Monday, October 28
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Hall C
CE: 1.5
Level 2- Intermediate
Activity Code: 149561

Detoxification diets generate great interest among dietetics practitioners and consumers. This session will help attendees to understand exposure to environmental toxicants and their health implications, critically assess the science and evidence behind detoxification, and evaluate ways to use these assessments to guide their practice.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe detoxification systems within the body, including normal mechanisms in the liver and the liver’s response to detoxification diets.
  • Discuss the relationship between compounds in foods and their packaging and potential health hazards, and discuss how to decrease exposures.
  • Identify how detoxification diets are used in dietetic practice as substantiated by science-based and practice-based evidence.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 2080 Microbiology, food toxicology
  • 3100 Supplemental nutrients, botanicals
  • 5420 Complimentary care, alternative therapies (nutritional care)

Performance Indicator:

  • 10.4.3 Evaluates, educates and counsels on the interrelationship and impact of pharmacotherapy on nutrient absorption.
  • 10.4.4 Makes recommendations for the appropriate use of vitamin and mineral supplementation in the management of health and disease.
  • 7.2.1 Applies knowledge of biological, physical or chemical properties that may cause food to be unsafe for human and animal consumption.


  • Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN, LD

    Director of Nutrition


  • Speaker(s)

  • Mary Purdy, MS, RDN

    Nutrition Consultant; Adjunct Professor

    Bastyr University

  • Windy Boyd, PhD, MPH, RDN

    Health Scientist, NTP Office of Health Assessment and Translation

    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

  • Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

    Chair, Dept Nutrition, School of Medicine

    Case Western Reserve University