This series of lectures is intended to convey general health, fitness, and nutritional information and for SMOKH Vitalists (vitalology.org). Improving body composition by losing weight, body fat and optimizing lean muscle mass is not about vanity—it’s about health. It’s not about how quickly you can lose weight or how small you can become. It’s about how to become stronger and healthier while decreasing your body fat and increasing your muscle mass. It’s about changing your body composition through diet and exercise in a safe way that supports you holistically and helps you achieve optimal health and performance.

This course is about the science of nutrition, diet, and exercise that can lead to lasting changes in body composition.

In the first section of the course, you will learn why body weight is not the best way to determine your health status and why understanding more about exactly how much body fat you have and how much muscle mass you have is the key to improved health and performance. You will discover what happens to food from the moment it enters your mouth—where it goes and how it supports your cellular functions. You will learn about what carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are and how they are broken down in your body to provide energy for everything you do. You will also discover that as you age, your nutrition needs change.

The second part of the course explores how to evaluate a nutrition label, and you’ll discover that the calories from a bag of chips are entirely different from the same number of calories from a piece of fruit or lean meat. You’ll consider how not only your food choices, but also when you eat and how frequently you eat might influence how you feel, look, and perform day to day in your normal life and also while you exercise. You’ll also uncover myths and facts about dietary supplements that are designed to help you lose Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise2body fat or gain muscle mass all within the context of energy balance and weight control.

The third segment of the course examines the caloric cost of exercise, and you’ll learn some simple strategies that help increase your activity level. You will discover why certain types of exercise might be most beneficial for losing body fat or gaining muscle mass. This section allows you to draw conclusions for the most optimal way for you to incorporate various types of exercise into your life to meet your goals. You’ll also discover why weight training is good for everyone and won’t just make you big and bulky. You will also explore certain hormones and the influence they have on your body composition.The final lectures will use science to dispel myths about unrealistic methods that are marketed to improve body composition and provide evidence for what really works. You’ll also discover the best practices for handling travel, boredom, and a busy schedule while keeping your nutrition and workout plan consistent. You will learn why improvements in body composition tend to plateau and how the set point influences your outcomes. You’ll discover the science behind popular diets and how to build sustainable habits for successful loss of body fat and gain in muscle mass.

By the end of this course, you will learn to avoid the quick-fix mentality and find simple strategies to keep discipline, hard work, and fun in your plan to improve body composition. You will appreciate the complexity of the human body and understand why smart nutrition and purposeful exercise are both critical for improving body composition, health, and performance.

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Basic CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. It is recommended in those who are unresponsive with no breathing or abnormal breathing, for example, agonal respirations

CPR oxygenates the body and brain for defibrillation and advanced life support. Even in the case of a "non-shockable" rhythm, such as pulseless electrical activity (PEA) where defibrillation is not indicated, effective CPR is no less important. Used alone, CPR will result in few complete recoveries, though the outcome without CPR is almost uniformly fatal.

Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or whom they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death. An example of such a law in common-law areas of Canada: a good Samaritan doctrine is a legal principle that prevents a rescuer who has voluntarily helped a victim in distress from being successfully sued for wrongdoing. Its purpose is to keep people from being reluctant to help a stranger in need for fear of legal repercussions should they make some mistake in treatment. By contrast, a duty to rescue law requires people to offer assistance and holds those who fail to do so liable.

THE IDEA OF THE GOOD SAMARITANIN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

‘So many treaties have been concluded with the aim of killing people. We would greet with deep gratitude treaties with the aim of making people live’. Thus wrote the national economist Jérome Blanqui in 1839.

International law has undergone fundamental changes since. It is still used to decide on questions of war and peace and to justify violence against people,for instance in the case of self-defence or in the case of so-called humanitarian interventions. But it also serves as an instrument to guarantee basic freedoms and a minimum subsistence level to everyone; as envisaged by Blanqui in the 19th century the international law of the 21st century is used‘to make people live’. It was the elaboration of international human rights treaties after World War II that brought about a shift in the perspective.Whereas in classical international law the human being was something like an ‘object’ in the relations between the States – it was dealt with, but con-demned to be passive –, in modern international law the human being has moved to the centre. The individual destiny matters. But does that mean that international law also reflects values similar to those of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church? Is the idea of the Good Samaritan also part of the conception of international human rights?

10 clock hour course in the essential steps and functions of CPR. A review of Samaritan Laws. 

First Aid & Emergency Care (For Missionaries)

All around the world, acutely ill and injured people seek care every day. Frontline providers manage children and adults with medical, surgical and obstetric emergencies, including injuries and infections, heart attacks and strokes, asthma and acute complications of pregnancy. Prioritising an integrated approach to early recognition and resuscitation reduces the impact of all of these conditions.

Since the 11th century, St. John’s Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care online course is dedicated to strengthening the emergency care systems that serve as the first point of contact with the health system for so much of the world, and to supporting the development of quality, timely emergency care accessible to all.

As a missionary doctor, this is perhaps one of our most important courses.
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VITAL SCREENING SKILLS (For Vitalists)

As a ‘vitalist’ - one who believes in vitalism, we preach and teach that the best possible health is obtained by recognizing the early signs of chronic disease and take common sense measures for prevention.

The VITALIST SCREENING SERVICES was developed to fill two of the greatest needs of the people, with relief for alternative health practitioners. The first need was a health evaluation method that would make it possible for alternative health practitioners to gather enough fast and economically, to obtain evidence about the biochemistry of their patient to make decisions about that patient’s health using accepted scientific standards.

First, we avoid ‘diagnosis.’ To diagnose, according to most medical dictionaries, is to determine the nature of a disease or distinguish one disease from another. Vitalist Methodology is not concerned with distinguishing between ‘doctor diagnosed’ disease categories or naming groups of symptoms as diseases, but screening for Syndrome Metabolic X (the plague of the 21st Century); with identifying insulin resistance, the state of dehydration; and arriving at wellness trends through biochemical needs of a subject by evaluating gathered data (variables) and letting that data form the conclusions. We have found that by addressing these nutritional needs in this way, symptoms that indicate disease situations many times disappear.

The second need was methodology and equipment that would be compliant with existing rules, standards and regulations, and, at the same time, be feasible for a solo practitioner to put easily into place. In other words, the Vitalist Method needed to be a system of alternative health care that was thorough, holistic, legal, compliant, cost effective, space saving and able to be handled in any office, no matter how small or large.

To fill those needs, I developed this methodology that had to
(1) choose laboratory tests that would allow a practitioner to gather enough information about the patient’s biochemistry to form an opinion about the overall health status of that patient,
(2) study the rules and regulations that apply to all aspects of an operation that would fulfill the needs of such methodology, and
(3) devise a cost efficient system of training and an application method that would be reasonable for the average person to put into operation.

Missionary services under ‘private expressive association’ provides the best parameters to allow one to:

  1. (1)  use commonly accepted, non-invasive tests defined by CLIA, waived tests, that are simple tests

    with a low risk for an incorrect result. They include certain tests listed in the CLIA regulations, tests cleared by the FDA for home use, and tests approved for waiver by the FDA using the CLIA criteria. Waived (unregulated) tests include test systems cleared by the FDA for (non-doctor) home use, such as those freely available at drug stores or on the internet, and those tests approved for waiver under the CLIA criteria.

  2. (2)  Operating as a missionary, Ordained by SMOCH, takes those activities from commercial and public, into the ‘private’ sector and thus relatively unregulated, faith based, and ‘licensed’ (commissioned) under the Church, not government.

A ‘Church’ in this respect must fulfill the legal definition of a ‘church’ as such, and SMOCH complies in all respects having:

  • A distinct legal existence (508);

  • Recognized creed (vitalism) and form

    of worship (nature cure);

  • A definite and distinct ecclesiastical

    government;

  • A formal code of doctrine and

    discipline;

  • A distinct religious history (hospitallers

    of st. john);

  • A membership not associated with any

    other church or denomination;

• An organization of ordained ministers (SMOCH);

• Ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed studies (in natural health & wellness);

• A literature of its own;
• Established places of worship;
• Regular congregations (investitures);
• Regular religious services (missions);
• Schools for the preparation of its ministers (PanAm U).

Disclaimer: This course and manual is intended to provide educational and religious/metaphysical information, regarding Christian rights issues including but not limited to: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Universal Declaration of Indigenous Rights, The Declaration of Alma Ata; and for United States citizens, The Bill of Rights, First Amendment rights, separation of church and state issues, establishment clause issues and resulting supreme court cases, equal access and The Equal Access Act, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Religious Liberty Protection Act, free speech, work place Christian rights, employer and employee Christian rights, Title VII and Employment discrimination, Christian rights in public education, School board policy regarding religion, students rights, teacher’s rights, religious freedom, DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act, church law, information regarding church incorporation, zoning laws and regulations as they might effect churches, ministries and their congregations, 501 c3 non profit organizations, sanctity of life, pro life, protection of the unborn. Additionally we provide speakers on Faith and Freedom, Christian Rights, Our Christian Heritage and Our Christian Nation worldwide.

SMOKH Licensed Practitioners (Vitalologits) operate under the jurisdiction of the Sovereign Council.

SMOKH LIABILITY: The SMOKH issues credentials to Licensees that have met the standards established for ecclesiastical based pastoral health care practitioners. Licensee’s are held accountable to strict standards and ethics, and as “pastoral” practitioners are accountable also to the high standards of scripture. Nevertheless, the SMOKH cannot possibly know if a licensee’s training, ability or services are suitable for any particular Communicant, person or situation; therefore the SMOKH in no way warrants, guarantee’s or accepts responsibility for any services provided by licensee’s, nor accepts responsibility for Communicants success, failure or satisfaction with any licensee or his or her services.

Further, the SMOKH expressly disclaims liability for negligence to the full extent of the law. No agreement made between the Communicant and Licensee shall in any event override, alter or invalidate any of the terms of this agreement, and Communicants exclusive recourse if he or she is unhappy with Services is specified herein.