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Are dieticians/Drs/Nutritionists allowed to advise against gov recommendations?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

For example if you are a dietician and prescribe all your patients a paleo diet can that land you in jail/sued/sans license?

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on April 29, 2012
at 02:31 PM

That disclaimer was just put up there more prominently in response to an investigation launched against that guy. Regardless of whether you think the state SHOULD have the right to regulate certain professions, they do. From the phrasing of the main question, I thought we were discussing existing legal rights, not political beliefs. Does the government frequently mislead its citizens, both intentionally and unintentionally? Yeah. But they have the legal right to do so when it comes to regulating professions. So, write to your congressmen if you don't like it.

48b3a3fac68ce4e0b80d8d29a584cc93

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on April 29, 2012
at 06:47 AM

Not really true. There is a disclaimer on his website that clearly states he is not a dietician. Here's the link: http://www.diabetes-warrior.net/disclaimer/ And the state doesn't have any "right" to regulate certain professions, I'd rather have customers doing their research and choosing what is best for them than some bureaucrat deciding for everybody. The truth is that in the long run, due to government recommendation, thousands die every year because of their poor - yet government approved - diet, especially people with diabetes, who are told that there is no problem with carbohydrates.

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on April 29, 2012
at 05:09 AM

This is an insightful and depressing question...

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on April 29, 2012
at 02:42 AM

sigh.......yes.

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:16 AM

And seemingly the most important part of SAD (grains).I cant BELIEVE how much of our calories they want to come from grains.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on April 28, 2012
at 11:30 PM

That guy wasn't a dietician. The issue there wasn't what he was saying, it was that he was holding himself out as a dietician. The state has the right to regulate the licensing of certain professions. In the long run, it is a good thing.

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on April 28, 2012
at 10:53 PM

They are allowed to recommend anything they want. However, they are far most likely to recommend anything that can withstand legal challenge, state board challenge, and peer challenge. Call it "conventional wisdom" or "go with the flow" but it is what it is. But before you can get to recommending paleo diets, you have to find that small number of dieticians who actually believe in paleo who are willing to put that professional necks on the line. Its a crappy nutritional world we live in right now but I have optimism the more paleo takes hold.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on April 29, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Recommending clients to cut out sugars and highly processed foods, and promoting whole foods isn't exactly anti-USDA dietary recommendations. Except for grains, that's probably the most important part of paleo.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on April 29, 2012
at 01:16 AM

And seemingly the most important part of SAD (grains).I cant BELIEVE how much of our calories they want to come from grains.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:42 AM

sigh.......yes.

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on April 28, 2012
at 11:17 PM

No law that I know of that prevents RD's or other certificate holders from giving any advice they want, but as "wildwabbit" pointed-out making recommendations strictly within the confines of the USDA Dietary Rcommendations offers the greatest protection from civil liability.

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on April 28, 2012
at 11:30 PM

If it falls within their scope of practice they are able to make recommendations based on their professional opinion.

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48b3a3fac68ce4e0b80d8d29a584cc93

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on April 28, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Even though he is not a dietician, the guy who runs the "Diabetes warrior" blog - who managed to pretty much cure his illness by following a paleo diet - is being threatened by government regulators.

The lifestyle - can I call it a lifestyle? Because it is for me - that we follow go against what the government commands us to do when it comes to food, so I'd say no one is really safe if they are recommending people to go paleo. Do it at your own risk.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on April 28, 2012
at 11:30 PM

That guy wasn't a dietician. The issue there wasn't what he was saying, it was that he was holding himself out as a dietician. The state has the right to regulate the licensing of certain professions. In the long run, it is a good thing.

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:31 PM

That disclaimer was just put up there more prominently in response to an investigation launched against that guy. Regardless of whether you think the state SHOULD have the right to regulate certain professions, they do. From the phrasing of the main question, I thought we were discussing existing legal rights, not political beliefs. Does the government frequently mislead its citizens, both intentionally and unintentionally? Yeah. But they have the legal right to do so when it comes to regulating professions. So, write to your congressmen if you don't like it.

48b3a3fac68ce4e0b80d8d29a584cc93

(242)

on April 29, 2012
at 06:47 AM

Not really true. There is a disclaimer on his website that clearly states he is not a dietician. Here's the link: http://www.diabetes-warrior.net/disclaimer/ And the state doesn't have any "right" to regulate certain professions, I'd rather have customers doing their research and choosing what is best for them than some bureaucrat deciding for everybody. The truth is that in the long run, due to government recommendation, thousands die every year because of their poor - yet government approved - diet, especially people with diabetes, who are told that there is no problem with carbohydrates.

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