Dec 13, 2007

Is Dr. Weil Negative on Certified Nutritionist (CN) Programs?

Dr. Weil, the Medical Doctor who gives advise on Nutrition, posted an article that was a bit of a dig to those of us who have educated ourselves in the area of Nutrition. But at the same time, the article does provide some helpful information and advise. The part I didn't care that much for is the following:


"Certified Nutritionist (CN) programs were launched about a decade ago for those who wanted to practice nutrition but either were unsuccessful with the RD approach or didn’t have time to commit to the educational requirements for an RD degree. Although you must pass an exam to earn certified nutritionist designation, you don’t have to complete the same coursework required for the RD degree or do an internship. Usually, the CN designation is awarded to students who have completed a two-year, college-level, six-course program, which includes studies in public health and wellness, anatomy and physiology, normal nutrition, contemporary clinical nutrition, alternative therapies, accessory nutrients, practice management and case studies. CNs hold private licenses and must also obtain continuing education to maintain them..."

The description of the course of study is true, the negative spin, saying that it is "for those who wanted to practice nutrition but either were unsuccessful with the RD approach or didn’t have time to commit to the educational requirements for an RD degree" is not and is a bit insulting to someone like myself. 


I loved my CN training, and the reason I took it is because it provided BOTH the medical/clinical view AND the alternative approaches, including the use of medicinal herbs and such. At the time I took the courses, there were no medical institutions teaching alternative approaches to nutrition close to me, and I was a stay-at-home Mom. There were no internet courses like there are at this update in 2016. 

In fact medical doctors received very minimal at best training in nutrition. I learned a lot and I continue to learn a lot even though I have completed my course of study. I think it is important to know your own limitations, I know what I am able to help a person with, and what I am not able to help with. If you want to read Dr. Weil's complete article, it's right here

Updated 1/22/16

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