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From: Mark Rifkin (
Subject:         Re: Accreditation of ACHS
Date: August 25, 2009 at 9:24 pm PST

In Reply to: Accreditation of ACHS posted by Stephanie on August 25, 2009 at 1:53 pm:

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for your question. According to its website, the school you mentioned is properly accredited by an agency acting for the US gov't. However, you might want to check out the licensing laws in your state. With the exceptions of massage and acupuncture, most states don't license holistic health practitioners. And no state will grant a license to practice holistic nutrition.

So even though you may attend an accredited school, that doesn't obligate the state to license graduates. On the other hand, not having a license may not legally prohibit you from practicing, sort of like you don't need a license to be a photographer.

In the case of nutrition, most states require professionals who use nutrition to treat disease to have a license. Meaning, if you simply advise clients to eat their vegetables, without telling them that vegetables may help their blood pressure, then you may be practicing legally.

However, be aware that unlicensed practitioners can still be brought before state licensing boards for practicing whatever profession that board licenses.
For example, in my state, an unlicensed practitioner told a diabetic woman to fast, and the woman died as a result. The practitioner was formally charged with practicing medicine without a license, convicted, and fined several hundred thousand dollars.

Find your state's health licensing boards, and have them explain the laws and regulations.

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