Why other groups: RDN, holistic nutritionist, health coach?

Revised: 5/27/18

This encompasses a lot – I’ll delineate and elaborate:

Now, reader, it’s important to understand: I cannot make anyone see…what I see by writing a simplified post. I can, however, give key-points for you to work and build from. I understood by questioning / researching stuff.


Common questions?

Who’s more qualified… a registered dietitian (RD) or health coach (HC)?

Answer: did you know… an RD can be a HC…?


Go beyond the title and consider one’s background.


Learn what to look for when hiring a coach, click here.



If you get anything out of reading this…consider…

1. Education

2. Politics (food / health is just that…politics)

3. Business (a financial narrative)
Any business-minded-person has a fiduciary responsibility.

4. Control (industry based to drive profits)
Monopolizing….limits choice by obtaining exclusive possession or control of (a trade, commodity, or service).


Our safety?

The term nutritionist isn’t a registered (regulated) title / credential –  true.


However, here’s another side to things….
Example: some RDs feel there’s competition (other groups who are a nutritionist).


See how complex this can get?


There’s a financial narrative (it’s not all about protecting you or me – it’s also about protecting (them) – their profits).

– So, dietitians may push an (RD act: to only allow / permit RDs to practice (or provide) nutrition advice) – which is controlling and limits the free-flow-of-info = monopolizing an industry and limiting the public’s ability to choose.


Common accusations worth focusing on: 

The term or title (nutritionist / HC) isn’t regulated.

– However, almost everyone has a title — how can someone market w/ out one?


HCs isn’t regulated – they spread misinformation.

– Actually, anyone can be misinformed and spread stuff…

– that includes: RDNs (registered dietitian nutritionist) and MDs.


Some RDs feel (HCs are trying to sell stuff) – true.

– However, RDs are no different – they push industry-based-protocols (a profit system).


– For many years – the dietetic industry was funded by junk-food sponsors.


If you don’t understand – there was a conflict of interest and unethical acts.


Example: Coronary Heart Disease Policy.

Example: Edible Oil Industry.

Example: Craft cheese.

Example: Coca-Cola Company.


Which is better? I don’t know…you tell me…who benefits?


– The coach/RD or the patient or client?


It’s the same act perpetrated by both subjects (in a similar industry).


Again, there’s a financial narrative, which has nothing to do w/ ethical standards.
Both are doing so to make a living – pay off dept. or buy shoes…whatever.


Update: recently, due to public outcry: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) parted ways w/ some junk food sponsors.

See..the public is becoming aware and demands change / transparency.


Some RDs claim to be morrrreeeee qualified…


– Not always true – it’s important to consider one’s background.


– Some coaches (or holistic nutritionist) complete specific course-work (natural sciences) and have a better understanding of nutrition-metabolism and the medical aspect of nutrition.


– Some holistic nutritionist completed / earned a minimum of a B.A or higher in nutrition science.
A prediction – in 2020/24: a person will be required to complete a M.A to become a RDN.


5. W/ any education: it’s important to research and consider…

– Your plans: where / what do you see yourself doing?

– How are you going to get there?

– Is it legit? Keep in mind, the public can easily research a background.


6. What are the rules / state laws regarding a specific title / ability?

7. Does a basic certification allow continuing education?

8. Does a certification allow progression?


Why certifications and various titles?

Note: most importantly, not all certifications are created equal.

As a side note: personally, in the past, I was not supportive of certifications (until I completed my education at an accredited university); I opened my mind and began to re-educate myself.

1. Education is evolving along w/ how individuals educate him/er self.

2. Some people are tired of the typical (failing) health system – some say, “it’s not working.”

3. Some certifications are specific, as oppose to a… degree –
– w/ a degree, one is required to complete unnecessary course…under the guise: (we want you to be well rounded). Especially in health regulated majors: some of the course-work / protocols are outdated or does not apply.


Reality: colleges want students to pay for more courses – it’s about the money!


4. Some certifications require less time (money is time and time is money).


Less time…a bad thing?

– Again, it depends on the person (his-er scope and ability).
– I made this clear – it’s important to consider one’s background:

curriculum vitae (CV)
academic transcripts
previous certifications
and what it entails.


Anyway, some people graduate early but don’t seem to understand the science aspect.



Are certifications and etc the-way-of-the future?
A prediction – in 2019/2020: something like it…absolutely, I see the following on the rise:
– different titles
– specialties along w/
– different counsels and the list goes on.
Currently, some of us hear about: health coaches and etc (some will be more qualified than others).


Why are we doing this?
Simply, quality education and health…it’s important for us all.

W/ that noted, at this point, I feel we’re over-paying into a system that doesb’t give back.

Based on the public’s view: some MDs are just a drug dealer. RDs push whatever the junk food industry wants.

A typical MD and RD may not be the primary health professional (unless the system changes and gets better) – that is why new groups are emerging: health coach, holistic nutritionist and others. t


As a result: the public may take the initiative (paying out of pocket or demanding insurance premiums for fill in the blank).


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