Dr. Michael Turcotte
Educator of Holistic Healthcare and Traditional Naturopathy
A PRIVATE MEMBER NON-PUBLIC ESTABLISHMENT
Governing Authority & Licensure & National and local Certification
Some states require a license to work in specific areas of the natural health field. Some of the colleges I attended are and/or were not designed to provide a vocational curriculum to meet the requirement of any particular state where a license is required to use a certain title or initials. CT is one of the few states that requires such a license to call myself a Naturopathic Doctor. Below are the individual requirements of Connecticut state as of September 12th 2001. My actions, practice and intentions are always as outlined by the laws of each state and are primarily intended for personal enrichment and self-improvement-self healing and focus on a pure, natural and spiritual lifestyle.
PLEASE NOTE that I AM NOT a Connecticut Certified Dietician- Nutritionist or Naturopathic Doctor; I am not required to, nor do I plan to seek accreditation from the state of Connecticut. I obey the law.
WHAT & HOW I LEGALLY PRACTICE
What is a Nutritional Assessment?
With my training and background I practice under the CT CHAPTER 384b DIETITIAN-NUTRITIONISTS Sec. 20-206t Excerpt; "Nutrition assessment" means the evaluation of the nutrition needs of individuals based upon biochemical, physical, and dietary data to determine nutrient needs and recommend appropriate nutrition intake including the establishment of priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutrition needs; the provision of nutrition counseling in health and disease; the development, implementation and management of nutrition care plans; and the evaluation and maintenance of appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition.
Sec. 20-206t. Construction of chapter. Nothing in sections 20-206m to 20-206s, inclusive, shall be construed as prohibiting the activities of: (1) Any person who does not hold himself out to be a Connecticut certified dietitiannutritionist, Connecticut certified dietitian or Connecticut certified nutritionist from engaging in dietetics or nutrition practice; (2) a person who does not hold himself out to be a Connecticut certified dietitian or Connecticut certified nutritionist from marketing or distributing food, food products or dietary supplements, from engaging in the explanation of the use, benefits or preparation of such products, from furnishing nutrition information related to any such products, or from the dissemination of information or literature related to any such products; (3) a person who does not hold himself out to be a Connecticut certified dietitian or Connecticut certified nutritionist from providing weight control services; (4) a person licensed or certified in this state under any other law from engaging in the profession or occupation for which such person is licensed or certified, provided such person does not hold himself out as being certified as a dietitian or nutritionist; (5) a person employed as a nutritionist by the government of the United States, or by the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, if such person works solely under the direction and control of the organization by which such person is employed; (6) a student enrolled in an accredited academic program leading to certification, provided such student is clearly identified by a title which indicates his status as a student; or (7) a person registered as a diet technician by the Commission on Dietetic Registration under the supervision of a Connecticut certified dietitian-nutritionist in an institution as defined under section 19a-490.
My personal viewpoint of public safety and health is necessary but when it comes to how much is logical control; a very logical question; should we be able to purchase any uncontrolled products, whether harmful or helpful from a store or purchase them online or we can receive over the counter advice from a vitamin shop employee that may or may not be trustworthy?; yet then why should we be restricted from seeking guidance for uncontolled products from a Drug-less practitioner of our choice, who we deem has the knowledge, experience or information perhaps much more than a store clerk or internet site? Perhaps the governments standards are a bit unbalanced when it comes to freedom of choice. Who agrees with or mandates, restricted, or must be taught by a standard or model and must be one who is a certified dietician or practitioner? I believe in protecting the public. I do not believe restricting access to information for preventative, free or uncontrolled products. Especially when the information may help us or prevent us from being ill.
Even the Roman Governemt was to be revered
(Romans 13:1-5) Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.