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From: Mark Rifkin (
Subject:         Re: For Mark: "Credentialed"
Date: December 13, 2005 at 11:23 pm PST

In Reply to: For Mark: posted by VeggieGirl on December 13, 2005 at 2:45 pm:


Yes there are many "alternative" nutrition certs out there. But there are only two that bring credibility: primarily RD from the American Dietetic Assoc. and secondarily CNS from the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (previously misidentified in a previous post).

While one can pay a couple hundred dollars to another "certifying" organization to receive a self-study curriculum and a test to be completed at one's leisure without any proctor, it would be a waste of effort and money. Such certifications are not recognized by any state to obtain a license to counsel in nutrition, and most of the mainstream public (the primary market) is unfamiliar with them. Since they may fool some customers into assuming credibility, they may not be 100% worthless, but relying on deception to create an image of credibility isn't much to be proud of either.

To be taken seriously, one must put in serious work.
Mark Rifkin

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