I spent 8 years of my life obtaining a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition at an accredited university and spent a few more on on postdoctoral nutrition research. Yet legally speaking, I’m not allowed to call myself a dietician or a nutritionist. Both terms are protected titles in Québec and require membership to a professionally regulated order. This is to ensure public safety by requiring dieticians and nutritionists to practice ethically and to adhere to the principles of professional practice.
Similarly, I’m not allowed to call myself a doctor in Québec because the title is only reserved for MDs or professionals who are given access to a permit by their order. This is, again, to protect the public from those who may be misconstrued as physicians. I am however, allowed to call myself Patrick Owen, Doctor in Nutrition. But most of my clients simply call me Pat.
What I provide is information that is intended to help you cooperate with your personal physician towards desirable heath outcomes. I don’t adhere to Canada’s Food Guide or the US Food Guide Pyramid but rather rely on evidence-based scientific literature and evolutionary paradigms of health. I listen carefully to your story and provide customized guidance and coaching using a functional ecosystems approach to wellness.
I’d be happy to give you more info if you’d like. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org