We speak of those people who do not have a degree or specific training to practice in any area of health, but who hide in certain skills, alternative titles or studies of dubious origin to try to deceive those who seek an alternative to conventional health. Let’s see how to differentiate a health professional for a possible fraudster or charlatan:
Who can we consider health professionals?
According to the state registration of health professionals, we can consider health professionals : doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, dietitians, opticians, pharmacists, dentists, podiatrists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
If these professionals have their corresponding official title, it is supposed to be able to properly assist us in the corresponding area. That does not remove so that some may be more capable than others, but let’s say that, legally, they are fit to serve us.
Public health and private health, supposedly equal
As the health system is set up, I am a faithful defender of public health. There may be specific cases where private health be better but, in theory, should not be differences and quality of care should be the same (without confusing quality with comfort).
The problem may come when a public health professional comes in conflict with the private sector. I give you an example: we go to the doctor for Social Security and this tells us that we better go through your private consultation because there we will be better served because it has more means … surely what you want is to benefit because both in the Public as in the private sector this professional should serve us equally well.
A physiotherapist is not the same as a masseur
With the area of physiotherapy too much intrusiveness and confusion. If we have a musculoskeletal injury or condition and we want to treat ourselves, either we go to our family doctor to refer the specialist or we go directly to the physiotherapist.
We must make sure that it is really a physiotherapist who is going to treat us. Having a course of massage, osteopathy, chiropractic or the like, is not the same as being a physical therapist and has its risks.
Osteopathy, for example, is a somewhat controversial practice that is not regulated. Not the same an osteopath that a physical therapist trained in osteopathy , since in the second case the training is much more complete. The problem is when people with only training in osteopathy want to pose as physiotherapists.
You cannot be a dietitian or coach with a weekend course
And here it is, in my view, home to many deceits and swindles, especially through the Internet. In the last years have proliferated very much the supposed professionals who make you diets or online trainings but whose formation is little or no. It is necessary to make sure, especially if we are going to hire an online service, that the professional in question has the relevant qualification and not just a training course.
Can an untrained but experienced person make an optimal diet or workout? Well, maybe, but they will be very specific cases. There are many more likely to attend a professional entitled us to better a person with basic training, much experience you have.
Even there are doctors or nurses so – called “specialists” in nutrition and dietetics . Nowadays the specialists are the graduates, graduates or technicians in Nutrition and Dietetics. A doctor or nurse, no matter how sanitary, has a very vague education in nutrition and dietetics in the university career unlike a dietitian-nutritionist.
Be careful with alternative and natural therapies
Alternatives therapies like homeopathy, acupuncture, healing with magnets, Bach flowers or reiki, besides not cure any ailment, sometimes they can be quite expensive. Today, science has not proven to be effective beyond the placebo effect. Therefore, apart from “wanting to try” these therapies, we must be aware that they are not going to be effective.
There are even health professionals who can recommend these types of therapies, whether due to poor training or disinformation. But it is not usually the norm, at least in this country. In Germany or England, for example, homeopathy is more widespread among health professionals.