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Checking a Specialist's Credentials

Posted Jun 10 2012 10:23pm

Now that even nurse practitioners, who get a doctor in nursing degree, can call themselves "Doctor", I think we all have to be very careful to check a doctor's credentials before we make an appointment. This is particularly true for specialists, who may be treating serious diseases.  I find it hard to keep up with all the different initials that so-called doctors have after their names. Even some  major medical schools are allowing M.Ds who practice alternative medicine to work with cancer patients. These individuals do not  have oncology training. One California medical school allows an M.D. who practices alternative medicine to consult with cancer patients by telephone, as long as they give her a credit card number! She doesn't even have to see the patients. When I discovered this, I was appallled. The patient who told me this called the woman an oncologist, but in checking the M.D's credentials, no oncology  training is listed. How can a reputable medical school allow this? Do they have any idea the harm this can cause? I am sure it is a money making scheme and maybe that is what the administrators want.

I have heard some really terrible accounts about so-called "hypnotherapists." Many are not psychologists or psychiatrists and the individuals may have as little as two weeks training in hypnosis before they start seeing patients on their own. The other day, I discovered a new type of hypnotherapist. This woman lists her training as an R.N. and a C-Ht. I am assuming that the C sounds for certified and yet in the state of California there is no process for certification or licensure. Her card says she offers "Medical Hypnosis." So check out your specialists or general doctors carefully to see if they are a D.C., a D.O. or other type of practitioner. Your life is in your own hands.

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