"In Israel, no qualifications are required for someone to call themselves a therapist and start giving out health advice, Hadashot reports.
Hadashot ceased publishing in 1993. That was 26 years ago. Old news, I'd say.
Then, secondly. There are many places in the U.S. today where people may call themselves therapists or anything else they want. Here are some comments cut and pasted from The Student Doctor website.
"My state allows anyone who passes a short jurisprudence exam and pays a filing fee to be listed in a database of "unlicensed psychotherapists". Technically, someone with a 3rd grade education and no training in psychotherapy whatsoever could open a private practice, call themselves a "psychotherapist" (an unregulated term), and charge $125 an hour providing regression hypnosis. Even in a relatively libertarian state, such policy seems reckless at best. As if that wasn't enough, these "unlicensed psychotherapists" are now lobbying (yes, they have their own lobbying arm - the "Colorado Association of Psychotherapists") to be referred to as "registered psychotherapists" in our upcoming mental health regulation sunset review. Curious if anyone knows if other states have regulations similar to Colorado or if we're alone in this madness."
Another post: "Up until recently, California was in a similar boat - there was the category of "mental health counselors" of whom anyone could be (with the aforementioned third grade education). That's apparently in the process of changing and by 2011 apparently mental health counsellors will require licensure and presumably some reasonable standard of education and training.
My understanding was that only California had such a nutty loophole but apparently not."
And another: "Yes, there is also madness in Texas as we fight to prevent LPA's from misrepresenting themselves as psychologists and practicing independently (without proper training of course cause who needs that?)"
May I add that currently here in the U.S., psychics, faith healers, curanderas, etc., openly advertise and make and sell their own medicines. My housekeeper was one of their patients. They are not licensed, and may be operating under certain loopholes, nevertheless, they exist.
I also read an opinion from a doctor that said the woman would not have had brain damage from the diet after only three weeks.
Plus, this from Wikipedia. "The Daily Mail has been widely criticised for its unreliability, as well as printing of sensationalist and inaccurate scare stories of science and medical research, and for copyright violations."
If this is happening in the USA, I'm sure it is happening all over the world. Whatcha gonna throw at Israel next?
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