To the Journal editor:
When a plumber enters your residence, they are licensed by the state of Michigan. A barber or cosmologist is also licensed by the state, as well as an acupuncturist.
Within the health care profession, physicians, nurses, various therapists, dentists, social workers, and numerous other categories are licensed, regulated, and monitored by the state.
An integral part of the health care team are registered dietitians, who in concert with primary care providers (Patient Centered Medical Homes) and other specialists, guide patient care with critical issues such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension, all increasing within Michigan.
House Bill 4688 is moving its way into the Michigan Senate. If passed, within Michigan, registered dietitians and nutritionists would no longer need to be licensed.
This would be a very dangerous and impractical practice to have care plans developed, which may not be in the best interest of a patient's care.
On behalf of Michigan's nearly 10 million residents, we encourage you to immediately contact your state representative or senator asking them to keep this licensure intact.
After all, having a licensed mechanic is important when working on your vehicle.
When it comes to your personal heath, why wouldn't you want a licensed registered dietitian/nutritionist guiding you and working with your health care team?
Craig Magnatta, D.O.
Jeffrey D. Brasie, M.A.