Are you a healer? Essential Oil lover? #doterra, Young Living, or other rep? Here are some guidelines to follow when talking about Essential Oils and other healing or alternative modalities.
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WORDS TO AVOID
In the health care field, certain words have been assigned legal meaning in the state statuses. The state legislatures have declared that only certain licensed individuals can use these words. If anyone else uses them, they are considered to be practicing medicine, psychology or another regulated profession without a license.
Even if the statuses are not constitutional or if one works outside of them, it is very wise to avoid using words that are reserved for licensed practitioners.
These words include: cure, diagnose, prescribe, treat and possibly even the word disease.
Instead of the word CURE, use the words RESTORE, HELP, ALLEVIATE, IMPROVE, CORRECT, BALANCE or NORMALIZE.
Instead of the word DIAGNOSE, one may assess, measure, check, determine or evaluate.
Instead of the word PRESCRIBE, one may recommend, suggest, advise, propose or offer options.
Instead of the word TREAT, one may handle, work with, relieve, balance, normalize, ameliorate, correct or remedy.
Instead of the word DISEASE, use the words CONDITION, PROBLEM, DEFICIENCY, EXCESS or IMBALANCE. Instead of naming diseases, as is done in the medical paradigm, use simple, descriptive terms. For example, one might say to a client, “I see you have swollen joint”, rather than “I see you have arthritis”. Arthritis is a medical diagnosis.
Words like ‘naturopath’, ‘nutritionist’ or ‘psychologist’ have legal meanings and may only be used by licensed people. Regardless of the constitutionality of such laws, one needs to exercise care.