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Q: Is it illegal in California to give health advice? For example, doing health consultations and things of the like.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In California, it is generally not illegal to give health advice, as long as you do not engage in the practice of medicine without a license.

The practice of medicine is defined in California Business and Professions Code section 2052 as the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental condition in any person. Only licensed physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals are authorized to engage in the practice of medicine.

If you are not a licensed healthcare professional, you may still be able to provide health advice or consultations as long as you do not engage in the practice of medicine. For example, you may be able to provide general health advice, offer guidance on healthy lifestyle choices, and recommend over-the-counter remedies. However, you should avoid giving specific medical advice, diagnosing medical conditions, or providing treatment recommendations unless you are a licensed healthcare professional.

It's important to note that there may be additional laws and regulations that apply to specific areas of health advice, such as nutrition or mental health. If you have questions about the legality of giving health advice, you may want to consult with an attorney who specializes in healthcare law.

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