~ Food Has Power ~
Health blogger, Steve Cooksey of Diabetes-Warrior, needs your help. Steve lives in North Carolina. So do I.
The North Carolina State Board of Dietetics (which falls under the ADA), which just added “Nutrition” to its title, is maneuvering to monopolize nutritional education. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) would like to be the state authority of all nutrition information, in your state too!
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is fearful of freedom of information - away from the (unhealthy) conventional government authorized Food Pyramid. If you look at their “My Plate” representation, you will see GMO-produce, GMO-grains, hormone-laden dairy.
We all understand that these products lead to increased disease, increased pharmaceutical prescriptions and increased dependence on the conventional medical paradigm. This vicious cycle of unhealthy food and illness is transparent.
Furthermore, the ADA receives funding from the pharmaceutical companies AND big food industries. The ADA receives about $1 million a year in payments from pharmaceutical companies, and allows pharmaceutical companies to market their controversial products at ADA events. ADA also receives payments from Coca-Cola, Hershey, the National Dairy Council, Mars, PepsiCo, and ..., though the organization won’t say exactly how much they receive from these candy and soft drink companies and industry associations. The ADA has a strong lobby working to control your access to nutrition information.
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Well, Steve was diagnosed as an obese diabetic and started on insulin (blood glucose 700+). Steve was given the ADA Food Pyramid by the "hospital nutritionist". He chose to research alternative ways to manage his obesity and diabetes, instead. He embraced a low-carb, high-protein diet. And he continued his healing journey influenced by Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal/Paleo diet. In 30 Days, Steve had weaned himself off all of his cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin medications. Yep, Steve was drug- and insulin-free within 30 days!
And Steve became evangelical about self-healing and personal accountability for your health. He created the Diabetes-Warrior blog… and the North Carolina Board of Dietetics heard about Steve’s website. [This could have been ME and Heal Thyself!]
The head of the NC Board of Dietetics called Steve and told him he could not educate people about nutrition without their approval. They “investigated” his website and gave detailed complaints regarding Steve sharing information about healing himself without their Food Pyramid and their Pharmaceutical Drugs.
Their Complaint: Steve encouraged others to eat healthy, low-carb foods.
Now Steve is under threat of prosecution and 120-days of jail time, unless Steve quits answering questions about low-carb diets and helping diabetics to learn about nutrition on his Diabetes-Warrior blog. Steve has been told to quit “advising” people about how to get healthy without the NC Board of Dietetic’s approval - according to the ADA’s guidelines. [Sign Petition.]
The NC Board of Dietetics is broadly interpreting the law to their monopolistic advantage, ignoring the actual law which protects freedom to share nutritional information.
Write to the NC Board of Dietetics (email@example.com) and explain that this is a Freedom of Speech issue, protected by the First Amendment. Additionally, the NC Board of Dietetics in their megalomania has overlooked the limits to the actual N.C. General Statute listed below:
§ 90-368. Persons and practices not affected.
The requirements of this Article shall not apply to:
(9) A person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian or nutritionist when that person furnishes nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements. This Article does not prohibit that person from making explanations to customers about foods or food products in connection with the marketing and distribution of these products.
(10) An herbalist or other person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian or nutritionist when the person furnishes nonfraudulent specific nutritional information and counseling about the reported or historical use of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, food concentrates, or other foods. (1991, c. 668, s. 1; 1995, c. 509, s. 135.2(s).)
Here are the names of the Board Members of the NC Board of Dietetics. Please copy your letter to the Governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue, at firstname.lastname@example.org also. The Governor is involved in appointments (and removal of board members) to the NC Board of Dietetics.
This is not the first time that the NC Board of Dietetics has bullied an individual to quit sharing nutrition information with the public. There is a national effort by the ADA to “own” nutrition and to monopolize the dissemination of health information based upon pharmaceutical-funded nutrition advice. Co-incidentally, Steve Cooksey has been reporting about the ADA being funded by Big Pharma, since February of 2011.
The alleged Mission of the NC Board of Dietetics is “to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of North Carolina from harmful nutrition practice”. Although, they promote an outdated, ineffectual Food Pyramid which causes more diseases than it heals.
Conflict of interest?
Suppression of Free Speech?
HUNDREDS OF LETTERS to the NC Board of Dietetics will be the influencing factor to mind the law and not to suppress our Freedom of Speech to “furnish nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements” (section 9) and to “furnish nonfraudulent specific nutritional information and counseling about the reported or historical use of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, food concentrates, or other foods” (section 10).
Send an email right NOW to let them know that the NC Board of Dietetics overstepped the limits of the law.
Politely request that they review the limits and boundaries of the law and the § 90-368: Persons and practices not affected, regarding sharing nutritional information with the public. The N.C. Board of Dietetics “Guidelines” and “interpretations” overstep the limits of the law.
Or, call Toll Free: (800) 849-2936.
Thank you. We need your help!
To Whom It May Concern Regarding: Steve Cooksey, Diabetes-Warrior
There are many professionals outside of the scope or control of the NC Board of Dietetics who educate individuals regarding food and nutrition. As such the North Carolina General Statute § 90-368: allows individuals to “furnish nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements” (section 9) and to “furnish nonfraudulent specific nutritional information and counseling about the reported or historical use of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, food concentrates, or other foods” (section 10).
Steve Cooksey retains his federally protected First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech regarding his health journey overcoming diabetes through diet changes. And Steve can share this information with all who ask him about it.
It is critical for all government agencies to respect the limits and boundaries set forth in the laws granting its existence; or risk the public demanding the dissolution of the Board of Dietetics and Nutrition, as has occurred in Michigan.
Steve Cooksey has not claimed to be a dietician, or a nutritionist. Nor has he used any state licensed credentials.
The NC Board of Dietetics' broad misinterpretation of the law could have every mother, grandmother, neighbor, friend, kindergarten teacher and hairdresser brought up on charges of "giving nutritional advice without a license" too! So the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition will have their hands full going after the majority of the population now that they have declared war on non-dietician license wielding folks giving nutrition advice!
Respectfully, it is suggested that the limit of the law be honored by those granted the authority to license those USING the title of “dietitian” or “nutritionist”.
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