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Posted on 05/01/2012 6:46:00 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A blogger in North Carolina has been threatened with jail time for practicing nutrition without a license by writing about his experiences with diabetes and telling readers what types of food he was eating.
It was in January when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition told blogger Steve Cooksey, who writes at diabetes-warrior.net, that it was investigating him for providing nutrition care services without a license.
Cooksey was accused of violating Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes, which makes it a misdemeanor to practice dietetics or nutrition without state permission a license. According to the law, practicing nutrition includes assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups and providing nutrition counseling.
In February 2009, after being hospitalized with diabetes and wanting to avoid the fate of his grandmother who eventually died from the disease, Cooksey decided to embrace the low-carb, high-protein Paleo, or caveman, diet.
As a result of the diet, he was drug- and insulin-free within 30 days. By May of that year, he had lost 45 pounds and decided to start a blog in which he would write about his success.
In January, Cooksey received a call from the director of the nutrition board telling him he was not allowed to offer nutrition advice without a license and that his website was being investigated. He was also told that if he did not comply with the suggestions in a 19-page report, his website could be shut down and he could be sentenced to up to 120 days in jail.
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Nanny State PING!
Is North Carolina becoming a gulag? This is the same state in which a kindergartener was terrorized at school, her home-made lunch confiscated, and she was made to eat government chicken nuggets. There are many states on the east coast where freedom is dying, and the sheeple are asleep.
Now drop the vitamin bottle and spread 'em!
Too many damned yankees have moved in and started voting liberal on us.
If this guy was not charging for site membership or getting payment from his readers, I’d think this was a case of free speech. Once he charges, then there is “commerce” that is regulated.
Sounds like this is another case of too many bureaucrats. The more enterprising of them, in competition with the others, are looking to boost their accomplishments so that they may get more of a step increase at their next performance review.
The old “licensing” scam, another government takeover of private interactions.
I started to get outraged but then I saw it was WND.
Drug companies stand to lose $$$. Shut the guy down.
I guess the next step will be to charge Michelle Obama with the same violations.
After all - she has been dispensing advice all over the country and her dietetic and nutrition training is pretty much limited to seeing how much Kobe beef, lobster, cheeseburgers, french fries and barbecue ribs she can wolf down on the taxpayers dime.
Apparently, this guy failed to notice that meat has become so politically incorrect that you have to sneak it out of the store in your underpants.
” Too many damned yankees have moved in and started voting liberal on us.”
Vermont...New Hampshire...California.... the south..on & on & on.
Here is an article from a real news organization on the subject:
Turns out it is pretty outrageous.
they couldn’t really care WHAT he was talking about...it was the potential for an excuse to shut him up that excited them
They’ll try anything to shut us up that We the People let them get away with ...
I would completely agree with the outrage about the government nannies trying to shut him down.
However, as big an issue to me is the report of how the paleo diet has changed his life to one of no insulin dependency. The testimonials of many others has shown incredible changes for the better in their health.
I know a number of people now in my own life who have taken up this primal “diet” and the results have been astounding!
Thanks for the ping!
It’s not like he came up with something new. It’s been known for decades that a low carb diet will help with diabetes. What, I need a license to tell someone to take someone an asprin if they have a headache?
I didn't go and read the source article, but it sounds like it was even more outrageous than that.
It sounds like the analogy would be that he blogged "I had a headache, took aspirin, and it stopped hurting" and they accused him of prescribing without a license. Now I haven't seen the guy's site, so I don't know how explicit he gets in telling people what to eat, but that's the impression the article gives me.
Uh huh. Sure.
Your tinfoil is wrapped a little too tight.
I believe that this has been reported elsewhere.
Maybe he’s a nut, but there are lots of diet nuts out there. Nobody paid attention till when? Do old guard dieting organizations like Weight Watchers need this “nutrition license” or do they get grandfathered?
Just how low carb a troglodyte’s diet might be, depends on whether the cave is near a grove of fruit trees, or bee hives. Too much refined carbohydrate can cause problems, but it’s not the universal plague it’s been painted to be.
“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers — and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system.”
Quote by: Ayn Rand
Source: “Atlas Shrugged”, Part II, Chapter 3
Bizarre, I thought NC was a Free-leaning state.
Statists really hate Health Freedom.
“I thought NC was a Free-leaning state.”
I thought so too when I moved here, big mistake.
Everyone violates stupid laws every day. We’re all criminals.
Good luck to the 5 people who don’t trying to be prison guards for the billions in the gulag.
Sadly, in the new health gulag we will live on under Obamacare, you probably will need a license to tell someone to take an aspirin.
I said it for years, once I saw all the pharma commercials on tv, we were being set up. Its going to be an ugly health based police state.
That sounds an awful lot like advice. Where is your legal disclaimer? lol
Yeah, seems she didn’t like his challenging her in public like that.