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Blogger threatened with jail for writing on health
WND.com ^ | April 30, 2012 | Jack Minor

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; ban; diabetes; drugs; fda; health; healthcare; licensing; medicine; nannystate; ncbdn; nutrition; paleodiet; stemcells; stevecooksey; water

1 posted on 05/01/2012 6:46:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 05/01/2012 6:47:57 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 6:49:59 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Thanks, liberals. Nazi America is going to be so much fun.

Now drop the vitamin bottle and spread 'em!

4 posted on 05/01/2012 6:53:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: txrefugee

Too many damned yankees have moved in and started voting liberal on us.


5 posted on 05/01/2012 6:54:06 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Bunch of Dang Yankee Blue Belly's ... Obviously, never been around a group of Southern Grandmothers sitting an talking at a Church Luncheon.
6 posted on 05/01/2012 6:55:34 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 6:57:27 PM PDT by C210N (Wanted: Tagline)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The old “licensing” scam, another government takeover of private interactions.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 7:04:25 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I started to get outraged but then I saw it was WND.


9 posted on 05/01/2012 7:07:53 PM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Drug companies stand to lose $$$. Shut the guy down.


10 posted on 05/01/2012 7:08:58 PM PDT by George from New England
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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.”

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.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 7:18:10 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 7:21:15 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

” Too many damned yankees have moved in and started voting liberal on us.”

Vermont...New Hampshire...California.... the south..on & on & on.

Scum


13 posted on 05/01/2012 7:27:10 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: CalvaryJohn

Me too.

Here is an article from a real news organization on the subject:

http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=8992

Turns out it is pretty outrageous.


15 posted on 05/01/2012 7:28:04 PM PDT by free me (heartless)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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 ...


16 posted on 05/01/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: AngieGal

ping


17 posted on 05/01/2012 7:41:34 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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!


18 posted on 05/01/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT by battletank
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 05/01/2012 8:32:10 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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?


21 posted on 05/01/2012 8:36:43 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill
What, I need a license to tell someone to take someone an aspirin 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.

22 posted on 05/01/2012 8:53:11 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: know-the-law

Uh huh. Sure.

Your tinfoil is wrapped a little too tight.


24 posted on 05/01/2012 9:12:25 PM PDT by Jones511
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To: CalvaryJohn

I believe that this has been reported elsewhere.


25 posted on 05/01/2012 9:23:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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?


26 posted on 05/01/2012 9:44:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Away with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: battletank

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.


27 posted on 05/01/2012 9:47:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Away with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“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
(1905-1982) Author
Source: “Atlas Shrugged”, Part II, Chapter 3


28 posted on 05/02/2012 5:51:34 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Bizarre, I thought NC was a Free-leaning state.

Statists really hate Health Freedom.


29 posted on 05/02/2012 1:31:14 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: free me
from reading the article he pissed off the nutrition expert from a local hospital and she reported him
30 posted on 05/02/2012 1:32:21 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

“I thought NC was a Free-leaning state.”
I thought so too when I moved here, big mistake.


31 posted on 05/02/2012 1:44:18 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: TigersEye

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.


32 posted on 05/02/2012 7:24:11 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: bgill

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.


33 posted on 05/02/2012 7:28:01 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Good luck to the 5 people who don’t trying to be prison guards for the billions in the gulag.

That sounds an awful lot like advice. Where is your legal disclaimer? lol

34 posted on 05/02/2012 7:33:05 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: markman46

Yeah, seems she didn’t like his challenging her in public like that.


35 posted on 05/03/2012 8:06:08 PM PDT by free me (heartless)
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