Steve Cooksey has a Diabetic Warrior website which is being investigated by the American Dietetic Assoc., which was the first state to have a unique law enacted. It seems, in NC, you can’t give dietary advice without a license. The following is the story:
This Site & Free Speech are being investigated
By Steve Cooksey, on January 28th, 2012
I tell people to eat like I do!!!! …without a license!! Horrors!!!
Here’s my story if you don’t know it… I’m just a formerly obese, formerly insulin and drug dependent Type 2 Diabetic… who has normal blood sugar… and I’m drug and insulin FREE!
Note 1: Every single person that ‘eats like me’ or similarly improves health markers… every single one.
The point? … no one is ‘hurt’ by following my food recipes nor the meal plan I follow.
Note 2: Here is a link to the NC Law I am violating, “GUIDELINE A_6“. I still, to this day have not read it… maybe I will some day.
Note 3: If you look on the emblem you see that the board was formed in 1992. Since they were formed, obesity and diabetes has skyrocketed in the state, the nation and the world. But yeah… don’t let me hurt someone …..
Fact #1- I attended a nutritional seminar January 12, 2012. I spoke up against the normal deceptions and falsehoods that cause diabetics harm.
Fact #2- Someone took offense to my statements, found me on the internet and reviewed my site. They then reported me to the North Carolina Board of Dietitians.
Fact #3 - I received a phone call from the director of the State Board of Dietitians. To be fair and honest… she was very nice, polite and informative.
However…. She stated that I, as a non-licensed person could provide NO dietary or nutritional advice… period. It makes no difference if I am giving the advice away or if it’s for a fee.
She also stated that having a ‘diabetes menu’ and or ‘diabetes meal plan’ was the equivalent of providing nutritional advice and was against the regulations.
Fact #4 - She stated that the full “complaint board” would review my site and provide a written review of the investigation, hopefully by the end of this month, January. She added that even IF convicted, it would only be a misdemeanor but typically these cases end without litigation, if the person agrees to change their behaviors or websites.