(Carolina Journal) Paleo-diet blogger Steve Cooksey is not the only one who’s been censored by the North Carolina Board of Nutrition/Dietetics.
According to a document the board released to Carolina Journal, it has investigated nearly 50 people or organizations over the past five years, including athletic trainers, a nurse, a pharmacist, a spa, and even Duke Integrative Medicine. All have been accused of the same crime — “practicing nutrition” without a license.
Cooksey, who lives near Charlotte, made national news after the director of the board went through his website with a red pen telling him what he could and could not say about food without being a licensed dietician. The libertarian public interest law firm Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit in federal court on his behalf, calling it a major free speech case. Cooksey lost in U.S. District Court, but he and IJ are prepared to take appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
But apparently the dietetics board is interested in people other than bloggers. The board, which represents licensed professionals working in the field of diet and nutrition, is interested in anyone who gives advice about what people should eat, whether it’s a medical doctor, a gym trainer, or a man on the street.
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