(Carolina Journal) n North Carolina, it is illegal to give one-on-one dietary advice without a license. The libertarian public interest law firm Institute for Justice yesterday filed a lawsuit challenging that law.
The law attracted national attention last month when Carolina Journal online reported of a blogger being censored by the state nutrition board.
Charlotte-area resident Steve Cooksey started a blog — Diabetes-Warrior.net — about his victory over diabetes using the high-protein “Paleo” diet. After attracting thousands of followers, Cooksey started a Dear Abby-styled online advice column, in which he answered readers’ questions about controlling diabetes through diet.
About a month after starting the column, Cooksey got a call from the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition telling him the advice column and other advice-like language throughout his blog were illegal. Also illegal, said the board’s director, was a motivational life-coaching service, in which Cooksey offered personal support to people trying to transition into the “Paleo” lifestyle.
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