Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Threatens Your First Amendment Rights and Attempts to Censor Paleo Blogger

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February 19, 2013 | 82,978 views

Story at-a-glance

  • An attorney of the Alliance for Natural Health discusses how organizations such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), formerly known as American Dietetic Association (ADA), are threatening your freedom of choice about your health and nutrition
  • The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition launched an attack on a blog featuring nutritional principles of the Paleo Diet, accusing the blogger of providing nutritional counseling without a license; in response, he filed a lawsuit against the board for violating his first amendment rights
  • The AND seeks to monopolize the market by “eliminating the competition,” using volunteers to quietly pass state legislation that silences anyone daring to go against their nutritional recommendations, which are largely designed to support the junk food and pharmaceutical industries
  • FDA works in collusion with AND to limit your access to truthful health information, and the most recent target has been the nutritional supplement industry
  • Congressman Chaffetz has introduced H.R. 1364, the Free Speech About Science Act (FSAS), a bill that would alter FDA regulations to enable supplement companies to cite peer reviewed science, making it easier for you to gain access to information important to your health

By Dr. Mercola

When it comes to nutrition, it is very important that you have the right to freedom of choice. Unfortunately, organizations such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), formerly known as American Dietetic Association (ADA), are threatening your freedom of choice and information about your health and nutrition.

Why should you be concerned?

Your most fundamental tool for staying healthy is your ability to pursue different avenues and philosophies of care, and based on that information, decide which one is best for you.

If you hope to ever achieve optimal health and wellness, you have to address your nutrition — it's the most fundamental factor. Anyone who disputes that doesn't understand health.

The Alliance for Natural Health is on the frontline in the battle for your freedom of choice. In the interview above, Attorney Gretchen DuBeau discusses just how vital this issue is and how organizations like AND are trying to monopolize the health industry.

It's one more example of money and power taking precedence over what's in the best interest of the consumer.

Your health care options should not be limited or censored by government agencies — or worst yet, criminalized for being outside the box. Particularly because what's INSIDE the box in our "healthcare" system is generally counter to good health!

Organizations like AND are trying to use the legislative system to create an unfair monopoly in the same way physicians have (via the AMA). Their goal is simple: eliminate the competition. Paleo Blogger Steve Cooksey found himself in exactly that position — targeted by the AND because he was considered to be "the competition."

Paleo Blogger Attacked by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Free Speech About Science Act (H.R. 1364)

Fortunately, there is a bright spot on the horizon. Congressman Chaffetz and other representatives have introduced H.R. 1364, the Free Speech About Science Act (FSAS)5, a bill that would enable supplement companies to cite peer reviewed science. Currently, FDA regulations prohibit any reference to scientific studies by manufactures of a dietary supplement or by food producers, regarding its health benefits. Violations can result in FDA declaring common dietary supplements and food to be "unapproved drugs" — and this is censorship.

In the FDA's view, even providing a link to a study on a website converts a healthy fruit or nut into an unapproved drug — a bizarre position that effectively censors scientific information and greatly restricts your access to valuable scientific research that would help you make informed choices about your health.

The Free Speech About Science Act provides a limited and carefully targeted change to FDA regulations so that legitimate, peer reviewed scientific studies can be referenced by manufacturers. The bill amends the appropriate sections of current law to allow the flow of legitimate scientific and educational information while still giving FDA and FTC the right to take action against misleading information and false or unsubstantiated claims.

You Can Help Fight for Your First Amendment Rights

There are steps you can take to protect free speech and your right to natural health information, including nutritional supplements.

  1. Go to the Alliance for Natural Health and click on the "Campaigns" tab to find out what campaigns are currently active. Click on the "Take Action" tab to find out where the AND is active (at the state level) and where you can help. The action steps depend on the particular state. The site will help you contact the appropriate legislative representative so that you can urge them to not support certain bills.
  2. Also visit Really Eat Right, which tracks the actions of the AND. The site exposes AND's funding of pharmaceutical and junk food industries, as well as concerns about advice you may get from a registered dietitian.
  3. Support H.R. 1364, the Free Speech About Science Act. You can do this by going to this page on the Alliance for Natural Health website, which includes a quick way to send your message to Congress.

Where Can You Find Truly Unbiased Nutrition Info?

Do you want nutrition advice that isn't influenced by corporate agendas?

"Real" foods like grass-fed beef, raw butter, organic cage-free eggs, vegetables and the like are not the subject of commercial jingles or billboards, but they are the types of foods that will support optimal health. Many people are beginning to realize the bulk of the packaged, processed foods found in supermarkets are not real "food" at all, but conglomerations of excessively subsidized farm crops and chemicals manipulated to taste and look edible.

The easiest way to break free of this corporate-influenced dietary trap is by focusing on WHOLE, unadulterated foods, meaning foods that have not been processed or altered from their original state. You can find guidance about how to eat more healthfully in my free nutrition plan.

[+]Sources and References [-]Sources and References

  • 1 Forbes April 5, 2012
  • 2 Institute for Justice
  • 3 Grist September 26, 2011
  • 4 Really Eat Right
  • 5 Alliance for Natural Health