North Carolina pushing bill to eliminate free speech, prohibit sharing of nutritional information for sick children

Saturday, August 1, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Saturday, August 01, 2015

The same folks in North Carolina that tried to sue blogger Steve Cooksey simply for sharing information online about how to treat diabetes naturally are now going after all speech related to health and nutrition.

The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (NCBDN) has launched an all-out assault against free speech with its antithetically named “Modernize Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act,” or House Bill 796, which would make it a crime to share health advice or food strategies with non-family members who are suffering from health conditions.

The bill, which has already passed its first reading in the North Carolina State Senate, would prohibit unlicensed individuals from offering “medical nutrition therapy,” which the proposed legislation defines as the “provision of nutrition care services for the purpose of managing or treating a medical condition.”

Recommending that a friend with an autistic child try the GAPS diet, for instance, would essentially be outlawed under HB 796, as only licensed dietitians would be permitted to dispense such nutrition advice. Or like with Steve Cooksey, teaching people how to overcome “incurable” diseases through diet and supplementation would be off limits under HB 796.

“In essence, HB 796 will prevent anyone from communicating dietary advice to a non-family member who has a medical condition,” writes Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, on his blog.

“Friend of yours asks you how you lost weight? Can’t say anything, as obesity is a ‘medical condition.’ Own a gym and want to do a Paleo Challenge? Good luck, the Dietetics Board of NC can, and likely will, sue you … Since life itself can be labeled a ‘medical condition’ it provides a remarkably invasive reach for The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition.”

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