Originally published August 1 2015
North Carolina pushing bill to eliminate free speech, prohibit sharing of nutritional information for sick children
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) 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."
North Carolina obsessed with trying to control how people liveIt's rather unfortunate that North Carolina always seems to make the news for trying to pass draconian legislation to micromanage the lives of its residents. Everything from what North Carolinians eat (raw milk is still illegal in North Carolina) to how they take care of their health (legislators recently tried to pass a bill even stricter than California's SB 277 that would have required everyone to be vaccinated) seems to be a target of state authorities, who apparently despise individual liberty.
In this case, NCBDN's attempt to restrict what North Carolinians say about food and medicine is completely over the top, and it's surprising (or perhaps not) that HB 796 has even made it as far as it has. But then again, this is a state the same country where remembering history through a flag is now considered evil while altering your gender and expecting free healthcare is now considered normal.
"There is a struggle emerging between the old guard of academia/medicine and the emergent, decentralized networks that provide arguably superior information," adds Wolf, noting that the establishment healthcare paradigm is slowly crumbling, with bills like HB 796 representing a last-ditch effort at maintaining the corrupt status quo.
"Dietetics, as it is currently practiced, is an appalling failure. An auto mechanic who understands the rudiments of ancestral health is more valuable to our populace than 10,000 RDs who promulgate the same tired crap ... The old guard is getting crushed in a market-based sharing of information and their only response is to make a political/legal power-grab."
You can help fight against HB 796 by contacting Rules Chair Senator Tom Apodaca and urging him to stop this heinous bill from being released from the Rules Committee. You can do this by emailing him at:
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