Trampling Freedom of Speech: State Tries Censoring Online Advice Column

By:  Selwyn Duke
05/31/2012
       
Trampling Freedom of Speech: State Tries Censoring Online Advice Column

Can the government prohibit you from giving diet advice to family and friends? If the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is to be believed, the answer is yes.

Can the government prohibit you from giving diet advice to family and friends? If the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is to be believed, the answer is yes.

As far as diet goes, I believe you should adhere to the old adage “everything in moderation” and avoid extreme regimens of all kinds. I don’t know what you think of this counsel, but North Carolina’s position seems to be the following: I just broke the law.

Blogger Steven Cooksey found this out the hard way — when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition ordered him to take down part of his diet-advice website.

The 51-year-old resident of Stanley, North Carolina, became passionate about nutrition after a 2009 hospitalization during which he learned he had Type II diabetes and was told he’d probably be insulin-dependent for life. Inspired to finally get serious about his health, Cooksey became a student of nutrition and, after considering many opinions, settled on a high fat/low carbohydrate “caveman” diet, which involves limiting oneself to only unprocessed or minimally processed foods. He also chronicled his personal health evolution on a blog he created in early 2010.

And what an evolution it was. Cooksey’s weight dropped from 240 lbs to 163, and his blood sugar normalized. And, as his waistline contracted, his website expanded: He was inspired to help others.

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