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Health Blogger Under Fire: Defend Freedom of Health Information & Choices!

Today I’m expressing my opposition to what’s going on in the State of North Carolina. A blogger named Steve Cooksey of Diabetes Warrior maintains a chronicle of his health journey, detailing how how he’s managed his disease.

The North Carolina State Board of Dietetics (members of the American Dietetics Association) has formally objected to his blogging activities, and he is now facing 120 days jail time. For what, you may ask. Writing about how he is healing himself without drugs and conventional approaches to his diagnosis of Diabetes.

When he was originally diagnosed, he was recommended to take insulin and consume the Standard American Diet of government recommendations, including My Plate (formerly the Food Pyramid) and a regimen of pharmaceutical drugs. Since then, he has been in the process of reversing his condition by not taking conventional advice.

If you read his blog and you don’t agree with his recommendations, then you certainly don’t have to take them. He’s not a doctor, nor does he claim to be. Steve is merely sharing his experience in the hopes that it may benefit others.

That should be just fine, right? Not really.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Here’s the biggest problem with the ADA or any other large entity giving out health recommendations. Their information is based on corporate sponsorship, which everyone should boycott and disapprove. We are supposed to get sound, unbiased health advice from doctors. But we all know doctors receive kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies, and incentives to push one drug over another (name brands over generics).

The ADA is no different. If you look at their sponsor list, it’s full of companies selling toxic, harmful products. If you have ever attended any of their conventions, you’ll know that the booths and sessions there represent corporations like Nestle, Coca-Cola, foods with chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and everything else. Basically, junk food aplenty and then some. If state Dietetic Boards are objecting to this, you had better believe it’s only a matter of time before other states follow suit.

Two years ago, I wrote a post about how the ADA wouldn’t admit that organic foods are more nutritious than conventional. This post has a link to the ADA site with specific information about annual amounts donated by sponsors. The only information now available is on this link showing annual report information, but with no specific annual amounts from each sponsor listed. I contacted the ADA today with a phone call to obtain that information, and I was told that I could send an e-mail and request it. We’ll see what happens.

In a nation with an increasing population of overweight, heart-disease ridden, cancer developing individuals, we don’t need to be told to eat more chemicals, artificial foods, and toxins.  For many years, the standard advice has been to maintain a low-fat diet which encourages the heavy consumption of plants and grains, but cautions against consumption of fats and animal products.

These companies, who sell many of these products being recommended by health authorities to the general population to “manage” disease, have absolutely no business sponsoring any activity or information where health advice is being delved out. EXCEPT that this type of activity IS big business to them.

How else do you think these companies are controlling most the food in this country? Don’t believe me? Take a look at this diagram:
At least 5 of the companies in this diagram are major ADA sponsors: Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Unilever, Kellogg’s, and General Mills.

So why should the ADA or any other entity care that Steve Cooksey is blogging about how he healed himself with natural means?  Because ultimately, Steve didn’t follow their dietary and medical advice. Instead, he did his own research and learned ways to heal himself.

He chose to follow a diet that is low-carb and high in protein and fat. Steve eliminated the use of all medications – insulin, cholesterol, and blood pressure in one month. This is a direct threat to the information the ADA or any other large, powerful entity gives out about health and nutrition. 

This is a violation of Freedom of Speech. We have the right to “furnish nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements” (section 9) and to “furnish nonfraudulent specific nutritional information and counseling about the reported or historical use of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, food concentrates, or other foods” (section 10).

How can you make your voice heard about this?

Sign the Petition. All petitions need 10,000 signatures before they will be looked at by anyone in Washington, so PLEASE. Take a moment and sign this petition to protect our health freedoms and rights –  to make sure that in the future, you and anyone else can buy a book that doesn’t tow the party line on conventional health, to be able to write or blog about your own health experiences for others to read, to be able to look up information online which can someone the answers they so desperately need, or to allow yourself or anyone else to be able to receive counsel from someone who is not a doctor or RD/LD (Registered Dietitian or Licensed Dietitian).

Or, send an e-mail to:

In your message, make a respectful request to review the limits and boundaries of the law and the § 90-368: Persons and practices not affected, regarding sharing nutritional information with the public. The N.C. Board of Dietetics “Guidelines” and “interpretations”, and that this movement oversteps the limits of the law. Here’s a good template letter on the Heal Thyself web site.

Or, call Toll Free: (800) 849-2936.

By making contact with one of these entities, you are helping to ensure a future where we have choice and freedom to obtain health information or share information with others. Don’t allow our basic freedom to be able to have these choices to be placed in jeopardy. Blog about it, post on social media networks, and make your voice heard!

Want to learn about an exciting series coming to Public Television which provides great information about health and nutrition awareness, from experts in the field? Visit the Health Quest web site for more details.

Read this interesting post from Grist about how consumers are losing their faith in big food

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. speaks about how nutritional support can eliminate disease in the body

Further reading about why we can’t trust big food corporations and the entities like the ADA which recommend we eat their products:

Reading labels in the store – don’t be fooled by marketing lingo – reading labels is important, but understanding that these foods are largely empty of nutrition and contain toxins that are harmful to our health is the other side of the equation
Fortified and processed foods – are label claims about nutrition true? – many foods recommended by entities like the ADA, mainstream medical professionals, and the government are highly processed and chemical-laden foods which don’t make us healthier
4 ways to avoid GMOs in the foods you buy – many of the foods recommended for us to consume by conventional health contain genetically-modified ingredients which are harmful to our health

Is cheap food really cheap? The hidden cost of industrial food – the money you spend on the food you eat really is directly correlated with how healthy you are





11 replies on “Health Blogger Under Fire: Defend Freedom of Health Information & Choices!”

Could you please provide the link where you found the *food company- who owns who* chart?

Thank you.

um…..good article, but the American Dietetics Association is not the American Diabetes Association. The logo with the red ‘X’ through it is the wrong one………

Marc – yes, I understand what you are saying. The picture is supposed to be representative of Steve Cooksey’s blog, Diabetes Warrior, since this post is about his blog being under attack. It wasn’t a mistake. I purposefully used this image from his page to show how the mainstream touts the high carb meal plans, as well as other poor advice by the ADA (such as recommending low-fat and lean meats, in addition to all their other poor information) as sound treatment for Diabetes and other health issues. Steve didn’t take their advice and went on a high protein, low-carb diet, and this image represents that pretty well, especially since the state ADA of NC is now having issue with that.

This is the definition of insanity – Getting nutritional advice from an organization that is being paid by the makers of the very foods that make America sick. And having the state mandate that no other nutritional advice can be given, because only the wrong advice, with a state issued license, is allowed.

And what about the right of Free Speech? Totally ignored, not only by the state of North Carolina, but by the Federal government, which is supposed to protect it.


Sometimes it’s hard to believe this crazy stuff is happening in America. Aren’t we supposed to be free? First they slaughter heritage breed pigs in Michigan, choke GMO foods down our throats, and now this! I will be making my voice heard!

Leave our food alone. Get big corporations OUT of Washington. Corporations are NOT people and have NO right to “freedom of speach” by way of bribing our elected officials into favoring their corporate interests over the interests of the people.

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