I am working to put together a roundtable on this bill. We have folks from eatright.org, the Nutritional Therapy assoc, and some folks who have worked on the inside in this legislative process. Not sure on the timeline, but trying to get it done ASAP and that will be a special podcast edition.
Hey folks, I need to pass this along to you and I really hope you lend some muscle to shooting down the Bill HB 796, “Modernize Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act.” In essence, HB 796 will prevent anyone from communicating dietary advice to a non-family member who has a medical condition. 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. If you check out that link to the Bill, scan down to the bottom, you will see what becomes illegal with the enactment of this Bill. At one point it was the “practice of dietetics” however that has been changed to “medical nutrition therapy.” Since life itself can be labeled a “medical condition” it provides a remarkably invasive reach for the The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition. These are the same folks that tried to sue Steve Cooksey for blogging about his experience SUCCESSFULLY managing his diabetes. Fortunately, due to enormous support for Steve the NCBDN failed in their suit, but this is their next attempt at a power-grab.
WTF is going on?
There is a struggle emerging between the old guard of academia/medicine and the emergent, decentralized networks that provide arguably superior information. Academia clearly has it’s place, although I am continually pushed to define or understand exactly what that role is other than protecting hegemony. I put much more faith in markets, self-experimentation and outcome based medicine. That position absolutely FREAKS OUT anyone who is an entrenched academic. Well, tough. 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 RD’s who promulgate the same tired crap. To some degree, this is exactly what is happening. 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. NOT change their broken, archaic methodology. instead, they work to create a legal barrier that prevents people from sharing simple solutions to complex problems.
Now, this does currently “only” affect North Carolina. Why should you care about that? Well, this sets a precedent. Today NC, tomorrow your state. This problem is NOT going away. As the ancestral health idea makes more headway, we will see more and more of this as the old institutions grasp at power that is sliding out of their hands.
Laura Combs has done amazing work staying up on this topic. She provided me the following material which allows you to easily contact legislators directly involved in this bill. Please take the time to support freedom and the free sharing of information.
Dear Senator Apodaca,I am writing to strongly urge you to bury/not release HB 796. This is a terrible bill that obliterates Free Speech in North Carolina.I know that you are a strong supporter of autism care as a primary sponsor of SB 676. One of the keys to autism spectrum recovery is changes in diet. Most dietitians and nutritionists are unaware of those protocols, but many, many parents are. Parents have improved and in some cases freed their children from autism via dietary therapies. Those parents will become criminals if they share their nutrition strategies with other parents because they will be offering “Medical Nutrition Therapy.” It is unbelievable to me that the Dietetics and Nutrition monopoly can create such Constitutional havoc and get away with it – in the House at least.If the Dietetics and Nutrition professions were effective, why are more and more people sick by the food they eat (diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and many other forms of metabolic syndrome)? I happen to be good that this stuff and I have helped a lot of people – people who have been failed by the medical association and the Dietetics and Nutrition folks. I volunteer my knowledge and I can’t believe that I will be muzzled by this group of supposed professionals.If these folks want to regulate and license themselves, by all means they should do so, but they should leave the regular person alone.Please do not release HB 796 from Rules and maintain our Freedom of Speech. We have had too many assaults on our freedoms by Senator Tarte (SB 346, the Vax Bill, and SB 271, Four-Year Term for GA/Limit Consecutive Terms.) and are getting tired of this nonsense.Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,Laura CombsRaleigh, NC