Protect your access to health and nutrition information!
  • Petitioned NC Board of Dietetics
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Governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue.

Protect your access to health and nutrition information!

    1. Pat Robinson
    2. Petition by

      Pat Robinson

      Weddington, NC

A health blogger, Steve Cooksey of Diabetes-Warrior, is under threat of prosecution and 120-days of jail time by the NC Board of Dietetics.

In 30 Days, Steve had weaned himself off all of his cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin medications. Yep, Steve was drug- and insulin-free within 30 days!

The head of the NC Board of Dietetics called Steve and told him he could not educate people about nutrition without their approval. They “investigated” his website and gave detailed complaints regarding Steve sharing information about healing himself without their Food Pyramid and their Pharmaceutical Drugs.

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) would like to be the state authority of all nutrition information, in your state too!


The NC Board of Dietetics' broad misinterpretation of the law could have every mother, grandmother, neighbor, friend, kindergarten teacher and hairdresser brought up on charges of "giving nutritional advice without a license" too!

Tell them to stop bullying individual citizens. There are many people who educate individuals regarding food and nutrition.

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Write to explain that this is a Freedom of Speech issue. Steve Cooksey has not claimed to be a dietician, or a nutritionist. Nor has he used any state licensed credentials.

Reference General Statute § 90-368. Persons and practices not affected. Sections (9) and (10).

(see Template Letter at "Petition Letter" tab)

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Recent signatures


    1. Is The ADA Monopolizing Nutrition?

      Pat Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      ---at length in this article, the American Dietetic Association:

      • Openly discusses creating and using state boards of dietetics/nutrition (including in NC and in every other state in the union) for the express purpose of limiting market competition for its Registered Dietitian members.

      • Openly discusses a nation-wide plan of surveilling and reporting private citizens, and particularly all competitors on the market for nutrition counseling, for “harming the public” by providing nutrition information/advice/counseling without a license—through exactly the same means by which Cooksey was reported to the NC Board. Again, for the explicit purpose of limiting marketplace competition.

    2. Cooksey was always in compliance with the law!

      Pat Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      General Statute § 90-368. Persons and practices not affected Sections (9) and (10) indicate that Cooksey was ALREADY in compliance with the law BEFORE the Executive Director of the NC Board of Dietetics (a lawyer) called him, told him he was not compliant with the law, and sent him detailed complaints after investigating his website.

      Specifically, Cooksey was told (in writing) that he could not "counsel" however the G.S. allows "An herbalist or other person who does not hold himself out to be a dietitian or nutritionist when the person furnishes 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."

      Steve Cooksey has not claimed to be a dietician, or a nutritionist. Nor has he used any state licensed credentials.

      [There is nothing to see here. The NC Board of Dietetics wasn't bullying, threatening or coercing anyone.]


    3. Decision-maker NC Board of Dietetics responds:

      NC Board of Dietetics

      Dear Concerned Citizens:

      Over the past several weeks a number of inaccuracies have been presented to the public regarding a complaint that was submitted to the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (the NCBDN) concerning Steve Co...

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. NC Board of Dietetic"s "Electronic Practice" rules cross state lines

      Pat Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      In fact, according to the North Carolina Board of Dietetics' "Rules", their broad MISinterpretation of the law includes the internet, even people residing in other states.

      Any person, whether residing in this state or not, who by use of electronic or other medium performs any of the acts described as the practice of dietetics/nutrition, but is not licensed pursuant to Article 25 of G.S. 90 shall be deemed by the Board as being engaged in the practice of dietetics/nutrition and subject to the enforcement provisions available to the Board. Among other remedies, the Board shall report violations of this Rule to any occupational licensing board having issued an occupational license to a person who violates this Rule. This Rule does not apply to persons licensed pursuant to, or exempt from licensure pursuant to, Article 25 of G.S. 90.

      NCBDN "Rules" pdf:

    6. American Dietetic Association Speeds up its Race for Monopoly

      Pat Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      The American Dietetic Association (ADA) would like to be the government sanctioned authority of all nutrition information.

      Recently renamed "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics", their mission is "to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders".

      Who Are the Academy's Corporate Sponsors?

      Hershey's Chocolate
      National Dairy Counsel
      Abbott (makes infant formula)

      General Mills
      Mars Candy

      Unilever (makes ice cream, popsicles, margarine, Slim Fast)

      Sponsors contributed $1.8 million dollars to the ADA, in 2011.
      [down from $2.7 million in Sponsorship in 2010]

      Strategic Priority (per 2011 Annual Report, Page 7): Address competition related to scope of practice and opposition to licensure.

      P.S. This "non-profit" funds a $100,000 Political Action Committee. [down from $200,000 in 2010]


      Conflicts of Interest?

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. NC Board of Dietetics continues to wield threats and intimidation

      Pat Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      The NC Board of Dietetics has reported that (Steve) "Cooksey was sent a certified letter, stating that the NCBDN was satisfied that he had come into substantial compliance with the requirements of the law and that the NCBDN was closing the complaint".

      BUT, "the Board reserves the right to continue to monitor this situation".

      NCBDN is keeping the door open for further investigation, even after Steve made changes to his website at their direction.

      However, according to the law (§ 90-368.), Steve did not need to make these changes because Steve has not claimed to be a dietician, or a nutritionist. Nor has he used any state licensed credentials.

      The NC Board of Dietetics has a pattern of using threats and intimidation above the law, to silence nutritional information.

    9. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Leon Minton WILLOW PARK, TX
      • 12 months ago

      When I stopped following ADA recommendations and became a Vegan, I got off statins and am much healthier now!

    • Nadine Tallon AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because someone has to undo the destructive dietary advice of mainstream medicine!

    • allison donovan GREENSBORO, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a Holistic Health Coach. I believe people have a right to choose to receive nutrition advice from who they desire.

    • Jennifer Kronick PLACENTIA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      HEALTH is the responsibility of EVERY individual, not a bylaw or 'approved' dietary recommendation to be REGULATED by the ADA. The general public has the ability to discern whether a 'source' of information is credible, or not.

    • Aaron Bartlett OLYMPIA, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      it stopped becoming fredom of speech when he started selling his "treatment plans"


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