Internet free speech is under assault in America, and a dangerous new trend has
surfaced that threatens to throw nutritional bloggers in jail for advocating
healthy diets on their blogs or websites. As you read this, a blogger who wrote
about using the Paleo diet to overcome diabetes is being threatened with
jail time in North Carolina, where the state Board of Dietetics / Nutrition
claims his nutritional advocacy is equivalent to the crime of "practicing
nutrition without a license."
He's being targeted by
state "dieticians" (which is another word for "nutritional moron" as you'll see
below) who say that Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General
Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to "practice dietetics or nutrition." His
website's advocating of the Paleo diet for individuals who have health
challenges is, they claim, a violation of law.
So they've threatened him
with arrest if he does not take down his website... or at the very least stop
advocating the Paleo diet to readers.
Criminalizing health advice
But wait a second. People give nutritional
advice on their websites all the time. Millions of websites and blogs, in fact,
currently offer advice on fitness, nutrition, disease prevention, natural
remedies and more. Are all those people now criminals if they live in
And even worse, could this censorship insanity spread to
other states? Might such censorship be pursued at a federal level?
is, such an effort has already taken place. I don't recall who was behind it,
but nearly a decade ago, several U.S. Senators got together and tried to push a
bill that would make it a federal crime to offer health advice on the
internet. That effort failed, and we never heard anything more about it. But now
that the U.S. government has crossed what I call the "threshold of criminality"
and has devolved into a police state gang of total thugs (TSA, anyway?), it's
not hard to imagine these people trying to bring back their loony ideas of
criminalizing health advice on the web.
The point behind all this, of
course, would be to monopolize information while silencing those who
freely share the truth about natural cures, vitamin D, cancer prevention and so
on. The truth about nutrition quite obviously threatens the power and profits of
the pharmaceutical industry -- an industry that thrives on nutritional ignorance
and highly deceptive marketing of its poisons to the uninformed masses. Merck,
in fact, was just fined $321 million for criminal violations in the illegal
marketing of Vioxx (http://www.naturalnews.com/035690_Merck_Vioxx_marketing.html).
Cooksey completely rewrites his 3-year-old blog, he could be sued by the
licensing board. If he loses the lawsuit and refuses to take down the blog, he
could face up to 120 days in jail. The board’s director says Cooksey has a First
Amendment right to blog