Are we all just giving illegal medical advice? (paleo site under investigation)
The state of North Carolina has decided to go after a paleo blogger for advocating a paleo diet as a way to help diabetics. Here's a link to the story:
Here is an excerpt:
When he was hospitalized with diabetes in February 2009, he decided to avoid the fate of his grandmother, who eventually died of the disease. He embraced the low-carb, high-protein Paleo diet, also known as the ???caveman??? or ???hunter-gatherer??? diet. The diet, he said, made him drug- and insulin-free within 30 days. By May of that year, he had lost 45 pounds and decided to start a blog about his success.
Jan. 12, Cooksey attended a nutrition seminar at a church in Charlotte. The speaker was the director of diabetes services for a local hospital.
???She was giving all the wrong information, just like everyone always does ??? carbs are OK to eat, we must eat carbs to live, promoting low-fat, etc.,??? Cooksey said. ???So I spoke up.???
After the meeting he handed out a couple of business cards pointing people to his website.
Three days later, he got a call from the director of the nutrition board.
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on April 27, 2012
at 03:02 PM
on April 27, 2012
at 06:01 PM
It looks like this has been resolved. Copied and pasted from the NC Board of Dieticians website, http://www.ncbdn.org/file_a_complaint/recent_press_inquiry/
Recent Press Inquiry The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition has a duty to investigate all complaints that it receives. On January 13, 2012 a written complaint was submitted to the NCBDN alleging that Steve Cooksey was providing nutrition care services in North Carolina without a license. Mr. Cooksey is not a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of North Carolina. On January 18, 2012 the NCBDN contacted Mr. Cooksey to inform him of the complaint and to seek further information. That same day, Mr. Cooksey made the disclaimer on his blog more prominent and took down his diabetes support services, for which he was charging a fee. After further review, on April 9, 2012 Mr. 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 it received against him. Mr. Cooksey signed for this letter. Currently, there is no active complaint or action against Mr. Cooksey on file with the NCBDN.
Looks like they backed down.