‘Paleo’ Nutrition Blogger Will Go to Jail if He Does Not Recant

As Seen on lewrockwell.com

by Gary North
Tea Party Economist

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Freedom of speech? Surely, you jest.

This man got diabetes. He started a blog on treating diabetes. He broke the law by doing this. He is not licensed to promote such opinions.

He promotes the so-called “paleo” diet: low carbohydrates. (The diet is not “paleo.” It’s capitalist. I have explained this here.)

He promotes the so-called “paleo” diet: low carbohydrates. (The diet is not “paleo.” It’s capitalist. I have explained this here.)

He criticizes the establishment’s “carbs are OK” Party Line. That called down the wrath of the government on him.

Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition” without a license. According to the law, “practicing” nutrition includes “assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups” and “providing nutrition counseling.”

If he does not rewrite 3 years of posts, he must take down his site. If he refuses, and if he is convicted (after an expensive legal fight), he will go to jail.

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.

But this past January the state diatetics and nutrition board decided Cooksey’s blog – Diabetes-Warrior.net – violated state law. The nutritional advice Cooksey provides on the site amounts to “practicing nutrition,” the board’s director says, and in North Carolina that’s something you need a license to do.

Unless 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 about his diet, but he can’t encourage others to adopt it unless the state has certified him as a dietitian or nutritionist.

Bloggers should understand this. They can offer self-testimony. They can link to other articles that report on health. But if they promote the information as recommendations, they are at risk. The establishment has passed laws against this.

Charla Burill, the board’s director, told Carolina Journal she could not discuss the details of Cooksey’s case because his website is still under investigation, but agreed to talk about the law in the hypothetical.

It’s not necessarily against the law to give your sister or your friend nutritional advice, she said. And it’s not necessarily against the law to use a blog to tell people what they should eat.

Where it crosses the line, Burill said, is when a blogger “advertises himself as an expert” and “takes information from someone such that he’s performing some sort of assessment and then giving it back with some sort of plan or diet.”

Did he advertise himself as an expert? I went to his site. Here is what I found.


1) I am not a doctor, dietitian nor nutritionist. I have ZERO medical training and NO formal nutritional training. However, I am a diabetic who follows his own “diabetic diet” (backed by scientific research) and has normal Blood Glucose while taking -0- drugs and -0- insulin.

2) Personal advice will not be given on this site. This site is ONLY intended for educational purposes ONLY. Providing people with the information on a “real” diabetes diet is my goal. Creating other Diabetes Warriors…is my desire!

3) Please consult your physician regarding any health guidelines seen in this site. IF YOUR doctor does NOT support information provided on this site, I urge you to find a “low carb friendly” doctor as soon as possible.

Please contact me if you are unable to locate one. Click HERE

What I Have Done

1) I have learned from top PhDs, MDs and Fitness experts … through their writings and opinions regarding legitimate mainstream medical studies.

2) I have confirmed many of their findings through my own personal experiences. I am a former obese diabetic who was taking 4 drugs and 4 insulin shots per day!… now… I’ve lost 75 lbs and I am DRUG AND INSULIN FREE!!! All this with normal Blood Sugar….not normal for diabetics….NORMAL Blood Sugar for non-diabetics.

This did not protect him.

Read the whole story. Click the link.

He must now either shut down his site or re-write the articles or be sued by the state of North Carolina.

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April 26, 2012

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Man Drowns in 3 feet of Water, Rescuers Present, But Just Following Orders

Another great find from Gary North at the http://teapartyeconomist.com

At what point will these bureaucrats not just follow orders? Is it when the man dies in 3 feet of water in front of them, or when they are ordered (in this case, asking) to machine gun journalists? Or how about killing innocent people at a funeral? What about dropping atomic bombs on thousands of innocent women and children?

I am eagerly awaiting the day when answering to a higher law regains its position above the man-made laws of the state.  I doubt we will ever see that day in our lifetime.  After all, we live in a time where it is acceptable for Christians to commit murder.

On second thought, Christians have been killing since the beginning.  I don’t think that day ever existed. I guess that is kind of the point.  Don’t look for salvation on Earth.  And don’t be surprised when shit like this happens.  I don’t know why I still am.

Calling yourself a Christian (or a Muslim or whatever) is kind of like joining a political party.  You are expected to answer for all the dumb fucks who misrepresent your values but scream them the loudest.  Rick Santorum is to Christianity what bombing citizens of other countries is to loving your neighbor as yourself.  Include other warmongering evangelicals in that as well.  Jesus warned about false prophets. My what a hold they have on our nation.  When will these people turn off their propaganda machines and re-open their Bibles?

The Original article can be found from the Daily Mail here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2104358/Simon-Burgess-drowned-firemen-refused-wade-3ft-deep-lake-health-safety-rules.html

The article below with Mr. North’s insights can be found here: http://teapartyeconomist.com/2012/02/23/man-drowns-in-3-feet-of-water-in-front-of-rescuers/


Man Drowns in 3 Feet of Water in Front of Government Rescuers

Written by Gary North on February 23, 2012

That we live in a world gone batty with government regulations comes as no shock. The voters know this. The bureaucrats don’t.

North’s law of bureaucracy: “There is nothing so bizarre that some bureaucrat will not do it by following the rules.”


A charity worker drowned in a 3ft deep lake when a policeman and a paramedic were ordered not to try to rescue him.

Simon Burgess, 41, was left to float face down as emergency crews watched.

Health and safety rules stopped them going more than ankle deep into the lake, an inquest was told yesterday.

According to a doctor, Mr Burgess’s life could have been saved had he been removed from the water quickly.

The constable and the ambulance worker who volunteered to jump into the lake were given strict orders not to do so by fire station watch manager Tony Nicholls.

Is this bizarre, or what?

It gets more bizarre.

‘The control room was informed I was going in and they sent a message that under no circumstances could I go in the water.’
Wading out: Following the delay, a pair of firefighters make their way into the centre of the waist-deep lake to attempt to rescue Mr Burgess.

A similar story comes from the United States. You can read about it here.

It will not get better as we march into the world of bureaucracy. It will get worse

Continue Reading on www.dailymail.co.uk