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Dr. Brownstein Article: The ADA Wants To Call the Shots on Your Nutritional Advice

Dr. David BrownsteinThe American Dietetic Association (ADA) is trying to pass legislature (in fact they actually already have here in Michigan) that broadens the scope of their practice and makes it illegal for anyone that is not a dietitian to give advice on the subject. I read an article written by Dr. David Brownstein, famous naturally-minded MD in Michigan which promted this post. 

Let's look at the facts: We have a nation of over-weight, diabetic, heart disease, and cancer infested citizens. I think the dietitians and the MD's have done quite enough, thank you. I am certain that I can't lump them all together. No offense to a naturally minded dietitian or MD- please don't misunderstand my position. I just happen to know that most MD's, and Dietitians don't give the greatest advice when it comes to the consumption of fats, sugars and carbs.

If you're a diabetic for instance, then you must have NO sugar, even if it's some natural fruits! PLUS, eat all the sugar free processed crap you like! This is just one example. MD's & Dietitians don't advocate for healthy fats either; so there goes your grass fed butter, your coconut oil and the like- WE NEED FATS to have healthy brains, cognitive function, healthy joints- and a health heart contrary to what most MD's will tell you. 

So you get the point- The ADA is trying to box out the Chiropractors, the Certified Nutritionists, and of course the Homeopaths and Naturopaths to legally give nutritional advice. We must be vigilant to make sure that this law doesn't get instated.  It's already been signed into law by the former governor here in Michigan- but it's not very popular so hasn't been plugged in yet as far as I know. Just another thing for all you Natural Health Professionals to put on your collective radars.  

Below is Dr. Brownstein's article in it's entirety. It also includes a link to the original (Forbes Magazine article) and a link to an organization to join if your interested in getting involved. The latter is Michigan Nutrition Association. Click the link to find out how you can help spread the word.

Dr. David Brownstein's Article from his blog below:

"The ADA Wants Nutrition Prisons

You’ve got to believe me; I am not trying to pick on registered dieticians (RD’s). Unfortunately, they make it too easy for me. I know some very smart RD’s who are very knowledgeable about nutrition. However, as compared to most of the members of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the RD’s who are knowledgeable about nutrition are, unfortunately, few and far between. 

Presently, we have two-thirds of the U.S. population overweight and one-third obese. Part of the reason we have so much obesity in the U.S. is due to the nonsensical dietary advice the ADA and its members have been promoting. I can assure you, the last thing we need in the U.S. is to have the RD’s control who can and cannot speak about nutrition.

This blog post was prompted by an article in Forbes magazine (4.5.12) titled, “Is the American Dietetic Association Attempting to Limit Market Competition in Nutrition Counseling.” The article can be found here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelellsberg/2012/04/05/american-dietetic-association/

This article is well written and goes into more details about the nefarious activities of the ADA. This article discusses the ADA’s push to pass a terrible law in each state that will only allow RD’s the legal right to talk to patients about nutrition. All others will be subject to fines and jail time. 

Let me review what is happening. I posted two blogs about this topic—the first on September 22, 2010 and the second on October 6, 2011. You can access these articles from the archives on my blog page. 

The ADA is trying to ensure that only registered dieticians will be licensed to talk with patients about nutrition. If a health professional is not properly licensed to speak to a client about nutrition, he/she would be subject to fine of $10,000 per day of violation and possibly six months of jail. Can you imagine these penalties for counseling someone about nutrition? Think about it, you go into a health food store and the clerk tells you that you should eat less refined carbohydrates. The next thing you know, an ADA enforcer may be there to fine the clerk $10,000 and put them in jail for six months. Does that sound reasonable to you? It is not only health food store clerks who have to worry, it is chiropractors, certified nutritionists, personal trainers, yoga instructors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, homeopaths, nurses and pharmacists who may be barred from speaking to anyone about nutrition. 

Maybe we will need nutrition prisons to house all the new inmates. I can hear the prison conversation. “What are you in for? I told someone to eat less carbs and they busted me.” As punishment, perhaps these new prisoners should have to eat food from all the ADA corporate sponsors. Who are these corporate sponsors? Pepsico, Coca-Cola, Mars, Soyjoy, Hershey’s and General Mills are such examples. I think that punishment would be too severe for the nutrition prisoners. But, I digress. Let’s get back to business. 

The state of Michigan passed the ADA’s idiotic bill in 2006 and it was signed by the governor of Michigan. Fortunately, this law has not been implemented due to public and professional criticism. My October 6, 2011 blog post contains a letter I sent to the Michigan Office of Regulatory Regulation detailing my complaints about this dumb law.
For those of you that reside in other states, I have two words for you: Watch Out! The ADA is busy trying to pass this dangerous and unnecessary law in all 50 states. They are quiet about it because they do not want anyone to be aware of what they are doing. You have to organize and get the word out. In Michigan, we have formed a group to fight back. More information about this group can be found here: http://michigannutritionassociation.org.

As I said before, we do NOT need the ADA deciding who can and cannot speak about nutrition. This law needs to go away and the ADA should refocus its efforts to properly educate its members about nutrition. 

Whether it is from an RD, nurse, or even a health food store clerk, you should have the right to decide who you would like to receive nutritional advice from.