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exclusive leaked documents: american dietetic association is intentionally using state legislatures to block alternative nutrition providers and restrict free epeech

In topics on July 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

“So far, the ADA is acting like pretty much every other professional association in existence: it wants special laws passed, conferring special rights and privilges on its members, for the express and primary purpose or limiting competitors and upstarts. Nothing new under the sun.

But here’s where it starts to get truly kooky.

The ADA, in this freshly-leaked document analyzed here, outlines a detailed policy of surveilling and reporting citizens who provide nutrition advice publicly, under state dietetics laws, for the primary purpose of maintaining, justifying, and strengthening the laws themselves:

States generally require that someone file a complaint before an investigation into a violation can be opened; the complaint process is integral to aggressive enforcement of dietitian licensing acts. Because all too often state dietetics boards receive few (or no) complaints alleging violations, one is led to conclude either that (a) few, if any, violations are occurring in these states and licensing is not necessary or (b) violations are occurring, but are not being reported. If the latter scenario is accurate, dietitians and others benefitting from licensure must be more vigilant in identifying and reporting violations.

The document says it plain and clear: the reason to surveil and report citizens who provide public nutrition advice (people like Steve Cooksey) is not that there’s any evidence that these citizens actually harm the public. Rather, the reason to surveil and report citizens like Cookey is that doing so is necessary to maintain licensure laws (which were designed by the ADA explicitly to limit market competition.)

Of course, the ADA tosses a bone to public safety in all of this: “The purpose of licensure is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

But it is quite clear from the document the real purpose of the licensure laws they’re lobbying for in all 50 states. In the very next sentence, the document informs us: “Because professional regulations act as a barrier to entryand usually provide a mechanism for removing harmful practitioners from practicing within the state, they effectively restrict the supply of practitioners and often lead to an increase in the cost of services.” [Emphasis added.]”

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