Thursday, July 19, 2012

The ADA: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Parts of this article came from an article in Forbes written by Michael Ellsberg. You can access this article here:

For a blogger who likes to write about holistic medicine and the problems with conventional medicine, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) who is now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is, to me,  ‘the gift that keeps on giving’.  What do I mean by ‘the gift that keeps on giving?’  I have written previous blog posts about how the ADA is trying to position their members—resident dieticians or RD’s—as the only people eligible to be licensed in order to discuss nutrition and diet with patients.  Here is a link to one of my posts:   Under the ADA’s rules, anyone else providing advice about diet and nutrition would be subject to severe penalties including jail and fines. 

You may think I am making a mountain out of a molehill, but I disagree.  Just ask Steve Cooksey.  He is a blogger who writes about his success with changing his diet.  On his blog page ( he describes his journey from being vastly overweight and unhealthy--taking insulin shots and drugs for cholesterol and hypertension--to being off all prescription medicines and losing weight by changing his diet and exercising.  He is clearly writing this blog to offer hope for others suffering from similar problems.  His blog posts focus on diet and exercise recommendations only.  Although I did not read every single word on his blog page, I found his information useful.  His story is compelling.   

However, the powers-that-be, the ADA, did not find his information useful.  In fact, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition sent Mr. Cooksey a 19-page markup letter objecting to his posts.  According to the Board, he faced prison time if he did not acquiesce to the Board’s complaints.  For a good laugh, take a look at the handwritten comments by the Board--   It can be found under the heading, “Official Investigation Review.”
Recall the ADA is trying to pass laws in all 50 states which would limit free speech.  These laws would make it a crime for anyone who is not licensed to give nutritional and dietary advice.  Of course, the only ones licensed under this law would be RD’s.  And, keep in mind, RD’s have little or no training in nutrition.  I have discussed this topic in previous blog posts such as this one--   

In the Forbes’ article, Mr. Ellsberg received a ‘smoking gun document’ that provides direct evidence that the ADA “openly strategizes on how to gain control of state legislatures, for the express purpose of limiting competition.”  This document was given to Mr. Ellsberg by ADA members who are unhappy with the organizations behavior.

Folks, the last group that I would want to be the only licensed group that is able to speak about nutrition and diet are the RD’s.  My experience with most (NOTE—I SAID MOST, NOT ALL) RD’s is that they have little or no knowledge about nutrition and health.  They are too busy recommending the disastrous American Diabetes Association diets. They parrot the party line about eating too many carbohydrates including refined soy products as well as limiting fat.  The ADA is an organization that is proud to be sponsored by such corporate food sponsors such as Coca-Cola, Mars, Hershey’s, General Mills, and others.  Just look at their website.  Perhaps, if the ADA wants to be taken seriously, they should refuse corporate sponsorship.  And, finally, a good start for the ADA is to actually teach their students about nutrition and health.  


  • At July 19, 2012 at 6:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Why would they do this? Why do they object ro other points of view on diet? Is it because they care? Or do they want to control our health or non-health? It's scary. It reminds me of the history of midwifery--men made it illegal for women to practice it as they had for centuries, all in the name of profits.

    Thank you Dr. Brownsten for your healthy point of view. It must be hard to stand up against all this nastiness--thanks for fighting these dragons.


  • At July 19, 2012 at 6:55 AM , Blogger Annette said...

    Three things:

    1. I always value your site...and love your books (iodine has changed my life...thank you!)
    2. I don't trust human nature in general, and firmly believe there needs to be some regulation as to who gives advice...too many opportunist out there....any suggestions how this should be handled?
    3. I checked the ADA's site for their sponsors...and found no evidence of General Mills, Coke, etc... Please post a link to this...I find it appalling (but not surprising as Coke has been a sponsor in our school programs) that they would accept money...but again, back to not trusting human nature...especially when money is involved....

  • At July 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM , Blogger Dr. David Brownstein said...

    Here is the link.


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