Legal Issues in NC

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NC Threatens Local Blogger with Jail Time for Speaking His Mind on Nutrition!

This is why we need to stay on top of our Natural Health freedoms! You would think an individual could have personal opinions and talk about information that they have uncovered that helped them with a personal issue. Basically saying, “Look, this worked for me!” Well, apparently not if it crosses those in “power.”

State Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger

“The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifestyle.

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.’

Steve Cooksey has learned that the definition, at least in the eyes of the state board, is expansive.

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.”

I, personally, know the benefits of a lowered carbohydrate diet for those suffering from Syndrome-X conditions. It is a shame that we are no longer being allowed to simply express opinions on what has worked for us!

Walnuts as Drugs? The FDA is Crazy!

WalnutStudies show that plain, old walnuts help prevent breast cancer and prostate cancer, but the FDA says that if it prevents disease it must be a drug. How crazy is that?!

This Popular Nut Slashed Breast Cancer Risk in Mice by 50%

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Diamond Food for making truthful, science-backed health claims about the omega-3 fats in walnuts.

Because the research cited health claims that omega-3 fats in walnuts may prevent or protect against disease, the FDA said walnuts would be considered “new drugs” and as such would require a new drug application to become FDA-approved.

Under current FDA law, if a food or natural supplement makes a medical claim, it’s automatically classified as a drug.

Regulations currently prohibit manufacturers of dietary supplements or producers of food from referring to any scientific study documenting the potential effect of the substance on a health condition, punishable by large fines and even jail, even if the science is completely credible and true.

You can help by supporting the Free Speech about Science Act (HR 1364), a landmark legislation that would change FDA regulations so that manufacturers and producers may reference legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies without converting a natural food or dietary supplement into an ‘unapproved drug.'”

The Effort to Stop the Use of Supplements by “Big Pharma”

There are forces at work trying to take away your right to use vitamins and herbs. Think about it. Anything that “completes” with the drug industry is a direct competitor of that industry… it makes financial sense for them to “take out” the competition!

Dietary supplements are fast becoming an endangered species

“(NaturalNews) First the powers that be create a problem to get a reaction that gives them the green light to produce a solution to satisfy their ulterior motives. The problem, whether true or not, is presented through the media to also condition the public for accepting their desired solution.

A perfect example of this strategy has occurred as a backdrop for accepting the elimination of vitamins and supplements, which may occur sooner than you think.

The messages put through the media

Big Pharma front groups and FDA press releases are readily accepted by the main stream media (MSM) without investigation. They’re easy content fillers for lazy journalism. Besides, Big Pharma puts a lot of advertising money into the MSM. So what MSM hack is going to fuss over the accuracy of any Big Pharma or FDA press releases?

Most of the MSM’s public is cowed by the medical mafia’s powerful priesthood. So they’ll accept almost anything from the medical mafia as gospel.

If it’s in newspapers, magazines, and on TV; If it’s from the religion of mainstream medicine; If it’s also being repeated often without a whimper registering on the MSM from the other side of the issue, then it must be true. You can fool most of the people all the time.

A recent series of reports and press releases based on twisted studies, lies, and excerpts from reports taken out of context falsely publicized the dangers of vitamins and supplements. Though this negative propaganda campaign reached a boiling point over the last few months, it had been simmering for years.

Where the media lies are taking us

Remember: problem, reaction, solution. The problem of vitamins is a total lie. The reaction doesn’t have to be dramatic. The MSM’s shrill headlines have enough raving reactions. This is sufficient conditioning for the public’s accepting the solution of FDA control over vitamins. After all, the FDA is a cardinal among the medical mafia’s priesthood.

Unfortunately, the vitamin industry is headed for serious problems that will affect us all. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 is endangered yet again. Passed in 1994 as a result of a huge outcry from supplement consumers and health freedom advocates, this bill protected supplements from the FDA enough to allow supplements to be continued with marketing.

But apathy and indifference have set in over the past decade. It appears there are too many new battle fronts for health freedom, smothered by even more health agency and congressional corruption since that celebrated victory with The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.

Perhaps the DSHEA victory put everyone to sleep. As in don’t worry, the ‘DSHEA protects our rights to use supplements as we wish.’ Unfortunately, now it’s looking bleaker than ever. The FDA has propagandized the nation and owns Congressional representatives enough to stonewall them and carry out their plan to completely bypass the 1994 DSHEA by the end of 2011.”

We have to fight back, and be vigilant against this effort to take away our freedoms!

An Example: Why Government Control of Health Issues Is a Recipe for Failure

You know that I am all about personal freedom when it comes to healthcare. I stand for YOU being able to determine what is best for YOUR personal health. When a government (any government) steps in and says that they know best, it is always going to end badly! Governmental dictates are subject to lobbyists, and other political pressures, that usually mean that whatever they end up saying makes NO sense. Here’s a PERFECT example from the European Union (EU.) They have determined that, legally, water can no longer be considered a “cure” for dehydration! Say what?!?

EU SAYS WATER IS NOT HEALTHY

“THE EU was ridiculed last night after it took three years to issue a new rule that water cannot be sold as healthy.

In a scarcely believable ­ruling, a panel of experts threw out a claim that regular water consumption is the best way to rehydrate the body.

The bizarre diktat from Brussels has far-reaching implications for member states, including Britain, as no water sold in the EU can now claim to protect against dehydration.

Any producer breaching the order, signed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, faces being jailed for up to two years. It took the 21 scientists on the panel three years of analysis into the link between water and dehydration to come to their extraordinary conclusion.

Last night the decision of the European Food Safety Authority’s panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was labelled ‘beyond parody.’ Ukip’s deputy leader Paul Nuttall, who sits on the European Parliament’s Public Health Committee, said: ‘I had to read this four or five times before I believed it.’

‘It is a perfect example of what the EU does best and makes the bendy banana law look positively sane.’

Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: ‘The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are, highly paid, highly pensioned officials trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.’

‘If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.’

A spokesman for the Department of Health said: ‘Of course water hydrates. While we support the EU in preventing false claims about commercial products, we need to exercise common sense as far as possible.’

German professors Dr. Moritz Hagenmeyer and Dr. Andreas Hahn, of the Institute for Food Science and Human Nutrition at Hanover Leibniz University, applied for approval for the seemingly uncontentious claim that ‘regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration.’ However, bureaucrats refused to back them.

After a meeting in Italy a delegation of scientists concluded that reduced water content in the body was a symptom of dehydration rather than a risk factor that drinking water could control. Now their verdict has been turned into a regulation that will become UK law by December 6 and is bound to send shockwaves through the soft drinks industry.”

When I first heard this announced on the radio news on the way to work, I thought it was a joke. But no, “serious” politicians and bureaucrats ruled that water was not an aid to dehydration. Can you imagine warning labels to that effect on bottled water? How long will it be before the uS government does the same thing? The bottom line? Do not trust a politician or bureaucrat with YOUR health!

US Government Attacks Organic Farmers in Nevada

What could possibly be wrong wrong with farm-fresh, organic, direct from nature food? Well, obviously, the ‘Big Food’ lobbies have apparently convinced “Big Brother” (otherwise known as the US government) to support the food industry by helping destroy local, organic farms! This is ridiculous!

Health department tyrants raid local ‘farm to fork’ picnic dinner, orders all food to be destroyed with bleach

“(NaturalNews) It is the latest case of extreme government food tyranny, and one that is sure to have you reeling in anger and disgust. Health department officials recently conducted a raid of Quail Hollow Farm, an organic community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in southern Nevada, during its special ‘farm to fork’ picnic dinner put on for guests — and the agent who arrived on the scene ordered that all the fresh, local produce and pasture-based meat that was intended for the meal be destroyed with bleach.

For about five years now, Quail Hollow Farm has been growing organic produce and raising healthy, pasture-based animals which it provides to members as part of a CSA program. And it recently held its first annual ‘Farm to Fork Dinner Event,’ which offered guests an opportunity to tour the farm, meet those responsible for growing and raising the food, and of course partake in sharing a meal composed of the delicious bounty with others.

But when the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) got word of the event and decided to get involved, this simple gathering of friends and neighbors around a giant, family-style picnic table quickly became a convenient target for the heavy hand of an out-of-control government agency. And Monte and Laura Bledsoe, the owners and operators of Quail Hollow Farm, were unprepared for what would happen next.

Laura Bledsoe explains in a letter to her guests written after the fact that two days prior to the event, SNHD contacted the farm to say that, because the picnic was technically a ‘public’ event, the couple would have to obtain a ‘special use permit,’ or else face a very steep fine. Not wanting to risk having the event disrupted, the Bledsoes agreed to jump through all the demanded legal hoops even though their gathering was really just a backyard picnic.

But the day of the event, an inspector from SNHD, Mary Oaks, showed up and declared that all the food the Bledsoes would be serving was ‘unfit for consumption,’ and that it would have to be destroyed. Though there was no logical or lawful reasoning behind this declaration, and the Bledsoes had complied with all the requirements, Oaks insisted that the food be discarded and destroyed using a bleach solution.

One of the so-called reasons for this action included the fact that some of the food packaging did not contain labels, even though labels are not necessary if the food is eaten within 72 hours. Oaks also cited the fact that some of the meat was not US Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified, that the vegetables had already been cut and were thus a ‘bio-hazard,’ and that there were no receipts for the food (which was all grown on the farm, not purchased from a grocery store).Unaware of their rights, the Bledsoes initially complied with Oaks’ unlawful demands and destroyed the food. But shortly thereafter, Laura’s husband Monte remembered that they had an emergency contact number for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) on their refrigerator.

Shocked that they even had to resort to this desperate measure, the Bledsoes called FTCLDF for advice and spoke with General Counsel Gary Cox, who instructed them to ask Oaks for a search and arrest warrant, which of course she did not have. The Bledsoes then asked Oaks to leave the property, upon which she allegedly stormed off in anger and screamed that she was going to call the police.

Police eventually arrived, but unaware of why they had been called and what the alleged crime was, they, too, left and offered their apologies to the Bledsoes. Fortunately, the Bledsoes were able to improvise with the chef to create a whole new meal for their guests, which ended up turning out to be a type of blessing in disguise, according to Laura.

The entire shocking incident serves as a reminder to know your rights when it comes to food and health freedom. Without a proper search or arrest warrant, so-called health inspectors or law enforcement officials have no business on your property. And if they ever try to pull a stunt like what happened at Quail Hollow Farm at your gathering, you have every right to demand that they vacate your property as well.”

The FDA is About to Remove Your Right to Buy Vitamins and Herbs

Yes, that is no exaggeration. Check out the text of this proposed regulation:

Dietary Supplements – FDA Draft Regulation

You have until September 30th to protest this regulation. Remember, a regulation is forced on us by the government, it is not enacted by Congress, such as a law. No one is truly accountable. It simply is. Unless we bring attention to it and protest this usurping of our individual right to take anything we see fit to use to protect our personal health.

From Natural News – Things that will be regulated out of existence

“It is very clear that the FDA is intending to regulate and ultimately destroy the entire CAM industry (Complementary and Alternative Medicine). Based on the explanations in the FDA’s own document, the following things are likely to occur:

All vitamins, nutritional supplements and functional foods will be stripped of their structure & function claims, reducing them to empty labels where virtually nothing at all is allowed to be stated.

Vegetable juice will be regulated as a drug. Raw juice retreats will be raided or shut down.

Growing and selling common garden herbs will get you arrested as a drug dealer.

Massage oils and handheld massagers will be regulated as ‘medical devices.’
Yoga props, pilates machines and weight machines will be regulated as ‘medical devices’ and require FDA approval before being sold or used.

Raw sprouts and other anti-cancer foods will be regulated as drugs.

Bottled water that “treats” dehydration will be regulated as a drug.

Massage therapists who use hot rocks as part of their therapy will have the ROCKS regulated as medical devices! (It’s true. The FDA will actually look at a pile of rocks and declare, ‘Those are medical devices!’)

Functional foods, supplements, vitamins and homeopathic remedies will disappear from store shelves, pending FDA ‘review.’ (The only things remaining will be processed junk foods and pharmaceuticals, which is exactly what Big Business wants.)

Therapeutic tea products, such as green tea, will be outlawed and confiscated.

Vitamin store owners will be arrested and prosecuted for ‘practicing medicine without a license.’

Citizens owning personal inventories of ‘unapproved drugs’ (vitamins and herbs) may have their homes raided at gunpoint and their inventories confiscated by armed law enforcement agents.

The importation of herbs and functional foods from all countries may be banned.”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/021789.html

It is up to YOU!

Vitamin C As An Example – If We Don’t Protect Our Health Freedoms, We Can Lose Them!

Do you take vitamins and supplements? It has been known for some time that foods in our society have unfortunately lost a lot of their nutritional value. Thus, some have turned to supplementing their nutrition with vitamins and supplements. We don’t think a thing about it. We just walk into a health food store, pick out a supplement and check out at the register and go about our way. We read and study, and find out what is best for our lifestyle. It is our choice. We can supplement our diet if we want.

But, forces are amassing that are trying to put a stop to this personal choice in diet and nutrition! For instance, in Canada, there is pending legislation that would take away this right, and make supplementation of your diet entirely at the the discretion of a doctor’s prescription! And, we know how much most allopathic doctors know about nutrition. (Not much, sadly.) You have a problem? There’s a drug for that!

Sorry, I want a natural, holistic solution, thank you very much! Read this article and see what we are likely to be “in for” in the United States as well!

Vitamin C Is About To Be Made Illegal In Canada! Nutritional Supplements Banned In Canada! Bill C-51

“CANADA – So you want to take Vitamin C, how about if it was illegal to take that vitamin C, what if it was so illegal that you could be thrown in jail for up to 2 years and fined up to $5,000,000! Sounds like fiction doesn’t it? Well it’s about to become reality unless people become aware of what is going on. The Canadian Government is trying to pass a bill known as Bill C51. This bill has already passed its second reading and it is flying under the radar, it is very close to becoming law and some powers that be DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW! This bill would give entire control of supplements over to drug companies by only allowing MDs to “Prescribe” them as they see fit. Of course we know here in this country the government controls the doctors and the pharmaceutical companies tell the government what laws they want inorder to make more profit. What this means is that if you want to take a multivitamin or some Omega-3, you have to book an appointment with your doctor, go in and try to convince your doctor that you are in need of these supplements. If you doctor doesn’t approve or better yet decides a certain drug would be better off for you then you unfortunately won’t have access to your supplements anymore. On top of this the entire natural supplement industry will collapse on itself, thousands of jobs will be lost and even more stress will be placed on our already crumbing over-stressed medical system. Imagine waiting over a month to get in to see your MD just to request if you can take some oregano oil for a cold that has now come and past, only to have your request denied anyway. The irony of all this is that MDs who are NOT trained in the use of herbs and supplements for the most part will have full control over what you can and CANNOT TAKE. To summarize:

– No More Supplement Stores!

– Supplements are made illegal unless obtained through a prescription and 70% of all current supplements on the market will be removed!

– Prices for obtainable supplements will be higher than they are currently due to the monopolization, and being made into prescriptions!

– Restrict research and development of safe natural alternatives in favor of high risk drugs!

– Punish Canadians with little or no opportunity for protection or recourse for simply speaking about or giving a natural product without the approval of government!

– Fines of up to $5,000,000.00 and/or seek 2 years in jail per incident of being caught breaking any of these newly implemented laws. This includes USING OR SELLING SUPPLEMENTS WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL!

YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF CHOICE REGARDING YOUR OWN PERSONAL USE OF SUPPLEMENTS and NATURAL MEDICINE IN CANADA!

No More Vitamin C, No More Omega-3, No More Oregano Oil, No More Natural Multivitamins, No more natural sleep aids, NO MORE HERBS, VITAMINS, MINERALS. No more choice in what YOU want to do for YOUR HEALTH!

It has been said that these kinds of actions were the first things to happen before the NAZIs gained power. Even if you aren’t interested in taking supplements yourself, you should realize that these kinds of actions are leading our society away from democracy and into some kind of dictatorship run government where people are losing their personal power and allowing the government to do anything they want.

Some rumors surrounding bill C-51 is that it is being pushed ahead by pharmaceutical company funding that want complete control of the supplement market by making them prescription only. It’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! They’re VERY interested in you taking supplements, because if you do odds are less likely you’ll need THEIR DRUGS. On top of this rumor has it that the Canadian minister of health himself has very large investments in pharmaceutical companies, further backing Bill C-51 so he himself can profit from it! The worst part is he is going out and telling the ill informed that it is in their best interests. People out there need to know the truth!”

You may say, “Whew! I am glad that I don’t live in Canada!” Well, don’t look now… but this kind of legislation will be knocking on our door soon as well. There is a world-wide movement among “the establishment” of medical providers and drug companies to take away our access to supplementation. Why? Well, let’s see… if I take supplements and have overall improvements in my nutrition, I will be healthier. If I am healthy, I don’t need drugs. If I don’t need, and don’t buy, drugs, then they are out of business… both as developers, and suppliers of drugs (the drug companies) and as “pushers” of drugs (the medical community.) Both of their potential sources of income will dry up… can’t have that! “We must stop this nutrition movement!”, they might say. You may think I am overstating it. But as they say, “Follow the money.”

What can YOU do? Stand up for YOUR health freedoms! Join and support organizations that are trying to protect your health choices. Here in North Carolina, that would be the Citizens for Healthcare Freedom… check out their web site here:

NC Citizens for Healthcare Freedom

And, for those of you in Canada, get behind the effort to stop C-51! Check out this site:

Stop C-51 Web Site

Dr. Wendall Whitman :: November 25, 1942 – May 21, 2008

I just got this notice. It is a sad day for those of us in the Natural Health community. Dr. Whitman was a true champion of Health Freedom, and the founder of Trinity College of Natural Health (of which, I am an alumnus,) and the Certified Natural Health Professionals organization.

Wendell W. WhitmanWendall Wallace Whitman
November 25, 1942 ~ May 21, 2008

“The Wendell W. Whitman Companies wish to communicate that Wendell Whitman went to be with the Lord, having died of cirrhosis of the liver.

He was surrounded by his wife, Marilyn, and his daughters, Kimberly and Julie. The Whitman family is deeply touched by the outpouring of compassion and support. Your continued prayers will strengthen them in these days of transition.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 23, 2008 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, IN. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM at the Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, corner of High and Market Streets, Warsaw, IN.

He was a member of Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Warsaw, Indiana. Wendell graduated from Taylor University receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, also graduating from Southern Baptist Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. He also graduated from The Clayton School of Natural Healing with an ND Degree. Wendell was the Youth for Christ Director in Anderson, Indiana; Pastored two churches in Southern Indiana; served on the Board of Kosciusko County Youth for Christ; President of the Exchange Club; Co-Founder of Certified Natural Health Professionals; founder and President of Trinity College of Natural Health; founder of Charter College of Health and Massage Therapy; he also published health related books; he was involved in the manufacturing of herbal and health products; founder of Health Freedom Expos around the country. Wendell also organized and founded several not-for-profit organizations. He was a resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana since 1975.”

Will YOU Be Able to Avoid Mutant Milk and Meat?

If you choose not to eat cloned meat, or drink cloned milk… as a personal decision… will you be able to tell the difference? Will the government prevent marking these “Franken-Foods” so that we can avoid them? It looks like it!

Cloned Livestock Poised To Receive FDA Clearance

“Get ready for a food fight over milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring. After more than six years of wrestling with the question of whether meat and milk from them are safe to eat, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare as early as next week that they are. The FDA had asked producers of cloned livestock not to sell food products from such animals pending its ruling on their safety. It isn’t clear whether the FDA will lift this voluntary hold. While many consumer groups still oppose it, the FDA declaration that cloned animal products are safe would be a milestone for a small cadre of biotech companies that want to make a business out of producing copies of prize dairy cows and other farm animals — effectively taking the selective breeding practiced on farms for centuries to the cutting edge.”

I see a long and hard fight ahead to preserve our right to have REAL foods!

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