Sunday, June 10, 2012

Institute For Justice, My Hero

Peter Attia's cogent summary follows at the link below.  If you read it, you will wonder how it is possible.

After being diagnosed with diabetes, and nearly dying of its complications, Steve did his own research and learned that the high-carb/low-fat diet his doctors recommended may not have been the “best” choice for him.  He adopted a low-carb “Paleo” diet and lost about 80 pounds, freed himself of his medications, normalized his blood glucose, and claims to feel healthier than ever.  Like many of us who have experienced the virtues of carbohydrate restriction, he believes a well-formulated low-carb diet is the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way to treat diabetes.
Of course, as you know, this goes against the conventional wisdom promoted by most licensed dietitians and physicians who advocate a high-carb/low-fat diet and, if necessary, medication to lower blood glucose.
In December 2011, Steve started a Dear Abby-style advice column on his blog to answer reader questions.  In January 2012, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition informed Steve that he could not give readers personal advice on diet, whether for free or for compensation, because doing so constituted the unlicensed, and thus criminal, practice of dietetics.
The State Board also told Steve that his private emails and telephone calls with friends and readers were illegal.   Violating the North Carolina licensing law can lead to fines, court orders to be silent, and even jail.

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