Protect Health Practitioners’ Right to Provide Nutritional Counseling

Target: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Goal: Stop launching legal attacks on individual health counselors providing nutritional counseling.

In an attempt to limit market competition in nutrition counseling, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is vying for legal control over who may practice or be allowed to provide health services by seeking jurisdiction over the title of “Nutritionist.” Gaining such control would essentially criminalize the giving of nutritional counseling by individuals who are not licensed by the Academy, thus creating a total nutrition monopoly in favor of the organization. Not only are these actions malicious and discriminatory toward outside health practitioners; they directly undermine the freedom of health speech and consequently the First Amendment. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics must respect health freedoms and stop its quest of nutrition ownership and its metaphorical lynching of innocent health care providers.

Although the worry over losing ground to unlicensed nutritional practitioners has been an increasing stress for the past few years, the Academy has only recently been making moves to preserve its dominance. This past January, the organization officially changed its name from its founded title, The American Dietetic Association (ADA), and prior to the alteration, applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a series of nutrition-related certification marks. Both moves suggest that the Academy is attempting to expand its original influence with Registered Dietitians to now encompass the entire field of professional nutritionists. In fact, an internal Academy document titled “Regulatory and Competitive Environment of Dietetic Services,” implies strategic moves for gaining legal control over the title “nutritionist,” specifically indicating that “We [the Academy] must be aware that existing legal and regulatory constraints on practice are unlikely to prevent robust, broad competition in these growth areas.”

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is terrified of spiraling into nutritional irrelevancy, and has chosen to lash out on unlicensed nutritionists, holistic practitioners, and even individual bloggers who are simply excited to share a powerful story. Freedom of health speech plays a vital role in American society and people have the right to choose who they listen to and seek for nutritional or even dietary help. Preventing individuals from voicing their stories or sharing their health education infringes on the right to free speech and should not be allowed.

By signing the petition below, you will show the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that its actions for total nutritional dictatorship is unconstitutional and damaging to the talented pool of health practitioners residing within the nation.


Dear Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,

The omnipotent desire of this Academy to control the entirety of the nutritional world is not only unflattering to its appearance, it’s an absolutely despicable attack on American health care. Health care is a multifaceted system that people rely on for alternative diagnosis and treatment. Banishing individuals who provide care unorthodox to the Academy’s organization infringes on health care freedoms and the First Amendment.

The internal document “Regulatory and Competitive Environment of Dietetic Services” describes this organization’s desire to gain legal control over the term “nutritionist” through means of legal dominance and punishment to those operating without its consent. Just because someone isn’t an Academy professional doesn’t mean his work is invaluable or illegitimate. Many people have a powerful story to tell or underwent special education for unconventional health care, and such diverse knowledge is widely sought after.

Take action now and stop the vendetta against outside health practitioners. Learn to work side-by-side with such individuals to help support a strong and varied health care system. Legislating a path toward a nutritional monopoly is a selfish and illegal maneuver that must end.


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