Steve Cooksey, a Charlotte-area health blogger, has sued the N.C. Board of Dietetics/Nutrition after the agency sent him correspondence that said he violated laws by posting health advice.
The Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm out of Arlington, Va., is representing Cooksey.
More from Karen Garloch, health and medical writer at the Charlotte Observer:
Steve Cooksey wants to help other people lose weight and get their diabetes under control the way he did, by eating a low-carbohydrate, meat-and-vegetables diet.
So, like many people today, he started a blog to share his experience and offer advice.
But when the N.C. Board of Dietetics/Nutrition contacted him about possible violations of state law for dispensing diet advice without a license, he says that had the effect of censorship.
This week, the 50-year-old Stanley man filed suit in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, claiming the state board has violated his First Amendment rights to free speech by putting limits on what he can say.
“Making Mr. Cooksey get a dietitian’s license to give advice is like making Dear Abby get a psychologist’s license,” said Jeff Rowes, a lawyer for the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm that is representing Cooksey.
Find Garloch’s full story here, (though that link might die after some time passes.) And see the Institute for Justice’s story about the diabetes blogger case.
– Andria Krewson