I know I was supposed to post photos of our side of beef being cut, but I have literally had NO time to go over the pictures (there are dozens), pick the best, crop them, size them and write about them – it has just been that kind of week. I plan to do it this weekend if it kills me (and it very well may).
There was something else I wanted to write about, anyway. I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but when I changed themes for the month I also added a new page to the blog. See, up there to the far right on the menu?
Yes, that would be a disclaimer. This is what it says:
All information provided within this blog is solely the opinion of the author and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical advice or instruction, and no action should be taken solely on the contents. Please consult your physician or a qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being. All content published on Jan’s Sushi Bar is believed to be accurate based on the best judgment of the author. However, you as the reader must be responsible for your own decisions, consulting with your own health professional(s) on matters raised within. I will not accept responsibility for the actions or consequential results of any action taken by any reader.
Isn’t that absurd? But, I’m afraid, completely necessary.
You see, I’ve had several readers tell me that they’ve taken to heart what I’ve been saying here for the last (almost) 2 years, and to their great benefit. I also have a couple of readers who think I’ve gone off my nut and wouldn’t take my dietary advice if someone held a gun to their heads, but that’s not the point – it’s those who do take my advice (if you really want to call it that).
You see, I’m not a doctor, nurse, dietitian or licensed medical professional of any ilk. Just a blogger who decided, after years of futile and fruitless dealings with various medical professionals, to take her own health into her own hands and has met with a good measure of success. I post the recipes for the food my family and I eat and, more importantly, write about the things I’ve learned and how they apply not only to me and mine, but to the public at large – for I really and truly believe that every single one of us is at risk. I do not believe that war or terrorism or even disease or famine will be our undoing as a species, but the industrialization and bastardization of our food supply.
Let’s face it, eating is universal – one of the few things that every man, woman and child on the planet does.
But I digress. The reason I’ve put a disclaimer on my blog is because of Steve Cooksey, a blogger in North Carolina who is diabetic, and has taken control of his diabetes completely with (a low carbohydrate paleo) diet and exercise, eliminating his need for insulin and other medications. Like me, he has gotten correspondence from readers (far more than I have, in fact) telling him that what he’s written has changed their lives – that they or friends or family members have been able to take control of their diabetes or other health issues, often reducing or eliminating their medications, as well. He has met with so much praise and success that he offered personalized services for a small fee, to help those who might be having a bit of a tough time going it on their own. But for the most part, Steve merely blogs about his diet, his workouts and his health. Oh, and posted before and after pictures.
Steve is openly critical of the American Diabetes Association, and with good reason: following their prescribed plan, he was just getting sicker and fatter, taking more and more medication and eating less and less fat (and more and more “whole grains”) in order to “control” his disease. I understand his frustration and if you wonder why, go back up and click the link about my futile and fruitless dealings with various health professionals. At any rate, on January 12, 2012, Steve attended a nutritional seminar, where he “spoke up against the normal deceptions and falsehoods that cause diabetics harm.” Another attendee apparently took great offense to what Steve said, and reported him to the North Carolina Board of Dietitians.
The North Carolina Board of Dietitians is investigating Steve Cooksey, telling him what he can and cannot say on his blog – blatantly violating his First Amendment rights (there are already several blog posts dealing with this aspect alone here, here, here and here). In short, they are telling him he cannot give anyone any advice, because is not licensed to do so. If he fights this, he can – and will – be taken to court, charged, fined, and his blog shut down.
Nor is this an isolated case; there is pending legislation in several states – California, New York, Indiana, New Jersey, Colorado and West Virginia – that would make it illegal for anyone who is not a licensed dietitian to give any sort of dietary or health advice. You may think that’s fine – those of us who wish to continue to do what we do can just go take a test and receive our license, and that’s true…as long as we give the kind of advice the licensing agency wants us to propagate. They will be perfectly within their rights to revoke said license if they don’t like what we’re saying.
At any rate, that is why I have put a disclaimer on my blog. Because if it can happen to Steve Cooksey, it can happen to me.
Or to you.
Posted in participation of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday