The American Dietetic Association (ADA) now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is trying to limit your access to nutritional advice by monopolizing who can legally provide this advice. In order to protect Registered Dieticians from competition, they are actively trying to put laws into place that would make it illegal for anyone other than an RD to give nutritional advice. If they are successful, anyone who is not a licensed dietician would be breaking the law if they give nutritional advice. This list would include chiropractors, physicians, pharmacists, health coaches, personal trainers and even certified clinical nutritionists with masters degrees and PhD’s in nutrition!
Here is why you don’t want this to happen
The ADA would be the last place that I would go to for nutritional and health advice. They are too closely connected to the food industry giants. Their sponsors include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Hershey’s General Mills, Mars, and The Sugar Association. Do you know of any healthy foods made by these companies? No? Good answer. These companies produce all the foods you want to avoid to prevent heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases.
Who is teaching your Dietician their continuing education?
Coca-Cola is sponsoring a program that provides continuing education credits for dieticians. The content of the program covers the “urban myths” about the safety of food ingredients. It is no myth that ingredients in soda are unhealthy, but Coca-Cola is doing its best to get a registered dietician to tell you differently.
This is not to say that all dieticians will recommend a soda per day for optimal health, but just like physicians caught up in the drug model of medicine, many RD’s are products of their industry-funded education. There is pressure to follow the leader and the “governing bodies.” Those who don’t face criticism and possibly revocation of their license.
The dietician is not the problem. It is the system and the influence of corporate agendas. It is very important to know who is influencing the advice you are given by these “governing bodies”
ADA conferences are flooded with exhibits by junk food industry giants and drug companies promoting diet pills.
With exhibits from Coca-Cola, Pepsico, McDonald’s, Monsanto (the producers of genetically modified seeds, pesticides like Roundup and Agent Orange) and Glaxo-Smith Kline promoting their diet pill Alli how can we take any advice from the ADA seriously? Especially when there are presentations titled “A Fresh Look at Processed Foods”. This presentation hailed that processed foods can be a significant source of nutrients like potassium, B12, and folate. Really?
How to get advice that is not influenced by a corporate agenda
Look beneath the headlines. Take information from the “governing bodies” and main stream media with a grain of salt. Not all dieticians are bad, but take a good hard look at who is behind their education. It should come as no surprise that food giants will do the best they can to have an influence on their recommendations.
The American Dietetic Association does not want people like me giving you nutritional advice. If they are successful the person you turn to for advice may be recommending processed foods and genetically modified foods. You may also hear that sugar, fluoride, and artificial colors and sweeteners are safe for children or that a processed chip or cereal is a great source of potassium.
If you want access to unbiased nutritional advice that is not influenced by big food and big pharma, take action here to stop the ADA from limiting your access to advice other than their own.
Want a sponsor-free message on how to be healthy? Eat whole (preferably organic) foods to avoid exposure to pesticides and GMO’s. Avoid processed foods. There is nothing fresh or real about them. Optimize your vitamin D level, exercise and reduce stress. That’s the best way to stay healthy my friends.