Dietitians and Corruption!

by Steven Carney on September 24, 2013

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I’m sure you’ve heard of dietitians. They have worked in hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare facilities for years. Yes, they are the ones who designed the terrible menus your older relatives have eaten for years. No matter! They see themselves as the ultimate authority on food and nutrition. Applesauce and mashed potatoes for everyone!

Underneath the surface, many dietitians/RDs are part of a deeply corrupt system and lobbying organization which is part of the larger medical industry in America (see my recent post called, “Medical Corruption: Don’t be a Victim” link below). Many dietitians are members of their political and lobbying organization, the AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), formerly known as the American Dietetics Association, or ADA. Both names are still used during their transition.

There are major concerns with dietitians and the AND as you will see below. One big issue is that they are using lobbying and political power in every state to prevent other well-trained nutritional experts (like me) from practicing. Their campaign is to prevent anyone, even those with advanced degrees in nutrition, chiropractors, and a host of other alternative care providers from offering any nutritional advice! Unfortunately, they have succeeded in getting about 50% of all states to adopt their monopolistic laws! They are trying to eliminate all competition and create a total monopoly to keep prices high and competition out.

The AND spends millions on lobbying to pass these laws. Where they have succeeded, they often have total control of all nutritional services, including enforcement of those laws. How corrupt is that? Part of their political theater is to claim that other people offering nutritional advice are/might cause harm, using lots of fear mongering.

Here are some shocking quotes from the ANH (Alliance for Natural Health), taken from inks below. They show how cutthroat the AND is as they set up boards composed of RDs and create sting operations (remember, the AND is NOT a medical organization, it’s a political and lobbying organization):

“One of the AND’s key agenda items is to pass “scope-of-practice” laws in each state whereby only RDs can legally offer nutrition services—even basic services like providing nutrition advice or nutrition consulting. The AND describes this as a “Mega Issue” for the organization, and it was listed as priority at the AND’s recent conference in Washington, DC.”

“The AND defends its RD monopoly law and the creation of these dietetics boards as an effort to “protect the public health.” However, in our investigation into three years of records from four state dietetics boards, we did not find a single case of an unlicensed nutrition practitioner causing harm or engaging in a harmful nutrition related activity, and not a single case of a customer filing a complaint. Every complaint that spurred a subsequent investigation and prosecution was made at the behest of the Board itself, or from complaint forms submitted by RDs. (At least one AND affiliate has openly encouraged its members to submit complaints against fellow nutrition professionals).”

“ANH-USA has uncovered widespread surveillance (including undercover sting operations), aggressive investigations, and prosecutions of nutrition professionals. These actions, together with the levying of criminal penalties, have been undertaken by state health departments and state dietetics boards that are enforcing monopolistic laws sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”

As you can see, these are often police-type sting operations used to entrap other nutrition practitioners. Often, the RDs pose as a client to trap them. (see many links below for the shocking, ugly details). These are tactics normally found in criminal stings or in other countries where fairness and due process are ignored.

Still not convinced or concerned? Did you know? The big food and drug companies have given the AND and their organization millions annually. Those same big food companies sponsor annual conferences and continuing-ed classes, keeping their influence fresh in the minds of dietitians.

Some of these familiar big-food names are (there are many more):

  • Coca-cola
  • Pepsi
  • Kellogg’s
  • General Mills
  • Hershey’s (candy)
  • Mar’s (candy)
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Truvia (sugar substitute, some side effects reported)
  • Abott Labs/Nutrition (a drug company)
  • ConAgra
  • and many more!

Now remember that these dietitians (and the docs they work with) have given us misinformation about food and nutrition for decades, helping to kill millions of people! Many still offer this false information today! Their typical dogma has been:

1. Eat a low-fat diet!

This comes from the fallacy that a high fat/cholesterol intake causes heart disease (it doesn’t and never did, see my previous posts)! For decades, they (and most docs) demonized foods like meat, eggs, butter, cheese, dairy and shrimp, claiming they raise cholesterol and cause heart disease.

The reality is this: Not only does food intake have very little effect on blood cholesterol (maybe a 10% difference), these foods never caused heart disease in most people! Shrimp never had the type of cholesterol the other foods had, it has a very different molecular structure. No matter! These guidelines continue to be false and amateurish! A growing number of true experts and MDs have debunked these myths for at least 10 years but they continue anyway!

2. Eat more veggie oils and margarine!

This has also turned out to be terrible health and diet advice! Margarine is made from highly processed veggie oils (using heat, solvents and chemicals), then turned into a trans fat so it remains a solid at room temperature! Harvard has claimed that trans-fats kill about 30,000 people annually. Plus, veggie oils (like corn, safflower, canola and safflower) are easily oxidized, and add to ox LDL, inflammation and  atherosclerosis. Many are now a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism)! These oils are terrible as are the foods fried in them! The advice was always wrong and is still wrong!

3. Avoid nuts, seeds, olives and avocados because they are high in calories and fat!

These foods are really quite healthy, with plant-based monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and healthy omega-3 fats (dietitians didn’t seem to really know the difference). These foods also have vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. They are mostly whole, healthy foods (except for nuts loaded with salt and fake flavors like the big food companies make). Nuts are more filling and metabolize far slower than junk foods (which tend to spike your blood sugar, adding to weight gain).

Olives were considered both fatty and salty! OMG! In truth, olives are fruits, have healthy fats from their oil, and don’t contain that much salt (200-400 mg per 10 if you eat that many, aim for 5), most people eat far more salt with fries, chips, burgers, cured meats and soups and think nothing of it! Besides, like any fruit or veggie, olives provide some good vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and fiber. Overall, more terrible advice about healthy nuts and other whole foods that have good fats. Again, these medical people are food amateurs!

4. Eat grains to fuel your brain and body!

For years, dietitians and docs told us grains are healthy, especially wheat, rice, potatoes, etc. Although they have moved toward the “whole grain” recommendation for this category, it’s still misinformation. Wheat is an especially bad food now. It has been modified and cross bred for decades and the genetics and protein make-up is quite different now. Many people gain weight, have brain fog, and a new kind of addiction. This isn’t just about gluten, it’s about gliadin and other components in wheat that make it a weight-gaining machine. Whole wheat is no better.

Plus, it’s a myth that we need more than 100 grams of carbs/grain daily. Did you know? The ADA/AND and USDA are in bed together? For years, dietitians have helped set the USDA’s dietary recommendations and the USDA’s mission is to help sell more grains and crops! Veggies and fruits are much better as more complex carbs. They are more balanced foods and are more nutritionally rounded. You don’t need big servings of grains or starches at all, that’s a myth! Modern grains and sugar are the #1 source of weight gain and gut distress! Again, more terrible, unhealthy advice from these “nutrition experts.”

5. Count calories to maintain healthy weight or cut for weight loss

This is one of the biggest myths of all! It’s another false way to look at food, yet counting calories is the very foundation of the dietitian industry! Consider this: The process of measuring calories is done in a lab, where the food is processed, then burned in a chamber. The heat released raises the temperature in a surrounding water tank and the number of degrees of rise represents the calorie energy in the food.

This process is not very accurate (think of grinding up and burning a fast food meal). Even worse is that what happens in a lab is unrelated to how an actual body processes food! When we digest and metabolize food, things happen very differently depending on the type of food (Note to all medical people: we are not a lab machine!).

Here is a simple comparison between an average soda and a chicken breast, each with about 150 calories. It will shed light on this calorie myth:

When you digest and metabolize the soda and its sugar, there are many negative health effects:

  • It spikes glucose levels and stresses the liver
  • Causes insulin to be released with probable fat storage/gain
  • Raises triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels
  • Steals vitamins and minerals from other foods or storage to facilitate break down
  • Contains no useful protein, fat, or micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.)
  • Adds more tooth decay
  • The phosphoric acid and salt will throw off mineral balances/contribute to osteoporosis
  • Sugar contributes to inflammation/lower immune function
  • Sugar adds to atherosclerosis (with small, dense LDL)
  • The caffeine (most sodas have some) gives you a buzz and can contribute to more anxiety, jitters and nervousness

The modest-sized chicken breast (baked or broiled) will:

  • Not spike blood sugar/no weight gain
  • Digest more slowly, offering healthy, sustained energy
  • Provide vitamins A and B, minerals like zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium
  • Provide about 25 grams of healthy protein
  • Include a few grams of healthy fats
  • Provide some healthy omega-3 fat (also slows digestion)
  • Will not raise glucose, triglycerides or unhealthy cholesterol like the soda

Conclusion: The type of food and amount of processing is far more important that the number of calories they contain. In the case of the soda vs. the chicken, the effects are 180 degrees opposite (soda is unhealthy, chicken is healthy), yet they have about the same calories!

I also have to say that I’ve encountered many RDs online and wow! They are aggressive and cult-like in their beliefs, intolerant of other’s views and very unscientific. If you challenge their misguided, often terrible advice they attack in personal ways. Most I’ve encountered are immature and unprofessional!  Most are not curious, independent thinkers and don’t seek the truth. What many seek is more political power and money!

Many have told me that a soda or candy bar is a nice reward if your daily calories allow! What? They also think soda is okay for kids, including diet versions with fake sweetener! Can you smell the money from their friends at the big food companies? They help to keep the calorie myth alive because it creates a system of pseudoscience, one that leaves room for junk food!

Many RDs hate to be challenged and often have no real scientific understanding to rebut their shallow understanding about food. Most do no independent research at all; they rely on their organization’s hand-selected studies which their friends in corporate food support. A few years ago a more ethical RD (there are some), told me they are trained to believe they are the true nutrition experts and that it’s more like a religion in some ways.

So now that you have some sordid history and perspective on dietitians and their aggressive lobbying, are these the people you want in charge of all nutritional counseling and advice in the U.S.?

What’s so terrible is that once those state laws are passed, a board of mostly dietitians will pursue anyone offering nutritional advice (even people telling friends and family) and to create sting operations to lure and entrap them, like they are drug dealers or criminals!

Make no mistake about it: This is to control the market and create a monopoly of aggressive and high-priced people who are taught to believe they are the one-true source for all nutritional advice, in spite of their terrible history of misguided advice outlined above. Advice that has already killed millions and contributed to our obesity epidemic!

Your freedom is literally at stake so if your state is looking at laws to give nutritionists a monopoly, make your voice known!

Helpful links:

This link has a detailed map and breakdown for who can practice in each state:!

This story came out right after I put the post up. It’s a clear reminder why dietitians have no right to give nutritional advice:

I found this info in November, 2013, showing the continuing corruption between big food and dietitians:

An update on dietitian corruption and sting tactics, including prizes and contests to catch the most nutritionists: 

© 2013 by Steve Carney/End Sickness Now


Nicky September 30, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Wow, great article (some scary stuff)! Looking forward to read more.

Jacquelyn December 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Great info. Lucky I discovered your site by accident (stumbleupon).
I have bookmarked it for later!

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