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Only the name has changed

February 23, 2012

The American Dietetic Association is making some changes.

No, unfortunately they’re not changing the practices that have helped make the group one of the most destructive forces in nutrition today.

They’re not getting rid of the generous financial arrangements they have with some of the biggest junk food manufacturers in the world — including Hershey’s, ConAgra, Coke, Pepsi, and Mars.

And they’re not altering the advice that has helped make Americans less healthy than ever before — advice that’s no doubt influenced by those financial arrangements.

Nope — they’re just changing the name.

American Dietetic Association is out, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is in. And along with the new name, they’ve launched a new initiative to take complete control over how nutritional advice is given — and who gets to give it.

The ADA — or AND, or whatever they call themselves next — is pushing for laws in at least five states that would give it the sole and exclusive right to license dietitians and nutritionists.

This isn’t some minor paperwork move, or just another certificate a practitioner can hang on the wall to impress visitors. Under these laws, qualified professionals wouldn’t be allowed to offer advice at all — or even call themselves nutritionists — without the ADA’s seal of approval.

You can bet that getting that approval would mean getting on board with the ADA’s message, crafted with no small amount of help from its deep-pocketed partners.

And if you want to know what that message looks like, just look at what happened when the ADA teamed up with Hershey’s: The two released a survey that found ADA dietitians overwhelmingly believe that chocolate candy can play a role in a healthy diet, even if eaten every single day.

Hershey even created something called the Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition to help promote myths about its candies — and it has “Collaboration With the American Dietetic Association” in big letters on its home page.

And this is the group that wants complete control over licensing nutritionists and dietitians?

That might be what Hershey’s wants — but it shouldn’t be what you want. Visit the website of the Alliance for Natural Health to find out what you can do to stop the ADA’s power grab.

People just like you have already defeated the ADA in at least two states. Make sure they get the same message in the other 48.

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