Caveman Blogger Fights for Free Speech and Internet Freedom

Caveman Blogger Fights for Free Speech and Internet Freedom


This is the story of a caveman, defending the first amendment, and Internet freedom. Steve Cooksey was an obese, junkfood scarfing, couch potato. He nearly died. Was rushed to intensive care, and diagnosed with type two diabetes. Steve decided to go forward by leaping back in time. He adopted the diet of our paleolific ancestors. Fats, meats, nuts, and veggies, but no sugars or grains. He also exercised like a caveman, running and jumping in bare feet. As Steve went from flab to fab, he stopped needing drugs and insulin. He started a blog called diabetes
warrior. He’s part of a nationwide movement of
regular people taking responsibility for their health, by sharing ideas and advice over the Internet. Soon Steve had thousands of readers and became friends with many. His new friends often ask for advice about stone age eating. Steve discovered a passion for motivating people, and he started a coaching business to provide for a fee the exact same advice and moral support he had been giving his family and friends for free. In December, 2011, Steve even started a Dear Abby style
advice column on his blog. North Carolina officials got mad. They told Steve that giving dietary advice is not free speech. That’s assessing and counseling. which requires a government issued
dietitians license. They told him that private advice to friends is illegal assessing. That his Dear Abby
column is the legal assessing and counseling, and that his new coaching business is
illegal too. In North Carolina’s view. the government chould throw Dear Abby in jail for not having a psychologist license. and even shut down the Facebook pages and Internet forums where people share advice on diet, pregnancy, parenting, marriage and a million other topics. But under the first amendment, the government cannot use occupational licensing laws to ban ordinary people from giving
advice. No one thinks of getting advice about what food to buy at the grocery store from an
online colomn, a friend, or a motivational life coach is the same as going to a doctor. That’s why Steve has joined with the Institute for Justice, to stand up for his rights. Together their defending free speech and Internet freedom for Americans everywhere. Who do you think should win? The caveman? Or North Carolina’s regulatory dinosaur?