If you’re not familiar with Steve Cooksey, the North Carolina blogger who received a “cease and desist” letter from the NC Board of Nutrition and Dietitians for blogging about treating diabetes with a low-carb diet, you may want to read the back story (here and here) or watch the embedded video below.
I’m very pleased to see that Steve has gotten some assistance form the Institute for Justice and they have now filed suit against the NC Board for infringing on Steve’s right to free speech.
Read the whole announcement for all the details, but I thought this the salient point:
[T]he First Amendment does not allow the government to ban people from sharing ordinary advice about diet, or scrub the Internet—from blogs to Facebook to Twitter—of speech the government does not like. North Carolina can no more force Steve to become a licensed dietitian than it could require Dear Abby to become a licensed psychologist.
Props to Steve … as you might imagine, I certainly hope this is resolved in his favor.