The Illusion of Freedom – Part 2/4

Years ago, I was having dinner in a restaurant in Westwood, California and witnessed a grimy homeless person across the street rummaging in a trash can. He found a Styrofoam container full of food and was so happy to have something to eat that he found a shady spot under a tree and rolled around on some cool grass before he started eating the found food. Freedom to him may have been having no job, not paying taxes, and not having to worry about a mortgage or rent. I’ve met homeless people that claim this is the reason they stay homeless—for the abstract sense of freedom it brings.

The last element that led me to write this series of posts was an e-mail a friend sent with a link to Carolina Journal Online.com, which reported that “State Threatens to Shut Down Nutrition Blogger.”

It seems that Steve Cooksey, an American citizen, took advantage of what he believed were his freedom of speech rights in North Carolina and blogged about beating diabetes through diet and exercise.

However, now he may face up to 120 days in jail, because in North Carolina, it is a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition” without a license. According to the law, “practicing” nutrition includes “assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups” and “providing nutrition counseling,” which it seems Cooksey may have done with his Blog.

In addition, it is illegal to use the word “cure” in the United States unless the F.D.A. gives you permission.


HBO Documentary of Freedom of Speech in five parts – Part 2

“Just talking about curing an illness is literally a criminal offense, because only the F.D.A. can grant permission to use the word ‘cure’, since this word supposedly constitutes making a “medical claim”, and F.D.A. contends that anything producing a positive health effect is automatically a (“unapproved”) drug, under their regulation. This is not a hypothetical risk either. There are doctors and laymen in prison now for curing diseases.” Source: The Health Wyze Report

Freedom Forum.org asks and the answers, Does the (US) First Amendment mean anyone can say anything at any time and the answer is “NO” because the US Supreme Court rejected an interpretation of speech without limits.

Over the years, the courts decided that a few other public interests—for example, national security, justice or personal safety—override freedom of speech.

In fact, the US First Amendment does not protect statements that are uttered to provoke violence or incite illegal action, and jurisdictions may write statutes to punish verbal acts if the statutes are “carefully drawn so as not unduly to impair liberty of expression”.

If the US can restrict freedom of speech in the national interest, why can’t China? When China locks up someone, such as Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese Activist, China’s government may feel that what he is saying publicly might provoke violence or incite illegal actions.

To learn more about Chen Guangcheng and the alleged accusations made against China in his case, see NPR’s Blind Chinese Activist Reported Under U.S. Protection.

What do you consider freedom and does it really exist?

Continued on May 9, 2012 in  The Illusion of Freedom – Part 3 or return to Part 1

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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3 Responses to The Illusion of Freedom – Part 2/4

  1. […] Continued on May 10, 2012 in The Illusion of Freedom – Part 4 or return to The Illusion of Freedom – Part 2 […]

  2. merlin says:

    A new documentary film I’ve seen labeled ReGeneration. It’s kind of interesting about how our modern culture shapes our lives into what we are today.

    Anyways, I really like your post about the nutrition blogger being jailed. I actually have to thank you because honestly that is something I planned to do in the future with my Alternative Health degree from Ashford. Start a blog or something about alternative health, and be a health consultant. I always thought getting the degree would be all I’d need because through education I’d gain more knowledge on top of what I already know. The degree would be proof to the client that I’m not a joke. Now with the guy being jailed, it seems there’s more work involved beyond a degree. I have to ask did he pay his taxes? Usually for any money received in the US, you have to pay a tax. That was one thing I really miss in China. Working “illegally” under the table. People tutor kids all the time there, collect money, and never worry about taxes because they are not a business nor do they have the work permit to run a business. My former boss in real estate once told me about her goal to follow in the footsteps of a wealthy chinese by subleasing 50 apartments in every district of Shanghai without ever registering the company. It’s quite a gamble, but it’s possible in China with their lack of enforcement.

    I see you must’ve found facts in medicine along about the same lines I researched years ago. Read some of the labels on “6 hour Energy” drinks. When I first tried it in 2006, the label said something about it’s not meant to cure anything or do anything as it’s not been tested by the FDA. It tasted bad and I felt dizzy. I threw it away. Of course, back then I was addicted to the new MDX (mt dew energy drink), up until the point that Coke’s Volt (or whatever the equivalent) was hospitalizing teens that were drinking multiple bottles of the stuff everyday. It was like speed slipped in a bottle of Cola! People believed it was safe to drink as it was made by Coke or Pepsi. On that note, I’d like to bring up the question of the FDA. People believe everything they label as safe, yet why is it that many average people fall ill to cancer or diabetes?

    There’s a lot of research and information out there to sift through. I’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg. Mostly, the FDA is there to regulate medicine. Anything beyond that is not seen as medicine, so they interpret anything other than a drug to be dangerous to the public. It’s interesting that they jail a person selling apples, and they slap “cure” on a bottle of psuedophedrine (need a doctor signature?). That bottle of medicine holds immense value as it cost a lot of money. If a person is caught selling the drug, it’s consdered illegal. If they get addicted, it’s illegal. If a person overdoses, it’s seen as suicidal and the case file thrown among the spider webs.

    It’s almost as if there’s no “win” situation. You buy an expensive drug, still get sick, and become poor when you lose your job. You attempt to take health into your own hands by buying organic produce, the FDA comes along with the FBI and takes it away with the possibility of slapping cuffs on if you did business.

    • From what I have learned over the decades, more than 80% of disease is caused by lifestyle choices — diet and lack of exercise and mostly has nothing to do with modern medications, which are actually designed to prolong life and cure nothing. I also read that there may be a link between drinking milk as a child and leukemia. Tests have proven that more than 80% of milk even after it is pasteurized is contaminated with Bovine Leukemia virus and the segment of the population with the highest rates of leukemia is among children, which is the age that drinks the most milk. Diabetes is mostly a lifestyle/diet caused disease and most cancer risks are boosted by lifestyle/diet choices and lack of exercise. There’s quite a bit of research and info out there on these facts.

      What are called “white” foods are the worst: white flour, milk, white rice, sugar. Coke and Pepsi and all other sugar loaded soft drinks are in the sugar category. They are considered liquid sugar. Those energy drinks are loaded with sugar too in addition to caffeine and other temporary energy boosters. I do buy an energy drink but it is from a nutrition company called USANA. It’s called Rev3 Energy. Even Dr. Oz (Oprah’s TV doctor) seems to like the products from USANA as do other doctors. When I drink one, which is rare, it seems to provide more energy for several hours instead of less than an hour.

      As for the word “cure”, it’s okay to sell organic products as long as you don’t use the word “cure” and make sure they say that the FDA statement is used to say, “These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” I copied that off the USANA Rev3 Energy drink can.

      If you intend to start a holistic health business in your state, I suggest you read up on the laws regarding it and learn what not to say or write so you keep the FBI and police away from your door.

      The Romans had this saying, “Buyer Beware!” Money, it’s all about money. There are many out there that do not care who they hurt to get it.

      If everyone was moral and honest, there would be no booze, illegal drugs used to get high and tobacco anywhere in the world. There’s actually a group of doctors and scientists fighting to label sugar as a dangerous drug because it has been proven that people can easily become addicted to sugar just as they become addicted to cocaine, heroin, caffeine and tobacco. In fact, mankind would be working harder to clean up the air and water too.

      To protect ourselves, we should read and become educated about the lifestyle-diet choices we make and then all we need do is have the discipline to follow throw, which isn’t always easy.

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