We are a growing number of citizens, Registered Dietitians, nutritionists, students, and AND members who are gravely concerned about the direction of the AND and the negative impact that direction will have on its 70,000 members. We believe the AND’s partnerships with junk food companies and the pharmaceutical industry—and the payments it continues to receive from them—have severely damaged the organization’s independence and credibility, and have severely compromised the professional legitimacy of dietitians.
Additionally, we disagree with the AND’s multi-state legislative effort to monopolize nutritional therapy through legislative incentives. The practice of dietetics is one of the many different modalities of nutritional therapy. Dietitians—and particularly the Commission on Dietetic Registration—should respect and compete with other nutrition professions and licensing bodies in the marketplace, and should not subvert competition by creating a government-sanctioned monopoly through legislation.
The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) is helping coordinate the Really Eat Right campaign and is dedicated to promoting sustainable health and freedom of choice in healthcare through good science and good law.