American Dietetic Assn Hall of Shame

The credentialing arm of the ADA approves a continuing professional course sponsored by Coca-Cola. Here’s a direct quote from the course promotion:

“Learning Objectives: After completing this self-study learning module, health professionals will be able to identify the most common misconceptions among parents regarding the safety and effectiveness of nutrients and food ingredients such as fluoride, sugar, artificial colors and nonnutritive sweeteners in children’s diets.”

The ADA accepted McDonald’s as a major sponsor of an Israeli nutrition conference in June 2012.

The ADA receives about $1 million a year in payments from the pharmaceutical industry and won’t say how much it gets from Coca-Cola, Hershey, the National Dairy Council, Mars, PepsiCo, and other sponsors!

The ADA has allowed promotion of poor nutrition choices at their conferences:

“Smart Choices” program called Fruit Loops a better choice for parents and kids in Oct. 2008.

While in 2007, GlaxoSmithKline was allowed to promote their first over-the-counter diet pill, Alli, even though the drug’s side effects such as hard-to-control bowel movements are common. The FDA has since issued warnings to Alli, noting the possibly of severe liver damage and consumer groups are asking the FDA to remove Alli from the market.

Its gotten so bad Rob Herring has written a song about the ADA’s conflict of interest!

And now the ADA, renamed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), is launching a campaign to have states restrict all nutrition consulting exclusively to members of the ADA/AND even though non-AND members may have Master’s degrees and PhDs in nutrition!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tia June 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

This should be shocking, but it isn’t. Western medicine is as much about profit as it is about health.


Nathan June 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

One should research the facts before slandering a person or organization and so I did and found out a wealth of information. The bottom line is;

A June 5 posting on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health falsely claims that “a registered dietitian” is accusing the Academy of violating “its own code of ethics” by “participating in an Israeli nutrition conference that lists McDonald’s as a major sponsor.” The individual mentioned in the posting is NOT, and never has been, a registered dietitian nor an Academy member and therefore falsely advertising their credentials. Further research showed that neither the Academy nor the American Overseas Dietetic Association is in any way involved with the planning, execution or securing of sponsors for this event. Just because an organizations participates in a conference does not mean they endorse every and all sponsors. Just look at BIG PHARMA and other organzations. You need to study the facts before slandering!!


Peter Glickman June 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Sorry, I did miss checking the complaining person’s membership in the organization.

However, I did check the rest of the information and it was all true. My comments don’t depend on the person complaining to be a Registered Dietician. Any group that accepts money from Coca-Cola as a sponsor for continuing education credits for learning why sugar, fluoride and artificial sweeteners should be promoted to parents for their children is, in my opinion, betraying their purpose, unless that purpose is to make money for their sponsors. You may have a different point of view. That’s your right.


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