In 2009, Steve Cooksey was obese, chronically ill and had just been diagnosed with diabetes. Within 10 months, he shed 78 pounds, overcame the disease and felt great.
His secret? He adopted the Paleo Diet, which essentially means eating like a caveman: Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood.
But when he tried to share that with others through his blog -- and provide paid counseling -- the state shut him up. Last year, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition told him he wasn't allowed to answer questions about diabetes or give diet advice. He couldn't develop meal plans or charge for providing emotional support to his growing group of readers.