The Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists says some state laws are so restrictive that only registered dietitians can get licenses, while the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says there is no monopoly on providing general nutrition information but that states recognize the need to license professionals offering complex advice, such as medical nutrition therapy. The Alliance for Natural Health USA is trying to overturn or amend nutrition-counseling laws in several states that it says limit consumer choice and competition.

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