Eric Weisman won't stop playing doctor

Accused of practicing medicine without a license, he says he only prescribed good nutrition

He sounds depressed. His wife, Lynn, an animal rights activist who helped him build Evolution Diet, does not want him speaking to the press. He plans to plead not guilty on all counts and the case is still pending. But he's agreed to answer the question on everyone's mind: Why?

"I spent a huge sum of money on my education," he says. "It was my chosen field, so to speak, and, so yeah, I wanted to continue working in that area."

He doesn't believe he can get accredited doing anything else, and has simply tried to work around his revoked chiropractic license. He admits he made mistakes.

The promotional photo posted on Eric Weisman's pet-nutrition websites
Jana Freiband
The promotional photo posted on Eric Weisman's pet-nutrition websites

"Being able to follow the rules rigidly has been a problem," Weisman sighs.

He insists the disclaimers on his website saying that he's not a physician and the caveat he rattles off to his clients ("I'm not offering cure, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment") absolve him of any wrongdoing. He repeats over and over that he's simply providing information, which he has every right to do.

"I'm certainly not breaking the law," Weisman says. "My information is not the practice of medicine or veterinary medicine. I have a very deep concern for the well-being of animals and people and the planet."

Before he hangs up, Weisman can't help mentioning some new accreditations and awards he's recently received: a 2011 certificate of appreciation from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine.

When contacted for confirmation, the physician's committee explained that it had given the certificate to Weisman as an honorarium after he made a monetary donation.

"Unbelievable," Weisman says. "I interpreted it as for my stance on cruelty-free testing."

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