A personal trainer in Madison is suing Mississippi for stopping her from charging for weight-loss advice because she’s not a licensed dietitian.

Donna Harris claims the state Department of Health’s prohibition denies her right to free speech. It certainly is protectionist.

Harris was trying to turn into a business what she had previously been doing for free: advising people how to eat right.

As long as she does not advertise herself as a licensed dietitian, the Department of Health has no reason to intervene. It should let her be.

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