The FDA is going after the supplement industry again. This is a letter my wife got from a company she resells called Biotics.
Dear Biotics Research Customer,
The FDA is about ready to turn dietary supplements into drugs. This is a long-standing battle with the FDA, a repeat of what took place with the Sen. Proxmire hearings in the 1970s and passage of the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act in 1994. You can read all about it at a website I started: www.operationpushback.com Believe me when I say ALL dietary supplements, save those with watered-down amounts of essential vitamins and minerals, will be declared drugs. You will be instructed what to do about this at the Operation Pushback site.
Was perusing the internet this morning and came across Dr. Jonathan V. Wright and some natural healing articles. He writes a newsletter called "Nutrition and Healing". Apparently, Dr. Wright is a big supporter of Dr. Paul, even mentions his name and "American Sovereignty Restoration Act". Dr. Wright is for health freedom and isn't afraid to talk about it. "....in 1993, Congress actually had to restate that it should be legal to sell anything that's harmless and natural. You'd think that that right would be covered under the United States Constitution.
As a biologist surrounded by scientists, canning the FDA and other organizations is hard for me to defend. Can the role of the EPA in pollution regulation be performed better by private organizations? I think so, but lets discuss how.
I think we need to point to organizations such as UL, NSF, Consumer reports, and others are great examples of independent research organizations that can perform the science. Here is a list of such organizations:
This interview of Jim Navarro by Mercola is important for you and everyone in your life. 6 Parts all riveting; the last 2 parts get into what citizens must do to reclaim choice in health treatment.
Some days ago I posted a link showing how FDA increases prices of medications by regulation, while providing no additional benefit. (here it is for reference again if you haven't seen it already - they attempted to increase the price by 150 times : http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/09/news/la-heb-prematur...)
They are at it again, this time in cooperation with EPA. They are banning OTC asthma inhalers that used to cost around $20 to now buy other type which costs around $60 and will also require doctor visit (so yeah, another co-pay plus insurance for the visit):
This is actually an older article but I got in some discussions on medicine and FDA on other forums and dug it out for that purpose. But then it occurred to me to also share it with Paulites - some of you may have missed this and it's good to know. It's a great example of how FDA drives up our medication costs (I know there are many others but this one is well documented)
The FDA has issued a proposed mandate that represents the greatest threat to dietary supplements since 1994. Back in the early 1990s, consumers were so alarmed by FDA bullying that they staged a massive revolt. The result was that Congress passed a law prohibiting the FDA from banning popular nutrients (as the agency had threatened to do). There was, however, a loophole in the 1994 law. The FDA was given authority to regulate ingredients introduced after October 15, 1994. It has been 17 years, but the FDA just issued draconian proposals as to how it intends to regulate what it now calls "new dietary ingredients." If implemented, some of the most effective nutrients you are taking will be removed from the market. This includes many fish oil formulas and natural plant extracts.
Dominant Social Theme: Raw milk and fish oil can kill you. It is much better to eat "heart healthy" potato chips.
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS - BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Health Freedom Protection Act. This bill restores the First Amendment rights of consumers to receive truthful information regarding the benefits of foods and dietary supplements by codifying the First Amendment standards used by federal courts to strike down the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to censor truthful health claims. The Health Freedom Protection Act also stops the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) from censoring truthful health care claims.
The American people have made it clear they do not want the federal government to interfere with their access to dietary supplements, yet the FDA and the FTC continue to engage in heavy-handed attempts to restrict such access. The FDA continues to frustrate consumers’ efforts to learn how they can improve their health even after Congress, responding to a record number of constituents’ comments, passed the Dietary Supplement and Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). FDA bureaucrats are so determined to frustrate consumer access to truthful information that they are even evading their duty to comply with four federal court decisions vindicating consumers’ First Amendment rights to discover the health benefits of foods and dietary supplements.