Well, the FDA is at it again.
They are seizing products, making demands on natural health care providers and supplement companies, and shutting down websites.
Well, the situation appears to be getting even more dire.
What is the FDA Trying to Do?
Just this past Friday, according to Natural News, the FDA proposed new rules on Natural Dietary Ingredients that could shut down most of the natural supplement industry. Here is more from their site:
In the wake of hundreds of dietary supplements recently being outlawed across the EU, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has quietly unleashed a regulatory scheme that, if fully implemented, could ban virtually all dietary supplements in the USA that were formulated after 1994.
That means nearly all superfoods, multivitamins, detox supplements, and medicinal herbal products we have all come to depend on to prevent disease and boost our immune health could soon be stripped from store shelves and outlawed across the nation.
And in case you think I am exaggerating, please note the following:
- know that just this year, hundreds of supplements, including St. John's Wort, Valerian, and traditional herbs were banned in the UK. And what happens across the Atlantic typically ends up on our shores in due time.
- in 2009, the FDA banned this common form of vitamin B6
You can also read more on the FDA's coercive practices against natural companies in this article: Natural Supplement Companies Threatened with Arrest.
Why Are They Trying to Do This?
The gist of what the FDA is saying is that supplements can interact with drugs sometimes and so supplements need to be banned so that pharmaceutical drugs can be used without hinderance.
Oh really? Well, what if we don't want to use pharmaceuticals?
And shouldn't we be just as concerned with regulating drugs to make sure that they aren't interacting with the natural products that we wish to take to benefit our health?
What is even more preposterous than this is the fact that we are supposed to believe that all of these supplements are so dangerous to our health, but things like mercury and fluoride are safe for our health.
More on that later.
Clearly, there is a profit motive here. If people get better on supplements, then they don't need drugs. Pharmaceutical companies lose and so do physicians.
Like I said in my post about the FDA recommending that we avoid “dangerous” probiotics and eat arsenic instead (let alone them ignoring the fact that industrial farmers are feeding chicken poop to cows–please don't raise an eyebrow when I bring my own pastured meat to our next church potluck :-)), the FDA works for us. We, the taxpayers, pay their salaries and looking at their track record, they should, in my opinion, be fired. Now, that goes for a lot of other over-payed, under-worked folks in government too, and I mean on both sides of the aisle.
It's time we citizens stand up and rebel against this tyranny (and kneel down and pray about this as well). Otherwise, we will get what we deserve: a nanny state. Or worse.
What You Can Do To Help
- Go to this link and sign the online petition
- Join the Alliance for Natural Health and support their efforts to stop these ridiculous over-reaching attempts by the FDA.
- Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon, via email, or wherever else you like. (The link buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Stumble Upon are right at the bottom of this post. If you have another social media icon that you would like to see here, just let me know. I'll put my not-so-techie mind to work on it.)
- Contact local and federal government officials and tell them that you want them to work to protect our freedom.
- Contact the FDA Directly
- Phone: 1-888-463-6332 (their main number)
- Direct Phone to FDA Director, Margaret Hamburg: 301-796-5000. The phone is answered by staff members, so you can tell her exactly what you think.
- Mail: Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
- E-mail the Director: However, Gaia-Health has tracked down an AOL e-mail for her and it appears to be live. You might try contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also send comments to local and national newspapers or other news media.
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