The FDA has gone rogue

If you haven’t heard, the FDA is trying very hard to limit your access to vitamins, herbs and natural health products.  Fortunately, thanks to your efforts we have delayed their assault on your freedom to choose your own methods for taking care of your health.  Unfortunately, this rogue government agency has renewed it’s efforts in the past couple of weeks.  In fact, as the linked article points out, the authors of the  Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), Senators Harkin and Hatch have tried to explain the intent of this law to the FDA, yet the FDA has decided to ignore the very authors of the law and continue their efforts to redefine it’s authority to pre-approve all natural products before they will be allowed to be sold in America.

Please read the short article and take actions steps to let Congress know you are watching this developing problem and insist they reign in this rogue agency.

http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-says-no-to-the-senators-who-drafted-dshea/

Open House and important message from Dr. Mercola

I hope this message finds everyone well.

I am happy to announce my first open house in many years.

Wednesday September 21, 2011 starting at 6:30 pm

Are you having a hard time explaining to your friends why you feel so good?

Just bring em in and let me explain the joys of the chiropractic lifestyle.

I am working on some door prizes and other surprises, so call the office at 436-9355 and let them know you are coming!

 

Now, please watch Dr. Mercola as he raises a VERY IMPORTANT issue for anyone interested in keeping your access to natural foods and supplements.

The FDA is not following it’s mandate

THE ELECTION – WHAT’S NATURAL HEALTH GOT TO DO WITH IT?

ONCE UPON A TIME, NOT SO LONG AGO . . .

•    The FDA was the country’s largest law enforcement agency.

•    Conventional wisdom at the FDA, in many political circles, and in orthodox medicine was that the use of dietary supplements was quackery.

•    The FDA’s ally, the Federal Trade Commission, tried to ban the words, “natural,” “organic” and “health food” from the marketplace.

•    Among guns, cigarettes, booze and vitamins, only vitamins were illegal.

And then along came the courage of natural health retailers and natural healthcare providers. This joined the power of natural health consumers.  Laws were passed, including the Dietary Supplement, Health and Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994, and things changed.  And though there has always been more work to be done, we’ve enjoyed freer access to dietary supplements, to natural health products and services, and a freer exchange of natural health information.

But Still . . .

•    The American Medical Association claims that a majority of Americans want more government regulation of dietary supplements and natural health care.

•    A number of key senators have criticized DSHEA, either because its badly written, or it’s been exploited by the supplement industry, or its been mismanaged by the FDA, or all of the above.  One House Representative, John Dingle from Michigan, has called for repeal of DSHEA altogether.

•    Others who have expressed criticism about DSHEA and its implementation include Sen. John McCain on the one hand, and Sen. Richard Durbin on the other hand, who is a close ally and advisor of Sen. Obama’s.

•    Influential lobbyists are working to require pre-market approval for dietary supplements, so that they will be regulated more like drugs.

•    The pressure to increase regulation of dietary supplements in the U.S. is coming from not just within our borders, but also from other countries where access to natural dietary supplements is more limited.

AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL CITIZENS FOR HEALTH

If you’re like those of us behind the scenes here at CFH – ardent supporters of natural health – you may find yourself shaking your head when the subject of healthcare reform comes up in the election debates and policy discussions.  What these folks are talking about is not healthcare reform.  What they’re talking about is health insurance reform – the finance and administration of the “sick care” system.

A real discussion about healthcare reform isn’t going to take place until natural health is included as part of the discussion.  And natural health has got to be a major part of the discussion at that, rather than referred to as a marginalized “alternative.”  All the information we see today about natural health – wellness & lifestyle practices, dietary supplements and autonomous healing methods – is just the beginning.  It’s no time to turn back!

What’s the big deal?

Do you hear the candidates talking about natural health, about the FDA or DSHEA, or about the legislation on dietary supplements that’s now pending before Congress?  From any of the candidates, presidential, federal or local?

We don’t.  And we think that could be a big problem.

Did you know that in all likelihood more than half of those in Congress who passed DSHEA in 1994 will no longer be in Congress after this election?

Did you know that there is legislation pending now before Congress that will affect how DSHEA will work in the future?  Some of that legislation is helpful.  Some of it won’t be. Did you know that there will be a major focus on food safety in the next Congress that could be used to rollback natural health rights?  Did you know that the next president and his allies will appoint the next FDA Commissioner?

Did you know that by many estimates the FDA regulates about 35% of the gross national product, between food, drugs and medical devices ranging from x-ray machines to bathroom scales?  That’s 1/3rd of every dollar we spend, regulated by the FDA!  This figure dwarfs the financial bailout.

How much of this are you willing to leave to chance, or worse, to the intentions of others?

We’ve got to be prepared

We know it’s late in the game, and these upcoming elections are not apt to be won or lost on the natural health issues – at least not this time.  Nevertheless, the candidates are more transparent now than they’re going to be after the elections.  So it’s a great time to do some homework and then really get prepared for action in the coming months.

The Next Steps

Over the next ten days, we’ll be sharing information about the presidential candidates’ positions on issues related to natural health.  This is information that hasn’t been evident in the media. We’ll also share information about what’s happening on the Congressional level, along with some tools you can use to research how natural health issues are playing out in your local elections.  We’ll give you information about the legislative committees and caucuses in Washington D.C. that are worthy of close attention.  And we’ll highlight the probable changes that will be coming at us soon after the elections are over.

So get ready to self-educate and prepare for the challenge ahead.   Stay with us, and invite your friends and colleagues into the coming dialogue by encouraging them to join Citizens For Health today.

http://www.citizens.org/

FDA wants to radiate your suppliments!!

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2007 – American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) in opposing a petition filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow the use of ionizing radiation for the control of microbial contamination on dietary supplements and dietary ingredients.

Dear Lane A. Highbarger, Ph.D.

I join American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) in opposition to a petition by the FDA referenced in the preamble to FDA’s final rule on current good manufacturing practice for dietary supplement on June 25, 2007. I support AHPA’s opposition to this petition on the following grounds:

  • Proper handling of dietary supplements under current good manufacturing practice is usually sufficient to ensure that they are not subject to microbial contamination that presents any risk to the health of consumers of these products
  • If approved, the use of ionizing irradiation on herbal dietary ingredients will mask one of the factors that is currently relevant to the determination of ingredient quality, since information about microbial levels and the presence of pathogens or yeasts and molds at any time during the handling of a treated ingredient would be lost. Of particular concern are pathogens, since even if pathogenic organisms are eliminated through irradiation, pathogenic by-products such as endotoxins or exotoxins may remain in the material
  • Irradiation is currently allowed in the United States for eleven food categories, and in proposing that the limitation of ionizing radiation for dietary supplements be established at 30 kGy, the petition is suggesting that this limit be from 3 to 30 times higher that is currently allowed for all but two food categories. Dietary supplements may be consumed in quantities of several grams per day. Thus, dietary supplement consumers will be exposed to much higher levels of any material changes that occur in a supplement’s or ingredient’s characteristics or in its consequences of use, if any, as a result of the irradiation.

I look forward to your response to this letter,

Sincerely,

Please print and send your copy of this letter today and just say “No” to the irradiation of dietary supplements!

Send your letter to:

Lane A. Highbarger, Ph.D.

Food and Drug Administration

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-255)

Office of Food Additive Safety

5100 Paint Branch Parkway

College Park, MD 20740