Click here to Subscribe http://aahf.convio.net/site/R?i=3nwWTBJa-Q5_HonJpGhQDA.. or Click here to Unsubscribe or to Edit Your Contact Information http://aahf.convio.net/site/CO?i=9kHQRARMZNzC8FqpWma2hvdHEjMIS-hr&cid=1053 Pulse of Health Freedom - May 19, 2009 FDA Calls Cheerios an "Unapproved Drug" http://aahf.convio.net/site/R?i=GmH4RLpyFqEebJRDPtdUYw.. The Food and Drug Administration learned that General Mills claimed on its cereal box that Cheerios can help lower cholesterol, and said on their website that "diets rich in whole grain foods can reduce the risk of heart disease." So they declared that Cheerios is now an unapproved drug, and must go through FDA new drug approval process! AAHF Asks Senate Finance Committee to Make Privacy, Transparency, and Independent Research High Priorities in the New Healthcare Plan http://aahf.convio.net/site/R?i=uIOfOCuK-WdJdRSD-y3UiQ.. Last week, AAHF contacted the Senate Finance Committee, which is working on proposals to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs. We asked them to ensure that patient participation in the electronic health records database be strictly voluntary, that healthcare planning decisions are not made by people with conflicts of interest, and that comparative effectiveness research include integrative and alternative therapies. Why Is FDA Protecting the BPA Lobby? http://aahf.convio.net/site/R?i=6sz9p1k7cdh8h1N-HsIgnQ.. As we have reported previously, bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in the packaging or contents of many products, may cause cancers, reproductive defects, diabetes, ADD, asthma, and autism. Now emails obtained by the (Milwaukee, WI) Journal Sentinel show that the FDA sought information from the BPA industry's chief lobbyist to discredit a Japanese study that found it caused miscarriages in workers who were exposed to it. These emails show a pattern of preferential treatment over the past nine years that was not afforded to independent scientists. Minnesota Court Orders Chemotherapy for 13-Year-Old http://aahf.convio.net/site/R?i=EhmSt6OH5ZhBaI_Sxqg_rg.. In an update to an article we published last week, a judge has ruled that Daniel Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, must receive conventional medical treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma--over his parents' objections. The Hausers, who live on a dairy farm, prefer natural medicines and alternative treatments for illnesses. Senate HELP Committee Approves Margaret Hamburg as New FDA Commissioner http://aahf.convio.net/site/R?i=KSaWSzsHPgN7sZ5EqEnWtQ.. In the wake of FDA animosity against supplements and scientific openness, the Senate HELP Committee has approved President Obama's nomination of Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, a former New York City health commissioner, as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. 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