Originally publised 7-6-11.
It seems to me that our government is interferring more and more with our natural food sources and allowing other things that are harmful to our health to go unnoticed. (See "Farmageddon" trailer.)
Last Friday, just before the Fourth of July weekend, Senator Dick Durbin (D, Illinois) introduced legislation, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, which would create an entirely new set of regulations and restrictions for supplement manufacture and sale. Senator Durbin has long been a strong supporter of the drug industry, a persistent enemy of nutritional supplements, and a friend of the FDA in its endless attempts to restrict supplement availability.
In typical fashion, Senator Durbin's office waited until the Friday before a major holiday, hoping to get the legislation moving through the Senate without any awareness in the media or among groups advocating for freedom of choice in health care and the continued protection of supplement availability. However, the Alliance for Natural Health USA learned of the impending bill, and the attempts to keep the legislation quiet have failed.
You can read about the legislation at the Alliance for Natural Health USA website: Though as always, the legislation claims to "protect us," it will give the FDA unneeded further authority to oversee and restrict supplement development and sale. The FDA already has all the power it needs to investigate harmful supplements and restrict their availability. It does not need more power or regulations in this regard.
This bill needs to be stopped. We suggest you contact your Senators and express your strong opposition to this legislation. Public outcry has derailed many similar pieces of legislation in the past, like the onerous anti-supplement bill sponsored by Senator McCain (R, Arizona) and announced with great fanfare at a press conference a year ago.
Express your opinion that the FDA requires no new regulations or authority to "protect us" from ourselves or from the dangers of supplements - which objective scientific reviews have clearly shown to be remarkably and consistently safe.
Letters to your Senators do make a difference. Please write, and help us protect your freedom of choice in health care. You can reach your Senators by clicking here: http://senate.gov/
Nicholas J. Gonzalez MD 36 E 36th Street, Suite 204, New York, NY 10016