__________________commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, lost no time in making his position clear. He has instigated regulations designed to 'protect' the public from the 'fraud' of our health foods! Parts of this call for the limiting the sale, without prescription, of most dietary supplements and drastically reducing the potencies.
Another section makes it a law for nutritional foods to carry a 'warning' label, informing the public the product is not really necessary because our average American diet provides all the elements essential for perfect health!
Labels would also be prohibited from saying a supplement can improve health or prevent sickness; that our soil is deficient; that the average diet is lacking in nutrients; that modern chemicals or processing destroys food values!
This incredibly brazen, dictatorial set of regulations almost did slip through without notice but was detected and will now be suspended until December___ allowing arguments against it.
In other words, no matter what kind of sad garbage a person eats, no matter how much or how little, despite any problems in his chemistry, he will be adequately nourished without any supplementation! This is the ridiculous philosophy of the FDA, which is the basis for these sweeping invasions of your privacy.
Even if the 'half-foods' in the supermarkets DID supply the natural vitamins and minerals that our government lists as a Minimum Daily Requirement, they would still not be supplying their mythical 'ample amounts'!
The Food and Nutrition Board, composed of top ranking scientists, has clearly stated the MDR tables are ONLY guidelines and NOT to be rigid rules. This eminent group has never condemned supplements, as the FDA would have us believe. Actually, many of them have publicly voiced dismay over this attempt to control dietary practices and Dr. Roger Williams (the discoverer of pantothenic acid) has bluntly claimed it could handicap nutritional progress, if passed.
Every survey ever made by the Department of Agriculture has shown that the American diet is deficient in one or more vital nutrients. Yet, that proposed warning label blandly ignores this fact. Isn't it puzzling - if we have an adequate diet - that we are the sickest nation on earth? According to government statistics, 98.7% of our citizens DO have medical needs!
No medical school in the country teaches a course in nutrition; ______________is an MD and has their usual deficiency in nutritional knowledge. Nevertheless, he has the brass to set himself up as a dietary dictator, while completely untrained in that field!
The majority of his fellow medics are equally ignorant of correct nutrition, care nothing for it and openly scorn its value. Still, they are the men who would decide IF we need a supplement, what kind and how much! The average MD would never write the required prescription, so it may become impossible for you to purchase ANY vitamin.
If you DO get synthetic supplements via a prescription, in addition to a doctor's fee, you will pay astronomically inflated prices for the product itself. (Folic acid used to cost $1 for 100 tabs, 5 milligrams each. Prescription price of that item is now $6.60 for 60 tabs of only 1 milligram!) These pricing patterns will simply make the majority of nutrition aids unavailable to the masses.
But the FDA has only our best interests at heart - they say. Never have they said the supplements, health foods and vitamins are harmful. They merely want to 'save' the American public millions of dollars now being wasted on these products'. Isn't that thoughtful? Yet, they don't show this same fatherly concern over the much greater amounts spent for cigarettes, liquor, cola, candies, aspirin, patent medicines, sleeping tablets and the many dangerous drugs available without a prescription! Why?
We would be prohibited from informing, enlightening or educating the public to the importance of correct nutritional habits. We would no longer be able to alert the people to influences that destroy their health, under threat of an arrest or fine.
The bill would give the FDA strict control over all 'foods that are for special dietary purposes' - as they word it. That does take in a lot of territory! I interpret it as an insolent, outrageous invasion of our privacy and a violation of our rights. We would be denied free speech, the right to be informed, the right to criticize these governmental policies, the right to eat as we choose and spend our money as we wish. Where will this path lead - where will it end?
|Summary Of The Key Findings Of Congress Related To The Benefits Of Dietary Supplements (From The Introduction Of The DSHEA, in part)|
|CONGRESS finds that:
Improving the health status of United States citizens ranks at the top of the national priorities of the Federal Government; the importance of nutrition and the benefits of dietary supplements to health promotion and disease prevention have been documented increasingly in scientific studies;
There is a link between the ingestion of certain nutrients or dietary supplements and the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis; and
Clinical research has shown that several chronic diseases can be prevented simply with a healthful diet, such as a diet that is low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, with a high proportion of plant-based foods;
Healthful diets may mitigate the need for expensive medical procedures, such as coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty;
Preventive health measures, including education, good nutrition, and appropriate use of safe nutritional supplements will limit the incidence of chronic diseases, and reduce long-term health care expenditures;
Promotion of good health and healthy lifestyles improves and extends lives while reducing health care expenditures; and
Reduction in health care expenditures is of paramount importance to the future of the country and the economic well-being of the country;
There is a growing need for emphasis on the dissemination of information linking nutrition and long-term good health;
Consumers should be empowered to make choices about preventive health care programs based on data from scientific studies of health benefits related to particular dietary supplements;
National surveys have revealed that almost 50 percent of the 260,000,000 Americans regularly consume dietary supplements of vitamins, minerals, or herbs as a means of improving their nutrition; (note: the number of dietary supplement takers has increased since 1994.)
Studies indicate that consumers are placing increased reliance on the use of nontraditional health care providers to avoid the excessive costs of traditional medical services and to obtain more holistic consideration of their needs;
The United States will spend over $1,000,000,000,000 on health care in 1994, which is about 12 percent of the Gross National Product of the United States, and this amount and percentage will continue to increase unless significant efforts are undertaken to reverse the increase;
The nutritional supplement industry is an integral part of the economy of the United States; although the Federal Government should take swift action against products that are unsafe or adulterated, the Federal Government should not take any actions to impose unreasonable regulatory barriers limiting or slowing the flow of safe products and accurate information to consumers;
Dietary supplements are safe within a broad range of intake, and safety problems with the supplements are relatively rare; and
Legislative action that protects the right of access of consumers to safe dietary supplements is necessary in order to promote wellness.
Fortunately, Senator ________of ________has introduced House Concurrent Resolution _____, insisting that Congress review this proposal. So write to your Senators, your Representatives, urging them to support King's bill and to fight the proposed FDA regulations. Also write President______, tell your friends of this outrageous plot and urge everyone to support the fight.
Politicians understand voting power only - let them know we too have many votes to spend! In a nation whose birth was sparked by a ringing cry of ' Give me liberty or give me death!', this planned mess is a deplorable shame. Today, loss of liberty to choose a diet can lead to eventual results just as dreadful as sudden death, tomorrow. NOW - if ever - is the time for YOU to stand up and be counted!
Oh by the way if you are thinking I am talking about what is going on within the government and the big supplement companies today in 2004/2005 guess again. This editorial was exposing the supplement and vitamin issues that were going on back in the middle 1960s. Some things never change!
About The Author
Dennis B. Weis is a Ketchikan, Alaska based power-bodybuilder. He is the co-author of 3 critically acclaimed blockbuster books; Mass, Raw Muscle, Anabolic Muscle Mass and the Bodybuilding Brain Stack CD (read about it at: www.dennisbweis.com).
Dennis is also a frequent hard-hitting uncompromising freelance contributing consultant for many of the mainstream bodybuilding and fitness magazines published worldwide.