As you know, the association is led by David Pecker, CEO of American Media, Inc. and Weider Publications, who undertook to create an organization to unify the industry and represent its interests in the media and in Washington. Several months have elapsed since the birth of the organization, and it is time for a report from the association to its members as to the efforts it has made, if any, and as to its planned strategies. Meanwhile, developments in Washington continue to cut against our interests.
Just last week, for example, Senator Chuck Grassley (R - IA) introduced legislation (on May 26th, 2005) that would add DHEA to the list of federally controlled substances.
If Sen. Grassley has his misguided way, an extremely popular anti-aging supplement will be taken away from middle-aged and elderly Americans who are using it to improve their health and quality of life. Even worse, mature consumers will be branded federal drug criminals if caught in possession of their remaining supplement stock of DHEA! Click below to read the full text of the bill:
The introduction of this bill confirms what USFA Counsel Rick Collins had long warned members about: that the 2002 legislation that ultimately became the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 would not satisfy anti-supplement zealots, but would instead be a beginning, not an end, to the attack on supplement freedoms.
USFA Standing Alone
Trade associations like CRN and NNFA that immediately "sold out" on prohormones - leaving the USFA to fight alone - deserve a lot of the blame. Hopefully, Mr. Pecker's association will make better, more far-sighted decisions than those other groups.
Hopefully, he will favor action over rhetoric and rationalizations. But that remains to be seen. If this newly proposed legislation outrages you as much as it does Rick and me, contact the Sports and Fitness Supplement Association, care of David Pecker's office, and ask him what he is going to do about it. Precious time is ticking away.
Michael J. DiMaggio
United Supplement Freedom Association, Inc.
One Old Country Rd., Suite 250
Carle Place, NY 11514