CSPI Asks FDA to Abolish Food and Supplement Health Claims

January 12, 2010

Act Now to Protect Your Access to Natural Health Information!

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to abolish Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims. What does this jargon mean? Why is this so important?
At the present time, the FDA does not allow the seller of a food or supplement to say that the product will help prevent or treat a health condition or disease. Only a drug company selling an FDA approved drug may make such a claim. SupplementsAny violation of this rule can result in massive fines and a long jail sentence.
The producer of a Vitamin D supplement cannot legally cite the science showing that Vitamin D prevents and treats the flu. Flu is considered a disease so this is forbidden. The science doesn’t matter to the FDA. Nor does freedom of speech.
The supplement producer can make a Structure/Function Claim. For example, the bottle might say to take Vitamin D for immune system function.
Alternatively, the Vitamin D producer might ask the FDA for permission to make a Qualified Health Claim. For example, it might ask to be able to say that Vitamin D may prevent or treat the flu (note the qualifying term “may”).
But the FDA does not like Qualified Health Claims and will almost always deny them. It will typically say the science is not strong enough. To reach this conclusion, it will throw out most scientific studies because they have not been set up in the form of standard FDA drug trials.
The FDA seems to want, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest says it wants, the abolition of both Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims. They seem to want food, supplements, and drugs to be treated exactly alike. No health claims of any sort would be allowed unless the product was brought through the full FDA approval process.
At first glance, this might seem both fair and logical. Why not treat everything alike? Why not subject food, supplements, and drugs to the same standard?
But this is not at all fair or logical. It is actually both unfair and completely illogical. It omits an all important fact: the staggering cost of FDA approval: up to $1 billion for a single product.
Drug companies can afford to pay these horrendous sums. For one thing, they can charge as much as $100 a pill. And how can they get away with charging so much? Because drugs are usually patented.
The patent together with FDA approval creates a monopoly. This is a government sanctioned and enforced monopoly, and it makes drug companies the most profitable businesses in America.
Another important fact: natural substances cannot usually be patented. At least the rules say that they cannot be. Does this mean that drug companies avoid natural substances? Of course not.
When drug companies find a natural substance that promises to prevent or treat disease, they seek to “twist” the molecules enough to claim that the resulting product is “new” and therefore patentable. Then they take the modified and no longer “natural” product to the FDA for approval.
The result? We now pay as much as 100X as much for the drug than we would have paid for the natural product. Worse, the “new” drug may be much more dangerous than the natural product from which it was derived.

146 responses to “CSPI Asks FDA to Abolish Food and Supplement Health Claims”

  1. Luke Asbury says:

    This smells of big pharma manipulation and is definitely a bad idea!

  2. Linda says:

    I’ve just been sitting back, watching all of our freedoms and rights being taken away from us. This is just 1, in a very long list. Every agency of the government, is owned by corporations. This greed, is going to be the REAL destruction, of America, and the world!

  3. Charles Dorsey says:

    Stop this foolishness now! We are entitled to all information that is available. If anyone has a contrasting position on any clain then they can publish their opinion the same as anyone else. DO NOT meddle with the availability of nutritional and supplement information. STAY OUT!!!!
    Charles B Dorsey

  4. Dina Kozianina says:

    I am writing to ask FDA to reject the CSPI proposal.As a long-term user of natural substances I believe in the science behind them. I feel that companies producing such products must be able to cite the science behind them just like drug companies do – or else, the fact that they cannot looks like discrimination.

  5. Emily Dale says:

    With the many reports of massive illness outbreaks from FDA-approved factory-farmed foods, one would think that the basic building blocks of health in our bodies, vitamins and minerals, would be recognized as a major contribution to good health maintenance. Vitamin D-3 is essential to the millions of persons who get insufficient sunlight. Natural D-3 supplants the lost sunlight and prevents many major diseases and illnesses.
    This is yet another ploy by Big Pharma to lock up any substance that might offer a preventive approach to good health, as the only thing they deal with, and make $billions from, is ill health.

  6. Charles Dorsey says:

    The CSPI and the FDA have no business censoring food and supplement health claims. Most claims are backed by science that is valid even if it does not conform to the model that the FDA dictates.
    STAY OUT!
    Charles B Dorsey

  7. Barry says:

    people have a right to know, leave access available to the people. thanks, Barry

  8. S S says:

    There’s not enough information allowed on supplements as it is. Just because a supplement doesn’t prove to be effective for every person out there doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. There are also a lot of foods that are very helpful in reversing disease. Consumers need to be alerted about that. Prescription drugs aren’t the be-all end all. In fact, more often than not, the meds don’t work.
    With health, it can never be one-size-fits-all. The FDA tries to make it that way. Not every method will work with every person whether it’s a drug, a supplement or a healthy food.

  9. RAPHAEL says:

    NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS AND BOTANICAL HERBS WHICH HAVE BEEN USED SUCCESSFULLY FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. STOP THIS FASCIST TAKEOVER OF THE COUNTRY OUR RIGHTS TO HEALTH AND OUR SOVEREIGNTY. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  10. linda ferguson says:

    Please keep free access to health claims for natural substances. I trust these 1000 times more than I do pharmaceutical company claims. Most natural substance health claims are based on empirical evidence. I want to keep the control of my health in my hands and not big for profit companies. Thank you. Linda Ferguson

  11. It would be much more useful to simply abolish the FDA !
    It is obviously a “rogue” agency, and has for many years been operated as a criminal conspiracy on behalf of profits for giant corporate companies which are bent on monopolizing food & drug industries, and not co-incidentally bent on making profits at any and all costs:
    CREATING illness and disease is very profitable when you are an intrinsic part of the $pharma medical mafia !
    FDA has been co-creating ill-health, illness, disease, iatrogenic disease & death for many years.
    CLOSE IT DOWN !

  12. David Greene says:

    I would like to know fi supplements are effective and if they are not. I think a description of the effectiveness of various supplements wwould be valuable. The FDA has not been effective in eliminating dangerous drugs and has not been effective in regulating public health.

  13. David Zeutzius says:

    Please allow supplement manufacturers to continue to list their health claims on the product. Thanks.

  14. Otto J Hunt says:

    Health benefits are NOT limited to pharmaceuticals. For instance, vitamin D does help prevent the flu. Not allowing such fact to be presented is nothing short of health censorship.

  15. doni says:

    I would love to see the FDA abolished. What we need is access to everything that is known about the food and drugs in which we are interested, along with an assessment of the probable validity of the information. Given this, people should take the responsibility for the effects of what they consume (doctors should not have to do this: they can advise but often don’t know what is best for a client).
    The distinction between food and drugs is not definite. Foods, like drugs, have many effects on health and quality of life and many thigs that people consume have both roles, depending on the situation. I don’t think that laws can create a meaningfull separation between them.

  16. Wendy Martin says:

    The American consumer has a constitutional right to a free flow of information about natural approaches to his or her health.Reject the CSPI proposal, and reassert the constitutional right of all Americans to free and truthful speech about science. Please don’t abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems..but rather expand them and stop censoring good science.

  17. Terry S says:

    the jig IS UP. we THE PEOPLE CANNOT BE STOPPED. we ALREADY GET THE FACT THAT WE DON’T NEED DRUG STORES FOR EVERY LITTLE AILMENT. why DON’T THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMIN. stop THE REAL POISONERS IE Coke ETC? YOU CANT STOP ME FROM EATING LEAVES AND PLANTS. it’s TO LATE FOR THEM. WE DONE EDUCATED OURSELVES ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS.TS

  18. Ken Greenwald says:

    You must allow the public complete information, based on scientific testing and conclusions what the efficacy of any product, such as Vitamin D, can do for the health of all human beings.
    Food, vitamins, minerals, drugs…. they are not the same and should not be lumped under one ruling or law. You need to allow separate evaluations and information to reach the public so they can determine what is right for their personal situation.
    To place a blanket rule over all these various vitains, minerals and such is totally wrong!

  19. JOSEPH AND MARIA COLLURA says:

    STAY AWAY FROM OUR NATURAL FOODS
    AND VITAMINS
    KEEP ON WORKING TOWARD A DRUGEE SOCIETY!

  20. Gail Portanova, M.D. says:

    I strongly support the CSPI in its efforts to ;ask the FDA to abolish Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims.

  21. joyce flaherty says:

    We need things to change for the betterment of supplements.

  22. Arthur Summers says:

    Stay out of my health care. Stay out of my life. !!!!!

  23. Gayle Rogalski says:

    Natural supplements are not the same as drugs. I am in agreement with all the comments above. Apparently the CSPI is aligned with the drug companies and their monopoly. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc. are nature made substances that have been used for centuries. They are not drugs/chemicals that even now when used correctly kill over 250,000 people a year. Supplements certainly are not the same or even in their category.

  24. Let us have alternatives to corporate pharmaceuticals.

  25. John Castillo says:

    The CSPI is dead wrong about requesting to the FDA to abolish Food and Supplement Health Claims.
    The Food and Supplement Health Claims should remain as they are. There’s nothing wrong about the information that appears on the Food and Dietery Supplments.
    Every citizen of this country has the right to know what’s inside the container.
    Thank you,
    John Castillo
    (510) 579-7154

  26. William White says:

    Thank goodness they didn’t get hold of aspirin!!

  27. John Castillo says:

    The Food and Supplement Health Claims should remain as they are. There’s nothing wrong about the information that appears on the Food and Dietery Supplments.
    Every citizen of this country has the right to know what’s inside the container.
    Thank you,
    John Castillo

  28. Meredith Heinemeier says:

    I am in favor of retaining structure/function claims and qualified health claims.

  29. Richard Bailey says:

    Why not require labels on oranges regarding vitamin C. There is too much kowtowing to large pharmaceutical companies who keep trying to take the benefits of food supplements, patent certain chemical portions, and then sell what has previously been available as a nutritional supplement as medicine. After all Tamiflu is simply portions of star anise. End the pharmaceutical foolishness.

  30. Sandra DenBraber, R.N. says:

    without supplements I would be in a living nightmare from reactions to drugs.
    One example is : My orthopaedic physician before a surgery would remind me to make sure I brought the herb marshmallow since that calms my GI tract.
    The list goes on.

  31. CODY ANN KIMBALL says:

    I request that you do not change the ability of a natural product producer to advertise it’s product and the potential beneficial effects it mey have on a consumer. We (being consumers) need to have the right to access these products in a cost effective and open market manner. The whole point is, the FDA does not always supply us with the products we need, or proper research- I need access to the suplements and natural products that work best for me- do not take this away from me please!! These are vital components to out health/ my health.
    Thank You,
    Cody Ann Kimball

  32. John Boyd says:

    Hunter,
    This is consistent with what has been happening with Codex Alimentarius. Big Pharma know that they cannot continue pushing useless drugs on to the public especially as the public are becoming more aware of the health benefits of the organic foods and supplements. What is happening is Big Pharma is trying to push up the costs of supplements by limiting information and claims that can be made against them without expensive trials. Then they can just repeat many of the studies that have been done before tweaking them to meet the FDA standard. Up until now, everyone has been using consumer action to get the FDA to do the right thing. I think that what needs to be done is two parallel strategies. The first is to continue calling for consumer action against the FDA or USDA when required. The second is to allow for the free market to work instead of having government mandates as to what we can or cannot eat. This would mean no FDA no USDA no laws against suing companies for putting dangerous products be they drugs or GMO foods on the market. Instead insurance companies would have to provide insurance for these companies for possible idemnisation against possible lawsuits. This would focus the minds of both the companies and insurance companies against unsafe products of all kinds, allow for real competition that would bring down prices and improve quality as well as allow citizens to make informed choices about what they put in the body for health reasons.
    Best Regards,
    John Boyd

  33. Protect my access to natural health information!
    Dustin Collings
    Jan. 12, 2010

  34. Natalie Mannering says:

    Nature has been giving us healing substances and teaching us various ways to heal ourselves and each other, and to prevent illness by eating healthfully and living in harmony with Nature since time immemorial.
    Now Big Pharma wants to create a monopoly which will give them almost unlimited control over our health and well being, pushing manmade drugs that are UNnatural, UNsafe and UNaffordable. WHY? Because of GREED and lack of respect for Nature.
    Big Brother and Big Pharma go hand in hand.
    What of those of us who do not want to take toxic drugs with dangerous side effects, but want to use vitamins, minerals, herbs and other NATURAL substances the way that NATURE INTENDED?
    Big Pharma doesn’t care about basic human rights and freedoms. ALL they care about is PROFIT.
    The day is coming when such dishonesty and corruption will no longer be hidden away and recognized only by some. The time to CHOOSE has come!

  35. Marjorie Knoll says:

    It is time to call a halt to this madness before European rules are adopted in the US. Good science should be freely available to all. Both food and supplement producers should be able to cite it without fear of jail. Reject the CSPI proposal.
    Marjorie Knoll

  36. Marjorie Knoll says:

    Reject the CSPI proposal.

  37. Marjorie Knoll says:

    “CSPI Asks FDA to Abolish Food and Supplement Health Claims”

  38. David Keller says:

    I read your latest article about CSPIs’ attempt to remove Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims fro food packages. I checked the article on their website and it only refers to food not supplements. I have asked for clarification on the issue of supplements from tham. I am withholding action on this until both you and they respond.

  39. martha crane says:

    As an American citizen I find this unconstitutional! STOP taking away our human rights to freedom of choice in health care!!! The FDA’s corruption needs to stop. ALL intelligent Americans need to speak out against such communistic controls.

  40. Kirk Rhoads says:

    Please do not abolish the Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims. Sincerely,
    Kirk Rhoads

  41. Linda Shine says:

    The FDA seems like a nightmare come true. The FDA should be changed completely but I am afraid it may have too much power.

  42. Ken Gorrell says:

    Reject the CSPI proposal. Industry has enough power and does not sell the best products for health. The best things are natural and free discussion is what is demanded by freedoms established in the creation of the United States.

  43. Jory Froggatt says:

    Do not abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems, but rather expand them and stop censoring good science. Reject the CSPI proposal; citizens have the right to this information. The FDA should be looking after the average citizen not helping to support Big Pharma.

  44. charles weber says:

    Food and supplements are the only things that work. Who the hell are you to say that only a pharmaceutical can make that claim. Your agency needs to be ignored.

  45. Connie Conner says:

    This is a must do!! I hate toxic prescription drugs and rely on nutritional supplements to improve my health

  46. diane says:

    I do not want our access to this knowledge to be stopped. It is very important to my health.

  47. Maura Ellyn says:

    As the handmaiden of the drug companies, I know it is your aim to keep us stupid and drugged. And what a job you have done – look at us – fat, fogged brains, a huge portion of the population probaby won’t have their feet when they die. But the gorging is up, there is no more money, there isn’t enough money for all the sickly now, let alone for what is coming.
    Yes, you all are the government, so hidebound, in the box types, while on our payroll also with your hand out to the big players who don;t care who and what they destroy in the search of big profits. But how about that democratic ideal – freedom to information. How about the idea that you all work for us, not Pfizer, Merck and the rest of that twisted brethren.

  48. Bridget Breese says:

    Please leave our health freedom alone. You really have a much bigger issue in the lack of regulation on drugs. Tthank you.

  49. Catherine Hirsch says:

    Who are our Government officials working for? Are they working for Big Pharm and the AMA or are they working for the America public. I am so sick of this kind of issue even coming up!
    Leave the FREE RIGHT OF SPEECH AND INFORMATION ALONE!

  50. Laura McKee says:

    Please leave the Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims alone. We have a right to know what research suggests when it comes to natural products and vitamins.. Thank you for your consideration.

  51. patrick says:

    our supplements are a vital part of living in this country and a true testament to our economic idealism. let’s keep america all american

  52. Kimberle Wiley says:

    It is past due the time when Americans should have the right to choose what is best for THEIR own bodies. Many so called approved drugs have a laundry list of side effects that would down an elephant whereas, vitamins and herbals do not. With health care costs rising, the population growing and getting older and sicker daily, it is apparent that there is plenty of room for preventative medicine, not the patch um up variety provided by drugs. We are in dire need of access and continued and expanded freedoms in the health arena. It is about time that the FDA and any other acronymed institution stay on their side of the street and mind their long and growning longer list of serious and deadly side effects per each drug they pass through their macabre approval processes!

  53. Rosaliind Walton says:

    I am dismayed by the way the”American and Canadian governments will always act in favor of the pharmaceutical companies at the expense of ordinary citizens. I probably represent a big group of people who just cannot metabolize most prescription drugs and who very often are made ill by them. It is distressing for people like me to see the constant pressure by governments to eliminate the alternative health industry which seeks to provide much safer products. Why otherwise would you want to subject a small company producing for instance “ginger and circumin” to the same testing process required of a pharma making highly toxic and dangerous drugs like Celebrex and Viox which I, for one, cannot tolerate at all, not even for three days. If you do not want their product labels to say what ginger and circumin do perhaps you really don’t want the general public to ever use these substances for treating inflammation. Perhaps things are just how they seem, our elected governments are protecting the big pharmas from the public.

  54. Mark McLean says:

    The FDA will not approve natural nutritional supplements because the pharmaceutical companies have bought and paid for them. It is all about MONEY.If some supplier of natural supplements would pay enough MONEY possibly they would approve these supplements. However, I don’t believe the pharmaceutical companies would allow that.
    Mark McLean

  55. Belva Hansen says:

    I am requesting that the FDA not abolish the Structure Function and Qualified Health claims system but rather expand them and stop censoring good science. I use natural substances and alternative devices and have for these many years. I have the best health and mobility of anyone in my area at 81. It makes me furious that the FDA favors the drug companies and fights the natural practitioners. My granddaughters are finally recovering from serious health problems since finding natural practioners who did more than prescribre harmful drugs and practices that had messed both of them up terribly. They are gradually overcoming the bad practices of the revered “medical profession”. There is room for both, so please stop persecuting people who have more natural ways of healing. I have supported CSPI in the past, but they have received my last donation since I have learned of their support of the Structure Funtion idea.

  56. felicia kandel says:

    Drugs are very dangrous and often have very serious side effects!
    Supplements are way better & SAFER! The pharmaceutical companies
    make a ton of money to kill poeple! Because its profits first & people last!

  57. j. Adderley says:

    stop prosecuting those that are trying to live healthy with natural methods.

  58. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to abolish Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims. I support this position and also ask that they be abolished.

  59. Cathie Bell says:

    Our country is headed in a very corporate-fascist direction. Seems like the entire Congress (and executive) has been purchased by large corporations that act against the public good. Oh yes, the rhetoric is of course, for your own good, but a growing number around the world are seeing through this ruse.
    I am once again voicing my opinion–too bad I don’t have a couple million to drop in some Congressman’s bedcovers–Bigpharma does!

  60. Elena Marcus says:

    As I recall, at least in California, there was the legal case of freedom of speech which was won by Linda Shawn and D. Pearson regarding a vitamin B. Pearson and Shawn (life extension foundation) had made a statement regarding an action of an actual cure by a vit. B. They won the case on the first amendment grounds.
    The route to justice in this is to take FDA to court for various reasons. Through publicity the public (and legislators) will learn about the great deception and perhaps the FDA will be removed – or changed.
    FDA has no jurisidition over foods and nutrients right now.
    Elena Marcus

  61. Evelyn W. Asher says:

    I urge you to reject the CSPI proposal. In a supposedly “free society” information and health claims based on “good” science” should not be prohibited. To suppress information about natural health in order to support an industry whose products are frequently based on “bad” science” and do more harm than good, is not only illogical, it is INSANE!
    I urge you to uphold the free flow of information regarding the health benefits of foods and natural supplements.

  62. Sharon Butler says:

    A supplement producer can make a Structure/Function Claim. For example, the bottle might say to take Vitamin D for immune system function.
    But the FDA does not like Qualified Health Claims and will almost always deny them. It will typically say the science is not strong enough. To reach this conclusion, it will throw out most scientific studies because they have not been set up in the form of standard FDA drug trials.
    Americans would like to see the Qualified Health Claims for supplements that do have studies, regardless if the studies have been set up in the FDA standard form.

  63. I vehemently oppose the CSPI proposal to abolish Structure/Function Health Claims and Qualified Health Claims.I find the censoring of good, solid science on food and supplements abhorrent, disturbing, and strongly biased.

  64. charles scamman says:

    It is painfully obvious that the FDA has assumed a function of protecting the profits of the pharmaceutical industry over the protection of the American citizens. To claim that ONLY a drug can cure, treat or prevent a disease is asinine. (Look up the dictionary definition of “scurvy”). The health benifits of vitamine C, vitamine D, Coenzyme Q10 and other suppliments are widely known and documented.
    Please reject the proposal of the CSPI and continue allowing American citizens the right to know about the historical and documented health benifits of OTC suppliments, natural foods and herbs.

  65. Tom Anson says:

    To whom it may concern:
    As an American citizen who wants to take charge of my own health and healthcare, and a consumer of dietary supplements, I strongly oppose any tightening of rules concerning Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims about natural health products. For me, for whom the pharmaceutical/allopathic model of healthcare has been nothing but a nightmare, I rely on the free flow of information about these natural products to make informed choices for my health. With the limitations that exist now, it can be a daunting task to sift through the products out there to determine which are best suited to my needs. Further restricting what a producer can say about its products only makes that task harder — if not impossible.
    I had been severely disabled for over 30 years. The medical model could do absolutely nothing for me, except increase the toxicity of my body. But, because of the information that was available to me about certain natural health products, I was able to climb out of my disability and start my own business. If the producers of these products had been able to give truthful information about them, I could have begun my recovery much sooner, and possibly be further along the path toward health.
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest is NOT looking out for my interests. What is needed is MORE information, not LESS. Given enough information, the public can make its own informed decisions about these products. If information is more restricted, it would cause untold harm to people like me — the people you are supposed to serve.
    Thank-you.
    Tom Anson

  66. Lila Flagler says:

    Please do not abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems, but rather expand them and stop censoring good science.

  67. Jani Schaefer says:

    It is obvious that the drug companies and politicians are holding out on us. Is it the money made on prescriptions drugs the reason? Isn’t the love of money the root of all evil? What ever happened to love thy neighbor?

  68. Otto J Hunt says:

    Strawberries help prevent prostate cancer. Pineapples, shitake mushrooms, carrots, and ginger help prevent cancer. Why can’t growers state this. Such restrictions amount to health censorship – in America. This has to stop.

  69. Sonja Stone says:

    It’s ALWAYS what we don’t know that hurts us …. Why would you consider withholding vital information from us at the request of some drug company that wants to censure the free speech of Nutrition companies? I always thought the purpose of the FDA was to protect the American people … Do you have any idea how insulting it is to be treated as though we ( the American public) are incapable of making intelligent decisions regarding our own bodies, and our own health, based on information we’ve studied. Personally, I would not have believed that banning information, or even the discusion of doing so could ever happen in America. For one thing, it’s unconstitutional.

  70. neokuji says:

    Please protect the constitutional right of all Americans to free and truthful speech about science, reject the CSPI proposal, and halt this madness before European rules are adopted in the US. Good science should be freely available to allm further, both food and supplement producers should be able to cite it without fear of jail.
    Do not allow the drug companies to fund the FDA!
    Do not to abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems, but rather expand them and stop censoring good science!

  71. slbutterfly says:

    Please protect the constitutional right of all Americans to free and truthful speech about science, reject the CSPI proposal, and halt this madness before European rules are adopted in the US. Good science should be freely available to allm further, both food and supplement producers should be able to cite it without fear of jail.
    Do not allow the drug companies to fund the FDA!
    Do not to abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems, but rather expand them and stop censoring good science!

  72. Alice McKeon says:

    Reputable researchers have proven that natural substances that occur in plants or in the human body are given by God for our health and well-being. The points that are made above are practical and their common sense should be the guide.

  73. Viviane Paolini says:

    I cannot understand why the FDA as usual do not want us to know about all the new discoveries of the natural research the health companies do.
    I want the freedom to know without interference of the FDA.
    Viviane

  74. Helen Bair says:

    Big government, stay out of the natural health food industry. Also, stay out of our health care!!!

  75. Donald Paden says:

    We need the the FDA to expand the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems and stop censoring good science. we, the he people, have a right to this information, and our health will be enhanced by our making use of such information.

  76. Donald Paden says:

    We need the the FDA to expand the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems and stop censoring good science. We have a right to this information, and our health will be enhanced by our making use of it.

  77. Carol Colditz says:

    The FDA does not allow the seller of a food or supplement to say that the product will help prevent or treat a health condition or disease. Only a drug company selling an FDA approved drug may make such a claim.
    People live by eating food – food is composed of Vitamins and minerals. It is the vitamins and minerals that support the function of the body to live healthy. To be bias against the claims of studies done on the support of natural food supplements is wrong and to support chemicals as in drugs that are so full of side affects with no regard to the health of people is a double wrong.
    Is the FDA more interest in the money they receive from drug companies then in the health of the people of the United States?

  78. Shirley Rayhill says:

    Take your hands off of our natural products!! Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired!!
    They have been taking their health into their own hands!! Stop trying to squash their avenue of healing from natural substances instead of drugs!!

  79. Donald Chapman says:

    If any fragment of democracy (other than the internet) is to remain a fundamental human right in America (especially 1st amendment rights), we the people must practice the right to assemble, protest, and take any practical action to influence the very foundation of our “corporatocracy.” To do so, shall require comprehensive and insistent alternative/integrative health education via internet networking directed toward all government bodies and interest groups who would listen (now extremely critical as BIG MONEY CORRUPTION eyes censorship of web democracy).
    All health freedom organizations must merge together as one powerful force to influence the public through social networking sites such as facebook and twitter. Also, other grass root organizations with indirect association to this cause should merge with the these groups to “ban” (must be done covertly to lessen arrest) proven poisonous prescription/non-prescription drugs now on the market, deadly treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, and overuse of dangerous, sometimes unnecessary, tests (to protect doctors from litigation). Other Human/Patient rights abuses “enforced” by the “sick care” industry (the medical industrial complex, plus the AMA) should be addressed. Medical school curriculum should also be influenced/reformed to teach that not all natural medicine is “experimental” and practiced by quacks.
    In addition, White House Insiders and corporate whistleblowers can utilize creative and covert actions/operations (strategically associated with grassroots groups) to uncover the corrupt, name names, and effect pocketbooks. The time is now HIGH NOON for radical public action to affect the bottom line of the very powerful and corrupt collusion between the FDA, drug companies, and “bribed” politicians. Our country, since Nixon’s time, has become a “ghost police state” “governed” by “bought-and-payed-for” politicians creating absurd laws enforced (to protect the profits of drug companies, which routinely introduce drugs that mostly do patients more harm than good and only address symptoms) by the FDA, FCC, and FTC.
    Somehow the renegade FDA must be reformed or outright abolished. History dictates that mass movements( revolutions etc.) acting for what is inherently best for humanities common good can, usually with much sacrifice and avarice, win their struggle because they persisted and never lost hope in the cause; many thought the Wall in Germany would never come down. America, and indeed the world, needs some sort of health freedom revolution-NOW! Thousands of brave, brilliant scientists, & integrative/alternative doctors,even fifty years ago, discovered natural cures for cancer and other deadly diseases; they were discredited and silenced; we need their voice NOW to be part of this internet movement/revolution. Incredible breakthroughs and discoveries in natural heath continue to happen everyday. Diseased people around the world need access to this vital life-saving information. The world’s modern, “mainstream” doctors must be influenced and convinced that it is an ominous health travesty (they routinely forbid the Hypocratic Oath & abuse or harm their patients) to reject any complimentary natural treatments which can save lives and assist patients bodies to heal themselves. They MUST come to realize that DRUGS AND SURGERY ARE NOT THE ONLY TREATMENT OPTIONS regarding what is best for patients. Public health freedom-the freedom to choose a treatment or doctor “outside the box” of “mainstream medicine”-should not be considered a “crime” and is, at most, a fundamental tenent of constitutional health rights.
    Sincerely, Donald Chapman

  80. H.G. van der Waals says:

    This is one item in the general strategy to get rid of the DSHE Act, and of all knowledge about natural remedies. Your excellent article in yesterday’s e-blast about the Eurothreat shows the context. In my opinion this is the by far the most severe threat we are facing, much more serious than terrorism; it even contributes to the causes of terrorism. Unfortunately it is so difficult to open the eyes of the general public for this threat! I admire the way you operate. Best regards, H.G. van der Waals

  81. Charles C Adams, MD says:

    We Americans need to contact our State and local Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Free Speech About Science Act and to revive the Access to Medical Treatment Act.
    ALL government agencies need to be reigned in and held accountable. Power must be balanced – as in the balance of powers established by our founding fathers with the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of governing.
    Freedom of speech is one of our most precious rights.

  82. donna jones says:

    Can you remove my name and email address in the fields below, “Leave a Reply” just above.
    I replied once, and it now ALWAYS has my name and em address in those fields. Often, I forward these emails on to people and I do not like this information permanently fixed above.
    Thank you.

  83. Bonnie Bock says:

    The FDA approves sucralose and aspartame – rat poison! for use in thousands of food items without batting an eye, continues to proclaim that chlorine and fluoride in drinking water is good for you and has the nerve to declare GMO food safe without any testing at all, yet they are going to stop health product companies from being able to say that Vitamin C and D3 are beneficial to the human body! The people who have hired Sally Fields to brainwash millions of women to take Fosomax to stop osteoporosis, when in fact, it gives you necrosis of the jaw – which is a horrible, uncurable disease that kills your jaw bone and causes your gums to disappear!!!!! The people who keep creating phony flu alerts so they can rake in billions by injecting little kids with useless shots that contain ingredients in anti-freeze? The same people who told women 20 years ago that they need to get mammography radiation starting at age 30 every year, only to turn around and now admit that doing that actually CAUSES breast cancer? The same people who actually feed cancer patients poison that destroys their immune system when they already have cancer because of a disfunctional immune system? The people that peddle asthma medicine with a primary side effect of “asthma-related DEATH”? The people who approved putting antibiotics and hormones into dairy and meat products so that 1 in 2-3 men develop prostate cancer at younger and younger ages?
    Give me a break!
    THE FDA NEEDS TO BE ABOLISHED AND REPLACED WITH A GENUINE GROUP OF SCIENTISTS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS WHO ARE NOT PAID OFF BY BIG PHARMA !!!!!!! This is just sickening. Big Pharma and the AMA and big agri-business not only are allowed to poison the people of the Earlth to make huge profits, but they can also put competing multi-billion dollar businesses out of business!???
    Everyone is being poisoned in the name of all-mighty capitalism, – but then there is no real capitalism because the FDA can put anyone out of business at the drop of a hat – small organic farmers, vitamin & supplement manufacturers, alternative doctors and scientists and researchers who really want to cure cancer.
    REFORM THE FDA, THE US MEDICAL INDUSTRY, AGRI-BUSINESS, BIG PHARMA, THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, WALL STREET AND ABOLISH LOBBYING WHICH FEEDS THE CHAOTIC CANCER THAT THESE INDUSTRIES SPREAD.
    IMPLEMENT CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM SO THAT CONGRESS IS REPRESENTING INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS AGAIN – NOT CORPORATE GIANTS OR GIGANTIC UNIONS THAT HAVE LOST SIGHT OF THEIR PURPOSE.
    STOP THE MADNESS!

  84. Cindy Jordan says:

    Please do not take away my rights to use natural supplements. I have many health issues and I know that they work for me.

  85. Philip Bohley says:

    FDA DO NOT abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems, but rather expand them and stop censoring good science
    Reassert the constitutional right of all Americans to free and truthful speech about science.
    FDA. REJECT the CSPI proposal.

  86. Philip Bohley says:

    FDA DO NOT abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems, but rather expand them and stop censoring good science
    Reassert the constitutional right of all Americans to free and truthful speech about science.
    FDA. REJECT the CSPI proposal.

  87. Enrique Morin says:

    When the knowledge gets out to the general public about how FDA and the pharmas are in bed together in order to profit at people’s expense, heads will be in demand to roll by the the public. Congressmen and senators will pretend to know nothing as people will march on Washington with pitchforks and trudgeons. The truth will get out.

  88. DOROTHY ISELIN says:

    LET’S PUT AN END TO THE DRUG COMPANIES DOMINATION OF THE NATURAL FIELD OF MEDICINE. THE EXPERTISE DEVELOPED BY COMPANIES OUTSIDE THE DRUG INDUSTRY HAVE BEEN MANIPULATED OUT OF SELLING THEIR PRODUCTS; PRODUCTS WHICH WE CONSUMERS NEED AND WORK FOR HEALING FOR MANY PATIENTS WHO HAVE CHOSEN NATURAL MEDICINE. WE CONSUMERS CANNOT AFFORD TO TO PAY THE EXORBITANT PRICES BEING CHARGED BY THE DRUG COMPANIES ANYWAY.

  89. Robin Oliver says:

    Structure/Function and Qualified Health Claims are extremely valuable to me. I believe in the war on drugs and, therefore, avoid taking them. I believe that our health can be maintained and improved by eating right and taking natural supplements when needed. The information on supplements is valuable to me. I feel it should be expanded on by using the available scientific research and including those findings on the supplement packaging. Please protect Americans’ health and not drug company profits. Thank you.
    Robin.

  90. Ronda Tyree says:

    The producer of a Vitamin D supplement cannot legally cite the science showing that Vitamin D prevents and treats the flu. Flu is considered a disease so this is forbidden. The science doesn’t matter to the FDA. Nor does freedom of speech.

  91. Preserve Food and Supplement Health Claims. It is time to stand up for Freedom of Speech in all arenas of our lives; especially concerning our health. We need to take charge of keeping our health in tip-top shape by utilizing natural and/or organic foods.
    We need to be able to read all the latest scientific studies/updates on all natural substances to keep making informed decisions/purchases to maintain optimum health.

  92. Joseph D Storey says:

    I agree completely with the point made above. The system as it is could be better, but just treating supplements and FDA approved drugs the same way is not the way to go..

  93. Tammy says:

    Do NOT take away our rights. We don’t want drugs, we want natural substances! Greedy pigs.

  94. Jim Illick says:

    Greetings.
    YEAH!!!! What a fantastic article! May I have permission to provide a link to this article along with a paragraph to pass along to some folks with our coming newsletter for the Natural Health Freedom Defense Network?
    We are currently engaged in fighting this battle, and the referenced website gives people an opportunity to write to their Congressman to support the legislation introduced by Ron Paul which will allow health claims to be made unless they can be proven, in and of themselves, to be false and misleading. Then and only then can the FDA and FTC punish those health claims! Our newsletter is almost ready to go out to 75,000 readers. We would certainly like to join our forces with you in having those readers exposed to a way to write to the FDA directly, and ask you to have your people write to their Representatives directly through our webpage.
    Thank you for joining in this battle to allow the American public, and the world population, to have access to quality scientific information about health supplements and foods! Keep up the good work!

  95. Witchy Doctor says:

    I do not believe that the government or any other person/persons should be able to stop an individual from choosing their own means of health care. Some people can not take/deal with the drugs that the Big Pharms or the government puts on the market. My mother and I are persons that have many reactions to most drugs out there that are approved by the government and that can be given by physicans.
    Drugs have almost killed my mother and doctors to not listen to the patient nor to the caregiver as drugs not being able to be taken by an individual.
    Drugs in my opinion are foreign to the body and why would someone want to use a foreign substance when a natural one is out there to be had even without the approvable of the government. WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR RIGHTS TO CHOOSE WHAT IS BEST FOR US IN DRUGS, PROTECTING OURSELVES, HOW WE SHOULD BE GOVERN.
    GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO CONTROL EVERY ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES AND OUR CONSTITUTION IS LONGER BEING FOLLOWED. OUR RIGHTS ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY BY THE GOVERNMENT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB AT CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT SPENDING SO WHAT IN THE WORLD WOULD THEY THINK THAT THEY COULD CONTROL OR EVEN HELP IN THE MEDICAL ASPECT OF SOMEONE’S LIFE.

  96. Erin O'Hara says:

    How many FDA approved drugs have later been recalled because of health risks that only time and clinical experience can reveal? Traditional Medicine has time and experience on it’s side. Herbs were and are used because they work not because some multinational corporation has duped the FDA and the public into temporarily thinking their drug is the answer.

  97. Please include my name on any letters being submitted to the FDA and or Congress concerning this subject.

  98. Greg Chester says:

    How can we influence the FDA on this issue to protect our access to natural treatments?

  99. Roger Edge says:

    FDA is funded by big Pharmaceutical companies. They don’t like competition and would like nothing more then to take over the supplement industry. Then you can say what you want. Gardasil killed people in the trials and dose not work. Fraud and Death Administration government at it’s finest. I can’t believe what they did to Dr.Andrew Weil

  100. Kerry Fry says:

    Please stop the nonsense. Abolish Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims.

  101. Pam Murray says:

    If the makers of drugs, which are often deadly, can assert their claims that a particular drug will alleviate the symptoms of a certain disease (notice they never cure), then growers of foods and makers of natural supplements should have he same right. Since drug makers pay the FDA enormous amounts of money to approve their drugs, certainly creating a conflict of interest, pharmaceutical companies now own the FDA, so FDA approval is no more than a very bad joke. And because of this, drug approval is rushed through long before the efficacy or safety of a drug is established. The CSPI is definitely not looking out for the consumer. It’s just another agency controlled by Big Pharma.

    • Joyce Holdread says:

      When will the FDA and CSPI really honor true science and good sense? There are plenty of studies out there that show those who have eyes to truly see that some natural supplements are extremely effective, some even surpassing drug products, for various health problems. This should be able to be stated clearly and unequivocally, just as the information concerning drugs is “openly “given. There are so many harmful or annoying side effects of drugs, yet they bear few restrictions on their claims. Some natural substances have proven even more effective, yet they can’t openly claim that effectiveness because their producers don’t possess the millions of bucks to pay for the FDA approval process. It’s a simple matter of MONEY TALKS!

    • I agree with you 100%. Big Pharm has bought FDA, it’s a conspiracy to line their packets with gold at the expense of humans who become slaves to their drugs.
      Nature and natural products provide the means for our bodies to enhance its ability to heal itself. Synthetic products temporarily allelviate the symptoms but do not support the body’s defense system.

    • Marilyn Carvin says:

      If we truly want to lower health care costs we need education. The benefits of good nutrition and diet supplements must be made known to more people. Hundreds of scientific articles reporting on thousands of studies can be used to educate the public. The Structure/Function & Qualified Health Claims systems must be expanded so that this information is more widely available.

  102. Robert Morgan says:

    Please do NOT take away my supplements…I depend on them!

  103. Martin Gebel says:

    Americans want natural supplements. I have used them for years and years, AND THEY WORK! To take them away would be unethical THANK YOU———MARTIN GEBEL

  104. If the Center for Science in the Public Interest is successful in abolishing Structure/Function Health Claims and Qualified Health Claims, it will not mean that foods and supplements will then be taken through the FDA approval process. This is inconceivable. It would cost way too much to do without patent protection.
    It is not a coincidence that certain vested interests, supported by groups like CSPI and the FDA, want to shut down any free flow of information about natural approaches to health. The new drug pipeline is getting thinner and both food and supplements are increasingly viewed by consumers as a much healthier alternative to drugs.

  105. Ron Tipton says:

    I have been taking vitamin and mineral supplements for over 50 years. I am now 73 and do not take any perscription medicines. Please do not limit my access to these beneficial products.

  106. raymond vogt says:

    We need protection against false health claims! I am in favor of keeping the FDA keeping the Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims that are in place at this time.

  107. Laura Terry says:

    Dear FDA,
    The writing is on the wall. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING AND DYING. How do you sleep at night? What do YOU eat??
    The cat is out of the bag. There is nothing less than a scientific revolution currently taking place at the intersection of food, food extracts, and food supplements. Solid, peer-reviewed scientific research is pouring forth from reputable research institutions, especially research universities such as Harvard, Stanford and the like. But the American people do not hear about this research. Food and supplement producers would like to tell them about it — but FDA rules prevent it. Our economy is paying a higher and higher price for health care (aka DISEASE-MANAGEMENT) that does not improve our health because of this, and because of the emphasis on using expensive and harmful drugs to TREAT SYMPTOMS rather than PREVENTING and HEALING the CAUSES of disease naturally and inexpensively.
    Reject the CSPI proposal. Do not abolish the Structure/ Function and Qualified Health Claims systems. Stop censoring good science. Wake up and join the rest of us HUMAN BEINGS in the 21st century!!
    Thank you in advance. 🙂

    • Lisa Distin says:

      I have been taking natural supplements my entire adult life and am healthier in adulthood than I was in childhool. Please don’t take away my right to keep my body healthy the natural way.

  108. Ronnie Plant says:

    At 82 years young I work a 12 hour day. I believe in my slogan WE ARE AS WE EAT, SLEEP ,DRINK AND EXERCISE ,taking pure natural additive free foods and drinks. As a practicing Naturopath I have treated and cured thousands through advising, also helping to discipline them, to follow the
    maxim As a strong believer in the use of NATURAL REMEDIES I use them myself and prescribe them where necessary. Don’t let anyone tell me they don’t work. The majority I’ve helped, like myself, cost the state nothing. I have hundreds of letters and ‘thank you’ cards. My aide,who is my secetrary,also my good wife, also in her eighties, tells me of the many calls received, especially from those who have suffered from the side and other effects of chemical medicines/drugs, none of which work…

  109. Chantal Brown says:

    IT IS IMMORAL TO WITHHOLD INFORMATION THAT INHIBITS PEOPLE FROM BEING CONSCIOUS OF THE IMPACTS OF THEIR CONSUMPTION. WE MUST BE AWARE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF OUR HEALTH, OUR LIVES, AND OUR SOCIETY.
    THE THINGS WE HAVE ACCESS TO SHOULD NOT BE DETERMINED BY WEALTH, BUT BY VALUE.

  110. dale says:

    leave my freedoms alone….too many people have given up there lifes to protect them

  111. diane standish says:

    REJECT CSPI PROPOSAL. DO WHAT YOU WANT WITH THE DANGEROUS DRUG KILLERS…LEAVE MY FOOD AND SUPPLEMENTS ALONE.

  112. Bill Dovel RN says:

    To the FDA,
    I am an RN who is informing my patients and coworkers of the independent studies on the most effective and least damaging interventions for many health problems. I am using valid and reliable studies that meet the standards of scientific inquiry. My coworkers are often amazed that the interventions studied in these studies are not being used in mainstream medicine. They and myself as well understand that their application would cause far less damage and ease so much human suffering. The FDA is primarily responsible for this as you will not allow valid research to be published with a product or procedure unless it has been run at great expense by a major drug company. You do this almost without exception. Any party who dares publish this data in conjunction with a product can have their assets immediately taken and can serve jail time like a common criminal. What you already do is inexcusable. The amount of human suffering you increase and support is incalculable.
    The proposal by the Center for Science in the Public interest to not allow holistic health studies to be published or even spoken of by health care professionals to their clients is tyranny. It is a violation of our constitutional rights to free speech. I am imploring you to at least not cross this line of violating our basic human rights and reject this proposal.
    I further am encouraging you to do the honest and ethical action and to change your policy by developing a standard for studies that are valid and reliable in their findings even if these studies are not done by Big Pharma and don’t cost millions of dollars apiece to implement. To refuse to do so is unethical and indefensible.
    Sincerely,
    Bill Dovel RN

  113. Edgar says:

    yes it is such the FDA does not care about the health of the people only about making that is why so many people are sick simple things such as vitamin D supplements can sure diseases, but its not a drug so it doesn’t qualify.. thats BS , either the FDA needs to be overthrown or re made to actually help the people as intended

  114. Upgeya says:

    What happens when the government becomes so corrupt that it acts as an enforcing agent of large corporations that have the money and power to pay off people in government? What happens when those same large corporations buy what have previously been “public interest” groups? The answer is tyranny. The answer is slavery. Are you happy with this?

  115. Erik Stone says:

    I hope this doesn’t surprise any of you. Of course the government wants you to be forced to go though them on everything it can. Doesn’t matter whether it’s drugs, food, or supplements . . . . or healthcare, starting a business, going to school, shooting a gun . . . pretty much anything and everything. Everyone loves monopolies, but the government is the only one allowed to have them. Isn’t that convenient? And you guys are surprised? We are over the precipice, people. When a country like the US passes hard core socialist healthcare against the popular vote, there’s no going back. Once a majority of people have a vested interest in the destructive, Socialized system, it can only be changed after a violent collapse. If the FDA doesn’t get what they want now, because they are afraid of your empty promises, the FDA will get it next year, or the next. It’s over. Buy some guns and move to another country, because in America today, for what I’ve just said, could probably get you thrown into a “terrorist” prison camp. Have a nice day.

  116. Maria Howard says:

    I urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) request to abolish Structure/Function Claims and Qualified Health Claims. The Structure/Function Claims and the Qualified Health Claims allow appropriate, useful and beneficial information from independent, valid and reliable studies that meet the standards of scientific inquiry to be conveyed to people.
    The CSPI request is neither ‘for Science’ nor ‘in the Public Interest’ and should be denied for lack of merit and substance (it has no basis on Science and is against the Public Interest)

  117. Jennifer Becker says:

    Sound science should be all that is needed to bespeak the benefits of a natural health supplements. Allow citation of valid, relatively current, pear-reviewed and published scientific studies for the labeling and advertisement of natural products and supplements. The FDA must quit protecting Big Pharma at the expense of free knowledge and our health.

  118. B. Seltz says:

    FDC job is to support BIG PHARMA, by eliminating their competition. Forget about all new meds that they have approved and their side effects. BIG BISINESS! FDC is a useless government product.

  119. Shayna Fuller says:

    I would like to keep the freedom to choose the supplements/foods, etc. for myself and my family. I have done my research and know that just because the FDA approves something does not mean it’s safe for consumption. In fact, many things that are FDA approved have been shown to cause adverse side effects and are damaging to the body. I currently take a prenatal whole food supplement that is non-FDA approved and is far better than anything I can get on the market that is FDA approved.

  120. Wendi Myers says:

    Having had hospital acquired MRSA, it is VERY important to me to be able to access completely natural and organic food supplements, vitamins and minerals. Do NOT allow propaganda from the big pharmaceutical companies to limit anyone’s choices.

  121. Carola Polakov says:

    ABOLISH THE FDA.

  122. Darla Dahlager says:

    I recently had a heart attack and was put on numerous medications that were all FDA approved. After taking them for a few months, I started having several side effects from them, so I started checking out information on the side effects others had in clinical trials. Most sited numerous things which were as bad or worse than the heart attack. It included damage to my eyes including getting cateracts or losing your sight, cancer, muscle diseases, as well as raising my triglycerides, raising bad LDL cholesterol, and lowering my good HDL cholesterol–all of which are signs of putting me at greater risk of having another heart attack or stroke. Nothing would ever improve, only get worse in time.
    I have found that natural supplements are reversing these problems and giving me a second chance at a healthy life. However, we need to know which supplements will help our situation and if the FDA listens to the CSPI and refuses to allow me to get this information, then the FDA doesn’t care about people staying healthy and are hastening their death.
    In fact, I am convinced that the reason we have so many people in Nursing Homes is because of the doctors listening to the Pharmaceutical Companies and prescribing all the drugs they recommend, especially to our elderly. They don’t look for the problem and correct the problem, they give them pills to block some part of their body from working. Then when that causes more problems, they give them more pills to block something else from working. The result, people are taking so many pills they become drug addicts and cannot function or take care of themselves. Many become zombies just sitting in a wheelchair day in and day out until they die. In fact, I spent a lot of time in Nursing Homes several years ago when my Mom had Alzheimer’s, so I saw a lot of people that were overdosed. I am now convinced they would have been much better off with supplements and Vitamins instead.
    Please, I beg you, do not to do do anything to limit my ability to get the supplements I need.

  123. Darla Dahlager says:

    Good comments!

  124. Sharry Vickers says:

    Who backs the CSPI? The drug companies?? Their agenda to limit information to the public is against the First Amendment and clearly not in the public interest. The statement by the FDA–only a drug can diagnose, prevent or cure a disease–is patently false. Drugs do not cure disease; they treat symptoms and leave the disease to fester until it becomes truly serious, in addition to adding adverse chemical effects. A vitamin, mineral or hormonal deficiency causes disease, as do all the chemicals in processed food. Therefore, replenishment of that lacking vitamin, mineral or (natural) hormone does prevent disease. By definition, drugs are foreign to the body and should not be taken at all, and certainly not for a long term. Many patients know a lot more than their physicians about their own bodies and are certainly intelligent enough to decide what goes into those bodies.

  125. michael says:

    this is an outrageous for this to even b considered! stay away from our holistic health and herbalists you big pharma imposers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  126. Susan D. McLean says:

    My husband’s health is finally improving after he made the decision to DROP all prescriptions (antidepressantts, GI tract drugs, blood pressure meds, etc) . It took 7+ yrs but we finally found a Dr. who knew enough to check on heavy metals poisoning via a URINE provocation test (not blood test). We found off the chart lead (50x ‘normal’) and high levels of mercury toxicity, too (despite the fact that all mercury fillings had been removed several years before the urine testing) .. The good news for us is that with SUPPLEMENTS ONLY those metals levels have come down dramatically in a series of detox rounds… There is still more metals toxicity yet to get out of his system, but at least my husband is no longer wondering what’s wrong and spending needless $$ while ADDING toxins via MIS PRESCRIBED DRUGS for MISDIAGNOSED (non) ‘conditons!! SMARTEN UP YOU DOCTORS..DEMAND FULL RANGE MEDICAL TRAINING (including learnign about nutrition and supplements !) and KEEP YOUR IMMORAL AND DIRTY MONEY STAINED HANDS OFF OUR SUPPLEMENTS FDA!

  127. Ilene Heller says:

    As the co-author of CSPI’s report entitlted “Food Labeling Chaos: The Case for Reform,” I want to reassure you that we are not calling for the abolition of structure/function claims or qualified health claims for dietary supplements. Our report focuses entirely on problems involving conventional foods. Supplements and conventional foods are subject to different regulatory standards, and our goal is to strengthen the substantiation requirements for claims on conventional food and to improve the Nutrition Facts panel so that it is a more useful tool in the battle against obesity.
    I urge you to read the report and see for yourself.
    Ilene Ringel Heller
    Senior Staff Attorney
    Ceneter for Science in the Public Interest

  128. EMILY MATTHEWS, RN says:

    I take several supplements and never get sick, even though I work in ER and have patients cough and hack right in my face. The only prescription med I take is an antihistamine, for seasonal allergies, though many people my age take more than that–and look older, too. Access to supplements MUST be preserved!

  129. Kathy Cropp says:

    Give us all the information available and let the individual decide what is best for them. The FDA, pharmaceutical companies and mainstream medical community do not have all the answers and are often very narrow in their approach to treating medical conditions and overall health. Know one knows me better than me and I’m smart enough to decide what I need to be healthy. Just because a suppliment is not accepted by the medical community does not mean information about it should not be available. It all boils down to money and the influence it has on any decision making process.

  130. Lorene Berry says:

    I had West NIle Virus with polio like symptoms in 2003. I lost all the motor ability in my legs, thus I am in a wheelchair. I weaned myself off the 14 deadly drugs I was on and started taking very reputable supplements. I had to take a year off from teaching but went back. I am the only person in my building who has not called in sick in 6 years thanks to the supplements I take. They have made me healthy and given me back my life. Please don’t do anything that would jeopardize the Americans who are informed about and take supplements. All Americans should have access to ALL information regarding health choices.

  131. Judy Squires says:

    I have found natural supplements more helpful for my health needs than prescription drugs. Please do not consider limiting our choices or our information about these natural supplements and vitamins and minerals.

  132. paul says:

    I believe that cspi is going after processed foods that offending companies mislabel to sell them to unsuspecting consumers.One problem with cspi’s request:The fda will pile on to block even fruit and vegitable growers,vitamins, from making any claims,too.Now you just threw out the baby with the bathwater by not targeting the guilty parties.The FDA is like the Genie of the bottle.You better be very careful of how you word your request or you will be oh so sorry.Many jokes are based on unintended consequenses and this could end up as one of the worst examples of those jokes.I would call for a retraction of that request if I were cspi.Just because you have good intentions doesn’t doesn’t guantee results will always come out as well as leaving the situation alone.Better to educate consumers than beat them over the head with a board.When we all get “free healthcare” we can be sure that the ama,fda will increase the amount of drugs to push on the middle age and kill everyone who is over 70 and is foolish or mentally empaired.Oh they will make them comfortable and not in any pain.Sort of like the treatment they give to strays.Enough morphine nighty nighty.

  133. Pauly says:

    The FDA is so crooked they make the mafia look like the Girl Scouts. I think the only way we’ll ever get our freedom to healthcare and everything else is to exercise our right under the constitution, bare arms, and just start kicking some ass. When that day comes and we band together as citizens, there is no way the crooked, rotten, two face, no good for nothing GOV. can take us all. 2012 can’t come soon enough. RON PAUL would stop this.

  134. Bzzz says:

    WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH CARE – CHOICE IS NOT AN OPTION According to the FTC and FDA!
    Daniel Chapter One does not agree, and are opposing the tyrannical Order of the FTC against them to stop sharing truthful information about natural healing. Daniel Chapter One is fighting for your FREEDOM TO INFORMATION, and YOUR RIGHT TO CHOICE.
    “We believe that it is the right of the patient to choose the treatment they wish, the materials which are placed into their bodies, and to obtain as much information as possible with which to make an informed decision.”
    (Dr Gammal, 1999)
    DANIEL CHAPTER ONE WELCOMES YOU TO JOIN THEM IN THEIR STAND ~ OR TO AT LEAST HEAR THEIR STORY!
    It is a well-known fact that Americans in today’s society are frustrated with government-controlled health care. A large number of Americans have spoken out in opposition to the federal government’s interference with their access to dietary supplements.
    The battle for free access to vitamins, minerals, and supplements continues as the FDA & Federal Trade Commission attempts to use its regulatory powers to push its own political agenda. They are demanding an unobtainable standard of proof from supplement manufacturers that their statements regarding vitamins, supplements, and minerals are true.
    One of their targets is a Rhode Island based natural health ministry, Daniel Chapter One. Founded by Jim and Tricia Feijo in the summer of 1986, Daniel Chapter One has been ministering world-wide with natural solutions to many health problems, and thousands of people have attested to the truth of their information and effectiveness of their quality supplements.
    Wouldn’t we all agree that the track record for FDA-approved drugs speaks for itself? Approved pharmaceuticals are tagged with a risk factor. All drugs are chemicals, poisons. Natural supplements are just that, natural, the connotation clarifying that they are legitimate; normal; not artificial, foreign, assumed, put on, or acquired; conformed to truth or reality.
    History:
    The Canadian and United States Governments are trying to censure what is said, oppress what is done, and ultimately extort any company promoting all-natural vitamins, minerals, and supplements. The Canadian FTC first complained about Daniel Chapter One’s nutritional support for cancer and reported successes. The U.S. FTC seized upon and continued the harassment; the Federal Trade Commission is currently demanding that Daniel Chapter One sign their Order, pay a burdensome fine, and stop sharing information and testimonies about natural healing. When Daniel Chapter One refused to sign their order and without one complaint from a person that have used the products, the FTC proceeded with trying to destroy Daniel Chapter One and what it stands for.
    The Federal Trade Commission does not want you to have true health treatment options. They are implementing Stalin-like dictatorship in regards to natural, God-given supplements. For the past two years Daniel Chapter One has battled the FTC only to be ruled against by the Federal Trade Commission. Daniel Chapter One is now in the process of appealing this ruling in Federal Court. The ministry has endured libelous accusations and extreme financial hardship to keep this battle going so all of us can have the right to choose how we want to deal with our own and family’s health and illnesses.
    Recent Press Release in regards to the FTC’s most recent ruling against Daniel Chapter One:
    STATEMENT OF DANIEL CHAPTER ONE REGARDING RECENT FTC ACTION TO SHUT IT DOWN
    Portsmouth, Rhode Island (January 5, 2010). On Christmas Eve 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Daniel Chapter One — a Christian ministry — to bring to a halt its outreach program offering an array of dietary supplements and herbal remedies that numerous people had tried and found helpful in their bouts with cancer and other illnesses.
    The FTC holiday order brought to an end the first chapter of a year-long battle that Daniel Chapter One has been fighting to ensure freedom of choice for cancer victims who found that chemotherapy, radiation, and other traditional medical treatments had not made them better.
    For an entire year the FTC has pressured Daniel Chapter One to cease its ministry, even though the FTC had received no consumer complaints against it. And even though the FTC has the unlimited resources of the United States government, it made no effort to prove that anyone had been harmed by a Daniel Chapter One product. Rather, the FTC refused to hear the many voices of those who wanted to testify how well the products worked for them.
    In short, the FTC attack on Daniel Chapter One — and others like it — all offering an alternative way back to health — amounted to nothing more than a bureaucratic blow on behalf of cookie-cutter, big Pharma-based medicine — one size fits all — the government deciding what is right for you.
    While others buckled under the weight and power of the federal behemoth, Daniel Chapter One — constrained by religious principle — went into battle for the precious liberties of those it helps.
    Throughout this lengthy fight, Daniel Chapter One has had one hand tied behind its back with no opportunity to defend itself and its ministry before any court of law. Instead, Daniel Chapter One has been subjected to a financially and emotionally draining administrative process where the FTC — a powerful government agency — has been both its prosecutor and its judge, in an unprecedented effort to silence a nonprofit ministry.
    Now — for the first time — Daniel Chapter One has the opportunity to take its fight for religious liberty and health freedom for all Americans to a federal court. And it will do just that, seeking to overturn the FTC’s draconian order and to restore the individual right of Americans to make their own health care choices.
    Ways we can take action:
    Join Daniel Chapter One Freedom to support Daniel Chapter One’s legal battle with the FTC (www.dc1freedom.com ) Contribute any amount, pray for us or just enter a comment.
    Call every talk show you can and sound the alarm. If you have a friend or family member with connections to the media, tell them about this struggle and see if they would interview or have Jim & Tricia as guests on their program. Write letters to your newspaper editors on the issue.
    It doesn’t matter if we agree on everything. Remember, when good, honest Americans are willing to stand up for our rights, we need to stand together or we will all hang separately.
    Help organize like-minded people to win this fight.

  135. Joan R. says:

    Like many responders I have a number of diagnoses, some of very painful conditions (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia), that have been alleviated without drugs by my supplements. I also have muscle and nerve damaged caused by an FDA approved statin drug. Enough already. Either the FDA should get out of the pharmaceutical industries pockets or go out of business. It is not protecting us.

  136. kathy young says:

    ANTI-SUPPLEMENT BILLS CURTAILING USE OF AND ACCESS TO SUPPLEMENTS/FOODSTUFFS/INFORMATION THEREOF, ARE TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL! GOVERNMENT HAS NO BUSINESS WHATSOEVER THUS MEDDLING IN OUR PROSPEROUS NATURAL HEALTH INDUSTRIES AND HEALTH CARE FREEDOM! NO AUTHORITY TO DO THIS WHATSOEVER NOT EVEN REMOTELY!!! TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
    Those miscreants have NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to interfere in or meddle with our thriving and fair, NATURAL FOOD SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY, even criminalizing what is NOT CRIMINAL and destroying this fair industry with the stroke of a pen, upon which fair industry our entire world depends, as a last bastion of SANITY and Health Freedom.
    Who damages this virtuous industry, violates all that is right and good with humanity, violating our Sovereignty of Mind and Body, WITH IMPUNITY.
    The Constitution does not authorize this sort of meddling impudence and insanity, nor does it give Congress/Senate/President/Greedy Corporate interests the POWER to implement these atrocities against the American People or anyone else.
    All those sordid types want to do is go back to the Dark Ages, where these sorts were most comfortable, doing what they please against whomsoever it pleases them to destroy, with impunity, without the People to stop them!
    ENOUGH OF THIS MADNESS! Wake up and smell the Cinnamon!

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