Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!

April 27, 2010
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FTCThe American public is becoming fed up with “sneak” provisions tacked onto largely unrelated bills that are likely to pass. A glaring recent example was tacking onto the Healthcare bill a complete change to student loans. Often the “sneak” provision is so buried that hardly anyone is aware of it.

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173), recently passed in the House of Representatives, includes language going far beyond finance inserted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). This language could be used for an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA.
The Senate is expected to vote on its finance “reform” bill as early as this weekend. We need your help to ensure that it is not amended to include a similar provision going far beyond finance that could be used against supplements. Please take action now. TAKE ACTION

Congressman Waxman is well known as an opponent of the dietary supplement industry. This is somewhat ironic: his district includes Hollywood and presumably many of his closest supporters are health store shoppers and supplement users. Most of these people simply don’t know what Waxman is doing in this area.
This powerful Congressman, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which includes health as a subcommittee), would appear to want supplements regulated like drugs, a step that would effectively eliminate them. He is determined and has stated: “One enduring truth about Washington is that no issue is ever settled for good.”
ANH-USA has been on alert to see how Waxman would use his committee chairmanship to strike at DSHEA. He is very clever and we knew a covert attack was a possibility.
A direct attack on supplements would take the form of an amendment to DSHEA, since that legislation governs FDA regulation of supplements. In this case, Waxman has left DSHEA alone, and has instead inserted language in the Wall St. “reform” bill that gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) important new powers that could be used to circumvent key supplement protections in DSHEA. TAKE ACTION
To see how this would work, let’s see how the FTC operates today. Its chief mission is to combat commercial fraud. It has full authority to pursue companies making fraudulent claims. But the FTC can’t go beyond that, can’t set other regulatory requirements, without advance approval of Congress. The FTC once had this regulatory “rule-making” authority. It lost it in the 1980’s because Congress thought the Agency was abusing it.
At the present time, if the FTC moves against a dietary supplement company for false or misleading advertising, the FTC typically requires the company, as part of a consent decree agreed to by both parties, to back up its claims by undertaking at least two random controlled human trials. This is done on a case-by-case basis and is legal because the targeted company has agreed to it.
If the FTC had general rulemaking authority, which Waxman’s language reinstates, the Agency would be expected to create a new legal requirement for all supplement companies. Such companies would have to perform at least two of these human studies before making any claims for their products.
Why should we care whether supplement companies are required to perform two random controlled human trials for each product? Because such trials take a long time and would be beyond the financial means of most supplement companies. Even if the companies could find the money, the FTC could require more and more costly versions of these studies, or more of these studies. At each stage, fewer supplements would be available, and those available would cost more and more, until they became as costly as drugs.TAKE ACTION
Supplements are not drugs. In most cases, drugs are non-natural and therefore patentable substances. Why patentable? Because no company will spend a billion dollars on studies and FDA approval trials without the monopoly provided by the patent. To insist that supplements be treated like drugs is really to sound the death knell for the supplement industry, something that drug companies would be delighted to see, because they know that supplements are their chief potential competition, are often more effective than drugs, are often less toxic, and are always much less expensive.

Supplements are already regulated by the FDA under DSHEA. If the Waxman provision is included in the final Wall St “reform” bill, the FTC will gain the power to override the limited protections for supplements that already exist under DSHEA. The FDA would still have to respect DSHEA, but the FTC would not be so constrained.
Five unelected FTC commissioners would issue binding regulations in a wide range of areas, including the regulation of dietary supplements. And companies that did not comply with the new FTC rules could effectively be put out of business.
According to renowned constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord, “The provision removing the ban on FTC rulemaking without Congressional preapproval contained in H.R. 4173 invites the very same irresponsible over-regulation of the commercial marketplace that led Congress to enact the ban in the 1980s. FTC has no shortage of power to regulate deceptive advertising; this bill gives it far more discretionary power than it needs, inviting greater abuse and mischief from an agency that suffers virtually no check on its discretion.”
The bottom line is that FTC would be given power to regulate areas they don’t understand, and their first order of business would likely be to regulate supplements, an area far outside their area of expertise.
The Senate Wall St “reform” bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217), doesn’t contain the Waxman provision yet. But we know that Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) may offer an amendment including Waxman’s language. Please help us stop this. Please take action now to help us maintain access to low cost, high quality supplements. Tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.

136 responses to “Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!”

  1. Mimi Hughes says:

    Do not pass Waxman’s provision, it’s his own opinion and is an example of dirty politics…I already see Glaxo has taken over the fish oil supplements and raised the price that no one that makes less than 100k a year can afford to take it…yet alone quadrupled the dose!

  2. Lisa Beach says:

    This is ridiculous. There is no need for supplement regulation, just FDA-approved drug regulation! That’s what is killing people!

    • Lou says:

      You think killing us just may be the objective?
      Lets see in the last ten years supplements have killed almost NO ONE and your FDA and FTC approved drugs have, when used correctly, killed 2.5 million of us.
      Yeah I think killing us IS the objective.

      • newfy777 says:

        apparently Waxman[ and Juan McCain] want to strike back at humanity for their father ..Satan..
        making them the ugliest and the most despicable human beings respectively.. on the planet

  3. Fred Morgillo says:

    These sneaky despicable kings and queens in Washington need to be stopped, especially the 3 stooges, Obama, Reid and Pelosi. They are destroying our Country and must be replaced at the next election or sooner. Kudos to groups like you, Downsize Dispatch and American Grand Jury to name a few. American Grand Jury and Dr. Manning will be testifying at the Columbia Trial next month against Satan Obama. The world’s greatest liar has all his records sealed, but we need to seal his lips.The perfect person to replace him would be Lt. Col. David West. Mr. West is running for Congress in Florida and will be available for the Presidency in 2012. Check his web site out at: gowest2010.com.

    • Constantone says:

      You are a moron.

    • Gigi3 says:

      It is Lt. Col. Allen West. I live in his district (22-FL) and support him, as I did in ’08.

    • meryl steinberg says:

      Please let us know what we need to do. I will call my Congresswoman. And as for the comment about about the “Stooges”,”Satan” etc. Not helpful for anyone’s cause & certainly doesn’t open doors for dialogue. The power accumulated by the people trying to pass this legislation has been amassing form decades. Let’s work together nicely and try to refrain from ugly personal attacks. I would hope this site would set up a policy about that kind of language and keep them off.

      • Bruce says:

        First McCain tried to slip this through and now “they’ve” got Waxman on the case. Another infuriating example of corporate interests and their deep pockets taking precedence over the interests of the American People. Waxman should be ashamed, unfortunately he’ll be ashamed all the way to the bank. Fortunately I live in his district and can express my dissatisfaction by working against his re-election next time around.

  4. Do NOT support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.

  5. VERNA DISTAD says:

    I am tired of this sneak provision of the anti-supplement bill. I am tired of over- regulating our lives and I do not want any regulation of supplements. We are working to defeat all of you democrats in November.

    • Ralph says:

      If you’re tired over -regulating I sure hope you’re not looking
      to put republicans back in control–it will surely be corporate
      america again–all this was started by Reagan and certainly
      made worse by the Fascist Bush.

  6. Richard Fertal II says:

    How does this happen? Who gave this Congressman the right to pass this through on a bill that doesn’t even pertain to the subject of supplements. I am outraged to the very act and nerve of this elected official, who thinks that he can just pass through anything he pleases at any time without prior consent from We the People!!
    This is again showing us that the US government is a sham and all these bureaucrats need to be cleaned out of our system, we need to start over with a clean slate. We need, Elected Officials, who care about us and not them and their special interests!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • john says:

      The government needs a shakeup, and the two major parties need some humility.
      What needs to happen is for everyone to vote for candidates for national office who are on neither the Republicans’ nor the Democrats’ ticket. You can even vote for your incumbent, but only if (s)he’s listed under a minor party.
      I think it would be the simplest and most effective message that the people of this country could send to the governent.

  7. Sue G says:

    You people need to leave well enough alone. Quit pulling problems out of your hats to burden the people with and stop trying to label food as drugs. I am tired of your regulations; we did fine for hundreds of years without them. How dare you try to pull this one over on people. You’re just getting paid off by some company interest so they could try to further suck the life out of productive people for their poisons that pass for drugs. If this is what you have to do for job justification, your job needs to be eliminated.

  8. Jane Cone says:

    Leave our supplements ALONE! We are paying you guys too much money, and getting ZERO representation! Why can’t you do something right, just once? Why can’t you SUPPORT natural foods & supplements? Why can’t you help organic/small family farms/sustainable/cruelty-free food sources? Can’t you do something good for 330 million people JUST ONE TIME? Our governing process has a terminal illness–it’s called corruption. It includes a dual diagnosis of greed. And the treatment, of integrity with accountability, if ever tried, has certainly failed.

  9. Karen Stone says:

    I am a user of Goldenseal root (in capsule form) for preventing colds or flu when I feel symptoms coming on. I take a little out of a 500mg capsule and put it in water or apple juice and drink it. I also take two 1000mg vitamin C capsules. That usually dries up the symptoms which may include a light sore throat, feeling cold, nasal congestion, etc. If I need more, I take more after about an hour. I may take more after another couple of hours, if necessary. I keep the Goldenseal root capsules in my purse pill case and also the vitamin C capsules. I used to work in a health food store and a customer told me about Goldenseal about thirty years ago. I have avoided colds and the flu so many times. As a child, I had many colds that turned into bronchitis and missed at least 2 years of elementary school with these bouts. Now I rarely actually get down with any virus at all!
    I wrote to the CDC and NIH about my method of avoiding colds and the flu thinking they would be overjoyed to hear that there was actually a way of avoiding these illnesses for the most part and that they would want to use it to reduce absenteeism for workers and others and thus help the economy. No such luck! Also, I said I wanted them to test Goldenseal Root to be sure there were no negative interactions with other real drugs or herbs that people might be taking. The suggestion of NIH was that I would have to hire my own scientist to do this testing! I couldn’t believe it! Even to this day, when I presented my method of avoiding colds and flu via a letter to our current Secretary of Health, her assistant wrote a letter back to me saying that the FDA will not allow any instructions to the public about avoiding the flu other than those we often heard during the swine flu scare: Wash your hands often, sneeze into your elbow, stay home if ill, etc. They said that if something were not approved by the FDA, it could not be recommended. Well, I guess you already know that…but I wish some entity (other than the drug companies) would test the supplements we take so that we would know that there would be no adverse reactions. At this point, I will continue to take my Goldenseal root and vitamin C at the first sign of a cold or the flu. I am so surprised that Congressman Waxman would want to restrict supplements, since I favor his point of view on just about every other issue.

    • Barry says:

      Dear Karen and others:
      YOU MUST VOTE AGAINST WAXMAN. He is a career politician. The boundaries of his district are set so that no other party could ever get in to his seat. This is just wrong. He thinks he can’t lose, no matter what, because his district is comprised of such a huge number of people who are registered as “Democrat.” He thinks he can do whatever he wants and nobody can do anything. He has an atrocious track record toward anything related to non-mainstream drugs, surgery and radiation. He hates chiropractors and any other type of licensed, drugless practitioner. The only way to stop him for good is to VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE. He is a dirty politician, as proved by his action in this Wall Street bill. He is tricky, crafty and great at making you think that other parties are “evil.” It is precisely this kind of trickery that gets him elected over and over. He does not have any “term limits” and wants to ride this out to the bitter end. Please just STOP VOTING FOR HIM!

  10. Jon says:

    Oh My God, those MF…SOBS can you just believe these scumbags, it never stops.
    Mikala, please sign petition and forward to teacher in WA and ask her to forward to all her friends ASAP
    Also, your Bitch Sister

    • DABIG says:

      Totally uncalled for.
      When will ALL you people realize MOST politicians are corrupt, neither party has our interests at hand
      They have pitted us against one another and just look, it’s working.
      Wise up people there’s a Bi-Partisan agenda! Stop the silly attacks on one another because while we
      sit here and bicker about the Right/Left paradigm look what they ALL are doing to us!
      Oh, and leave our supplements alone.
      Peace to all of you but WAKE THE “F” UP!

  11. Annetta Williams says:

    This is an abomination of power. It has to stop! They are all carrying the Big Pharma around in their back pockets and we have to pay the price. NO WAY!

  12. Charles says:

    Shame on you Congressman Waxman!

  13. Joan Vogel says:

    This is irresponsible legislation. The drug and chemical companies already have too much control. Putting legislation into effect that puts honest concerened smaller companies out of business is not good legislation. Give the people a choice. If you don’t believe supplements work, don’t take them. I know they work for me! Please don’t mess with my right to take them!
    Sincerely,
    Joan Vogel

  14. Jeff Burns says:

    Remove all anti- health supplement language from every proposed law.

  15. Joanne Williams says:

    We do not need any futher regulation of supplements. THere is already a provision in place.
    Joanne Williams, CNP

  16. Sandra Wettergren says:

    Keep your hands off my vitamins!

  17. Jordan Hunter says:

    Freedom to purchase the vitamins, herbs, and other supplements that I require for my health is a fundamental RIGHT, as is it a right for the businesses that sell them, and who demonstrate outstanding integrity and consumer orientation, to remain in business.
    These dirty, dishonest tactics must stop. NOW.

  18. Rochelle Losman says:

    supplements are not drugs
    buyer beware
    we can inform ourselves or not without your intervention

  19. Barbara Overton says:

    PLEASE DO NOT PASS THIS BILL. GIVE US ALL THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE OUR
    OWN SUPPLEMENTS WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION !!!!!

  20. RUSS ROSS says:

    MR. WAXMAN’S DECEITFUL PRACTICES ARE COMPLETELY UN-AMERICAN AND DESTRUCTIVE TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS. I TRULY HOPE HE PLANS ON EARLY RETIREMENT!

  21. Bonnie Richards says:

    Do not allow this act of subterfuge to occur.

  22. Lance M. Martin says:

    What is this amendment referred to as? The Waxman amendment? I’ll contact my Senators on this, but would be nice to know specifics. I can’t understand why people are voting fo this guy. This is digusting! Thanks for the info, without you we would truly be in the dark, as the Associated Press would never report this.

  23. Keith W. Allison says:

    Don’t let this pass! We can get happier than this!!

  24. Deborah Webb says:

    I want free access to vitamins, minerals, and herbs. If it is going to be so hard to have affordable health coverage, the least we constituents should be able to have is some way to take preventative measures so we don’t have to develop those expensive diseases.
    I think you politicians want a sick “herd” of people. I know that’s how you politicians see American citizens, including your own constituents. Keep us sick means keeping us profitable for pharmaceutical companies and other establishments that make money when people are sick. If you think you can kill us off when you have squeezed the last bit of profit out of us, you might want to think again. The next time, it will be revolution with you Senators and Congresspeople TARGETED because we are getting sick and tired of people who are supposed to be our representatives bought and sold by the health insurance companies who actively practice eugenics, and a pharmaceutical company that wants to keep us all sick so they can make a profit.

  25. Kathy Stewart says:

    Non medical and non scientists should not be allowed to dictate to the consumer when and if they can use supplements to enhance their quality of life. If there is to be any regulation, this should only relate to the purity of the products. Control beyond that will only open the doors to allow big pharmaceuticals to market at higher prices.

  26. Dalon Jones says:

    FDA approved products on the market today need to be regulated but instead of requiring pharmaceutical drugs to be safer we become the guinea pigs for their experimental poison products. They are even protected from prosecution. I think we all get it; it’s this nation’s Capitalistic policy to increase profit by ignoring “losses” – loss of life. If Waxman thinks that being bought out by the pharmaceutical industry gives him the same eternal life McCain was offered, I don’t think either of them understands the meaning of “quality of life”. It cannot be purchased. This response is meant to protect my right to have access to natural supplements, accept this as my rebuttal to an attempt to make an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). Why can’t our representatives write bills to increase and protect my rights to a quality life? What happens when non-deceiving, non-controversial bills are written? Does non-controversy threaten Congressional deceptive job security? UMSIH, Dalon Jones excelbridges@yahoo.com

  27. Ronal M Gagne says:

    Natural products such as vitamins, dietary and herbal supplements are constantly being attacked through the puppets of the drug cojmpanies and the allopatic medical system whose only concern is to squash the peoples right to care for their own health. Many Americans have become aware of this obsence manipulation of government agencies to enslave the American people into a Drug dependent society. The FTC and FDA must be kept in check ahd not be allowed to use the law to put health product providers out of business. The FTC is as corrupt as the FDA is and any governmental official that gives these agencies police power is even more corrupt anhd should be removed from office.
    Ronald M Gagne

  28. marilyn grashow says:

    Basically, I am alive, healthy, disease free, “conditions of aging” free, physically fit, and look 15 years younger than I am chronologically due to supplements and BHRT, diet and exercise. NO government agency should have the power to stop this by getting rid of supplements. This just makes the agency a henchman of the pharmaceutical industry and doctors who are losing money if their “:”bread and butter” diseases are none existent:cardiovascular disease, aging, high blood pressure, diabetes. The preventative supplemnents in these areas are not harmfula nd are re effective than drugs.

  29. Norman Johnson says:

    I have been on both sides of this debate. First as a patient and then as a Holisitc Practitioner, studying to become a Dr. of Natural Medicine. For the economy and for our personal freedom, it is mandatory that we remain free to choose. Limiting alternative, natural, or whatever you want to call it, healthcare will ultimately destroy the economy and put millions of people out of work, to say nothing of the sources of healing that will be destroyed. The American medical system is not prepared to take on this task in any way. Until they become educated in something other than the allopathic discipline, they have nothing to give the people who seek help from the medical arena. Healthcare providers are like vegetables in the garden. There are millions of types, all important to our health and homeostasis. To negate just one is to destroy the balance. Please keep our choices open and our naturopaths studying and working with maintaining our health, physically and mentally. ~~~nj

  30. alice farber says:

    Dear Senators,
    PLEASE do not support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regualte dietary supplements and all areas that they do not understand. Millions of people are being helped by alternative medicine , which is DRUG FREE supplements. I for one, am improving my health with supplements that my doctor did not even know about.
    Please help the health of all of us who need these supplements.
    THank you very much,

  31. Jeaneane says:

    I am shocked and surprised that Sen. Waxman would try to sneak through a provision against supplements. For people like me, with chronic illness as well as multiple allergies to multiple pharmaceuticals, supplements are almost the only help out there. Why in the name of common sense do we need to keep “feeding the monster kitty” that is BigPharma?

  32. They are trying to make us sick with toxic waste under the labeling of climate change prevention so what better way to continue the job of making us dependent on pharmaceuticals till death do us part? This is more than mischief; all of it boils down to crimes against humanity! Vote him out and investigate his involvement in the atrocities. It seems we are stuck with corporate sponsored crooks like this.

  33. James E. Hoyt says:

    The Waxman amendment should be struck from this legislation. We have the right to our health and to determine the best course of action to maintain our health.

  34. Dr. James Ellison says:

    A couple of editing suggestions about the email on the Waxman language:
    1. Specifically identify supplements as the issue in the first paragraph.
    2. In connection with human trials, point out that there are typically many, sometimes thousands of published peer reviewed scientific studies in the literature before a supplement is ever marketed.

  35. Diane Honaker says:

    I am a consumer of supplements and I resent the government making it harder or impossible for me to get them. I do research myself on any that I take and buy from companies that are well known. I think my good health is resposible in many ways because I do take them.
    Please do not put such regulations on our supplements.
    Dliane Honaker

  36. Mercedes Barnek says:

    I am sorry to hear that Congressman Waxman, whom I admire so much, is still interested in preventing people’s choice for purchasing nutritional supplements. I don’t understand his motives as supplements are beneficial for so m any people who care about their health.

  37. Richard Stacey says:

    please tell Waxman and all other t stooges to leave our supplements to us,the people,and not the big pharma theives.

  38. jain young says:

    OPPOSE THE Waxman Ammendment language in H.R. 4173 to regulate dietary supplements that was included in the House version of the bill.
    The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173), recently passed in the House of Representatives, includes language going far beyond finance inserted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). This language could be used for an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA.
    According to renowned constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord, “The provision removing the ban on FTC rulemaking without Congressional preapproval contained in H.R. 4173 invites the very same irresponsible over-regulation of the commercial marketplace that led Congress to enact the ban in the 1980s. FTC has no shortage of power to regulate deceptive advertising; this bill gives it far more discretionary power than it needs, inviting greater abuse and mischief from an agency that suffers virtually no check on its discretion.”

  39. Martin Gebel says:

    Do not let them mess up our supplements. They have helped many Americans who need this help. The supplements have been used by millions of people. I have taken them for 20 years and they WORK!!!!!!———-M. Gebel—–THANK YOU!!!

  40. Gwen Atkinson says:

    Leave dour vitiamins and nutritional products alone.

  41. lisamarie says:

    Please leave my access to take my supplements alone. Its none of your business. Im not hurting anyone. Worry moer about what you are putting into you own mouth not what I put into mine thank you Lisa

  42. Ron Dorn says:

    4-28-10 Let me tell you something about Congressman Waxman.This guy shouldn’t be given the time of day.Congressman Waxman is on the side of two privately own business trying to take Veteran Land away from the Sepulvda V.A.in So.California.He’s already exceeded in having our Hospital tour down and now is trying to take two more medical bldgs for use for the private sector.I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him. A Viet Nam Vet.

  43. Iva Stoneberger says:

    Leave our vitamins and supplements alone.You politicians should worry about the war and how we will pay back money we owe China.You make laws about things that don’t matter.Donot fix what is not broken. Thank you! Iva

  44. Albert Freiheit says:

    This is nothing more than deception. Deceptions are even worse than lies in my book. The next time you come up for election Mr. Waxman, I’ll spend $50,000 of my own money to help defeat you in the district. I’m tired of your underhanded ways. You need to be removed and replaced!

  45. judy says:

    Stop this insanity now. We the people will tolerate no more gov. intrusion.
    Judy

  46. Elin says:

    Yes, this kind of sneaky legislation must be stopped, but it is NOT a dems-only tactic. This has been going on forever in republican-run terms as well. Know who/what your enemy is – in this case it is not one party or the other. They are all guilty of this type of tactic.

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  48. Claude Macrina says:

    The problem with Waxman and his cohorts is they are the ones on drugs. They should take their hands out of the drug companies pockets. The problem is the drug companies want to maintain their control over how best to anestthetize us. They are afraid of naturopathic remedies which promote a healthier condition. They would rather have you hooked on their product which create more problems than they cure. This is one more reason that there should be term limits in the Senate. They need to leave Oz and come back to the real world. By the way, what does dietary suppliments have to do with Wall St reform????

  49. Karen Chorba says:

    Please OPPOSE the Waxman Ammendment language in H.R. 4173 to regulate dietary supplements that was included in the House version of the bill.
    Protect our options for natural healing.

  50. Denise says:

    My GOD!!! What next? They tried this back in 1992 and we stopped them. We’ll do it again! Do not take away access of vitamins and supplements by the people. I work in the field of Integrative Healthcare, as a massage therapist and soon also as an Acupuncture Physician. We see many patients that cannot or will not take Pharmaceuticals and choose to take supplements of their choice. As a person who had Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia – without my supplements, I would have never gotten better. I had to take several herbs and vitamins per day – but I got well and have my life back. I see patients w/ these ailments taking Western drugs and falling apart from the HORRIFIC SIDE EFFECTS!!! Not to mention narcotic addiction for the pain of Fibro. The FTC needs to do some soul searching before they jump into the fire on this one. Leave well enough alone. Don’t take away peoples rights in regards to their health. As for Waxman – his political life should be over!!!

    • Senator Waxman and all other senators xontemplating a yes vote, I would like you to walk in my shoes and the shoes of thousands of other American citizens fighting cancr who have relied on supplements to sustain life. I am fighting pancreatic cancer and with the help of Dr Nicholas Gonzalz am living beyond the time I was told I had left by the doctors who diagnosed it in July 2009. I have dependents for whom I am prime caregiver and am fighting hard to continue that role. For most cancer patients hope is key and from discussions during chemotherapy sessions with other patients, we strive to eat a healthy diet, take supplements to help boost our immune systems because without a pro-active lifestyle, we would be forced to give up.
      It is easy for those in legislature to form opinions but how many of you seek information from those who are affected by the laws passed. ObamaCare is a classic example… it was not thought out or tested. it was passed for the ego of a few. I wish that our government would start representing the people rather than than the government legislature.

      • dfish says:

        already wrote to senators and white house re supplements preferred over statins and supplements should be covered by Medicare and private insurance.

      • There are many thousands of studies documenting the safety and effectiveness of many types of supplements in preventing and improving chronic health conditions. There is also documentation that pharmaceuticals are responsible for as many adverse effects, hospitalizations and deaths as for cancer or heart conditions. There is no similar documentation of widespread problems with natural supplements, which are documented by Gov’t studies to be beneficial. Focus should be on the pharmaceuticals, where most of the documented harm is occurring, not on safe and effective supplements. There is no way that the Federal Gov’t has the knowledge or resources to regulate what is clearly more beneficial than harmful. Leave supplements alone.

      • tom becker says:

        Right on! I applaud you.

      • dajad terlemezian says:

        DR. FRAULO started me in 1967 on 3000 mg’s of vitamin C & 3000 mg’s of niacin a vitamin B 3 Which saved my life . I HAD JUST CAME HO ME AFTER 9 MONTH’S OF BEING IN GREYSTONE HOSPITAL YES A MENTAL HOSPITAL IN NEW JERSEY !! SOME PEOPLE THERE HAVE BEEN IN ISOLATION FOR 30 40 50 YEARS WITH NO HOPE OF EVER COMING HOME !! I WAS TERRIFIED!I WENT FROM FROM BEING SO VERY DEEPLY DEPRESSED & WITH THOUGHTS OF NO HOPE NO REASON TO GO ON TO LIVE ! BUT THANK THE LORD AND DR . FRAULO AND A NEW BETTER HEALTH ‘ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE’ I FEEL SO SO HAPPY & WITH TALKING THERAPY DR FRAULO WAS ALSO A PSYCHIATRIST -‘ G O D B L E S S DR. FRAULO ‘ HE TAUGHT ME TO B E CONFIDENT – TO THINK FOR MY-SELF !HAVE FEELINGS -EMOTIONS I BECAME AN ACTOR !WHEN I WAS ON THE LAST ” SAPPRANO’S I HAD A SCENE IN THE HOSPITAL LOOKING FOR A FRIEND ! I WALKED THROUGH THE HOSPITAL LOOKING WITH MY EYE’S ALL AROUND ! AFTER WORK I SIGNED MY NAME SO THEY WOULD SEND MY PAYCHECK . I TOLD THE GIRL MICHELE —THANK’S MICHELE I HAD A GREAT TIME AND SHE SAID D O D G E I GO BY THE NAME DODGE !!!! SHE SAID ” D O D G E ” WE ALL SAID THAT YOU WERE THE BEST BACKGROUND ACTOR ” SHE MADE ME FEEL SO GREAT ! A LOT DIFFERENT THAN ” G R E Y S T O N E HOSPITAL TAKE AWAY MY VITAMINS & DR. FRAULO’S MEMORIES & ADVICE . IS A ‘ D E A T H S E N T E N C E ” THANK’S TO HITLER TYPE NON HUMANS !

      • pam constantine says:

        stop bill

      • corinne says:

        Hey we have the right to keep ourselves well the best way we know how, with supplements of course, a less expensive way to go. Since we do not make a six figure paycheck, and are managing the best way we know how, on a social sec. check each month. Are you all out to lunch over there in the Washington DC area of the White House. You all best wake up and smell the flowers too.

      • mark edgette says:

        There is no money in cures you must reseach you will find out you’re suffering only for profit the doctors do not care also check out hyperbaric oxygen therapy will put cancer in remission you do not need drugs according to dr. Royal rife conventional medcine will kill you.

      • James F. McEnaney says:

        we need more nutritional freedom not less!!!i served as a medic in viet nam(my dad was WWII)unfortunately we did not have health freedoms in 1940-80 we do now,let people decide their own health, best Jim

      • Glenn A Youngman says:

        I totally agree with this, most of these supplement companies are snake oil sellers.
        Seriously, look at a company like Biometics..they push selling their products more than the products themselves. Then you add their outrageous sales pitches like making $5,000 a week selling this junk.
        Scammers like this need to be put out of business.

    • Barbara McCammon says:

      I do want to freedom to chose all supplements without interference from any agency or group like the FDA. Why can’t we be left alone to proceed as we have been for many years. This back-handed legislative act was inserted without our knowledge – just awful.

    • Phyllis Salazar says:

      I am just a little tired of government getting into our business and trying to stop us from being free to use supplements that have no side effects and trying to find a way for Americans to have to use the drugs that pharmaceutical companies have developed and have side effects that will harm us or kill us in the end. I thought I lived in the United States of America not in some communist run company that tries to tell their people what they can and cannot do.

    • jake says:

      Congressman waxman, why are you concern with health supplements? I and pretty much all of america has tried supplements to maintain a healthy body, it has been proven that drugs will not accomplish that, just look at all ot the commericals with recalls on quite a few drugs, I believe that if this is what the docs. addresses then it really needs to be recanted.

    • Debbie K says:

      To those of you who claim that the points made in this article about Waxman are untrue go to: http://waxman.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=115176 I found this in a few seconds by googling, you can too if you just make the effort. Waxman does indeed want to regulate supplements.

    • stephen tatro says:

      We the people, must be gone. We the controllers are moving in. We “need” to stop this madness. who do these people think they are? We need to vote out every damn one of them, i don’t care who they are, or where they are from. Listen up people, we wont have nothing but control over us and our right’s as we have had them for over two hundred year’s. the liberal’s are on the loose, watch out, because there after everything.

    • Marilyn J. Lavelle says:

      DO NOT PASS THIS BILL!!!!!
      I DON’T NEED HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF MY SUPPLEMENTS.

    • Jon says:

      This isn’t a vitamin/supplement issue. It’s a truth in advertising issue.
      The problem is that a lot of manufacturers say their products do things that the manufacturers have no proof the products actually DO. No one is regulating supplements or vitamins here, only saying that if you can’t prove a vitamin/supplement does something, you can’t advertise that it does. It seems like the vitamin and supplement industry (or at least those reputable manufacturers/suppliers) ought to be happy about this amendment because it’s directed at rooting out purveyors of snake oils and tonics. Anyone who says their product will do something ought to be able to show some reasonable evidence for that claim. Otherwise, just don’t make the claim and there’s no problem.

      • Jennifer Hoffman says:

        The issue here is that the FDA already prevents supplement manufacturers from making any claims about their products, despite real, proven science that documents their effects. The FDA is owned, financed and subsidized by big pharma which doesn’t want us purchasing anything they can’t patent. So this is yet another attempt to tighten the noose around the dietary supplements industry. Do you want to be able to go into any store and purchase Vitamin C caps or Echinacea if you have a cold, then you have an interest in stopping this legislation and others like it. If not, all vitamins and herbs would be unavailable, controlled by pharmaceutical companies who want you to buy their products instead and they would charge a premium for them, as they do now.

    • Barbara Boggs says:

      My understanding is FTC should not have unlimited power for controlling supplement access by the public. Congressman Waxman, apparently, slipped an antisupplement measure into a Wall Street “Reform” Bill, and it should be removed, nor nothing like it allowed in a similar bill sent to the Senate for passing. Thankyou, Mrs. Boggs

  51. DABIG says:

    Next stop:
    Codex Alimentarius!
    We must stop this now people!
    No more Mr/Ms nice guy!

  52. Herb says:

    I am VERY disappointed in ANF for only bringing this provision to our attention now. The House bill passed months ago if I remember. Where were ANF and other organizations then to alert us and to create the movement to stop this then? As a result I’m not sure I trust ANF’s characterization of this provision and it’s potential impact on supplements.
    Waxman yes is a known skeptic about supplements, but the shrill attacks on him in these comments are way over the top. He more than any other legislator has fought big tobacco for decades and as a result has probably saved more lives than anyone in America.
    Nonetheless given the short time available I have little choice but to trust ANF and I will call and write to oppose this provision. Don’t get caught again asleep at the switch ANF.

    • Bernie says:

      And what are YOU doing to alert consumers, Herb? It’s easy to tke shots from the sidelines, and I suspect that’s where you are firmly planted.

    • Mel Sherwood says:

      Are you Waxman’s brother-in-lae or something? That idiot ogre has been working against the best interests of Americans since he set foot in D.C. He needs a nostril-job to match his lobotomy.

  53. […] We may have only a few days so TAKE ACTION!  Get the word out! Sincerely, G.F. Gordon MD DO MD(H.) Gordon Research Insitute Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by t…; […]

  54. Robert W. says:

    Waxman didn’t have to try very hard- but he just made himself totally ugly.

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  56. hank Wheeler says:

    Hey Waxman…did you do your meds today?…how much is big pharma paying you to keep us all sick so they can kill us with the drugs they have bribed the FDA to approve? You’re as sneaky as your scummy buddys on Wall Street.

    • Peggy Ringe says:

      Your very right,I have a quote you might like,Dr. are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little to cure diseases of which they know less,in humans beings of whom they know Nothing.Voliaire
      “If the doctors of today do not become the nutritionist of tomorrow,the nutritionist of today will become the doctors of tomorrow.” Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research.

  57. dajad terlemezian says:

    Stopiping nutrional supliments is exactly the same as being electrocuted or put in the gas chamber like hitler did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many drugs do the drug companys know will do damage or even kill years befor they get caught ! I just read in the news a drug co. paid millions when they were sued for seroquel they knew was not what they claimmed it did !!!!!!!!!curse

  58. Linda says:

    How many more rights are we going to allow the government to take away from us – we are no longer a democracy – when will this country see some real leadership

  59. […] A direct attack on supplements would take the form of an amendment to DSHEA, since that legislation governs FDA regulation of supplements. In this case, Waxman has left DSHEA alone, and has instead inserted language in the Wall St. “reform” bill that gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) important new powers that could be used to circumvent key supplement protections in DSHEA.  Read more… […]

  60. david says:

    I just contacted Rep. Henry Waxman’s office regarding this. THEY SAY IT IS NOT TRUE. I THINK YOU NEED TO CLARIFY. HENRY WAXMAN IS NOT ONE NON TO BE BACK-HANDED SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE EVIDENCE OF YOUR ACCUSATIONS.

  61. Kate West says:

    This is an outrage! I was raised with supplements and because of them my mother’s health was restored when the western medical profession and drug pushers (pharmacueticals) could do little to help her. I am and always will be a firm believer in SELF HEALTH and SELF HEALING, as well as being proactive with taking care of one’s self. I do not want the government or any instiution to intervene or regulate in what is my GOD GIVEN RIGHT– to take care of myself. I know best what is best for me. With knowledge, balance, and moderation being responsible for one’s self with supplements (along with other good health habits) is still the only way to maintain health without the use of DRUGS. This country is becoming more and more intrusive…where is the LIBERTY?

  62. marie says:

    Well here we go AGAIN. The Government taking over the supplement/vitamin business. Just like they are taking over every thing else. Waxman and Dorgan and McCain all must be in bed with BIG PHARMA. I bet they don’t even know the full scope of this Bill/Law that they have written. We need to scream at the top of our voices on this issue. The FDA- FTC and these Senators inserting this legislation into Finance Reform is just another slimy tactic by this Congress and House Members.
    STOP THE MADNESS!!!

  63. david says:

    None of the links you sent me to verify your claim would open And at the bottom of the ad you sent, I see it is connected to the US Chamber of Commerce. As the US Chamber of Commerce has a proven track record of trying to block health care, trying furiously to block any type of climate change legislation and of course would certainly be against anything that would help to real in Wall Street and the banking industry, I have now even more doubts about the validity of your claim.
    I ask you again…SHOW ME THE PROOF WAXMAN HAS DONE THIS!

  64. David says:

    Everyone better wake up and act on this or it could shut down the whole industry. I am very disapointed in what she has done here and we are all tired of the sneaky stuff. Stop this now !!

  65. Dee says:

    There should be 1 vote for 1 bill instead of “slipping non-related bills together., and letting this fly under the radar!! This is the only way big Pharma and Monsanto can get their way When are Harkin and Hatch proposing their legislation for dietary supplements?? Will their bill overide Waxman’s??
    The ANH should have a Facebook page, so we can discuss this in a forum format. The news
    would travel faster, and more people will be aware of what’s going on.

  66. Ron Hooper says:

    2.5 years ago the FTC attacked over 130 nutrition companies for “false and misleading” information on their websites related to alternative cancer treatments. Eventually all capitulated to FTC demands–all but one. Daniel Chapter One, a Christian health ministry which uses product sales to fund their work, fought the FTC in the administrative star chamber “court,” and lost its bid to continue providing information on alternatives to phamaceutical drugs. Begining in April, DC1 is under a “cease and desist” order (for 20 years!) forbiding them to provide ANY information about alternative treatments–they cannot even recommend WATER for dehydration (FDA rules stipulate this type of advice magically transforms common substances into “drugs.” For example, vitamin C becomes a “drug” if used to treat scurvey!). DC1 is appealing to a “real” court of law. They are currently the “spear tip” fighting for our health freedom. Look into this and spread the word!

  67. John T says:

    I am fed to the gills with Big Government stepping into the lives of its people in yet another way.
    Hands off the nutritional choices people make! The FTC has no business in limiting my choices (via attacking natural vitamin companies and their open presence in the marketplace) as to what forms of nutrition I can use to build my healthy body with.
    The double standard for Big Pharma still being able to push its poisons with seeming immunity from the false promises it sells while those who promote food as medicine are to be demonized is… unreal.
    Does the FTC even still represent the core values of free market enterprise?!
    As a consumer I am not brain dead. I can choose for myself what is useful and what is bunk. Stop trying to ‘help out’ by thinking for me FTC! That is NOT your position.
    Now pardon me while I watch a 60 second drug commercial from Big Pharma what is filled with 45 seconds listing just about half the side effects of the pill yet that pill can still be advertised and sold as the ‘smarter if not only’ choice for making one healthy. Nice to know that if one tries to run a print add or TV spot that says clean, organic food can build the body better and end sickness by that course then that one can be fined and put out of business or jailed! The FTC and Big Government in action…

  68. linda epstein says:

    I am so FED UP AND DISGUSTED with these politicians and their connections to big business!! If Waxman does not have the guts to put his bill out their in the open, where it can be debated and have the citizens decide, then he obviously is doing something underhanded and obviously receiving money for that support. What else can we think if he feels he has to sneak it in.
    I don’t know about the rest of you, but our elected officials arrogant flaunting of their willingness to be bought has got to stop. Maybe we should make it illegal for our elected officials to accept lobbyists money, maybe we should demand that lobbying is illegal. With the ability to communicate through the internet (blogs, email, face page) our elected officials can take the issues to the people directly and we can respond directly, so the people are the ones who will inform their representatives how to decide.
    Something has to change. We keep going thru the same BS time after time!
    Look at the catastrophes that have happened in these last few years, there is a malaise of “the bottom line no matter the consequenses”.
    It is ludicrous to watch a commercial of Big Pharma promoting their product and listing the side effects including the very ones the drug is supposed to take care of. And we just sit there like zombies. No wonder big business and our elected officials think we are stupid.

  69. angela says:

    Truly terrible situation for Narural remedies. Do you people really realise what is going on in the world today? Those called the illuminati, the same who are trying to put in place the New World Order/government are the same who run Big Pharma, and all the allied Multinationals…..the same who cause the Economic crisis which is not yet over. They are aming to reduce the world population by disease, famine, wars etc. So when they make their final bid for complete World domination they will be able to have counted and taged all of us GETTING RID OF THE OPPOSITION ON THE WAY.
    Read the BRAVE NEW WORLD by A Huxley to get the idea.
    There is only one Savour…..JESUS OF NAZARETH….CALL HIM.

  70. Stacy Evans says:

    This is so anti-american I am at a loss for words. People should have peace of mind knowing that the government has their back. I’m pretty disgusted right now.

  71. L.A. HAM says:

    WAXMAN……. DO US ALL A FAVOR..CRAWL BACK UNDER THE ROCK WHERE YOU CAME FROM..ONLY EVIL DOES SNEEKY THINGS…BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OR UNDER A ROCK.. YOU ARE HUMAN JUST LIKE ME AND THE REST OF THE PEOPLE..AND ONE MAN WILL NOT TELL ME WHAT TO DO..NOT EVEN YOU OR OUR EVIL..GREEDY GOVERNMENT..DON’T MESS WITH GOD… IF YOU THINK YOUR MEDS WILL MAKE YOU HEALTHY..TAKE THEM..AND AT THE END OF THE SIDE EFFECTS IS DEATH…OUR BODIES NEED NURSHMENT FROM FOOD..(IF YOU CAN BUY ORGANIC) OR WHOLE FOOD PLANT DERIVED SUPPLEMENTS…..GOD NURSHEMNT FOR OUR BODIES….

  72. Roger Bibeau says:

    Americans need to understand, this is just another coordinated attack in the war against our immune systems, which is part of a larger war to depopulate the planet.
    Google “Codex Alimentarius”, the global/U.N. plan to eliminate the public’s access to supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies, holistic medicines), to see WHY supplements ARE ALREADY BANNED IN THE ENTIRE EUROPEAN UNION AND CANADA.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has it’s own study, revealing their knowing that within 3 years of a global supplement ban, 1-2 billion people will die. The 1-2 billion that today, don’t have access to clean drinkable water. They expect another 1-3 billion people to die in the ensuing 3-5 years, from the diseases and ailments that we now put off because of our access these life-critical supplements.
    The second prong of the depopulation war against us, is to make us sterile. Research the already known, 25+ year trend of ALL male species on the planet which are getting sterile. From wildlife, to lab animals, to US.
    AMERICA, WAKE UP!!!!! TAKE ACTION!!!!! Support Constitutional initiatives to take our country back. Back from transnational conglomerates, big pharma, and corrupt politicians. Investigate the 2017 mandatory RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) chipping of ALL Americans, which just passed in Obama’s health bill. PLEASE Don’t take my word for any of this. Research it, so you’ll then know the truth, for yourself.

  73. Hank Waxman's Nostrils says:

    You people who keep saying “oh I agree with Rep. Waxman on so many things” deserve what you are about to get. What you seem to forget is that these abuses of government power are eventually going to come around to you. Suing tobacco companies, mandating seat belts…oh it all sounds good, until it’s your dietary supplements.
    So, all you hippie health food nuts who praise big government, have fun with this legislation. Maybe the next time you are watching the news and some moron is talking about a soda tax, you will get the point. This is not the role of the government…which our government run public education system seems to forget to teach.

  74. Emiliano says:

    Folks let’s face it. Big Pharma has done a hell of a good job on not only brain washing the American public on how good their drugs work and how “only your doctor knows What is right and best for you on taking these drugs. But now, they are doing a very good job on feeding upon your emotions. With pink ribbons, a sympathetic spokes person who looks appealing to your eyes in Big Pharnas magazine advertisements or on TV ads. Or an well known actor telling you on the effectiveness on how well these drugs does wonders on your specific condition(s). Manufactoring drugs is BIG business. If the FDA or the FTC would admit on how effective natural supplements works without giving you the bad side affects. And without forcing these natural vitamin companies to put unnecessary warning labels on their products. We as the people of this great nation would make a better decision on using or not using drugs for what ever the reason is This is The United States, we the people still have the right the freedom to choose. To choose what is best for us and our families. Let’s wake up people!

  75. James Weatherford says:

    I find this incredibly hard to believe about HW. He is our representative here and is not known for underhanded tactics. As mentioned above ie. the US Chamber of Commerce, I think this is scare tactic meant to discredit HW by some shadow right wing spinf..k.

  76. Janice Beers says:

    Your article says:
    “According to renowned constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord, “The PROVISION REMOVING THE BAN ON FTC REULMAKING WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL PREAPPROVAL contained in H.R. 4173 invites the very same irresponsible over-regulation of the commercial marketplace that led Congress to enact the ban in the 1980s. FTC has no shortage of power to regulate deceptive advertising; this bill gives it far more discretionary power than it needs, inviting greater abuse and mischief from an agency that suffers virtually no check on its discretion.”
    Please give a definite citation to exactly where in H.R. this provision is located. I do not see it.

    • S. 3217 says:

      “The Senate Wall St “reform” bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217), doesn’t contain the Waxman provision yet. But we know that Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) may offer an amendment including Waxman’s language. Please help us stop this. Please take action now to help us maintain access to low cost, high quality supplements. Tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.”
      I’m going to start looking for it now. It might have been an amendment added to H.R.4173

  77. Janice Beers says:

    I obviously meant — exactly where in H.R. 4173 this provision is located.?

  78. b k says:

    We should understand the importance of supplements more. I do not know what this bill entails but I do think the FDA needs to start doing it’s job. Food is medicine and it should be taken more seriously. Drug companies simply try to mimic mother nature anyway. Aspirin comes from the herb meadowsweet. We should start to look to proper sources. As of now we are probably only insulting God by ignoring or trying to improve upon his work in a drug lab.

  79. Bill Sardi says:

    Late on a Friday night, in the summer, when people are on vacation and others trying to get home from work to start the weekend, Congress will pass legislation that will doom the supplement industry. This is how they covertly side-step the public’s will. I say, let them do it, it will forever cement the public’s ire at government which solely represents Big Pharma. Why Americans continue to take dangeous prescription statin cholesterol, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory drugs is testimony to public naivety. Physicians could put a stop to all of this, but choose to continue to mislead their patients. Waxman…….. hmm…. he wins no badge of courage for going against the tobacco companies. His efforts were political — stop the opposing political party’s major source of funding while cutting goverment into the profit pie with taxes. It’s OK to smoke as long as you pay the tax (government as mafia). They don’t really want smokers to stop since their lifetime health care costs are more than $100,000 less than non-smokers (because smokers die 10 years sooner). Health freedom advocates need to launch a program to get Americans to stop taking drugs. The mind set of most Americans is that they will take supplements only if they don’t interfere with their hallowed drugs — it should be the other way around. Leadership is sorely lacking in the supplement/health freedom crowd.

  80. Tony Altman says:

    It is due time for all Americans to wake up and change the way they are governed. The government is merely the voice of its people. America find your voice before you are silenced for good. Are you actually going to allow YOUR government to dictate what supplements you are to put in your mouth. Are you all mad?? Do your research and get the facts. You are being controlled like sheep. Why do you allow your freedom to be taken? Are you in fact throwing it away?

  81. […] I am very interested in health and nutritional freedom. I am also very dubious of fedral legislation that seems to always be written with large corporate interests or groups in mind. Not sure if this article is most pertinent to the Health Care Bill, the Wall Street Bail-out and regulation bills, or general health topics,,, but with the recent goldman sachs scandal prompting congressional legislation, what does the "Wall Street" bill have to do with restricting vitamin supplements and steering more business toward big pharmaceutical companies? Health freedom alert: Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill Welcome to the Alliance for Natural Health – USA […]

    • S. 3217 says:

      The Senate Wall St “reform” bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217), doesn’t contain the Waxman provision yet. But we know that Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) may offer an amendment including Waxman’s language. Please help us stop this. Please take action now to help us maintain access to low cost, high quality supplements. Tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.

  82. […] Links of the Day Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by t… […]

  83. Victoria McMahon says:

    I currently utilized complementary medicine and supplements to maintain optimal health with my traditional healthcare coverage as a backup plan. I am leaving minimal carbon footprint and living a full life…consider your footprint to myself and others who work to inspire others towards prevention and optimal healing by not taking away my ability to choose wellness.

  84. alan lott says:

    regulate the banks and energy corporations not my herbs and vitamins

  85. CHANDOS F CALDWELL says:

    I wish that someday such politicians as Waxman would begin working in the interest of the people instead of being corrupted by the Big Pharma cartels. This insidious trick is a low blow to health interests, who wish to avoid the sickness business of Big Pharma.

  86. Peat maragh says:

    Please take your hands off our choise for Nutritional Suppliments. Let FREEDOM RING. Withdraw this bill now with this anti competive provision. Keep the FTC out of our suppliments. Congressman Waxman vote NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for this bill

  87. Shiu Hung says:

    Along with being totally against the Waxman amendment, we are opposed to the punitive individual insurance mandate, which is nothing more than bailout for the predatory insurance and pharmaceutical cartels. Reverse the horrific insurance mandate, and allow individual states to establish a Single Payer Medicare for All system.
    At this juncture in our nation’s history which the big Pharma and for-profit health insurance industries are almost in total control of our health, we need to make sure to have ‘access’ to alternative health care, that includes vitamin supplement intake to maintain good health. From a recent direct personal experience with a run in with a doctor at my local VA hospital, he insisted that I take this horrible toxic drug called SIMVASTATIN to help lower my cholesterol level. Instead of following his alophathic toxic regime, for the last month, I took the initiative to double up on my healthy diet/lifestyle change, which included daily exercise, taking different types of herbal vitamins and supplements, I managed to lowered my cholesterol level substantially in less than 5 weeks. When this doctor called me recently to informed me of the positive result from the blood test, I then remined him that I never took anything he prescribed for me, instead, I reliied solely on alternative medical approach. From the tune of his response, he was NOT HAPPY AT ALL! I DON’T THINK THESE DOCTORS KNOW MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT THEY ARE BEING TOLD TO PUSH FOR THE BIG PHARMA. WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING TOXIC DRUGS! HERR Waxman, you should be ashamed of yourself by being such a big Pharma and for-profit health insurance WHORE!

  88. Steve says:

    Waxman is nothing but the typical scumbag politician with a pricetag hanging around his neck. He is simply a whore who sells himself to the highest bidder. THE DRUG COMPANIES.

  89. Alice says:

    The decision to choose which way to go in order to regain our health should be left to the consumer/patient. No group, agency, government official or politician has the right to decide
    what is best for me or the public.
    Natural supplements have been part of my recovery system for many many years, and I’m relying on them to keep on staying in a healthy state and continue to be able to go about my business every day.
    When the threat of losing your health, and even more, your life, is a constant in your daily life, you
    turn to every possible alternative available, and natural supplements, herbs, vitamins and other healing modalities have been my life savers.
    Please do no interfere with our freedom of choice. There are many more causes that need the attention of our elected officials. This is not one of them.

  90. Wayne Collins says:

    According to the NIDA report, Scientific American, Addiction Research Foundation and CDC report 100,000 people die each year in alcohol related deaths. What the hell are you doing trying to restrict our access to health related supplements. How long is it going to take for all you “elected law makers” to get you crap together, serve the people who put you there and do the work that really needs to be done and stop taking bribes and kissin ass!!!!

  91. Ce Moore says:

    Dear Congressman Waxman,
    We respectfully demand the removal from H.R. 4173 – the “Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act of 2009″ – any and all language which would confer or imply additional powers or enforcement to the FTC, regarding vitamins and nutritional supplements. This is to include any associated advertising, educational materials, or user reports of effectiveness.
    You and the pharmaceutical lobbyists tried to Shanghi the nutritional supplement industry though the FDA, almost 20 years ago. The political backlash brought the DSHEA legislation of 1994. We are sick of the underhanded tactics, and we will not stand for it this time, either.
    It would be interesting to speculate if ‘Big Pharma” has the ability (and the willingness) to insulate their purchased legislators from all economic and political repercussions which are sure to ensue.
    Thanks for your time.
    Respectfully,
    Dr. Ce Moore

  92. Celeste says:

    This bill that Waxman is proposing shouldn’t be passed. I am against it and I feel as an American I am capable of making my own choices and decisions and I am for pro freedom and pro choice to choose to continue to take supplements as I deem necessary. Some very good ideas well worth mentioning again by other posters here are “maybe we should make it illegal for our elected officials to accept lobbyists money. Lobbying should be illegal. With the ability to communicate through the internet (blogs, email, facebook and forums) our elected officials can take the issues to the people directly and we can respond directly, so that we the people are the ones who will inform our representatives how to decide. There is no way that the Federal Gov’t has the knowledge or resources to regulate what is clearly more beneficial than harmful. Leave supplements alone. The FTC shouldn’t have the unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements. Our elected officials should serve the people who put you there and do the work that really needs to be done and stop taking bribes and kissin ass!!!! Please do no interfere with our freedom of choice. There are many more causes that need the attention of our elected officials. This is not one of them”. With that being said it is definitely imperative that Waxman, the FTC nor the big Pharma and for-profit health insurance industries should be able to benefit and profit off the successful passing of this bill. Decision NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!. not now….not ever.

  93. Sonia Butkus says:

    Alcohol is the drug of choice for most people, and it is a drug. Ofttimes named the “grease” of society, an informed individual is more prone to land in spots where it is served up. An educated individual is as well more conscious of the pressures to deliver the goods in our culture, and the ensuing hope to unwind from that pressure. Most people have no trouble with this drug, but the problem people impart a horrific trail of wreckage.

  94. Maria Lally says:

    Here’s the thing. I’m a Certified Natural Health Professional. I interact with A LOT of my colleagues. Taking away supplements would delight big pharma, shorten our lives, cull the population and create lots of treatment and drug money for allopathic medicine.
    HOWEVER, the Naturopathic world operates separately. We are all independent of each other. And that hurts us. The Alliance for Natrual Health is a great organization. We need to keep moving toward that. Over a hundred years ago, Doctors were largely independent too. If you had a condition, you could go to 10 different country doctors and get 10 different type of treatment. They banned together, created rules and protocols. This was done to prevent chaos and to assure that people got consistent treatment that was scientifically proved, tested and up to date. It was a good idea at the time. However, they got ultra powerful, egotistical, self-serving and science made huge advances in drug technology which gave them even more power over us! The old remedies died off in favor of profitable drugs and surgery and the whole system that supposed to protect us became a deadly monster!
    What some well meaning law makers and many others under the influence of powerful lobbyists THINK they are doing is trying to undo the chaos THEY think they see in the naturopathic health world. Just like 100 yrs ago, TODAY you can go to 10 different natural health practitioners and get 10 different opinions about what you should do. You can be sold on expensive treatments that have not been tested or proved, supplements that may or may not be appropriate and perhaps delay some medical intervention that may be appropriate. That’s how they see it. What the challenge is to all of us in the Naturopathic world is to ban together agree on accepted treatments, streamline what we do so we can become more of a cohesive group that shows organization and professionalism. However, we have to learn from the past and not let it get to our heads!! Not become the monster even though our power may tempt us…we have to resist. That’s hard for even the most well-meaning people…not to cave in to the power and the money and glitz and glam like big pharma offers doctors. When we can get to that point of being able to handle that power, it will be given to us….as NOT by the law makers or the Senators. It will come from somewhere much more powerful than that!! Call it God, the Universe or the Natural Order of things… however you see it. We’ve got to not only fight the demons that we are living with now, but earn our place in heaven at the same time.

  95. d chalfant says:

    Get rid of the anti-supplement measure in the FTC Bill


  96. This is a highly urgent post that I have to get out fast because our health freedom as we know it is in jeopardy. There is a bill that was sneaked through the House while everyone else was worrying about the economy that has the power to destroy all organic farms, natural products, healing herbs, nutritious fruits and even our vegetables and other health supplements.
    I will give you an overview of this dire situation, but I want you to take action and flood the Congress with petitions to stop this injustice to our health freedoms. It is not what you think. I am not talking about the massive health care overhaul. I am talking about H.R. Bill 2749 and ultimately the devastating Codex Alimentarius. The one power of the WTO or World Trade Organization and they want to kill all of our healthy foods with radiation and pesticides, etc.
    They want to take away all of our natural healing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, hormones, herbs, healing fruits and vegetables so there will be “ZERO” competition to Big Pharma. This could be the end of our natural health healing freedoms as we know it and the mass influx of sickness and death and drug-ridden stench and sewage. This Bill was rammed through the House and is headed for the Senate if we do not stop it now! We must stop it now!’
    This is only one battle won and there will be more to come in the organics and supplements war.
    We must stay vigilant. Stand up people and protect your right to health freedoms.
    – – –
    Thomas Kopriva, owner
    http://www.NaturalNooks.com
    ……

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