Supplement Doomsday Coming?

October 22, 2020

The FDA could be completing policies that will wreak havoc on the supplement industry. They must be opposed. Action Alert!

The FDA is asking for comments on its procedures for submitting new dietary ingredient (NDI) notifications. This NDI notification system (think of it as “new supplement” notification) threatens the entire future of the supplement industry and must be opposed.

We’ve covered the major problems with this system in the past. According to the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), any dietary supplement introduced to the market in the US after 1994 is considered “new” (an NDI) and the manufacturer must notify the FDA at least seventy-five days in advance of plans to market the product. The problem is that the FDA is using this part of the law to create a drug-like pre-approval system for supplements that experts have estimated will result in the elimination of tens of thousands of supplements from the market.

Part of the issue is that the FDA is adopting a broad definition of an NDI and thus expanding the number of supplements that will be subject to NDI notification procedures. For example, supplements that have not been “chemically altered” are not required to comply with these procedures; but the FDA is adopting an expansive definition of what it means to be “chemically altered” such that almost all modern supplements would probably qualify and thus be subject to NDI requirements. It appears that this is quite intentional. The aim is to destroy supplement innovation in the hope that this will eventually destroy the supplement industry.

It’s the same old story. The agency, under the guise of protecting us, is really just protecting its funder, the drug industry, and is throttling any chance of innovation and improvement in supplements. This is so corrupt that it is hard to understand how Congress can continue to turn a blind eye to it, but of course Big Pharma funds political campaigns as well.

The FDA has not yet completed its NDI guidance, which to this day remains in draft form 26 years after DSHEA was passed. But that may change soon. Steve Tave, the director of the FDA’s Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, said recently: “We’re trying to get that guidance, or at least parts of that guidance, as close to final as we can.”

As we’ve written previously, the president himself was treated for COVID with supplements, but the public is not allowed to learn about the benefits of supplements for COVID and other diseases because of the gagging of doctors and others to support the drug industry. This is unacceptable.

Action Alert! Send a message to Congress and the FDA opposing the draft NDI guidance. Please send your message immediately. By sending this message, you will also be supporting our petition to ungag doctors so that they can share with patients the benefits of supplements and natural treatments for COVID.

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84 responses to “Supplement Doomsday Coming?”

  1. Do not over regulate supplements to benefit big Pharma

  2. Judith Nuber says:

    Please leave our supplements alone. They are very beneficial to those of us with multiple heathissues.

  3. Dianna Kogelmann says:

    I agree

  4. Charles Marshall says:

    The FDA needs to keep its hands off the supplement industry. Its primary interest is the profits of the drug companies rather than the protection of the populace. This is wrong and must not be allowed.

  5. Thomas Finn says:

    Please oppose the draft NDI guidance . I don’t want to be blocked from the supplements I take.

  6. Joyce E. Stotts says:

    I am very diswrought to know that the FDA is ONCE AGAIN trying to make sure the citizens do not get access to life-saving supplements to combat any number of medical problems! The president, himself, received treatment for COVID-19, which included several supplements, but you tell us that WE ARE NOT ALLOWED to have the same or similar nautral health supports when WE need them?? STOP THE CRONY-CAPITALISM and let us get healthy!!! We don’t want all of your “may experience heart attack, cancer and/or death” pharmaceuticals!! You should let Americans find what works for their own bodies and STOP interferring! No, you do NOT know best!!

  7. Joyce Lee Fowler says:

    I oppose the draft NDI guidance for supplements.

  8. Jacomina Newman-Osmon says:

    The FDA should NOT be doing big Pharma’s bidding by suppressing access to safe and effective supplements. Please do not take any actions that will threaten the continued use of supplements by those of us who wish to maintain our health with the use of supplements.

    Thanks you.

  9. Veronica Michael says:

    Please keep your hands off of natural supplements

  10. Bruce J Coleman says:

    I am severely sensitive to multiple chemicals including food dyes and additives. Big Pharma is clearly “Big Enough” to survive quite nicely without taking over the Supplement Industry. I am *not able to survive on chemical additives in any form, in air, food, soil, water, clothing, furniture, etc. There are getting to be more people like me by the tens of thousands per day. We must stop killing people for profit. I am looking at Purdue Pharma and every other business like it, yet to be caught in the act.

  11. Ken Brackett says:

    Do not make my supplements more difficult to get than they already are. They are all that keeps me alive, which is more than I can say about the toxic drugs that Big Pharma is peddling, which not only do not work, but do more harm than good. If I loose my supplements, Big Pharma will not make another penny from me, but Congress will loose my vote for sure; because I won’t vote for whomever allows this to happen or because I’ll be dead. If killing Americans is goal here, then by all means let the FDA do this.

  12. Janice Rennalls says:

    As an elderly person who takes being healthy seriously I’m pleading with the FDA to allow freedom of supplements to maintain health plus for the doctors who through their research can continue to recommend the best ones for us to take.

    This to me will prevent my having to attend medical centers and take Big Pharma drugs which are damaging to our health. This will save America spending a fortune on health by preventing disease.

  13. Charles Fletcher says:

    I have been using heart supplements for 5 years now and they have kept me from using statins and I don’t get the pain and difficulties I had before. Plus no side effects. If the fda doesn’t maintain the supply of these supplements it will damage my ability to function in this society.

  14. Good. This industry needs some standards. There is little accountability.

    • Drina Brooke says:

      WHere does this information come from? It is exactly wrong. The industry is over-regulated and discriminated against, ongoing. There is much science, and bogus claims are that this is not the case. It isn’t true. Please do your research.

  15. craig campbell says:

    supplements are the only thing that have helped with multiple health issues.
    everyone should have access to them-and they should be covered by insurance.

  16. Sue Almand says:

    It’s very unfair and possible unscrupulous for the FDA to put supplements through the same approval process as prescription drugs. Many Americans want to do their homework and use appropriate natural supplements. We are adults. The pharma industry is suspect for some of their practices as it used, and this smells like monopolizing the healthcare industry. Do not pass this new ruling because it is patently unfair and questionable.

  17. Sherman McCall, MD, PhD says:

    The FDA is probably the worst example of regulatory capture in the federal government.
    Their corruption means we can have no confidence in their handling of the supplement industry either.
    They should not censor health care providers and must not be allowed to arrogate themselves more powers.

  18. Cheryl A Jones says:

    PLEASE DO NOT MESS WITH OUR VITAMINS OR ANYTHING ELSE PERTAINING TO THIS, WE DEPEND
    ON FREE MARKET AND NOT A SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT.

  19. Marvin L. Zinn says:

    Other than inspections and releasing information to the public, no government official from any position has a constitutional right to prevent or hide what we research and accept from it.
    Most of my 74 years I have eaten healthier food and used herbs instead of drugs. Yes, they may be slower to reduce the problem, but with no side effects I have to worry about. From what I learned is based on independant studies supported with naturopathic doctors. That is a lot safer than any business supporting pharmaceutial profits.

  20. Janet Golubski says:

    This world is ridiculous. What gives them the right to tell a person what they are allowed to take. This must stop now and leave the supplement industry alone.

  21. Lucy N. Stoy says:

    Natural treatments and supplements are a VERY important part of taking care of our health. I have used natural remedies for many years and thankfully many of my physicians have recommended them also. PLEASE do not take away natural remedies from us! Thank you!

  22. Jessica Rose says:

    I rely on my supplements for a healthy life.

  23. Karl Hamann says:

    Do not curtail access to health supplements!

  24. Scott Jon says:

    Release physicians’ gag order and do not overly regulate the supplement business…unless the manufacturers reside outside the U.S.. Supplements works…I am proof.

  25. James Rovitto says:

    FDA,leave our supplements alone,this a free country and we deserve to have choices.You are playing games with our right to life,liberty and pursuit of happiness.You are not fooling anyone,you and big pharma trying to rig the system in your favor,we the people will never let you do that!!!

  26. Ben Adam says:

    They are a troublesome employee with zero loyalty to their boss: We, the taxpaying humans.

  27. Thomas Braun RPh says:

    Why is it that the FDA is not taking the proper action to stop the shipment of generic drugs from East India and China where GMP’s are being ignored and too many drugs are contaminated with cancer causing agents. Cellular health depends on a rich wholesome diet which most Americans don’t have and it has been documented by the Dept of Agriculture. Is their motivation being pushed by Big Pharma? NAC it is reported is under attack for conversion to RX status. Key to liver health and fighting viruses like Covid.

    • Ann says:

      Excellent post! Yes, just follow the money. All the posts here with people being helped with NATURAL food supplements is the exact reason TOO Big Pharma wants them taken away. It hurts their pocketbook. My healthy lifestyle goes back to the 70s and little by little, as I learned about natural healing, I was overjoyed and never looked back. I have a library of books and never stop researching. We MUST fight this giant evil organization…several of them with their hands in the same deep pocket. The FDA started out as a ‘helpful’ organization but no longer do they care about our health. It’s the MONEY. Cancer is huge & fills their bank accounts, along with the other top diseases. If they wanted to HELP us, they would spread the word about healthy foods and exercise. Research.

      And I don’t see how they are allowed to destroy NATURAL FOOD ITEMS. I did notice one comment above from a poster in the nursing field wanting standards. How about the meds they push through causing only more health problems? I’m a senior who looks and feels like a 30 yr. old without any drugs.

      If you are still eating processed – bags, boxes, cans – food, give up gluten & sugar, and eat pure (organic when possible) veggies, fruits, and grass-fed meat. Diet plays a huge part of your health.

  28. Alice says:

    Not all people believe it is safe to take pharma drugs. The ones that don’t should have the choice to be able to take care of their own health.

  29. JD Brandenburg says:

    Since the CDC admits that the COVID 19 virus has never been isolated, how could there be treatments and vaccines for something that doesn’t exist?!?!?

  30. GENEVIEVE FOLTZ says:

    FREEDOM OF MEDICAL CHOICE IS OUR RIGHT. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR HEALTH.

  31. Carol Gauthier says:

    Free all supplements for patients choice

  32. Evelyn Donica says:

    Leave our access to supplements alone. Individuals are smart enough to do research regarding the ones that will be benefitual. The government oversight is not needed or wanted.

  33. mary frank says:

    I think Big Pharma has made tons of money, so why do they obviously feel threatened by nutritional supplements? If I have to give up my supplements, it would not change what, if any, prescription drugs I take/may take..

  34. STAN MRAK says:

    This NDI notification system (think of it as “new supplement” notification) threatens the entire future of the supplement industry and must be opposed.

  35. Bernadette Belcastro says:

    Why can the President receive supplements but the general public cannot. Are we not as important to our country?

  36. Lorrie says:

    Keep Bill Gates away from the FDA. We don’t need to have our health suffer because of his special interest in supporting FDA and anyone with his donations. We need our own choices, vaccines are dangerous and that’s what all the attempted control over our supplements is about.

  37. stephanie okonek says:

    its outrageous but never surprising how our corrupt government/big pharma keep attempting to control this industry. they cannot be trusted. they will dilute the standards of the supplement industry and who knows what other questionable ingredients they would include/exclude in their products. We need freedom of choice as to what we put in our bodies. There are so many high quality supplement manufacturers out there now. Will be a travesty if they are put out of business. Just one more socialist attempt to control…

  38. I take many different supplements for my on-going health issue. I need these supplements. My doctor knows which supplements I am taking and she is in agreement with having me take them.

  39. Rosa Garcia says:

    Do not process this law. Nature will always heal us.

  40. NN TAMIR says:

    The air quality, the water quality and most importantly the earth is so depleted and toxic that the ONLY way to stay healthy and age gracefully is through supplementation of high quality and organic products.

  41. Bobbye Simms says:

    If the President can be treated successfully with supplements–for COVID and the public is not informed about this–how can the Public trust the government who appears to be controlled by the drug industry which does not want the public to know about natural supplements’ healing powers. Any competition for Big Pharma –according to “them” must be squelched in order to maintain their huge profits! I entreat our government to PROTECT us–the American public from the greed of large pharmaceutical companies which sell products with huge “poisonous” side effects and ask that our government allow supplement companies to have a lessening of restrictions instead of more–for the benefit of their competition: DRUGS!!

  42. John Schmidt says:

    I am 69 years old and my health is excellent due to my daily intake of supplements and vitamins. I do not require any pharmaceutical drugs. Please do not outlaw supplements!

  43. Joan Walker says:

    Leave the supplements alone.

  44. Nicholas Walker says:

    We went through all this some years ago. Why do we not learn and have to do it all over again?

  45. Kalyn McCloud says:

    Preventative medicine through supplements and natural treatments are urgently needed to both help prevent, and alleviate the severity of COVID-19. Ungag the doctors NOW.

  46. Phillip O'Neil says:

    Supplements are an important part of many Americans health care regiment. In America we should have the right to choose how we take care of ourselves, whether that means taking prescribed medications or taking over the counter medications or using herbal supplements.

  47. Kathie says:

    Supplements and vitamins are essential for our health. They assist us in fighting disease and
    Get to root of health problems – allowing body to heal itself
    It is essential we have freedom to purchase them – our choice to manage our health!!!

  48. Kris Knoll says:

    Supplements are a HUGE support to Americans. STOP threats to control/remove them from us!

  49. Steven Hern says:

    I support the petition to ungag doctors so that they can share with patients the benefits of supplements and natural treatments for COVID.

  50. Tim Lawless says:

    Please don’t adopt the draft NDI guidance to unnecessarily reduce the availability of safe supplements on the market. Our health and lives depend on wellness products like this.

  51. Carolyn Wegner says:

    I’ve utilized supplements for my wellbeing for decades.
    I am diabetic and have osteoporosis, using various supplements for these maladies and also for continuing good health. I count on these supplements for sustenance and also for glaucoma of my eyes. Please . . . Please don’t do Anything to hamper my and many other persons ‘ having the ability to Help Themselves with chosen supplements for well-being. Carolyn Wegner

    • Drina Brooke says:

      I hope that many, many people and the natural health industry, will sue the FDA like mad. It is high time for the medical violence against those relying on natural health regimes to stop.

  52. Elba L.Torres says:

    Me opongo al borrador de la guia del NDI

  53. Alena jordan says:

    Please do not take away our choice. No one is making you take Supplements if you don’t want to.

  54. Mike Stapleton says:

    Keep our supplements

  55. LeonJeffrey Lickteig says:

    Hello: this is Freedom of Speech

  56. Suzanne Alawa-Molit says:

    I respectfully ask Congress to oppose the draft NDI guidance for many reasons but specifically because I tested positive for Covid-19 and had only two symptoms, a runny nose and loss of taste and smell, which lasted 3 days. After quarantine, I continued to take the supplements I have taken since March to build my immunity and this has surely worked by keeping my immune system strong. I am 71 years old, am still employed full time, have been taking supplements since my 20’s, can run around most people logically and I take NO medications.
    Beyond Covid-19,access to food supplements are vital for people to either sustain or build their health or even to hedge their bets against poor eating, drinking and sleeping habits. Please let this continue to be the choice of “We the People” and not limit or over-regulate it to such a degree that we have no choice in the matter. I respectfully submit my request.

  57. Suzanne Alawa-Molit says:

    I respectfully ask Congress to oppose the draft NDI guidance for many reasons but specifically because I tested positive for Covid-19 and had only two symptoms, a runny nose and loss of taste and smell, which lasted 3 days. After quarantine, I continued to take the supplements I have taken since March to build my immunity and this has surely worked by keeping my immune system strong. I am 71 years old, am still employed full time, have been taking supplements since my 20’s, can run around most people logically and I take NO medications. Access to food supplements are vital for people to either sustain or build their health or even to hedge their bets against poor eating, drinking and sleeping habits. Please let this continue to be the choice of “We the People” and not limit or over-regulate it to such a degree that we have no choice in the matter. I respectfully submit my request.

  58. Linda Lane says:

    Looks like big Pharma and the drug industry wants to make more profit from supplements and natural treatments that are available for reasonable prices. Greed is the Pharmaceutical mantra. HUmmm the same mantra as republicans.

  59. Peter Pavlov says:

    I am 71 and I retired from work about three months ago. I have been using vitamins and supplements since I was in my early 20’s, with no apparent ill effects. I buy only from reputable retailers. I would not like it if after all of these years, I could no longer purchase vitamins and supplements, or if I had to pay exorbitant prices for them.
    I do not expect, or want, the government to take care of me or provide for me. I’m a big boy now.
    Don’t foul it up.

  60. APRIL McMillen Johnson says:

    Supplements, NOT prescription medications, have cured numerous ailments for me. I no longer have a pre-cancerous esophageal condition mainly because of supplements!

  61. Thomas Shepherd says:

    FDA quit hiding your bias for big pharma and let smart people make their own decisions on what is healty and good for themselves. We will not tolerate control freaks, period.

  62. Thomas Shepherd says:

    FDA, quit trying to hide your greedy bias for big pharma, and let smart people take care of their own tried and true health decisions. We will not tolerate you control freaks.. ever.

  63. Bharat Adarkar says:

    Ungag doctors so that they can share with patients the benefits of supplements and natural treatments for COVID.

  64. Lisa Hagan says:

    Big Pharma gets enough money, leave the supplements ALONE

  65. Virginia mainus says:

    Protect our rights to have supplements with out restrictions

  66. Don’t further enslave us to the giant monopoly of Big Pharma and their peddlers, medical doctors.

  67. Terry Nation says:

    Natural remedies are part of creation and sustained all life from the beginning!
    Drugs came long after creation and were part of experiments conducted by germans AND drug companies during WW2!
    Drugs are not natural and cannot support health. In fact drugs cause complications that Pharma and medical enjoy due to additional prescription requirements to control symptoms caused by other drugs! A vicious cycle that only gets worse for the patient!
    Please share the truth that our government officials are treated with supplements when a true healing must take place!
    Also, please allow doctors to receive medical school training in supplement use and remove the gag orders which will allow doctors to treat patients with natural remedies.
    Not everything is perfect and deaths from drugs is real but suppressed. Natural remedies are also not perfect but preferred by many!

  68. MaryLou Lyons says:

    I am over 80 years old. I am unbelievably healthy. I take no medication.

    I do not have longevity in my genes. I totally attribute my health to the supplements that I have been taking.

    Do not compromise my health by taking them away.

  69. Drina Brooke says:

    Not everybody can take BigPharma’s drugs. The side effects, written on throw-away pamphlets, can affect any number of people. Those with medical vulnerabilities are even more likely to develop side effects.
    A decade ago, I had understood that 25% of the nation was using complementary or holistic medicine, because of side effects from mainstream medications. That number has since grown larger.
    We are guaranteed the right to life by the US Constitution itself. The 14th amendment says that “The States shall make no laws abridging the immunities and privileges of the citizens of the United States” and by extension, neither shall the US Government. We are, under Constitutional law, guaranteed our privileges and immunities. We expect, as we pay with our tax dollars, that the government, its agents, the FDA, and all other official sources and persons, abide by the laws of our founding fathers.
    “First do no harm” is another oath that we expect you to live by, paid by our tax dollars.
    We have very right to access to supplements that are helpful to our health and wellbeing. To undermine this access is in some cases, depending on the individualized matters at hand, to inflict medical harm. Contrary to many false claims, the supplements are very much scientifically studied.
    I write this to you with deep concern and unhappiness. I prefer praise. Thank you.

  70. Felicia says:

    Leave our supplements alone. Focus on improving current attempts to heal with products not part of nature.

  71. Toni says:

    Do not ruin the supplement industry.

  72. Please do not limit access to nutritional supplements. DRUGS cannot solve our problems, only God given nutrition can.

  73. Jane says:

    FDA = Fatal Drugs Allowed
    They are a runaway freight train heading for disaster, already destroying lives.

  74. Tina says:

    I wholeheartidly agree! Leave supplements alone and remove Doctor’s gags. Otherwise, we can’t call ourselves FREE. It took me a long time to find supplements and they changed my life rolling back some 20 years! My M. D. noticed me a few years ago and commented, “You look like you’re feeling better. You’re taking supplements, aren’t you”?

  75. Larry Ryan says:

    The FDA needs to keep its hands off the supplement industry. Supplements are food. They may have gone through purification processes but they are not “chemicals from hell” as are the drugs produced by big pharma. And this bill is to protect the interests of the drug companies rather than the protection of the populace. This is wrong and must not be allowed.

  76. Sherron Hall says:

    It’s time to take action and sue the HELL out of these jerks who want to destroy our health. I’ll be the first to join in!!! I’m sick and tired of these Swamp feeders, it’s time to teach THEM a lesson!!!!!!!!

  77. George Arditi says:

    I have leukemia and relie on my supplements for survival. Do not burden them in any way.

  78. Gypsy Rader says:

    Stop controlling our bodies!!!

  79. Please don’t let the bullies at big phrama take our supplement’s away.Millions pf people depend on them.I feel like they are God’s cures and I love them. I stay healthy taking them. signed: Marianne Daniels.

  80. Vicki Ellen says:

    Supplements fill the needs of many of us that are sensitive to prescription medications. Please keep big Pharma out of supplements and herbal remedies. I have never had side effects from this modality and have always had side effects from any prescription meds. This falls in the mindset of first and foremost, “Physician do no harm”! Many of us need this protocol!!

  81. Marie Angela says:

    I totally agree. We are not mice in a lab.

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