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Update: Senator McCain Cosponsors a New Bill That Threatens Your Access to Supplements and Repeals Key Sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

A wide variety of organizations, working together with ANH-USA, have swung into action to stop John McCain’s new bill that threatens dietary supplements. Already thousands of messages are on their way to Capitol Hill in protest. Please be sure that your message is among them. If you have not already done so, please take action now.
As we told you last week, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have cosponsored a new bill misleadingly called Thestop Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). DSSA would repeal key sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), signed into law by then-President Clinton.
DSHEA protects supplements 1) if they are food products that have been in the food supply and not chemically altered or 2) if they were sold as supplements prior to 1994, the year that DSHEA was passed. If a supplement fits one of these two descriptions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot arbitrarily ban it or reclassify it as a drug. DSHEA provides the framework for effective regulation of dietary supplements by the FDA.
The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) would eliminate the supplement protections contained in DSHEA and allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arbitrary authority to draw up a list of what supplements can be sold and at what potency levels. Europe is currently limiting both supplements and potencies to ridiculous levels. If DSSA passes, the FDA, beholden as it is to drug interests, would move to do the same in the US.
Please take action now.
The purported emergency giving rise to DSSA is illegal steroid use by athletes. The bill is supported by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which is funded by major league sports teams including baseball, football and others. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has urged its adoption. In his comments, Senator McCain cited six NFL players recently suspended for testing positive for banned substances and allegedly exposed to these substances through dietary supplements.
The FDA currently has complete and total authority to address illegal steroids and, more broadly, to regulate dietary supplements. If the FDA were policing rogue products adulterated with steroids as current law requires, the NFL violations would not have happened.
DSSA also requires the reporting of even minor adverse events related to supplements. This is in addition to the already existing requirement to report serious adverse events. This will further stack the deck against small supplement companies by creating new, unnecessary, even more cumbersome, and of course very expensive administrative hurdles.
It will also give the FDA, which ignores very large numbers of serious adverse reports involving drugs, including many deaths, more ammunition to use in its capricious war against food supplements.
The likely result: the consolidation of the supplement industry into a few big companies selling many fewer supplements at much lower doses. These large companies would also very likely be owned by drug companies.
The bottom line: our health would be almost completely controlled by the FDA and drug companies.
Please take action now.
Natural Products Association executive director John Gay has issued the following statement in response to Senator McCain’s proposed legislation: “Our industry has long supported efforts to remove the relatively few bad actors who market adulterated products. We have advocated for additional enforcement funds for regulators, and for giving regulators additional authority to act. What we cannot support is wholesale changes to a regulatory structure that is working, and could work better if the measures we have supported were adopted. A series of new laws for criminals to ignore is not the answer. Some seek to paint with an awfully broad brush. For example, the idea that the 150 million Americans who use dietary supplements are gambling with their health by shopping at mainstream stores just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Hyperbole does not lead to sound policy.”
Council for Responsible Nutrition president Steven Mister offers his comment as well: “Dietary supplements have a very strong safety profile and consumers should continue to feel confident in the supplements that they are taking.”
Senator McCain’s proposed legislation highlights the mindset at the FDA, dubbed the Fear and Denial Administration by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). The FDA, which is responsible for guarding the health of American citizens, is hostile to the kind of natural medicine—based on lifestyle choices, nutrition, dietary supplements, and exercise—that is both effective and sustainable.
Senator McCain appears to have been naïvely sold a bill of goods from vested interests. It is clear he does not know that he is being used by these interests in opposition to the wishes of tens of millions of Americans who supplement wisely to maintain optimal health. If you have not done so already, please take action now or read more about The Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010.

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154 thoughts on “Update: Senator McCain Cosponsors a New Bill That Threatens Your Access to Supplements and Repeals Key Sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

    • Chuck Wilkerson

      You!!!!, mister mccain are simply a huge member of the frigging party of NO!!!!!

      • Bill Kapp

        Experiance says it all.Several years ago I had retinal surgery.I collapsed and was dizzy for weeks.
        The next operation I used supplements one week before my next surgery.I was up and ready to go the next day.I was held for three days due to the nature of the surgery.I told everyone there ,my health was improved by the use of supplements.Im 56 now and I still use them. Can you run a 40 mile warm up.Its endless.
        Education ,,,makes all the difference……….

  • Marcla

    Leave me and my suppliments alone. Leave me my FREEDOM to alternative medicine instead of making big pharma, insurance agencies rich. I WILL NOT PAY FOR DOCTORS TROPHY WIVES PLASTIC SURGERY OR THEIR BRAT CHILDRENS PRIVATE SCHOOLING when everyone else has to go to PUBLIC schools.
    WE all know you ALL get kickbacks from all of this BS, and you live the lives of the rich. WE THE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF IT.

  • Marc Stacy

    What’s wrong with this man? I’m not messing with his right to be stupid! I’m not messing with his right to be ugly! Why do people…once they get power…why do they feel the need to hurt other people?

    • He has either been bought off, lied to or has no knowledge of nutrition. No matter what his reason he will do more damage than he now realizes which is what most politicians end up doing anyway, They are really beginning to disgust me.

  • Rita Meyer

    Mr. Mc Cain, Please vote no and do not allow this bill to pass. Don’t you know how dishonest big pharm and the FDA are? I have had no success with allopathic but many successes since I have studied and used alternative. I do not believe you have the right to take another one of our God given freedoms away. Every year hundreds of thousands die from drugs and surgery. There are very few to none that die from natural remidies. Don’t you think God put these things at our disposal for a reason? I did vote for you because to me Republican means God like, common sense . I can’t even believe that you would co sponsor such a bill.

    • Jeanne Hubay

      I echo your comments! I have relied on food supplements and vitamins for the past 33 years.
      My Ohio senators will be hearing from me TODAY !!!

  • Pam French

    Alliance for natural health send me petitions, this is a total infringement on our freedom and personal health…. I work in a health store, and am connected to alot of people who will not be happy about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let’s get the message out…. Boldly. Please get in touch with me with mail required (will not be published) on leave a reply…

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  • Rose C

    So, what will the government attempt to regulate next? Orange? Orange Juice? Grapefruits? Vegetables? Flowers? Plants? After all, they have been used since time began to keep people healthy naturally and they contain natural vitamins and minerals that keep people healthy. Why doesn’t the U.S. Congress stay out of our lives and stop acting as the gestapo and start listening to their constituents and correcting the real problems like terrorism; economics, and jobs?

    • Ascendedone

      They are already messing around with our food…the Corporations (i.e., now our government) MONSANTO to be direct is patenting all of our seeds to control them AFTER they genetically engineer them into poisonous substances! They are destroying our earth and it’s already far along in progress. McCain and all the sell outs KNOW what’s going on! That’s why they seem to do the unthinkable! Anything for money and the power it brings.

    • Margaret Ann

      On October 17, 2005, the FDA sent warning letters to 29 companies that market cherries. In these letters, the FDA threatened these companies with legal action and told them they had to remove the scientific information on their websites that described the health benefits of the natural medicines found in cherries, such as the anthocyanins that reduce inflammation for arthritis sufferers.
      Read the complete article at

    • CJ

      This is exactly what they plan to do. There are some really evil, and/or mentally disturbed individuals that have risen to the ranks of CEO, etc. who really don’t respect life but they do anything for money.
      This is the definition of Fascism, and the money that is generated from such go towards funding their favorite puppets. This has nothing to do with banning steroids, which the alphabet soup of the USA can easily do without this law designed to trick the majority of the USA into giving up their own rights and freedoms. This law attempts to use sports fans displeasure with cheating as a tool to pass a ban on real good natural medicines available to all. Why is it that the pharmaceutical industry is so interested in backing politicians who hunt for oil half way across the world, when there is oil at home, and also ways to make drugs that don’t involve oil? There are even ways to make oil from things like trash and algae. The answer is that synthetic drug manufacture and distribution is heavily reliant on the petrochemical industry that relies on oil. All of this then is a pretext to rob and enslave the middle class and poor, by people who think they are somehow privileged humans.
      Anyone who has the responsibility of power must use it ethically, and benevolently. There are so few people who power doesn’t corrupt. It’s an age old story that must be repeated over and over.

  • Mary Wortham

    We have enough regulations now – please let us make choices on our own. We don’t need
    new regulations.

  • Terrie Martin

    To Sen. McCain and any other Senators who are or are considering sponsoring this bill…..DO NOT support it!
    Of all the issues this country and our citizens are facing, why on earth are you trying to “fix” an issue that is not broken.
    Senators or Representatives who sign on as co-sponsor of this bill or support this 2010 Dietary Supplement Safety Act will not get my support in the future!

  • Dr. Sara DeHart

    This bill is clearly sponsored and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. Leave supplements alone and write bills that will actually protect US consumers such as removing those people from FDA panels who have research or othe monitary ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Louis Hagene

    Please Senator McCain do not take more of our Freedoms. If you take away our suppliments you only empower big drug companies to further oppress those of us that choose health.



    • sarah

      As it stands now, a ‘supplement’ label may claim, for example, 1000 mg calcium, but there is no regulation or enforcement of that.
      Would this bill mean that if the label says, for example, 1000 mg calcium nitrate, that the product has to have that, rather than perhaps half the stated amount?
      I am not arguing, I’m just asking a question.

  • Ann Curtis

    Do your job and get rid of inferior products and illegal substances, like it’s in your job description and should be a priority. Leave whole food supplements ALONE! They are why I’m finally getting my health back. There is nothing wrong with good, clean, healthy food supplements. I don’t tell you who to see or how to doctor; leave me and my whole food, all natural medical regime alone!

  • Robert Gravlin MSW. LCSW

    Keep the government out of my choice of health supplements. We don’t need more government intrusion in our lives especially from an FDA which already prostitutes itself to big pharma and to the food industry.

  • Karen Redd

    What is this a communist country? You want to gouge your grubby little fingers into EVERYTHING we have? Has the government not got enough already? You make me sorry that you got my vote and maybe even happy that you lost. You are the kind that engenders hatred of people of your sort, you have no business whatsoever getting your hands on our supplements, you just can’t stand it that we have the freedom of choice to buy anything that we want and you want to stick out your pouty little bottom lip and TRY to show that you are the tough guy. Well guess what, you’re gonna lose LITTLE guy, as long as this is a free country THANK GOD. As long as freaks like you don’t get their way.

  • C. Martin

    Please do not further regulate the food and supplements that provide healthy nutrition. Do something that actually helps our country instead. There are lots of choices. Thank you.

  • Christian Rudolph

    What right do you have to interfere with my right to have industry regulated to protect me from corporations whose only motive is profit?
    Senator McCain, you are showing just how deep in the pockets of big business you really are. Leave the regulations in place and leave my supplements alone!
    America has REAL problems that you should be addressing, like the fact that your previous bill to get big money out of politics has been made a joke! You are a laughing stock Mr. McCain! No wonder you chose the dimwit Sarah Palin to be your running mate. It’s like you’re laughing at We The People, trying to see just how far you can push us. NO! We didn’t vote for you to be our leader for a reason!

  • Ron Klopfanstein

    Please do not deny my access to my daily supplements. Do Not Pass this bill and DO NOT repeal any sections of the DSHEA.

  • Barbara M. Bowman

    I appeal to all who value excellent health to make your voice heard on this important health freedom issue. Many ‘dis-ease’ conditions are due to inadequate nutrition. Natural health supplements are very beneficial for individuals who have not tolerated the debilitating side-effects and adverse reactions of conventional medications.
    People in America deserve the right to make informed choices regarding their health. This proposed bill is NOT for our protection! Research the numbers. MANY more people have been injured or DIED from prescription medications than from natural remedies.
    retired R.N.

  • Timera Worthen

    Sure, you want to cut down on natural vitamins because of your stock in pharmacudicals! (Sorry for the spelling)
    You can’t even get the Coverage for people without insurance..God, leave us alone!!
    You have everything, we have nothing!!
    I use natural vitamins and my health is better. Calcium..I am 52 and need the calcium.
    LEAVE IT ALONE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • This is a global movement trend that is steam rolling. Natural health is under attack – make no mistake. What happened in the early 1900s is in the background again (still) trying to manipulate our lives: big business pharmaceuticals working to keep the corporate dollar control. The FDA already has authority to regulate the steroid issues. They do not need this bill proposal.

  • Deborah, in Denver Co.

    I am compelled to comment on this very important issue! Health is a gift from The Lord! I intend to protect it as I have for the past 40 years with “Natural Products” such as foods, supplements, homeopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine Products(made from Natural ingredients), herbal products, exercise and proper rest! In a world gone nuts with Drugs, Drugs and more Drugs we need to stop and see where we are headed and the damage that already been done due to dependence on Pharmaceutical Companies and their products!
    We (including me) the people of this UNITED STATES OF AMERICA say NO! NO! NO! to Government control of what God intended for us to use freely: plants, fruits, vegetables, grains and even certain animals for our protein! Products that help maintain or correct the delicate balance of our temples should be given FIRST priority in our “so called health care programs”! Now if you want to put a stop to anything I would strongly suggest taken the medical marijuana clinics and closing them all down before problems begin on a much larger scale than we could possibly imagine! So in closing this letter: Send this message to Senator John McCain and the Drug companies:
    Keep your hands to yourselves, mind your own business and know that “WE who oppose your plans” are much BIGGER than you think and “We will put our foots down on this bill before it gets started!

  • karen

    Senator McCAin:
    Please do not take away our rights to choose supplements.
    The American people have rights to choose food and supplements.
    Leave our choices of food and supplements alone.

  • Billie Coleman

    We have enough regulations now – please let us make choices on our own. We don’t need
    new regulations.

  • Susan Levine

    I consider freedom to choose one’s own supplements an alienable right of the people, guaranteed by the Constitution. Freedom to choose one’s own religion is nourishment for the soul. Freedom to choose one’s supplements is nourishment for the body. I feel that big money and greed are behind McCain’s bill – a way for Big Pharma to exert more control and power. Concern for people’s health – are you kidding? Greed, money, power is what is beind this disgusting bill. I add my voice – leave my supplements alone.

  • Lisa

    The last time I looked we lived in the United States which is based on the constitution, and we as citizens have rights. Since when does the Government (Mr. McCain) have the right to tell me what I can and cannot put in my own body. Leave the Supplement Industry alone Mr. McCain. All you are trying to do is make the rich richer and the poor poorer (meaning the drug industry).

  • Jeanne

    Leave our supplements alone. We know what is best for us not goverment officials. You need to get out of your Washington Bubble and see what real people want.

  • Dear Mr. McCain – I have had vitamins all my life. My life depends on them. I am a 65 years old woman who takes vitamins every single day. Please do not pass this bill. You have been ill informed about vitamins. I cannot believe you are doing this.
    Thank you.

  • John Wood II

    What would Sarah Say?? Come on John.we need a new FDA.
    Just say no to the
    big drug companies. You don’t need their allowance!!

  • Pete

    Why hasn’t there been a congressional investigation of the antics of the FDA and Big Pharma? Are they in bed with the drug companies too? In their efforts to suppress any natural substance that has health benefits the FDA is using tactics that if you or I tried them we’d get a nice long stay in the cooler. But the FDA does it with impunity. Case in point: Greg Caton. Greg was living in Ecuador, not bothering anybody except the US pharmaceutical industry. The FDA duped Interpol into putting Greg on their wanted list, bribed local officials into having him arrested, then while he was awaiting a hearing FDA officials kidnapped him, stuffed him on a commercial airliner flouting a local judge’s order that he was not to be removed, flew him to Miami and put him in a holding facility. What happened to him after that apparently nobody knows. His crime: Making and distributing a cure for cancer that works.
    This is not some harebrained conspiracy theory. It’s all over the Web. Just do a Google for Greg Caton and you’ll get over 100,000 hits. Here’s one:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/027750_Greg_Caton_FDA.html And this is not an isolated incident. The FDA is now threatening to raid cherry growers if they don’t stop making health claims for their product. These are claims that have been proven to be true, like cherry juice relieves gout. but the FDA doesn’t want you to know it because it might take some business away from the big drug companies.
    Natural supplements have a proven safety record, in many cases are more effective than patent drugs, and have none of their toxic side effects. But the drug companies want to turn them into illegal “drugs” that will never gain FDA approval because they can’t be patented, and are in competition with drug manufacturers.
    Do by all means write your congressmen and demand a congressional investigation into the FDA and their behavior and tactics, and do protest this latest effort to deny us of natural substances which enhance our health, and tell them not to pass the McCain bill. Also be sure to point out the safety and effectiveness of natural supplements as opposed to patented drugs put out by the drug industry..

  • Polly Kearney

    Sounds like McCain is in bed with the big drug companies…maybe he gets his Cialis for free!? With all the challenges facing our country, John McCain decides this is what he is fighting for? To deny American citizens the right to manage their own health and make their own choices? To put tens of thousands of people out of work if this bill were to actually pass? What about free enterprise? John McCain and the rest of his Republican croanies are so hypocritical. They start screaming and kicking about too much government and over-regulating (’cause god forbid we regulate the financial institutions that lost all of our money!) but yet they want to regulate vitamins, and how much we consume!!!! Give me a break! John McCain needs to retire in his plush Arizona estate, take his Cialis, and sit in a bathtub outside!

    • Dan Hess

      I know more about my health than you or anyone else in the government. You are free to do whatever you feel is right for your health. Let the rest of us decide what is best for our health.

  • McCain knows this a government for corporations, not for the people. He’s done well for himself. That why guys like him flourish, will the rest of us plead , “please don’t make the basic life giving components of food illegal.

  • Mary Kanz

    Senator McCain:
    Why don’t you work on health care for everyone and make sure we have a CHOICE instead
    of focusing on our vitamins. LEAVE THEM ALONE. That is something we CAN choose right now.
    Leave it alone!!!!

  • loretta Barnes

    People that don’t know God don’t Know his word , read the BIBLE Geneiss 3:18
    If it’s not killing people like FDA food INC. Just let people the live ,because the herbs is not the probably it’s the poison in the food the people are eating do something about that.just leave well enough alone

  • Deborah

    Dear John,
    I took “natural” supplements until my tongue turned black, my hair fell out, my liver was
    congested, I had to take more supplements to counter the effects of the supplements,
    I lost my voice for 3 weeks, I sat on the toilet for days without relief, I contracted a virus
    due to a declining immune system, I was hospitalized due to kidney failure, my spouse
    left me because I was depressed, I became anxious and was diagnosed with a mental
    health illness, I tried to commit suicide, more supplements were given to me and I was
    institutionalized for 6 months. Now I just feel “lost”. But I’m sure there is some vitamin
    or mineral or other product that can “fix” me.
    I’m with you John!
    If the disclaimers for natural supplements were even 1/2 of the disclaimers for pharmaceutical
    drugs, supplements would have been outlawed across the board, permanently and completely.
    May cause drowsiness, loss of appetite, sexual difficulties…….. death. How often do we hear
    these disclaimers softly whispered by the drug companies in their ads?
    With extremely rare exception (mostly a weight loss or muscle building supplement that is not “natural”), supplements do not cause death, kidney and liver failure, suicidal ideation, depression, hair loss, loss of strength of the immune system, and a myriad of diseases and degeneration.
    The real quacks are the ‘prescribers’ and producers of mainstream pharmaceutical drugs while the FDA fully supports their quackery. The FDA dare not put them in the category of any serious risk or harm to those in this country who are seeking assistance with health issues via prescription or over the counter drugs. These companies and doctors just need to make their softly spoken disclaimers and all is “well”.
    Notice that as millions of Americans turn more and more to natural supplementation to remedy aches, pains, illness, and to maintain health, the FDA and the drug companies increase their campaigns against this competition. They don’t even have the concern they should be hiding their agenda. The convoluted insulation put forth by the government and mainstream medicine is solidly in tact. Still they perceive a big enough threat to their “industry” from supplements to attack natural supplementation and the doctors and practitioners who offer supplement advice in any way they can. As an aside: Quackwatch.org by the way is not an extensive site put together by one man. Think about it.

  • NO to GMOs

    This action of McCain’s clearly does nothing more than help Big Pharma and injure the ordinary person who would like to look after their own health issues.
    I support the action of this site, but I have a beef! I cannot support the action online as there is no option for Canadian or other countries than the US to send a supportive action letter. Why not? Millions of Canadians buy supplements from the US as do people from Europe and elsewhere. We should get to have in-put on this blatantly Big Corp money grab.

    • Hi NO to GMO’s. We are sorry that at this stage our system will only allow constituents to contact their own senators which does prevent Canadian residents from using our system. We would encourage you to write to U.S senators and we are grateful for the support of all our international readers.

  • Alex Ojeda

    This has already gone down in Canada! It’s a way to keep people from using natural supplements and driving them into the open arms of the Drug Companies. Now we know who is paying his salary!
    They don’t have a problem with calling Genetically Modified Lab experiments food, but they want to “protect” us from vitamin supplements.
    The only reason that we NEED VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS is that the GMO and industrial crops that we’re fed in the grocery store HAVE NO NUTRIENTS in them!
    It’s obvious that our ENTIRE government is owned by the banks, insurance and pharmaceutical corporations of the world. Now, with the supreme court allowing them to pay limitless amounts of money to coerce our politicians, this has become a country, by the corporations and for the corporations!
    John McCain is only doing what his employers want him to do! VOTE HIM OUT -if you still can!

  • i may not be understanding the particulars of this bill, but i am in FAVOR of limiting supplements. we should be getting our vitamins and minerals from natural sources, i.e., WHOLE FOODS!!
    supplements are mostly unregulated for efficacy and safety and are scrutinized only after enough adverse affects are reported. unscrupulous purveyors of useless supplements arise every day to dupe the public in the next, greatest one pill fits all micro nutrient.
    I’m surprised Organic Bytes would be supportive of any legislation to promote the use of supplements!!

  • Pat

    To McCain and all others in the Senate and Congress.
    You have no right to take our supplements from us. They are just food that can provide the
    body what it needs to function properly. Our supermarket foods no longer have enough of the right nutrients as they are picked green and the soiils they grow on are depleted. What you need to regulate is the Big Pharma that produces products that are toxic to the body and just treat symptoms with all kinds of very bad side affect. These companies are probably the ones that
    paid you off to do this. They do not want people to stay well. As a health prof. I am very
    disappointed in your ability to do the right thing for the people you are suppose to serve. I have spent the last ten years doing research on nutrition and health.
    We also do not Obama Care. Scrap it and start from scratch. You could not have read the whole things as it is unconstitutional and socialistic.
    all kinds of side affects and do not get to the cause.

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  • Rick McEwan

    The government does not have the right to control my right to the pursuit of happiness, and in this case, my health and well being.

  • John Hunter

    For crying out loud Senator McCain, if you want to help us, stop supporting legislation that is suppose to help protect us from our selves. We are grown adults and can make decisions for ourselves. After all we voted for you ????? Every time the government has tried to protect us from ourselves, all that happens is we either rely on the blackmarket for what we desire (risking incarceration), or are held hostage by mega businesses to jump through costly hoops to get what we desire. Either way, we, America loses one more freedom.

  • Melodie

    Supplements have given me my life back. After doctors told me there was nothing they could do for my chronic pain caused by gastro distress and diarhea, I read about supplements that helped the intestines. After taking them, I am back to normal. No more pain!
    Please do not do anything that will take natural remedies from us! We should have the right to purchase what we want and can help our quality of life.

  • Jim Healey

    Mr. McCain, you are 30 years passed your time for retirement. It is time for you to recall this very stupid bill, shut up and go HOME. Retire with as much dignity as you can. No more stupid bills to be presented by you. Just go home, NOW!

  • D.W.

    Why should the Federal Government even have laws against steroids? Yes, the leagues should have their own rules, and punishments (including fines and bans from games) for violations. Taking steroids for improving athletic performance is cheating, and should be treated by the leagues as cheating. And, if supplements are being used to sidestep this, the leagues should address the problem. If a supplement manufacturer is fraudulently putting steroids into supplements, this should be addressed as fraud and the manufacturer sued (among other sanctions) for this fraud.
    However, regulating my access to vitamins is not going to do a thing against professional athletes cheating. I have taken vitamins and minerals since college, with a 4-year break, and only had good results from my vitamins. While off the vitamins, I got noticeably more (and worse) colds and flus than while I was taking the vitamins. And I currently take supplements that help protect the liver (steroids actually ruin the liver). Taking these supplements off the market will not address the problem of athletes cheating in their games–they will just get their steroids illegally, while everyone else will be missing work and getting sick more often.
    Reporting even minor incidents and pulling supplements off the market for these incidents makes no sense. Some supplements carry minor incidents as signs that they are working–cleanses always cause possible diarrhea and flu-like symptoms for at least a short time. Also, someone might take a vitamin at the wrong time and be sleepy during the day or awake all night (which simply taking them at a different time would solve the problem). Vitamin pills also carry some risk of minor upset stomach–any pill of the same size carries the exact same risk, because it’s the pill itself and not the contents that are responsible. As for dying from taking vitamins, I feel the greatest risk of dying or serious injury comes from choking on the pill–exactly the same risk a drug pill of the same size and shape carries. Very few actually die from supplements, and most of those misused the supplements (Ephedra, taken before a hot workout, or in patients with very high blood pressure, aggravated the problems).
    Unlike the double- or triple-digit numbers of deaths from supplements in decades, I have heard various reports of six- and seven figure annual deaths from properly prescribed, properly administered prescription and non-prescription drugs. Depending on how the numbers are viewed, anywhere from 150,000 to 850,000 people die a year just from properly prescribed, properly administered prescription drugs. And that’s on top of inappropriately prescribed drugs (Michael Jackson, anyone?), errors in filling the prescription, mistakes in taking too many or the wrong drugs, or intentionally taking the whole bottle. Yet I do not see any “drug safety” act being passed to ban prescription drugs.
    And I do not believe that hogwash about people dying from not getting appropriate medical care. Anyone should have the right to take that risk–self-treating diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and the like. If you wish to treat it solely with vitamins and/or herbs, you should be allowed to take that risk. You are hurting no one else by doing this (except the drug companies that are trying to take the world at gunpoint and jail-point). However, one should not be forced to accept the risks of treating diseases solely with allopathic medicine against one’s will–Patrick Swayze should be able to attest to what happens when natural medicine is not even looked at as an option.
    I suggest that, if anyone votes to support this vitamin ban, or anything like it (or anything that could set up a ban on vitamins), that the voters should support a ban on that politician’s election prospects. And, give new elected members of Congress fair warning that selling out to the drug companies will result in immediate impeachment and disgrace.

  • Dagmar

    Dear John & Byron~
    Everyone is against you in this forum, it would appear. I am not. If, after reading it thoroughly, you guys are convinced it is a wise move, then do it. A lot of what we poorly informed consumers waste our hard-earned money on is useless or even BAD for us. Most people do not even need vitamins, generally. I don’t think the German government is so out of line banning certain supplements. I am certainly glad to see a bi-partisan idea/effort… on anything nowadays!

  • Debi Winegar

    Please do not co-sponsor Senator McCain’s Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). Please instead oppose it!

  • Allan R. Marshall, D.C.

    Once again Senator McCain seeks to replace Freedom of Choice with Freedom by Mandate. He would do well to consult with those he seeks to regulate.

  • Debbie Connery

    As an elected representative of the people …. Please hear us loud and clear and vote to represent us accurately … Do not deny our access to daily supplements. Do Not Pass this bill and DO NOT repeal any sections of the DSHEA.

  • Jill

    I am shocked to find Republican supported legislation desiring to employ more governmental control on my rights as a consumer. But the American public understands this proposed bill as a thinly-disguised witch hunt. We know Big Pharma/the drug lobby pulls the puppet strings for too many public health decisions in this country. We understand ‘alternative’ therapies as simply the alternative to a synthetically orchestrated chemical manufactured by a company with large pockets and even larger influence.
    We do not want all of our healthcare choice to be taken away from us by the industries that control the majority of the American healthcare decisions. Do not lump illegal and unsafe substances with proven safe and effectatious herbal, vitamin, and food supplements. The ethical supplement companies comply with and exceed FDA guidelines, providing a reliable health-promoting product.
    This is a sick and twisted game politicians are playing with our God given liberties and wellbeing. I am disappointed in Sens. McCain and Dorgan for playing along at the expense of the Health, Wellbeing, and Choice of the American People. I do not know if they are reimbursed sponsors of the drug lobby or merely ignorant dupes, but this bill fools no educated person.
    Vote NO on DSSA– the American public is watching you.

    • William H Nuesse MD PhD

      The American public deserves to be informed about what others (leaders and govt decision makers) think is good for the masses. However, more regulations, fines, and a mountain of paperwork later in the name of safety with food suppliments is both unnecessary and expensive. iT IS QUITE POSSIBLE TO DIE FROM DRINKING TO MUCH WATER SO WHY NOT REGULATE AND PUT PEOPLE IN JAIL FOR WATER DRINKING TO EXCESS. It will surely only result in much higher prices and blockade of helpful suppliments so that we are protected (much as the Soviet Union used to protect their citizens from exposure to foreign thought through a similar blockade called the Iron CURTAIN. While the Soviets realized the stifling effect and have losened their control of free enterprise the US moves ever closer to socialism in the hands of an ignorant few, who make work where there is no real product, and over-regulate virtually anything and everything under the sun. Truth in labeling would be welcomed by most, perhaps 2 labels one representing common use of a nutrient and the other the usual FDA rhetoric about safety and danger. Then the consumer (who isnt as ignorant as uncle Sam would have us believe) could make their own informed decision. I have practiced medicine for almost a quarter of a century having worked on both coasts at major medical centers like New York Medical College and UC Irvine MC and am a professor at the local medical school and have received the American Medical Associations Physician Recognition Award for 4 years running. I have never seen but only heard by reading old texts; of any vitamin or suppliment toxicity and not even a minor adverse event. With nutrients with this kind of safety profile surely should be left to the consumers discretion. If we dont we will be starting a rediculously expensive machine to do what is a common sense task. Obviously, we will certainly succeed only in pushing prices through the roof everything cost alot more to support more desk jokeys. As far as Im concerned and I have poled about 39 physicians at our hospital; the FDA and like organizations function should be limited to informing the public not arresting them. WITH ENTITIES LIKE FDA ETC THE US MEDICAL MAINSTREAM IS LIKE A CONVOY OF SHIPS WHERE THE SLOWEST SHIP SETS THE PACE. mAYBE THE aMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO VOTE ON MEASURES THEMSELVES AND NOT BE DEPENDANT ON “REPRESENTATION” BY SOMEONE WHO PROBABLY KNOWS LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT ISSUES IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US , THEY INSTEAD HEAR THE RAMBLINGS OF A FEW AND FOLLOW THE DOLLAR SIGN TO WORK ON SUSTAINING THEIR JOBS. dO NOT ALLOW THIS KIND OF BILL TO PASS AND IN FACT ANY BILL TO PASS WHICH ALLOWS THE FEW TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THE MANY. wE TRY TO STIFLE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND YET SENATORS SPONSOR BILLS FOR UNEEDED AND SUPERFLUOUS REGULATION FOR GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT REAL PURPOSE. WE SHOULD REPEAL ALL LEGISLATION WHICH IS OF THIS GUISE, NATURE, AND EXPENSE.

  • linda schmidt

    More & more, regulations (mostly sponsored by pharma) are taking away individuals’ rights and opportunities to determine for themselves what is good for them. The food industry is a good example, as is the pharmaceutical industry, of the unwholesome and dangerous food and medicines that poople are “encouraged” to use in order to be healthy. We know what is good for us, and the difference between natural wholesome supplements and the stuff pharma is pushing.

  • Christy

    It’s time that Congress works on a plan to get our country out of the economic mess it is in. It’s clear that big pharma has the tighest grip on Senator Cain’s balls. It is a choice of every American to purchase and consume any type of dietary supplement they choose. We are not asking Congress or big pharma to make this choice for us.

  • Nancy

    I’m definitely opposed to any limiting of my access to ANY food supplements of my choice. Who of us eats the perfect diet – even if the food we have access to did contain the vitamins it SHOULD.
    What I’m concerned about now is your statement:
    “Senator McCain’s proposed legislation highlights the mindset at the FDA, dubbed the Fear and Denial Administration by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). The FDA, which is responsible for guarding the health of American citizens, is hostile to the kind of natural medicine—based on lifestyle choices, nutrition, dietary supplements, and exercise—that is both effective and sustainable.”
    You are stating that the FDA is against EXERCISE! If you’ll say something like this – I question the truth is there in some of your other allegations?

  • Deborah Malone

    I Totally agree with Debra Winagar, she said;
    I say; AMEN to their Arrogence!
    Please Leave Our Supplements Alone…. They DO WORK !!!!!

  • Kim

    I thought he was in the party that didn’t want to regulate my life. What a crock! Wake Up! These politicians are ALL the same and they are ALL in the pockets of big corporations. I am intelligent enough to make my own decisions and I don’t need McCain’s or anyone elses help.

  • John Hunter

    I am a 30 year retired veteran and it is truely refreshing to see so many thoughtful individuals speaking out on this issue. CONGRESS, ARE YOU LISTENING?

  • F Ridenour

    McCain and Dorgan are either grossly naive or have been completely purchased lock stock and barrel by big medicin. Get out of my medicine cabinet and let me be responsible for me and my family. I don’t need the medling of big brother. This reminds me of why we need term limits to get these out of touch politicans out of office and back to work so they have a chance to see what it it like to be an average working American again. Also I propose a new challenge to Congress. Don’t pass any laws that give you special privliages that all citizens don’t recieve and like wise don’t pass any laws on citizens that you are excempt to. Less government is better – read the constitution and follow it ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Roxanne

    So, what do I tell my children? That the man we voted for, and whose book we have been listening to, “Character is Destiny”, has been bought out?
    Where is the character you speak so highly of?

  • Jurgen

    Isnt it funny how a bunch of congress men, many who smoke and drink on a regular basis and gorge themselves on lavish foods in quantities to feed a small country, feel the need to regulate supplements for my “safety”. If your so concerned about safety, why dont you give our soldiers some better armor, or better yet bring them home, we have bigger fish to fry so to speak.

  • Ema

    The US political system is broken because politicians are serving two masters: Their constituents who vote them into office and the special-interest lobbyists who influence them on legislation. I don’t think it will change though until we get rid of the lobbyists. I think its time to clean house we should vote to get rid of all the senators who side with the lobbyists.

  • Hello
    I am fighting for my life RIGHT NOW with cancer , NATURALLY…Without drugs!
    I know what this bill ,if passed ,would do to my future!

  • I wrote a letter to Senator McCain condemning his bill….which he actually brags about on his website. Better yet, I wrote to J.D. Hayworth …Republican opponent of McCain in upcoming Arizona Republican Senatorial Primary. ( [email protected] ) I told him about this natural health website….and why he should make a campaign issue out McCain’s bill….like how all of you fervently oppose FDA efforts/ desires to ban our supplements….I’m sure there are many like us in Arizona too.
    What could be better….if this becomes a campaign issue for McCain…and he looses…which is likely..we may finally get a national spotlight on HEALTH FREEDOM….. I urge you all to write, like I did to J.D. Hayworth.

  • Gee….that was quick….I didn’t realize JD Hayworth already has McCain’s bill as one of the issues he opposes McCain on. That’s great….you can still show him your support

  • Ingrid

    Canada here. You cannot tell me there is no collusion regarding this between the US and Canada . Later this year, Bill C-6, also known as the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act ( CCPSA ), will be reintroduced. This is, similarly to what McCain wants to sponsor, an attack on supplements. It gives Health Canada sweeping powers to enter private property without a warrant and search and seizure rights never before heard of.
    This is very clearly an attempt by the pharmaceutical industry to clear the field, and monopolize health care.
    Apparently, Health Canada is moving us towards a civil law model where rights are vested in the State, rather than the individual. This is occurring to harmonize regulations for international trade. If North America adopts the European Union model, the two trade areas can trade freely. This will benefit large corporations, and not the consumer.

  • Kathryn Turk

    Please do not co-sponsor Senator McCain’s Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). Please instead oppose it!
    Please stop this bill now!

    • Diane

      Thats right! Leave our supplements alone!!! I wouldn’t be here alive and well if it wasn’t for the amazing healing properties of natural supplements!!

  • Kathryn Boschert

    Leave our supplements alone! If something needs to be monitored I suggest better monitoring of drugs and the drug companies. Pharmaceuticals claim many lives every year.

  • Eddie Ford Jr

    You are going too have the FDA regulate substances_ People are waking up to what you are doing.We need a new FDA that actually protects us-I along with MILLIONS of others have been damaged SEVERELY from SSRI antideppressants-and that crap stays on the market for over 20 years?This stuff is becoming evident that the US government is killing people on purpose.Worried about our health-you are lying and you know it.People are waking up,and they are not very happy.Get us a new FDA,ban all these dangerous drugs,help people,taper off them,and then the public may start trusting you again-leave our supplements alone,and by the way I hope you burn in Hell for what you are doing to people who once trusted you.

  • William Vitalis

    Is Sunlight a Supplement that should be regulated as well?
    What has been given to the people by the CREATOR is for their use and freedom, not to be regulated by some man-made law based on profit motive under the guise of “helping people” and deciding what is best for them. FREEDOM is about deciding for oneself.
    The Constitution is designed to curb the powers of government and protect the people’s intrinsic
    ability to live life based on the two precepts of common law.
    1.Do not harm others or their property
    2. Do what you say you are going to do.
    Who take the oath of office Vow to uphold the Constitution ad the underlying spirit which the words contain.
    Where there is Freedom, their is quality obtainable at a fair price. I know many highly educated Europeans who purchase Supplements whenever traveling in the USA. Our free market has produced the best in the word. Big Pharm wants to control and profit at the expense of everyone else.

  • Heidi Bilbro

    I am one of the thousands of people who do not trust Pharmaceutical drugs. For a reason. Please leave me the option to take chinese herbs or food supplements instead. Smart consumers know which brands to trust and which are bogus – We do not need the FDA’s help on this.

    • Clara Lakatos

      Do we have freedom in the USA or don’t we? Why do we need to take drugs, when herbs would do the job to keep us healthy. Let me take care of my needs without the drug companies telling me what I could or couldn’t do!!!!

  • It is time to allow consumers to take responsibility for their own health. Do NOT give control over supplements to those who know little or nothing about them. (Doctor have little or no training in Nutrition.)
    Healthy, smart consumers who take full responsibility for their health means lower health care costs for the nation. By putting control of supplements into the hands of government and doctors, you will cause increased cost for those who can pay, increased insurance costs, and increased illness for those who cannot pay for medical care.

  • Christopher Szendroi

    Please leave our supplements alone. We have a right to choose for ourselves because we can know about what to choose.
    Christopher Szendroi

  • what so unbelieveable is, that if you visit a dr’s office for and examine etc, if you question him about a herb or vitamin etc , he looks at you with a blank stare or you go some hearts dr’s and other dr’ s you will find them selling a product vit or herb and saying theirs is the best. As for scrips they are handed out like candy with little or none research. It would appear they want the power to have you come to their office ,thereby getting paid for the visit and possible a kick back from the pham companies as they get from scrips, evidence of this goes to the incidence of (RED YEAST RICE) IN PLACE OF LIPOTOL don’t know if i spelled that right — but look at the evidence a long the line, omega only by the drug companies and vitamin d , etc all replacing the major drugs and the bad effects they produce in almost 99% of the proscribing. Qenzyme 10 is need after taking lip– because it depletes the body so bad,most people are not told thid an slowly deteriate in body and mind and i personally meet people who had this problem- the doctors an phar– are not God’s but the wisdom of time and tales and facts can be found in books etc ( the English sailor) suffered at seafor a long time teeth falling out and the cure simple fruit or vitamin c, all fact . Most if not all meds are made from plants and herbs, the only difference is the drug companies are in control of this and try always to prove the vit or herb is negative– they can’t patient even though they try ,big evidence of this REd yeast rice and vita D and the omegs (fish OIL) which you can buy at low prices .10.00 but the drugs wanted to patient this and sell at 100.00 bottle . |If |Mc Cain wants to do something Stop the import from China of |Bad products and have more inspection of the manufactures purity of products so .we can maintain the efficient use and gain the benefits !!

  • Kerry Counihan

    Herbs & supplements have turned my health around. Many of these have centuries of anecdotal use. Limiting our access to these supplements because of the misuse by professionals who should have been monitored by the current laws that are already not being enforced is like closing the gate after the horse is out. It solves nothing and only makes the situation worse.

  • William V. Fries

    Please, do not limit our access to those natural supplements which are not currently controlled by the FDA. The Federal Government needs to concentrate on National Security, and a “hands off” policy in all areas best controlled by a free market economy.

  • Charles Kendall,DVM,MPH

    DSHEA has worked well to permit innovation in the field of dietary suppliments without further “Big Government” interference and meddling.
    This is an action against my personal freedom.
    This seems out of line philosophically with my personal views.
    Senator McCain,Please drop this idea and let this bill die!!

  • C. Brett

    Not only should they NOT be limiting and controlling our current supplements, but they should be working on saving the rain forests where many other natural cures could be found in the future. How ’bout doing something intelligent, congressmen?

  • Rebecca Fong

    I definitely do not agree that dietary supplements should be treated as a prescription drugs as that would not only inflate the cost. It would not give me the liberty to take herbs or food supplements. I do not understand why FDA wants to regulate this when good products speaks for itself in the avalanche of vitamin supplements in the market.

  • L Williams

    I strongly recommend that you STOP this bill in its tracks. Regulation of natural vitamins and supplements is the worst thing anyone could do. This looks like another attempt to give unwarranted economic power to greedy drug companies and impair the public’s ability to make their own (adult) decisions on health care. How many more issues will be attacked in this arena before this country has a viable health care plan that’s anything close to other countries? How much more nitpicking of our rights do we have to put up with before someone puts a halt to the idiocy? I’m a long time user of beneficial vitamin and herbal supplements, some of which have even recently been recommended by my mainstream primary care physician. Why? Because the prescription drugs caused side effects that I’m still suffering from and the medical condition still needs to be treated with something. Even my own doctor admits that an all natural supplement is worth a try. In the meantime, I’ve found natural vitamins to be an important health tool that keeps me in much better condition than if I depended on my doctor to prescribe pills that don’t work and cost much more than I can afford. So, Please Kill This Bill before it does irreparable damage.

  • Naoma McClung

    And I thought McCain was for keeping Big Brother Government out of my personal affairs….Please oppose this legislation that will regulate supplements. What next! Are they going to tell me what to have for breakfast!

  • Bev M

    Looks to me like McCain has been bought out by Big Business.
    Leave my supplements and only form of health alone! I have taken to managing my own health with diet & supplements and information – since mainstream health care became way too expensive for me some years ago (stuck working in temporary jobs for years with no health insurance).
    I now believe that Big Pharma and the AMA and most American corporations (including the food industries) care a lot more for their profits than my health – and I’m just fine with doing without them. In fact, at this point, I’d prefer to do without them!
    McCain & others need to get busy passing laws to regulate real Big Business crooks – like maybe those ineffective Wall Street people who got us into this Recession – and get off the backs of those of us who are working to take care of ourselves!
    Isn’t it funny how Republicans call for “less government” – except when it means squashing the rights of smaller groups and businesses!
    Tell them to BACK OFF – and take care of the business(es) that really need restrictions!

  • Susan Jacobus

    Leave the supplement industry alone! Why don’t you go after the FDA – what a joke that is! They allow meds to go on the market and then recall them after they have killed or maimed people……. the only reason the govt. is interested in policeing the supplement industry is MONEY…….that’s about it – there is nothing else but greed…..

  • Tim Ray

    People who take vitamins & supplements are highly-educated consumers and do not need the help of politicians, the FDA, the medical industry and the pharmaceutucal industry to protect their safety and well-being. There is no need for government or big business to intervene. Do not use this legistration as an opportunity to pad the already overflowing pockets of the medical/pharmaceutical industry as well as their bedfellows, the politicians and the FDA.

  • Cathy Wiseman

    Why should the American people not be allowed to make our own informed choice about something that seldom does harm and most often, does much good? I’d hate to be without access to my vitamins or pay the price they’d be if they were only available by prescription! If you really think the government should be the one to make choices about what’s healthy and what’s not, then why not pass a bill against something everyone knows is unhealthy: cigarettes? Why not close all of the cigarette manufactuers down rather than allowing people to make the choice whether to smoke or not?
    I have an idea that if the supplement industry’s lobby was as big or bigger than the pharmaceutical lobby’s, this wouldn’t even be an issue. As usual, the issue isn’t “listen to the people”; it’s “go for the money”! And what would we find out if we indeed “follow the money”?

  • Jennifer

    My 8 year old daughter is alive because of supplements. Please do not support this bill. I value my freedom to research and access good supplements. Do not take this away from me. Thank you.

  • M.M.

    When John McCain gets a degree in nutrition or medicine maybe then he would know what he’s taking about – this is ridiculous!! This is clearly an excuse to make more $$ for the drug companies.

  • Karen Dice

    Yes, they should be ashamed of theirselves. Money is their God. When real people are getting tremendous help through natural sources. Our sevice is to help each other, love people, and have the freedom of eating what we want. Most drugs have terrible side effects, but thats okay, as long as big phama is making money. And yet years after some drugs are approved, then they are pulled off the market, because of too many problems. What is wrong with this picture. Dah!


    This is ridiculous!! I am a real witness of what supplements can really do without messing with your body!! Doctors were never able to help me because they don’t know how, they only learn to prescribe and how law works to avoid lawsuits…..
    We all know how much money this is about, and that is the only reason they want to make all these regulations… It is time to DO SOMETHING REAL and help people….stop using us with your ridiculous excuses!!! iT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY…

  • Charlene Clement

    Isn’t this trampling on our Civil Rights? As a nutritionist & US citizen, I am proud that, in America, I can CHOOSE whether I get perscription DRUGS or nutritional SUPP[EMENTS. I thought John McCain was all about the freedom of Americans. Please don’t let him take that one away!

  • JJ

    This is ridiculous. Big Pharma who is in bed with the FDA just wants all the control. They simply don’t want any competition from supplements. Natural supplements are better for you than drugs so they don’t want the average person to learn about this. Then they can have your doctor decide for you instead of letting the average person decide for themselves. Drugs are much more unsafe for you than supplements and cause numerous deaths every year. They have no business passing this bill

  • Pam "SlowPoke"

    Please leave my medicinal choices alone and allow me to make appropriate choices MYSELF without government / pharmaceutical company involvement!

    • The sad thing is that the precursor laws that allow this to happen were supported by the majority now in opposition, due to the fact that now EVERYONE’s freedom is threatened. When we lost our ability to practice entheogens, no one cared because it only applied only to a select group. When we lost clove and flavored cigarettes(cloves) and papers, and the FDA gained regulatory powers on tobacco, again no one made a stir on the behalf of the minority. Now that the threat has grown to include millions of people, pursuing unsanctioned healthy lifestyles, suddenly the public becomes aware. By now though, most are addicted to silver bullet vitamins and synthetic drugs to address every minor ache and twinge. I propose that every individuals body and personal space are sacred, and to breach that trust in ANY way, is to sacrifice to mantle of authority as a governing body.
      And I would bet that no “green” poster is going to go pop some valerian root to forget this issue, less than can be said of the opposition.

  • Deann

    People who take supplements do their own research to find out which brands are the most reliable and provide the best nutritional support. We do not want federal government control over our vitamins and supplements! Keep your nose out of it! We do not want to be required to have a prescription to purchase our supplements. The costs would skyrocket!
    I recently had to be on a prescription antibiotic for bronchitis, and seven pills cost $126.00. That is $18.00 per pill! Ridiculous! The prescription drug industry should be the ones being legislated against to bring their costs down.
    Please, Senators McCain and Dorgan, withdraw this DSSA bill. We the people do not want it!

  • I am a dentist and write a letter every year to my patients about how to have good health. If the McCain bill is passed most of the suggestions would go down the tubes because they depend on supplements. These letters can be downloaded from “annual letters” at http://www.pulleydmd.com.
    An example is a group of supplements that stop a cold or flu if started as soon as soon as symptoms develop. Supplements are infrequently dangerous. Drugs need a prescription because they dangerous. We need more freedom, not less. This is especially true with respect to health. If this bill passes, sickness and health care costs will go up substantially.

  • E.L.

    Please do not cosponsor this bill or vote for it. Supplements when understood and correctly used are an important health protector and promoter. The right to access supplements must be protected for the American public. Our food supply is inadequate and nutrition supplements are important for us. — They are so important, in fact, to protect health and avoid excess medical interventions that I actually propose that in the health care legislation, nutritional supplements should actually be tax deductible just like prescription medicines are.

  • CAs Styrcula

    In order to control vitamins,and other food supplemnts, I would recommend you keep the drug companies out of it. Remember when red rice yeast was found to help lower cholesterol? MAjor drug manufacturers rallies to get the derivative that did this,taken out of the mix. So red rice yeast is no longer effective the was it was when first discovered. Remember all prescription drugs were originally derived from a plant.
    . Passing this bill would obviously lead to a few large drug manufactururs to take over this industry. Why would they want us to take food supplements when they are in the market to treat DISEASE., and a far from wanting us to stay healthy!. Then the insurance companies would get involved because if we remain healthy the next generation will be even healthier and have no need for insurance! AND THEN the medical Drs would get involved because they would have no one to treat! NO COME ON! We are here on earth to live healthy prosperous lives.

  • Lezlie

    How much more $$$ do they (organizations I won’t mention) need?
    Talk about screwing w/ healthcare – oh yes – let’s just allow all the crap that’s out there to be ok for us, but take away anything that’s going to possbly improve your health. AND what about freedom of choice?
    Thank the voters that McCain didn’t become Pres.!

  • LH

    Please do not cosponsor this bill or vote for it! We the people do not want this bill to pass. Those of us that supplement work very hard to research the products we choose to use and have even noticed improved health by doing so. To take this away from us could be disasterous…very rarely do we as a family have to make a trip to the doctor and we believe by supplementing we are preventing many health issues. We believe this is for us to decide and not the drug companies. We are very capable of making these decisions on our own. Thank you.

  • Ray

    Yes there are crooks in the Supplement industry…True health nuts do research and use our brain.
    Do you have any crooks in congress ????????
    you ARE ON THE WRONG TRACK . Bid Pharma kills more folks with there $8.00 pill and we know it;
    but NO action from congress yet…………..betcha a horse Big Pharma is at the bottom of the coral of this hijinks…………….
    And………………….I voted for You Mr McCain

  • Joseph A.McWilliams

    Please don’t support the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010. It takes away my options to choose my preferred medications/supplements and gives too much power to the FDA to address their own agenda which is usually hostile towards natural medicines and supplements that are both effective and sustainable.

  • shannon alvis

    Please do not allow this kind of legislation to interfere with my use of supplements. For a candidate who proposed that Americans need less government interference (Mc Cain), this surely seems contrary and hypocritical. I do not want to have to get a prescription for my vitamins!

  • Marsha Andrews

    NOOOOOO! The FDA already has such power over whether we immunize. I am so grateful for Dr. Hyman, an intelligent MD who values the body’s ability to heal itself rather than the usually alopathic way of waiting until the body breaks down and then patching it up with drugs. Please … let’s all fight this so we may take care of our bodies in the way we choose and not the way politicians decide. Thank goodness Michelle Obama gets it. I hope she will encourage her husband to fight this.

    • Marsha Andrews

      Correction… sorry (I am so grateful for Dr. Hyman, an intelligent MD who values the body’s ability to heal itself rather than the USUAL alopathic way of waiting until the body breaks down and then patching it up with drugs.)

  • Thomas Walz

    I am happier and healthier than I’ve ever been in my life. I’m about to turn 60. I’ve done a ton of research on my own to find out the best suppliers of the best supplements at the best prices and the diet and lifestyle change needed to get to where I’m at. I’m a full-time artist and make a poverty class income. I can’t afford to be sick but I can afford the food and supplements that make me healthy.
    I, as most people should, have taken my health into my own hands througn diet, lifestyle and supplements. These are the three legs my health stands on. Remove one and I don’t think I’ll be as healthy as I am.
    My cholesterol is very good as well as all my other numbers (Blood Pressure, Blood sugar, others) and the supplements I take are a huge part of me being able to maintain them.
    My doctor is amazed that I have reversed pre-diabetes and knocked 100 points off my cholesterol in 3 months. Pardon the details but a little while ago I could barely maintain a decent urinary flow. Because of the very inexpensive supplements I take, I pee like a fire hose. The only side effects of my therapy are positive, just ask the women in my life.
    I take zero prescription drugs. I can ride a bicycle 50 miles here in hilly Eastern Pennsylvania and I’m able to lift 100 lbs over my head from the floor. How many 60 year olds do you know who can do that?
    I”d hate to see some politician (most likely taking money from Big Pharma) screw me and all my fellow health conscious people out of all the time and energy we spend reading, studying and practicing our positive lifestyle.
    STOP McCain NOW!!! I want to live a very long, vibrant and vital life.
    Thanks to Dr. Mark Hyman not only for the inspiration he’s given me through his books but also for making me aware of this issue.
    Good Health to all those who pursue it.
    “The United States Government is actually a subsidiary of the Pharmaceutical industry.” (Bill Maher)

  • Maureen Nuccitelli

    Please do not allow this kind of legislation to interfere with my use of supplements. They help me cope with my illness.
    Thank you.

  • Julie Forrer

    Seriously, vitamins and pants on the ground is not what is killing us our our economy. Ban food in a box and HFCS that is killing people…oh but pharmecuetical have a solution to those. Seriously, is that all you clowns have to work on in congress? Is this health care reform?!

  • Brett

    God bless the United States of America. The Government is supposed to protect our borders, and assists us in the pursuit of LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. I mean come on, get real will you. The Government has done nothing but try to make our lives hell. This is America, and we WILL NOT BE A COMMUNIST COUNTRY. Leave us alone, and take care of what the government is supposed to. Our voices will be heard, and we as the people will overcome this ignorant and selfish decision.

  • Dan

    The government is only looking out for our best interest. The FDA only approves drugs that are good for humans. Thank God for people like John McCain!

  • Virginia Woolridge

    I am not sure why certain political parties allow hundreds of chemicals to be rpoducced without studying their harm to the environment and go on about personal freedoms when it comes to automatic weapons, and yet my choice for a supplement is limited?

  • jane gordon

    hi everyone…. we are in Canada and you may want to check out this website http://www.saveournaturalhealthproducts.ca as of April 1, 2010 they are doing to Canada what Senator John Mccain’s Bill wants to do to the United States, don’t let them do it! we will have limited access to natural health products as of April 1, 2010 if they do not have a NPN#…. take care we may be purchasing our vitamins from you in the United States soon…. cheers jane gordon

  • As the policy of the FDA regarding the supplement health is largely influenced by the Big Pharma, I vehemently am against the bill, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act being in process for the passage. It is ineffective and meaningless. It does not benefit anyone, but the greedy Big Pharma whose only interest primarily is the profit and our health secondary. Such bill implies the lack of the trust of the government, including Senator McCain in judgement of the ordinary people in our free will. It means more government power and control against our precious freedom. We don’t need any bill more than what we already have such as the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. The Big Pharma ought to be controlled, not us, the free loving people.
    I am disappointed that Senator McCain who sometimes inclines toward socialism has sponsored such a bill. President Obama, a socialist that he is, would gladly sign it into law that certainly would add costs to the taxpayers beyond our limits and, thus, deprives our freedom. We are losing Freedom. Senator McCain does not help.
    Go for freedom! Long live the FREEDOM!

  • Carolyn Olson

    I also strongly oppose this kind of ‘regulation’ on the supplement industry.
    There should be more regulation on the pharmaceutical industry but I suppose it’s hard to bite the hand that feeds you…well.

  • Robert Rich

    Looks like anytime people start taking some money away from the doctors and opt to stay healthy and not get sick so they will not have to go to the doctor and pay him to get them well there seems to be a problem. I have used nutritional suppliments for over 20 years and I know they have had a positive impact in my over all health and well being.

  • PLEASE take a close look at what you’re doing. The FDA already has wide authority to approve of DANGEROUS products in our marketplace. Trace carcinogens in every day products that the FDA knows about and approves of? And now this? What needs to be regulated is the SOURCE of their ingredients. Ex: Centrum has been proven to extract its ingredients from carcinogen sources, esp. the iron. Johnson’s and Baby Magic have been proven to have carcinogens in their products, and the FDA went on record to say it’s “just a little bit.” “Just a little” every day in an average of 15 personal products applied daily is absolutely not safe. Let’s take a good look at what we’re doing here. Allow people to have liberty to make their own choices for safe and ethical products.

  • D W F

    This is nothing but the drug companies trying to get rid of its competition. we all know that hergs heal people better than drugs. but if we all stick thgather we can beat thil. iam going to do some reasurch and i will get back with you later.

  • Sam Ruffalo

    Senator McCain obviously doesn’t understand priority needs for the governance of many more serious problems with drugs and prescriptions so improperly prescribed that seriously affect the health and lives of many patients. Vitamins as foods and supplements are not in this category whatsoever and do not require FDA regulations and approvals to satisfy the pharmaceuticals who have substantial control of the health care industry as it is. Enough is enough. I’m 85 years of age, have taken many vitamins for many years; and don’t get any headaches, nausea, or any side effects. It is unfair for you to instigate changes to further regulatie the purchase of healthy and food-like pills .
    I voted for you in your bid as President of the United States. Would this be one of your primary objectives to penalize the American public because a few athletes take steroids? You know, steroids are not a synonym for vitamins and supplements. Please withdraw your Dietary Supplements Safety Act and don”t lend power to the FDA to destroy my freedom to choose and buy vitamins at reasonable costs.

  • Yvette

    and this comming form a somebody (Mc Cain) who supposedly had Cancer, well lets see how long he´s going to last that way, SHAME ON HIM !
    the point is that politicians like him can afford than to go and get the “right supplements” when it comes to the bottom line. On secon thought mabe not because I´ve allways found he was kind of stupid just like Kohl was here in Germany and he was the guy who made the EU and all the BS that came with it possible! so beware of the STUPID they are the most dangerous people alive. SO YOU AMERICANS PLEASE DONT LET THE GOVERNMENT DO THIS TO YOU TOO!!!!!

  • Sharon Hess

    Senator Mccain
    Please do not mess with the few choices I still make for myself. I am of average intelligence and am capable of researching and deciding for myself. I have Stage 4 colon cancer and am doing better than expected. My supplements have kept me strong and I have tolerated Chemo better than the average patient.
    If you want a fight stay on top of the health care bill and be sure it Does NOT pass.
    Thank you

  • Nancy

    When is the government going to let us act and choose as adults? I am sick and tired of them treating us as if we haven’t got a brain in our heads. STOP the regulations and laws already. We are not children and we DO NOT need to be guided by some misguided “lawmakers” to tell us what makes us feel better. If you want to or not want to take a particular vitamin or herb to help yourself that is your decision. This is suppossed to be a free country an we are getting less and less free by the minute because the lawmakers have to seem all self important.
    If you want to do something besides take up space in a seat in Washington once in awhile, then go after the people/companies that do harm to people with their lies an inuendoes. STOP TAKING AWAY OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE!!!

  • julie macintosh

    Why the emphasis on this as John McCain’s legislation- it is co sponsored by a Democrat, but this article is all about McCain.If you want to be taken seriously when you challenge legislation you have to provide a balanced responsed and not clearly show your bias against Republicans by failing to hild the Democrat to the same level of responsibility.

  • LynneMarie

    Do you ever wonder why some people in the government ,always seems to want to regulate and limit, the things that give us free will but are the first to take away or limit where money can be made to benefit themselves or their cronies? Because ultimately, it all boils down to the almighty dollar.

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