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    Dear Overtaxed & Overspent American...

    Dear Overtaxed and Overspent American,

    When it comes to government waste, FDA is certainly doing its part. The agency’s 2011 requested budget of $4.03 billion was actually an increase of 23%, and as a matter of fact, the FDA's 2010 budget was $3.28 billion, which was 17.5% increase over the prior year's $2.79 billion allotment.

    So over the past 2 years, a period when Americans have been suffering through the most trying of economic times and cutting the fat in our personal budgets, the FDA has increased its spending by a whopping 44%!

    Now, in its latest power grab, FDA is trying to expand regulation over vitamins and supplements.

    Recently, FDA issued “draft guidance” for complying with the New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notification protocols contained in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) which was passed into a law in 1994. If fully implemented, this could ban all dietary supplements in the United States that were formulated after 1994.

    Not only will this take away patients’ rights to powerful natural health remedies, but it will also affect YOUR pocketbook. The FDA wants to control what ObamaCare cannot!

    With increased regulation comes an increased cost. If this legislation passes, what do you think is going to happen to the 2012 budget? It’s time to stop the madness!

    Help us get 1 million signatures to congress and the FDA and send Washington the message: Keep your Hands off Our Healthcare!




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    Re: Dear Overtaxed & Overspent American...

    The FDA...Now THAT is a scam.


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    Re: Dear Overtaxed & Overspent American...

    Oy. I love how this issue has been spun via conspiracy theory so that the FDA is the bad guy, and the pseudoscience peddlers whose deceptive claims prompted the drafting of this bill are the victims. If you really want to save the FDA money, stop the offenders so the FDA's increasing oversight won't be necessary.

    To others who stumble on this thread and have maintained a healthy skepticism:

    If the MLM's products carry a label indicating that the product has not been proven to help, prevent, treat, or cure any ailments, then question why the devil you're buying it at all, much less considering selling it! Be aware that any health claims YOU make about the products must be per the manufacturer lest YOU be legally liable for not backing them up. If you tell someone that your gingko-biloba based product is perfectly safe, you've just lied and possibly endangered someone's life, as those with circulatory problems should avoid gingko-biloba because it inhibits clotting. That is one of many examples (*)! And the maker of the product is NOT required to disclose these side effects on the packaging, as dietary supplements are not as tightly regulated by the FDA. You can probably thank MLM lobbyists for getting this dangerous and irresponsible loophole passed as the "Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994" (*, *). The DSHEA states that FDA's only responsibility regarding dietary supplements is to order them taken off the market after the harm has already occurred. MLMs love vitamins and dietary supplements because of their consumable nature and the ignorance of the general public regarding their use (remember how Nutrilite started?), but note that the average healthy person who eats a balanced diet has no need whatsoever for dietary supplements (*). (See here for the few exceptions who should be supplementing their diet. Also see here for Dr Ed Zimney's explanation of one rather ubiquitous method dietary supplement sellers use to scare the public into buying them — all based on twisting information into misinformation and truth into lies.) In 2010, Sen. John McCain [R-AZ] proposed S. 3002, the "Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010", in an effort to close DSHEA's loopholes, but the bill never became law (*, *).

    So what's the bottom line on nutritional supplements? Are they helpful? According to a 2009 meta-analysis of available placebo-controlled, double-blind, peer-reviewed studies:
    "There is no rigorous scientific evidence for the utility of dietary supplements, including megavitamins in normal-weight (nonpregnant) adults with a stable BMI of 20-25 eating a diet containing adequate amounts of [...] nutrients." (*)
    The author adds:
    "It is a sad commentary on American regulatory authority that the FDA does not have the authority to regulate nutraceutical content and claims except when egregious safety concerns become apparent." (*)
    He's talking about DSHEA, in case you missed it.

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