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Your Supplements Are Under Attack: Time to Fight Back!

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Supplements A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about the FDA’s proposed new policy on dietary supplements that could make it impossible or very expensive for you to purchase the natural products you rely on to support your health. The open comment period on the FDA’s proposed guidelines ends on September 30, so NOW is the time to act and let your voice be heard if you want to retain your right to access supplements. (Scroll down to the bottom of this article to learn how you can get involved.)

If the FDA has its way, all vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements will soon be classified in the same manner as unapproved drugs and synthetic food additives. The results of this change in classification could be disastrous for both natural health consumers and the natural health industry. Resveratrol, CoQ10, curcumin and even many multivitamins could be pulled from the market, and those that remain available may become so expensive that many people won’t be able to afford them. Supplement companies that cannot afford to put their products through the FDA’s intensive, burdensome drug trial process may be forced out of business, leaving room for pharmaceutical companies to swoop in and profit at your expense.

You know that Big Pharma is surely working hard behind the scenes to make sure that this law is passed, and that they carry incredible influence with the FDA and the government in general. This means that we all need to work together and use the power of the people to stop this from happening. Unless we stop these new guidelines from going in to effect, we stand to lose our right to access the natural healing tools that many of us depend on as alternatives to expensive and often dangerous pharmaceutical drugs.

This also means that the government will have even more say in telling us how we should manage our individual health, and of course, this means the bureaucrats will require additional funding in order to do so. Well, not to worry, the FDA is already working on getting more financial backing from Big Pharma. Apparently, it’s not enough that drug companies already fund 60% of the FDA’s costs associated with the drug review process. The Alliance for Natural Health reports:

Increasingly Pharma is funding the FDA. No wonder the agency seems to dance to their tune.

The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) authorizes the FDA to collect fees from companies, allegedly to fund and expedite the drug approval process, but really to pay the agency’s bills. Under this authority, pharmaceutical companies pay fees for certain new human drug applications, biologics applications, and supplements submitted to the agency for review — and the FDA’s review of an application cannot begin until the fee has been submitted.

The law was enacted in 1992, and Congress needs to renew it every ten years; the next deadline for renewal is September 2012. To make this happen, the FDA has been performing its usual ritual of begging and blustering at the same time.

The FDA has been discussing a raise in the FDA “user” fees with industry since July 2010; in fact, Big Pharma had already agreed to a 6% increase in fees for new drugs through 2017. The increase is expected to produce an additional $40.4 million in user fee revenue in fiscal 2012, bringing the fiscal 2013 total to $712.8 million.

Nothing about this is good news. The issue of conflicts of interest aside, the statistics speak for themselves — more money spent on regulating health care does not yield a healthier population. Last week, Dr. Joseph Mercola published an article titled, “Two Charts That Prove the Government Is Making You Sick.” As he explains in the article, health statistics from the OECD demonstrate that “the more a country spends on health care, the less healthy it tends to be.”

The first chart shows the health care expenditures per capita of various developed nations, with the U.S. spending the most.

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The second shows a fairly significant overall increase in average life expectancy among the included nations over the last 50 or so years.

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And a third (not incuded in Dr. Mercola’s article) shows that despite the fact that the U.S. outspends every other developed nation in the world on health care, we lag way behind in life expectancy.

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Now I’m just speculating here, but I wonder if the reason that the U.S. lags behind other nations in life expectancy has anything to do with the vast numbers of early deaths attributable to pharmaceutical drugs. As I recently reported, according to leading experts, over 100,000 people die each year from FDA-approved over-the-counter or prescription drugs, and more than 700,000 more end up in an emergency room as a result of a drug side effect. Meanwhile, according to the government’s own National Poison Data System, not a single death was attributed to vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement use in the U.S. in 2008 or 2009, the most recent years for which data is available.

It’s all rather mind-boggling. Clearly, the FDA is biased against supplements, but why? One could easily argue that any agency that gets 60% of its funding from Big Pharma is going to do everything it can to support that industry. To not enact policies to prop up Big Pharma would be literally suicidal for the FDA. In the end of the day, it seems to me that the FDA, and their close friends, the pharmaceutical companies are getting very nervous about the growing popularity of dietary supplements (which they regard as competition for drugs) and the growing number of Americans deciding to take their health into their own hands.

Well, if you’re as confused and angered by all of this as I am, I encourage you to make your voice heard. Remember, the comment period on the FDA’s proposed guidelines ends on September 30. The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) is spearheading lobbying efforts and filing lawsuits to challenge the FDA’s proposed guidelines. Visit their action center to learn more.

Here are just a few examples of what you can do to help:

Write, email or call your senators, representatives and the FDA. ANH-USA makes it incredibly easy. You can submit a customizable letter directly from their site and locate the number for your local elected officials and view some suggested talking points.

Support the Alliance for Natural Health USA. If you are able, make a donation to the Alliance for Natural Health. Every little bit helps support their efforts to protect access to natural health treatments and information. Visit their website for more information.

Share this information with everyone you know! Send them this article or post it on your Facebook wall. We need to get every American who values health and freedom on board.


Josh Corn Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.


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27 responses to “Your Supplements Are Under Attack: Time to Fight Back!”

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  2. Dovie Brown says:

    I am 81 tears old and have been taking food supplements for 35 years,I’m the oldest of 8 children,the younger ones laughted at me for taking them,but all are gone now, but the 0ne10 yrs younger and the one 13 yrs younger , yes God has blessed, but I think my refusal to take some medication Dr, tried to give me and taking my food supplements kept me going. please don’t take then away or make the cost any more.let us have a few choses of our own.

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  5. MikeFromTucson says:

    One way for this issue to get more media attention is for Fox News to ask a question about it to the GOP Presidential candidates at the upcoming September 22 debate.  Rick Perry’s order for mandatory Gardasil vaccination of girls was attacked in recent debates, so the time seems right for discussion of food freedom in the Presidential race.  Fox and Google are soliciting questions from citizens in text or video format at http://www.youtube.com/FoxNews.  I would encourage anyone interested in Food Freedom to send a question about it to possibly be used in the next debate.

    • Bill Bishop says:

      I watched some but not all of the recent Republican debates. I think Ron Paul was the only one who brought up Health Freedom. He basically said that one way to bring down costs is to end the monopoly on health licensing and allow alternative providers to get licensed and give people the choice. He’s 100% right about that. His comment got ZERO coverage in main stream media however. Actually, he overall got ZERO coverage in main stream media

  6. Mikesmith30 says:

    I would hate to see this happen, but as a future Naturopathic Physician and libertarian, I will just make all of my own supplements. And I would make all of the supplements that my patients would need.

  7. Why are people acting surprised?  This is simply the WHO and the UN’s “Codex Alimentarius” in action.  They just applied these laws in the UK a few months ago.  It is evil incarnate and has NOTHING to do with safety, but everything to do with control.

  8. nancy cooney says:

    I manage my health and that of my family quite well with herbs n supplements. Please do not force me to pay more to be allowed to continue in this vein or worse make them unavailable. I am an active 64 year old woman with several health issues that I can continue to function well with, as long as no one messes with my access to my herbs and vitamins.

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  11. Bill Bishop says:

    IT’S VERY SIMPLE: The last survey I read, the vast majority of Americans take supplements, the majority of doctors take supplements, there are no active citizen groups or petition drives pushing for supplements to be more regulated and in 2009 (the last year data was reported) there were ZERO deaths associated with supplements. So what could be driving the government’s endless quest to regular them? Hmmmm, let’s see. Big Pharma and Money. That’s it. It’s got NOTHING to do with the citizens or people. So much for “of the people, by the people, for the people”…I guess that’s been gone for a while now. Sad.

  12. Anonymous says:

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  14. g flo says:

    Big Pharma + Big Government = Tyranny

    “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

    -Thomas Jefferson

  15. BX says:

    Useless government needs to expand — make work for itself, to look busy

  16. Contentathome says:

    The vitamins and herbs I take are more helpfull than the medications I used to take.  Why would someone want to take them away?  No one has to buy them.  Please leave them for those of us who want them.

  17. Eilatanyar says:

    I’m 80 years old and going strong since I started my suppliments 12 years ago.  My doctor gave his approval for everything I’m taking from Stop Aging Now, and he says physically I’m in my 60’s.  How’s that for good health.  Please allow me to continue the regime that has done so much for me at its current cost (because of the economy).  Otherwise I’ll lose everything I’ve gained over these 12 years.

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