Quote of the Day: "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." - Voltaire
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is conniving to PREVENT you from using new nutritional supplements.
To understand this issue please read my letter to Congress below. You can also use it to write your own letter.
Make the FDA advisory, NOT mandatory.
To this I added . . .
The FDA issued New Dietary Ingredient guidelines on July 1, 2011. New nutritional supplements must now be regulated like synthetic food preservatives. I believe the FDA's action breaks the law. Remember, Congress passed the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act in 1994 to protect my access to nutritional supplements.
Please take note . . .
* Nutritional supplements should NOT be regulated like synthetic food additives, because they are NOT synthetic food additives
* They are natural food, the consumption of which is protected by law
This should be obvious. So why is the FDA behaving this way? Here's what I suspect . . .
I think this is an example of regulatory cronyism. Nutritional supplements cannot be patented and exploited by Big Pharma. Instead, supplements compete with Big Pharma. I think this competition is what motivates these new regulations.
There is a revolving door between Big Pharma and the FDA, so the FDA has a strong bias in favor of the pharmaceutical industry. I believe the FDA wants to force everyone to use only FDA-approved products manufactured by the big pharmaceutical companies.
The FDA knows full well that the burdens they are imposing will KILL the introduction of new supplements. This would be a disaster for public health. Nutritional supplements have a vastly better safety record than do FDA-approved medications. They also work better. This is why Big Pharma and the FDA both hate them so much. But I'm counting on you to end this cronyism!
Make the FDA obey the law. Force them to withdraw their new supplements regulations.
But I want you to go one step further . . .
The FDA has a long, sordid history of constantly scheming to control or prohibit my use of supplements -- even when Congress tells them to back off. The only way to stop this, once and for all, is to remove the FDA's power to coerce, completely.
Please focus on what I want -- I want you to make the FDA advisory, NOT mandatory.
I want the FDA to serve, not rule. First, make the FDA leave my supplements alone. Then, solve this problem permanently. Remove the FDA's power to coerce.
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