Imagine finding out you can no longer take the natural route to guide your health–no fish oil, omega-3 or vitamin D. Imagine that these supplements and others are no longer easily available at your local grocery or health food store, or the cost has skyrocketed.
This could become reality if a bill introduced by Sen. John McCain gains momentum in the Senate. The bill in question is named the “Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010,” or (DSSA)–a name that effectively obscures its real purpose.
The bill purports to protect consumer safety by increasing regulation of nutritional supplements, but Senator McCain has referenced the controversy over illegal steroids in pro sports to make his case. The FDA already has power to do more to stop illegal steroids — this misguided bill would threaten access to dietary and health supplements many Americans depend on.
On paper it might not sound too bad — more regulation and more safety is better, right? However, the interests of the bill’s backers are not entirely on consumer safety — but also with powerful profit-driven pharmaceutical companies.
Pharmaceutical companies know that profits going to natural supplements are profit lost for their pharmaceutical products.
This new bill gives the FDA broad new powers to remove natural products from the market. Since pharmaceutical interests weigh heavy in the FDA (and Congress), this new bill helps keep profits in the hands of pharmaceutical companies. They can tell the FDA what supplements to allow in stores, and which to hold off on so consumers are forced to pay higher prices for prescription drugs.
Read more about the DSSA bill:
McCain Attacks Dietary Supplements: Fight For Your Health Freedom — from Care2 Cause Channel
New Bill Seeks to Ban Consumer Access to Dietary Supplements — from LifeExtension
Update: Sen. McCain has withdrawn support for the bill! Thank you Care2 members for this tremendous grassroots success!
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