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FDA: Hands Off Our Supplements! ACTION

Health & Wellness  (tags: nutrient ban, FDA, prevention )

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The FDA has just issued a proposed mandate that will enable the government to ban the most effective dietary supplements you are now taking. If this proposal is enacted, many fish oil formulas and natural plant extracts will be removed from the market...


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Terry King (113)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:10 am
Sorry... I'm not sympathetic to this cause.

lee e (114)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:13 am
I take fish oil supplements all the time - thanks! Had no idea.

Myraida Diaz (136)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:45 am
They will be banned and tested again ( think formulas will be tested by ingredients and as formulas) to have the possibility to get back to market. Tested...tested...tested... sounds hurtingly familiar.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:01 am
THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION FOR HEALTH AND FOOD FREEDOMů We need your support to continue to Push Back!


Ann L (15)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:26 am
I live in Canada and we also have the government looking at our supplements. My Doctor put me on
Omega 3 caps for my high cholesterol; it works. I think all people should have the choice of what they wish to take. The government should be focusing on the economy!

patricia lasek (317)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:33 am

Terry King (113)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:39 am
Bear bile and Rhino horn are also sold as supplements.

. (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 11:27 am
signed. Too stupid for words.

Constance F (418)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 12:02 pm
This issue is important to me! Personal email sent. The hypocrisy makes me swoon. The FDA either ignores or is complicit with big pharma, but wants to crack down on supplements. That's just great - now whatever you want to use alternatively you will end up having to go to MD's and big pharma can have control because that's where this is headed. I also give credit to people for doing a little research before they take a supplement. But that is even besides the point. People are popping big pharma's drugs without knowing all the facts, or reasearching. I hope people will see what this is all about - it's not just about taking away your freedom of healthcare choice, but lining the pockets of MD's and big pharma. DISGUSTING. ok, I'm done. Thank you Nancy!

Terrie W (798)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 12:25 pm
Signed yesterday.

Constance, I completely agree with you on this one!

Mary T (178)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 12:51 pm
Signed and thanks Nancy, I agree with Constance.

Debra Holliday (38)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 1:03 pm

Esther Z (94)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 1:30 pm
Noted and signed.

. (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 3:11 pm
Keep your frickin paws off my vitamins and minerals.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 3:11 pm
It's up to people to gather information on the supplements they choose to take, just like anything else, and make an informed choice, the government needs to stay out of it.

Kenny V (173)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 3:30 pm
Thanks Nancy , we're gonna need our own medicinal & agricultural gardens with guns to protect to keep them out, They love their patented primitive science an green gold more than life itself.

Tim Redfern (581)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 3:48 pm
Signed and noted.
Thanks, Nancy!

SANDRA R (145)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 4:14 pm
Noted and forwarded. Thank you Nancy.

Ellen m (215)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 4:23 pm
Those fracking repugs must really be trying to kill us off by any means possible! These supplements are what keep many of us health enough to stay out of doctors offices for a bit longer, visits many simply can not afford, so the go without, sometimes with tragic consequences.
Everyone deserving got a star, everyone else it was to early, and I thank you Terry for your honesty, thats been in seemingly short supply of late!
Signed & noted. 1love

. (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 4:41 pm
If something is sold to treat or cure any medical condition or to artificially maintain health then it's a drug. And certainly needs to be tested for safety and efficacy. Calling something a "supplement" is merely a back-door way of trying to avoid calling a spade a spade. I'm all for safety testing. And especially for standard testing to reveal whether or not the manufacturer's claims are scientifically valid.

bu s (1)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 8:38 pm
FDA did it again. Stunts like this is nothing new that I would expect from FDA. Tell FDA that we are not stupid people. Also tell FDA to act within its jurisdiction of what needs to be banned and what needs to be a warning and an alert. If what they found some minerals are a cause of concern, they have the right to notify everybody through their website and the media. If they find enough evidence to ban they can, but we have our right to challenge them. In any case the general public will know where to buy what and which manufacture to trust.
FDA can continue to be the watch dog, just dont let FDA dictate you.

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 9:57 pm

Susanne R (235)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 12:09 am
Signed and noted. Thanks, Nancy!

P A (117)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 12:37 am
I SOOOOO want to sign but I can't - nor can I send a green star to Dandelion G and Constance F who have said it all for me - already sent one this week!

Carol H (229)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 6:03 am
signed and noted, thanks Nancy

Carlene V (202)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 6:46 am
I'm on the fence on this one. But, supplements should be safe, no toxins and our own decision whether to take them or not. My friends doctor put her on Omegas for her heart.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 7:52 am
Signed, thanks Nancy. Guess the smaller companies that produce the supplements don't pay off our politicians like Big Pharma does.. America--bought and sold by big corporations.

Constance F (418)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 7:56 am
Added note: @ Lindsey - No disrespect, but you are under the impression that drugs on the market are scientifically viable, and throughly tested for safety and efficacy. WRONG. Many drugs get pushed through with minimal testing, with biased researchers, with damaging information in trials that do not get disclosed to the public, ad infinitum - You are often the guinea pigs for these drugs. Think of the amount of fatalites, irreversible serious side effects and drug recalls there have been in the last 40 years, and those are the only ones that hit the news. If the people and the FDA want a witch hunt - Lets' focus on the real wicked witch!

. (1)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 3:50 pm
Thanks Nancy.

. (0)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 4:09 pm
No, Constance, I made no statement that would give the "impression" I believe that pharmceutical drugs are, in their entirety, "thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy." I'm well aware of the shortcomings of some pharmaceutical drugs and of the problems that can sometimes exist with "biased researchers, etc." But that doesn't mean we throw the baby out with the bathwater. Standard double-blind clinical testing is needed on all drugs to determine safety and efficacy and in cases where the process is perverted that failure needs to be addressed. But the process itself is valid and valuable.


Terry King (113)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 6:07 pm
You are the voice of reason!

Donn M (56)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 8:25 pm
Absolutely agree with Lindsey. It's my choice to take a supplement (drug), but I also have a right to know if the supplement is safe, and if it actually contains what it proclaims to. Also to know if there is any real evidence that it works. Banning should be only for supplements proven to be dangerous, or derived from endangered species, though.

Fran C (7)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 10:21 pm
I appreciate that this is an analytical and well-read group, but what about those people who simply take things because they "read somewhere" that it was good for them, or saw the ads. A lot of these items are useless at best, and detrimental at worst. I don't like being dictated to, but in this case it could help more trusting souls, and save them a lot of money!

Lisa N (207)
Monday November 21, 2011, 2:46 pm
Action taken, thanks Nancy.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 21, 2011, 5:44 pm
Signed, TU Nancy. They are trying to do the same thing in Europe...Big Pharma is very greedy. The FDA thinks frankencrap and glue meat is safe....strange, eh?

Caitlin G (29)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 6:08 pm
Sent it off! Grr.

Nancy C (806)
Friday November 25, 2011, 5:02 am
I believe in safe products, but the FDA has been pushing to control all supplements and holistic product for years. This "testing" is a way in to complete control. There's no middle ground here. The mindset that everything will be fine is what's gotten us into the financial mess we're in now. If we don't predict and prevent actions, we'll eventually have no choices to make. BTW, there are many excellent companies out there, (Andrew Lessman for one), who test, control and distribute themselves...

Constance F (418)
Friday November 25, 2011, 7:13 am
Thank you Nancy for your comment, Olivia, and others. I just want to add (since I am passionate about this issue). I too, believe in safe products, and there are excellent companies out there, but people have to do their homework, just like when the doc precribes you a drug - you better do your homework! I also want to say that they tried to pass legislation that one could only go to a liscensed acupunturist if they had a prescription from a doctor, which basically meant you had to pay an MD who may or may not be throughly knowledgable about this modality who would be the ultimate decider whether you could go. At someone's recommendation, I first went to a liscensed acupuncturist years ago when conventional medicine failed - and it worked - blew me away - simply put. And it's a system of healing that has never failed me with the right acupuncturist and diganosis. What's offensive here is this is system of healing that has stood the test of time - for thousands of years, and requires 4 to 6 years of training plus state boards, and yet MD's tried to put Acupuncture into the control of allopathic MD's - Why? It wasn't a safety or credibility issue, it was an issue of having the AMA be in control of a system of medicine, thus lining the pockets of MD's, and deciding if they thought you needed to go or not. OUTRAGEOUS. Fortunately the bill was smitted down. Alternative medicine which sometimes includes supplements have been around for centuries - and by far people are not familar or knowledgeable of all the modalities in Wholistic or alternative care, They think it's about taking a few over the counter unreaserched products and expecting instant cures. I wouldn't be here today without acupuncture, and the other alternative modalities, including dietary changes and supplements. People need accessibility to alternative modalities and supplements - without that, many people will suffer. Ok, I think I am done...I could go on...but naw...and BTW...I have worked with several MD's who were trained in alternative modalities, who used supplements in their practice, for over 3o years - they too would fight against this.

Dawn Harvey (23)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:35 am

Sheldon Johnson (4037)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 11:47 am
It is very important to keep supplements on the shelf. Please read my blog concerning the dangers of pharmaceuticals.

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