In yet another disturbing twist in the assault against Americans health freedom, New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-51st District) has introduced four new pieces of legislation that attack supplement manufacturers and natural health consumerswhile setting a crushing health freedom precedent that could destroy our entire nations access to nutritional supplements. Ortizs four bills are as follows:
Bill A4014: This sadly misguided bill proposes that school employees should be forbidden from selling or recommending dietary supplements to students. Consider: Americas students are in a dire health crisis, facing catastrophic problems like skyrocketing childhood obesity. Many schools are exacerbating this problem by loading up their vending machines and cafeterias with nutritionally deficient junk food. Under this bill, schools can continue polluting their students bodies with junk foodbut educators would not be allowed to recommend nutritional supplements to students? Absurd! If anything, schools should be providing students with nutritional supplements and educating them on nutritions importance!
Bill A3944: Under this bill, the FDA would be required to approve or deny health claims made by supplement manufacturers about their products; require supplement manufacturers to substantiate any claims with evidence deemed competent and scientific by the FDA; and require that supplements that fail to meet the FDAs demands in this arena have warning labels. Bill A2068 would require labeling to indicate which products have been tested by the FDA for purity.
These bills are inherently flawed because the FDA has proven its incompetence in approving pharmaceutical drugs. FDA-approved drugs kill more than 100,000 people per year, while injuring millions. Supplements are overwhelmingly safe and beneficial. Why would the FDA waste resources on safe supplements when it needs to improve its approval of dangerous synthetic drugs?
Moreover, with thousands of supplements on the market, FDA approval could take years. Those supplements waiting for approval would be slapped with a warning label that would inaccurately and unjustly imply that a supplement is dangerous or ineffective.
Bill A3357: This bill would require that a supplements safety committee be formed to oversee supplements manufacturing, safety, effectiveness and standards. This bills vagueness is alarmingwill the committee be stacked with unscrupulous parties intent on obliterating health freedom and taking supplements away?
First domino falls
The bottom line is, Ortizs flawed, senseless bills are an insult to the DSHEA Act of 1994, which succeeded thanks to 2.5 million letters from the public, the largest letter-writing campaign in American history. DSHEA preserved our right to safe, natural nutritional supplements as a class of foodsand established that, just like foods, supplements do not need approval from the FDA unless they are proven by the FDA to be dangerous or adulterated. If the FDA cannot prove that a dietary supplement is dangerous or adulterated, then it has no right to approve or deny its usage!
We must not allow Ortizs legislation to destroy DSHEA! Should New York fall prey to these regulations, the remaining states will topple like so many dominoes. If we give health tyrants an inch, they will take a mile and take away our vitamins foreverleaving us sick, malnourished and oppressed by a health dictatorship. We must unite into an organized group to fend off these attacks on our God-given legacy to safe, natural nutrition! Write to your elected officials today and express your outrage! For the sake of health freedom, join the NHA at www.nha2007.com!
This article appeared as an NHA/Washington Update in the May 2007 issue of Energy Times. For subscription information: P.O. Box 11190, Reno, NV 89510-1190. Web site: www.energytimes.com For more information about the NHA or to join, write: NHA, P.O. Box 649, Melville, NY 11747-9898.
from the June 27-July 4, issue