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Senate Bill endangering our right to supplements

Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by JanisB, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. jace

    jace Off the fence

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    Some time ago, if I remember right, there was a similar bill proposed in the UK, which aroused a big negative response here, we signed petitions and such. It did not pass into law, I believe. Certainly, nothing much has changed.

    What I am trying to say is go guys, democracy in action, facilitated by the web. Yay!
     
  2. JanisB

    JanisB Senior Member

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    From what I've read, the McCain bill died but there is talk that it may be attached to another bill as an amendment.

    I do think dannybex is correct -- lots of Big Pharma companies are in the supplement market. The argument is that the big companies will be able to afford the regulations and the small companies will be squeezed out.

    So if you write to a Republican senator, stress not only small government but also support of small business. And add in a plug for Health Freedom since that is what we ultimately want -- more competition, the freedom to choose the kind of care we want, not being forced to take vaccinations, etc. And if they really want to protect consumers, they could support a zero tolerance policy for pesticide & herbicide residues on food, clothing, and household goods, and similar restrictions on air, water, and medicine pollution by heavy metals, chlorinated hydrocarbons, solvents, and similar things to which all of us are sensitive and which make many of us too sick to function in the world.
     
  3. JanisB

    JanisB Senior Member

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    Here's the update I just got on this issue:
     
  4. Julia Rachel

    Julia Rachel

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    Are they concerned with restricting access to the supplement themselves or "modifying/controlling and setting up a standard for ingredients used along with the minerals and supplements." In Example: Quality Control. There are some pretty cheap vitamins out there thats ingredients include some toxic stuff....on the flip side....look at our packaged food! This is a general health care issue that is being addressed this weekend and Monday.......Socialized Medical Care in the U.s. or not? They are 4 votes away from passing this.......
     
  5. JanisB

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    Hi Julia, I don't know the answers to your questions. For me, the issue is consumer education so people know to look for companies that comply with FDA Dietary Supplement cGMP (good manufacturing processes) the way many of us look to see if something is certified organic. One will pay more for this kind of quality control.
    Some companies test rigorously for toxic residues of both the raw materials coming in and the products going out. The company where I buy (Emerson Ecologics) now has a program that is publicizing and evaluating these practices so that practitioners can be assured of the quality and toxic-free status of products they buy. https://emersonecologics.com/Quality/QualitySummaries.aspx Consumers need to demand similar disclosure at the health food stores where they buy. Some of the brands, such as Allergy Research, have a direct retail label, e.g. Nutricology.

    Govt regulations haven't made food safe. In fact, they've made it less healthy -- e.g. all OJ now pasteurized, same with raw almonds despite the fact that pasteurization oxidizes the healthy fats. Controls cost the small businesses lots of money to demonstrate compliance and lead to higher consumer prices.
     

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