I am reprinting this News Release so that you understand that we are still in a war with the FDA and its overreach of power. We may have won a small battle, but the big battle is still ahead.
Why is the FDA a threat to Moringa Leaves? In India and many other countries, Moringa is used to prevent and treat diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Along with being a Super Packed food that you can eat every day, it has many properties that help support organs and body systems. This means that it has the ability to work with the body's own healing systems to normalize systems such as your blood pressure. This makes it a danger to the FDA and the drug companies.
Why would the FDA want you to use Moringa leaves when they are making millions of dollars off of prescribing you drugs that cost a fortune and ruin your kidneys and liver. Moringa is a danger to the powerful, destructive drugs out there. You would not need most of them if you ate better, exercised, and brought down your stress level.
You need to be aware of what the FDA is trying to do and become active in stopping them. Your letters and calls let them know that we do not want their NDI Guidance laws. We have all the laws we need, and many we don't to supervise alternative medicine.
Take part in saving this nation from what has already happened in Europe and England. Right now there, most herbs are by prescription only and cost a fortune. How many of your doctors know anything about alternative medicine but they will be the ones prescribing them to you. For the thousands who do not have coverage, it will make it so you will not have access to them or if you do...at a high cost. Our rights are being taken over everyday, and people don't even know it.
In California, right now, your child can be taken in by the school nurse and given vaccinations without your approval. Many people who voted for Jerry Brown, don't even have a clue he put this into law. I have talked to several on the issue. Laws that take away our freedoms are passed quietly on a weekend, when everyone is at the beach. They are signed into law right under your noses.
Listen up folks, for if you don't start getting involved, you will lose America, as we know it now. If you think I am being too harsh, I am not...I am trying to rattle those of you who are too busy to pay attention to what is going on in this country.
June 22, 2012
- Let’s Not Applaud the FDA for Doing What They Should Have Done Years Ago. We all knew the FDA had this card to play. Amazingly, one industry association is proclaiming that “This action by the FDA shows that they are committed to an open dialogue” and that the FDA will be releasing a revised draft guidance that “the agency hopes will provide greater clarity and address concerns that the document is not in line with the intent of the DSHEA statute.” Really! So where has the FDA dialogue been for the past 17 years on issuing a Guidance? Why weren’t supplement stakeholders, industry, and consumers consulted in the first place before the July 2011 Guidance was issued?
- This is No Time to Beg for Crumbs. With the backlash the FDA received from consumers, manufacturers, health-stores, and supplement manufacturers after its incredibly off-the-wall July 2011 draft Guidance came out, this option of revision (no matter how small the revisions), was anticipated by the NHF. This was exactly why the Federation came out with H.R.3380 legislation in August 2011, so that we would not have to beg for “crumbs” from the FDA during its (if any) revisions. H.R.3380, the Dietary Supplement Protection Act (DSPA) introduced by Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), moves the defining date of October 15, 1994 (separating “old” supplements from “new” ones), to a more realistic and recent date of January 1, 2007. By this one simple act, the Bill encompasses within that previous grandfathering clause all of the “new” dietary-supplement ingredients that have appeared in that 13-year interval and that would otherwise be subject to the onerous requirements of the FDA Guidance. The bill drastically narrows the arbitrary power the FDA wants to exercise over new supplements and thereby protects thousands of supplements that have been safely consumed from being removed from the marketplace.
- The Industry Historically Loses at the Negotiating Table. Typically, the FDA wins over health freedom whenever there are simply negotiations between it and the industry or between it and consumers. Do we really expect it to be any different this time? How many times do we have to be slapped in the face before we realize that we will be slapped yet again? Make no mistake about it: The FDA’s goal is to usurp our health rights as they have continuously done for decades. The FDA at revision time is still ignoring the true intent of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). Any revisions to the draft Guidance will just be cosmetic changes. More lipstick! Every time we let the FDA do this to us, we set a precedent and their strength gets stronger and ours weaker. In the Federation’s comments submitted to the FDA in December 2011 (found here) about the July draft Guidance, we urged the FDA to withdraw the Guidance. We knew the odds of this actually happening were slim as the Guidance is nothing more than the FDA’s further efforts to help its pharmaceutical-industry friends by squelching supplements and the competitive threat they pose to drugs.
- The Regal FDA Has Thrown Us a Crumb and Industry Cheers. This latest development sets the stage for the continuation of regulatory misinterpretation, confusion, and misguided enforcement by the FDA. H.R.3380 is a longer-term solution to effectively addressing these issues – not a band-aid or begging with hat-in-hand approach. It also keeps the pressure right where it belongs – on the FDA.
- It’s Way Too Early to Announce Victory. What is now being touted as a “monumental breakthrough” in FDA cooperation is in reality just the old Washington cliché’ of “you are either at the table or on the menu” with an out-of-control FDA bureaucratic and Federal government anti-individual liberty philosophy at play. More importantly, being “at the table” ensures that you can also have your seat at the table pulled out from under you and wind up as the entrée anyway. For example, the FDA announcement singled out the issue of establishing an agreed-upon list of “grandfathered ingredients” as an area where the FDA would like to “begin working with industry” to resolve. Industry has already admitted that the records of ingredients on the market before 1994 no longer exist. Supplements and their ingredients on the market before October 15, 1994 were “grandfathered in” by DSHEA and therefore exempted from having to prove in any way that they are safe. So what happens when agreement is not reached with the FDA in these upcoming talks? Obviously, the FDA position is that these new dietary ingredients will have to be removed from sale to Americans until they have been “proven” safe to consume. We lose, not the FDA.
- We Still Need to Keep The Pressure On FDA. Recently, the FDA decision to send out warning letters to ten companies with “new” dietary ingredients, even though the draft Guidance had not even yet been finalized, is just another example of why our Dietary Supplement Protection Act (H.R.3380) is needed and needed now. Just hoping that negotiations with the FDA will produce tangible results is foolish. Even attorney Jonathan Emord has acknowledged that “substantial changes are rare” on the part of the FDA. Pressure must be kept on the FDA.
We sincerely hope that talks with the FDA will produce results, but does anyone really think that they can trust the good intentions of the FDA? As NHF President Scott Tips says, “To pin all of our hopes on the good graces and good will of the FDA is the height of folly. If they had such good will, then where were they for the last 17 years? In fact, where were they in ‘listening to the Industry and consumers’ prior to drafting their Guidance on NDIs? Nowhere. They were MIA. And so, now, just because they have thrown us a scrap, we are to believe that they have suddenly seen the light? Are we really that gullible?”
The Federation wants more than revisions to this draft Guidance and we don’t want to settle. Remember, as we’ve always said, “politicians don’t see the light, they only feel the heat.” It’s time to renew the pressure on the FDA by passing the Dietary Supplement Protection Act (H.R.3380). Contrary to rumors, H.R.3380 can pass. Keep up the pressure!
Join the NHF in demanding our dietary-supplement rights via H.R.3380
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