Carly and I Need Your Help!December 19, 2012
|Thousands of nutritional supplements
could be taken off the market—
but you can fight back.
Make your tax-deductible donation today!
I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine—she’s my personal inspiration to protect our dietary supplements from the FDA’s New Dietary Ingredient(NDI) guidance.
Carly Lockman is a Chicagoan, a mother-to-be, and works in the holistic nutrition field. For years, she suffered not only from hyperthyroidism, but from the endless doctor’s bills and pills that were supposed to cure her. Finally, after a punishing radiation “treatment,” Carly turned to natural health solutions: a diet of whole, organic foods; a toxin-free lifestyle; regular exercise; and nutritional supplements.
Carly is now disease-free and living life to the fullest, and is excited to share the benefits of a holistic lifestyle with her clients, her loved ones, and soon, her daughter.
But the way of life that you, Carly, and I value so highly is under attack: thousands of our nutritional supplements may soon disappear because of the FDA’s NDI guidance.
In June, the FDA revoked the first draft of its NDI guidance. This was a huge victory, and was only possible because you stood up to them with ANH-USA. Thank you! But that was one battle in what will be a long war. We now have a seat at FDA’s table representing consumers as the agency begins the revision process—though we fear the next draft could be even worse.
ANH-USA works hard every day to protect your supplements from threats like these. We are the only consumer advocacy group in talks with the FDA over the next draft of the NDI guidance, because we are one of the few organizations that work on behalf of everyday people like you and Carly. Not Big Business, Big Pharma, or other special interests.
And we’re ready to take the fight to anyone, anywhere! As you read this, my boss and ANH-USA’s executive director, Gretchen DuBeau, is representing you in Germany at the meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). She’s there to protect the right of American consumers to truly wholesome foods and high-quality supplements.
But protecting access to supplements is expensive. In 2013, ANH-USA will meet with the FDA to monitor its revision of the NDI guidance and will alert you when the second draft guidance is issued (so you can tell the FDA exactly what you think). We will also submit formal comments on behalf of the public and commission an independent legal analysis—but this will easily cost tens of thousands of dollars.
This is why we need your help:
Thank you so much for your support! Our work would not be possible without it.
P.S.: As an extra bonus, through December 31, your qualifying donation earns you a reusable tote bag, BPA-free water bottle, picnic blanket, or yoga mat that lets you proudly show off your support for ANH-USA. Please make your gift today!