Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!

April 27, 2010
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FTCThe American public is becoming fed up with “sneak” provisions tacked onto largely unrelated bills that are likely to pass. A glaring recent example was tacking onto the Healthcare bill a complete change to student loans. Often the “sneak” provision is so buried that hardly anyone is aware of it.

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173), recently passed in the House of Representatives, includes language going far beyond finance inserted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). This language could be used for an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA.

The Senate is expected to vote on its finance “reform” bill as early as this weekend. We need your help to ensure that it is not amended to include a similar provision going far beyond finance that could be used against supplements. Please take action now. TAKE ACTION

Congressman Waxman is well known as an opponent of the dietary supplement industry. This is somewhat ironic: his district includes Hollywood and presumably many of his closest supporters are health store shoppers and supplement users. Most of these people simply don’t know what Waxman is doing in this area.

This powerful Congressman, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which includes health as a subcommittee), would appear to want supplements regulated like drugs, a step that would effectively eliminate them. He is determined and has stated: “One enduring truth about Washington is that no issue is ever settled for good.”

ANH-USA has been on alert to see how Waxman would use his committee chairmanship to strike at DSHEA. He is very clever and we knew a covert attack was a possibility.

A direct attack on supplements would take the form of an amendment to DSHEA, since that legislation governs FDA regulation of supplements. In this case, Waxman has left DSHEA alone, and has instead inserted language in the Wall St. “reform” bill that gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) important new powers that could be used to circumvent key supplement protections in DSHEA. TAKE ACTION

To see how this would work, let’s see how the FTC operates today. Its chief mission is to combat commercial fraud. It has full authority to pursue companies making fraudulent claims. But the FTC can’t go beyond that, can’t set other regulatory requirements, without advance approval of Congress. The FTC once had this regulatory “rule-making” authority. It lost it in the 1980’s because Congress thought the Agency was abusing it.

At the present time, if the FTC moves against a dietary supplement company for false or misleading advertising, the FTC typically requires the company, as part of a consent decree agreed to by both parties, to back up its claims by undertaking at least two random controlled human trials. This is done on a case-by-case basis and is legal because the targeted company has agreed to it.

If the FTC had general rulemaking authority, which Waxman’s language reinstates, the Agency would be expected to create a new legal requirement for all supplement companies. Such companies would have to perform at least two of these human studies before making any claims for their products.

Why should we care whether supplement companies are required to perform two random controlled human trials for each product? Because such trials take a long time and would be beyond the financial means of most supplement companies. Even if the companies could find the money, the FTC could require more and more costly versions of these studies, or more of these studies. At each stage, fewer supplements would be available, and those available would cost more and more, until they became as costly as drugs.TAKE ACTION

Supplements are not drugs. In most cases, drugs are non-natural and therefore patentable substances. Why patentable? Because no company will spend a billion dollars on studies and FDA approval trials without the monopoly provided by the patent. To insist that supplements be treated like drugs is really to sound the death knell for the supplement industry, something that drug companies would be delighted to see, because they know that supplements are their chief potential competition, are often more effective than drugs, are often less toxic, and are always much less expensive.

Supplements are already regulated by the FDA under DSHEA. If the Waxman provision is included in the final Wall St “reform” bill, the FTC will gain the power to override the limited protections for supplements that already exist under DSHEA. The FDA would still have to respect DSHEA, but the FTC would not be so constrained.

Five unelected FTC commissioners would issue binding regulations in a wide range of areas, including the regulation of dietary supplements. And companies that did not comply with the new FTC rules could effectively be put out of business.

According to renowned constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord, “The provision removing the ban on FTC rulemaking without Congressional preapproval contained in H.R. 4173 invites the very same irresponsible over-regulation of the commercial marketplace that led Congress to enact the ban in the 1980s. FTC has no shortage of power to regulate deceptive advertising; this bill gives it far more discretionary power than it needs, inviting greater abuse and mischief from an agency that suffers virtually no check on its discretion.”

The bottom line is that FTC would be given power to regulate areas they don’t understand, and their first order of business would likely be to regulate supplements, an area far outside their area of expertise.

The Senate Wall St “reform” bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217), doesn’t contain the Waxman provision yet. But we know that Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) may offer an amendment including Waxman’s language. Please help us stop this. Please take action now to help us maintain access to low cost, high quality supplements. Tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.

136 Responses to “Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate!”

  1. This is a highly urgent post that I have to get out fast because our health freedom as we know it is in jeopardy. There is a bill that was sneaked through the House while everyone else was worrying about the economy that has the power to destroy all organic farms, natural products, healing herbs, nutritious fruits and even our vegetables and other health supplements.

    I will give you an overview of this dire situation, but I want you to take action and flood the Congress with petitions to stop this injustice to our health freedoms. It is not what you think. I am not talking about the massive health care overhaul. I am talking about H.R. Bill 2749 and ultimately the devastating Codex Alimentarius. The one power of the WTO or World Trade Organization and they want to kill all of our healthy foods with radiation and pesticides, etc.

    They want to take away all of our natural healing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, hormones, herbs, healing fruits and vegetables so there will be “ZERO” competition to Big Pharma. This could be the end of our natural health healing freedoms as we know it and the mass influx of sickness and death and drug-ridden stench and sewage. This Bill was rammed through the House and is headed for the Senate if we do not stop it now! We must stop it now!’

    This is only one battle won and there will be more to come in the organics and supplements war.
    We must stay vigilant. Stand up people and protect your right to health freedoms.

    - – -
    Thomas Kopriva, owner
    http://www.NaturalNooks.com
    ……

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  2. d chalfant says:

    Get rid of the anti-supplement measure in the FTC Bill

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  3. Maria Lally says:

    Here’s the thing. I’m a Certified Natural Health Professional. I interact with A LOT of my colleagues. Taking away supplements would delight big pharma, shorten our lives, cull the population and create lots of treatment and drug money for allopathic medicine.
    HOWEVER, the Naturopathic world operates separately. We are all independent of each other. And that hurts us. The Alliance for Natrual Health is a great organization. We need to keep moving toward that. Over a hundred years ago, Doctors were largely independent too. If you had a condition, you could go to 10 different country doctors and get 10 different type of treatment. They banned together, created rules and protocols. This was done to prevent chaos and to assure that people got consistent treatment that was scientifically proved, tested and up to date. It was a good idea at the time. However, they got ultra powerful, egotistical, self-serving and science made huge advances in drug technology which gave them even more power over us! The old remedies died off in favor of profitable drugs and surgery and the whole system that supposed to protect us became a deadly monster!
    What some well meaning law makers and many others under the influence of powerful lobbyists THINK they are doing is trying to undo the chaos THEY think they see in the naturopathic health world. Just like 100 yrs ago, TODAY you can go to 10 different natural health practitioners and get 10 different opinions about what you should do. You can be sold on expensive treatments that have not been tested or proved, supplements that may or may not be appropriate and perhaps delay some medical intervention that may be appropriate. That’s how they see it. What the challenge is to all of us in the Naturopathic world is to ban together agree on accepted treatments, streamline what we do so we can become more of a cohesive group that shows organization and professionalism. However, we have to learn from the past and not let it get to our heads!! Not become the monster even though our power may tempt us…we have to resist. That’s hard for even the most well-meaning people…not to cave in to the power and the money and glitz and glam like big pharma offers doctors. When we can get to that point of being able to handle that power, it will be given to us….as NOT by the law makers or the Senators. It will come from somewhere much more powerful than that!! Call it God, the Universe or the Natural Order of things… however you see it. We’ve got to not only fight the demons that we are living with now, but earn our place in heaven at the same time.

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  4. Sonia Butkus says:

    Alcohol is the drug of choice for most people, and it is a drug. Ofttimes named the “grease” of society, an informed individual is more prone to land in spots where it is served up. An educated individual is as well more conscious of the pressures to deliver the goods in our culture, and the ensuing hope to unwind from that pressure. Most people have no trouble with this drug, but the problem people impart a horrific trail of wreckage.

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  5. Celeste says:

    This bill that Waxman is proposing shouldn’t be passed. I am against it and I feel as an American I am capable of making my own choices and decisions and I am for pro freedom and pro choice to choose to continue to take supplements as I deem necessary. Some very good ideas well worth mentioning again by other posters here are “maybe we should make it illegal for our elected officials to accept lobbyists money. Lobbying should be illegal. With the ability to communicate through the internet (blogs, email, facebook and forums) our elected officials can take the issues to the people directly and we can respond directly, so that we the people are the ones who will inform our representatives how to decide. There is no way that the Federal Gov’t has the knowledge or resources to regulate what is clearly more beneficial than harmful. Leave supplements alone. The FTC shouldn’t have the unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements. Our elected officials should serve the people who put you there and do the work that really needs to be done and stop taking bribes and kissin ass!!!! Please do no interfere with our freedom of choice. There are many more causes that need the attention of our elected officials. This is not one of them”. With that being said it is definitely imperative that Waxman, the FTC nor the big Pharma and for-profit health insurance industries should be able to benefit and profit off the successful passing of this bill. Decision NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!. not now….not ever.

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  6. Ce Moore says:

    Dear Congressman Waxman,

    We respectfully demand the removal from H.R. 4173 – the “Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act of 2009″ – any and all language which would confer or imply additional powers or enforcement to the FTC, regarding vitamins and nutritional supplements. This is to include any associated advertising, educational materials, or user reports of effectiveness.

    You and the pharmaceutical lobbyists tried to Shanghi the nutritional supplement industry though the FDA, almost 20 years ago. The political backlash brought the DSHEA legislation of 1994. We are sick of the underhanded tactics, and we will not stand for it this time, either.

    It would be interesting to speculate if ‘Big Pharma” has the ability (and the willingness) to insulate their purchased legislators from all economic and political repercussions which are sure to ensue.

    Thanks for your time.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Ce Moore

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  7. Wayne Collins says:

    According to the NIDA report, Scientific American, Addiction Research Foundation and CDC report 100,000 people die each year in alcohol related deaths. What the hell are you doing trying to restrict our access to health related supplements. How long is it going to take for all you “elected law makers” to get you crap together, serve the people who put you there and do the work that really needs to be done and stop taking bribes and kissin ass!!!!

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  8. Alice says:

    The decision to choose which way to go in order to regain our health should be left to the consumer/patient. No group, agency, government official or politician has the right to decide
    what is best for me or the public.
    Natural supplements have been part of my recovery system for many many years, and I’m relying on them to keep on staying in a healthy state and continue to be able to go about my business every day.
    When the threat of losing your health, and even more, your life, is a constant in your daily life, you
    turn to every possible alternative available, and natural supplements, herbs, vitamins and other healing modalities have been my life savers.
    Please do no interfere with our freedom of choice. There are many more causes that need the attention of our elected officials. This is not one of them.

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  9. Steve says:

    Waxman is nothing but the typical scumbag politician with a pricetag hanging around his neck. He is simply a whore who sells himself to the highest bidder. THE DRUG COMPANIES.

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  10. Shiu Hung says:

    Along with being totally against the Waxman amendment, we are opposed to the punitive individual insurance mandate, which is nothing more than bailout for the predatory insurance and pharmaceutical cartels. Reverse the horrific insurance mandate, and allow individual states to establish a Single Payer Medicare for All system.

    At this juncture in our nation’s history which the big Pharma and for-profit health insurance industries are almost in total control of our health, we need to make sure to have ‘access’ to alternative health care, that includes vitamin supplement intake to maintain good health. From a recent direct personal experience with a run in with a doctor at my local VA hospital, he insisted that I take this horrible toxic drug called SIMVASTATIN to help lower my cholesterol level. Instead of following his alophathic toxic regime, for the last month, I took the initiative to double up on my healthy diet/lifestyle change, which included daily exercise, taking different types of herbal vitamins and supplements, I managed to lowered my cholesterol level substantially in less than 5 weeks. When this doctor called me recently to informed me of the positive result from the blood test, I then remined him that I never took anything he prescribed for me, instead, I reliied solely on alternative medical approach. From the tune of his response, he was NOT HAPPY AT ALL! I DON’T THINK THESE DOCTORS KNOW MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT THEY ARE BEING TOLD TO PUSH FOR THE BIG PHARMA. WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING TOXIC DRUGS! HERR Waxman, you should be ashamed of yourself by being such a big Pharma and for-profit health insurance WHORE!

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  11. Peat maragh says:

    Please take your hands off our choise for Nutritional Suppliments. Let FREEDOM RING. Withdraw this bill now with this anti competive provision. Keep the FTC out of our suppliments. Congressman Waxman vote NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for this bill

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  12. CHANDOS F CALDWELL says:

    I wish that someday such politicians as Waxman would begin working in the interest of the people instead of being corrupted by the Big Pharma cartels. This insidious trick is a low blow to health interests, who wish to avoid the sickness business of Big Pharma.

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  13. alan lott says:

    regulate the banks and energy corporations not my herbs and vitamins

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  14. Victoria McMahon says:

    I currently utilized complementary medicine and supplements to maintain optimal health with my traditional healthcare coverage as a backup plan. I am leaving minimal carbon footprint and living a full life…consider your footprint to myself and others who work to inspire others towards prevention and optimal healing by not taking away my ability to choose wellness.

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  16. [...] I am very interested in health and nutritional freedom. I am also very dubious of fedral legislation that seems to always be written with large corporate interests or groups in mind. Not sure if this article is most pertinent to the Health Care Bill, the Wall Street Bail-out and regulation bills, or general health topics,,, but with the recent goldman sachs scandal prompting congressional legislation, what does the "Wall Street" bill have to do with restricting vitamin supplements and steering more business toward big pharmaceutical companies? Health freedom alert: Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill Welcome to the Alliance for Natural Health – USA [...]

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    • S. 3217 says:

      The Senate Wall St “reform” bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217), doesn’t contain the Waxman provision yet. But we know that Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) may offer an amendment including Waxman’s language. Please help us stop this. Please take action now to help us maintain access to low cost, high quality supplements. Tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.

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  17. Tony Altman says:

    It is due time for all Americans to wake up and change the way they are governed. The government is merely the voice of its people. America find your voice before you are silenced for good. Are you actually going to allow YOUR government to dictate what supplements you are to put in your mouth. Are you all mad?? Do your research and get the facts. You are being controlled like sheep. Why do you allow your freedom to be taken? Are you in fact throwing it away?

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  18. Bill Sardi says:

    Late on a Friday night, in the summer, when people are on vacation and others trying to get home from work to start the weekend, Congress will pass legislation that will doom the supplement industry. This is how they covertly side-step the public’s will. I say, let them do it, it will forever cement the public’s ire at government which solely represents Big Pharma. Why Americans continue to take dangeous prescription statin cholesterol, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory drugs is testimony to public naivety. Physicians could put a stop to all of this, but choose to continue to mislead their patients. Waxman…….. hmm…. he wins no badge of courage for going against the tobacco companies. His efforts were political — stop the opposing political party’s major source of funding while cutting goverment into the profit pie with taxes. It’s OK to smoke as long as you pay the tax (government as mafia). They don’t really want smokers to stop since their lifetime health care costs are more than $100,000 less than non-smokers (because smokers die 10 years sooner). Health freedom advocates need to launch a program to get Americans to stop taking drugs. The mind set of most Americans is that they will take supplements only if they don’t interfere with their hallowed drugs — it should be the other way around. Leadership is sorely lacking in the supplement/health freedom crowd.

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  19. b k says:

    We should understand the importance of supplements more. I do not know what this bill entails but I do think the FDA needs to start doing it’s job. Food is medicine and it should be taken more seriously. Drug companies simply try to mimic mother nature anyway. Aspirin comes from the herb meadowsweet. We should start to look to proper sources. As of now we are probably only insulting God by ignoring or trying to improve upon his work in a drug lab.

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  20. Janice Beers says:

    I obviously meant — exactly where in H.R. 4173 this provision is located.?

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  21. Janice Beers says:

    Your article says:
    “According to renowned constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord, “The PROVISION REMOVING THE BAN ON FTC REULMAKING WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL PREAPPROVAL contained in H.R. 4173 invites the very same irresponsible over-regulation of the commercial marketplace that led Congress to enact the ban in the 1980s. FTC has no shortage of power to regulate deceptive advertising; this bill gives it far more discretionary power than it needs, inviting greater abuse and mischief from an agency that suffers virtually no check on its discretion.”

    Please give a definite citation to exactly where in H.R. this provision is located. I do not see it.

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    • S. 3217 says:

      “The Senate Wall St “reform” bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 (S. 3217), doesn’t contain the Waxman provision yet. But we know that Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) may offer an amendment including Waxman’s language. Please help us stop this. Please take action now to help us maintain access to low cost, high quality supplements. Tell your senators not to support any amendments that give FTC unchecked power to over-regulate areas they don’t understand, including dietary supplements.”

      I’m going to start looking for it now. It might have been an amendment added to H.R.4173

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  22. James Weatherford says:

    I find this incredibly hard to believe about HW. He is our representative here and is not known for underhanded tactics. As mentioned above ie. the US Chamber of Commerce, I think this is scare tactic meant to discredit HW by some shadow right wing spinf..k.

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  23. Emiliano says:

    Folks let’s face it. Big Pharma has done a hell of a good job on not only brain washing the American public on how good their drugs work and how “only your doctor knows What is right and best for you on taking these drugs. But now, they are doing a very good job on feeding upon your emotions. With pink ribbons, a sympathetic spokes person who looks appealing to your eyes in Big Pharnas magazine advertisements or on TV ads. Or an well known actor telling you on the effectiveness on how well these drugs does wonders on your specific condition(s). Manufactoring drugs is BIG business. If the FDA or the FTC would admit on how effective natural supplements works without giving you the bad side affects. And without forcing these natural vitamin companies to put unnecessary warning labels on their products. We as the people of this great nation would make a better decision on using or not using drugs for what ever the reason is This is The United States, we the people still have the right the freedom to choose. To choose what is best for us and our families. Let’s wake up people!

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  24. Hank Waxman's Nostrils says:

    You people who keep saying “oh I agree with Rep. Waxman on so many things” deserve what you are about to get. What you seem to forget is that these abuses of government power are eventually going to come around to you. Suing tobacco companies, mandating seat belts…oh it all sounds good, until it’s your dietary supplements.

    So, all you hippie health food nuts who praise big government, have fun with this legislation. Maybe the next time you are watching the news and some moron is talking about a soda tax, you will get the point. This is not the role of the government…which our government run public education system seems to forget to teach.

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  25. Roger Bibeau says:

    Americans need to understand, this is just another coordinated attack in the war against our immune systems, which is part of a larger war to depopulate the planet.

    Google “Codex Alimentarius”, the global/U.N. plan to eliminate the public’s access to supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies, holistic medicines), to see WHY supplements ARE ALREADY BANNED IN THE ENTIRE EUROPEAN UNION AND CANADA.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has it’s own study, revealing their knowing that within 3 years of a global supplement ban, 1-2 billion people will die. The 1-2 billion that today, don’t have access to clean drinkable water. They expect another 1-3 billion people to die in the ensuing 3-5 years, from the diseases and ailments that we now put off because of our access these life-critical supplements.

    The second prong of the depopulation war against us, is to make us sterile. Research the already known, 25+ year trend of ALL male species on the planet which are getting sterile. From wildlife, to lab animals, to US.

    AMERICA, WAKE UP!!!!! TAKE ACTION!!!!! Support Constitutional initiatives to take our country back. Back from transnational conglomerates, big pharma, and corrupt politicians. Investigate the 2017 mandatory RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) chipping of ALL Americans, which just passed in Obama’s health bill. PLEASE Don’t take my word for any of this. Research it, so you’ll then know the truth, for yourself.

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  26. L.A. HAM says:

    WAXMAN……. DO US ALL A FAVOR..CRAWL BACK UNDER THE ROCK WHERE YOU CAME FROM..ONLY EVIL DOES SNEEKY THINGS…BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OR UNDER A ROCK.. YOU ARE HUMAN JUST LIKE ME AND THE REST OF THE PEOPLE..AND ONE MAN WILL NOT TELL ME WHAT TO DO..NOT EVEN YOU OR OUR EVIL..GREEDY GOVERNMENT..DON’T MESS WITH GOD… IF YOU THINK YOUR MEDS WILL MAKE YOU HEALTHY..TAKE THEM..AND AT THE END OF THE SIDE EFFECTS IS DEATH…OUR BODIES NEED NURSHMENT FROM FOOD..(IF YOU CAN BUY ORGANIC) OR WHOLE FOOD PLANT DERIVED SUPPLEMENTS…..GOD NURSHEMNT FOR OUR BODIES….

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  27. Stacy Evans says:

    This is so anti-american I am at a loss for words. People should have peace of mind knowing that the government has their back. I’m pretty disgusted right now.

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  28. angela says:

    Truly terrible situation for Narural remedies. Do you people really realise what is going on in the world today? Those called the illuminati, the same who are trying to put in place the New World Order/government are the same who run Big Pharma, and all the allied Multinationals…..the same who cause the Economic crisis which is not yet over. They are aming to reduce the world population by disease, famine, wars etc. So when they make their final bid for complete World domination they will be able to have counted and taged all of us GETTING RID OF THE OPPOSITION ON THE WAY.

    Read the BRAVE NEW WORLD by A Huxley to get the idea.
    There is only one Savour…..JESUS OF NAZARETH….CALL HIM.

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  29. linda epstein says:

    I am so FED UP AND DISGUSTED with these politicians and their connections to big business!! If Waxman does not have the guts to put his bill out their in the open, where it can be debated and have the citizens decide, then he obviously is doing something underhanded and obviously receiving money for that support. What else can we think if he feels he has to sneak it in.

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but our elected officials arrogant flaunting of their willingness to be bought has got to stop. Maybe we should make it illegal for our elected officials to accept lobbyists money, maybe we should demand that lobbying is illegal. With the ability to communicate through the internet (blogs, email, face page) our elected officials can take the issues to the people directly and we can respond directly, so the people are the ones who will inform their representatives how to decide.

    Something has to change. We keep going thru the same BS time after time!
    Look at the catastrophes that have happened in these last few years, there is a malaise of “the bottom line no matter the consequenses”.

    It is ludicrous to watch a commercial of Big Pharma promoting their product and listing the side effects including the very ones the drug is supposed to take care of. And we just sit there like zombies. No wonder big business and our elected officials think we are stupid.

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  30. John T says:

    I am fed to the gills with Big Government stepping into the lives of its people in yet another way.

    Hands off the nutritional choices people make! The FTC has no business in limiting my choices (via attacking natural vitamin companies and their open presence in the marketplace) as to what forms of nutrition I can use to build my healthy body with.

    The double standard for Big Pharma still being able to push its poisons with seeming immunity from the false promises it sells while those who promote food as medicine are to be demonized is… unreal.

    Does the FTC even still represent the core values of free market enterprise?!

    As a consumer I am not brain dead. I can choose for myself what is useful and what is bunk. Stop trying to ‘help out’ by thinking for me FTC! That is NOT your position.

    Now pardon me while I watch a 60 second drug commercial from Big Pharma what is filled with 45 seconds listing just about half the side effects of the pill yet that pill can still be advertised and sold as the ’smarter if not only’ choice for making one healthy. Nice to know that if one tries to run a print add or TV spot that says clean, organic food can build the body better and end sickness by that course then that one can be fined and put out of business or jailed! The FTC and Big Government in action…

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  31. Ron Hooper says:

    2.5 years ago the FTC attacked over 130 nutrition companies for “false and misleading” information on their websites related to alternative cancer treatments. Eventually all capitulated to FTC demands–all but one. Daniel Chapter One, a Christian health ministry which uses product sales to fund their work, fought the FTC in the administrative star chamber “court,” and lost its bid to continue providing information on alternatives to phamaceutical drugs. Begining in April, DC1 is under a “cease and desist” order (for 20 years!) forbiding them to provide ANY information about alternative treatments–they cannot even recommend WATER for dehydration (FDA rules stipulate this type of advice magically transforms common substances into “drugs.” For example, vitamin C becomes a “drug” if used to treat scurvey!). DC1 is appealing to a “real” court of law. They are currently the “spear tip” fighting for our health freedom. Look into this and spread the word!

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  32. Dee says:

    There should be 1 vote for 1 bill instead of “slipping non-related bills together., and letting this fly under the radar!! This is the only way big Pharma and Monsanto can get their way When are Harkin and Hatch proposing their legislation for dietary supplements?? Will their bill overide Waxman’s??

    The ANH should have a Facebook page, so we can discuss this in a forum format. The news
    would travel faster, and more people will be aware of what’s going on.

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  33. David says:

    Everyone better wake up and act on this or it could shut down the whole industry. I am very disapointed in what she has done here and we are all tired of the sneaky stuff. Stop this now !!

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  34. david says:

    None of the links you sent me to verify your claim would open And at the bottom of the ad you sent, I see it is connected to the US Chamber of Commerce. As the US Chamber of Commerce has a proven track record of trying to block health care, trying furiously to block any type of climate change legislation and of course would certainly be against anything that would help to real in Wall Street and the banking industry, I have now even more doubts about the validity of your claim.

    I ask you again…SHOW ME THE PROOF WAXMAN HAS DONE THIS!

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  35. marie says:

    Well here we go AGAIN. The Government taking over the supplement/vitamin business. Just like they are taking over every thing else. Waxman and Dorgan and McCain all must be in bed with BIG PHARMA. I bet they don’t even know the full scope of this Bill/Law that they have written. We need to scream at the top of our voices on this issue. The FDA- FTC and these Senators inserting this legislation into Finance Reform is just another slimy tactic by this Congress and House Members.
    STOP THE MADNESS!!!

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  36. Kate West says:

    This is an outrage! I was raised with supplements and because of them my mother’s health was restored when the western medical profession and drug pushers (pharmacueticals) could do little to help her. I am and always will be a firm believer in SELF HEALTH and SELF HEALING, as well as being proactive with taking care of one’s self. I do not want the government or any instiution to intervene or regulate in what is my GOD GIVEN RIGHT– to take care of myself. I know best what is best for me. With knowledge, balance, and moderation being responsible for one’s self with supplements (along with other good health habits) is still the only way to maintain health without the use of DRUGS. This country is becoming more and more intrusive…where is the LIBERTY?

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  37. david says:

    I just contacted Rep. Henry Waxman’s office regarding this. THEY SAY IT IS NOT TRUE. I THINK YOU NEED TO CLARIFY. HENRY WAXMAN IS NOT ONE NON TO BE BACK-HANDED SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE EVIDENCE OF YOUR ACCUSATIONS.

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  38. [...] Here is a link to a site discussing the nature of this provision: <http://www.anh-usa.org/congressman-waxman-slips-obscure-anti-supplement-measure-into-wall-st-%e2%80%…> [...]

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  39. [...] A direct attack on supplements would take the form of an amendment to DSHEA, since that legislation governs FDA regulation of supplements. In this case, Waxman has left DSHEA alone, and has instead inserted language in the Wall St. “reform” bill that gives the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) important new powers that could be used to circumvent key supplement protections in DSHEA.  Read more… [...]

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  40. Linda says:

    How many more rights are we going to allow the government to take away from us – we are no longer a democracy – when will this country see some real leadership

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  41. dajad terlemezian says:

    Stopiping nutrional supliments is exactly the same as being electrocuted or put in the gas chamber like hitler did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many drugs do the drug companys know will do damage or even kill years befor they get caught ! I just read in the news a drug co. paid millions when they were sued for seroquel they knew was not what they claimmed it did !!!!!!!!!curse

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  42. hank Wheeler says:

    Hey Waxman…did you do your meds today?…how much is big pharma paying you to keep us all sick so they can kill us with the drugs they have bribed the FDA to approve? You’re as sneaky as your scummy buddys on Wall Street.

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    • Peggy Ringe says:

      Your very right,I have a quote you might like,Dr. are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little to cure diseases of which they know less,in humans beings of whom they know Nothing.Voliaire
      “If the doctors of today do not become the nutritionist of tomorrow,the nutritionist of today will become the doctors of tomorrow.” Rockefeller Institute of Medical Research.

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  43. This is a cool screen idea ! It is very interesting indeed.Thank you for your info.i love to read all info.This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality.

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  44. Robert W. says:

    Waxman didn’t have to try very hard- but he just made himself totally ugly.

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  45. [...] We may have only a few days so TAKE ACTION!  Get the word out! Sincerely, G.F. Gordon MD DO MD(H.) Gordon Research Insitute Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by t…; [...]

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  46. Herb says:

    I am VERY disappointed in ANF for only bringing this provision to our attention now. The House bill passed months ago if I remember. Where were ANF and other organizations then to alert us and to create the movement to stop this then? As a result I’m not sure I trust ANF’s characterization of this provision and it’s potential impact on supplements.

    Waxman yes is a known skeptic about supplements, but the shrill attacks on him in these comments are way over the top. He more than any other legislator has fought big tobacco for decades and as a result has probably saved more lives than anyone in America.

    Nonetheless given the short time available I have little choice but to trust ANF and I will call and write to oppose this provision. Don’t get caught again asleep at the switch ANF.

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    • Bernie says:

      And what are YOU doing to alert consumers, Herb? It’s easy to tke shots from the sidelines, and I suspect that’s where you are firmly planted.

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    • Mel Sherwood says:

      Are you Waxman’s brother-in-lae or something? That idiot ogre has been working against the best interests of Americans since he set foot in D.C. He needs a nostril-job to match his lobotomy.

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  47. DABIG says:

    Next stop:

    Codex Alimentarius!

    We must stop this now people!

    No more Mr/Ms nice guy!

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    • Senator Waxman and all other senators xontemplating a yes vote, I would like you to walk in my shoes and the shoes of thousands of other American citizens fighting cancr who have relied on supplements to sustain life. I am fighting pancreatic cancer and with the help of Dr Nicholas Gonzalz am living beyond the time I was told I had left by the doctors who diagnosed it in July 2009. I have dependents for whom I am prime caregiver and am fighting hard to continue that role. For most cancer patients hope is key and from discussions during chemotherapy sessions with other patients, we strive to eat a healthy diet, take supplements to help boost our immune systems because without a pro-active lifestyle, we would be forced to give up.

      It is easy for those in legislature to form opinions but how many of you seek information from those who are affected by the laws passed. ObamaCare is a classic example… it was not thought out or tested. it was passed for the ego of a few. I wish that our government would start representing the people rather than than the government legislature.

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      • dfish says:

        already wrote to senators and white house re supplements preferred over statins and supplements should be covered by Medicare and private insurance.

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      • There are many thousands of studies documenting the safety and effectiveness of many types of supplements in preventing and improving chronic health conditions. There is also documentation that pharmaceuticals are responsible for as many adverse effects, hospitalizations and deaths as for cancer or heart conditions. There is no similar documentation of widespread problems with natural supplements, which are documented by Gov’t studies to be beneficial. Focus should be on the pharmaceuticals, where most of the documented harm is occurring, not on safe and effective supplements. There is no way that the Federal Gov’t has the knowledge or resources to regulate what is clearly more beneficial than harmful. Leave supplements alone.

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      • tom becker says:

        Right on! I applaud you.

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      • dajad terlemezian says:

        DR. FRAULO started me in 1967 on 3000 mg’s of vitamin C & 3000 mg’s of niacin a vitamin B 3 Which saved my life . I HAD JUST CAME HO ME AFTER 9 MONTH’S OF BEING IN GREYSTONE HOSPITAL YES A MENTAL HOSPITAL IN NEW JERSEY !! SOME PEOPLE THERE HAVE BEEN IN ISOLATION FOR 30 40 50 YEARS WITH NO HOPE OF EVER COMING HOME !! I WAS TERRIFIED!I WENT FROM FROM BEING SO VERY DEEPLY DEPRESSED & WITH THOUGHTS OF NO HOPE NO REASON TO GO ON TO LIVE ! BUT THANK THE LORD AND DR . FRAULO AND A NEW BETTER HEALTH ‘ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE’ I FEEL SO SO HAPPY & WITH TALKING THERAPY DR FRAULO WAS ALSO A PSYCHIATRIST -’ G O D B L E S S DR. FRAULO ‘ HE TAUGHT ME TO B E CONFIDENT – TO THINK FOR MY-SELF !HAVE FEELINGS -EMOTIONS I BECAME AN ACTOR !WHEN I WAS ON THE LAST ” SAPPRANO’S I HAD A SCENE IN THE HOSPITAL LOOKING FOR A FRIEND ! I WALKED THROUGH THE HOSPITAL LOOKING WITH MY EYE’S ALL AROUND ! AFTER WORK I SIGNED MY NAME SO THEY WOULD SEND MY PAYCHECK . I TOLD THE GIRL MICHELE —THANK’S MICHELE I HAD A GREAT TIME AND SHE SAID D O D G E I GO BY THE NAME DODGE !!!! SHE SAID ” D O D G E ” WE ALL SAID THAT YOU WERE THE BEST BACKGROUND ACTOR ” SHE MADE ME FEEL SO GREAT ! A LOT DIFFERENT THAN ” G R E Y S T O N E HOSPITAL TAKE AWAY MY VITAMINS & DR. FRAULO’S MEMORIES & ADVICE . IS A ‘ D E A T H S E N T E N C E ” THANK’S TO HITLER TYPE NON HUMANS !

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      • pam constantine says:

        stop bill

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      • corinne says:

        Hey we have the right to keep ourselves well the best way we know how, with supplements of course, a less expensive way to go. Since we do not make a six figure paycheck, and are managing the best way we know how, on a social sec. check each month. Are you all out to lunch over there in the Washington DC area of the White House. You all best wake up and smell the flowers too.

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      • mark edgette says:

        There is no money in cures you must reseach you will find out you’re suffering only for profit the doctors do not care also check out hyperbaric oxygen therapy will put cancer in remission you do not need drugs according to dr. Royal rife conventional medcine will kill you.

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      • James F. McEnaney says:

        we need more nutritional freedom not less!!!i served as a medic in viet nam(my dad was WWII)unfortunately we did not have health freedoms in 1940-80 we do now,let people decide their own health, best Jim

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      • Glenn A Youngman says:

        I totally agree with this, most of these supplement companies are snake oil sellers.

        Seriously, look at a company like Biometics..they push selling their products more than the products themselves. Then you add their outrageous sales pitches like making $5,000 a week selling this junk.

        Scammers like this need to be put out of business.

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    • Barbara McCammon says:

      I do want to freedom to chose all supplements without interference from any agency or group like the FDA. Why can’t we be left alone to proceed as we have been for many years. This back-handed legislative act was inserted without our knowledge – just awful.

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    • Phyllis Salazar says:

      I am just a little tired of government getting into our business and trying to stop us from being free to use supplements that have no side effects and trying to find a way for Americans to have to use the drugs that pharmaceutical companies have developed and have side effects that will harm us or kill us in the end. I thought I lived in the United States of America not in some communist run company that tries to tell their people what they can and cannot do.

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    • jake says:

      Congressman waxman, why are you concern with health supplements? I and pretty much all of america has tried supplements to maintain a healthy body, it has been proven that drugs will not accomplish that, just look at all ot the commericals with recalls on quite a few drugs, I believe that if this is what the docs. addresses then it really needs to be recanted.

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    • Debbie K says:

      To those of you who claim that the points made in this article about Waxman are untrue go to: http://waxman.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=115176 I found this in a few seconds by googling, you can too if you just make the effort. Waxman does indeed want to regulate supplements.

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    • stephen tatro says:

      We the people, must be gone. We the controllers are moving in. We “need” to stop this madness. who do these people think they are? We need to vote out every damn one of them, i don’t care who they are, or where they are from. Listen up people, we wont have nothing but control over us and our right’s as we have had them for over two hundred year’s. the liberal’s are on the loose, watch out, because there after everything.

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    • Marilyn J. Lavelle says:

      DO NOT PASS THIS BILL!!!!!
      I DON’T NEED HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF MY SUPPLEMENTS.

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    • Jon says:

      This isn’t a vitamin/supplement issue. It’s a truth in advertising issue.

      The problem is that a lot of manufacturers say their products do things that the manufacturers have no proof the products actually DO. No one is regulating supplements or vitamins here, only saying that if you can’t prove a vitamin/supplement does something, you can’t advertise that it does. It seems like the vitamin and supplement industry (or at least those reputable manufacturers/suppliers) ought to be happy about this amendment because it’s directed at rooting out purveyors of snake oils and tonics. Anyone who says their product will do something ought to be able to show some reasonable evidence for that claim. Otherwise, just don’t make the claim and there’s no problem.

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      • Jennifer Hoffman says:

        The issue here is that the FDA already prevents supplement manufacturers from making any claims about their products, despite real, proven science that documents their effects. The FDA is owned, financed and subsidized by big pharma which doesn’t want us purchasing anything they can’t patent. So this is yet another attempt to tighten the noose around the dietary supplements industry. Do you want to be able to go into any store and purchase Vitamin C caps or Echinacea if you have a cold, then you have an interest in stopping this legislation and others like it. If not, all vitamins and herbs would be unavailable, controlled by pharmaceutical companies who want you to buy their products instead and they would charge a premium for them, as they do now.

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    • Barbara Boggs says:

      My understanding is FTC should not have unlimited power for controlling supplement access by the public. Congressman Waxman, apparently, slipped an antisupplement measure into a Wall Street “Reform” Bill, and it should be removed, nor nothing like it allowed in a similar bill sent to the Senate for passing. Thankyou, Mrs. Boggs

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