Free Speech in Health Science May Become a Reality—But Only With Your Help!

April 5, 2011
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freedom of speechToday, the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011 was introduced in Congress by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Please tell Congress how important this bill is!

As we reported last week, a new bill in Congress promises to revolutionize the way Americans get access to scientific research on the health benefits of foods and supplements.

The Free Speech about Science (FSAS) Act, HR 1364, would change FDA regulations so that legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies can be referenced without changing the food’s regulatory category to an unapproved drug. This will protect access to scientific information, and will protect your right to know about the healthy benefits of food and food supplements. The bill amends the appropriate sections of current law to allow the flow of legitimate scientific and educational information while still giving FDA and FTC the authority to take action against misleading information and against false and unsubstantiated claims.

You may wish to read our FSAS White Paper, which discusses how even though scientific evidence may indicate that a specific nutrient can prevent, moderate, reverse, or in therapeutic doses cure disease, the American people do not hear about this research because FDA rules prevent food producers from sharing that information.

The Free Speech About Science Act would change all that—and what’s more, the prospects of the bill actually passing this time are much greater. Though it can only happen if you put the pressure on Congress, let them know how vital the bill is, and keep after them until it goes through.

Please contact your congressional representative immediately and ask him or her to co-sponsor and support HR 1364, the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011!

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48 Responses to “Free Speech in Health Science May Become a Reality—But Only With Your Help!”

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  2. I am 84 and a very healthy person. Why because of my vitamin intake since I was a sickly 30 year old.
    I had so much wrong with me I finally decided I had better do something about it. My mother took vitamins and I always told her she didn’t need them.
    Welll she live to be a healthy 90 year old.

    I realized how tired and exhausted I was every day. Colds galore, allergies, restless leg syndrome, gland problmens. Anckle weaknes. I started reading Prevention which at that time was terrific and slowly but surely I added vitamine C, B Complex, Vitamine E, A & D, selinium, Calcium, Pantothenic Acid, Well by the time I was forty I was the most energetic healthy young woman.

    If seniors and young people would be taking these vitamins Medicare would have an excess of money. They make money on me because I never need it as long as I take my daily vitamins.

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  3. Linda N says:

    We have all signed this action alert. I myself have signed it on many websites besides AHN USA. The bill never makes it out of committee because their are too many congress people who line their re-election campaign pockets with big pharma money. And other who are just too ignorant to understand the issue. By that I mean most of our congress people are lawyers. While this makes them intellectually intelligent, they also know absolutely nothing about either conventional medicine or alternative care. They therefore believe totally in the garbage that the FDA feeds them about how herbs and drugs are dangerous and need millions of dollars of approved FDA testing before they can be sold (as drugs) and the sale of them will be standardized products or isolated herbal constituents or nutrients altered molecularly to enable them to be patented.

    We keep pushing but I am not holding my breath for this bill to get out of committee any time soon. It was drafted quite some time ago. I hope but I don’t hold my breath.

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  4. BARBARA KINSEY says:

    I BELIEVE WE (THE PEOPLE) SHOULD BE FREE TO CHOOSE THE KIND OF HEALTH TREATMENTS WE WANT, AND TO HAVE THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR ALL TO SEE WITH OUT BEEN RESTRAINED.
    BARBARA KINSEY.

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  5. There is so much we can learn for ourselves about the use of supplements, through unrestrained sharing of findings and epidemiology among our families, friends, and communities, and untainted by the corporate advertising on behalf of biased drug companies. Sharing of this information must not be stifled. I am thankful for the efforts and work of the Alliance For Natural Health. I myself have helped so many individuals by sharing what I have learned in my work and studies. This is the information I try to share on my website, because it is too important to keep to myself. BTW, I am a retired PhD scientist with good credible credentials. Mary Ann O. Detlefsen

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    • Anita Wilkinson says:

      I’ve come to believe that the FDA is one of many government agencies that is the proverbial “fox guarding the hen house.”

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  6. Shouldn’t we begin to ponder why is it that legislation has to be introduced (and lost) to verify scientific fact???? So more people are beginning to see something is wrong with the system. That’s good. But why do the people in power keep getting away with it? Isn’t it time we begin to ask ourselves why a law has to be suggested just to keep things honest? Just to say that food is not a poisonous drug? What’s really wrong with this picture?

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  7. National Health Freedom Action, NHFA, does not support H.R. 1364 because it continually uses the term “legitimate scientific research” as the threshold for “permission to speak”. The better solution is to support 2010 HR 3394 which protects speech in the marketplace, as long as it is truthful and not misleading. “Legitimate scientific research” can be an extremely arguable term and will be abused and will be interpreted under conventional scientific rubrics. The bill will work to further entrench our freedom of speech prohibitions into the existing conventional science paradigm. It will once more insist that if you don’t have “legitimate scientific research” (as interpreted by the FDA), then you will not be able to speak the truth about dietary supplements. Dietary supplements will continue to be construed to be legally considered “drugs” if a person says what they can do. This is a bill that could even more entrench the “evidenced based medicine model” that international forums are promoting.

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  8. It’s about time! Food is never a drug, it does not force an immediate reaction in the body to suppress a symptom, or force an immediate change. Drugs are not food, they can never be the building blocks of true health.

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  9. WAYNE ZIMMERMAN says:

    MANY THANKS ! KEEP ON SLUGGIN

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    • H J Dezotell says:

      I personally have used supplements for over 40 years. Always with positive results. Some so positive, I began reading and researching why. Books, researchers studying herbals and natural minerals, nutrients, some used for 6000 years or more. Reports by doctors searching for cures for then ailments and diseases. A picture emerged of the two sides of medical practice. Medical practitioners, scientists, researchers and every day people seeking cures relieve and prevention.
      Then there are those who would and do profit, benefit and thrive on disease, ailments, injuries, fears and addictions that plague man and animals. How! By keeping us ignorant of the truth that almost all that afflicts man can be prevented. By weakening our natural immune system, introducing poisons, toxins and drugs into our water, air and food. By polluting our environment. By controlling, corrupting our news and information sources. By controlling, corrupting our Government, agencies, officials, and politicians. By parasitic non-profit organizations that purport to inform, aid, support and guide the addicted diseased and afflicted and do just the opposite.

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  10. Lis Adddison says:

    It is time to allow a free flow of information in regard to all aspects of health. This includes sll information in regard to supplements. Adults are capable of thinking for themselves. Yes, if claims are definitely misleading, do use legislation to prevent them. Allow all other statements regarding nutritional supplements.

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  11. Virginia Eagan says:

    Maintain the wisdom of the constitution by living through it in your decisions for the whole of America.

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  12. Johann says:

    Thanks for making the process so quick and easy to make our opinions heard! This is really important, and it’s so good to be able to tell someone who can DO something about it!

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  13. Luke Murphy says:

    We are a democracy we need to know which foods are and aren’t healthy!!!

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  14. Lily says:

    Knowing what is good for the body is so very important in being healthy and staying healthy. For many of us we plan on living a long time. And I am very much into health and nutrition and the food that I consume. So let’s share information with the general public so they can become more aware of nutrition and how it does effect their health and longevity. Thanks for your help.

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  15. David Welsh says:

    The researchers should have to sign statements that they are liable to face punishments under Title 18 of the U.S. Code if willful false statements or omissions are made in their reports or experimental data.

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  16. David Welsh says:

    Sounds good. Haven’t read it, but in the patent law the truthfulness of statements either in affidavits to demonstrate unexpected or superior results over the prior art, or in patent applications is placed on the applicant-inventor and made punishable by fine or prison or both. See 35 USC 25

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  17. Suzanne says:

    As our elected senators in Wisconsin and representtives of town hall meetings, plese put your weight behind the passage of the Free Speech and Science Act of 2011. The Milwaukee Journal Watchdog Reports have gone far on their Chemical Fallout of BPA and one would hope that the industry providing us with food had a conscience. Apparantly our parents had a better design for healthy living than we do now and it appalling.

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  18. Mark Conlan says:

    Please make this information available as links to Facebook and Twitter. Those are becoming more and more important as quick, easy ways to share action items like this and get them to large numbers of people in a hurry. I’m already sharing this with my list at the alternative AIDS organization H.E.A.L.-San Diego.

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    • ANH-USA says:

      Hi Mark, just look for the Share links at the bottom of every article, just above the comments section. There are four buttons: a blue “Share” button for Facebook, a light blue “Tweet” button for Twitter, a gray “Share” button for email, and another gray “Share” button for just about every other site you desire! There’s also a counter above each button that tracks how many visitors have used each one!

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  19. James F. McEnaney says:

    please support hr 1364,i served as a medic in Viet Nam,my father was disabled in WWII(battle of the bulge)unfortunately we did not have the nutritional supplements we do today to treat chronic non combat(especially) conditions.
    Check DR Hoffer and B-#(niacin)on using mega doses to treat disabled Hong Kong veterans in Canada.
    best JIm

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  20. Joyce says:

    Thank you for all your hard work and sacrifice- Joyce

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  21. Barbara McCombs says:

    This Act is esential to the health of our future generations and children in particular. I believe it is immoral for our representtives in what I hope is still a democracy to not pass this. Please act with your conscience on this one.

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  22. kathleen chippi says:

    TRUTH in health care NOW!

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  23. Greg. Eckrich says:

    Hello.

    I very much enjoy receiving you news letter.

    From time to time you request that we write our congressmen. This is good. However, all sorts of unnecessary information is also requested such as street address, city, state. Respectfully, I use this type of a reply system to our congressmen on several other sites. They do not ask for this information. At most, first and last name, email and zip.

    If you would reduce the required fields to these I think more folks will participate in your messages to congress.

    Well, that’s my two cents.

    Regards.

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    • ANH-USA says:

      Hello Greg,

      We ask for your address because there can be multiple congressional districts in one zip code. Without an address it’s likely we can’t send your Alert to the correct Congressional office.

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  24. Jill Carozza says:

    This link is not working tried 3 times and nothing…fyi

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  25. Terrific news. Welcome to the rest of the civilized world.

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  26. afisher says:

    I never heard of your group before, but seeing as how deborah has decided that her medical technologist certification as her cred. I have a comment.

    Why would anyone, especially a medical technologist, who actually know that details DO MATTER not bother to list a link to a piece of legislation? Sorry, Open Congress.org is jammed, or maybe it is my PC, but I never ever sign a support letter for legislation that is unaccessible. For all I know, it could be something really weird.

    So get a grip, maybe you have blind follower’s but that is not the kind of individual I am. FTR, I am a MT(ASCP) SBB and know that details do indeed matter and so should you.

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  27. mark edgette says:

    That was directed toward congress.

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  28. mark edgette says:

    We want our freedom of speech which we were promised I am a member of the u.s army I have ancestors that fought for our rights you people have commited crimes against the people of the united states “no more!!!!!!!!

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  29. Please let legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies be referenced without changing the food’s regulatory category to an unapproved drug to protect access to scientific information, and protect our right to know about the healthy benefits of food and food supplements. The bill amends the appropriate sections of current law to allow the flow of legitimate scientific and educational information
    Thank You
    Marvin Kistler

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  30. Truly heartwarming to open the door to alternative treatments which have acheved great results without the horrendous side effects of drugs & treatments or the very limited benefit of the very expensive radiation & surgical practices. Money is the driving force of most traditional procedures.

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  31. emily scott says:

    please sponsor and support HR64……..you may wish to read FSAS White Paper, Alliance for Natural Health

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  32. Lisa Baas L.Om says:

    FSASn Act- HR 1364 needs to pass so people have legal access to scientific health information!!!!

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  33. tom says:

    Only People have Rights. Government agencies have Powers (delegated to them by the People).

    Please correct the sentence above to read: “The bill amends the appropriate sections of current law to allow the flow of legitimate scientific and educational information while still allowing the FDA and FTC the power to take action against misleading information and against false and unsubstantiated claims.

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  34. Paul Shabazian says:

    It is time to let the people do what is right – have the freedom to do what they want with their health and care of it. Stop letting the corporations dictate what we MUST do!!!

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  35. Harriet McCleary says:

    I support the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011. This is an important bill. The Free Speech about Science (FSAS) Act, HR 1364, would change FDA regulations so that legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies can be referenced without changing the food’s regulatory category to an unapproved drug. This will protect access to scientific information, and will protect your right to know about the healthy benefits of food and food supplements. The bill amends the appropriate sections of current law to allow the flow of legitimate scientific and educational information while still giving FDA and FTC the right to take action against misleading information and against false and unsubstantiated claims.

    Thank you for your time.

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  36. Dan Castro says:

    It is difficult to believe that as far as we have come with the help of science, there are still those who believe it is better to not hear bad news. We are not ostrich birds and we do not hide from FACTS. Scientists need to be free to explore and to report their findings so we can best utilize that information in making this a better world.

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    • Wayne Gorsek says:

      One of the reasons we have a health care crisis bankrupting America is the fact the FTC and FDA prevent truthful information from being provided to consumers about the benefits of supplements. The FTC and FDA protect the medical device, drug company, hospital and surgeon monopolies stealing trillions a year of our wealth and putting into their pockets. For example, vitamin D3 at dosages 5 – 10X the RDA/DV have been proven to reduce cancer risk by 50%. If a supplement company says this they are at risk of being shut down, inventory confiscated and criminally prosecuted by the DOJ, FTC and FDA backed up by federal and local police.

      Wayne Gorsek

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