NYT Launches Attack on Supplement-Protecting Senator—Just as DSHEA Comes under Renewed Threat

July 19, 2011
Print This Post Print This Post

grassroots advocacy(Note: Please see the two related Action Alerts—one on the FDA’s new NDI guidance, the other on the Durbin bill—in the last paragraph of this article.)

The New York Times made nasty insinuations about both the supplement industry and Sen. Hatch, one of the two authors of DSHEA—and got the facts completely wrong about ANH-USA.

The New York Times recently ran a piece about Sen. Orrin Hatch’s support for the supplement industry. The article was full of innuendo about Sen. Hatch being in bed with supplement companies, in effect helping them make exaggerated claims to push their products. ANH got a similar treatment. The paper calls us “a trade group” (that is, a front for supplement companies) that helped defeat the McCain bill. This is similar to the treatment we received in the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) report which also identified us as a trade group.

The Alliance for Natural Health is not a trade group—we are a consumer-run and consumer-serving advocacy organization. Contrary to what the Times piece suggested, it was our activists—consumers who themselves buy nutritional supplements—who helped defeat the McCain bill. Access to natural health products is a consumer choice, and the pressure to protect them from drug-related interests isn’t coming from industry, lobbyists, or Washington “politics” as the Times (and the CREW report before it) claimed, but from consumers like you.

The article also repeats the familiar tactic of conflating a few bad actors with the entire nutritional supplement industry. The reporter was only able to point to a few companies that have made exaggerated health claims—yet made these anecdotes representative of the entire industry.

The article assumes that further regulation is needed. But the offenses they repeatedly point to—exaggerated health and disease claims, including steroids in supplements, etc.—are already illegal. As we have noted many times before, supplements are already subject to extensive regulation. In order to keep consumers safe, the FDA merely has to enforce the current regulations—not add new ones!

For example, Xango juice company is quoted as having thanked Sen. Hatch for “helping their exotic fruit juice business ‘operate without excessive intrusion’ from Washington,” and the piece reports that some supplement companies are making donations to Hatch’s campaign. This insinuates that Hatch was helping companies engage in questionable business practices by stepping in and opposing regulation. But as noted, exaggerated health claims are already illegal, and Sen. Hatch has never supported any illegal actions from this industry, legislatively or otherwise. The implication that, but for Hatch, companies would not be able to make exaggerated health claims, is ridiculous.

The piece further implies that Hatch has hindered regulators from preventing dangerous products from being put on the market, including supplements that are illegally spiked with steroids or other unapproved drugs. This is also ridiculous. The senator has never tried to prevent enforcement against illegal products. In fact, Sen. Hatch co-authored, along with Sen. Harkin, the DSHEA Full Implementation and Enforcement Act, a bill designed to bolster enforcement against the few supplement companies engaged in illegal behavior.

The Times article adopts a familiar paternalistic tone—as in, “We know what’s best for you!”—particularly in referring to natural health products as “niche industries or parochial programs.” In fact, over 50% of Americans use supplements, so supplements are hardly a “niche” interest. Is it any surprise that these citizens are making their voices heard?

The article presents the McCain bill as a law to protect consumers when in reality it would have greatly restricted consumer access to natural health products. One reason we fought so hard against the McCain bill was that it would have given the FDA full discretion and power to compile a list of supplements that would be allowed to remain on the market and ban the rest. This would have been completely arbitrary—just whatever the FDA decided to list, and we all know that the FDA is much too close to the drug industry and much too hostile to supplements.

We’ve seen what has happened in the European Union, with their adoption of strict new guidelines on supplement accesses, and we do not want to go down that path. The European Food Safety Authority has sharply reduced the list of available supplements and is in process of lowering the potencies allowed, e.g., less beta carotene than can be found in half of a large carrot.

There are numerous other problems in the New York Times article:

  • It suggests that McCain backed off his own bill because he was concerned about the damage to his campaign from a highly motivated industry. But industry didn’t “rally consumers”—opposition came from the groundswell of self-motivated grassroots opposition opposing the bill, with more than 200,000 messages from our activists alone.

  • It implicitly criticizes current legislation for not requiring supplements to be subject to the FDA drug approval process. But as regular Pulse readers know, this completely ignores the fact that manufacturers of natural, non-patentable substances cannot afford the billion-dollar costs associated with FDA drug approval, because without patent protection they would never make back their money.

  • The article claims, “Just in the last two years, 2,292 serious illnesses, including 33 that were fatal, were reported by consumers of supposedly harmless nutritional supplements, federal records show.” We contacted the New York Times and asked where this data came from, since we have not seen it elsewhere. They told us that an unnamed source within the FDA had given them these figures by phone. No such figures are available on the FDA website. Moreover, in its reporting of adverse events, the FDA does not presently break out supplements from drugs—perhaps because the agency does not want to highlight that almost all the adverse events are coming from pharmaceuticals that have gone through the FDA drug approval process.A federal agency that does publish annual statistics on supplement adverse events and deaths is the national Poison Control Center. Its 2009 Annual Report, which is the latest available data, records only a single death concurrent with supplement use—an “unknown dietary supplement or homeopathic agent”—with no deaths reported before 2009. (By way of comparison, the same report attributed 122 deaths to acetaminophen—an over-the-counter pain reliever sold under the brand name Tylenol.) It is notable that this one death was concurrent with an “unknown dietary supplement or homeopathic agent.” So there was an alleged supplement or homeopathic agent, but they don’t know what it was! Furthermore, for anyone who understands homeopathy, the notion that a homeopathic agent caused death is ludicrous. It is also completely inconsistent with the conventional medical view that homeopathy is just sugar pills that do nothing other than create a placebo effect. Conventional medicine can’t have it both ways: homeopathy can’t be both a killer and a harmless placebo.

  • It states that under legislation Hatch “pushed through Congress,” nutritional supplement companies could introduce products without FDA approval, and make general health claims without proving their effectiveness or safety.” But it is already illegal to make disease claims under DSHEA, and there are strict protocols for other claims.

The only doctor the article cites is Steven Novella. He is president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society—a group which, like its ally Quackwatch, is violently opposed to all Complementary and Alternative Medicine—hardly what you would call a balanced and unbiased source. He certainly is not representative of the high number of physicians who both recommend and take supplements themselves.

We find it interesting that less than two weeks before the Durbin bill was introduced and the FDA simultaneously released its New Dietary Ingredient (i.e., supplement) guidelines—both of them frontal attacks on DSHEA—we get this article in the New York Times defaming Sen. Hatch, one of the principal authors of DSHEA and one of few people still able to tell everyone what Congress’s original intent was when passing DSHEA. The irony is that Sen. Hatch is hardly someone who is anti-FDA—in fact, he has authored legislation to give the FDA more funding!

No, this carefully orchestrated campaign is nothing less than an attempt to crush DSHEA and outlaw the vast majority of nutritional supplements—which will ensure a total monopoly for the pharmaceutical industry.

To that end, we want to reiterate both our Action Alert on the Durbin bill and our Action Alert on the FDA’s NDI guidance. If you have not already done so, please send your messages to Congress on both these matters immediately. Your access to natural supplements is at risk.

100 Responses to “NYT Launches Attack on Supplement-Protecting Senator—Just as DSHEA Comes under Renewed Threat”

  1. It is time to write the NY Times…….I cannot find much in common with their Editor’s viewpoint more and more.
    Where is the equality in this Country?


  2. Matt says:

    We’ve got to move and talk to as many people as possible. Most people don’t know about this law!!


  3. lone voice says:

    It’s time to file class action lawsuits.
    Criminals who have no regret and no remorse belong in jail, not in public office.
    Messing with human health is a crime, and nothing less.
    Let us couch it in no softer terms than that, and legally, peacefully and truthfully treat it in no softer way.


  4. Max Pont says:

    1) Write angry letters to the journalist + the editor in Chief.

    2) Start a campaign against the NY Times. Use your nearest copy machine and make 100s of fliers. “Tired of being lied to – cancel your New York Times subscription”, “Why pay for being lied to, stop buying the NY Times”, etc.


  5. A. Werewulff says:

    When trying to send a message through an advocacy group of my choice I now get the following message…

    Representative Chip Cravaack – Representative Cravaack will not accept email messages unless they are sent using this web form.

    Irony that his webform only accepts six lines… hardly enough for an opinion on anything.. I think that’s pretty much a Carpetbagger ‘out of touch’! Recent news reports that Cravaack is moving his family to New Hampshire.


    “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” ~Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland.


  6. Mrs. Ed says:

    We all are beholden to President Obama for making it unavoidably, painfully clear that we all MUST value the gift of voting rights!! His presidency has done more than a year of advanced civics, American history and Islamic stealth jihad classes! If I was just a little younger and healthier, I’d be running for office to keep people like him out. Oh, it’s so wonderful that Mrs. O planted a vegetable garden to inspire fat people, although I suspect she may have fertilized it with Tagro which rather defeats the purpose, at least for me. My point? Controlling the supplement business is just another government takeover in the grand plan to make over America into a Communist one World government with the UN’s help. The Bible prophesied this thousands of years ago.
    The only thing that matters is that you have a right relationship with Jesus, because He’s the ONLY way to heaven despite what Oprah says. “I am the way, the truth and the life; none comes to the Father but through Me.” John 4:4 Just believe that He’s the Son of God who died for your sins then rose from the dead, ask Him to save you from your sins and help you live for Him. He’ll turn you into a new creation and give you eternal life now. Get yourself a King James Bible then ask His help in finding an old fashioned church that still preaches the Bible. They’re a little tough to find right now. God bless you!


  7. Kelli says:

    Another attempt by the Big Pharma profiteering racket to draw in more customers regardless of the fact that more affective alternatives exist.


  8. K Luc says:

    That would really be sad if supplements were so restricted, and drug companies got more money. Prescription drugs are okay if a person needs a round of antibiotics, once in a great while for a severe infection. I personally never want to be on prescriptions on a regular basis! There are so many natural products that do the same thing, without dangerous side effects. I believe that’s true for serious diseases, such as cancer. With small choices, and weaker at that, guess we’d have to travel to another country for the good stuff…


  9. robert hoover says:

    If ANH is a front group for the supplement industry thanks to you anyway. That would make ANH almost a PAC and we all know that gets attention in Washington.

    As far as I know though, it’s consumer driven, people powered activism. Apparently it scares the likes of the NYT when the people speak. let’s keep it going.


  10. j r says:

    The New York Times? People still read that POS rag? Why? Unless you like being lied to.


  11. Kenneth Webster says:

    This is, I believe, another attack on our health freedoms. The drug companies are all behind this action, and others that restrict our access to supplements. As consumers, we all know that supplements are better for us than drugs, and for the most part work better, also the more responsible supplement manufacturers have proven the efficacy of their products.


  12. Michael says:

    Leave our vitamins,our supplements and minerals alone.The government has no business deciding
    for the people what they can take to help them selves with health issues


  13. I appreciate the Times’ hard-hitting journalism, but this time you folks have got on the wrong end of the stick. Someone has been feeding you very erroneous information. For those of us citizens who have been campaigning long and hard to keep our right to nutritional supplements, your attack is very poorly timed. I and many people I know have used nutritional supplements (herbs, vitamins and other substances) for years, along with good dietary practices, to avoid the illnesses that many people in America are prone to. I have visited doctors fewer than 5 times in the last 30 years, and at age 57 am healthier overall than the average American. For example, I have averaged less than one cold a year for the last 14 years, and it has been mild and of very short duration. I am very physically active and have a very good quality of life. When I do get ill, the herbs and supplements I take knock the illness out usually in about 24 hours or less. I know others who feel the same way.
    The fact is that there has been a huge outcry among health-conscious Americans against the efforts of Big Pharma and its allies to rob us of our right to an alternative to the drugs they sell. The side effects of these drugs are notorious, and they are regularly removed from the market because of this, yet you would leave us to the mercies of the drug peddlars rather than take responsibility for our own wellness by using nutritional supplements, most of which have far fewer and less deleterious effects. Shame on you! I wonder who is paying you to spread these lies!


  14. gary kaposta says:

    The NYT should be focusing their efforts on exposing the biggest fraud in medical history…statin drugs. In 1997 there were 27 million people taking these cholesterol lowering drugs and by last year 500 million humans were using them. Statistically, people with high cholesterol live longer than people with low cholesterol. In the early 1900’s, heart disease was unheard of and the human frame was producing cholesterol. With the advent of processed food/drink, people began to overproduce insulin(Hyperinsulinemia) which damages the sub fractions(Minute particles that constitute cholesterol) of the cholesterol. Instead of being large, waxy, fluffy flakes, the subfractions become small, compacted and more numerous. Due to this alteration, they have a tendency to get trapped in the minute spaces (Gap junction) between the endothelial cells that line the arterial wall. Any molecule (Testosterone, estrogen,cholesterol) that gets trapped and stops moving in the system will oxidize, inflame and lead to occlusion of the arterial wall. The only thing that modulates the size and quality of the subfractions of cholesterol is diet…not statin drugs. The dangers of statins are well documented (See dangers of statin drugs on Google). The NYT will not cover this as Big Pharma is the very hand that feeds their advertising coffers.


  15. The New York Times article is submitting false allegations about Senator Hatch. Why would the NYT take any information seriously from Steven Novella from the New England Skeptical Society which is a biased organization and has done no serious research on its own. Most pharmaceuticals have adverse effects which have serious consequences to a person’s life. I watched my mother die a little bit every day as I gave her these prescriptions to the point that her liver was destroyed and she could no longer go on. I frankly doubt that the majority of doctors who dole out these prescriptions would take these medications themselves. It’s easier just to write them for senior citizens who have no one to stand up for them. Supplements are meant to add to a person’s well-being and have no real side effects like pharmaceuticals. How could you even lower yourselves to even associate with such a ridiculous group like the New England Skeptical Society. Even their name leads you to believe that they are just a bunch of quacks.
    Linda Longstreet


  16. Brenda Kocher says:

    As one who purchases nutritional supplement, I do not appreciate the orchestrated campaign to crush DSHEA and outlaw the vast majority of nutritional supplements—which will ensure a total monopoly for the pharmaceutical industry.

    Sen. Durbin’s disingenuous “Dietary Supplement Labeling Act,” needs to be defeated. This bill is simply another attempt to limit access to dietary supplements.

    The Draft Guidance on NDIs is Bad for Consumers: The biggest problem is that this guidance will turn a notification system into an approval system—a terrible precedent that will utterly cut off the supply of nutritional supplements. It will also create such huge barriers for supplement manufacturers that it will be much more difficult and expensive to produce them. But of course, that means consumers would either have to pay much more for nutritional supplements, or else risk not being able to buy them at all if the manufacturer deems them too expensive to produce.


  17. dez says:

    To control the media, Magazines, Television, Newspapers, Etc., by controlling their income, (Advertising), owning as little as 6% of stock and stacking the board of directors.

    ‘only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. …an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information….–Congressman Oscar Callaway statements were included in the Congressional Record (vol. 54, February 9, 1917, p. 2947)’


  18. John Harris says:

    Where is the action link to send a letter to the editor of the NYT????? 100,000 letters to the editor telling them their reporter did one hell of a lousy job might get their attention


  19. John says:

    33 fatalities in 2 years is microscopic compared to pharmacutical related deaths.


  20. Joseph says:

    People need to investigate the method behind the propaganda. To gain insight here’s an excerpt from the book Propaganda by Bernays:
    In Propaganda, Bernays writes:

    Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. …we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.
    Also Brzezinsky, in the book Between Two Ages:
    The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values.” – Zbigniew Brzezinsky, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era

    The lie and disinformation go hand in hand here as the Ministry of Propaganda, known as the mainstream corporate controlled media systematically publish blatant lies in bold print then in rare cases, retractions 2 weeks later on page 42 in small print.

    They hate those who are waking up to their agenda to inflict disease upon the brain washed Amerikan Idle watching masses using toxic food and pharmaceuticals.

    At the end of the day, those who are driving this agenda are eugenicists and social darwinists whose goal it is to eliminate 80% of the earth’s population. Eugenics is a religion to them, renamed transhumanism. They teach children that the are a blight on the land and will soon be charging us to BREATHE via the carbon tax.


  21. Marilyn says:

    If uninformed government wants to remove the public access to Health Supplements, we, the public, can remove income from those who vote for such ignorant ideas.


  22. Rick Newell says:

    Thank you so much for your constant review of the “big govt/big pharma’s” assault on our right to chose supplements versus drugs. Keep up the good work Rick. Newell


  23. gary schnakenberg says:

    no choice ,is big phama plan…


  24. nancy newman says:

    It is pain to see that the US citizens want natural supplements. I used to argue this with my medical brother who now owns an organic farm. Please listen to the people and what they want not the few lobbyists with the money. Our constitution and our law must be upheld in this freedom of choice in America or you will have revolt on your hands and will be the ones that caused it!


    • Jeff says:

      July 8, 2011 Whenever I get a hauicrt I always feel a lot different at first, even though I usually only get 2-3 inches off (that isn’t a lot compared to how long my hair is). No one can tell when I’ve cut my hair. But I do it myself because I don’t have any layers so it’s pretty easy.But anywho (goodness, enough about me! this is YOUR blog!), your hair looks awesome!


  25. Steve says:

    The US needs Ron Paul now more than ever to close the revolving door between the pharmaceutical companies and the biotech companies with the US regulatory agencies like the CDC, FDA, USDA and FCC. It is total corruption.

    The federal government has NO grounds to infringe upon the rights make personal decisions regarding health. Those with massive financial conflicts of interest to the pharmaceutical industry like McCain should not be allowed to vote or speak on issues like this.


  26. St. Anger says:

    It’s obvious that the intent of the bill is to hand control of OTC supplements to Big Pharma. Hey, they’re missing out on a windfall of profits. 150 dollar bottle of Vit C tabs, prescribed by your doctor? Sounds great to them. The hypocrisy is getting to be over the top.


  27. Larry says:

    How many people die a year from regulated drugs? How many die from supplemental drugs a year? I think you need to stop regulated drugs from killing people before you attempt to do anything else. This is a very poor attempt to reduce the competition for the drug companies. It is always about the money for congress anymore, nothing else.


  28. Ethel Rosen says:

    Stop this nonsence The FDA with their medicine is killing people every day with their horrible medicine that they APPROVE.
    This is a free country and traditional Doctor’s and Pills are killing people everyday
    Ethel Rosen


  29. patrica schiewe says:

    I consider that supplements have changed me from a sick person to a healthy one as I had almost used up my body by age 40 and with the help of alternative medicine and supplements I am a vibrant and very healthy 77 and take absolutely no perscription drugs which have a place in emergency but otherwise seem to do more harm than good. The FDA does not seem to be on the side of healthy living. Senator Hatch is my hero.


  30. Carol Lapetino says:

    Thank you for your work in trying to save our supplements. I use many and know they help me. I know my health would be lessened if I were unable to have access to them anymore.


  31. Linda Rosencrantz says:

    no to all supplement acts


  32. KS says:

    The NYTimes is used to lying. Did you really expect anything else?


  33. Bill says:

    Please protect the nutritional supplements industry. They have been part of my life for the last half of my 84 years and keep me alive and active while prescription drugs have created problems for me.


  34. The powers of greed are certainly interested in pharmaceuticals and how to maximize the draw they make from people’s finances. There exists a consortium or alliance of big interests intertwined about the apparatus of the Federal government for the purpose of its enrichment at public expense. While the documentary linked is chiefly concerned with what society has used and is using for money, the pharmaceutical industry’s links to this financial cartel are apparent. I do profusely document the presentation, and this will withstand any amount of corroboration.


  35. Bernice Kleiman says:

    I would love to see a gigantic class-action lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies that mfg. supplements. They are the ones making false claims, e.g. Centrum mfgd. by Wyeth (now part of Pfizer, I believe) targets specific groups – men, women, over 50 (Silver). The vitamin doses are so low as to be ineffective. The “silver” added about 250 mcg. of lutein for eye health (an effective dose is 10-20 mg.) The same with men’s – lycopene for prostate health, etc. Ingredients include talc, FD&C food coloring, and aspartame. Flintstones Complete (Bayer) has 5 FD&C food colorings plus aspartame. Poor-quality supplements are only found at drugstores, Costco, Kmart, etc., never at a health-food store. Quality supplements mfgd by (not for) companies that specialize only in supplements are not found in the stores mentioned. For purposes of brevity, cannot go into a lengthy discussion on prenatals-absolutely criminal! Much more to be said on all of this. Sen. Hatch and Grassley should be made aware, in detail, of what’s going on. These cos. are engaging in deception and grand theft in my opinion. Would like to see a televised special re the above. May the truth be told.
    Thank you for the work you do.


  36. William Glaske says:

    Maybe the NYT is secretly owned by Rupert Murdoch!?


  37. Robert Polykronis says:

    Every week we get a senator or some other public official who is in bed with pharmacy giants. The funny thing is, none of them have the slightest clue what they are talking about. If you pay attention and know your stuff, you could see this as plain as day. Anyone see Congressman Henry Waxman in the movie documentary, Bigger, Stronger , Faster? Oh my goodness! And he is the clown responsible for calling the baseball steroid meetings in washington. My point is not about steroids or any opinion on them..the point is that its so obvious that the lawmakers are actually pawns in the pocket of big money interest who dont know the first thing about whatever it is they are crusading against. I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall and see how things REALLY come to play with these law makers. The old American values are gone forever.


  38. Kangen Manna Momma says:

    In regard to “requiring supplements to be subject to the FDA drug approval process” there’s also the LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) test that requires the product to kill 50% of test subjects in order to determine “safe” dosage amounts for humans. Every drug that is approved has to “pass” this test. It’s interesting that all drugs have the potential to kill at high doses. I would venture a guess that very few supplements would kill any subjects at any dosage.


  39. Natalie Mannering says:

    The attack on supplements is an obvious attempt of Big Pharma to seize even more power and control for profit, with no regard whatsoever for the welfare of human health. Such travesties of justice will never be tolerated.


  40. tekwyzrd says:

    The article claims, “Just in the last two years, 2,292 serious illnesses, including 33 that were fatal, were reported by consumers of supposedly harmless nutritional supplements, federal records show.”

    During that time, how many people suffered serious side effects or death from prescription drugs approved by the FDA?


    • Pamela says:

      EXACTLY! I vastly prefer to take my chances with vitamins, supplements and herbals than the almost CERTAIN nasty side effects of nearly all pharmaceuticals. When was the last time you saw a commercial from Big Pharma that DIDN’T include death as a side effect. I kept a tally one night that I actually watched TV. There were 15 different commercials for drugs, and out of those, only 15 included DEATH as a possible side effect. 0.o But what REALLY stunned me was that 7 of them included side effects that were the EXACT SAME THING (only exacerbated) you would take the drug for!!! WTH????


    • Natural_Affordable_Harmless_Effective says:


      In 2005 alone, 89,842 adverse reactions from Pharmaceutical prescription drugs. Of these, 15,105 people died from reactions to the prescription drugs.

      Using this figure above, which is fabricated and exaggerated to include obviously toxic and questionable herbal materials, prescription drugs cause 30 times more adverse reactions and 458 times more death from “supposedly harmless nutritional supplements” which is ambiguous to include obviously toxic materials such as synephrine and low quality fillers and contaminants.


  41. Judy Edmands says:

    My family and I are counting on you to protect our freedom to freely purchase nutritional
    supplements. Respectfully Judy Edmands


  42. Robin Rutan says:

    From banning eggs at farmers markets to banning supliments I see a big rise in drug company dependency and illegal sales. I certainly will not buy my supliments from a drug company.


    • Pamela says:

      If you’re buying supplements now, you probably already ARE buying them from a pharmaceutical company. Most of the supplement companies have already been bought up by Big Pharma. :(


    • Dawn says:

      Pamela, that simply is not true.


  43. Alma Christina Sychuk says:

    Alternative medicine and natural supplements are necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
    “Let Food by thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates 460-377 BCE

    Let’s not regress.


Leave a Reply

Comment Policy:
ANH-USA provides a comment forum for our readers to share their constructive thoughts and criticisms about our newsletter articles and engage in civil debate with other readers. All comments are pre-moderated regardless of author. We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view. We only remove those comments that are abusive, off-topic, use foul language, include personal attacks, or are otherwise discourteous and uncivil. Please do not post comments in ALL CAPS; on the internet this is considered "shouting."

 characters available

Follow us on...