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Pre-Market Approval of Dietary Supplements: The Canadian Story

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Composition with dietary supplement capsules. Drug pills

Could the same thing happen in the US?

Analysis by guest columnist Shawn Buckley, LLB, president of Canada’s Natural Health Products Protection Association and a Canadian constitutional and criminal lawyer. He has appeared before the Senate and House Committees of the Parliament of Canada as an expert witness on constitutional and health issues.

In the 1990s there was a citizens’ rebellion in the US wanting to protect their access to dietary supplements. This led to the passage of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act 1994 (DSHEA). Under this Act, supplements are classed as a food and are presumed to be safe unless there is evidence to the contrary, and the FDA is not supposed to remove a supplement unless there is evidence of harm.

Soon thereafter, a citizens’ rebellion also occurred in Canada. Canadians made it clear that they were fed up with supplements being taken away, and they demanded increased access. One would have supposed that, having watched the US preserve its access to supplements, that Canada would follow suit. Instead, in 2004, Canada decided to treat supplements as a type of drug. All new supplements in Canada are presumed, to be both unsafe and ineffective (and therefore illegal); only those that can go through a pre-market approval process can remain on the market. To get approval, a supplement must be shown to be both safe and effective. This sounds reasonable on paper, but it has led to unfortunate health consequences.

If safety were a top priority, then a balanced risk assessment should be undertaken: the risk of taking a product away from people who are relying upon it to manage their health conditions, balanced with the risk of leaving the product on the market. It is dangerous and intellectually dishonest to remove a product due to a perceived “risk” without also taking into account the risk of removing the product.

Let us use nattokinase as an example. Nattokinase, an enzyme extracted from a fermented soybean product called natto, can be used as a natural blood thinner. In Canada, a decision was made that no approvals would be given for nattokinase (meaning it had to be removed from the shelves)—but the decision’s timing was telling. The New York Times, in an article called “A Promising Drug with a Flaw,” reported on a problem with Pradaxa, a blood thinning drug. Apparently people showed up at the hospital because their blood had become too thin, only to find there was no antidote for Pradaxa the way there is for other blood thinners such as warfarin (which is also used as rat poison).

However, a search of Health Canada’s adverse reaction reporting database does not reveal a single death caused by nattokinase. By banning nattokinase, Canadians whose conditions were being safely managed with nattokinase had to transition to pharmaceutical drugs that carry much more risk. You cannot move people from a low-risk product to high-risk products without health consequences. The banning of nattokinase will almost certainly cause deaths in Canada, a health consequence of “pre-approval.”

The Canadian experience shows that pre-approval also shuts down innovation. Before pre-approval became law in Canada, innovative products would disappear if they were not effective and would thrive if they were effective. Several key products that have had tremendously positive health benefits were introduced in Canada prior to the pre-approval regime. With pre-approval, the efficacy of a product must be proven to the government before it can be sold. For a new product, this means clinical trials, the cost of which has dramatically reduced innovation in Canada.

There has also been a “dumbing down” of products in Canada. Health Canada has required the amounts of therapeutic ingredients in many supplements to be reduced as a condition for approval. One manufacturer shared with me at a public forum that they decided to stop selling a key product because they knew it would not be effective at the “approved” amounts and they did not want to defraud the public. There are, of course, health consequences to rendering effective products less effective.

So what will happen if the US adopts the same paradigm as Canada? Several anti-supplement legislators have already proposed a pre-market FDA approval system for dietary supplements. Requiring supplements to be proven safe and effective to the FDA’s satisfaction before a license is granted—that is, with clinical trials costing millions or billions of dollars for each supplement—is insupportably expensive, with manufacturers unable to recoup their investment because the products are not usually patentable. This will only restrict access. And if the FDA wants to restrict access to supplements and promote access to drugs (which is demonstrably the case, considering the fact that the pharmaceutical industry funds 60% of the FDA’s drug review costs), then giving the FDA a mandate to reduce access should set off huge alarm bells. Moreover, because so many Americans rely on them to manage serious health conditions, the health consequences of such a regulatory change need to be taken into account.

The concept of pre-approval also carries an interesting philosophical change. If it is accepted that only products approved of by the government can be sold, then Americans are no longer free to decide how to manage their own health. In effect, pre-approval gives the FDA a veto over personal health decisions. Anyone supporting a pre-approval plan must understand that it will undermine the right Americans currently have to make personal health decisions.

I should disclose that I have a personal interest in the US keeping its current system. Because I live in Canada, there is a list of products I can no longer purchase in Canada due to our pre-market approval scheme. I purchase those products in the US. Indeed, when I bring this up in lectures, almost everyone indicates they do the same thing. Perhaps the most telling indictment of pre-market approval is the fact that a large number of Canadians now rely on the US marketplace to get supplements they need to stay healthy.

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  • Miller Rhodes

    This is just crazy. let’s continue the battle!!

  • Miller Rhodes

    This is just crazy. let’s continue the battle!!

  • Peter Straw

    I am in the same boat – I spend $150+/- a month for my wife and myself on supplements that I buy from Vitacost or Swansons in the USA, I rarely now visit our health food stores except for common things like vit D3 or co- enzyme Q10. Although I am Canadian this is the first sensible explanation I have received for the cross border discrepancy.

  • Peter Straw

    I am in the same boat – I spend $150+/- a month for my wife and myself on supplements that I buy from Vitacost or Swansons in the USA, I rarely now visit our health food stores except for common things like vit D3 or co- enzyme Q10. Although I am Canadian this is the first sensible explanation I have received for the cross border discrepancy.

  • Renee Neumann

    Thanks for the important work you’re doing.

  • Renee Neumann

    Thanks for the important work you’re doing.

  • Gerald T Hogan

    It is a sad day when greed and corruption play a major role in depriving Americans of their freedom. I believe it is essential to create a movement across the country, that the inhabitants of each State petition their representative to thwart this abominable threat to good health.

  • Gerald T Hogan

    It is a sad day when greed and corruption play a major role in depriving Americans of their freedom. I believe it is essential to create a movement across the country, that the inhabitants of each State petition their representative to thwart this abominable threat to good health.

  • I would be ever so thankful if the government kept out of my health care choices. I take supplements – and I chose them wisely, based on the manufacturing facility being under FDA inspection. I am 79 years old, and have been taking supplements for many years – and am on no prescription drugs. If I ever need an antibiotic, I have taken them for five days or so. I control my blood pressure with organic apple cider vinegar – I take fruits – vegetables – berries in supplement form made by Juice Plus. I did notice that over- dosing of prescription drugs causes many deaths worldwide.

    I think it is morally wrong for drug companies to interfere with this industry and I find it offensive that they are bankrolling this action.

  • I would be ever so thankful if the government kept out of my health care choices. I take supplements – and I chose them wisely, based on the manufacturing facility being under FDA inspection. I am 79 years old, and have been taking supplements for many years – and am on no prescription drugs. If I ever need an antibiotic, I have taken them for five days or so. I control my blood pressure with organic apple cider vinegar – I take fruits – vegetables – berries in supplement form made by Juice Plus. I did notice that over- dosing of prescription drugs causes many deaths worldwide.

    I think it is morally wrong for drug companies to interfere with this industry and I find it offensive that they are bankrolling this action.

  • Earl Staelikn

    Good points. I do nutritional consulting. Requiring pre-market approval for supplements is a terrible mistake with serious negative consequences to public health.

  • Earl Staelikn

    Good points. I do nutritional consulting. Requiring pre-market approval for supplements is a terrible mistake with serious negative consequences to public health.

  • John

    I import Beta Sitosterol – my supplier tells me I can only import 5 bottles at a time, due to govt regs.
    I reckon with 19 bottles I could set the world on fire. I would be a very dangerous person. Thanks, govt.
    Keeping us safe.

  • John

    I import Beta Sitosterol – my supplier tells me I can only import 5 bottles at a time, due to govt regs.
    I reckon with 19 bottles I could set the world on fire. I would be a very dangerous person. Thanks, govt.
    Keeping us safe.

  • Michael Kirkby

    Considering that 99% of all soy is GMO I want nothing to do with anything from that plant. There is a logical reason why we have these laws. I want nothing to do with lethicin either – soy.

    I believe in vitamin/mineral supplements; wholesome non factory farm foods and herbs/spices natural curative properties. Natural remedies can make a big difference and no I don’t even use aspirin let alone that poison crap the drug companies put out.

    I reject any claims that purport to cure cancer or any other miracle claim. The aforementioned can help your immune system and your body to remain healthy. So can a modicum of sensible exercise; sleep and a positive attitude whenever possible.

  • Michael Kirkby

    Considering that 99% of all soy is GMO I want nothing to do with anything from that plant. There is a logical reason why we have these laws. I want nothing to do with lethicin either – soy.

    I believe in vitamin/mineral supplements; wholesome non factory farm foods and herbs/spices natural curative properties. Natural remedies can make a big difference and no I don’t even use aspirin let alone that poison crap the drug companies put out.

    I reject any claims that purport to cure cancer or any other miracle claim. The aforementioned can help your immune system and your body to remain healthy. So can a modicum of sensible exercise; sleep and a positive attitude whenever possible.

  • Joan P Mencher

    I use a number of vitamins and related supplements including herbals prescribed by my physician, which are extremely good and have kept me in good health. I also use nattokinese discussed in your article. To have these things taken away would be extremely harmful to my health.
    Nobody can eat a totally complete diet today. Our soils are in poor condition, and provide considerably less food value compared to 50-70 years ago. Making use of vitamins etc. is essential Furthermore,m some people need specific things suited to 6their health condition. Only a physician can determine what is needed but to then find that it cannot be bought would be a disaster.

  • Joan P Mencher

    I use a number of vitamins and related supplements including herbals prescribed by my physician, which are extremely good and have kept me in good health. I also use nattokinese discussed in your article. To have these things taken away would be extremely harmful to my health.
    Nobody can eat a totally complete diet today. Our soils are in poor condition, and provide considerably less food value compared to 50-70 years ago. Making use of vitamins etc. is essential Furthermore,m some people need specific things suited to 6their health condition. Only a physician can determine what is needed but to then find that it cannot be bought would be a disaster.

  • Alexander Edomy

    I also agree on the current system and keeping it alive. To all the congressman/senators allow the freedom of Americans to chose our own health-care. That’s the freedom of this great country.

  • Alexander Edomy

    I also agree on the current system and keeping it alive. To all the congressman/senators allow the freedom of Americans to chose our own health-care. That’s the freedom of this great country.

  • Lori Lerner

    I strongly oppose pre-market approval of dietary supplements/vitamins/minerals, both as an individual and as a professional. This will give unprecedented billions of dollars to the already monopoly of the pharmaceutical industry and will take life-affirming supplements off the shelves and away from the American people and will skyrocket the costs of them once approved.
    The people should be able to keep deciding on their own about this- not the government.

  • Lori Lerner

    I strongly oppose pre-market approval of dietary supplements/vitamins/minerals, both as an individual and as a professional. This will give unprecedented billions of dollars to the already monopoly of the pharmaceutical industry and will take life-affirming supplements off the shelves and away from the American people and will skyrocket the costs of them once approved.
    The people should be able to keep deciding on their own about this- not the government.

  • Linda Bieker

    I am a user of supplements and I study the supplements that I feel will benefit me and my life style I want to keep this freedom of choice. I also work with my osteopathic physician and use supplements that are recommended through consultation I would not want these to become controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, overcharged and prescription required.

  • Linda Bieker

    I am a user of supplements and I study the supplements that I feel will benefit me and my life style I want to keep this freedom of choice. I also work with my osteopathic physician and use supplements that are recommended through consultation I would not want these to become controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, overcharged and prescription required.

  • Tillie Ann Lapierre

    We do not need the FDA, or any other U.S. Govt. agency reclassifying nutritional supplements; DSHEA is excellent as it was passed. Nutritional supplements should be treated as food. I strongly oppose the FDA’s proposal. Preventative health or preventative medicine dosen’t make much money for “Big Pharma”. I support alternative practitioners and integrated medical doctors.

  • Tillie Ann Lapierre

    We do not need the FDA, or any other U.S. Govt. agency reclassifying nutritional supplements; DSHEA is excellent as it was passed. Nutritional supplements should be treated as food. I strongly oppose the FDA’s proposal. Preventative health or preventative medicine dosen’t make much money for “Big Pharma”. I support alternative practitioners and integrated medical doctors.

  • A few of us have wondered if the supplements industry could be moved to Indian reservations if the FDA gets too out of control. Sovereign nation. Right?

  • A few of us have wondered if the supplements industry could be moved to Indian reservations if the FDA gets too out of control. Sovereign nation. Right?

  • carol bowerman

    I am 71 and u wouldn’t believe all the problems I’ve had because of our medical and drug system. I have learned to care for my self with occasional help of alternate people or I wouldn’t be alive today. You can’t take away our rights to help ourselves.

  • carol bowerman

    I am 71 and u wouldn’t believe all the problems I’ve had because of our medical and drug system. I have learned to care for my self with occasional help of alternate people or I wouldn’t be alive today. You can’t take away our rights to help ourselves.

  • Kim

    WOW!! I don’t even know why I am surprised but I am. I don’t doubt that America will do this as well since the pharmaceutical companies and other corporations are taking over our government. They have tried to take vitamain C off the market I think. This is terrible for Canadians and I didn’t realize that it was this way there. I can’t believe that these governments get away with the things they do. Anyone can figure this one out I’m sure. How can they even begin to justify taking supplements off the market when pharmaceutical drugs kill people on a regular basis. And if they don’t kill you, they give you another symptom! It’s the perfect legal crime. We need to stop this.

  • Kim

    WOW!! I don’t even know why I am surprised but I am. I don’t doubt that America will do this as well since the pharmaceutical companies and other corporations are taking over our government. They have tried to take vitamain C off the market I think. This is terrible for Canadians and I didn’t realize that it was this way there. I can’t believe that these governments get away with the things they do. Anyone can figure this one out I’m sure. How can they even begin to justify taking supplements off the market when pharmaceutical drugs kill people on a regular basis. And if they don’t kill you, they give you another symptom! It’s the perfect legal crime. We need to stop this.

  • The article on pre-market approval of dietary supplements in Canada is interesting as I am a Canadian who uses many supplements in my daily life. I really haven’t noticed any change in the choice and dosage of my supplements bought here, so it hasn’t had that much of an impact. I am against any restriction of our right to buying supplements and am very anti-pharma. I restrict any prescription drugs to the very minimum (I am a Type I diabetic, so take insulin). Prescription drugs kill tens of thousands of people annually, but vitamin supplements kill no one. I’m disgusted with the control the Pharmaceutical companies have with Govt., and the F.D.A. is a fraud in doing it’s job i.e. protecting the public regarding food and drugs. It is, instead, a whore for Big Pharma.

  • The article on pre-market approval of dietary supplements in Canada is interesting as I am a Canadian who uses many supplements in my daily life. I really haven’t noticed any change in the choice and dosage of my supplements bought here, so it hasn’t had that much of an impact. I am against any restriction of our right to buying supplements and am very anti-pharma. I restrict any prescription drugs to the very minimum (I am a Type I diabetic, so take insulin). Prescription drugs kill tens of thousands of people annually, but vitamin supplements kill no one. I’m disgusted with the control the Pharmaceutical companies have with Govt., and the F.D.A. is a fraud in doing it’s job i.e. protecting the public regarding food and drugs. It is, instead, a whore for Big Pharma.

  • Britta Mackey

    It would be a crime to control natural medications that way. I have nothing but bad experience with regular doctors, an only alternative practitioners managed to get me back on my feet. It is about time that the FDA would accept that regular medicine is not the A and O today. Natural medicine is in my mind very superior to chemicals, which all have tremendous side effects, and as long as they are mentioned the FDA accept it; but if natural pills produce a hiccup, they are taken off the market.

  • Britta Mackey

    It would be a crime to control natural medications that way. I have nothing but bad experience with regular doctors, an only alternative practitioners managed to get me back on my feet. It is about time that the FDA would accept that regular medicine is not the A and O today. Natural medicine is in my mind very superior to chemicals, which all have tremendous side effects, and as long as they are mentioned the FDA accept it; but if natural pills produce a hiccup, they are taken off the market.

  • Kim

    Next thing you know they will be banning whole foods grown by organic farmers and forcing people to eat GMOs and non-organic foods!!!! We need to take back out government. Fire everyone and re-do the system. Better yet, move to a resource based economy and have no government!

  • Kim

    Next thing you know they will be banning whole foods grown by organic farmers and forcing people to eat GMOs and non-organic foods!!!! We need to take back out government. Fire everyone and re-do the system. Better yet, move to a resource based economy and have no government!

  • Patr Baldwin

    I also use supplements for my health. Natural products have been used in many countries for hundreds of years. I makes more sense to restrict natural products if it can be proved they do harm. Since they do no harm, they should be left alone.The Government has no right to involve itself in our personal health decisions. If Natural products had been harmful they would not have been used for hundreds of years. The FDA is being greedy. They want to have sole control over what is available to the public so they can make money only, not because they are protecting people. Protecting the public was the original function of the FDA.However, now they work for the drug companies, who pay them to make deisions and laws in the favor of the drug companies profis. They no longer work for the people. Look how many drugs have been approved lately that had to be removed due to health risks. Supplemrnts are not dangerous

  • Patr Baldwin

    I also use supplements for my health. Natural products have been used in many countries for hundreds of years. I makes more sense to restrict natural products if it can be proved they do harm. Since they do no harm, they should be left alone.The Government has no right to involve itself in our personal health decisions. If Natural products had been harmful they would not have been used for hundreds of years. The FDA is being greedy. They want to have sole control over what is available to the public so they can make money only, not because they are protecting people. Protecting the public was the original function of the FDA.However, now they work for the drug companies, who pay them to make deisions and laws in the favor of the drug companies profis. They no longer work for the people. Look how many drugs have been approved lately that had to be removed due to health risks. Supplemrnts are not dangerous

  • Mike

    As said here, pre-market approval of supplements “sounds reasonable on paper” but when the regulatory bodies are deeply corrupt and biased such as the U.S. FDA, pandering predominantly to the large private interests of the pharmaceutical-medical industries (do a search engine query for “Tougher Supplement Regulation: A Necessity Or Politics? by Rolf Hefti”), the end results are typically not in favor of public interests.

  • Mike

    As said here, pre-market approval of supplements “sounds reasonable on paper” but when the regulatory bodies are deeply corrupt and biased such as the U.S. FDA, pandering predominantly to the large private interests of the pharmaceutical-medical industries (do a search engine query for “Tougher Supplement Regulation: A Necessity Or Politics? by Rolf Hefti”), the end results are typically not in favor of public interests.

  • This is just more corruption as a direct result of our government being in the back pocket of the pharma cartel. When Harper gutted the whistle blower protection we had the entire government went to hell in a hand basket. We need a new government that does not include any of the existing parties due to their involvement or lack of honesty and integrity. Only salvation will come from groups like the CACL Canadian Anti Corruption League mostly because they will bring corruption into the lime light and institute some of the best whistle blower protection laws in the world. Now all we need are Canadians of Honesty and Integrity to back this honorable quest.

  • This is just more corruption as a direct result of our government being in the back pocket of the pharma cartel. When Harper gutted the whistle blower protection we had the entire government went to hell in a hand basket. We need a new government that does not include any of the existing parties due to their involvement or lack of honesty and integrity. Only salvation will come from groups like the CACL Canadian Anti Corruption League mostly because they will bring corruption into the lime light and institute some of the best whistle blower protection laws in the world. Now all we need are Canadians of Honesty and Integrity to back this honorable quest.

  • Joy Griffin

    I’m 71 years old. ‘Have been dirt poor all my life. Have taken supplements since my 30’s. I’ve never had a flu shot, never had flu. ‘Have not had a cold in 40 years. ‘Have not cost my Government “Squat” for my health. I’m convinced my supplement use played a big part in my good health.
    Making supplements part of Big Pharma will put them out of my reach unless I let my Government buy them for me.

    Sincerely,
    Joy Griffin

  • Joy Griffin

    I’m 71 years old. ‘Have been dirt poor all my life. Have taken supplements since my 30’s. I’ve never had a flu shot, never had flu. ‘Have not had a cold in 40 years. ‘Have not cost my Government “Squat” for my health. I’m convinced my supplement use played a big part in my good health.
    Making supplements part of Big Pharma will put them out of my reach unless I let my Government buy them for me.

    Sincerely,
    Joy Griffin

  • T.

    I want to scream……

  • T.

    I want to scream……

  • Lisa Shumate

    I think this is outrageous..first we are being poisoned by GMO’s (which the majority of Americans are against & want them labeled to make an informed choice not to eat them). Now because people are choosing to take supplements rather than drugs & they are helping..”big pharma” is annoyed & has bamboozled the FDA & legislators to buy the nonsense that supplements are unsafe. There are clearly documented cases of supplements working to help thin blood, help bone density, etc. I am one of those people whom the MD couldn’t argue with my “dramatic” results of taking Vitamin K2 with Natto to help improve my bone density! As an American, I should be able to make my own choices when it comes to my health by using supplements of my choice as well as the food I eat!!
    The FDA was formed to protect the American public & in my opinion, of late you are failing terribly!

  • Lisa Shumate

    I think this is outrageous..first we are being poisoned by GMO’s (which the majority of Americans are against & want them labeled to make an informed choice not to eat them). Now because people are choosing to take supplements rather than drugs & they are helping..”big pharma” is annoyed & has bamboozled the FDA & legislators to buy the nonsense that supplements are unsafe. There are clearly documented cases of supplements working to help thin blood, help bone density, etc. I am one of those people whom the MD couldn’t argue with my “dramatic” results of taking Vitamin K2 with Natto to help improve my bone density! As an American, I should be able to make my own choices when it comes to my health by using supplements of my choice as well as the food I eat!!
    The FDA was formed to protect the American public & in my opinion, of late you are failing terribly!

  • Anybody who lives in ILLINOIS vote against Senator Durbin in the Nov. election. He is the architect of bills to reduce our access to nutritional supplements. Anybody affiliated with a Tea Party…demand they take a stance on Health Freedom

    • Crystal H

      Please post this on Facebook and Twitter to reach a large audience with this critical information.

  • Anybody who lives in ILLINOIS vote against Senator Durbin in the Nov. election. He is the architect of bills to reduce our access to nutritional supplements. Anybody affiliated with a Tea Party…demand they take a stance on Health Freedom

    • Crystal H

      Please post this on Facebook and Twitter to reach a large audience with this critical information.

  • Sharon Parshall

    Pre-approval of supplements by the Canadian government sets a very dangerous precedent for those in the US who rely on supplements to maintain their health or prevent disease. I hope US citizens do better at protesting any such move our FDA may attempt. The first rule of medicine is to do no harm, but often we hear of drugs approved by the FDA that kill people. And the list of side effects are often worse that what a person is trying to manage or cure. Supplements do not harm.

  • Sharon Parshall

    Pre-approval of supplements by the Canadian government sets a very dangerous precedent for those in the US who rely on supplements to maintain their health or prevent disease. I hope US citizens do better at protesting any such move our FDA may attempt. The first rule of medicine is to do no harm, but often we hear of drugs approved by the FDA that kill people. And the list of side effects are often worse that what a person is trying to manage or cure. Supplements do not harm.

  • Marc Imlay

    FDA should not be required for pre-approval. But could they disapprove a supplement if it is proven to be dangerous?

  • Marc Imlay

    FDA should not be required for pre-approval. But could they disapprove a supplement if it is proven to be dangerous?

  • Katherine Loban

    I take supplements and I sure don’t want the government to tell me that I can’t take them.

  • Katherine Loban

    I take supplements and I sure don’t want the government to tell me that I can’t take them.

  • Ann Watters

    No to this pre approval. Innovation would be stifled and supplements that are needed for many would be stifled also. Do not do this.

  • Ann Watters

    No to this pre approval. Innovation would be stifled and supplements that are needed for many would be stifled also. Do not do this.

  • LUIS LEDESMA

    I now take nattokinase along with vitamin E,C,Calcium,Fish oil and a multi vitamin and I hope my right to decide what vitamins or supplements I take is never taken from me.

  • LUIS LEDESMA

    I now take nattokinase along with vitamin E,C,Calcium,Fish oil and a multi vitamin and I hope my right to decide what vitamins or supplements I take is never taken from me.

  • Susan Johnson

    I appreciate your insight and help about the Supplement industry. I’ve been hearing a lot about the campaign that the FDA has been launching against the nutriceutical industry by Fruitful Yield and NOW nutrition. It’s extremely alarming to think the government wants to control all aspects of our personal lives,including our health. SOme supplements like red yeast rice is proven to lower cholesterol without all the side effects of drugs for the same purpose. I hope we’re winning the battle against the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA.

    • Searching for answers

      The more Americans seek out natural doctors and natural solutions to massively increasing chronic conditions, the more Big Pharma and their cohorts at the FDA a grasping to hold on to the status quo.

      Apparently we are here to witness the fall of the 100 year old paradigm: that of taking “little bits of toxins” to cure all ailments is falling by the wayside, as it is only a short term fix, and generally fails to address the root cause of any chronic health issue.

  • Susan Johnson

    I appreciate your insight and help about the Supplement industry. I’ve been hearing a lot about the campaign that the FDA has been launching against the nutriceutical industry by Fruitful Yield and NOW nutrition. It’s extremely alarming to think the government wants to control all aspects of our personal lives,including our health. SOme supplements like red yeast rice is proven to lower cholesterol without all the side effects of drugs for the same purpose. I hope we’re winning the battle against the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA.

    • Searching for answers

      The more Americans seek out natural doctors and natural solutions to massively increasing chronic conditions, the more Big Pharma and their cohorts at the FDA a grasping to hold on to the status quo.

      Apparently we are here to witness the fall of the 100 year old paradigm: that of taking “little bits of toxins” to cure all ailments is falling by the wayside, as it is only a short term fix, and generally fails to address the root cause of any chronic health issue.

  • LEGELEUX

    la liberte de se soigner doit demeurer le choix de chacun

    • “Freedom is to heal To Remain the choice of Each” is the English translation…and so it should be. We the people!

  • LEGELEUX

    la liberte de se soigner doit demeurer le choix de chacun

    • “Freedom is to heal To Remain the choice of Each” is the English translation…and so it should be. We the people!

  • Until the lackeys in the FDA and other regulatory agencies stand by and do nothing in their own interest and the health and interest of their children (and I mean the employees!) then there will be no stopping the morally bankrupt predators of the Pharmaceutical industry, agricultural industry or any of the regulatory agencies who are supposed to serve and protect the American citizens whom they perceive as chattel and collateral damage in the pursuit of MONEY!

  • Until the lackeys in the FDA and other regulatory agencies stand by and do nothing in their own interest and the health and interest of their children (and I mean the employees!) then there will be no stopping the morally bankrupt predators of the Pharmaceutical industry, agricultural industry or any of the regulatory agencies who are supposed to serve and protect the American citizens whom they perceive as chattel and collateral damage in the pursuit of MONEY!

  • mike

    Reminds us of history.
    Those decisions will affect them
    and all of their decendants.
    G.M.O. etc. etc.
    Oh won’t that be a time for the
    world to rejoice !! What a health
    and polluted messed up world
    they’ve made for their own.

    • FrannyLee

      I understabd and share your frustration but trust me, they have not made nor are making this messed up world for themselves or their own.
      “THEY” do live not under the same conditions, restrictions and laws that they place upon us; they are certainly not limited to the same foods, medications and treatments options.
      Its extremely complicated, existing on many many levels but we and our health freedoms are being assaulted by the eugenics agenda which has existed much longer than most can imagine.
      Meanwhile, they have themselves covered from here to eternity (literally) and are prepared to take very comfortable shelter from the storms they create in out lives while the Earth is slowly cleansed for their future.
      And this is why we MUST resist and fight them at every turn.

  • mike

    Reminds us of history.
    Those decisions will affect them
    and all of their decendants.
    G.M.O. etc. etc.
    Oh won’t that be a time for the
    world to rejoice !! What a health
    and polluted messed up world
    they’ve made for their own.

    • FrannyLee

      I understabd and share your frustration but trust me, they have not made nor are making this messed up world for themselves or their own.
      “THEY” do live not under the same conditions, restrictions and laws that they place upon us; they are certainly not limited to the same foods, medications and treatments options.
      Its extremely complicated, existing on many many levels but we and our health freedoms are being assaulted by the eugenics agenda which has existed much longer than most can imagine.
      Meanwhile, they have themselves covered from here to eternity (literally) and are prepared to take very comfortable shelter from the storms they create in out lives while the Earth is slowly cleansed for their future.
      And this is why we MUST resist and fight them at every turn.

  • Lawrence Smith

    The goverment wants to make it impossible to stay healthy naturally, with natural supplements, so the big pharmacutical co’s can keep us sick and make their billions. The FDA gets their money from them .

  • Lawrence Smith

    The goverment wants to make it impossible to stay healthy naturally, with natural supplements, so the big pharmacutical co’s can keep us sick and make their billions. The FDA gets their money from them .

  • Ena During

    This regulation is in full force in South Africa at this time, apparently with the view to implement it throughout Africa in record time. It appears that all natural products have been declared ‘medicines’ and the merchants of those must prove it to the contrary. This is the way I understand it.
    This new regulation caught the alternative sector completely off gaurd!

  • Ena During

    This regulation is in full force in South Africa at this time, apparently with the view to implement it throughout Africa in record time. It appears that all natural products have been declared ‘medicines’ and the merchants of those must prove it to the contrary. This is the way I understand it.
    This new regulation caught the alternative sector completely off gaurd!

  • David Clark

    If Canadians are fed up with their system, why don’t they band together to put pressure on the government? I am not educated in the way the Canadian government works, but can’t they propose legislation similar to the USA’s DSHEA to protect their supplements? Are the Canadian people too complacent? We here in the USA fight tooth and nail every year to protect out supplement rights, the Canadian people need to get good and fed up with the government controlling something that should be as God-given as food. The power is in numbers, that has never changed. Stand up for these rights or lose them.

  • David Clark

    If Canadians are fed up with their system, why don’t they band together to put pressure on the government? I am not educated in the way the Canadian government works, but can’t they propose legislation similar to the USA’s DSHEA to protect their supplements? Are the Canadian people too complacent? We here in the USA fight tooth and nail every year to protect out supplement rights, the Canadian people need to get good and fed up with the government controlling something that should be as God-given as food. The power is in numbers, that has never changed. Stand up for these rights or lose them.

  • Rose Layard

    South Africa demanding Doctors prescription for Vitamin B12 and Omega 3. What next and why.both harmless.

    • Vatché

      that’s called corruption to the core!!

  • Rose Layard

    South Africa demanding Doctors prescription for Vitamin B12 and Omega 3. What next and why.both harmless.

    • Vatché

      that’s called corruption to the core!!

  • william

    If the fda only allows safe drugs and supplements to be available for the people,they would have to ban all prescription drugs as they all have many side affects and cause more problems than they cure. Every other ad on television is from a drug company and they all tell you a long list of risks and side affects. Tell me that prescription drugs are more safe than supplements!

  • william

    If the fda only allows safe drugs and supplements to be available for the people,they would have to ban all prescription drugs as they all have many side affects and cause more problems than they cure. Every other ad on television is from a drug company and they all tell you a long list of risks and side affects. Tell me that prescription drugs are more safe than supplements!

  • Dan Golay

    Excellent article. I eat Natto daily and it’s a breakfast food in Japan. Hardly a supplement as it’s like eating Pork & Beans without the pork. Allied occupation forces tried to ban it in 1945 but the Japanese had been eating it for 2000 years – mostly for food poisoning and to promote circulation as it’s a powerful fibrolytic that dissolves artery plaque.

    Few understand there is a conspiracy by our hidden rulers, the Jesuits and their Rothschild banker agents who stole the Vatican’s gold 200 years ago and have acquired nearly half the worlds wealth.

    This secret organized crime syndicate is masquerading as a religious order, but they are not religious and in fact have poisoned four Popes who opposed them in 1773, 1939, 1958 and 1978.

    They captured America 100 years ago with the Fed Act and have engaged in a conspiracy to poison the public and keep them poisoned by limiting access to detoxifying supplements.

    I believe if you follow the big money, the motive is to disable the clear and critical thinking abilities of the public in order to safeguard their Fed banker scams through toxic injury that produces states of anxiety, depression and a blind allegiance to the establishment.

    This toxic injury agenda chemically dumbs down the public and protects the far more lucrative banking scams than mere drug profits of their Monopoly Quack Medicine. This suppression campaign is far larger than just drug profits.

    Educate yourself about Fed banker scams like Fractional Reserve Banking and Interest Bearing Money Creation. Youtube has many great videos explaining what’s behind this disabling poisoning campaign of the public and their suppression of detoxifying nutritional supplements.

    To understand the Organized Crime Jesuits who are behind the suppression of supplements see this video from protestant historian Eric Jon Phelps. Copy & paste into your browser address window.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F31TmQ9GwU

  • Dan Golay

    Excellent article. I eat Natto daily and it’s a breakfast food in Japan. Hardly a supplement as it’s like eating Pork & Beans without the pork. Allied occupation forces tried to ban it in 1945 but the Japanese had been eating it for 2000 years – mostly for food poisoning and to promote circulation as it’s a powerful fibrolytic that dissolves artery plaque.

    Few understand there is a conspiracy by our hidden rulers, the Jesuits and their Rothschild banker agents who stole the Vatican’s gold 200 years ago and have acquired nearly half the worlds wealth.

    This secret organized crime syndicate is masquerading as a religious order, but they are not religious and in fact have poisoned four Popes who opposed them in 1773, 1939, 1958 and 1978.

    They captured America 100 years ago with the Fed Act and have engaged in a conspiracy to poison the public and keep them poisoned by limiting access to detoxifying supplements.

    I believe if you follow the big money, the motive is to disable the clear and critical thinking abilities of the public in order to safeguard their Fed banker scams through toxic injury that produces states of anxiety, depression and a blind allegiance to the establishment.

    This toxic injury agenda chemically dumbs down the public and protects the far more lucrative banking scams than mere drug profits of their Monopoly Quack Medicine. This suppression campaign is far larger than just drug profits.

    Educate yourself about Fed banker scams like Fractional Reserve Banking and Interest Bearing Money Creation. Youtube has many great videos explaining what’s behind this disabling poisoning campaign of the public and their suppression of detoxifying nutritional supplements.

    To understand the Organized Crime Jesuits who are behind the suppression of supplements see this video from protestant historian Eric Jon Phelps. Copy & paste into your browser address window.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F31TmQ9GwU

  • MachineGhost

    Does the FDA even have the regulatory authority to require pre-approval of dietary supplements?

    Its getting to the point where people need to stop complaining about the crony agencies on public forums and actually do something about it. Talk is a cheap way to vent frustration at feeling powerless, but it does not bring any lasting change.

  • MachineGhost

    Does the FDA even have the regulatory authority to require pre-approval of dietary supplements?

    Its getting to the point where people need to stop complaining about the crony agencies on public forums and actually do something about it. Talk is a cheap way to vent frustration at feeling powerless, but it does not bring any lasting change.

  • Jay Lindberg

    We really need to ask if these pharmaceutical drugs that are killing us, are really intended to kill us.

    Some of these meds have such effective and safe alternatives that it makes no sense at all that they are legal and available. What are they trying to do, Kill us? Yep.

    No pharmaceuticals in this body and I plan to keep it that way.

  • Jay Lindberg

    We really need to ask if these pharmaceutical drugs that are killing us, are really intended to kill us.

    Some of these meds have such effective and safe alternatives that it makes no sense at all that they are legal and available. What are they trying to do, Kill us? Yep.

    No pharmaceuticals in this body and I plan to keep it that way.

  • Sadly Canada has a global reputation as a great country to live in. And as a Canadian to see our Freedoms disappear, like the Freedom of Choice in Health Care (not the sickness care system we are presently living in) is a very sad day. It seems to me that why more Canadians and from what you indicate in this article our American neighbors are not up in arms over this issue? Answer: We are not FREE!
    There was much discussion at The Evolution of Medicine Summit of a need for a Revolution for Health and Lifestyle as Medicine which definitley includes the choice of supplements one takes. I feel they are correct.

    Thanks for sharing this info!

  • Sadly Canada has a global reputation as a great country to live in. And as a Canadian to see our Freedoms disappear, like the Freedom of Choice in Health Care (not the sickness care system we are presently living in) is a very sad day. It seems to me that why more Canadians and from what you indicate in this article our American neighbors are not up in arms over this issue? Answer: We are not FREE!
    There was much discussion at The Evolution of Medicine Summit of a need for a Revolution for Health and Lifestyle as Medicine which definitley includes the choice of supplements one takes. I feel they are correct.

    Thanks for sharing this info!