Senator McCain Files New Bill That Attacks Your Access to Supplements and Repeals Key Sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

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McCain’s bill is called The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). It would repeal key sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). DSHEA protects supplements if 1) they are food products that have been in the food supply and not chemically altered or 2) if they were sold as supplements prior to 1994, the year that DSHEA was passed. If a supplement fits one of these two descriptions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot arbitrarily ban it or reclassify it as a drug.

These protections are far from perfect. They discourage companies from developing new forms of supplements. New supplements may be arbitrarily banned by the FDA or adopted by drug companies in a way that precludes their further sale as supplements.

McCain’s bill would wipe out even the minimal protections contained in DSHEA. It would give the FDA full discretion and power to compile a discreet list of supplements allowed to remain on the market while banning all others.

Everyone knows that the FDA is friendly to drug companies (which pay its bills and provide good revolving door jobs) and hostile to supplement companies. Under this bill, this same Agency could quite arbitrarily ban any supplement it wished or turn it over to drug companies to be stopdeveloped as a drug and sold for multiples of its price as a supplement.

We must prevent this bill from gaining traction! Protect your access to supplements by contacting your senators today and asking them NOT to co-sponsor the Dietary Supplement Safety Act but rather to oppose it.

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McCain’s Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) appears to be supported by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which is funded by major league sports teams including baseball, football and others. The recent suspensions of NFL and other professional sports figures is much in the news, and the goal of the sports industry appears to be to shift the spotlight from their players to the supplements industry. In his comments, Senator McCain cited six NFL players recently suspended for testing positive for banned substances and purportedly exposed to these substances through dietary supplements.

The problem here of course is one of illegal sale and use of steroids. So why dismantle the supplement industry in order to control already illegal substances?

The FDA currently has complete and total authority to stop illegal steroids and, more broadly, to regulate dietary supplements. If the agency were doing its job, it could and would have prevented the sale of illegal steroids. The answer to this problem is not to give FDA more power. The Agency simply needs to do it’s job.

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Why would a bill be offered to solve an illegal steroid problem that does not really address the steroid problem but instead gives the FDA complete and arbitrary control over all supplements? The answer is simple.

There are a lot of vested interests which are threatened by supplements. Drug companies do not like them because they represent a low cost, safer, and often more effective alternative to drugs. The FDA does not like them because supplements do not come through the FDA approval process and therefore do not support the FDA budget.

Why not simply require that supplements be brought through the FDA’s drug approval process? Wouldn’t that create a level playing field?

That is probably the argument that Senator McCain has been sold. But it is a completely false argument. The FDA drug approval process costs as much as a billion dollars. It is not economically feasible to spend such vast sums on substances that are not protected by patent, and natural substances cannot legally be patented.

This is the great “Catch 22” of American medicine. The FDA, which is supposed to guard and promote our health, is hostile to the kind of natural medicine—based on diet, supplements, and exercise—that represents the real future of healthcare. The Agency has either been captured by drug interests or is trapped in a catastrophically expensive, toxic, and ineffective patented-drug model.

Senator McCain has no doubt offered this bill in good faith. But he has been sold a bill of goods by special interests. And he has been naïve enough not to know that he is being used.

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This exceptionally bad bill also requires the reporting of all minor adverse events related to supplements. This is in addition to the already existing requirement to report adverse events. This will further stack the deck against small supplement companies by creating new, unnecessary, even more cumbersome, and of course very expensive administrative hurdles. The result: the consolidation of the supplement industry into a few big companies.If passed, this bill will likely result in the disappearance from store shelves of many supplements currently on the market. In addition to fewer supplements, there would likely be much lower doses available. Unbridled authority would be handed to the FDA, an agency that needs a top to bottom overhaul, not ever more power over our lives.

The FDA will like this because it believes that it can more easily control a few industry giants. But isn’t it more likely that the industry giants will eventually gain control over the FDA?

The FDA is already misusing the adverse event reporting process that exists. Drugs rack up thousands of adverse event reports without any action. Just recently, the FDA yanked from the market a supplement product based on just a couple of alleged adverse event reports without even allowing the company (an old and respected firm) to provide any counter-evidence or counter-argument.

The bill also allows the FDA to yank a product (at the company’s expense) if there is a “reasonable probability” that it is “adulterated” or “misbranded”. Let’s remember that “adulterated” could mean there is a minor record keeping error on the producer’s part and “misbranded” can mean that the producer simply tells the truth about the product. An “adulterated” and “misbranded” supplement in Orwellian FDA speak may actually be both completely safe and effective.

If passed, this bill will likely result in the disappearance from store shelves of many supplements currently on the market. In addition to fewer supplements, there would likely be much lower doses available. Unbridled authority would be handed to the FDA, an agency that needs a top to bottom overhaul, not ever more power over our lives.

If McCain’s bill passes, we can look to Europe for a snapshot of what we may be in for: EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, has sharply reduced the list of available supplements and is in process of reducing potencies to ridiculous levels, such as less beta carotene than can be found in half of a large carrot. Europeans already look to the US to obtain their dietary supplements. If this bill passes, where will we obtain ours?

Please take action immediately. TAKE ACTION Tell your senators NOT to co- sponsor this legislation and to do everything in their power to defeat it. Then forward this to your friends and family and ask then to do the same!

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  • Lynn Bergen RN

    STOP THIS BILL

    IF JOHN MC CAIN OR ANY OTHER REPUBLICAN WANTS TO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH IN AMERICA HE COULD WORK ON OUTLAWING GMO PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS IN OUR FOOD AND ALSO NOT SUPPORT CODEX.

    I AM A REPUBLICAN. IT IS THIS TYPE OF SUPPORTING OF BIG PHARMA AND BIG ARIG THAT STOPS ME FROM DONATING TO THE PARTY AND EVEN WANTING TO VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM.

    • Lisa Kaplan

      It amazes me that Republicans and others oppose big gov’t control when it comes to controls for Big Finance, Gov’t Spending, or even Public Options for Health Care but when it comes down to how we take care of our health including the types of seeds we can plant and our right to choose they want control Big Govt control.

      WAKE UP EVERY BODY!!!!!!

      • Sarah

        McCain is a progressive. Do not mistake him for a Republican.

      • ED DORAN

        WHAT IS THE BILL NUMBER? i WOULD LIKE TO READ IT. SOME DEGREE OF REGULATION IS NEEDED TO CLEAN UP THE INDUSTRY AND TO PROHIBIT MISLEADING ADVERTISING. INSTEAD OF BEING AGAINST IT, WHY NOT SUGGEST SOME WORTH WHILE CHANGES.

        • http://www.anh-usa.org ANH-USA

          Hi Ed,
          The bill numbers is S3002.

          Thanks,
          ANH-USA

    • K Kling

      STOP GOVERNMENT CONTRLL!!! Let the people have our counrty back!

    • BJ in PA

      This looks like one that will quietly be passed in the middle of the night, as they are ALL bought and paid for by Big Pharma and the Med. Ins. Lobby. SCREAM quickly and loudly.

      The country is in financial meltdown and McCain comes up with this one??? The man is absolutely delusional!!!! He must be a victim of GM foods, Aspartame, Flouridated water, and a swine flu vaccine.

      RE-ELECT NO ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • armando rodriguez

    no to mcain

  • http://needtobuildmuscle.com Mike Feldman

    Come on no Governor McCain, Doesn’t the FDA have enough political power without you giving them more??!! Please repeal this DSHEA bill. The Federal government has more power than our for-father’s ever intended! 1st the patriot act & now this cash cow!! How much of a % are they offering you? Or as Americans YOU do not believe we have the right to choose what vitamins & supplements we can take! How dare you insult this great Country like this, Sir?? You should be ashamed if you go through with this! There is nothing to be gained but $$$$ by the FDA to hold the patients that these companies would & jack up the Federal tax, instead of just the state sales tax. Ive never seen a more transparent rouge in my life!! At least tell me this, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED BECAUSE OF THE COMPOUNDS YOU ARE TRYING TO REGULATE!! I can’t spell it out any clearer than that. My email is [email protected] please feel free to hit me with those #’s. If there are any, which I’m willing to wager 1lb of flesh that the # is 00000.00000

  • Tom

    What’s the problem? Monsanto and Bayer will come up with a better alternative and we won’t need carotene; we will glow in the dark.

  • Jim Jagosh

    I have no use for this Senator, and hope that the people in Arizona vote him out. He is a detriment to our country. POW or not, he is not welcome in my life. I have been using natural supplements for over 30 years and contribute my good health to these.

  • Edgar GIordano

    stop invading our privacy

  • http://everydaysavings.biz/bblessed2day Gary Winchell

    Our politicians are ALL corrupt individuals, seek under-the-table illegal contributions and then vote
    for their benefit. This is their MAIN goal in office. They ALL believe we are really DUMB and will
    listen to their campaign lies. So, the end result is this, “We MUST BE TRULY DUMB because we keep voting them back into office to continue doing the same things. Lying, cheating, sucking in all the funds they can to become extremely wealthy and not, at all, being concerned about all of us DUMB people who keeps them in office. You can be rest assured, McCain is on the payroll of the Pharmecutical giants, “BIG-TIME!” We have the most corrupt government, from the very top to the very bottom, that has ever existed. FYI: This includes City, County, State and Federal offices.
    It will be interesting how the millions of Seniors living in AZ,, who rely on their supplements, vote the next time.

  • http://www.celticherbs.com Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir, Clinical Herbalist

    In the late ’80’s and early ’90’s we took action against the regulation of dietary suppliments and herbs that was said to have more voices behind it that those against the Vietnam War. Our efforts resulted in Orrin Hatch’s DSHEA and it’s passing in 1994. All suppliments and herbs currently in use were ‘grandfathered’ in as FOOD. This would stand as long as there were no attempts to call these ‘medicines’ or make medicinal claims. Tighten up folks if we want to be taken seriously and lets speak out clearly on this again. Get involved in your passion and profession politically to keep it safe, legal and accessible!

    Green Blessings,
    Heather
    Village Herbalist

    • Margaret Ann

      On October 17, 2005, the FDA sent warning letters to 29 companies that market cherries. In these letters, the FDA threatened these companies with legal action and told them they had to remove the scientific information on their websites that described the health benefits of the natural medicines found in cherries, such as the anthocyanins that reduce inflammation for arthritis sufferers.

      Read the complete article at
      http://www.naturalnews.com/019366.html

  • Susan Azar

    As a naturopathic medicine student, I am learning how to restore the basis for health to my patients using natural means first. A crucial and essential part of that goal is the use of dietary supplements in additon to herbal medicine and good nutrition. The changes to DSHEA that Senator McCain is proposing might severely limit my ability (and other N.D.s) to effectively do my job. My future patients, and the rest of the US population deserve access to natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I am not saying that pharmaceuticals and Wester medicine do not have their place, but people that consciously choose another more natural alternative ought not to have their choice yanked out from underneath them. Please contact your senators and urge them not to support John McCain’s ammendment to DSHEA.

  • Bill

    Please don’t defend McCain…he is one sorry individual and you can bet he is getting plenty of PAC money to get this passed for the drug cos.

  • Gary

    WTF John, If you had been on supplements instead of drugs you would have a clear head to see through this BS…Think of your Grandchildren

  • Chux91

    More Republican evil, though I can’t stand democRATS either. Tell John McCain to go home & leave us alone!!!! What a WHORE this clown is for BIG pharma….

  • James

    This is why I wouldn’t have casted a vote for this smug, arrogant, self-serving, political opportunist. Obama vs. McCain – Welfare-Warfare state fascist vs. Warfare-Welfare state fascist. We were screwed no matter which lying, thieving, parasitic piece of political garbage we chose.
    Write my Senators? Boxer and Feinstein? Hmmm, I wonder which way these idiots will vote. I’ll send my e-mail & letter and get back a stock “thank you for your letter” response and they’ll still vote for the greater-government solution.
    They can all go to Hades and rot and burn there.

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  • CJ

    McCain’s Vitamin A (Agent Orange) defoliant, and toxic killer to everything including American soldiers.

    Heck no!

    Why can’t you greedy bastards be happy with all your enormous beer profits ironically gathered from the repeal of prohibition? Now McCain wants to prohibit something actually good for you. Do you have any solid convictions, or do you simply change your mind everyday?

    • Georgine

      My husband is 78 and I am 77. We are in good health because of Pharmacy grade herbs and vitamins. We have been taking them for many years plus meditation, good diet and exercise. If the Obama Medical bill passes there will be one less HOPE for all the older people that are still in good Health and Happy. I know that the average number of prescriptions for people our ages are 10 or more each month. And those prescriptions are causing alot of bad problems with our older people. John McCain….Keep you hands off the herb and vitamin businesses….except the very bad ones and the FDA can not even do that. There are alot of very good companies Making pills made from herbs and vitamins.

  • Christina Elliott

    This Bill is in America NOW & tomorrow the World!
    Codex Alimentarius closed I think December 21st 2009.

    Looks as if this is & possibly always has been A DONE DEAL !

    We have all ‘been had’ re the Codex Alimentarius !

  • Troublemaker

    When are we going to see each and every one of our representatives hanging from light poles across the country?

    As far as I’m concerned, the time is LONG past due.

  • Rita Johnson

    Mc Cain you are a embarrsement to your family. To have this country hating you for something that is none of you GD business. Maybe someday you may need to resort to vitamins, etc. for your health, although you are in your last years so it need not matter. What goes around comes around………..

  • http://AllianceForNaturalHealth Kimikeli

    Political dollars talk so McCain gets the FDA to go after one of the few healthy options we as a people have. We cannot allow McCain to put more restraints on us and power up his party and the FDA because we will be paying for their supplement supervision and it will be their restricted version of what supplements are necessary – without the professional wisdom of physicians who base their practices on healing with these supplements.

  • Allison

    What a horrible mess we’re in these days. You can’t trust the damns or the republicans. Why do these politicians think that they have to make decisions for us??? I use supplements and my friends don’t. I don’t get in their business and they don’t get in mine. Thank goodness for choice! I’m calling my senator tomorrow. I lived in Phoenix for several years. McCain was not popular there at the time and he is going to be less popular now! I think we should vote all incumbants out of office! If I hear that these highly paid career politicians are public servants one more time I’ll scream.

  • Citizen

    I think you are mistaken about at least one key issue:
    The FDA does not exist to guard and promote our health but to create a monopoly on items that people want in order to enrich the favored.
    So having the FDA do it’s job won’t help much; this IS it’s job. Government employees can see how much money folks spend on their health and they covet it.
    Now think for a minute about how many people are being killed by vitamins, minerals and protein being self administered without FDA regulation and contrast with the number of people being killed by the drugs deemed safe and pushed on us by the FDA. The real solution here is to abolish the FDA.

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  • Laura

    If this is about anti-doping then address THAT problem and don’t take broad sweeping measures that affect other very viable and necessary solutions for others. And how about focusing that energy on Arizona’s economy, unemployment rate, border issues and health care? COME ON!!!

    • CJ

      Watch out for the sneaky legislative trick to use a minor piece of the entire new falacious bill to represent the bulk of the document. For example, “Public Health Preservation Rule” would parade the ideal of “Free Bandaids For All,” but in fine print hidden somewhere, it will also read, “You are no longer allowed ownership of private property.” Alternately, there are dozens of totally unrelated tyrannical dictations such as “bananas are now prescription drugs,” “you are no longer allowed to drink orange juice,” under some benevolent title such as “Democratic Freedom Act.” This is to try to trick you outright. They tried such a thing in Massachusetts, to pass an absurd bill that enforced military dictatorship and property theft under the guise of swine flu pandemic. (It fortunately failed.)

      If McCain were actually interested in anti-doping, he would simply go after the doping with “Anti-Doping Act 2010,” and it would be a clear and simple bill.

  • jeremiah Healy

    Please stop John McCain’s ammendment to DSHEA.
    How well is he vested in the drug co.

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  • George

    Check the records. How many have died in the past year from taking supplements, even those who grossly abuse them – vs. over 100,000 every year who die from taking prescription drugs at the recommended dose. That’s equivalent to one airliner crash PER WEEK! The airlines would be shut down by the third week at that rate – so why not shut down the drug companies?

    Back in the early 2000’s I knocked out the flu, two years in a row, in less than 24 hours, with nothing but massive doses of vitamin C. And this was after it had set in and I was bed ridden both times. And the amazing thing about it, next day I felt as if I hadn’t even been sick, it usually takes a month to fully recover.

    For the past 8 years I’ve been taking my vitamins daily (not the wimpy stuff you get at the local pharmacy) – and I haven’t had so much as a cold since.

    Mr. McCain, FDA, Pelosi – leave my supplements alone!

  • lorraine krause

    i can not put in words how upset i am over what john mccain is purposing to put into law!!!!!!!!!! how many people have DIED from vitimins,herbs,supplements, etc. ??????? somebody give me an answer. i don’t know of any one. i know of 4 that i can think of who has DIED from legal and illegal drugs!! i wrote to senators etc. before , a few years ago so i guess i’ll have to do it again. as of yet i haven’t gotten anything in the mail, or heard from the places i order supplements etc. from, so i’ll wait?? anyway when a lot of people hear about this ,hopefully we’ll get this stopped before it’s too late!!!!!!

  • http://www.rawgirltoxicworld.com Raw Girl

    This is really clearly another blow to our already nutrient-starved society. I suspect the general population will be easier to control if we are dummed down, obese, overidden with diseases, and can’t find any real food with nutrients in them or supplement our nutrients! Really, how sadistic can our goverment officials be? It is high time for us to stand up and say no more!

  • http://10com.wordpress.com naomi

    Hey, everybody! There is a website to trace PAC contributions per politician and it tells the tale!!! Go to http://maplight.org. This site is a database that connects contributions and connections to legislative actions.

    The line has to be drawn: no FDA authority over supplements. Allopathic medicine, big pharma are big business and have nothing to do with healing. They “treat” to keep the profits rolling in, which consequences are very often detrimental, even disastrous. Natural medicine is our only hope of good health in the long run, and an absolute right to exercise this prerogative over our own bodies.

  • Sam

    Is there no level too low for these politicians (either party) to sink?

    McCain, in case you don’t get it: Leave us the ALONE!

    Or as Sam Adams put it: “Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

  • debra paschen

    senator, i am truly appalled that you have sold out your fellow americans for a few dollars. i voted for you in ’08 but never again…for anything.

  • http://www.tbyil.com Tony Isaacs

    Our forefathers never intended for us to have a top heavy federal government that dictated how we were allowed to address our private health issues. McCain’s bill is another wolf in sheep’s clothing which is worded to make sense on the surface but will actually work to limit our access to supplements and work in favor of the Big Pharma companies who brook no competition in the marketplace they believe they have exclusive rights to: our bodies.

    It is rediculous to even think about further restrictions against supplements when our mainstream drugs are so poorly formulated and regulated that their side effects cause over 140,000 deaths each year in homes and hospitals in the U.S. alone even when properly prescribed and administered – while one is hard pressed to find even a handful of deaths attributed to supplements. Clearly there is no compelling need here. Just more greed.

  • http://www.press_on.usana.com Ben

    Yes, Senator McCain needs to step down from his Senate seat. After serving in vietnam & supposedly fight for freedom of the South vietnamese, he certainly did not learn anything from it except how to be a better Socialist by controlling the people’s freedoms. Just because a few (6) NFL players used banned substances and got caught or some athletes died from steroids or Ephedrine does not give anyone the right to punish an entire industry! Punish the players as they knew exactly what they were doing. Punish the companies that placed Ephedrine in their product with out placing a warning notice on their label. But the entire industry? This is not only stupidity, but it smacks of just more control. Then you wonder why States are moving towards nullification of certain Congressional regulations.
    There are just a few Nutritional Supplement manufacturers who choose to follow FDA regulation for manufacturing as well as the purity & potency of their product(s). We are fortunate to be associated with one of those companies & they will quite possibly not be affected by this new reg. But that is exactly what it should be, the choice of the manufacturer. If a manufacturer wishes to make an inferior product, then they will be found out & lose business. Those that make a superior product will gain business. It’s like eating at a restaurant, if they have bad food they will soon go out of business. That’s what it is all about CHOICE!!!!!!!!

  • BigRob1977

    I’m with troublemaker! Its timw to clean house like our forefathers did 200 plus yeras ago and hang all the government douche bags by a street light. I’m sorry to break it to you patriots, but this is no longer a great country. Ever since Kennedy, government has become more and more intrusive to its common folk. I’m extremely surprised we ever got dshea to pass to begin with and now they want to end it barely 16 years later because they feel they dont have enough control! Who the hell are they to tell me what I can and can’t have into my body? I’m a grown, tax paying man and no polititcian ever asked for my opinion on this matter. They just do it because they know we can’t do anything to stop them. Republican, Democrat, Liberal whatever…doesnt matter anymore! They ALL are killing us and this country!!!!! ANd where the hell does the huge amount of tax we pay go to anyhow?? The damn streets in my state are full of pot holes becvause there is no money yet we get taxed damn near 25% of my income! REVOLUTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dr Jim Day Jr OD

    University based research, ie evidence based medicine, indicates “vitamins” helps prevent BLINDNESS, this bill will HURT our Macular Degeneration patients that require “ester” forms of Lutein, and “improved” forms of folic acid to stop the Genetic forms of elevated homocysteine. Please call or write McCain and your congressional reps.

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  • Amy

    what is the HR number. Without it I cannot tell them how I want my vote.

    • http://www.anh-usa.org ANH-USA

      Dear Amy,
      The S number is S3002.
      Kind regards,
      Gemma

  • http://rnvoicetalent.com Randy Nelson

    Please stop this bill my access to vitamins has helped me to overcome many health challenges in my life and the Quality of supplements should be regulated not the access to them without a Prescription.

  • Linda Montgomery

    Please vote against this bill. There is absolutely no authentic factual support for it. What the American public needs is more stringent standards for the purity of our food supply and the safety of drugs that are released to the public.

    Our Senators and Congressional Representatives are educated, extremely well paid, and intelligent enough to know better than to continually entertain this kind of nonsense. The drug lobby and allopathic medicine have been running scared for years because people are finding relief through prevention, healhful lifestyles, and natural medicine.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with what a handful of athletes has done to violate the rules in their industry. This sneaky piggybacking of legislation is exactly how the laws got passed legalizing credit default swaps and enabling the subprime crisis.

    Those elected representatives that seek to ram this kind of legislation down our throats under the guise of protecting us, while they no doubt fill their election campaign coffers with pharmeceutical lobby cash, should be FIRED. My God! What other employer would tolerate such impudence and incompetence! American people, I speak to you as well as to my elected representatives. This is not a negotiable issue. There is absolutely no reason for it to be negotiable.

    American People, do YOUR job! Tell your elected officials: Promote legislation that supports our health or be prepared to find another way to feed YOUR family!

    “The most important political office is that of private citizen.”
    Louis D. Brandeis, United States Supreme Court Justice from 1916 to 1939

  • Anna

    John McCain is just another progressive moving their agenda of maximun control. We need to maintain our freedom to purchase supplements to off-set their universal health care and mandatory vaccinations. Health care workers in this area were threatened with losing their jobs, and some did, if they did not take both the seasonal and H1N1 flu shots. Within the military this was the first year the seasonal flu shot was mandatory and of course the H1N1. We need the supplements and herbals to treat the side affects; cancers and auto-immune disorders, from vaccines.

  • http://posturepros.com Jacqueline Smith

    Do not pass this bill! You are taking away freedom of choice from american citizens! Sports figures should be responsible for their choices. Do not condemn americans for the others faulty decisions. Supplements have helped millions of americans lead healthier, happier lives. How can you take that away?????

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  • http://discoverandrecover.wordpress.com Duane Sherry

    Thank you for posting this information.
    We must stop this bill !!!

    Duane

  • http://news.pasioingredients-int.com Anthony

    If you really want to preserve your freedom and freedom to choose your healthcare plan make sure you vote for a libertarian or your congressman / senator that is a friend of liberty in general.

    Vote for people like Ron Paul then and do not vote for false sentiment so called liberals cause they like the neocons like McCain do not like / favor liberty and freedom but corporatism/ facism.
    Ron Paul,

  • http://www.medicinalnutraceutics.com Patrick Bailey

    This bill is just a disguise to put another nail in the coffin of the dietary supplement industry for the sake if safety. Manufacturers who put steroids in dietary supplements are selling misbranded, adulterated products and there are already laws on the books to prosecute such companies. No further laws are required, just jail the perputrators. Every dietary supplement company that operates with integrity (which is 95% of th eindustry) would welcome this.

    But what McCain is proposing would give the FDA gestapo type powers with such unrealistic regulations, it would virtually eliminate therapeutic supplements wipe out most quality supplement manufacturers. One has to wonder if this isn’t the real agenda. If McCain were really interested in protecting the American pepple, he would go after the pharmaceutical industry.These people kill more people a minute with their side-effect ridden toxic drugs than the dietary supplement industry has killed over the past 10 years. Wake up people! A healthy America is not the governments agenda.

  • http://gabriellechana.intuitwebsites.com Gail Schuler

    I have had experience with the FDA. My son needed an allergy treatment that my physician said would be very cost effective and that he had had good results with, but he could not do it for my son because the treatment was banned by the FDA, and the doctor didn’t know why. I am 100% opposed to Senator McCain’s bill. I have voted Republican in every election since 1976. But because of senators and politicians like Senator McCain, I may vote Democrat in the next election. I am on all natural medicine and am not on any prescription drugs, if this bill passed, it may contribute to my early death. Senator McCain, do your homework, and do what’s best for the health of this nation. Shame on you for being such a medical idiot. Natural medicine works. I have a degree in health and plan to become a physician in integrative medicine. This bill would be a total disaster for the health of this nation, and would only serve special interest groups who don’t have the health of Americans as their main concern, but are only interested in stuffing their pockets by mandating prescription drug coverage over alternative medicine. I’ve had my health ruined with prescription drugs, because the doctors who prescribed them to me didn’t know what they were doing. Why allow the FDA more control over our supplements, when it is obvious that they don’t have a clue over what is best for American’s health, especially in the area of primary care? The United States already lags behind many European countries in health care, especially in primary care (which, to me, is the most important medicine of all). If your stupid bill, passes, the United States will probably have an even higher mortality rate, with higher incidences of chronic illnesses (that are not fixed with conventional medicines). Your bill is disgusting and only serves the interest of medical idiots or medical criminals..

    Gail Schuler

  • Marsha

    In an average year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports over 1.5 million hopitalizations due to medication. Last year the WHO reported 350,000 deaths due to medication people took….and 160,000 were when the druges were prescribed correctly. More people died last year from medication than at Pearl Habor and Vietnam. AMAZING! IF DRUGS MAKE PEOPLE WELL, THEN THOSE WHO TAKE THE MOST SHOULD BE THE HEALTHIEST, BUT THIS SIMPLY ISN’T THE CASE. MOST FAMILIES HAVE A MEDICINE CHEST FILLED WITH AN AVERAGE OF 16 DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS. LACKING KNOWLEDGE, THE DEATH MARCH CONTINUES. WHEN ARE COUNTRY’S FOUNDERS WARNED US OF NOT INCLUDING MEDICAL FREEDOM IN OUR CONSTITUION, COULD THEY HAVE FORE SEEN THE DRUG BUSINESS TERMINATING AMERICANS LIFE, AND GRAVE REDUCTION OF THE QUALITY OF HEALTH FOR PROFIT. MAYBE SO. LET’S STOP THIS DEATH MARCH. REMOVE FLORIDE, ASPERTAME AND THE POSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO OUR PEOPLE WITHOUT ANY REPORTING OF THE USE OF MERCURY BY THE DENTIST, AND BLOCKING TRUTH THAT JAPAN AS WELL AS CANADA AND OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE OUTLAWED THE USE OF THESE POISONS TO THEIR PEOPLE. BUT OUR GOVERNMENT SEES OUR PEOPLE AS EXPENDABLE. LET’S WAKE UP AND LOVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS ENOUGH TO FINALLY TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACTION. EACH OF US CAN BE A ROSA PARKS, THE ONLY THING A GOOD PERSON NEEDS TO DO FOR EVIL TO FLORISH IS TO DO NOTHING. A FAMOUS QUOTE FROM A MAN WHO SINGLE HANDEDLY CHANGED AN ENTIRE GOVERNMENT.
    LET US EACH UNITY TO ORGANIZE GRASSROOT GROUPS IN EVERY STATE WITH THE GOAL TO EDUCATE OUR FELLOW CITIZENS AND CHANGE THIS UGLY EXTERMINATION OF OUR PEOPLE. ONE NATION UNDER GOD IS WHO WE CAN BE. EACH INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS KNOWLEDGE HAS NOW RESPONSIBILITY NOT JUST AN OPINION, DO SOMETHING, DON’T JUST GET MAD!!!!! YES YOU, AS YOU READ THIS, IT MEANS YOU. LET HISTORY NOT SHOW, THAT NO ONE CARED ENOUGH TO ALLOW THIS HOLOCAST TO CONTINUE.

  • http://hubpages.com/hub/Cancer-The-Cure John Wind Bell

    I knew he was trouble when I heard his family was in the beer biz. Then I heard out of his lips that Cannabis has never been a medicine. Well, you know where his money is floating. I think his name is really Dick.

  • Harold Holguin

    Good going Senator I hope all your republican greedy buddies follow your lead and summit more stupid bills so they can be voted out of office.

    Keep going and enjoy your retirement

  • carole foster

    My nickname is medicinewoman!……..I harvest wild herbs and plants that heal…and make my own stuff…I haven”t had a cold or flue, or any other things in 14 years…I use homeopathic things and vitamins………………………….
    I will not take vaccinations…………and feel pretty perky for going on 75 years of age.
    everything that counteracts any illness has more side effects than the illness itself.
    tell mccain to shove it!

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  • carole foster

    My nickname is medicinewoman!……..I harvest wild herbs and plants that heal…and make my own stuff…I haven”t had a cold or flue, or any other things in 14 years…I use homeopathic things and vitamins………………………….
    I will not take vaccinations…………and feel pretty perky for going on 75 years of age.
    everything that counteracts any illness has more side effects than the illness itself.
    tell mccain to shove it!

  • carole foster

    My nickname is medicinewoman!……..I harvest wild herbs and plants that heal…and make my own stuff…I haven”t had a cold or flue, or any other things in 14 years…I use homeopathic things and vitamins………………………….
    I will not take vaccinations…………and feel pretty perky for going on 75 years of age.
    everything that counteracts any illness has more side effects than the illness itself.
    tell mccain to shove it!

  • carole foster

    My nickname is medicinewoman!……..I harvest wild herbs and plants that heal…and make my own stuff…I haven”t had a cold or flue, or any other things in 14 years…I use homeopathic things and vitamins………………………….
    I will not take vaccinations…………and feel pretty perky for going on 75 years of age.
    everything that counteracts any illness has more side effects than the illness itself.
    tell mccain to shove it!

  • carole foster

    My nickname is medicinewoman!……..I harvest wild herbs and plants that heal…and make my own stuff…I haven”t had a cold or flue, or any other things in 14 years…I use homeopathic things and vitamins………………………….
    I will not take vaccinations…………and feel pretty perky for going on 75 years of age.
    everything that counteracts any illness has more side effects than the illness itself.
    tell mccain to shove it!

  • carole foster

    My nickname is medicinewoman!……..I harvest wild herbs and plants that heal…and make my own stuff…I haven”t had a cold or flue, or any other things in 14 years…I use homeopathic things and vitamins………………………….
    I will not take vaccinations…………and feel pretty perky for going on 75 years of age.
    everything that counteracts any illness has more side effects than the illness itself.
    tell mccain to shove it!

  • carole foster

    My nickname is medicinewoman!……..I harvest wild herbs and plants that heal…and make my own stuff…I haven”t had a cold or flue, or any other things in 14 years…I use homeopathic things and vitamins………………………….
    I will not take vaccinations…………and feel pretty perky for going on 75 years of age.
    everything that counteracts any illness has more side effects than the illness itself.
    tell mccain to shove it!

  • medicinewoman

    after thought………………………This mcain bill is just more of a government control to strangle folks with

    • seasurf

      Way to speak your mind and live right medicinewoman!!! I follow in your footsteps.

      • http://www.anh-usa.org/ veronica chemers

        Senator John McCain you are interferring in my life and the lives of all of us who want to have freedom of choice regarding our health and nutrition. Perhaps if you would have taken some vitamins and supplements, you would not have been the bottom of his graduating class.!! !! . You do not even know how many houses you own. Eight or nine??? It is time for you to bow out. You have been Senator long enough. Time for the old rocking chair Mr. McCain. There must be something in it for you to go after the vitamins. You got lucky and married the catsup lady. Don’t you have something else to do? Maybe take care of your houses? .Maybe visit the Panama Canal and stay there? Veronica

  • Frank Fiishman

    YOU AREN’T SEEING THE BIG PICTURE…

    democrats and republicans are mostly all in the same boat when it comes to the introduction of the NEW WORLD ORDER. The murderous clintons (Rest In Peace Vince Foster), daddy and sonny bush, cheney, kissinger, et al are all members of the bildebergs, cfr, tlc, etc.

    codex alementarius is designed to erradicate what is HEALTHY (SUPPLEMENTS as an example) in order to CONTROL us by way of a managed food and drug supply that will KILL most of us andleave docile and sterile the remaining ones who will do the bidding of the elite.

    It WILL happen in your lifetime.

  • http://www.AlisHerbals.com Ali Jordan-Brown

    I am an herbalist and own a retail herb store in Morro Bay, CA. In June I begin my 15th year in business. Obviously this would demolish my business. I haven’t heard anything from my herb distributors about the imminance of the enforcement of the codex in the US. I will have to just keep doing what I am doing for the sake of my clients and family & friends, until I can’t do it anymore and have to change my approach.
    I think the US government agencies have been operating arrogantly for so long that anything short of a full citizens’ rebellion will have no effect. I find myself hoping that the earth will itself take action against Washington DC, but that is like hoping Jesus will come in the sky and rescue Christians from the consequences of their life style…

  • Dave Fields

    I have been taken herbal supplement since 1987. I havn’t had a cold or the flu in over twenty years ian 62 now and i never felt better. I excersixe everyday. and i love my herbal tea. If they.
    (John McCain) and the drug compaines take away that righr i will give up my citizenship in America and leave, i will move to another country where i have the right to take care of my own health.

    carolinakidnc62

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    Taking all natural supplements is not a bad thing. The supplement I’ve been taking got rid of the numbness in my right hand, my knees don’t ache anymore and I have a lot of energy. They are all natural, no caffeine, no stimulants!!!

    • annette wright

      Could you please tell me what supplements you are taking. My daughter has numbness and tingling in her legs. Thanks very much.

  • FAPinVT

    I need these vitamins for my condition. I thought McCain was for DE regulation? What a joke that man is! McCain, stay away from my needs! You already have healthcare unattainable are vitamins to be next?! Buzz off! America is tired of you people!

  • FAPinVT

    @medicinewoman: What vitamins do you take? I suffered a stroke? What should I be taking?

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