Update: Senator McCain Cosponsors a New Bill That Threatens Your Access to Supplements and Repeals Key Sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

February 9, 2010
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A wide variety of organizations, working together with ANH-USA, have swung into action to stop John McCain’s new bill that threatens dietary supplements. Already thousands of messages are on their way to Capitol Hill in protest. Please be sure that your message is among them. If you have not already done so, please take action now.

As we told you last week, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have cosponsored a new bill misleadingly called Thestop Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). DSSA would repeal key sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), signed into law by then-President Clinton.

DSHEA protects supplements 1) if 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. DSHEA provides the framework for effective regulation of dietary supplements by the FDA.

The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) would eliminate the supplement protections contained in DSHEA and allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arbitrary authority to draw up a list of what supplements can be sold and at what potency levels. Europe is currently limiting both supplements and potencies to ridiculous levels. If DSSA passes, the FDA, beholden as it is to drug interests, would move to do the same in the US.

Please take action now.

The purported emergency giving rise to DSSA is illegal steroid use by athletes. The bill is supported by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which is funded by major league sports teams including baseball, football and others. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has urged its adoption. In his comments, Senator McCain cited six NFL players recently suspended for testing positive for banned substances and allegedly exposed to these substances through dietary supplements.

The FDA currently has complete and total authority to address illegal steroids and, more broadly, to regulate dietary supplements. If the FDA were policing rogue products adulterated with steroids as current law requires, the NFL violations would not have happened.

DSSA also requires the reporting of even minor adverse events related to supplements. This is in addition to the already existing requirement to report serious 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.

It will also give the FDA, which ignores very large numbers of serious adverse reports involving drugs, including many deaths, more ammunition to use in its capricious war against food supplements.

The likely result: the consolidation of the supplement industry into a few big companies selling many fewer supplements at much lower doses. These large companies would also very likely be owned by drug companies.

The bottom line: our health would be almost completely controlled by the FDA and drug companies.

Please take action now.

Natural Products Association executive director John Gay has issued the following statement in response to Senator McCain’s proposed legislation: “Our industry has long supported efforts to remove the relatively few bad actors who market adulterated products. We have advocated for additional enforcement funds for regulators, and for giving regulators additional authority to act. What we cannot support is wholesale changes to a regulatory structure that is working, and could work better if the measures we have supported were adopted. A series of new laws for criminals to ignore is not the answer. Some seek to paint with an awfully broad brush. For example, the idea that the 150 million Americans who use dietary supplements are gambling with their health by shopping at mainstream stores just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Hyperbole does not lead to sound policy.”

Council for Responsible Nutrition president Steven Mister offers his comment as well: “Dietary supplements have a very strong safety profile and consumers should continue to feel confident in the supplements that they are taking.”

Senator McCain’s proposed legislation highlights the mindset at the FDA, dubbed the Fear and Denial Administration by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). The FDA, which is responsible for guarding the health of American citizens, is hostile to the kind of natural medicine—based on lifestyle choices, nutrition, dietary supplements, and exercise—that is both effective and sustainable.

Senator McCain appears to have been naïvely sold a bill of goods from vested interests. It is clear he does not know that he is being used by these interests in opposition to the wishes of tens of millions of Americans who supplement wisely to maintain optimal health. If you have not done so already, please take action now or read more about The Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010.

154 Responses to “Update: Senator McCain Cosponsors a New Bill That Threatens Your Access to Supplements and Repeals Key Sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act”

  1. JJ says:

    This is ridiculous. Big Pharma who is in bed with the FDA just wants all the control. They simply don’t want any competition from supplements. Natural supplements are better for you than drugs so they don’t want the average person to learn about this. Then they can have your doctor decide for you instead of letting the average person decide for themselves. Drugs are much more unsafe for you than supplements and cause numerous deaths every year. They have no business passing this bill

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  2. Charlene Clement says:

    Isn’t this trampling on our Civil Rights? As a nutritionist & US citizen, I am proud that, in America, I can CHOOSE whether I get perscription DRUGS or nutritional SUPP[EMENTS. I thought John McCain was all about the freedom of Americans. Please don’t let him take that one away!

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  3. CLAUDIA M G says:

    This is ridiculous!! I am a real witness of what supplements can really do without messing with your body!! Doctors were never able to help me because they don’t know how, they only learn to prescribe and how law works to avoid lawsuits…..
    We all know how much money this is about, and that is the only reason they want to make all these regulations… It is time to DO SOMETHING REAL and help people….stop using us with your ridiculous excuses!!! iT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY…

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  4. Karen Dice says:

    Yes, they should be ashamed of theirselves. Money is their God. When real people are getting tremendous help through natural sources. Our sevice is to help each other, love people, and have the freedom of eating what we want. Most drugs have terrible side effects, but thats okay, as long as big phama is making money. And yet years after some drugs are approved, then they are pulled off the market, because of too many problems. What is wrong with this picture. Dah!

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  5. M.M. says:

    When John McCain gets a degree in nutrition or medicine maybe then he would know what he’s taking about – this is ridiculous!! This is clearly an excuse to make more $$ for the drug companies.

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  6. Jennifer says:

    My 8 year old daughter is alive because of supplements. Please do not support this bill. I value my freedom to research and access good supplements. Do not take this away from me. Thank you.

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  7. Cathy Wiseman says:

    Why should the American people not be allowed to make our own informed choice about something that seldom does harm and most often, does much good? I’d hate to be without access to my vitamins or pay the price they’d be if they were only available by prescription! If you really think the government should be the one to make choices about what’s healthy and what’s not, then why not pass a bill against something everyone knows is unhealthy: cigarettes? Why not close all of the cigarette manufactuers down rather than allowing people to make the choice whether to smoke or not?
    I have an idea that if the supplement industry’s lobby was as big or bigger than the pharmaceutical lobby’s, this wouldn’t even be an issue. As usual, the issue isn’t “listen to the people”; it’s “go for the money”! And what would we find out if we indeed “follow the money”?

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  8. Tim Ray says:

    People who take vitamins & supplements are highly-educated consumers and do not need the help of politicians, the FDA, the medical industry and the pharmaceutucal industry to protect their safety and well-being. There is no need for government or big business to intervene. Do not use this legistration as an opportunity to pad the already overflowing pockets of the medical/pharmaceutical industry as well as their bedfellows, the politicians and the FDA.

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  9. Susan Jacobus says:

    Leave the supplement industry alone! Why don’t you go after the FDA – what a joke that is! They allow meds to go on the market and then recall them after they have killed or maimed people……. the only reason the govt. is interested in policeing the supplement industry is MONEY…….that’s about it – there is nothing else but greed…..

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  10. Bev M says:

    Looks to me like McCain has been bought out by Big Business.

    Leave my supplements and only form of health alone! I have taken to managing my own health with diet & supplements and information – since mainstream health care became way too expensive for me some years ago (stuck working in temporary jobs for years with no health insurance).
    I now believe that Big Pharma and the AMA and most American corporations (including the food industries) care a lot more for their profits than my health – and I’m just fine with doing without them. In fact, at this point, I’d prefer to do without them!

    McCain & others need to get busy passing laws to regulate real Big Business crooks – like maybe those ineffective Wall Street people who got us into this Recession – and get off the backs of those of us who are working to take care of ourselves!

    Isn’t it funny how Republicans call for “less government” – except when it means squashing the rights of smaller groups and businesses!

    Tell them to BACK OFF – and take care of the business(es) that really need restrictions!

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  11. Naoma McClung says:

    And I thought McCain was for keeping Big Brother Government out of my personal affairs….Please oppose this legislation that will regulate supplements. What next! Are they going to tell me what to have for breakfast!

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  12. L Williams says:

    I strongly recommend that you STOP this bill in its tracks. Regulation of natural vitamins and supplements is the worst thing anyone could do. This looks like another attempt to give unwarranted economic power to greedy drug companies and impair the public’s ability to make their own (adult) decisions on health care. How many more issues will be attacked in this arena before this country has a viable health care plan that’s anything close to other countries? How much more nitpicking of our rights do we have to put up with before someone puts a halt to the idiocy? I’m a long time user of beneficial vitamin and herbal supplements, some of which have even recently been recommended by my mainstream primary care physician. Why? Because the prescription drugs caused side effects that I’m still suffering from and the medical condition still needs to be treated with something. Even my own doctor admits that an all natural supplement is worth a try. In the meantime, I’ve found natural vitamins to be an important health tool that keeps me in much better condition than if I depended on my doctor to prescribe pills that don’t work and cost much more than I can afford. So, Please Kill This Bill before it does irreparable damage.

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  13. Rebecca Fong says:

    I definitely do not agree that dietary supplements should be treated as a prescription drugs as that would not only inflate the cost. It would not give me the liberty to take herbs or food supplements. I do not understand why FDA wants to regulate this when good products speaks for itself in the avalanche of vitamin supplements in the market.

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  14. C. Brett says:

    Not only should they NOT be limiting and controlling our current supplements, but they should be working on saving the rain forests where many other natural cures could be found in the future. How ’bout doing something intelligent, congressmen?

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  15. Charles Kendall,DVM,MPH says:

    DSHEA has worked well to permit innovation in the field of dietary suppliments without further “Big Government” interference and meddling.
    This is an action against my personal freedom.
    This seems out of line philosophically with my personal views.
    Senator McCain,Please drop this idea and let this bill die!!

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  16. It is my right to take my health into my hands. It is my responsibility to research what goes into my body and decide what I need – not the government’s.

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  17. William V. Fries says:

    Please, do not limit our access to those natural supplements which are not currently controlled by the FDA. The Federal Government needs to concentrate on National Security, and a “hands off” policy in all areas best controlled by a free market economy.

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  18. Kerry Counihan says:

    Herbs & supplements have turned my health around. Many of these have centuries of anecdotal use. Limiting our access to these supplements because of the misuse by professionals who should have been monitored by the current laws that are already not being enforced is like closing the gate after the horse is out. It solves nothing and only makes the situation worse.

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  19. ken maro says:

    what so unbelieveable is, that if you visit a dr’s office for and examine etc, if you question him about a herb or vitamin etc , he looks at you with a blank stare or you go some hearts dr’s and other dr’ s you will find them selling a product vit or herb and saying theirs is the best. As for scrips they are handed out like candy with little or none research. It would appear they want the power to have you come to their office ,thereby getting paid for the visit and possible a kick back from the pham companies as they get from scrips, evidence of this goes to the incidence of (RED YEAST RICE) IN PLACE OF LIPOTOL don’t know if i spelled that right — but look at the evidence a long the line, omega only by the drug companies and vitamin d , etc all replacing the major drugs and the bad effects they produce in almost 99% of the proscribing. Qenzyme 10 is need after taking lip– because it depletes the body so bad,most people are not told thid an slowly deteriate in body and mind and i personally meet people who had this problem- the doctors an phar– are not God’s but the wisdom of time and tales and facts can be found in books etc ( the English sailor) suffered at seafor a long time teeth falling out and the cure simple fruit or vitamin c, all fact . Most if not all meds are made from plants and herbs, the only difference is the drug companies are in control of this and try always to prove the vit or herb is negative– they can’t patient even though they try ,big evidence of this REd yeast rice and vita D and the omegs (fish OIL) which you can buy at low prices .10.00 but the drugs wanted to patient this and sell at 100.00 bottle . |If |Mc Cain wants to do something Stop the import from China of |Bad products and have more inspection of the manufactures purity of products so .we can maintain the efficient use and gain the benefits !!

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  20. Christopher Szendroi says:

    Please leave our supplements alone. We have a right to choose for ourselves because we can know about what to choose.

    Christopher Szendroi

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  21. It is time to allow consumers to take responsibility for their own health. Do NOT give control over supplements to those who know little or nothing about them. (Doctor have little or no training in Nutrition.)

    Healthy, smart consumers who take full responsibility for their health means lower health care costs for the nation. By putting control of supplements into the hands of government and doctors, you will cause increased cost for those who can pay, increased insurance costs, and increased illness for those who cannot pay for medical care.

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  22. Heidi Bilbro says:

    I am one of the thousands of people who do not trust Pharmaceutical drugs. For a reason. Please leave me the option to take chinese herbs or food supplements instead. Smart consumers know which brands to trust and which are bogus – We do not need the FDA’s help on this.

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    • Clara Lakatos says:

      Do we have freedom in the USA or don’t we? Why do we need to take drugs, when herbs would do the job to keep us healthy. Let me take care of my needs without the drug companies telling me what I could or couldn’t do!!!!

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  23. Anthony Maresco says:

    Supplements are FOOD, not drugs!

    GM foods are drugs!

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  24. William Vitalis says:

    Is Sunlight a Supplement that should be regulated as well?
    What has been given to the people by the CREATOR is for their use and freedom, not to be regulated by some man-made law based on profit motive under the guise of “helping people” and deciding what is best for them. FREEDOM is about deciding for oneself.
    The Constitution is designed to curb the powers of government and protect the people’s intrinsic
    ability to live life based on the two precepts of common law.
    1.Do not harm others or their property
    2. Do what you say you are going to do.
    Who take the oath of office Vow to uphold the Constitution ad the underlying spirit which the words contain.
    Where there is Freedom, their is quality obtainable at a fair price. I know many highly educated Europeans who purchase Supplements whenever traveling in the USA. Our free market has produced the best in the word. Big Pharm wants to control and profit at the expense of everyone else.

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  25. Eddie Ford Jr says:

    You are going too have the FDA regulate substances_ People are waking up to what you are doing.We need a new FDA that actually protects us-I along with MILLIONS of others have been damaged SEVERELY from SSRI antideppressants-and that crap stays on the market for over 20 years?This stuff is becoming evident that the US government is killing people on purpose.Worried about our health-you are lying and you know it.People are waking up,and they are not very happy.Get us a new FDA,ban all these dangerous drugs,help people,taper off them,and then the public may start trusting you again-leave our supplements alone,and by the way I hope you burn in Hell for what you are doing to people who once trusted you.

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  26. Kathryn Boschert says:

    Leave our supplements alone! If something needs to be monitored I suggest better monitoring of drugs and the drug companies. Pharmaceuticals claim many lives every year.

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  27. Kathryn Turk says:

    Please do not co-sponsor Senator McCain’s Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). Please instead oppose it!

    PLEASE TELL JOHN MCCAIN THE SAME THING WE TOLD TEDDY KENNEDY FOR YEARS, AND YEARS……LEAVE OUR SUPPLEMENTS ALONE!!!

    WE ARE AWARE THAT THE MEDICAL PROFESSION POWERS THAT BE DO INDEED RECOGNIZE THE AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES OF NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOUND ON OUR PLANET.

    WE ARE INDEED AWARE THAT UNTIL A BILL SUCH AS THIS ONE SHOULD BE PASSED, THE POWERS THAT BE CAN NOT MAKE ANY MONEY OFF THESE NATURAL INGREDIENTS THAT GOD GAVE TO US ON THIS PLANET.

    Please stop this bill now!

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    • Diane says:

      Thats right! Leave our supplements alone!!! I wouldn’t be here alive and well if it wasn’t for the amazing healing properties of natural supplements!!

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  28. Ingrid says:

    Canada here. You cannot tell me there is no collusion regarding this between the US and Canada . Later this year, Bill C-6, also known as the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act ( CCPSA ), will be reintroduced. This is, similarly to what McCain wants to sponsor, an attack on supplements. It gives Health Canada sweeping powers to enter private property without a warrant and search and seizure rights never before heard of.

    This is very clearly an attempt by the pharmaceutical industry to clear the field, and monopolize health care.

    Apparently, Health Canada is moving us towards a civil law model where rights are vested in the State, rather than the individual. This is occurring to harmonize regulations for international trade. If North America adopts the European Union model, the two trade areas can trade freely. This will benefit large corporations, and not the consumer.

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  29. Ted Birnbaum says:

    Gee….that was quick….I didn’t realize JD Hayworth already has McCain’s bill as one of the issues he opposes McCain on. That’s great….you can still show him your support

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  30. Ted Birnbaum says:

    I wrote a letter to Senator McCain condemning his bill….which he actually brags about on his website. Better yet, I wrote to J.D. Hayworth …Republican opponent of McCain in upcoming Arizona Republican Senatorial Primary. ( [email protected] ) I told him about this natural health website….and why he should make a campaign issue out McCain’s bill….like how all of you fervently oppose FDA efforts/ desires to ban our supplements….I’m sure there are many like us in Arizona too.
    What could be better….if this becomes a campaign issue for McCain…and he looses…which is likely..we may finally get a national spotlight on HEALTH FREEDOM….. I urge you all to write, like I did to J.D. Hayworth.

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  31. lea says:

    Hello

    I am fighting for my life RIGHT NOW with cancer , NATURALLY…Without drugs!

    At the very least, I STILL HAVE QUALITY OF LIFE WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS, ONLY HOPE!

    I know what this bill ,if passed ,would do to my future!

    All WHO WANT TO PASS THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE THEMSELVES OR LOVED ONES TO
    BE IN MY SHOES…

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  32. Margaret says:

    Leave our supplements alone! There is so much more to say, but I want to keep it succinct.

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  33. Ema says:

    The US political system is broken because politicians are serving two masters: Their constituents who vote them into office and the special-interest lobbyists who influence them on legislation. I don’t think it will change though until we get rid of the lobbyists. I think its time to clean house we should vote to get rid of all the senators who side with the lobbyists.

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  34. Laura Boetcher says:

    Please leave my medicinal choices alone.

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  35. Jurgen says:

    Isnt it funny how a bunch of congress men, many who smoke and drink on a regular basis and gorge themselves on lavish foods in quantities to feed a small country, feel the need to regulate supplements for my “safety”. If your so concerned about safety, why dont you give our soldiers some better armor, or better yet bring them home, we have bigger fish to fry so to speak.

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  36. Roxanne says:

    So, what do I tell my children? That the man we voted for, and whose book we have been listening to, “Character is Destiny”, has been bought out?

    Where is the character you speak so highly of?

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  37. F Ridenour says:

    McCain and Dorgan are either grossly naive or have been completely purchased lock stock and barrel by big medicin. Get out of my medicine cabinet and let me be responsible for me and my family. I don’t need the medling of big brother. This reminds me of why we need term limits to get these out of touch politicans out of office and back to work so they have a chance to see what it it like to be an average working American again. Also I propose a new challenge to Congress. Don’t pass any laws that give you special privliages that all citizens don’t recieve and like wise don’t pass any laws on citizens that you are excempt to. Less government is better – read the constitution and follow it ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  38. John Hunter says:

    I am a 30 year retired veteran and it is truely refreshing to see so many thoughtful individuals speaking out on this issue. CONGRESS, ARE YOU LISTENING?

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  39. Kim says:

    I thought he was in the party that didn’t want to regulate my life. What a crock! Wake Up! These politicians are ALL the same and they are ALL in the pockets of big corporations. I am intelligent enough to make my own decisions and I don’t need McCain’s or anyone elses help.

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  40. Deborah Malone says:

    I Totally agree with Debra Winagar, she said;
    HOW ARROGANT THAT THEY WOULD ATTEMPT TO TAKE A GOD GIVEN GIFT TO THE INHABITANTS OF THIS PLANET AND ATTEMPT TO PUT IT IN A CATEGORY WHERE ONE WOULD BE LIMITED ON THEIR ABBILITY TO ACCESS THEM…..HAVE TO PAY OUT THE NOSE FOR USE OF THEM….AND BE TOLD WHICH ONES THEY CAN AN CAN NOT HAVE.
    I say; AMEN to their Arrogence!
    Please Leave Our Supplements Alone…. They DO WORK !!!!!

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  41. Nancy says:

    I’m definitely opposed to any limiting of my access to ANY food supplements of my choice. Who of us eats the perfect diet – even if the food we have access to did contain the vitamins it SHOULD.

    What I’m concerned about now is your statement:
    “Senator McCain’s proposed legislation highlights the mindset at the FDA, dubbed the Fear and Denial Administration by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). The FDA, which is responsible for guarding the health of American citizens, is hostile to the kind of natural medicine—based on lifestyle choices, nutrition, dietary supplements, and exercise—that is both effective and sustainable.”

    You are stating that the FDA is against EXERCISE! If you’ll say something like this – I question the truth is there in some of your other allegations?

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  42. Christy says:

    It’s time that Congress works on a plan to get our country out of the economic mess it is in. It’s clear that big pharma has the tighest grip on Senator Cain’s balls. It is a choice of every American to purchase and consume any type of dietary supplement they choose. We are not asking Congress or big pharma to make this choice for us.

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  43. linda schmidt says:

    More & more, regulations (mostly sponsored by pharma) are taking away individuals’ rights and opportunities to determine for themselves what is good for them. The food industry is a good example, as is the pharmaceutical industry, of the unwholesome and dangerous food and medicines that poople are “encouraged” to use in order to be healthy. We know what is good for us, and the difference between natural wholesome supplements and the stuff pharma is pushing.

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  44. Jill says:

    I am shocked to find Republican supported legislation desiring to employ more governmental control on my rights as a consumer. But the American public understands this proposed bill as a thinly-disguised witch hunt. We know Big Pharma/the drug lobby pulls the puppet strings for too many public health decisions in this country. We understand ‘alternative’ therapies as simply the alternative to a synthetically orchestrated chemical manufactured by a company with large pockets and even larger influence.

    We do not want all of our healthcare choice to be taken away from us by the industries that control the majority of the American healthcare decisions. Do not lump illegal and unsafe substances with proven safe and effectatious herbal, vitamin, and food supplements. The ethical supplement companies comply with and exceed FDA guidelines, providing a reliable health-promoting product.

    This is a sick and twisted game politicians are playing with our God given liberties and wellbeing. I am disappointed in Sens. McCain and Dorgan for playing along at the expense of the Health, Wellbeing, and Choice of the American People. I do not know if they are reimbursed sponsors of the drug lobby or merely ignorant dupes, but this bill fools no educated person.

    Vote NO on DSSA– the American public is watching you.

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    • William H Nuesse MD PhD says:

      The American public deserves to be informed about what others (leaders and govt decision makers) think is good for the masses. However, more regulations, fines, and a mountain of paperwork later in the name of safety with food suppliments is both unnecessary and expensive. iT IS QUITE POSSIBLE TO DIE FROM DRINKING TO MUCH WATER SO WHY NOT REGULATE AND PUT PEOPLE IN JAIL FOR WATER DRINKING TO EXCESS. It will surely only result in much higher prices and blockade of helpful suppliments so that we are protected (much as the Soviet Union used to protect their citizens from exposure to foreign thought through a similar blockade called the Iron CURTAIN. While the Soviets realized the stifling effect and have losened their control of free enterprise the US moves ever closer to socialism in the hands of an ignorant few, who make work where there is no real product, and over-regulate virtually anything and everything under the sun. Truth in labeling would be welcomed by most, perhaps 2 labels one representing common use of a nutrient and the other the usual FDA rhetoric about safety and danger. Then the consumer (who isnt as ignorant as uncle Sam would have us believe) could make their own informed decision. I have practiced medicine for almost a quarter of a century having worked on both coasts at major medical centers like New York Medical College and UC Irvine MC and am a professor at the local medical school and have received the American Medical Associations Physician Recognition Award for 4 years running. I have never seen but only heard by reading old texts; of any vitamin or suppliment toxicity and not even a minor adverse event. With nutrients with this kind of safety profile surely should be left to the consumers discretion. If we dont we will be starting a rediculously expensive machine to do what is a common sense task. Obviously, we will certainly succeed only in pushing prices through the roof everything cost alot more to support more desk jokeys. As far as Im concerned and I have poled about 39 physicians at our hospital; the FDA and like organizations function should be limited to informing the public not arresting them. WITH ENTITIES LIKE FDA ETC THE US MEDICAL MAINSTREAM IS LIKE A CONVOY OF SHIPS WHERE THE SLOWEST SHIP SETS THE PACE. mAYBE THE aMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO VOTE ON MEASURES THEMSELVES AND NOT BE DEPENDANT ON “REPRESENTATION” BY SOMEONE WHO PROBABLY KNOWS LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT ISSUES IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US , THEY INSTEAD HEAR THE RAMBLINGS OF A FEW AND FOLLOW THE DOLLAR SIGN TO WORK ON SUSTAINING THEIR JOBS. dO NOT ALLOW THIS KIND OF BILL TO PASS AND IN FACT ANY BILL TO PASS WHICH ALLOWS THE FEW TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THE MANY. wE TRY TO STIFLE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND YET SENATORS SPONSOR BILLS FOR UNEEDED AND SUPERFLUOUS REGULATION FOR GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT REAL PURPOSE. WE SHOULD REPEAL ALL LEGISLATION WHICH IS OF THIS GUISE, NATURE, AND EXPENSE.

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  45. Debbie Connery says:

    As an elected representative of the people …. Please hear us loud and clear and vote to represent us accurately … Do not deny our access to daily supplements. Do Not Pass this bill and DO NOT repeal any sections of the DSHEA.

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  46. Allan R. Marshall, D.C. says:

    Once again Senator McCain seeks to replace Freedom of Choice with Freedom by Mandate. He would do well to consult with those he seeks to regulate.

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  47. Debi Winegar says:

    Please do not co-sponsor Senator McCain’s Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). Please instead oppose it!

    PLEASE TELL JOHN MCCAIN THE SAME THING WE TOLD TEDDY KENNEDY FOR YEARS, AND YEARS……LEAVE OUR SUPPLEMENTS ALONE!!!

    WE ARE AWARE THAT THE MEDICAL PROFESSION POWERS THAT BE DO INDEED RECOGNIZE THE AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES OF NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOUND ON OUR PLANET.

    WE ARE INDEED AWARE THAT UNTIL A BILL SUCH AS THIS ONE SHOULD BE PASSED, THE POWERS THAT BE CAN NOT MAKE ANY MONEY OFF THESE NATURAL INGREDIENTS THAT GOD GAVE TO US ON THIS PLANET.

    HOW ARROGANT THAT THEY WOULD ATTEMPT TO TAKE A GOD GIVEN GIFT TO THE INHABITANTS OF THIS PLANET AND ATTEMPT TO PUT IT IN A CATEGORY WHERE ONE WOULD BE LIMITED ON THEIR ABBILITY TO ACCESS THEM…..HAVE TO PAY OUT THE NOSE FOR USE OF THEM….AND BE TOLD WHICH ONES THEY CAN AN CAN NOT HAVE.

    STOP THIS NOW.

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  48. Dagmar says:

    Dear John & Byron~
    Everyone is against you in this forum, it would appear. I am not. If, after reading it thoroughly, you guys are convinced it is a wise move, then do it. A lot of what we poorly informed consumers waste our hard-earned money on is useless or even BAD for us. Most people do not even need vitamins, generally. I don’t think the German government is so out of line banning certain supplements. I am certainly glad to see a bi-partisan idea/effort… on anything nowadays!

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  49. D.W. says:

    Why should the Federal Government even have laws against steroids? Yes, the leagues should have their own rules, and punishments (including fines and bans from games) for violations. Taking steroids for improving athletic performance is cheating, and should be treated by the leagues as cheating. And, if supplements are being used to sidestep this, the leagues should address the problem. If a supplement manufacturer is fraudulently putting steroids into supplements, this should be addressed as fraud and the manufacturer sued (among other sanctions) for this fraud.

    However, regulating my access to vitamins is not going to do a thing against professional athletes cheating. I have taken vitamins and minerals since college, with a 4-year break, and only had good results from my vitamins. While off the vitamins, I got noticeably more (and worse) colds and flus than while I was taking the vitamins. And I currently take supplements that help protect the liver (steroids actually ruin the liver). Taking these supplements off the market will not address the problem of athletes cheating in their games–they will just get their steroids illegally, while everyone else will be missing work and getting sick more often.

    Reporting even minor incidents and pulling supplements off the market for these incidents makes no sense. Some supplements carry minor incidents as signs that they are working–cleanses always cause possible diarrhea and flu-like symptoms for at least a short time. Also, someone might take a vitamin at the wrong time and be sleepy during the day or awake all night (which simply taking them at a different time would solve the problem). Vitamin pills also carry some risk of minor upset stomach–any pill of the same size carries the exact same risk, because it’s the pill itself and not the contents that are responsible. As for dying from taking vitamins, I feel the greatest risk of dying or serious injury comes from choking on the pill–exactly the same risk a drug pill of the same size and shape carries. Very few actually die from supplements, and most of those misused the supplements (Ephedra, taken before a hot workout, or in patients with very high blood pressure, aggravated the problems).

    Unlike the double- or triple-digit numbers of deaths from supplements in decades, I have heard various reports of six- and seven figure annual deaths from properly prescribed, properly administered prescription and non-prescription drugs. Depending on how the numbers are viewed, anywhere from 150,000 to 850,000 people die a year just from properly prescribed, properly administered prescription drugs. And that’s on top of inappropriately prescribed drugs (Michael Jackson, anyone?), errors in filling the prescription, mistakes in taking too many or the wrong drugs, or intentionally taking the whole bottle. Yet I do not see any “drug safety” act being passed to ban prescription drugs.

    And I do not believe that hogwash about people dying from not getting appropriate medical care. Anyone should have the right to take that risk–self-treating diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and the like. If you wish to treat it solely with vitamins and/or herbs, you should be allowed to take that risk. You are hurting no one else by doing this (except the drug companies that are trying to take the world at gunpoint and jail-point). However, one should not be forced to accept the risks of treating diseases solely with allopathic medicine against one’s will–Patrick Swayze should be able to attest to what happens when natural medicine is not even looked at as an option.

    I suggest that, if anyone votes to support this vitamin ban, or anything like it (or anything that could set up a ban on vitamins), that the voters should support a ban on that politician’s election prospects. And, give new elected members of Congress fair warning that selling out to the drug companies will result in immediate impeachment and disgrace.

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