Tell Congressional Legislators Blocking Natural Health: “You Can Do Better!”

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we_can_do_better_button-p145648405550957164en31v_210Part two of our series looking at how senators and representatives fare on important health issues. Action Alert!

With elections in just a few weeks, we’re reviewing which legislators have been good on our issues—and which have dropped the ball. (As we did last week, we’ve indicated with an asterisk those legislators who are up for reelection.)

As before, we assess our elected officials according to their activity in three important issue areas: your right to access natural health options; your right to choose toxic-free food and drink; and your right to the healthy food of your choice.

Action Alert! If your senator or representative is listed below, click the link in their name to send them a “You can do better!” message, and tell them how much their support of natural health issues means to you! (Don’t know who your representative is? Click here to find out!)

Your Right to Access Natural Health Options

For example, did they fight the Free Speech About Science Act, support the FDA’s Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDI), and support Sen. Durbin’s anti-supplement amendment?

Senate: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the disastrous Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, and Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Jeff Bingaman* (D-NM), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ben Cardin* (D-MD), Kent Conrad (DNL-ND), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirstin Gillibrand* (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar* (D-MN), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John McCain (R-AZ), Claire McCaskill* (D-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Jim Webb (D-VA) all supported it. Even some senators whom we praised last week for their stance on toxic-free food and drink supported this dreadful bill: Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein* (D-CA), and Bernie Sanders* (I-VT).

When the bill didn’t go anywhere, Sen. Durbin tried to sneak some of the bill’s provisions into an FDA bill as an amendment, which was defeated through an outpouring of grassroots activism from people like you.

Sen. Leahy tried to revive his own bill from last year by attaching an amendment to the Farm Bill. It too was defeated.

House: We’d like to draw special attention to Representatives Henry Waxman* (D-CA) and John Dingell* (D-MI), who have always been especially antagonistic toward nutritional supplements. Rep. Waxman tried to oppose DSHEA when it was introduced in 1994, and slipped an obscure anti-supplement measure into a Wall Street Reform bill in 2010.

Your Right to Choose Toxic-Free Food and Drink

For example, did they support GMOs and GE salmon, oppose (or fail to support) GMO labeling, do nothing to limit our exposure to BPA, and allow the use of antibiotics in animal feed?

House: Rep. Frank Lucas* (R-OK), head of the House Committee on Agriculture, allowed the insertion of two pro-GMO riders into the 2012 Farm Bill. And Rep. Fred Upton* (R-MI), chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, should have brought up several important bills for hearings and consideration—particularly bills concerning BPA exposure and the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed—but failed to do so. The bills languished in his committee.

One of our champions from last week, Rep. Jack Kingston* (R-GA), who was so instrumental in our work on the NDI draft guidance, unfortunately also allowed the terrible GMO riders into the Appropriations bill.

Your Right to the Healthy Food of Your Choice

For example, did they oppose a farmer’s market exemption from the Food Safety Modernization Act, oppose your access to raw milk, and support the school lunch program in classifying frozen pizza as a vegetable?

Senate: Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Udall (D-CO), both from big potato-producing states, joined with the National Potato Council to fight the limits on potatoes and other starchy vegetables in school lunches. Sen. Amy Klobuchar* (D-MN) wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack extolling the nutritional value of tomato paste; Schwan’s Food Service, which supplies frozen pizzas to 75% of US schools, is based in Minnesota.

House Opponents: Joe Pitts* (R-PA), chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, has not held hearings on bills concerning citizens’ access to raw milk and other health freedom bills.


Note: Comments below are NOT sent to members of Congress. If you are a constituent please click on member’s link in the article above to send your message.
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  • Rev. Nagi Mato

    Honestly? I’m not sure you are willing to do ‘better’, but I’d sure like to see you try!

  • http://[email protected] Anton Christopher McInerney

    The demand from the public for a new health agenda with healthy environment,food and working conditions must be demanded in this 21st century.

  • Victoria Woods-Jablonski

    It seems that the only time this is “my body” is if i want an abortion.If i want to access natural health alternatives or know whats going into my body or that of my living children i have NO RIGHTS.

  • http://yahoo tye block

    Instead of spending all your time working for your selfish interests,how about address something important for a change.

  • RastaLife

    Natural Health is the ONE thing in this world that should never be touched. The plants and foods on this earth are for healing NOT to fill your stomach.

  • http://none Lauren Brightwell

    I support all three of the above items. And hope congress will pass them.

  • Timothy H Carr

    What a bunch of bs!! the anti-suppllement bill is.

  • jane williams

    I really resent being treated as a statistical consumer. In all fairness….I deserve the truth & the facts about WHAT I am buying. Rather than the rail-roading of corporate interests, who’s only concern is improving their profit margins….not my health or the well being of the animals/ environment. Very degrading to be lied…and also have to watch the destructive food production practices….not to mention the toll on the nations health-medical crisis it’s creating. sad state of affairs in the US. Even Europe blocks GMO production and encourages organic and humane practices in agriculture.

  • http://[email protected] Julie Amato

    The people have a right to natural food options….not GMO’s! These have already been proven not be be healthy, and cause cancer and Tumors in rats, for starters….It’s just greed and big money for Monsanto, and their cohorts. I want REAL food, nature’s food, not Monsanto’s…

    Thank you.

    Best,
    Julie Amato

  • http://FarTooMuch.Info J. Russell Lemon

    So many congressmen and senators are concerned about the cost of health care, yet most of the cost of health care can be directly attributed to the devastation called by genetically modified foods and certain vaccines. RoundUp Ready foods cause type 2 diabetes. The combination of foods that are RoundUp Ready and contain the Bt-toxin cause liver and kidney cancer. They cure for cancer has been known for over 300 years but is suppressed.

  • M.A. Kinnaman

    Seems as if you BUMS are all in the back pockets of the crooked corporate food industry?!

  • Steve Harrison

    You folks need tostand up for us … not big pharma

  • kenneth boyle

    we need to be able too buy the food of our choice keep them free of all toxics.

  • Janet Faubion

    Can you tell me if you know how Mitt Romney’s stamnds in support or lack of support of GMO labeling? Can you tell me what you know about Executive Order 13603 that obama signed in March 2012 and since it deals with control of food and all resources during crisis times or peace times, how it will affect CODEX and GMO’S?

  • Brian Gilligan

    It’s every Americans right to treat themselves or have a doctor treat them in a conventional ( Un-natural way). Government is getting way to big for it’s britches trying to control us & tell us whats good for us when they have no clue how to fix their own mess they’ve gotten us into!
    If you try to block Natural Health & a persons right to choose then you will find that this will have the same effect that prohabition did!
    Shame on the deep pockets of the pharmacutical industry & their crownies the bought & paid for FDA!

  • Rebecca Banner

    Please leave my food alone!!!

  • Glenn Ross

    This is just good common sense.

  • Roy Tremain

    I’m sick and tired of tyrants like Monsanto invading the food chain; what is it that some people don’t understand about them; they manufactured agent orange to drop on our own troops; they threaten to even resort to murder, if necessary to get their way, in a word, they are a psychopathic organization which wouldn’t mind putting anyone’s mother under the bus. Remember “psycho;”
    they’re psychotic. We need politicians who are going to stand up for our right to eat what we choose, and I choose to eat healthy foods, and I want all toxic substances on food products for consumption labeled, as they shouldn’t even be on the shelf to begin with.

  • Marsha Whipple

    Let me choose the foods that are non toxic. Be responsible and stop being selfish about all this stuff. Pretend that you actually care about people and not just the dollar.

  • http://[email protected] Marianne Amann

    Natural health helps benefit the health of Americans. Why don’t you focus on jobs and the economy?

  • http://ANH-USA Rev. Richard Stewart

    To members of the United States Congress. When you mess with the health of Americans, You mess with the well being of the country as a whole. Please stop bringing forth ridiculous bills that endanger the health and life of every American including your own. Do you know the locale of where the foods were grown, you are eating on a daily basis. Do you know if you are eating organic or GMO Genetically modified foods. If you are eating genetically modified foods, do you know the health dangers you put yourself in by the legislation you pass in Washington? Becareful of the bills you pass, or it will catch up to you, cause even you Mr or Ms legislator.

  • Gloria Morotti

    I want clean unadulterated food to eat. And water. Nuff said.

  • Walter Penkalski

    It’s time government, republicans and democrats, start to represent the people od the USA. What suplements we use is our business!

  • http://www.anh-usa.org/you-can-do-better/ Elsa Connors

    I like your effort to make more information available and to require GMO labeling, but I do not want the government to control what our kids, or any of us, eat. That power is way too easy to abuse and is subject to political ,d commercial influence. Let’s tell the state and federal government that we are intelligent and can figure this out for ourselves. “Give us the info; don’t make choices for us.” We need freedom in food, health and health care decisions.

  • http://gardendome.com Julie Weldon

    Yes, please send my comments to ANY legislators who THINK they can CURB my ENTHUSIASM for NATURE and NATURAL REMEDIES!

    Let’s see; I’m a cancer survivor who was TRACKED for my NATURAL METHODS IN HEALING….10 years ago. They wanted to know how I could do SO WELL through CHEMOtherapy and ALL I DID WAS A NATURAL 90DAY CLEANSE and other NATURAL REMEDIES before I started any medical treatments. Sure, I lost my hair, BUT NEVER GOT SICK. NEVER TOOK THE PHARMA-COCKTAILS that go along with the chemo! People wondered how it was that I NEVER had a BAG of DRUGS whenever I showed up for my appts……I DID IT ALL NATURALLY…

    Hmmm, now then…WHAT would these LEGISLATORS HAVE HAD ME DO? D-I-E-?!

    SHAME on them ALL! Those who try to block us and THOSE WHO LET THEM TRY!!!
    MY father was a (state) LEGISLATOR as well, and would be completely insulted and ashamed to see what’s happening today – in OUR ELECTED candidates.

    An avid and enthusiastic CAMPAIGNER,
    J’W

  • nj madison

    Health care includes healthy food; properly labeled genetically modified food; and, the encouragement of all people, especially young children and seniors to the benefits of a consistently healthy, vegetable based diet, full of variety and interest; prepared fresh as often as possible. This is the absolutely essential message that ought to get out to the people and often.

  • Cheryl Ray

    As a voting citizen and mom, I care about nutrition. GM foods ought to have NO place in our country, and at a minimum they NEED to be labeled. We ought to have the freedom to buy raw milk, freedom to garden and make choices regarding home gardening businesses without fear of gov regulations, freedom to manage our own lives, etc., and i dont see how the constitution supports any of the government’s meddling and endangering of “WE the people” and will vote accordingly.

  • Betty Owen

    If only there was the realization that food is good in and of itself. It’s a crime to add toxins to good food!!

  • http://www.ivyraye.com IVY RAYE

    I am so upset with the medical profession and their complete lack of compassion and the ability to do their job to heal me naturally instead of sending me to a psychiatrist for prescription sleeping pills after complaining of the inability to sleep for over 2 years, (now 4) due to my body no longer producing melatonin and pre and now post menopausal symptoms. I went to a family doctor, gynecologist and both prescribed anti depressants and sleeping pills which STILL haven’t helped. I have now been to two different Bio medical doctors and they have done the blood work and tests which have shown my body is not producing estrogen, progesterone, and lacking in many vitamin deficiency’s. I had to pay out of pocket for these tests when they should have been done by either of my insured doctors above. This is atrocious and I won’t be darkening these doctor’s doorsteps ever again. My money is more effective for my health with Bio Identical Hormone Replacement doctors, which regular doctors do their best to scare their patients from. Mine tried with me, but my bio identical doctor has turned my health around. I hope others wise up. Men and women, because after 50 we all need these doctors to do these tests to avoid the “mid life crises” we think we’re going through when it’s our body failing to produce the hormones, etc. Regular doctors will always be needed for surgeries, diseases, etc. So it’s not going to hurt the medical profession at all, to include these doctors in our insurance companies.

  • Charles Kazer

    Save our Health Options Please!!! Peace&Love Skip

  • Richard Otto

    No to CONTROLING natural foods of any kind! These government mandates must stop. Quit looking out for me!

  • Dorian Barth

    We should be helping people who want to be more proactive in their own health instead of blocking them. Our health costs are off the charts because of advertising and fast food and lack of education. Give people a chance to feel that their good health is not just a plus for them but for the entire country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VibrantLivingGal Tamara Roe

    Please everyone, do all you can to be proactive when it comes to our health.

  • Elizabeth O’Connor

    All of our children need fresh organic food in all of our schools. If we really believe in putting children first then they deserve the best!

  • Heinz

    GMO-laced food is deadly poison! Don’t mess with our foods and supplements! Send MONSANTO (or Monsatan) to hell!
    )

  • Suzanne Lovell

    Senator McCaskill
    I have found so many natural cures for almost any ailment My life has been changed due to natural cures Yes cures. The FDA made a ridiculous rule that nothing cures except for drugs This is an outright lie Please represent me and so many who have used natural medicine with great success. Vote for any natural health option please. So many can be cured by finding the cause and not treating symptoms and a lot of money could be saved.
    Suzanne Lovell

  • Gordon Wood

    Natural health care alternatives are good for all citizens to have access to in the U.S. marketplace, and through health insurance coverage!

    I’ve benefitted, healed better, quicker, and at lower expense the the support and care of natural health care options numerous times.

  • Stopchemtrails

    When will you focus on Weather Geoengineering, the common name chemtrails.
    This is a huge issue, in our skies daily, please get on board with this soon!!!
    Thank you~

  • Clifton Miculka

    You better start working for us instead of your own pockets! What are you going to do once the whe food supply is contaminated? Get with now!!!!

  • Frank Muniz

    Do the Right thing, allow me to eat non GMO foods, it’s bad for your health just look it up on the internet, the information is there for you to see

  • http://[email protected] Richard Chesen

    Please keep an open mind to ‘natural health.’

  • http://[email protected] Alice Ahern

    Start serving the American people vs. taking payoffs.

  • Don Somsky

    Wake up this is 2012.

  • http://www.richardawaters.com Richard Waters

    Everybody I know wants healthy food including me. How about you? Is eating pesticides OK with you? OK for our kids to eat stuff that makes them sick? Get with what the people want or get out of office.

  • F A Westphal

    Label GMO Product’s, no one want’s to eat that stuff, it will kill you. Pig’s and Cattle are smarter than people. They will smell the GMO food and run to the natural food. So in reality animal’s are smarter than the Congress who keeps allowing big Corporations to get away with out labeling the GMO food’s we eat. The geneticly modified food when tested with lab rat’s cause’s Cancer in the Rat’s. So why are the product’s we eat not labeled as GMO product’s. Is our Goverment trying to give us Cancer. There is nothing wrong with Raw Milk, when I was a young child, we alway’s drank milk that was not prossesed, and never got sick from drinking Raw Milk. People get with the program Raw Milk is not harmfull. You all must be idiot’s. Raw Milk is better for you, you need not cook the benifit’s out of it. People wake up. Stop being Idiot’s, Raw Milk is good for you.

  • Evelyn Coltman

    As U.S. citizens, we should have the right to know what we are eating, know if your foods are genetically modified, promote our own health by using natural supplements, and eat foods that have historically sustained mankind since the beginning – foods that are free of contaminants, pesticides, GMO’s, and manmade mutations. Isn’t this what freedom means?

  • daniel and Selma Kolke

    Please keep your hand off the alternative natural food. Stop the support of GMO which is a threat
    to our health as well as our Children and Grand Children’ health. We have enough rules and
    regulations, just enforce the once that we have. Please promote safe, healthy, food without
    all the chemical additives and by products. Thanks for your consideration.

  • Weatherwax

    The key to safe and effective use of alternative medicines and herbal supplements is NOT to criminalize or ban any natural substances.

    The key to SAFE AND INTELLIGENT use of such natural remedies is EDUCATION AND PROPER LABELING.

    There are thousands of OTC medications that are far more dangerous to life and health than any herbal or vitamin supplements. Even aspirin is toxic if incorrectly administered.

    STOP PANDERING TO BIG PHARMA AND TREATING AMERICANS LIKE IDIOTS.

  • Anna Redding

    Please support GMO labeling.
    PLease allow us to choose healthy foods.

  • Weatherwax

    The key to safe and effective use of alternative medicines and herbal supplements is NOT to criminalize or ban any natural substances.

    The key to SAFE AND INTELLIGENT use of such natural remedies is EDUCATION AND PROPER LABELING.

    There are thousands of OTC medications that are far more dangerous to life and health than any herbal or vitamin supplements. Even aspirin is toxic if incorrectly administered.

    STOP PANDERING TO BIG PHARMA AND TREATING AMERICANS LIKE IDIOTS.

    Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness INCLUDES the right to safe natural healthcare.

  • Rebel Clair

    You can do better!

  • http://Frommyemail Ruby Woo

    It is important that all our food should not contain chemical. We have enough cancer, diabete, hight blood pressure etc. problems. Lots of sickness is cause by the intake chemical food.

    Ruby Woo

  • Abdul Hakeem

    Leave thing the way they are for the people

  • Abdul Hakeem

    Leave thing the way they are for the people

  • Abdul Hakeem

    Leave thing the way they are for the people

  • Abdul Hakeem

    Leave thing the way they are for the people

  • Abdul Hakeem

    Leave thing the way they are for the people

  • Abdul Hakeem

    Leave thing the way they are for the people

  • Bethany Thompson

    What is wrong with these lawmakers? They should be advocating for us people and not big corporations! They don’t represent me anymore.

  • Constance Del Nero

    Back to basics! Do not adulterate our food.

  • Dorothy Morrison

    Please stop them from poisoning us.

    Peace & Love

    Dorothy Morrison

  • Carol Moff

    Hey representatives both Democrats and Republicans, you have no idea how many Americans
    are awake. We demand labeling of GMO’s and the freedom to use supplements if we choose.
    We need the supplements to combat the crap and dangerous drugs put in our food. Hands off!!

  • Jonathan Mitchell

    As an American, I have the right to choose the foods I eat–and the right to take natural dietary supplements. I want my lawmakers to do a better job and cease opposition to natural health.

  • Jacqueline Carter

    And we all know who stands in the way 99.999% of the time while claiming how “pro-life” they are: Republicans, whose action prove they’re extremely anti-life in every single thing they do. I and many others have had it with their psychoses. They need a group shrink and a lesson in humanity.

  • http://N/A Sarah Tiers

    Dear Legislators,
    Food is a source of health. In your positions, you are meant to safeguard our health, not jeopardize it. Please vote according to the best options of all, especially those who are eating.
    The top 2% of our country don’t need any more money; we need good food.

    Peace and Love,

    Sarah P. Tiers

  • David

    Neglect of the soil has “helped topple empires and wipe out entire civilizations” and care of the soil “has enabled other societies to flourish for centuries”.
    “Conquest of the Land Through 7,000 years”, Dr. Lowdermilk, Soil Conservation Service
    http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1043789.pdf

    Commercial Food:
    Food nutrient “declines of 5% to 40% or more”.
    Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition:
    What Is the Evidence? By Donald R. Davis, Journal of HortScience; February
    2009, 5 pp. http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/44/1/15
    Linked From:
    Eating Your Veggies: Not As Good For You?
    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1880145,00.html?iid=digg_share
    By M.J. Stephey Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

    Humus (hyou-mes) is the organic matter in soil.
    HAPPY HUMUS! is a guide, prayer, affirmation, and political statement that, if, when, and should be, the life in organic matter is healthy, healthy soil grows healthy plants, and we gain healthy life nourishment for healthy bodies, mind, and spirit. Hummus (humm-es) is a MidEastern food made from garbanzo beans/chick peas.

    ABOLISH THE FED!
    RETURN GLASS-STEAGALL!
    CORPORATE AS NON-PEOPLE!
    and
    GROW AND PRESERVE FOOD!

    HAPPY HUMUS!

  • H. Anne Hach

    We have far too much Federal regulation in everything. The Federal Government is in many areas where they do not belong. Health care is one of those. We could cut the cost of health care in half. Yes, we could cut our health care costs in half by getting the Federal Government out of health care completely and leaving that up to the states. This is true of all government regulations except the protection of our country by the military. Even the National Guard should not be involve in the Federal protection by the U.S. military. They are there, it is their purpose, to protect the state.

  • Jamie

    If our country’s leaders want affordable health care they should see that we have a healthy food supply and stop rolling over for big business. If everyone ate good healthy food our health care system would not be in the shape it is in now. You are what you eat. Our leaders are allowing foods that are not fit for human consumption to be marketed as eatable. It is no wonder the health care system is over whelmed. Open you eyes Washington… you are the cause and the cure!}

  • terry wilson

    what do youwant your children eating?

  • Deborah Marcus, CNC

    As citizens of the United States, we are guaranteed the freedom of speech and the pursuit of life and liberty. How can we pursue our quest for health if we are not fully informed about the quality, ingredients, and potential dangerous of the foods and water that we consume. How can we have liberty if we are denied, by the common practice of information omission, from knowing the true nutritional value (or lack thereof) of what we eat and drink. How can we freely speak out against the dangerous pollutants and lack of essential nutrients in what we consume, when full and mandatory disclosure of products are not explicit? We are prisoners of ignorance and deliberate misleading when food producers and manufacturers fail to properly label foods that have been genetically modified, exposed to pesticides, and impregnated with chemical additives that could cause health problems. We have a RIGHT to KNOW. Our government leaders need to be educated by Certified Nutritionists and not the ADA about nutrition-depleted foods and those promoting health. Only then can government officials they know how to legislate to protect us.

  • Andrew Berke

    Please do everything possible to force disclosure of GMO in all food products

  • kathy bovello

    We all have a right to know what we’re eating and taking for our health and benefit. We need to have good information, especially we need truthful labeling including GMO, We also have to use that information to find what’s best for our bodies. I strongly believe each of us has a right to pursue what we find most beneficial for ourselves.

  • Kathryn Boland

    A natural food supply is a central matter to our nation’s health, and therefore even a matter of national security. Please make ensuring it a priority in your legislative action. Thank you.

  • Mary Ann Pastore

    We deserve healthy food, the money stuffed into your pockets to side with Big Business will choke you sooner than you think. YOU and too many in CONgress are a disgrace and you will be VOTED OUT. How about if someone fed your family this crap?

  • http://annettepedersen.wordpress.com Annette Pedersen

    All of this should be no-brainers. We should get to choose our food, our drink, our health care.
    What’s up with taking that choice away?
    Why??

  • laurence trott

    I support making it easier to be informed so I can pursue a healthy lifestyle. This includes labeling which shows whether or not my food is genetically modified and making it easier for practitioners of natural medicine to practise.
    Please do all you can to support this effort.

  • http://www.originalimagesphotography.com Richard M Nemish

    Gentlemen,
    Let’s stop pandering to industries that have long been suspected of being disease promoters.
    Be pioneers in defeating disease.
    The research is there stand up to industry whose products promote poor health.

    Thank You
    Richard M Nemish

  • Bill Roseberry

    We need the broadest bio-diverse food sources possible. Pigeon holing ourselves with increasingly refined and narrowed food products is a disaster in the making. The poisons we use to treat plants is now incorporated into the foods chain…with unknown and unforeseeable consequences. Take chemical companies out of the equations!

  • http://none Lloyd Downs

    Without good health nothing happens that is worthwhiile.
    I ask you to suppoort good health.

  • Cynthia Mac Farland

    We need to have natural health!!

  • Allen Rozelle

    Not EVERYTHING in medecine has to come from pharmaceuticals with lobbyists.

  • Thomas

    What these so called representatives are doing is reprehensible and inecscusable. Denying ANY citizen of their access to unprocessed, raw food and even nutritional suppliments is dictatorial and evil. Motivated by greed they look the other way on pharmacuticals that are destroyinh peoples health and killing 100,000 people a year, yet they want to deny acces to the healthiest foods on the planet. Ungodly, evil, dispicable is the only words to describe what they are doing. They will never be able to justify their actions by comparing outcomes of natural vs. chemical. They do not deserve the office they hold because they are abusing it. God have mercy on them when they face Him. The time will come to repay their deeds.

  • http://RobertRossBand.com Robert Ross

    There no chance in Washington, I mean Hell, that alternative healing modalities will ever be included in any Congressional health care reform bill now and forever. In addition, our Corporate Congress has their little troll hearts set on outlawing alternative remedies and natural nutrition too. They allow and profit from the destruction of the food, the water, the air, and the planet. The agenda of Congress guarantees that the “food like substance” manufacturers, the GMO industry and the toxic chemical industry will continue to reap billions while creating as many terminally ill Americans as the medical establishment can butcher, poison, and burn.

  • Rhonda Lynn

    I have autoimmune illnesses which “traditional western medicine” can’t do much for. I depend greatly on nutritional supplements to function. The way the world is now most of us cannot grow our own food. Some of us can grow some food for ourselves but even so, the soil no longer has the richness it used to so nutritional supplements are an absolute necessity for health.
    Pharmaceutical makers have only one interest: making more money. Aside from some antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals, pharmaceuticals are only designed to control &/or lessen symptoms -they DO NOT CURE anything. That’s the twisted thing about Big Pharma, they don’t have MY HEALTH in mind. I want as little to do with them as possible. I will fight tooth and nail to protect my health, the health of those I love, and everyones’ right to unfettered access to nutritional supplements. All of which are an integral part of our right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

  • Mark Holoubek

    Please keep GMO’s labeled and protect original heritage seeds and plants as they were, free. Free of GMO cross pollination, free of corporate manipulation. GMO’s may possibly be more disease and drought resistant, HOWEVER THEY COME AT THE COST OF PLANT DIVERSITY AND CORPORATE CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE FOOD CHAIN FOR PROFIT. Wake up and look at the big picture, not the size of corporate pocket books.

  • Fernando Craff

    Get rid of all those corrupt politicians. We need to replace the majority of congress people and senators. Get back to our principles, where is our freedom to choose the treatments we want?. Why does the FDA have to impose how we should be treated?. People should have the right to chose a natural treatment of their choice without any harassment from the medical establishment or the FDA.

  • Sam

    Health care is giving life but lack thereof is giving death.

  • Melvin R. Nieuwsma

    I’m sure you can do better

  • JK

    The FDA is so caught up in chemical farming, factory farming, GMOs, etc. They must be being paid off! At any rate, they are trying to limit our freedoms: to know what we are eating, to use natural health care of all kinds, and to choose what type of food we eat, including raw milk (all deaths from milk were from pasteurized milk!), truly organic foods rather than those the government chooses to call organic, and farmers’ maket foods.

  • http://none mahlon Andrews

    I think its about time for you people in Washington to MIND YOUR OWN BIZ. Leave us alone and in Peace. Thank you, M

  • Jeanne Denning

    Please allow me to choose the food I want to eat.

  • Dave Kisor

    With a government like this, who needs an enemy? They still want to transmogrify pizza into a vegetable because it has tomato, which is a fruit. Grade D in Biology. Agricultural soils are depleted, so I take liquid colloidial minerals. A suppliment! Oh horrors. I’m taking another suppliment with an unexpected result. Parts of me don’t hurt so bad any more. While a few have bad side effects from natural supplements, many thousands die from pharmaceuticals, but that might hurt their mega profits. Pharmaceuticals destroyed my Mom. Twelve pills, three times daily and she was given side effectitis. Now we have tumor causing GMOs. Growers want tp protect their crops, but by now, the so called food is slow death. Our government is supposed to protect us from this, but instead you side with the enemy.

  • ESTELLE

    IT WOULD GET LOTS MORE RESPONSES TO SENATORS ETC IF YOU PROVIDED CLICKABLE EMAIL LINKS TO ALL THE APPROPRIATE LEGISLATORS FOR PEOPLE TO CLICK ON TO LEAVE THEM MESSAGES AND ASK THEM TO LEAVE OUR SUPPLEMENTS ALONE AND OTHER CONCERNS. HOW ABOUT IT? I THINK ITS A GREAT IDEA. WILL TAKE MORE TIME FOR YOU BUT WILL PRODUCE MUCH MORE RESULTS. MANY PEOPLE ARE TOO BUSY OR LAZY TO FIND THE ADDRESSES TO WRITE TO AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO GO ABOUT IT. THANKS FOR THE WORK YOU DO. KEEP IT UP AND POWER TO YOU.
    SORRY I ONLY SAW YOUR REQUEST TO NOT TYPE IN CAPS AFTER I TYPED IT. NOT EVERYONE CONSIDERS IT SHOUTING. I ALWAYS DO THIS BECAUSE I TYPE FASTER THIS WAY WITH ONE FINGER AND DONT HAVE TO KEEP PRESSING THE SHIFT KEY. SORRY. SINCERELY, ESTELLE

    • http://www.anh-usa.org ANH-USA

      Hi Estelle–Thank you for your message! To send an email to the legislators above, simply click on their names. That will take you to a page where you can submit your thoughts and comments. Thanks again for reading!

  • Stefan Kozinski

    What do any of you opponents to basic human and ecological health gain, even personally, by opposing and hindering so many measures and movements which promote sustainable life on our planet? Are you enemies of planet Earth and of life itself? You can start doing better by asking yourself this question and answering it honestly for a change.

  • Dewayne

    Thats the problem with these rich people they cant ever get enough. They wii risk almost anything to make another dollar and the cant spend in a life time what they have now.

  • Susan Jacoby

    Odd that so many democrats are opposed to supplements.
    Very odd, very suspicious. that we would have our freedoms
    of choice denied is suspect. Who is paying who I wonder.
    I have thrived on my herbal supplements of which I have
    extensive knowledge and experience for the last
    30 years and which was a large part of my remaining
    healthy and avoiding many unnecessary medical
    interventions. I am saddened by these views.
    Might I have to switch sides in the election, as
    I cannot imagine living without my herbs.
    This is the intelligent, sentient democratic party?
    Please educate yourselves, and be not influenced
    by big Pharma, Ama and others.

  • jeffrey thomas

    stop infringing upon my rights as an informed consumer for the sake of your wealth.

  • MaryAnn Ellison

    We do not need to have our health choices restricted by those with conflicts of interest.

  • http://naturalishealth.com Angie Absten

    Thanks all that support the GMO crops because they in turn cause cancer and that is big business.

  • http://naturalishealth.com Angie Absten

    Thanks all that support the GMO crops because they in turn cause cancer and that is big business.

  • http://naturalishealth.com Angie Absten

    Thanks all that support the GMO crops because they in turn cause cancer and that is big business.

  • http://naturalishealth.com Angie Absten

    Thanks all that support the GMO crops because they in turn cause cancer and that is big business.

  • http://naturalishealth.com Angie Absten

    Thanks all that support the GMO crops because they in turn cause cancer and that is big business.

  • http://naturalishealth.com Angie Absten

    Thanks all that support the GMO crops because they in turn cause cancer and that is big business.

  • Adam Blumenthal

    Our health starts with the food and nutrients we put into our bodies each day. Americans take better preventative care of their automobiles than their bodies! We need to make a change. Thanks

  • robert smistik

    Tell Congressional Legislators Blocking Natural Health: “You Can Do Better!”

    September 25, 2012
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    Part two of our series looking at how senators and representatives fare on important health issues. Action Alert!

    With elections in just a few weeks, we’re reviewing which legislators have been good on our issues—and which have dropped the ball. (As we did last week, we’ve indicated with an asterisk those legislators who are up for reelection.)

    As before, we assess our elected officials according to their activity in three important issue areas: your right to access natural health options; your right to choose toxic-free food and drink; and your right to the healthy food of your choice.

    Action Alert! If your senator or representative is listed below, click the link in their name to send them a “You can do better!” message, and tell them how much their support of natural health issues means to you! (Don’t know who your representative is? Click here to find out!)

    Your Right to Access Natural Health Options

    For example, did they fight the Free Speech About Science Act, support the FDA’s Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDI), and support Sen. Durbin’s anti-supplement amendment?

    Senate: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the disastrous Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, and Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Jeff Bingaman* (D-NM), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ben Cardin* (D-MD), Kent Conrad (DNL-ND), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirstin Gillibrand* (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar* (D-MN), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John McCain (R-AZ), Claire McCaskill* (D-MO), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Jim Webb (D-VA) all supported it. Even some senators whom we praised last week for their stance on toxic-free food and drink supported this dreadful bill: Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein* (D-CA), and Bernie Sanders* (I-VT).

    When the bill didn’t go anywhere, Sen. Durbin tried to sneak some of the bill’s provisions into an FDA bill as an amendment, which was defeated through an outpouring of grassroots activism from people like you.

    Sen. Leahy tried to revive his own bill from last year by attaching an amendment to the Farm Bill. It too was defeated.

    House: We’d like to draw special attention to Representatives Henry Waxman* (D-CA) and John Dingell* (D-MI), who have always been especially antagonistic toward nutritional supplements. Rep. Waxman tried to oppose DSHEA when it…

  • Patricia Stuut

    The necessity of Americans to have to actually fight for the right to keep poison out of our food and water makes me want to move to another country.

  • Elaine Finase

    All opposers are democrats? Whose side are you on? Drug companies?

  • http://ANH-USA.com Joyce Crowley

    we don’t want any GMO’S as it has been proven to cause cancer. and we want the right to choose what supplements we want.

  • Carlene Quinn

    I deserve to be able to access the food of my choice that is healthiest for me and my family.

  • bruce

    The solution is simple. Just do your job for the people and remember your sacred task. Re frame your intention, and be about the highest good. Release the adulterated intention that you have been groomed to accept by Big Ag and special interests, and represent the people of the USA.

    • bruce

      Good to go.

  • Millie

    It is time the American people start standing up for what is right!! It is also time for our government leaders to quit being greedy and start looking out for our health!

    • Susan

      I feel that people are starting to wake up to the reality that is all about the greed of money. It’s not their fault that they’d been duped into brainlessness, the Sheeple mentality, blind followers. We’ve all been led to believe and trust in our elected officials. But alas, our elected officials aren’t working for us they’ve been bought and paid for by big industry. This country (and the planet for that matter) is run by big multinational corporations, among them is BIG CANCER. Industry run, everything, and when you start to get it you really get it. It’s only and all about MONEY.

  • aj

    hi

    how are you . i think we have right to choose our vitamins suppliments .i can not allow any body

    to take our right so please you can have our support . if you like we can send our messege to congreshnal or state legislator .please send me your advice whom we can send our concern or messege .

    thanks

    • http://www.anh-usa.org ANH-USA

      Hi Aj–Thanks for your comment! To send a message to your Member of Congress or Senator, simply click on their name above. This will take you to a new page where you can send your message. Thanks again for reading!

  • Thomas Fusco

    I use natural and when possible organic supplements, I look for GMO free foods and eat as much organic foods as I can find. DO NOT mess with my right, go pick on the corporations. Oh wait then they won’t give you your blood money to get re-elected to a job that you spend less then 50% of your time doing the peoples for 100% of your pay.

  • Debbie

    @ Thomas Fusco – Please don’t rely on any label that says “Natural.” It has no meaning whatsoever. They can label something that is composed completely of chemicals as “natural” simply because there is no universal definition for “natural” within the FDA or USDA. However, if you are buying natural, unprocessed, locally grown fresh fruits and veggies, then kudos to you!

    • Rebecca Petrovic

      @ Debbie… Of course they have a definition for “Natural.” That definition is something that already exists, not artificially created by man. But, arsenic and cyanide are “Natural” aren’t they… I sure don’t wish to consume them… Oh yeah, and so are feces!!

  • http://n/a Christopher Hathaway

    Your hands should be kept off of food supplements. The same goes for organic food and raw milk. Sen. Durbin’s disastrous provision for regulating them must die and never be born again. I don’t understand his motivation in pressing for this. Nanny government is not something we need or want.

  • Robert Hoekstra

    I oppose any attempt by the government to limit our choices in a free market society. We need to be able to make decisions ourselves based on what we think best suits our needs. Government does not need to step in and tell us how to run our lives. What we need is access to reliable information that provides us with the facts about the food we eat, the drugs pharmaceutical companies tell us to take, and all the other things we rely on on a daily basis. If government can do that for us, then it’s doing it’s job.

  • Debbie Starks

    I don’t have a problem with you making GMO foods, that’s your right & choice. But I do have a problem with you not labeling that so that I can have my right to choose what I buy & eat or take in in supplements/vitamins. Just be open & honest about it. What are you all trying to hide? I’m trying to take care of my body/health & I want the right/freedom to choose how I do that, not you or anyone else telling me. Do you want me to tell you what you can & cannot eat, supplements you have to take etc? Of course not !

    • Kenneth Shonk

      The problem with GMO’s is that most GMO crops are made to use with proprietary pesticides and herbicides like Monsanto’s soybean and corn with Round-Up (glysophate). The glysophate then contaminates the run-off from the fields and gets in the the water supply. Glysophate causes genetic damage at levels of 1 ppm and lower. In addition, for many GMO’s, since the gene is part of mitochondrial DNA, it can be transferred to other organisms. An example is the Bt toxin gene which has been shown to transfer to gut bacteria which means that the bacteria in your gut can sit there for the rest of your life producing Bt toxin, which is not good for humans as well as insects. Insects, however, have short lifespans and will rapidly develop resistance as is the case already which means that now there are even problems with using a Bt bacteria spray (it can be wash off easily and so is less problematic). In addition, changing one gene almost always results iin a wide variety of brand new proteins being produced that represent potential allergans and whose interaction with other life (humans for example) is unknown.

  • Jon

    Folks:The status of your health is absolutely of no consequence to our lawmakers in Washington; they are there for money and power. It should concern them, however, that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find young men and women healthy enough to serve in the military. This situation can be directly attributed to the garbage being foisted off on us by the food industry and our (uninformed) choices in the marketplace.

  • http://awesomeargos.com William Athan

    As I am A Taoist/Buddhist Master of meditation chi gong and kung fu, This plan to undo my access to the traditional herbs used in the religious practices must be viewed as a direct violation of my Constitutional right to practice my religion!

  • Anne Zerrilla

    It is not a coincidence that now medical doctors are admitting that research supports supplementation to support the body. For example, Vitamin D in higher doses then the FDA suggests is now widely believed to help such diseases as Multiple Sclerosis. We don’t need big government controlling how we choose to treat ourselves. It’ our decision if we want to treat ourselves or support our bodies with supplementation. I find it slanted that pharmaceuticals, just listen to the advertisements on t.v., can get away with major side effects everyday but supplements are being attacked. It seems there is a conflict of interest on whose interests certain legislators support. Maybe special interest have swayed people in leglislation so we have to eat GMO food, food sprayed with Agent Orange a known carcinogen (that’s the latest legislation proposed, carcinogens spayed on our strawberries to mention a few. Whose interest exactly are our legislators and FDA looking out for anyway. Not mine…

    • Kenneth Shonk

      If you haven’t figured it out yet, here is howi it works. The major agribusiness feed us unnutritous food full of toxins. The toxins gives us debilitasting “life style” illnesses mostly starting at age 50 that require a 20-30 years of medications to keep a person on life support all the while draining the average person of their accummulated life savings and then their draw on public funds. The pharma companies make out like bandits selling the drugs. The researchers at universities cry for more research funds ti “cure” the diseases and when them come up with promising approaches for treating lifestyle diseases like cancer (example, ECYT whose folic acid receptor drugs orginate from research at Purdue Univ.), they leave the university and the research out to a public company withe researcher at the helm. The researcher becomes wealthy on the IPO. The politicians who are aligned with the agribusinesses and pharma companies and provide subsides for productuib of non-nutritous starchy foods that spike insulin levels and promote regulatory approval for toxic food additives, pesticides, and herbicides (aspartame, glysoshate, fluoridated water, etc.) that cause cancer, HBP, obesity, neurologic diseases, mental retardation, etc. get preferred access to the IPO. If the new appproach proves a success, a big pharma company buys the little company. The researcher gets rich, the politician gets rich, the pharma company executives and salespeople get rich pumping the new drug even if no better than the old drug. The pharma company “educates” MD’s and health care practioners in the use of the new drug. Its put in the medical school curriculums.. The AMA makes the durg part of the “standared of care” that means thart if a doctor doesn’t follow it, the doc is censured or license is revoked. This forces them to toe the line even if they know there are alternatives. The “health care industry” becomes the only growth industry and a major source of tax revenue much to the politician’s benefit who then promise a “War on Canncer” and more research funding. Its a great system for those in the know and control a valve on hteh pipeline to exappropriate the average person’s wealth in their last 5 years of life before they die so that they can’t pass it onto their heirs. If also is a great way to raid the public treasury, all in the guise of “public safety and health”. Just a note: this system wasn’t designed, it evolved over many years since…

  • Donna Mae

    It is our God given right to choose natural substances and food supplies for good health. I believe in the Hippocrates Oath — “Let food be your medicine, medicine be your food.”; also “First do no harm.”. Most pharmaceutical drugs casue great harm to people’s health and FDA is in bed with them to support mass usage of such toxic drugs. When one takes a drug and gets side effects, a doc would prescribe other drugs to counteract it, when that happens, one can take mulltiple number and is toxic to the body. This is not the answer for good health. I say let food and natural substances to treat diseases. We need to clean up and hold natural foods as sacred resources. Its a no wonder we have an epidemic of disease proliferating and docs are not keeping and advising patients to change lifestyle. Too many convenience foods with toxic and unnatural substances are being added. I seed to keep foods pure from adulterations so everyone can have good health again. Lets keep it that way as has been provided in nature in its pure form. Earth’s wisdom in the anwer to what ails us.

  • concerned citizen

    To interfere with human health and the free choices therein, resting with each individual human being, ought to be legislated on a par with violent crime. It surely is a crime, a violent one, by any moral standard.