TWO MIGHTY TIMBERS FALL
Two extraordinary people passed away this month. Both were scions in the dietary supplement field and both were men of integrity and courage who harbored a great love of liberty and freedom of choice. They are Robert D. Irons, who died on July 1, and Clinton Ray Miller, who died on July 24. I had the great fortune of knowing them both. The world is a better place because of them.
Robert D. Irons died much too young at the age of 38, yet his contributions to nutrition science exceed his years. Robert was a doctor of nutritional immunology, having obtained that degree from the University of Missouri. He did his post-doctoral work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He was entirely absorbed in the quest to discover which nutrients and combination of nutrients and which health modalities would best reduce the incidence of disease and increase longevity and quality of life.
Robert was the son of the world renowned nutrition pioneer and health freedom advocate Victor Earl Irons who predeceased Robert and of Victor’s wife Julia Irons who runs the company, V.E. Irons Inc., that his father founded. The chief scientist at V.E. Irons until his passing, Robert helped the company expand its product line to embrace additional health enhancing products. His legacy will always be a part of that remarkable company.
I had the privilege of conversing with Robert on important issues of law and science, because I represent V.E. Irons Inc. I found Robert exceptionally bright but humble. He was a man possessed of compassion, with keen insight, common sense, and a fervent desire to help mankind more than improve his own lot in life. He was a great man. He will be sorely missed.
Clinton Ray Miller rose to prominence during the earliest days of the health freedom movement. He was a lobbyist but an atypical one. Companies did not hire Clinton because he would do their bidding no matter what. Companies hired Clintononly if they agreed with him, because he certainly would not divorce himself from his fundamental beliefs for profit. Indeed, Clinton Ray Miller is one the nation’s greatest advocates of freedom of informed choice in the health arena. His effectiveness is in no small measure due to the fact that everyone knew him to be entirely sincere. He was well recognized on Capitol Hill with fans on both sides of the aisle, impressed by his commitment, drive, and depth of character.
The owner of one of the nation’s first health food bakeries in the 1950’s, Clinton believed to his core in the science of natural foods and supplements. He waged a 17 year battle to block congressional attempts to place statutory limits on the quantities of vitamins and minerals that could be sold in the market, culminating in the passage of the Proxmire amendment which forbids such limits. He also proved instrumental in the campaign to pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.
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I will remember Clinton most for his sage presentations at the Health Freedom Expo and his never ending kindness and integrity. He was an early ally of Dr. Wendell Whitman, himself a pioneer in the development of alternative medicine and natural health. Clinton was a perennial and beloved speaker at the expos. Quick to disabuse audiences of false or misleading notions, he was also equally quick to rise in defense of principles of freedom and those who waged the good fight. He had a distinguished career in the military, was an adored father, was kind to a fault, and lived in perfect accord with the Golden Rule. He never uttered a harsh, insensitive or profane word. He believed in justice and was no respecter of persons, to quote biblical passage; in other words, there was no prejudice or guile in him. He never imbibed in alcohol or drugs. He was possessed of a natural leadership quality, a grandeur, a polite presence, and love. When we would meet, he never failed to inquire about my family with a sincere interest. He loved children. To say Clinton Miller was a gentleman in every respect is a gross understatement. He will be sorely missed.
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