EMERGENCY ALERT: HOUSE DEMOCRATS SELLING OUT DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
By Byron J. Richards, CCN
July 10, 2007
Update, July 10, noon – HR.2900 is now scheduled to be voted on in the House on Wednesday, July 11. It is imperative to keep up the pressure in the action steps contained below so that the bill can be amended to prevent the FDA from obtaining unprecedented regulatory power to remove dietary supplements from the market based on FDA opinion.
On Tuesday, July 10, the house plans 40 minutes of testimony on HR.2900 (the companion to S.1082 which has already passed the Senate), followed by a forced vote. House democrats are seeking to ramrod this legislation through without allowing any debate or amendments. Immediate consumer action must be taken on or before the morning of July 10 to stop this bill from moving forward with its attack on your right to have access to a wide variety of dietary supplements.
The problem for the dietary supplements is that HR.2900/S.1082, as written, gives the FDA broad new power to evaluate dietary supplements using drug-related risk benefit analysis and thereby remove any dietary supplement from the market at its whim. At the same time, this legislation turns the FDA into a quasi drug company, allowing it to work in partnership with Big Pharma and Big Biotech to develop, patent, license, and market the next generation of drugs. The unelected bureaucrats of the FDA have demonstrated time and time again that they will abuse their power to defend Big Pharma and stamp out its competition (dietary supplements and alternative health options). HR.2900 grants the FDA the ability to do this based entirely on opinion.
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), presidential candidate for 2008, stands ready to defend your health freedom. Working closely with the grassroots and noted health freedom attorney, Jonathan Emord, Ron Paul is ready to introduce amendments to HR.2900 that are vital for the protection of your access to safe and effective dietary supplements- and preventing the FDA from running wild with unprecedented new regulatory power.
However, the House leadership is seeking to prevent Ron Paul from introducing these amendments by forcing a vote on the legislation without any debate or amendments. This is a political game to circumvent the constitutional process and to deny the voice of the people.
What to Do
The following message must be communicated to the House leadership and to your own Representative: “Please remove HR.2900 from the Suspension Calendar so that it can be brought up under a regular order so it can be properly debated and amendments can be made. As it stands S.1082/HR.2900 poses a significant threat to natural health options and allows the FDA unprecedented new regulatory power thorough the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA. It enables the FDA to brand dietary supplements as unsafe based on drug-related risk benefit analysis, when in fact such dietary supplements are safe at the commonly consumed doses as instructed in the labeling. Certainly you are not intending to give the FDA the power, based on FDA opinion, to deny consumers access to dietary supplements that over 150 million Americans rely on for health. HR.2900 must be amended to prevent this flagrant abuse of power.”
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Byron J. Richards, Founder/Director of Wellness Resources, is a Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist and nationally-renowned health expert, radio personality, and educator. He is the author of Mastering Leptin, The Leptin Diet, and Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America.
Richards encourages individuals to take charge of their health, stand up for their health rights, and not blindly succumb to propaganda from the vested-interests who profit from keeping Americans sick. As founder of Wellness Resources, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN, an independently-owned fine-quality dietary supplement company since 1985, he has personally developed 75 unique nutraceutical-grade nutritional formulas. www.wellnessresources.com
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the House leadership is seeking to prevent Ron Paul from introducing these amendments by forcing a vote on the legislation without any debate or amendments. This is a political game to circumvent the constitutional process and to deny the voice of the people.