Infringement on Health Freedom: How far will it go?

Guidelines have been drafted by the FDA to regulate the Industry of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Why are they doing this? Well according to them its because the NCCAM (National Center for Complimentary and Alternatice Medicine), says that 1/3 of American adults are now using some form of CAM and visits to CAM are now exceeding visits to primary care physicians. (Yea Natural Health!) There has also been an increase in imported products associated with CAM. Whch for others translates into the parmaceutical companies are loosing money and are lobbying for these regulations to pass. As for the FDA Act and Public Health Service (PHS) Act, any cosmetics, devices, dietary supplements, drugs, food and food additives are regulated by the FDA. Which means that the massage given to the patient cannot be regulated but the oil, rocks or table you use can be. Something is considered to be a drug or medical device if it is used in the “diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in man or animal.” Which is fine in some senses, not everyone should be able to use accupunture needles, but what does it mean for raw juices. A direct quote from the draft discusses the direct effect on raw juices: “If a person decides to produce and sell raw vegetable juice for use in juice therepy to promote optimal health, that product is a food subject to the requirements for foods in the Act and FDA regulations, including the Hazard Analysis and Crital Control Point (HACCP) system requirements for juices in 21 CFR part 120. If the juice therepy is intended for use as part of the disease treatment regimen instead of general wellness, the vegetable juice would also be subject to regulation as a drug under the act.” The HACCP system includes the requirement of pasteurization of all bottled juices which is the reason why if you are doing a juice fast, it’s important to juice your own fruits and veggies as the pasteurization killls the living enzymes in the juices (basically all the nutritional value) So, what does this mean? Consumer health advocate Mike Adams in his article, Health Freedom Action Alert: FDA attempting to regulate supplements, herbs and juices., says that these products like nutritional supplements, herbs, essential oils, homeopathic medicines, vegetable juices, and massage rocks may actually be outlawed and “regulated out of existence” and calls for us to write a letter to the FDA against this attempt at regulation. I wanted to do my own investigation so I called the office to ask them what it meant. I talked to Andre Perlloni, Consumer Safety Officer at the FDA. He told me that they are just guidelines which already exist and are put out just to remind the companies that sell these products and have no legal binding. That makes more sense. I can’t see the American people allowing the outlaw of the herbs, oils and massage rocks which even if they don’t help you certainly won’t hurt you. Especially when there are over the counter drugs which are way harmful and easily available. So for now you can still go buy your favorite lavender essential oil and use it to help your insomnia and feel good that you can take care of your own health. I truly believe that more and more people are awakening and if nothing else alternative medicine will become even more readily available as companies try to keep up with the demand. What do you think?

here are some links as well as the address to contact the FDA:

http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/06d-0480-gld0001.pdf (The FDA Article)

http://www.newstarget.com/021789.html (Article by Mike Adams)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5266884912495233634

(Video on regulation of natural products)

Adress to send a letter:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

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2 responses to “Infringement on Health Freedom: How far will it go?

  1. I’ve been trying to stay informed about this but there is so much info and conflicting reports…it’s so sad. What will they try to control next, eh? They must be afraid the DRUG COMPANIES will go out of business if more people turn to natural alternatives.

    I’ve taken B12 for 18 years…it’s stupid they are trying to get me to have a DOCTOR to prescribe that for me! Just another way to get $ in the doctors pockets as well as the BIG PHARM. COMPANIES….blah.

    It’s strange how many people get sick and DIE each year from PHARM. Companies Drugs. The numbers are significantly less for those who use natural alternatives…

    I could vent on this MORE but won’t…

    Thanks for posting!

  2. special k

    this makes me sick (no pun intended.)

    i went to allopathic doctors for years, and suffered even worse health due to the use of their prescribed chemical drugs and procedures.
    so much of america is over-medicated on chemicals of which the long-term effects are unknown.
    it sounds as if, through regulating natural remedies, the FDA is guaranteeing more money for allopathic doctors and drug companies.
    on a related note…it scares me that so many doctors are just “in it for the money.” that’s about the best way to guarantee someone will be unhappy and underperform at their job. that should give anyone pause.

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