Make a difference in 3 steps
1) arm yourself with the facts
2) ask your elected officials for help
3) tell your friends to do the same
Unless we are vigilant and proactive, our right to choose non-pharmacological treatment modalities WILL be hijacked. The FDA, some members of Congress, and an international treaty are pushing for regulations, laws, and additional enforcement powers that will prevent everyone but huge multi-national pharmaceutical and agri-chemical companies from producing or selling many natural foods and dietary supplements.
Currently, the FDA has complete authority to immediately stop the sale of and recall any foods or drugs it deems as unsafe. Further implementation of their proposed "standards" and multi-million dollar approval processes will limit the production and sales of many foods and supplements to a handful of very large multinational corporations. In addition, many herbal, vitamin, and mineral supplements may be available by prescription only, if at all.
Experience proves that if enough people act, this encroachment can be stopped and perhaps reversed. In 1994 the FDA was moving to destroy the dietary supplement industry by redefining its own authority. The public outcry against the FDA's gestapo-like raids and new enforcement policies was so great that Congress received a record-breaking quantity of mail in a very short period of time. As a result, Congress passed the The Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) that has protected many of our freedoms until now.
What you can do...
First, get informed. Find out about Codex Alimentarius. Use this website and others to stay current with pending legislation and recent FDA actions. Often these stories will suggest steps of action. Once you are armed with information, contact your elected government officials, voice your concerns and ask them to work on your behalf.
To obtain the address, phone numbers, fax number, and email addresses of your Senators and Representative Click Here. A new page will open. Fill in your street address, city and state to get the information you need.
When you contact your elected governmental officials remember the following:
- At the top of your correspondence or beginning of your phone conversation, make sure you identify yourself as one of the official's constituents and include address and zip code.
- Present your concern and specify what action you would like in a very concise and polite way. If sending an email, avoid using ALL CAPS, use proper titles, and use words like please and thank you.
- Do not simply copy a "talking points" letter or email. Use your own words.
- Make sure to follow up with a "thank you" for any positive cooperation.