Assault Against Truth In Dietary Supplement Labels Must Be Stopped
By James Donahue
With all of the problems inherited by President
Barack Obama, we recognize that it may take his administration some time to expose the many layers of corruption imposed by
the Bush gang and administrations before that, and because of lobbying by big business.
Among the many “wrongs” screaming
for repair is the rule imposed by Big Pharma and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the dietary supplement industry that
prohibits the publication of possible benefits gained by consuming various vitamins, minerals, mushrooms and other natural
This rule has been so strictly enforced that
the commission has established its own form of a police force, complete with judge and jury to deal with offenders. A report
in Natural News noted that the FTC judges in a “private” kangaroo court in Washington, D.C. “render decisions
against (dietary supplement companies) without using any commonly-accepted legal standards . . . It is essentially a military
court where you are considered guilty until proven innocent.”
Does this sound familiar?
The Natural News report stated that during
2008 the FTC sent threatening demands to 130 companies selling dietary supplements, and specifically targeted organizations
selling anti-cancer supplements. These supplements were probably not touted as cancer cures, but merely things like designed
to help build the human immune system or increase the bulk in the foods eaten so proper functioning of the body would reduce
the risk of cancer.
Combinations like saw palmetto, stinging
nettle and lycopene have been shown to improve bladder function in older men. And glucosamine and chondroitin are promoted
as supplements that help repair cartilage between aging bone joints.
Indeed, there is a long list of natural supplements,
including marijuana, that have been found to help keep the body operating smoothly and preventing frequent costly trips to
a doctor’s office. After nearly every trip to see a doctor, we find ourselves depleting our bank accounts buying prescription
medicines that sometimes cause more harm than good.
That I have dared to post such information
in this story probably makes me a violator of federal law. If my stories stop flowing in the next few days, it may mean that
I too have been apprehended by the FTC police and stripped of my right to free speech.
The twisted law gives the FTC the right to
confiscate banking and financial records, drag the violator into court, confiscate inventory, and toss the offender in prison.
This is all done by a kangaroo court which operates outside the laws of the land.
Natural News called the FTC’s actions
“a form of regulatory terrorism” and “a quest to destroy the nutritional supplements industry.” The
story warned that there appears to be a designed effort to thrust “the American people into an era of nutritional illiteracy
that would put them at the sole mercy of the conventional (pharmaceutical) industry. This, in turn, would promote the conventional
medical treatments for such things as cancer that offer poison, surgery and radiation, all earning high profits for the cancer
Of course the argument supporting the FTC
clamp-down is that the claims by nutritional supplement shops are not based on scientific study and that none of the supplements
have been approved by the government for medical use. This is a shallow argument. There has been nothing to stop the Food
and Drug Administration from testing these supplements, and in some cases, they have been tested and found worthy.
The other argument by the nutritional supplement
industry is that these products have never been offered as a cure for anything. It is known that when people believe something
is making them healthy, even if it is no more than a placebo, they are generally living in good health.
This writer dares at this point to boast
that we have been a regular consumer of Vitamin C. And we can safely say that we have not suffered either a cold or a bout
of influenza for at least the last 20 of those years. Was it the vitamin, or just a mental refusal to allow disease to ruin
my days? At any rate, we are a strong supporter of nutritional supplements and we hope Obama will uncover this wicket layer
of the evil onion very soon.
It would seem that the high ranking officials
of the FTC would know that what they are doing is wrong and clean up their own dung heap before Obama has to do it for them.
If you think this could not happen in America,
guess again. This is how close we came to total tyranny under the presidency of George W. Bush. For many caught up in the
insane War Against Terror, War on Drugs, or the undeclared Wars Against Dietary Supplements and Alternative Fuels and Carbon
Emission Control, the federal police were already at the cusp. The election of Obama appears to have happened in the nick