If the FDA has its way, your favorite supplements will begin to disappear in a few weeks. The FDA has proposed new guidelines for supplements that may pull all but the weakest, least-effective supplements off the market as early as this December.
According to these guidelines, the FDA will have to put its stamp of approval on almost every supplement on the market. Supplement companies will have to spend millions of dollars to submit applications to the FDA for approval. And, as you’ll soon see, there’s no guarantee the FDA will ever approve any of the applications.
The FDA is telling the public that these new regulations apply only to “new” nutrients. However, there aren’t any “new” nutrients. Remember, the nutrients in supplements are substances that occur in nature. This is what differentiates them from drugs. They aren’t man-made chemicals. And people have used these products for generations. The only thing new about supplements is the scientific methods of extraction, the dosages, and the combinations. As our science improves, our ability to leverage nature improves. And the effectiveness of our supplements improves.
So the FDA isn’t really attacking “new” substances. It’s simply attacking the scientific advancements we’ve made in the area of natural health. This is as ridiculous as saying the earth is flat and putting a stamp of approval on it!
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If these proposed guidelines become permanent regulations, the FDA will have the tools it needs to ban almost all of your favorite products. This would include products like probiotics, resveratrol, PectaSol, and Alginol. It also would include new forms of certain nutrients, such as Ubiquinol (CoQ10), tocotrienols, and lipoceuticals.
Why? Simply because science has found a better way to deliver these nutrients. Advanced Memory Formula, for example, has a fruit extract with European studies on safety and efficacy going back two decades. Remember, this is fruit we’re talking about here. Not a manmade chemical. But because we just recently introduced it into the U.S., Advanced Bionutritionals will have to submit an application to the FDA for approval. And the FDA may never give its approval, forcing this incredibly effective memory-enhancer off the market forever.
As if that weren’t bad enough, the FDA would have to approve other common nutrients. You would think minerals like magnesium, boron, copper, and others would already have the FDA’s approval. Technically, they have approved their basic form. But the highly absorbable and far superior amino acid chelate forms of these minerals, like those in Healthy Resolve and Bone Support, are “new” and, therefore, subject to approval.
The guidelines also force any supplement sold in what the FDA considers “high doses” to go through the approval process. Remember, the FDA considers anything over the RDA to be “high doses,” so most supplements would require approval.
It gets worse. The guidelines also could apply to any change in dosage that’s occurred in the last 17 years. So if a product raised its dosage of vitamin C from 500 mg to 1,000 mg, that product will likely have to go through the approval process as well. So now we see the real scope of these guidelines. They could force almost every supplement off the market. The only ones you’ll be able to find are those with the antiquated RDAs. Amazingly, any synthetic supplement, such as those sold by the drug companies, are exempt from these guidelines.
The FDA is saying these guidelines won’t force any supplements off the market. But that’s not true. Any supplement a company submits for approval must be removed from the market for 75 days or until the FDA grants approval – whichever is longer. Once the FDA has the application, the guidelines don’t force the FDA to approve the supplement on any schedule. So the product could remain off the market indefinitely!
The truth is we can’t trust the FDA. These guidelines are a direct contradiction to the mandate given the FDA by Congress. The FDA has proven it is a rogue agency obsessed with banning supplements one way or another.
Friend, this is a serious threat to your health! You already know how great supplements are for your health. Our bodies need as many nutrients as we can give them. And supplements are the safest way to get ample amounts. While supplements should never replace a healthy diet, this fact remains: supplements are safer than food. We hear about food-related deaths regularly. But supplement-related deaths are almost non-existent.
In 2008, the Poison Control Centers confirmed this. The government organization reported zero supplement-related deaths. In other words, while drugs were killing over 106,000 people that year, not one single person died because of a supplement. In 2009, only one person died from a supplement-related problem. And the Poison Control Center doesn’t tell us what that supplement was – so it may have been someone abusing ephedra, which the FDA has already banned.
Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana said it best: “It is more likely that you will be struck by lightning and die in this country than it is you will die from using a dietary supplement.”
And yet, the FDA wants to destroy your ability to take these completely safe life-enhancing nutrients.
Fortunately, the FDA guidelines are only in draft form right now. They have given us until December 1, 2011 to comment. At that point, they will decide whether to make the guidelines permanent or not. If they do, you will likely lose access to any supplement that can actually keep you healthy.
That’s why it’s absolutely vital you contact your elected officials immediately and tell them to pressure the FDA to abandon these draconian guidelines and leave the supplement market alone. You can find the contact information for your congressional representatives at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml.
Write your representatives and tell them about your experience with supplements. Tell them exactly what you take, how long you’ve taken them, and that you’ve experience zero negative side effects from any of your supplements. The more they hear about the safety of supplements, the more likely they are to pressure the FDA to back off these new regulations.
Please, please, please don’t think the FDA won’t take your supplements. Europe has already banned supplements and put thousands of people in the supplement industry out of work. It will happen here in the U.S. if we don’t take a stand now.
So please take action now! There’s a limited time to make your voice heard. If you don’t take action today, you may not have access to any of your health-giving supplements tomorrow.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.