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FDA wants to take away our right to buy Vitamins

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I have heard a lot about this lately so if you want to help with this. Please do.

Hugs, Jetta

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Don't Let the FDA Get Away With It!

The FDA wants to take away our right to purchase nutritional supplements. They have proposed draconian recommendations on supplement manufacturers that would essentially remove most supplements from being available to consumers. Why would the FDA try to do this? One would hope that they must be doing this to protect us from the danger of vitamins and mineral neutraceuticals.

How many people are taking neutraceuticals in the U.S.? It is estimated that 69% of U.S. adults take nutritional supplements with multivitamins being the most popular form. That means that nearly 215,000,000 Americans are taking nutritional supplements. I can assure you that the vast majority are taking these supplements on their own—without the advice of their doctor or without being monitored by anyone.

If, as the FDA states, vitamins and minerals are so dangerous, one would assume that many people must be dying from their ‘unauthorized’ use. However, there is no data showing that neutraceuticals are a danger. The latest (2010) statistics available from the U.S. National Poison Data System (http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/NPDS
/AnnualReports/tabid/125/D
efault.aspx) show zero deaths due to multivitamins as well as individual vitamin supplements. Contrast this with report after report detailing the toxicity of FDA-approved prescription medications. FDA-approved Cox-2 inhibitors Vioxx and Celebrex are responsible for over 50,000 deaths and 100,000 strokes and heart attacks. That is one single class of medications. There are estimates that adverse drug reactions (the drug was taken and prescribed appropriately) that resulted in death are the second or third most common cause of death in the U.S.

Perhaps the FDA should focus its energy on what is truly harming patients; the toxicity of prescription medications. Most medications (Cox-2 inhibitors included) work by poisoning enzymes and blocking receptors in the body. As I stated in my book, Drugs that Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do, you can’t expect a good long-term result by relying on therapies (i.e, prescription drugs) that poison enzymes or block receptors. There are far too many patients taking far too many toxic prescription medications.

What can you do? Number one, don’t let the FDA take away your right to use nutritional supplements. Contact the FDA (1-888-463-6332) and tell them how you feel. Next, take the basic steps to provide your body with the proper balance of natural items it needs to optimally function. That means eating a healthy diet, exercising, and ensuring that you don’t have nutritional deficiencies. The best way to accomplish this is to work with a health care practitioner who is knowledgeable about how to use a holistic approach to promote health.

posted by Dr. David Brownstein @ 2:17 PM


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  • SAFETYSUE
    Thanks for sharing this, we have to be aware of these things to make an effort to stop the madness!
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    3350 days ago
  • BLUEBIRDSFLY
    With our ecosystem being so toxic, I would think that it would be necessary to supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals. It is interesting that Dr. Brownstein calls this proposed move from the FDA draconian in its intent. Yet more to think about...
    Thank you for this blog.
    3411 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    Consumer Reports have tested many vitamin brands and found lots of them to have no where near what they claim to have in them. So, the industry brought this on themselves with to many scams. I take Flintstone Chewables which were rated high.
    3414 days ago
  • SCIFIMOM
    Thanks for the article, Jetta. I'm not familiar with Brownstein, but I'll have to look him up.

    Perhaps the FDA should concentrate on guaranteeing food and drug purity on products packages in places like China, which doesn't have to follow the same rules and standards we have here, or don't have to have on-site inspections from U.S. FDA-apporved inspectors.
    3414 days ago
  • IMJETTA8
    Thank you both for your comments. I totally agree with you.

    Hugs, Jetta
    3414 days ago
  • ANATASHIKI
    these people are nuts , the most toxic thing is the food loaded with all kind of crap, why don't they regulate that? in my country not only supplements but most of the medication with just a few exceptions can be bought without prescription . I don't see that harming anyone and except a few people nobody is buying them in excess .
    3415 days ago
  • KPETSCHE
    Thank you for posting this blog from Dr. Brownstein. I love reading his information. We need more people like naturopathic physicians that aren't afraid to speak up and inform the general population of alternative methods of healthy living.

    Personally, I feel that the FDA is one of many federal institutions that have overstepped their bounds. Many of our rights and freedoms are being severely limited and too few people care enough to do anything about it. To think that we aren't able to make our own decisions and need to have the government "mandate" what is put into our bodies and those of our families and loved ones really makes me hot.

    There have always been snake oil salesmen out there selling people the "miracle cure" and I think that it is one thing for the FDA to inform people of questionable products but to limit the sale of most vitamins and supplements to stop this is going step too far.

    Thanks, Jetta, and thanks to Dr. Brownstein for the information.
    3415 days ago
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