The FDA is trying to eliminate your access to homeopathic medicine. During the last 20 years the FDA has made several attempts to eliminate the Natural Foods Industry by creating new laws that would have effectively regulated health foods and supplements out of existence. They do this on a regular basis because they are controlled by the big pharmaceutical companies who lend their top lawyers and executives to work in the FDA for a few years in order to try and eliminate this small but growing competitor — the health food industry. See earlier Seagate blog – FDA’s Revolving Door.
The FDA now has its focus on homeopathic medicines. It is going through the preliminary steps of reviewing industry and public comments before they begin presenting new regulations that would, if they succeed, eliminate one more alternative choice the American public has for choosing their healthcare. You can present your comments to the FDA as a consumer by using this form. Folks, we are talking about preserving your rights to make your own decisions about your healthcare choices.
The public fought back in 1994 with an Act of Congress known as DSHEA “The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994″ authored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and signed into law into law by President Bill Clinton. The FDA at the time was attempting to create its own “laws” that would have effectively caused foods and supplements to be treated as new drugs, require new drug testing and approval by the FDA for something as simple as a vitamin B capsule, and which would have effectively eliminated most of the industry. Senators Hatch and Harkin made it clear to the FDA that only Congress can write laws and the FDA could only make regulations based upon the laws of the land.
The FDA in 2012 revisited this issue via an attempted amendment by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin for his FDA friend Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, to regulate the industry out of existence by trying to require the equivalent of a new drug application again for any health food marketed in the U.S. Senator Hatch put an end to this by hauling FDA administrator Hamburg into his office and explaining to her that DSHEA law already exists and that it is the Congress not the FDA that makes the laws of this country. Yes, this is the same Margaret Hamburg that appointed Monsanto lobbyist and lawyer Michael Taylor as her senior advisor, who then helped write FDA regulations permitting GMOs and Roundup to enter our food supply.
Theoretically it was an Act of Congress, The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938, that created the FDA, pharmaceutical drugs, and protected homeopathy in the U.S. It was written during a time that homeopathy had almost disappeared in Europe by the combination of large pharmaceutical companies buying their control over European governments. The U.S. Congress decided not to let that happen here. However, the FDA is still making an attempt to do so anyway.
The FDA is controlled by big Pharmaceutical companies and chemical companies such as Monsanto that are slowly through regulation deciding what foods you can eat and what choices you will have for healthcare. It’s up to you, whether to sit back and allow this to happen or to be proactive and get involved and take control away from these corporate interests and their servants, the Federal agencies that regulate your food and medicines.
Sometimes I get away from all this and take a dive. This is part of my daily commute on those days where I forget about the hassles of government regulators and just focus on taking pictures.