Monday, August 22, 2011

Obama Attacks Nutrition

By Alan Caruba

While watching a television commercial for some prescription medication, have you ever wondered why something it states may kill you or cause serious side effects ever was permitted to be marketed to the public?

For decades I have taken a full range of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements every morning. I don’t get head colds or any unwanted side affects. In my seventh decade, I enjoy exceptional good health. An annual physical check up is always the same. I am fine.

Millions of Americans benefit from a daily regimen of vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements. Athletes use whey protein powders. Body builders take amino acids. Others augment food products that lack sufficient nutritional value. Their health and wellness is now threatened by the Obama administration’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Banning Health!

On the Friday before the Fourth of July weekend, the FDA published a 47-page document that would ban all nutritional and supplemental ingredients by requiring them to file documentation involving multi-million-dollar testing and the regulations would be retroactive to 1994!

This will destroy the manufacturers of these products because most are small companies that could not afford such costs. It’s not like there is a vast body of information that demonstrates any threat to health from vitamins and minerals. Quite the contrary. There is ample information on their benefits. There are libraries filled with books devoted to this.

Who would benefit from such regulation of the natural supplement industry? Big Pharma. The same pharmaceutical companies that have a long record of putting forth FDA-approved medications that later prove to be lethal are looking to use the regulatory powers of FDA to literally increase levels of illness.

In the same way Obamacare has been demonstrated to not only be unconstitutional, but also a threat to the health of millions—especially senior citizens—this callous administration now threatens to remove from the shelves of stores that sell nutritional supplements, from pharmacies, and from supermarkets and other outlets, the vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements on which millions depend for wellness.

This constitutes a criminal conspiracy and Congress, which has ceded its law-making authority to the FDA, must hear from everyone in order to stop this assault on everyone’s health.

Frank Murray, the former editor of Better Nutrition, Great Life, and Let’s Live, is the author and co-author of fifty books on health and nutrition. They include Natural Supplements for Diabetes, Health Benefits Derived from Sweet Orange, and 100 Super Supplements for a Longer Life. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

One of Murray’s books, Sunshine and Vitamin D, notes that “With the hundreds of clinical trials published on Vitamin D in recent years—I read one study with 132 references—it is obvious that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ no longer has to play second fiddle to the other vitamins.” The same can be said for vitamins A, B, C, and E. All have amply demonstrated their value. Add to them, zink, potassium, selenium, and other mineral supplements. All those prostate advertisements are about herbal supplements!

The Obama administration that has made obesity its pet project is also famous for photos of the President eating every kind of fast food. It is rank hypocrisy, but the proposed FDA ban is literally life threatening.

Write, email, and fax your Representative and Senator to ensure that Congress intervenes with the FDA in the same fashion it is struggling to protect us against an out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency. In particular, contact the members of  the House Oversight and Government Reform committee.

Your life and the lives of your loved ones literally depend on stopping this attack on real nutrition.

Americans are losing the freedom they take for granted as Big Government intrudes on every personal choice they make. The Obama administration has demonstrated its total indifference to America’s senior citizens' access to affordable medical care and now all Americans' ability to access nutritional supplements.

You are being “protected” into an early grave!

© Alan Caruba, 2011


AD said...

The Codex Alimentarius is an international advisory document published by a commission established by the FAO and WHO in 1963, and revised repeatedly since. Look as I might on the FDA press release site or their list of publications, I can't find what YOU'RE talking about (


Alan Caruba said...

AD, I may well have misinterpreted the data from which I was working.

Anonymous said...

The hypocrisy of the Obama family knows NO bounds...

Donna Harris said...

I am a Reiki master, I use aromatherapy and essential oils, vitamins, minerals, various forms of alternative healing, all with great success.

I like raw milk, prefer foods that are naturally high in fat (ribeye steaks, full-fat butter and sour cream, etc) over the plastic fats we've been sold lately....

And I homeschool.

I really wish the government would go back to promoting the common defense rather than trying to be the world's peacekeeper, establishing justice rather than legislating from the bench, and ensuring domestic tranquility rather than declaring ridiculous "wars" on drugs, on poverty, and on everyone else's morals.

I bet then we'd have a more perfect union, and the general welfare would be greatly improved.

What a concept. I wonder where I heard some of that before?

I fully expect them to raid the tomato plants I've been growing on my deck, or the culinary herbs I've been growing in my windowsill. Because, see, they can't be regulated....

Alan Caruba said...

@Donna: As far as the Obama folks are concerned, you are some kind of radical, but keep up your homeschooling as it will be the greatest gift you can give your children.

AD said...

Caruba, I can't help but notice that even though you admit that you may have misinterpreted the data, you haven't bothered to correct yourself or even admit the problem.

Alan Caruba said...

Wrong, AD. I removed the reference to the Codex Alimentarius.

And, AD, nobody likes this kind of nit-picking. Lighten up.

Donna Harris said...

@Alan, I'm sure I'm on some sort of terrorist watchlist somewhere.

Unknown said...

After-all he needs to take lots of nutrition now to save the nation from the Hurricane Irene.
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