A Message from Life Enhancement's
President & CEO
Dear Health Seekers,
For those of you who are not up-to-date about the war against nutritional supplements, these are perilous times. There are at least three bills in the Congressional hopper that would gut the Dietary Supplement Heath and Educations Act (DSHEA) that protects us from the excesses of run-a-muck bureaucracy. Moreover, the promise of DSHEA to allow truthful nutrient-disease information has never been fulfilled and the incessant regulatory stranglehold of the FDA and the FTC grows as it imposes censorship on health-related commercial free speech.
However, with the formation of a new coalition of 28 dietary supplement companies, public interest groups, and supplement distributors (see the Emord Press Release) there is hope. We are grateful to the heroes in the Health Freedom movement who stand up to the tyranny of those bureaucrats who believe they have a monopoly on truth. Certainly Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw are two of the movement's greatest heroes. Yet without the support of individuals such Dr. Charles B. Simone, Dr. Julian M. Whitaker, and Dr. Joel D. Wallach, and especially attorney Jonathan Emord, it is not hard to calculate that we would have far less freedom … and eventually not have the right to choose nutritional supplements and be in charge of our own health programs.
Now with the involvement of what is known as the Liberty Caucus, comprised of 24 members of Congress, we have a chance to let our voices be heard. Please read the following attachments carefully. If you see eye to eye with the goals of this initiative to halt the continuing censorship of health information and to open the marketplace to accurate nutrient-disease information, sign the petition and gather as many other signatures as you can to demand legislative reform. Send your petitions to www.emord.com (Fax: 202 466-6938). The life you save may be your own.
Let freedom ring,
COALITION COMMENCES NATIONAL PETITION CAMPAIGN TO END FDA AND FTC CENSORSHIP OF HEALTH INFORMATION
Press Release: Emord & Associates, P.C.
Washington, D.C.: Today at the National Press Club, four representatives of a coalition of 28 dietary supplement companies, public interest groups, and supplement distributors announced the commencement of a national grass-roots campaign to end FDA and FTC censorship of health information. They said that the day before, after a Capitol Hill briefing on the subject, the Liberty Caucus, comprised of 24 members of Congress, endorsed the initiative and its members would be among those cosponsoring a bill to open the marketplace to accurate nutrient-disease information.
The representatives, attorney Jonathan Emord; Dr. Charles B. Simone; Dr. Julian M. Whitaker; and Dr. Joel D. Wallach, condemned FDA's ban on treatment claims for dietary supplements and FDA's speech suppressive delays (exceeding 365 days) in approving qualified health claims, citing statistics on unnecessary illnesses and deaths resulting from the censorship. They gave examples of the cost in human lives of FDA's refusal to permit claims, including historic ones (FDA's ban of a folic acid/neural tube defect risk reduction claim contributing to 10,000 preventable neural tube defect births) and on-going ones, among them: FDA's prohibition on claims associating glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate with a reduction in osteoarthritis risk and symptoms (to the detriment of 20 million Americans who suffer from that condition) and FDA's prohibition on claims associating saw palmetto with symptoms of enlarged prostates (to the detriment of over 50% of men age 50 and older). They also condemned FTC's unconstitutional shifting of the First Amendment burden of proof in deceptive advertising cases (from government to private parties), explaining that the First Amendment requires the government to prove advertising false by a preponderance of the evidence before the advertising may be restricted. Instead, FTC condemns as deceptive advertising any health benefit claim not supported in advance of advertising with scientific proof to a near certain degree. Proof to a certainty is extreme rarity in science.
The four representatives stated that the groups they represent are now active across the United States seeking signatures on a petition to Congress demanding legislative reform between now and January 2006 (the petition may be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat Format). The campaign for reform will continue until the bills become law. The groups combined customer and membership lists include over 15 million American consumers.