you may not be able to purchase the natural supplements and vitamins!
You may also have to get a doctor’s prescription before you
can buy the remaining versions, in the drug store. Many items won’t
be available in ANY form, and prices might be inflated as much
as one thousand percent. This may seem like a strange, incredible
nightmare but it is a very real possibility, if our government
has its way!
of the Food and Drug Administration, lost no time in making his
position clear. He has instigated regulations designed to ‘protect’ the
public from the ‘fraud’ of our health foods! Parts
of this call for the limiting the sale, without prescription,
of most dietary supplements and drastically reducing the potencies.
Another section makes it a law for nutritional foods to carry
a ‘warning’ label, informing the public the product
is not really necessary because our average American diet provides
all the elements essential for perfect health! Labels would also
be prohibited from saying a supplement can improve health or
prevent sickness; that our soil is deficient; that the average
diet is lacking in nutrients; that modern chemicals or processing
destroys food values! This incredibly brazen, dictatorial set
of regulations almost did slip through without notice but was
detected and will now be suspended until December___ allowing
arguments against it.
In other words, no matter
what kind of sad garbage a person eats, no matter how much or
how little, despite any problems in his chemistry, he will be
adequately nourished without any supplementation! This is the
ridiculous philosophy of the FDA, which is the basis for these
sweeping invasions of your privacy. Even if the ‘half-foods’ in
the supermarkets DID supply the natural vitamins and minerals
that our government lists as a Minimum Daily Requirement, they
would still not be supplying their mythical ‘ample amounts’!
The Food and Nutrition Board, composed of top ranking scientists,
has clearly stated the MDR tables are ONLY guidelines and NOT
to be rigid rules. This eminent group has never condemned supplements,
as the FDA would have us believe. Actually, many of them have
publicly voiced dismay over this attempt to control dietary practices
and Dr. Roger Williams (the discoverer of pantothenic acid) has
bluntly claimed it could handicap nutritional progress, if passed.
Every survey ever made by
the Department of Agriculture has shown that the American diet
is deficient in one or more vital nutrients. Yet, that proposed
warning label blandly ignores this fact. Isn’t it puzzling – if
we have an adequate diet – that we are the sickest nation
on earth? According to government statistics, 98.7% of our citizens
DO have medical needs!
No medical school in the
country teaches a course in nutrition; ______________is an MD
and has their usual deficiency in nutritional knowledge.
he has the brass to set himself up as a dietary dictator, while
completely untrained in that field! The majority of his fellow
medics are equally ignorant of correct nutrition, care nothing
for it and openly scorn its value. Still, they are the men who
would decide IF we need a supplement, what kind and how much! The
average MD would never write the required prescription, so it may
become impossible for you to purchase ANY vitamin. If you DO get
synthetic supplements via a prescription, in addition to a doctor’s
fee, you will pay astronomically inflated prices for the product
itself. (Folic acid used to cost $1 for 100 tabs, 5 milligrams
each. Prescription price of that item is now $6.60 for 60 tabs
of only 1 milligram!) These pricing patterns will simply make the
majority of nutrition aids unavailable to the masses.
But, the FDA has only our
best interests at heart – they say. Never have they said
the supplements, health foods and vitamins are harmful. They
merely want to ‘save’ the American public millions
of dollars now being wasted on these products’. Isn’t
that thoughtful? Yet, they don’t show this same fatherly
concern over the much greater amounts spent for cigarettes, liquor,
cola, candies, aspirin, patent medicines, sleeping tablets and
the many dangerous drugs available without a prescription! Why?
We would be prohibited from
informing, enlightening or educating the public to the importance
of correct nutritional habits. We would no longer be able to
alert the people to influences that destroy their health, under
threat of an arrest or fine. The bill would give the FDA strict
control over all ‘foods that are for special dietary purposes’ – as
they word it. That does take in a lot of territory! I interpret
it as an insolent, outrageous invasion of our privacy and a violation
of our rights. We would be denied free speech, the right to be
informed, the right to criticize these governmental policies,
the right to eat as we choose and spend our money as we wish.
Where will this path lead – where will it end?
Fortunately, Senator ________of
________has introduced House Concurrent Resolution _____, insisting
that Congress review this proposal. So write to your Senators,
your Representatives, urging them to support King’s bill
and to fight the proposed FDA regulations. Also write President______,
tell your friends of this outrageous plot and urge everyone to
support the fight. Politicians understand voting power only – let
them know we too have many votes to spend! In a nation whose
birth was sparked by a ringing cry of ‘Give me liberty
or give me death!’, this planned mess is a deplorable shame.
Today, loss of liberty to choose a diet can lead to eventual
results just as dreadful as sudden death, tomorrow. NOW – if
ever – is the time for YOU to stand up and be counted!
Oh by the way, if you are
thinking I am addressing what is going on within the government
and the big supplement companies, guess again. This editorial
is what was going on back in the middle ‘60s. Some things