Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
July 10, 2003

Snake hiding in the grass exposed!

Q. Why is it necessary for Empowerplus to be regulated as a drug, if the ingredients are "natural"?

A. Being "natural", does not preclude an ingredient from being a drug. Products are drugs because of their representations, their ingredients and their recommended conditions of use. If a product is being sold and represented to treat, mitigate or prevent a disease, disorder or abnormal physical state, then it is a "drug" as defined in the Food and Drugs Act. Empowerplus contains vitamins and minerals which in themselves are drugs in dosage form. It also contains other ingredients such as phenylalanine, boron, germanium and folic acid which are regulated as drugs in Canada.

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Health Canada's actions against Empowerplus

The above demonstrates the real intent of Health Canada to regulate any effective natural product to a drug regardless of how innocuous the product maybe. Thus forcing us to use a very profitable and possibility toxic and infective drug alternative. The poor track record on injury from drugs under the supervision of a doctor (as they like to bandy that around) is far worse than many safe alternatives does not seem to be of much concern. Obviously, once an effective natural product has been classified as a drug, no one will spend the time and money for clinical trials, as in many case these safe alternatives will actually cure the disease and will not provide for long term "disease management" opportunity that the more expensive 'suppress the symptom' most drugs provide. A drug classification on the surface may look good to the unsuspecting but it will effectively remove all useful and generally safe natural products from the market in the long term. QED.

See also: The EU Connection to Health Canada

The world wide efforts by big pharma to control our health options should now be obvious... It has now become essential to understand the situation and take action before its too late.

Remember most diseases are due to some nutritional deficiency and as such in the long run drugs simply can not compete with truth - hence we and the pharmas have a fight for both our lives

Chris Gupta

Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2003 13:46:38 -0000
From: "Misty L. Trepke"
Subject: Don't Let Congress Restrict Vitamin, Mineral, Herbal & Other Supplements

It has already happened in Europe- Don't let it happen here. I can not stress the importance and gravity of this issue enough- please spread this information far and wide...

Be Well, Misty L. Trepke


A new bill called the "Dietary Supplement Safety" Act (S.722) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. This bill, introduced by IL Senator Dick Durbin, would significantly undermine many of the freedoms that American consumers of dietary supplements hold dear.

It would give the FDA broad sweeping regulatory power, require adverse event reporting, and would authorize the FDA to prevent the sale of any supplement for which an adverse event was reported. Burden of proof of safety would be on the Dietary Supplement industry, which would effectively overturn DSHEA.

Durbin is misinforming his colleagues in the Senate by claiming that dietary supplements are dangerous and the FDA does not currently have adequate regulatory authority. Both allegations are false!

Durbin has become our chief antagonist and was instrumental in getting ephedra banned in Illinois. Senator Orrin Hatch has said that Durbin is a slick political operative who may try to attach this legislation to another bill to sneak it through passage in the Senate and the House. So we could be at the greatest stage of regulatory crisis since 1994 (pre-DSHEA ).


The Food and Drug Administration must not be granted new and unprecedented authority to subject safe and beneficial products to additional and unnecessary scrutiny. This bill would subject nearly all vitamins, minerals, herbal products and other supplements to a level of scrutiny that is both unwarranted and unnecessary. Products that have been used safely for hundreds - and in some cases, thousands - of years would be subject to clinical evaluation using standards that are at the complete discretion of the FDA.

The government must not be allowed to limit the freedom of choice of American consumers when it comes to their health. By questioning the safety of any dietary supplement that receives even one complaint, hundreds of products that have been safely and beneficially used could be removed from the marketplace. Under this new legislation, the FDA has complete discretion to make this determination, regardless of whether the product was used under conditions cautioned against by the manufacturer on the label.

The government must not be allowed to single-out dietary supplements. By almost every measure, and by a wide margin, dietary supplements can be used more safely than conventional foods and OTC drugs. Yet this legislation exempts foods in these product categories from being classified as stimulants. Specifically, the bill unfairly excludes the most common "stimulant" ingredient in foods - caffeine.


This bill could be added to existing Senate legislation at any time. We need you to take two vital steps to immediately let your Senators know you oppose this bill.


Call your Senators now. To reach your Senators' offices, call them either through the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or directly at their Washington, D.C. or local offices. To find contact information for your elected officials, simply click on this link:

When you reach your Senator's office, ask to speak with the staff member in charge of health-related issues and give them this simple message:

As your constituent, I urge you to oppose any efforts by your fellow Senators to pass S. 722, the so-called Dietary Supplement "Safety" Act, recently introduced by Senator Richard Durbin. I am deeply concerned that rather than passing this new act - which would unnecessarily expand the authority of the Food and Drug Administration - Congress should instead investigate and oversee ways in which the Food and Drug Administration can make full use of its current and more-than-adequate authority as granted by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.


E-mail your Senators now. Simply enter your ZIP code in the "Take Action Now" button on this webpage:

to locate your senators and representatives, make any changes you feel necessary to the sample letter, and click "submit." A copy of your letter will be sent to the two U.S. Senators from your state. A copy of the letter will also be sent to you confirming which Senators received the letter.

Don't delay - this bill has the potential to radically amend one of this country's most important and beneficial laws, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.

To view S.722 in its entirety, click here:


posted by Chris Gupta on Thursday July 10 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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