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November 16, 2005

HR 4282: Act Aims To Revolutionize Nutritional Health Information

HR 4282, an act introduced by US Congressman Ron Paul on November 10 aims to turn the tables on the FDA. According to the bill's sponsors and a wide coalition of consumers, physicians, nutritional practitioners and producers of supplements, the FDA has been keeping vital health information from the public by insisting that only medicines, not foods, can claim to have any influence on disease. This position has long been shown to be scientifically untenable but is held in place by pressures on the agency brought by pharmaceutical producers.

Because of the FDA's censorship of truthful health claims, millions of Americans may suffer with diseases and other health care problems they may have avoided by using dietary supplements. For example, the FDA prohibited consumers from learning how folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects for four years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended every woman of childbearing age take folic acid supplements to reduce neural tube defects. This FDA action contributed to an estimated 10,000 cases of preventable neutral tube defects!

The FDA also continues to prohibit consumers from learning about the scientific evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis; that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of sudden death heart attack; and that calcium may reduce the risk of bone fractures. - Congressman Paul in his introductory speech

One of the supporters of this legislation, the Life Extension Foundation, has challenged the FDA in court to allow certain statements about nutrients and has actually won its case ten years ago, but the FDA has been dragging its feet and has so far refused to relax its gag rules on information about the healthy properties of foods and supplements.

Medical News Today reports about the bill introduced by Congressman Ron Paul:

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Health Freedom Protection Act Introduced in US Congress
Category: Public Health News
Article Date: 12 Nov 2005

(Original on Medical News Today)

Washington, D.C.: Wednesday, November 9, 2005, Congressmen Ron Paul (TX), Peter DeFazio (OR), Dan Burton (IN), Walter Jones (NC), Rob Bishop (UT), John J. Duncan (TN), Roscoe Bartlett (MD), Jeff Miller (FL), Butch Otter (ID) and Tom Tancredo (CO) introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act, HR 4282.

If enacted, the bill will (1) amend the drug and health claim provisions of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to permit truthful disease treatment claims for foods and dietary supplements (presently FDA prohibits all such claims); (2) prohibit FDA from preventing any who sell foods and supplements from sending consumers government reports (and accurate quotes form government reports) on nutrient-disease associations; (3) prohibit FDA from preventing any who sell foods and supplements from sending consumers scientific publications on nutrient-disease associations; (4) limit FDA disclaimers on health claims to no more than three concise sentences; (5) require FDA to permit health claims to be made unless FDA proves there to be no scientific evidence to support the claims and no disclaimer capable of avoiding misleadingness; (6) compel FDA to approve or disapprove health claim petitions within 100 days or the claims will be automatically allowed; (7) require FDA to consider studies of the treatment effect of nutrients in evaluation of nutrient-disease prevention claims: (8) prohibit FDA from waiving conflicts of interest in its food advisory panels considering health claims; (9) reverse FDAs denial or restriction of the following nutrient-disease association claims: (a) saw palmetto treating benign prostatic hyperplasia; (b) omega-3 fatty acids and coronary heart disease; (c) omega-3 fatty acids and sudden death heart attacks; (d) glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate treating osteoarthritis; and (e) calcium reducing the risk of bone fractures; and (8) prevent FDA from disallowing structure function claims that include terms that refer to signs or symptoms of disease so long as the disease itself is not mentioned.

The bill will also (9) amend the deceptive advertising provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA) to make all publications exempt from regulation by the amendment to the FDCA also exempt from regulation by the FTC; (10) prohibit FTC from regulating as advertising any truthful and accurate summary of findings from peer-reviewed scientific publications; (11) require FTC to give notice and an opportunity to cure to any company suspected of engaging in deceptive advertising of a health benefit; (12) prohibit FTC from commencing a deceptive advertising investigation of a health benefit promotion unless FTC possesses proof by a preponderance of the evidence that the ad is false and misleading; and (13) require FTC to prove that an ad is false and misleading and that it actually misleads consumers before FTC may hold an advertiser guilty of deceptive advertising.

The Coalition to End FDA and FTC Censorship supports the bill and has commenced a national grass-roots campaign to achieve its passage. The following fifty companies form the Coalition:

Whitaker Wellness Institute (CA)
Living Fuel (FL)
Freedom of Health Foundation (CA)
Nat'l Health Freedom Coalition (MN)
American Longevity (CA)
Allergy Research Group (CA)
Simone Protective Cancer Institute (NJ)
Basic Research LLC (UT)
Nutrition Now (WA)
ITV Direct, Inc. (MA)
Total Nutrition (UT)
Northwest Nutraceuticals (WA)
Clinton Ray Miller (TX)
Friends of Freedom International (Canada)
SupraLife, Inc. (AZ)
MLM WatchDog (TX)
The Doctor Paula Show (TX)
MLM Industry Association (CA)
The Life Extension Foundation (FL)
Sam Brunelli, Denver Broncos (Ret.) (VA)
Former Congressman Berkley Bedell (IA)
Great American Products (FL)
Anti-Aging Formulas LLC (CA)
Farmasea Health LLC (NJ)
Imagenetix (CA)
Dr. Alex Duarte (CA)
Swiss Bioceuticals (NV)
Tropical Traditions (WI)
Life Enhancement Products (CA)
Suarez Corporation (OH)
Frutaiga (CA)
Forever Green (UT)
Envigra Liquid Supplements (NV)
The Marketing Wizard (CA)
Invision Group LLC (CA)
NWM Entertainment Group (CA)
King Orchards (MI)
Alexandria Services (CA)
Talk Star Radio Network (FL)
Purest Colloids Inc. (NJ)
SuperFoods Distributors, Inc. (UT)
Tango LLC (CA)
Remedies Magazine
Life Force International (CA)
Vitagenesis (MI)
MLM Distributor Rights Association (TX)
Kevin Miller, Well TV producer (FL)
Novera LLC
Emord & Associates, P.C.

Brooke Holve
Public Relations Manager

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The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) was originally designed to serve the needs of the American public.  Of course, these days, it does no such thing - it is owned, outright, by "Big Pharma," the very industry it is supposed to regulate. Not just is there a revolving door of Pharma employees with the FDA, but every committee is in the hands of the drug pushers. In fact, the FDA is little more than a gun carrying enforcement agency whose only purpose seems to be to stifle, raid, imprison, shut down, harass, torture, lie about, and generally discourage competition to drugs, drugs, and more drugs.
But, we may soon be set free by Congress...

By Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and Elissa Meininger
December 1, 2005 -

Food and health information
On the one hand, governments say we can get all the nutrients we need for health from our normal foods, on the other, they make sure no one knows which foods really do contain important nutrients by muzzling the vendors. Here's a piece about healthy cherries...


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Wednesday November 16 2005
updated on Sunday December 5 2010

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US Congress: Ron Paul Introduces Health Information Independence Act
Congressman Ron Paul introduced, on 18 March 2004, a bill in the US Congress, which would reform the way the FDA assesses health information that manufacturers wish to give on the labels of foods and supplements. A similar bill had been introduced by Paul in the last session of Congress, little more than a year ago. The idea is that foods, and in particular nutritional supplements, do have immense influence... [read more]
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Health Claims in Europe - New Regulation Coming
The European Union is discussing a Europe-wide regulation for what in legislative parlance is called "health claims", those things that can be said about a food's or a food supplement's relation to health and about its capacity to prevent disease. The European Union - just as many national governments - is showing a rather schizofrenic attitude here: On the one hand, the conncection between food and health is becoming more... [read more]
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South Africa Opposes Codex Rule on Food Health Information
The international food standard setting body, Codex Alimentarius has been deliberating a giudeline to determine what information food product labels may contain. The draft guideline, which is ready to be adopted at the next meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2004, says that no information may be given regarding any food's effects for the prevention, alleviation or cure... [read more]
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Codex: Labelling Committee Asked to Allow Information on Food Preventive Effects
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First Crack In Big Pharma's Wall (Bill 420)
November 24, 2005 Belleville - Ontario ******Urgent - Press Release - For Immediate Release ********** (Ottawa, November 22) A huge step forward for informed freedom of choice and health freedom in Canada has been achieved thanks to last minute scurrying by Health Canada to avoid the full impact of the Health Freedom Private Member's Bill C-420. Bill C-420 has been a dagger aimed at the heart of the health regulator's... [read more]
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FDA sued - consumers bamboozled?
September 23, 2003 - Washington, D.C. - Public Citizen and the Center for Science in the Public Interest - CSPI - have sued the US Food and Drug Administration over its announced intent of relaxing the severity of the rules by which descriptions of a food's health properties must be judged. What Public Citizen and CSPI are saying sounds like "consumers must not be told anything with relation to food... [read more]
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Readers' Comments

A comment by email from Robert Pocock, Stop Fluoridation campaigner for VOICE of Irish Concern for the Environment:

Are you aware that the while FDA is diligent about suppressing the beneficial health effects of nutrients that the industrial grade fluoridation chemical added to the water of 62% of Americans for the medicinal purpose of preventing dental caries has never been authorised by the FDA which considers it "an unapproved new drug " ?

Since this same product is more toxic than lead and slightly less so than arsenic, why does this Agency not intervene to prohibit the medication of millions with an unapproved drug ?

For more details see and do a search on 'FDA'.

Posted by: Sepp on November 17, 2005 06:32 PM


I support you 100%! I want you to win this battle asap, and to win very soon, you need the support of every health conscious person in the nation to exert effort and be haerd on this matter. We The People, have the power to make this happen, not the authorities.

Posted by: Joshua J. Israel on June 15, 2006 12:36 AM


The FDA is an U.S. agency the people can no longer afford to support. In the name of freedom this institution should be dismantled immediately. Many of its top officials should be tried for crimes against humanity.
Congress should get off its ass and get us out of the WTO and any committment to abided by Codex Alimentarius.

Posted by: Mark Mathews on October 9, 2006 11:19 AM


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