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Health supplements assaulted by Consumers Union and the FDA; your freedom to choose nutritional supplements is being trampled

Monday, June 14, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: nutritional supplements, vitamins, the FDA


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The Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, continues its attack on your freedom to choose health supplements with their recent announcement that nine out of ten Americans want dietary supplements to be proven safe before they are marketed. If the survey question is carefully crafted, there's no doubt that 90% of the people would agree. But the real story is the question they didn't bother to ask: "Do you want health supplements, vitamins, minerals and herbs to be banned and regulated by the FDA?" Because that's the real question here, and the Consumers Union very well knows it.

The Consumers Union and the FDA have both been pushing hard to either outlaw all health supplements or regulate them out of existence. If herbs, for example, were subject to the same hundred-million-dollar clinical trials required of experimental prescription drugs, no herb company could afford to fund the tests, and virtually all herbs would be outlawed. This is, of course, precisely the outcome desired by the pharmaceutical industry, which sees herbal medicine as competition for its high-priced prescription drugs.

Such testing for herbs, vitamins and minerals is, of course, ridiculous. The herbs used medicinally today have a long track record of safe, effective use. Even the so-called "dangerous" herb ephedra is thousands of times safer than prescription drugs and even over-the-counter drugs. Skeptical? Consider that ephedra has only been linked to the deaths of, at most, a hundred people (this number varies from one report to the next). Meanwhile, over-the-counter painkillers kill 40,000 Americans each year, and prescription drugs kill another 100,000. With this data in mind, consider the lunacy of the FDA's branding of ephedra as "dangerous" while OTC drugs and prescription drugs are apparently safe enough to keep on selling to the population at large.

I used to think Consumer Reports was a magazine that could be trusted, but no longer. It seems to be on a crusade to outlaw nutritional supplements, much to the amusement of the FDA which is pursuing the same outcome. Make no mistake: certain corporations and organizations in this country won't be happy until your freedom to choose natural health supplements has been utterly destroyed, forcing you and everyone else to rely on overpriced pharmaceuticals.

Your freedom to choose is being assaulted right now. Protect yourself with information and knowledge. Contact your representatives in Washington. Let them know you want health supplements to remain on the shelves so that consumers can protect their health with proven, safe, affordable supplements like herbs, vitamins and minerals.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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