AMA Involved with Dangerous Supplement Bill

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 | 1 comment

AMA Involved with Dangerous Supplement Bill

Is Big Pharma Behind the Attack on Dietary Supplements?

A new study just published in the American Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine claims that taking supplements, including multivitamins, poses an increased risk in mortality, particularly for women. The authors draw the sweeping conclusion that the widespread use of dietary supplements is unjustified and “causes more harm than good.”

This is clearly a political attack, spearheaded by Big Pharma in their usual attempt to discredit the real science behind dietary supplements.

While research is continuing on the optimal dosages of various nutrients, multiple epidemiological as well as clinical studies clearly demonstrate the long term benefits and protective effects of dietary supplements, including multivitamins. Appendix A* below lists selected peer-reviewed studies which link multivitamin use to the prevention, treatment or management of specific health conditions.

New Bill Threatens Access To Natural Health Options

The reality behind this AMA study is that it is being spun by Big Pharma to promote the dangerous new supplement bill, called the FDA Draft New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Guidance, which is currently pushing its way through Congress. This bill seeks to remove many common dietary supplements from the market under the premise of protecting public health and safety, and label remaining supplements as “drugs,” available through prescription only.

However, the safety issues presented in AMA this study are statistically insignificant, and certainly do not require that Big Pharma and the FDA, (responsible for the distribution of hundreds of real life-threatening synthetic drugs) be given complete control over America’s access to dietary supplements.

Your Voice Counts

As an expert on dietary supplement safety and effectiveness, I urge America and Congress to take action and stop the FDA and Big Pharma’s power grab to monopolize America’s access to safe, effective and cost-efficient health solutions. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/protect-supplements to send a letter to Congress telling them to protect America’s access to important, health promoting and cost effective dietary supplements. Enough is enough!

* Appendix A:
Links to Published Studies Demonstrating the Role of Multivitamins/Minerals in the Prevention, Management and Treatment of Various Health Conditions

Cancers:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21559824
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18444134
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15749624
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11895870
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10548317

Chronic Disease:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/287/23/3127.short
http://http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/tinyurl.com
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/tinyurl3.com

Diabetes:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21448322
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/tinyurl2.com

Cardiovascular:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2284754
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16684424

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  1. I agree that the FDA Draft for New Dietary Ingredients (NDI) Guidance to create control over supplements is outrageous and should be stopped. I would like to see a bill that provides more oversight over the use of prescription medications. It has been my experience that many medical practioners tend to prescribe medications with dangerous side effects rather than counsel patients regarding proper diet and exercise. In fact frequently the importance of proper diet, exercise, and weight maintenance is never discussed with a patient during an annual wellness checkup. If there is an issue observed during the physical exam, the doctor will simply write a prescription without discussing alternative solutions to the condition.

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