For anyone using or supporting alternative products or procedures .. this is a heads up. Please read and heed immediately. Time is short for making comment. I have put this information together from several sources.
FDA, which has jurisdiction over what goes into our mouths, skin, veins and muscles, has a draft document that proposes to reclassify dietary supplements as medicines, not food which they currently are. This has alarming ramifications.
Vitamins, minerals, herbs, essential oils, Ayurvedic products, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, plant enzymes, et al, if classed as ‘medicine’, must be subjected to all the standard drug testing procedures and must be procured only via prescription which must be issued only by a medical doctor. It’s not a stretch to predict that cranberry juice used to treat bladder infection or garlic used to treat respiratory infection will be considered ‘medicine’ and regulated as such. Only licensed medical doctors may prescribe ‘medicines.’ Anyone else who advises, advocates, counsels, distributes, markets, recommends or suggests use of any of the alternative ‘medicines’ is practicing medicine without a license. Alternative procedures used to treat what AMA might see fit now or in the future to classify as a ‘disease’ [i.e. ‘restless leg syndrome’] would then be ‘practicing medicine’. Aromatherapy, auricular therapy, biofeedback, color therapy, homeopathy, hypnotism, naturopathy, neurotherapy, nutritional consulting, reflexology, sound therapy and wellness consulting are among the alternative health modalities being redefined as "Alternative Medicine."
The new FDA terminology is CAM standing for Complementary and Alternative Medicines, not Modalities.
Click below for the FDA Docket # 2006D-0480 "Draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration; Availability"
Link to proposed policy document on FDA site. http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/E7-3259.htm
This is all about pharmaceuticals implementing Codex Alimentarius to eliminate competition from low cost and easily available alternatives.
To read more and to comment to FDA go to http://www.healthfreedomusa.org./
Contact your Senator or Congressperson to let them know what you think at this site:
Our health is highly dependent upon having quick and easy access to alternatives. Send your comments right now to FDA with the docket number.