Vitamin Supplements – By Prescription Only…

April 21, 2007 at 3:41 pm 6 comments

And massage therapy, and colonics, and chiropractic, and herbal and homeopathic remedies like Sambucol, if the FDA gets its way.

Wanna have to secure an appointment with, and pay your copayment to, your MD just to get a prescription for echinacea and vitamin C and zinc lozenges next time you feel a cold coming on? Or when you really need a good massage to de-stress?

Is there any reason why it’s your physician’s business if you do – other than the business of medico-pharmaceutical greed? Is there any reason why some backwards-thinking physician – who doesn’t believe there’s any worth to reflexology or homeopathic remedies or whatnot – should have the right to keep you from using them, if you think they’ll help you?

Think the FDA is doing this in the interests of public safety? Think again. Iatrogenic deaths – deaths caused directly by standard medical practices, practitioners, and facilitiesnumber as many as one million human beings per year in the U.S. alone.

When was the last time you heard of a million people in this country dying in one year at the hands of massage therapists or Reiki practitioners, or from taking St. John’s Wort?

F*cking .gov control freaks are now trying to regulate things that have been freely available to the lowliest for centuries…millennia, even. The Dead Sea Scrolls (in the E.B. Szekely translations) contain references to Jesus the Essene teaching followers how to do enemas.

It’s frankly almost beyond my imagination that these idiots think they can get away with such a sweeping prohibition. But they do think it. They managed it with ephedra. And if they don’t manage to kill all complementary and alternative modalities (CAMs), they might well make a big dent just from the compromises that are usually made in these cases.

Grow and roll your own, folks, and please, support your local soon-to-be “witches.” If you’re interested in taking the petition route, you can go here to learn more and to e-sign the protest, which is actually quite well written and supportive of a free market in healing choices:

The Natural Solutions Foundation favors a market approach to these issues and urges the FDA to reduce regulation to those minimum levels that will encourage the continued rapid development of CAM approaches. Especially when dealing with Dietary Supplements and Traditional Remedies, we are dealing with foods which, as foods, are presumed to be safe. There is no need for the high level of regulation that is required for the dangerous and invasive drugs and techniques of so-called “standard” medicine. Even with this stringent level of oversight, drugs are a major cause of death in every developed country while CAM remedies are an insignificant-to-absent cause of death world-wide. Rather, this is a situation where the public is best served by a policy of Laissez-Faire: allow CAM to develop freely in the public interest.

Throughout the world today people are looking to traditional methodologies and leading-edge CAM techniques because they offer alternatives to toxic, expensive drugs with their dangerous side effects, un-manageable and unreasonable costs and other invasive technologies of modern medicine. This search for alternatives is protected by the fundamental right of individuals to communicate and learn; to heal and be healed. This has been settled law for over a hundred years.

“The state has not restricted the cure of the body to the practice of medicine and surgery — allopathy, as it is termed, — nor required that, before anyone can be treated for any bodily ill, the physician must have acquired a competent knowledge of allopathy and be licensed by those skilled therein. To do that would be to limit progress by establishing allopathy as the state system of healing, and forbidding all others. This would be as foreign to our system as a state church for the cure of souls. All the state has done has been to enact that, when one wished to practice medicine or surgery, he must, as a protection to the public [not to the doctor], be examined and licensed by those skilled in surgery and medicine. To restrict all healing to that one kind — to allopathy, excluding homeopathy, osteopathy, and all other treatments — might be a protection to doctors in surgery and medicine; but that is not the object of the act, and might make it unconstitutional, because creating a monopoly.” North Carolina’s Supreme Court in State v MacKnight, 42 S.E. 580, 1902 at p 582.

Costs, safety and, most of all, liberty, require that the distinction be made and maintained by the FDA between “treatment” and “therapy” if the US Constitution and public are to be served.

(NOTE: There’s an April 30, 2007 deadline for the FDA’s “public comment period.” It feels like writing my Congressthing – knowing they don’t give a rat’s ass what I think – but I signed it anyway.)

P.S.: I know I said I’d follow up on the last post in my next one – but this took precedence. My apologies. I’m at work on the follow-up post right now and will post it as soon as I’ve finished.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. morrigan  |  April 22, 2007 at 8:10 am

    What are they thinking??
    Oh yes, I know. This is just another way of making in roads into your life, and squashing more freedoms.
    A prescription for vitamins? For a massage?
    Next they will be regulating what you can buy at the grocery store, because we all know just how unhealthy some of those foods can be…..want peanut butter? Get a prescription.
    I can see this getting really stupid. Soon the headlines will read “Many arrested in illegal vitamin store raid” Film at 11…………..

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  • 2. ed42  |  April 22, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Claire’s timetable must now be adjusted. It is definitely too late to save the system, but…

    [portion of comment omitted by TJ]

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  • 3. Taran Jordan  |  April 22, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Morrigan, yep. Stupid, dangerous, insane…all of these and more. There’ll either be a line in the sand that holds, or a world gone mad.

    Ed42, my apologies for the [admittedly ass-covering] edit to your comment. Those of us familiar with the reference know what you meant, though…and why you felt that way.

    Thanks to you both for the thoughts.
    TJ

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  • 4. George Potter  |  April 25, 2007 at 5:02 am

    In the interest of finding the bright side, this may make people take their massage/ herbal business underground. My family in KY makes quite a bit of money by wildcrafting, it’s something of a family tradition. The added bother/cost of regulation will no doubt increase direct sales to those who prefer the fresh supplements to the mass produced.

    Viva Agorism! 😀

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  • 5. natalie  |  March 1, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I do not think our government should dictate our herbals! This is our right to heal ourselves instead of being poisoned by the greedy big pharma! Let’s voice our opinion! (F) the you know whats. Our government and big pharma sucks!!!!!!!!!! big time! And how about these food additives? I think they are trying to kill a bunch of us off. Zataran’s Cajon Mustard has proplyline glycol as an ingredent. Why whould I want anti-freeze in my food? We need to really see the big picture and do something about it because it is so very wrong. Please inform anyone you can and sign petitions at your local natural grocery. You have a blessed day. LOVE NATALIE

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  • 6. natalie  |  March 1, 2009 at 7:25 am

    GROW YOUR OWN AND PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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