Help Ron Paul Make a Stand for Health Freedom
This summer, Texas Congressman Ron Paul introduced two important health freedom bills. Together, the "Health Freedom Act" and the "Health Information Protection Act" would help to limit the power of my old adversary, the Food and Drug Administration.
Don't forget that the FDA plays a major role in each of the two potential disasters I've already sounded the alarm about this week -- so I'm all for anything that helps keep this inept, out-of-control federal agency at bay.
The Health Freedom Act would prevent the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from limiting the health claims that makers of vitamins and other supplements can put on their packaging.
The natural supplement business has long been unfairly burdened with FDA regulations that are designed to make prescription drugs seem like a safer option.
Meanwhile, supplements like glucosamine, which is terrific for joint health -- cannot even mention this benefit on their packaging.
The Health Freedom Act would give consumers ready access to the information that they need to help them turn to natural health solutions. And as such, this bill could empower consumers to make their own health decisions.
You can imagine that a bill like this will be enormously unpopular with the Big Government loonies in the Obama camp. So Paul will need our help to get this bill the publicity it needs and deserves to stand a fighting change at being passed.
But the Health Freedom Act is only the beginning. Paul has introduced another bill that will help defend your health freedoms.
Protecting us from the bureaucrats
The Health Information Protection Act would keep the FDA and the FTC from taking legal action against any advertiser that makes a health claim about a product. This bill would set right a longstanding and un-Constitutional wrong.
Currently, advertisers are not allowed to make any health claim about their product that hasn't been fully vetted by the FDA. Most of us have been made to think that this is logical, but in terms of U.S. law, it's actually the reverse of the tried and true legal concept that puts the burden of proof on an accuser.
The government can take legal action against an advertiser and demand the advertiser to prove that their claim is true. Usually, it would be up to the government to prove that the advertiser's claims are false.
This was recently illustrated when the FDA went after Cheerios for claiming the cereal had cholesterol-lowering properties. The feds demanded that General Mills remove the claim from the Cheerio's packaging until the company could prove the claim to the government's satisfaction.
It's a bullying tactic by an out-of-control bureaucracy. And it stinks. This is the same kind of thug tactics that the FDA has been using against natural supplement and multivitamin makers for decades. And it has to stop.
This is as much a First Amendment issue as it is a food and health issue. As Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote in one Supreme Court decision regarding a similar health claim, "Regulating speech must be a last -- not first -- resort."
Dr. Paul's effort to get the government to just butt out is to be lauded. And that's why I'm joining the Natural Solutions Foundation in this fight to get these bills passed.
These important bills certainly face long odds in a House and Senate that are dominated by Big Government liberals. But with your help and support, they stand a chance.
Take heart from those vocal opponents of Obamacare that have made themselves heard and helped to stem the rising socialist tide.
About the author
William Campbell Douglass I.I., M.D. has been called "the conscience of modern medicine."
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