Waxman’s Anti-Supplement Bill Amendment

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The hysteria is being spread without the necessary facts. It started with an article by Mike Adams on Natural News: “Health freedom alert: Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill.”

I have criticized Mike Adams before, even though, yes, I am typically on the same side of the fence as he is and I write on much of the same stuff, such as the war on health choice, Big Pharma, etc. I criticize these hysterical, sensationalist article titles that oftentimes have no verifiable facts behind them. One thing about Adams that is unacceptable — he never, ever links to his sources. A story that brings a big issue to light needs sources (links). Adams doesn’t like to give his readers other options — that conveys an attitude of ‘believe me and be done with it.’ What a poor way to educate people.

What Adams is referring to in his story is this: I believe Waxman is trying to regurgitate McCain’s anti-supplement bill that he walked away from in order to keep his campaign alive (as Lew Rockwell pointed out in March). He is trying to add an amendment to H.R. 4173. This is what was reported on the Life Extension website. This is a sneaky, totalitarian, corporate state-favoring move to rehash a bill that might have had McCain in trouble with his 2010 re-election bid if he followed through with it. Currently, McCain is supposed to be working with Orrin Hatch on a “kindler, gentler” form of that totalitarian bill for the future (after/if he wins re-election). So it is unclear which version of the bill Waxman is pushing.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website published a comprehensive rundown on the McCain bill introduced in February 2010. If you read nothing else here, read the five bullet points and you’ll know why Hatch asked McCain to shelve it until after re-election. Now here are some highlights from the revised version of the Hatch-approved McCain bill (the media calls this “more modest safeguards”):

» Require all dietary supplement companies to register with the federal government.

» Give the Food and Drug Administration the ability to issue “a mandatory recall order” if there is a reasonable probability a supplement is spiked or could cause serious health problems.

» Push the FDA to more quickly publish guidelines on new dietary ingredients.

» Require the FDA to notify the Drug Enforcement Administration if they find an ingredient contains a steroid.

By the way, it is the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that is lobbying to obliterate your freedom to choose in its crazed war to “keep rogue companies from spiking supplements with steroids.”

11:16 am on May 1, 2010