2004N-0454 - Dietary Supplements; Premarket Notification for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications; Reopening of Comment Period
FDA Comment Number : EC318
Submitter : Mrs. Mary Burnett Date & Time: 02/22/2005 06:02:57
Organization : The Son Shine Shop
Dietary Supplement Industry
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Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I am writing to express my opposition to any bill that would change DSHEA, which made it possible for members of my family that have suffered from sensitivity to accepted medications and also suffered from generational health issues that were largely a puzzle to most medical people, all quite knowledgeable and reputable people who treated various family members over the years. I believe traditional and alternative medicines, integrative medicine if you prefer, and the freedom to choose must remain a fundamental part of our freedom in this country.
Although several of my family are respected medical professionals, ultimately, it was a natural health alternatives practicioner who helped us resolve more than one fatal or life-threatening condition for many in my family. Not only did the natural remedies work, but they did so without the side-effects suffered acutely by generations of my family.
Just as there are many law-abiding citizens who choose to bear arms under our great constitution, most of which are not outlaws or criminals; so, most natural health practicioners I have had the opportunity to work and share with are law-abiding citizens who have educated themselves in a most responsible manner, practicioners who are not "snake oil hucksters" or worse, but people who have significantly impacted the lives of many people in a positive way.
I cannot see how this bill will correct the abuses in this great country, but it would rather "throw the baby out with the bath water," so to speak, by punishing perfectly responsible, law-abiding citizens, depriving them of the fundamental rights that our forefathers fought so faithfuly to establish.
I am confident in you, our legislators, that you can formulate a bill to address any unlawful practices without just using shotgun tactics and depriving law-abiding American citizens of their health freedoms. I hope we will not become a country that forgets the vision for freedom that established our great country and has continued to make her great. Please do not betray the confidence of your constituents in this matter. Please do not despair in helping us to maintain the health freedoms that are a part of the fabric that has made this country so great.
I remember you daily in your efforts to guard the freedoms so hard won; I believe that everything that is noble in the original battle for the inception of this country is relived by some of our present day legislators in their sacrifice and service to protect and maintain our fundamental freedoms in light of present day technology, etc. Please do not despair in this matter, as we are depending on you to preserve our precious health freedoms!