Docket Management
Docket: 03N-0069 - FDA Task Force on Consumer Health Information for Better Nutrition
Comment Number: EC -2

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Geoffrey Horwitz Date/Time 2003-03-14 11:39:13
Organization The Wellness Opportunities Group
Category Dietary Supplement Industry

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Recent coverage on ephedra, like the rush to judgment over the tragic death of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, has unnecessarily alarmed, confused, and scared consumers who have concluded that their supplements are safe and have significant health benefits when taken as directed. In short, misinformation in the media can have serious consequences to America's health crisis. The speculation, such as we've seen in the case of Steven Bechler, is the worst reason to reach judgments about any product. Take aspirin, for example. While more than 15,000 emergency room visits occur each year from aspirin's use, mostly through consumer misuse or abuse, no one proposes banning aspirin. It would be wrong to deny its use (or ephedra's use) to the millions who have used it for years, and have used it safely and responsibly. Health policy should be based on the science and the presumption that educated consumers will act responsibly in matters involving their own health. They have the right to make their own choices, and to consume products that are proven safe by science, and to decide based on the science, what products they should be taking.

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