2004N-0454 - Dietary Supplements; Premarket Notification for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications; Reopening of Comment Period
FDA Comment Number : EC85
Submitter : Dr. James Robertson Date & Time: 02/16/2005 07:02:14
Organization : Natural Health Consulting, LLC
Health Professional
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Issue Areas/Comments
I encourage you to maintain the existing requirements governing nutritional and herbal supplements. Any further regulation would increase the cost of these health providing food sourced aids. The incidence of harm caused by quality nutritional supplements and quality herbal products is so low as to hardly bear mention. There are many citizens who excercise their freedom of choice in health care to use nutritional and herbal supplements to maintain their health and prevent disease. To apply additonal controls that would increase the cost of these products would increase the cost of healthcare for milliions of people. This would have the effect of limiting or even denying freedom of choice for self health care and as well as alternative health care. These products are not typically covered by medical insurance programs thereby requiring the consumer to pay these costs out of pocket.

While I am a natural health professional, I am also a cancer survivor. I was successful through the grace of God and the professional guidance of professionals like myself in overcoming this dread disease without any conventional medical treatment. I did use conventional medical testing to monitor and confirm my healing. I spent out of my own pocket approximately $6000 in alternative healthcare during the year it took me to reverse the disease. Further regulation that might increase the cost to provide natural nutritional and herbal supplements would have imposed a hardship on my efforts to overcome the cancer I was afflicted with.

I am emphatically opposed to any effort to restrict or limit public access to these quality products that are so vital to good health. By providing truthful education and encouraging the public to become knowledgeable about the nutritional needs of their body and how supplements can help them prevent disease, health care costs in this country could be greatly reduced with likely great impact on productivity being a result.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment.

James O. Robertson, N.D.