If you don’t want your freedom to choose healthy and natural alternatives taken away, then please take the time to read this post and follow the link at the end.
On Sunbeams and Heartstrings, we usually try to keep things positive and fun, but this is a very important message to get out to consumers of natural products. There are several links included for further reading to expand your knowledge and the passion of others on this issue.
Many people choose home remedies and natural alternatives to live a healthier life. With many of those, there is a label that states “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.” Regardless, the FDA is cracking down and limiting what those who sell and use the products may say.
Have you searched online for home remedies for things such as weight loss, migraines, ADHD symptoms, rashes, illnesses, blood sugar issues, etc. This is going as far as not allowing personal testimonials and limiting what can be said. People are now only allowed to speak of helping the body systems with no mention of helping the “abnormal” become “normal.” For example, you have to say something “supports the immune system” rather than “can be used for cold/flu symptoms.”
The companies who are selling these products are receiving letters of FDA noncompliance DESPITE the fact that the FDA does not regulate the products they sell. Do you use products from natural companies such as essential oil companies, Plexus, or It Works? All of these companies and more are experiencing the FDA crackdown. Here are two examples of such letters:
Since I included the DoTERRA letter (Note: I am not a DoTERRA rep or consumer, I am simply using this as an example), I feel that it is also pertinent to include a link where someone else can explain much better than I why they are going after essential oil companies:
The FDA has even gone as far as saying that walnuts are now a drug.
“Because Diamond Food dared to let consumers know that natural substances in a natural food may offer some health benefits and protections, the FDA views this as a new drug. In their eyes, only FDA-approved drugs are capable of offering such protections …
The FDA stated in the warning letter3:
“Because of these intended uses, your walnut products are drugs… Your walnut products are also new drugs … because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions. Therefore … they may not be legally marketed with the above claims in the United States without an approved new drug application.
Additionally, your walnut products are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes. Thus, your walnut products are also misbranded… in that the labeling for these drugs fails to bear adequate directions for use… “
The FDA’s current position is that foods such as walnuts, cherries, broccoli, turmeric, green tea and the like should be subjected to the full FDA approval process. But obtaining a new drug application, as the FDA suggested, can cost billions of dollars. And let’s face it — walnut growers cannot come close to affording that!”
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Do you like to make your own sunscreens, bug sprays, and other items without all the harsh chemicals? Since the FDA DOES regulate these, we may soon no longer have the option to even share recipes for such things. If you do not know about all the harsh chemicals, then take a look about this post by Living Traditionally:
Do you make homemade items such as soaps? The FDA is currently aiming to regulate those as well. Lillie Pearlman states, “I have been making handmade soap for the last 12 years. The ingredients in handmade soap are more than likely found in your pantry (olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, etc) and have already been determined to be safe for use. In fact, they are benign. This bill is nothing more than an attempt to squeeze out competition. If people wanted to use the chemical concoctions these large corporations call body cleansers, then the handmade soap industry wouldn’t be so large. This leaves people with NO choice, as your average handmade soap business could not afford to comply. Nor, do most have the manpower. What’s next, grandma’s homemade pie? Oh, wait. She’s already been on the chopping block. So much for a free country.”
Read more about that Here:
You can also read more at this post:
By now, you may be wondering what you can do about this very important issue. The FDA is currently accepting comments from everyone about homeopathic options. This can be a step in the right direction. For the specific guidelines, please go here:
At the bottom is the link to submit your statements. Be sure to read all the guidelines first.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read through this, and please share with your friends so everyone knows that they have the option to voice their concerns. The FDA submissions are due by JUNE 22, 2015, so this is a time sensitive issue.