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Apr. 15th, 2007 @ 10:42 am FDA move to restrict vitamins, minerals, herbs as untested drugs?
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Thanks to alfreda89 for the heads up.

If I'm reading this correctly the Food and Drug Administration is about to declare that natural health products and therapies are "Medicines" and make any non-physician that uses them guilty of practicing medicine without a license. That would also make the products used (vitamins, herbs and mineral) untested drugs and require that they be removed from the market.

This could be hysteria, but currently I have absolutely no faith in our government, so I thought to pass it on here (I checked Snopes and don't see it listed.)

Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/2u7ghc
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Date:April 15th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Given that there is increasing evidence that uncontrolled doses of certain vitamins are rather bad for you, and that many "therapies" do sod all, why is this a problem?
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Date:April 15th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
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My SO has fibromyalgia and takes a host of vitamins and supplements to keep things under control. I can easily see a worse case FDA ruling where all such things were pulled from the market until they could pass the full drug testing routine.

For myself, I've had knee pain for 35 years, since I started taking regular glucosamine chondroitin supplements it's gotten a lot better. (well except when I fall on my face/knees)!

I'll grant that a lot of it might be placebo effect, but if it makes a difference between functioning and not functioning, give me the placebo.

Like dsmoen I'm for some legal recourse if you get a multivitamin that turns out to be nothing but egg shells.
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Date:April 16th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
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I'd want to know what they're actually proposing first. I'd be surprised if the link to page isn't exaggerating to make his? point.

There's quite a difference between e.g. making it so they can only be sold by pharmacies and only being available from qualified physicians.

The former is probably a good idea even, although you'd have to wonder how and where they'd draw the line.