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ACTION ALERT — Why We Can’t Trust the Mainstream Media about Drugs and Vaccines

Posted August 20th, 2015
Time magazine’s articles—and advertising—epitomize the problem. In its July 27 print edition, Time magazine ran a full-page color ad for smokeless tobacco. But what really got our attention were all the drug ads, which continue week after week. The biggest ad, an inside-front-cover three-page spread, was for Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate), aimed at people with rheumatoid arthritis. Time is not full of articles praising drugs, but it does maintain a steady drumbeat of articles by editor Jeffrey Kluger attacking anyone who dares to ask questions about vaccines.  Read more and TAKE ACTION to write to Time and tell them they should be ashamed of running such stories repeatedly, week after week.

ACTION ALERT — FDA’s Proposal to Curb Mercury Fillings Was Secretly Overruled by Senior Government Officials

Posted August 5, 2015
A recent news report revealed an FDA proposal from 2011 that would have told dentists to avoid using mercury fillings in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and people with mercury allergies, kidney diseases, and neurological problems.  Unfortunately, the FDA’s proposal was rejected by senior officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after a so-called cost-benefit analysis was performed. Read more and TAKE ACTION to write to the Department of Health and Human Services and tell them how disappointed you are to learn that this warning from the FDA was rejected and then kept secret.

ACTION ALERT — When Is a Dietary Supplement Not a Dietary Supplement?

Posted August 5, 2015
Under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, a supplement is misbranded if it does not announce itself as a supplement. The actual statute says that it is violating the law if “the label or labeling of the dietary supplement fails to identify the product by using the term ‘dietary supplement,’ which term may be modified with the name of such an ingredient.”  However, according to a guidance issued by the FDA in 2005, the term “Dietary Supplement” by itself “is not appropriately descriptive to be a statement of identity.” Read more and TAKE ACTION to urge the FDA to correct this mistake and comply with federal law.

ACTION ALERT — Defying Voters’ Wishes, House Passes the DARK Act

Posted July 29, 2015
This dangerous, biotech-industry-friendly GMO labeling legislation is on its way to the Senate, but the fight is far from over.  Read more and TAKE ACTION to either thank your representative for voting against the DARK Act or voice your disappointment if they voted in favor of it.  Urge those who voted in favor of it to reconsider that support when the bill comes back to the House floor.  Click the “Take Action” button, then fill in your zip code to find out which way your representative voted.

ACTION ALERT — DARK Act on the Fast Track to Approval

Posted July 22, 2015
The industry-sponsored voluntary GMO labeling bill is heading for a floor vote in the House, and could be voted on any day now. The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)—better known by pro-labeling advocates as the “Deny Americans’ Right to Know (DARK) Act”—was approved last week by the House Agriculture Committee.   Read more and TAKE ACTTON to write to your legislators in both the House and the Senate and urge them to oppose the DARK Act, which would keep consumers in the dark about what’s in their food.

ACTION ALERT — Senator McCaskill Once Again Targets Anti-Aging Supplements

Posted July 15, 2015
Senator Claire McCaskill sent letters to over a dozen major retailers, asking them to supply the Special Committee on Aging with their policies relating to the sale and marketing of adulterated, improperly labeled, or fraudulently marketed supplements, and the reporting of serious adverse events.  The letter intimates that that supplements are unregulated, which is simply untrue.  Read more and TAKE ACTION to write to members of the Special Committee on Aging and urge them to halt this bullying of supplement retailers and maintain consumer access to important supplements. Remind them that federal regulators already have the authority to stop deceitful marketing practices.

ACTION ALERT — Stop Durbin’s Latest Sneak Attack on Supplements

Posted June 8, 2015
Once again, Senator Durbin and his allies are introducing last minute amendments to a must-pass military appropriations bill that threaten Americans’ access to supplements.  Three amendments have been introduced on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016, which would not only be likely to cause supplements to disappear from military bases, it will be only a short step to expand it to US consumers not in the military. Read more and TAKE ACTION to stop Durbin’s latest stealth attack against dietary supplements!