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ACTION ALERT — Is Raw Milk Cheese About To Get The Axe?

Posted September 23, 2015
It appears that the FDA is going after our best domestic artisanal cheeses, often made from raw milk. The FDA and Health Canada issued a joint assessment claiming a higher incidence of listeriosis—the disease caused by the food-borne pathogen listeria—in cheese made from raw milk as compared to cheese made from pasteurized milk. Read more to TAKE ACTION to send a message to the FDA telling them to look into CAFOs, the real culprits behind foodborne illnesses, rather than artisanal cheesemakers.

ACTION ALERT — New Congressional Bills Aim to Protect Consumer Access to Raw Milk

Posted September 23, 2015
Federal bills have been introduced that will make it easier to sell raw milk across state borders—but they need our support to succeed. The Milk Freedom Act would prohibit the government from interfering with the interstate traffic of raw milk products. The Interstate Milk Freedom Act would explicitly allow the shipment of raw milk between two states where the sale of raw milk is already legal.  Read more and TAKE ACTION to write to your legislators in Congress and urge them to support the Milk Freedom Act and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act!

ACTION ALERT — Are Your Casual Clothes Toxic?

Posted September 9, 2015
A Greenpeace report has found that several major sportswear brands—including Adidas, Nike, and Puma—contain polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), and phthalates. All of these chemicals are linked to major health issues.  The Boxer-Markey chemical safety bill would take much-needed steps in regulating the thousands of chemicals that are currently on the market. Read more and TAKE ACTION to write to your senators and urge them to support the Boxer-Markey bill and oppose the Vitter-Udall bill (drafted by the chemical industry).

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.