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ACTION ALERT — Nutritionists Excluded in New Federal Bill

Posted September 3, 2014
A new Senate bill, dubbed the “Older Americans CARE Act,” was introduced last week by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). It would create funding for programs that give support and provide services to the elderly; those services can be provided by “a nurse, registered dietitian, case manager, health coach, or social worker.” Note that “nutritionist” is absent from that list.  Read more and WRITE TO YOUR SENATORS and ask that S.2763, the Older Americans CARE Act, be amended to include other nutrition professionals in the list of those who can provide medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to elderly patients.

ACTION ALERT — Respected Analyst Says GMOs Could Destroy Life on the Planet

Posted August 27, 2014
There is clear evidence that GMOs pose risks (such as increased herbicide use) that could easily destabilize ecosystems, pose grave dangers to human health, and all without much benefit to the farmer or indeed anyone but the manufacturer. Read more and TAKE ACTION.  Write to the USDA and ask the agency to do, for the first time, detailed statistical analyses of ecological risks when considering the deregulation of GM crops.

ACTION ALERT — Tell USDA and President Obama to Stop Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” Crops

Posted August 22, 2014
Over a hundred million additional pounds of toxic pesticides associated with cancers and birth defects are coming to a field near you. UNLESS YOU STOP IT!    “Agent Orange” crops are genetically engineered by Dow Chemical to promote the use of 2,4-D, one of the herbicides in the toxic mixture Vietnam veteran’s know as Agent Orange. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is on the cusp of approval, even though they acknowledge the use of this toxic pesticide will skyrocket.   There is a 30-day public comment period and it MIGHT BE OUR LAST CHANCE to stop this chemical assault – Sign the petition today!   Read more and TAKE ACTION.

ACTION ALERT — New Report Finds FDA Deliberately Deceptive—and Slowly Poisoning Millions of Americans

Posted August 22, 2014
U.S. consumers are in dark about mercury in dental products—and they are kept there deliberately by the government.  Read more and TAKE ACTION.  Tell the FDA to implement truthful, transparent labeling of mercury fillings, which will allow our country to keep its commitment to the Minamata Convention—and will educate the public about what they’re putting in their mouths.

ACTION ALERT — Tylenol Use During Pregnancy May Increase ADHD Risk for Children

Posted August 2, 2014
A study just published in JAMA Pediatrics finds that Tylenol (acetaminophen) taken by women during their pregnancy may raise the risk of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and similar disorders in their children up to 40%—with the risk increasing the more acetaminophen the mother takes.   The manufacturer and some doctors are trying to dismiss the new research, despite mounting evidence of Tylenol’s dangers.  Read more and TAKE ACTION.  Tell the FDA to change its labeling on drugs containing acetaminophen to provide a warning to pregnant mothers.

ACTION ALERT — Insurance Company Drug Managers Now Deciding What’s Medically “Necessary”

Posted August 8, 2014
Compounded medications aren’t being covered—which means FDA-approved drugs will own the marketplace.   Read more and TAKE ACTION.   Write to the pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts, Optum Rx, CVS Caremark, and Catamaran. Tell them to preserve coverage for compounded medications. Explain that they have no authority to override a doctor’s healthcare directive with their own assessment of what is “medically necessary.” 

ACTION ALERT — Everyone Knows BPA Is Toxic—But It’s Still Being Used Anyway!

Posted August 8, 2014
A new bill introduced by Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) in the Senate, and Reps. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) in the House, would ban BPA in food packaging. “The dangers of BPA have been well demonstrated.”  The bill, S 2572 and HR 5033, currently has twenty-one sponsors.  Read more and TAKE ACTIONPlease contact your legislators immediately and ask them to support the Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014, also known as the BPA Act!

ACTION ALERT — Tell the FDA That Regulating LDTs as Devices is a Bad Idea

Posted July 16, 2014
Laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are diagnostic tests developed and performed by local labs. They are widely used—thousands of different LDTs are available—and include genetic tests, tests for rare conditions, and companion diagnostics. LDTs are vital tools for personalized medicine because labs can even create custom diagnostic tests.  Other diagnostic tests—in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test kits—are regulated by the FDA as “devices.” Commonly, these are products containing all or most of the components needed to perform a test, which are then packaged and commercially distributed. The FDA is considering whether to regulate LDTs the same way, which would mean each test would have an evidentiary mountain to climb—difficult when tests are custom-designed for one particular patient!  Read more and TAKE ACTION to tell the FDA that laboratory-developed tests should not be regulated as devices!

ACTION ALERT — FDA Proposes New Rules for Compounding

Posted July 16, 2014
There are two FDA documents open for comments that greatly need your input.

Read more and please take action immediately on both these proposals, and send your comments to the FDA today! Remember that legal action is not possible until rules are final, and the more comments we can get in now the stronger we will be.

ACTION ALERT — Will Human Beings Soon Stop Bathing?

Posted July 10, 2014
And instead use pro-biotics for the skin? Meanwhile, must we try to kill every germ on us, good or bad, with triclosan?  The FDA is asking for public comment on the agency’s 2014–2018 priorities. Contact the agency and point out that a review of triclosan is not mentioned anywhere in priorities. Demand that they stick to their stated 2016 deadline, and suggest they issue draft a proposal by 2015 on triclosan to give the public time to review and comment.  Read more.

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