New evidence to support the use of an incredible natural therapy, if you weren’t already convinced. Action Alert! New studies confirm the power of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to heal. One study demonstrated the power of HBOT to treat opioid addiction. A new review confirms what we’ve known for a while: HBOT helps those with mild traumatic brain injuries recover their cognitive abilities. Read more.
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As is too often the case with this agency, you need only follow the money. Action Alert! Last year, we reported on the FDA attacking companies marketing nasal spray products proven to help with COVID as part of the federal government’s wider campaign to censor and block natural therapies for the virus, since they aren’t FDA-approved drugs. Now, we have a more specific indication of why: there is ongoing research on a nasal spray containing a novel compound to fight COVID; another anti-COVID nasal spray is coming to market in Europe. We believe the FDA is once again acting to protect drug industry interests by blocking competition from natural products, no matter how much harm is caused. Read more.
The mainstream media jumped on a new study purporting to show ivermectin is a failed treatment for COVID. Action Alert! The Wall Street Journal’s headline: “Ivermectin Didn’t Reduce Covid-19 Hospitalizations in Largest Trial to Date.” The New York Times’ headline: “A large study finds that ivermectin does not reduce risk of Covid-19 hospitalization.” Surely this is cased closed on ivermectin’s ability to help with COVID, right? Read more.
Two important updates on the future of NAC, a critical antioxidant supplement—and why we need to keep fighting for access. Action Alert! Last week, the FDA denied two Citizens Petitions from the supplement industry requesting the agency reach a determination that N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) is included in the definition of a dietary supplement. Recall from our previous coverage that the agency has stated in warning letters to supplement makers that NAC does not meet the definition of a supplement because it was approved as a drug first in 1963. Read more.
Access to a broad range of safe, affordable dietary supplements is a pillar of our natural health freedom, and the Administration’s budget makes it clear that they want to clamp down on the U.S. dietary supplement market – increasing costs and decreasing options for consumers. The FDA’s budget includes 14 legislative proposals “designed to bolster the FDA’s authorities to further its mission to protect and promote public health.” Read more.
The President has asked Congress to give the FDA the money and authority it needs to get the supplement “hit list” it wants. Action Alert! Earlier this week, the Biden Administration released their Fiscal Year 2023 budget. Of immediate concern is the inclusion of a request for legal authority and funds so the FDA can move forward with mandatory product listing for dietary supplements, a burdensome, duplicative, and restrictive requirement we’ve been writing about for some time. It is critical that we let our Congressional representatives know that this policy cannot move forward. Read more.
A rumor on the FDA’s estriol ban reminds us that the axe could fall on these hormones at any time, and we have to be ready. Action Alert! Estriol and other bioidentical hormones that millions of women rely on are in dire threat of being banned. The FDA is working to clear the market of non-FDA-approved hormone products to eliminate competition for approved hormone drugs. The agency has doubled down on its rejection of the science on the safety and benefits of compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (cBHRT), so it is up to consumer advocates to make our voices heard and protect access to these crucial medicines. Read more.
Federal policies both make us sick and threaten our ability detoxify with NAC—all while industry lines its pockets. Action Alert! One government agency kowtows to special interests to expose us to dangerous chemicals, and another government agency threatens to ban the very products that can help us recover from being exposed to those chemicals. New information sheds further light on the dangers of many ubiquitous cleaning products for human health—products that the EPA is responsible for reviewing for safety. Read more.
The next six months are critical to halting a terrible policy that would restrict your supplement access. Action Alert! ANH-USA and other stakeholders have been working hard on Capitol Hill to make sure Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) does not get his “mandatory filing” requirement for supplements passed into law. This proposal would require all supplement products to register and be listed with the FDA – and to update that registration with any tiny change to the product’s formulation or edits to the product’s label or marketing. For reasons we’ll describe below, the next six months are a critical period: if Sen. Durbin and his allies don’t push the policy forward by that time, it likely won’t happen during this session of Congress. To stop this supplement-restricting policy, we must keep up the pressure on Congress. Read more.