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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Human Rights and Nutrition Information

There is an interesting take in Natural News about the parallels between freedom of speech regarding human rights being outlawed in China, and freedom of speech regarding the values of nutritional supplements in the USA. Something similar is happening in most of the European Union. I believe we need to be on our guard - exactly as we would be if the matter concerned human rights. These are also our rights.

The following short excerpts only give you a brief idea of the article:
Like China's government at the Olympics, the FDA has outlawed free speech by nutritional supplement companies, threatening them with fines, business interruptions and even jail time for their founders if they don't remove all text from their websites and product packaging that seeks to inform consumers about the genuine health benefits provided by their products.
For example, last year the FDA sent threatening letters to 29 growers of cherries, warning that they could not place links on their websites linking to scientific studies documenting the health benefits of cherries. Allowing consumers to be informed of the scientific truth about cherries, it seems, was simply intolerable by the FDA. Any company that linked to a scientific, peer-reviewed study showing cherries to be natural anti-inflammatory foods would be sued by the FDA and put out of business, the letters warned.
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