Please educate yourself on the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010.
Then contact your elected officials. http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Fell free to copy and reuse. This is the message I have sent:
RE: FDA/Dietary Supplement Safety ACt of 2010
Please vote NO on the upcoming power grab the FDA is attempting to make on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and the laboratory animal industry. The FDA is attempting to require that all health supplements be “proven safe” through a ridiculous model of animal testing (1,000 times normal human dose). This model is contrived to produce a biased result. Animals are much smaller than humans. 1,000 times normal human dose is actually 2,000-3,000 times larger than a normal dose for an animal, depending upon size of the animal.
No testing of food supplements (including herbals), which have been available to the American people since 1994, is needed. These dietary supplements have already been proven safe through many years of actual use. It is the mission of the FDA to prove that substances are unsafe. The FDA does not have the authority to require manufacturers to do testing.