New Ron Paul Bill Would Restore Some First Amendment Rights for Supplement Producers

It’s the latest in a series of the candidate’s bills supporting health freedom and our access to natural health remedies. A new Action Alert!

The Testimonial Free Speech Act, HR 2908, is a brief bill that would allow the dissemination of testimonials “containing a consumer’s actual perception of the mitigative, preventive, or curative properties of any food or dietary supplement based on the consumer’s experience with that food or dietary supplement.”

To some extent, the bill addresses the FDA’s contention that only drugs can show real benefit—because, by the agency’s definition, only drugs can cure, mitigate, or treat disease. Any mention of the therapeutic benefits of supplements, whether through personal testimonials, citied scientific literature, etc., is automatically considered “misbranding.”

We applaud Ron Paul for this bill, and for some other closely related free speech in healthcare/health freedom bills he has introduced in the current Congress:

  • HR 2044, the Health Freedom Act: Prohibits FDA from preventing a disease claim unless it is “false and misleading in a material respect.” Amends the FD&C Act to say, “A food or dietary supplement for which a claim is made…is not a drug solely because of such claim.”
  • HR 2045, the Freedom of Health Speech Act: Increases the burden of proof required by the FTC to prove false advertising cases against dietary supplement manufacturers. Excerpted scientific studies will not be considered advertising.

There are many other important Paul bills…

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Jason Rink is the Editor-in-Chief of The Liberty Voice. Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society. He is the producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of “Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul. See more of his work at his writing at JasonRink.com and his film production work at FoundationMedia.org.

1 Comment

  1. Bob Marshall

    September 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I like and support Ron Paul but i am afraid that something would happen to him if he was elected. Look at what happens when a presidents trys to bring the Federal reserve under control or stop a war the global elite has started and the amount of wealth that would be lost to the coporate elite as well as those tied to the industrial military complex weapons programs. Smedly Bulter! “War is big business”. The love of money is the root of all evil and their is plenty of evil in Washington.

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