“Free Speech about Science Act of 2011” – ANH Takes Lead…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Sometimes we all forget how very large the North American Health Freedom Movement actually is.  Sometimes, because of its sheer size it becomes unwieldy. But, for certain, there are those that, every day, see something that needs doing – and simply do it first, reminding us all what we need to do next.

The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) took the lead, this week, in the North American Health Freedom ventures when they announced support for, and energized their membership, to support “The Free Speech about Science (FSAS) Act, HR 1364.” 

Good for them.

Here’s what their article led off with.

“Today, the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011 was introduced in Congress by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Please tell Congress how important this bill is!

As we reported last week, a new bill in Congress promises to revolutionize the way Americans get access to scientific research on the health benefits of foods and supplements.

The Free Speech about Science (FSAS) Act, HR 1364, would change FDA regulations so that legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies can be referenced without changing the food’s regulatory category to an unapproved drug. This will protect access to scientific information, and will protect your right to know about the healthy benefits of food and food supplements. The bill amends the appropriate sections of current law to allow the flow of legitimate scientific and educational information while still giving FDA and FTC the right to take action against misleading information and against false and unsubstantiated claims.”

You can read the whole article by clicking here.

The ANH, formerly the American Association for Health Freedom, based in the Washington DC area, says about their mission:

“The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA)*, is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable health and freedom of choice in healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural-health practitioners to practice and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options they prefer. Since 1992, we have worked to shift the medical paradigm from an exclusive focus on surgery, drugs and other conventional techniques to an “integrative” approach incorporating functional foods, dietary supplements and lifestyle changes. This is the way to improve health and extend lives while reducing the costs of healthcare back to a sustainable level.”

Stay tuned.

Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate