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Since 1994 supplements have been regulated by the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA), which for all intents and purposes, classifies supplements and dietary ingredients as food. Oversight of the law falls under the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which has as its primary mission, to ensure that supplement ingredients are safe, not adulterated or misbranded, and to oversee claims made by supplement marketers. Unlike pharmaceutical companies which can make disease claims, supplements are limited to “structure/function” claims which describe the role a nutrient or ingredient plays on the structure or function of the body.

Recently, the FDA made alarming statements regarding N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), stating that they do not recognize NAC as a supplement. This has led a number of high profile companies to stop making NAC supplements. While no official ruling has been made, the handwriting is on the wall. Access to supplements is becoming increasingly difficult.

Currently, a number of disturbing ideas are circulating amongst members of Congress relating to regulation of dietary supplements. Some of the ideas that have been discussed include making supplements only available by prescription, limiting the amounts of an individual nutrient to be no greater than the RDA/RDI, and significant increases to the FDA’s oversight of the supplement industry that would go far beyond simply making sure that supplements and ingredients are safe. This would significantly reduce your access to quality supplement products.

At the National Health Federation, which I am proud to serve as Vice Chairman, we are fighting to defend your rights to quality supplements, and to make sure that members of Congress recognize the overwhelming benefits that supplements provide consumers. THIS LINK will take you to our recent campaign on protecting your rights and access to supplements. Please visit the link to take a stand on this issue.

Read the article recently published in the organization's Health Freedom News magazine that discusses the NAC situation in greater detail, also providing background on previous bans on supplements.

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