November 11, 2011
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
Age Res Propria
Our national motto is “In God We Trust”. (Sorry President Obama, it is not “E Pluribus Unum” as you stated recently.) Several different mottoes were considered. I like the one that is the title of this article. That was the one Benjamin Franklin wanted for our national motto. It's Latin for
"mind your own business". Do you think if that were our motto the Federal government might follow
its advice and not be so invasive in our lives?
America is at its best when its people are allowed to be free and produce according to their own merit, ability and initiative. Governments in America, especially the Federal government, have repeatedly and increasingly meddled in our private lives.
“Virtually everything is under federal control nowadays except the federal
- politician Herman E. Talmadge (1913-2002).
Seriously. Read the Constitution, with its clearly stated enumerated powers that the Federal government can rightfully exercise. Then tell me, where does the Federal government get the right to control things like: how much water my toilet uses, what lightbulbs I can use or what foods I can eat? Where does it get the authority to tell the National Restaurant Association that Americans must embrace government approved eating
habits... that they have to “create the appropriate transition” because there will be “resistance” to “reducing sodium and sugar” as the government wants to mandate.
Did you know that there are over 45,000 Federal crimes that are felonies and imprisonment is part of the penalty? Many of these “crimes” do not even require intent on the part of the individual in order to be found guilty. As John Stuart Mill said,
“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over a member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient
Our New Hampshire state motto is “Live Free or Die”. It was written by General Stark years after the revolution was finished. In the same letter he wrote, “Death is not the worst of evils.” The man was, and is, correct. Freedom is precious. How many people have lost their lives while trying to escape communist countries and seeking freedom? They knowingly took the risk because they understood death was less evil than living under a tyranny.
“The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the
- John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist.
So what got me started on this subject? The ridiculous nanny state that assumes you and I are either too stupid or too irresponsible to manage our day to day lives without nameless bureaucrats taking charge of the details in our lives. Of course, they say they are doing it for our wellbeing and with only the best of intentions. The newest insult and outrage comes from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Seventeen years ago the FDA tried to outlaw many supplements – vitamins, minerals and herbs. This so outraged We the People that Congress responded by passing a law, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) which protected supplements from the FDA unless the FDA could prove the supplements were not safe. Now the FDA has drafted new regulations on what it is calling “New Dietary Ingredients”. The definition of “new” in these regulations includes almost anything! If there is more of even
one ingredient in a supplement, it is “new”. If a different extraction process is being used
(i.e. baking or fermentation), it is “new”. If a product uses an ingredient at a “different life stage”
(i.e. ripe versus unripe apples), it is “new”. If an ingredient is made in a laboratory instead of extracted from food – even if chemically identical, it is “new”. If a probiotic formula includes a strain of bacteria that was not found in yogurt 17 years ago, it is “new”. All “new” supplements would be taken off the market until the manufacturers prove that the ingredients are safe. (That means only supplements from companies available in 1994 and made exactly the same way would still be available to buy.)
How does the FDA want them proven safe? The companies would have to conduct animal studies for a full year on every single “new” ingredient, giving the animals 1,000 times the typical dose each and every day! RIDICULOUS! Furthermore, if one manufacturer proves an ingredient safe, that doesn't count for any other manufacturer using the exact same ingredient. Each manufacturer must conduct his own studies on every single “new” ingredient in every product that has any “new” ingredients. The estimated cost for each study is $100,000 - $200,000. Say a company had
six supplement products containing six ingredients each, that would cost them between $3.6 and $7.2 million dollars before they could even offer the supplement for sale. Most manufacturers will not be able to afford this and will go out of business.
The final kicker in these regulations is that, even after proving the safety of the ingredients, there is no requirement for the FDA to approve the supplement. Approval or rejection is at the whim of the FDA officials. The FDA, like many other agencies in the Federal government, is acting as a tyrant. This is not what DSHEA law intended. The FDA is deliberately, for whatever reason, doing an end-run around Congress and defying the expressed wishes of We the People.
Supplements have a proven safety record. They are safer than prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, cosmetics, medical devices and even food. (Food pathogens kill at least 2,000 people a year.)
What can we do? We can write the FDA before the deadline, which is December 1st . A rather cumbersome process that will probably be ignored by the bureaucrats there. More effective is to contact your congressman and two senators. Congress has the power to reign- in the FDA – just like they did in 1970 and 1994 when enough voters complained.
The government should get off our backs and mind its own business. Leave us alone to make our own choices and live with the consequences of our choices. That is what freedom is about.
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