Thanks to the tenacity and dedication of Jonathan Emord, Esq , the cause of health freedom won a significant victory last week when he defeated the FDA in a landmark 1st Amendment decision. This was a key federal case argued for ANH-USA and other plaintiffs by the Emord law firm. It was a remarkable seventh victory for Emord over the FDA in the area of allowable health claims for food or supplements.
Unless reversed on appeal, the decision restricts the Agency’s ability to place gag orders on the emerging science behind healthy foods and dietary supplements. The U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia ruled that the FDA violated the First Amendment rights of a supplement company in censoring a legitimate and truthful health claim about how selenium can reduce the risk of cancer.
The FDA has a long history of violating the First Amendment rights of supplement manufacturers in suppressing truthful and scientific health claims. According to Mike Adams of www.NaturalNews.com , “The FDA applied its doctrine of censorship to these selenium supplements in the same way it oppresses truthful and scientifically-supported health claims across all dietary supplements. The purpose of the FDA’s censorship of truthful information about the health benefits of dietary supplements, as NaturalNews readers already know, is to keep the American people nutritionally illiterate and protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.”
Ahh, isn’t it always about the money? The FDA does not want to allow legitimate health claims for foods or supplements because it might create competition for the drug companies that fund its overhead. The ANH announcement pointed out that the Environmental Protection Agency does not, so far as we can see, represent the interests of coal mining companies. So why should the FDA represent the drug companies rather than the public? Probably because the monopoly created for drug companies by the FDA has given the drug companies vast sums to spend to gain influence. Coal companies are poor by comparison.
Kudos to Mr. Emord! As the ANH website put it,”Although the struggle is far from over, this court victory is an important milestone along the way to an eventual victory for free speech, uncensored science, and common sense.”