Defend Vitamin Freedom Now!

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Call by the People of the U.S.A. to Our Political Representatives in Congress

Protect Vitamin Freedom and Natural Health Choice

We call upon you on a matter of urgency affecting the health and life of every man, woman and child in America today as well as all future generations – to help protect the right to unrestricted access and freedom to choose natural health.

Throughout the 20th century the drug industry was artificially created as one of the largest and most profitable investment industries on the planet. A precondition for today’s monopoly of the drug industry over global health care was the strategic elimination of its greatest threat: the scientific knowledge about the health benefits of vitamins and other micronutrients. 

The role of vitamins as essential for health and the optimum function of every cell in our body – and in fact for life itself – has been recognized by 9 Nobel Prizes and is documented in the leading textbooks of biology and biochemistry. Despite these facts the drug lobby was able to essentially eliminate this knowledge from the textbooks of medicine and from medical practice. For decades, this life-saving health knowledge has been sacrificed by the drug lobby in the interest of the global markets of patented synthetic drugs, which are burdened with toxic side effects and exorbitant costs due to patent fees.

In recent years, however, the scientific evidence about the health benefits of micronutrients and other natural substances such as polyphenols in the fight against cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and other major health problems today has exploded. A precondition for the explosion of knowledge in this field was the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) which allowed science-based natural health information to be widely disseminated. This explosion of scientific knowledge about natural, non-patentable health alternatives is now threatening the continuation of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical “business with disease”.

Moreover, the new US administration is determined to promote evidence-based medicine in order to lower health care costs and provide effective medicines to all citizens, thus reducing the influence of merely symptom-oriented, largely ineffective, high-cost pharmaceutical drugs on national health care. To block that the pharmaceutical drug lobby has apparently embarked on a campaign to manipulate public opinion and exert political pressure. Research institutions depending on pharmaceutical sponsorships became spearheads of public campaigns against this new goal of an effective and affordable health care. Leading among these institutions is Harvard Medical School, a private institution which is heavily sponsored by pharmaceutical interests.

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence about the life-saving health benefits of micronutrients in the fight against cancer, heart disease and other serious health conditions, the names of these private institutions are apparently used in a desperate effort to attach some credibility to the anti-vitamin PR campaigns. These campaigns all follow the same pattern: they attempt to bury the Nobel-Prize recognized health benefits of micronutrients and the evidence of thousands of research studies in natural health approaches under the name of a private medical institution which is sponsored by drug interests. That fact alone ends all credibility.

The goals of the pharmaceutical drug lobby are obvious: 1). Manipulate public opinion to increase pressure on US Congress to reverse the Dietary Supplement Health And Education Act. 2). Obstruct the new US administration to finally implement evidence based medicine – including science-based natural health – as the basis of an effective and affordable health care for all Americans. 3). Continue to restrict the access of the American people to science-based, effective, safe and affordable natural health in order to maintain its health care monopoly based on expensive patented drugs and continue to rake in billions in public and private health care money.

The exposure and the dissemination of information about this unethical scheme now makes it impossible for this plan to succeed.

But that is not enough. We must actively protect unrestricted access to natural health and the freedom to choose natural health approaches. Moreover, we must promote scientifically founded and evidence-based natural health as an integral part of health care in order to save millions of lives and billions in health care costs.

Call to the members of US Congress

Cognizant of these facts, we, scientists, health professionals, members of the natural health community and people concerned with the future of our health care demand from all members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate:  

I trust that you recognize the significance of this issue for the health and life of millions of people in America and beyond and act upon it.

Sincerely yours,

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