Take a few cups of government corruption. Mix in two scoops of incompetence. Toss in a gallon of Big Pharma greed. And blend. Congratulations, you just cooked up a batch of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
If you’ve had a longtime interest in natural health, you might remember when this “gem” got passed way back in 1994. Essentially, DSHEA pits folks who want to bring new natural supplements to the market against monolithic drug companies.
And right now, one of America’s favorite age-fighting supplements, resveratrol, could get caught in the crossfire.
Under DSHEA, manufacturers that introduce a “new” supplement to the US are supposed to notify the FDA before marketing their product. But the FDA slipped in a rule that gives an unfair advantage to deep-pocketed Big Pharma.
Suppose a drug company starts any sort of research on an ingredient before a supplement maker has the chance to file new dietary ingredient (NDI) paperwork for it. In that case, the drug company can later force the supplement off the market.
In other words, some idle “research” on a natural substance to be used as a potential “drug” gives a drug company control over that supplement even if they have no immediate plans to use it. And in this David versus Goliath scenario, it’s crystal clear that itty-bitty David has already lost.
But it gets worse.
According to the Alliance for Natural Health reporting, 27 years after DSHEA was passed, we’re STILL waiting for that NDI policy to be ironed out. Supplement makers have no way of knowing which supplements require an NDI. Plus, they don’t know what the process would even be for successful submission.
Replacing natural supplements with pricey drugs
And that’s led to one of America’s favorite age-fighting natural remedies being vulnerable to vanishing from store shelves. Because if greedy drug industry bosses have their way, resveratrol could disappear from the market.
Then, the only way you’ll have access to it would be an expensive synthetic “drug” version. And that’s ONLY if Big Pharma decides to let you have it at all.
So today, I’m going to pull back the curtain revealing the sneak attack taking place behind the scenes at this very moment. Plus, I’ll share what you can do to hold on to your own freedom of choice.
You might know resveratrol already as the “red wine antioxidant,” even though wine isn’t the best way to get it. This potent natural extract has been found to fight oxidative stress in higher amounts, such as you would find in a supplement.
And that, of course, is the relentless attack on our cells that you and I would just call “aging.”
Big Pharma loves a cash cow
It’s easy to see why resveratrol is one of the most popular supplements here in the US. Research shows the powerful antioxidant could help us fight back against today’s top four health concerns:
- heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
Plus, resveratrol can help wipe out inflammation, support healthy blood pressure and insulin control, and even help you avoid packing on the pounds.
Best of all, it’s affordable. In fact, you can get a big jar of natural resveratrol capsules that will last you for months for about $20. And when you do, it may even help you cut back on, or even avoid, some prescription meds.
No wonder Big Pharma is irritated. After all, if there’s money to be made, THEY want to be the ones making it. And obviously, they’d prefer to have folks ponying up big bucks for a synthetic prescription-only “drug” version instead.
Now, I get it. That might sound like a far-fetched conspiracy theory at first. Especially if you already take resveratrol and know how easy it is to get.
Except, as the Alliance for Natural Health notes, that could change in a hurry thanks to that shady behind-the-scenes maneuvering I mentioned earlier.
You see, the FDA has ALREADY rejected an attempted “new supplement” notification for resveratrol. Because under their Big-Pharma-friendly rules, it can’t be a supplement since it was once “investigated” as a potential drug back in 2001.
That means theoretically, it could still become a drug one day. And that’s what the FDA is seeking to protect.
How resveratrol could come under fire
Notice what gets priority here? It’s not your rights as the consumer and patient. And it’s not the preservation of the natural compound either. Instead, it’s the drug that doesn’t even exist yet, and may never be created.
Yet under this upside-down system, a drug company could petition the FDA to have natural resveratrol pulled from the market at any time. And that would mean it’s gone for good.
If that seems a little far-fetched or alarmist, you should know it’s already happened before. As the Alliance for Natural Health points out, a form of vitamin B6 called pyridoxamine already fell victim to this ridiculous system.
And that means it could theoretically happen to just about any other natural supplement you and other folks rely on, such as CBD or l-glutamine.
But we don’t have to just sit around waiting for the other shoe to drop on our own favorite supplements. There are two actions you can take.
First, write to your lawmakers. Demand that Congress protect your access to the safe, natural therapies you rely on every day.
Tell them you want them to vote against any red-tape proposals, such as mandatory supplement filing requirements that threaten to take away your freedom to make your own health choices. (To learn more, see the ANH action alert here.)
And second, keep one eye on the headlines and the other eye on the store shelves. If it looks like resveratrol or another one of your favorite supplements is at risk, stock up while you can to ensure you can continue to have access to your essentials for as long as possible.