Update 5 May 07: This from the OCA:
ANSWER FROM OCA: There is only one group that has launched an alert on this issue, while all other health freedom groups have taken a more reserved stance. After much research and discussion with our allies in the alternative health world, it is the opinion of the OCA that although this FDA Guidance Document deserves attention, it does not change any laws that are already in place, and, in fact, serves as a distraction from some of the more important issues currently going on in regards to alternative health care regulations.
Do you use herbal products with your children? We do. I can’t imagine getting through a winter without elderberries and echinacea, but that is what the FDA would like us to do. It seems like every couple of years, this issue comes up, and I remember about ten years ago stocking up on echinacea seeds in defense. Once again, the FDA is attacking complementary and alternative health care. You can read the new proposed regulations here.
My herbalist friend Liisa of BellaBotanica alerted me to this important issue. She writes, “Please read and sign. You might soon have to go to the doctor for a prescription of vitamin C. This is for real. Emergen-C packets of 1000mg would have to be prescribed by doctors, and your lovely sweet smelling Lavender essential oil would too. This is ridiculous and the list goes on. Are you getting what this will cost us to simply take care of ourselves and practice preventative medicine? Actually I should call it preventative health care. Since “caring” is not a felony yet. This is not right. Help! Please take action and a moment to sign it.”
Dr. John Gilbert writes, “Essential oils, herbs, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, minerals, nutritional supplements, plant enzymes and vitamins are redefined in this
proposal as “medicine.” Very simply, medicine is under the
jurisdiction of the FDA and, by law, only licensed medical doctors may
prescribe “medicines.” Anybody else who advises, advocates, counsels, distributes, markets, recommends or suggests anybody use “medicine” is practicing medicine without a license. This is a felony in the USA punishable by fines and incarceration. Aromatherapy, auricular therapy, biofeedback, color therapy, homeopathy, hypnotism, naturopathy, neurotherapy, nutritional consulting, reflexology, sound therapy and wellness consulting are among the alternative health modalities being redefined as “Alternative Medicine.” This subtle change of vocabulary from “alternative health care” to “alternative medicine” makes all of these industries subject to control by the FDA as medicine. Only medical doctors would be allowed to provide, prescribe and supervise the delivery of these services. Anybody else who provided any of these services would be practicing medicine without a license and subject to incarceration and fines.”