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“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.’” [Gen. 1:29]
The LORD gave; the FDA hath taken away; cursed be the name of the FDA! [paraphrase of Job 1:21]
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine (c. 460-375 BCE)
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” — Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

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URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
REGARDING WWW.THEHERBDOC.COM

Tue, November 10, 2009 2:24:34 PM

From: Flu Virus <flu@ftc.gov>
To: WWW.THEHERBDOC.COM

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
BUREAU OF CONSUMER PROTECTION
WASHINGTON, DC 20580

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

TO: WWW.THEHERBDOC.COM
RE: NOTICE OF POTENTIAL ILLEGAL MARKETING OF  PRODUCTS OR THERAPIES TO PREVENT, TREAT,  OR CURE THE INFLUENZA A/H1N1 VIRUS INFECTION
DATE:  November 10, 2009

Federal Trade Commission staff has reviewed marketing claims on your web site relating to the prevention, treatment or cure of the Influenza A/H1N1 virus infection, most commonly known as swine flu. We remind you that the FTC Act requires that health-related claims, such as claims that a dietary supplement will prevent, treat or cure, or claims that an air filtration device or cleaning agent can kill or eliminate the virus thought to cause swine flu must be supported by well-controlled human clinical studies at the time the claims are made. In other words, it is against the law to make health claims, whether directly or indirectly through the use of a product name, web site name, metatags, or any other means, without scientific support or to exaggerate the benefits of products or services you are promoting. Violations of the FTC Act may result in legal action in the form of Federal District Court injunction or Administrative Order. An order also may require that you pay money back to consumers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this virus is a hybrid of swine, avian and human strains that appears to be spread primarily by close person-to-person contact. Coughing or sneezing allows droplets containing the infectious virus to reach the respiratory tract of persons in close proximity. It may also be spread by touching objects contaminated with infectious droplets and then touching one’s eye(s), nose, or mouth. The recommended antiviral drugs for swine flu are Oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu) and Zanamivir (brand name Relenza). Both are prescription drugs that fight against swine flu by keeping the viruses from reproducing in the body. These drugs can prevent infection if taken as a preventative. However, at this time, no vaccine has been developed.

Action Requested

The FTC staff strongly urges you to review all claims you are making for your products, particularly claims that your products can prevent, mitigate, treat or cure swine flu. If your claims are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence they should be deleted or revised immediately. Please notify us via electronic mail to flu@ftc.gov within 48 hours of the specific actions you have taken to address the agency’s concerns.

FTC investigators have copied and preserved the pages of your online promotional materials and will be revisiting your website 48 hours after you have notified us of the changes you have made.

The so-called “marketing claims” that the FTC claimed were a violation of the requirement that “health-related claims … must be supported by well-controlled human clinical studies” were not unsupported “health claims” at all. They were, in fact, direct quotations from U.S. Patent #7,135,195, dated November 13, 2006, and issued to American Biotech Labs for their compound that is marketed exclusively by Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc., under the brand name “Silver Shield w/Aqua Sol (18 ppm).” According to the patent, this product kills the dangerous MRSA virus, strep, staph, several strains of influenza (flu), salmonella, candida, tuberculosis, and anthrax. (All strains of influenza, including the H1N1 strain, are viruses against which virtually any good antiviral would have at least some mitigating effect.) You can read the patent covering Silver Shield here. Additionally, this product has been used since 2008 by the World Health Organization in a humanitarian effort to fight malaria in children in the African nation Ghana.

Upon receipt of this notice from the FTC I did a Google search for the information to which they had objected, and the same information was found (according to the Google counter) was found on over a million other websites. Yet of well over a million internet pages with nearly identical information about non-prescription products than can help relieve or protect against H1N1 and numerous other viruses and infections (because most of us quoted from the identical original sources), a total of only ten (10) websites were singled out for government persecution. Here’s the proof!

It is my belief that this attack on my website and against me personally were not, in fact, related to any falsely-alleged “marketing claims,” but were instead retaliation against me for unfavorable information posted on this website about the numerous failures of the Food and Drug Administration.

Bibliography: Source materials used to develop the Natural Health information on this site.


Note Well: None of the statements about natural health on this website have been submitted to, or evaluated by, either the Food and Drug Administration or the American Medical Association. All consumable products mentioned in any context on this website are intended to be used as food only, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. According to the United States government, herbs are food or flavorings and cannot be used to treat or cure diseases. If you have a health concern, please consult your health care provider. Any mention of possible “health benefits” of any product refer only to its historical use in “folk” medicine.

All information on this web site is presented for educational and/or religious purposes only, and is nothing more nor less than an expression of our religious belief that all healing is from God, that we can expect to have good health when we live a lifestyle that is in harmony with His universal laws (His Torah), and that He has provided mankind with certain foods and techniques that help the body’s natural healing processes. Regardless of the mistaken opinion of either the FDA, the AMA, or the FTC, this religious expression is specifically protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America!

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