Labeling Practices

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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)

We reveal health secrets your doctor and the
government don’t want you to know about!

DISCLAIMER: Important Legal Notice

Nutritional Product Labeling Practices

Before the advent of the American Medical Association on May 7, 1847, healers were free to use any form of their art that had proven effective between the dawn of civilization and the mid-19th century. From that point to the present, only those techniques and practitioners specifically approved by the members of that organization have been permitted to practice the healing arts. The development of antipyrine in 1883 and aspirin in 1897 set the stage for the next 10 decades of what we can look back on in retrospect as the Pharmaceutical Century [source]. With the founding of the Food and Drug Administration in 1930, the “approval” and control of what could and could not be used for healing was handed over to representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, a present virtual monopoly that has the power to put all competitors out of business through their ability to “outlaw” any product that threatens their profits.

Suffice it to say that at the present time there are simply no legal requirements concerning "truth in labeling" for nutritional products.

About the only restriction is that manufacturers of nutritional products may not make claims concerning the health benefits of their products. For example, it has long been common knowledge that cranberry juice is beneficial in the treatment of urinary tract infections. However, although the manufacturer of cranberry food products may not make that claim, unaffiliated third parties may make such claims, whether or not such claims are approved by the F.D.A.

F.D.A. “approval” has little or no bearing on whether or not a product is truly effective for the use for which it is being advertised or sold, or even whether or not it is safe for human consumption. However, this restriction does not apply to anyone who is not primarily an herbal manufacture and who wants to market an “herbal” product. For example, although herbal companies are prohibited from selling any form of ephedra, any other company is free to sell ephedra in every gas station and truck stop as a “pep pill.”

Any product that contains only 10% natural ingredients in it may be labeled and advertised as a "natural" product. Products may contain large amounts of harmful ingredients that are not required to listed on the label (MSG for example, is known to be a major cause of migraine headaches, but it is not required to be listed on the ingredients of any packaged food product).

When my wife and I were operating a natural health practice, a client of ours purchased a bottle of “St. John’s Wort” at a national chain-store “nutrition center,” and complained to us that it did not seem to be helping her. Upon examination of the bottle, we found that although the product was labeled as “St. John’s Wort” the primary ingredient listed was talc (yes, talcum powder), and that there was absolutely no St. John’s Wort herb listed anywhere in the product’s list of ingredients.

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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