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Dear Friends,

We need to take action, and we need to take action now. Once again, there's a movement in Congress to restrict your freedom to use nutritional supplements. The only way to stop it is for us to flood our elected representatives with so many e-mails and faxes that they will be forced to say no to the powerful interests that are behind this movement.

Because this may come up to a vote as early as TODAY (Monday), the time to take action is NOW!

It is especially important for those of us living in Illinois to act, since the bill was introduced by our own Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) - He cares about what WE think more than he cares about what the rest of the country thinks!!!!  We are the ones who put him in office and we can let him know that WE DON'T LIKE WHAT HE'S UP TO ONE BIT!!!


As early as today, the Senate will be considering this amendment to a Department of Defense funding bill, S. 2400. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) - whose continued campaign against nutritional supplements in the name of "safety" threatens your future access to supplements, your freedom, your health, and in many cases, our businesses - has introduced an amendment to this bill that will restrict access to certain dietary supplements on military bases and place reporting requirements on manufacturers that are even stricter than those for over-the-counter drugs.

Durbin's amendment requires that manufacturers of dietary supplements who sell to the military implement a system where serious adverse events are reported to the FDA for all products containing stimulant ingredients, with exception of caffeine. Just one complaint of a serious adverse reaction attributed to a dietary supplement would give the FDA license to remove entire classes of supplements (hundreds of products) from the market, even if that product was used against manufacturer's instructions. This nefarious bill is singling out "stimulants"- a sure step towards banning such supplements altogether.

But mark my words, virtually all nutritional supplements are at risk.

Remember, you can make a difference.

Don't underestimate the power of such a grassroots movement. Ten years ago, your grassroots efforts were instrumental in rallying the passing of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). Millions of letters were written to our Congressmen and Senators in support of this legislation - it generated more letters than any other issue in US history. Because of DSHEA, which reduced the FDA's power to block the production, sale, and use of natural substances, we have free access to herbs, amino acids, vitamins, hormones, minerals, and other nutritional supplements.

Do it now -- send an e-mail and forward this to everyone you know.

Time is of the essence. This amendment to S. 2400 could come to a vote as early as today.

What can you do? E-mail your senators today and ask them to vote against this amendment. If you've already done so, do it again. (You may also send a fax.)

Forward this to your friends and get them to contact their Senators. If each one of us could commit to generating just 10 e-mails and those people to 10, etc....millions of messages would descend upon Washington. You may not realize how powerful a grassroots campaign like this can be, but our elected officials cannot ignore something of this magnitude.

Click here to learn more and to contact your senators.

To our health and freedom,

Debra Poneman
(based on letter originally written by Julian Whitaker)

P.S. This isn't the first threat to health freedom we've seen lurking on the horizon, and you can bet it won't be the last. I'll keep you informed on all these issues, but for now, let's send a strong message that we're not going to take this lying down. Voice your opinion about the amendment to S. 2400 by e-mailing your Senators today.