Everyone who reads this please take the time to e-mail, fax, type, or hand-write your own version of this sample letter and then send it to all of your federal Senators and Representatives in Congress as often as possible, and don't stop sending them until this bill is defeated in 2003!
Dear Congressman/woman (last name) Date
I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully request your immediate intervention to prevent the Federal Government from imposing an unnecessary ban on a safe and widely used dietary supplement called androstenedione. Please vote against H.R. 5564 because this bill will jeopardize my legal right to purchase androstenedione under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which was overwhelmingly supported by the American people in 1994. Androstenedione is a safe, non-addictive, non-toxic, natural substance that is found in the pollen of Scotch pine trees. There is no legitimate reason to ban it because it is not a public health hazard, has no potential for abuse, and has been commercially available for many years. Androstenedione has an exceptional safety record and the millions of adults around the world that have used it without any serious side effects should serve as incontrovertible evidence of its safety. In fact, there have not been any deaths linked to the use of androstenedione and the Adverse Event Reporting System maintained by the Food and Drug Administration corroborates exactly that. The Federal Government cannot make a similar claim about other legal products such as alcohol and tobacco which have killed millions of Americans, yet remain legal. An irrational ban on androstenedione would have devastating financial consequences for the entire dietary supplement industry. H.R. 5564 will cause many supplement manufacturers to close their businesses under Title 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and will increase the unemployment rate. Moreover, thousands of distributors and health food stores will be crippled by decreased revenues at a time when there is already significant economic hardship. The government should not ban a supplement with an excellent safety record because of innacurate and sensational media reports which lack credible scientific evidence and do nothing more than misinform the public. As an adult consumer of androstenedione, I believe in personal responsibility and serve as proof that the supplement does not promote any serious side effects whatsoever when used as directed. As a taxpayer, registered voter, and constituent, please protect my consumer right to purchase natural dietary supplements such as androstenedione over-the-counter in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, and do not permit the Federal Government to disregard my civil liberties and the will of the American people by imposing a ban on its manufacture, distribution, and sale in the United States. Sincerely Yours, (Name, info....)