Strong Like Bull:
You may want to overlook the EU law again. Amongst other things, it will reclassify supplements as medicines. It will also prescribe “safe” levels.
What this means is that you will have to go to a doctor to get a prescription.
Assumming the doctor will give you a prescription, she will only be able to give you one for the amount the government has determined to be safe. In the case of vitamins, this will likely be somthing akin to the RDA.
Regarding herbs, the law will only allow doctors to prescribe herbs that have been widely used for at least 30 years, and widely used in EU countries for at least 15. Again, even if the doc is willing to give you a prescription, it will only be for a “safe” amount.
Keep in mind that when you have to go to a doctor,the price of the herb-vitamin is going to skyrocket.
I’m not trying to scare people. This is some serious shit and if anybody out there thinks the anti-supplement legislation in the U.S is only going to be limited to prohormones, their seriously mistaken.
On a somewhat hopefull side, the European alternative community has really banded together to try and stop this.
My hope is that this law represents the “bad cop” of the good cop-bad cop scenario.
In other words, they propose this and we all shit in our pants. Then were more than happy to accept something not as bad. Maybe something that would keep the average person from finding out saw palmetto works great for the prostrate, but not the type of law that would keep more enterprising researchers from figuring this out.
Not to sound paranoid, but keep a few general things in mind:
The supplement industry is finally starting to impact pharmaceutical profits. People are starting to wake up that modern medicine, for all of its benefits, is not the be all and end all.
This is scaring the shit out of Big Pharma
Nazi Germany passed laws similiar to this one in order to crack down on alternative practioners. As you may have guessed, the laws were all written in the spirit of protecting people.
Interestingly enough, Germany has the most votes of any of the EU nations. Something to make you go hmmm. . .
Praying this shit stops,