Those of you who think that supplements will be freely available in the USA for long may be interested to learn that by 2010 the situation in the US will be no better than in Canada or in Europe. Companies will still be able to sell protein powder but forget about most of the other products.
We will not only loose the freedom to choose supplements. We will loose the freedom to choose healthy food. Read, watch and judge for yourself. I have lived in a country where it is easy to buy 500 mg tablets of aspirin but close to impossible to buy 500 mg tablets of vitamin C. I hope the people in the US will manage to avoid this fate but it will take many people's combined effort.
Yeah Derek I'm more than ready for a 3rd party who isn't neck deep in corruption. Very few people would seem to argue that we are being more and more controlled by special interest money. Is there a good purpose to lobbying? Try to remind people that we are the politicians employers.
things are not as bad in canada as you may think. the government is requiring products to be licenced. the main reason behind it is so that a total recall can be effected quickly if needed as well as removing fly-by-night companies with unscrupulous products from the market.
the real issues currently are the fact that the system is not in place fully until 2010, border inspectors have no clear list of what is allowed (this leads to widely varying standards of what they chose to let in), and 7-keto seems to have accidentally been classified as a steroid even though it does not exhibit hormonal effects and all human studies are highly supportive of its use.
the first two issues will go away with time, the third can be dealt with within the current system. truly a bigger problem in canada is that we have to deal with two more steps (the importer and the distributor) which jacks up the prices.
btw canada's regulations even provide a tool for rooting out homeopathic vs. naturopathic remedies. the latter will be allowed and the former will be marginalized under the system.
most customers will not notice any difference in canada, except maybe the french who will now be able to read the mandatory bilingual labels. truth is based on current laws which are not enforced, the authorities could shut down just about every supplement vendor due to labelling requirements, so far only a few companies are following the law with respect to this.
the situation in the states seems to be a massive over reaction to what is a problem with the unregulated market. i would not compare it canada where a well thought out process is being enacted that well run companies and consumers will benefit from.
Allow me to interpret that: "An overbearing government is going to super regulate supplements so that they are able to dictate to the people which supplements THEY think are good and which ones THEY think are bad."
Well I certainly can't see a problem with that system.(cough)
Your favorite supplements will most likely no longer exist because the market won't be big enough for companies to produce them profitably if they can only be acquired through a prescription. In addition the prices for those supplements still existing will be 2-10 times higher than what you are currently paying in the US. I have personal experience with the situation in Germany (lived there for 33 years). Most US supplements are not available at all on the market. The only way to legally get them is with a prescription and then ordered through a pharmacy from the US. This is very expensive and time consuming. Once Codex is in place world wide and enforced through the WTO it will be difficult to find any reliable source for most supplements at all. However, those people who like drug solutions don't need to be concerned. Their needs will always be met. Health and freedom are on a different page though, especially when healthy food will be outlawed, e.g. raw milk as it is already in many countries, including Canada and most states in the US. This forum is about nutrition and supplements. Both will be severely compromised in the US very soon like they are already in many other countries. I hope it is not already too late for people to wake up...