Saturday, April 28, 2007

FDA Guidance about Natural Health Care Remedies

The FDA is issuing a "Guidance" that implies that natural health care products and alternative therapies can be "Medicine." This creates the risk that any non-physician who uses them could be held to be practicing medicine without a license. These practices could be considered "Medicine" and any products intended for such use could be considered untested drugs and therefore could be forbidden.

The FDA is accepting comments about this "Guidance" until May 29, 2007. You can make comments about "Docket: 2006D-0480 - Draft Guidance for Industry on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Products and Their Regulation by the Food and Drug Administration" by going to:

This is the comment I sent to the FDA in regards to Docket 2006D-0480: "I assert my fundamental right to control my own health and health care. I want Complementary and Alternative Modalities ("CAM") to be freely available and not described under FDA guidelines as medicine. The FDA should not be involved nor regulate non-drug alternatives to health care. No effort should be made to classify alternative health care products as drugs. I favor a market approach to regulate their sale. Prescriptions should never be required."

More information about this proposal is available at