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Clinton Ray Miller passed from this life with the love of his family on July 24, 2013. Clinton will be remembered for his powerful influence of truth, and his unyielding commitment to family, church, and health freedom. He joined the throngs of great pioneers on Pioneer Day.
Born on March 14, 1922 in Preston, Idaho, to Raymond Nephi and Clarice Stockdale Miller.
Clinton grew up working in the family business, the Miller Honey Company. Diligent hard work and perseverance were his trademarks. He graduated from East High and the University of Utah.
Married his eternal sweetheart, Bonnie Jean Kent, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 13, 1944. He treasured Bonnie, and has missed her deeply since her passing in 2006.
During World War II, Clinton served as a Pilot of a B-17 Bomber. He worked as an English Teacher and Top Sales Rep for Utah Woolen Mills in Alaska. He founded Clinton’s Wheat Shop, and represented the National Health Federation as legislative advocate, defending our health freedoms from 1962 through 1990. His work in this field was pivotal and enduring. He labored in this cause through his 90th year. Above all, Clinton was dedicated to his wife and family. A faithful Latter-Day Saint, Clinton served in many leadership positions and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone he met. He devoted the last three years of his life to full-time family temple work in the St. George Temple.
Survived by six children: Kent, Raymond, Daniel (Sondi), Joy, Michael (Shauna), Kathleen (Dave); 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by Bonnie, parents, two sisters, two brothers, and two grandsons.
A Graveside Service will be held Sat., July 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the SLC Cemetery. A Memorial Service will follow at the LDS Chapel; 1830 E. 6400 S. SLC 84121. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund or LDS Missionary Fund.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from July 26 to July 27, 2013
Is the American Medical Association Attempting to Undermine DSHEA?
Is this an intended or unintended consequence of their proposal?
June 20, 2013: The American Medical Association (AMA), the trade association that represents about 30% of US physicians is holding its annual meeting in Chicago this week. During this meeting, the House of Delegates, their elected officers vote on resolutions regarding medical practice and sometimes even government regulations and practices.
At the 2013 event, the AMA is considering several resolutions that have broad national implications.
Banning the Sale of Energy Drinks to Minors: In an expected move, the AMA backs Senator Richard Durbin’s desire to ban the marketing of energy drinks to minors. If Senators Durbin and Blumenthal could, they would ban energy drinks altogether. Since they cannot, they want to stop them from being marketed to minors. Will we see regulations implemented that require consumers to show a drivers license and to sign a form at the pharmacy or check-out counter to purchase Monster or Red Bull the way we do for Sudafed and other ephedrine containing OTC cold tablets?
Opposing GMO Food Labeling: The AMA stands ready to adopt a resolution which opposes even voluntary labeling of genetically engineered foods, and opposes a moratorium of planting genetically engineered crops. The organization’s resolution states, “consumers wishing to avoid bioengineered foods can purchase foods that are certified USDA Organic. This labeling term indicates that no bioengineered ingredients were used in the food.”
Declaring Obesity a Disease The AMA has a resolution that would redefine obesity as a disease. Obesity is defined as being more than 20 percent above recommended weight, and contributes to a number of medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It is not however in and of itself a disease and should not be designated as such.
Why This Matters: There are likely many consequences to the insurance industry and even the workplace if such a designation is adopted. One area of particular concern is the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) response to such a designation. As you may recall, the FDA once attempted to declare that being pregnant was a disease, and getting older was a disease.
A big question is whether declaring obesity a disease would lead to an attempt to change the regulation on foods and supplements that are marketing for aiding weight loss. Would the FDA begin declaring dietary supplements marketing to aid weight loss as ‘unapproved drugs’ because they are making a claim to cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent the disease of obesity?
Did the AMA decide to make this declaration by themselves or was their collaboration with anyone at the FDA or other Health and Human Service agencies?
Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation will be exploring and keeping you informed.
Senator Richard Durbin Poised to Introduce Legislation That Will Impact Access to Dietary Supplements
There are reports today (June 19, 2013) that Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Majority Leader has plans to reintroduce his misguided legislation entitled the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act. This bill, if enacted into law, will drive the cost of supplements up and likely lead to reduced access to many supplements. The intent of this bill is to expand the powers of the Food and Drug Administration and to make it harder for supplement companies to stay in business. The labels of dietary supplements are now available online from another government source, so the wind has been taken out of Senator Durbin’s sails! We do not expect this to stop him, but other legislators will be pleased that a label database exists, therefore eliminating any perceived need.
Labeling Information Is Now Available Online: On June 17th, the National Institutes of Health launched the Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD). www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov
This is a joint project of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine with input from federal stakeholders who participate in a federal working group on dietary supplements. These include representatives from most NIH institutes and centers, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Institute of Standards of Technology, and Department of Agriculture.
The database provides the actual data from dietary supplements by brand. As stated on the website, the goals of the database program are to:
Include the full label information from all of the dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S. with a Web-based user interface that provides ready access to the data;
- Serve the broader research community that has expressed the need for a DSLD;
- Serve as an educational and research tool for students, academics, other professionals, and potentially, health care providers and the public.
The NIH intends to expand the purpose of this database for research purposes, to be able to study the trends in dietary supplement product availability.
The ODS has already made available the My Dietary Supplements (MyDS) app available, at https://myds.nih.gov which allows consumers to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products being taken, and has science-based information on dietary supplements. This app is not in I-Tunes, so go straight to the website to download. We have double-checked and confirmed the ODS is NOT collecting any information about what you input to the APP. They do ask for your email so they can notify when there are updates.
Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation will alert you if Senator Durbin decides to move forward on his legislation. Every American who uses supplements needs to be engaged in protecting our access. In the mean time, please sign up here to be added to our mailing list.
Senate Gets Busy On Genetically Engineered Food
Legislation: Congressman Peter DeFazio and Senator Barbara boxer introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act (H.R.1699 & S.809) in late April. There are currently 29 Representatives and 11 Senators co-sponsors.
This week, Senator Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee moved S.954, The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (i.e. the Farm Bill) out of Committee and took straight to the Senate floor for action Her strategy is to get the bill pushed in the Senate before other Bills such as the Immigration Bill consume the legislative calendar.
Many Senators are still angry that Senate Amendment 74 to strike Section 735 the Plant Protection Act (the so-called Monsanto Rider) was not adopted in the ‘must pass’ Continuing Resolution legislation earlier this year. Senator Mikulski, Chair of the Appropriations Committee kept Section 735 of the Continuing Resolution in the Senate Version of HR 933 – the bill that will keep the government funded through September 30th. This authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to grant companies such as Monsanto and Bayer the ability to have their genetically modified (GMO) seeds planted, even when a judge has blocked the planting where safety has not been proven.
A national survey was conducted during in February and March in which 96.6% of Americans who responded voted to strike Section 735, to preserve the roll of the judiciary and protect our farms and food supply for the planting of seeds that have not been proven safe.
Senators Have Numerous Amendments Pending: The action on the Farm Bill is very fluid. There are more than 135 Amendments already offered on the Bill. Four that need our support are below.
They May Vote This Week: As stated above, Senator Stabenow is trying to wrap this up this week before they head home for Memorial Weekend.
What Can You Do?
- Calls to Senators Stabenow (202) 224-4822) and Senator Cochran (202) 224-5054 and most importantly to your own Senators are vital.
The Senate Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Message: You are among the 90+ percent who want mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food and the 96.6% who want Section 735, the Patient Protection Act struck from the law. Furthermore, you support measures to prohibit the sale of genetically altered salmon. At the very least, you want the following Amendments included in the Farm Bill: SA 978 SA 1025 SA 965 SA 934.
- Take the survey below so we can quickly build numbers to share with legislators:
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- Share this message with your community to get action by as many people as possible this week.
Information on Important Amendments: Not all Amendments will be voted on so the more support for these Amendments to more likely they are to be included:
SA 978. Mr. MERKLEY (for himself, Mr. TESTER, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. BEGICH, Mr. HEINRICH, and Mrs. BOXER) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 954, which will strike Section 735, the Plant Protection Act.
SA 1025. Mrs. BOXER (for herself, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. BEGICH, Mr. HEINRICH, and Mr. TESTER) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, with a SENSE OF THE SENATE CONCERNING THE LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS.” Sense of the Senate.–It is the sense of the Senate that the United States should join the 64 other countries that have given consumers the right to know if the foods purchased to feed their families have been genetically engineered or contain genetically engineered ingredients.”
SA 1026. Mrs. BOXER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 954, to require a USDA&FDA to prepare a Report to Congress on the methods of labeling genetically engineered food (also referred to as “GMO”) in nations that require such labeling and the probable impacts of having differing State labeling laws in the absence of a Federal labeling standard with respect to genetically engineered food.
SA 965. Mr. SANDERS (for himself and Mr. BEGICH) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 954, CONSUMERS RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD ACT to preserve states rights to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering or derived from organisms that have been genetically engineered.
SA 934. Mr. BEGICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 954, PROHIBITION ON SALE OF GENETICALLY ALTERED SALMON.
Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation has for a number of years focused its national activities under the banner of the CodexFund.com website. In 2013, to streamline and provide a single ‘go to’ site, we are blending codexfund.com back into the SHFF website.
Our goal is to make sure everyone is informed of the national and international issues that may affect our health freedom.
Covered Topics Include:
- National & International Regulations & Guidelines
- Legislation & Politics
- Enforcement Actions
- News & Research
- International Treaties and Organizations (Such as the Codex Alimentarius)
For Areas of Specific Interest to the Health Freedom Community Including:
- Dietary Supplements
- Foods Including Organics and Genetically Modified (GMO) Crops & Foods
- Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Hot Topics in April 2013
Dietary Supplement New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Guidance Document: In July 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed NDI Guideline for Dietary Supplements. This was long awaited by industry as it is one of the final sections of the 1994 dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) to be implemented. The Guideline had a number of provisions what were out of line with the existing law and was a clear attempt to change the law through an administrative document. Your calls, letters, and comments to the record contributed to the decision by the FDA Commission to go back to the drawing board on the guideline and to include the community in that process. As of early 2013 they have taken no action. We will keep you posted on the news and action items on this issue.
Energy Drinks (caffeine): The economic success of a group of products typically referred to as ‘energy drinks’ or ‘energy shots’ are the latest targets in the dietary supplement/food industry. Last year Senator Richard Durbin, a powerful democratic Senator from Illinois, was joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut in the introduction of legislation that would have undermined DSHEA. His latest focus on the supplement industry is ‘energy’ products. Products with names like “Monster”, “Red Bull”, and “Full Throttle” are marketed sometimes as foods and sometimes as dietary supplements. These legislators have stated that industry is taking advantage of what they perceive as ‘loop holes’ in food and drug law that allow companies who market liquid products as either supplements or foods. They have recently been joined by Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts in this activity. The legislative staff from these offices recently investigated 14 companies and issued a report entitled,
“What’s All the Buzz About?” (http://markey.house.gov/sites/markey.house.gov/files/documents/2013-04-10_EnergyDrink_Report_0.pdf)
It looks like there is a move to set an upper limit of caffeine in these products, as well as to include the following warning on the label: “This product is not intended for individuals under 18 years of age, pregnant or nursing women or for those sensitive to caffeine. Consult with your doctor before use if you are taking medication and/or have a medical condition.”
While most of the products specifically named are manufactured by large corporations such as Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola and PepsiCo; there will be a trickle down to dietary supplement companies that produce ‘energy shot’ products, other products that include caffeine. We are monitoring this closely. We know there is an underlying goal by the “anti-DSHEA” crowd to shift dietary supplement regulations into a model that mirrors drug regulation, requiring pre-market approval of products and other more onerous regulations. Such a move would only serve to drive the cost of supplements up, force small companies out of the market place, and lead to limits on some ingredients. SHFF believes that both the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sufficient authority to regulate supplements and foods.
DMAA Warning Issued: Dimethylamylamine also referred to as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, geranium extract, or simply DMAA is an ingredient the FDA is focused on. In April 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to 10 manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements containing DMAA. The FDA had determined that DMAA is a New Dietary Ingredient and wants safety data submitted. This month, the FDA issued a public warning, after determining they consider DMAA to an illegal ingredient. USPlabs has submitted data to the FDA to keep the product in the market place, while other companies have agreed to remove it from products. The FDA, who last year included in their announcement a push for adverse events reports, announced they have received 82 adverse event reports on DMAA products, mostly from consumers. The agency confirms that there is no confirmation that the adverse events that were reported are confirmed to be the result of taking a DMAA containing product. It appears that USPlabs will fight the FDA’s decision. We will keep you updated as things develop.
Folic Acid: Two National Institutes of Health (NIH) offices announce research activity to evaluate ‘the safe use of high intakes of folic acid’ and ask for public input. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) is planning a workshop to identify research needs based on consideration of the state of the science related to the safe use of high intakes of folic acid. This project aims to identify research needs and inform the development of a research agenda for evaluating the safe use of high intakes of folic acid. The NIH has published a notice of this project in the Federal Register and requested input. The Comment Period Closes on May 28, 2013.
The following website links are relevant to this activity:
Federal Register Notice: https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-07901
NTP Folic Acid Approach document: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/NTP/ohat/FolicAcid/NTPFolicAcid_Approach_508.pdf
Online Submission website: http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/index.cfm?objectid=038729E5-D082-3DAC-8A00EE5B4F953D6F&fa=form.Add&form_id=10
SHFF will be submitting comments to the record and posting them on this site.
Check back soon.