Your health freedom at risk

Protect Your Health Freedom!

Contact Your Congressional Representatives and Senators Today!

At VRP, presenting you with the most up-to-date, accurate nutritional research has always been a priority. However, due to the government’s heavy hand, we are often prohibited from reporting upon scientific studies that can empower you to learn more about health.� Now, Congressman Ron Paul has introduced the following three bills that would restore constitutional government, end FDA censorship of health claims, and end FTC censorship of health information. These bills are some of the most crucial health-related pieces of legislation to appear before Congress.

Health Freedom Act (HR 3395). This bill removes FDA’s power of prior restraint over all nutrient-disease relationship claims. Under the bill, FDA may not prohibit any statement concerning a nutrient affecting a disease (including treatment effects) from being made in the market and may only act against a statement if the agency possesses clear and convincing evidence that the statement is false. Presently, FDA blocks an enormous quantity of truthful information concerning the effects of nutrients and foods on disease from reaching consumers. The Health Freedom Act removes that barrier while preserving the government’s power to prosecute those who communicate falsehood. The First Amendment is meant to disarm the federal government of the power to impose a prior restraint on speech. Yet, the FDA has imposed a prior restraint for decades to the health detriment of the public.

Freedom of Health Speech Act (HR 3394). This bill prevents the Federal Trade Commission from taking action against any advertiser that communicates a health benefit for a product unless the FTC first establishes based on clear and convincing evidence that the statement made is false and that its communication causes harm to the public. Presently, the FTC reverses the Fifth Amendment burden of proof on the government when it charges advertisers with deceptive advertising and then demands that they prove their speech true or otherwise be deemed to have advertised deceptively. The Fifth Amendment requires that the FTC bear the burden of proving advertising deceptive. The First Amendment requires that the FTC not act against speech unless the speech is provably false. It may not constitutionally accuse a party of false advertising yet lack proof that the advertising is false and condemn advertising based on an absence of documentation concerning the truth of the statement rather than the presence of evidence establishing the statement’s falsity.

Congressional Responsibility Act (HR 3396). This bill prohibits regulations from regulatory agencies from going into effect unless passed into law by Congress in the way in which the Constitution designates. Under Article I of the Constitution, our elected representatives are the ones given the exclusive power to make laws.

We urge you to write your Congressional Representatives and Senators to support each of these bills. We have made available on our website suggested wording for a letter that you can modify with your appropriate politicians’ names prior to emailing, mailing or faxing your communication to your representatives. Together, we can make a difference in an issue that is crucially important to both our fundamental rights as U.S. citizens and our individual health.

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