Politically, I tend to be somewhat libertarian. I don’t like government interference and regulation as a general principle; I prefer to let the people and the market govern, without the heavy-handed bureaucrats getting involved, because that almost never ends well.
But I think I’ve had enough. I am almost ready to call for the iron boot of government regulation, bureaucracy, and oppression to descend on a portion of the free market.
It is long past time for some serious control on that scam-laden industry known as “supplements.”
Apparently, under current law, if you claim that your product is “herbal” or “all-natural,” you are exempt from FDA regulation and scrutiny. And as long as you don’t cite any actual scientific studies or claim any concrete medical benefits, you can imply and hint at and use anecdotal evidence for anything you like.
And you can tout your crap all over the place — the TV, the radio, and the internet.
“Natural” is being touted as a synonym for good, for beneficial, for nigh-miraculous — and that’s a crock. “Nature” is not warm and fuzzy and nurturing, it’s nasty and brutal and utterly unconcerned with anyone’s welfare. Here’s a little hint: dirt is natural. Disease is natural. decay is natural. Things like disinfectants, antiseptics, and antibiotics are artificial.
I have HAD it. I want to sic the FDA, the IRS, the DEA, and any other three-letter agencies that can be persuaded to go after these scam artists and quacks who are responsible for a huge chunk of the spam I get every day, who fill up the radio and TV with their scams.
I’d like to see them all locked up and forever denied any sort of modern medical treatment, just having to live on their own “miracle” products.