Youngevity Is Fighting For Your Rights
Did you know that the FDA is not allowing certain nutritional information regarding your health to become public?
What's involved in the Health Claim Petition Process and is it really a big deal? How many people have heard of Folic Acid? Have you ever heard a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for Folic Acid? You know, the March of Dimes now runs TV announcements as to the importance of Folic Acid and that women of child bearing age should be consuming Folic Acid to reduce their risks of having a child with a Neural Tube Birth Defect. Well, those claims had to be litigated! Yes, the FDA did not want these claims to be freely disseminated! The FDA had to be sued, and the courts agreed that this information should be allowed to be given to the public.
The question is why don't other companies do this? There are several answers from "it's too expensive" or "they don't want to rock the boat" - Yet, once information becomes public, everyone can use the information... No credits to Youngevity or Dr. Wallach.
The claims that Wellness Lifestyles, d.b.a. Youngevity, had authorized so far. Have to do with reducing the risk of certain Cancers by consuming the Trace Mineral Selenium and reducing the risks of CHD or Cardiovascular Heart Disease by consuming EPA and DHA which are Essential Fatty Acids or the EFA Plus found in the Healthy Body Pack.
Wellness Lifestyles, Inc. d.b.a. American Longevity/Youngevity, makers of dietary supplements containing the antioxidant and essential trace element selenium, filed a health claim petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today asking the agency to approve the following two health claims for use on labels and in labeling of dietary supplements containing selenium:
•Selenium may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
|FDA AMENDS OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS/CORONARY HEART DISEASE QUALIFIED HEALTH CLAIM AND EXTENDS CLAIM FOR USE ON CONVENTIONAL FOODS
Dated: September 8, 2004
Washington, D.C. - Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a qualified health claim linking consumption of omega-3 fatty acids with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease (CHD):
“Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One serving of [name of food] provides [x] grams of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids." [See nutrition information for total fat, saturated far and cholesterol content.]
The announcement follows FDA consideration of a health claim petition filed by Wellness Lifestyles, Inc. d.b.a. American Longevity/Youngevity and Life Extension Foundation Buyers Club seeking to amend the agency’s previously authorized health claim for omega-3 fatty acids and CHD.
Dr. Wallach and Youngevity have not only sued the FDA, they have defended the FDA and the Health Claim Petition Process as well. The FDA was sued by a group, the CSPI which was claiming that the Health Claim Petition Process violated the FDA guidelines. Youngevity and Dr. Wallach wanted to help ensure this information continued to be available to the public, so they asked the court to be co-defendants with the FDA. By doing this, they could help to protect the Health Claim Petition Process.
When people think Dr. Wallach or Youngevity are in the nutrition business to only make money, I have to disagree! It is to get this information to the public so they may use it to make a better-informed decision regarding their own health. As long as there are those that would want to limit your access to these nutrients and this information, we will be there to defend your rights to have access to them!