By James J. Gormley
These are the central questions explored in Health at Gunpoint: The FDA's Silent War Against Health Freedom, what I hope you will consider to be a groundbreaking book that brings into clear focus the silent war now being waged by the FDA against all of us: American consumers.
The FDA was established in 1906 to protect the U.S. public from misbranded and adulterated foods, drinks and drugs. While the original intent may have been honorable, over the years the execution of this mission has become tainted by lobbyists and money.
In Health at Gunpoint, I present a history of both the natural foods movement and of this over-reaching Federal agency and examine how the agency has changed over the years. I then look at the FDA's most controversial decisions and the troubling reasons behind them.
Why did the FDA try to shut down the supplements industry by getting most supplements classified as drugs? Why did the FDA drag its feet on folic acid fortification while thousands of babies were born with devastating birth defects? Why did the FDA try to get life stages (such as pregnancy and aging) and normal discomforts (such as headaches) classified as diseases? Why are irradiated and genetically-altered food not labeled as such? Why does the FDA favor synthetic additives and dangerous drugs over natural ingredients and dietary supplements? Why did the FDA propose a guidance that would cripple the health food industry as we know it today?
Today, as in the past, the FDA is poised to make decisions that would have a major impact on the health of all Americans. Health at Gunpoint not only sheds light on what is happening, but also explains what you can do about it.
Far from being a “conspiracy theory” book, Health at Gunpoint looks at how Americans made up their minds to develop a more food-secure, cleaner, and healthier world and how they had to fight vested interests and the FDA to create that world for themselves---and for us.
It informs, blows holes in myths, and hopefully will also inspire a brand new generation of health-freedom advocates to fight for their rights!
Note: If you are attending the 2013 Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California, please stop by the Health at Gunpoint book signing at the Square One Publishers' Booth No. 804 on Saturday, March 9th, at 12:00 pm!