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Wallach Defeats FDA Censorship
The FDA imposes a prior restraint against the communication of any therapeutic claim concerning the effect of a food or dietary supplement on disease when made in association with the sale of that food or supplement. FDA imposes that speech ban even when the claims are demonstrably true. So, for example, if a company that sold prune juice were to represent that the prune juice was a treatment for chronic constipation, the company’s executives would violate federal law, the prune juice could be enjoined from sale and ordered destroyed, and the prune juice would be reclassified by operation of law into an unapproved new drug.
For the love of his country and to further his life’s mission, Wallach wanted to do whatever he could to end the censorship of life saving information concerning foods and supplements.
The FDA has in place a health claims review process. Those interested in communicating nutrient-disease relationship claims can petition FDA for allowance of the claim. If the claim concerns the treatment of disease, FDA prohibits it outright. If, however, the claim concerns the effect of the food or dietary supplement on reducing the risk of or preventing disease, FDA will assess the science and determine whether it thinks the science sufficient to support the claim.
Appalled by the reality that the federal government would act against those who informed the public truthfully of the disease treatment and risk reducing effects of nutrients, Wallach poured tens of thousands of dollars into legal efforts to overturn the FDA’s speech ban and associated himself with others of like mind.
Working with famed health freedom lobbyist Clinton Miller, Wallach generated thousands of petitions to Congress demanding an end to FDA censorship and calling for passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. The DSHEA finally passed Congress in 1994 and was backed by more letters of popular support than any other.