Letter to my senator to KILL FED Bill S.1310, the “Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011″

Letter to my senator to KILL FED Bill S.1310, the “Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011

by Breezy Kiefair on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 7:48am ·

Dear Senator,

Citing problems with the marketing and labeling of energy drinks and brownies, Senator Dick

Durbin has introduced S.1310, the “Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011.” I am writing you to tell you

that this bill is unnecessary, fixes no problems whatsoever, and is a job-killer.  I am whole-heartedly

opposed to this bill.

Senator Durbin is hyping this bill to you and colleagues as one to  “protect consumers” of dietary

supplements by increasing FDA regulations on supplements because of a supposed gray line between

conventional foods and dietary supplements.  Yet, for ten years the FDA has been at fault.  It has blindly

refused to  clarify what it considers to be conventional-food dietary ingredients  (triggering  different

ingredient safety requirements) and what it considers to be dietary-supplement ingredients  (regulated

under the Dietary  Supplement  Health and  Education  Act of 1994).  DSHEA mandates that  dietarysupplement ingredients be regulated under a different set of standards and requirements than those

covering conventional foods and prescription and OTC drug products.

Amazingly, S.1310 has only one clause in it that is even directly related to the conventional-food

and dietary-supplement ingredient issue (requiring the HHS Secretary to establish a definition of

“conventional foods”).  Clearly, Senator Durbin is using this bill as his vehicle for other purposes, mainly to

strangle the supplement industry and dry up supply to consumers.  In fact, even that one provision is

unnecessary since DSHEA already defines a dietary supplement as a product with a “dietary ingredient”

intended to supplement the diet and mandates that a supplement cannot be legally marketed or labeled

as a sole-source food product.  So, obviously, S.1310’s real purpose is to establish expensive, drug-like

FDA approval requirements for proving the safety of supplements.    This threatens the supplement

industry and the jobs that go with it.

Yet dietary supplements are  already among the safest consumer products around.  In recent

years, the Centers for Disease Control have reported  zero deaths from consumption of dietary

supplements and during the last 25 years, more deaths have been reported from bee stings, lightning

strikes, or horse-riding accidents than from supplements.  This compares extremely favorably to FDAapproved drugs, licensed hospitals, and licensed medical doctors that account for hundreds of thousands

of deaths a year!  Clearly, there is no need for this legislation.

Further, dietary-supplement manufacturers and supplement consumers should not be penalized

simply because a few conventional food manufacturers exploiting an FDA regulatory snafu caused by the

Agency’s  ineptitude in not having or enforcing a policy for  products marketed and labeled as dietary

supplements when they are in fact conventional foods.  Under existing Federal law, supplements are not

conventional foods and they are not drugs.  Energy drinks and brownies are not supplements.

Senator Durbin is engaging in yet another bait-and-switch on the intent of  S.1310 and what it

really proposes.  This is not the first time this Senator has attempted to impose his own personal agenda

for public-policy purposes – the repeal of the DSHEA law.  Millions of other supplement consumers and I

are aware of the Senator’s agenda with S.1310.  Please do not support this misguided legislation.

Before I was placed on the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry in June

2009, I would have to visit a doctors office several times a month,

sometimes several times a week, sometimes with several appointments

booked the same day with specialists and tests, painful and difficult

physical therapy that seemed to harm more than hurt, etc., and there

were to many trips to the emergency room to count.

I went to the ER out of sheer desperation, I went just so I could get

comfortable enough to have a bit of sleep after a week or more of

lingering in a painful place that seemed to be located in deep within

the realm of a narcotic distorted pain haze, a no-where-land that

seemed to be somewhere between life and death. The doctors in the

emergency room and elsewhere often treated me as though I was an

addict, and not a pain patient, AND I WAS MISERABLE!

Since I was approved for the medical marijuana registry I haven’t

needed near the amount of services from the medicaid/medicare program.

In fact, I’ve had to see a doctor twice since June 3, 2009 when the

doctor signed my forms.

Once to have 14 teeth pulled, a little bit of dental work made

necessary by a combination of years of no dental benefits unless my

teeth couldn’t be saved and needed to be pulled, being on narcotics

for almost a decade, and dealing with severe


The other doctor visit (and medications that followed) were for a bad

cold that I caught at the dentists office. I haven’t seen a doctor at

all otherwise, although I do call my family doctor to check in and let

her know I am doing well.

Before I was on the MMJ registry, I was on so many medications (20

plus medications taken at various intervals though the day) that I

felt like I was taking a pill every 2 minutes…. Number of

traditional prescriptions I take daily now – ZERO.

Now the government was paying for all those medications I was on

before through medicare/medicaid, plus all the doctor visits to get,

maintain, and change dosing on those prescriptions right? Some of

those medications by themselves cost the government thousands of

dollars a month! Many could not have refills on them by law and

required a doctor visit every time I needed more.

I always felt guilty about my personal burden on the American

Taxpayers. But now I don’t have to feel guilty cause I have given a

present to the American Taxpayer. I got on the MMJ registry. Now I do

not go to the mainstream doctor unless I need antibiotics. I am off

all prescriptions.

This herb is profoundly changing lives! It is healing people, body,

mind, and soul. Yet its legal users get treated as if they are using

it for recreation. I believe recreational use is a VALID use of the

plant, further I feel it be legalized and would be an important source

of revenue for America if it were to be legal once again. However,

that is not why I personally NEED this plant.

This plant allows me to eat, to sleep, to get out of my bed, to manage

my pain enough to have a job, to be involved with life instead of

living in a nightmare world just praying for the end to come soon. If

you happen to be a Fibromyalgia patient praying for the end, you can

be praying for a long time as this is not a terminal disease.

sources on Fibromyalgia suspect that this disease has been

around for all time, a genetic disease with a trigger, and its

symptoms are found even in individuals of remote tribes of Africa and

the Amazon who have no contact with the west. So why should I use new

untested man-made medicine created by people who don’t understand my

disease and possibly believe it doesn’t exist? Especially when that

disease has been treated with herbs known to posses pain relieving

qualities for many generations of humans?

Now you want to change all the natural suppliments that I use along with my medicinal cannabis and make my life even more difficult. Senator Bennet, I wite you often won’t you please give me more than an auto response?


Breedheen O’Rilley Keefer AKA Breezy Kiefair

About Breezy Kiefair

links about breezy blog http://breedheenorilleykeefer.com/ on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/Mr8MrsKiefAir?feature=mhsn ~ Do all that you can to cultivate peace within yourself, that it might shine out from you, and plant the seed of peace in other spirits, for them to cultivate.~ {Remember... it is when we choose act on the issues that are in front of our faces, when we choose to get involved instead of looking the other way as our fellow man struggles, when we choose to take those small simple little actions, working on righting little wrongs in our everyday lives that really make change happen, those seemingly small actions are what really make the world a better place and are a catalyst for greater social change.} ~Both quotes by Breedheen "Bree" O'Rilley Keefer~ an interview in the 420 times http://the420times.com/2010/06/the-faces-of-medical-marijuana-an-interview-with-breez/ Cannabis Health News Magazine... see pages 37-39 http://cannabishealthnewsmagazine.com/PDF/CHNM_Feb2010_small.pdf

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