By Norm Singleton
One of the most outrageous violations of the First Amendment committed by any part of the federal government is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s censorship of truthful healthcare claims about foods, dietary supplements, and other products.
As should be expected from the agency that sent armed federal agents to stop farmers from selling raw milk, the FDA uses heavy-handed police state tactics to enforce their grocery store censorship.
A recent example, courtesy of The Ron Paul Institute, is the case of Sam Girod, who faces 48 years in jail for the horrendous crime of using unsolicited testimonials from past customers to market his skin salves:
The big problems started four years ago, when a local health department official saw Girod’s products on display in a small Missouri town’s convenience store, and reported them to a state health department official. That agency apparently referred the matter to the FDA, which struck again, seizing products from the store, contending that because Girod included user testimonials at the same store where he was selling the salve, he had to register it as a drug.
Mr. Girod is facing prosecution that may be based on his refusal to allow federal agents onto his property after they searched his property using cameras, which offends Mr. Girod's Amish beliefs:
Mr. Girod’s understanding was that the agents would return to his farm a few weeks later, when he was producing product, and search his production area, with the proviso they not take any photos.
Ron Paul fought FDA healthcare censorship during his years in Congress. He introduced legislation, the "Health Freedom Restoration Act," that would have stopped the FDA from censoring truthful healthcare claims.
He also introduced legislation, the "Freedom of Health Speech Act," which required the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prove someone was making false claims before taking action to stop them from making those claims.
Here are Dr. Paul's official statements on this bill from the Congressional Record:
INTRODUCING HEALTH FREEDOM LEGISLATION
This article was originally published at The Campaign for Liberty.