Public Policy

  • Tariffs and Supplement Prices | Natural Health Newsletter
    Make no mistake: imposing tariffs on dietary ingredients, as currently proposed, will result in a significant financial burden for consumers like yourself.
  • Pros and Cons of Pokemon Go | Mental Health Blog
    People walking off of cliffs, getting injured, facing arrest, even getting killed…all in pursuit of Pokemon monsters. Say what? Learn the pros and cons of this new game.
  • DSHEA Laws & Your Freedom | Natural Health Blog
    The FDA is looking for public comments on its revised draft guidance for supplement ingredient notification. This will impact your ability to get the supplements you want.
  • Water Fluoridation Linked To Diabetes | Health Blog
    Throughout our childhoods, most of us grew up seeing advertising about the benefits of fluoride. We could only have strong, healthy teeth if we brushed several times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. But now that we’re adults, some of us are aware that supplementing with fluoride might do much more harm than good. And a big part of the problem lies in the “other” sources of fluoride beyond our toothpaste.
  • Cancer Dangers of Using Roundup On Your Garden | Natural Health Blog
    Of the 32 glyphosate (Roundup) studies evaluated by the EPA in declaring it safe, 27 were paid for by industry, mostly by Monsanto.
  • Lab Grown Meat | Health Blog
    A team of scientists has successfully created the first laboratory-produced burgers that taste remarkably similar to traditional burgers.
  • Placental Cell Therapy to cure Radiation Sickness | Cancer Alternaties Blog
    over five million people still live in areas contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters.
  • Government Regulation on Supplements, Devil's Claw, Attorney General, DNA Barcoding
    A coincidental, opportunistic lining up of forces and events is about to significantly impact your ability to purchase the supplements you want.
  • Human Genetic Engineering Research CRISPR-cas9 | Health Blog
    Scientists in China are continuing DNA experimentation, pushing the boundaries of what many around the globe consider ethical.
  • Fukushima Dangers Four Years Later | Natural Health Newsletter
    When all is said and done, it looks like the world dodged the proverbial bullet at Fukushima. There is no guarantee we’ll be so lucky the next time.
  • Government Regulation of Fats and Trans Fats | Health Newsletter
    Politicians should not be legislating what we eat; instead, they should be ensuring our transparent access to information about what's actually in the food we eat.
  • DNA Barcode Testing Increases Food Costs
    The new tactics being employed by the NY Attorney General could not only raise the cost of your supplements, but the cost of all of the food you buy as well.
  • Labeling GMO in 2015 | Natural Health Newsletter
    If you rely on certain sites exclusively for your information on GMO, you have probably come to believe that the world is largely united against GMO. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.
  • Smokers Vote Less | Health Blog
    A recent study out of the University of Colorado discovered that smokers are 60 percent less likely to vote than nonsmokers.
  • Genetically Modified Humans | Health Blog
    In Chinese laboratories, scientists are playing with the possibility of genetically modifying humans.
  • GMO Dr. Oz & Columbia
    In mid-April, a group of doctors called for the removal of Dr. Oz from the Columbia faculty because of his "disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine" as well as his promotion of "quack treatments."
  • NY Attorney General & Supplements
    The New York Attorney General accuses major retailers of selling herbal supplements that do not contain the labeled substance, or which contain ingredients not listed on the labels.
  • Palcohol: Alcohol Powder Pros and Cons | Health Blog
    Palcohol powdered alcohol mix was just officially cleared for sale in the US by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
  • Are Vaccines Good or Bad -- Natural Health Newsletter
    Once you begin to treat each vaccination on its own terms, it becomes clear that not all vaccinations are the same and that we may come to different conclusions when looking at them individually.
  • Michelle Obama's School Lunch Program
    Since implementation of Michelle Obama's school lunch plan, the press has been carrying reports indicating that children don't like the whole grain offerings and bemoan the sudden absence of their fried favorites.
  • Doctors Take Bribes from Big Pharma
    In the five-month period from August through December of last year alone, pharmaceutical companies paid at least $3.5 billion to physicians and teaching hospitals in the United States.
  • 6/19/2014
    Back in 2011, legislation was proposed that would have required US tobacco companies to put graphic warning labels on cigarettes, It never happened.
  • 5/27/2014
    China may get all the headlines for tainted food, but there were five separate, large-scale, tainted food recalls in just one day in the U.S. last week.
  • cGMP Quality Control
    Despite its costs and deficiencies--and they are large and many--being cGMP compliant for supplement manufacturers, retailers, and testing laboratories is important.
  • 3/29/2014
    Proposed new guidelines would have 87 percent of all men between the ages of 60-75 on statins, and 53 percent of all women in the same age group.
  • 3/22/2014
    The FDA will be accepting comments on proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label for the next 90 days. These are the first changes in 20 years and carry a new emphasis on calories and sugar.
  • just label it
    While everyone is focusing on satisfying their need to buy non-GMO products for personal consumption, it is imperative that we do not lose sight of the larger environmental issues associated with GMO.
  • 9/28/2013
    The CDC has just officially announced that the overuse of antibiotics may lead to disastrous consequences. Already a minimum of 23,000 people die directly from antibiotic-resistant infections each year.
  • Less Poultry Inspection Could Compromise a Healthy Immune System
    The USDA has proposed that it be allowed to radically cut back on the number of chicken inspectors stationed at poultry processing plants, while at the same time allowing plants to speed up production.
  • MERS, The New Coronavirus
    There may be something coming in the fall that could change the equation regarding MERS (MIddle East Respiratory Virus).
  • Calorie Content
    A study out of Texas Christian University found that menus that list exercise times, not calorie counts, may lead to healthier choices for diners.
  • Mandatory Vaccinations for Hospital Staff
    Four states currently have legislation on the books requiring all health care workers to get annual flu shots no matter what facility they work in, and more states are looking at passing such laws.
  • US Health and Life vs Wealthiest Nations
    Compared to 17 wealthy nations, the US ranks dead last in terms of longevity. American men die an average of 3.7 years earlier than in the leading nations on the list, while American women die 5.2 years earlier.
  • Smart Energy Meters and RF Radiation
    The Center for Electrosmog Prevention, a California nonprofit, claims that one smart meter emits radiation equivalent to what you'd get from 160 cell phones.
  • medical complications
    A study just completed by Ponemon Institute in Michigan found that an astounding 92 percent of all hospitals reported data breaches within the past two years. These breaches can cause medical complications for patients.
  • Is Organic Food Better For You
    Why are the differences in nutritional values in organic food VS conventional food, as presented in the Standord study, so much lower than most people expected? And why were the differences in pesticide contamination also less than expected?
  • 8/13/2012
    On August 2nd, The New England Journal of Medicine published a lead “perspective” article entitled, “Are Americans Ready to Solve the Weight of the Nation? And as it represents the evolving mainstream medical point of view on the obesity epidemic, I think it’s worth examining point by point, with my commentary following each quote.
  • 7/2/2012
    Health Awareness Video
  • 7/2/2012
    Host Andrea Cinque interviews Jon Barron in a four part series of intriguing information about how to stay healthy in today's challenged environment. Aired in San Francisco in April of 2006. This is PART THREE, with an emphasis on your health freedoms.
  • 6/29/2012
    If you are struggling to determine what supplements you should be taking, this segment will eliminate your confusion. Jon reviews important keys to watch for when examining labels and help you understand natural verses synthetic ingredients.
  • 6/9/2012
    New York City Mayor Bloomberg wants to pass regulations to limit the size of sodas and other sugar-laden drinks sold in public places. The proposed ban would restrict such drinks to a 16-ounce maximum, whether cup or bottle.
  • 5/24/2012
    The state of California passed a law in 2007 that placed restrictions on the type of food sold in vending machines and as cafeteria extras in the schools. A recent study found that, as a result, California high schoolers have an overall caloric intake that is almost 800 calories a week less, on average, than the typical teenager in other states
  • 5/8/2012
    A cow in California has recently been identified as having mad cow disease…leading once again to the question of just how safe are we.
  • 3/24/2012
    It's routine practice for drug companies to lavish gifts, lunches, research grants, samples, discounts, contributions, club memberships and more to physicians in order to sway them to prescribe their products and speak on their behalf.
  • 2/28/2012
    A report has found that, while the rates of death from cancer, heart disease, and infant mortality have all been on the decline for the majority of U.S. residents for some time, but the same does not hold true for the Native American population.
  • medical marijuana states
    United States law enforcement officials have recently been honing in on those who grow and sell marijuana with seizures, arrests, and other charges against them…even when they seem to be in full compliance with California state laws.
  • marijuana and respiratory function
    A recent study shows that smoking marijuana does not harm your lungs after all.In fact, the study actually found that pot smokers performed slightly better on lung function tests compared to nonsmokers.
  • 1/19/2012
    Are people whose children have become grossly overweight unfit parents? That is one of the questions brought up by the recent removal of an Ohio third grader from his home by authorities.
  • 12/3/2011
    Congress just voted to block legislation that would make school lunches a whole lot healthier than they now are. The new legislation, which was proposed by the USDA last January, is just too dang expensive to implement, say the legislators, plus, schools shouldn’t tell kids what to eat.
  • 11/3/2011
    According to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average annual premium for family health insurance coverage in the United States was up by nine percent over 2010, reaching a total of $15,073.
  • 10/27/2011
    In the near future, instead of being subjected to electronic scanners at airports, you may be searched by mice.
  • 10/1/2011
    As of this morning, 16 people around the United States have died from eating listeria infected cantaloupes and 72 have been sickened. In addition, one death has occurred in a state not on the distribution list (Maryland), a fact that has the officials alarmed.
  • 9/30/2011
    Pending legislation would force tobacco companies to attach very graphic warning labels, including disturbing images, to cigarette packages.
  • 9/29/2011
    FoodCorps is an offshoot of Americorps -- the evolution of the old VISTA program --  will train a team of idealistic young adults to go into low-income communities to make a difference in how and what people eat.
  • 9/17/2011
    Some experts calling on the federal government to start taxing unhealthy foods. Although debatable whether such a tax would actually work, the experts do raise a few good points.
  • 9/16/2011
    By applying a tax to items like sugary drinks, greasy French fries, and foods such as cookies and doughnuts that have no nutritional value at all, the government would be making those foods more expensive and hopefully less appealing.
  • 8/20/2011
    International conglomerate Cargill Inc. has recalled almost 36 million pounds of ground turkey that was identified as the source of 79 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in 26 states all across America, and was responsible for one death in California. The recall by the United States Department of Agriculture was considered Class I, posing the greatest health risk.
  • 8/11/2011
    Measles is being reintroduced to the U.S. primarily by travelers who have not been vaccinated against it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, approximately 90 percent of the patients affected by the current outbreak were unvaccinated.
  • 8/8/2011
    A recent "commentary" article concerning dietary supplements, written by Bryan E. Denham, PhD was published in JAMA, thus carrying the imprimatur of the American Medical Association. If you were to hazard a guess, what side of the issue do you think the good doctor and the AMA came down on -- pro or con vis-à-vis alternative medicine and dietary supplements? Good guess!
  • 7/21/2011
    According to a 2009 New York Times study, 11 percent of all drivers on the road are blabbing away on their cell phones at any given time. A separate Harvard study shows that cell phone talking causes more than half a million accidents annually and leads to 2,600 deaths. Viewed another way, distraction caused 16 percent of all road fatalities in 2009 plus 20 percent of all injuries, and that number continues to rise.
  • 7/9/2011
    The Fukushima Daiichi plant that was so badly damaged is now beleaguered by a tremendous amount of dangerously radioactive water. The water was purposely pumped into the facility by the Tokyo Power Company (TEPCO) to prevent the reactor cores from overheating after the cooling system was rendered useless.
  • 11/1/2010
    Make no mistake; whatever happens in these elections will make little difference in the downward spiral we are about to see in regard to healthcare -- not just in the United States, but throughout the entire world.
  • 10/21/2010
    In this podcast, Jon Barron looks at both sides of the FDA issue when dealing with FDA's tactics. Learn what new restrictions are being reinforced within the natural health industry and how their approach, given their staff limitations and "influences," affects their decisions.
  • 10/18/2010
    Recently, the FDA has been on a tear, going after companies for making medical claims for non-pharmaceutical products. This is something the FDA does every now and then -- kind of like a locust plague -- predictable that it will happen, unpredictable as to exactly when it will be. Here are just a few examples of the latest assault:
  • 1/28/2010
    A recent study found that testosterone levels dip in men on the losing side of an election, is there really a correlation between hormonal shifts and winning or losing?
  • 1/25/2010
    When it comes to the current healthcare bill, everyone is wrong and heading for a world of hurt. And for those of you living overseas who are not directly affected by the bill, you face the same demographics that undermine things here in the U.S. -- probably even more so.
  • 1/6/2010
    A survey of 1454 parents just completed by the British Heart Foundation discovered that an overwhelming majority get misled because of tricky food labeling.
  • 11/6/2009
    Parents are losing their obese kids to foster care, but are they really the ones to blame for growing obesity rates when the government subsidizes the foods that make us sick, and the food industry markets these foods as cheap alternatives to healthy food?
  • 6/13/2009
    Despite the popularity of alternative medicine, the press persists in trying to persuade readers to avoid health alternatives at all costs.
  • 5/25/2009
    The FDA, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, GlaxoSmithKlein, Donald Rumsfeld, and the U.S. Senate have all been involved in some very nasty, behind-the-scenes activities that are likely to have profound adverse effects on your health.
  • 5/15/2009
    The FDA issued a warning to General Mills for the claim made on their Cheerios box stating that it lowers cholesterol. Understand how the implications of this warning creates an exact reflection of the difficulties mainstream America and Europe encounter with dietary supplements, foods, and other natural health remedies.
  • 4/13/2009
    Until the alternative health community learns to stop focusing exclusively on "big picture" issues such as Codex and Congressional bills and starts paying attention to the smaller things happening under the radar, the rights of everyone interested in optimized health will be steadily eroded.
  • 2/6/2009
    While alternative health certainly needs to be regulated, it doesn't need to be regulated by people who don't know anything about it.  Find out what this new natural product testing bill means to the alternative health industry and the likelihood of it being passed.
  • 1/18/2009
    People want to know what Politicians are going to do about the critical state of healthcare and the spiking trends in disease. Until the dust settles we can educate ourselves with a few simple disease prevention techniques that will bring huge benefits and allow you to take back control of your health.
  • 12/19/2008
    What is happening within the medical and pharmaceutical industries with off label prescribing?  Listen to this natural health podcast and make sure you don't find yourself taking an antidepressant for insomnia, or worse.
  • 12/19/2008
    About seventy-five percent of the time, there's a complete lack of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy or safety of the off-label application.
  • 12/1/2008
    The 27-nation European Union has enacted laws aimed to progressively curtail the availability of herbal and traditional medicinal products.
  • 10/17/2008
    The FDA recently decided to respond to the avalanche of criticism coming its way of late by hiring a public relations firm to "put a sheen on its image" due to it's latest scandal.
  • 10/17/2008
    How is the FDA doing in their effort to polish their PR image? Get the amazing facts! In his constant effort to empower people, Jon Barron reviews another recent study on how brain health relates to obesity.
  • 9/5/2008
    The FDA Globalization Act, intended to impose stricter safety standards on domestic and imported foods, drugs, medical devises, and cosmetics the proposed legislation indeed seems to offer improved consumer protections - at least, at first glance.
  • 6/6/2008
    Steady restrictions by the FDA could affect your ability to intelligently purchase health and nutritional products, while the pharmaceutical agencies are not being subjected to the same regulations. Find out how people are reacting and what you can do to keep your health, with this Q&A session with Jon Barron!
  • 4/11/2008
    The CDC's latest report on food borne illnesses recommends to avoid consuming unpasteurized milk, avoid under cooked eggs, poultry, oysters and ground meat. Find out why this report is misleading the public.
  • 9/12/2007
    Your government, whichever one it is, is not necessarily putting your health interests first when determining government health policy.
  • 5/26/2007
    Under Hillary Clinton's cost control proposal, insurers would have to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on what preventive care to cover.
  • 4/24/2007
    Earlier this month, the FDA came down on Redux Beverages, the company behind Cocaine Soda, claiming they were marketing it as a drug.
  • 4/13/2007
    Jon discusses the urgency in understanding new regulations regarding alternative health, supplements and practices. What are the implications behind the latest 'Guidance Document' by the FDA?
  • 4/11/2007
    On April 30, 2007 the FDA will close the public comment period on a 'Guidance' which will classify many alternative health practices and supplements as drugs.
  • 2/9/2007
    The seriousness of being proactive about your health is crucial today, especially as the Government legislates mandated vaccines that could reduce our right to have choices in natural supplementation.
  • 10/26/2006
    In healthy adults the best evidence is that, on average, flu vaccination of a population prevents 0.1 per cent of a working day lost.
  • 10/19/2006
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), working with government agencies in Mexico and Canada, have launched a drive to stop deceptive Internet advertisements and sales of products misrepresented as cures or treatments for diabetes.
  • 9/8/2006
    Understand why the FDA has put this new ‘technique' into effect and learn how to be prepared for the possibility of a large outbreak of disease due to new bacterial mutations in our foods.
  • 8/14/2006
    Explore the world of the FDA and learn how to take responsibility for own own health.
  • 7/28/2006
    This extremely intriguing segment reviews a survey released about the FDA routinely pressuring scientists to alter or suppress negative findings for Pharmaceutical drugs. Learn how to be cautious, do your research and take responsibility of your own health.
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