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Consumer Advocacy Groups

Simply put, a dynamic tension exists between pro-active consumers of health products and services and regulatory authorities, including large-scale providers and state and federal government. Whether you have specific concerns or simply seek information on organizations dedicated to representing various interest groups, you'll find useful links here.

American Association for Health Freedom (formerly Americal Preventive Medical Association)
www.healthfreedom.net

A health freedom advocacy organization of health care practitioners and concerned citizens. From its website: "AAHF was founded in 1992 in direct response to the problems faced by practitioners and consumers in the United States. Medical freedoms were and continue to be threatened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the allopathic medical community, insurance companies and state medical boards around the country. It is clear that complementary health care providers and consumers need an advocate — on Capitol Hill, in the state legislatures, in the courts, and with the media."

Citizens For Health (CFH)
www.citizens.org

A consumer activist organization.  From its website: "Citizens For Health champions public policies that empower individuals to make informed health choices." CFH examines many health freedom issues, including those affecting dietary supplements.

Consumer Alert
www.consumeralert.org

A consumer activist organization.  From its website: "Consumer Alert was founded in 1977 as a national, non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization for people concerned about the excessive growth of government regulation at the national and state levels. Consumer Alert is dedicated to informing the public about the consumer benefits of competitive enterprise and to promoting sound economic, scientific, and risk data in public policy decisions. Our organization is the only free-market public interest group whose sole mission is to represent average consumers as purchasers of goods and services in a dynamic and competitive marketplace."

International Advocates for Health Freedom
www.iahf.com

Consumer organization designed to network health freedom activists to oppose government regulation worldwide.

 

   
 

Other Links:

Consumer empowerment:

Information about specific supplements

Consumer publications & information

Consumer advocacy groups

Healthcare practitioners and alternative medicine

Suppliers of high-quality supplements

Sources of research information:

General scientific research information

Databases of scientific literature

Monographs

NCCAM research on specific health issues

Ethnobotanical information (Use of plants by indigenous peoples)

Industry resources:

Trade organizations

Trade publications

Government regulation:

DSHEA: Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

US government agencies

Codex Alimentarius Commission (UN)

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