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FANS: The Washington Post Articles (Vitamin D) Illustrates the vital role of nutritional supplements


Durbin, Clinton, Waxman, Dingle Need to Read The Washington Post, Says Project: FANS; Vitamin D Article Illustrates How Vitamins, Nutritional Supplement

Mon May 24,12:55 PM ET

To: National Desk, Health Reporter

Contact: Joe Giganti, 703-928-9695, for Project: FANS, Web:

WASHINGTON, May 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Project: FANS -- a grassroots organization formed to protect American's access to vitamins and nutritional supplements-is pleased by a recent front-page story in The Washington Post (5/21/04) that clearly illustrates the vital role that nutritional supplements can and do play in the improved health of America's children and adults alike.

"I hope every member of Congress who has been on a jihad to restrict access to or completely remove nutritional supplements from the market read this article," said Beth Clay, director of Project: FANS. The Washington Post article reveals new research that links certain health problems-from bone and muscle troubles to immune-system disorders and cancer-to a lack of Vitamin D in the average American's diet. "The irony here is that at a time when more and more scientific research points to the overwhelming benefits of supplement use, some on Capitol Hill are working overtime to make these very vitamins and nutrients harder to access."

Throughout the last and current sessions of Congress, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Hillary Clinton (news - web sites) (D-N.Y.), and Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and John Dingle (D-Mich.) have been leading the charge to enact new legislation that would replace the bi-partisan Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) with far more stringent regulations that would mean less availability, higher prices and a larger taxpayer subsidized bureaucracy.

"There is no question that consumers understand the importance of supplements to their overall health, doctors get it as well, and medical research continues to echo this fact," continued Clay. "Yet, some of our elected officials continue to ignore this preponderance of evidence. This leads to the inevitable question of what or who is really behind their anti-supplement agenda."

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