Access To DHEA At Risk - AGAIN!
By Nurse Mark
DHEA (DeHydroEpiAndrosterone) is one of
those things that has been in the legislative crosshairs of Big Pharma, their
lapdogs at the FDA, and their employee-politicians for years.
Year after year we see the same tired legislation
being brought forward with the intent to ban this natural substance, usually by
trying to lump it in with anabolic steroids - man-made substances related to
male sex hormones and sometimes abused by athletes and weight lifters.
Make no mistake: DHEA is NOT an anabolic
DHEA is a steroid hormone secreted by our adrenal
glands. It is a precursor (a “master hormone”) for many other steroid hormones
including male and female sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone) and
corticosteroids. DHEA levels often decline dramatically with age and low DHEA
levels in the brain and blood are thought to contribute to many of the problems
associated with aging.
This year the legislation that would ban DHEA is
back . That in itself is not so unusual - we've been seeing this over and over,
What is different this time is that the
politicians sponsoring these bills have gone further: this time if Senate bill
762 (S.762) and House Resolution 1249 (H.R. 1249) are enacted into law, they
would classify DHEA as a “controlled substance” under the Anabolic Steroid
Control Act. This would mean that mere possession of DHEA could make you a
H.R. 1249: "To include
dehydroepiandrosterone as an anabolic steroid" was introduced Feb 28, 2007 by
Rep. Peter Roskam [R-IL]. It is the same bill that was introduced Sep 28, 2005
by a different politico, Rep. John Sweeney [R-NY].
S. 762: "A bill to include
dehydroepiandrosterone as an anabolic steroid" was introduced Mar 5, 2007 by
Senator Charles Grassley [R-IA] and cosponsored by Senator Richard Durbin [D-IL]
and Senator John McCain [R-AZ]. This is the same bill that Sen. Grassley
introduced in the 109th Congress.
Are we seeing a pattern here? Does it look
like Big Pharma is absolutely determined to keep hammering away at this
inexpensive natural substance until they have it banned, only to be available as
an expensive, synthesized prescription drug? It does to me...
Here is what you can do: You can fax,
email and call your two Senators and your House Representative and tell them to
vote against any legislation seeking to restrict DHEA. Let them know that you
are upset that Congress and the House would consider turning a safe and
beneficial dietary supplement like DHEA into a controlled substance like
anabolic steroids. Tell them that you know that DHEA is most certainly NOT an
anabolic steroid. Tell them that you are even more upset that the apparent
motive to ban DHEA as a low-cost supplement is so that it can be sold as an
expensive prescription drug.
To get information on contacting Senators,
To contact your House Representative,
Learn more about DHEA and it's uses at
Dr. Myatt's Wellness Club.