James Gormley

14 Apr: Health Freedom Nation: Consumers Take Control

By James J. Gormley, The Gormley Files Courtesy of NOW Foods Consumers and the health-food industry may have stopped S. 3002 in its tracks, but S. 510 and other threats to health freedom remain. Nevertheless, a new slate of bills, along with a re-invigorated health-freedom movement, offer new hope for the future. Since the health-food movement’s earliest origins in New…

04 Mar: 9 Reasons S. 3002 Has to Go

By James Gormley, Senior Policy Advisor, Citizens for Health More Info @ The Gormley Files 1. No phase-in period or “effective date”. Since legitimate dietary supplement companies and health-food stores would not have even one day to come into compliance with the new law, they would effectively be breaking the law the day after S. 3002 is passed. 2. Registration…

23 Feb: Anti-Supplement “Perfect” Storm Building in Washington

By James J. Gormley, VP and Sr. Policy Advisor, Citizens for Health Via The Gormley Files As if Senate Bill 3002 (S. 3002) were not more than enough to deal with, according to The Hill Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is criticizing the Senate for not moving on Senate Bill 510 (S. 510). Unfortunately, The Pew Charitable Trusts has been assisting…

15 Feb: The DEA Should Take Over All Sports Doping Enforcement

By James J. Gormley original link: The Gormley Files In February 2010 in New Orleans, three men were charged by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with drug-trafficking Ecstasy, or MDMA (3-4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), a synthetic chemical that can be derived from an essential oil of the sassafras tree. If convicted, the defendants face a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in…

09 Feb: The Dietary Supplement Excuse

By James Gormley, Senior Policy Advisor for Citizens For Health via www.thegormleyfiles.blogspot.com [With the DSSA bill, S. 3002, now up for vigorous debate, it’s worth taking a look back to this article of mine from 2007, as most of the same issues still apply] On November 15th, 2007, home-run legend Barry Bonds was indicted for allegedly lying under oath to…

24 Aug: Lawmaking and the GAO Report: A Dose of Reality

By James Gormley via www.thegormleyfiles.blogspot.com At the end of 2007, the U.S. dietary supplement industry recorded sales of $23.7 billion, according to Nutrition Business Journal. With roughly 33,000 dietary supplements on the U.S. market, it’s no surprise that with today’s nutritionally challenged diet there were 192 million Americans using supplements in 2007, a number that is expected to keep growing….

07 Aug: Industry Self-Regulation and FDA Ensure Dietary Supplement Safety & Quality

By James Gormley via www.thegormleyfiles.blogspot.com If retailers ask their customers about dietary supplement safety, they’re bound to get a variety of responses, especially considering that quality and safety often go hand-in-hand. In terms of quality, Vitamin Retailer magazine’s 2007 Annual Retailer Survey showed that the percentage of retailers who identify “high quality” as the most important element of their store’s…

07 Aug: What does Mel Gibson have to do with DSHEA?

By James Gormley via www.thegormleyfiles.blogspot.com A public-service ad that first aired in December 1993 showed camouflaged Federal agents equipped in full Special Forces gear, including night vision and weapons converging on Mel Gibson, who says, in defense, as he holds up a supplement bottle: “Hey. Guys. Guys. It’s only vitamins.” Before DSHEA This call-to-action video warned consumers that the Federal…