"Anth" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>... > CODEX is shit - I don't want some agency regulating my > access to vitamins that I can use to treat disease or self > medicate, and I don't want people taking my freedom to do > this away from me just because people like you think it is > ok to do so, But you don't have any problem with pharm drug regulation? Why not open up the whole thing, eliminate ALL regs? Let the dumb ones kill themselves -- let those selling any alt. or conventional remedy make ANY claim they want -- let alt. & conventional medicine play on a level field? Sounds good? Probably to a lot of lawyers.... > just because you don't advocate big doses of vitamins. The > people that take the vitamin doses do so out of their own > choice - it is not forced down their throats, and the > overall damage that these vitamins causes is very small > when compared with other medicines which are regulated. Maybe Tylenol should come in 50,000 mg tabs -- hey, why not? People could take just a few instead of all that tiresome swallowing & bloating with glass after glass of liquids! It's their choice, after all. It's not forced down their throats, right? Regulating Tylenol doesn't stop folks from taking as many of the little buggers as they want to, does it?? Regulation isn't prohibition. OTC meds are the perfect example of that. Regulation doesn't stop those who want to take high doses of supplements from taking them. Much better to have reasonable regulation than to let alarmists yank products off the market -- citing poor labeling of contraindications, scant information about side effects & cautions, & questionable dosages -- as in the case of ephedra. Regulation actually protects the sellers, developers, marketers, etc. of alt. products like supplements from being sued into the ground or shut down because some frickin' morons far exceeded a reasonable dose & bit the dust or killed their liver. You want to take megadoses of anything, you still can. Even toxic doses, no problem. But at least it'd be the consumer's fault -- not the supplement manufacturer's fault for packaging their product at doses considered unsafe. It's step two thinking, Anth -- looking at the advantages regulation can bring instead of freaking out over it. Participating in the developments of regulation instead of simply screaming about it would make more sense. Prohibition usually follow the latter, not the former.