Before I post this, I want to remind everyone that as I am writing this, the FDA has not made an official statement concerning desiccated thyroid, and I want to avoid excessive fear mongering and undue speculation by underscoring that.
But with that being clarified, the American Association of Health Freedom (AAHF) has just today issued an article about the desiccated thyroid shortage that you might find of interest.
Concerning Time Caps Labs and being told to cease production, the article states: The FDA has decided to classify the company’s product, available for over a century, as an unapproved new drug. Since the new drug approval process is prohibitively expensive for a non-patentable substance, the FDA is in effect banning the natural product. The purpose? Presumably to protect the profits of other, inferior drugs that have been FDA approved.
And I especially appreciate this comment: As famed physician Dr. Jonathan Wright observes: “Natural thyroid has never killed or severely harmed anyone since its first use in the 1890s, prior to the FDA itself. It is a mainstay not only in the treatment of hypothyroidism but also in ‘healthy aging’ therapy. That the FDA should even be thinking of requiring a new drug approval for a safe, 100 plus year old natural treatment is outrageous.”
Kudos and appreciation from all thyroid patients go to Dr. Jonathan Wright, besides AAHF for giving acknowledgment of this issue!
Better treatment with Desiccated Natural Thyroid has been my main focus as a thyroid patient activist since 2003 and with great conviction. I and millions of others whom this website and book represent know how GOOD this medication is and we definitely appreciate this kind of support. 🙂 Yes, millions of us have had our lives change ten-fold thanks to this safe and effective 110 year old medication. You can read just a touch of those changed lives on the Stories of Others page.
In their Overview, the AAHF explains:
The American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF), currently in the process of merging with the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable healthcare and freedom of choice in healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural-health practitioners to practice and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options they prefer. Since 1992, we have worked to shift the medical paradigm from an exclusive focus on surgery, drugs and other conventional techniques to an “integrative” approach incorporating food, dietary supplements and lifestyle changes. This is the way to improve health and extend lives while reducing the costs of healthcare back to a sustainable level.
You can read more on their Overview by clicking the link above. And if you need to communicate with anyone, provide facts and all your concerns to your congresspersons. Here’s a template letter to use or change, and there are other good ones circulating in many good thyroid or facebook groups and forums out there.
P.S. Dr. John C. Lowe has also provided a very informative and well-reasoned editorial pertaining to our current shortages.
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