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    Senate seeks to outlaw DHEA

    Legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate--and is expected in the house--that would remove the safe and beneficial dietary supplement DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) from the marketplace by re-classifying it as an anabolic steroid.

    This is currently an internal Senate bill that can be at any time added as an amendment to another bill.

    Contact the bill sponsers via email and let them know that DHEA is used by millions of people to improve their health by reversing age-related hormonal deficiencies and that they should concentrate their time & efforts elsewhere.

    Overview & Contact bill sponsors (Rep. Woolsey, Rep. Pelosi, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer)
    http://www.seriousnutrition.com/askus/dhea.htm

    Monitor
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-1137

    Bill Text
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.1137.IS:


  2. Rep. Pelosi, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer - That's all you need to know right there.
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  3. exactly

  4. exactly exactly exactly...

  5. I've really just given up on our legal system. I got 3 years probation, 750 dollar fine, 1 year restricted license (work only), and 10 narcotics anonymous meetings for possession of ONE empty syringe. What's wrong with our country today?
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  6. Brennon, what state?

  7. Quote Originally Posted by SOWarrior
    Brennon, what state?
    Great state of California. They were going to suspend my license but my attorney talked the judge into a restricted license for a guilty plea.

  8. It's only the beginning, guys. They'll tighten every screw they can find, more and more and more, and spread propaganda in the press how this is for everyone's best interests. The people buy everything you now throw at them on TV and newspapers. DHEA is a steroid, it is evil.

  9. I know one thing, because DHEA use is prominent among older people and seniors, those senators might have a hell of a time passing this law as will others because older people tend to make up more of their constituency and tend to vote en masse. So should be interesting to see how this pans out.

  10. I hope everyone has sent the email to their senator. I already have and receive a letter back stating he supports the bill.

  11. I have written mine in PA. ... I hope everyone who has a chance does the same. Can't hurt.

  12. They wont listen. Bodybuilders arent exactly the biggest chunk of the electorate, and its not like we fund their campaigns. Thats all they care about, votes and money.

    Sad day for Democrats. Though I prefer more libertarian leaning Democrats. Live and let live.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by iwannagetbig
    They wont listen. Bodybuilders arent exactly the biggest chunk of the electorate, and its not like we fund their campaigns. Thats all they care about, votes and money.

    Sad day for Democrats. Though I prefer more libertarian leaning Democrats. Live and let live.
    DHEA is huge with old people, they do listen to the over 50 crowd.

  14. Quote Originally Posted by 50joe
    I have written mine in PA. ... I hope everyone who has a chance does the same. Can't hurt.
    I sent one to my senator about a month and a half ago. No answer, but im not surprised.

  15. I sent a letter to my Congresswoman and she said that she would oppose any legislation such as this, but I'll wait and see what she does before I throw my support behind her.

  16. This thing with the gov. and their hard on with steroids/prohormones is getting boring. Do they have more important things to worry about? All I say to them is

  17. Hmmm,

    I don't live in the US but I think I'll support you and write to the Governor of California


  18. I wrote to my state congress (people) and they support it as well. Got a form letter telling my how bad DHEA is for you. I was going to respond but since it was a form letter that came flying back at me I figure that an intern is handling the e-mail.

  19. hey sja, post the letter (as an attachment if it's big) so we can all see what they wrote about DHEA if you don't mind.

    And Brennon, that's just ridiculous.

  20. Hmmm, our education system needs some help, the people in New Orleans need a lot of help, the cost of living is spiraling out of control but these people are worried about DHEA, it's freaking DHEA, not Halotestin for Christ's sake

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Iron Warrior
    Hmmm, our education system needs some help, the people in New Orleans need a lot of help, the cost of living is spiraling out of control but these people are worried about DHEA, it's freaking DHEA, not Halotestin for Christ's sake
    I agree 100%.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by iwannagetbig
    They wont listen. Bodybuilders arent exactly the biggest chunk of the electorate, and its not like we fund their campaigns. Thats all they care about, votes and money.

    Sad day for Democrats. Though I prefer more libertarian leaning Democrats. Live and let live.
    That is the problem. If a bodybuilders group organized, it would have significant ability to represent its members, much like a union.

  23. Dear Mr. Dean:

    Thank you for contacting me regarding dietary supplements. I appreciate hearing from you.

    As you may know, I co-sponsored the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) because I believe in balancing consumer access with safety. DSHEA created an Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health and addressed important issues such as ingredient and nutrition labeling, supplement definitions, safety, supplement claims, and good manufacturing practices.

    While I recognize the need to ensure consumer safety, I believe we should not impose unreasonable restrictions on dietary supplements. DSHEA states that "although the Federal Government should take swift action against products that are unsafe or adulterated, the Federal Government should not take any actions to impose unreasonable regulatory barriers limiting or slowing the flow of safe products and accurate information to consumers."

    Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind should the issue of dietary supplements again come before the Senate.
    Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so in the future about this or any other issue.

    Senator Barbara Boxer

  24. I got a response from one of my States (OK) Senators. I was surprised that he does not support the DHEA banning effort. By the way, he is/was a physician. Here is the letter he sent if anyone is interested.

    September 12, 2005

    Mr. XXXXXXXXX

    XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73150

    Dear Friend:

    Thank you for your recent e-mail expressing your concerns
    regarding S.
    1137. This bill would change the classification of the dietary
    supplement
    Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) from a supplement to an anabolic
    steroid.

    As a practicing physician, I understand the benefits provided
    by many
    dietary supplements. I myself take Citracal D and folic acid.
    Consumers
    must be aware that these supplements have not been evaluated or
    approved
    by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat or prevent
    health
    problems. Numerous studies, however, have indicated the health
    benefits
    of dietary supplements. Studies have also identified adverse
    health risks
    for some patients from certain supplements. It is, therefore,
    vitally
    important that you and other patients taking dietary
    supplements consult
    with a physician to prevent adverse effects, especially if you
    are taking
    prescription medication.

    Epidemiological data indicate an inverse relationship between
    serum DHEA
    and its active metabolite, DHEA sulfate (DHEAS), levels and the
    frequency
    of cancer, cardiovascular disease (in men only), Alzheimer's
    disease and
    other age-related disorders, immune function, and progression
    of HIV
    infection. Animal (primarily rodent) studies have suggested
    many
    beneficial effects of DHEA, including improved immune function
    and memory
    and prevention of atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, and
    obesity. Many of
    the benefits seen in animal studies have yet to be shown in
    humans.

    Clinical data suggest that DHEA may have a role in hormone
    replacement
    therapy in patients with low endogenous DHEA and DHEAS levels
    due to
    chronic diseases, adrenal exhaustion, corticosteroid therapy,
    and
    advancing age. However, as a potent steroid precursor, DHEA can
    significantly increase androgen levels in women and may enhance
    the
    progression of estrogen and testosterone-sensitive cancers.
    Supplementation with DHEA should never be undertaken without
    direct
    medical supervision. The long-term effects of DHEA
    supplementation are
    unknown.

    Last year, Congress enacted the Anabolic Steroid Control Act
    of 2004.
    This legislation placed a number of steroid precursors on the
    Controlled
    Substances List because these products were being marketed as
    muscle
    builders and performance enhancers, and had the potential to
    lead to the
    same adverse effects as synthetic prescription steroids. DHEA
    was
    specifically and intentionally omitted from that list.
    Congress preserved
    the Drug Enforcement Agency's authority to schedule DHEA in the
    future if
    significant abuse of these products occurs.

    At this time, based upon the scientific data that I have
    reviewed, I do
    not believe that DHEA need be placed on the Controlled
    Substances List. I
    will continue to review the scientific literature and monitor
    this issue
    should any legislation come before the Senate for a vote that
    would
    regulate DHEA.

    For more information on DHEA, you may call the National
    Institutes of
    Health Hotline number: 1-800-222-2225.

    Thank you again for taking the time to share your views. Feel
    free to
    contact me in the future if I can be of any assistance to you.

    Sincerely, A
    Tom Coburn
    United States Senator

    TC: tf

  25. Unhappy


    I contacted senator John Kerry here in massachusettes, a while back. I dont have his return e-mail anymore, but from what I remember, he seemed not to blatantly say he would oppose it or support it to an extreme degree either way, he more or less said he would take my reccomendations under serious consideration. It seemed like a positive response, but it was difficult to tell how strongly he would oppose the bill.

    Personally, I've always felt that the war on drugs in general has been one of the greater tragic blunders of American society. A large group of people lead on by half-baked subjective slander and lible can never have a positive result as far a the greater good of the whole is concerned. The price we pay for "equal oppurtunity" and or "free enterprise" is that corruption and greed will always be rewarded, and there will always be someone willing and able to manipulate public "knowledge" (opinion) to fit their agenda. If there is money or power to be had, someone will "capitalize" even if it means trampling on everyone else. (either with or without the ones being trampled on realizing that thats whats happening.)

    Wish I had the answer. But until enough people unite we are all in the same boat. And that would take a massive epiphany on a national scale.
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