I’ve written on this blog before about internet quack Dr. Mercola who hawks questionable supplements on his website. He is for labeling of GMOs but not his products. He spreads disinformation about GMOs and is the biggest donor to the GMO labeling law in California. He also has trouble with the FDA who have sent him several cease and desist letters telling him to stop making misleading claims about his products.
Here are two excerpts from FDA letters to Mercola with links to the full text of the letters. From what I can gather he has ignored these demands.
Dr. Joseph Mercola
Dr. Mercola’s Natural Health Center
Thermography Diagnostics Centers
3200 W Higgins Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Re: Meditherm Med2000 Infrared cameras
Dear Dr. Mercola:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that you are marketing the Meditherm Med2000 Telethermographic camera at your Thermography facility in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and endorse for other thermography centers outside of Illinois for uses that have not received marketing clearance or approval, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act). Link
The above, in my opinion, is when alternative health goes from being just loopy to downright dangerous and a menace to public health.
September 26, 2006:
These products are also misbranded within the meaning of Section 502(f)(1) of the Act, in that the labeling for these drugs fails to bear adequate directions for use [21 U.S.C. 352(f)(1)].
Please note that similar therapeutic claims on you web site were brought to your attention in a letter from FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition dated February 16, 2005. In that letter, we notified you that claims for several of your firm’s products, including chlorella and coconut oil products, caused those products to be unapproved new drugs within the meaning of the Act. Link
You can say what you want about Monsanto. I’m no fan either, but I think supporters of the labeling law have to question who is behind the law and why?