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you''re one of the millions of Americans who enjoy

and benefit from anti-aging supplements, be afraid.

Be very afraid. Certain members of Congress are intent

on taking them away from you, and placing you under

arrest if you possess them! Sounds far-fetched? It''s

frighteningly real, extremely serious, and absolutely

imminent! But amazingly, practically nobody in the

anti-aging / life-extension community is aware of

it, much less is denouncing it in the media.

villain is the so-called "Anti-Andro Bill" - H.R.

207 - introduced last October by U.S. Representatives

Sweeney and Osborne. Purporting to address the use

of muscle-building "andro" supplements by teens, this

alarming and wildly overbroad bill would have devastating

effects on mature adults throughout America. It would

actually permit the Drug Enforcement Administration

(DEA) to schedule a wide variety of currently over-the-counter

In effect, this bill would authorize the arrest and

criminal prosecution of millions of Americans as drug

offenders -- just for possessing supplements like

DHEA, 7-keto DHEA, and pregnenolone! Those caught

with these currently legal supplements -- proven to

have powerful health benefits and anti-aging properties

-- would even be subject to federal asset forfeiture

laws, permitting the government to seize and retain

private property! All this would be done by making

an end-run around the proper lawful procedures, and

without any evidence of legitimate public health concerns

or dangers to American adults. The bill seeks to deal

a staggering blow to nutritional supplement freedom

and the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act

too outrageous to be true? Think again!

Anatomy of H.R. 207 The intention of the bill is supposedly

to keep testosterone precursors like androstenedione

away from teens. But rather than restricting sales

of these items to minors, H.R. 207 would restrict

all steroid hormone precursors from people of all

ages. And not by making them prescription medicines,

but by reclassifying them as controlled substances

(see sidebar for the specific definition of what a

"controlled substance" is). The bill would accomplish

this by "bootstrapping" these compounds into the federal

Anabolic Steroid Control Act. This act was a 1990

revision to the original Controlled Substances Act

of 1970, and it reclassified anabolic steroids from

simple prescription medicines to highly restricted

Schedule III controlled substances. Mere possession

of a schedule III controlled substance without a valid

prescription is a federal drug offense with serious

potential penalties that can even include jail time.

Let''s look at the actual language of the bill. It''s

crucial that life extensionists and anti-aging enthusiasts

understand what this language really means, because

it was written that way for a reason. That reason,

chillingly, is to allow the government to extend its

grasp far beyond testosterone precursors and teens,

giving them the power to control non-andro steroid

hormone precursors (DHEA, 7-keto DHEA, pregnenolone,

etc.) and the mature adults who take them. The following

is the heart of the bill:

DEFINITION- Section 102(23) of the Controlled Substances

Act (21 U.S.C. 802(23)) is amended--

by striking `(A)'' and inserting `(B)(i)'';

by striking `(B)'' and inserting `(ii);

by striking `(C)'' and inserting `(iii); and

by inserting after `means a substance--'' the following

which the Attorney General has found to be, and by

regulation designated as being, the immediate chemical

precursor of an anabolic steroid that has been scheduled

as a controlled substance (hereinafter in this subparagraph

referred to as `scheduled anabolic steroid'') which

either is a metabolite of a scheduled anabolic steroid

or is transformed in the body directly into a scheduled

anabolic steroid or the metabolite of a scheduled

PLACEMENT ON SCHEDULE- Section 201(e) of the Controlled

Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 811(e)) is amended--

by inserting `or for the immediate precursor of a

scheduled anabolic steroid, without regard to the

requirements of section 102(41), including the requirement

that the substance promote muscle growth'' after `section

by adding at the end the following: `However, once

an immediate precursor described in section 102(23)(A)

is placed in a schedule pursuant to this section,

it becomes a controlled substance and the Attorney

General may schedule an immediate precursor of that

substance in accordance with this section.

all this legalese may seem overly technical, it''s

very important to understand the scope of what''s written

here. The key language starts in paragraph 1(a)(4).

This is where the primary qualifications for a controlled

steroid precursor are outlined in a new subparagraph

"(A)". Interpreted simply, this new subparagraph says

that an immediate precursor to a controlled anabolic

steroid shall itself become a controlled anabolic

steroid. Case in point: immediately upon passage of

this bill, androstenedione, which is the precursor

to the controlled anabolic steroid testosterone, will

right, that part is pretty obvious. It''s in subsection

1(b) where the sneakiness begins. First off, look

at the troubling language of paragraph 1(b)(1): "*without

regard to * the requirement that the substance promote

muscle growth" (emphasis added). This language changes

the bill from one designed to simply eliminate the

supposedly muscle-promoting andro products, to a bill

that eliminates ALL steroid precursors - such as anti-aging

precursors like 7-keto and pregnenolone that have

absolutely nothing to do with muscle mass.

so the real intention is revealed in 1(b)(1). It''s

in 1(b)(2) that the mechanics of how the anti-aging

steroid precursors will be swept up. This paragraph

states, in effect, that not only precursors of anabolic

steroids will be controlled, but precursors of precursors

of anabolic steroids, and then precursors of precursors

of precursors, etc. Get the picture? This is the silver

bullet, folks, because look at how it works:

is one of the main metabolic pathways of pregnenolone

to testosterone. H.R. 207 is written so that androstenedione,

because of its conversion to testosterone, becomes

classified as a controlled substance. Now, according

to paragraph 1(b)(2), the Attorney General can then

declare DHEA a controlled substance because it is

the immediate precursor of androstenedione, now a

controlled substance. As soon as that is completed,

the process can repeat itself with 17alpha-hydroxypregenolone

and finally end with pregnenolone being classified.

There they go, like dominoes, all criminalized by

simple administrative act. At that point, there''s

not much any person, agency, or citizen''s action group

can do about it. It''s already the law of the land,

and you''re a criminal if you violate it.

about 7-keto DHEA? Does it escape the tentacles of

this far-reaching bill? No hope there, I''m afraid.

They were careful not to leave that one out. Take

DHEA is not a precursor of DHEA; however it is a metabolite.

Now if you look back to the new subparagraph (A) proposed

in 1(a)(4), you will see that they modified the language

to include metabolites as well. They obviously wrote

this bill with the intention to make it as broad in

scope as possible - to go beyond just the andro-type

immediate precursors and to swipe up every steroid

hormone precursor product being sold today as a nutritional

you are a life extensionist or anti-aging supplement

user, then we are going to spell it out for you. Don''t

be deceived by the stated goals of this bill. This

dangerous bill tries to sneak dietary products that

are dear to you into a bill that is being promoted

to Congress and to the media as seeking to ban over-the-counter

anabolic steroids. With images of kids taking andro

to hit home runs like Mark McGwire in the mind of

Congress, coupled with the support of the United States

Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the NFL, and the NCAA,

the political pressure to vote for this bill is almost

overwhelming. Unfortunately, what the proponents of

this bill are NOT telling anyone is that this bill

is about a lot more than andro. It''s also about sneaking

in as many other supplements as possible - supplements

that do NOT have the stigma of andro, and that otherwise

would be much more difficult to eliminate from shelves.

207 is a high priority bill that has received tremendous

media coverage the past several weeks in a wide variety

of outlets including The New York Times and The Washington

Post. Rep. Sweeney has made clear that he is going

to push as hard as possible to get it passed quickly.

right now there is practically no resistance to this

bill. With its politically popular "save our teens"

message and well-hidden assaults on adult freedoms,

H.R. 207 is basically a home run - that is, unless

we act and act quickly!! Scream out to the politicians

on Capitol Hill that mature American adults want supplement

freedom, not an expansion of the war on drugs into

our very own neighborhood health food stores! Please

contact the United Supplement Freedom Association,

Inc. (USFA), a not-for-profit coalition dedicated

to the preservation of nutritional freedoms for American

adults. You can visit online right now at www.USFA.biz,

where you can follow the instructions on how to petition

your congressional representatives to demand that

they fight this bill!! A form letter and list of representatives

is available. Alternatively, you can write and contribute

to the USFA through the association''s general counsel,

Rick Collins, Esq., United Supplement Freedom Association,

Inc., One Old Country Road, Suite 250, Carle Place,

must act immediately to let our voice be heard, or

face the beginning of the end of our supplement freedoms!!!

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