By: Clayton L. Luce
Dr. Bronners soap is now confronted with a legal struggle over its use of Freedom of Speech on its labels, which include ancient words of wisdom, drug addled banters, religious messages and political advocacy.
The letter from the FDA stated:
“Based on our review of the product label, we have determined that your product is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the Act),” claims the FDA in its letter. “[I]ntroducing or delivering this product for introduction into interstate commerce for such uses violates the Act.”
“You can use Dr. Bronner’s soaps for washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids. Now, that’s eighteen uses right there, but customers have told us over time about many more uses they have found for our soaps.”
The labels of Dr. Bronners soap products are covered inch-for-inch by ever sort of strange proverb, religious quote, mystical numerology or political agenda. The soap is essentially a billboard for a spiritual magazine and there are millions of subscribers around the world.
“Rabbi Hillel taught carpenter Jesus to unite all mankind free in our Eternal Father’s great All-One-God-Faith! Warning: Keep out of eye! Do not drink soap! Dilute! Dilute! OK! Help unite mankind, or we’re wandering clowns! The mark of the mature man is his ability to work brave, teaching all, every slave, how to replace coal-oil-gas-mineral-nuclear, unemployed-inflation, welfare-waste-war with Essene Birth-Control for very girl,”
The magazine reads like a mad gypsy tabloid penned by what one can only imagine was a fair dose of reasonably dangerous narcotics or from some expanded consciousness which only makes sense when you are desperately out of hope and see the bottle in there, in the corner. Safe wisdom.
Now the Food and Drug Administration is playing the only card it has. A silly little legal loophole, backed by lazy precedence, which now allows the FDA to take a broad interpretation of the word “Drug” to establish itself as a Nazi strong-arm against Freedom of Speech and the practice of Good Medicine.
“This letter is to advise you that in January 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the label for your product, Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-One!” Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil. Based on our review of the product label, we have determined that your product is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(B)].
The therapeutic claims on your label establish that the product is a drug because it is intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. As explained further below, introducing or delivering this product for introduction into interstate commerce for such uses violates the Act.”
The rant goes on to fabricate an ugly picture of Dr. Bronner’s long proven and wildly supported soap products as Unapproved Experimental Drugs.”
“The following claim on your product label provides evidence that your product is intended for use as a drug:
- “Clinical research confirms that the saturated medium chain fatty acids (MCT’s) in [Virgin Coconut Oil], such as lauric acid, actually improve blood cholesterol by increasing the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol.”
This claim indicates that your Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-One!” Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil product is intended for use in mitigating, treating, or preventing the disease, coronary heart disease. Since high blood total- and low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk of developing coronary heart disease, the claim that your product “improve(s) blood cholesterol by increasing the ratio of HDL to LDL” implies that your product is intended for use in the treatment, mitigation, and prevention of coronary heart disease.”
The health claims made by Dr. Bronner’s about the cholesterol-moderating effects of coconut oil are most definitely true. But the FDA refuses to acknowledge this, insisting that coconut oil be redefined as a “drug” so that it falls under the agency’s regulatory jurisdiction.
More of the gibberish read:
“Your Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-One!” Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil product is misbranded within the meaning of section 403(q) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 343(q)] in that the label fails to include a declaration of transfat as required by 21 CFR 101.9(c)(2)(ii).”
Now thanks to lazy, debauched judges and fat, greedy attorneys there is no longer a concept of what the law even means, let alone how to apply it. It has been so contorted and twisted that there is no longer any moral prerogative. We are now interpreting Greed in the courts, and processing the distribution of Manure in the form of government.
Castile means that it’s made from 100 percent plant oils instead of rat fat, fat-packs and the oil of the dead flesh of dogs. It’s real soap, not an industrial chemical detergent composed of sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate and/or sodium palm kernelate), Water, Hydrogenated Tallow Acid (skin conditioner), Coconut Acid, Glycerin (skin conditioner), Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Pentasodium Pentetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, D&C Green No. 8, FD&C Green No. 3.
Castile soap is 100% earth friendly and free of environmentally unfriendly chemicals. Brunner’s’ Fair Trade & Organic Coconut Oil reacts with Potassium Hydroxide to create soap. Because it is composed of medium-chain fatty acids, Fair Trade & Organic Coconut Oil gives the soaps a heavy lather.
The soaps are also highly concentrated and can be refilled once partially used with water to extend use.
Dr. Bronner’s must now either modify its label or take the matter to court.