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Council for Responsible Nutrition Calls Proposed DHEA Legislation 'A Solution in Search of a Problem'
Date:12/18/2007

oduction of testosterone --- essentially the body recognizes when it is already achieving normal hormone levels and thus 'ignores' the additional DHEA.

Hundreds of thousands of older adults safely and responsibly use DHEA due to their bodies' inability to effectively produce healthy hormone levels on their own. This supplement has promising use to help support immune function, maintain cognitive function and elevate mood, improve sleep patterns, maintain strong bones and normalize glucose metabolism for this population.

Many manufacturers, including some CRN member companies, voluntarily recommend on their labels that DHEA products not be used by those under 18. But self-regulation is quite different than legal restrictions that impose civil penalties, such as those included in this bill. Experience with other consumer products repeatedly demonstrates that when age restrictions are imposed on a product, it becomes much harder for mature, responsible, and legitimate consumers to purchase the products in a convenient manner. Restricting the access of DHEA would set an unacceptable precedent and would create the misimpression that DHEA deserves to be hidden behind the counter.

We urge Congress not to restrict access to DHEA, but rather to focus its resources on enforcing the current laws around illegal steroid use more strictly and educating the public about the dangers of illegal steroids."


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