Monday, May 10, 2010

05/10/10 - New Nonprofit Reporting – May 17th Deadline

0.  Blogs & NewsGov’t says: NO RIGHT TO FOOD ACCESS
1.  Health Freedom of Speech Bills
2.  IRS – New Nonprofit Reporting – the easy way…
3.  Natural Clinical Trials Center
4.  Archived Vitamin Lawyer Webinars
5.  Vitamin Lawyer connections…

0. Blogs & News –
This from a recent Federal Govt Brief, in a raw milk case:
[File this under: why we need a Freedom of Health Speech and Conscience Amendment]

“There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health.

“Plaintiffs’ assertion of a “fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families” is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish…; see also Cowan v. United States, 5 F. Supp. 2d 1235, 1242 (N.D. Okla.1998) (rejecting a claim that the plaintiff had the fundamental “right to take whatever treatment he wishes due to his terminal condition regardless of whether the FDA approves the treatment”). Finally, even if such a right did exist, it would not render FDA’s regulations unconstitutional because prohibiting the interstate sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk [sic] promotes ‘bodily and physical health.’”

Recent issues of this Memo have covered such topics as Recent Trends in FDA Warning Letters; the new FTC testimonial Rule and the FDA Rule regarding “expiration” dates and “best if used by” dates.

Access to the Vitamin Lawyer Webinars and more:
www .NaturalHealthOptions .net

Dr. Rima Recommends: new web site with information regarding the Wellness Center that Dr. Rima E. Laibow MD is opening in Panama at the end of May: www .DrRima .net – I will be in Panama for the Grand Opening (the Provincial Governor is cutting the ribbon) for the event. If anyone wants to travel to Panama for a week and see the Valley of the Moon, a small party of interested people will be joining me for the trip; please let me know if you are interested ASAP

[Please note: all URLs in this memo are "broken" with spaces inserted to avoid the memo being treated as "spam" by certain email service providers.]


1. Health Freedom of Speech Bills
Foods or dietary supplements that may be of benefit for health conditions are, according to the FDA, unapproved "drugs." Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Jared Polis (D-CO) the co-chairs of the Dietary Supplement Caucus, have introduced the Free Speech about Science Act -- H.R. 4913. This bill would ensure our basic Free Speech in health matter, end censorship and, according to observers, "enable the natural health products community to share peer-reviewed scientific findings about natural health products with the public..."
We have long urged support for Representative Ron Paul’s bills - HR 3394, the Freedom of Health Speech Act, and HR 3395, the Health Freedom Act. This new bill joins them to offer the possibility of a real turn-around in US law; finally supporting the intent of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) that we have broad freedom to use food for heatlh and fully rejecting the FDA's discredited public policy of "HARMonizing" especially with international restrictions on our rights.
Action Item: salsa.democracyinaction .org/o/568/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3729


2.  IRS to Begin Revoking Tax Exemptions May 17 for Failure to File

www .njnonprofits. org/CheckIRSRevocation.html

“Thousands of … nonprofit organizations - including as many as 5,600 public charities [in NJ] - could be in danger of losing their tax exemptions if they don't submit required information filings to the IRS by May 17th. … Under the federal Pension Protection Act of 2006, exempt organizations that fail to file required Form 990 annual information returns (or, in the case of
small organizations, the Form 990-N e-postcard) for three consecutive years will have their tax exemptions automatically revoked by the IRS effective on the filing due date of the third year. The Form 990 or e-postcard is required to be filed annually by the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of an organization's fiscal year.

The first round of revocations will begin May 17, 2010. If tax exemption is revoked, the only way to reinstate it will be to reapply (at a fee of as much as $850). You can save your tax-exempt status by filing!

If you are running a nonprofit, consider form 990 N (for nonprofits with expected gross receipts under $25,000 (I assume in average since inception). This new rule does not apply to religious bodies which are exempt from filing form 990.

Here is where form 990 N can be filed on line: www .irs. gov/charities/article/0,,id=169250,00.html

This is what information is required:

1. Employer identification number (EIN).
2. Tax year
3. Legal name and mailing address
4. Any other names the organization uses
5. Name and address of a principal officer
6. Web site address if the organization has one
7. Confirmation that the organization’s annual gross receipts are
normally $25,000 or less
8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is
terminating (going out of business)


3.  Natural Clinical Trials Center

Update: NCT now has a relationship with a National University that is very interested
in "breaking into" the nutrient clinical study market -- this is an opportunity to benefit from a university-level study at modest price. Obviously, the cost will be greater than the cost of a private clinical study at Dr. Rima's clinic, but, with our special relationship, we can keep the
costs down to a reasonable and affordable level. And, of course, you will have the assurance that the professionals at NCT are keeping close watch on the protocol and progress of the university study. The Natural Solutions Center in Volcan, Panama is expected to be opened by the end of May, so Clinical Trials can begin shortly thereafter. Check out the Videos and PPT Webinar on the Site! www .NaturalClinicalTrials .org

• New FDA and FTC regulations make your job harder than ever... Recent changes mean that your company MUST consider Clinic Tests, Studies and Trials:

• To demonstrate product safety
• To substantiate product claims
• To determine "typical results" for Testimonial Ads
• To meet batch testing requirements.
• These changes also mean you must not:
• Make claims you cannot substantiate
• Use Testimonials without disclosing "typical results"

• What can you do to tell your customers that your product is helpful, effective and important for them to use? Let us show you what we can do to help you with cost-effective clinical work...
Natural Solutions Wellness Center has established the Natural Clinical Trials Program - the NCT - to bring our special expertise to natural product clinical studies, tests and trials.

The NCT Program is headed by Dr. Rima E. Laibow MD, with the collaboration of Dr. Robert Goodman PhD, Ralph Fucetola JD, and the Natural Solutions Staff.


4. Archived Natural Solutions Vital Connection Webinars with the Vitamin Lawyer

Setting up a Student Account at VCU is free and relatively easy:

www. VitalConnectionUniversity. com

[1] Your Ministry, the Law and Alternative Practices
Held July 9, 2009:  This webinar is Archived. –
(approximately 2 hours)

A PowerPoint discussion with Counsel Ralph Fucetola JD about advanced health care practices, the ministry and the law. $49.95 - Includes eBook with forms.

Direct sign-up: www. vitalconnectionuniversity. com/moodle/course/view.php?id=169

[2] CAM Advanced Healthcare Practitioner SOPs

Held: May 6, 2009 – This Webinar is Archived.
(approximately 2 hours)

You can see my short introductory YouTube video at:
vitaminlawyerhealthfreedom.blogspot. com/2009/02/webinar-announcement-ethical-legal.html

Direct sign-up:

[3] Bringing New Natural Products to Market

Held: May 10, 2009 – This Webinar is Archived.
(approximately 2 hours)

What does it take to bring a new natural product to market? This webinar will cover the pitfalls and requirements. Especially in the current market, you need to do everything right to have a success… includes a useful eBook with forms.

Direct sign-up: www. vitalconnectionuniversity. com/moodle/course/view.php?id=102

"Your papers must be in order."

Are your ingredients "grandfathered" under DSHEA?
Have you filed your Structure and Function Claims Notices?
Do you have your SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures)
Is your web site Site Use Statement up-to-date?
Is your Substantiation Notebook ready?

Your papers need to be in order before the FDA inspection!

[4] Sustainable IRA

Held: Saturday June 13, 2009 – This Webinar is Archived.
(approximately 2 hours)

Sustainable Retirement Capacity - Protecting the Environment AND Your IRA/401 – At the Same Time! The Foundation Trustees lead you through an interesting slide presentation that will help you make important decisions about where you want to be in the event conditions in the US continue to deteriorate. Free Webinar ($25 donation suggested).  With eBook.

Direct IRA link: www. Vitalconnectionuniversity .com/moodle/course/view.php?id=95

Each Webinar includes its own useful eBook of forms and other information that will help you better organize (includes full powerpoint presentation text and resources).


5. Vitamin Lawyer Connections…

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