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LE Magazine October 2007

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Should the President Declare a National Emergency?

By William Faloon

President George Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush:

In 2003, your office had the foresight to urge all Americans to increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and decrease their intake of trans fats.

In the ensuing years, several hundred scientific studies have further substantiated the health benefits associated with greater omega-3 consumption, and many food producers now state “no trans fats” on their label.

The human research into vitamin D has now reached a point where we can predictably state that several hundred thousand American lives each year could be saved if every citizen supplemented their diet with 1,000 IU of vitamin D each day.

Please review with your advisors the materials I have attached and consider implementing the following immediate strategy:

  1. Access a healthcare agency discretionary fund of about $3 million that would enable the government to purchase fifteen minutes of airtime on the four major television networks on a Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  2. Use that 15 minutes of airtime to announce a decision by the White House to urge all Americans to supplement with 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day for the purposes of significantly reducing risks of cancer, osteoporosis, chronic inflammation, stroke, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, influenza, and a host of other common diseases.

Then work with your advisors in devising a strategy to mandate that anyone expecting to file a claim with Medicare, Medicaid, or any other government-funded healthcare agency must take at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day. A blood test can be used to ascertain whether a person is really supplementing with vitamin D3.

If some individuals cannot afford this very low-cost supplement (less than $19 a year), it would be in the federal government’s economic interest to give low-income Americans a free bottle each year containing 365 (1,000 IU) capsules of vitamin D3.

Based on our analysis of the reductions in disease incidence that would result from universal supplementation with 1,000 IU/day of vitamin D, Medicare alone would save billions of dollars in outlays each year. The cost to the federal government to give away free vitamin D3 each year to those who request it would be trivial.

In consideration for you implementing something along the lines I have suggested in this letter, the Life Extension Foundation would provide to the federal government at no cost, 50,000 bottles of vitamin D3 (365 capsules, 1,000 IU/capsule) to give away to Americans who are unable to afford it.

There is significant legal precedent for the federal government taking affirmative action when the preponderance of scientific evidence shows that correcting a widespread deficiency of a nutrient (such as adding iodine to salt and folic acid to cereals) would lead to significant reductions in human suffering and death.

In the case of vitamin D, it may not be appropriate to mandate that it be added to a food group, as that could result in people getting too little (or too much) of this nutrient.

Our organization’s scientific team will be at your disposal for assisting in the eradication of the epidemic of degenerative disease that can now be definitively traced to a vitamin D deficiency.

For longer life,
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William Faloon, Co-Founder
Life Extension Foundation