Owen, I was really sorry to hear about the FDA's letter.
You are absolutely correct that the vitamin c foundation needs to have a new mission, and that is to actively campaign, not just complain, against the egregious tax-funded favoritism and bias that controls (and holds hostage) healthcare in the US.
I applaud your efforts, and I wish you the best of luck in deregulating the treatment of foods as drugs. I'll help you campaign wherever possible. In fact I'm doing something similar and perhaps we can work together.
I have recently have started a new non-profit called DASH - Detanglement Alliance to Save Healthcare, for this very purpose (to campaign to detangle corporate interests from healthcare policy). I have thrown together a website showing the objective with a preliminary set of initiatives that *any* science advocate, health advocate, and good-society advocate should quickly embrace (presuming they are on the up and up):http://joinTheDASH.org
All of the 22 initiatives listed there are beneficial to the cause of promoting non-proprietary treatments which are often unfairly relegated to the trash heap by the FDA. In particular to this situation, you’ll want to look at initiatives #11 (Better detail and follow up for inconclusive results) and #17 (FDA watchdog-action will trigger a treatment investigation).
Interestingly (and I hope this will not be a sticking point for you), you will see that the DASH initiatives do not impugn watchdog efforts, but rather make them fair and force the NIH to fairly do the research ASAP when the FDA flexes their muscle, which research will ultimately justify high-value and relatively safe treatments regardless whether they come from big pharma or are food-based or non-proprietary (which, like orthomolecular medicine, receives most of the prejudice from the FDA and from willfully-ignorant members of the medical community). This way we force the FDA and NIH to promote the cause of good non-proprietary treatments, rather than allowing them to paint non-proprietary treatment proponents as the enemy to science (which is false and which perception does more harm to our agenda than anything else).
I do not think impugning watchdog efforts is ever going to be fruitful, and honestly I have concerns whether trying to avoid watchdog efforts is going to play out in our favor, and while I support efforts to separate out treatments based on vitamins from big pharma treatments, I think we need to do more to prevent the FDA from following the agenda to maintain the pharma-empowered status quo and from promoting their willful ignorance into policy that gives pharmaceutical companies a huge advantage at the cost of severe public endangerment. Watchdog efforts can be good, but the way they go about it is bad and needs radical transformation to work from a position of knowledge-based authority regarding non-proprietary treatments (which the FDA currently doesn’t do). When they do their job fairly it will work to our favor, because the science is on our side, and the public suspects that is true ... knows there is collusion at the highest levels, and will support a science-based agenda over an agenda that to many will look like: "let us do whatever the hell we want because it's vitamins". Of course I know that isn't the objective of the legislative changes you're sponsoring, but there is about $900,000,000,000 worth of commerce every year in Big pharma, and those fat cats on the receiving end are extremely motivated to market your objective that way with more influence under the table to your congressmen than any number of petitions will do.
So let me propose that we demand scientific integrity to force our institutions to work in our favor.
When research and policy is done right, treatments and claims like many of those made on your website will be carried through phase 4 testing, and the results known and accepted as scientifically sound. Right now those with the purse strings are doing everything they can to prevent that from happening, and our system allows them to do that ... by using our own tax dollars (about 40 billion per year) to direct NIH research activities and bias FDA rulings against non-proprietary treatments.
Preventing gag orders like the one you received is precisely the result of corporate interests. My approach is different, but I’ve looked at this 100 ways and the DASH approach to force the healthcare system to exercise fair and balanced scientific integrity
is the only method that I believe every medical doctor will stand behind. If they aren't on-board nothing will change.