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The Gormley Files – Preserving Our Natural Resources Preserves Health

Good news! The bill referred to below passed the Senate on October 10 – thanks to all who sent messages to their Senators! Read more here:

Senate Must Pass The Water Resources Development Act

by James J. Gormley

Fixing our water issues is perhaps the most important priority for the state of Florida, the region and the country.

On September 13th, the House passed a bi-partisan version of the Water Resources Development Act, including a provision that Florida Congressman Brian Mast wrote with Senator Nelson and Senator Rubio to authorize the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir.

The Water Resources Development Act is a biennial bill that authorizes new water infrastructure projects and makes improvements to water programs not just in Florida, but throughout the entire United States.

Tell your Senator to get behind the Water Resources Development Act and send it to the the President’s desk right away.water

The problem: Discharges from Lake Okeechobee are damaging Florida’s Treasure Coast not only because they contain toxic algal blooms but also because the freshwater infusion into a brackish estuary kills plant life, harms animals and destroys the environment. To prevent these discharges, the water must instead be sent south of Lake Okeechobee – mimicking the natural flow.

The solution: In 2017, the State of Florida passed Senate Bill 10, which authorized the construction of a water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store and treat water, thus limiting these damaging discharges.

The bill was then reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and referred to the U.S. Congress in July for authorization by the federal government, who will share in half of the costs for the project. This bill authorizes the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir so that design and construction can get underway as soon as possible.

Tell your Senator to get behind the Water Resources Development Act today!

This bipartisan bill includes all of Florida’s Treasure Coast priorities from the version passed by the House on June 6th as well as the updated provision that Representative Mast wrote with Senators Rubio and Nelson to authorize the EAA Southern Storage Reservoir. Also in the bill are important provisions that Congress Mast wrote to force the Army Corps to redo the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule that determines when discharges happen, and to develop technology for the large-scale filtration of water, including early detection, prevention and management of harmful algal blooms.

The compromise bill passed the House of Representatives on September 13, 2018 and is expected to be voted on in the Senate this month. We know people are getting sick, animals are dying and our environment is being demolished. We cannot wait any longer to get this bill signed into law.

Ask your Senator to rapidly sign on to and vote to pass this vital bill!

The Gormley Files – YOU Are the Truth Champions

YOU Are the Truth Championsgormley

By James J. Gormley

Facts. Truth. What is it about versions of these words that have had shifting uses and meanings throughout the millennia? They have been morphed into tools of propaganda, instruments of oppression and even edicts from kings or despots—who say what they decide is the truth.

Many of us who are believers in natural health and champions of health freedom are intimately familiar with facts (some of them disturbing) and truth (some of it not accepted).

We’ve seen these facts and truths taken out of context or twisted to mischaracterize and discredit the science and the proven health practices behind what we believe in, and know to be true, about our health and about what works to enhance it.

Dietary supplements are a favorite whipping boy of the nutrition naysayers and health hold-outs.

Mass media coverage and the anti-supplements grandstanding of some U.S. legislators from Illinois and New York aside, the Wild West pretty much ended about 1890 and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are actually the rightful heirs of the Traveling Medicine Show patent medicines of old.

For every critic or skeptic with blinders on, there are many more true champions of natural health out there. They might wear a lab coat, or give lectures, or answer customer calls about dietary supplements.

They might be a neighbor who is working as a health coach or a nutritionist. It could be a knowledgeable friend or family member.

It could be you.

With all of the talk this past year about fake news, we are proud to stand with you, a Citizen for Health. As always, we work hard to shine a light on credible and actionable information on many areas that impact our health, food and water.

And we count on you to steer us in the right direction so that this health advocacy collective called Citizens for Health can always be a force for positive change and a powerful platform for informed action.

And that’s the truth.

James J. Gormley is Vice President and Senior Policy advisor for Citizens for Health. He is an award-winning blogger and author, including Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom (Square One, 2013).