Here’s a video explaining the entire thing, transcript with links below.
1. The FDA made up arbitrary rules, then accused Sam of breaking those rules.
2. There are no victims. Samuel Girod has hurt no one.
3. FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs kill 1 person every 19 minutes. Merck’s FDA-approved Vioxx killed over 68,000 people. Nobody in Big Pharma goes to jail. They pay out billions in fines (after making billions in profits.) No companies close, nobody goes to jail. Nobody. Even after killing and harming 100s of thousands of people.
4. Sam Girod and his products have hurt no one.
The Story of the FDA v Samuel Girod
Samuel Girod and his family have been making and selling 3 all-natural herbal products for nearly 20 years. In all those years, one woman had a bad reaction to a salve (which Sam made right and the woman was fine).
No one has ever been harmed by the products, the Girods have pages of testimonials and scores of repeat customers.
The 3 products are: Original Chickweed, a beeswax, essential oils and olive oil salve; Sine-Eze, a blend of essential oils; and To-Mor-Gone, an herbal bloodroot product in a base of beeswax and olive oil aka “black salve”.
All of these products are currently ALSO made and sold online worldwide (including on Amazon) by other people using these same basic ingredients. The recipes are online as well, you can make them in your kitchen.
HOW IT STARTED
Sixteen years ago, in 2001, an FDA agent visited Sam at his home in IN and informed Sam that he could not claim his products could help skin cancer. At that time, the chickweed salve label said: “[g]ood for all skin disorders. Skin cancer, cuts, burns, draws, and poison ivy.”
According to the FDA, when you make a medical claim about a product, that means the product is a “drug. Therefore you have to do years of testing, costing millions of dollars to prove the claim.
Sam had to change his label or do the testing.
So Sam changed the label, removing the reference to skin cancer.
He asked the agent to get back to him on what label would be acceptable to the FDA. The agent said she would within three weeks but she never did.
The label now said, “[g]ood for skin disorders. Dry skin, cuts, burns, draws, and poison ivy.” No skin cancer reference.
Between 2001 and 2004, Sam was visited several times by FDA agents. When he asked the agents what was acceptable on the label, none would give
Sam did not receive any further communication from the FDA until 2012.
In Jan 2012, someone called the FDA and reported that a store in MO was selling Chickweed Healing Salve and that medical claims were being made.
The FDA confiscated the products from the store and opened #Case 4:12-cv-00362-GAF on Sam. You will find a link to the complaint and a link to Sam’s answer in the transcript below.
This is the complaint: http://bit.ly/27-on-120928-Girod-Amended-Complaint
This is Sam’s answer to the complaint: http://bit.ly/37-on-121228-Girod-Answer-Defenses
In fact, here are all the court documents on Sam’s entire case. There are two folders: the 1st is for the labeling, the 2nd is for the criminal indictment.
The FDA has jurisdiction over food and drugs sold across state lines. The FDA tested all of Sam’s products and confirmed that they contain no drugs at all. The products are made using all-natural non-drug ingredients.
The indictment mentions Sam’s COMFREY (which he grew on his property) and how dangerous it is. Well, it was also tested and found to be perfectly safe with no pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Comfrey salve is sold everywhere, including Amazon: http://bit.ly/comfrey-salve
The FDA takes particular exception to TO-MOR-GONE, the black salve that Sam makes. They may not like it, but it’s perfectly legal, not a drug, used by millions of people worldwide, sold on Amazon: http://bit.ly/bloodroot-products
There are also studies on PubMed and other places that back up its cancer-curing claims: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/bloodroot/
I’ve used it myself. Works beautifully to remove skin cancers, warts, moles, etc. I bought mine from altcancer.com formulated by Greg Caton, the first guy the FDA put in jail for selling black salve about 10 years ago.
HOW THE INDICTMENT CAME ABOUT
In 2013, the FDA claimed to have a To-Mor-Gone victim in MO. A federal judge put an injunction on Sam saying he could not sell black salve ever again. Btw, the alleged victim was not produced at the hearing and has still never been identified.
The injunction has 3 conditions:
1. Sam could not make or sell any of his products until the labeling infraction was cleared up;
2. he could no longer sell any products with bloodroot in it, and
3. he had to allow the FDA to inspect his property to make sure he wasn’t still manufacturing (and therefore selling) his products.
The injunction would be lifted when the FDA told the judge that Sam had obeyed the injunction.
Sam obeyed all points of the injunction immediately: changed his labels again (no claims at all, he even removed the word “healing” from the chickweed salve); he stopped manufacturing and selling everything until the injunction was lifted; he agreed to not sell any bloodroot product; he allowed the FDA agents to inspect his property.
In spite of this, the FDA did not allow the injunction to be lifted. They kept it in place even though Sam had complied. The Girods have made their living with these products for 18 years. The FDA essentially took away their income, causing serious financial and emotional distress to the family WITH NO PROOF OF HARM TO ANYONE and after Sam had met the conditions of the injunction.
Bear in mind that Sam had not been accused of any crime at that point. It was still just a labeling infraction and one that had never been explained to Sam by “the experts” demanding the change!
At one point during the labeling discussions, FDA agents told Sam to contact a man named Mark at the FDA office who would help him develop a good label. When Sam contacted him, Mark said the FDA was not in the consulting business and hung up.
This is the Girod’s livelihood and the FDA put an end to it over a label.
Not only that, FDA agents were going into mom and pop stores in other states and confiscating Sam’s products from store shelves, causing financial harm to those families, too.
The Girod family was going broke. Since the injunction forbade Sam to sell to the general public, and because Sam had 20 years of customers asking for the products, Sam started a private membership association, selling only to members.
Before anyone can buy products or services from a private membership association, you must sign a contract stating that you understand the association rules and agree to abide by them.
These associations are put in place by farmers, clubs, doctors, and all manner of business people. Raw milk farmers have operated this way for years. I’m a member of four now: one for raw milk, one for other farm foods, one for health products and one for health services.
The FDA doesn’t like these associations because they are outside FDA jurisdiction. However, they are legal and protected under the Constitution’s contract clause: humans have the right to contract with one another and the government may not interfere in a contract.
SAM’S INDICTMENT on charges stemming from a labeling infraction
To see the Girod indictment, click here.
Counts 1 and 2 have to do with the injunction’s requirement that Sam allow on-demand inspections at his home.
ABOUT THE SEARCHES
The FDA’s armed agents came to Sam’s property to do a search soon after the injunction. Again, wanting to be cooperative, Sam said yes on one condition: that the agents not take photos. The Amish don’t take photos.
The agents agreed not to take photos, got on the property and whipped out their cameras, took photos of everything!
So the next time they came to search, in November 2013, Sam had a Bath County Sheriff deputy there and refused to allow the FDA to search because they broke their promise the last time. The Sheriff ordered them off the property.
The FDA was not happy about this and the first 2 counts stem from this refusal. The FDA accuses Sam and his family of physically threatening the agents and impeding their “lawful” investigation of his property. Completely ridiculous and a flat out lie on the part of the agents.
The lie was proven in court yesterday when the deputy said there were no threats or violence on the part of the Amish. Link below.
One of the foundations of the Amish way of life is non-violence and non-resistance. For agents of the FDA to accuse an entire community of violence and resistance is beyond belief.
Counts 3-11 accuse Sam of selling his product even though the judge had said he could not. I have no idea if these charges are accurate or if the product was sold under the private membership. In either case, they are outrageous. Sam met all the conditions of the injunction and it should have been lifted accordingly.
Count 12 accuses Sam of witness tampering. No one knows who M.M. is (the witness); I’m assuming that came out in court today. Sam thinks it may be a store-owner who had all of Sam’s products confiscated by the FDA — the agents just walked in to a number of stores around the country and basically stole all of Sam’s products off the shelves (because of a labeling infraction on a harmless herbal salve).
Sam contacted the store owner and made it right, apologizing and reimbursing him for the stolen product. We think the FDA is calling Sam’s reimbursement to the store owner “witness tampering.”
When I find out those details, they will be below, too.
WHY SAM IS IN JAIL NOW
Last July, the judge in Sam’s case, Judge Reeves, set a status hearing. Sam didn’t think he had to appear — his name was not on the notice and there was no demand to appear so he didn’t. Judge Reeves issued a warrant for Sam’s arrest. Sam should have turned himself in but he thought there was a stay in his case and that the warrant was not properly issued.
Five months later, the marshalls arrested Sam on the road outside his house. They are now claiming that Sam was a fugitive for five months and went out of his way to avoid arrest.
Now, Sam never moved or hid or left the county. The marshalls could have arrested Sam at any time… they have helicopters and drones and all that. To claim that Sam actively avoided arrest for 5 months is ridiculous.
SHERIFF REQUIRED AT ANY FEDERAL ARREST
In order for the feds to arrest anyone in a state for any charge other than treason, counterfeiting or piracy, the feds MUST have a Sheriff’s deputy present. Sheriff Snedeger had written a letter to the feds saying they were not to arrest Sam in Bath County because Sam was under the Sheriff’s protection.
AFAIK, there was no Sheriff’s deputy at Sam’s arrest. This makes the arrest illegal.
WHY SAM DOESN’T HAVE A LAWYER
As I mentioned before, the Amish are not only non-violent, they are non-resistant. They don’t fight back. Ever. If they had a rifle (for hunting) and you threatened to shoot them, you’d be able to. They would not shoot you in self-defense.
I don’t quite understand it all, but it seems like having an attorney argue for you is like you are fighting back.
Many of us in the farm food freedom movement believe this is why the feds go after the Amish: easy way to set precedent for the rest of us.
If Sam broke any rules, they were rules manufactured out of thin air by a lawless, out of control federal agency. Otherwise, Sam Girod is an innocent man. He’s committed no crime, hurt no other human being. This is a clear case of a bureaucracy creating crimes out of thin air.
Sam is a good, kind, peaceful man, devoted to his faith, his family and his community. Just spend 10 minutes talking to him, it’s very clear. The FDA has created a criminal out of a good and peaceful man. His family and everyone familiar with the case are totally bewildered that such a thing is happening in America.
Sending Sam to jail for even one minute is unacceptable.
Tomorrow morning are closing arguments and then the jury will render a verdict. Judge Reeves is known for his harsh sentences.
If you pray, please pray for justice for Sam Girod. Start a prayer chain. Put his name in the prayer basket at church. Light a candle.
If you don’t pray, then intend justice for Sam, send healing energy, surround him with light. However you speak with the universe, include justice for Sam.
If you have questions, put them in the comments. Updates are forthcoming. Thank you for paying attention!
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