IACF Celebrates Unity with awards and awareness

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IACF Celebrates Unity with Awards and awareness about the dangers of dietary supplements
Fremont, CA (USA), March 26 2010
his years Unity through Diversity was held on March 26, 2010 at Fremont Marriot. This years theme was "A New Change for America's Children". California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer was the Keynote Speaker at the event.The Indian National Anthem of India was sung by Deepak Sachdev, while Lena Zee sang the American National Anthem

Dr. Kuldip Thusu

Following were the 2010 IACF Honorees
  • Kuldip Thusu, Ph.D., for Community Service and Leadership
    Introduction by Dr. Harmesh Kumar and presented by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Hayward Council member Bill Quirk, Former State Senator Liz Figueroa, Anil Yadav
  • Steve Cho, Citizen of the Year
    Introduction by Garrett Yee and presented by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Former Assembly member John Dutra, Mayor City of Cupertino Kris Wang, Niraj Baxi.
Mary Ellen Taylor, Public Affairs Specialist from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spoke about the growing over-the-counter dietary supplement market. FDA has the ability to pull a product off the market, only if it is proved to be dangerous, which often occurs after the damage has been done. For the consumer, there are assortments of supplements to choose from, many claiming to be natural, herbal remedies, but it is hard to know what the customer is getting.

Jeevan Zutshi
A personal tragedy for Jeevan Zutshi, founder of the Indo-American Community Federation has turned into a mission to fight against the menance of dietry supplement industry. It is about awareness. It is about helping other parents. It is about saving our youth, says Jeevan Zutshi. A major issue of concern that I share regarding our health care system is Big Pharmas free hand to dispense high profit pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter dietary supplements to as many people as possible, bypassing doctors entirely often times without genuine concern for consumer welfare.

Unfortunately, dietary supplements and weight-loss aids arent subject to the same rigorous standards as are prescription drugs or medications sold over-the-counter. Thus, they can be marketed with limited proof of effectiveness or safety, he said.

Vice-Mayor of Fremont Anu Natarajan, Jeevan, State Senator Liz Figueroa
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