On January 13, 2017, the feds arrested Amish farmer Sam Girod and hauled him off to jail where he could spend the rest of his life. He's been there for over a month and he has done absolutely nothing even remotely worthy of treatment of this magnitude.
His crime? Making and selling a natural salve that helps to heal skin disorders. Sam and Elizabeth Girod and their 12 children are Amish farmers in Kentucky. For the last 16 years they have made homemade herbal salves as a family. They sold it from their farm and at a few small stores near them. The family makes three products: A chickweed salve, a bloodroot salve called To-Mor-Gone and an essential oil blend called Sine-Eze. Their main salve is the one Sam called "Chickweed Healing Salve." It's made with wild-harvested herbs like chickweed, rosemary, comfrey, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils as ingredients blended with olive oil and beeswax to stiffen it.
The salve making is not rocket science. Any of you could make these products in your kitchen. In fact many people do. If you Google it, you'll find recipes online like this one.
So the $64,000 question is: What in the world went wrong? How did this peace-loving, quiet, minding-his-own-business, Amish family farmer, father of twelve and loyal American citizen end up in jail for making herbal salves? How is it possible that this simple, God-fearing father, who would, any other year, be out working his fields with his horses getting ready for spring planting, be now sitting behind jail bars... considered a dangerous criminal?
Sam's nightmare started over three years ago. Their family was still new in the salve business and he had quite honestly and transparently labeled his one salve as 'Chickweed Healing Salve' and had healing testimonial claims on the label.
He also did not have the familiar FDA disclaimer that looks like this:
"These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."
Sam, in his simple, disconnected-from-the-world Amish way of life may not have realized that healing claims coupled with the disclaimer omission amounted to a cardinal sin in the eyes of the FDA. Or maybe Sam just didn't feel the disclaimer was truthful or even right to use. Maybe Sam felt it was dishonest to say that his salve was not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease when, of course, that is exactly what his salve is for.
It's fairly easy to criminalize a man... especially if he makes the first misstep. Please stick with me. It's critical that you understand how it's bureaucratically possible to make a good man look bad. How easy it is for otherwise sensible people to rationalize that good is evil and evil is good and that light is darkness (Isaiah 5:20).
- The entire criminalization of Sam is based on the FDA's official public position that ONLY a drug can "diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease." They really do say and believe this. And that is what this fiasco is based on. As soon as you accept this #1 non-fact as Truth, your mind is perfectly ripe for the next three Orwellian twistings.
- So... since Sam says his herbal salve helps for treating, or preventing a disease, therefore his product is obviously a drug. Point #1 proves point #2. End of discussion.
- So... since this new drug has NOT been approved by us, the FDA, therefore his drug is illegal.
- So therefore, since Sam has admitted that he's been selling this salve, and we've proved his salve is a drug and an illegal one at that, Sam is admittedly an illegal drug dealer. Even worse he's selling this illegal drug across state lines! So he's actually a National Interstate Drug Dealer. And that makes Sam an exceedingly dangerous criminal!
The federal government has taken it upon themselves to protect American public from Illegal drug dealing criminals like Sam. They have again courageously protected the vulnerable people of our great nation of The United States of America from the alarming menace of an illegal drug cocktail of Rosemary, Beeswax, Olive oil, Peppermint, Chickweed, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Comfrey (these are the exact ingredients of Sam's Chickweed Healing Salve).
You will also be relieved to know that the dangerous Amish man who is the mastermind behind this shocking, illegal interstate drug trafficking crime ring is now safely behind bars without bail. And if the FDA has their way in court, Sam will be there for the rest of his life. Rest easy, America. Your children can now play safely in the streets again. If Sam was a Muslim making ointment out of goat eyeballs, walrus membrane and the skin of infidels, the government would probably fund him and celebrate multiculturalism.
Please pray for Sam, his wife Elizabeth and their family. If you'd like to send Sam and Elizabeth and family a card or a note of encouragement, their farm address is: 409 Satterfield Lane, Owingsville, KY, 40360. Address it to Elizabeth Girod since Sam is in prison.
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