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In the vocabulary of the Food and Drug Administration, disease is not yourordinary two-bit word. So when the agency offered up a new and much broaderdefinition, one that would expand its power to regulate the $15 billiondietary supplement industry, the ensuing flood of public comments was littleshort of torrential.

Now, after receiving more than 100,000 letters, most of them indignant, aswell as coming under scrutiny from the House Committee on Government Reform,the agency appears to have backed down and, on July 8, reopened the issuefor debate.

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