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Amish Farmer Facing 68 Years in Federal Prison for Making Homemade Products

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 21:28
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(Natural News) When most people imagine their golden years, they don’t envision spending the last decades of their life in a federal prison, but for 56-year-old Samuel Girod, that threat is very real — thanks to the FDA. Girod is facing 68 years in jail for the simple crime of creating his own all-natural homemade products. Father to 12 and grandfather to 25, Girod has been facing a 12-count indictment since 2015.

Trouble first arose for the Amish farmer back in 2013, when someone reported his homemade products to the state health department of Missouri. An injunction was put in place by a federal judge in the state, banning Girod from making some of his products until specific conditions were met. One of those conditions was an inspection of the property where Girod’s products were made — prompting the state of Kentucky to become involved. Production of these homemade, natural products reportedly took place at Girod’s family home, somewhere along Satterfield Lane in Bath County.

Bath County residents were seemingly appalled when they learned of their neighbor’s fate. “I can’t even figure out what he has done wrong. They live at the foot of the cross and the thought of one of them intentionally doing something wrong is outrageous,” Suza Moody, a fellow Bath County resident commented.

Family friend Sally Oh said, “They are just devastated. I mean when they brought him out in handcuffs. It was awful.” Oh went on to say that the FDA had taken issue with the way some of Girod’s products were labeled. Girod’s Chickweed Salve was a particular point of contention. According to Oh, the salve’s ingredients include rosemary, beeswax, olive oil.

“It said ‘Chickweed Salve’ up top, then on down said ‘Cures Cancer.’ Which for some people it did, but he can’t say that. So he changed it to say ‘Healing Chickweed,’ but they said no you can’t say healing. So now it just says ‘Original Chickweed,’” she explained.

Moody questioned whether or not the proposed punishment really fit the crime. “I mean do you go to jail because you’ve messed up a label on a product?”

“I thought you went to jail because you did something bad. I mean he mislabeled something? I doubt he knew any better,” she added.

According to the FDA, Girod is also guilty of handing out pamphlets that advertised his products’ efficacy in the treatment of a variety of conditions. Because of those claims,  the FDA says the products are defined as drugs, under the federal food, drug, and cosmetic act — even though multiple tests have shown no drugs are used in the products.

Defined drugs are also required to have their place of production registered with the FDA. Unsurprisingly, the Girod farm is not registered — and they likely did not know the salves they were making could be construed as “drugs.”

Another one of Girod’s products, TO-MOR-GONE, has also come under fire. The product is said to be “very good at removing tumors,” and also contains bloodroot — which can be caustic and cause scarring. This, the FDA alleges, makes for much more than a simple labeling mistake. Along with all of this, the FDA claims that Girod prevented their agents from entering the family home to “inspect” the conditions, and allege that he continued to sell his products after the injunction was placed.

Since 2015, Girod has fired his appointed attorney and has chosen to represent himself. WKYT reports, “The Amish farmer filed a motion to dismiss his case, citing a lack of due process, lack of standing, and lack of jurisdiction. A judge denied the motion and set a status conference back in August.”

Girod missed the status hearing, Ms. Oh believes that he simply did not understand he had to be there. A warrant was then issued for his arrest.

Due to the increasingly volatile nature of the situation, the Bath County Sheriff reportedly wrote a letter to the authorities involved, citing his concerns about the “ongoing ruthless and relentless attack against one of his constituents.” The letter also noted that Girod had been placed in the protective custody of his office.

For about five months, Girod was considered a “fugitive” and was arrested at the family farm in January. He now waits in jail without bail until his trial date arrives, which is scheduled for late February.

The real issue here is the fact that the FDA is persecuting a man with no ill intent: the so-called crimes he committed with no malicious intent, and his products have reportedly never harmed anyone. And yet, the FDA approves drugs that don’t work and come with horrible side effects, as long they are listed on the label. The agency has even banned intravenous vitamin C, so it’s not that surprising that they’re throwing the book at Girod.

The extreme punishment being proposed for Girod is far and away from fitting the “crime” he committed — not that you can really call it a crime; a mistake perhaps. His failure to understand the inner-workings of the corrupt FDA system does not warrant 68 years of imprisonment.

Child rapists go free while an Amish man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for making salves. And this is what we’re supposed to believe justice looks like?


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  • It would be great if Americans could somehow be educated about Jury Nullification.

    Jury Nullification would set this man free at trial.

    In the event the Amish man is convicted in court perhaps Trump could give the man a Presidential pardon.

    I don’t remember Jury Nullification being taught in school.


    Because the government did not want the average citizen to know how much power a jury can have in the courts.

    • Some activists pass out fliers, are ignored, and get into trouble, in front of the courthouse.

      If you accept your summons, there will be lots of talking and waiting, during the jury selection, and you will actually be asked your biases, in front of a large room, full of people.

      You can tell the whole court, before you are dismissed.

      Philosophically, many of the same issues, being discussed in this article, are in the Declaration of Independence. The reality just hasn’t hit, for most people, that they, too, can be dispossessed and railroaded, at random.

  • What do you expect in Nazi America

  • Boo

    I believe the Governor can pardon him. Personally I think the person who made the complaint is the bigger threat. Probably some ultra left Professor who is busy painting signs for their next fascist protest against free speech.

  • i knew this would happen. it’s about POWER and CONTROL. He must be made an example. How DARE anyone oppose their power and lofty position.

    It’s absolutely nothing to do with law & order. They and they alone MUST remain in control. Even when it is hypocrisy and breaking their own laws which they don’t even bother with.

    Look, the worst treason this country has ever seen committed and they have NEVER put their negro and the 535 Congressmen in jail but they will put this powerless old man in one. They are NOT suppose to be a respecter of persons but judge righteously.

    Look, another man and lady is going to 28 years in jail because they were WHITE and scared a negro having a birthday party with Union Jack flags or something.

    This is OUTRAGEOUS justice. Even rapist hardly get that amount.

    The judges are not doing justice anymore but COVERUPS for HIGHER UPS.

  • Another FINE example of Totally Out of Control Federal Government TYRANNY !!!

  • The only crimes committed are by the FDA, they in themselves are a criminal organization that profit from corruption by the suffering and death of the people, 68yrs for mixing natural ingredients and telling the truth on the label, it’s insanity but they get away with it because theirs huge amounts of cash to be made by everyone but the innocent.
    And we call for Jury Nullification and Presidential pardons, good god people the man has done nothing wrong but stumble into the elite corporation territory of IN POWER CORRUPTION.
    If Trump turns out to be the man we all hope for, the FDA is going to be on trial soon and as a lot of people know the FDA are guilty of MASS MURDER FOR CASH AND THEY NEED TO HANG FOR THEIR EVIL CRIMES.

    • And with all that the FDA only inspects 1% of the shit that comes through customs (imports).
      So, think About this: we send Chicken to China for processing; why is anyone’s guess. That’s what Trump means when he talks about suck ass leadership in this god awful country. Think about 30,000 (30K) dead pigs floating down the Yellow River with little or no explanation and then think about the Chinese buying Smithfield Ham (the largest processor of pork in the USA). Then think about our laws that allow those commies the ability to own US companies with impunity and you can’t own (fully) a company in China.

      IMO, the New American Dream should be 20 million Democrats swimming to Antarctica with a Republican under each arm and then being eaten by a school of man eating guppies or some other shit.

  • anyone who does not think this country is totally screwed up must either be part of the problem or a idiot or BOTH!! the feds and states are out of control and need serious restructuring!! and LOTS of officials put in prison!

  • Here we live in a country filled with targeted individuals, and children being abducted, and murder, by the thousands. Our authorities judges, lawyers, and policemen have nothing better to do then harass a man for creating good healing products.

    A heck of a lot better then those vaccines and what trash big pharma puts out.

    Amazing leave the man alone to do his business of creating good healing products.

  • Do you see how it’s done? Bureaucrats re-define what we are doing so that it falls under their “authority”. That is the point where we have to call them out. Example, in my own battle with county health they said I had to put in a septic system to deal with human waste. We are an organic farm and have no waste to put in a septic system. What is a valuable resource to us is re-labeled as “waste”.

    • Just box up all of your shit and drop it off to the county officials and the county health “inspectors !!! It solves multiple problems by eliminating the need for a septic system , making a powerful statement that REALLY Stinks for the county officials , getting rid of all of your shit and making the local political statement of a lifetime by taking a real DUMP on them (Ain’t THAT some “Shit” ?!!!) :!:

  • C’mon, he’s saying “Cures Cancer” here.

  • Can de FDA please talk about the successrate of chemotherapy? The percentage of people who by using chemotherapy extend their life with more than 2 years is less than 5 %. For me this FDA are crooks serving the pharma industry.
    Holy shame on you FDA !!!!

  • Geeper, lot’s of natural mother earth foods cure cancer’ proven over and over again, even in courts of law, but this does not stop the money barons and their lackeys from enforcing their elite laws on the people to keep the money flowing to them and ther FDA are the scum of the earth, I would hang them before even Soros or Bill Gates.

  • Only in the USA can a known criminal run for president a crime family like the Bush gents openly exist and yet a man get life in prison for offending the FDA who has allowed killing drugs out to the people. My, My.

  • I don’t know how but maybe one of you does. Who can start a petition at the .gov website? And who can set up a (fundme?) page to help this guy out? They need to include ways to help in these articles!

  • A crime with no victims – how can that be a crime at all? And how can the FDA, which approves drugs that kill people, be allowed to write the rules that say this man can’t compete? Where are the protests for this man and how many of you will show up?

  • st

    FDA lol yep they make the world safe lol :idea: :arrow:

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