Last December, the FDA issued a comprehensive position paper on "complementary and alternative medicine" (CAM), offering an opinion that deviates pretty radically from current practice. In the United States, there is still a large degree of freedom in choosing herbal medicines, dietary supplements, massage and other somatic therapies, and "functional foods" (like juices) as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. This most recent position paper proposes to bring all of the above under FDA regulation, which (in a worst-case scenario) might even lead to the criminalization of gardeners who grow medicinal herbs. While I can't see how this would be enforced, it does seem to add another voice to the growing governmental chorus that has been pushing against health freedom and the DSHEA (Dietary supplement, health and education act) under which we've been operating for over ten years now.
Here is a link to the FDA recommendations; additionally, please note that the comment period is still open. It is important to offer our opinions on this matter, as there is some historical precedent for the government listening to public comment (as occurred with the organic foods standards in the U.S.). I know, I'm an optimist, but it certainly can't hurt to make our voices heard. Here is the FDA comment page for this paper. Please tell your friends. Someone has to push back.