About the Foundation
The Amit Zutshi Foundation aims to fight use of OTC drugs and give scholarships to young people in need.
About the Foundation
The Amit Zutshi Foundation aims to fight use of OTC drugs and give scholarships to young people in need. The Foundation is a public benefit 501-c-3 corporation (EIN 26-3230191).
Amit Zutshi, who was 30, passed away after a brief illness of four days on March 19, 2008. The family believes his death was a result of overusing over-the-counter health supplements.
The Foundation was conceived by Amit's younger brother Rahul to honor his great life and at the same time, improve the health of the Indian-American community by creating awareness about the issues faced by youth in this fast paced agitated life of present times.
Foundation's major issue of concern
The Foundation's major issue of concern is Big Pharma's 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.
Dietary supplements and weight-loss aids aren't 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. Vendors can make health claims about products based on their own review and interpretation of studies without FDA authorization. However, the FDA can pull a product off the market if it is proved to be dangerous, which often occurs after many people are affected. 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, even if the ingredients listed match what's in the bottle. Many weight-loss pills contain a cocktail of ingredients - some with more than 20 herbs, vitamins, minerals or other add-ons like caffeine or laxatives. How these ingredients interact individually and collectively with the body is largely unknown. Using them can be a risky venture, especially if one is taking other medications.
Dietary Supplement Industry Issue
The dietary supplement industry perpetuates delusions about perfection; they market an unhealthy ideal. To further complicate matters, our health care system has not kept pace with this billion dollar market.
Many physicians are not trained in accurately diagnosing illnesses resulting from a lifestyle captivated by instant gratification. This often times leads to misdiagnoses of illnesses from over the counter supplements, as infirmities associated with obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder or bipolar disorder.
The struggle of our youth is often ignored, particularly [those of] immigrants, to combat peer pressure and body image issues projected by the media and society. The Foundation will tackle this rising epidemic by not only insisting on training medical professionals but also holding accountable the supplement manufacturers and distribution centers, such as gyms and fitness clubs. This will involve discussing issues under Federal and State jurisdiction.
Other Task & Credentials of Foundation
The Foundation will also give scholarships to needy students, as determined by the Foundation Board.
The Foundation has qualified on August one 2008 as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code, exclusively for Charitable purposes.
The Foundation was inaugurated on May 30, 2008 at the 7th Annual Unity Dinner event, a signature event of the Indo American Community Federation (IACF), a non-profit organization founded by their father in 1995.
US Representative Frank Pallone (Democrat, New Jersey) and Pete Stark (Democrat, CA) included the names of Amit Zutshi and the foundation in Congressional records.
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Dedicated to the everlasting memory of Amit, who never left our hearts and who continues to inspire our minds by his gift of character and love.