Three Beloved Health Freedom Heroes Have Passed Clinton Ray Miller and Robert D. Irons
Clinton Ray Miller, the Father of Health Freedom, passed away on July 24, 2013, in Cedar City Utah, surrounded by his family. Clinton was born on March 14, 1921, and lived his life as a devout Mormon and health freedom activist. He left this world on Utah’s Pioneer Day, the state holiday commemorating the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Clinton Ray was the pioneer of all pioneers, working to protect health freedom for all Americans. His conviction that “Health Freedom is second only to Religious Freedom” was the foundation of his life’s work.
In his own 2003 words, Clinton, the eternal story-teller, describes his entry into the politics of health freedom: “My life as a health freedom activist started about 50 years ago in Salt Lake City, Utah. I started one of the first health bakeries in the United States. I called it Clinton’s Wheat Shop. My motto was “The Whiter the Bread, the Sooner You’re Dead”. It was printed in bold letters on the back of my truck and on the label of every loaf of bread we sold. We made 100% whole wheat “HEALTH BREAD”. We ground the wheat fresh every day on stone burr mills. It was made without any preservatives”
In 1961 Clinton was invited to represent National Health Federation in Washington DC and moved his family there and became their star lobbyist. Leaders attribute the successful passage of the Proxmire bill after a 17 year battle to Clinton Miller. The bill protected Vitamins from drug dosage regulations and prohibited the FDA from setting upper limits of dosages for Vitamins in the United States. Clinton went on to work tirelessly with people from across the country to help pass the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, establishing that all dietary supplements are to be regulated as nutrients and foods and not drugs. In that effort he became famous for his “Clinton One Page Faxes”. Millions of faxes shut down legislative offices with Clinton’s encouragement and he considered them the torpedo weapon of the health freedom movement.
In 2000, Clinton turned his attention to state health freedom efforts becoming a vibrant Board Member of national Health Freedom Action, and working for Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation immersing himself into the state politics of safe harbor legislation to protect natural health and traditional practitioners from getting prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license. He has been a guiding force in seven states obtaining safe harbor laws. In addition he supported Dr. Wendell Whitman’s vision to launch the Health Freedom EXPOs and was a regular speaker and teacher to thousands of Americans about a broad range of health freedom concerns.
Americans are indebted to Clinton Ray Miller for his tireless work protecting health freedoms. Leaders have promised him that Americans will continue his work in the spirit of freedom and honor. Clinton Miller always reminded leaders that each person, every leader, every legislator, every Congressman, is a good person, and is educable, and claimed that in the situation of debate and conflict “the good guys always win”!
Thank you Clinton Ray Miller for your enthusiastic leadership and your freedom accomplishments for all Americans.
A Grave-side service will be held at the Salt Lake City Cemetery at 1:30pm in Salt Lake City Utah. It will be followed at a local church by a Memorial Service and Luncheon.
To views informal photos of Clinton taken by National Health Freedom Coalition’s Director Diane Miller click here: Clinton Miller Tribute
Robert was a 2004 University of Missouri graduate, with a PhD in Nutritional Immunology. After he completed his Post Doctorial work he worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
In recent years he worked for his family’s company, V.E. Irons Inc. V.E. Irons, Inc. was founded in 1946 to produce and distribute a superior line of pure and natural vitamins, minerals, and internal cleansing aids to help people achieve their optimal health. The founder, Victor Earl Irons, was a 1919 Yale Graduate and nationally renowned nutritionist and health freedom fighter.
heart, a vigorous visionary and problem solver, Robert’s ideas and visions were endless and only limited to his human form.
Robert was deeply proud of his heritage as the young son of Victor Irons and Julia. In his studies and research he went intensely into the area of how nutrition is key to all health, walking firmly in his father’s footsteps. National Health Freedom Coalition was honored to have him as a Board Member and Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the International Declaration of Health Freedom, and co-designer for the United States Health Freedom Congress’s meetings in Chicago, Illinois.
We thank you Robert. You are a young bright light for us all and we will work to carry your enthusiasm and persistence forward as we continue establishing the foundation of health freedom in our country and the world.
Robert’s survivors include his wife, Felicia; two children, Alexa and Ethan; mother, Julia Irons of California; sisters, Marlene Amen (Trent) of California and Victoria Irons of Missouri; father-in-law, Ronnie Salmans of Alaska; mother-in-law, Linda Salmans of Missouri; and niece, Kathy Irons (Jeffery Levin) of California. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Victor Irons.
Wendall Whitman On May 21, 2008, Dr. Wendell Whitman of Healthkeepers Alliance died of liver and renal failure. He was surrounded by his wife, Marilyn, and his daughters, Kimberly and Julie. Dr. Whitman, a highly respected and deeply loved health freedom leader in the US, will be honored and remembered for his legacy of educating citizens about natural health care, and his health freedom work promoting citizen rights and freedom to access natural health practitioners, products, and information.
Dr. Whitman, founder and President of Trinity College of Natural Health in Warsaw Indiana, has been instrumental in providing excellent distance learning opportunities through Trinity College for thousands of Americans so that they can easily and readily learn about natural health. The college’s educational programs, leading to degrees, among others, of Master Herbalist, Master Iridologist, and Doctor of Naturopathy, have become well-known and held in high regard in the U.S. Additional onsite workshops and programs across the country for Certified Natural Health Practitioners have been in such high demand that the programs keep a full-time faculty of natural health educators busy year-round providing classes to any individual that chooses to study natural health.
Most recently, Dr. Whitman founded and implemented the new and popular Health Freedom EXPOS happening in Chicago, Long Beach, Richmond, Austin, and other locations since 2004. Dr Whitman, representing Healthkeepers Alliance, also has served as a voting member of NHFC’s 2006 World Health Freedom Assembly and the 2007 United States Health Freedom Assembly. Dr. Wendell Whitman will be deeply missed by his colleagues.
Dr. Wendell Whitman will be remembered forever for his love of nature, natural health, and the natural healing process, and his deep faith in God, and for the many business, political, and personal efforts that he has made to promote and protect access to natural health.
National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC) and National Health Freedom Action (NHFA) wish to thank Dr. Whitman, his family, and his staff, for the leadership and commitment provided to the health freedom movement.
Our hearts are with you in gratitude and honor.