FRANCES BLOOMFIELD–On the morning of June 30 2017, a federal judge sentenced an Amish man to six years in prison. His crimes: making and selling herbal health products that were not “adequately labeled”, and obstructing a federal agency.

According to, the farmer, one Samuel A. Girod of Bath County in Kentucky, was convicted last March 13 for growing, manufacturing, and selling herbal supplements without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Moreover, Girod was also charged for threatening a person who attempted to provide relevant information regarding his illegal activities to a grand jury.

Although he was only recently convicted, Girod first gained the attention of the FDA in 2013. Because of the nature of his Bath County business, Girod had been ordered by a federal court in Missouri to stop distributing his products until he allowed the FDA to inspect his operations, among many other conditions. When two FDA agents attempted to inspect Girod’s family farm, however, they were barred from entering the premises by Girod and others before they were made to leave.

Speaking to those gathered in the Kentucky courthouse, Girod, who chose to represent himself, stated that FDA regulations were not applicable to his products because they were herbal remedies, not drugs. Girod added that, as a member of the Old Order Amish faith, requiring the approval of the FDA was a violation of his religious freedom. (Related: Amish farmer facing 68 years in federal prison for making homemade products)

Girod’s products include treatments for skin ailments and sinus infections. As stated in an indictment, one particular product, TO-MOR-GONE, is notable for having a corrosive, caustic effect on human skin due to it containing bloodroot extract. Another product by Girod is an extract that he claimed could help cure cancer.

Jurors decided that TO-MOR-GONE lacked the appropriate warnings regarding its usage, and that the dosage and manner of use that is recommended on the package is hazardous to health.

After serving his time of six years, Girod will be subjected to three years of supervised release, during which Girod must avoid producing and distributing his products. Additionally, Girod must pay a restitution of $14,000 and $1,300 in assessment fees.

Girod’s supporters, 75 of whom stood outside the courthouse in downtown Lexington, expressed their disappointment in the ruling. Speaking to, Arizona native Richard Mack called it a “national disgrace and an outrage”, noting that he used Girod’s Chickweed Healing Salve without experiencing any ill effects. The former sheriff and political activist said that the judge and jury had “created a felon today out of a good, law-abiding citizen” and that Giron was “being punished for being stubborn.”

This stubbornness, according to U.S. district judge Danny Reeves, is what led to Girod’s conviction. The judge told that Girod brought all this onto himself “because he steadfastly refused to follow the law.”

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Michael Fox, standby attorney for Girod, said that the punishment will deeply affect Girod. “Keep in mind that Sam Girod is Amish. He does not live with electricity, phones, concrete, steel. Those are not normal; those are not natural in his life. An incarceration in a prison setting is going to be more punishment for him than [for] a normal person,” Fox stated.

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  • thelastvoice

    Big Gov, little guy.

  • RJ O’Guillory

    …the judge should be legally removed from office, legally charged and legally convicted for treason…through the violation of his oath to support The Constitution. Then, he should be legally executed.
    RJ O’Guillory

  • Wulver

    I’m wondering if this chap had his right to a jury of his peers fulfilled. “A peer is a person’s equal. The U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants a “jury of one’s peers,” which means an impartial group of citizens from the judicial district (e.g. county) in which the defendant lives.” Then there’s jury nulification. Something stinks in that Kentucky county, and it ain’t the Amish dude. At this rate, you’re liable to have a jar of home packed honey knocked out of your hand because there’s no warning that you may be allergic to it. I hope Girod doesn’t end up doing much time, he should bump it up a notch, but now it’s “lawfare” where the most money usually wins.

  • René Martin

    snake oil peddler

    • DonNeedNoStinkinUserName

      Brain dead moron

      • René Martin

        “Another product by Girod is an extract that he claimed could help cure cancer.” – Should keep this nutcase locked up much longer than 6 years

        • jerry hamilton

          What’s your problem? Cannabis oil is well known for curing cancer.

          • René Martin

            naive much?

          • jerry hamilton

            Hope you don’t die of ignorance.

          • René Martin

            buy some ‘medicine’ from your convicted snake oil peddler and be happy

          • jerry hamilton

            Do you realise that modern medicine is Rockefeller’s medicine?
            He couldn’t make a profit from natural remedies which worked, so he financed medical universities and introduced chemical substances that could be patented.
            They didn’t work very well but you don’t make much profit by curing people.
            Just google it.

          • René Martin

            …in the mean time the average life expectancy increased with more than 50% (unless you’re a grossly overweight American)

          • jerry hamilton

            Yes, it has been increasing throughout history.
            Look, I’m not trying to tell you what you should think.
            I have given you facts that you can google.
            If you do or not means nothing to me,

          • René Martin


          • jerry hamilton

            In a way, yes. You have given me facts from the government.
            Not the truth.

          • René Martin

            “The government charged the Bath County man with conspiracy to impede an
            officer, obstruction of a proceeding before an agency, failing to
            register with the FDA, eights counts of causing misbranded drugs to be
            introduced into interstate commerce, tampering with a witness and
            failure to appear. The jury found Girod guilty on all 13 counts.”

            ….The jury found Girod guilty on all 13 counts

          • jerry hamilton

            I would too. He deserved it.

          • René Martin

            I didn’t know you are a snake oil peddler as well

          • jerry hamilton

            Hell yes. I make capsules for all my family.
            The main ingredients are Turmeric, Neen, Matcha and black pepper.
            In the past four years I have been doing it, not one of us has even had a cold.
            One of us no longer has type 2 diabetes.
            My asthma which was a serious problem, is so much better.
            Why would I want to give all that up and go back to Rockefeller’s chemicals?

          • René Martin

            Congratulations with the improvements in your health. As long as only you and your family consume these concoctions, it’s fine with me. However, before you start selling your snake oil mixtures to others, you should avoid making the same mistakes as one Samuel A. Girod and apply for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and allow the FDA to inspect your operations.

          • jerry hamilton

            I have no intentions of selling it.
            My original post to you was just to say that cannabis oil is a well known cancer remedy.
            It treats many ailments, not just cancer.
            Many states now are legalising medical cannabis.
            In Britain, their NHS are using it.
            Natural cures used to fix people all the time before Rockefeller stopped it.
            As for the FDA, they allow GMO’s laced with carcinogenic pesticide.
            Monsanto et al give them lots of money to allow it.
            They are way too corrupt to be taken seriously.

          • René Martin

            I have known about Rick Simpson and his Phoenix tears for more than a decade. The jury is still out:


          • jerry hamilton

            Yes, it does seem to depend on who writes the script.
            Big Pharma spend a lot of money trying to discredit natural remedy’s.
            The last thing they want is for natural to cure, there are billions at stake.

          • jerry hamilton
          • René Martin

            Beware of Hamiltons bearing gifts

  • gordon_wagner

    Fuck the Feds.

  • EJ Doyle

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” – George Orwell

    Thought it was just a “novel” now? :-/

  • Cretins Bezoar

    How dare he try to compete with big pharma and try to sell something without FDA approval. He’s very lucky he wasn’t shot on the spot!