ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, James S. Turner, Esq., 81 years old, born on April 21, 1940, and passed away on January 25, 2022. We will remember him forever.
Posted by D Richard on September 22, 2022
Jim was a great man and fine friend to my dad, Elwood Richard, founder of NOW Foods. I had the privelage of knowing Jim, and he actually began writing a book for my former publishing company about the CODEX controversy -- of course he was in the thick of opposition to its regulatory restrictions upon health freedom. Unfortunately, due to his many other commitments, that book was never published. However, I came to know Jim's honesty, intelligence and courage during the time I knew him and worked with him.
Posted by James Gormley on September 19, 2022
I was pleasantly surprised, in 2004, when Ana Micka reached out to me at the suggestion of Jim Turner. The CUNY Graduate Center in New York City was holding a symposium on globalism --- and Citizens needed somebody to talk about the EU Supplements Directive and Codex, and about how common ground could be found between consumers and industry.

Finding common ground and forging alliances to achieve social good was at the heart and soul of so much of what Jim believed, exemplified and taught to all of us.

However as a former U.S. NAVY officer, and later one of Nader’s Raiders, Jim also knew that if fighting was needed to achieve justice, then so be it. Whether it was mobilizing Americans to win passage of DSHEA after the Tahoma Clinic Raid, or serving as the lead attorney on a petition that led to the mainstreaming of acupuncture, or successfully defending chiropractors and holistic dentists, and so many other times. I’m so glad that I was able to fight alongside with Jim on many issues after these.

Aside from when he was laughing, Jim had the gravitas that I imagine the Founding Fathers had. With his powerful mind and sharp wit, Jim always had what I thought was the perfect response to any question that was ever asked of him by a reporter or anyone.

I miss Jim, and that he is not physically here anymore to help us find the way forward. But I am deeply grateful that his life of accomplishment, duty and dedication is shining a bright light to inspire all of us and whole new generations of Americans.

Posted by Camilla Rees on September 18, 2022
Jim was a giant. A brilliant and generous man with a heart of gold---and a mind that saw far beyond what was happening on the surface--whether 1) in politics, 2) legal or regulatory matters, 3) in activism, or 4) in relations between people--he was equally as interested in the facts as he was in what energies were trying to come through and why.

As we all know, Jim was a macro thinker, who could very clearly see the big picture, and also take in and remember the details of many, many views, all of which he considered essential to finding deeper truths and balanced solutions.

But what was quite unique about Jim beyond these extremely well-developed abilities was that his center of gravity, most of the time, was in the Larger Field, the bigger whole. The Knowing Field.
It was the harmony in this larger energetic space that for Jim was True North.

He could see that all of life is trying to move---often in fits and starts--in this direction. That we are all in a process of aligning with this larger field--individually and collectively.

Jim supported clients, activists and innovators who all--in one way or another-- were seeking to Remove Impediments to the greater flow of energy, impediments to Freedom...most of them wanting power to move further to the periphery, from the center...to get to a place where all voices, and concerns, and new knowledge are allowed to be expressed, and be heard ...contributing actively to the ongoing transformation of our culture.

On a final note, even though Jim was a GIANT, with an EXTRAORDINARY MIND, his work was also unquestionably humble, service work.
Not based on self-aggrandizement, or the desire for accolades, but coming purely from a place of caring and wanting to constructively contribute. Serving Life.
And what a role model he was!

Jim lived his life "chopping wood and carrying water"-- committed to a healthier and more harmonious world.
Thank you, Jim!
RIP.

We send you off with the greatest respect, admiration, gratitude and love.
Posted by Susan Lowell de Solórzano on September 10, 2022
When Steve Levin and I sought help in creating a way for the fledgling science of biotensegrity to become more established, it was Jim‘s idea to create an archive, and it’s been the perfect vehicle for us. As my sister and sisters-in-law and I were developing The Soft Answer Verbal T’ai Chi, Jim encouraged us to think more expansively, and to apply the concept of using soft skills to manage verbal attacks to political discourse and bullying behaviors in the online world.
Always, Jim was as supportive as he was fearless, and he delighted in posing those tough but necessary questions. Jim understood how change happens (whether in a person, a group dynamic, or in a global movement spanning centuries); his grasp of systems was profound.

I count myself lucky and grateful to have been mentored by Jim, for to know Jim was to learn. Thanks to Jim, my critical thinking skills are better, and I’m able to expand my frame of reference and ask better questions than I ever would have been able to without him enriching my life. And I even know how to lobby Congress (thanks to Voice for Hope and Michael Ostrolenk)!

I’m endlessly grateful for Jim’s insight, optimism, and generosity of spirit, and I endeavor to, daily, extend the generosity I received from him to all I can, trusting that they will do the same.

I think we all do this; Jim’s good works will ever continue to radiate outward.

with gratitude and deep respect,

Susan Lowell de Solórzano
Stephen M Levin Biotensegrity Archive
Posted by John Steiner on September 10, 2022
From John Steiner and with Margo King

Like so many others, my wife and working partner, Margo King, and I were privileged to have had a long and remarkable relationship with Jim – and with dear Betsy. We loved Jim like a father, like a Founding Father to a new era. We also loved him like a brother, like a friend. He was always a trusted wise, political counselor and with Margo and Betsy a long time transpartisan buddy.

Margo and I often had what we called Sunday morning church with Jim – volleying around various issues of the day. We also shared a love of sports and his beloved Ohio State. I grew up in Cincinnati.

I’ve been known for hyperbole. Sometimes, it’s justified!

Jim was an unassuming genius, a wizardly weaver, an aikido-like master, a somewhat secret national treasure – truly an original. He had an astonishingly creative, curious, fertile, wide ranging and perhaps uniquely integrative heart-mind -- and memory -- for anyone he ever met, for anything he ever read and for anything he ever did.

He was spiritually awake – which was part of the profundity of his offerings everywhere and to everyone.

While engaging in a full time, public interest law and consulting practice, how he seemed to be always there for Margo, me and so many others – family, friends, colleagues, clients, friendly combatants -- with whom he worked and loved will always be a mystery to us.

He was indeed a Man for All Seasons. We will never see anyone like him again! While there is a great rent in the fabric, we know his irrepressible spirit and deep presence continues on with us.
Posted by Frank Herd on September 10, 2022
I am sorry I was not available for the entirety of Jim's memorial today, but was moved by what I had the privilege to view.
I have been involved with Citizens for Health in some form or another since 2005, so I did not know Jim as long as some folks have. But my respect for Jim was instantaneous and grew quickly the more I worked with him. His energy and passion for his work was motivating; his persistence was inspiring; and his confidence in me was empowering. I have learned so much over the time we collaborated, and consider myself fortunate just to have experienced his wisdom, his commitment, and his spirit.
A proverb comes to mind, American Indian, I believe: If the eyes had no tears, the soul would have no rainbow.
Posted by Mary Zennett on September 10, 2022
So grateful to Jim's tireless servant leadership as we advocate for health freedom. Jim was always available, a brilliant and creative thinker, truly an inspiration to us all as we continue to stand for individual health rights. Jim your legacy lives in our hearts and I know each of us will continue on the roads you have paved over the years; With deep gratitude
Posted by Debbie Braaten on September 10, 2022
Jim had influenced my life before ever meeting him. After suffering medically-induced consequences of female surgery, I began seeing an acupuncturist in Bethesda. During treatment, acupuncture needles became reclassified for used in the United States.

The journey to meet Jim seemed spiritually guided. At an unrelated event, a diviner read cards for me. I told her the surgical consequences that had impacted my life, and she told me I would meet someone who would help me. She said he was a powerful force and there was something military about him in the way he carried himself. Jim was powerful and his power was in his love.

One of the first meetings I attended after meeting Jim and becoming a member of Voice for Hope was a Betsy’s house where we viewed a documentary film about Harry Hoxsey. I knew then that I was where I was supposed to be. There are many in the fields of alternative health who claim, the body can heal itself. While I believe this is true, Hoxsey said, “If you give the body what it needs, the body can heal itself.” The first part of his statement is crucial.

There are those who believe we know what is needed for healing, but when women’s organs have been removed for over a century and our notions about their bodies and health have been completely ignored for just as long, we are not giving women what they need.

Jim was one of the few who stood by me with support I had never before known. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.
Posted by Roland Spitzbarth on September 10, 2022
Jim was the most unusual conversational partner I met in my life. His fast, clear, sharp and witty mind knew no taboos. When Monica and I lived in Betsy's house on Glendora in Oakland in 1981-1983 he and Betsy would occasionally visit. He seemed to be never tired. He would drill right to the point in a completely non-confrontational way. Even though later on we hardly had any contact he is in the top five of angels in my life.
Posted by Doug Wood on September 9, 2022
Jim was an inspiration to all who knew him. Though we knew him for just the last few years of his life, it was truly a special honor to work with him. His impressive career of always standing for the truth and what was right place him among those few but much admired individuals. We enjoyed his intellect, his humor and especially his kindness and decency. He will be missed by those like us who were fortunate to know him and by the millions who benefitted from his efforts on their behalf. A life well lived, Jim! We miss you.
Posted by LINDA BONVIE on September 9, 2022
I first met Jim Turner under the most curious of circumstances. Over 30 years ago while researching food residues for the fumigant methyl bromide, I was told by an FDA employee that while moving a desk in her office a letter was found from an attorney in D.C. who knows “all about methyl bromide.”

I called the number she gave me right away, and “that attorney” came right to the phone. It turned out that Jim was well versed in brominated vegetable oil (BVO) – a food additive that was relegated to the agency’s “interim” list when found to cause heart damage in rodents. That special list, created in the early ‘70s, was of great interest to Jim, representing as it did a way for the FDA to say that something may not be safe, but “don’t worry folks, we’re looking into it!” (BVO remains on that list to this very day).

Although Jim didn’t have the answers I was looking for about methyl bromide, I quickly realized that I had found an important ally, someone who not only knew the legal ramifications of issues, but knew the ropes of the system, and had more insight into the workings of the entire food-approval process and FDA maneuverings than anyone else I had ever contacted. Of course, his genius for analysis and knowledge of how the regulatory process worked extended far beyond the FDA.

My friendship with Jim continued for decades, and I can truly say that because a letter was found behind a desk with his name on it, it changed my life. Jim was a true friend, always there to answer my questions, tell me about issues that would make great stories and guide me thorough the maze of legalese and lies. Everything I’m doing today, whatever successes I’ve managed to achieve, have Jim’s imprint upon them.

Godspeed Jim Turner. Your contributions to our cause and to the quality of our lives will never be forgotten.
Posted by Ron Dushkin on September 8, 2022
While I only had the honor of meeting Jim late in life, 4 1/2 years ago, I offer to him my highest personal praise and gratitude - he was someone who made my life better by simply knowing him.
Posted by Selina Sigafoose Jackson on September 5, 2022
The Chiropractic profession along with all chiropractors, owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Turner. We should all be so blessed to have such purpose and passion in our lifetimes to such an honorable principle in promoting and protecting humanity. The world has lost a warrior. Thank you God for sharing him with mankind. Many blessings to his family and loved ones.
Posted by Elissa Parker on September 5, 2022
Jim was my most profound and significant mentor as well as an invaluable colleague and friend. I worked for him the summer of 1969 as an intern on his book, The Chemical Feast.  At that time, and continuing for the rest of his life, he was a provocative and unique force in my life. I feasted often on his original, insightful, bold, and brilliant perspectives — on history, society, politics, and human behavior.  Jim was so curious, generous, and fun — and yet so modest and egoless. He was always open and curious and wondrous and questioned everything. He was wonderfully, madly, intelligent and seemed to enjoy teaching us. 

I am so grateful for Jim. He had a major influence on my own life and a penetrating and permanent effect on our nation’s laws, policies, and understanding of health and wellness. He uplifted and transformed so many of us. We all owe Jim endless love and gratitude for all he was and all he did for us. We were blessed by his life, his kindness, his presence. 

A master. A truly great man.

Posted by Theo Ferguson on August 30, 2022
I had the honor of meeting Jim after my friend, Betsy, graduated from UC Berkeley’s Boldt School of Law and headed for DC. Jim lived life vividly! Being fully present and witty while taking on challenges that need to be nurtured or stopped completely were his forte! Opening necessary arches when there were no doors were daily doin’s for Jim. In 2003, I invited Jim Turner and Neva Goodwin, principal at Tuft’s GDAE (Global Development and Environment Institute) to facilitate the discussions among international candidates who will be scoping new economic metrics through a product—a Loaf of Bread—for the Our Daily Bread International Prize. Serious extrapolations were had and minds were buzzing as the group disbursed. Jim was heading out at the end of the session and had two minutes of so to read on his airplane Sci Fi paperback. He was always ready to stretch his own mind and the minds of others—a great gift to us all!

Jim immersed himself in many necessary actions to elevate life in a democracy. One such action, as a Democrat, with Republican Lawrence Chickering, Jim co-authored Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life. Jim was also the co-founder and co-editor of the online journal, The Transpartisan Review. Together they presented an alternative perspective to the left-right dichotomy, incorporating where people stand regarding ‘Order’ and ‘Freedom’. He proposed the creation of new approaches to allow the range of viewpoints in the four quadrants of the left-right, order-freedom matrix to be expressed, including those of the 137 million registered independent and non-registered potential voters today who do not feel either of the two parties meet their needs. (Excerpted from Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications, 2/14/2022.)

Betsy and Jim often had reasons to come west and were warmly welcomed by a long-standing cadre of friends eager to visit and play. I know Betsy and Chris will carry Jim’s legacy forward. But the advocate for enabling breakthroughs in our thinking with an emphasis on social justice and equity, health and vitality, was the torch held high, a brilliant provocateur, James S. Turner. 
Posted by Apoorva Mehra on August 31, 2022
When we at Biogetica embarked on the mission of giving "nature's medicine the respect they deserved" our mentor Dr Rustum Roy put me in touch with Jim Turner knowing that our collaboration would be essential to overcoming any issues that may arise. When issues arose Jim helped us craft a message and strategy that insured that these issues would be resolved. The message ended with the line "no one can come in the way of your right to know and choose". Jim truly has done more for health freedom than anyone else I know. He did so selflessly and honestly and has been been my guiding light in these matters all along. It is sad to know that he's gone from the physical plane but his truly was a life that needs to be celebrated and we are even more determined to continue the work he started. Hoping that all of us that have written here stay coordinated and cooperative as this is a battle that one cannot win alone.
Posted by Doc Harmony on August 28, 2022
We would like to recognize Jim Turner as one of the finest true man and warrior/lawyer there ever was. When other lawyers gave up on our case as the odds were against us, Jim did not back down. Jim's integrity and commitment to personal liberty and personal health choices will be forever remembered and respected.  Jim and his teams perseverance and tenacity protected and still protects our Rights to choose our own personal health care. The families at Harmony Cone are forever grateful for protecting us and others from tyranny. 
Posted by Tedd Koren on August 23, 2022
After our first meeting with Jim and Betsy I said to Beth, "He's not a lawyer, he's a philosopher." We liked him and Betsy immediately. As my grandmother used to say, "What's not to like?"

Jim saved us when we were attacked by the Federal Trade Commission. We had gone through two or three law firms, each more expensive and incompetent than the prior one. Every week we were getting more threatening letters from the FTC. We were scared.

Jim Turner lived up to his name and turned things around almost immediately. Suddenly the government's attacking halted. I asked him why he succeeded while other lawyers, former FTC employees, were useless. He said, "They want to go back to the agency one day, they respect the FTC. I do not."

The FTC dropped the investigation and we had a party in DC to celebrate. Even Harris Coulter was there! Jim knew everyone it seemed.

At a conference my beloved wife Beth humorously referred to Jim as "The Brain" after watching him sit quietly with his eyes closed at a table and within moments someone would sit down, Jim would spring to life and begin to speak. The person would thank him, move away, Jim would close his eyes again, and after a minute another person would sit down and Jim would would spring to life again and have another conversation. This happened over and over.

Beth said, "The scene reminds me of those machines at a fun house, where you'd put a dollar in the slot and the wise man would come to life a card would drop out of the bottom slot with some wisdom." She designed a picture of such a fun house machine with Jim's photo superimposed over the face of the "wise man" with the phrase "Ask the Brain."

We gave it to Jim as a gift and he kept it in his office. I hope Betsy puts it up sometime.

Watching Jim work was watching a master at aikido. Jim told me he used his opponents' energies and diverted it away. For example, he'd tell them, "Yes, we agree there is health fraud, but it's not coming from my client. Let's work together get those who are truly dishonest."

After he beat the pants out of the gov't lawyers they shook his hand and smiled. "How did he do that," I wondered.

Then the quackbusters went after us - Jim handled the entire case with finesse and even humor. More than knowing the law, he knew the forces behind the law.

Jim was my protector, my mentor, my friend. Beth and I loved being with him and he enriched our lives with his wisdom. Betsy is helping continue his work and we wish her all of G-d's blessings in doing so. We know Jim is watching over her and helping her to continue his mission.
Posted by Tricia Feijo on August 16, 2022
My husband and I met Jim Turner through Tedd Koren DC, and Jim represented us in the US FTC v. Daniel Chapter One.
I have many fond memories of Jim. He was accomplished and brilliant, yet unpretentious: humble and kind and gracious, a real gentleman in and out of the unpleasantries of depositions and courts. His calm demeanor and sense of humor made it all bearable!

We deeply appreciate all Jim has done to further Health Freedom in this country, and for fighting hard for us; for his understanding of the vitalistic v mechanistic approach to sickness and healing, and for his passion to protect the God-given right of every individual to choose their own way.
Posted by Norie Huddle on August 12, 2022
I had the great pleasure and honor of knowing Jim and Betsy from either 1979 or 1980 when we were all part of the New World Alliance.

SOOOO many wonderful conversations and interactions with Jim over the years....

I still feel the very strong connection with him. And I know that he still has our backs - and that he's enjoying his wings and continuing to share his love and awareness with us, and receiving ours as well.

And that this is Forever.

SO very grateful to have known you in this lifetime, Jim.

Posted by Dana Ullman on August 9, 2022
The homeopathic community is DEEPLY grateful to Jim Turner for his long-time advocacy for homeopathy and for his commitment to maintaining access to these natural medicine despite the various challenges that the FDA regularly creates. 

Jim got introduced to homeopathy by our mutual friend, Harris Coulter, PhD, who was an eminent medical historian. Jim has had a tendency to befriend brilliant advocates of radical cultural reformations...and Harry Coulter certainly fits these qualities. And heck, it is my honor to have been a friend and colleague of Jim's!
Posted by Roger Jahnke on August 5, 2022
Such a bright, illuminate man. I am from Ohio and now I know why his was such a familiar ethic. Some of the best conversations -- ever. Weaving the transcendental with the practical! He saw and protected what is possible. We will meet in the beyond and learn why what could be is not what can be. Sad for the loss. Sad for that so much brilliance applied so brilliantly could appear to be misappropriated. But then, as we discussed so many times - what seems reasonable is no promise of actualization -- AND, we would continue with the grand aspirations and daily toil just because, that is what we do!
Posted by Harry Jabs on March 3, 2022
Betsy and Jim visited Beverly Rubik and myself a few times at our Institute for Frontier Science lab in the Bay Area. We had always spirited conversations about current and future science. Jim had a knack to ask probing questions that brought out the best of all participants. I could get him really excited about Tesla and the aether concept, but unfortunately we never had the chance to explore the topic deeper in a scientifically rigorous way. Right now Jim is probably at a place where he gets all his aether questions answered. We all greatly miss him, his spirited and inspiring persona and his extraordinary wit. Our heart goes out to Betsy and all the other loves ones and friends he left behind.
Posted by Mary Beth Brangan on March 1, 2022
Jim Turner was my dear friend, mentor and founding board member and I loved and appreciated him deeply. And still do…

He was indefatigably cheerful, somehow managing to be twinkly and hearty
simultaneously - exuberant, curious and fiercely caring about the planet and his family and friends.

We were honored and blessed to have Jim and Betsy as friends since 1999 and founding board members since 2003 for our non-profit organization, the Ecological Options Network, EON. In the following years our lives intertwined with projects, friends and mutual co-collaborators on various issues, health freedom, EMF safety issues, environmental, etc… Betsy and Jim often hosted us while we were in Washington, DC, as well as even hosting our friends! Together we explored the periphery where Jim wisely perceived the action to be.

Through him we had fascinating glimpses of the workings of to me, exotic sectors: Chinese medicine practitioners, Chi Gung masters, energy healers using frequencies, organic products producers, cutting edge nostrum inventors, energy-based products, and more. He had a voracious appetite for championing legal challenges for folks in all these spheres.
Once I asked a Slavic man next to me at a Chinese Medicine conference where Jim was speaking how he came to know Jim. He answered that he'd looked up who had filed the most lawsuits against the FDA and found Jim! He needed Jim's expertise for his battle against the FDA.

Jim loved the arts and he and Betsy treated us to performances we would never have seen otherwise – Les Miserables and Cirque du Soleil, for instance.

Jim was always up for an intellectual romp with folks via phone. He specialized in brilliant out-of –the-box brainstorming and managed to converse with people from all over the country daily. No matter how busy he was, he always made me feel he was happy to talk.

He represented some of the most interesting people and was friends with countless other planetary light workers.

I treasure the times we’ve had with Jim and with Betsy throughout the last 22 years. But I can’t help myself wanting to have had even more. I’m working on accepting the hole in my life Jim left when he passed away. But I am very grateful that we had such rich adventures together. You are deeply missed, Jim Turner. Thanks for being in our lives.
Posted by Filomena Laforgia on February 24, 2022
02/22/22

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/chd-remembers-james-turner-food-safety-advocate/

CHD Remembers James Turner, Food Safety Advocate Who Fought to Ban Dangerous Sweeteners From Kids’ Foods

Attorney James Turner, a consumer crusader and champion in the fight against chemical sweeteners will be remembered for his courageous battle to ban aspartame. Turner, 81, died Jan. 25.
By Children's Health Defense Team


The Children’s Health Defense team was deeply saddened to learn of the death of attorney James Turner on Jan. 25.

Turner, 81, was a consumer crusader and champion in the fight against chemical sweeteners who began his public advocacy career as one of Ralph Nader’s Raiders.

In 1970, Turner wrote “The Chemical Feast, a best-seller that exposed the food industry’s failure to protect the food supply. His fight to remove cyclamate from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Generally Recognized as Safe list led to the book being removed from the market, but it was republished in 1976 by Penguin Books.

A graduate of The Ohio State University (OSU) on a U.S. Navy scholarship, Turner served in the OSU student senate for three years. He received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law (now Moritz College of Law) where he served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court.

Between undergraduate and law school, Turner was a lieutenant on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He graduated with distinction from the Naval Justice School and served as a nuclear weapons handling officer and gunnery officer aboard the U.S.S. Purdy and the U.S.S. Austin.

Turner played a major role in the fight against the artificial sweetener aspartame. He also worked with Dr. John Olney in the late 1960s during the Senate hearings about monosodium glutamate (MSG) in baby foods.

Turner was concerned about Olney’s research proving aspartame caused brain lesions in baby rats and he fought to make sure it would not get approved as an artificial sweetener. He discovered that the aspartic acid in aspartame had similar properties to glutamate — an ingredient in MSG.

Representing a Washington, D.C. public interest group, Consumer Nutrition Institute, Turner and Olney filed formal objections with the FDA and challenged the validity of some of the key aspartame safety tests that the manufacturer, Searle, had submitted to the FDA.

Turner and Olney highlighted evidence that aspartame was causing brain damage, brain tumors, seizures and changes in animal brain chemistry and therefore it may have the potential to affect pregnant women and young children.

Turner and Olney were worried there was no way to control how much NutraSweet (aspartame) children were ingesting. Searle had not tested aspartame on humans and safe dosage data for children was not available. Turner and Olney insisted if children ate too many products containing NutraSweet they could easily cross the threshold that could trigger seizures.

After the Ramazzini Institute studies in Italy demonstrated for the second time that aspartame was a multipotential carcinogen, Turner wrote:

“When I testified before Congress in 1987 … I stated that just because a substance reaches the market it should not be treated as sacrosanct. It must be recognized that over time a substance that we know harms people will continue to harm people… If the standard of food safety is that a substance that only harms some people, but not all people is going to be allowed on the market, then special policies should be adopted to protect those at risk.

“This was never done… victims of aspartame continue to develop neurodegenerative disease, suffer diabetes, drug interactions, obesity, heart disease and loss of vision. Never has the public been warned that it triggers birth defects, a catastrophe the eminent Dr. Louis Elsas warned Congress about.

“In fact the average consumer of aspartame is not aware that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of aspartame is 40 milligrams/kilogram of body weight ¬— about the amount in a six-pack of diet soda for a 10-year-old boy. Nor do they now know how to tell if that amount is being exceeded by intake of the more than 5000 food and drug products currently sweetened with aspartame.”

Turner worked fiercely to get aspartame banned — especially after Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino wrote a bill to ban it in 2007 with the help of Stephen Fox of Mission Possible NM in Santa Fe.

In a documentary on aspartame, “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World,” Turner definitively points out that Donald Rumsfeld had total complicity in the forced approval of the toxin.

In 2021, Turner was instrumental in forcing the FDA to release its documents on aspartame.

At the time of his death, Turner had been preparing a lawsuit to get aspartame banned, using the Delaney Clause, incorporated into the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by the Food Additives Amendment of 1958. The clause requires the FDA to ban food additives found to cause or induce cancer in humans or animals as indicated by testing.

He wrote:
“The only responsible thing to do is ban the sweetener. And if they refuse to ban it then it should carry heavy warnings… To loose upon an entire unwarned continent a chemical that destroys the fetus, triggers mental illness and cancer, and sickens millions without a word of warning is corrupt and depraved. EFSA is responsible to prevent such depredations, not simply protect the greedy pockets of the poison producers.”

Turner’s longtime friend and associate, Dr. Betty Martini, stated:
“I’ve known Jim for decades. Never once has he deterred from his passion to get this toxin removed. He told me the FDA told Dr. Olney and him that they would never allow children to ever get aspartame because it causes birth defects and mental retardation, yet it’s in countless children’s products, and many have perished.”

Martini said she was exhilarated about Turner’s upcoming bombshell suit against the FDA — a gigantic step in finally removing aspartame from the marketplace.

Unfortunately, Turner became ill, robbing him of the chance to complete his last courageous act to free people from the dreadful addictive excitoneurotoxic, carcinogenic drug masquerading as an additive, she said.

Dr. Ralph Walton said of Turner: “The world has lost a powerful, courageous and consistent voice in the decades-long effort to demonstrate the hazards of aspartame.”

We, at the Children’s Health Defense Team, salute a great man who spent decades working to remove deadly toxins like aspartame from the market making the food and drug supply a safer place for the public.

Many more of his accomplishments could be listed but this is what he should most be remembered for.

Watch this podcast in which Turner discussed the horrors of aspartame.

https://livehealthybewell.com/podcast/jim-turner-exposes-horrific-dangers-and-corrupt-approvals-of-aspartame-and-other-products-episode-22/

Posted by Kate Kheel on February 22, 2022
Jim saw the world from the mountain top. His vision encompassed and contained so much: history, spirituality, understanding of human nature, balance, optimism, joie de vivre, candor, clarity, flexibility mind...always ready to consider new ideas. Jim was always on the "right side" of issues...ahead of his times - and as Ellie said, had our backs. Jim, your presence will be sorely missed as will your kindness and fun-loving disposition. We will carry on listening to the echo of your life reverberating around us inspiring our path forward. 
Posted by Ross N on February 21, 2022
We are so grateful and blessed to have known Jim and had his support with the Lightfield Foundation. Jim was a generous humanitarian and will be greatly missed. Thank you for all that you have done to make the planet a better place Jim. Our love goes out to you!
Posted by Eleanor LeCain on February 17, 2022
Jim was a brilliant advocate, deep thinker, and good friend and neighbor. He was a fierce champion of consumers, including our right to choose the kind of health care we want such as homeopathy. He drew on wide knowledge and deep wisdom to give excellent advice to many social change activists and citizens.

Thank you, Jim!
Posted by Ellen Marks on February 16, 2022
I had the pleasure of meeting Jim several times and I was impressed with his brilliance and kind manner. Whenever I would email for advice he would respond promptly with excellent advice. I was stunned when he flew in for the court hearings for the San Francisco cell phone right to know legislation. He was with us 200% and he always had our backs. I will miss him terribly and my heart goes out to his family. Thank you for sharing him!

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Posted by D Richard on September 22, 2022
Jim was a great man and fine friend to my dad, Elwood Richard, founder of NOW Foods. I had the privelage of knowing Jim, and he actually began writing a book for my former publishing company about the CODEX controversy -- of course he was in the thick of opposition to its regulatory restrictions upon health freedom. Unfortunately, due to his many other commitments, that book was never published. However, I came to know Jim's honesty, intelligence and courage during the time I knew him and worked with him.
Posted by James Gormley on September 19, 2022
I was pleasantly surprised, in 2004, when Ana Micka reached out to me at the suggestion of Jim Turner. The CUNY Graduate Center in New York City was holding a symposium on globalism --- and Citizens needed somebody to talk about the EU Supplements Directive and Codex, and about how common ground could be found between consumers and industry.

Finding common ground and forging alliances to achieve social good was at the heart and soul of so much of what Jim believed, exemplified and taught to all of us.

However as a former U.S. NAVY officer, and later one of Nader’s Raiders, Jim also knew that if fighting was needed to achieve justice, then so be it. Whether it was mobilizing Americans to win passage of DSHEA after the Tahoma Clinic Raid, or serving as the lead attorney on a petition that led to the mainstreaming of acupuncture, or successfully defending chiropractors and holistic dentists, and so many other times. I’m so glad that I was able to fight alongside with Jim on many issues after these.

Aside from when he was laughing, Jim had the gravitas that I imagine the Founding Fathers had. With his powerful mind and sharp wit, Jim always had what I thought was the perfect response to any question that was ever asked of him by a reporter or anyone.

I miss Jim, and that he is not physically here anymore to help us find the way forward. But I am deeply grateful that his life of accomplishment, duty and dedication is shining a bright light to inspire all of us and whole new generations of Americans.

Posted by Camilla Rees on September 18, 2022
Jim was a giant. A brilliant and generous man with a heart of gold---and a mind that saw far beyond what was happening on the surface--whether 1) in politics, 2) legal or regulatory matters, 3) in activism, or 4) in relations between people--he was equally as interested in the facts as he was in what energies were trying to come through and why.

As we all know, Jim was a macro thinker, who could very clearly see the big picture, and also take in and remember the details of many, many views, all of which he considered essential to finding deeper truths and balanced solutions.

But what was quite unique about Jim beyond these extremely well-developed abilities was that his center of gravity, most of the time, was in the Larger Field, the bigger whole. The Knowing Field.
It was the harmony in this larger energetic space that for Jim was True North.

He could see that all of life is trying to move---often in fits and starts--in this direction. That we are all in a process of aligning with this larger field--individually and collectively.

Jim supported clients, activists and innovators who all--in one way or another-- were seeking to Remove Impediments to the greater flow of energy, impediments to Freedom...most of them wanting power to move further to the periphery, from the center...to get to a place where all voices, and concerns, and new knowledge are allowed to be expressed, and be heard ...contributing actively to the ongoing transformation of our culture.

On a final note, even though Jim was a GIANT, with an EXTRAORDINARY MIND, his work was also unquestionably humble, service work.
Not based on self-aggrandizement, or the desire for accolades, but coming purely from a place of caring and wanting to constructively contribute. Serving Life.
And what a role model he was!

Jim lived his life "chopping wood and carrying water"-- committed to a healthier and more harmonious world.
Thank you, Jim!
RIP.

We send you off with the greatest respect, admiration, gratitude and love.
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In Memory of James S. Turner, Esq. 1940 - 2022

Washington, D.C. - James S. (Jim) Turner, 81, a principal in the Washington, D.C. law firm Swankin & Turner and renowned legal and political strategist who worked for decades in support of public health and consumer interests, died unexpectedly on January 25, 2021.

Jim Turner's brilliance, focus, commitment, courage, generosity, and pioneering advocacy in the service of personal and social wellbeing will live on within the many people whose lives and work he impacted and inspired.

In 1973, Mr. Turner co-founded Swankin & Turner, a Washington, DC law firm, with David A. Swankin, Esq. former director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor and the first executive director of the White House Office of Consumer Affairs under the leadership of consumer interest pioneer Esther Peterson. He remained an active principal in Swankin & Turner until his death, representing individual consumers, consumer groups, and businesses in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters.

Mr. Turner served as special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health, and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research. He appeared before every major consumer regulatory agency, including the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health, as well as serving as a policy consultant for many years to major corporations in the food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries. In every forum, he argued that successful social and economic policies must be grounded in the rights of consumers to safety, information, choice and redress. He coined the phrase, “Consumers are to economics what voters are to politics.”

With long-time law partner Betsy Lehrfeld, Mr. Turner advised companies in the natural products and health care industries, and worked with advocacy organizations seeking to protect consumers from unsafe food additives, including cyclamates, aspartame, sucralose, and high fructose corn syrup; defend consumer access to dietary supplements and organic foods; educate policymakers on risks of genetically-modified (GMO) foods; protect consumer rights to homeopathic medicines; remove dangerous drugs from the market; allow dentists to inform patients about safer materials than mercury amalgams; advance understanding of the risks to humans and the ecosystem from the radiofrequency radiation emitted by wireless devices and infrastructure, including satellites, and educate about alternatives; and defend citizens' rights to informed consent and personal choice on a wide range of health and environmental health issues.

Mr. Turner began his public advocacy career in the first group of "[Ralph] Nader's Raiders." In the late 1960s, he wrote the influential and best-selling exposé of food regulation, The Chemical FeastThe Nader Report on the Food and Drug Administration, of which Time Magazine wrote, “[It] may well be the most devastating critique of a U.S. Government agency ever issued.”

He also co-authored Making Your Own Baby Food, an exposé of the food industry which sold over a million copies. Mr. Turner established his reputation as an activist attorney when he fought to have the artificial sweetener cyclamate taken off the FDA's Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list, ultimately leading to cyclamate's removal from the market in 1970.

In the early 1970s, at the request of John Gardner, then-former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW, now HHS) and founder of Common Cause, Mr. Turner looked into the issue of vaccine regulation. He subsequently represented a respected National Institutes of Health (NIH) vaccine researcher, J. Anthony Morris, PhD, who was questioning the safety of some vaccines and the effectiveness of others, especially of flu vaccines. The NIH took away Morris's support staff and laboratory space, killing his animals and cutting off his supplies, and leaving him with a small office and a telephone. Turner represented Morris through the grievance process and the accusations led to a General Accounting Office investigation and to Senate hearings, which in turn led to a major shakeup in the vaccine regulatory agency. The Bureau of Biologics was revamped and transferred from NIH to the FDA, and in 1972 a grievance panel reinstated Morris and censured the agency for harassing him.

In 1975, Mr. Turner represented a coalition that blocked a U.S. government effort to ban the words “organic,” “natural,” and “health food” from commerce. In 1990, he lobbied successfully—with many others—for passage of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990. In 1994, he worked with Citizens for Health to pass the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), rescuing dietary supplements from being defined as unapproved food additives and establishing a regulatory system for the industry. Congress received one and a half million comments supporting DSHEA, overwhelmingly from consumers.

Mr. Turner was also the lead attorney on a successful petition to the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles from Class III to Class II medical devices, permitting their legal importation and distribution, and setting the stage for insurance coverage of acupuncture. He served for 10 years as a public member of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and for several years as the Board Chair of an acupuncture school.

Mr. Turner represented dentists ordered by state licensing boards to withhold information from their patients about the effects of mercury in dental amalgam fillings, including risks to patients, dental workers, and the environment. His original advocacy was ultimately vindicated by a Food and Drug Administration Safety Communication on dental amalgam in 2020. In 1996, he helped start Consumers for Dental Choice, which in turn led an international coalition of environmental, dental, and consumer groups to gain adoption of an anti-amalgam provision in the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

In 1978, Mr. Turner founded The National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) to bridge the gap between scientific uncertainties and the need for laws protecting public health and safety. Rather than attempting to impose predetermined resolutions of such issues, Mr. Turner's approach focused on encouraging honest interplay to help bring practitioners of science and law together to develop intelligent policy that best serves all interested parties in a given controversy. To this end, NISLAPP and Turner have been a source of enlightenment to the consumer movement, industry and public policymakers alike. In 1992, he took a leadership role in Citizens for Health, “the consumer voice of the natural health community,” serving as its Chairman and President for many years until the time of his death

In 2008, as a Democrat, he co-authored Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life with Republican A. Lawrence Chickering, author of Beyond Left and Right: Breaking the Political Stalemate, and was co-founder and co-editor of the online journal, The Transpartisan Review. Together they presented an alternative perspective to the left-right dichotomy, incorporating where people stand with regard to 'Order' and 'Freedom'. He proposed the creation of new approaches to allow the range of viewpoints in the four quadrants of the left-right, order-freedom matrix to be expressed, including those of the 137 million registered independent and non-registered potential voters today who do not feel either of the two parties meet their needs.

In 2009, Mr. Turner was part of a legal team representing New York medical workers in a lawsuit against government regulators regarding the Swine Flu vaccine mandate, in which his clients claimed the H1N1 vaccine had been rushed to the public without adequate testing for safety and efficacy. New York State ultimately suspended the requirement for health care workers to be vaccinated, citing shortages.

He was instrumental in the founding in 2010 of Voice for HOPE (Healers of Planet Earth), an organization of consumers, practitioners, and policy analysts seeking to make natural approaches to health, already engaged in by millions of Americans and involving thousands of practitioners, a recognized and valued part of national health policy. Voice for HOPE empowers healers, in their roles as citizens, to build relationships with their elected state and federal representatives to serve as a resource for those wanting to broaden policies to expand well-being and health options. Mr. Turner also recently advised a group developing a multi-state legislative initiative to support consumer access to and the right to practice energy healing modalities.

Over many decades, Mr. Turner advised pioneering scientists, practitioners, producers and retailers, professional and trade associations, research and educational institutions, and individuals and organizations in a wide range of health modalities, including acupuncture, chiropractic, EpiEnergetics, mind body medicine, frequency therapy, coherent energetic fields, sound, water, light and music therapeutics, and federally-recognized homeopathic medicine, used by 200 million people worldwide.

Recently, Mr. Turner was a founding member of The Balance Group, a multi-disciplinary initiative seeking to balance the needs for technology with those of healthy ecosystems and a clean environment. In May 2021, The Balance Group filed a Notice of Appeal in the Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concerning the FCC’s ruling to approve a major modification to the world's largest planned satellite network without an environmental impact assessment or reasonably sufficient safeguards concerning cybersecurity, insurance and other protections. In August 2021, it filed a joint legal brief challenging the FCC's approval of the launch of the largest satellite mega-constellation in human history. Most recently, in December 2021, Americans for Responsible Technology and the Balance Group filed a Petition for Imminent Hazard Rulemaking with the FDA to establish whether the agency has properly adopted a policy on safety of radiofrequency radiation exposures from devices and infrastructure, on which other federal agencies claim to rely.

Mr. Turner was also a member of the BroadBand International Legal Action Network (BBILAN) and had been a core advisor to NISLAPP’s EMF Education and Advocacy Project for over a decade. Whether discussing health, history, politics, new technologies, or the potential of blockchain as a transformative technology, Jim Turner looked at life through an energetic lens. He saw an energetic expansion unfolding globally, moving from centralized to distributed systems across many sectors, with power growing at the periphery. He viewed this as a natural, evolutionary process and expressed concerns about technological and legal impediments to its unfoldment, such as the proliferation of energetically disruptive (and biologically dangerous) electromagnetic fields.

James S. Turner was born in Columbus, OH and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James Turner, was a longtime newspaperman, and his mother, Mary Bryan (Hunter) Turner, was a social worker. Both were graduates of The Ohio State University, from which Mr. Turner graduated in 1962 with a B.A. in History-Political Science, and where he was a U.S. Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) midshipman on full scholarship.

From 1962 to 1966, Mr. Turner was a Lieutenant on active duty in the U.S. Navy, where he graduated with distinction from the Naval Justice School and served as a Nuclear Weapons Handling Officer and Gunnery Officer aboard the U.S.S. Purdy and the U.S.S. Austin. He served on the Cuban Missile quarantine in 1962 and participated in operations in conjunction with the Santo Domingo intervention in 1966.

Mr. Turner graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law (now Moritz College of Law) in 1970, where he was Chief Justice, Moot Court; editorial editor of the school's Barrister newspaper; Chair of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council; and Chair of the Law School Young Democrats.

He is survived by his life, and law, partner of 45 years, Betsy E. Lehrfeld, Esq., his son Christopher B. Turner, Esq. of Washington, D.C. and daughter Victoria M. Turner of Cambridge, England. Mr. Turner’s former wife, Mary Dustan Turner, and his sister, Elizabeth Fisher, predeceased him.

There will be a celebration of his life at some future date. An online archive of his speeches, presentations and writings is being planned.

Donations to carry on his work may be made to The National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, 5614 Connecticut Ave., NW #339, Washington, DC 20015 or online at PayPal.
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A Tribute to My Friend and Partner Jim Turner

Shared by Lawry Chickering on April 12, 2022
I was privileged to share a remarkable relationship with Jim Turner. Over the past few years, as we worked together, we spoke as many as four or five times a week, often at length. We complemented each other, bringing our different gifts, strengths, and talents to the table and were often able to complete each other’s sentences. Despite our political differences, we became – or so it seemed at times – one mind.

         Jim had as wide and deep an intellect and spirit as anyone I ever met. He was a man for all seasons and a true partner – for which I am eternally grateful – with a quiet and unassuming genius, furthered by an astonishing memory for anyone he ever met, for anything he ever read, and for all he ever accomplished. His perspectives on life and current events were always fresh. How he had time for me and so many with whom he worked and loved while engaging in a full time, public interest law and consulting practice is still beyond me. As they say, “We may never see his like again!”

         I first met Jim Turner in 1993 at an event hosted by Susan and John Marks for my book Beyond Left and Right (ICS Press, 1993). With Jim coming from ‘The Left’ and myself from ‘The Right’, an unusual collection of people were there: including Irving Kristol and Gertrude Himmelfarb from ‘The Right’; the hosts Susan and John Marks (founder of Search for Common Ground) and a number of others from ‘The Left’; and a third group who saw themselves as ‘Transpartisans’, resisting formal association with either side.

         Our partnership first began when transpartisan activist and mutual friend John Steiner encouraged us to coauthor a sequel to Beyond Left and Right. The result was Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life (Da Vinci Press), published in 2008. We focused on the Four-Quadrant Transpartisan Matrix, which became the central theme in our search for a transpartisan politics (as it was in Beyond Left and Right). Though we continued to explore political issues with the Transpartisan Matrix, we also used it to map values in individuals, discovering that any individual can be mapped to multiple quadrants based on their perspectives on different issues.

         Jim was especially captivated by the Matrix, which highlighted the need of individuated, modern people to integrate their demand for freedom with a commitment to the larger good. He would often say, during our weekly Zoom calls, that he saw matrices in almost every article he read and would argue that each of us, to a greater or lesser degree, embodies all four quadrants.

         We believed the current political spectrum was not intelligible as a binary spectrum of two conflicting positions (conservative and progressive), but as a matrix with four quadrants, with slightly different concepts of Order and Freedom on each side, Left and Right. Each Quadrant has truth in it, in our view, but each is incomplete.

         Most of the current political debate is based on single-quadrant positions, and the struggle in the real world is reaching beyond individual quadrants, including insights from the other three. Jim and I agreed that the logic of the Transpartisan Matrix makes it hard to understand the words progressive and conservative as having any meaning at all. No wonder it is so hard to find anything that is working in promoting social change from single-quadrant Democratic and Republican governments.

         Jim and I both loved the theater of our collaboration, integrating insights from both sides of the debate. Almost no one believes in the possibility of a transpartisan position integrating the best of both left and right. The first task is to integrate the quadrants within each side, which neither has accomplished. Without eliminating internal conflicts (which are concealed in the public debate), both sides are incoherent. It is important to understand that every successful social service program integrates all four. Many examples can be found in articles from The Transpartisan Review and our series of Transpartisan Notes.

Independently, Jim and I came to believe that the mechanistic/transactional world view needed to be replaced by a more organic one; that all people mattered in public policy decisions, not just elites and elected officials.  These sentiments brought us together to write our book in 2008, which we then followed up, in 2016, with The Transpartisan Review, our digital journal of politics, society, and culture dedicated to transpartisan thought. This collection of three printed issues, 150 essays, and multiple articles provided both an outlet and an opportunity for us to explore the Transpartisan Matrix, together, over the past six years.

         We also shared an important philosophical and spiritual interest in the teachings of the Austrian mystic Rudolf Steiner. Many years ago, the New York psychiatrist Franz Winkler introduced me to Steiner’s writings and mentored me on his six spiritual exercises described in a paper published in 1905. One of Steiner’s central tenets, driving the whole history of literature, art, psychology, and politics was advancing consciousness of the subjective self. This subjectivity referring to the emergence of people as subjects. It is hard to exaggerate the importance of this insight in all of Jim’s and my writings.

         Along with Steiner’s work, we discovered a shared interest in the music and theories of Richard Wagner. Franz Winkler, in fact, wrote a book on Wagner’s Ring Cycle operas (based on Norse mythology) and Parsifal, which presented, in dramatic and musical form, mystical and spiritual themes very similar to those that Steiner would write about (Wagner died in 1883 when Steiner was in his early twenties). Jim and his partner Betsy Lehrfeld regularly attended meetings of the Wagner Society of Washington, DC. I had hoped to join them on my next trip from California, which is now, sadly, impossible.

         Many leading figures in the transpartisan movement, including Jim, believe that a transpartisan vision is impossible without a concept of Spirit, beyond the self but, in the modern era, accessible only through the self. Several years ago, I sent Jim a draft paper entitled ‘Is a Transpartisan God Possible?’ It sketched a concept of the divine in terms of an underlying belief that, in conceiving his creation (Man), God’s overriding concern would have been to preserve a central position for the possibility of his significance. This required understanding that far from being a sin, Adam and Eve’s decision to leave the Garden of Eden was in Man’s Nature.  To remain in innocence (with undifferentiated selves) in The Garden would have consigned him (us) to lives as infants – not either very interesting or morally and spiritually significant.

         While these themes may seem far removed from the extraordinary political troubles in our own time, Jim and I were convinced they are intimately related to the struggles we are having with how to find new sources of values and meaning to replace preconscious tradition, which has declined so much, especially since the end of World War II.

         Our external conversations have now become internal ones. Jim can never be replaced in my life or in the lives of so many. There is and will always be a hole in my spiritual heart. I take comfort in knowing his great spirit lives on, and the love and respect we shared will continue to influence who I am and what I do.
Shared by Julian Gresser on March 9, 2022
For Jim Turner—Memoriam--Waterfall

This image of a Waterfall is dedicated to my colleague and friend, Jim Turner.

In Japanese the character for waterfall combines the radical of “water” with “dragon” which seems apt as my memory of Jim.

Water implies adaptability and flow. The dragon in East Asia is a powerful intelligence, but he is also wise.

The colors blue and gold symbolize nobility of character.

All of which are qualities that Jim possessed in abundance. 

We spoke almost every day over the past 2 ½ years, of cases, politics,
of many things. Small time, yet in that treasured small, most greatly lived.

Shared by Mary Beth Brangan on February 17, 2022
Jim Turner was my dear friend, mentor and founding board member and I loved and appreciated him deeply. And still do…

He was indefatigably cheerful, somehow managing to be twinkly and hearty
simultaneously - exuberant, curious and fiercely caring about the planet and his family and friends.

We were honored and blessed to have Jim and Betsy as friends since 1999 and founding board members since 2003 for our non-profit organization, the Ecological Options Network, EON. In the following years our lives intertwined with projects, friends and mutual co-collaborators on various issues, health freedom, EMF safety issues, environmental, etc… Betsy and Jim often hosted us while we were in Washington, DC, as well as even hosting our friends! Together we explored the periphery where Jim wisely perceived the action to be.

Through him we had fascinating glimpses of the workings of to me, exotic sectors: Chinese medicine practitioners, Chi Gung masters, energy healers using frequencies, organic products producers, cutting edge nostrum inventors, energy-based products, and more. He had a voracious appetite for championing legal challenges for folks in all these spheres.
Once I asked a Slavic man next to me at a Chinese Medicine conference where Jim was speaking how he came to know Jim.  He answered that he'd looked up who had filed the most lawsuits against the FDA and found Jim! He needed Jim's expertise for his battle against the FDA.

Jim loved the arts and he and Betsy treated us to performances we would never have seen otherwise – Les Miserables and Cirque du Soleil, for instance.

Jim was always up for an intellectual romp with folks via phone. He specialized in brilliant out-of –the-box brainstorming and managed to converse with people from all over the country daily. No matter how busy he was, he always made me feel he was happy to talk.

He represented some of the most interesting people and was friends with countless other planetary light workers.

I treasure the times we’ve had with Jim and with Betsy throughout the last 22 years. But I can’t help myself wanting to have had even more. I’m working on accepting the hole in my life Jim left when he passed away. But I am very grateful that we had such rich adventures together. You are deeply missed, Jim Turner. Thanks for being in our lives.