The FDA Does Not Care About You

Natural Society

The stated mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to protect and
promote public health through the regulation of everything from food products
to pharmaceutical drugs. Based on the agency’s actions (or perhaps their
severe lack of real action) however, it is quite apparent that this government
organization has a blatant disregard for your health and is most certainly not
in the business of ‘promoting’ health. Here are 4 ways in which the FDA has
gone against public health and safety.

1. FDA Sits Back as You Consume Mercury in Your Food

The FDA, despite having full access to the studies that were heavily
publicized even on mainstream media websites, apparently feels that
carcinogenic mercury tainting the food supply is nothing to worry about. Found
to be present in over a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage
products, research has shown that you are most likely consuming mercury if you
consume processed food items or many beverage products. High-fructose
corn syrup
is a main carrier of the harmful element, which is especially
concerning when you consider the fact that the average American consumed 37.8
pounds of high-fructose corn syrup in 2008!

Despite experts speaking out and calling on the FDA to come to the aid of the
public, the FDA still does nothing.

“Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn
syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source
of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by
industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this
avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply,” the Institute for
Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both
studies, said in a prepared statement.


2. FDA Pushes Unlabeled, Genetically Modified Salmon

Back in 2011, Congress took legal action against the approval of genetically
modified
salmon via blocking
the FDA
from approving it due to health concerns. Calling for further
research, Congress listened to the warnings given by experts over the
potential dangers of the genetically modified creation. Known as AquAdvantage,
the creation process of the fish involves a combination of genomes taken from
other fish. Using a gene from the pout fish to prevent freezing, and a growth
gene from the Chinook salmon to bring forth faster growth, the engineered
salmon is ‘enhanced’ to grow much faster.

One concern is that this genetically modified fish could escape from fish
farms and threaten the very genetic code of salmon worldwide. What’s more,
however, is that the FDA wouldn’t
even require labeling
of the GM salmon. This means you could be
unknowingly consuming AquAdvantage salmon, thanks to the FDA completely
ignoring the potential dangers and concerns of the public
and experts alike.

3. FDA Allows Carcinogenic Aspartame to Invade Food
Supply

The ubiquitous artificial
sweetener
aspartame
is commonly found in gum products, diet sodas, and an increasingly large
percentage of ‘sugar-free’ items. Aspartame has been found to wreak havoc on
your body, with studies directly tying aspartame consumption to tumor growth.

One study in particular shed light on the cancer-causing effects of aspartame.
Performed by researcher Victoria Innes-Brown, the
study showed
that of 48 rats experimented on, up to 67 percent of
all female rats developed tumors roughly the size of golf balls or larger.

The male population didn’t do too well either with 21 percent of the males
developing similar cancerous growths. The FDA completely ignores this
information and allows for aspartame to be consumed across the nation under
the name of NutraSweet and Equal as well.

4. FDA Gives Monsanto Complete Freedom

Not only does the FDA give Monsanto unprecedented political power in shoving
their genetically
modified foods
down your throat, but they have also been given the
greenlight to contaminate the United States dairy supply with their
genetically engineered growth hormone known as rBGH. Linked to breast and
gastrointestinal cancer, the substance has been banned in 27 countries.
Unfortunately, it is estimated that around 1/3 of cows in the United States
are injected with this synthetic hormone, which means that you have most
likely been highly exposed to rBGH
if you live in the U.S. or have eaten U.S. dairy products.

Perhaps this has to do with the fact that Monsanto employees have positioned
themselves prominently within the FDA?

One example of many is Margaret Miller. Margaret Miller was in charge of
preparing the report on rBGH following its approval at Monsanto, she was later
the official in charge of reviewing her own report as Deputy Director of Human
Safety and Consultative Services. How’s that for protecting and promoting
public health?

This is but a very short list of ways in which the FDA has actually endangered
public health – by not protecting it. The list could go on and on, discussing
their numerous drug approvals that have resulted in deaths, severe side
effects, and much more. Amazingly, a large percentage of US pharmaceuticals
are actually created overseas in unregulated Chinese
factories
– many of which the FDA has never even inspected.

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FDA
Threat: Vitamins, Supplements, & Alternative Health Therapies

  

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The FDA generously lends its approval to drugs that cause ghastly symptoms
and untold damage. Many contain toxic contaminants from China. Vioxx is
said to have claimed 70,000 lives. “Yet not one of them was taken off
the market until the desired profits of the product manufacturer were
realized and not once were criminal charges ever levied at a
pharmaceutical company that decided profits were far more important than
human lives.”

Consumer reports seek to demonize natural remedies with ambiguous
statements like “thought to be linked” and “could be
linked” because natural products are not patentable and there are
barely any substantial reports of negative consequences. But this is not
enough for the FDA to turn public interest against natural health products
and close small supplement companies. So the next step involves twisting
vitamins, supplements, and alternative health therapies into something
“medicinal” to crack down on companies full force. But they
never crack down on the real culprits of death and damage.

In the matter of independent testing for new drugs and vaccines, the FDA
throws its hands up, “We don’t have the power!” When it comes to
natural remedies it will be “Respect our power!”

~ Health Freedoms

Even as the FDA has for decades routinely given a seal of approval to toxic
and deadly medications and vaccines, claiming they are safe, and as hundreds
and thousands of people, if not millions, have died or have been permanently
injured as a result of their incompetence and gross dereliction of duty,
this agency continues its assault on natural remedies and aids claiming they
need to be regulated by FDA.

While one toxic and deadly medication, such as Vioxx can claim 70,000 lives,
the manufacturer is never shut down by the FDA. Merck Pharmaceuticals never
pays any fines or penalties. While they may be sued in court for wrongful
death, this is only AFTER they have sold enough of their toxin to exceed any
long term risk assessment costs.

In other words: Merck knows its product is lethal. It weighs the long term
risk. The questions are never those of public safety, possible harm or death
from using their product, but rather:

    • Can we sell enough of Vioxx fast enough and at levels

 

  • high enough to offset what we estimate will be the costs of lawsuits
    for the people we killed or permanently injured and still make a hefty
    profit?

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And every pharmaceutical company operates their business under this model
which is nothing short of pre-meditated murder in my opinion. While state
after state moves to criminalize the alternative therapies and the vitamin
and supplement industry, not one state has moved to criminalize the use of
toxic and deadly, FDA approved, medications. Not one state, and surely not
those Republicans who are colluding state to state to criminalize
alternative health practices, has ever suggested holding Merck or any other
pharmaceutical company criminally responsible or criminally negligent for
the people injured or killed in their respective states as a result of the
use of long term risk assessments on the public, rather than safety.

Never in the history of natural and alternative therapies and health
practices has any vitamin, mineral, supplement, herb or alternative therapy
caused the death of 70,000 people. Not once. In fact, the reports of adverse
reactions to natural remedies and health aids is so minimal, there virtually
is no report of any consequence.

Because there is no evidence of large scale harm from the use of natural
remedies and therapies, a skewed and fabricated report which was promoted by
Consumer Reports, using terms such as “May be linked, Could be
linked, might be, “is thought to be linked” and other evasive and
non-conclusive statements to lead the reader to believe that there is a
known and provable link to various diseases and health issues when no such
evidence exists. Because these natural products are natural and not
patentable and most have been used for centuries without harm, it is
imperative to fictionalize some form of threat to justify handing them over
to big pharma.

Consumer Reports also stated:

“The Food and Drug Administration has not made full use of even the
meager authority granted it by the industry-friendly 1994 Dietary
Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).”

The FDA has actually stepped outside of its legal (not lawful) authority
which is only concerned with labeling. Every effort has been made by FDA to
create regulations and rules that would have no other effect than to
expedite the closing of small supplement manufacturers as they move towards
redefining nutritional supplements and dietary aids along with alternative
health therapies as medicinal.The Consumer Report also states that
of the supplements tested many were found to be contaminated with heavy
metals and other toxins, including prescription medications. It also says
that most of this contamination originates in China….just like the
melamine contaminated products.

Did the FDA move to halt these products? No! Do they inspect any Chinese
producers? No! Were any penalties levied against Chinese producers? No!

What FDA did do in the case of the melamine contamination was to establish
an acceptable amount of melamine in Chinese imports. Melamine is highly
toxic at any level.

The use of the words and phrases such as, may, could, might, thought to be,
are the same vague words used to justify the use of toxic vaccines and
medications. Any of these pharmaceuticals “may, might, could be or may
be thought to be” useful in fighting disease, but no one seems able to
provide any conclusive evidence that they do, although we do seem to bury a
large number of people subjected to them and we have to deal with the long
term care for those who survive these things but who are now permanently
damaged.

As a result of their continuing protection of, and approval of, untested
medications and vaccines producers, is it any wonder the FDA (Food &
Drug Administration) is now openly referred to by the public as the
“Federal Death Administration”?

This agency has given its approval to medications that have caused heart
attacks, strokes, birth defects, autism, neurological disorders, seizures,
coma, sudden infant death, infertility, cancer, leukemia, brain damage,
dementia, amnesia, liver damage, muscle damage, high blood pressure,
hemorrhages, blood clots, blindness, and so many other life threatening or
life impairing conditions that it is impossible to list them all. The list
of medications and vaccines that have been pulled from the market is
extensive. Yet not one of them was taken off the market until the
desired profits of the product manufacturer were realized and not once were
criminal charges ever levied at a pharmaceutical company that decided
profits were far more important than human lives.

This approval is given in lieu of money. It is given while accepting the
intentionally skewed testing data provided by the same corporations seeking
approval. The FDA rarely, if ever, actually does any independent testing of
new drugs and vaccines. This is not a matter of the FDA not having enough
authority; they have far more authority than they were ever intended to
have.

The problem is that they are a privately owned federal corporation
unlawfully empowered to write rules and regulations (law-making) by congress
ceding its authority, and as such are autonomous. Nothing in the FDA
mandates and guidelines requires them to act in the public interest. And the
fact is; they don’t.

About the author

Marti Oakley is a political activist and former op-ed columnist for the St
Cloud Times in Minnesota. She was a member of the Times Writer’s Group
until she resigned in September of 07. She is neither Democrat nor
Republican, since neither party is representative of the American people.
She says what she thinks, means what she says, and is known for being
outspoken. She is hopeful that the American public will wake up to what is
happening to our beloved country . . . little of it is left. Her website is
The PPJ Gazette

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According to the FDA�s legal definition, a drug is anything that
�diagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.�

The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances,
as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have
been proven by countless millennia of human experience to
mitigate, prevent and in some cases cure disease, and which cannot
be called drugs according to the FDA.

How can this be? Well, the FDA has assumed for itself Godlike power,
requiring that its official approval be obtained before any substance can
legally be used in the prevention and treatment of disease.

The FDA�s legal-regulatory control therefore is totalitarian and
Napoleonic in construct; what it does not explicitly permit as a medicine
is implicitly forbidden.

Historically the FDA has required new drugs undergo expensive and
elaborate multi-phased clinical trials, which are out of the grasp of any
ordinary interest who might want to demonstrate the efficacy of a non-patentable
(and therefore unprofitable) herb, food or spice.

The average out-of-pocket cost for obtaining a new drug approval is US$
802 million dollars,[1]
and therefore an investor putting capital into bringing to market a
substance that does not lend itself to market exclusivity and therefore
cannot produce a return on investment, is committing economic suicide, if
not also breaking the law. The investor actually has a legally-binding
fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders to make a profit. And
therefore, capital will not flow into any would-be commodity that can be
produced or obtained with ease, including most things that grow freely on
this Earth.

It is an interesting footnote in history that shortly after the
Declaration of Independence, Congress declared that natural substances,
e.g. water or salt, were God�s gift to mankind and that therefore
products of nature should be limited in their patent protection. While
this was a noble declaration, it has actually been used against
those whose rights it would protect. It has forced private interests to
synthetically alter natural substances — for instance the burgeoning
biotech field of recombinant DNA technology, i.e. genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) — for the sole reason that it guarantees them
ownership/patent rights.

In fact, a medical system that legally requires it make a
profit threatens to destroy and/or incriminate itself if non-patented,
non-profitable natural substances or therapies are employed. It also
results in so much collateral damage to those it purports to serve that it
could rightly be called a modern form of human sacrifice
.

As a result, instead of choosing prospective medicines logically:
because they work, are easily accessible, and safe, billions of dollars
flow in the exact opposite direction, capitalizing only those substances
which are unnatural, and therefore while proprietary are almost
invariably unsafe, and whose access and administration can be intensively
controlled.

Has The Attempt To Co-opt Medicine Through the Drug-Based Model
Undone Itself? 

And yet, there is a silver lining to the story. Due to the fact that
our bodies are ultimately constructed from the natural things
(food, air and water), and obey very strict natural laws such as the
well-known principle of chirality (handedness) � the fact that all amino
acids in our body turn a beam of polarized light in the left-handed
direction (L-lysine) and sugars to the right-handed
direction (D-ribose)– one cannot simply create
biologically active, synthetic drugs arbitrarily, as a mistake in
handedness (or similar property) could be fatal. Nature, therefore, still
provides an elegant biomolecular architecture of irreproducible
intelligence and complexity, from which synthetic analogs are modeled
and/or derivatives are spun.

As a result, billions of dollars of drug industry and government money
(i.e. tax payer money) flow into finding lead compounds for drug
development.  Nature is put on the rack, if you will, and her secrets
teased from her through innumerable animal and test tube experiments, in
order to find compounds that can then be converted into synthetic,
patented drugs.

Inadvertently, some of the very same companies and interests which
require that natural substances not receive the same drug-approval status
as synthetic ones, are funding research that prove basic vitamins,
foods and spices are
as effective
or more
effective
� and usually much safer � than the drugs  they are
developing to replace or supplant them.  

This means that tens of thousands of
studies
do exist showing that natural substances may prevent and/or
treat disease, at least in the in vitro (test tube) and animal models.
These results often confirm
traditional uses
in Ayurvedic, Chinese and other traditional systems
of medicine, and therefore may be compelling enough for individuals or
healthcare practitioners to use the information to inform their treatment
decisions.

The Case For Curcumin In the Prevention and Treatment of
Disease

The government biomedical and life sciences database known as Medline
contains over 21 million published study citations, and is accessible to
search through engines such as Pubmed.gov.
2.6 million of them contain reference to cancer.  115,000 of them
remain after applying the �Complementary Medicine� filter.
2,625 of
them can be found indexed on the GreenMedInfo.com database, referencing
612 natural substances of potential value. Turmeric, and particularly its
polyphenolic constituent known as curcumin, which gives the spice its
golden hue, is one of the most extensively studied natural compounds of
all time, with 4588
references
to it on the National Library of Medicine�s bibliographic
database known as Medline [as of 2.25.2012]. And yet, despite having been
shown to have therapeutic value in over 500 disease states in animal and
in vitro studies, it still has not been the subject of extensive human
clinical research � for the reasons stated above.

GreenMedInfo.com, an open source natural medicine database, has indexed
curcumin�s
anti-cancer properties
in over 50 cancers, with the top 10 most
cancers researched in association with curcumin listed below.

Cancer Number of Articles
Breast Cancer 58
Colorectal Cancer 23
Colon Cancer 51
Prostate Cancer 42
Pancreatic Cancer 24
Cancers: Drug Resistant 40
Lung Cancer 37
Liver Cancer 27
Cancer Metastasis 32
Skin Cancer 15

Sources: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/substance/curcumin

As one can see curcumin holds great promise. It has been repeatedly
demonstrated to possess simultaneously both chemoprotective/chemosensitizing
and radioprotective/radiosensitizing properties, meaning it is capable of
reducing the adverse effects on healthy cells caused by chemotherapy and
radiotherapy, as well as enhance the cancer-killing properties of these
conventional therapies. It also has an exceptionally high margin of
safety, at least an order of magnitude greater than commonly used
conventional chemotherapy agents such as 5-fluoruracil.[2]
Given these facts curcumin, at the very least, should be considered an
ideal candidate for use as an adjuvant in integrative cancer care, and
perhaps as a first-line treatment alternative to conventional
chemo-agents.

For additional information on the remarkable research supporting the
use of Turmeric and Curcumin in medicine, watch the video below.  Join
our Facebook research page on Turmeric for updates: Turmeric — What
The Research Reveals


[2]
Curcumin�s LD50 (lethal dose, 50%) in mice is at least 2,000 mg/kg,
versus 5-fluorouracil 115 mg/kg, or

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FDA
Targets ‘Unproven’ New Supplements While Allowing Harmful GMOs

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Why has the FDA ignored the fact that mercury, an element that is highly toxic
in all forms, was found in
a large number of
brand-name processed foods? Specifically, the mercury
content was found to be contained in high-fructose corn syrup,
which also reportedly contains genetically
modified
ingredients. Instead of addressing this major public health
concern, the FDA is focusing their time on crushing beneficial supplements
through ridiculous NDI
regulations
that threaten the entire infrastructure of the nutraceuticals
industry.

Researchers from two U.S. studies reported that about half of tested
samples of high-fructose corn syrup contained mercury.
Mercury was
also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and
beverage products
which listed high-fructose corn syrup as the
first-or-second-highest labeled ingredient.

Following the report, organizations like the Institute for Agriculture and
Trade Policy called on the FDA for immediate action:

“Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn
syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source
of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by
industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this
avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply,” the Institute for
Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both
studies, said in a prepared statement.

Americans Consumed Over 37 Pounds of Mercury-Laden HFCS
in 2008

Mercury is toxic in any dosage, but the information becomes even more alarming
when you consider the fact that the average American consumed 37.8
pounds of high-fructose corn syrup in 2008!
If this is not explosive
enough on its own, remember the fact that this is but one source of mercury
exposure. CFL
light bulbs,
mercury-contaminated seafood, and some dental fillings are a
few sources of mercury exposure that affect millions of individuals.

The ubiquitous nature of high-fructose corn syrup in processed food products
makes it difficult to avoid if you are on a junk food diet that is devoid of
essential nutrients. Unfortunately, a large number of people worldwide
subscribe to this nutritional program while in the dark regarding the true
effects that such a diet can have on the human body. Until the FDA decides to
step in (which simply will not happen unless activists make enough noise),
protecting yourself and your family against HFCS is your priority. If you eat
100% organic food items, or grow
your own organic food,
you will not have to worry about toxic
high-fructose corn syrup.

It’s time to tell the FDA to focus on the real issues, like toxic elements in
our food supply – not health-promoting supplements that have improved lives
and boosted immune systems.

 

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