4 Proofs The FDA Does Not Care About Your Health
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 governmentorganization 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.
FDA Threat: Vitamins, Supplements, & Alternative Health Therapies
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?
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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