Massive Attack on Supplements by FDA

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     There’s bad news for supplement users in the long-awaited revision of FDA guidance rules for new supplements which are finally here, very bad news.

The rules if implemented without modification will basically result in the supplement industry not being allowed to innovate and create new supplements.

This looks like more of the […]

Toxic Toilet Paper?

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The FDA refused in July of this year to ban bisphenol A (BPA), the toxic chemical that leaches out of plastic containers and cans and into our foods.

Now there is more disturbing news about BPA and it’s chemical “cousin” bisphenol S (BPS).  According to two recent studies both toxins are present in […]

Makers of “Cheap” Dietary Supplements Screaming Like Stuck Pigs

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The FDA is enforcing a provisional rule on synthetics in dietary supplements which says, among other things, that synthetic botanicals will no longer be considered New Dietary Ingredients and must never be sold as supplements, only as drugs.

The FDA’s intention to regulate synthetics in dietary supplements has upset some dietary supplement manufacturers.  One industry group goes […]

FDA Warns Dietary Supplement Marketers About Deceptive Claims

FDA inspector with dietary supplementsThe FDA has issued another warning critical of dietary supplements.  To many people who believe in the value of dietary supplements this was just another example of how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration caters to big pharmaceutical interests and discredits the value of dietary supplements.

However, there is some justification for legitimate concern about “bad actors” in the dietary supplement industry.  These are the companies which make deceptive claims, have no scientific evidence or clinical studies verifying the efficacy or safety of their products, intentionally mislabel their products and don’t provide complete ingredient information.

These unscrupulous manufacturers seem to be focusing on three main health and lifestyle issues: weight loss, sexual performance and body building.

The real issue is how to ensure continued access to legitimate and beneficial nutritional supplements while reining in companies that are giving a black eye to all dietary supplement manufacturers, products, and representatives and may threaten the health of consumers.  Continue reading FDA Warns Dietary Supplement Marketers About Deceptive Claims

Something New On The Menu At Fast Food Chains

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It looks like we’re going to see something new on the menu at fast food chains. In an effort to impact the obesity epidemic in the USA among adults and children, the FDA is requiring the prominent display of calorie content on menus at Chain Restaurants.

I came across this excellent article on the subject  […]

The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Big pharma drugsThe FDA, the medical establishment, and big pharmaceutical companies have created an unhealthy environment for American citizens. 

While the medical system seems to work well when surgery and emergency lifesaving treatment are required little focus is placed on prevention of illness or chronic disease.  Treatment focuses almost entirely upon the performance of surgery and the prescription of drugs. 

The current environment created by the medical system, big pharma, and the FDA is not just skeptical of natural alternative medicine and nutritional supplements but is hostile to the concept. 

Pharmaceutical companies are motivated by more and more profits.  We’re bombarded every day with outrageous advertisements, many of which include in the “fast talk” at the very end of the commercial a statement of the side effects, including fatalities.

The FDA is heavily influenced by Big Pharma.  Did you know that many FDA and “independent” drug studies are financed by the drug manufacturers themselves?  More than half the budget of the FDA division that approves new drugs is paid directly by the drug companies’ user fees.  In a new definition of the fox guarding the hen house, drug company representatives even participate in study groups and review panels.  Experts with financial ties to the drug companies dominate the FDA’s Advisory Committees and the panels that write clinical guidelines.  In this type of a system the conclusions of these studies and reiviews regarding efficacy and safety should be suspect.   Continue reading The Broken Promise of American Medicine

Medical System Almost Kills Farmer

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Isn’t it frustrating how the medical establishment, the FDA, and big pharmaceutical companies reject alternative and natural medicine? 

While it’s clear that the motivation of Big Pharma is greed, and the FDA’s problem is their incestuous relationship with Big Pharma, it’s still puzzling how doctors who  enter their profession because of a desire to contribute to the health […]