FDA Uses Propaganda Books, Insiders, To Defend Agency That Continues
To Cause Needless Harm and Death
by Bill Sardi: Which
Nutrition Chart Should You Rely Upon: The RDA, RDI, AI, EAR or DV?
The US Food
& Drug Administration is under attack from all sides, from pharmaceutical
companies for not approving their drugs fast enough and from consumer
groups who say FDA permits drugs to be advertised before broader
safety data is available. When needless deaths occur from FDA-approved
products, Congress holds hearings, nothing is done, and the FDA
continues on, asking for more funds!
Vioxx, an anti-inflammatory
drug that killed thousands, is back on the market. Despite the furor
over Vioxx-related deaths, researchers maintain that there is still
evidence to suggest that any of the investigated (anti-inflammatory)
drugs are safe in cardiovascular terms." So the march of
the death pills continues.
drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol) which has caused thousands of
cases of liver toxicity (acetaminophen use is the chief cause for
liver transplantation), yet the FDA
ignores advice to include the antioxidant glutathione with acetaminophen
which would negate its toxic effects. Acetaminophen depletes glutathione
in the liver. The combined
use of oral glutathione or its precursor N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
with acetaminophen would reduce the risks associated with chronic
approved NAC as an antidote to acetaminophen poisoning in 2004,
it does not mandate inclusion of NAC in acetaminophen products.
In fact, FDA does not require any pharmaceutical company to clearly
indicate which nutrients it depletes on product labels.
But there are
those who defend the FDA, like Joshua M. Sharfstein MD, currently
with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene who also
served as Acting Commissioner of the FDA and FDA's Principal Deputy
Commissioner from 2009-2011.
says the FDA is a "misunderstood agency." He says
"Anyone who spends a month at the FDA will recognize
the striking disconnect between the agency and its public image."
He goes on to say: "Anyone who has spent approximately 2
years at the FDA, as I have, will wonder what it will take
for the agency to be better understood."
There is no
public misunderstanding about the FDA. How many dead bodies does
it take before the tail is pinned on the FDA donkey?
Caught in the
crossfire in the public criticism of the FDA, consumers might drift
over to Amazon.com where the top-rated book on the FDA is Fran Hawthorne’s
hardcover text Inside
the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and
the Food We Eat, published by Wiley in 2005.
While its title
suggests some sort of an expose of the FDA’s inner workings, the
book is a propaganda book for the agency.
And who is
author Fran Hawthorne? Why she is an "award-winning journalist
who has been a writer or editor at Fortune, BusinessWeek, Institutional
Investor, and other publications. She is the author of three
books on health care and investing." In other words, she is
part of the medical-industrial complex, not an independent writer.
Who gave Fran the assignment to write this book? She isn’t telling.
want to read are The
Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to
Do About It, by Marcia Angell MD, who is former editor at
The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Angell cuts the
pharmaceutical industry and its front-man, the FDA, into little
parts. The pharmaceutical industry worked to discredit her
book immediately upon publication.
text is Overdosed
America by Harvard professor John Abramson MD. Dr. Abramson
has been particularly critical of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs
which are marketed to healthy Americans as a way to avert mortal
heart attacks, but there is scant evidence statin drugs do that.
Americans are getting the message, that "FDA-approved"
does not ensure safety. However, more and more Americans are not
filling prescriptions their doctors write. According to PharmacyChecker.com
blog, an estimated
48 million American didn’t fill a prescription medication in 2010,
a 66% increase since 2001. Much of this failure to fill a prescription
is for financial reasons, but there is growing suspicion of drugs
and their side effects. We’re not just talking about diarrhea or
nausea here. We are talking about avoidable death, oftentimes from
a properly used FDA-approved drug.
But an estimated
150 million Americans, God love them, take at least one prescription
drug, falling for the reigning paradigm that disease is caused
by a drug deficiency. No sense making doctors upset – had better
take your pills.
And now to
share a recent e-mail:
1:02:33 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
heard you on the radio in Colorado a few months ago. I
ordered the dietary supplement you spoke about and I feel better
than I have in 6 years.
history: I have been VERY sick for 6 years. So sick,
in fact, that I do absolutely nothing other than work part time.
No kid stuff, no house work, no walks, no playing, no grocery
shopping, etc, etc, etc. (I am the farthest thing from
lazy...very industrious and physically active before I got sick.)
I am a
pharmacist and very disillusioned with western medicine.
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