Intervene To Halt Wellness Ambassadors Who Recommend Dietary Supplements
Instead of Drugs at Rite-Aid Stores
by Bill Sardi: I
Thought Separation of Church and State Was a Two-Way Street
About 300 of
Rite-Aidís 4700 drug stores are starting to direct customers to
what they want Ė wellness without dependence upon problematic and
over-priced prescription drugs. But that practice has obviously
upset Big Pharma. These white-coated ambassadors are allegedly pretending
they are pharmacists and directing patients to diet supplements
Ė heavenís to Betsy!
At least that
two US Senators allege in their letter to Rite-Aid, which has
GNC nutrition centers inside many of its stores. A letter from the
senators to Rite-Aid says they are concerned these ambassadors "could
be making false and misleading claims by marketing dietary supplements
as treatments for health conditions."
Wait a minute
I thought the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act
of 1994 (DSHEA) gave the right to market dietary supplements as
long as they strictly support health, not as cures, treatments or
prevention for any disease. Drugs do not promote wellness, and few
are an appropriate cure for anything.
A grave problem
(the word grave being used in its true meaning) is that that DSHEA
didnít go far enough. Dietary supplements do in fact prevent, treat
and cure diseases, many of them. The Food & Drug Administration
mandates censorship of the truth. Doesnít vitamin D prevent rickets,
vitamin C prevent scurvy, vitamin B1 prevent beri beri, etc?
The FDA says
that even claims that these obvious nutrient deficiency diseases
are remedied by vitamin pills must be stated in terms of which bodily
structure and functions they affect, they cannot be labeled they
prevent, treat or cure a disease when they clearly do. For example,
the label on a bottle of vitamin D pills could say "promotes
healthy bones" or vitamin C could say "supports healthy
capillaries" (connectors between arteries and veins). They
canít say "prevents osteoporosis" or "treats arteriosclerosis."
The FDA says
(can you believe this?) that dietary supplements would be required
to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA to make such a disease/cure
claim. Ditto for limes if a label affixed to them said they cure
scurvy, as they did for British sailors in the 19th century.
How dare these
"wellness ambassadors" direct anyone to a dietary supplement instead
of a drug! Forget that drug companies and pharmacists are hiding
the fact that diet supplements replicate the biological action of
most Rx drugs without the high cost or side effects. Why modern
medicine treats every disease as if it were a drug deficiency goes
unexplained. Terrible that anyone should address the true cause
of disease with a dietary supplement rather than a drug.
getting vitamin B1 to treat heart failure, you get diuretics and
digitalis that deplete vitamin B1.
getting vitamin D to treat osteoporosis you get synthetic bone hardeners.
getting vitamin C to treat high cholesterol you get liver-toxic
statin drugs which increase the risk for muscle aches, diabetes
and mental confusion, and while "FDA-approved," statin
drugs only prevent one non-mortal heart attack among 1 in 200 healthy
adults and 1 in 70 at-risk adults.
getting fish oil, magnesium, resveratrol, vitamin E or a garlic
pill to thin the blood you get vitamin-K depleting warfarin or coumadin
which then result in calcification and stiffening of arteries.
resveratrol, SAMe, vitamin E or folic acid for mental depression
you get Elavil or Wellbutrin. If you are mentally depressed due
to a nutrient deficiency these drugs artificially elevate mood,
are inappropriate and do not address the primary cause of the problem,
only its symptoms. The drug only masks the symptoms of the nutrient
getting vitamin D, resveratrol, folic acid or vitamin B1 to remedy
Alzheimer's-like dementia, you get Aricept or Tacrine that are no
better than a placebo tablet.
getting fish oil after a heart attack to natural slow the heart
rate you get beta blockers which induce energy deficiency in the
heart, as well as asthma, fatigue, impotence and poor mental function.
wants to step in and protect pharmaceutical profits is fascism,
not democracy. Government will steer you in a safe direction, right?
How many Americans die of properly-used prescription drugs annually?
Answer: over 100,000. How many die from use of dietary supplements?
Answer: according to poison control center data, zero.
health advocates should hand out the proper questions for consumers
to ask in retail stores, questions that will pass the scrutiny of
a government censor, so wellness ambassadors can provide true answers.
Questions like these:
asking "What can I take that would substitute for a statin
cholesterol-lowering drug?, ask: "What do I take to support
healthy cholesterol levels?" (vitamin C, apple pectin, resveratrol)
asking "What can I take in place of coumadin and Warfarin?"
ask: "What do I take to support healthy blood clotting?"
(fish oil, garlic, magnesium, resveratrol, vitamin E)
asking "What can I take in lieu of digitalis and beta blockers
for heart failure?" ask: "What do I take to promote a
stronger heart?" (vitamin B1)
asking "What is the alternative to diabetic drugs?" ask:
"What do I take to support healthy kidneys, eyes and nerves
if I am a diabetic?" (vitamin B1)
asking "Donít you have something natural that will replace
my antidepressant drug?" ask: "What natural products can
I take that promote a healthy mood?" (vitamin D, folic acid,
asking "What can I take in lieu of antibiotics so I donít develop
germ resistance?" ask: "What do I take to support a healthy
immune response?" (vitamin D, vitamin C, fish oil, beta glucan,
quercetin, oil of oregano, garlic, cinnamon extract)
asking "What can I take in lieu of allergy medications?"
ask: "What natural anti-histamines are available?" (vitamin
If public health
authorities were truly interested in protecting consumers from product-related
health problems they would require drug companies to list all of
the nutrient deficiencies induced by pharmaceuticals. Some common
Vitamin C depleted
by: cortisone/prednisone (steroidal anti-inflammatories), aspirin,
estrogen replacement, tobacco, antacids.
B1 depleted by: digitalis, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics,
B12: antibiotics, antacids.
D: cortisone/prednisone, some cholesterol-lowering drugs.
inhibitors (Enalapril, Lisinopril), cortisone/prednisone, estrogen,
some antidepressants, antacids.
digitalis (digoxin), antibiotics, diuretics, estrogen, cortisone/prednisone,
(vitamin B9): aspirin, cortisone/prednisone, metformin anti-diabetic
drug, estrogen), antacids
that induce deficiencies of essential nutrients means patients will
never get well.
government overseers may soon install wire taps in health food stores
and pharmacies to listen in on private conversations about dietary
supplements over the telephone.
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