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“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.’” [Gen. 1:29]
The LORD gave; the FDA hath taken away; cursed be the name of the FDA! [paraphrase of Job 1:21]
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine (c. 460-375 BCE)
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” — Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

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government don’t want you to know about!

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Food and Drug Administration!

What “they” will tell you:

“Herbal remedies have been linked to kidney damage, heart attacks and strokes”

• In 1994, Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which exempts manufacturers of herbal dietary supplements from seeking approval from the FDA before marketing a remedy.

• In the next four years, the FDA recorded 184 deaths from dietary supplements. The American Association of of Poison Control Centers received nearly 7,000 reports on supplements in 1998 alone, with 1,369 cases involving hospitalization.

• After DSHEA was enacted, the multi-billion dollar industry ballooned by 80 percent. Quality control issues, however, have also ballooned. California investigators recently found that one-third of 260 imported Asian herbal supplements were either spiked with drugs not listed on the label or contained lead, arsenic or mercury.

What “they” won’t tell you:

“They” claim that the FDA recorded 184 deaths from dietary supplements in a four-year period. This statement is more than extremely misleading, it is simply not true!!

“They” conveniently fail to mention that this number represents an average of only 46 such incidents per year, and they also conveniently fail to mention the fact that in nearly every one of these cases, the victims were also taking prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. The combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications alone could have caused the deaths, and may have had absolutely nothing at all to do with the dietary supplements.

“They” claim that in 1998 the American Association of Poison Control Centers received nearly 7,000 reports on supplements, and that 1,369 cases involved hospitalization.

“They” conveniently fail to mention that:

• Approximately 80% of all Americans now safely use some form of natural health care, most involving dietary supplements.

• Adverse drug reactions to correctly-prescribed prescription medications are the fourth leading killer in America. You are more apt to die from the correct prescription medication that your doctor and pharmacist provide than from an accident, pneumonia, heart disease, cancer, stroke, or diabetes. Click here.

• A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that adverse drug reactions may be the fourth-ranking cause of death in the United States, right after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It is estimated that correctly prescribed prescription medications cause between 76,000 and 137,000 deaths a year, plus 2,200,000 serious nonfatal reaction. The death rate from adverse drug reactions is roughly equivalent of a fully-loaded Boeing 747 crashing every single day of the year! Click here.

• Doctors’ prescribing errors and drug mishaps, according to the U.S. General Accounting Office, cost an estimated $20 billion a year. Click here.

• In 1998, under FDA supervision, an estimated one million Americans were never told they were given Hepatitis C-infected blood. The Center for Disease Control says, as a result, 300,000 were infected with deadly Hepatitis C. Click here.

Compare the statistics:

Only 46 

deaths a year (during a four-year study) which may possibly have been related to dietary supplements, but which probably were not at all related to supplements.

But ...

 

76,000 to 137,000 

deaths every year which are positively known to be related to correctly prescribed prescription medications. The statistics are so uncertain because the medical profession, according to the American Medical Association (cited in a recent issue of Reader�s Digest and broadcast on a TV episode of Dateline), is more concerned with protecting the reputation of physicians than it is with protecting the health of those whom it is sworn to serve.

Plus ...

 

150,000 

additional deaths each year due to medical malpractice. Click here

For a total of ...

 

   226,000 to 287,000 

deaths every year directly caused by the medical/pharmaceutical industry.

   

Only 1,369 

cases in one year that required hospitalization related to food supplements.

But ... 

 

2,200,000 

cases every single year that require hospitalization from correctly prescribed pharmaceutical medications.

This means that for every single person in America who dies from causes possibly related to all classes of dietary supplements combined, between 1,652 and 2,978 people will die from causes known for certain to be related to correctly prescribed pharmaceuticals.

You run a risk of an adverse reaction to correctly prescribed medications that is between 1,652 and 2,978 times greater than that for all classes of food supplements combined.

When the known medical malpractice deaths are added to that total, as many as 6,239 people will die from �traditional� medicine for each person who dies from �natural� medicine. Saying it another way, �natural� medicine is 6,239 times safer than �scientific� medicine.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States, projected to 07/25/12 at 16:14 EDT was 314,023,082. [Click here for the current estimate.] From the above statistics, you run a risk of one chance in 125 that you will be hospitalized from your correctly-prescribed pharmaceutical medication, but only a risk of one chance in 200,964 of an adverse reaction to a food supplement. That means that prescription medications with FDA supervision are 1,608 times more dangerous than food supplements without FDA supervision.

Pharmaceuticals Are 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You Than Supplements

Incidentally, medical negligence accounts for 150,000 deaths per year; handguns only account for 30,000 deaths per year. Doctors kill five times as many people as guns! Click here.

 

More tidbits they won�t tell you:

� In order for a substance to be classified as a �drug� it must have detrimental side effects.

� Pharmaceutical companies can charge as much as they want for their products because patents protect drugs from copycat versions for 20 years after the drug is invented.

� The United States and Morocco are presently negotiating a deal that will extend the drug patents from 20 to 30 years (Ahmad, Khabir. The Lancet December 6, 2003).

� Members of the FDA advisory boards who make decisions regarding approval of pharmaceuticals own stock in the very drug companies for whom they are making the approvals. It is clear that the FDA therefore has a vested interest in getting herbs and other natural remedies off the market and out of competition with their own stock portfolios. [More info here about the FDA�s Conflict of Interest]

� In yet another blatant conflict of interest, in 2002 the FDA took Chinese Red Rice (Hongqu) off the market because it was extremely effective in the control of serum cholesterol levels and threatened the profits of the manufacturers of drugs like Mevacor (lovastatin), Pravachol, Zocor, Lipitor, Baycol (which killed 31 patients before it was taken off the market), and Crestor (currently awaiting FDA approval).

Hongqu was demonstrated to be effective at controlling cholesterol levels without the increased risk of cancer that is associated with many cholesterol drugs. Another danger of prescription cholesterol drugs is that if your cholesterol is too low you will have an increased risk of mood disorders, depression, stroke, violence. The following articles contain additional information about the dangers of low cholesterol:

Low Cholesterol Linked to Depression

Low Cholesterol Causes Aggressive Behavior and Depression
Low Cholesterol Linked to Violence

Low Cholesterol Linked to Stroke Risk

Low Cholesterol and Albumin Bad Signs in Elderly

Statins May Impair Brain Function

Low Cholesterol May Affect Mood


 


The Ephedra Issue [the FDA Hoax]

There are two dangerous lies floating across America. The second lie is, �The check�s in the mail.� The first is, �We're from the government, and we're here to help you.�

Once again the federal government has taken away one of your precious constitutional rights, pretending that it was doing so for your benefit. The truth is that ephedra-containing products are so effective that their sales were eating into the profits of the FDA bureaucrats who own large volumes of stock in the pharmaceutical industry.

Please read the truth about the FDA Ephedra Hoax, then go to the FDA�s website and confirm the source. Then, if that makes you angry enough to do something about this blatant abuse of your constitutional rights, contact your elected representatives and ask them to force the FDA to stop lying to us, do the job for which it was chartered, and stop violating your constitutional rights to provide themselves with huge financial profit!

On December 30, 2003, the FDA notified herbal product manufacturers that it intended to publish a final rule stating that dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury. The rule had the effect of banning the sale of these products by herbal companies (but not by pharmaceutical companies) as soon as it became effective, 60 days after publication. That ban actually became effective on April 11, 2004.

�There have been 1,500 �adverse event reports� associated with dietary supplements containing ephedra and 88 deaths, the FDA said. Problems included high blood pressure, irregularities in heart rate, nervousness, tremors, heart attacks, insomnia, headaches, seizures, strokes and death. A study of 140 adverse events reported to the FDA related to the use of products with ephedra showed that 31 percent--or 43 cases--were �definitely� or �probably� related to the use of the supplements, the New England Journal of Medicine reported in 2000.� (Sagario, Dawn. �Possible ephedra death is significant beyond baseball.� The Des Moines Register,  February 25, 2003.)

When these events were reviewed, two things stand out: often, the products were used improperly; and rarely were the adverse events linked solely to ephedra. In most, if not all, of these cases, the person was also taking other stimulants and/or prescription medications at the same time which could have proven harmful or fatal by themselves, without the added presence of ephedra.

Many manufacturers formulate their ephedra products to include natural sources of caffeine (kola, green tea, guarana, etc.). The position of our two main suppliers (Nature�s Sunshine Products and Pure Herbs. Ltd.) has always been that caffeine should never be combined with ephedra. Some manufacturers go further and simply spike their ephedra product with caffeine. It is unfortunate that none of the �analysis� performed by these agencies has examined the difference between companies who responsibly formulate with ephedra, and those who don�t.

The report upon which the FDA decision was based includes the following statements:

The majority of case reports are insufficiently documented to make an informed judgment about a relationship between the use of ephedrine or ephedra-containing dietary supplements and the adverse event in question. For prior consumption of ephedra-containing products, we identified two deaths, three myocardial infarctions, nine cerebrovascular accidents, three seizures, and five psychiatric cases as sentinel events; for prior consumption of ephedrine, we identified three deaths, two myocardial infarctions, two cerebrovascular accidents, one seizure, and three psychiatric cases as sentinel events. We identified 43 additional cases as possible sentinel events with prior ephedra consumption and seven additional cases as possible sentinel events for prior ephedrine consumption. About half the sentinel events occurred in persons aged 30 years or younger. Classification as a sentinel event does not imply a proven cause and effect relationship.� (Shekelle P, Morton, S., Maglione M, et al. �Ephedra and Ephedrine for Weight Loss and Athletic Performance Enhancement: Clinical Efficacy and Side Effects. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 76� [Prepared by Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center, RAND, under Contract No 290-97-0001, Task Order No. 9]. AHRQ Publication No. 03-E022. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. February 2003. (Downloaded from the FDA Website. All emphasis added. Please do the research; go here and read the Summary for yourself.)

Ignoring the findings of the report that they had commissioned which indicated that there was insufficient documentation to make an informed judgment, and that there was no proven cause and effect relationship between the �sentinel events� studied and the consumption of ephedra, the FDA arbitrarily banned the sale of ephedra-containing products by herbal product manufactures. Could it be that the ephedra-containing herbal products were eating into the profits of prescription weight-management products produced by the companies that are owned by members of the FDA? What could possibly be a more blatant conflict of interest?

Compared to a grand total of no more than five deaths that may possibly have been obliquely related to ephedra, even though there was no �proven cause and effect relationship,� about 440,000 Americans each year die from tobacco use, or about 23% of all deaths in the USA.

Additionally, �Acetaminophen [Tylenol is one brand*] causes nearly 50 percent of all acute liver failure, four times that caused by all prescription drugs combined. Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to poison control centers (more than 100,000 per year) and accounts for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and about 450 deaths each year.� Yet as recently as May, 2009, a television commercial boasts that Tylenol is the product most frequently recommended by physicians. Obviously there is no financial benefit to the members of the FDA to limit the sale of acetaminophen. [Read the complete article here.]

If you still don�t believe that the FDA is financially motivated, please explain why ephedra was taken off the market with no �proven cause and effect relationship� to death or illness, while cigarettes and other tobacco products are still thriving!! The tobacco industry only needs to put a �Surgeon General�s Warning� on their packaging and continue to sell their poison, but the food supplement companies cannot sell ephedra products even with an appropriate warning on the label. Can it possibly be that the tobacco companies pose no financial threat to the pharmaceutical industry? Or can it be that the pharmaceutical industry makes multiple billions of dollars each year from from the diseases the tobacco companies create??

Further, the ephedra ban only affects natural health companies, but none of the other manufacturers of ephedra-containing products. Ephedrine alkaloids include ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, methylephedrine, norephedrine, and others. Synthetic versions of these chemicals can be found in over-the-counter (OTC) products. For instance Sudafed is synthetic pseudoephedrine. Other synthetic ephedrine derivatives can be purchased at retail outlets such as gas stations. In effect, the FDA didn�t ban the active ingredients in ephedra, they just banned the nutritional supplement industry from selling the ephedra herb in competition with the pharmaceutical companies. Consumers can still obtain synthetic versions of the ephedrine alkaloids as OTC products.

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* Other brands include Tamen, Aceta, Actimin, Anacin-3, Apacet, Aspirin Free Anacin, Atasol, Banesin, Crocin, Dapa,Dolo,Datril Extra-Strength, DayQuil, Depon & Depon Maximum, Feverall, Few Drops, Fibi, Fibi plus, Genapap, Genebs, Lekadol, Liquiprin, Neopap, Oraphen-PD, Panadol, Paralen, Phenaphen, Redutemp, Snaplets-FR, Suppap, Tapanol, Tempra, Tylenol, Valorin, Xcel.


Although specific herbal combinations and formulas can be partially protected by patents and copyrights, herbs and herbal-based supplements in the main cannot be patented, because God invented them, not man! Therefore, without the financial incentives and rewards of patents, there is no significant financial advantage to the spending of untold millions of dollars on unnecessary �clinical studies� to �prove� the efficacy of natural supplements;  nor should there ever be a need to have natural products that God created �approved� by a panel of �experts� who ignore the facts anyway [see �The Ephedra Issue� above]. People have been successfully using herbs for thousands of years, and we already know how effective they are!

Bibliography: Source materials used to develop the Natural Health information on this site.


Note Well: None of the statements about natural health on this website have been submitted to, or evaluated by, either the Food and Drug Administration or the American Medical Association. All consumable products mentioned in any context on this website are intended to be used as food only, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. According to the United States government, herbs are food or flavorings and cannot be used to treat or cure diseases. If you have a health concern, please consult your health care provider. Any mention of possible “health benefits” of any product refer only to its historical use in “folk” medicine.

All information on this web site is presented for educational and/or religious purposes only, and is nothing more nor less than an expression of our religious belief that all healing is from God, that we can expect to have good health when we live a lifestyle that is in harmony with His universal laws (His Torah), and that He has provided mankind with certain foods and techniques that help the body’s natural healing processes. Regardless of the mistaken opinion of either the FDA, the AMA, or the FTC, this religious expression is specifically protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America!

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