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Trusting The FDA Can be Hazardous to Your Health

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Recently there was an article where the question was posed, The FDA Friend or Foe? The FDA has been entrusted with keeping us safe from the foods we eat and the drugs we take. This is a daunting task, but in all to many cases it has failed miserably. It has become so bad that taking pharmaceutical drugs or eating food has become a deadly game of Russian roulette. The FDA is a broken agency, riddled with double standards and contradictions. Even an overhaul from top to bottom might not be enough to save this corrupt arrogant criminal agency that so many still blindly trust. Safeguards must be effectively and consistently maintained, and our well-being should never be compromised because of corporate interests.

 China is the leading exporter of seafood to the U.S. and in late June, the FDA finally issued an import alert and banned five species of seafood. China lacks any effective food standards, and most of its seafood species are raised in raw sewage that is treated with drugs and chemicals, many banned by the FDA. China tops the list of food imports being refused, but more needs to be done. In 2006, only 0.88% of China's seafood coming into the U.S. was inspected. Some toothpaste from China has now been found to contain diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent used in paint and antifreeze. Just a couple of months ago thousands of pets died from contaminated pet food from China. In addition, many American and Canadian companies are using Chinese ingredients in their products, which could pose a health risk. There is currently no safety standards between the U.S. and China on food and drugs, as well as other imports. To put this crisis in better perspective, nearly a fifth of China's own food and consumer products were found to be substandard or tainted. This should serve as a wake-up call to the FDA as their current mechanisms in place are not effective and reliable enough to properly test and track foods being imported. Instead of preventing, the FDA is only reacting to this ever growing crisis.

 The FDA claims that it has never been presented with any credible scientific proof that aspartame is dangerous and has stuck to its claims that it is safe, even faced with substantial evidence stating the opposite. There is too much money at stake, therefore it has tried to disprove and discredit, or simply ignore the mounting evidence. A new long-term study by the Italian Ramazzini Foundation found increases in lymphomas, leukemias and breast cancer, with rats that were given as little as 20 mg per kg of body weight. This is comparable to what some people consume daily. The acceptable daily intake of aspartame in the U.S. is 50 mg per kg of body weight. The new study lead to the Center for Science in the Public Interests (CSPI) and other leading experts to demand an FDA review of the new findings. The CSPI has classified aspartame as one of the additives to avoid and has called on the food industry to voluntary switch over to a more safe substitute. We can start eliminating aspartame from our diets now as it might be a cold day in hell before the FDA admits to its dangers, much less bans its use.

 The FDA is poised to become a drug company of its own under the guise of protecting us. It would become involved in every aspect of the drugs it develops, including patents and licensing. A recent Senate Bill (HR.2900) has only deepened the agency's financial ties to Big Pharma, and rewards the FDA for failing to adequately protect the American public with even more power and money. Everything being done is to further facilitate and ensure profits for the pharmaceutical industry, with the goal of getting new drugs on the market more quickly and cheaply. This results in even less testing for safety and effectiveness. The FDA is out to destroy the alternative health industry, and it has sought to undermine DSHEA, which was put in place to protect consumer rights in regards to nutritional supplements. If health options don't exist or are severely limited, it would give Big Pharma a virtual monopoly, and we would all be forced into taking expensive prescription drugs without any options. We need to further protect our health freedoms.

 For years, Big Pharma has attempted to operate with impunity and prevent consumers from suing them over harm caused by FDA approved drugs. It is criminal how the two work in tandem, praying and victimizing the American people. Every year, upwards of 100.000 people are killed by drugs the FDA has deemed safe. A lot of these deaths could have, should have and would have been prevented if the FDA took protecting American lives as seriously as it does protecting profits for Big Pharma. With a rush to get them on the market, some of these drugs are not properly tested or labeled. At the first sign of problems, any drug should be pulled off the the market and further tested and relabeled to account for more potential risks. Law suits against Pfizer and Zoloft lead to the FDA requiring antidepressant manufactures to add suicide warnings to their labels, a change that many saw as long overdue. In the case of Vioxx, it took 14 months for labels to be changed, and in that time more people died needlessly.

 The FDA is suppose to ensure our safety, but it has long since been taken over by the very same industries it was mandated to regulate and protect us from. It is impossible not to see the intimate ties between the FDA and Big Pharma. They don't even try and hide it anymore. The FDA is also in the process of expanding its criminal ways, helping to harmonize food and drug regulations with those of Canada and Mexico. This is being done without Congressional oversight and violates the Administrative Procedures Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and other laws. In so many cases, the FDA is allowed to operate above the law with reckless abandonment. The approval of drugs and the inspection of food should never take a backseat to our safety or well-being. With Chinese food scares being reported almost every week, there is a potential for a major catastrophe. The FDA has proven that it doesn't have our best interest at heart, and is no longer up to the task of keeping Americans safe.


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Dana Gabriel is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, security, as well as other issues.
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