FDA Attacks Small Nutrition Companies
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
On October 19, 2006, the FDA fired off twenty-four warning letters to small nutrition companies that made claims they had natural remedies to help with diabetes. At first glance, one might think the FDA was actually doing its job. With tremendous bravado they announced to the world their trouncing of internet fraud. It is interesting how the FDA is now teaming up with Mexican and Canadian health authorities to attack American companies, part of the FDA’s illegal North American Union.
The mighty FDA muscle had not been flexed so diligently for almost a year. The last victims were cherry farmers, terrorized for quoting solid science that cherries may help people reduce inflammation and pain without any side effects. The FDA knew Vioxx posed cardiovascular risks, yet they let it on the market to kill over 50,000 Americans. We should be proud the FDA was able to defend us from healthy fresh fruit.
All Americans have to do is walk down any grocery store cereal or juice aisle to see outlandish health claims for heart disease and cholesterol reduction being placed on sugar-laden junk food. It pays to be a big company; profiting by producing garbage food that helps create obesity and consequently diabetes.
The FDA Protects Big Pharma from Competition
The FDA justified beating up on small American companies in this way: “We will not tolerate practices that raise false hopes and bilk consumers of precious health care dollars,” said Margaret O’K. Glavin, FDA’s Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs. “Diabetes requires effective treatments and aggressive management, not bogus and unproven products.”
The FDA is Guilty of Selective Enforcement
Emboldened with this limited health claim Nutrition 21 makes wild health and curative disease treatment claims about its product, going far beyond any approved claim. Examples from their website include:
• Learn about Nutrition 21’s chromium science—and its therapeutic role relevant to many various disease states.
A nutritional trade organization, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), has been taken over by Big Pharma. Their top priority is forcing unnecessary regulation on the supplement industry. CRN members now include Bayer, BASF, Wyeth, and other multi-national corporations. As I explain in Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA’s Betrayal of America, CRN, working with the FDA, is actively seeking to undermine health freedom in the United States through Big Pharma-sponsored implementation of Codex Alimentarius and the North American Union. Nutrition 21 is a CRN member. None of the other twenty-four companies attacked by the FDA are in CRN.
Shockingly, the heads of numerous network marketing companies such as Mannatech, Shaklee, Herbalife, Nu Skin International, and GNLD International, along with big health food chains like GNC, are in CRN and actively participating in this scam, selling out health freedom for their place in the New World Order. Their distributors and customers should revolt. CRN has recently sponsored a full-time outside attorney to attack supplement companies. Yes, we’ll see how many CRN companies this attorney goes after.
Big Pharma is taking over the supplement industry. The FDA warning letters are designed to reduce competition for new drugs as well as to clear out competition for Big Pharma-connected vitamin companies. Large nutrition companies are encouraging these regulatory activities under the guise of boosting public confidence, when in fact the primary goal is eliminating competitors with lower overhead.
The FDA is a Major Part of the Diabetes Problem
The FDA allows the illegal off-label promotion by drug companies of the diabetes-inducing atypical antipsychotic medications on our children. Eli Lilly makes over 4 billion dollars a year poisoning children in this manner, making our kids and many adults obese and diabetic at taxpayer expense. Talk about a bilking job! The FDA is capable of bullying small nutrition companies. They are a sissy organization when it comes to standing up to Big Pharma, Big Agribusiness, and junk food producers.
One of the FDA’s crimes against humanity is condoning and approving profit-driven strategies for large corporations that either directly or indirectly cause obesity and diabetes. Look with a jaundiced eye when the FDA misdirects public attention onto the foibles of a few small companies. The FDA attack is not remotely proportionate to the real issues. The FDA cannot possibly make up to society all the damage it has caused and continues to cause. Wake up Americans, we need to fight for our health and what is right!
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