The Food and Drug Administration, in its role as enforcer of politically-acceptable medical practice, has just “sent warning letters to several companies notifying them that the substances they sell without a prescription for a procedure known as ‘chelation’ are ‘unapproved drugs and devices,’ which makes them illegal,” according to a report in the Washington Post. Chelation therapy is a well-established treatment for patients who have been exposed to high levels of heavy metals such as lead; there are even FDA-approved prescription-only products for administering the treatment. However, as the Post points out, “the companies that received the warning letters sell products without a prescription, often as ‘dietary supplements,’ and describe multiple health benefits, none of which have been proven, the agency said.”
There lies the nub of the matter: Those selling these products, often on the Internet, have not bowed and scraped before the potentates at the FDA; and undoubtedly, the products they are hawking cannot be patented by the big pharmaceutical companies whose interests the FDA lives to protect. Therefore, they must be crushed lest Americans come to believe they have the right to determine for themselves which medical treatments they wish to employ.
The FDA’s Deborah Autor told the Post, “These products are dangerously misleading because they are targeted to patients with serious conditions and limited treatment options. The FDA must take a firm stand against companies who prey on the vulnerability of patients seeking hope and relief.” To an FDA bureaucrat, taking away one of a “limited” number of treatment options for “patients with serious conditions” is somehow for the best. It just wouldn’t do to let the patient choose which treatment to undergo.
Speaking of companies who “prey on the vulnerability of patients seeking hope and relief,” how about all those drug companies whose products have been approved by the FDA only to end up causing serious harm? The Post mentions that FDA officials say that unapproved chelation “substances may cause serious health complications, including dehydration and kidney failure, and possibly be deadly.” Yet, to take just one example of harm from approved drugs, the FDA approved the diabetes medicine Avandia and then helped its manufacturer cover up a study that showed the drug posed serious heart attack risks.
“The agency,” says the paper, “is aware of the death of one autistic child who underwent the procedure,” though it is careful not to assert that the procedure was the cause of the child’s death. Criminal charges filed against the doctor who administered the treatment were dropped. Dr. Joseph Mercola, a nationally recognized expert on alternative medicine, wrote concerning the incident:
Chelation therapy — as well as some other alternative treatments — is not entirely without risk. However, you see far more lawsuits and headlines in major media when something goes wrong as a result of an alternative therapy than when a more conventional treatment takes a life, which, by the way, happens hundreds, if not thousands of times a day.
Many conventional physicians who are critical of chelation routinely use drugs like Risperdal and Clonidine when treating autism, despite the fact that the safety and effectiveness of these drugs in children have never been established, and death is a known side-effect of such drugs.
However, deaths and serious adverse effects from “standard drug treatments” do not attract similar media attention or outrage.
It’s ironic in a way, when you consider the fact that a mere 15 percent of all conventional medical treatments have been proven safe and effective in practice. The other 85 percent is pure guesswork and trial and error, and yet this is what the masses cling to as the gospel of safety.
Charles Lee of the FDA’s division of new drugs and labeling compliance admitted to the Post that “we don’t have evidence of a lot of adverse effects [from chelation products], but [that] does not mean there are not health problems associated with them” — shades of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s comment with regard to Saddam Hussein’s mysteriously missing weapons of mass destruction: “The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”
Even if the FDA had real evidence that chelation products are dangerous, so what? The federal government has no constitutional authority to prohibit people from using products that Washington doesn’t like. Moreover, the very notion that there exists some group of “experts” who, given the authority to determine which treatments shall be made available, can make healthcare risk-free for everyone, is absurd. Every treatment, including those approved by the FDA, contains an element of risk. Why shouldn’t the patient who is assuming the risk be permitted to make his own decisions as to which treatments he will accept? As economist David Henderson put it, “The FDA may have some expertise when it comes to drug safety and efficacy, but on the only issue that matters — your trade-offs between various risks — you are the expert, and the FDA’s scientists are rank amateurs.”
A word to the FDA: Leave the chelation-product merchants alone. Let patients, doctors, and researchers determine which products are safe and effective for which symptoms and share their discoveries with others — the same process that has been used for decades to discover alternative (“off-label”) uses for FDA-approved drugs. In other words, let medical freedom ring.
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It is becoming increasingly difficult for fluoride fanatics to defend the practice of artificial water fluoridation, thanks to a plethora of new reports highlighting its many dangers. A new study published in the journal Neurologia reveals that chronic exposure to, and ingestion of, the synthetic fluoride chemicals added to water supplies can cause serious brain and neurological damage. Confirming several others recently published, the study further exposes the lunacy of deliberately adding toxic chemicals to the water supply in the name of saving teeth.
“The prolonged ingestion of fluoride may cause significant damage to health and particularly the nervous system,” write researchers Valdez-Jiminez, et al. in their report. “Fluoride is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which may cause biochemical and functional changes in the nervous system during pregnancy, since the fluoride accumulates in brain tissue before birth.”
There you have it, folks. Fluoride chemicals, which are derived from the waste emitted by the aluminum and phosphate mining industries, by the way (http://www.naturalnews.com/031541_F…), cross directly into the brain where they lodge themselves and cause disease. They also enter the thyroid and pineal glands and disrupt proper hormone production, which leads to various other illnesses.
There simply is no denying the deadly truth about fluoride anymore. Ample evidence is continually being released that exposes fluoride as a highly-toxic chemical poison, and even the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admits that fluoride is a toxin. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also initiated damage control recently by lowering its fluoridation recommendations following the release of studies showing that fluoride harms children (http://www.naturalnews.com/030952_C…).
“It’s apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain,” says the US National Research Council’s (NRC) expert fluoride panel. “Fluorides also increase the production of free radicals in the brain through several different biological pathways. These changes have a bearing on the possibility that fluorides act to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”
It is also worth mentioning that the April 12, 2010, issue of TIME magazine lists fluoride as one of the “Top Ten Common Household Toxins.” Dubbing fluoride “neurotoxic and potentially tumorigenic if swallowed,” and it is difficult to determine how anyone can suggest that adding such a chemical to drinking water is in any way beneficial.
“Fluoride can be toxic by ingesting one part per million (ppm), and the effects are not immediate, as they can take 20 years or more to become evident,” adds the new report.
Ethan A. Huff NaturalNews July 11, 2011
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Dr. Peter Osborne gives an easy-to-follow guide to the importance of magnesium levels in maintaining optimal health.
Signs & Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency:
- Poor immune function
- Bone Loss
- Muscle pain and muscle twitching
- High Blood Pressure
- Increase cholesterol
- Hypoglycemia or other blood sugar problems
- Thyroid Disease
Magnesium has been shown to be beneficial in the following conditions:
- Migraine Headaches
- High blood pressure
- Type I and Type II Diabetes
- Thyroid Disease
Drugs or additives that may deplete or interfere with metabolism:
- High Blood Pressure Medications (diuretics)
- Birth Control Pills (estrogen)
- Lymphocyte proliferation assays (Spectracell labs)
- Red Blood Cell testing
- Serum testing (not accurate)
Vegetables and fruits, pumpkin seeds (very high)
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One of nature’s most perfect foods may be even better for us than previously thought.
While eggs are well known to be an excellent source of proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals, researchers at the University of Alberta recently discovered they also contain antioxidant properties, which helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Jianping Wu, Andreas Schieber and graduate students Chamila Nimalaratne and Daise Lopes-Lutz of the U of A Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science examined egg yolks produced by hens fed typical diets of either primarily wheat or corn. They found the yolks contained two amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine, which have high antioxidant properties.
After analyzing the properties, the researchers determined that two egg yolks in their raw state have almost twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple and about the same as half a serving (25 grams) of cranberries.
However, when the eggs were fried or boiled, antioxidant properties were reduced by about half, and a little more than half if the eggs were cooked in a microwave.
“It’s a big reduction but it still leaves eggs equal to apples in their antioxidant value,” said Wu.
The findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Chemistry.
The discovery of these two amino acids, while important, may only signify the beginning of finding antioxidant properties in egg yolks, said Wu, an associate professor of agricultural, food and nutritional science.
“Ultimately, we’re trying to map antioxidants in egg yolks so we have to look at all of the properties in the yolks that could contain antioxidants, as well as how the eggs are ingested,” said Wu, adding that he and his team will examine the other type of antioxidant already known to be in eggs, carotenoids, the yellow pigment in egg yolk, as well as peptides.
In previous research, Wu found that egg proteins were converted by enzymes in the stomach and small intestines and produced peptides that act the same way as ACE inhibitors, prescriptions drugs that are used to lower high blood pressure.
That finding defied common wisdom and contradicted the public perception that eggs increased high blood pressure because of their high cholesterol content. Additional research by Wu suggests the peptides can be formulated to help prevent and treat hypertension.
Wu is convinced the peptides also have some antioxidant properties, which leads him to suggest that when he completes the next step in his research, the result will likely be that eggs have more antioxidant properties than we currently know.