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Old 10-09-2004, 09:11 PM   #1
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The War on Non-Drugs....FDA Control

From: "dippitydodahff" <[email protected]>
Date: Thu May 13, 2004 6:49 am

The War on Non-Drugs

When Whole Foods magazine surveyed herbal products retailers, asking
what obstacles were in the way of increased herb sales, nearly half
listed ways in which the medical monopoly manipulates information.
Twenty-three percent pointed to the government restricting what type
of information can be given to consumers, and eighteen percent
said "scare stories" about herbs in the mainstream media. Another
forty-one percent pointed to lack of consumer education; in other
words, if people were made aware of the medical benefits of herbs,
they would use them.

But they're not made aware, partly because the FDA has waged an all-
out war on non-drugs. Just ask criminologist Elaine Feuer. When she
turned her investigative skills toward the FDA, she discovered that
it works diligently to protect the profits of big medicine. She
learned that it prevents factual information from reaching the public
and works to close companies that market alternatives. In her
book, "Innocent Casualities: The FDA's War Against Humanity," Feuer
reports that the FDA seems to target those companies that offer
remedies for the big money-making diseases, such as cancer and AIDS.

For these and other diseases, there's a long roster of inexpensive,
highly effective cures hidden away from the public or labeled as
snake oils.

The FDA's war on non-drugs has included many battles. In the 1970s,
it tried to turn vitamin supplements into prescription drugs. After
an uproar from the public, Congress rejected the idea that vitamins
are so dangerous that they should only be prescribed by doctors.

"A variant of the process has already been successfully used to
remove certain herbs from the shelves of stores. If you can't get an
herb labeled as a drug, get it labeled a food additive. It can then
be controlled by the bureaucrats in the FDA," writes pharmacologist

And if re-classifying herbs as drugs or food additives doesn't work,
the FDA uses Orwellian tactics in its ongoing war. In 1990, for
example, it tried to get a law passed that would have allowed it to
make summary seizures of products from companies and tap telephone
lines without a court warrant. Public pressure again defeated these
strong-arm tactics.

In 1993, the FDA tried another tactic, seeking to classify all amino
acids and many minerals as prescription drugs. The public outcry
caused a backlash, and Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health
and Education Act in 1994 to limit the FDA's authority to regulate

Most recently, the FDA has been trying to go after Internet companies
that sell herbs and other non-monopoly treatments. It is charging
that these companies dispense drugs without a prescription.

In "The Assault on Medical Freedom," author Joseph Lisa exposes
previously secret documents from the medical industry to show that
the FDA, the pharmaceuticals industry, insurance companies and the
AMA work together to discredit natural medicine. He calls this
collusion "medlock." The documents show how the FDA worked with the
Pharmaceutical Advertising Council in 1983 to create the "Public
Service Anti-Quackery Campaign" to make people think alternative
remedies were useless snake oils. The FDA thus became the tool for
the drug industry to violate antitrust laws by helping to close down
companies that compete with pharmaceutical giants. The result,
according to Lisa, is "nothing less than an enforced totalitarian
medical-pharmaceutical police state."

But because herbs and vitamins are so effective, the public has
protected its access to them. So the FDA, unable to gain control of
all herbs and vitamins, has been targeting them one at a time, trying
to prove their dangers. When that fails, the debunkers go into
action, warning the public to avoid a substance because it has not
been properly tested. When scientific, double-blind studies prove the
effectiveness of these substances, the evidence is ignored.

Pharmacist Mowrey went looking for studies on whether herbs offer
effective cures and found that thousands of scientific studies have
proven not only the effectiveness of herbs but that they often work
as well as their synthetic copies.

Journalist Leviton found the same thing. "Clinical studies continue
to build the case that dietary supplements and botanicals could be
successfully used to manage if not reverse most diseases without the
cost, toxicity, or side effects of conventional drugs," he
writes. "The implications are obvious: Alternative medicine could
bankrupt the pharmaceutical industry." As a result, he says, "Freedom
of choice is available in most areas of American life except

Killing the Competition

And so the FDA acts as the drug industry's enforcement agency,
pushing worthwhile natural medicines off the market. How,
specifically, does it do this?

Mowrey tells the story of sassafras tea, a blood cleanser that has
been used as a tonic in the United States for centuries. One of its
constituents, safrole, can be toxic to the liver when extracted from
the herb and administered in large doses. Like many herbs with toxic
compounds, the whole plant contains other substances that neutralize
the toxic one. No study had ever shown that the herb sassafras was
toxic. There wasn't even anecdotal evidence that the tea posed a
danger. But the FDA prohibited its interstate shipment in 1976 based
on this reasoning: When sassafras a food is added to water also
a food the substance safrole migrates from the sassafras into the
water and therefore becomes a food additive.

Once this convoluted reasoning was used to label sassafras a food
additive, the FDA was allowed to control it.

"During the entire proceedings, the power of the scientific method,
initially utilized to create the controversy, became impotent in
resolving the situation. Unasked questions cannot be answered. The
question of whether whole sassafras herb or even sassafras tea was
toxic to the liver was never experimentally addressed," Mowrey
Sassafras tea is just one of a long list of healthful substances that
U.S. consumers have been frightened away from.

Canadian scientist Gaston Naessens put together an herbal cancer
remedy called 714-X. As of 1991, it had cured more than one thousand
cancer patients and several AIDS patients. But as long as the medical
monopoly remains, this safe cancer cure will not be used in the
United States.

When Jason Winters cured his cancer with another herbal combination,
he felt compelled to get the word out. "I must tell you that I was
scared. I was not prepared to take on the billion-dollar drug
companies, the medical associations and doctors, all of whom would
chew up and spit out anyone that would dare to even say that
possibly, just possibly, herbs can help," wrote Winters, whose
book, "Killing Cancer," has sold more than 12 million copies.

Winters outlines the typical fate of natural cancer and other cures
that are advertised in U.S. publications: "Usually, the publication
gets into a lot of trouble for printing it in the first place, then
all future publicity is stopped. The persons selling the products are
usually tricked or entrapped into a phony suit about `practicing
medicine without a license,' or if they can't stop them that way,
they attack them on some income tax charge or other."

Those who practice natural medicine or sell natural remedies live
with the knowledge that they could be closed down any day. Self-
healer Linda Koep, ( for example, is very
careful about how she conducts business. After finding a combination
of natural substances that cured her, she decided to represent the
company that makes those products. Linda knows what will help those
suffering from the symptoms she had, but without a medical license,
she can't say so. The distributor from whom she was buying these
substances was investigated by the FDA, so Koep is careful not to
make any medical claims.

Self-healer Kathy Stephens, a registered nurse, can't use the
word "pain" when telling people how they can eliminate their pain.
She must use the word "discomfort." Otherwise, she's making a medical

Kathy suffered osteoarthritis pain for five years before her brother
showed her a non-drug solution. The system of medicine in which she
was trained offered only drugs and surgery. Her brother suggested she
try magnets. "But being the professional nurse that I am, I laughed
and scoffed," she recalls.

Then she went to a family reunion and camped out with her children.
Her brother set up her bed a magnetic sleeping pad and pillow and a
quilt containing far-infrared technology.

"The next morning, I opened my eyes and couldn't believe I had slept
all night long. I moved around a little bit, and nothing hurt. I
didn't have to push myself up with my hands to get out of the tent. I
couldn't believe the difference it made in my body. I was so full of
energy." She ordered a magnetic mattress that June day in 1999. Then
she began selling the products that allow her to control her pain all
day long.

Kathy believes magnets can eliminate anyone's osteoarthritis pain.
But she can't say so. Because she sells a non-monopoly product, she
has lost the right of free speech.

It's not just the FDA that she has to worry about. The Federal Trade
Commission in June 2001 announced it was cracking down on six dietary
supplement companies. It claimed these companies were making false
and potentially dangerous claims about products on the Internet. FTC
admitted that neither it nor the FDA had received any reports of
people injured by the products being sold. In fact, one of the
products, the hormone DHEA, has been proven beneficial in studies
conducted in allopathic labs.

According to the Townsend Letter for Doctors, experimental results
indicate that DHEA prevents some cancers, boosts the immune system,
makes lab animals live longer and may reverse osteoporosis. Yet the
FTC fined Oasis Wellness Network of Broomfield, Colorado, 150,000
dollars for claiming that a product containing DHEA can fight aging.
It also ordered the company to restrict its advertising.

This would not have happened if one of the companies that belongs to
the medical monopoly was selling the DHEA. But those companies don't
bother to sell natural substances. They cannot patent and therefore
make huge profits off natural substances. So they only make non-
natural chemicals. And they use the federal government to keep
natural substances from competing with them.

Winters sums up the system: "When a person is healing people but is
not a medical doctor, does not belong to the AMA, and if he is not
prescribing harmful drugs, then he can expect to be persecuted."

Yachad contrasts the persecution of natural healers in the United
States with the acceptance of alternative medicine in South
Africa: "For example, this woman naturopath was operating a clinic in
South Africa, and there was no equivalent of the AMA outside hauling
her off to jail for witchcraft, like they do in this country."

Self-healer Arlene Oostdyk says natural healers, to avoid
prosecution, must avoid certain words,
including "diagnosis," "disease" and "cure." She also says it's a
shame that so many Americans have to leave the country to get
effective treatment, and that so many physicians have to move to
foreign soil to practice effective medicine. "A doctor who uses
chelation has to go out of the country, and that's sick, because
they're so persecuted," she says. "A lot of physicians would like to
get into natural medicine, but they're worried about the persecution."

It makes you wonder how many Americans have suffered needlessly over
the last half century, and how many have died unnecessarily. The
larger question, perhaps, is what right does the government have to
intervene in a person's medical decisions?

"There are cures out there, but our government and the pharmaceutical
companies want control," says self-healer Sharon Rosa, a
naturopath. "We do need medical doctors, but we need the `Little-
House-on-the-Prairie' type, and the medical profession needs to allow
people like me to practice, too."
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