It is a fact that we have some 375 different diagnoses we can give any one person on the mental spectrum—and we have yet to elucidate a biochemical cause for any one of them. And we have countless drugs we can treat these diagnosed illness with and we don’t have a clear mechanism of action of anyone of these medications. Think about this, we don’t know the cause of the disease and we are treating with a medication that there is no clear understanding how it works on you. The FDA directive of 2002 requires that supplements be demonstrated to be safe and effective. Considering the black box warning on all SSRI antidepressants I wonder who’s minding the store—oh, I forgot, BIG PHARMACY. These are the same people (FDA) that ignored the deaths and harm caused by the anti-inflammatory drugs Celebrex, Vioxx, and Bextra.
Vioxx was recalled in September 2004 due to cardiovascular deaths. The sad thing is the potential for harm was known before the drug went to market and the information not released to the FDA. This was plain and simple murder. What did the FDA do? They fined the drug company. No one stood trial for lying about research and killing people. And we want these people controlling our choices? This is about money; this is not about us as the consumer.
In April 2005, Pfizer issued a Bextra recall, but they kept Celebrex on the market with much stronger warnings. But these are the same people that want to take away our nutritional tools…the tools that have little if any side effects and work on the majority of you. If the same rules applied that they are now enforcing on nutritional supplements were applied to their medicines about 95% of their products would be banned.
One of the leading nutritional experts of all time was Paavo Airola, Ph.D., ND. He states the problem with what seems to be a high level of confusion covering nutritional information very clearly: “The difficulty in obtaining absolutely reliable, objective, and scientifically correct information on the most vital questions related to health, and particularly related to nutrition.” He goes on to say in his book, ARE YOU CONFUSED, that what we need is we need research done in an independent and forthright matter. That is to say independent of the research that is done today with many having an axe to grind and independent big business and the pharmaceutical companies. As it is there are hundreds of centuries of empirical evidence and actual application of many of these nutritional therapies without evidence of damage to the populations as a whole.
The problem when using modern research methods, using the standard of the double blind-placebo controlled study, is that they don’t work on nutrition. A double blind-placebo controlled study blinds the doctor leading the study so that they don’t know which patient is on the studied ingredient or the fake pill. When used in nutritional studies, remember using only one vitamin at a time for example, 95% of those studies will inherently fail to show positive results. The reason is quite simple—when was the last time nature gave you a singular nutrient? Read the next statement by Majid Ali, M.D.:
…No molecule exists in biology alone, functionally or structurally. This is self evident. And yet we physicians insist in diagnosing “a nutrient deficiency” to understand “a disease” which we can then treat with “a nutrient therapy”…The central issue here is: Mononutrient therapy has no place in the clinical practice of molecular medicine.
A single nutrient does not work in a vacuum; it works in combination with all the other nutrients. To do research as it applies to the overall health of the biochemistry of any one human being with a single nutrient is bound to fail. Therefore they reach the conclusion that we need none of it. What balderdash. The leading so-called experts leading this foray into banning these nutrients from your life misunderstand one important fact: we are not all the same—our requirements to meet the daily stresses of life differ—our genetics are different—our circumstances are different. Take the studies on Prozac or countless other drugs, the two variables are Prozac and the fake pill. Yet I ask any discernable human being that still has a sense of logic left…since we are all different are we not a variable also? So there is 600 people in the study-300 in the Prozac group and 300 in the placebo group…there are multiple variables. The assumption in the modern medical world is that Prozac works the same on everyone. If this statement were true then we wouldn’t have any depression.
On TV recently I saw an advertisement that stated: 2 out of 3 people on antidepressants note that their symptoms have not resolved and now they want to add another psychotropic drug to this regime. You must understand that it is rare in the pharmaceutical industry to study two drugs working together against a placebo. We don’t have a clear mechanism of action of Prozac in the human being and we want to add another mind drug without a clear mechanism of action. These are the same people that don’t understand the complexities of nutrient interactions. These are the same people that will tell you that amino acid protein and Vitamin therapy are harmful to you. They don’t have an answer for our differences and they have to make everything the same so that it becomes easier for them. Their research is flawed and their reasoning is flawed. And instead of coming up with clear concise reasoning they are more than willing to force you into doing it their way.
Recently, a major drug company found that one of the active forms of Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxamine) was protective against damage to kidneys during diabetes. This form of B-6 can be taken safely without concern for nerve damage. A lot of diabetic patients use this vitamin. They filed a research document with the FDA wanting to research this vitamin as a drug. Of course once a vitamin is considered a drug it has to be taken off the market so that it is not longer available to the general population.
The FDA has said it will now ban pyridoxamine and it will only be available as a drug. With this action the freedom of the diabetic patient to minimize suffering is effectively squashed. And what might have cost you $12.00 dollars will now cost you, or your insurance company 100 times as much if you can even find a doctor willing to write a prescription for you. What is going to stop them from doing this to every vitamin out there? Nothing. And this by the way is exactly how they are going to bring the nutritional supplement business under their control. They’ll say it is for your safety and for the good of the common folk—and this is pure balderdash. I will defend to my death the right of my patient to educate themselves and to do what works for them. This is going to be a fight—one by the way we are currently losing.
The Counsel for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) sounds nice doesn’t it? Makes us think that someone out there is looking out for our best interest. Of course behind the scenes are the heavy players—drug companies such as Bayer, Cargill, Monsanto, Wyeth, BASF and more. Other heavy pushers for these new laws are congressmen and senators who get enormous amounts of re-election money from these giants of reform whose only role in this is to make more money. Major nutrient makers have climb on board and shame on them because it is obvious that all they care about is money also. If they even cared remotely about you they would be finding a way to give you quality without jeopardizing your freedoms of choice.
Every Mom and Pop truck garden, everyone that makes up herbal remedies in your home, anyone that sells a nutritional food to anyone else is going to feel the teeth of big government in the nap of their neck. They say this isn’t true but it by God is true. And it time to step up…write to your congressman or senator—tell them by God you are not going to put up with it!
One final comment: When modern medicine got to big it just got too confused. Used to be we physicians stopped by to visit with you even if nothing was specifically wrong. We cared about our patients. That level of caring wasn’t imbedded in the fear of getting sued for malpractice. We understood that to effectively treat you we couldn’t just break you down into some mechanical system. That there was an emotional you and a spiritual you that we needed to perceive and work with. We listened to what you had to say—which by the way, is the major complaint with modern medicine—70% leave the doctors office and state that “the doctor never listens to anything I say.”
We understood that even the emotional stresses in our lives create changes at the physical level. We understood that just given the patient a forum to addresses their issues was many times the best way to bring you back to health—or at least the best starting point. And for some of us the rule has always been—START SIMPLE AND WORK OUR WAY INTO THE LEVEL OF COMPLEXITY THAT EACH PATIENT NEEDS INDIVIDUALLY IN THEIR CASE. Nutrition has been the mainstay of this medicine for tens of thousands of years. Let’s fight to keep our rights intact.
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