by Tony Isaacs
author of Cancer's Natural Enemy
As I recall, Vioxx "legally" made those kind of claims because they did go through "randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trials to prove effectiveness, data published in peer-reviewed journals". Their product was soon found to be a killer and the FDA you say is so essential let it remain on the market until over 60,000 deaths had been attributed to it - more than we lost in Vietnam and many times more than all the deaths attributed to supplements in the history of our country.
And the sorry SOB's at Merck decided to fight every single claim in court, arguing that if there was even a 10 percent chance that something else could have caused a death, then it could not be determined beyond a shadow of a doubt that Vioxx was to blame. So far, they have not paid out a single dime in damages. There is your darling FDA, FDA approved safe drug and a drug manufacturer who plays by "the rules" for you.
The mainstream line that you parrot sounds so reasonable until you realize just how the rules have been rigged to suppress dietary supplements and force our money and our lives into the lab created medicines and lifetimes of managed illness that is Big Pharma and mainstream western medicine.
Did you even bother to look at the Rain Forest Plant Database entry for Bitter Melon? Just in case you missed it, I will copy it for you below. What more proof, and how many more studies could anyone possibly want - except those that wish to use the rules to suppress natural competition of the things we encounter in nature.
"Double-blind, placebo controlled studies in peer reviewed journals" didn't do squat for a long line of FDA approved killers. That is just using the rules and the game, such as the many hundred million dollars it takes to get a "new drug' through trials, which all the FDA approved killers did because they have the money to do so and can get a patent and sole control on unnatural substances - and, given the track record, be assured that their FDA lapdogs will approve them and leave them on the market long enough to reap billions of dollars of profits regardless of the death toll.
Dietary supplements are not supposed to be treated as drugs! They are made up by and large from natural botanicals, vitamins and mineralsthings we have lived with for hundreds of thousands of years, not some lab created monstrosity that is unnatural to put in our bodies. That is why the DSHEA made them dietary supplements - so they could be treated as FOOD!
If the problem was merely claims, then why does the FDA allow other food items to make such claims and use the disclaimer, as provided by law, and yet not allow dietary supplements to do the same thing, as also provided by law the FDA chooses to selectively enforce? Except things like cherries - far too natural, I guess and not nearly as highly processed and genetically modified as the foods that have been allowed to use the exception.
The law is rigged. And yes there is a reason why the FDA exists. Let's hear that reason as given by the last FDA commissioner to stand up to pressure from the industry to approve unsafe drugs and to suppress natural alternatives:
"The FDA 'protects' the big drug companies and are subsequently rewarded, and using the government's police powers they attack those who threaten the big drug companies. People think that the FDA is protecting them.
What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day."
Dr. Herbert Ley
Former U.S. FDA Commissioner
Corrupt FDA employees? No, by and large many of the lower level employees believe that what they are doing is right. Like most corrupt organizations, it is the ones at the top that are corrupt, having been bought off by gifts and promised of lucrative future jobs by those they are supposed to oversee.
Speaking of foods, when the drug makers are able to to make their lab created unnatural drugs as safe as our natural supplements, then come back and demand that they meet the same failed standards. Until then, don't try to feed us any more mainline crap, because we aren't swallowing it!