In hot water: FDA sued for censoring free speech

In hot water: FDA sued for censoring free speech

Leave it to the FDA to launch an attack on vitamins C and E—two safe and natural nutrients with plenty of proven health benefits—while turning a blind eye to the experimental drug disasters Big Pharma unleashes on a largely ignorant and unsuspecting public.

In typical anti-supplement fashion, the FDA officials have censored 13 vitamin C and vitamin E cancer-related health claims, watering them down to the point of being virtually unusable—which, I would guess, was their intent.

For example, one original claim said: “Vitamin E may reduce the risk of bladder cancer. The scientific evidence supporting this claim is convincing, but not conclusive.”

Instead, the FDA changed it to: “One small study suggests that vitamin E supplements may reduce the risk of bladder cancer. However, two small studies showed no reduction in risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that vitamin E supplements reduce the risk of bladder cancer.”

Talk about cutting a company’s legs right out from under it. Such overbearing disclaimers and subjective interpretations are bound to have a negative effect on the sales of vitamin E supplements.

It’s clear that the FDA is playing favorites and is using bureaucratic red tape to strangle the supplement industry.

Well, they’re not going to get away with it this time.

It’s time to give the FDA a taste of its own medicine

The Alliance for Natural Health US, the Coalition to End FDA and FTC Censorship, and a few others are suing the FDA for this unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment—and for acting in direct violation of federal court orders.

In two previous cases (Pearson v. Shalala in 1999 and Whitaker v. Thompson I in 2002), the courts ruled that in order to protect the free speech allowed by the First Amendment, the FDA had to favor “disclosure over suppression.”

That’s when the FDA instituted the qualified health claims system. Under this system, the FDA allows product labels to carry health claims—even if the evidence is inconclusive—as long as the label indicates as much.

The qualified health claims regulation not only makes sense, but also is necessary in a day when snake oil salesmen are as plentiful as Obama/Biden bumper stickers. A law such as this one would prevent Joe Schmo from selling chocolate-covered gumballs as a cure for stupidity.

But give me a break. I’d hardly call the FDA’s edited version of the vitamin E health claim disclosure.

“This approach locks out 99 percent of the evidence pertaining to nutrients and disease. It places the FDA above the law and has pulled the leg out from under the qualified health claims system,” said Jonathan W. Emord, the attorney heading up the case.

Enough is enough.

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one fed up with the FDA’s obvious disdain of alternative medicine, its blatant disregard for sound research, and its continuous Big Pharma butt-kissing.

How is it that the very agency designed to protect citizens from unsafe products or from products that make bogus claims, is the same one that’s decided that anything natural is the enemy?

Yet the FDA bully continues to push natural medicine under water… simultaneously drowning a perfectly legitimate business, while drowning out the message that food—and the nutrients from food—have the power to keep your body feeling young, fit, and healthy… and even to fight disease!

It all comes down to this: If vitamins and nutrients can keep you healthy and disease-free, they’ll also keep you from paying into the medical system.

There’s no money to be made from people loading up on spinach for eye health, consuming coconut oil for a healthy heart, or eating more eggs because they can help reduce the risk of stroke.

If people would catch on that you can reduce pain, reverse arthritis damage, sooth bowel problems, erase diabetes, and more, without taking a single drug, the pharmaceutical companies would go belly-up.

Remember: Doctors and drug companies make money off of sick people, not healthy ones. If they were in the business of keeping you well instead of chronically ill, they wouldn’t be in business period.

For the record, hundreds of studies have been done on vitamins C and E over the years. I wish I had the space here to tell you all of them, but I’ll leave you with this list:

* According to a review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1991, over 90 studies had been published showing vitamin C’s positive role in cancer prevention—specifically for cancers of the pancreas, oral cavity, stomach, esophagus, cervix, rectum, breast, and lung.

* Another study published in the AJCN found that, in hamsters, vitamin C supplements were able to decrease the incidence of kidney tumors by 50 percent.

* A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that vitamin C reduced the incidence of rectal cancer in women.

Both vitamin C and vitamin E are powerful antioxidants that work to strengthen your immune system and fight free radicals in order to prevent DNA damage. They’re a necessary part of staying healthy and disease-free.

You can’t argue with that.