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"Because of LSD's structural relationship to a chemical that is present in the brain, and its similarity in effect to certain aspects of psychosis, LSD was used as a research tool in studies of mental illness, a favorite Nazi research topic. The fda approved the use of LSD as an investigational new drug, meaning it could legally be prescribed in the United States. After World War II the supply of LSD to the CIA from Sandoz was inconsistent. The CIA turned to Eli Lilly, and in the name of national security, Eli Lilly became the CIA's LSD source."
- Byron J. Richards, Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America (Get the book.)

"All the fda plans to leave on the market is watered-down trash. The useful supplements will become prescription items of Big Pharma. Adverse event reporting is addressing a non-existent problem. It is seeking to shift the legal burden of proof to supplement companies. It is targeted to harass small and truly helpful nutritional companies. It plays on the false need for improved safety as the excuse to gain further regulatory control of the supplement industry."

- Byron J. Richards, Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America (Get the book.)

"Codex Alimentarius is a United Nations group, assigning itself worldwide control in setting standards for food and vitamins. Codex never had real power until the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995. The WTO recognizes Codex as the international authority in these matters. It provides power to Codex through threats to impose trade restrictions if Codex directives are not followed. Participation in the WTO automatically binds members, like the United States, to Codex rules."

- Byron J. Richards, Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America (Get the book.)

"While many products are pure, many others fail to live up to the ingredients and dosages listed on their labels. The fda watchdogs our pharmaceuticals, but not the supplement industry. While fda involvement would spuriously skyrocket the cost of many vitamins and supplements and place them outside the affordability range for many people, it is not easy to know which products are worthy of your financial investments at present. This darkens the cloak of suspicion for many physicians."
- Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., The Sinatra Solution Metabolic Cardiology (Get the book.)

"Scientists and fda officials have known about this connection for years. Alloxan causes diabetes by creating free radical damage to the DNA in the beta cells of the pancreas. The Textbook of Natural Medicine calls alloxan a "potent beta cell toxin." It is unfortunate that the fda still allows companies to use it to process foods we eat. Research also shows that we are able to reverse the effects of alloxan with vitamin E. According to Dr. Gary Null's Clinicians' Handbook of Natural Healing, vitamin E effectively protected lab rats from the harmful effects of administered alloxan."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"The fda reports that 3.1 percent of the fruits and vegetables consumed by the public contains pesticide residues above the legal tolerance level. One research institution, the Environmental Working Group, places this estimate higher. In their review of fda monitoring data, EWG staff discovered that many more violations were detected by fda chemists than were reported by fda enforcement personnel. The actual violation rate, according to their reanalysis, is 5.6 percent—nearly double the FDA's offical claim—and involves sixty-six different pesticides, including many banned or restricted for use."
- Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream (Get the book.)

"Because of the established safety of the Maitake D-fraction, the fda waived the need for additional Phase I toxicity studies. Perhaps what most impressed fda officials when they accorded to approve Maitake D-fraction as an investigational new drug, were recent clinical results obtained from cancer treatment studies conducted in Japan where results suggest that breast, lung and liver cancers were improved by use of Maitake D-fraction and crude maitake powder."
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer (Get the book.)

"Congressional testimony of Lori Wallach, JD, explaining how the WTO uses trade enforcement to undermine American sovereignty, http://www.citizen.org/docu-ments/Wallach%205.17.2005 .pdf 25. This WTO document clearly shows that a group of unelected officials from various countries plans to enforce food and food safety rules on all member countries, including the United States. The WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/sps_e/spsagr_e.htm 26."
- Byron J. Richards, Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America (Get the book.)

"Submyth: If the fda Approves a Drug, It Is Safe Not long ago one of our patients, a woman who works for the fda, told us something we'd always suspected: While studies on any drug being reviewed, as well as the company's internal research, must be submitted to the fda, not all of this information must be published for the public's perusal. In other words, the drug companies practice full disclosure to the fda, but not to the public. This means that negative data are seldom if ever seen outside the fda. Moreover, some drugs don't even go through full testing."
- Mark Hyman, M.D., Ultraprevention : The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life (Get the book.)

"As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now advises doctors to prescribe HRT only when benefits clearly outweigh health risks. The fda says doctors should prescribe HRT just long enough for successful treatment — and at the lowest effective dose. What's more, women should consider other treatments for vaginal dryness and osteoporosis. Reversing the long-held notion that HRT protects against heart disease, both the fda and American Heart Association now warn against using hormone therapy to reduce the chances of heart problems."
- The Editors of FC&A, Unleash the Inner Healing Power of Foods (Get the book.)

"Submyth: If the fda Approves a Drug, It Is Safe Not long ago one of our patients, a woman who works for the fda, told us something we'd always suspected: While studies on any drug being reviewed, as well as the company's internal research, must be submitted to the fda, not all of this information must be published for the public's perusal. In other words, the drug companies practice full disclosure to the fda, but not to the public. This means that negative data are seldom if ever seen outside the fda. Moreover, some drugs don't even go through full testing."
- Mark Hyman, M.D., Ultraprevention : The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life (Get the book.)

"Consider a recent "qualified" health claim approved by the fda for (don't laugh) corn oil. ("Qualified" is a whole new category of health claim, introduced in 2002 at the behest of industry.) Corn oil, you may recall, is particularly high in the omega-6 fatty acids we're already consuming far too many of. Very limited and preliminary scientific evidence suggests that eating about one tablespoon (16 grams) of corn oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in corn oil."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"As I write, the fda has just signed off on a new health claim for Frito-Lay chips on the grounds that eating chips fried in polyunsaturated fats can help you reduce your consumption of saturated fats, thereby conferring blessings on your cardiovascular system. So can a notorious junk food pass through the needle eye of nutritionist logic and come out the other side looking like a health food. seven a BEYOND THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE e eaters, alas, don't reap nearly as much benefit from V V nutritionism as food producers."

- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"It is unfortunate that the fda still allows companies to use it to process foods we eat. Research also shows that we are able to reverse the effects of alloxan with vitamin E. According to Dr. Gary Null's Clinicians' Handbook of Natural Healing, vitamin E effectively protected lab rats from the harmful effects of administered alloxan. In support of that, researchers have found that among rats that are genetically susceptible to IDDM, feeding wheat gluten will cause 40 percent of the subjects to develop IDDM."
- Gabriel Cousens, There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program (Get the book.)

"The fda devotes several hundred inspectors and laboratory personnel to this activity nationwide, and state and local governments also inspect food processing plants with varying frequencies and under varying standards, attempting to ensure that product ingredients are safe and free of chemical impurities. But inspectors can't be everywhere all the time."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Following a script that has become standard operating procedure in pharmaceutical marketing, Lunesta's manufacturer, a small Massachusetts company called Sepracor, began selling the drug to the media long before it gained fda approval. (It was also marketing Lunesta to doctors. At the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in May 200c, the company pulled out all the stops, erecting a fifteen-foot-tall luna moth out of gossamer chartreuse netting, the same stuff a child's Halloween fairy wings are made of."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Writing that he was "embarrassed [a letter] was necessary," Wennberg told the senator that neither the company nor the fda seemed willing to take the drug off the market in order to protect patients. Extrapolating from his data for the Washington, D.C., area, he estimated that at least one hundred people had died around the country from a drug that was still being touted by its manufacturer as entirely safe. Humphrey took Wennberg's letter to the White House. When managers at E."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Wennberg then wrote to the fda himself, detailing the cases he had uncovered and citing several papers in medical journals about the drug's potentially deadly side effect. He urged the agency to remove Orabilex from the market. Again, Wennberg got no reply and the agency did nothing. Wennberg continued to collect cases involving the drug, uncertain what to do next. Then, in November 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated, an event that left Wennberg shaken yet more determined than ever to do what he believed was right, to stop other physicians from killing patients with Orabilex."

- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"And so they were when, in 1973, the fda (not, note, the Congress that wrote the law) simply repealed the 1938 rule concerning imitation foods. It buried the change in a set of new, seemingly consumer-friendly rules about nutrient labeling so that news of the imitation rule's repeal did not appear until the twenty-seventh paragraph of The New York Times' account, published under the headline f.d.a. proposes sweeping change in food labeling: new rules designed to give consumers a better idea of nutritional value. (The second deck of the headline gave away the game: processors back move."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"As a senior scientist at the FDA's National Center forToxi-cological Research wrote, "Confidence that soy products are safe is clearly based more on belief than hard data." Until those data come in, I feel more comfortable eating soy prepared in the traditional Asian style than according to novel recipes developed by processors like Archer Daniels Midland. «» DON'T LOOK FOR THE MAGIC BULLET IN THE TRADITIONAL DIET. In the same way that foods are more than the sum of their nutrient parts, dietary patterns seem to be more than the sum of the foods that comprise them."

- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"Categorized by the fda as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe), it has been used for decades without any evident signs of toxicity in humans—besides causing serious, albeit temporary damage if it gets in our eyes. While googling MA, I come across something as seemingly random as that German scientist's discovery: a website for Bird Shield Repellent Corporation, a Washington outfit that markets a pesticidal formulation containing MA as its active ingredient. Grape-flavored pesticide? It doesn't seem to make any sense. I call the owner, Fred Dunham, who tells me that birds loathe the smell of MA. "
- Adam Leith Gollne, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Get the book.)

"We had an excellent rapport with the fda." The industrial espionage, the car chase, the break-in—something clandestine was afoot. Nixon had just resigned, and the stock markets plunged into the worst chaos since 1929. With Washington in a state of upheaval, Harvey couldn't even schedule a hearing with the regulatory commission. His board of directors saw no way forward. They were forced to file for bankruptcy. "To make a real long story real short and sad, I had to collapse everything down and lay everyone off [Miralin had 280 employees] and we all took a huge loss."

- Adam Leith Gollne, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Get the book.)

"Many vegetarians supplement DHA produced from microalgae. The fda recently approved a commercially available omega-3 fatty acid supplement (Lovaza, Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) at doses of 2,000 to 4,000 milligrams per day for treatment of high blood triglyceride levels. Although EPA appears to be more effective at lowering triglycerides, I prefer omega-3 supplements with equal or greater concentrations of DHA relative to EPA. Studies that show the benefits of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation typically start with about 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams of combined DHA and EPA per day."
- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"This magnitude of protection exceeds the benefits seen with some medications currently approved by the fda for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. These benefits were seen only in studies using 800 IU per day or more of vitamin D. Studies that looked at lower doses showed no decrease in fracture rates. This emphasizes the need to normalize vitamin D levels rather than providing some universal dosing for vitamin D."

- James Dowd and Diane Stafford, The Vitamin D Cure (Get the book.)

"While fda involvement would spuriously skyrocket the cost of many vitamins and supplements and place them outside the affordability range for many people, it is not easy to know which products are worthy of your financial investments at present. This darkens the cloak of suspicion for many physicians. For now, I can only advise you on the products I've tested and found to be of high quality, and hope for some standards to be developed in the future."
- Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., The Sinatra Solution Metabolic Cardiology (Get the book.)

"The fda approves about 90 percent of these new compounds without restrictions. And so, a great debate continues to rage in the scientific and political arena about what the growing number of studies linking environmental contaminants to autoimmunity collectively means, what the implications are, and—as we shall see in further chapters—what actions should be taken, if any."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Duke was under no fda restrictions, so its releases named the drug, along with the university sleep researcher, Dr. Andrew Krystal, who led the studies. Krystal also served as a paid consultant and speaker for Sepracor. Most of the resulting stories made Lunesta sound like the answer to an insomniac's prayers. "For Insomniacs, a Sleeping Pill for Every Night" was the headline in the Los Angeles Times. "Sleepless at Duke find cure," said the Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) News & Observer."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"Indeed, the mission of the fda contains inherent contradictions that lead to inevitable dissonance. "It is unteasonable," wrote the editors of JAMA, "to expect the same agency that was responsible for approval of drug licensing and labeling would also be committed to actively seek evidence to prove itself wrong." What is needed, the editors continued, is for Congress to establish an "independent drug safety board" to track the safety of drugs and medical devices after they are approved for use."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"If it was truly caused by tryptophan, the fda would have been right to get rid of it, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced the cause of the EMS crisis to a contaminant found only in batches of tryptophan manufactured by a single Japanese company, Showa Denko. Showa Denko, the source of up to 60 percent of all the tryptophan sold in the United States, had used an untested manufacturing process that reduced the amount of activated charcoal used to filter fermented raw tryptophan."
- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why (Get the book.)

"Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat by Fran Hawthorne. A terrific and well-researched book that also happens to be a page-turner! Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds and Bodies by Greg Critser. Michael Pollan—one of my favorite authors—says "What Fast Food Nation did for the way Americans eat, Generation Rx does for the way we medicate ourselves." Right on. Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle, Ph.D."

- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why (Get the book.)

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