New legislation is in the works that has the potential for creating a wonderful working relation between the FDA and big pharmaceutical companies while denying the rights of the American citizen to choose alternative medicines.
The FDA is trying to pass a law that would make it virtually omnipotent in it’s ability to control all foods, drugs, and supplements. Steps are being taken to make researching foods and ingredients and deciding the potential risks in the same fashion as that with drugs.
Essentially the FDA is creating a carte blanche situation for themselves to be able to decide what foods and supplements are good for you and can deem those with even minute risks a harmful ingredient and ban its use.
The FDA, like so many other government bodies, is siding with industry as opposed to what its main concern should be- the health of the American people. Already studies have shown that FDA approved levels of insecticides allow for ample protection of fruits and vegetables but at the cost of being harmful to humans over a long period of time.
This is a glaring injustice that supports the fact that the FDA is willing to cut deals with companies and hedge the health levels of Americans.
The larger issue now stands that the FDA, already infamous for siding with corporations, is now on the verge of having laws passed that give the same judgment of foods as they do drugs.
For example, when one has a headache one would take the prescribe dosage of aspirin. If aspirin is taken in too large a quantity it can have adverse effects on the body. Thus the FDA, by way of their drug risk/benefit analysis, can ban aspirin from the market, since at extreme levels or if abused can be harmful to the body.
Now expand this example to foods and health supplements that have wonderful uses at appropriate doses and have been used for hundreds of years. With new laws that are possibly being passed, the FDA will now have the ability to ban any food or ingredient due to it having an adverse effect at any level.
It is speculated that these laws are being pushed through Congress to help stimulate the sluggish pharmaceutical industry.
It is well known that the head of the FDA comes from a large pharmaceutical background and is most likely willing to play ball with the heads of these corporations. Unfortunately, the integrity of the FDA is being compromised by its concern for big pharma within the market place and its want to have more control over health supplements that are unregulated.
The seeming results are that the FDA will take away the choice for Americans to adopt natural health choices and put all health related supplements into the eager hands of the big pharmaceutical companies.
In the end, the legislation passing through government now is setting up the FDA to be able to squash any attempts at healing through alternative medicine.
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