The Guardian today, produced a scrappy piece of journalism here, under the heading "Herbal remedies banned as EU rule takes effect." Whatever the actualities of what herbals will survive, and what is banned, is a much deeper issue. The voices of the skeptical comments supporting only big pharma, fall into two categories. The intolerant, who wouldn't know a fact if they saw one, and the "same old" spanish inquisitors, who are employed by someone to bully, snarl at, and smear anyone who is not a big pharma worshipper. Their mantra is that "only" science understands what is good for you. "Only" science is reliable. "Only" science can cure you. It's astonishing the depths of ignorance they reveal, yet... they have no idea. Like" rebecca rabbit" who scoffed, "When was the last time a doctor told you to ... starve a fever and feed a cold?"
What a shame she hadn't researched that, before she opened her mouth. But then, that's what ignorant people do isn't it? Decry what they are ignorant about. And the definition of "ignorance" is that you don't know what you don't know.
After discovering in 2002, that the mama's theme, "feed a cold, starve a fever" was actually correct, there has been considerable research done, which can be found on pubmed smothered in high falutin geekspeak..., working out how to exploit the very valid immunology processes which lie behind the saying. Naturally, nothing has yet resulted from the discovery. But it's sure paying off an awful lot of mortgages!
It's interesting that other old wives tales have generated the following headlines:
"Mother was Right About Cod Liver Oil" and "Echinacea 'can prevent" a cold' ... "Mothers 'were right;' over colds" and last but not least.... "Listen to your grandmother: honey soothes coughs, says research"
The extraordinary thing about the last admission was that it came from research, hard on the heels of the admission that not only did OTC cold medicines sold freely for 40+ years,not work, ... but they also had potentially serious side effects, and were subsequently taken off the recommended lists for children BUT... BUT.. parents are still allowed the" free choice" to buy them, even though they are potentially liver toxic.
What took them so long? Patents. All the companies had serial patents of these useless drugs, whereby they slightly changed the formula for a new patent, to keep their market share. And not one doctor, or FDA regulator, or other medical person protested. Doctor's happily prescribed products they KNEW didn't work. Nice hypocrisy there. Can't possibly deny big pharma truck loads of sheckels from dangerous drugs that don't work.... just think of all those "free lunches" that would go begging. Tsk, Tsk.....
Why haven't all the (ignorant) skeptics been up in arms since 2002 about the admissions from
Glaxo Chief: Our Drugs Do Not Work On Most Patients
"Allen Roses, worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), said fewer than half of the patients prescribed some of the most expensive drugs actually derived any benefit from them."
If you want the full story, you'll have to look here:
How many of these skeptics have bothered to stop pounding verbal thuggery over the net and have a look at the very long list of medical treatments and practices which still lack a valid scientific basis, and at the number of current entries in the pharmicist pharmacoepias, which under "mode of action" says... "Unknown"?
Funny how nobody talks about the fact that so many drugs don't work at all, yet Governments and EU turn a blind eye. With them being such a very handsome source of bread and butter income for their manufacturers, it comes down to who the regulators can afford to bite, and the politics involved in who you court or whose sins you ignore.
So 2011 sees a progressive "neck noose" for traditional medicines, and carte blanche for the geese that lay Goldacre and the British Medical Association's treasury vault of golden eggs.
Banning herbs, and making life difficult for alternative medicine, isn't about protecting people's safety.
That's just mealy mouthed weasel words to make it sound all very plausible, and altruistic.
If patient safety were the prime directive for all health and safety regulation, MEDICINE would have cleaned up it's own many killing fields years ago.
What it's all about, is "control" and intimidation.
The person who wrote this article below, must be new to writing about such things. The last sentence reads " To perform a SWAT-style raid against a company that was doing everything it could to follow the law and conduct business honestly and legally is a travesty in this supposed "land of the free." "
Yet... I've spent the last 30 years reading similar articles in newspaper. Many doctors such as Dr Jonathan Wright have endured one, if not several FDA-intimidating Swat-raids.
Like the spanish inquisitions, raids are a potent public warning which make an example of someone, so that anyone not feeding the current god of Mammon, will realise that anyone outside the approved dogma, risks being made an example of. Which means using up their own spare money in legal manoeuvres to prove their innocence, while the FDA snouts feed out of the public purse.
If found "innocent" the media drops the story - of course.. and there will be no "compensation" or your expenses reimbursed, or even an apology. FDA hopes that regularly running people out of money, will run them out of town as well.
It's carte blanche Feudal thuggery, using guns and police vans, instead of horses and swords, which proves that those who pull the strings, never change their tactics. And it's always the "little people" who pay the price.
The only reason FDA can do these regular raids, is that FDA gets to fund them from that bottomless pit called "taxpayer's money". Not that they ask the taxpayer first, of course, and they certainly aren't answerable to anyone. Every year the FDA carries out several of these thug raids, from which the media is banned and obligingly stays away...., as a message to natural medicine practitioners as to just who "holds the control and the power".
And don't think that the only place this can happen in USA. New Zealand just has more subtle "thumb-screwing" processes.
Armed agents invade Maxam Nutraceutics and steal natural health products in shocking FDA raid
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Amidst all the destructive activities taking place in our world today that deserve attention, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided instead to make it a personal mission to destroy the businesses and livelihoods of those trying to help people through natural medicine.
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, dozens of agents from the FDA, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted an unprovoked, full-scale raid on Hood River, Ore.-based Maxam Nutraceutics, a company that produces and sells nutritional supplements primarily for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Alzheimer's disease.
Back in October 12, 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to Jim Cole, Founder and CEO of Maxam, notifying him that several of his company's products were not labeled in accordance with the US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The letter also stated that Maxam had fifteen days from the receipt of the letter to notify the FDA compliance officer of the specific steps it planned to take in order to correct the violations.
You can view a copy of the FDA warning letter here, complete with the name of the FDA compliance officer to whom Jim and his company were instructed to respond, and the FDA district director who sent the letter:
Oddly enough, the vast majority of the "unapproved labels" in question were not actually labels at all. They were merely customer testimonials about the products that had been accumulated over the years from satisfied customers, and posted online alongside product descriptions on Maxam's website. Nevertheless, the FDA considered the testimonials to be marketing violations that automatically rendered the products as drugs.
According to Jim, his company immediately responded to the FDA letter by calling the compliance officer and telling her "it was [the company's] intention to come into full compliance as quickly as possible." This included removing all the offending testimonials from the company website after being told by the FDA compliance officer that they were not permitted.
"I contacted a patent and copyright attorney, and he had written [the compliance officer] a letter that it was our intention to come into full compliance," said Jim, noting that his company responded within two days of receiving the FDA warning letter, long before the 15-day deadline period. "So we took down the testimonials, and we thought that was good. And I hired an FDA copyright person [who] went over all the offending verbiage through the website."
Jim cooperated with every demand that the FDA made of him, and was convinced that all was well. But apparently the FDA had different ideas when out of nowhere, the agency, along with the IRS and the FBI, sent as many as 80 armed, SWAT-style agents to both Maxam headquarters, the company's "Big Gym" training center, and even Jim's daughter's house, to confiscate all the products, company documents, and even personal files and computers.
"They took all our products, all our paperwork, all our files -- we've been doing this since 1992 and they pulled everything," said Jim. "They brought in three big moving vans, they had their guns on, their bullet-proof vests -- they came prepared for war."
The armed agents also stole 27 TurboSonic machines, which is a sound-actuated vibration plate device that Jim invented to stimulate growth plates in the body, improve circulation, energize the lymphatic system, and improve muscle strength. The TurboSonic machines were not even mentioned in the FDA warning letter.
"We also have a big Olympic training center up here called the 'Big Gym' -- they went into the gym, they took all the paperwork, all the computer, hard drives, downloaded all of our servers, and trashed a couple of our servers going out," added Jim. "They took products that were not on the list. I had an old bodybuilding line that went back to 1992, they took all of that. They pretty much just had a free-for-all."
According to Jim, the agents stole "hundreds of thousands of dollars in products" as part of the raid, as well as personal files, insurance policies, non-printed checks, and even unopened packages of manila filing folders from an office supply store. Clearly, the FDA's intent was to terrorize and intimidate this small company that, from all available accounts, did absolutely nothing wrong.
Maxam is currently "waiting for the dust to settle" as it pursues legal action against the offending agencies. Until then, the world must know about this terrible injustice and crime against humanity. The FDA has clearly shown itself to be a terrorist organization that has no respect for the rule of law, or for common decency. To perform a SWAT-style raid against a company that was doing everything it could to follow the law and conduct business honestly and legally is a travesty in this supposed "land of the free."